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Buffalo Bills News - August 22, 2015

Marker Bills’ injuries bear watching [4:10 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The situation at running back is particularly worrisome.'

Marker Bills cornerback Darby elevates his game [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He just keeps elevating his performance, and that’s what we expect,” coach Rex Ryan said of Darby. “I don’t care about who we had on the corner last week or the lack of support we gave” in coverage. “I’d rather have him learn from it in the preseason and be ready to go out in the regular season. But I thought he did a good job.”'

Marker Size doesn't matter for aggressive Bills CB Robey [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Tackling the first part of last year was one of my downfalls, I had to get it right," he said. "Sometimes I beat myself up when I miss tackles because that's unacceptable. It was very important for us to make tackles in Schwartz's defense and he talked about that all the time in meetings — don't miss tackles, eliminate the gains."'

Marker R-E-L-A-X with the E.J. support [1:57 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'I think E.J. is going down the same road as many have before him. See: Edwards, Trent; Losman, J.P.; Fitzpatrick, Ryan.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor Is the Wild Card in Buffalo Bills’ Three-Way Quarterback Race [1:56 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Taylor is the wild card. The fastest of the three players, Taylor was stuck behind Joe Flacco in Baltimore and has yet to show what he can do in the N.F.L. That means his upside is enormous, but so, potentially, is his downside.'

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August 21, 2015

Marker Bills’ QB competition still up in air [8:57 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Indeed, afterward Ryan maintained he wouldn’t name a starter until the week before the regular-season opener against Indianapolis. And, in fairness, he probably needs that much time.

Marker Buffalo Bills players aren't ready to write off EJ Manuel in quarterback race [1:15 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"That just shows how he's really growing up and really understanding the offense," defensive end Jerry Hughes said. "EJ comes to work. He puts a lot of extra time on his craft."'

Marker Dareus angry, Hogan goes down, injury update & EJ’s big finish [10:41 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have offered Dareus more than $90 million over six years, per a source, but Dareus seeks more. All indications are that he wants to be paid on the level of Ndamukong Suh, who signed a six-year $114 million extension with the Miami Dolphins this past offseason. Dareus is scheduled to make $8.06 million this season.

Marker Bills beat Browns as Manuel leads game-winning drive [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Manziel’s dynamic plays, following two McCown interceptions, might very well have changed the discussion about the competition for the Browns’ starting quarterback job, which McCown was thought to be leading before Thursday night’s game.'

Marker Marcell Dareus on Bills: 'I feel like they don’t really want me here' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have offered Dareus more than $90 million over six years, per a source, but Dareus seeks more. All indications are that he wants to be paid on the level of Ndamukong Suh, who signed a six-year $114 million extension with the Miami Dolphins this past offseason. Dareus is scheduled to make $8.06 million this season.'

Marker QB question: Bills’ trio or Ohio State‘s? [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' I still say taking Manuel was the worst draft bust in team history.'

Marker Takeaways from Tyrod Taylor, EJ Manuel in quarterback battle [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'For the second-straight week, it was near impossible to judge EJ Manuel for most of his reps because of the talent around him. The Bills' second-team offensive line had a brutal performance, making life tough on Manuel right from the snap. That said, Manuel, at times, looked comfortable avoiding pressure and stepping up in the pocket. He also delivered a few decent intermediate throws with the timing he has lacked.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor makes most of bad situation [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Despite working with Bronson Hill and Ricky Seale at running back and with Deonte Thompson and Andre Davis as his wide receivers, Taylor completed seven of his 10 passes for 65 yards and also ran four times for 41 yards. He was carrying a Buffalo offense pieced together from spare parts, and doing so efficiently. Did he win the job Thursday night? Maybe not. But it's hard to think he didn't take a huge step forward, especially considering the circumstances.'

Marker What Buffalo Bills are saying about quarterback battle, EJ Manuel, Tyrod Taylor [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'We're very confident in all of the quarterbacks. It's not just one particular quarterback we have our trust in. All three quarterbacks do a great job of making plays. It's a tough decision for coach, but at the end of the day we know we have three quarterbacks that can play for this team.'

Marker Rex Ryan decides mid-press conference he won't announce starting QB until Colts game Week 1 [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Remember, I'm not going to make that decision until we play Indy," Ryan said. "Competitive reasons, whatever. Go for it. We don't need to tell them. Until the league makes us tell them, we can just go right up in there and say, 'We're not gonna say anything.''

Marker Marcell Dareus reportedly feels slighted by Buffalo Bills' $90 million offer [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We're still waiting. I feel like they don't want me here as bad as I want to be here, as bad as the fans and my team wants me here. I feel like they're saying, 'Whatever. You come a dime a dozen."'

Marker E.J. Manuel leads Bills to comeback win over Cleveland Browns [1:51 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Manuel's success doesn't make the Bills' quarterback competition any easier to settle. Both quarterbacks who played Thursday — Manuel and Tyrod Taylor — had good outings. Taylor had a couple of good drives with the first team unit and finished with 65 passing yards and 41 rushing yards. He definitely didn't hurt his chances in the race to be named the Bills' starting quarterback.'

Marker Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus wants contract similar to Ndamukong Suh's — and he's [1:50 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Since then, if you compare Dareus and Suh, it's clear who is putting up the better statistics.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor shines for injury-depleted Buffalo Bills [1:49 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In front of as many empty orange seats as people at FirstEnergy Stadium, Taylor was sharp through the air (7-of-10 for 65 yards), deadly on the ground (four keepers for 41 yards) and smart with his decisions on his three first-half drives.'

Marker Bills won't name starter 'until league makes us' [1:48 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“For competitive reasons, whatever, go for it. Until the league makes us tell ‘em, we can just ... not say anything. We may know, but why would we say any different? ... So plan for all three of them. I think that’s smart on our part.”'

Marker Manziel throws TD pass, Manuel rallies Bills over Browns [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Manziel threw a touchdown pass and maybe closed the gap on presumed starting quarterback Josh McCown before Manuel rallied the Bills to an 11-10 victory Thursday night.'

Marker AP sources: Bills contract talks with Dareus at a standstill [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'One person said the sides haven't exchanged offers in a few weeks, raising concerns that a deal won't be completed before the start of the season in three weeks. The season opener is not considered a hard deadline.'

Marker Burton, Bills reach injury settlement [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Burton signed with the Bills as an undrafted free agent from the University of Florida.'

Marker Rex Ryan mum on LeSean McCoy's MRI results, but optimistic about return [1:44 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Buffalo then lost wide receiver Chris Hogan late in the first quarter. He was carted to the locker room after suffering an ankle injury. Hogan, who was hunched over on the cart with a towel over his head, was ruled out for the remainder of the game.'

Marker Bills DT Marcell Dareus expresses bitterness over contract talks [1:43 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Dareus believes the Bills aren't properly valuing him in contract talks. A fifth-year lineman entering the final year of his deal, he is a two-time Pro Bowler and was the third-overall draft selection in 2011.'

Marker The best Bills roster in nearly two decades ... with no promises at QB [1:42 AM]
ESPN reports: 'That's enough for the Bills with this defense, but can Cassel (or Taylor) get there consistently? It could be the difference between a playoff team and an also-ran with a really good roster.'

Marker Bills Rally Late, Beat Browns 11-10 [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Buffalo, already without LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, among others, suffered back-to-back injuries in the first quarter. Goodwin and Chris Hogan both went down with ankle injuries on consecutive plays. Goodwin returned to the game, but Hogan was carted off the field with a towel draped over his head.'

Marker Bills' Taylor goes out and plays quarterback [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Taylor’s pocket presence was close to perfect except for the one sack. His throws were dead on and he went 3-for-3 on his first three third downs. He only went 1-for-4 after that, but I think this outing was so much better than last week. The points weren’t there, but a quarterback was out there.'

Marker Rex: Bills won't name starting QB until right before opener [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan admitted he and his coaching staff may very well know who the starter will be for the game, but that he has no reason to announce it publicly. He even went so far as to include all three QBs - Taylor, Manuel, and Matt Cassel - in the “keep them guessing” discussion.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor dazzles under center, EJ Manuel leads Bills to victory [1:38 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Not satisfied with a tie, the Bills went for two and Manuel connected with Bronson Hill to convert the two point try.'

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