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Buffalo Bills News - August 31, 2015

Marker Veteran running back Fred Jackson among 12 cut by Bills [11:15 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 Fred Jackson released by Bills [10:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com 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 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.'

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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.'

Marker Jackson makes a statement with long run, touchdown [12:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I still have a lot to prove and that’s how I approach the game,” Jackson said. “Just continue to prove yourself and today was a good step in the right direction.”'

Marker The QB Report: Now the Bills really do have a tough decision to make [12:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'EJ Manuel: He started and promptly showed off that big arm of his on his second pass attempt of the night, connecting with Charles Clay for a 67-yard touchdown. Then, he returned to the game in the third quarter and found Tobias Palmer for a 37-yard score. Finished the night 7-for-8 for 170 yards and a perfect passer rating of 158.3. Looked as comfortable and as confident as he has at any time since joining the Bills in 2013.'

Marker Bills quarterbacks go 30 of 33 for 386 yards in 43-19 win over Pittsburgh [12:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whereas Matt Cassel mostly dinked and dunked underneath in completing 6 of 7 passes for 38 yards, Taylor brought the excitement again. He went 12 of 13 for 122 yards --- pump-faking, calmly looking off defenders, showing sharp accuracy --- and also sprinted ahead on a 20-yard touchdown run.'

Marker Ryan's decision grows tougher, QBs shine in win [12:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I talked about the problem I always wanted, and I think I got it," Ryan said. "But to me it's not a problem. All three guys had a tremendous preseason, and that's all you can ask. I feel really good about how they did."'

Marker Fred Jackson starts in style and 5 observations from preseason Week 3 [12:14 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'While it was a preseason game and one against a terrible defense, Jackson reminded anyone who had forgotten that he is in fact ready to contribute when called upon.'

Marker Bills players say EJ Manuel has confidence back after standout performance against Steelers [12:14 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He's got his confidence back," Bradham said with a smile. "He's got his confidence and you can see it. Obviously you can tell he's not going to make it an easy decision. That's the main thing, he's out there competing and just playing football. He's showing his talent and what he's capable of."'

Marker Observations from Tyrod Taylor, EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel from preseason game 3 [12:14 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Tyrod Taylor was the last of the Bills' three quarterbacks to take the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers in their third preseason game Saturday, but he made the strongest impression.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Report Card [12:14 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: ''Taylor's mobility wasn't a secret. What has been the biggest surprise is his throwing ability. He has proven to be an effective passer and his legs help him make plays with his arm. Yes, it's the preseason. But he led the Bills on two touchdown drives and made a throw to set up a field goal at the end of the first half.'

Marker Bills, Ryan to choose a QB on Sunday … But who? [12:14 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'And yet the picture is even more muddled, four weeks later, after each of the trio played about as well as anyone could have expected of any quarterback in a trio of preseason games.'

Marker Manuel excels in Bills' 43-19 preseason win over Steelers [12:14 AM]
AP reports: '"This is the ideal situation we had talked about. This is exactly what I wanted. And all three guys played to their abilities," Ryan said, upon announcing he intends to spend Sunday having a lengthy discussion with his staff to determine whether Manuel, Tyrod Taylor or Matt Cassel will be the team's season-opening starter. "The decision will be made and we'll move forward."'

Marker Bills receiver Goodwin out indefinitely with broken ribs [12:14 AM]
AP reports: 'Goodwin lay on the turf for several minutes while being treated by trainers. And he eventually needed to be helped up by running back Fred Jackson before Goodwin was slowly taken to the Bills locker room.'

Marker Manuel, Taylor Shine in 43-19 Romp Over Steelers [12:14 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills did not escape the win unscathed. Stephon Gilmore (shoulder), Marquise Goodwin (ribs), Tony Steward (knee), and Austin Willis (concussion) all exited early. Aaron Williams and Stefan Charles were also banged up, but both returned to the field. Marcell Dareus (calf) sat out for precautionary reasons, according to head coach Rex Ryan.'

Marker Bills' QB's have put in their best work [12:14 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The decision on who will be the Bills starter in game one against the Colts will be made by tomorrow. Rex Ryan said it’ll be done, but he is not going to announce it. It should be interesting.'

Marker Rex: Will ''probably'' make QB decision on Sunday [12:14 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I talked about the problem I wanted. I think I got it,” Ryan said after the game. “But to me it’s not a problem. All three guys had a tremendous preseason and that’s all you can ask. I think we’ll address it at the appropriate time. But, obviously, I feel really good about all the quarterbacks.”'

Marker Bills explode for 43 points, Manuel & Taylor shine Vs. Steelers [12:14 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'After stepping aside for Taylor and Cassel, Manuel returned in the second half and fired a touchdown to Tobias Palmer to open a 36-19 lead for Buffalo.'

Marker Observations: Bills 43 - Steelers 19 [12:14 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Manuel has secured his spot on this roster, and proved to the coaching staff that maybe there still is something left.'

Marker Bills offense rolls in win over Steelers [12:14 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo’s defense held the Steelers to under 50 yards rushing in the game (43) and just a 27 percent conversion rate on third down (3-11). Preston Brown, Corbin Bryant and Manny Lawson all logged sacks in the game.'

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