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Buffalo Bills News - September 1, 2015

Marker Bills release 'heart and soul' of franchise, Fred Jackson [1:45 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“And again, this is not a decision we came to lightly, but we made this decision and it is a tough decision and we will go from there.”'

Marker At U.S. Open Match, a Sea of Bills Blue [1:44 AM]
New York Times reports: 'But as play at the United States Open began Monday morning on Court 7, several fans in Buffalo Bills attire rallied around the 21-year-old qualifier Jessica Pegula as she sought her first victory in the main draw of a Grand Slam event.'

Marker Fred Jackson cut by Bills [1:43 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Rex Ryan has endeared himself to Bills fans all offseason, but his latest shake-up has Buffalo faithful fuming.'

Marker Taylor named Bills starting quarterback over Manuel, Cassel [1:42 AM]
AP reports: '"It came down to the explosiveness Tyrod gives us," Ryan said.'

Marker Bills cutting Jackson surprises safety Aaron Williams [1:41 AM]
AP reports: 'With nine seasons in Buffalo, the 34-year-old Jackson had been the second-longest serving active player and one of the team's most popular players among fans. The move came as a slight surprise, though Jackson's tenure was in question because of his age and the team's moves to restock its running backs this offseason.'

Marker Taylor to open season as Bills' starting QB [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I don't have any regrets," Taylor said after completing 12 of 13 passes in Buffalo's 43-19 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night. "That is one thing I told myself going into the competition is to leave everything out on the field, practice field and on the game field. At the end of the day I don't have any regrets. Like I said I am pleased with the way that I played. There is still some things to correct, there is still ways to get better.'

Marker Bills cut RB Jackson, 11 others [1:39 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Last week, coach Rex Ryan said he was excited that Jackson was ready to play in his first preseason game. Jackson said he wasn't surprised by doubters. Being released now gives him a chance to sign with another team before rosters are cut down to 53-man rosters on Saturday. One team to watch is the New England Patriots. Head coach Bill Belichick has long praised Jackson for his professionalism and do-it-all, no-nonsense approach.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor to open season as Bills' starting quarterback [1:38 AM]
ESPN reports: '"But we brought him in because No. 1 -- it's a brand new offense -- but how he grasps our offense, and then his ability, not just his mobility, but his ability to throw the ball was the overriding thing. And I think he did a tremendous job of that."'

Marker Bills GM says releasing Fred Jackson was 'difficult decision' [1:37 AM]
ESPN reports: '"We also let everybody know that everybody was on board. Reluctantly, because of the magnitude of this player and what he means, not only to the Buffalo Bills, but to the community of Buffalo -- him and his family. So we talked to [owners] Terry [Pegula] and Kim [Pegula] and conversed with them and decided that this was the best time to make that decision."'

Marker Bills players know the reality of business in the NFL [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Kyle Williams was the only player that had been in the Bills’ dressing room longer than Jackson. He said, “It’s a hard day, I think bigger than playing football, over a decade we were really together having families and living life together, it makes it tough.”'

Marker Post-Fred era begins; Aaron Williams honors Jackson [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Buffalo Bills players hit the practice field Monday for the first time in the post-Fred Jackson era, and safety Aaron Williams honored his former teammate by wearing his white jersey number-22.'

Marker Bills' Whaley knew cutting Jackson would be tough [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Whaley wouldn’t go into specifics on why Jackson was released but did say, “We all know the NFL is a great business and a great sport, but there are some detriments to this business and a day like today, cut down day is always rough for everybody involved.” Whaley added, “A decision like this doesn’t come lightly, a decision like this is something that we put a lot of thought into. It makes it tough, not only with everybody you cut because they’re being rejected, but it also makes it tough when you’re talking about a guy like Fred Jackson.”'

Marker Bills starting Taylor is the right move [1:33 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Taylor represents the go-for-broke, swing-for-the-fences mentality that the Bills have been operating with the entire offseason. They've added multiple questionable personalities into the locker room, they've let go of the status quo, and they now have decided to make the biggest wildcard of the quarterback competition their starter.'

Marker 5 reasons why the Bills cut Fred Jackson [1:32 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills, despite having as run-heavy an approach as you'll find in 2015, did not have enough room to keep five running backs on the active roster heading into the season. LeSean McCoy is the bellcow, Karlos Williams is the impressive rookie that has received rave reviews, Anthony Dixon is a versatile special teams player, and Bryce Brown has flashed some ability despite fumbling problems. They couldn't afford to keep five, and Jackson was the odd man out.'

Marker Bills release Fred Jackson, 11 others [1:31 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Not only a mainstay of the organization, Jackson was known by many in the locker room as both a leader, and as a mentor to some of his younger teammates.'

Marker Players excited by what Taylor brings at quarterback [1:30 AM] reports: '“You guys have seen over the course of training camp all offseason long he’s a dual threat quarterback, but he’s very good with throwing the ball, very accurate, can extend plays and you could see it over the last couple of games,” said Marcus Easley. “We’re all happy for Tyrod. It’s a big day for him so congrats to him.”'

Marker Why Tyrod Taylor was able to dream big [1:29 AM] reports: 'From an early age Tyrod Taylor saw being a professional athlete as a realistic goal because of the local talents from his community who came before him. Now confirmed as Buffalo's starting QB that dream is becoming a reality.'

Marker Fred Jackson released by Bills [1:28 AM] reports: '“Today, we had to make the difficult decision to release Fred Jackson,” said Bills GM Doug Whaley in a statement. “He had an incredible career for this organization for the past 10 years. We thank Fred for his hard work, dedication and leadership during his tenure with the Buffalo Bills. Fred has inspired the city of Buffalo in a number of ways. Fred and his family have been dedicated to this community and we can’t thank them enough for their contributions through his career.”'

Marker Ravens React To Tyrod Taylor Winning Bills' Starting Job [1:27 AM] reports: 'But with Flacco in front of him, Taylor never had a shot at regular-season action unless Flacco got hurt – which he never did.'

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August 31, 2015

Marker Bills’ Bryant makes noise as he adds depth [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I have the utmost confidence in myself because I know this game,” Bryant said. “I know this scheme like the back of my hand. I know I can go out there and get the job done.”'

Marker No smoke from Bills on QB choice [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Given another day to think it over, I’m more convinced that Tyrod Taylor deserves the nod, and that Matt Cassel would be a weak and uninspiring pick.'

Marker The decision looms: Cassel? Taylor? Manuel? [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This isn't a team in a two- or three-year rebuild. The Bills built this roster to contend now. This season. Ryan continues to say he expects his team to be in the playoffs. He absolutely has to get this decision right to make that happen.'

Marker You can make a reasonable case for all 3 QBs [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Who do I believe deserved to be the winner of this months-long competition based on performance? Tyrod Taylor because he was certainly the most dynamic player this summer, he’s someone who brings a dual run-pass threat to Greg Roman’s offense, and he’s an unproven, unknown talent which therefore makes him wildly interesting.'

Marker Bradham, Bills yet to engage in contract talks [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'After speaking with Bradham I reached out to Bills General Manager Doug Whaley who indicated the organization needs to know how the Dareus situation is going to play out before being able to negotiate extensions with other pending free agents. The Bills have several players set to hit the open market in March 2016, including Dareus, Bradham and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn. Whaley called Dareus the team’s top priority earlier this offseason.'

August 30, 2015

Marker Bills QBs weigh in on competition after blowout win [4:29 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I don’t know. I know all the guys, every quarterback on our team has been playing well. It is a decision the coaches got to make. Like I said I’m comfortable and confident in the way that I have been playing. But all I can do is focus on what I do out there on the field. And that is more so my mindset going into a game is just execution and moving the offense up and down the field.'

Marker A short, but rewarding NFL career [4:28 PM]
Cedar Rapids Gazette reports: 'His NFL career summary: One play.'

Marker Bills’ QB competition still tight [4:26 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And though Taylor looked good and Cassel was his pedestrian self — both had solid numbers — Manuel was beyond lights out.'

Marker QBs in a fight to the finish for Bills [12:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Good problem No. 1: Manuel, once thought to be out of the competition, started and completed his first two passes, the second a 67-yard scoring strike to tight end Charles Clay. Surprisingly, he was re-inserted in the third quarter and connected with wide receiver Tobias Palmer for a 37-yard touchdown. He finished 7 of 8 for 170 yards and had a perfect passer rating of 158.3.'

Marker Darby gets more lessons on NFL life the hard way [12:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This was beyond a baptism by fire. One major potential hole in this Buffalo Bills defense was exposed in a 43-19 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pick your play. Darby was toasted on a 63-yard completion to Martavis Bryant. He was flagged for two pass interference penalties – one that cost 35 yards and one in the end zone. He was even beat for 16 yards by a player named Shakim Phillips.'

Marker Smoke screens surround Bills’ QB competition [12:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Based on his performance the last two preseason games, Tyrod Taylor deserves to be the starter. If this truly were an open competition, as Ryan insisted, Taylor did more than the other contenders to warrant the No. 1 job.'

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