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Buffalo Bills News - February 10, 2015

Marker Bills owners met with Incognito before signing him [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Following discussion with the rest of the coaching staff, we as an organization will provide him with the opportunity to do so."'

Marker Terry Pegula's statement on Richie Incognito's signing [1:48 AM] reports: '"I personally met with Richie, along with Doug Whaley, Rex Ryan and Kim regarding an opportunity to earn a spot on the Buffalo Bills roster. Obviously, we all discussed Richie's past experience in the NCAA and NFL. We are convinced that Richie is prepared to move forward and has and will continue to take the necessary steps to improve himself as a person and a teammate. Following discussion with the rest of the coaching staff, we as an organization will provide him with the opportunity to do so."'

Marker 5 ways Richie Incognito impacts the Bills offense [1:47 AM] reports: 'Despite Incognito’s reputation as a player who racks up penalties, that has not been the case in the latter half of his career. According to STATS Inc., in his first four NFL seasons when he appeared in at least 12 games, Incognito averaged 10 penalties a season. In the last three seasons in which he has played in at least 12 games he’s averaged 4.66 penalties per season. In his eight-game season in 2013 Incognito was called for just one penalty.'

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February 9, 2015

Marker Incognito deserves another shot at NFL career [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills intend to have a run-heavy offense next season, the “ground and pound” attack that Ryan holds dear. It’s hard to do it without quality guards. Incognito will be a cheap and short-term investment, one that could allow Whaley to save cap space by moving Erik Pears or Kraig Urbik off the roster.'

Marker Incognito signing ends Bills fans' innocence [1:58 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'He’s also a very strong blocker. Few may remember, but he was a Buffalo Bill for three games in the 2009 season and was one of the offensive linemen who helped Fred Jackson rush for 212 yards in the regular season finale against Indianapolis.'

Marker Ralph Wilson second on list of America’s biggest donors [1:57 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Foundation officials say they are still formulating a grant-making plan that will encompass Wilson’s wishes and provide support to a variety of charities throughout the country. They awarded one grant last year of $50,000 to the American Red Cross of Western and Central New York to help Buffalo-area residents recover from a severe snowstorm that hit the area in November.'

Marker A year of growth for Bills young wideouts [1:56 AM] reports: '“I think we came along,” said Woods. “I think we grew up a little bit faster. We were just able to make plays for this offense. Being young is only age. We’ve just got to perform and do our job no matter our age.”'

February 8, 2015

Marker C.J. Spiller's on the market, almost [4:41 PM]
Anderson Independent Mail reports: 'Spiller has up to March 7 to re-sign or have a ‘franchise tag’ placed on him by the Bills. If neither happens, he’d officially become an unrestricted free agent. March 7-10 the rest of the league can contact Spiller for negotiations – he can sign as soon as 4 p.m. on March 10.'

Marker With Richie Incognito, is Rex Ryan already making the same mistakes with Bills he made with Jets? [4:36 PM]
Newark Star-Ledger reports: 'Incognito no doubt understands that this is his last shot at an NFL career, and he'll surely be on his best behavior in Buffalo, whatever that is. But if the move backfires the way some of his attempts to rehabilitate bad characters in New Jersey did, Jets fans will be able to watch from afar and say three familiar words: "Same old Rex."'

Marker Need dictated Bills’ signing of Incognito [12:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The simple answer is, the team needs help at the position he plays. Right guard Erik Pears is a pending unrestricted free agent, and the left guard position was a revolving door between Chris Williams, Cyril Richardson and Kraig Urbik in 2014 – none of whom impressed.'

Marker Bills’ coaching scenario could have been different [12:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Of the seven available head-coaching spots, two were filled from the 12 other candidates on the Bills’ list. Of the remainder, two are out of football, two wound up moving to new teams in the same capacity, and two are in the same roles they had at the time they interviewed with the Bills.'

Marker Talley fans show their support at Buffalo Auto Show [12:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I just want to tell the people of Western New York thank you, and I appreciate everything they did for me. I didn’t do it for that reason. I did it to bring awareness to what’s actually going on with players when they’re done, as far as the injuries that they have,” Talley said.'

Marker Richie Incognito officially signs with Buffalo Bills, says Rex Ryan is 'the man' [12:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Ryan has never been afraid of controversy, and he said he wanted to build a bully. The offseason is still young, and he's well on his way.'

Marker 5 things to know about new Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito [12:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Back in 2009, a Sporting News poll of NFL players named Incognito the dirtiest player in the NFL. That year, while playing for the Rams, Incognito was benched after getting two 15-yard penalties in one game for head-butting. He was released a few days later.'

Marker Rex Ryan, Bills agree in principle to deal with BullyGate lineman Richie Incognito [12:54 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'What better way to build a bully then by signing the player who sparked the NFL's BullyGate scandal.'

Marker Richie Incognito, Buffalo Bills agree to deal in principle [12:53 AM]
Newsday reports: 'Incognito, 31, is considered an upgrade over the Bills' current options at guard, but it remains to be seen whether new Bills coach Ryan and his staff can keep him in line.'

Marker Ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan's Buffalo Bills agree to sign Richie Incognito [12:52 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The Bills' reported decision to sign Incognito is already coming under fire. Joe Banner, the former Eagles president and Browns CEO, ripped the move on Twitter.'

Marker Bills still yapping about Marrone's disloyalty [12:51 AM]
Middletown Times Herald Record reports: 'It’s hilarious to think that Buffalo players would pass up what they viewed as a better opportunity elsewhere for the good of their Bills teammates and coaches.'

Marker Richie Incognito, Buffalo Bills agree on contract [12:50 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'The NFL investigation identified Incognito as the ringleader in the harassment of Martin, who walked away from the Dolphins and now plays for San Francisco. Incognito was a central figure in a report on the behavior of Dolphins players and their locker-room culture conducted by Ted Wells, which also identified Dolphins Mike Pouncey and John Jerry as instigators.'

Marker Bills sign Richie Incognito, and Rex Ryan takes chance [12:49 AM]
USA Today reports: 'In Ryan, Pegula has ultimate trust not only to lead his locker room, but to lead the Bills back to the playoffs for the first time since 1999 -- beginning a once-toxic player Ryan is convinced will be the last guy to let him down.'

Marker Bills to sign Incognito, key figure in bullying scandal [12:48 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills have a need at guard, after they went through numerous starters last season.'

Marker Bills reach deal with Incognito [12:47 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Incognito, a 10-year veteran with 102 career starts to his credit, spent the entire 2014 season out of football, essentially black-balled from the NFL for his participation in the infamous Miami Dolphins bullying scandal in 2013.'

Marker Bills sign controversial OG Incognito [12:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'With Ryan expected to rely heavily on the running game, Incognito could fill a need on the offensive line. The Bills ranked 25th in the NFL in rushing yards per game last year.'

Marker Richie Incognito, Bills agree [12:45 AM]
ESPN reports: 'He had established a reputation for having a mean streak even before the bullying scandal. Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus once called Incognito "the dirtiest player in the NFL," following a game against Buffalo's AFC East rival Dolphins.'

Marker Bills agree in principle with G Richie Incognito [12:44 AM] reports: 'Incognito has played nine seasons in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams, Bills and Miami Dolphins, starting in 102 games over his career.'

February 7, 2015

Marker Buffalo Bills say Richie Incognito crossed line [12:56 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We're looking at rituals and other activities that involve harassment, abuse and humiliation," Marrone said. "When you use the word hazing, those things come to mind. I've talked to the team constantly about respect. That's the word I use quite a bit about respecting each other, treating people like you want to be treated."'

Marker Bills’ trainer Carpenter, of Allegany, cited again [12:44 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Bud, Greg, Chris, Shone and Jon are among the most professional and highly-trained certified athletic trainers in the National Football League,” Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said. “Day-in and day-out they provide excellent support to our players and our football staff throughout the year. It is great to see them recognized for their excellence.”'

Marker Bills set to sign Incognito [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pro Football Focus graded the 78 guards who played at least 25 percent of their teams’ snaps. Kraig Urbik, who finished the season at left guard, ranked 53rd. Rookie left guard Cyril Richardson ranked 60th. Right guard Erik Pears was 76th.'

Marker Buffalo Bills set to sign former Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, according to report [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Incognito's suspension was lifted in February of 2014, but he was unable to find work last season despite getting tryouts with a handful of teams. The Bills are a bit desperate for help at guard, though. Chris Williams spent the season on injured reserve, while Kraig Urbik and Erik Pears both ranked among the worst guards in the NFL on Pro Football Focus this season.'

Marker Buffalo Bills team needs 2015: Quarterback not only issue heading into NFL Draft, free agency [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The interior of the offensive line was an issue in 2014. Chris Williams will return from injury in 2015, and Doug Whaley has talked about the possibility of Cyrus Kouandjio moving from tackle to guard, but either way the Bills need some insurance at the position.'

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