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Buffalo Bills News - July 10, 2015

Marker Can special teams be number one? [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Knowing the moves they made last offseason and as good a unit as we were all year long, to add on a couple of more pieces like Percy and Alex Carrington, expectations are very high for everybody,” said Marcus Easley.'

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July 9, 2015

Marker Bills camp won't be first rodeo for Mississippi native Hamilton [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I grew up around horses my whole life,” Hamilton said. “It’s just something that’s been with me since I was young. I’m from the country. I’ve lived in the country. I’ve never really lived in town. Having horses and going to rodeos every weekend was a big responsibility.'

Marker Do the Bills have the worst QB situation in the NFL? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And yet... the age-old problem here in Western New York lingers. Quarterback. Veteran Matt Cassel, 2013 first-rounder E.J. Manuel and Tyrod Taylor will all compete for the No. 1 job at St. John Fisher College this summer. This off-season, the Bills decided not to overspend, overdraft or pull off a costly trade for someone else. Time will tell if Rex Ryan can win the old fashioned way — with defense and a running game.'

Marker Former TCU DE Jerry Hughes will donate $15,000 to Fort Worth North Side football program [1:57 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Hughes donation, Turner said, will go toward weight room equipment, practice equipment, game gloves, cleats for players who need them and game day attire for coaches and players.'

Marker NFL star Stephon Gilmore holds first youth football camp in Rock Hill [1:56 AM]
Rock Hill Herald reports: '“I always wanted to go to camps growing up and they didn’t really have any camps in Rock Hill,” said Gilmore during a break in the action. “I always said if I made it to the NFL I would come back and do some camps for some kids and help motivate them to get to where I’m at.”'

Marker Bills defense long on talent, short on age [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Kempski lists the Bills projected front seven with a current average of 26.3 years of age. That’s tied for 10th-youngest overall. Depending on what alignment and/or personnel being used, there could obviously be a slight adjustment up or down there, but using these totals, only the St. Louis Rams have a lower average age in BOTH position areas.'

Marker 4 reasons Stephon Gilmore will excel in 2015 [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’ll be full go at camp,” Gilmore told Buffalobills.com. “I feel great. I felt good in June. This is one of the offseasons where I’m coming in healthy and can run and do everything, so I’m just trying to be smart and doing whatever I can now so it can help me in the long run.”'

July 8, 2015

Marker Bills’ Steward draws mental strength from rehab ordeal [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s one of those things you don’t want to have to deal with,” said Steward, selected by the Bills in the sixth round of the NFL Draft in May. “The mental is probably just as bad – if not worse – as the physical part of it because you need to stay positive and make sure you’re staying on top of everything."'

Marker Goodwin to compete at Pan American Games [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I cater those workouts to track-specific things, so I don't lose the rhythm I've always had to keep football and track in balance. I don't want to get too much on the football side and gain weight, so I'm as fast on the field."'

Marker Bills rookie faces backlash for tweets [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Darby did attend the league’s Rookie Symposium last month, where social media training and domestic violence awareness are typically some of the topics covered to educate players.'

Marker Bills attend OT Battle's pro day workout [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Teams place bids on prospects in the supplemental draft that correspond to next year’s draft. The team with the highest bid is awarded that player but forfeits next year’s draft pick in that round. If the Bills want to bid on Battle, they will not be able to place a sixth-rounder on him because they do not have that selection in next year’s draft as part of the deal they made with the Vikings to acquire quarterback Matt Cassel.'

Marker Off-field bond helps fuel Bills D-Line on-field production [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I think it’s very rare,” Mario Williams said after a one of the team’s minicamp practices last month. “Mostly I’ve seen coaching staff turnover. I’ve had a different coach I think every year just about. But to be able to play in general with guys, especially in the same group, in the same room, I think it’s very important.”'

Marker Bills Positional Briefs: Running Back [1:54 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Anthony Dixon - This is where the position starts to go completely up in the air. Dixon, as beloved as he is by fans, is in serious trouble to make the roster. Unless an injury happens to one of the top three, Dixon will be battling Bryce Brown for one spot -- if they even keep four at the position. Dixon is the better special teams player between him and Brown, but are those requirements filled because of the addition of Karlos Williams? He'll likely have to prove himself as a better runner than Brown.'

Marker Who will be the primary kick returner? [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Despite a strong overall performance by Buffalo’s special teams last season, the Bills have some work to do on kick return. The Bills have finished in the bottom half of the NFL in kick return yards in three of the past four seasons.'

Marker Which rookies will contribute early? [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Athletic, fast, that’s why we drafted him,” said defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman of Darby. “Looks like a pretty good man-to-man cover guy. Usually if you can cover, you can cover. It usually doesn’t matter who it is, but he’s been pretty impressive so far.”'

July 7, 2015

Marker Hopes are downfield for Bills receiver Holley [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s what I did best,” said Holley, an Anchorage, Alaska native. “My vertical’s through the roof. I like to get the ball at its highest point. I don’t let the ball come down and wait. I make the play on the ball. … I might not be the fastest in the room or on the field but I get down the field and make big plays. I’m a big target.”'

Marker Do the Buffalo Bills have the worst quarterback situation in the NFL? [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Put EJ Manuel or Tyrod Taylor here if you want. Whatever—you get the idea," Benoit wrote.'

Marker Off-field bond helps fuel Bills D-Line on-field production [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I think it’s very rare,” Mario Williams said after a one of the team’s minicamp practices last month. “Mostly I’ve seen coaching staff turnover. I’ve had a different coach I think every year just about. But to be able to play in general with guys, especially in the same group, in the same room, I think it’s very important.”'

July 6, 2015

Marker Tight end Gray thinks he’s found safe landing with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s what put everything into perspective for me,” Gray said. “I’d rather be playing football. I don’t want to do the 9-to-5 until I have to.”'

Marker How Greg Roman Sets Up Defense [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Here's an example of how new Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman did it in San Francisco with the 49ers.'

July 5, 2015

Marker The straight and narrow [1:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Perseverance,” Miller said. “The little things that he showed through his leadership and him becoming a better person. He always told me – ‘Life is what you make of it.’ And from there, I took that belief. He always said, ‘Whatever you do, you can’t be one foot in. You’ve got to be two feet in.’”'

Marker Pittsburgh Super Bowl pitch could open door for Buffalo [1:34 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills likely will have a new downtown stadium in the next five to seven years. The heavy funding for the facility that team owners Terry and Kim Pegula are expected to provide is bound to at least get the NFL thinking about how it has repaid other club owners who have made such investments: with a Super Bowl.'

Marker Sizing up AFC East’s top 10 offseason moves [1:33 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'When Doug Marrone decided to opt out of his contract and the Jets let go of Ryan, Buffalo pounced on the chance to get Ryan. The ever-quotable coach has injected tremendous enthusiasm into the fan base, wrapping his pickup truck in the Bills’ logo and talking up the team’s chances at every turn. A team with an already strong defense added offensive weapons, though the question of who will play quarterback could determine the Bills’ fate.'

Marker 5 offensive playmakers to watch at camp [1:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We spend a lot of time equally on a lot of things,” said Clay of his assignments. “Running routes, catching as receivers out of the backfield. He does a good job of moving guys around. I can’t think of any position where I’m lined up at more than another.”'

July 4, 2015

Marker It may take time for offense to develop some chemistry [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The linemen not only have to get used to working together, which impacts all five, but they also have to develop a feel for the timing of how the running backs hit the hole and how to work in concert with both the fullback and running back, as well as the tendencies of the quarterback when it comes to how long he hangs in the pocket and the way he’s inclined to move.'

Marker Pegula has kept Buffalo fans excited [1:58 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It all has the Bills’ faithful thinking that 15-year playoff drought will come to an end this season.'

July 3, 2015

Marker ESPN's Ron Jaworski: 'Buffalo Bills will be a playoff team' [1:59 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"From a defensive perspective, I don't know if there's anyone better in the National Football League," Jaworski said. "Very aggressive, tremendous scheme, players will love him. The one question that Rex is going to have to answer is, can he get the offense going because the defense will be great."'

Marker McKelvin confident he can pick up where he left off before injury [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: ''“It is not my first rodeo of me breaking my ankle. This is my third time. I did it back in college and then my second year in the league. It is just a routine for me getting back stronger. My speed is not going to go anywhere. I am naturally fast. I have a God-given talent to run fast, so I will be able to come back to my ability.”'

Marker With or without Hall of Fame, Tasker appreciative and thankful for NFL career [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“No, I love my career and how it stands and this league doesn’t owe me anything more,” Tasker told me after speaking with a group of youngsters at Jim Kelly’s annual football camp at Ralph Wilson Stadium Tuesday afternoon. “I’m excited and proud of what I did and the friends that I made and the years that I had with this organization. Proud of those teams that I was on. I’m good. I sleep well at night, and I’d be crazy to be bitter about not being in the Hall of Fame after everything this game’s given to me and everything it’s meant to us, and still does.”'

Marker How the Bills decided on Rex Ryan as head coach [1:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Rex was a candidate that we put in there because his name was all around and he was a candidate who was available,” said Pegula. “We really didn’t give much thought to him and we had interviewed a lot of people before him.”'

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