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Buffalo Bills News - July 23, 2015

Marker Dinosaur BBQ to serve at Bills games [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The deal between the team and the restaurant chain had been in the works since the Bills played the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium last October, when Bills officials spoke with Dinosaur owner John Stage about a possible sponsorship. The agreement was completed a few weeks ago, Clancy said. The chain had previously offered a suite menu in conjunction with Delaware North during the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium.'

Marker Which Buffalo Bills running backs will make the roster after LeSean McCoy? [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Fred Jackson Age:34 Chances of making the roster: 80 percent.'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin wins silver medal for long jump at Pan Am Games [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I like track and field for the simple reason that I determine my own outcome," Goodwin said. "I don't rely on my coach or the president or the CEO making a decision. I'm kind of like the CEO of my own corporation. I make the calls on if I'm going to be here or going to be there, as opposed to football where other people are making that decision. Other people are in charge of how much you play and what plays you get. In that aspect, I like that about long jumping."'

Marker Dinosaur Bar-B-Que to debut at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2015 [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The popular barbecue restaurant which opened a location in Syracuse back in 1988 and arrived in Buffalo in 2014, has been named the official barbecue of the Buffalo Bills and will now be featured at concessions stands inside Ralph Wilson Stadium during Bills home games. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will also have a standalone concession stand inside the stadium operated by the restaurant's staff.'

Marker Late NFL owner aims part of $1.2B to SE Michigan causes [1:53 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'The foundation could not say how much money will go to Michigan, as there is no set allocation of dollars between the two regions and some money could also go to charities around the country. Priorities for funding include health lifestyles, early childhood and youth development, caregivers, community development and economic growth.'

Marker Ralph Wilson foundation dedicates itself to Mich., N.Y. [1:52 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Formal, long-term grant cycles for the foundation will begin in 2016, official said. Official guidelines for applying for 2016 grants will be announced after the foundation’s program officers are in place, foundation officials said.'

Marker Southeast Michigan causes part of $1.2 billion commitment from Ralph Wilson Foundation [1:51 AM]
Ann Arbor News reports: '"Ralph saw firsthand the impact of his generosity in his lifetime," Wilson's widow Mary said in a statement. "Always thinking of others even in his own legacy, his hope with this trust was that the Foundation's work may make a direct impact in the lifetimes of those who knew him best."'

Marker Bills receiver Goodwin gets silver in long jump at Pan Am [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Goodwin was a two-time NCAA champion in the long jump at the University of Texas and finished 10th in three years ago at the London Olympics.'

Marker Late Buffalo Bills owner Wilson's foundation outlines plans [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'A mission statement released Wednesday said grants will go to causes that resonated with Wilson. The Hall of Fame owner's priorities included supporting healthy lifestyles, early childhood and youth development, caregivers, community development and economic growth.'

Marker Bills WR Goodwin takes silver in Pan Am long jump [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"My teammates give me a hard time about that all the time," Goodwin told ESPN. "'Hey, if you catch the ball and get in an open field, I want you to long jump from the 10 into the end zone.' ... I might make it happen one of these days."'

Marker Marquise Goodwin happy with 'surreal' silver medal [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I love long-jumping, and if I'm granted the opportunity without repercussions, then I will pursue it further," he said, "but I'm obligated to Buffalo Bills football and that's the main focus."'

Marker 9 Bills players to be excited about heading into camp [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '1) Charles Clay.'

Marker Goodwin wins silver at Pan Am Games [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Goodwin jumped a season best 8.27-meters (27-feet, 1.59-inches in his third attempt, which held up for second place overall and the silver. Goodwin’s Team USA teammate Jeffrey Henderson won gold with a jump of 8.54-meters while Emiliano Lasa of Uraguay took home bronze with a leap of 8.17-meters.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 15 - WR Robert Woods [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Teams will be keying on Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin, and LeSean McCoy, giving Woods a huge opportunity to beat a weaker defensive back in a one-on-one matchup. He won't exploit a defense completely and take over a game, but he is effective at finding open space and exploiting it for yards after the catch.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 16 - CB Nickell Robey [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'On defense, there is no arguing the Bills had a tremendous season in 2014, but Robey's potential output was sacrificed for that type of scheme. Now with head coach Rex Ryan, the man that took Pettine under his wing in Baltimore and then in New York, Robey's potential impact on the year as both a cover man and a blitzer is very high. If only he was a few inches taller. However, his ability makes up for it.'

Marker Will the run defense crack the top 10? [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Last year’s success was encouraging, but Buffalo is undergoing another defensive scheme change, their fifth in five seasons. The good news is Rex Ryan has a proven track record against the run and the depth and caliber of talent is virtually unchanged on the defensive side of the ball.'

Marker Dinosaur Bar-B-Que to debut at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2015 [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We can’t think of a better way to spend gameday than smoking some BBQ at Ralph Wilson Stadium and being a part of the Bills fans and family. It’s going to be a great and exciting season” - Rene de la Garrigue, President & Chief Executive Officer of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Restaurants.'

Marker Who will start at strong safety? [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Rambo came to the Bills late last season, but made a significant impact. He picked off Aaron Rodgers twice in Buffalo’s Week 15 victory over the Green Bay Packers. While Aaron Williams was rehabbing this spring, Rambo took first team reps.'

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July 22, 2015

Marker Analysis: pre-camp resolution not good for Kromer or Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A pre-camp resolution would strongly signal the Bills aren't concerned with how the criminal case turns out. According to an NFL source, they are pretty well satisfied with the information gathered in conjunction with the league, and what they have learned doesn't make the situation look any brighter for Kromer than what was contained in a disturbing police report.'

Marker Wilson Foundation to announce spending plans [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The foundation plans to spend that $1.2 billion, plus investment income, in grants over the next 20 years, with the proceeds “primarily” going to the Buffalo and Detroit areas, the foundation planned to announce Wednesday.'

Marker Polian to join Bills' greats in Hall [1:57 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“It’s almost difficult to get your head around it. But having studied the history of the game and having understood, with so many Bills players enshrined in recent years that I was fortunate enough to be with, it’s just an incredibly momentous occasion and incredible honor that you’re there with people you’ve revered and looked up to all your life.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills release offensive tackle Wayne Hunter after just three weeks [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills now have an open roster spot heading into training camp. Hunter seemed to be nothing more than a camp body. He hasn't played in the NFL since 2012 with the St. Louis Rams.'

Marker 6 questions surrounding Buffalo Bills' quarterback situation heading into training camp [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills' quarterback competition is about more than which player will emerge as the starter. Rex Ryan is going to be running two spot drills and utilizing both practice fields at St. John Fisher College. Will the Bills' receivers have trouble developing a rapport with the quarterbacks because of the divided reps? Will the quarterbacks struggle to get into rhythm and, if so, how much will that affect the flow of practice? Not having the quarterback position settled can have a ripple effect on the rest of the team.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Marquise Goodwin leaps at the chance [1:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“I started both (sports) at the same time and I was pretty good at both my whole life,” Goodwin said on Tuesday at York as the Pan Am track and field competition got under way. “I’ve always been given more opportunities in track. It’s always been a stigma that track guys can’t play football so I tried to break that stereotype.'

Marker Buffalo Bills safety Duke Williams returns home to pass on skills at football camp [1:53 AM]
Sparks Tribune reports: '“I wanted to come back and give back to the kids. Growing up in Reno, you didn’t get any NFL athletes coming … It’s a pleasure to be involved with this.”'

Marker Bills cut offensive tackle Hunter 3 weeks after signing him [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Hunter never had an opportunity to even practice with Buffalo.'

Marker OT Hunter's stay a brief one with Bills [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Hunter, 34, was with the New York Jets from 2008 to 2010 when Rex Ryan, now the Bills' head coach, was in New York. The Hawaiian started all 16 games for the Jets in 2011 and has seen action in 77 career games with 25 starts.'

Marker Marquise Goodwin says competing in two sports 'is a gift' [1:50 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Goodwin says training for the long jump not only keeps him from sitting on the couch eating potato chips, but it also improves him as a receiver because it helps maintain his explosiveness and helps him make more precise cuts while running routes. Plus, he enjoys long jumping.'

Marker What To Make Of: Buffalo Bills [1:49 AM]
WEEI-FM reports: 'If their quarterback position is productive and not self-destructive, a fight for a wild-card spot is viable. If one of their quarterbacks has a career year, then they could challenge the Patriots atop the division.'

Marker Robey should benefit from more aggressive scheme [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yes, very similar. The scheme is Pettine's but a lot more aggressive. I feel like the coverage is a more aggressive on the back end. The D-line they are able to rush more aggressively, too, so it helps out everybody. Last year I was more just coverage basically. And softer coverage, too. I didn’t get to do everything that I wanted to do, as far as being aggressive, being able to play like I really wanted to play. But this year, Rex is allowing me to do that.”'

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