Ryan talks a good game, but will wins follow? [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan is a perfect fit for Bills fans, who are always ready to buy the gleeful notion that better times lie just ahead. Ryan’s hiring, coming soon after Terry Pegula bought the team and assured its long-term survival in Buffalo, sent people’s optimism soaring.'
Buffalo would follow other NFL cities in tackling parking challenges [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Places like Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Detroit and Cleveland have made downtown stadiums part of their cityscape and game-day experience. Parking challenges sparked creative ideas from new entrepreneurs.'
2015 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills visit Florida State, two other pro days Tuesday [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Tight end Nick O'Leary could be on the Bills' radar, but he injured his hamstring in the workout. Buffalo is, however, scheduled to have a second meeting with Florida State running back Karlos Williams, according to CBS in Tallahassee. The Bills drafting a running back would be a bit of a surprise considering the already crowded depth chart.'
Kyle Williams gives back to Ruston High [1:54 AM]
Monroe News Star reports: 'Ruston coach Brad Laird said helmets, shoulder pads and practice dummies were bought with the donation.'
What if the Bills still had the 19th pick? [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'After trading for Matt Cassel, signing Tyrod Taylor, still having EJ Manuel in the fold, and knowing they wouldn’t get either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota at #19, QB would be out of the question with that selection. The consensus next few quarterbacks on the board, in no particular order, are Garrett Grayson (Colorado State), Bryce Petty (Baylor), and Brett Hundley (UCLA). None of which are worthy of first-round selections.'
Bills roster drawing national attention [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In a discussion on “NFL AM” Wednesday morning on the NFL Network, both former NFL CB Eric Davis and RB Terrell Davis agreed the Bills have the most talented roster in the AFC East.'
Ryan, Whaley driven by ‘one goal’ [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“There’s no hidden agendas or anything else,” Ryan said during the recent NFL meeting in Phoenix. “This is who we are, this is what we want, and there isn’t anybody in this organization that doesn’t want anything other than building a championship team.”'
Next goal for Bills: sign Dareus [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The team is expected to do an extension that would provide a hefty payout of guaranteed money to Dareus, but would also allow the Bills to amortize those dollars to fit under their salary cap. The Bills reportedly are $5.28 million under the cap.'
NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly inspires at YMCA breakfast [1:58 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: 'True to the breakfast theme, he urged the audience to keep a smile on their face when they're visiting someone like him in a hospital room. "The worst thing they can do is walk in with a frown," he said, adding "I feel pretty good."'
Can the Bills keep Dareus? At what price? [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The one area the Bills may have concern about signing Dareus to a mega-deal is his off-field issues that have come up. If they’re going to invest that type of money in him, it’s imperative they feel comfortable his troubles are behind him. Dareus was suspended twice by former head coach Doug Marrone for repeated tardiness at the end of 2013. Then, last offseason he was arrested twice. The case of the second arrest (related to street racing) is still pending in Hamburg.'
Bills' fans buy into off-season moves, trades [6:14 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'What happens on the field will ultimately assess the wisdom of hiring Rex Ryan, trading for LeSean McCoy, retaining Jerry Hughes and the free agent signings of Charles Clay, Percy Harvin, Jerome Felton and Richie Incognito. But what’s certain is, those moves clearly inspired season ticket sales.'
Rex's buzz, Bills opponents offer plenty of schedule speculation [1:59 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I’ll stick with what I just wrote and say they have, in my estimation, a 25% chance of opening at New England. If the Pats draw an opponent other than the Bills or Jets (like Pittsburgh), I think Rex Ryan facing his old Jets team is definitely up there on the possibility list. It could even be one of the two Monday Night games opening weekend.'
Fan excitement evident in Bills season ticket spike [1:58 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Obviously with where we are right now at better than 52-thousand the franchise record is certainly within our sights,” said team President Russ Brandon. “There is a lot of work left to be done. We certainly have points coming up here with the draft, players coming back for OTAs and minicamps and the schedule release, which will be factors when fans consider their choices. We obviously have a great bundle of benefits that come with purchasing season tickets, starting with price and value so we’re certainly going to take a run at it.”'
Bills have few openings [12:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think we invigorated the offense,” General Manager Doug Whaley said. “We’ve set it up where we can go anywhere in the draft just about and be happy with who we get. Because, if you look at it, in the second and third round, those guys are going to contribute, but besides guard, there’s not too many starting positions open.'
Back to being a hot ticket [12:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With more than four months of selling to go, they have a realistic shot at beating the franchise record of 57,132 set in 1992, the third season of the Bills’ four-year Super Bowl run.'
Bills alums team with sheriffs association for cancer awareness [12:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ed Rutkowski, a former Bill and Erie County executive, is president of the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation. The group was founded in 1999 and includes past Bills players who have left an imprint on society during their football careers and want to continue to help their community.'
Don't let suspended blackout rule see light of day [12:56 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'While the goal was more people in the seats, the NFL’s blackout rule did a lot more harm than good in recent years. Loyal fans, many of whom went to games each fall, were shut out, while the Bills’ lack of TV time hindered the team’s quest for regional expansion, especially in places like central New York. It’s hard to promote a team that fans can’t see play each Sunday. Only the Bills Radio Network benefited.'
10 ways free agency made the Bills schedule more interesting [12:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The outpouring of emotion from Philadelphia fans when LeSean McCoy was traded to Buffalo shows how the talented running back was valued in the “City of Brotherly Love.” McCoy will lead his new team to Lincoln Financial Field for just the second time in Bills franchise history. The Bills lost in their only other regular season appearance at “the Linc” in the season finale in 2007.'
2015 NFL Draft: Which prospects have the Buffalo Bills visited with? [1:59 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Here's a roundup of where the Bills have been and who they have visited with. This list will be updated leading up to draft night.'
Bills’ moves have effect on others [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However, the coach who might very well be the happiest with the recent acquisition of a former Bill is Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints. Payton couldn’t say enough good things about running back C.J. Spiller, whom the Saints signed as a free agent.'
League won’t stand pat on point-after [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The issue is figuring out another way to attempt an extra point or go for a two-point conversion besides the one that has been in place for many years: lining up at the 2-yard line.'
What a year for the Bills since the passing of Ralph Wilson [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'A roll call: Rex Ryan hired as coach, Jerry Hughes re-signed, LeSean McCoy and Matt Cassel acquired in trades, Richie Incognito, Jerome Felton, and Charles Clay brought aboard via free agency, ticket sales pacing at a near record level, widespread praise for the stadium renovation, and the franchise not only thriving under the new ownership of Terry and Kim Pegula, but safely secure right where it belongs, possibly for generations to come.'
Good riddance, hopefully, to NFL blackouts on TV [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It's not right that people who pay cable and satellite TV fees should be denied the local NFL game, because everybody is paying for it one way or the other. Yes, the NFL is the only sports league that offers its games over free network TV. But again, who still watches three channels with rabbit ears?'
On anniversary of Ralph Wilson's death, Buffalo Bills announce plans for statue in his honor [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The statue will be based on a photo of Wilson taken with Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas on the sidelines of the Bills' 30-27 victory over the Jets in 1990. Wilson, who owned the Bills for 54 years, led the franchise to two American Football League Championships and four consecutive Super Bowls. His death led to an emotional year as the team transitioned to new ownership.'
Rex Ryan, Terry Pegula discuss Bills' offseason at NFL owners meetings [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills are now left with the same offensive line as a year ago plus Incognito. Ryan mentioned the possibility of having Seantrel Henderson play left tackle and Cordy Glenn switch to right tackle, while Whaley expressed some level of optimism in guard Chris Williams, who is returning from injury. The Bills still have time to address the line, but Whaley clearly seems disappointed that Buffalo wasn't able to do more.'
Bills to honor late owner Wilson with life-sized statue [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'The decision to commemorate the team's founder and Pro Football Hall of Famer member was the brainchild of new Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula, and Wilson's widow, Mary, the team announced Wednesday. The statue will serve as a centerpiece in a newly established Founder's Plaza at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'
One year after his passing, Bills announce plans for Ralph Wilson statue [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"It just seems so fitting to honor Ralph with a statue in Founder’s Plaza, where fans will have the opportunity to interact and pose for photos. Ralph was so approachable and he absolutely loved the fans and he would have been honored and humbled to stand among them for all-time,” said Wilson. “I think everyone will appreciate the detail in the statue, even to the point that it replicates what Ralph wore to the stadium on game days, and I want to thank Terry and Kim Pegula for honoring Ralph in this special way.”'
Bills to erect statue of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Mr. Wilson was an icon in both the professional football world and in the Western New York community,” said Bills Owner Kim Pegula. “This is our opportunity to honor his legacy and to allow our fans to share their gameday experience with the man who brought professional football to Buffalo.”'
First impressions had Charles Clay sold on Buffalo [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I felt I was one of their guys from the very second I stepped on the plane and just getting the chance to meet and talk with the Pegulas, they’re such down to earth people,” said Clay. “Just getting the chance to meet with them and to fly up with Rex (Ryan) and Greg Roman and Tony Sparano Jr. and just having the chance to talk with them, I was very impressed. They had me excited on the plane before I even got to Buffalo. I was about ready to sign before I even got there, so I was very excited.”'
The Forgotten Fan [7:09 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'So my plea to the NFL is this - respect me. I know I'm not a multi-million dollar sponsor of the league like a beer or car company, I'm not a guy who has a luxury box at the stadium, I'm not even a season ticket holder, but I am a guy who spends more on the NFL than most. I don't expect to be treated like a VIP, but in the grand scheme of things I am important to the NFL economy - without people like me your TV audience is comprised of people who watch for free and make large distribution contracts difficult if not impossible. If I pay for content on Sunday Ticket I expect to be able to see my games - ALL of my Sunday games - on something better than a low resolution, overmaxed video stream. Respect me as a fan that cares more than most and contributes monetarily more than most. If you take fans like me for granted you're losing some of your best, and we both deserve better than that.'
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