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Buffalo Bills News - July 31, 2015

Marker 5 questions surrounding the Buffalo Bills' defensive backs heading into training camp [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Whether it's injuries, replacing Da'Norris Searcy or simply disproving the notion that the secondary's success is simply the product of an elite pass rush, 2015 will be another year of the defensive backs trying to prove themselves all over again. Luckily, that's what they're best at.'

Marker Former NFL star tackles prostate cancer awareness in Q-C [1:49 AM]
Muscatine Journal reports: 'A two-time prostate cancer survivor, Edgerson, 76, returned to his Quad-City roots Thursday to bring the awareness campaign, Cure the Blue!, to Davenport. Meeting with reporters at Joe's Barber Shop, 1505 Harrison St., Davenport, the Rock Island native discussed the new initiative by the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation.'

Marker Bills place Williams on active/non-football injury list [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills did not disclose the nature of the injuries. Because they were placed on the list, the players can practice as soon as they are medically cleared.'

Marker Bills owner says team in no rush to build new stadium [1:47 AM]
AP reports: '"The lease gives us the opportunity to take a quantitative and holistic view of what the future may hold and educate ourselves on subjects related to that but we're very comfortable and very pleased with Ralph Wilson Stadium and the relationship we have with both the county and the state," he said.'

Marker Bills coach Kromer pleads not guilty to battery [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'Walton County court records show that Kromer filed a written plea of not guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor battery charge. The sheriff's office says Kromer was arrested earlier this month after confronting two boys, pushing one to the ground and punching him.'

Marker Bills DE Williams, four others sidelined [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The team did not disclose the injuries that are sidelining the players. They all can come off the lists any time before the start of the season and begin practicing.'

Marker Bills OL coach Kromer pleads not guilty [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'They are scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing on Sept. 2.'

Marker Bills open camp with all eyes on quarterbacks [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I feel like daily I’m being asked about the quarterback competition, whether it's from friends, family, people on the street, whoever. And I literally have no idea. And I’m excited to see these guys in preseason games, in team settings in practice, getting to work with them with the pads on, with guys actually coming at them which is a big deal for a quarterback. I’m sure you guys are about ready for a starter to be named just like we are. But we got a whole lot of work before it will probably be announced.”'

Marker Who will be the Bills starting QB? [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I can't say I have a strong conviction with this pick. I honestly would not be shocked if on opening day EJ Manuel or Tyrod Taylor are starting. The main reason why I chose Cassel is his experience. He has 10 years in the NFL and has made 71 starts so I'm thinking he could have an edge in getting a handle on Greg Roman's offense. I think the Bills are looking for a quarterback to manage the game and limit mistakes and I think Cassel, at this point, has a better chance of doing that than Manuel and Taylor.'

Marker 5 notable Bills players in danger of being cut [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It's going to be a difficult result to the summer for one of three wide receivers, but only Goodwin makes the list because of how high of a pick he was.'

Marker Full go the expectation for Sammy Watkins [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’ll definitely be out there,” said Watkins. “I don’t know what the circumstance will be with the (athletic training) staff and what I’m going to be doing or how limited I’m going to be, but I’m definitely going to be practicing.”'

Marker Carpenter, McKelvin, Mario to start camp on non-football injury list [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The NFI designation covers injuries sustained away from football-related activities. The club did not disclose the nature of the injuries sustained by the three veteran players.'

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Marker Bills settle in for Camp Rex [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Attitude change, player additions, I think you would be lying if you said you didn’t see it or feel it. We’re excited about where we could go. But we have a whole lot of work before we get there. We’ve got a whole lot of work before we have that first game in September. Obviously, we’ve got some talented guys, but hopefully they understand that there’s a lot of work to get done before we can realize any kind of potential we have.”'

Marker Do the Bills have enough at quarterback? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’s not real accurate,” the executive said. “He has a weird, dart-throwing motion. For a big, strong-looking guy, he doesn’t throw the ball like one. … But sometimes it takes time. Sometimes, it’s tough when you’re thrown in there right away if you’re not Andrew Luck.”'

Marker Confident Watkins says it’s playoffs or bust [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We have to show up. We have to win. Win games,” Watkins said. “Everybody’s buying tickets and everybody’s got this Super Bowl thing on us. We’ve got to come out here and win. Coming in Friday for practice, we’ve got to start it up. We’re not going to just go out there and win games because we have all these players. I think if we handle our business in practice, we definitely have a shot at the playoffs.'

Marker Goodell shows might by standing up to Brady [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Goodell knows public sentiment is on his side. He also has the power that comes with knowing that his league is more popular and lucrative than ever, despite the recent scandals. If it’s a fight Brady wants, Goodell is saying that the NFL is bigger than any one player, even the greatest quarterback of all time.'

Marker Bills ready to meet lofty expectations head-on [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We’ve got some talented guys, but hopefully they understand there’s a lot of work to get done before we can realize any kind of potential we have.”'

Marker Bills depth chart: Analyzing the offense [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This year, Kouandjio had the better offseason and is in the driver’s seat, but now the pads go on. Incognito solidifies the RG spot, and Miller, a third-rounder in 2015, has been a nice surprise who was plugged in as a starter from the day the Bills picked him. Wood and Glenn are locked in, and Urbik will be the key backup at both guard spots and center.'

Marker Bills depth chart: Can Rex's defense be No. 1? [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bradham and Brown are going to be the two inside linebackers. The outside positions, in theory, will be manned by Mario Williams and Hughes, but as I said earlier, they aren't going to be performing normal LB duties too often. In essence, this defense is more like a 5-2 than a 3-4. This is what you need to know: The Bills are going to line up seven guys in the first two levels, and it will be a mish-mash of players in a variety of alignments. Powell and Johnson are the front-runners to earn the backup spots at ILB.'

Marker Buffalo Bills players torn over suspension of Patriots QB Tom Brady [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I don't really know how I feel about it. Honestly, there hasn't been a whole lot of precedent set in this regard. I felt that the consistency shown is refreshing, because sometimes it feels like they suspend a guy and then they always end up taking it away, or taking half of it back or whatever. The consistency is nice. I guess I don't know enough about the whole situation to determine what I think the punishment should have been but I did appreciate the consistency and I'm sure there will be a lot more going on from here."'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Kyle Williams upset he didn't get the invite to LeSean McCoy's party [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'm not on Twitter or social media, so it's hard to keep up with that," Williams said. "I'm a little upset I didn't get invited. Probably my wife's glad I didn't get invited."'

Marker Buffalo Bills bring in former Colts, Lions offensive lineman for visit [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills will have to examine the progress of Cherilus' recovery from an offseason knee surgery. He missed all of the Colts' offseason program due to the injury.'

Marker A.J. Tarpley or Tony Steward at linebacker? [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It's not unreasonable to think the Bills will keep six linebackers on the roster, though it depends on how versatile they think some of their defensive ends can be. Lawson is a lock, while Johnson should make the team with a strong training camp. Bradham, Brown and Powell are safe bets to make the roster as well, so it's up to Steward, Tarpley or Jimmy Gaines to convince coaches the roster needs six linebackers.'

Marker High expectations apparent as Buffalo Bills set to open camp [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"It's awesome that fans are excited," center Eric Wood said. "But from our perspective, we've got a long way to go and we haven't played a game yet."'

Marker AP source: Offensive tackle Cherilus visits Buffalo Bills [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'The Colts cut Cherilus because of concerns they had of him coming off knee surgery.'

Marker Bills host OT Cherilus [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills parted with guard Chris Williams and tackle Wayne Hunter in the past week and have holes across the offensive line.'

Marker Bills players know expectations are running higher [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yeah, I think so. I think you see everything,” Williams said, as he enters his tenth camp. “From Rex, to the players, to the attitude change and player additions, you know I think you would be blind if you said you didn’t see it or feel it, but like I said we’re excited to be here. We’re excited about where we could go, but we have a whole lot of work before we get there. We got a whole lot of work before we have that first game in September, and hopefully, obviously we’ve got some talented guys but I think, hopefully, they understand that there’s a whole lot of work to get done before we can realize any kind of potential that we have.”'

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.”'

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