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Buffalo Bills News - August 22, 2017

Marker Was there more to Boldin’s exit than benevolence? [1:55 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'There’s no question about Boldin’s dedication to off-the-field pursuits, especially after 14 seasons in the NFL with Arizona, Baltimore, San Francisco and Detroit where his prolific production was sometimes overshadowed by his off-field dedication and generosity. Even, in announcing his retirement, he made it clear how much the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia bothered him.'

Marker Jordan Poyer's 'quiet' summer a good sign for the Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You hit the nail on the head – he’s been flying under the radar,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. “His role on this defense is vital. He communicates well back there for us. He’s one of the quarterbacks along with Micah Hyde, for the defense and the secondary.”'

Marker Anquan Boldin opens up, says 'there's something bigger than football at this point' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It wasn't a decision that I made all of the sudden," Boldin told hosts Vic Carucci and Ross Tucker. "It was something that I had been dealing with for a couple years. I always felt like football would be my passion, football would get me past a lot of things. When I stepped up to the podium, what I said was honestly true. But just seeing things that transpired over the last week or so, I mean, I think for me, there's something bigger than football at this point.'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 thoughts on Anquan Boldin's 'punch to the gut' decision [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As a 15-year veteran, he was expected to do what he did last season with the Detroit Lions – be productive in a sound, efficient way that relied far more on his experience and savvy than speed and quickness. He would run ultra-precise routes. He would make the very most of his highly reliable hands. And he would provide considerable leadership with his vast wisdom and tremendous character, embodying all of the qualities coach Sean McDermott wants from all of his players.'

Marker Jim Kelly announces the death of his father, Joe [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Words cannot possibly describe how much I loved my father and how deeply broken-hearted our entire family is right now,” he wrote. “I am the man I am today because of the man my father was everyday of his life. He was an awesome example and taught me and my five brothers how to live life and represent the Kelly Family.'

Marker Pegulas stake in AdPro Sports is 'rocket fuel' for company, president says [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While the deal with Pegulas marks a significant change for AdPro, which was founded in 1999, much about how the company runs will remain the same. Raccuia is still the president and maintain ownership in the new partnership, and the company's management team remains in place. AdPro's hub of operations will continue to be its 88,000-square-foot facility in Cheektowaga, near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.'

Marker Boldin tells SiriusXM NFL Radio his advocacy for human rights 'outweighs my passion for footbal [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“When I stepped to the podium (in training camp), what I said was true but things that have transpired over the last week or so, for me, there’s something bigger than football at this point,’’ Boldin said. “It’s shocking for me to say that because football is something I’ve dedicated my life towards.’’'

Marker Buffalo Bills curse? Not this time as Anquan Boldin bolts for greater good [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Surely, he could’ve played this season and been everything general manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott hoped for. A consummate professional, a classy presence for the franchise, a veteran showing a rebuilding team full of young players how to get it done, a free agent signing with residual benefits for years to come.'

Marker Father of ex-Buffalo Bills QB Jim Kelly dies [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Mr. Kelly spent a lifetime working as a machinist in western Pennsylvania steel mills, and didn't want his children to endure the hardships he faced, the Democrat and Chronicle reported in 2002. He wanted Jim to wear a helmet, not a hard hat.'

Marker Anquan Boldin says he retired because of Charlottesville, not Buffalo Bills [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Seeing the things that transpired in the last week or so, for me, there's something bigger than football at this point," Boldin said. "It's kind of shocking for me to say that, because football has been something I dedicated my life to."'

Marker 8 thoughts on WR Anquan Boldin retiring from Buffalo Bills [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'When the Bills traded away Sammy Watkins, Bills general manager Brandon Beane made it clear the team wasn't throwing in the towel because it had just signed Boldin. He and the team certainly didn't envision Boldin walking away just over a week later. The team is now left with a rookie as its No. 1 receiver heading into the third preseason game. Boldin wasn't going to swing the season one way or another, but it's a blow to morale to have a player like Boldin step away after two weeks with the team.'

Marker 7 options for Buffalo Bills to replace Anquan Boldin at wide receiver [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Trade for Phillip Dorsett.'

Marker Hornell’s Mike Waufle back home with Bills [1:48 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '“I always wanted to come back home,” Waufle said. “Coach McDermott and I had the same agent at one time and used to go to dinner at the combine. Coach Frazier and I have known each other for a long time. Juan Castillo and I have known each other for 20 years. Those are some guys I really respect. When I found out they were here, I was like whoa. I love both those guys, I love Coach McDermott. He’s doing a great job of teaching this team how to be a playoff caliber team. I love being back home.”'

Marker Boldin turns focus from NFL to bridging racial divisions [1:47 AM]
AP reports: '"I always felt like football would be my passion, football would be the path to a lot of things," Boldin said. "But just seeing the things that transpired over the last week or so, I think for me, there's something bigger than football at this point."'

Marker Anquan Boldin: Bills disappointed but understanding of retirement [1:46 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I think Tyrod is a fine quarterback, and I think he'll be just great. I have all the confidence in the world in Tyrod. I played in this league for 14 years, and I don't think [you can see" target="_blank"> how a season is gonna go based off of one preseason game."'

Marker Bills' Clay wants to contribute more [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I’ve seen it since OTA’s, he’s coming out and taking the correct footwork at getting rid of the ball on time and just trusting guys. The more we make plays, then he’ll trust us.”'

Marker Joe B: Buffalo Bills 53-man roster projection (8/21/17) [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Jordan Matthews, Zay Jones, Andre Holmes, Rod Streater, Brandon Tate, Philly Brown'

Marker Pegulas acquire majority interest in ADPRO Sports [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'In addition to having licenses to provide uniforms and apparel for the NFL and NHL, ADPRO will soon enter the NBA market. It also provides branded merchandise to hundreds of colleges, high schools and corporations nationwide, including homegrown companies such as M&T Bank, Ingram Micro, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY.'

Marker Bills Today: Davis thrives in Bills debut [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think I did a lot of things right on Thursday, as far as my assignments,” said Davis. “I kind of hard on myself, and I didn’t hit home like I wanted to. When I look at the film, I think I put some pretty good rushes on film. I think camp is going good. I think the coaching staff are doing a good job of being on top of me and keeping me healthy.”'

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August 21, 2017

Marker Anquan Boldin informs Bills he's retiring [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We respect Anquan's decision to retire from the NFL. We appreciate the time he gave us over the past two weeks. He is one of the best receivers to play this game and we wish him and his family all the best moving forward," Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said in a statement issued by the team Sunday night.'

Marker Anquan Boldin's Friday interview gave no hint of his immediate plans [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Few expected it to be Boldin's one and only game with the Bills, though. If he was thinking about retirement – which ESPN's Jim Trotter reported Sunday night – he gave no hints about those plans Friday in brief comments made to The Buffalo News.'

Marker Buffalo sports Twitter reacts to Boldin's sudden retirement [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Naturally, Buffalo sports Twitter has strong reactions to anything that happens, especially negative news. Here are some of the top responses we've noticed...'.

Marker Bills Notebook: Jordan Matthews confident about Week One, officials visit practice, Dion Dawkins wor [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It’s extremely frustrating because I’ve been consistent in my career – with being at practice, being there for my team, not missing games and everything," he said. "I was in disbelief. That’s why I finished the whole practice because I was like ‘there’s no way I just hurt myself my first day as a Bill, just not possible.’ When I got done with practice I realized my chest and arms started stiffening up a little bit. At that point I kind of knew."'

Marker In wake of Cameron Jefferson's silent anthem protest, Bills coach Sean McDermott says 'the [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He understood and he just wanted to make sure it wasn't a distraction to the team," he said. "Make sure that he was on board, make sure he knows what I'm doing and what I'm about not really trying to be a distraction to anybody, not be a distraction to him because as a head coach, he's the head coach over everybody -- not just one individual."'

Marker What They Said: Bills coach Sean McDermott at Sunday's practice [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'We’re just looking at things. Like I mentioned, to have a plan in place and to continue to look at things. We’re going to go, and move in that direction a little bit more today, just so we’re ready. Again, we’re cautiously optimistic about Cordy [Glenn]; Having said that, we want to make sure we’re moving in a direction that if we need to [put] Dion on the left side, we’re ready to do that as well.'

Marker New Buffalo Bill Anquan Boldin abruptly retires [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Boldin's departure raises further questions about an already thin Buffalo Bills receiving corps. Leading receiver Sammy Watkins was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Aug. 11, though the team acquired Jordan Matthews from the Philadelphia Eagles that same day. Matthews is recovering from a chipped bone in his sternum.'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Anquan Boldin reportedly retires [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo planned to use Boldin primarily in the slot this season. Although his veteran presence will be missed in the wide receivers room, Boldin's retirement will allow the Bills to move Jordan Matthews into the slot. Matthews has recorded 2,389 receiving yards out of the slot from 2014-2016.'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane releases statement on Anquan Boldin's retirement [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Boldin's retirement is just the latest story in a hectic two weeks for the Bills. Days after signing Boldin, Buffalo would send Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby away in separate trades to the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles. The Bills gained cornerback E.J. Gaines and wide receiver Jordan Matthews in exchange for the players as well as a second and third round pick in the 2018 draft.'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews plans to be ready for season opener [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"As far as this type of injury, it's kind of up in the air," Matthews said. "Most injuries, most broken bones you already know the timetable. You can even Google that stuff and find it. With a chest injury like this, it's kind of more up in the air. They have to gauge it. It's more pain management than anything. When they feel like I'm at a good place where I can go out there and perform but also not put myself at risk of hurting anything else or have the same injury, then they'll feel comfortable throwing me back out there."

Marker What Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is doing to jell with WR Jordan Matthews [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Just talking through a lot of things," Taylor said after the Bills' preseason game against the Eagles. "It's funny you say that, because even the first practice where he got hurt, I was able to talk him through a couple of things that happened and he was able to get a practice rep and we were able to connect on that. As long as we continue to keep talking through schemes. Last week was a short week. This week is more of a game-like week, so we can actually talk through things and get on the same page."'

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