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Buffalo Bills News - April 16, 2015

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan makes fun of Tom Brady's botched first pitch at Red Sox game [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think there's an obvious thing that we should talk about first," Ryan said. "My pitch actually made it to the plate. It was a little wide, but I understand somebody bounced it — I'm not sure who it was — but Tom needs to keep his elbow up a little bit more, I think."'

Marker Fred Jackson, other Buffalo Bills discuss transitioning from Doug Marrone to Rex Ryan [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think that's the major difference," Jackson said. "It's Rex Ryan. We all know what he's about. He's a guy who's a very out there person. He doesn't keep anything to himself. He tells you exactly how he feels, and that's the same way with us. He tells us exactly what he feels from us, and he expects us to do the same. Some coaches you can't be like that to. They expect you to get in line and go with what they say. Every one of these coaches wants to hear what we have to say, too. That's how we get better. The give and take."'

Marker Ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan playfully rips New England Patriots' Tom Brady for failed first pitch [1:52 AM]
Newark Star-Ledger reports: 'Or it's probably that he's in a ripping mood after a "Sports Illustrated" cover story filled with Jets disses dropped.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Rex Ryan doesn't back down from saying Jets' Jace Amaro is 'full [1:51 AM]
Newark Star-Ledger reports: 'Ryan on Wednesday didn't double down on that line. But he did stand by it -- did you honestly expect him to take it all back? -- while also trying to move past the issue. Good luck with that.'

Marker Here's how Eagles landed Kiko Alonso instead of draft picks from Buffalo Bills in LeSean McCoy [1:50 AM]
South Jersey Times reports: 'It isn't all that surprising that the Eagles would have preferred draft picks in lieu of Alonso, as they would have provided additional flexibility to possibly move up in the NFL Draft as well as hold more value than a player, as dominant as Alonso can be. However, the fact that it was Alonso who was netted in return for McCoy underscores Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and the front office's commitment to bolstering what has been a floundering defense over the past two seasons.'

Marker Chargers sign ex-Bills offensive tackle [1:49 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'A 2011 fourth-round pick out of Clemson, Hairston made all 15 career starts in 2011-12 under D'Alessandris and assistant Andrew Dees, who both joined the Chargers in 2013. He worked at both spots.'

Marker Rex Ryan needles Brady, dismisses Amaro's accusations [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"I don't take myself too seriously," Ryan said. "It's just who I am."'

Marker Rex Ryan: 'We'll see how happy he is when I play against him' [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: 'On Wednesday, Ryan said he stands by his comments when he was asked how much he is looking forward to the first game against the Jets.'

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April 15, 2015

Marker Dunbar just delighted to be coaching Bills’ D-line [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“They can rush the passer and they can play against the run,” he said during a break in the second week of the Bills’ voluntary offseason conditioning program. “They’ve done a great job of putting it together versus the run and versus the pass, and I know the linebackers and the cornerbacks and the defensive backs really help with that. The cornerbacks and the DBs we have really give us a chance to rush the passer.'

Marker QB coach David Lee confident in Bills' depth [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'On Manuel: "I thought he looked really good the first two games (in 2014). As I watched him, the first 10 games he started his first year, before he got hurt, he looked like a rookie and I've had a couple of them so I know what they look like. He was doing a lot of rookie things. But at times he did some really good things and you could see exactly why they drafted him in the first round. EJ wants to be good, his work ethic and his desire to be good is so strong, it's impressive, it jumps out at you. There's question after question, he's a note taker, a deep thinker, and he studies."'

Marker Bills coach Rex Ryan fires back at Jace Amaro, who said 2014 Jets lacked accountability [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's full of s---, and I'll remind him of that when we play him," Ryan said. "Look, we weren't perfect, and I never said we were going to be perfect. But that's a f------ b.s. comment. But, hey, he's happy that he's got a different coach in place. We'll see how happy he is when I play against him."'

Marker Jim Kelly will reportedly announce a Buffalo Bills' pick at the 2015 NFL Draft [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Kelly is one of eight Hall of Famers scheduled to appear in Chicago, but more are expected to be added to the list in coming weeks. Kelly, who was recently featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated with new Bills coach Rex Ryan and fellow Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas, has quickly developed a strong relationship with the Bills' new regime.'

Marker Buffalo Bills hosting free agent wide receiver Brad Smith [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It's not entirely clear where Smith might fit in with the Bills, who already have two receivers, Marcus Easley and Marcus Thigpen, playing significant roles on special teams. Smith's experience as a wildcat quarterback may interest the Bills, who seem interested in getting creative on offense given their deficiency at quarterback.'

Marker Rex Ryan wants to 'kick the s---' out of Jets when Buffalo Bills play them [1:54 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '“We’re going to try to whip your ass. There are people in that organization who are going to be lifelong friends to me. But this (the Bills) is my damn football family now.”'

Marker Rex Ryan talking trash: I want ‘to kick the s—’ out of the Jets [1:53 AM]
New York Post reports: '“They were trying to pull away from me,” Ryan added. “Like it was my fault, somehow, that people identified the Jets with me, and that was a bad thing and not a good thing. I was just being who I was. From that point on I knew I wasn’t going to be long for that job.”'

Marker Brad Smith, former Eagles and Jets receiver, moving toward reunion with Buffalo Bills' Rex Ryan [1:52 AM]
Newark Star-Ledger reports: 'Smith, 31, often saw action out of the wildcat formation with the Jets. He enjoyed the most productive years of his career with them. Smith's career numbers: 134 rushes for 972 yards and four touchdowns, 104 catches for 987 yards and five touchdowns, and 112 kickoff returns for 2,873 yards and four touchdowns.'

Marker Ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan sells Summit home for $2.6M -- well above listing price [1:51 AM]
Newark Star-Ledger reports: 'Three of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, and the master has radiant floors. There is also an eat-in kitchen, a family room and office with built-in bookshelves, a rec room, an exercise room that could be converted to a sixth bedroom, and a patio with an outdoor fireplace. The lot is about a third of an acre, and the property taxes are $37,642.'

Marker The Rex Effect [1:50 AM]
SI reports: '“We’re not only a national brand, we’re starting to be a destination because of Rex and what we’re building here,” says general manager Doug Whaley, who credits Ryan with luring players such as free-agent wideout Percy Harvin. “We’re trying to be a serious contender.”'

Marker Can the Bills find an impact player at #50? [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Here’s a look at the most recent #50 overall draft picks, and a historic look at that spot...'.

Marker Roman, Crossman excited to work with Harvin [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Percy is a world-class athlete,” Roman said. “He is a very tough, strong, physical football player who we envision being a big factor for us at the receiver position. I personally think his best days are ahead of him as a receiver.”'

Marker OL coach Aaron Kromer: All 5 spots open to competition [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Obviously watching the tape is one thing. It gives me the opportunity to see their movement skills and how they play,” said Kromer. “But understanding I don’t know what they were being told or how they were being coached to do things, it’s a case where I want to get with these guys and get out on the grass with them and get a feel for how they learn and how they pick up the things I’m going to teach them. I don’t want to evaluate them too soon.”'

Marker Former Bill Brad Smith visits One Bills Drive [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'He appeared in 13 games for the Eagles in 2014 serving mainly on special teams.'

April 14, 2015

Marker Bills’ OC Roman has the tools for the job [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I mean, these guys want to win,” he said. “That’s our prime directive. The stat that we care about is winning. And everybody understands that in a team sport, sometimes you’re doing the dirty work, sometimes you’re getting the glory. But if it all ends up in helping the team win, then everybody benefits and it’s pretty obvious."'

Marker Bills OC Greg Roman reveling in revamped offense [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Our front office did a tremendous job," Roman said. "We kind of presented a vision of how we wanted to look and be. It's a totally new beginning here, they understand that, and they took what we communicated to them and went out to find those pieces."'

Marker Can QB coach David Lee improve the Bills' quarterback situation? [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“His mindset right now is: I'm ready to come in here and run," Lee said. "My first conversation with him was, 'EJ, when I looked at you coming out, the Florida game, you beat them three times with your legs against a fast secondary.' I said to get those chains off and get running."'

April 12, 2015

Marker Manuel happy about clean slate [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s all I want for myself,” Manuel said. “I just want to be able to compete, let it be open, and at the end of the day the best man will play.”'

April 11, 2015

Marker Why a dominant running back means more now than ever [1:59 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“If they have great feet and can make someone miss in space that’s valuable, but even being able to run through arm tackles helps,” said Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos. “Where they can take an edge and get through arm tackles. You don’t have to break ankles. You have to have a feel and instinct as far as angles with running the ball.”'

April 10, 2015

Marker EJ Manuel seeks new chapter after Marrone's departure [1:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I don't know because he's not here with us anymore," said Manuel, a wry grin creasing his face. "I think God works in mysterious ways and I'm excited with the coach we have now. I think he's built a great staff around him. Offensively, I know we have some great guys. I'm very excited to work with (quarterbacks coach David) Lee. I met with him during the pre-draft and all that kind of stuff and I loved him. I'm very happy that he's here with us now."'

Marker Baseball's Opening Day a tradition for Bills' Rex Ryan [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Unfortunately I forgot the freakish type of movement I have on my pitch," he joked.'

Marker Buffalo Bills preseason schedule: Panthers, Browns, Steelers, Lions are 2015 opponents [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The game against the Browns will be on national television on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. It's the second year in a row that the Bills will play a preseason game on national TV: They faced the New York Giants in the Hall of Fame game in 2014.'

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