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Buffalo Bills News - August 18, 2016

Marker Buffalo Bills assistant coach Ed Reed named to Pro Football Focus' All-Decade team [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Reed was a player who seemed to keep his best for when it mattered most; of his 22 highest-graded games, five came in the postseason, including his best of 99.0 against the Texans in the 2011 divisional playoff. Although we got to see him playing the run very well early in his career, he became that deep-coverage specialist towards the end with his range, boosted by his uncanny anticipation off the throw.'

Marker New Era Field is new name for Buffalo Bills' Ralph Wilson Stadium (report) [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'New Era, a hat and apparel company, was founded in 1920 on Genessee Street in Buffalo.'

Marker Rex responds to Dareus suspension, other notes from Wednesday’s camp [1:43 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“I apologize to Terry and Rex and everyone else. Everyone, they have my back. They say we're a family and we're going to stand by you, but at the same time, like I said, words don't mean anything, it's all action,” Dareus said.'

Marker Signs of change in Buffalo, Miami [1:42 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: '"At least that sounds like a football name. Look at who's going to take over my name, Joe. A hat company — and a baseball cap one at that. New Era, at least it's a Buffalo company, but still, what will my stadium be nicknamed now? The Cap? Caps do have 'Bills,' right, Joe?"'

Marker Rejuvenated Brown fighting for starting spot with Buffalo Bills [1:41 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'I'm feeling great — lighter, loose, just overall real good. It's a new staff (for me), new environment and I'm getting the chance to play under some great coaches and next to some great players. So it's definitely been a really good thing so far.'

Marker Bills' Dareus contrite, embarrassed after NFL suspension [1:40 AM]
AP reports: 'Saying "everyone makes dumb decisions," Dareus has since apologized to his teammates, Bills staff and owners, as well as his family and fans.'

Marker Bills DT Dareus says missed drug test led to suspension [1:39 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It was a missed test, but at the same time things got out -- people said this, people said that and I got scolded about it. But at the same time, I know who I have to answer to and that's what it is," Dareus said Wednesday, one day after he was banned for violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.'

Marker Despite injuries, suspension, Rex Ryan says Bills defense on upswing [1:38 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I see the big picture. I also see this defense is improving," Ryan said. "I've said it from Day 1: we're going to be better. We will definitely be better than we were last year, in my opinion. Regardless of those [injuries and suspension], this defense will be better."'

Marker Dareus suspended over a missed drug test [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I really don't have much to say," Dareus said. "it really doesn't mean anything now. It's all action, and that's all I'm gonna do. I'll come back and do the best I can. I apologize to my teammates and my family. I embarrassed my kids, who I am, and who I'm working to be... [My teammates say] they have my back. They say we're a family and we're going to stand by you. But at the same time, words don't mean anything. It's all about action."'

Marker Bills organization, teammates have Dareus' back [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"From the Pegulas down, we preach a strong sense of family," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said to Howard Simon and Jeremy White this morning on WGR. "This is a family member that has obviously made some bad decisions, and he's gotta make better choices in his life. But the easiest thing to do is discard them. So we're gonna stand by him, but again, I stress that he's gotta start holding up his end of the bargain. We're gonna stand by this guy and support him, and hopefully steer him in the right direction."

Marker Bush, Lewis return to practice for Bills [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Both players got snaps with the starters at different points of the practice.'

Marker Bills GM says Gilmore is a core player [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Command. Command of not only the offense but the team” Whaley said. "When he walked in in the off season, you could tell he was comfortable in his skin. He’s comfortable being the quarterback of the Buffalo Bills and guess what, so are all his teammates. They look up to him and they are following his lead. That’s one of the aspects of a franchise quarterback that you can’t see on the field."'

Marker Bills to announce new stadium name on Thursday [1:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It was first reported on Saturday just before the Bills' preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts that the Bills and New Era Company reached an agreement on naming rights to the stadium. Multiple reports are saying that the name of the field will now be known as "New Era Field". The name of the field was first reported by Jim Fink of Buffalo Business First.'

Marker Bills' Dareus: Talk is cheap, it's all action [1:32 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'I mean, my team loves me to death. They know what kind of person, and they know who I am. And they aren’t on the outside looking in, they know who I am. And they have my back, they said ‘Marcell, we’re going to hold it down, and we’re going to make sure everything is okay, and we know you’re going to be around, you’re going to support us, and I know you’re going to help us regardless, and you’re going to be ready’… and that’s just what it is.'

Marker Lawson says he has no idea where domestic dispute report is coming from [1:31 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"’I'm shocked as everybody else is," Lawson said. "I don’t know what’s going on. I’ve reached out to the NFL. I’ve reached out to the organization and we’re trying to get to the bottom of this."'

Marker 7 Bills training camp observations: Day 14 (8/17/16) [1:30 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It’s been a pretty common theme at St. John Fisher College. Throughout all the weeks, Stephon Gilmore has remained a constantly impressive player during practice, and he’s doing it against really anyone he’s lining up in front of.'

Marker Bills, New Era to announce new stadium name as New Era Field [1:29 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'New Era Cap company and the team will announce the new name as part of the stadium rights deal at 11am on Thursday. Bills owner Terry Pegula and New Era President and CEO Chris Koch will be on hand to talk about the deal.'

Marker Dareus: 'Talk is cheap' [1:28 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '"I’m going to come back and do the best that I can," said Dareus. "Words doesn’t mean anything now. It’s all action."'

Marker Lawson 'shocked' at domestic violence report [1:27 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '"It came out of nowhere," said Lawson. "My girlfriend sent me the tweet and I'm shocked just like everybody else is."'

Marker Rex disappointed, frustrated with Marcell Dareus [1:26 AM] reports: '“I’m frustrated and disappointed, as is everybody in this organization,” said Ryan. “Every teammate from top to bottom. And I’m sure fans are feeling the same way. We all know the kind of player that Marcell is and you know that Marcell is a good person too, but he’s got to make better choices and understand that it affects the whole football team and not just himself.”'

Marker Top 3 things you need to know from Day 14 at Bills Camp [1:25 AM] reports: '“You’ve just got to know the situation. A fight on the field is never good and in two-minute that definitely hurts the team,” said Taylor. “It ended up being a call on the defense, but you have to be smart enough in those situations. End of game situations where we need all the field position we can get you’ve just got to be smart. I’m sure Walt will learn from the situation. It was good to see Eric coach him up, maybe not the way that Walt wanted it to, but I think Eric got his point across. I think it wasn’t taken the wrong way. I think it was taken the right way and Walt understands the situation.”'

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August 17, 2016

Marker Loss of Dareus just another blow for Bills [1:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But, as an All-Pro nose tackle in his prime, Marcell gets chance after chance … and he’s needed them.'

Marker Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus hit with four-game NFL suspension [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“From ownership down we have made it clear his behavior is unacceptable. We will continue to take the necessary steps to work with him in order that he adheres to the policies set forth by our league. As an organization, we will move forward with our preparations for the start of the 2016 NFL season.”'

Marker Manny Lawson the subject of NFL investigation; Bills linebacker facing possible one-game suspension [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lawson figures to replace rookie Shaq Lawson in the starting lineup at outside linebacker at the start of the season. Bills coach Rex Ryan will ease him back into practice –Lawson didn’t take part in team drills Tuesday at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Day 13 Bills Training Camp Observations: Wide receiver race coming into clearer focus [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Another player who has made a positive impression at receiver is Walt Powell.'

Marker Will a ‘Real Housewife’ follow her Buffalo Bill husband here? [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Outside the region, the news played more like an ironic joke, as fans wondered how such a high-maintenance girl would fare in hardscrabble Buffalo.'

Marker Bills DT Marcell Dareus facing 4-game suspension [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In announcing the suspension, Dareus’ second of this nature, the league indicated he will be eligible to return to the Bills’ active roster on Monday, Oct. 3, the day after the Bills play at New England, which will be without suspended quarterback Tom Brady.'

Marker Bills rookie quarterback Cardale Jones flashes potential [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'So while we all thought the Bills’ 19-18 loss to the Colts was meaningless — and by the way, we were right, it was — Jones was upset that he didn’t connect on the two-point conversion pass with time expired that would have given the Bills the victory. It wasn’t enough for him that he’d led Buffalo on an 83-yard touchdown drive in the final 1:03, hitting Jarret Boykin for the score, to get into position to win. He wanted the "W."'

Marker Bills should make statement and dump Dareus [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'However, now the Bills have entered into new territory, and it’s a disturbing Dumpster fire of a look. Not only are their players not good enough on the field, several are not good off the field either, and there is no bigger and brighter example of this than defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.'

Marker Tip of the hat to Bills for selling naming rights [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'And make no mistake about it: It is a new era under new owners Kim and Terry Pegula.'

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