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Buffalo Bills News - August 19, 2016

Marker Buffalo Bills comment on Manny Lawson investigation [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The details surrounding the investigation are unknown at this time. Lawson talked with the media after yesterday's practice and said he's reached out to the league.'

Marker It's official: New Era Field is new name for Buffalo Bills' stadium [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Now I am very cognizant that we have some big shoes to fill with our agreement to rename this stadium," Koch said. "Ralph Wilson has been a respected figure in the NFL and in our community for a long, long time. We all know he was responsible for bringing the Bills to Buffalo in 1959 and keeping them here for so many years. And for that we are eternally grateful. I'm really looking forward to continuing the high standards and the legacy Mr. Wilson set and what's been sustained by the Bills for so long."'

Marker Bills: NFL investigating Manny Lawson for possible violation [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills didn't provide any further details in releasing a one-sentence statement Thursday.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' home has a new name: New Era Field [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'It happened near dusk on June 15, when the New Era Cap Co. president and CEO was whisked by police escort to the Bills' headquarters and ushered to midfield where he was greeted by team owners Terry and Kim Pegula. That's when the west-end scoreboard began displaying a three-minute video highlighting the legacies of Koch's late father, David, and Bills late Hall-of-Fame owner Ralph Wilson, and emphasizing what both meant to Buffalo.'

Marker Bills struggling to keep patience with Dareus [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I'm frustrated and disappointed, as is everybody in this organization, every teammate from top to bottom, and I'm sure our fans are feeling the same way," coach Rex Ryan said. "We all know the kind of player Marcell is, and he's a good person, too, but he's got to make better choices, better decisions, and understand that it affects the whole football team and not just himself."'

Marker Bills LB Manny Lawson under investigation by NFL [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The team released a statement two days after the Buffalo News reported that Lawson is being investigated by the league. Lawson on Wednesday told reporters that he was "shocked" to learn of the probe.'

Marker New Era lands naming rights to Bills' stadium [1:43 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It was important to the Bills organization that a stadium naming rights agreement made sense. In joining New Era today for this landmark announcement, we have a partner that makes sense on so many levels," said Terry Pegula, owner and CEO of the Bills. "New Era is a company recognized for its integrity and quality on a global platform, while at the same time, representing the very fabric of Western New York. In partnering with our organization and the opportunities associated with the NFL brand, we feel that this agreement showcases two of the more recognized local brands not only for the benefit of our two franchises, but one that reflects well on our entire community."'

Marker WR Boykin shines under Thursday lights [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Taylor was good once again in redzone 7-on-7 work. On one play, he floated a beautiful TD pass to Reggie Bush in the back corner of the end zone over Manny Lawson. However, on another play, he would have been sacked and hit hard cleanly by Jerry Hughes who went unblocked off the right side of the offense.'

Marker 7 Bills training camp observations: Day 15 (8/18/16) [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It was probably just a down day, but Taylor uncharacteristically was turning the ball over, and generally inaccurate with his throws.'

Marker Buffalo Bills, New Era introduce New Era Field [1:40 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'New Era Cap Company and the Buffalo Bills came to a $35 million, seven-year agreement.'

Marker Bills Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly reacts to New Era Field [1:39 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"I couldn't think of anyone better to be a part of this because it's local. When you hear major changes anywhere, you'd like it to stay local and New Era is local. And, the naming rights: New Era: this is a new era not only for the stadium but hopefully a new era for the Buffalo Bills," Kelly said shortly after Thursday's announcement.'

Marker Bills confirm, then deny with Lawson [1:38 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '"He can put a statement out or apologize or it's 10 sentences over a mistake that he made and everybody gets an opportunity to tear it apart because it sounds the same. Well, most apologies do," Kyle Williams said. "You hope that he learns just a little bit more from it and you pull for him. Obviously we're going to back him up and we're gonna support him. Hopefully, he's got a lot of years left in his career and, hopefully, this is the last instance because this is a dangerous road to go down."'

Marker Player only film sessions paying off for Bills [1:37 AM] reports: '“We felt like it would benefit us if at night we did some stuff as players on our own,” said Eric Wood. “Tyrod brought it up first and then the core of veteran leaders all agreed that it would be a great idea.”'

Marker Top 3 things you need to know from Day 15 at Bills Camp [1:36 AM] reports: '“Every time I step on the field I’ve got something to prove. I’m a new guy that’s fighting for everything pretty much I’m out there trying to earn it,” said Boykin. “The play that I made today or the previous week that’s all behind me. It’s about what you do the next day. I’ve just got to keep progressing. I’m not new to this. I know the way it works. I’ve just got to go out there and keep competing and busting my tail.”'

Marker New Era Cap takes over stadium naming rights for Buffalo Bills [1:35 AM] reports: '“To have the New Era name associated with the Buffalo Bills organization is an honor. Our brands not only share a hometown, but we share a long history in the world of sports,” said Chris Koch, President & CEO, New Era. “The energy and spirit the Pegulas have infused into the community is incredible. We’re thrilled to kick off another chapter in Bills history and make a statement to the world about what this city, this team and the game of football mean to our brand.”'

Marker The Bills react to the new name [1:34 AM] reports: '“My first day in Buffalo as a rookie, we took a tour of the city and the first place we visited was New Era headquarters,” said Sanborn. “So for the first time I came to Buffalo, New Era kind of fit right in with Buffalo.”'

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August 18, 2016

Marker Marcell Dareus says missed drug test caused suspension [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"My team loves me to death," he said. "And they know what kind of person I am and they know who I am. And they're not on the outside looking in. They know who I am and they have my back.'

Marker Manny Lawson on report of possible suspension: We're trying to get to the bottom of it [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lawson said, until the story surfaced, the only issue he has had is the pectoral injury that caused him to sit out of training-camp drills until Tuesday.'

Marker Whaley on Dareus suspension: 'We will not give up on a family member' [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's frustration and disappointment," General Manager Doug Whaley said after practice at St. John Fisher College, the day after the NFL announced its punishment for Dareus' violating its substance-abuse policy. "But this guy's family. And I know Western New Yorkers are big on family values and we will not give up on a family member, especially in a time of need. That's the easy thing to do."'

Marker Bills linebacker Manny Lawson arrested for domestic violence in 2014 [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Scottsdale City Court records show Lawson appeared on Feb. 17, 2014, and entered a diversionary plea for the misdemeanor charge.'

Marker Day 14 Bills Training Camp Observations: Wood shows vocal leadership [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After Walter Powell got into a post-play shoving match with cornerback Ronald Darby during an end-of-game two-minute drill period at training camp at St. John Fisher College, Wood lost it. He tore into Powell, grabbing him by the shirt and using expletives to remind the second-year wide receiver that he was costing the offense precious time in the simulation of a critical situation. Few Bills observers could recall seeing Wood so demonstrative, but he did what a leader is supposed to.'

Marker Buffalo Bills training camp transcripts of Rex Ryan, Tyrod Taylor, Marcell Dareus & Manny Lawson [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I realize and I recognize nobody’s perfect. But we’ve got to learn from these things and hopefully moving forward we don’t have these things occur anymore.'

Marker Now, the real coaching begins for Rex Ryan [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He can't brag his way out. He can't wise-crack his way out. He can't smile or eye-roll his way out. The qualities that make him a hit in television commercials -- such as the one he and his twin brother, Rob, did for the movie Ben-Hur -- won't make a bit of difference for the task at hand.'

Marker Wondering what Kyle Williams thinks of knuckleheaded Bills teammates [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams is a perennial captain, a grinder, easy to root for. But he has played with far too many knuckleheads who didn’t appreciate their gifts.'

Marker Bills disappointed, frustrated by Dareus' actions [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Those are the two big words right there, I’m frustrated and disappointed, as is everybody in this organization, every teammate from top to bottom, and I’m sure our fans are feeling the same way,” coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday afternoon. “We all know the kind of player Marcell is, and he’s a good person, too, but he’s got to make better choices, better decisions, and understand that it affects the whole football team and not just himself.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills likely to reveal stadium name Thursday [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The team has a tarp covering a portion of the scoreboard.'

Marker Bills fans have mixed feelings on stadium's new name [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I think it’s a ‘New Era’ and I just hope that they can keep Ralph Wilson somehow on the name just so they can bring in the revenue but also have the history” Franke said.'

Marker What Rex Ryan is saying about Buffalo Bills after Marcell Dareus suspension [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"No, that's fine," Ryan said. "That's what you sign up for when you're a head coach. I like this football team. We're not perfect. We've had a couple guys make mistakes, but I like this team. It's a hard working team. It cares. We've had some guys make mistakes and that's disappointing, but I'll take it. I'll take it in the total thing. I'll take whatever happens with this football team. I'll sign up for it."'

Marker What Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus said about his 4-game suspension [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I still have a nice career, and I thank God for that," Dareus said. "At the same time, I apologize to Terry and Rex and everyone else. Everyone, they have my back. They say we're a family and we're going to stand by you, but at the same time, like I said, words don't mean anything, it's all action.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Manny Lawson 'shocked' by domestic violence accusations [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I don't know when the tweet came out but we reached out all last night, and I've been in meetings and practices all today so we'll hear and find out what goes on."'

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