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Buffalo Bills News - June 16, 2016

Marker Overweight RB opens door for those behind him, Jerry Hughes provides hope, Kyle Watch [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams was one of the team's most pleasant surprises last season, a threat to get to the next level every time he touched the ball with 517 yards and seven scores on 93 carries. He played in the 240's then, which means he could be the high 250's (maybe the 260's?) now. What now? Those other, uh, hungry backs have a chance to make noise on the NFL's No. 1-ranked rushing attack. Motivation isn't a problem for rookie Jonathan Williams, returnee Mike Gillislee and James Wilder Jr. behind starter LeSean McCoy. Jonathan Williams found a whole new love for the game after missing all of last fall with a foot injury, Gillislee is eager to prove he belongs and Wilder Jr., the son of a NFL great, impressed in OTA's.'

Marker Rex Ryan allowing Marquise Goodwin to pursue Olympic dream [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I didn’t even approach coach Ryan about it; I saw him on the internet at this same podium give an okay for me to do it,” Goodwin said Tuesday when the Bills began their mandatory three-day mini-camp at One Bills Drive. “That was all I needed, really. When he said that it was kind of like, okay I guess I’ll do it.”'

Marker Bills CB Stephon Gilmore won't rule out training camp holdout, but maybe he should [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Either way, it seems we're a ways away from figuring out whether Gilmore will be a part of the Bills long term.'

Marker Marquise Goodwin not worried about Zika, Bills roster spot as he trains for Olympics [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I really believed it," Goodwin said at Bills minicamp Tuesday. "No one really embraced track and field like Rex and the staff that he does. So I kind of felt like I had to get rid of it just so I could thrive in the NFL, but now I am embrace it a lot. I try to live my life the best that I can for me and not live it for a coach, or my wife, or anybody else. Just live it the best I can for me."'

Marker LeSean McCoy could see decrease in goal line touches, Buffalo Bills RB coach says [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He hates to not be in on the goal line, because he's always been a goal line back," Lynn said. "And when you put him in goal line situations, he's always been successful. But that's one less hit he has to take, one less defender that he has to meet in the hole. I would use a bigger back for that going into this year. But if a bigger back's available, we'll see. Last year, our guy wasn't available and I had to use him some. We'll see."'

Marker Everything Buffalo Bills assistant Kathryn Smith said in her first press conference [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Again, because I know them and they know me and I think some of that was already established, I didn't really want to overstep my bounds or anything, I'm trying to learn. I think they see that I'm working hard and trying to learn everything and do everything as best I can so I think through that they see that.'

Marker Trailblazing Bills coach saying all the right (and boring) things [1:48 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“I suppose, yes, there is (something to being the NFL’s first female coach). But that’s not really what I’m focused on … I recognize the honour in it, but I’m just trying to help the team and be the best coach that I can.”'

Marker Kathryn Smith easing into her role as Bills assistant coach [1:47 AM]
AP reports: '"We want qualified people to help us win. And she fits the mold for that," Sanborn said. "You don't look at it as male versus female. You look at it as a name versus a name. And we already knew the name, and know what she's capable of. So we're happy to have her on board."'

Marker Bills' RB Williams eats way off the field [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Obviously he's not anywhere close to where he needs to play at a high level," Ryan said. "So we've got to get some weight off him and he certainly understands that. You guys can see him as well as I do; he's clearly overweight.'

Marker Bills to limit preseason workload on RB LeSean McCoy [1:45 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday that McCoy's lack of reps this spring has been "by design," adding, "[to] keep him fresh, going into his eighth year, [there is] a lot of miles on those legs. So we'll do the same thing with training camp with him."'

Marker Tyrod continues strong OTA and minicamp performance (Wednesday notes) [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'EJ Manuel wasn’t very sharp overall, throwing one would-be pick-six interception to Corey White (although the whistle had blown shortly before the throw) and another into the chest of defensive lineman Corbin Bryant who had dropped into coverage. It wasn't all bad for Manuel, who had a couple nice mid-range throws over linebackers that got to his wideouts just before they went out of bounds for completions.'

Marker Six months on the job, Bills' Kathryn Smith doesn't think she's been treated any diff [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"It was an honor. It was really incredible," Smith said. "It was really amazing that it made that much of a splash. A bit overwhelming too just because, again, I was just trying to do my job and wasn’t expecting all of that but it’s been good. For the most part, it’s been positive so that’s been nice."'

Marker The Bills' early plan for QB Cardale Jones [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"You know we are trying to really throw everything at him which is somewhat unfair, but in the long run it is probably the best way to do things," Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman said after Wednesday's minicamp practice. "At some point we will titrate down, define the player and customize what we do with him. Right now we are exposing him to everything to get a feel for him. So we are not really in the evaluation phase, we are simply trying to get him prepared for training camp."'

Marker 7 observations from 2016 Bills minicamp - Day 2 [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'While Tyrod Taylor was once again the best quarterback on the field — as he should be — the day for Cardale Jones is one that had as many twists and turns as a soap opera.'

Marker Fitness, weight loss up first for Karlos Williams [1:40 AM] reports: '“It’s going to require some work, some discipline in the meal room. That’s something that I have to do. I’m a professional,” Williams said. “Being with my pregnant fiancée, when she ate, I ate, so it was kind of hard dealing with that, but the coaches and the strength and conditioning coaches are behind me, so it’s not going to be a problem.”'

Marker Bills minicamp notes - Day 2 [1:39 AM] reports: '“I feel pretty great,” Woods told “I had a long offseason of training and rehabbing and just getting right. It feels good. It’s like a blessing to be back out here full speed, running, getting open, back to normal. It feels good.”'

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June 15, 2016

Marker Bills CB Stephon Gilmore: 'They have to do what's best for them and I have to do what' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However you slice it, it's clear Gilmore would like to ink a long-term deal because he sees other players at his position cashing in.'

Marker Bills HC Rex Ryan on 'overweight' Karlos Williams: 'He's not anywhere close to w [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan wouldn't say how overweight Williams is, only that "You guys can see him as well as I do. He's clearly overweight."'

Marker Bills' Ryan: Jim Kelly 'knows I'm a hell of a coach' [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's, 'Oh, hey, we're going to lose,' whatever," Ryan said. "Man, I don't look at it that way. I'm definitely the (glass-is-) half-full guy. I expect some great things out of this team, and I'm going to be shocked if it doesn't happen. I think our whole division has improved. I don't know how much New England's improved. Obviously, they're right at the top every year, so I hope they don't improve much. I think Miami's gotten better, I think the Jets have gotten better.'

Marker All’s right with the Bills, except for minor details [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Seantrel Henderson’s agent is stunned that no Bills coach reached out to the right tackle after two offseason intestinal surgeries.'

Marker Transcript from Buffalo Bills minicamp of Rex Ryan, Gilmore, Goodwin, Taylor and Karlos Williams [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I think everybody has a challenge, there’s competition, but I think his skillset is one that you want to see on that field and see how he progresses and things. Obviously it’s not an ideal thing from where he is as a football player but I think he’s going to be in great shape; we know that. Obviously he’s training at a world-class level, he’s trying to train that way. Now, albeit nobody’s hitting you, but he’s running all the time, he’s in phenomenal shape so that’s going to help but we’ll see. In today’s world, it’s a little different. Everybody has a little, your playbook’s on an iPad these days so he’s not training 24/7, he’ll have some time to look at the playbook and all that and then let his physical tools take over when he gets here.'

Marker Bills' Gilmore at mini-camp only because it's mandatory [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I’m not frustrated because I know what I can do on the field, my game speaks for itself,” Gilmore said. “Those guys are great players, but I know what I can do, what I can do on the island making plays. When they got those deals it helped the cornerback market out a lot, so I’m looking forward to it. Whatever happens, if it’s now, if it’s later, my No. 1 priority is to prove myself on the field when it’s time.”'

Marker Karlos Williams is overweight and Rex Ryan is not happy [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Obviously he's not anywhere close to where he needs to play at a high level,” Ryan said. “So we've got to get some weight off him and he certainly understands that. You guys can see him as well as I do; he's clearly overweight. You wish that he was in much better shape, there’s no question about it. I think in the future I’m sure he’s got to realize that what he did this offseason is far from what you want. He’s a young guy, hopefully he’ll learn from it.”'

Marker Bills RB Karlos Williams overweight after skipping OTAs to be with pregnant fiancee [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Obviously you wish that he was in much better shape. There's no question about it. In the future, I'm sure he's got to realize what he did this offseason is far from what you want. He's a young guy. Hopefully he learns from it."'

Marker Former Bills player, now Orlando police officer, describes nightclub shooting [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ingoglia, who joined the department 16 years ago, recalled the events of Sunday morning to the D&C. Ingoglia said he was home Sunday morning when he was told to head to the nightclub, arriving 90 minutes after the shootings began.'

Marker Gilmore grudgingly reports for Bills mandatory practices [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Last month, general manager Doug Whaley described talks as being "a complicated process," while cautioning the value of Gilmore's next contract as potentially handcuffing the team from addressing other positional needs. One of those spots is quarterback, with starter Tyrod Taylor also entering the final year of his contract.'

Marker Gilmore at Bills minicamp, but wants new contract [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It's mandatory, that's why I came," said Gilmore, who is the only player on the team currently in a snit regarding his contract.'

Marker Bills' Rex Ryan says Jim Kelly 'knows I'm a hell of a coach' [1:48 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I think if you ask Jim, Jim knows I'm a hell of a coach and a good coach for this team and this community," Ryan said. "I think he would tell you that. I hope he would."'

Marker Gilmore non-committal on training camp without new deal in place [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'When asked about Norman’s deal, as well as the 5-year, $62.5million deal ($28.8M guaranteed) Janoris Jenkins signed with the New York Giants, Gilmore said, “those guys are great players. But I know what I can do. I know what I can do on an island. And make plays. So, when they got those deals, it helped the cornerback market out a lot. So I’m looking forward to it.”'

Marker Tuesday minicamp: Lewis, Gillislee impress; intensity continues [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I had written during OTAs that there seemed to be more intensity on the field than usual for that sort of practice. Well, that continued, for the most part, Tuesday. There were no fights (as there was during one of the OTA sessions), but there seemed to be a much more serious approach to every drill and portion of practice, and got a bit chippy again at times. This was especially evident during the offensive line individual session. Players were going pretty hard, even against blocking sleds and hand pads, and it was quite a bit vocal, as well. This is the first time all rookies and all veterans have had to be together on the field, and all of them want to prove they belong or that the new guy isn’t taking his job.'

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