Bills building blocks in place for quick turnaround in 2016 [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Just by scanning around the Buffalo locker room, Taylor can easily identify the building blocks for the Bills future success. He’s got a Pro Bowl running back in LeSean McCoy, who battled through injuries to help make Buffalo the number one rushing attack in the NFL.'
Value of top CBs will resonate with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Darrelle Revis received a five-year, $70 million contract. Richard Sherman inked with Seattle at five years, $59 million. Joe Haden signed a six-year, $75 million deal. Gilmore may seek a contract in this stratosphere, so it's on Buffalo to prioritize which positions matter most on this roster. Much money is already tied up in running back, tight end, the defensive line and the Bills are still skating by on the cheap at quarterback.'
Boomer Esiason and Trent Green like what they see in Bills QB Tyrod Taylor... but must see more [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I still have to see a lot more. A lot more," Esiason said. "I know that Coach Ryan was real excited about his athleticism and all of the things that you love. And this is Tyrod’s first time starting. So let’s not jump to conclusions one way or the other. The good thing about Tyrod is he cares. He wants to do it. So that’s the first part that you have to get. I think the limited success he had this year is going to bode well for him going into next year. Even they are not sure if he’s the long-term answer. Only time will tell.”'
Phillips enjoys the view from a coaching pinnacle [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Phillips was asked what went through his mind as that fateful final kickoff return was unfolding in Nashville that day. “When I was standing on the sidelines, I knew it was a forward lateral,” he said, “so I thought they were going to bring it back. If they had HD in those days, we wouldn’t be sitting here. I’d be a head coach somewhere.”'
Tyrod Taylor, wearing a $2,500 hat, says Buffalo Bills can make playoffs in 2016 [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think it's something that we can accomplish next year," Taylor said. "It's definitely not going to be easy. Each year presents its own challenges. But I think we have the team to do it. Walking into it, of course, from the other teammates, they didn't know who their starting quarterback was going to be. They were kind of mislead early on. Once we figured out who the quarterback was, we were able go out there and start making things happen. But I think to get onto the playoffs is definitely something we can do next year."'
Javier Arenas getting another NFL opportunity [1:55 AM]
Birmingham News reports: 'A player signed to a reserve/future contract can be added to an NFL team's roster when it expands from 53 to 90 players for the offseason on March 9, the first day of the NFL's 2016 calendar. The reserve/future players are eligible to participate in offseason workouts, minicamps and OTAs as team members.'
Jim Kelly — lessons in losses [1:54 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '“I learned a long time ago, before the Super Bowls and before Marv, that you never give up, regardless of the situation,” Kelly said. “You turn a negative into a positive. During my senior year at Miami, I blew out my shoulder and they said I would never play football again. I was drafted by Buffalo, but went and played in the USFL instead. I had my son born on my birthday and had all these dreams of what I was going to do for him … and he passed away. I’ve been diagnosed with cancer not once, but twice. It’s been a whirlwind.'
Wade Phillips has fond memories of Buffalo [1:53 AM]
USA Today reports: '“We’ve got great friends there and enjoyed our time in Buffalo. We were there six years. That was a big part of our coaching lives."'
Bills sign CB Arenas [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Arenas has recorded 106 punt returns for 1,035 yards and 73 kickoff returns for 1,541 yards.'
Bills sign CB/KR Javier Arenas [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Arenas originally entered the NFL in 2010 as the second round (50th overall) draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs. The 5-9, 197-pound Alabama product has also spent time with Arizona and Atlanta. Arenas has appeared in 69 games with 12 starts totaling 143 tackles, five sacks, two interceptions, nine quarterback hits, seven tackles for a loss and 24 passes defensed.'
Studesville’s been behind the scenes, but he’s seen a lot [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I loved my time there," Studesville said, "and loved my time in Western New York. ... They’ve got a good staff there. They’ve got good guys there in Buffalo. It’s only a matter of time. They’ll get it turned around.”'
In CBS’ alternate universe, Bills won Super Bowl XXV [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s an alternate universe, and CBS Sports will take us there Sunday with a pre-Super Bowl game segment, “A (Revised) History of the Buffalo Bills,” that blissfully reverses the outcome of those four consecutive losses between the 1990 and 1993 seasons.'
Tony Gonzalez says a down year should motivate Bills TE Charles Clay [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"In fact, honestly, that’s when you have your most growth. I know for me I had my worst year in the second year in the league. And I came back and went to the Pro Bowl the next decade. So it was one of those things — embarrassment drives you. I don’t know if he’s embarrassed or not but I certainly think he’s unhappy with what happened this year and he’s going to go out there and get it right.”'
Taylor’s play means Bills do not need to pick up QB early [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A developmental quarterback should be added at some point in the draft, but Buffalo’s early picks need to be spent rebuilding the defense.'
Talking with O.J. Simpson before his life fell apart [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I can’t be certain of this, but I may have been the last person to ever do a full-length interview with O.J. before his life came crashing down in remarkably stunning fashion. As you see by the date of my conversation with him, eight days later on June 12, Simpson murdered — OK, I guess we have to say allegedly because he was acquitted — his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman.'
Why were the Buffalo Bills scouting a Baylor-Texas basketball game? [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gathers has run into some trouble off the court. He was arrested for shoplifting at a Wal Mart last June, but he's stayed out of trouble since then. Gathers, who hasn't played football since middle school, told ESPN that he's been working on his routes and has a pair of cleats ready.'
Buffalo Bills linebacker Tony Steward loses fiancée Brittany Burns to cancer [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Burns, a former Clemson rower, was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer on Dec. 9. A few days later, she and Steward got engaged.'
Free agent QBs include familiar names to Bills' coaches [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Manuel almost definitely won’t be in Buffalo beyond next season, and there’s a chance he could be moved or released before then.'
Norwood looking forward to roasting former teammate [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Whenever my name is interjected in conversation in Buffalo, things are a bit solemn, pretty serious," Norwood said. "This is an opportunity to lighten up and maybe have a little fun, join in and see a few people. It will be good to see Andre up there and have a little fun."'
Monos: Bills not looking for specific fit on defense [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“We’re fortunate enough defensively with Rex, he’s gonna use the guy to his strengths. He plays so many multiple looks, so anybody we take he’ll be able to fit him in,” Monos told the Howard Simon Show. “We don’t have specifics that we’re looking for a certain guy that he’ll fit this 3-4 defense, or he’ll fit a 4-3. We just know ‘this is what he can do well,’ and use him like that.”'
Fiancée of Bills player loses battle with cancer [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Burns got engaged to Steward last year, and started the Fight Like a Girl campaign, which can be found here, to raise money for women battling ovarian cancer. At the time of this post, the campaign had raised $2,421 towards the cause.'
Jen Welter's advice to Bills' coach Kathryn Smith: 'Be authentic' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“My biggest hope for her is they let her be great where she’s great," Smith said at the Senior Bowl last week. "Don’t try to make her something that she’s not. If they made me coach a quarterback, I would suck. I would be horrible. Right? I don’t know anything about being a great quarterback. I was a linebacker. If you made me someone who yelled at players as a disciplinarian, that’s not going to work either. They would flick me aside and say, ‘What is this little woman doing?’ You have to be authentic.'
Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery feels your pain long-suffering Bills fans [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You know, I grew up a Buffalo fan. A Buffalo Bills fan," Cotchery said. "We don’t have any professional teams in Alabama. So I had to pick a team and Buffalo was my team growing up. I was born in ’82 and became a fan when I was 7. That’s when they started the run.”'
Broncos DE Antonio Smith believes former teammate Mario Williams can still 'dominate' [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Definitely. Definitely," Smith said. "You still have Julius Peppers having multiple sack years. You know? Those are two guys I put in the same category. I call them anomalies. Men like them two don't come around too often. Three-hundred-pound men who you can't even tell are 300 pounds — all muscle, speed and power."'
Former LB Bart Scott on Bills HC Rex Ryan: 'He’s one of the best defensive minds in the g [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"One thing I know about Rex Ryan is he knows how to coach defense," Scott said. "I’m confident saying he’s one of the best defensive minds in the game today. So I don’t question his ability to coach and expire. Listen. The difference between the Buffalo Bills this year and Rex’s first year with the Jets is that he brought people over who could help deliver his message in the locker room. He didn’t bring a Jim Leonard over. He didn’t bring a Marques Douglas. He didn’t bring myself over.'
Wide right: 25 years later [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I don’t look back on those years and think, ‘Oh, those are the four years we lost the Super Bowl,’” he said. “If you’re a fan of a team, what do you want them to do? You want them to win. Think about those four years, we had an awful lot of excitement being fans of the Buffalo Bills. Sure, we lost four Super Bowls, but there wasn’t any other team that was winning more than we were. Think about all those games we won.”'
Here's hoping Bills' Smith follows Linda Bogdan's lead [1:54 AM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: 'Clearly, there will be gender-related challenges along the way, but hopefully, she’ll meet less resistance than did Bogdan. In a time when women enjoyed fewer opportunities, she had to deal with sexism, as well as charges of nepotism. Bogdan understood that being the boss’ daughter afforded her an opportunity she otherwise might not have had. “It has enabled me to get my foot in the door,” she said. “And because I’m the owner’s daughter, I know people at least have to listen to my opinion.”'
Bills scouting Baylor hoops player [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Rico Gathers is a 6-8, 275 pound senior forward on the Bears basketball team. He was an AP Honorable-Mention All-American last season as well as being named First Team All Big-12. He’s viewed most likely as a defensive end, or possibly a tight end if he were to get a shot at professional football.'
Clay looks for an improvement on offense in 2016 [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I feel there's a lot of things we could do better," Clay said. "The biggest thing is executing more consistently. I feel like we have a lot of guys, a lot of weapons and plays to be the top offense in the league which is our goal. I feel like, at times, we definitely looked like the number one offense and other times we didn't. Going forward, if we could execute on a more consistent basis, that would help."'
Versatile OGs available if Bills add depth or have to replace Incognito [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bills guard Richie Incognito is regarded by many to be the best unrestricted free agent OG available. So, if they were to re-sign him, they’d essentially be landing the number-one player at the position. Or at least close to it. The Bills have a very good shot at retaining Incognito. Both sides seem to want to work something out that will keep him in Buffalo for a couple more years. But what if they don’t? What if the 32-year old Incognito signs with another team? Here are some possible names that could be fits for the Bills in that case, or maybe even for depth purposes if he stays.'
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