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Buffalo Bills News - July 27, 2016

Marker Bills, Taylor talking 'frequently' about contract extension [9:06 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'From Taylor's perspective, he and his representative, Adisa Bakari, clearly have to believe the standard for an extension was established with the $18-million-per-year deal Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans after making his first seven career starts with the Denver Broncos last season.'

Marker Get to know the Bills' opponents: Offseason recap of the Pittsburgh Steelers [9:03 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How much better will the secondary be? The Steelers ranked 30th in the NFL against the pass last season, and addressed that by spending their first two picks of the draft on defensive backs. Will that be enough? Pittsburgh likely is comfortable with getting into shootouts with teams because of its high-powered offense, but improving the secondary could push the Steelers from a playoff team to a Super Bowl contender.'

Marker Ed Reed: Former star is pied piper of Bills' coaches [9:03 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He’s more like the pied piper, people follow him,” Ryan said of Reed, who he coached for seven years in Baltimore and for the last half of the 2013 season in New York when Reed closed out his magnificent career with the Jets. “And that was even when he wasn’t the dominant player that he used to be with Baltimore,” Ryan continued. “When I had him with the Jets, he took that whole group and they’d follow him. They all want part of that wisdom he has and I thought for our team, you can’t have a better guy.”'

Marker What role would Reggie Bush play on the Bills? [9:02 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Obviously McCoy’s spot is safe, and it would appear Gillislee’s is, as well, knowing what he did in his limited time towards the end of last season. Karlos Williams is facing a four-game suspension and after showing up out of shape and overweight to minicamp, some have speculated his roster status could be in jeopardy. However, since Williams won’t count against the final 53-man roster during his suspension, there’s really no reason to make that move until after he’s eligible to return and surveying the situation at that time. Unless, of course, the team is totally convinced he won’t be able to get back on the right track long-term.'

Marker Drought, politics have put Doug Whaley under pressure [9:01 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Things have gone awry when Whaley has tried too hard to sound GM-ish. It isn’t a place he’s comfortable. When Whaley wanted to project that he wasn’t concerned about Sammy Watkins’ injury history, it came off as exactly the opposite. The “humans shouldn’t play football” quote doesn’t make you feel more confident that Watkins’ foot will heal properly. And we all know the idea of Watkins missing time scares the hell out of Whaley (and every other Bills fan, coach, front office person).'

Marker Bills training camp preview: Defensive Line [9:00 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Zimmer will probably have to show what he can do mostly on special teams, but if any injuries occur ahead of him, he’ll get his chances to impress, as well. He could ultimately be a perfect practice squad candidate, but he’ll be a player that will get noticed at camp because of his strength and athleticism.'

Marker 9 Bills questions heading into training camp [8:59 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Known around the locker room as a great teammate and a hard worker, Manuel will have his chance during preseason this year to impress not only the Bills, but future employers in the NFL as well. His NFL story isn't over by any means, he's got enough to work with to land elsewhere. However, as far as the Bills are concerned, 2016 is likely to be the swan song for Manuel.'

Marker Rams cut QB Nick Foles, should the Bills sign him? [8:58 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'By no means am I a proponent of Nick Foles. In fact, I remained unimpressed with Foles even immediately after his unbelievable run with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. To me, he was the byproduct of Chip Kelly's system going unchecked in the head coach's first year in the NFL.'

Marker Will Tyrod Taylor perform like a franchise QB? [8:57 PM] reports: '“I’ve been with Chad Pennington and Drew Bledsoe, I’ve been with Vinny Testaverde, those guys all had that common thread of preparation,” said Bills quarterbacks coach David Lee. “Tyrod’s in here at 6:15 every day. Last season he was out at 7:30 pm. He knows how to prepare, and that’s going to pay off.”'

Marker What to watch as Bills begin training camp [8:45 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'How about running back?'

Marker Bills address 'deal points' for contract with Bush [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Asked if he thought the discussions would lead to an agreement, the source said, "I would guess, yes."'

Marker Brandon gets down to business with his full plate for PSE [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You think you have a pretty good plan as I went into it. I’ve altered that a few times, just with office days and travel and strategically planning my schedule, which I didn’t realize at the time was much easier with just the Bills. But we talk about working in team sports and if you’re in this role that I happen to be in, you’d better live it every day – the true definition of team.”'

Marker Training Camp Questions: How many running backs are enough? [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills haven’t even reported to camp yet this year, and there is already a reason for the tire-kicking on Bush. Second-year running back Karlos Williams has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for flunking a drug test. Rookie fifth-round draft pick Jonathan Williams got busted for driving while intoxicated in Arkansas.'

Marker Get to know the Bills' opponents: Offseason recap of the Oakland Raiders [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Can the Raiders win the AFC West? The division seems there for the taking, with the Broncos likely starting Mark Sanchez at quarterback and the Chargers coming off a 4-12 season. That leaves the Chiefs and Raiders. Anything less than a 10-win season and playoff spot would be a disappointment for Oakland.'

Marker Zak Kromer joins father Aaron, Bills as entry-level assistant [1:55 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Zak Kromer spent the past four seasons as a student assistant for the University of Oklahoma's football team.'

Marker Bills camp ennui [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I can't think of anything that could happen between now and their September 11 opener that would make me think the Bills will be a better team than I already do. Any performance in preseason games gets automatically -- and deservedly -- discounted because of how careful teams are to avoid showing their true selves. (If your team plays poorly in the preseason and you write it off as meaningless, well, that should work both ways.)'

Marker Bills training camp preview: Defensive Line [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The wildcard here is the rookie Washington. He’s got a lot of work to do on stopping the run, but comes into the league with a good pass-rushing skill set which will earn him time in various packages. I expect he’ll be inserted quite often with the first and second units to see if he can handle NFL offensive linemen and blocking, and to test his knowledge of the scheme and techniques the coaches want from him. He saw plenty of time with the starters during OTAs and minicamp as others weren’t always available.'

Marker Will Tyrod Taylor perform like a franchise QB? [1:52 AM] reports: '“I’ve been with Chad Pennington and Drew Bledsoe, I’ve been with Vinny Testaverde, those guys all had that common thread of preparation,” said Bills quarterbacks coach David Lee. “Tyrod’s in here at 6:15 every day. Last season he was out at 7:30 pm. He knows how to prepare, and that’s going to pay off.”'

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July 26, 2016

Marker Report: Stephon Gilmore to report to training camp [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That goes to show that there is still plenty of time for the Bills and Gilmore to reach a deal.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor, Stephon Gilmore make list of top 25 2017 free agents [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills could retain the services of both players by reaching a contract extension with one of them, which would then allow the team to use the franchise tag on the other.'

Marker Get to know the Bills' opponents: Offseason recap of the Jacksonville Jaguars [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How close to finished is Caldwell's rebuild? It's hard to see the St. Francis product getting another chance if Jacksonville falls short of the playoffs this season.'

Marker Ryan brothers riding together again, this time with Bills [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Obviously our family name is huge,” Rob said back in mid-June during the first and only interview session he has had with local reporters since Rex brought him aboard in the off-season. “So of course there is a lot of pride in that. We are Ryans and we believe in what our name is and what we are all about.”'

Marker 3 defensive backs who need to step up for Buffalo Bills in 2016 [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Nickell Robey is might be the biggest film junkie in the Bills' defensive backs room. He knows more about the scheme and opponent tendencies than most do, and he's growing into himself as a leader. In 2016, the Bills know they need to communicate better, especially on the back end of the defense. That means guys like Robey need to lead the way. He played well in 2015, but he'll be the first to tell you that he, and the rest of his teammates, can be better.'

Marker Bills rookie to cops: My drunk driving was heroic [1:54 AM]
New York Post reports: '“I don’t want to mess with your integrity or anything like that,” Williams optimistically cautioned in the video obtained by TMZ. “The young lady in the car before me drank a lot of alcohol. I drank a 40-ounce of beer. I found myself being responsible trying to be able to take her home before she drove home because I was trying to look out for her. She was really intoxicated.”'

Marker Stephon Gilmore says he'll be at Bills camp [1:53 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I'm planning to go out to training camp," Gilmore told ESPN NFL Insider Josina Anderson on Monday. "I know what I am. [A new contract will" target="_blank"> happen eventually."'

Marker Bills training camp preview: WR and TE [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Easley is coming off a horrible knee injury and could very well start camp on the PUP list after not working in reps in any of the team's off-season program. But if and when he is healthy, his main attribute is as a special-teams player and that's where he will primarily be throughout the next month trying to secure his spot on the team again.'

Marker Sammy 'sprinting and moving 100%,' prepared for whatever is asked to start camp [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Gassers, 100s, everything in the workout room,” he said. “Any explosiveness, I’m doing that. I’m doing the cuts, but certain things are full speed and certain things aren’t.”'

Marker Report: Bills' Gilmore will report to training camp [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'As it stands now, Gilmore will play out the 2016 season under his one-year, $11.082 million for the Bills. He'll become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year in the NFL, in the beginning of March 2017.'

Marker Sammy Watkins ready for anything at Bills training camp [1:49 AM] reports: '“I’m prepared to do everything on the side by myself if I need to,” said Watkins of how things might begin for him in terms of workload at training camp. “I don’t know what they’re going to do, so I’ve got my mind right. They might throw me out there (with the team) I don’t know. I think if they do I’ll be alright. I know they’re going to do that just to test me.”'

Marker Can Buffalo's defense return to the top 10? [1:48 AM] reports: '“We’re all working together and I think everybody does a great job of keeping each other accountable as far as everybody knowing what they’re supposed to do,” said Aaron Williams. “We try to do our best to help each other out on the field. Whoever is out there on the field we want them to know what they’re doing at all times.”'

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