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Buffalo Bills News - May 6, 2016

Marker Very bold Bills LB Eric Striker asks, 'What else can you do to a chicken wing?' [6:36 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"What I knew about Buffalo is that it's really cold," Striker said. "That's just from the start. And then I saw the '30 for 30' and I'm sure a lot of you reporters are from here and lived here with the whole four times in a row thing. I didn't know about that. That was like, 'Wow.' But that was a great team. To make it four times in a row to the Super Bowl in the NFL... they didn't get the job done in the Super Bowl but that was still a great team. That's what I took from it. A lot of history here. A lot of great players have been through here."'

Marker Ryan after Jones' 1st day of Bills rookie minicamp: 'He's got a long way to go' [6:35 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Obviously, he’s got the physical gifts you look for, there’s no question about that,” Ryan said. “You notice the stature and he’s got a big arm and all that … but you also notice that he's just going through everything. It’s spinning right now. He’s throwing behind guys. He doesn’t know where he’s going right now with it.'

Marker Glenn Gronkowski says he's 'a little more tame, a little more intelligent' than broth [6:35 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think a lot of people have already realized that I’m not as crazy as him," Gronkowski said. "It’s not easy to be that crazy and wild but I think people are already starting to realize that. I’m a little more tame, a little more intelligent probably so I would say people are already starting to recognize that."'

Marker Who is Bills long-snapper Reid Ferguson? Seriously, Rex Ryan would like to know [6:34 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You're going to have one of those brain freeze things," Ryan said. "If I have to repeat it, like, twice, then you know I have no idea who you're talking about."'

Marker 'It's not a dream anymore' for Joe Licata after first practice with Bills [6:34 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was cool being out there," he said. "Walking through this field house, I've been in here hundreds of times throughout high school and then in college, but once you put the helmet on, it's football. It's not a dream anymore, it's reality. It's getting to work, and really studying the playbook and getting out there with the guys."'

Marker Tyler Dunne's 3 Bills Thoughts: Joe Licata's chance, Listenbee's speed, Lawson/Lynch [6:33 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Licata isn’t the biggest, the most mobile, nor does he have a cannon arm — but he wins with his mind. This is a player who sincerely believes in his abilities, who loves the underdog story of Kurt Warner and worked with Chad Pennington. Be it on the field or the meeting rooms, he’ll need to make a strong first impression at One Bills Drive. As he detailed, Licata is “certain” in his abilities.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Glenn Gronkowski explains why he's different from Rob Gronkowski [6:31 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think a lot of people already realize that I'm not really as crazy as him," Glenn said. "It's not easy to be that crazy and wild. I'm a little more tame, a little more intelligent probably. I would say I think people are already starting to recognize that."'

Marker Jim Kelly among those coaching up QB Cardale Jones at Buffalo Bills rookie camp [6:30 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"They gave us a lot to know on the first day," Jones said. "They are helping us along with things we're not picking up as fast as they thought we would be. Overall, I think I'm keeping my head above water."'

Marker Why Cardale Jones thinks Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan might be his long lost dad [6:30 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He's a great guy, already. When I got to visit here in Buffalo he just had some pretty honest remarks. He told a couple of (Ohio State) players, 'Dude, we're not going to freaking draft you guys. You guys are going to be gone before we can draft you.''

Marker Buffalo Bills rookie Eric Striker said the wrong thing about Buffalo wings [6:29 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I guess the Buffalo wings, but in my mind, I've tasted a great chicken wing," Striker said. "How much better can it be? I don't know. I felt like I've had some great chicken wings. What else can you do to a chicken wing?"'

Marker Buffalo Bills rookie class displays Rex-like exuberance [6:27 PM]
AP reports: '"It's not easy to be that crazy and wild," the fullback out of Kansas State said of his far more outgoing sibling. "But I think people are already starting to realize that ... I'm a little more tame, a little more intelligent."'

Marker Bills rookies hit the ground running on first day [6:25 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I think this time of year you’re putting in drills, you’re doing different things and they’ve never done them before,” he said after the session. “And it’s like, wow, how the heck do you ever get to the end where guys know what they’re doing? It’s like, wow, they’ve got a long way to go, to say the least.”'

Marker Rookie minicamp notes [6:24 PM] reports: '“I’m here to do my job,” Lawson said. “They drafted me to get after the passer and because I’m the player I am. I don’t really think about Mario Williams. He was a great player here, but I’m going to come in and do what I do best.”'

Marker Bills rookie Kolby Listenbee may be the NFL's fastest player... but why? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The speed. The swagger. It's not rooted in bluster. Two days after the draft, Listenbee starts a conversation by repeating he's not arrogant. Rather, he was being honest. A lot of work was put in, a lot of work lies ahead and it all feeds an inner-belief that he can roast any defensive back any play any day.'

Marker Jones' upside, Listenbee's brand & a piece of land [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When I think of Cardale Jones, I can't help but go back to 2014, back to that magical run when he led Ohio State to victories in three postseason games.'

Marker Striker eager for opportunity with the Bills [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"[The Bills" target="_blank"> think I'm a great blitzer, they think I can move well in space, and do a lot of things. I'm a pretty simple guy. Wherever the coaches play me, wherever they think I fit to help the team win, I'm happy to play. If they decide to move me around, I'll pretty much do whatever. It really doesn't matter to me what position to play."'

Marker 7 things Reggie Ragland brings to the Bills [1:56 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'For Rex Ryan to get back to his defenses of old, he'll need defenders that specialize in versatility. As luck would have it, Ragland was asked to do just about everything at Alabama -- including rushing the passer. On plenty of occasions the Crimson Tide lined up Ragland at defensive end in a four-man front, and as you can see below rushing from the right side of the defense, he can bring a little to the table as an edge rusher and delivers a big hit. The more a player can do, the more an offense has to guess where he'll be from one play to the next.'

Marker Bills host free agent G Matt Slauson [1:55 AM] reports: 'The six-year veteran played for Chicago over the last three seasons primarily at left guard. Slauson does have good familiarity with Bills head coach Rex Ryan. He played for Ryan his first three seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets.'

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May 5, 2016

Marker RB Jonathan Williams is hungry to see the field again, says Bills backfield can be 'best in NFL [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Arkansas running back chose to return to school for his senior season rather than go pro — he saw a team that could compete in the SEC, he was voted a captain, he was set to become a household name. Then, in an Aug. 15 scrimmage, Williams planted and a player stepped on his foot.'

Marker Glenn Parker to Cordy Glenn: A lesson in NFL economics [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Once the players started getting that cut, we saw salaries go,” Parker said. “The money has to be spent. It can’t be hoarded. Everybody realizes they have to pay. That system was put in place in 1993. Once the system was put in place, salaries skyrocketed. Players were being reimbursed, and that’s a good thing.”'

Marker Bills purchase land near Ralph Wilson Stadium for new practice field [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There is no indication that this is a step toward staying in OP long term. At the league meetings, the team made it clear it is in no hurry to build a new stadium, be it at its current location or downtown. The team has invested a significant amount of money into upgrading amenities at the ADPRO Sports Training Center.'

Marker 2017 mock drafts (seriously) have the Bills leaning toward offense [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So take the following roundup of 2017 mock draft picks for the Bills from the national media with a grain of salt. Or a block of it.

Marker Tyler Dunne's 3 Bills Thoughts: T Cordy Glenn embodies Bills' offensive identity [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'At 6 foot 6, 345 pounds, he can maul defenders in the run game. While there are questions elsewhere on offense, he's as sure a thing as you'll find, capable of getting out in front of runs in Greg Roman's complex running scheme. Glenn and Incognito both found a rhythm with top back LeSean McCoy and the entire Bills' backfield. And in the pass game, he mostly handled the opponent's top pass rusher one on one. The likes of Kansas City's Tamba Hali, Philadelphia's Brandon Graham and Miami's edge rushers were complete non-factors against Glenn.'

Marker Richie Incognito discusses love of Bills fans, Rex's antics on 'Pardon My Take' [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Incognito said Bills players watch the videos on Monday mornings and get a good laugh. He even thought about awarding prizes to the craziest fans but quickly thought better of it. "Oh my god, there's so much liability involved with that that's a terrible idea," Incognito said. "It would be madness."'

Marker Bills make Glenn highest-paid left tackle in NFL [1:53 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'It might be the best money they ever spend if it keeps Taylor up-right, untouched, and healthy because the team’s alternative at quarterback isn’t inspiring to anyone not sitting behind the desk of GM Doug Whaley.'

Marker Buffalo Bills buy land to expand practice field [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'The land purchased is an empty lot that had been previously used as a private parking lot for events at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Watkins, Incognito crack NFL Network's ''Top-100'' [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'After sitting out all of 2014, Incognito signed with the Bills as a free agent last offseason, then helped pave the way for the leading rushing attack in the NFL in total yards (2432) and yards per carry (4.77). The Bills also tied for the league lead in TDs on the ground (19).'

Marker Bills planning new grass practice field, purchase more space near RWS [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This led to much speculation, particularly on social media, about the team’s long-term stadium plans and if it may be an indication they were planning on building a new stadium on or near the same location as their current Ralph Wilson Stadium home.'

Marker Report: Veteran OL Slauson to visit Bills [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Slauson played the first three years of his career for Rex Ryan while with the New York Jets. He started all 16 games each season at left guard. He’s spent his last three years in Chicago with the Bears, where he played and started another 37 games. He also played for current Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer for two years in Chicago. Kromer was the Bears offensive coordinator 2013-14.'

Marker Bills into Phase Two of workouts, rookie minicamp begins Friday [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Phase II - Individual player instruction and drills are allowed. The offense and defense are allowed to work as separate units, but no live contact or team offense vs. team defense is permitted, including any drills. No 1-on-1 drills are allowed (for example, no offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass rush or pass protection drills; no wide receivers vs. defensive backs bump-and-run drills).'

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