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Buffalo Bills News - April 19, 2015

Marker Palmer adds much experience to Bills’ staff [1:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'His aptly titled role, senior offensive assistant, is designed to allow coach Rex Ryan, offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and the rest of the offensive staff to take advantage of all that he has done and seen in a variety of coaching capacities at the professional and collegiate levels.'

Marker Reich wanted what’s best for Bills [1:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s hard to explain, but interviewing for the job, you want to get it,” Reich said Saturday, after hosting his 14th annual Call to Courage Award Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. “But when Rex got the job, I was like, ‘That’s the perfect hire.’ I really felt that was a great hire.”'

Marker Bills have done well without first-round pick [1:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'All in all, the Bills' initial picks in drafts where they didn't have a first-rounder — Thomas, Beebe, Cowart, and Parrish — proved to be a mighty fine foursome. Now, it will be up to Doug Whaley, Rex Ryan, and the personnel and scouting staff to keep that streak alive by finding a gem when their turn finally comes up at No. 50 in the second round.'

Marker Rex Ryan vs. Jets at MetLife in Week 1 would fit Bill for NFL [1:11 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The league might want to save Ryan vs. the Jets for prime time one week later rather than placing it in the 1 p.m. slot on the opening weekend. The first meeting between Ryan and the Jets has to be at MetLife. It loses something if it opens way off-Broadway in Buffalo.'

Marker Irritated Rex Ryan again takes shot at Jets' Jace Amaro [1:10 AM]
Newsday reports: '"It's not the truth. And that's the thing that I was saying. It's absolutely not the truth," Ryan said Saturday. "That kid's a little, you know, he's gonna get -- we'll see what happens. I just know it's not the truth, and for him or anybody else to pop off like that, I think it's absolutely a joke.'

Marker Rex Ryan whacks Jets' Jace Amaro again: 'He's going to be accountable for his comment [1:09 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"I just know it's not the truth, and for him or anybody else to pop off like that, I think is absolutely a joke. Now, look, if David Harris would have said something, or D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, or someone, I would be hurt by it. I would be absolutely devastated by it. But a kid like that? Nah. I know him, and that doesn't bother me one bit."'

Marker Sammy Watkins has sights set high for 2nd NFL season [1:08 AM]
Charleston Post and Courier reports: '“We’ve just got to learn the offense,” Watkins said. “I don’t know who’s going to be the starter; all I can do is be on the same page as the QBs, whether it’s EJ, Matt Cassel or Tyrod Taylor. I’m going to be open when they throw the ball.”'

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April 18, 2015

Marker Buffalo is our kind of town -- especially for ex-athletes [1:59 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Former Bills who still call the Buffalo area home include Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Steve Tasker, Andre Reed, Mark Kelso, Steve Christie and Joe Devlin, to name a few. Former Sabres who remained in the area include Rob Ray, Larry Playfair, Mike Robitaille, Rene Robert, Rick Martin (until his death in March 2011), Matthew Barnaby, Bill Hajt, Andrew Peters and Darryl Shannon.'

April 17, 2015

Marker Spiller: ‘I’ll always be a Buffalo Bill at heart’ [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’ll always have love for this city and look forward to watching them play and look for them to get back to where they belong. This is a special place, and I can tell they’re building something special.”'

Marker Accuracy issues still a concern for Manuel [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It will be interesting to see how much progress Manuel shows from the time he has invested in the offseason working with former NFL quarterback Steve DeBerg, from working out with Bills receiver Chris Hogan near Hogan’s home in the New York metropolitan area, and especially from the instruction he receives from Lee. Coach Rex Ryan is convinced Lee’s tutelage will go a long way toward helping Manuel take big steps in his development.'

Marker Sammy Watkins welcomes new Bills weapons [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"You never know what's going to go on in the front office, but this organization did a great job making the changes they made and I can't wait to give it my all and get back to football," he said. "We can stretch the field. We've got a lot of fast guys out there now with Clay, (Robert) Woods, me, Marquise (Goodwin), (Chris) Hogan ... so many guys you have to pay attention to."'

Marker 2015 Bills and NFL Draft primer [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The NFL Draft begins two weeks from tonight. So, let’s take a minute to refresh everyone on the details, specifically where the Bills stand.'

Marker Why big money deal won't change Jerry Hughes [1:55 AM] reports: '“When I set foot in the building here the first thing I did was speak with (current GM) Doug Whaley and (former GM) Buddy Nix. The first thing they said was, ‘Make them sorry,’” said Hughes in reference to the Colts. “That’s what I’ve been trying to do. Of course it’s been sitting somewhere deep in the back of my mind. I’ve always been that guy who has been kind of overlooked and that’s fine. I just take it all out on the football field.”'

April 16, 2015

Marker Jackson intends to push McCoy plenty [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m going to push him,” Jackson said. “Every time I get a chance to touch the ball, I’m going to make every play that I can when I’m out there. So, hopefully, by me doing that, I’ll make him take his game to the next level.”'

Marker Ryan brushes aside Amaro’s comments [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Without a doubt,” he said. “We’ll make sure that the tone is set on the football field. We’ll show who is accountable when we show up and play them on Sundays.'

Marker Bills' McCoy bringing celebrity softball to Rochester [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"He's not just a face, he is the foundation," said Gina Roberson, his aunt and the community impact director for Shades of Greatness. "He's delivering turkeys at Thanksgiving."'

Marker Rex Ryan details Jets' finals days in Sports Illustrated article [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'll stand by my comments 100 percent, so yeah, looking forward to competing against anybody in this league, all of them," Ryan said. "And you know, (Amaro's) the least of my worries."'

Marker Bills legends Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas seem to be happy Doug Marrone is out of Buffalo [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It doesn't take much detective work to see that Thomas and Kelly love the Rex Ryan hire and do not miss former Bills and Syracuse University head coach Doug Marrone.'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan makes fun of Tom Brady's botched first pitch at Red Sox game [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think there's an obvious thing that we should talk about first," Ryan said. "My pitch actually made it to the plate. It was a little wide, but I understand somebody bounced it — I'm not sure who it was — but Tom needs to keep his elbow up a little bit more, I think."'

Marker Fred Jackson, other Buffalo Bills discuss transitioning from Doug Marrone to Rex Ryan [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think that's the major difference," Jackson said. "It's Rex Ryan. We all know what he's about. He's a guy who's a very out there person. He doesn't keep anything to himself. He tells you exactly how he feels, and that's the same way with us. He tells us exactly what he feels from us, and he expects us to do the same. Some coaches you can't be like that to. They expect you to get in line and go with what they say. Every one of these coaches wants to hear what we have to say, too. That's how we get better. The give and take."'

Marker Ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan playfully rips New England Patriots' Tom Brady for failed first pitch [1:52 AM]
Newark Star-Ledger reports: 'Or it's probably that he's in a ripping mood after a "Sports Illustrated" cover story filled with Jets disses dropped.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Rex Ryan doesn't back down from saying Jets' Jace Amaro is 'full [1:51 AM]
Newark Star-Ledger reports: 'Ryan on Wednesday didn't double down on that line. But he did stand by it -- did you honestly expect him to take it all back? -- while also trying to move past the issue. Good luck with that.'

Marker Here's how Eagles landed Kiko Alonso instead of draft picks from Buffalo Bills in LeSean McCoy [1:50 AM]
South Jersey Times reports: 'It isn't all that surprising that the Eagles would have preferred draft picks in lieu of Alonso, as they would have provided additional flexibility to possibly move up in the NFL Draft as well as hold more value than a player, as dominant as Alonso can be. However, the fact that it was Alonso who was netted in return for McCoy underscores Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and the front office's commitment to bolstering what has been a floundering defense over the past two seasons.'

Marker Chargers sign ex-Bills offensive tackle [1:49 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'A 2011 fourth-round pick out of Clemson, Hairston made all 15 career starts in 2011-12 under D'Alessandris and assistant Andrew Dees, who both joined the Chargers in 2013. He worked at both spots.'

Marker Rex Ryan needles Brady, dismisses Amaro's accusations [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"I don't take myself too seriously," Ryan said. "It's just who I am."'

Marker Rex Ryan: 'We'll see how happy he is when I play against him' [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: 'On Wednesday, Ryan said he stands by his comments when he was asked how much he is looking forward to the first game against the Jets.'

April 15, 2015

Marker Dunbar just delighted to be coaching Bills’ D-line [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“They can rush the passer and they can play against the run,” he said during a break in the second week of the Bills’ voluntary offseason conditioning program. “They’ve done a great job of putting it together versus the run and versus the pass, and I know the linebackers and the cornerbacks and the defensive backs really help with that. The cornerbacks and the DBs we have really give us a chance to rush the passer.'

Marker QB coach David Lee confident in Bills' depth [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'On Manuel: "I thought he looked really good the first two games (in 2014). As I watched him, the first 10 games he started his first year, before he got hurt, he looked like a rookie and I've had a couple of them so I know what they look like. He was doing a lot of rookie things. But at times he did some really good things and you could see exactly why they drafted him in the first round. EJ wants to be good, his work ethic and his desire to be good is so strong, it's impressive, it jumps out at you. There's question after question, he's a note taker, a deep thinker, and he studies."'

Marker Bills coach Rex Ryan fires back at Jace Amaro, who said 2014 Jets lacked accountability [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's full of s---, and I'll remind him of that when we play him," Ryan said. "Look, we weren't perfect, and I never said we were going to be perfect. But that's a f------ b.s. comment. But, hey, he's happy that he's got a different coach in place. We'll see how happy he is when I play against him."'

Marker Jim Kelly will reportedly announce a Buffalo Bills' pick at the 2015 NFL Draft [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Kelly is one of eight Hall of Famers scheduled to appear in Chicago, but more are expected to be added to the list in coming weeks. Kelly, who was recently featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated with new Bills coach Rex Ryan and fellow Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas, has quickly developed a strong relationship with the Bills' new regime.'

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