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Buffalo Bills News - July 29, 2015

Marker Sammy Watkins expects to be 'full go' after hip injury [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'll definitely be ready to practice," Watkins said Tuesday at his youth football camp at Erie Community College. "It's really about me just going and having fun. I'll be at practice ready to go. I'll be full go. I'll be prepared to go out there and make plays."'

Marker Ryan's brash approach still can't answer Bills' QB question [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills struggled running the ball last year in finishing with 1,482 yards rushing, a franchise low in a 16-game season. Buffalo also lacked a player who topped 100 yards rushing in a game for only the third season in team history, and first since 1979.'

Marker Bills release G Chris Williams [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams had missed all of OTAs and minicamps this offseason recovering from back surgery. He signed a four-year, $13.5 million deal with the club last offseason. He was scheduled to make a base salary of $1.875 million this season plus bonuses totaling $600,000.'

Marker Sammy: I'll be ready and full-go for camp [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 22-year old Watkins is excited be re-joining his teammates on the field. "I can't wait," he said. "That's really why I'm here, to play football. I can't wait to get back to it and start training camp."'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 1 - DT Marcell Dareus [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Regardless of the change in defensive schemes from 2014 to 2015, Dareus has the skill to continue to dominate the opposing offensive line. He can line up at defensive end, defensive tackle, nose tackle, or really anything you could think of along the line, and he'd still be a matchup nightmare for whoever he goes up against. At only 25 years old, Dareus still has room to grow -- which is a scary thing for the opposition.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 2 - CB Stephon Gilmore [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Gilmore certainly came into his own during the 2014 season, and in Rex Ryan's system that leaves his cornerbacks on an island in man-to-man coverage, Gilmore quite could possibly become a household name. He is not a finished product yet, but, if he continues to work with defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, he has everything you want to become a star in this defensive scheme. Now, it's all on him to get to that next level that the Bills hoped he would when they selected him in the first round.'

Marker 2015 AFC Preview: Buffalo Bills [1:47 AM]
CSN New England reports: 'All have their flaws, and none of the three have been able to complete 60 percent of their passes during their career. Cassel has the most experience behind center, but it's Taylor whose running ability may gel best with new head coach Rex Ryan's desire to focus on ground-and-pound, ball-control offense that limits mistakes.'

Marker One player we might not know about on both sides of the ball to watch [1:46 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'While EJ Manuel was drafted by the former regime (with input from current GM Doug Whaley and current team President Russ Brandon), Ryan isn’t tied to him. This regime did bring in Matt Cassel in a trade with Minnesota for two low round picks. He would be the perfect choice for a game manager to get the ball in the hands of the abundant playmakers on offense while controlling the ball to allow the defense to win games for them. This was the formula Rex Ryan used to get to two straight AFC Championship games with Mark Sanchez at QB.'

Marker Bills release OL Chris Williams [1:45 AM] reports: 'Williams was signed as a free agent on March 12, 2014. The 2014 season was his seventh in the NFL.'

Marker When will the starting quarterback be known? [1:44 AM] reports: '“I think they all have something to prove—how they’re going to be in this system—we’re going to find out,” said Ryan. “Some quarterbacks flourish in certain systems and I believe all three guys will have a chance to be successful. I hope that’s the case. Hopefully that decision is going to be tough, in a good way, not that this guy wins it by default. We’re going to have a good competition.” '

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July 28, 2015

Marker Bills’ Graham ready for challenge of playing safety [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I knew they were serious about it once they told me they wanted me to play safety only,” he said. “I knew it was real then. It’s been fun, to be honest with you. I’m looking forward to it. It’s like starting all over again, learning a new position, the nuances of it and all that. It’s like I’m a rookie all over again. So I’m excited about it. I want to see where it can take me.”'

Marker Who makes the team at wide receiver? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Harvin are presumably locks. Beyond them, who knows?'

Marker Brandon’s roles reflect synergy of franchises [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In recent months, Brandon had become increasingly involved with the Sabres’ business operations. Other members of the Bills’ front office, such as senior vice president of media and content Marc Honan, have already been doing Sabres-related work in addition to their Bills responsibilities.'

Marker Brandon leading Bills, Sabres business operations no surprise [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Another source close to the situation said Brandon's ability to "combine assets more effectively, leverage combined assets and create a consistent message" made him a natural to become president of both teams.'

Marker Just like you, Brandon’s a fan [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The more time Kim Pegula spent with the Bills, the more evident it became that their front office was much stronger than the Sabres’ operation. Not only did the owners look to the top for what worked for the Bills, they also looked to the top for changes that needed to be made with the Sabres. They weren’t just streamlining operations. '

Marker Look fans, no coach! [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And Bills fans seem to be just fine with that: No Doug Marrone? No problem.'

Marker QB competition will be key component of Bills' camp [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'With so much talent at the skill positions with LeSean McCoy, Percy Harvin, Charles Clay and Jerome Felton joining Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Chris Hogan and Fred Jackson, the Bills could make some serious noise this year if their quarterback can simply not screw things up and just distribute the ball to everyone with some semblance of consistency. Of course, with a depth chart of — in no particular order — Cassel, Manuel, Taylor, and Simms, that might be asking too much.'

Marker 3 reasons Charles Clay could be the Buffalo Bills' leading receiver in 2015 [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ever since his introductory press conference, Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman has emphasized how important the tight end position will be in Buffalo's offense. The Bills supported that by making Clay one of the highest paid tight ends in the NFL. If organized team activities and minicamp were any indication, Clay will be targeted early and often in this offense. He mentioned earlier this offseason that the Bills don't want him coming off the field. That bodes well for his production.'

Marker Russ Brandon now president of both Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'While Brandon has gotten heat from fans for some football decisions, he will be relied on for his business ability in his new role. Brandon navigated the Bills through the sale of the franchise following Ralph Wilson Jr.'s death and is a big reason the franchise stayed in Western New York.'

Marker Doug Marrone excluded from NFL Network's 2014 Buffalo Bills highlight show [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Michelle Giarardi Zumwalt, who produced the film for NFL Network, explained the reasoning for Marrone's exclusion.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Capsule [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'They're sky high. Ryan's brash approach, combined with McCoy's acquisition to lead "ground-and-pound" running attack and talent-laden, attacking defense that returns mostly intact puts Buffalo in position to improve on 2014 win total. Playoff contender? It'll be clearer after opening month that features games against Indianapolis, New England, Miami and Giants.'

Marker Bills about to start three-man weave at QB [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It doesn't fire me up," Manuel said of his many doubters. "If I continue to focus on what I need to do to get better, I think that's what matters for me. I really don't buy into the extra stuff being said. I just focus on what I need to focus on."'

Marker Will the Bills defense be as dominant in 2015? [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It’s generally considered and accepted that the Bills will once again have one of the top defenses in the National Football League. And why not? It’s a unit that returns ten of eleven starters after finishing fourth overall in both yards and points allowed per game, and third in yards per play allowed last season. And even though they lost the man many view mostly responsible for harnessing that talent, Jim Schwartz, they’re now going to be coached by Rex Ryan, considered one of the best defensive minds in the game over the past decade.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 3 - WR Sammy Watkins [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'In the upcoming season, Watkins will once again be the top wide receiver on the roster -- even if the quarterback play can't take full advantage of him. Watkins will make highlight reel-worthy plays throughout the season, even if his stats won't indicate an elite level receiver. The next step for him is to be moved all over the field, rather than just playing at one spot like he did in 2014. Unfortunately, he goes as the quarterbacks go, which is why he only placed at number three this year.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 4 - DT Kyle Williams [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The decline in ability hasn't happened yet for Williams, and the Bills are certainly hoping it doesn't happen in 2015 -- a year that they believe is the best chance to get to the postseason in quite some time. Williams will be paired with Marcell Dareus to form one of the best defensive tackle duos in all the NFL. They work very well with one another, and will certainly set the tone for the defense as they have done for the past several years.'

Marker Can Buffalo's defense be number one? [1:44 AM] reports: '“I think it’s very rare. Mostly, I see coaching staff turnover, I’ve had a different coach every year,” said Mario Williams. “To be able to play and jell with guys, especially in the same group, same room—I think it’s very important. If you can do that and the guys can work together and produce, that’s one of the keys to get to where you want to be at the end of the year.” '

July 27, 2015

Marker Cassel has 'high expectations' for himself [8:54 PM]
Bradford Era reports: '“I think you have to go in with high expectations, and for me, it’s about going in there, executing and learning the new offense. We put in a lot of hard work this offseason, but now it’s when it counts, when you put on the pads. Go out there, execute and hopefully win the job.”'

Marker Second year, second chance for Watkins [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I got time to let my body heal,” Watkins says. “And I got away from football.”'

Marker Is Charles Clay the Bills' long-lost tight end? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Despite years of lackluster quarterback play, the Bills haven’t invested much into the position that’s often a quarterback’s best friend. From 2000-2014, the Bills’ top tight end had at least 50 receptions only twice. Five seasons, they didn't even have a tight end reach 300 yards. They’ve skated by with the likes of Mark Campbell (2003, trade), Robert Royal (2006, five years/$10 million), Shawn Nelson (2009, fourth round) and Jonathan Stupar (2008, practice squad).'

Marker New party plans for McCoy... [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That whole females-only party LeSean McCoy was throwing Sunday night? The Buffalo Bills running back is now welcoming... everyone!'

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