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Buffalo Bills News - August 17, 2017

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills camp superlatives: McCoy, Peterman & Yarbrough sparkle [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yarbrough spent the majority of the practices in the offensive backfield. He was ultra-quick off the ball and showed excellent moves and superb use of his hands. Yarbrough took full advantage of the opportunity he had to work with the ones while starting end Shaq Lawson was injured. There seems little doubt he has secured a spot on the roster, as well as a regular spot in pass-rush packages.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Power Take: In old QB debate, Rob Johnson still a loser [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson fails to mention that he was perhaps the most frequently sacked QB in NFL history. I dare you to find a QB who took sacks more often than Rob's 17 per 100 passes. That's why Wade Phillips kicked a field goal on first down in the Music City Miracle, leaving time for a kickoff. He was afraid Rob would get sacked.'

Marker Sean McDermott TV show premieres Sept. 10 [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The Sean McDermott Show" will be simulcast at 11 a.m. Sunday on WKBW-TV (Channel 7) and MSG WNY.'

Marker Bills coach Sean McDermott not interested in Philly homecoming, just team improvement [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Sure, his wife and two children, his parents, and his brother and his family will be at the game, but outside of some hugs and kisses and small talk, this is a business trip for McDermott and the mission is crystal clear.'

Marker Rookie Dion Dawkins battles for starting role on Buffalo Bills' offensive line [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We’ve got some depth at that position, which is nice to have and critical to have at that position," said McDermott. "Dion would potentially move over if we got that far. At this point and time, we’re not going to do that; we want him to get comfortable at the right (tackle) position. But we do need to have a contingency plan in place and we feel like the reps that Dion has built up over the spring should serve him well if needed."'

Marker Why ECU coach thinks Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones will make an instant impact [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Montgomery only coached Jones for his final season at ECU, but he saw enough to know Jones should hit the ground running in the NFL. Jones learned five wide receiver positions as a senior for the Pirates. It was a necessity for ECU given their shortcomings at the position, but Montgomery also considered it necessary for Jones to transition to the NFL. He needed to play more than just the slot, so he had him learn both outside positions in the offense. Then the other two slot positions.'

Marker How ECU strength coach helped Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones transform his body [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Four things that I require from an intangible standpoint: Accountability, work ethic, discipline and spirit," Connors said. "Zay's always been at the highest level of all four of those categories. I believe those are the things that get you to the next level. Those are the things scouts have asked me about for 25 years. Always accountable. Never late, never missed anything. Always 100 percent effort. Not 98. No matter what you do, he always knew one speed.'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 7 things to watch in second preseason game [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The players expected to be the Bills' No. 1 wide receiver and top cornerback in 2017 are gone after two trades last week. Will the losses of Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby affect the team's play on offense and defense? Watkins was targeted early and often against the Vikings and the team may be rolling out a few players across from Tre'Davious White. How the team responds in their first game since the trades is something to watch on Thursday night.'

Marker proposes Buffalo Bills trade Reggie Ragland to Kansas City Chiefs [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Hand-picked by Rex Ryan, Ragland was identified as an ideal fit for the ex-Buffalo coach's 3-4 scheme. In Sean McDermott's 4-3 operation, though, the hard-hitting Alabama star has failed to click, riding with the third-team defense in recent days. Ragland's rookie season was washed away by a knee injury, but the 2016 second-rounder is filled with promise as an old-school, aggressive defender who fearlessly seeks out ball carriers. I'd love to see him grow in Kansas City, where the team could use an understudy to Derrick Johnson, who turns 35 this November. Few teams do a better job of developing young defenders -- the kind of attention Ragland desperately needs."'

Marker Many Eagles-Bills connections entering second preseason game [1:48 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'It would be more notable if Matthews was playing. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is Matthews’ close friend who drove the wide receiver to the airport Friday to catch a flight to Buffalo. He said after the trade that it’s “going to be really weird” and “is not going to be fun” to see Matthews come out of the visitors’ tunnel at Lincoln Financial Field. Matthews’ injury means Wentz won’t see him in a different jersey.'

Marker The Schwartz is with them. Former Bills land in Philly [1:47 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: '"It’s an aggressive defense," Bradham said. "[Schwartz] is all about being aggressive up front and using your speed, and focus in on getting the ball out, creating turnovers. Pretty much being physical and having a lot of aggression. As a defensive player, he’s pretty much just telling you, ‘Go!’ and that’s what we’re doing."'

Marker Peterman moves up for the Eagles game [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Peterman worked with the second unit all week and feels he's getting a chemistry, “It’s been good. I’ve gotten to throw with them a little bit, but I think we’ve got to keep building the chemistry, building the timing with the double moves and things like that. Just got to keep working on it.”'

Marker Joe B: 5 things to watch for in Bills - Eagles (8/16/17) [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'However, the Bills are now faced with the task of evaluating Peterman over the next three games, and to decide if he warrants being the main backup to Tyrod Taylor throughout the 2017 regular season — which would be a pretty big responsibility given his draft position this past season. If he puts together another solid performance like he had last week, he could even close in on locking down the backup job.'

Marker What to watch for: Bills-Eagles [1:44 AM] reports: '“I think it always starts out with being physical,” Brown told “Handle the backs in the flats. We let them leak out too much in the last game. Make sure we keep getting better with our tackling. Tackling can always get better because you don’t get that many live opportunities. And win. That’s what we need to do. Make sure we get more plays in our system and run to the ball.”'

Marker Bills Today: Preston Brown studied the 2016 Carolina defense [1:43 AM] reports: 'Brown said that he went back and watched film of the Panther’s defense from the past couple years. He said that he wanted to understand how the linebackers were successful in the scheme, and carried the unit. He said that he was impressed in how they diagnosed formations, and understood schemes. Brown said that being a middle linebacker means that he carries the responsibility of calling out formations, and making sure that his teammates understand their assignment.'

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August 16, 2017

Marker McDermott on Monday's skirmishes: 'That's exactly what I wanted to see' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' head coach halted practice to give his team a "butt chewing," according to guard Richie Incognito, and came away satisfied with the results – even if it meant some extracurricular activity after the whistle.'

Marker Kornheiser, Wilbon break with media pack, blast Watkins trade on 'PTI' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Seldom have you heard a discouraging word about the Buffalo Bills trade of Sammy Watkins to Los Angeles for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round draft choice.'

Marker What They Said: Coach Sean McDermott as Bills camp wraps up [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'he following players will not play in the game this week at Philadelphia: Jeremy Butler, still with a concussion; Jordan Matthews with the chip fracture in the sternum, he’s week-to-week; then Cordy Glenn, Cordy flew to Wisconsin and had an injection in his foot done by Dr. Anderson – we will list him as week-to-week.'

Marker Bills' Boldin: 'Not that diva mentality in our receiver room' [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sammy Watkins' departure has left a sizeable hole in the Buffalo Bills' receiving corps that isn't likely to be filled any time soon.'

Marker What we learned on final day of Bills Camp [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It’s a little bit bittersweet, we leave today, but certainly appreciate all of the effort, all the time," coach Sean McDermott said.'

Marker Bills rookie Nathan Peterman will serve as backup quarterback against Eagles [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' The Buffalo Bills will have a new backup quarterback Thursday night for their second preseason game. Coach Sean McDermott confirmed Tuesday that rookie Nathan Peterman will serve as the No. 2 behind Tyrod Taylor against the Philadelphia Eagles.'

Marker Brandon Beane tells The MMQB that Bills had three offers for Sammy Watkins [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Peter King's "Monday Morning QB" column has long been required reading for NFL fans. This week's edition is of particular interest for those who follow the Buffalo Bills. In it, King interviewed Bills General Manager Brandon Beane following the team's pair of blockbuster trades last week.'

Marker Former Bill James Lofton joins CBS's NFL lineup as networks announce broadcast teams [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Steve Tasker's primary assignments are with Tom McCarthy and Steve Beuerlein, though he sometimes joins other teams, as in Week One when the Bills host the New York Jets. CBS' lineup for that game has Tasker alongside Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon.'

Marker Glenn has injection that Bills hope will 'knock out' foot soreness [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The coach said Glenn, who has been out of practice for a week, is listed as "week-to-week" and won't play in Thursday night's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Glenn also missed last Thursday night's preseason-opener against the Minnesota Vikings.'

Marker Ronald Darby to make Eagles preseason debut vs. Bills [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Darby, the Bills' second-round draft pick from Florida State in 2015, joined the Eagles last Friday as part of a trade that sent wide receiver Jordan Matthews from Philadelphia to Buffalo. Matthews won't play Thursday night due to the chip fracture in his sternum that he suffered in his very first practice with the Bills.'

Marker Bills not ready to move Dion Dawkins to left tackle just yet [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Where we are right now is getting Dion comfortable at the right side," McDermott said. "As I mentioned earlier in the week, we have a little bit of a foundation built up at the left side there, so we just have to stay on top of it moving forward."'

Marker suggests a Bills-Chiefs trade involving LB Reggie Ragland would 'help all parties' [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Hand-picked by Rex Ryan, Ragland was identified as an ideal fit for the ex-Buffalo coach's 3-4 scheme," writes Sessler, who didn't indicate what the Bills would get back in his potential trade – the obvious key consideration for Beane if any deal were to be struck. "In Sean McDermott's 4-3 operation, though, the hard-hitting Alabama star has failed to click, riding with the third-team defense in recent days. Ragland's rookie season was washed away by a knee injury, but the 2016 second-rounder is filled with promise as an old-school, aggressive defender who fearlessly seeks out ball carriers. I'd love to see him grow in Kansas City, where the team could use an understudy to Derrick Johnson, who turns 35 this November. Few teams do a better job of developing young defenders -- the kind of attention Ragland desperately needs."'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Will Shady McCoy be all-in after the Watkins trade? [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Guys might not be so inclined to lay it on the line for the new coach. I can't imagine that Tyrod Taylor is happy about losing his best wideout and being left with a glut of slot receivers. But I'm especially curious about running back LeSean McCoy, who must have another huge year if the Bills hope to have any kind of success.'

Marker Bills' summer in Rochester ends just when it was getting good [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'McDermott, who didn’t win over any hearts with his 8:45 a.m. practices and preference for using a small auxiliary field that kept fans and sponsors (egad) at bay, was polite and succinct with his closing remarks, saying it was great to see “our fans in this part of the country."'

Marker Glenn's bothersome foot makes him 'week to week' for Bills [1:45 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Well the doctors are hopeful, we’re all hopeful,’’ McDermott said. “That said, it’s really week to week at this point, and we hope to get him back as soon as possible.’’'

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