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Buffalo Bills News - June 8, 2017

Marker Assault complaint filed against former Bills coach Rex Ryan [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He alleges that he saw the Ryans in Margaritaville on Broadway, went up to their table, and that after being there for more than an hour, Rex Ryan reached across and grabbed at his neck," Aaron wrote via email. "Havel alleges it was unprovoked."'

Marker Driver of 'Uber Bill' Wright gets his near $1,000 fare with tip paid twice [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'On Twitter, one person called Wright “Legend’’ while another posted “You know, you can get a flight for like $300, bro?’’'

Marker Buffalo Bills' offseason earns high grade from NFL executive [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Mike Sando of ESPN Insider and 15 NFL executives recently graded every team's offseason. Buffalo earned a B+ for all of their offseason moves. Sando was high on Buffalo's head coach-general manager combination as he believes the two will work well together. He also felt bringing back Tyrod Taylor was the right move for the Bills.'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Phoebe Schecter and 3 other minority coaching interns [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Schecter, a Connecticut native, currently lives in England, where she coaches and plays football. According to Sporting News, Schecter met Bills co-owner Kim Pegula at the NFL's Women's Careers in Football Forum in January. Pegula asked her for any potential scouting or coaching candidates she might know but came away impressed and recommended her to Sean McDermott.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan facing assault complaint after Nashville bar fight [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The incident was partially captured on video, though the video clearly shows Rob, not Rex, grabbing a man by the neck.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills QB J.P. Losman takes coaching internship with Clemson Tigers [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Losman's most successful stint in football came after he left the Bills and joined the United Football League. He led the Las Vegas Locomotives to the league's inaugural championship. His play in the UFL led to him signing with the Oakland Raiders. Losman would go on to have stints with the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins.'

Marker Bills cornerback takes Uber from Chicago to Buffalo — for $932.08 [1:48 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'In the end, everyone involved should have been happy. Wright, a six-year NFL veteran, may have been out close to a grand, but at least he got to practice with the team he joined this offseason as a free agent.'

Marker Uber from Chicago to Buffalo: $900. Friendship between Bills player and driver: Priceless. [1:48 AM]
Washington Post reports: '“I promised him on the phone,” reasoned Abdollahian, “so I said, ‘let’s hit the road.’ ”'

Marker Bills hire female British football player Phoebe Schecter as coaching intern [1:47 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Schecter, 26, met Bills co-owner Kim Pegula at the Women’s Careers in Football, a league-sponsored event before the Pro Bowl in January, The Sporting News reported. Along with playing strong safety for the men’s Staffordshire Surge football club and the country’s national women’s team, she also coaches both men’s and women’s football for Staffordshire.'

Marker Police investigating assault complaint against Rex Ryan [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'Rex Ryan is a longtime Nashville Predators ticket holder who has been seen at many of their playoff games, including one of their second-round road matchups in St. Louis. He also was shown Saturday smashing a Pittsburgh Penguins car for charity in front of Bridgestone Arena while Rob looked on before the Predators' Game 3 victory in the Stanley Cup Final.'

Marker Shareece Wright takes 8-hour Uber trip from Chicago for voluntary Bills practice [1:45 AM]
ESPN reports: 'It is unclear if Wright's flight from Chicago was canceled. Uber is available in Chicago but the ride-sharing service will not be allowed to operate in Buffalo until June 29, making Wright's mode of transportation rare for the region.'

Marker Bills' Dawkins hope history repeats [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Its what I’m fighting for everyday and whatever spot needs to be taken or filled, so I’m going to just keep working and see what happens. They (coaches) haven’t told me anything I just know that nothing is given to anybody and I just have to compete for everything that I’m doing. Like right now I’m doing a little bit of everything but I’ve been mainly at tackle. So I’ve been taking a lot of reps at left and right tackle.”'

Marker Jeremy Maclin headed to Baltimore for visit [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Good news for Bills fans is Jeremy Maclin's skill set of speed and being a down field threat are already filled by Mike Wallace and Breshard Perriman. Eric Decker could be a better fit as an inside guy and a red zone target.'

Marker Jeremy Maclin leaves without a deal with the Bills [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“If LeSean McCoy was in charge of everything – I mean financials, playing time – this deal would have got done," Garafolo said on NFL Network. "McCoy was telling people this morning it was going to get done but, didn’t get completed. It’s a possibility it has a lot do with financials here.”'

Marker Shareece Wright takes eight hour Uber ride to get to Bills workout [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"We're glad Uber got Shareece to his team workout and we're impressed by his commitment to the Bills," said Uber New York Spokesperson Alix Anfang. "But starting June 29th, Bills players - along with Buffalo residents - will also be able to start a trip in Buffalo."'

Marker Why Shareece Wright went the extra mile to take an Uber from Chicago to Buffalo [1:40 AM] reports: '“For me it was no question that I had to make it here,” said Wright. “I actually had a redeye booked and I ended up changing that flight and taking an earlier flight to the 2:30 [p.m.] flight just to give myself some margin for error just in case something happened.”'

Marker Bills announce coaching interns for training camp [1:39 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have named Kade Rannings, Phoebe Schecter, Lonnie Teasley and Byron Thomas as the team’s Bill Walsh Coaching Fellowship participants for the 2017 Buffalo Bills Training Camp presented by Connors & Ferris at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, NY.'

Marker Bills Today: Buffalo gets positive offseason grade [1:38 AM] reports: '"The best decision they made was bringing back Tyrod," an exec said. "Losing [Mike] Gillislee does hurt a little bit. LeSean McCoy had a great year, but it would have been nice to give him more of a breather once in a while, and that becomes harder. Their draft was solid. [Tre'Davious] White, [Zay] Jones and [Dion] Dawkins, everyone agrees they will be pretty good players. Getting [Nathan] Peterman in the fifth was pretty good value. That made sense to me."'

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June 7, 2017

Marker Pollock: Maclin tease gives Buffalo fans reason to dream [8:50 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The point is, that offense, with Maclin, unless it’s devastated by injury, could easily be viewed as in the top half of the league this coming season.'

Marker Bills swap speed for speed, releasing WR Kolby Listenbee and signing Rashad Ross [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He underwent a surgery in December to correct the issue, but never was cleared to practice fully. Because he was injured in college, Listenbee was released with a non-football injury designation.'

Marker Jeremy Maclin's free agent visit to One Bills Drive is underway, team confirms [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“From what I've seen from Jeremy Maclin, he's definitely a great player,” Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor said. “I know some of our coaches have spent some time with him, as well. Would love to have a guy like him on our team competing and coming out and making plays for us. Especially means a lot to our wide receiver room, putting another veteran guy with a whole bunch of talent and still potential left to reach his best. I would love to have him."'

Marker From slightly above average to pretty good: National outlets grade the Bills' offseason [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Two of the biggest national outlets in the country covering the NFL, ESPN and Sports Illustrated's MMQB, differed on just how good Buffalo's offseason was. ESPN was more favorable, giving the team a B+. Writer Mike Sando compiled a grade for each team after interviewing 15 NFL executives, coaches and evaluators.'

Marker Free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin met with Bills, team cuts Listenbee [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What the Bills’ hierarchy thinks of Maclin is unknown, but they did agree to meet with him Tuesday. There is an ESPN report that the Ravens, Browns and Eagles have also expressed an interest. That means Maclin will have some leverage in contract talks, though the Bills have about $13 million in cap space right now, so they should be able to work something out if Maclin is interested in talking further.'

Marker Bills legend and cancer survivor Jim Kelly now at quarterback in fight against the disease [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I feel good,’’ Kelly said. "I fly to New York City every three months and will have to do that the rest of my life, so hopefully I’ll be doing it for like 20 years. But I feel good. I’ll always have pain, that’s part of my life. But talk to any professional athlete that’s been in my position you’re going to have pain whether it’s back, neck, head or in my case my mouth.’’'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign WR Rashad Ross, waive WR Kolby Listenbee [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ross, meanwhile, is on his seventh team since entering the league as an undrafted free agent back in 2013. The 49ers released him on June 1. He has just nine career catches but also has a 101-yard kickoff return touchdown to his credit. Ross' most notable production came during the 2014 preseason when he had 25 catches for 266 yards and four touchdowns. At the very least, Ross is available to practice, which Listenbee hasn't been during his Bills career.'

Marker Jeremy Maclin making first free-agent visit with Buffalo Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In seven seasons, Maclin has 6,395 receiving yards and 46 touchdowns with the Eagles and Chiefs. He's suffered through some injury trouble, but the Bills could use another veteran option to go with Sammy Watkins and rookie Zay Jones.'

Marker Buffalo Bills CB Shareece Wright takes Uber from Chicago for voluntary OTA workout [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Wright was recently in Chicago and needed a way to get to Buffalo for voluntary OTAs. Instead of taking a flight, Wright decided to call an Uber driver. The eight-plus hour trip cost Wright $632.08. Wright shared his receipt Tuesday on Twitter.'

Marker Buffalo Bills named biggest threat to Patriots by NFL Network's Michael Robinson [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"First of all because I trust Tyrod Taylor. The guy does not turn the football over. Six interceptions last year. But some of the additions, including the head coach Sean McDermott, including the defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier because last year this defense left their cornerbacks on an island way too often. That cannot happen if they want to be able to threaten the New England Patriots. And they have LeSean McCoy. They run the football. They run the football with authority. That's what's going to be important if you want to beat the New England Patriots."'

Marker Maclin’s free agent tour starts in Buffalo, another WR signed [1:50 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Last season Maclin was limited to 12 games because of a groin injury, limiting him to 44 grabs, 536 yards, and two touchdowns. He also missed the entire 2013 season due to an ACL injury.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign receiver Ross; release receiver Listenbee [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Ross’ signing on Tuesday came five days after he was waived by San Francisco.'

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