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Buffalo Bills News - August 21, 2016

Marker Buffalo Bills cut running back Karlos Williams [1:45 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Williams, a second-year pro considered a key to the team's running game, was going to miss the first four games of the season anyway for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. He had arrived at off-season workouts overweight, which didn't sit well with the coaching staff and team management.'

Marker Rex Ryan has sarcastic responses after Bills' preseason shutout against Giants [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It's nice to know Rex hasn't lost his edge, because he's going to need it if this team is going to overcome the offseason adversity and improve on its 8-8 record from a year ago. If the Bills do find a way to take a step forward, Rex will get every opportunity to throw it in the critics' faces. Based on his remarks on Saturday, it's obvious he still has it in him, too.'

Marker Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus entering rehab after drug-related suspension [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'On Tuesday, the NFL announced that Dareus would be suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. It was the second such violation he's had in his career. He was seen leaving the stadium in street clothes on Saturday prior to the Bills' preseason game against the New York Giants.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release running back Karlos Williams after troubled offseason [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Karlos Williams was a fifth-round pick by the Bills back in the 2015 draft. He had multiple red flags due to off-the-field behavior, but the Bills took a gamble on the physical running back from Florida State.'

Marker Bills' teammates, Rex Ryan offer support for Marcell Dareus [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"As a football team, we came together as a family. We support Marcell 100 percent. Our thoughts are with him. No question about it. And it's more important than four games or whatever it is.'

Marker What Bills players, Rex Ryan are saying about Karlos Williams getting released [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Every decision that's made — whether you get tired of me saying it or not — every decision is made on three factors, and those three things are the team first, the team second and the team third. That's all I'll say about it."'

Marker Everything Bills GM Doug Whaley had to say about Karlos Williams, Marcell Dareus [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think it's just all on the field. If he's not out there being able to perform and he can't perform at the level we expect him to then that's on him. It's not a question. I always say the information makes the decision, and the information was he wasn't ready to play and guys underneath him surpassed him."'

Marker Karlos Williams reacts to being released by the Buffalo Bills [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Shortly after the news of his release broke, Williams reacted to the release on Instagram and thanked the Bills organization for the opportunity.'

Marker Karlos Williams' fiancee: Buffalo Bills release 'very upsetting' [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"This is very upsetting," Hall said. "I have a 3-month-old kid and a 2-year-old, plus his 2 boys. This is the way we live."'

Marker Bills' Rex Ryan impressed by team vs. Giants, defends Karlos, Dareus decisions [1:36 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Despite losing starter after starter, the Bills defense shined again. In the first quarter, the Giants offense gained only 15 yards of offense in total. Out of their first 11 drives, seven went for either no yards or negative yardage.'

Marker Bills vs. Giants first half observations [1:35 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Defensively the Bills kept Eli Manning and the Giants no huddle offense in check, only allowing the Giants to gain 15 yards combined in the first quarter.'

Marker Bills release Karlos Williams, Dareus to enter rehab [1:34 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Reports indicate the move was a performance based decision. Williams passed his physical this past Monday, the first day he took part in full practices with the team.'

Marker Bills overcome pregame distractions to beat Giants 21-0 [1:33 AM]
AP reports: 'Tyrod Taylor zipped a 13-yard touchdown pass over the middle to LeSean McCoy to cap his fourth and final series. Backup EJ Manuel then secured the win by leading two touchdown drives. Rookie running back Jonathan Williams scored on a 1-yard plunge and Manuel completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Greg Little.'

Marker Bills defensive tackle Dareus to enter rehab facility [1:32 AM]
AP reports: 'It comes a week after the NFL suspended the Bills' top-paid player for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Last year, he was suspended for the season opener for another violation of the policy.'

Marker Buffalo Bills cut troubled running back Karlos Williams [1:31 AM]
AP reports: 'Williams' release comes after he enjoyed an impressive rookie season. The fifth-round pick out of Florida State had 517 yards rushing and scored nine touchdowns, including two receiving.'

Marker Bills roll over winless Giants [1:30 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'In the Bills' case, they couldn't get much going against the Giants' first-string defense, who held Buffalo to just 75 yards of offense, 59 of which came on Taylor's pass to tight end Charles Clay, the Bills' leading receiver.'

Marker Bills DT Dareus to enter rehab center [1:29 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills just gave Dareus a $103 million contract extension last year which included $60 million in guaranteed money. Dareus will not lose any of his future guaranteed money because of this incident. The suspension will cost Dareus about $3.3 million.'

Marker Bills release RB Williams [1:28 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Obviously, I've always said this is a performance-based business," Bills general manager Doug Whaley told reporters Saturday. "The release of Karlos Williams was strictly performance-based. He came in behind the eight ball and never caught up. And there was other guys on the roster that moved ahead of him. In light of that, we thought, 'Why hold on to him?' Why don't we give him a chance to maybe find another job out there in the league. We weren't going to hold on to him to the end, knowing he wasn't going to make the team."'

Marker Bills DT Marcell Dareus to enter rehab facility [1:27 AM]
ESPN reports: '"After careful consideration of recent events within my life, I have made the decision to enter a rehabilitation facility," Dareus said in a statement released Saturday by the team. "I feel this is the best decision for me, my family and my teammates as I move forward with my career. I appreciate the support of my teammates and the Bills organization through this process."'

Marker Bills release RB Karlos Williams [1:26 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Williams can serve the suspension as a free agent if he is not claimed off waivers or signed by another team.'

Marker Bills Blank Giants 21-0 [1:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Taylor stole the show in his limited time under center, going 7 of 10 for 132 yards and a touchdown pass to LeSean McCoy. Taylor turned in several impressive plays, including a 59-yard toss to Charles Clay. The Buffalo quarterback evaded a Janoris Jenkins blitz with a nifty juke and uncorked a bomb to the wide-open Clay.'

Marker Taylor is moving forward [1:24 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Now of course we must understand that the Giants didn’t game plan against him, but I don’t think that changes some of the things we saw. If he can pay attention to the small details, I think that’s all it’s going to take for him to take the next step.'

Marker Bills-Giants Arrow Up/Arrow Down [1:23 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The defense was outstanding in this one, outside of one play. I came away thinking they’re going to be all right even with the suspension of Marcell Dareus and injury to Reggie Ragland. Part of the reason is that, once again, they seemed to have good communication and were organized. That will be half the battle with this group.'

Marker Dareus Enters Rehab Facility [1:22 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The decision comes days after Dareus was suspended by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.'

Marker Bills Release Karlos Williams [1:21 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills' offseason has been anything but low-key and the team delivered more stunning news on Saturday -- the release of RB Karlos Williams.'

Marker 7 observations from Bills - Giants (8/20/16) [1:20 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'McCoy was also gang tackled on some of his receptions/carries. With McCoy especially, they really don’t have anything to prove with him on the field because they know what he is at this point.'

Marker Bills' Dareus to enter rehab [1:19 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Dareus will be inelgible to play for the Bills for the first four games of the 2016 season.'

Marker Bills release RB Karlos Williams [1:18 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills decision to part ways with Williams is going to lead to obvious speculation that something happened over the course of the last few days. The Bills stood by Williams through being both overweight by their standards, and through the four-game suspension.'

Marker Bills score off turnovers, shut out Giants [1:17 AM] reports: 'The Bills turned a pair of first half fumble recoveries into 14 points as they took a 21-0 lead into halftime and coasted to victory beating the Giants by the same score Saturday for their first win at New Era Field. The shutout win was Buffalo’s first in the preseason since Aug. 17, 1996 when they beat Carolina 24-0.'

Marker Buffalo's defense stifling against the Giants [1:16 AM] reports: '“Obviously a really good performance,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “The effort was great. I’m really happy with the way the ‘D’ played.”'

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