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Buffalo Bills News - August 30, 2016

Marker Bills acquire Lerentee McCray from Packers [1:32 PM]
ESPN reports: 'McCray appeared in 11 games for the Denver Broncos last season, finishing with seven tackles and a 1/2 sack.'

Marker 'Healthy' Carpenter battles to keep kicking for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I feel good about where Dan is kicking field goals," Ryan said. "I like the way Gay's been handling the kickoffs. It doesn't necessarily mean that we'll keep both of them, but both those guys have done a nice job."'

Marker Bills taking time on cuts [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think you've got to look at the big picture," Ryan said. "You have a game to play as well (Thursday night's preseason-finale at Detroit). There are some (cuts) that I guess you could make, but at the same time I think it's best to really look at everything, see where you're at. If, all of a sudden you have an injury, maybe you have another guy.'

Marker Buffalo Bills transcripts of Rex Ryan, Dan Carpenter, Marquis Goodwin and Sammy Watkins [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No, we’re still having discussions and we’re not going to make any moves, any roster moves today.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: If Kaepernick's cut, is Buffalo a landing spot? [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But Kaepernick's game has regressed badly since, and it isn't only because he has missed Roman's coaching. He has had multiple surgeries. He has lost all kinds of weight. And he has developed some extremely bad quarterbacking habits that, even as a backup, wouldn't serve the Bills any better than they've served the 49ers lately.'

Marker Bills' Watkins declares himself ready for regular season [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Foot is fine, I’m healthy, I’m cleared,’’ said Watkins after practice. “I’m out there practicing; that’s all mental. So for me it’s just really getting in shape and getting honed in on the plays that we’re going to be running and getting back on the right page with (quarterback) Tyrod (Taylor).’’'

Marker Bills season tickets sales second most in history [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Before that the record was 57,500 during the height of the Bills' four-year Super Bowl run. The top two years for season ticket sales in team history have now occurred under owners Terry and Kim Pegula with Rex Ryan as head coach.'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins says he's ready to catch a couple TDs against Ravens [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"You can't simulate that but I go against some of the top guys I think, Darby and Stephon Gilmore. I'm not worried about getting open when it's time to play in the game. More so, I need to get in shape, game shape. That's what I'm doing in practice. I'm just going six or seven reps in a row, four plays in a row. And I wasn't doing that in camp. I was going one play here, one play there. I was like, 'Coach, I need to be out there.' In camp I might only need one play, but now I need every rep."'

Marker Sources: Former Bills running back Karlos Williams visits with Steelers [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Bills general manager Doug Whaley said that "releasing Karlos Williams was strictly performance based. He came in behind the eight ball and never caught up and there was other guys on the roster that moved ahead of him. So in light of that, we thought, why hold on to him? Why don't we give him a chance to maybe find another job out there in the league? We weren't going to hold onto him until then knowing he wasn't going to make the team."'

Marker Rex Ryan explains why Bills will wait until deadline for roster cuts [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think you have to look at the big picture," Ryan said. "You still have a game to play as well. There's some that I guess you could make, but at the same time, I think it's best to really look at everything, see where you're at. If all of a sudden you have an injury, maybe you have another guy that, um, you just don't want to cut yourself short. You have this extra time, so let's get another practice in and see where we're at. Will we possibly make moves tomorrow? Absolutely. I think that's when it's going to have to be."'

Marker Buffalo Bills' first-unit defense among most impressive to MMQB's Peter King [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As King mentioned, Buffalo's first-unit defense is performing well without multiple starters. Players who will start on Buffalo's defense in 2016 that have rested at times this preseason include Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Jerry Hughes, Preston Brown, Aaron Williams, Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby. Rex Ryan has already said that he'll rest many of his starters in their preseason finale against the Detroit Lions.'

Marker The Associated Press got it wrong: Buffalo Bills won't finish last in AFC East [1:49 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'If they do, they won't finish last in the AFC East. They will be contending for a playoff spot.'

Marker Bills receiver Watkins says he's set for start of season [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"Oh, I mean, I'd score a couple of touchdowns," Watkins said after practice Monday.'

Marker Jets, Dolphins, Bills take aim at Patriots' throne [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Ryan fully revamped the unit after it underperformed last year, but the Bills' two top draft picks are injured. Outside linebacker Shaq Lawson, a first-rounder, had shoulder surgery in May and is expected to miss at least the first month of the season. Buffalo's second-rounder, inside linebacker Reggie Ragland, is out for the season with a knee injury.'

Marker LT Glenn returns while Bills lose two to torn ACLs [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Meanwhile, the Bills suffered two more season-ending ACL injuries in their loss to Washington. Cornerback Jonathan Dowling, who was probably a longshot to make the team, and tight end Chris Gragg, a fourth-year player who was enjoying a very good preseason and was firmly on the roster.'

Marker Bills ready to roll with "bust" Manuel as primary backup [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I really like the way he played," Ryan said. "I like the way he competes. He has a great look in his face, man, he loves playing. Guys, you know what, sometimes quarterbacks take a little longer to develop, and I think this is the best EJ Manuel that I've seen."'

Marker Bills kicker Carpenter: 'It's nice to be healthy again' [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Obviously, everybody struggles,” he said. “You can pick any kicker in this league, past, present and future, pretty much can guarantee that. They’re going to struggle at some point. It’s not the first time I’ve struggled and I’d like to say hopefully it’s the last time ever. But I’m a realist and I might have a bad game here or there or whatever. You just got to move on and move forward."'

Marker Bills get Goodwin, Aaron Williams back at practice [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Quarterback Cardale Jones, who missed yesterday’s practice for personal reasons, but has also been dealing with a sore shoulder, was throwing the ball in the early QB-WR portion of practice.'

Marker Bills' Watkins commends Kaepernick for standing up for what he believes in [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“I’m not bashing him. I commend him for standing up,” Watkins said. “I’m not that guy to say he’s wrong or right. Like I said, he’s an adult. He knows what kind of backlash he was going to get.”'

Marker Practice Notes: Goodwin and Jones return [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It was cool,” said Goodwin. “I didn’t do much. I did individual (position drills) ran some routes and stuff. I’m just trying to bounce back and get ready. I’ve just got to go through the protocol and take the steps that I need to make sure everything is cool and I respect that.”'

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August 29, 2016

Marker Injuries have slowed Ryan’s roster moves [1:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Normally, at this point, the Bills roster would already be down to the NFL limit of 75 players, well before today’s mandated 4 p.m. deadline.'

Marker Projecting the Bills' roster cuts to 75 [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So who might be on the chopping block? Here are 12 names to consider...'.

Marker Cordy Glenn returns to practice; season-ticket total is second highest in franchise history [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There are going to be guys that are playing that are going to be on our football team, without question," he said. "Safeties are going to have to play. ... I don’t think it's clear who is shaking out. It will be good for Manny to play some more. He missed that time with the pec, so I think you can see someone like him getting in there and getting some reps."'

Marker Buffalo Bills transcripts of Rex Ryan, Glenn Gronkowski, Richie Incognito, Manny Lawson [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' I think our guys can play, but yeah sure. I mean I’m just telling you how much I thought that Gragg had really elevated his game, and it’s just unfortunate that we’re going to lose this young man cause, you know, he was doing it on special teams, he was doing it as a blocker and he was doing it as a receiver so it’s real unfortunate, you know, that that happened.'

Marker Bills sign 4th quarterback to ride out preseason [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'None of Buffalo’s starters are expected to play against the Lions, including quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Top backup EJ Manuel is also expected to play sparingly if at all while rookie Cardele Jones is still recovering from a shoulder issue.'

Marker Buffalo Bills LB Manny Lawson reacts to NFL investigation, possible suspension [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"All I know is I'm being investigated by the league," Lawson said in the locker room at One Bills Drive. "The incident that happened two years ago in which there was no physical violence was disorderly conduct. We'll see what the league has to say about that, that's what we're going to wait and see what their decision is."'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign quarterback Austin Trainor [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Trainor's signing makes sense as the Bills aren't likely to play their starters for very long against the Detroit Lions, and Cardale Jones' status for the game is unknown as he deals with shoulder soreness. By signing Trainor, the Bills won't need to play EJ Manuel for an extended period of time.'

Marker Rex Ryan shares thoughts on Colin Kaepernick not standing for anthem [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If there's personal beliefs that keep you from doing it, I understand, but at the same time, you've got to look at the gifts that we have, the opportunity that we have to play a great game is through the men and women that serve our country. That's an opportunity right there just to show respect. I think that's why, when you see our team, every one of us are on that line. That's kind of our way of giving thanks."'

Marker Bills sign QB Trainor as potential preseason finale fill in [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Trainor doesn't have any NFL experience since completing his college career at West Georgia in 2013. He had a brief stint with Buffalo in spring 2015, when he took part in the team's rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.'

Marker Bills Ryan says standing for anthem pays respect to military [1:51 AM]
AP reports: '"You've got to look at the gifts that we have, the opportunity that we have to play a great game is through the men and women that serve our country," Ryan said before practice on Sunday. "And I think that's an opportunity right there just to show respect."'

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