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Buffalo Bills News - July 30, 2015

Marker Bills training camp questions [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I still think Cassel is the favorite but that is solely based on the fact he has more NFL experience than Manuel and Taylor. Since they don't have an elite QB on the roster, I think Rex Ryan and Greg Roman will be looking for someone with a steady hand, who makes the right decisions more often than not, and gets the ball into the hands of the various play makers on offense.'

Marker OT Gosder Cherilus visits Bills [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 6-7, 315 pound Cherilus has played 104 games, starting 100 in his NFL career. He was selected in the first round by the Lions (17th overall) in 2008.'

Marker Expectations high as Bills arrive at training camp [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It does feel different and I’m excited about it,” defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. “We’ve got a group that can do some special things.”'

Marker Will the postseason be reached? [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Just happy to have the talent we have,” said defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman. “They were good last year. Our job, for this entire defense, as coaches, from Rex (Ryan) on down is to see if we can get this group from great to elite. One of the defenses that people are talking about for years to come.”'

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July 29, 2015

Marker Kouandjio geared for action in trying to earn starting O-line spot [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“But again, the race isn’t over by a long shot,” Ryan said, “so we’ll see. Seantrel has got to show that he can handle it mentally, physically all of it and then get out here. Obviously he’s a guy that started 16 games last year so I think competition is going to be good, and Kouandjio has got to show that when the pads come on that he can handle the physical aspect of the game.”'

Marker How would Tom Brady's suspension affect the AFC East? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After years of lackluster coaching hires, the Bills are now run by someone who has spent hours (upon hours) studying how to beat Bill Belichick. Even when his Jets teams were awful, they made Belichick sweat. Last year’s 4-12 disaster lost to the eventual Super Bowl champs 27-25 and 17-16 on last-second field goal misses.'

Marker Bills make serious upgrades on offense [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"There's a lot of different weapons that we're excited about, and I'm excited to play in this offense, more excited than I've been in a long time," said running back Fred Jackson, who once again this season is the oldest player in the NFL at his position. "We have to work, it's not going to just come at us, but we're excited."'

Marker Sammy Watkins takes dig at former Buffalo Bills and Syracuse WR coach Rob Moore [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Now, we're understanding how to run routes off any press, off any leverage, to where you won't be covered," Watkins told the Buffalo News. "We were kind of limited last year with certain things. It was, 'You can't do this, you can't do that.' All" Moore "wanted to do was just tie-in what he knew and what he did in his career and just do that."'

Marker Buffalo Bills release guard Chris Williams after failed physical [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'With Williams' release, the Bills only have six offensive linemen with NFL experience and just four guards. At this point, Richie Incognito and rookie John Miller look like safe bets to win starting jobs at that position.'

Marker Depth the only question surrounding Buffalo Bills defensive line in 2015 [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Alex Carrington, Corbin Bryant and Michael Buchanan are all likely battling for two spots once Dareus is back from his one-week suspension. Depending on how many linebackers the Bills keep, Buchanan may not be entirely safe, but the Bills will likely part ways with either Carrington or Bryant once Dareus returns.'

Marker Sammy Watkins expects to be 'full go' after hip injury [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'll definitely be ready to practice," Watkins said Tuesday at his youth football camp at Erie Community College. "It's really about me just going and having fun. I'll be at practice ready to go. I'll be full go. I'll be prepared to go out there and make plays."'

Marker Ryan's brash approach still can't answer Bills' QB question [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills struggled running the ball last year in finishing with 1,482 yards rushing, a franchise low in a 16-game season. Buffalo also lacked a player who topped 100 yards rushing in a game for only the third season in team history, and first since 1979.'

Marker Bills release G Chris Williams [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams had missed all of OTAs and minicamps this offseason recovering from back surgery. He signed a four-year, $13.5 million deal with the club last offseason. He was scheduled to make a base salary of $1.875 million this season plus bonuses totaling $600,000.'

Marker Sammy: I'll be ready and full-go for camp [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 22-year old Watkins is excited be re-joining his teammates on the field. "I can't wait," he said. "That's really why I'm here, to play football. I can't wait to get back to it and start training camp."'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 1 - DT Marcell Dareus [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Regardless of the change in defensive schemes from 2014 to 2015, Dareus has the skill to continue to dominate the opposing offensive line. He can line up at defensive end, defensive tackle, nose tackle, or really anything you could think of along the line, and he'd still be a matchup nightmare for whoever he goes up against. At only 25 years old, Dareus still has room to grow -- which is a scary thing for the opposition.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 2 - CB Stephon Gilmore [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Gilmore certainly came into his own during the 2014 season, and in Rex Ryan's system that leaves his cornerbacks on an island in man-to-man coverage, Gilmore quite could possibly become a household name. He is not a finished product yet, but, if he continues to work with defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, he has everything you want to become a star in this defensive scheme. Now, it's all on him to get to that next level that the Bills hoped he would when they selected him in the first round.'

Marker 2015 AFC Preview: Buffalo Bills [1:47 AM]
CSN New England reports: 'All have their flaws, and none of the three have been able to complete 60 percent of their passes during their career. Cassel has the most experience behind center, but it's Taylor whose running ability may gel best with new head coach Rex Ryan's desire to focus on ground-and-pound, ball-control offense that limits mistakes.'

Marker One player we might not know about on both sides of the ball to watch [1:46 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'While EJ Manuel was drafted by the former regime (with input from current GM Doug Whaley and current team President Russ Brandon), Ryan isn’t tied to him. This regime did bring in Matt Cassel in a trade with Minnesota for two low round picks. He would be the perfect choice for a game manager to get the ball in the hands of the abundant playmakers on offense while controlling the ball to allow the defense to win games for them. This was the formula Rex Ryan used to get to two straight AFC Championship games with Mark Sanchez at QB.'

Marker Bills release OL Chris Williams [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Williams was signed as a free agent on March 12, 2014. The 2014 season was his seventh in the NFL.'

Marker When will the starting quarterback be known? [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think they all have something to prove—how they’re going to be in this system—we’re going to find out,” said Ryan. “Some quarterbacks flourish in certain systems and I believe all three guys will have a chance to be successful. I hope that’s the case. Hopefully that decision is going to be tough, in a good way, not that this guy wins it by default. We’re going to have a good competition.” '

July 28, 2015

Marker Bills’ Graham ready for challenge of playing safety [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I knew they were serious about it once they told me they wanted me to play safety only,” he said. “I knew it was real then. It’s been fun, to be honest with you. I’m looking forward to it. It’s like starting all over again, learning a new position, the nuances of it and all that. It’s like I’m a rookie all over again. So I’m excited about it. I want to see where it can take me.”'

Marker Who makes the team at wide receiver? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Harvin are presumably locks. Beyond them, who knows?'

Marker Brandon’s roles reflect synergy of franchises [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In recent months, Brandon had become increasingly involved with the Sabres’ business operations. Other members of the Bills’ front office, such as senior vice president of media and content Marc Honan, have already been doing Sabres-related work in addition to their Bills responsibilities.'

Marker Brandon leading Bills, Sabres business operations no surprise [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Another source close to the situation said Brandon's ability to "combine assets more effectively, leverage combined assets and create a consistent message" made him a natural to become president of both teams.'

Marker Just like you, Brandon’s a fan [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The more time Kim Pegula spent with the Bills, the more evident it became that their front office was much stronger than the Sabres’ operation. Not only did the owners look to the top for what worked for the Bills, they also looked to the top for changes that needed to be made with the Sabres. They weren’t just streamlining operations. '

Marker Look fans, no coach! [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And Bills fans seem to be just fine with that: No Doug Marrone? No problem.'

Marker QB competition will be key component of Bills' camp [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'With so much talent at the skill positions with LeSean McCoy, Percy Harvin, Charles Clay and Jerome Felton joining Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Chris Hogan and Fred Jackson, the Bills could make some serious noise this year if their quarterback can simply not screw things up and just distribute the ball to everyone with some semblance of consistency. Of course, with a depth chart of — in no particular order — Cassel, Manuel, Taylor, and Simms, that might be asking too much.'

Marker 3 reasons Charles Clay could be the Buffalo Bills' leading receiver in 2015 [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ever since his introductory press conference, Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman has emphasized how important the tight end position will be in Buffalo's offense. The Bills supported that by making Clay one of the highest paid tight ends in the NFL. If organized team activities and minicamp were any indication, Clay will be targeted early and often in this offense. He mentioned earlier this offseason that the Bills don't want him coming off the field. That bodes well for his production.'

Marker Russ Brandon now president of both Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'While Brandon has gotten heat from fans for some football decisions, he will be relied on for his business ability in his new role. Brandon navigated the Bills through the sale of the franchise following Ralph Wilson Jr.'s death and is a big reason the franchise stayed in Western New York.'

Marker Doug Marrone excluded from NFL Network's 2014 Buffalo Bills highlight show [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Michelle Giarardi Zumwalt, who produced the film for NFL Network, explained the reasoning for Marrone's exclusion.'

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