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Buffalo Bills News - July 21, 2017

Marker Sean McDermott on first camp with Bills: ‘My hand will be on the back of this team at all time [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDermott has never been the kind of leader at an NFL training camp that he’ll be this year, because this is the first where he’ll be the head coach. As has been the case since his arrival at One Bills Drive, he will put his own distinctive markings on it.'

Marker Bills Training Camp Guide: What every fan needs to know [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Players will sign one item per person for children 14 and under in the autograph tent following practice sessions. Lines for autographs will be limited to the number of children that can be reasonably accommodated. Players may also sign unnanounced along fenced areas after practice. Start time of the autograph tent is flexible each day based on the end time of practice. There will be no organized autograph sessions following night practices.'

Marker How do Brandon Beane, Sean McDermott plan to change Buffalo Bills' culture? [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"What makes great leaders great?" McDermott said. "At the end of the day, that's what coaches are. In addition to teachers, this is a leadership role. Coordinator is a leadership role, position coach. You're leading people. I've spent a lot of time and I've become passionate about leadership and creating a culture that is a winning culture. That's, to me, when you look at the way we played in Carolina. Not to go back, but the culture that we're trying to build here is one that defensively I felt like we had in Carolina, where the guys love coming to work. Think about this for yourself. If you love driving down One Bills Drive and you love coming to work, and I get it, it's work, but when you love what you do and you love the people you're doing it with, you can win with that.'

Marker McDermott has plenty to tackle in first Bills training camp [1:55 AM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: 'Will fans be patient with McDermott and Beane? They’ll need to be, because unless Taylor becomes a legitimate franchise quarterback and the defense turns back the clock to 2014, I don’t see this team winning more than six or seven games. There are too many holes and a brutal out-of-division schedule featuring games against Atlanta, Oakland, Kansas City, Tampa Bay and Denver. So, it’s going to take time, perhaps a few seasons. McDermott and Beane are friends, and that’s a plus after the tempestuous relationships between former GM Doug Whaley and ex-Bills coaches Ryan and Doug Marrone. Whaley’s hunger for power and questionable personnel moves fueled the dysfunction.'

Marker Playoff drought looms over Buffalo Bills' latest fresh start [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'Oh, where have the good times gone? What had been the AFC's winningest team of the 1990s, the Bills have spent the new millennium relegated to afterthought status, compiling the longest active playoff drought in North America's four professional sports.'

Marker Bills hope major overhaul ends 17-year slump [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We're building; every year we are working to win," said McDermott, who refused to term his first season in Buffalo a rebuilding year. "That's not where we're going with this. That's not it at all. It's about winning football games. It's hard. It's a challenge when you say, 'Hey, we focus on the process and the scoreboard takes care of itself' because we're evaluated by wins and losses. But I just know, being a part of two winning organizations before coming here, that in order for us to win we have to focus on that. That'll translate into wins soon enough."'

Marker McDermott on drought: "I own that....I'm a part of that" [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yeah. I think you hear about that all the time when you're around this town,” he said. “You hear about it. But what's amazing to me is the passion of these fans is unmatched. I mean you're out there yesterday (the final day of minicamp, when the team allowed select fans into the ADPRO Sports Training Center to watch the session) and you see little guys out there that they just bleed Bills, and that's just awesome to see. And the neat part is that the parents who were around in the early 90s have children who have never seen a say 'X' and 'hey, you know, before I pass I want Joe or Jane to see the team the way I saw it.' And I love that.”'

Marker An inside look at the different ways NFL teams conduct HC and GM interviews [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"The league does a good job, first of all. At the combine they have kind of mock interviews, really, where they bring in a firm and you wear a suit and you go through a mock interview with a spotlight on you, basically. So the league prepares you for it a little bit. I think they've really used that as a video file on each candidate that's out there that you can get some feedback on. So that's a nice little boost that the league provides.'

Marker 8 - Which rookie will make the most immediate impact? [1:50 AM] reports: '“I feel like I did pretty good, but I have a ways to go if I want to benefit this team in any way,” said White. “I’ve got a long ways to go, so I’m looking forward to getting back home and getting to work and working on my craft and getting better.”'

Marker How Beane and McDermott's unlikely reunion became reality [1:49 AM] reports: '“When we were in the car riding back to the airport his phone was blowing up from his agent about this Buffalo job starting to brew,” said Beane of McDermott. “He was on the phone the whole time with his agent talking about his options and how the San Fran thing went.”'

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July 20, 2017

Marker Training camp countdown: 8. What should be expected of Shaq Lawson in his second year? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s not unheard of for young pass rushers to take some time to adjust to the NFL level. Khalil Mack, the University at Buffalo product who might be the best defensive player in the league today, had four sacks as a rookie, then increased that total to 15 in his second year.'

Marker Jonah Javad's 'hot' Gilmore take was an over-reaction [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Of course, fairness wasn't the point. Javad and Filipowski were just having fun by appealing to sensitive Bills fans who over-react to every perceived slight.'

Marker Death of former Bills WR James Hardy ruled a suicide [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He fell on hard times after leaving football. He was charged with resisting arrest after a confrontation with police in Los Angeles in 2014, but a judge ruled him not mentally competent to stand trial.'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane recalls getting passed over for Dave Gettleman [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It got to the point where I thought, 'Man, maybe there's a chance here.' Even though he had told me, 'You're going to help me find the right GM here. You've got a bright future.' I still felt like, you know, there was a lot of momentum in the building for me to get it and a little bit in the city. But you know how it goes, you guys are in that business. A lot of writers are looking for big names. And I wasn't a big name. And I think there was a lot of pressure on (Richardson) to bring in a name other than somebody from the same regime that he just fired from. It was fun for that three months. It was also a little bit gut-wrenching to have it taken away at the same time."'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane wants Marcell Dareus to buy in and be a leader [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Hopefully the new regime, the new culture, the new way of doing things -- what you'd like to see if for Marcell to jump on board," Beane said. "And not only do it himself, but he's been in the league long enough, you'd like to see him grabbing some others. First of all, before you can lead, you have to do it yourself. I'm not just talking about Marcell. That's anybody. But he's gonna be given every opportunity."'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane describes what he looks for in franchise quarterback [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Well, it's just the spring, but I'll tell you this about Tyrod: I come in early to work out with some of the guys and he's in here early. The guy does every single thing asked of him, above and beyond, and that's what you're looking for," Beane said. "I respect the heck out of what I've seen here the five or six weeks I've been here. I'm looking forward to watching him take this challenge on and see how it goes in camp, then obviously two weeks in that leads to games, and see how it progresses. I've watched him from afar on cross film, but I did go back and watch some games last season, flipped through some of his throws. Some of it before I got here, some of it since I got here. I mean, he's got some tools. He wasn't accidentally thrown into a starting role here. He's earned his opportunities."'

Marker Sean McDermott's blue-collar upbringing makes him perfect fit for Buffalo Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"She was just unbelievable in terms of support, but firm," McDermott said. "My dad emphasized athletics. My mom did, as well, but my mom was really hard on the academics end of things and always stressed, 'hey you've got to have the grades, you've got to be prepared for life outside of sports.''

Marker What Bills coach Sean McDermott learned when Andy Reid fired him [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Oh, it crushed me early on," McDermott said. "It crushed me from the standpoint of, I looked introspectively, just looked at myself and said, 'What did I do wrong?' I didn't place any blame, no. It was, 'What did I do wrong?' I feel like that period of my career, that period of my life, had I not gone through that, I don't know if I would be here now. What I mean by that is, my whole career had been going like this every year. You guys see the resume. Every year was going like that. What I learned from that is, the game is more than just X's and O's. It's more than just scheme. That to me, as I've said over the years, that setback was a setup really for a comeback for myself and the mental toughness part of life."'

Marker Sean McDermott has envisioned what Buffalo will look like if Bills end drought [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I just felt something," Beane said in a June interview. "Seventeen years. These people are dying for a winner. I believe in myself. ... I want nothing more than to watch this community go ape nuts that the Bills are back in the playoffs. And I have no doubt."'

Marker Brandon Beane, Sean McDermott take ownership of Buffalo Bills' playoff drought [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The playoff drought has been the elephant in the room for every player, coach and executive who has walked through the doors at One Bills Drive. Previously, Rex Ryan and other players grew defensive about the drought, fairly claiming they hadn't contributed to the entire thing. McDermott and Beane are taking a different approach.'

Marker What's the formula for beating Tom Brady, Patriots? Bills GM Brandon Beane takes his best guess [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"In this league, not just Brady, whoever, you have to get after the passer," Beane said. "You have to make them uncomfortable. You have to get them off their spot. I think what the Giants did to them in the Super Bowls, that is not a shot at Tom Brady, that's anybody. I don't care how great you are, if you're getting hit, you're not gonna be as accurate. So we have to find ways to make him uncomfortable. He's super smart. There's nothing that schematically that we're probably going to throw at him that he hasn't seen. We'll have to be dialed in. You have to get to him, you have to affect the quarterback. If he's back there playing 7-on-7, you're not gonna beat him. You have to get him out of the pocket, flush him, hit him, hands up, batting balls. You got to do everything right to knock this guy down."'

Marker How will Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott communicate with Pegulas? [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In the past, the Pegulas have dealt with coaches who didn't get along with the general manager and the power vacuum that created. So the big question for Beane, McDermott and the Pegulas is how they will all communicate on a weekly basis. The Pegulas will trust Beane and McDermott to run the football operation, but Beane recently provided some clarity on how the Bills' new leadership plans to keep ownership in the loop every step of the way.'

Marker Returning to his roots: Buffalo Bills DT Marquavius Lewis speaks at Greenwood camp [1:47 AM]
Greenwood Index Journal reports: '“I just want to prove to all the teams that called me or gave me any attention that I could have been a part of what they have going on,” Lewis said. “I’m proud and appreciative that the Buffalo Bills selected me.”'

Marker James Hardy's death ruled suicide by drowning [1:46 AM]
Fort Wayne News Sentinel reports: 'In May 2014, Hardy was arrested and charged with felony resisting arrest after a fight with police officers in Los Angeles that left two officers with minor injuries. A judge ruled that he was mentally incompetent to stand trial. TMZ later reported that Hardy had been involuntarily committed to a mental institution.'

Marker Former NFL receiver James Hardy's death ruled a suicide [1:45 AM]
AP reports: 'The Allen County Coroner's Office said Wednesday that the 31-year-old Hardy died of "asphyxia due to drowning." Michael Burris, chief investigator for the coroner's office, says the determination of suicide was based on Hardy's medical and psychiatric history, his contacts with law enforcement and other evidence, including some found on his body.'

Marker Former Bills WR Hardy's death ruled a suicide [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Chief Investigator Michael Burris said the determination of suicide was based on Hardy's medical and psychiatric history, his contacts with law enforcement and other evidence, including some found on his body.'

Marker James Hardy's death ruled a suicide [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Following his NFL career, Hardy was arrested in 2014 for attacking three police officers. The judge ruled he was not mentally competent to stand trial.'

Marker 9 - Will there be a sack resurgence? [1:42 AM] reports: '“We’re implementing a 4-3 scheme and the guys have really bought into that and that’s what we’re practicing and that’s what we’re looking forward to,” said Frazier. “[It’s] what we’re both most comfortable with, and we think it fits our players well.”'

July 19, 2017

Marker Training camp countdown: 9. Is Zay Jones ready to be the No. 2 receiver? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Perhaps it’s premature to saddle Jones with such expectations. Considering all he’s got working for him, though, it’s understandable.'

Marker Bills Training Camp Preview: Newcomer capsules [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Banyard will compete for a reserve job behind LeSean McCoy. In all likelihood, that will be the No. 3 job, provided second-year veteran Jonathan Williams fills the No. 2 role.'

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