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Buffalo Bills News - August 1, 2015

Marker 9 non-quarterbacks to watch during practices [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Kouandjio, a second-round pick in 2014, didn't see the field as a rookie. He had a rough training camp and preseason a year ago while Henderson, a 2014 seventh-round pick, made a quicker transition. Has time allowed Kouandjio to catch up? We'll see when the pads come on during practice Sunday.'

Marker No timeline for choosing QB, Bills GM says [1:41 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“That’s the one thing I’ve truly believed since I’ve been in this business. Players will see through anything that you put out there that’s not right. They know. They’re smarter than a lot of people give them credit for. And they’re going to know who the guy should be behind centre.”'

Marker Bills' McCoy says there was nothing shady about party [1:40 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“But for the record, it was no weird orgy thing going on ... I cancelled it. It got too wild. I felt like everybody took it out of context so I just, I just cancelled it ... I should have never posted it.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills kick off training camp at St. John Fisher [1:39 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'But this season, it’s different. Optimism is at an all-time high and with new coach Rex Ryan, new running back LeSean McCoy and a defense that’s among the NFL’s best, expectations are immense. The Bills haven’t been to the playoffs in 15 years, currently the longest drought in the NFL.'

Marker Buffalo Bills feeding hunger of long offseason [1:38 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“Oh man, this is the best thing in the world,” fullback Boobie Dixon said after practice ended. “This is what I love to do … The fans out here cheering, it’s a motivator. It feeds the soul.”'

Marker Rex Ryan hints at Jets ‘agendas’ in subtle Idzik, Woody shots [1:37 AM]
New York Post reports: 'As predictable as December snowfall in Buffalo, Bills fans and media are eating out of Ryan’s hand. He could be serving cat food and the masses would be devouring it as if it were their last meal.'

Marker Charges against NFL coach, son dismissed [1:36 AM]
Northwest Florida Daily News reports: 'The families felt that continued prosecution would result in “substantial disruption of the lives of the minor children and their respective families,” according to a letter from the State Attorney’s Office to the Kromers’ attorney.'

Marker McCoy creates buzz as Buffalo Bills open training camp [1:35 AM]
AP reports: '"I always try to get the fans involved," said McCoy, who was acquired in a trade that sent linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Philadelphia Eagles. "No player is there actually looking forward to camp. So the fans come out here and cheer us up and get us going. I try to do the same."'

Marker Ryan: Bills hiring Pat Meyer has no ties to Kromer's status [1:34 AM]
AP reports: 'Though the Bills announced Meyer was hired as a football operations consult on Friday, Ryan said the hiring actually took place in June. That was before Kromer was arrested and charged with battery following an alleged altercation on July 12.'

Marker Bills defensive end Williams passes physical, joins camp [1:33 AM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills say defensive end Mario Williams has passed his physical and was activated in time for the team's opening practice at training camp.'

Marker Bills' celebrated QB battle begins with a whimper [1:32 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Ryan made it clear throughout the offseason that when the Bills came to training camp, the quarterback job would be wide open -- and may the best man win. To that end, he has adopted offensive coordinator Greg Roman's two-spot system where team drills are going on simultaneously at both ends of the practice field in order to give not only the quarterbacks, but everyone else, more reps. However, it is specifically helpful to the quarterbacks who need all the time they can get.'

Marker Charge against Bills' Kromer dismissed [1:31 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Assistant state attorney Bobby Elmore told ESPN that the accusers' parents asked for the charge to be dismissed after they reached an "amicable resolution" with Kromer's attorneys.'

Marker Bills DE Williams cleared for practice [1:30 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Williams was cleared for the team's first practice of training camp on Friday morning at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y.'

Marker Charges against Bills assistant coach Aaron Kromer dropped [1:29 AM]
ESPN reports: 'A misdemeanor battery charge against Zachery Kromer was also dropped Friday.'

Marker Bills' Ryan is giddy about day one of camp [1:28 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As you can imagine Rex Ryan was also off the charts too and couldn’t contain his excitement, “I would like to say I thought it was going to be tough to find something to top jumping out of a plane, but as a football coach I think this topped it. The reason I say it is this day was a long time coming, you can’t wait to get out, you itch and are ready to go and you get out here and you experience the fans, you experience the great weather, on the grass it’s tremendous.”'

Marker Kromer Update [1:27 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to ESPN Bills beat reporter Mike Rodak, charges against Bills Offensive Line coach Aaron Kromer have been dropped at the request of the victims parents after sides reached an agreement.'

Marker Darby, Sammy shine; QBs struggle on Day One [1:26 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'EJ Manuel didn’t look any different than the EJ we’ve seen through two years so far. He was able to hit on some shorter throws, but too many passes that he should connect on were off the mark.'

Marker Bills Prez: Time to toss playoff drought anvil into Lake Erie [1:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: ' "They’ve been together for a while, especially on the defensive side of the ball. They got a taste of it last year, we were close but you know we couldn’t get over the hump. They’re holding each other accountable as great teams do. Just being around these guys, I have a feeling they know there’s something special on the horizon if they can just put it all together. We said we put the anvil in Lake Erie when the Pegulas bought the franchise, we need to put this anvil in Lake Erie as well and get this playoff drought off of our backs.”'

Marker Bills' Harvin gets some work at corner [1:24 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As far as Harvin pulling a Troy Brown and playing both ways, Ryan said it was actually the wide receiver’s idea, “He came to me and wanted to help this team out in any way. You can’t have enough depth at corner, so let’s see what he can do.” Ryan added, “Obviously we aren’t going to over coach him, but if he can help out in that area. Obviously he’s got the physical skills that you’d think he’d probably be pretty good at it.”'

Marker 7 Bills training camp observations: Day 1 [1:23 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The highly anticipated three-man quarterback competition is underway in Pittsford, NY, and as to be expected, neither of the three jumped out into an early lead.'

Marker Darby's opportunity comes sooner than expected [1:22 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Ronald Darby may be a second-round pick, but in a secondary steeped in veteran talent, the rookie was hoping to see some prime opportunities here and there. On day one of training camp Darby got that and a whole lot more. With Leodis McKelvin on the Active/Non-Football Injury list and no timetable for a return, Darby appears to have a golden opportunity to make a name for himself at left cornerback early in camp.'

Marker Top 3 things you need to know from Day 1 at Bills Camp [1:21 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills head coach Rex Ryan and the offensive staff gave respect to veteran experience on day one of training camp as 10-year vet Matt Cassel was the first man through in the quarterback rotation Friday. He was followed by fifth-year QB Tyrod Taylor and then EJ Manuel. Manuel got most of his work with the second unit.'

Marker Bills name Meyer Football Operations Consultant [1:20 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills announced the hiring of Pat Meyer as the team's football operations consultant. Meyer spent the 2013 with the Chicago Bears as an offensive line coach. He’s served as an offensive line coach, an offensive coordinator and a strength and conditioning coach.'

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July 31, 2015

Marker Plenty of buzz as Bills open camp [5:27 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'To be sure there will be questions on which hopefuls will start on either side of center Eric Wood along the offensive line and which two or three wide receivers will survive along with Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Harvin from the other eight bidding for jobs.'

Marker Fullback Felton ready for a block party [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Felton is the forgotten signing, the one who inked a four-year, $9.2 million deal to serve as McCoy’s lead blocker. His position is going extinct elsewhere – but not in Buffalo where Rex Ryan plans on building a run-first operation. Heading into his eighth season, Felton is a survivor. He’s been cut. He’s been arrested. He’s been rushed to the hospital. He’s proving that, yes, teams should still carry a fullback.'

Marker Will there be a Gilmore Island? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In Jim Schwartz’s defense last season, one that didn’t blitz as much, Gilmore had 46 tackles, three interceptions and one forced fumble. In three seasons, he has 32 total pass break-ups. The Bills showed a lot of faith in Gilmore this offseason, picking up his fifth-year option in 2016 at the price of about $11 million.'

Marker Pegula will be patient about new stadium for Bills [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The only answer to that question is the state and county, there’s been a lot of money put into Ralph Wilson Stadium,” Pegula said. “We’re in no hurry. We realize that if that work was just done, how foolish would you look if you start looking around for a new stadium when we’ve just renovated the one we have? We have time. We have an existing lease on the current stadium.”'

Marker Bills’ coach Kromer pleads not guilty [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'His son, Zachery, also pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge.'

Marker Ex-Bill Curtis Brown dies at age 60 [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 2013, Art Holliday wrote about Brown’s treatment for football-related dementia for KDSK-TV. Brown said he suffered four concussions, but his neurologist, Dr. David Brady at the Barnes Jewish Hospital said in the article, “We really think of the reported concussions like the four that Mr. Brown reported, as potentially the tip of an iceberg. There might be a lot under the surface that we don’t know about.”'

Marker Bills’ Sammy Watkins says he’s injury-free [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I feel good and I’m ready to start,” said Watkins. “There’s a lot I have to make up. Missing 3-4 months of football, it definitely takes you back and there’s something to work on every day. I can’t wait to get started with the quarterbacks and getting back to feeling like myself. It starts with the first day competing with the cornerbacks to see where I’m at.”'

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