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Buffalo Bills News - May 23, 2015

Marker Keeping guard up important for O-line [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s far too soon to conclude that the Bills fixed their weakest area on the team, guard, with the additions of veteran Richie Incognito and third-round draft pick John Miller. Or that center Eric Wood will rebound from what he would readily admit was the worst season of his career. Or that tackles Cordy Glenn and Seantrel Henderson will make the necessary strides to provide the consistency the Bills didn’t get from them last year.'

Marker Inaugural Kelly Tough run happens next Saturday [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly and his wife, Jill, picked next weekend for the run because their daughter, Erin, recently published a book called “Kelly Tough,” (amazon.com) and Kelly for Kids, another family foundation, will host a gala the evening afterward in Buffalo and a golf tournament June 1 in Batavia.'

Marker NFL's new extra point rule a welcomed kick in the pants [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The success rate for PATs from the traditional spot was 99 percent last season vs. 91 percent on field goals from 33 yards. What changes everything is that the defense will no longer take the extra point off. With a chance to score, and with no fear of the kicking team running a fake from that distance out, it will rush the house.'

Marker Buffalo Bills LB coach Bobby April says Ty Powell will push for starting job [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think there's still competition for the starters, too," April said. "Ty Powell is having a good offseason. He's competing, he's playing hard for us. He's studying hard. He's smart. He's still in the mix. It's going to be a competitive camp, top and bottom of that roster. There's definitely opportunities there."'

Marker Should Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson retire? [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Jackson definitely still has a role, though. He's the best pass-blocking back on the roster and would be the team's first choice for carries if McCoy got hurt. Is Jackson completely safe? Maybe not, but he definitely shouldn't think about retiring this season. If the Bills, for some reason get rid of him, another NFL team could use his services in 2015.'

Marker Erin Kelly, in new book, tells what it's like being Jim Kelly's Daddy's girl [1:54 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'I may not be “Jim Kelly big muscles,” but I am my dad’s daughter! I learned early on the wisdom and joy of doing what he said and striving to meet his expectations. For example, I can’t recall when I learned how to look someone in the eye and give a firm handshake but I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember—because that’s what he taught me to do. “Erin, when I introduce you to someone, you look them in the eye and give a firm handshake,” he’d say sternly. And he didn’t just tell me once or twice; he made it very clear that that’s what Kellys do (and in case it hasn’t hit you yet, I realized I was a Kelly at a very young age). It’s called respect, and he made sure I understood what it meant and looked like in the most practical way from my most tender years—eye contact and a firm handshake.'

Marker TEs coach Sparano forging his own path [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“My father actually tried to do everything he could to convince me not to do it,” Sparano Jr. said. “He told me I was too smart for it and to do something else with my life so I didn’t have to move around and get involved with the hectic lifestyle that the profession can bring. As I got older it was the only thing I saw myself doing. It was my love, my passion, and I couldn’t see myself without the game.'

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May 22, 2015

Marker Bills’ Powell wants to be more than special [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Powell has been the most impressive for me,” he said. “He’s just smart, picks things up quick. Obviously he was more of a special teams guy. Quite honestly, if he doesn’t play a snap, that’s fine by me because that means Preston Brown is playing. But I like Powell. He’s really jumped out to me.”'

Marker Dareus receives one-game suspension [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A suspension was not a surprise, and the fact it’s only for one game can be viewed as a win for the Bills. He’ll miss the game against the Colts, but will be back for the showdown against the New England Patriots in Week Two.'

Marker NFL suspends Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus one game for violating substance-abuse policy [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Dareus, who was drafted in the first round back in 2011, will be eligible to participate in all offseason activities and preseason games. He is coming off a season in which he recorded a career-high 10 sacks. This is a contract year for Dareus.'

Marker Why Sanjay Lal, Rex Ryan made the Buffalo Bills a perfect fit for Percy Harvin [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We started fresh," Lal said at Bills offseason conditioning Tuesday. "We didn't listen to what the reputation was or what the media portrayed to be or any of that, because you don't know what actually happened."'

Marker Boobie Dixon chronicles Buffalo Bills' team bowling trip [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But it wouldn't have been a Buffalo Bills' team building activity without a recap from running back Boobie Dixon, who used Instagram to update his followers on his team's bowling. Dixon seems to have lost a bet to veteran Fred Jackson, but neither was able to keep up with LeSean McCoy or Sammy Watkins.'

Marker NFL suspends Bills defensive tackle Dareus for 1 game [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'It's unclear whether Dareus will face additional league discipline after being ticketed for crashing his car into a tree near a busy suburban Buffalo intersection also last May.'

Marker Bills' Dareus suspended for opener [1:53 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The third overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, Dareus has started 60-of-63 games during his four-year tenure with Buffalo. The 25-year-old racked up 71 tackles and 7 1/2 sacks in 2013, then earned First Team All-Pro honors during his double-digit sack campaign last season.'

Marker Bills' Dareus suspended for opener [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The charges stem from when Dareus crashed his 2012 Jaguar into a tree while allegedly racing teammate Jerry Hughes in May 2014.'

Marker Phase 2 over; Bills begin OTAs next week [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Per CBA rules, teams are only allowed three days of OTA activities through the first two weeks of Phase Three. The Bills will hold OTAs next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (May 26-27, 29) with a voluntary offseason conditioning day on Thursday, May 28. The remaining seven days they are allowed to have OTAs will take place over the following two weeks. Here is the full schedule of Bills OTA dates...'.

Marker Marcell Dareus suspended one game [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Dareus will miss the team's season opener in Orchard Park against the Inianapolis Colts on September 13. He is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games and will be eligible to play week two at home against the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on September 20.'

Marker Sal's current Bills All-90 depth chart [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills will use a hybrid 3-4/4-3 defensive look. That will change how they line up and who is considered a NT, DT, DE, and LB. So, to simplify things here and not use two separate charts, I separated the "true DL" and "true LB" (who are primarily ILB) from the hybrid 4-3 DE/3-4 LB players.'

Marker NFL suspends Marcell Dareus for season-opener [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Last year, I made a mistake involving possession of a banned substance. The NFL’s discipline for this conduct is part of the drug policy, and I apologize to my family, my teammates, the entire Bills organization and Bills fans that I will miss one game as a result of my mistake. I will work intensely that week and will be extremely happy to contribute to a win in week two for the Bills.”'

Marker Bills HOFer Reed to mentor wideouts this summer [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Having Andre here—when I heard he was interested we jumped all over that opportunity--bringing in a Hall of Fame receiver--one of Buffalo’s own--we are really excited about it,” said Ryan.'

May 21, 2015

Marker Bills O-line is facing steep learning curve [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’re in the learning process right now,” Kromer said. “Is John Miller learning quickly? I would say yes. He has a good background coming out of college and when we interviewed him for the draft, we knew that he had the ability to learn quickly and to adapt to technique just through our interviews, so it’s been a good start, but it’s only a start and we have a long way to go.'

Marker Longer PAT won’t unsettle Carpenter [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Using those parameters, Carpenter is expected to have a 4.5 percent loss in effectiveness, second only to Tucker (3.1) in the NFL. That number comes from subtracting Carpenter’s career success rate on field goals from 30 to 39 yards (94.5) from his success rate on extra points (99).'

Marker Erin Kelly humbled by response to ‘Kelly Tough’ [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s really been an honor to be on all these shows and have the opportunity to share what our family has been through over the past year, two years,” Erin said by phone. “Ultimately, through every one, my main message to get across is through ‘Kelly Tough,’ I wanted to encourage people to be courageous and live fearlessly. Because no one is guaranteed tomorrow. We don’t know what our next breath holds, so cherish every moment as if it’s our last.”'

Marker Math says Dan Carpenter, Buffalo Bills will benefit from the NFL's extra-point rule change [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Pentis calculated that by taking the number of extra points Carpenter attempted in 2014 (32) and multiplied it by Carpenter's career percentage on field goals between 30 and 39 yards (the new distance of the extra point). That came out to 30.25, just 1.75 points shy of the 32 expected from 32 extra point attempts. Only two other kickers, Baltimore's Justin Tucker and Denver's Connor Barth, would have been better in 2014.'

Marker Breaking down Buffalo Bills top 2015 draft pick Ronald Darby with Donnie Henderson and Dennis Thurma [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Since we've had him, I've been impressed with how he prepares himself. He's sharp. He comprehends things, he retains it very well and once we get out here, he applies it. I've been pretty impressed. You don't see that happen all the time. Some guys come in and you have to wait a little longer for that light to click."'

Marker Bills RB coach Anthony Lynn not worried about LeSean McCoy's age, wants him to get 300 carries [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I guess I have a year or two left," McCoy quipped. "Everybody's different. Everybody's body's different. The way I play the game, I never take really direct blows. Knock on wood, I never really miss games and so I feel comfortable in my ability."'

Marker The extra point change: A kicker's approach [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It changes everything,” Carpenter told Buffalobills.com. “For starters you’ve got to look at the teams that play in cold weather. It’s obviously going to get cold and windy and it’s going to be more difficult for those guys to kick extra points than it will be for the guys playing down south in nice weather and in domes.”'

Marker Kyle Williams named among NFL's top 100 players [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Announced on NFL Network’s Top 100 Wednesday night, Williams was ranked 72nd overall by his NFL brethren in the countdown from 80-71.'

May 20, 2015

Marker Brown’s missed time puts him behind other Bills backs [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Bryce is doing what he has to do right now, taking care of his family in the offseason, but yes, it will set him back,” he said. “I mean, he’s five, six weeks behind everyone else. Once he gets here, it’s going to be hard to slow down and catch him up. That’s one of my biggest concerns, but, you know, he’s got the playbook. Hopefully he’s taking care of his business and hopefully he’ll come in in great shape and we’ll see what happens.”'

Marker Bills wrap up contract with Ronald Darby; have entire 2015 draft class signed [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The team did not release terms of the contract, but under the league's rookie wage scale, Darby's deal is expected to be worth about $4.5 million over its duration. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound cornerback won a national championship during his college career at Florida State, finishing with 79 tackles and 16 passes defensed in 42 games, with 23 starts.'

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