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Buffalo Bills News - May 13, 2016

Marker WR Kolby Listenbee signs rookie contract [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Listenbee (6-0, 197) was the 192nd overall pick and the first of two sixth-round selections for Buffalo. Blessed with world class speed, the TCU product ran a 4.39 40-time at the NFL combine in February despite having a sports hernia. It was the second fastest time posted by a receiver in Indianapolis this past winter. He also had a 35 ½-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot, nine-inch broad jump.'

Marker Bills announce individual game pricing for 2016 season [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'This year’s tiers will include the inaugural platinum game, four gold games, one silver game, two bronze games and two preseason games.'

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May 12, 2016

Marker Bills break the ice on signing picks [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills did not announce the terms of Seymour's contract, as per team policy, but the rookie wage scale takes most of the guess work out of the contract. Last year's 218th overall selection, offensive lineman Anthony Morris of the Oakland Raiders, signed a four-year deal worth $2.359 million, with a signing bonus of nearly $80,000 – the only guaranteed portion of the contract.'

Marker Bruce Smith's No. 78 to be retired by the Bills: 'Humbled beyond words' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I am just elated and delighted his number is going to be retired,” Levy said. “I know Bruce. He is smiling and will stay smiling now and all the way to that date.”'

Marker Marv Levy remembers Bruce Smith's turnaround: 'He was overweight, self-indulgent, didn [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The odds were against it," Levy said. "A lot of things happen with the odds against it. He had an over-impressive impression of himself at that time and how it ought to be. But he really did turn the corner and Darryl Talley had a big impact on him and I think the teammates that did keep coming in (did too). Bill Polian and I, along with Mr. Wilson, made the agreement we would bring in only players of high character onto our team. The personalities might be very different of each other. Some extroverts, some more quiet and laid back. They all eventually had a great impact on each other."'

Marker What They Said: Transcripts of today's comments by Bruce Smith, Marv Levy and Russ Brandon [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And to receive this news a day later, it just shows how great God is and he just continues to bless my career, the hard work, just everything surrounding my career. So, where it sits, I think it fits right at the top with being inducted into the Hall of Fame. And there’s so many other honors that have been bestowed upon me. I’m very grateful and thankful.'

Marker Bills shouldn't be shy about unretiring No. 32 [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A fine way for the Bills to mitigate any perceived idolatry would have been letting some undrafted rookie wear No. 32 in training camp long ago. But this year would be an appropriate time to reintroduce it. Rookie running back Jonathan Williams, a fifth-round draft choice, wore No. 32 at Arkansas.'

Marker Buffalo Bills to retire Bruce Smith's number 78 [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We laugh and joke, and at the end of the day nobody takes it personal,” Smith recalled Wednesday morning during a conference call with reporters. “You know me, I like to instigate things. I looked at Jim after about the third or fourth glass of wine and I said to him, ‘How did you get your jersey retired before us? You weren’t even the best player on the team.’”'

Marker Why did it take so long for Buffalo Bills to retire Bruce Smith's number? [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The NFL itself doesn't encourage a lot of number retirements because pretty soon you run out of numbers a little bit, but it's merited and I'm just glad it's happening now," Levy said Wednesday. "Some things do take longer to occur than maybe you think they would have. I don't have any criticisms of it. I'm just elated and delighted that his number is going to be retired, and I know Bruce, he's smiling and will stay smiling between now all the way to that date."'

Marker Russ Brandon shares his first memory of Buffalo Bills' DE Bruce Smith [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"How hard he played each and every Sunday," Brandon said when asked what he would remember about Smith. "His commitment. And I remember after a game, something I'll take with me the rest of my life, it was a pretty tough defeat. I don't remember which game it was, we were pretty down the next day and Bruce came up to the office and said 'There's a 24-hour rule. This is how we've been so successful in the organization. You and everyone else needs to get over this like we do because we have to go back to work. And that was the kind of work ethic and intensity and that entire team brought each and every day. Just watching him at his craft, he was an amazing, unbelievable player and I know the numbers speak for themselves."'

Marker Bills legend Marv Levy recalls how 'self-indulgent' Bruce Smith turned it around [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'But the other in the offseason I understand he went back to Virginia Tech to finish his degree, which was good. There he met a woman counselor who put him on the right track in every respect. Boy he dropped weight with the urgings of her and Darryl. Shaped up and got ready, his principles changed. He not only turned out to be the greatest player, he married that woman, what a wife she was, his wife Carmen. So those people had great impact on him. What a change in his practice habits, his excitement about playing the game, all of those things occurred."'

Marker Woodside grad Donnell Lewis receives tryout with Buffalo Bills [1:50 AM]
Newport News Daily Press reports: '“I remember I started playing in the Denbigh Youth Football league, and ever since then the NFL has been there in my mind,” Lewis said.'

Marker Buffalo Bills to retire Bruce Smith's No. 78 at home opener [1:49 AM]
AP reports: '"I didn't know exactly what I was getting into and the expectations, but I quickly learned." Smith said. "I've got to tell you, it was one of the most fulfilling experiences that God could've placed in front of me. I'm truly grateful and thankful."'

Marker Bills sign sixth-round CB Seymour [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Seymour is the first of the Bills' seven draft selections to sign with the team.'

Marker Bills to retire Bruce Smith's No. 78 [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Russ Brandon and I had a number of conversations and I think a month ago he informed me this was going to happen. Thank you to the Pegulas because they have reached back into the rich history of the Buffalo Bills and they're making a concerted effort when it comes to recognizing that rich history. It's why they were an excellent fit to become the next owners of the Buffalo Bills."'

Marker Smith wants to be remembered for effort, commitment he gave to game and city [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I want I want people to remember the effort. And dedication. And commitment that I put into to playing this game,” he told reporters on a conference call Wednesday afternoon. “Trying to make the fans feel proud and give them a source of entertainment for three hours every every week, and just that will to continue, to get better, and to be a champion, and to be the best and bring that energy that was one of the missing pieces to a great and historical sports town for so many years.”'

Marker Bruce Smith gets a well a deserved honor from the Bills [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He was a tremendous athlete with a chiseled body and it felt like his wingspan was as long as an aircraft carrier. There's no question Darryl Talley was the heart and soul of the defense on the teams that went to four straight Super Bowls but there's also no question who the best player on those defenses was...Bruce Smith. And its not even close.'

Marker Bills to retire Bruce Smith's jersey No. 78 [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“On behalf of Terry and Kim Pegula and the entire Bills organization, we feel this is a tremendous opportunity to honor Bruce and his Hall of Fame career," Bills managing partner and team president Russ Brandon said via the team's official press release. "We believe it’s going to be a great night for Bruce, his family and Bills fans everywhere.”'

Marker What took so long to retire Bruce's jersey? [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"It’s something that… it’s a tough question to answer. We have a lot of different honors here. The ultimate honor is to be on the Bills Wall of Fame, something that we take very seriously with our committee. It was really something… once the sale went down, it was on my list of things to discuss with Terry and Kim [Pegula" target="_blank">, and also the organization. It really wasn’t about time, it was about being the right time — and the right time is now."'

Marker How an 'overweight, self-indulgent' Bruce Smith turned it all around [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"Two people had quite an impact on turning him around. One was his coveted teammate as it turns out, Darryl Talley, who really sort of gave him that proverbial kick in the butt to get going," Levy started.'

Marker Bills’ Bruce Smith to have jersey number retired at 2016 home opener [1:41 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: '“I want people to remember the effort and dedication and commitment that I put into playing this game, trying to make the fans feel proud and give them a source of entertainment for three hours every week and just that things will to continue to get better,” he said. “To be a champion, to be the best and bring that energy that was one of the missing pieces to a great and historical sports town for so many years.”'

Marker Bills sign sixth-round pick CB Kevon Seymour [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It feels good,” Seymour told Buffalobills.com. “It’s definitely a dream come true, so now that I’ve got this out of the way and can focus now on doing what I really love. I’m just blessed to be here and thankful.”'

Marker Bills to retire Hall of Famer Bruce Smith's No. 78 [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We will be honoring Bruce Smith, one of the greatest players in Bills history, during our Thursday night home opener in a special halftime ceremony in which we'll retired his jersey number. On behalf of Kim and Terry Pegula and the entire Bills organization, we feel this is a tremendous opportunity to honor Bruce and his Hall of Fame career. We believe it's going to be a great night for Bruce and his family and Bills fans everywhere."'

Marker Evaluating the Bills 2016 roster reconstruction [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'With each of Buffalo’s top two draft choices set to line up at the second level in the Bills front seven on defense it’s hard to argue that the linebacker position has experienced the greatest influx of talent.'

May 11, 2016

Marker For once, there's real direction with the Bills' offense but will it pay off? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Will it work? Maybe not. But for once it's refreshing to see Bills invest in resources they should instead of chase at QB (see: Philadelphia, Los Angeles) or get entangled in another identity crisis. It's as if Doug Whaley, Rex Ryan, Greg Roman, Jim Monos and the gang collectively said "We don't know if Taylor is the long-term answer 14 starts in but we do know we ranked No. 1 in rushing," and they made every decision on offense through that lens from January to May.'

Marker Bills continue quest to add speed, claim RB Dri Archer off waivers [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All of Archer's offensive touches came in his rookie season. He returned 14 kicks in eight games with the Steelers in 2015 before being released in November. The Jets signed him as a future free agent in January before placing him on waivers Monday.'

Marker Team's new PR campaign, battle at right tackle, who should get paid next? [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'First it was "all in," the hokey, uninspired new slogan of the Buffalo Bills that was force-fed to fans as a way of showing them "this year will be different, we promise."'

Marker 3 things Buffalo Bills fans should know about new return man Dri Archer [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If Archer hopes to stick with the Bills, he's going to have to do so as a return man. The Bills already added TCU's Kolby Listenbee through the draft to provide speed at receiver, and the running back depth chart is deep. However, the Bills don't have a set return man, so Archer could make his mark there. That said, in a season-and-a-half in Pittsburgh, Archer's longest return was 38 yards. He'll have to find the magic he showed in college to prolong his NFL career.'

Marker Buffalo Bills claim return man Dri Archer off waivers from New York Jets [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills could use some competition at the return specialist spot. They don't have a set starter at that spot with Robert Woods, Walt Powell, Marquise Goodwin, Mike Gillislee and rookies Kolby Listenbee and Kevon Seymour all possible candidates for the job.'

Marker NFLPA expects Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor to be a top NFL merchandise seller [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'A year ago, Bills running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver Sammy Watkins ranked No. 47 and No. 49 respectively on the NFLPA's list of the top 50 sellers. Taylor could join them with another strong season in 2016. Bills fans have been waiting for a quarterback for a long time and will likely be scrambling to the team store to buy Taylor's jersey the more he proves himself.'

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