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Buffalo Bills News - July 20, 2017

Marker Training camp countdown: 8. What should be expected of Shaq Lawson in his second year? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s not unheard of for young pass rushers to take some time to adjust to the NFL level. Khalil Mack, the University at Buffalo product who might be the best defensive player in the league today, had four sacks as a rookie, then increased that total to 15 in his second year.'

Marker Jonah Javad's 'hot' Gilmore take was an over-reaction [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Of course, fairness wasn't the point. Javad and Filipowski were just having fun by appealing to sensitive Bills fans who over-react to every perceived slight.'

Marker Death of former Bills WR James Hardy ruled a suicide [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He fell on hard times after leaving football. He was charged with resisting arrest after a confrontation with police in Los Angeles in 2014, but a judge ruled him not mentally competent to stand trial.'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane recalls getting passed over for Dave Gettleman [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It got to the point where I thought, 'Man, maybe there's a chance here.' Even though he had told me, 'You're going to help me find the right GM here. You've got a bright future.' I still felt like, you know, there was a lot of momentum in the building for me to get it and a little bit in the city. But you know how it goes, you guys are in that business. A lot of writers are looking for big names. And I wasn't a big name. And I think there was a lot of pressure on (Richardson) to bring in a name other than somebody from the same regime that he just fired from. It was fun for that three months. It was also a little bit gut-wrenching to have it taken away at the same time."'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane wants Marcell Dareus to buy in and be a leader [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Hopefully the new regime, the new culture, the new way of doing things -- what you'd like to see if for Marcell to jump on board," Beane said. "And not only do it himself, but he's been in the league long enough, you'd like to see him grabbing some others. First of all, before you can lead, you have to do it yourself. I'm not just talking about Marcell. That's anybody. But he's gonna be given every opportunity."'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane describes what he looks for in franchise quarterback [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Well, it's just the spring, but I'll tell you this about Tyrod: I come in early to work out with some of the guys and he's in here early. The guy does every single thing asked of him, above and beyond, and that's what you're looking for," Beane said. "I respect the heck out of what I've seen here the five or six weeks I've been here. I'm looking forward to watching him take this challenge on and see how it goes in camp, then obviously two weeks in that leads to games, and see how it progresses. I've watched him from afar on cross film, but I did go back and watch some games last season, flipped through some of his throws. Some of it before I got here, some of it since I got here. I mean, he's got some tools. He wasn't accidentally thrown into a starting role here. He's earned his opportunities."'

Marker Sean McDermott's blue-collar upbringing makes him perfect fit for Buffalo Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"She was just unbelievable in terms of support, but firm," McDermott said. "My dad emphasized athletics. My mom did, as well, but my mom was really hard on the academics end of things and always stressed, 'hey you've got to have the grades, you've got to be prepared for life outside of sports.''

Marker What Bills coach Sean McDermott learned when Andy Reid fired him [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Oh, it crushed me early on," McDermott said. "It crushed me from the standpoint of, I looked introspectively, just looked at myself and said, 'What did I do wrong?' I didn't place any blame, no. It was, 'What did I do wrong?' I feel like that period of my career, that period of my life, had I not gone through that, I don't know if I would be here now. What I mean by that is, my whole career had been going like this every year. You guys see the resume. Every year was going like that. What I learned from that is, the game is more than just X's and O's. It's more than just scheme. That to me, as I've said over the years, that setback was a setup really for a comeback for myself and the mental toughness part of life."'

Marker Sean McDermott has envisioned what Buffalo will look like if Bills end drought [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I just felt something," Beane said in a June interview. "Seventeen years. These people are dying for a winner. I believe in myself. ... I want nothing more than to watch this community go ape nuts that the Bills are back in the playoffs. And I have no doubt."'

Marker Brandon Beane, Sean McDermott take ownership of Buffalo Bills' playoff drought [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The playoff drought has been the elephant in the room for every player, coach and executive who has walked through the doors at One Bills Drive. Previously, Rex Ryan and other players grew defensive about the drought, fairly claiming they hadn't contributed to the entire thing. McDermott and Beane are taking a different approach.'

Marker What's the formula for beating Tom Brady, Patriots? Bills GM Brandon Beane takes his best guess [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"In this league, not just Brady, whoever, you have to get after the passer," Beane said. "You have to make them uncomfortable. You have to get them off their spot. I think what the Giants did to them in the Super Bowls, that is not a shot at Tom Brady, that's anybody. I don't care how great you are, if you're getting hit, you're not gonna be as accurate. So we have to find ways to make him uncomfortable. He's super smart. There's nothing that schematically that we're probably going to throw at him that he hasn't seen. We'll have to be dialed in. You have to get to him, you have to affect the quarterback. If he's back there playing 7-on-7, you're not gonna beat him. You have to get him out of the pocket, flush him, hit him, hands up, batting balls. You got to do everything right to knock this guy down."'

Marker How will Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott communicate with Pegulas? [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In the past, the Pegulas have dealt with coaches who didn't get along with the general manager and the power vacuum that created. So the big question for Beane, McDermott and the Pegulas is how they will all communicate on a weekly basis. The Pegulas will trust Beane and McDermott to run the football operation, but Beane recently provided some clarity on how the Bills' new leadership plans to keep ownership in the loop every step of the way.'

Marker Returning to his roots: Buffalo Bills DT Marquavius Lewis speaks at Greenwood camp [1:47 AM]
Greenwood Index Journal reports: '“I just want to prove to all the teams that called me or gave me any attention that I could have been a part of what they have going on,” Lewis said. “I’m proud and appreciative that the Buffalo Bills selected me.”'

Marker James Hardy's death ruled suicide by drowning [1:46 AM]
Fort Wayne News Sentinel reports: 'In May 2014, Hardy was arrested and charged with felony resisting arrest after a fight with police officers in Los Angeles that left two officers with minor injuries. A judge ruled that he was mentally incompetent to stand trial. TMZ later reported that Hardy had been involuntarily committed to a mental institution.'

Marker Former NFL receiver James Hardy's death ruled a suicide [1:45 AM]
AP reports: 'The Allen County Coroner's Office said Wednesday that the 31-year-old Hardy died of "asphyxia due to drowning." Michael Burris, chief investigator for the coroner's office, says the determination of suicide was based on Hardy's medical and psychiatric history, his contacts with law enforcement and other evidence, including some found on his body.'

Marker Former Bills WR Hardy's death ruled a suicide [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Chief Investigator Michael Burris said the determination of suicide was based on Hardy's medical and psychiatric history, his contacts with law enforcement and other evidence, including some found on his body.'

Marker James Hardy's death ruled a suicide [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Following his NFL career, Hardy was arrested in 2014 for attacking three police officers. The judge ruled he was not mentally competent to stand trial.'

Marker 9 - Will there be a sack resurgence? [1:42 AM] reports: '“We’re implementing a 4-3 scheme and the guys have really bought into that and that’s what we’re practicing and that’s what we’re looking forward to,” said Frazier. “[It’s] what we’re both most comfortable with, and we think it fits our players well.”'

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July 19, 2017

Marker Training camp countdown: 9. Is Zay Jones ready to be the No. 2 receiver? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Perhaps it’s premature to saddle Jones with such expectations. Considering all he’s got working for him, though, it’s understandable.'

Marker Bills Training Camp Preview: Newcomer capsules [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Banyard will compete for a reserve job behind LeSean McCoy. In all likelihood, that will be the No. 3 job, provided second-year veteran Jonathan Williams fills the No. 2 role.'

Marker Stephon Gilmore's jab irks Bills fans, elicits TV response [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On its own, Andy's tweet would be a decent response. But Ch. 2 sports anchor Jonah Javad went the extra mile. For the 6 p.m. newscast, he compiled a lowlight reel of Gilmore's time in Buffalo, showing everybody what they missed with the Bills not being on TV.'

Marker Richie Incognito explains why Buffalo Bills weren't ready for Rex Ryan [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The culture change was needed," Incognito said. "I love Rex, I love what he brought to the team, but I don't think our locker room was ready for it. I don't think we had a veteran enough group to be able to adapt to Rex's system and to be able to make that work. So now we have a young and hungry team, and with coach [Sean] McDermott coming in and being detail-oriented and holding guys accountable, hopefully that helps us take the next step."'

Marker Buffalo Bills named a potential suitor for Washington QB Kirk Cousins by ESPN [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It would be tough economically, but not crippling, for the Bills to move on from Tyrod Taylor after this season," said Graziano. "Doing so would increase Buffalo's 2018 cap space to around $43 million, and the Bills would obviously need to look at free-agent quarterbacks. This is a wild card, but Taylor is, too."'

Marker Sal's camp countdown: Backup QB role appears up for grabs [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Yates has been the No. 2 QB throughout OTAs and and minicamp. I expect him to get second-team reps to start training camp, too. From there, he’ll have to keep the job. My sense is McDermott wants a veteran behind Taylor to steer the ship if he were to go down at all. Although the 30-year old Yates has only started nine games throughout his seven NFL seasons, he has started - and won - a playoff game. That holds some clout with the coaching staff and in the QB room. He'll get pushed for the backup role, but when it's all said and done, I think he keeps it at least for most of the season, if not all of it.'

Marker Ex-Bills CB Stephon Gilmore takes shot at Bills [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Patriots are among the teams that typically among the squads that are featured. The Bills, in recent years, have not been so lucky.'

Marker 10 - Who will be the nickel cornerback? [1:52 AM] reports: 'If Darby and White prove to be the starters outside, it’s highly likely that Bills CB Kevon Seymour will garner heavy consideration for the nickel position. Seymour was the Bills sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft and he carved out a role for himself last season. Throughout his rookie season, the cornerback played in 15 games while making 22 tackles and also had three pass deflections.'

July 18, 2017

Marker Training camp countdown: Who starts at middle linebacker – Preston Brown or Reggie Ragland? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I know Reggie from tape in college and what he can do," McDermott said at the NFL owners meetings. "And what innately comes with that position is the leadership skills. He possesses those leadership skills to get us lined up, be the antennae, so to speak, of the defense.'

Marker Months after losing assistant GM Brandon Beane to Bills, Panthers fire GM Dave Gettleman [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's fair to wonder whether Beane, a North Carolina native, would have been in line for the permanent job had he stayed with the organization.'

Marker Fashion Police: Bills QB Tyrod Taylor honored in Sports Illustrated's 2017 'Fashionable 50 [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Regarding Taylor, "The Bills quarterback easily transitions from tailored, three-piece suits to polished street-style looks—and he always does it with ease," reads his description. Fashion expert and consultant Kesha McLeod says of the Bills' quarterback "when it comes to style he can be completely versatile in every moment." Taylor is expected to attend SI's Fashionable 50 event in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The issue will be available on newsstands Thursday.'

Marker Bills announce ticket distribution procedure for 4 training camp practices [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tickets will be required for four practices during training camp this year for the Buffalo Bills – on July 27, Aug. 4, Aug. 6 and Aug. 13.'

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