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Buffalo Bills News - August 19, 2015

Marker Browns safety Whitner gets cold reception from Bills fans [1:47 AM]
AP reports: '"I think of it as a learning experience. I made a lot of mistakes, did a lot of good," Whitner said, reflecting on his time with Buffalo. "But that comes with maturity and growth. And I'm glad to be where I am now."'

Marker Bills sign linebacker Groves, running back Seale [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'Groves is a seven-year journeyman who played for Tennessee last season. He has 32 starts in 100 career games and also played for Jacksonville, Oakland, Arizona and Cleveland. Seale is an undrafted rookie free agent out of Stanford.'

Marker Bills' McCoy leaves practice with hamstring injury [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"LeSean McCoy has a hamstring injury," Bills head coach Rex Ryan told Joe Buscaglia of WKBW in Buffalo. "The hamstring is intact, not off the bone. We're getting an MRI on it."'

Marker Bills sign LB Groves, RB Seale [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Seale, undrafted out of Stanford in 2015, went to rookie minicamp with the Chiefs.'

Marker Bills injuries piling up (updates); Tuesday notes [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Wide receiver Percy Harvin did not practice once again. Rex said he has a hip injury that required a shot but that it didn’t respond as well and as quickly as they had hoped. He added Harvin will be “fine” and the team is hoping he will be available for their third preseason game, next Friday against the Steelers.'

Marker Season over for Powell/Wynn; Bills sign a LB and RB [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In addition, the Bills also announced defensive end Erik Williams has been released. There is one open spot on the 90-man roster.'

Marker 7 Bills training camp observations: Day 14 [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The MRI will determine whether the injury is a pulled hamstring, or merely a strain. Either way, the Bills will be without McCoy against the Cleveland Browns, and considering that hamstring injuries aren’t ones to be messed around with, he’ll likely be out at least a week. After that, it’s all up to the MRI results and how severe the injury actually is.'

Marker Ryan lays out details of Bills injury bug [1:40 AM] reports: 'Ryan has his fingers crossed that Fred Jackson is able to return from his hamstring injury by the team’s third preseason game. “Hopefully he’ll come back for Pittsburgh,” Ryan said.'

Marker 3 things to know from Bills-Browns practice - Day 2 [1:39 AM] reports: '“You want to get things accomplished in the preseason and you need numbers to do so,” said Fred Jackson, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury of his own. “We want to get back out there. Obviously [Boobie Dixon and I] are hurting, but the more numbers that we have, that’s going to take a lot [of reps] off everybody’s plate. So we’ll try to get back out there as soon as we can.”'

Marker Bills add DL Quentin Groves; RB Ricky Seale [1:38 AM] reports: 'Groves, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008. He played in 16 games for the Tennessee Titans last season as a rotational player on their defense. He registered 16 tackles and a sack. He had a career-high 46 tackles and a career-high four sacks three seasons ago for the Arizona Cardinals.'

Marker Pettine and Ryan still tight as ever [1:37 AM] reports: '“I didn’t realize that this guy shooting video was as smart guy as you could be around,” Ryan said of Pettine and his first job with the Ravens. “I’m proud of all the years we spent together and seeing the success that he’s had now I’m really proud of that.”'

Marker Which player helped themselves or hurt themselves the most? [1:36 AM]
Bills Daily reports: The Bill who’s stock not only went up but skyrocketed in the opening preseason loss to Carolina is Tyrod Taylor. He ran with the twos and scored touchdowns on his first two possessions. He completed 5 of 8 passes for 49 yards but two of the incompletions were drops. He added 47 yards on six carries and led a 90 yard scoring march.

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Marker As Bills search for a quarterback, 'Tyrod Taylor Fever' is spreading [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s a production-based business,” Whaley said. “He produced with the twos so we’re excited for him to get in there Thursday with the ones to see what he can do. Everybody knows what he can do with his feet. But I’m impressed with a couple of his throws.'

Marker Joint workouts bring a different perspective for Bills and Browns [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It definitely raises the level of intensity,” Bills offensive guard Richie Incognito said. “You’re going against their starting defense. They’ve got a lot of pride. They don’t want to go out there and get pushed around. They’re going against our starting offense. We want to go out there and establish our physical presence, so the level of competition gets picked up.”'

Marker Linebacker Powell lost with torn ACL [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That guy’s been playing great for us and really coming into his own,” Ryan said. “He finally found a home at inside linebacker and obviously was a key cog in our special teams. It’s going to be a great loss for us.”'

Marker Taylor gets his shot to win Bills' quarterback job [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's a wonderful opportunity that I have and I'm excited for it, but there's work to be done leading up to the game and I'm focusing on that right now," Taylor said Monday following the first joint practice with the Cleveland Browns at steamy St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Updates: Recap on Bills, Browns at Fisher [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We'll conduct business as business is being done to us, I can promise you that," Ryan said Sunday following a no-pads practice under a blazing hot sun. "You don't want a pillow fight, you want to compete, and that's why it should be a higher intensity level anytime you're going against another opponent. But at the same time we want to practice football. If you just want to fight, we'll go to the local gym and grab some guy to fight somebody. That defeats the purpose, but we're not going to be bullied. I was hoping the idea was to get better as a football team."'

Marker Bills' Rex Ryan jokingly calls out IK Enemkpali in pre-practice speech about fighting [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Asked if that something was Enemkpali's incident, Ryan just smiled and said, "Nah, I'm not saying that."'

Marker What Rex Ryan, Mike Pettine had to say about fight at Buffalo Bills-Cleveland Browns joint practice [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I am sure I will be blamed for it," Ryan quipped. "I was not even on the field. I am guilty."'

Marker Donte Whitner unfazed by booing from fans at Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns joint practices [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Ah, I don't even think about that. That was just something that goes on on Twitter," Whitner said after practice. "I think mine is a little more public, that you see everything I say, but you can't really see everything people say to me. I'm passed that. It's something that happened, but I'm passed that now."'

Marker Robert Woods feasts on Justin Gilbert, Browns secondary [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It seemed every time a Bills quarterback threw Gilbert's way he allowed the catch. Robert Woods had an especially easy time beating Gilbert. During team drills, Gilbert allowed six catches on six throws his way. Even undrafted rookie Andre Davis was able to beat Gilbert for a touchdown.'

Marker Bills' signing of Enemkpali makes no sense [1:50 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Why the Bills ever signed Enemkpali is beyond me. It’s not like he’s a Pro Bowl player. He’s a sixth-round draft choice from a year ago who had just three tackles in six games with the Jets last year.'

Marker AP Source: Bills agree to deal with LB Quentin Groves [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Groves is a seven-year journeyman who had three starts in 16 games with Tennessee last season. Groves was selected by Jacksonville in the second round of the 2008 draft and spent two seasons playing for the Jaguars. He also has played for Oakland, Arizona and Cleveland, and has 32 starts in 100 career games.'

Marker Manuel confident he can succeed in Buffalo or somewhere else [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"At the end of the day, if I play well, it should take care of itself. Whether it's here or whether it's somewhere else, I don't know," Manuel told The Associated Press on Monday, after the Bills finished a joint practice with the Cleveland Browns.'

Marker Bills shuffle cornerbacks: sign Lankster, cut Westbrooks [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Lankster is back with the Bills after being selected by Buffalo in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. He spent his rookie season in Buffalo before being cut the following year.'

Marker Ryan: Linebacker Powell's knee injury could be season ending [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'Powell was hurt an hour into the Bills' joint practice with the Cleveland Browns on Monday. It happened during a team drill when Browns running back Jalen Parmele ran to his left toward Powell.'

Marker Bills RB Williams hospitalized [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Once we find out, you guys will know," Ryan said Monday. "He woke up in the morning. He felt a little something weight lifting in the afternoon (Sunday). But it wasn't anything. But now he obviously he had this thing where if you'd touch him ... obviously he's in a lot of pain."'

Marker Bills replace LB Powell (ACL) with Groves [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Powell was a seventh-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 and spent time on the practice squads of both the Seahawks and New York Giants before the Bills picked him up in October 2013.'

Marker An opportunity for Taylor [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Taylor, who I've thought all along is the guy the coaches are hoping takes control of this thing, has a great opportunity here in the next few days. Practicing against the Cleveland Browns twice and then getting the start against them Thursday.'

Marker Report: Bills agree to terms with LB Groves [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'After being selected in the second round of the 2008 draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Groves went on to play for the Jags, Raiders, Cardinals, Browns, Texans, and Titans, playing 100 games, starting 32 of them.'

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