Henderson limited to individual workouts in return to Bills [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Ryan said it was premature to provide any timeline on when Henderson could be cleared for practice.'
Goodell lobbies for new Bills stadium [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'It is known that several NFL owners were against Buffalo's decision to renovate 40-year-old Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2013-14. At the NFL owners' meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., in March, a few commented that it would be in the best interest of the Bills and the league to build a new stadium.'
Heading into 2nd season, Darby feeling 'great,' refining game [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“(A year of experience) is going to best serve me because I’ve seen a lot my first year,” the 5-11, 193-pounder said after Wednesday’s OTA session. “I’m more comfortable with recognizing formations and just communication-wise with the vets and guys on the field, so the second year of being in the same defense will help me a lot.”'
For Bills QBs, footwork not just important in the passing game [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yeah,” Jones affirmed when I asked if that was the case after Wednesday’s OTA in Orchard Park. “Because coming out of college, all our runs came out of the shotgun and every time I was under center all I did was a quarterback sneak, so there was really no footwork to that. But, you know, kind of in college with shotgun, almost all the footwork was the same unless we had laterals, zone-read, things like that. But being under center, your footwork changes a lot because you got pulling guards right next to you and fullbacks coming underneath you, so you step the wrong way, you could mess up. You mess up not just the running back’s path, but you can have somebody run into you.”
WR battle heating up as Bills hit stretch run of OTAs [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The wide receiver spots behind Sammy Watkins (who is still out) and Robert Woods continues to be a big battle, and should continue that way throughout training camp. Today, Greg Little got a lot of work in, and looked very good, especially early in the session during the separate offensive and defensive team portion of work. When the offense and defense came together there was a lot more interchanging, with Leonard Hankerson, Dez Lewis, and Jarrett Boykin all splitting the majority of reps and joining Woods. Lewis made a terrific one-handed catch for a touchdown late in practice.'
Bills hold LeSean McCoy out of team drills [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"He just had a tight hamstring, so we’re just trying to be smart with him. He did do a little work, but we’re keeping him out of the team drills," head coach Rex Ryan said after the practice. "It’s not a serious injury. I think it was this week was the only time he’s missed anything."'
Thanks to Rex, Bills QB Cardale Jones won't soon forget the story of his son's birth [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"I wish they would have told me that about three-and-a-half hours earlier because I was literally getting off the exit coming back here and then they say, go back home," Jones said jokingly, while later clarifying he was three minutes away from arriving to team facilities for practice. "The first thing I did, I called my mom and was like, you’ll never believe this. Then I screenshot the message from our coach and sent it to my son’s mom and was like, 'Can you believe this?' It’s crazy."'
7 observations from Bills OTAs (6/8) [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Another week, and another practice that Tyrod Taylor looked the part during practice.'
OTA Notes - McCoy sits, Henderson back with team [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'With McCoy sidelined for team drills, rookie Jonathan Williamsgot almost all the work. That was because Karlos Williams, Mike Gillislee and James Wilder Jr. were all absent from Wednesday’s practice session. Williams appeared to execute all of his assignments effectively.'
Bills' Taylor: 'I definitely feel more in charge' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Coming back, of course, the coaches expect more," Taylor said. "We expect more of ourselves. But it definitely feels different. I like where we're at. We've made a lot of progress this offseason and we're going to continue to keep getting better."'
Bills sign Jones, have entire rookie class under contract [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However, the times that Jones has played, he has been highly effective. He's 11-0 as a starter for the Buckeyes and led them to a national championship in 2014.'
Leonard Hankerson hopes clean slate leads to role in Bills offense [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Everybody is out competing," he said. "I’d like to think everything is wide open because every man is looking for a job. You just have to do what you can do. Go out there, make plays, catch the ball and get open.'
Goodell's agenda, old-school injury view & more draft reviews [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Goodell fully understands that a political fight is looming, because that's what almost always happens in these circumstances. A substantial amount of taxpayer money would be needed, just as it was for the recent $130-million renovation of The Ralph. The Pegulas fully understand that, too, which certainly is at least part of the reason their public stance on a new stadium -- as voiced through club president Russ Brandon last March -- is that they're in no hurry for hardhats to be donned at whatever location is chosen to break ground.'
Bills announce signing of QB Cardale Jones [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'However, at 6 feet 5 and 253 pounds with a cannon for an arm, he is certainly an intriguing talent, provided the Bills can teach him how to play in the NFL, which some believe will be a tall task.'
What Greg Little did to get a jump start Buffalo Bills' WR competiton [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think Rex breeds competition, and I just saw opportunity where I could come in and possibly earn a starting job," Little said after a recent Bills OTA practice. "When the opportunity is there just seizing that moment and making the best of it. Just making a play. I think that's what this league is really built on is guys who can make plays or extend routine plays and make them unusual."'
Why Bills rookie snapper Reid Ferguson didn't mind Rex Ryan not knowing his name [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I got a kick out of it," Ferguson said. "I guess that means I'm doing my job to a certain extent. Being anonymous is a good thing."'
Bruce Smith looking forward to having his number retired [1:52 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“It’s always nice to receive compliments for your efforts and dedication and work and the sacrifices and pain you endured. What this will ultimately be is a celebration for Western New York and the fans of the Buffalo Bills and the history and the legacy that all of us have worked so hard to bring a source of entertainment, enjoyment, gratification. It hasn’t settled in, but as it gets closer it will,” said Smith.'
Buffalo Bills sign rookie 4th-round pick, QB Cardale Jones [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'At 6-foot-5 and 253 pounds, Jones is considered a developmental project in Buffalo because of his limited playing time at Ohio State. He's expected to spend this season in a third-string role behind starter Tyrod Taylor and backup EJ Manuel.'
At 52, NFL sacks leader Smith experiencing pain, memory loss [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"While I did not know the severity of what continuous head traumas would do to an individual and the mind and so forth and so on, I'm not going to sit here and complain," Smith said. "I'd be lying to you if I didn't tell you it hurts on a daily basis. But I'm very thankful."'
QB Jones completes Bills' draft signings [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Coach Rex Ryan said, "I'm excited about him because he's a big, raw talent, and does he have to come a long way? There's no question about that. But, shoot, he's almost in a perfect situation and we'll see how he develops.'
Hall of Famer Smith suffering from memory loss [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The physical toll is also an issue for a player who played in 299 games -- 279 regular season, 20 postseason -- for the Bills (1985-99) and Washington Redskins (2000-03).'
Bills sign QB Jones, putting entire 2016 draft class under contract [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills are in the middle of another week of OTAs then will have a three-day mandatory minicamp for all players next Tuesday through Thursday.'
Goodell learned a lot from Bills through Super Bowl heartbreak and Pro Bowl rides [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“It’s one of the things I've loved about Jim,” Goodell said. “Jim treats me the same as he did when I was, you know, that young intern in the NFL as he does right now as Commissioner, which I appreciate.”'
Imagining sports as honest [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Hey, I don't think new stadiums correlate with competitiveness, or greatness. Green Bay has been playing in Lambeau Field forever and they're in the playoffs every year. And with that great stadium it's not like the Cowboys are good or anything.'
Bills Top 20 Talents in 2016: No. 9 - QB Tyrod Taylor [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Taylor will be the starting quarterback for the Bills, and if he makes the progress they're expecting him to, could be the difference between a season that ends in a playoff berth or one that ends with another year on the outside looking in. Expect a lot of the same from Taylor this season as the Bills will work with him to continue his efficient, low-turnover style of play (seven in 14 games), but they'll also try to get him in the habit of being more comfortable in the pocket, seeing the whole field, and taking advantage of the middle areas more than he did in 2015. If he can do that, the contract situation (playing on the final year of his contract) is one that the Bills will gladly rectify for 2017 and beyond.'
Bills Top 20 Talents in 2016: No. 10 - DL Kyle Williams [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Williams will once again resume the role as a starting defensive lineman for the Bills when he gets the green light to begin practicing in 2016. He said he's not looking to rush back to practice in favor of letting it heal all the way, and there is no real timetable for his potential return. A safe bet would probably be for him to return at some point during August, but we won't know until we get there. However, whenever he does, he'll pair with Marcell Dareus to try and get the Bills defense back to their lofty level from the 2014 season.'
New stadium model the Bills could follow [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'If the Bills elect to build a stadium in downtown Buffalo, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is one that makes a lot of sense to model a new facility after.'
Cardale Jones caps Bills draft class signings [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I am going in here knowing that that Tyrod [Taylor" target="_blank"> is our starter,” said Jones. “I am going in here knowing that EJ [Manuel" target="_blank"> is our backup. I am going in here learning, working as hard as I can working with Coach [David" target="_blank"> Lee in the film room, on and off the field. Whatever happens after that I guess is just a product of great circumstances.”'
Bills sign their first-rounder Shaq Lawson and now... wait [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We feel great about our draft, but again this isn’t a devastating thing. I think if we see the big picture this is not a devastating injury at all. We just think it is what it is. He is not going to be available for how many games, we can’t even tell you that. But we know at some point he will be 100-percent healthy and combine it with the really good players we have, that is going to be good for us."'
Vet DT Kyle Williams not sure when he'll be back yet, aiming to be ready Week 1 [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When you come in, you have to be committed to what you’re doing," Williams said. "You have to dance with who brung you. It’s so volatile and so demanding that if you leave or you get asked to leave, you look back and if you didn’t do it your way, you can only point at yourself. So everything’s been good this spring.”'
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