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Buffalo Bills News - May 25, 2016

Marker Bills beat writers are not happy with the team's strict new media policy [1:30 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Here are some of the best reactions, including a few crafty tweets to adhere to the rules.'

Marker Bills GM Doug Whaley doesn't think 'humans are supposed to play' football [1:29 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Sure, executives have admitted the dangers of playing football. Even Goodell has done that. But hearing Whaley say it's a sport that humans aren't meant to play is alarming. His comment stemmed from a question regarding Sammy Watkins being injury-prone.'

Marker Bills GM: I 'don't think humans are supposed to play' football [1:28 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Whaley isn't necessarily wrong, of course. In January, the NFL released a report that revealed a rise in concussions. In total, the NFL counted 271 concussions last season. They also counted 56 ACL sprains and 170 MCL sprains in 2015.'

Marker As Bills D turns page, Hughes willing to do 'whatever the coach needs me to do' [1:27 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yeah, I mean it’s just going to be a lot more fun at the outside linebacker position now, I would say,” he told reporters after Tuesday’s OTA session. “I mean, I’m really just not that traditional down-end. I’ll be standing up more, so just understanding the depths and volumes that goes into playing linebacker, I mean it opens up the game for you a lot. You can have a lot more fun I’ll say when you’re out in coverage, when you’re out coming off the edge, really just playing with that look to kind of just mess with offensive’s heads.”'

Marker Wood excited to get back to work at OTAs [1:26 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"There's a lot of competing going on out there and it's good for us," Wood said. " Any work we can get, any chance we have to get better we will take full advantage of that. And it's fun. We have the option of being out here. Luckily with us, a lot of guys attend, a lot of guys are taking this serious and we're out there getting better."'

Marker Boykin, Blanton make impression (Bills Tuesday OTA notes) [1:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Robert Blanton saw plenty of time at safety and was extremely vocal. His voice was very easily heard over others and he was constantly moving guys around and taking charge in the secondary and overall on defense.'

Marker Rex: Seymour looks like 'the real deal' as rookie CB gets 1st-team reps at OTAs [1:24 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Well, he’s already elevated,” Ryan said to reporters after the team’s open practice session Tuesday on the grass field outside. “You know, kind of like we saw immediately with Ronald Darby. How we knew Darby had a chance to be special. I’m not going to put him in that class yet, but we’re close.”'

Marker Bills sign secound-round pick Ragland [1:23 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The agency that represents Buffalo Bills second-round pick Reggie Ragland has announced that the former Alabama linebacker has agreed to a contract with the team.'

Marker Whaley: Lawson could have played through shoulder injury [1:22 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills' GM told Howard Simon and Jeremy White that Lawson could have continued to play through the shoulder injury, but the team was concerned about "flare ups" like the one that happened in rookie mini camp.'

Marker 7 Bills observations from OTAs (5/24) [1:21 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It’s been a popular conversation amongst Bills fans: Who will start at right tackle in 2016? The early answer to that, before the competition really gets into the swing of things at training camp, is Jordan Mills.'

Marker Bills new media policy called 'unnecessary' [1:20 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Rex or not -- wherever it came from, it did not go over well on what should have been a day focused on the team on the field, and what they need to do to finally end the playoff drought. Instead, the strict new media policy is the talk of the league, fair or not.'

Marker Thoughts on the Bills new media policy [1:19 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Why would the team take away the very source of news and notes on the team, when around this time of year a good portion of fans like hearing about what’s going on with the team? And, if they don’t get it from me, then from one of the other writers that do a fantastic job at covering the team — fans lose out there as well.'

Marker Buffalo Bills new media policy takes NFL insecurity to a childish extreme [1:18 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'But banning info on the team just because it isn't positive enough is turning media angst into child's play. That Sammy Watkins dropped one pass or that Tyrod Taylor was just 7 of 14 on his throws on a given day in May will have as much impact on this year's wins and losses as sharing what kind of potatoes they're serving in the cafeteria.'

Marker Bills feel Watkins' absence is manageable [1:17 AM] reports: '“(I’m) not necessarily disappointed right now,” said Taylor. “I kind of moved past that. The main thing is that Sammy gets healthy. We know he wants to be out here and he’s going to get out as soon as he can. The main thing is that we just talked through a bunch of things that happened last year. Once it’s his time to come back in training camp then we’ll get on the same page as far as getting chemistry back.”'

Marker Bills OTA notes [1:16 AM] reports: '“It’s good to have the guys out there competing against the defense,” said Taylor. “The defense is giving us a bunch of different looks, but the main thing is that we are going out there and competing. Guys are making plays on the ball. It’s good to have everybody out there.”'

Marker Whaley sheds light on Lawson surgery decision [1:15 AM] reports: '“The more and more we thought about it in talking about it with ownership, the head coach, the medical staff and myself and Shaq and his representatives, we said, ‘Let’s be proactive with this thing. Let’s not have an incident which may come up five months from now or five days,’” said Whaley. “So the unpredictability of when it could happen again we decided to remove all doubt. We said, ‘Let’s get the shoulder surgery done now and that’s pre-emptive and then we remove all doubt as to when this could flare up again either during the season or two years from now.'”'

Marker Bills sign second-round pick Reggie Ragland [1:14 AM] reports: '“It feels great,” Ragland told “You get this opportunity and you work so hard your whole life as a kid just to be in this position. You’ve put yourself in this position so now you’ve got to come through. So I’m very thankful I got the deal done and now it’s time to get to work.”'

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May 24, 2016

Marker Bills at LB: Despite Lawson glitch, upgrade is likely [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ragland also has a health issue, an enlarged aorta that he and the Bills insist won't give him any problems. Where have we heard that one before?'

Marker Buffalo-native Corey Knox wants a 2nd chance with Bills: 'I am not afraid to die for it' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I had frost all over my face, my arms were beat red," Knox said, "and I was frozen but I didn’t care because I wanted Russ Brandon to see, I wanted Rex to see, I wanted Doug Whaley to see, I wanted every single coach who came in that day to see that nobody in or out of that team wants it more than me and I know I got my message across. I emailed Rex Ryan, I emailed Greg Roman and I keep trying to put it in their mind what I am willing to do. I’m not trying to say these others guys aren’t but when they see a guy not giving it everything they have or they are at the end of their career or maybe they just don’t have the same passion for the Bills that I do, (I hope) that they will think of me."'

Marker Tyler Dunne's players to watch through Bills OTAs [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Reggie Ragland. No, the Bills won't get see returns on their first-round investment any time soon. Lawson, the 19th overall pick, might not return until mid-season... and how much will he help after missing so much time? The shoulder surgery certainly is a blow to Rex Ryan's defense this year and will put even more pressure on Reggie Ragland, the 41st overall pick, to be an instant contributor. Both Ryan and Doug Whaley were quick to say the team landed three starters "off the bus" this draft. Without money to find such talents in free agency, that was the goal in the draft.'

Marker Three things to watch for at the start of OTAs [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'LeSean McCoy. The Bills' running back hasn't spoken publicly since being investigated for his role in a Philadelphia bar brawl back in February. McCoy has not been charged, and it seems unlikely he'll face NFL discipline, but the investigation was just the latest in a line of things McCoy has been involved with that the Bills would probably rather he steered clear from. The term "distraction," is probably overused and too strong here, but McCoy's negative headlines have outweighed the positive ones since he was acquired. It will be interesting to hear his side of this story – provided the Bills make him available to tell it.'

Marker Ex-Bills player stood outside The Ralph, says he's willing to die for another shot [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The 26-year old Knox has been training while working as a strength coach. While he thinks he got the message across to the Bills, he's still waiting for the phone to ring. He still can't believe the Bills cut him in the first place.'

Marker Shaq out, Manny in, but then who? Several will fight to make an impression at OTAs [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'IK Enemkpali, Randell Johnson, Lorenzo Alexander, Max Valles, Lavar Edwards, Cedric Reed, Eric Striker, Claudell Louis, and Bryson Albright.'

Marker Bills OTA primer [1:53 AM] reports: 'The biggest difference on offense will be that Tyrod Taylor will get almost all the first team reps during OTA practices, which is quite a contrast from last spring when he was part of a three-man rotation when the starting job was up for grabs. This is Taylor’s ship to run this season, and it should be very beneficial to every aspect of the passing game.

May 23, 2016

Marker Bills at DL: Additions, some by subtraction, should help [2:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The first two choices, Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland, factor heavily into the process as well, although Lawson will likely be missing when the season begins because of the surgery the outside linebacker from Clemson recently underwent to repair his right shoulder.'

Marker Bills CB Stephon Gilmore won't be at OTA's on Monday; two sides still working on long-term [2:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This shouldn’t be considered a “holdout” considering OTA’s are voluntary, though the source said Gilmore will continue to train in Charlotte and Miami as the team hits the field this week. Buffalo's scheduled OTA's are May 23, May 24, May 26 this week, May 31, June 1 and June 3 next week, and then June 6-9. Mandatory minicamp is slated for June 14-16.'

Marker On the Robey connection, Pearson's help, Kevon Seymour 'built for anything' [2:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The stories of Robey who overcame a tragedy himself and thrives as one of the shortest players in the league were legendary by the time Seymour stepped on campus. Seymour heard all about Robey keeping a notebook full of the other cornerbacks' strengths and weaknesses on the team.'

Marker Bills begin OTAs Monday......for real [2:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The work allowed will still be extremely limited, compared to real football practices, but what happens starting this week will have some of the Phase One and Phase Two restrictions lifted. And, yes, they are now officially referred to as "OTAs." We can all stop pretending.'

Marker QB Jones & RB Williams hit field in LA [2:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The QB and running back took the field inside Memorial Coliseum as a part of the NFL Players Association rookie premiere. It was their first opportunity to suit up in their game day uniform and helped create their own rookie trading cards.'

May 22, 2016

Marker Bills at OL: How risky was handling of right side? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The potential bad news is the Bills' decision to basically ignore the right side of their line, where questions linger at tackle and guard.'

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