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Buffalo Bills News - January 27, 2016

Marker Bills' GM Whaley Updates Offseason at Senior Bowl [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '-Aaron Williams is "ready to go," and, if the team had made the playoffs, the safety could have participated. Williams suffered a neck injury early in the 2015 season. Whaley also said he expects defensive lineman Kyle Williams, who missed 10 games in 2015, back by training camp. He said there is no need to overhaul that side of the ball with several new starters. Wide receiver Percy Harvin's health is still unknown, but "I want him back," Whaley said.'

Marker Senior Bowl: Bills staff gets look at deep DL group [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Kyle Williams is going to be 33 years old and coming off a knee injury that ended his season. The Bills plan on bringing him back as of now, but with an $8 million salary cap hit, there’s always the chance he isn’t fully recovered and the team decides to move on.'

Marker 16 offensive tackles to know for Bills, Part 1 [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'One of two big-time tackle prospects out of the Big Ten, Taylor Decker certainly has all the prototypical features a team would want.'

Marker In 2015 young leaders stepped forward [1:49 AM] reports: '“As far as the leadership thing, first year here, learning some of the guys, I was seeing how guys respond to different things,” said Taylor. “Learning different people, but I think I’ve taken steps forward in that department.”'

Marker WR size not easy to find in this year's draft class [1:48 AM] reports: '“I think first of all you’ve got to look at the uncertainty that we have,” said Whaley in a recent appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550. “Robert Woods has had some medical issues and ended the season on I-R. Chris Hogan is going to be a restricted free agent. Percy Harvin has got an automatic opt out, a void in his contract. So just by sheer numbers it’s a position we’re going to have to entertain.”'

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January 26, 2016

Marker Phillips and DeHaven make compelling Super Bowl storyline [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills fans can always count on something reminding them about a time in which the standards were considerably higher than what’s accepted today. Phillips and DeHaven worked together when the Bills won their last playoff game, in 1999, and their dismissals signaled the start of a 16-year playoff drought.'

Marker Taylor, Wood, Incognito added to Pro Bowl [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo's lone player to be originally selected to the game, running back LeSean McCoy, will not participate because of a knee injury suffered late in the 2015 season.'

Marker Cordy Glenn, Richie Incognito rank among top 20 pending unrestricted free agents [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Incognito’s off-field reputation preceded him heading into 2015, but he has always been one of the better guards in the league, and his signing always seemed a shrewd piece of business by Rex Ryan from an on-field perspective," PFF's David Aitken writes. "It would appear the year out of the league did him a world of good, as he never had a season as strong as 2015 with Buffalo. Baltimore’s Marshal Yanda held the top spot in PFF’s guard grades for the second straight year, but right behind him was Richie Incognito, buoyed by an excellent performance in the run game."'

Marker What could have been with Cam Newton, Percy Harvin's possible return and Doug Marrone's mi [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills held the No. 3 pick in that year’s draft – going 4-4 in the final eight games of the season after an 0-8 start. Denver held the No. 2 pick, and had both Luck and Newton been in the draft, would have had a big decision to make. The Broncos still had Tim Tebow, a former first-round draft pick, on their roster. At that point, he only had made three career starts. Would they have taken Luck or Newton and cut ties with Tebow without ever really giving him a chance to start? It became moot after Luck returned to school, but it’s hard not to think about when Newton is playing the way he did Sunday.'

Marker Bills' Taylor, Wood get Pro Bowl nods [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Wood started all 16 games for the Bills in 2015 and helped pave the way to the Bills having both the top rushing attack in the NFL in yards (2,432) and yards per carry (4.78). The Bills also had three rushers surpass the 500-yard mark – McCoy (895), Taylor (568), and Karlos Williams (517) - for the first time since 1962. Wood is the first Bills center headed to the Pro Bowl since Kent Hull in 1990.'

Marker Bills' Richie Incognito headed to Pro Bowl, will replace Cardinals' Mike Iupati [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Incognito and Wood were part of the Bills' much-improved offensive line. Incognito, who was suspended by the Miami Dolphins in 2013 for his role in a bullying scandal and did not play in the 2014 season, was signed to a one-year deal for 2015. He is now a free agent.'

Marker Wade Phillips, once fired by Buffalo Bills, is a hero in Denver [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The man is 68 and has been coaching somewhere — in high school, college or the pros — in 47 of the last 49 seasons, which bears witness to both his skills and stubbornness. And today, in (a) Colorado and (b) among all those coaching lifers out there, he is pretty much a football hero.'

Marker Bills' Tyrod Taylor, Eric Wood to replace Cam Newton, Ryan Kailil in 2016 Pro Bowl [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Wood is making his first appearance in the Pro Bowl following his seventh season in the league. He made a big jump forward, along with the rest of the Bills' offensive line, under new offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Buffalo led the league in rushing in 2015, and Wood played a part in that.'

Marker Bills QB Taylor, C Wood, G Incognito added to Pro Bowl [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'This was Taylor's first season as a starter after spending the previous four years as Joe Flacco's backup in Baltimore. He set a Bills quarterback record with 568 yards rushing while throwing 20 touchdown passes versus six interceptions.'

Marker Hogan, Bryant, Rambo headline Bills RFA list of seven [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bryant was a key member of the defense this past season. He started week one while Marcell Dareus sat out for his suspension. He then became the full-time starter in place of Kyle Williams after he was lost for the season. He's regarded as one of the smartest players on the team, able to pick up the defense very quickly and understand his roles and responsibilities. That's very valuable for this team going forward, considering last year's issues in that department. Although he came into the league in 2011, Bryant hasn't played enough to qualify for unrestricted free agency, so the Bills have a great opportunity to keep one of their own here without overspending.'

Marker Taylor, Wood, Incognito headed to Pro Bowl [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Running back LeSean McCoy was voted in, but pulled out so he can continue to recover from a late-season injury. Chris Ivory of the Jets will take his place.'

Marker Bills UFAs: Plenty of decisions to be made [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'But Incognito and Glenn are only two of what will be eight unrestricted free agents come the middle of March. There are also seven restricted free agents the team has to make decisions on, as well. The Bills obviously can't keep them all.'

Marker Bills G Richie Incognito named to Pro Bowl [1:47 AM] reports: 'Along with QB Tyrod Taylor, RB LeSean McCoy and C Eric Wood, this marks the first time the Bills have had four Pro Bowlers on the offensive side of the ball since 2002 when four Bills (QB Drew Bledsoe, G Ruben Brown, RB Travis Henry, WR Eric Moulds) earned Pro Bowl honors.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor and Eric Wood named to Pro Bowl [1:46 AM] reports: 'Taylor and Wood were two key pieces to Buffalo’s resurgence on offense in 2015. Under offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Wood led an offensive line that rebounded from a ranking of 25th in rushing in 2014 to lead the league this past season. A Pro Bowl alternate in 2014 as well, this will be Wood’s first opportunity to play in the game.'

Marker In 2015 young leaders stepped forward [1:45 AM] reports: 'Over the last two games, evidence of that new approach showed on the field with Buffalo, despite being severely shorthanded in terms of injured starters, posted a pair of victories to end the 2015 campaign. Yes, it was too late to qualify for the postseason, but young players helped to chart a new course for future success.'

January 25, 2016

Marker Are Bills doubling down on run-first? Ryan believes it’s the right model [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When you look at it with that kind of wind, you have got to be able to run the football in those conditions and we are able to do that,” Ryan said. “So I think it is a great thing. I think it speaks volumes about our football team, where you go in your first year you implement a system and be No. 1 in the league in rushing. I think that is a great thing moving forward. And I think it is only going to help our passing attack.”'

Marker Phillips, DeHaven get Super Bowl shots again [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The last time the Bills made the playoffs, in 1999, Phillips was their head coach and DeHaven was their special teams coordinator. Phillips fired DeHaven after Kevin Dyson ran “Home Run Throwback” for a touchdown in Tennessee in the playoffs, giving the Titans a 22-16 win.'

January 24, 2016

Marker Rex, Bills hire female coach, make history [5:05 PM]
Finger Lakes Times reports: 'And so, for once, Rex being Rex is not just a cheeky commentary on one of the NFL’s true characters. It’s a respectful one for a man who showed true character.'

Marker Percy Harvin and the Bills may be best together [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whaley's words do indicate a stark change in tone. The 2016 Bills could certainly use a deep threat opposite Watkins, who emerged as a star the final nine weeks of the season. While there's a good chance Buffalo looks to the NFL draft to find that player, it's not time to completely rule out Harvin. Whoever plays on the other side is bound to see one-on-one coverage.'

Marker OC Greg Roman's return crucial in Tyrod Taylor's growth [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think overall — when you look at this being his first year playing — I think there’s some encouraging signs," former NFL MVP Rich Gannon said of Taylor. "I think the guy’s in the right system. I think he’s with the right coach. Greg Roman is fantastic in terms of formulating a game plan that takes advantage of his strengths. They’re going to run the football and that includes the quarterback. I think his accuracy is something you can get excited about and build on."'

Marker Watkins on the part to becoming a leader [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Folks, to have wisdom, one must have experience. I think a player going into his third year with a team is a fine time to assume a leadership role. The thing that convinced me is that during his “rant,” he said, “You’ve got to go out there each week and play for the guy next to you.” He gets it.'

Marker NFL abandonment of St. Louis ups the ante in Buffalo [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s nice that Poloncarz is willing to stand up to the NFL monolith, and push for whatever option takes the smallest bite out of taxpayers’ wallets. But the goalposts keep moving, and our circa-1970s stadium is an anachronism in the 21st-century NFL.'

Marker Those who know Kathryn Smith believe she will succeed with Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
Newsday reports: 'Former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum admitted he, too, was caught off guard by the news. “I’m surprised but not shocked,” Tannenbaum, now the Dolphins’ executive vice president of football operations, said in a phone interview Friday. “She really was always interested in things, was always around, a lot of energy, a lot of questions.”'

Marker Kathryn Smith’s hiring by the Bills an important step forward [1:54 AM]
Newsday reports: 'First, he has given my daughter and your daughter and the 45 percent of NFL fans who are women — according to a 2013 NFL commissioned report — something new to aspire to. And second, by hiring the first full-time female assistant NFL coach, he has helped focus public attention on the massive gender-hiring gap in professional sports.'

Marker NFL's first female scout applauds Bills' coach hiring [1:53 AM]
AP reports: '"To me, the best part of this is that Kathryn has a chance to just learn so much and ask questions and pick up so many things," Carberg said.'

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