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Buffalo Bills News - June 30, 2016

Marker McCoy's attorney: No charges from Pennsylvania AG expected against Bills' RB [9:40 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dennis Cogan, McCoy's Philadelphia-based lawyer, told The Buffalo News Thursday that he has met with representatives of the Pennsylvania AG's office and came away with a "very clear" sense that McCoy was not going to be charged for the fight that resulted in injuries to two off-duty Philadelphia police officers.'

Marker From homeless and heartbroken to a shot with the Bills [9:39 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On a drive from his Orchard Park apartment to Spot Coffee in downtown Buffalo, Lucas is stone-cold quiet. Only small talk about the early NBA Finals (“The Warriors couldn’t miss”), moving from South Beach to the boonies of Morgantown (“Big change”) and his linemen teammates here in Buffalo (“A great group”) break up long stretches of silence. Dreads pouring from a backward Bills hat, Lucas ambles inside the café, takes a seat and that steely exterior softens the moment he’s asked about his upbringing.'

Marker Colt Anderson looks to overcome odds (again) to make Bills' roster [9:38 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I was just patient and knew that a team was going to come around eventually and, fortunately, the Bills did," he said. "Great opportunity here. They take pride in their special teams, and it's kind of what's gotten me eight years in the NFL now, my special-teams play."'

Marker Like father, like son, expect Bills HC Rex Ryan to blitz a lot in 2016 [9:37 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So, first, Ryan drafted three players he hopes bring a Buddy-like attitude. Maybe Shaq Lawson, Reggie Ragland and Adolphus Washington provide the bite this defense needs. Lawson boasted that he once sent a kid in high school to the hospital: "Kids were crying. And they sent him to the emergency room.” Washington remembers one of his victims on the field squirming in agony. Ragland was used on offense as a running back early in games to set a physical tone. And, in Ragland, Ryan sees the type of player his father coveted.'

Marker Joe Ferguson remembers a different O.J. [9:31 PM]
Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports: '“But when he was in Buffalo, he was a good guy. He treated everyone with class and respect, just dignity. I thought he was very sharp, confident. He was highly educated. He was extremely smart. He handled himself with great class. When he left Buffalo, O.J. was a different person.”'

Marker Rex Ryan surprised by father's death, said Buddy Ryan was 'one tough son of a gun' [9:30 PM]
ESPN reports: '"When Dad looked at football players, he would take them in his own image," Rex Ryan said. "That's what he grew up around; that's what he was when he was a master sergeant in the Korean War. That's what I took, and that's what I want on my football team."'

Marker Like father, like sons [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Which is precisely the sort of thing Rex and Rob are determined to see happen during Bills practices. They felt they were trending in that direction during some of those feistier-than-usual offseason workouts at One Bills Drive.'

Marker Orchard Park debating police presence in private Buffalo Bills tailgating lots [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The private lots surrounding Ralph Wilson Stadium have played host to people lighting themselves on fire and public sex acts that have gone viral on social media and put Bills fans and the city in a bad light. Bills president Russ Brandon said that behavior doesn't reflect the entire fan base and added that fan behavior has improved in and around the stadium.'

Marker ‘He Was A Tough Sonofagun’ [1:57 AM]
SI reports: 'Even when Buddy was no longer able to speak advice to his sons, Rex executed his dad’s vision. In this year’s draft, the Bills needed a linebacker, and Rex lobbied internally for the kind of linebacker that would have played on the ’85 Bears. There were other top-ranked players they could have taken, like Darron Lee, the hybrid safety-linebacker the Jets drafted one spot behind the Bills in the first round. But Rex wanted Alabama’s Reggie Ragland, because he was a physical player, “a Ryan defensive player, going back to the days of our dad.” Buffalo took Ragland in the second round.'

Marker The best individual seasons during the Bills playoff drought [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams thrived in 2014 alongside Dareus, Kyle Williams, and Jerry Hughes on the Bills defensive line. He earned a Pro Bowl spot after finishing fourth in the NFL with 14.5 sacks to go along with 42 tackles, two passes defensed, and a pair of forced fumbles. He was named First-Team All-NFL by both the Associated Press and Pro Football Writers. There were only four games out of 16 in which Williams didn’t record at least half of a sack and he had at least one sack in ten games that season. His best performance in what is considered the Bills best individual season over the past sixteen years came in week eleven when Williams had 3.5 sacks and five tackles at Miami.'

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June 29, 2016

Marker In 2016, it's imperative for Bills to follow the money [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But this front office has managed to re-sign a handful of core players to long-term deals. And now, it's wise to follow that money. If the Bills do, if the Bills scheme offensively and defensively with their top investments in mind, they'll have a shot this season.'

Marker Jim Kelly’s journey back is going well [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I feel awesome," Kelly said. "I'm at playing weight. I'm at 230, which is cool. I gained a little over 30 pounds back, which is good. I got the green light to work out now, which is good. I just started back. Hopefully I'll get a bit stronger."'

Marker For Watkins, more info isn’t necessarily good [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here’s a little advice for Sammy Watkins: Stop with the medical updates.'

Marker Bills carry on with Buddy Ball [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Because, who knows?’’ said Rob. “He’s not going to be able to watch us coach for much longer, I don’t think. But hopefully he can see this one, because we have got big plans. Bring (Bill) Belichick on. We got him."'

Marker Bills great Jim Kelly reflects on death of Buddy Ryan [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I guess it comes a time in everybody's life when the good Lord decides it's your time," Kelly said at his youth football camp Tuesday. "Buddy was a great coach. There's no doubt about it. I think everybody knows that. Now it's reflecting on Rob and Rex. Hopefully before he left this world, he rubbed off a lot on his sons because we're going to need it. I look forward to this season."'

Marker The Ryan brothers’ constant quest to carry on their father Buddy’s legacy [1:54 AM]
SI reports: 'Buddy is more than just the family patriarch for Rex, the Bills head coach, and Rob, who joined his brother in Buffalo this offseason as the assistant head coach for defense. He is a defensive patriarch for the sport of football. As the defensive line coach for the New York Jets in 1968, he watched the lengths his team went to in order to protect Joe Namath and applied that to his side of the ball, where he devised creative ways to torture the quarterback. Buddy Ryan’s mission, starting with the Super Bowl III champion Jets, is conventional defensive wisdom today.'

Marker Remembering Dwight Adams [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: ' Information came flying out and it was all from memory. Dwight would bring up each player’s measureables, his career highlights, any injury issues, and of course, the actual scouting report on his game. He’d even give me the rundown on what that players’ parents did for a living and the players’ upbringing. It was quite thorough and really impressive.'

Marker Kelly: 'All good' with Rex after comments about job security [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yeah, we already texted,” he said. “That’s all good.”'

Marker Rex Ryan's statement on the passing of his father Buddy Ryan [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“For Rob and me, we've had the great fortune of sharing the coaching profession that he was so proud of and cherished so much. There is no way we can possibly begin to measure how much football we have learned from him over the years and we are forever thankful to him for instilling within us his unwavering love for the game of football."'

Marker Team statement regarding the passing of Buddy Ryan [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Terry and Kim Pegula and the Buffalo Bills organization want to express their deepest sympathies and condolences to Rex, Rob and the entire Ryan family on the passing of their dad, Buddy Ryan. Buddy was a legend in our league in so many ways. His defenses were innovative and he was a master at putting his talented and tough players in a position to succeed. He was a real game changer and much of his philosophies and defensive tactics are still utilized effectively by teams today. Buddy's influence will be carried on by defensive coaches for generations to come, but none more so than by Rex and Rob. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the Ryan family today."'

June 28, 2016

Marker Bills won’t yield soon on NFL stadium push [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’re going to take a very slow, quantitative, objective view on what makes sense.”'

Marker Sammy should pass on updates [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whenever that is, we'll know it. Ever-changing updates do nothing but raise suspicions that don't need to be raised ... at least, not at this point.'

Marker Jim Kelly football clinic set for July 19 [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It’s great to be working with the kids again this year at the Ralph,” Kelly said. “The Buffalo Bills organization has been a true partner, and we are truly thankful for our relationship with them. Our camp is a positive environment where many lessons are learned and friendships made.’’'

Marker Buffalo Bills strength staffer Dan Liburd to appear on American Ninja Warrior [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Liburd has been a part of the Bills' strength and conditioning staff for seven seasons. He oversees the nutrition and dietary programs for the players and supervises their performance in strength and conditioning work. He's an NPC qualified bodybuilder and competes in powerlifting, marathons and Ironman competitions.'

Marker Watch Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor in new Toyota commercials [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Taylor is entering the final season of his contract, and if he builds off last season he could be in line for a huge pay raise. For now, the extra endorsement money doesn't hurt, but Taylor is out to earn a new contract. He hopes it will carry a bigger cap hit than the $3 million cap hit his contract has in 2016.'

Marker Perry's introduces Buffalo Bills flavored ice cream 'Sundae at the Ralph' [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Of course, the new flavor was met with some snark on the internet.'

Marker Ed Reed hits 'a whole lot of golf balls' to get away from coaching frustrations [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yeah there’s some frustration, but like any job,” he said while speaking to reporters after the team’s last minicamp practice earlier this month. “I’m sure everybody right here has something at the job place that they have to deal with. Me being a player, going to Houston, going to New York, having that transition and being in different organizations, you know you got bosses that there’s some BS you have to put up with. Everybody has it, we all do. It’s just part of it, man, but you just got to be grown and understand that ‘I have a job to do.”'

Marker Differing reports on Watkins' return [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Right now I feel good, but I got to go back and train and rehab. Hopefully it feels good when I run and everything like that,” said Watkins. “I haven't ran in three or four weeks. Hopefully I'll feel good about it and I'll be on the field in training camp.”'

June 27, 2016

Marker Bills WR Watkins doubtful for start of training camp [1:59 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"You never know. Right now I feel good, but I got to go back and train and rehab," Watkins said during a charity bowling event in Charlotte, N.C. "Hopefully it feels good when I run and everything like that. I haven't ran in three or four weeks. Hopefully I'll feel good about it and I'll be on the field in training camp."'

Marker Sammy Watkins: Bills may keep me out of camp [1:58 AM]
ESPN reports: '"You never know," Watkins told ESPN when asked if the Bills' medical staff would allow him to practice early in training camp. "Right now I feel good, but I got to go back and train and rehab. Hopefully it feels good when I run and everything like that. I haven't ran in three or four weeks. Hopefully I'll feel good about it and I'll be on the field in training camp."'

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