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Buffalo Bills News - August 29, 2016

Marker Injuries have slowed Ryan’s roster moves [1:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Normally, at this point, the Bills roster would already be down to the NFL limit of 75 players, well before today’s mandated 4 p.m. deadline.'

Marker Projecting the Bills' roster cuts to 75 [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So who might be on the chopping block? Here are 12 names to consider...'.

Marker Cordy Glenn returns to practice; season-ticket total is second highest in franchise history [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There are going to be guys that are playing that are going to be on our football team, without question," he said. "Safeties are going to have to play. ... I don’t think it's clear who is shaking out. It will be good for Manny to play some more. He missed that time with the pec, so I think you can see someone like him getting in there and getting some reps."'

Marker Buffalo Bills transcripts of Rex Ryan, Glenn Gronkowski, Richie Incognito, Manny Lawson [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' I think our guys can play, but yeah sure. I mean I’m just telling you how much I thought that Gragg had really elevated his game, and it’s just unfortunate that we’re going to lose this young man cause, you know, he was doing it on special teams, he was doing it as a blocker and he was doing it as a receiver so it’s real unfortunate, you know, that that happened.'

Marker Bills sign 4th quarterback to ride out preseason [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'None of Buffalo’s starters are expected to play against the Lions, including quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Top backup EJ Manuel is also expected to play sparingly if at all while rookie Cardele Jones is still recovering from a shoulder issue.'

Marker Buffalo Bills LB Manny Lawson reacts to NFL investigation, possible suspension [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"All I know is I'm being investigated by the league," Lawson said in the locker room at One Bills Drive. "The incident that happened two years ago in which there was no physical violence was disorderly conduct. We'll see what the league has to say about that, that's what we're going to wait and see what their decision is."'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign quarterback Austin Trainor [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Trainor's signing makes sense as the Bills aren't likely to play their starters for very long against the Detroit Lions, and Cardale Jones' status for the game is unknown as he deals with shoulder soreness. By signing Trainor, the Bills won't need to play EJ Manuel for an extended period of time.'

Marker Rex Ryan shares thoughts on Colin Kaepernick not standing for anthem [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If there's personal beliefs that keep you from doing it, I understand, but at the same time, you've got to look at the gifts that we have, the opportunity that we have to play a great game is through the men and women that serve our country. That's an opportunity right there just to show respect. I think that's why, when you see our team, every one of us are on that line. That's kind of our way of giving thanks."'

Marker Bills sign QB Trainor as potential preseason finale fill in [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Trainor doesn't have any NFL experience since completing his college career at West Georgia in 2013. He had a brief stint with Buffalo in spring 2015, when he took part in the team's rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.'

Marker Bills Ryan says standing for anthem pays respect to military [1:51 AM]
AP reports: '"You've got to look at the gifts that we have, the opportunity that we have to play a great game is through the men and women that serve our country," Ryan said before practice on Sunday. "And I think that's an opportunity right there just to show respect."'

Marker Bills sign QB Trainor [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills aren't likely to play their starters for very long in the last preseason game against the Detroit Lions on Thursday night, meaning Trainor will likely be needed to play.'

Marker Glenn returns to practice; Rex updates status of injured [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Head coach Rex Ryan said he doesn’t anticipate Glenn playing in Thursday’s preseason finale in Detroit but did not totally rule it out, either.'

Marker Bills sign QB Trainor [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Trainor comes in after Bills rookie quarterback Cardale Jones sat out of Friday's game against the Washington Redskins. Head coach Rex Ryan said Sunday morning before practice that Jones is returning to the team after dealing with a personal issue, however there was no update on the condition of his throwing shoulder. Jones missed practice on Wednesday with what the team is calling a sore shoulder.'

Marker Manny Lawson still waiting to hear from NFL regarding domestic violence investigation [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'He says he's reached out to the league, but hasn't heard back regarding their investigation.'

Marker Bills 53-man roster projection (8/28/16) [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Trainor is in purely for the fourth preseason game.'

Marker Duke Williams impresses coaches with maturity and dedication [1:45 AM] reports: '“He’s been a different guy this year. He’s all-in and I think that’s the best thing, whether he’s running with the ones, twos or threes. It doesn’t matter. He’s doing as good a job as he can and you see a little bounce in his step. The physical talent that he has is impressive,” said Rex Ryan.'

Marker Glenn returns, Aaron, Gillislee move through protocol [1:44 AM] reports: '“I see it as possible,” said Ryan of Glenn’s ability to play Thursday. “I don’t see it as probable. Sometimes guys think they need it, I don’t. I think we will simulate it in practice. So I don’t think he’ll play.”'

Marker Bills sign QB Austin Trainor [1:43 AM] reports: 'Trainor, a 6-2, 212-pound West Georgia product, will be making his second stint with the Bills after participating with the team on a try-out basis during the team’s 2015 rookie minicamp.'

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August 28, 2016

Marker Watkins' preseason debut with Bills quiet and quick [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It felt pretty good," Watkins said. "I feel like I needed it. It was something I wanted to do."'

Marker Power Take: Fourth NFL preseason game should permanently go away [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There is growing sentiment among NFL owners to get rid of the fourth game and give teams two weeks to ramp up for the regular season. But the NFL has been too slow to act. Teams already have a way to make up part of the lost revenue: With variable pricing plans that increase ticket prices for several of the more attractive regular-season games. Coaches easily could live with just two exhibitions, in fact, by running joint practices and scrimmages with other teams. For the love of God, please spare us four exhibitions.'

Marker Power Take: Double standard apparent when it comes to anthem [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Some fan bases insert self-centered intonations within the anthem. Americans pick and choose how to honor our flag, frequently opting for whatever is convenient or seems “badass” or makes us feel patriotic.'

Marker Washington's DeAngelo Hall responds to Buffalo Bills' Chris Gragg on Twitter [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Washington's safety didn't seem to appreciate the comments he was receiving on Twitter.'

Marker What's life like on Bills' roster bubble? Justin Zimmer and his parents explain [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"During this whole process, knowing that he was coming from a D2 school, the only thing I wanted was some organization or coach to give him a chance to just come in and prove that he's capable of playing here," Larry Zimmer said. "For me, I've told everybody my dream at this level has been achieved because the Bills organization gave him that opportunity to come here and stick with the team. I'm excited. It's just icing on the cake if he does make the 53."'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Dez Lewis hoping to 'find his groove' in time to make 53-man roster [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I haven't seen that big of an improvement from him," Ryan said. "So, he'll get some opportunities, and he's got to stand out if he wants to make this team," Ryan said. "He's got to earn it. Nobody's going to give you anything. I love having the big size guy that should be a red-zone threat, but eventually you've got to come down with some plays."'

Marker Report: Buffalo Bills receive good news on RB Jonathan Williams' rib injury [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Williams' ribs "tested out fine after the game."'

Marker After Bills fans bombard DeAngelo Hall with insults, the Redskins safety fires back [1:52 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'This was just a small sampling. And Hall — one of the savviest and most responsive Redskins players online — certainly saw the flavor of his mentions. So after the game, the safety responded to his critics.'

Marker DeAngelo Hall defends hit during Twitter exchange with Bills' Chris Gragg [1:51 AM]
ESPN reports: '"It's a real shame," Ryan told reporters. "Sometimes, especially with Gragg's injury, a guy should make a tackle. But I get it. Was frustrated he just had a 15-yard penalty. That was ridiculous in my opinion, but it is what it is.'

Marker Bills-Redskins Arrow Up/Arrow Down [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A familiar name on this Arrow Up list, Powell was an afterthought by most and even considered just a camp body by many when the team arrived at St. John Fisher. But I’m not sure any player on the roster has earned a spot more than him. Once again Powell made plays on both special teams and offense, returning three punts for 57 yards, including a 36 yarder, and added five catches for a team-high 55 yards, including a fantastic grab on the sidelines in the final 2-minute drill. '

Marker Bills' Ryan makes the right choice [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Taylor got demolished twice in the 10 plays he participated in. Ryan wanted Taylor to get a few reps with Watkins, but sitting him may have been a better idea too.'

Marker Chris Gragg announces his season is over on Instagram [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'On his account Gragg wrote, "Hate that my 2016 football season had to end like this. I had a pretty good feeling its was gonna be big, but life happens. The MAJOR 🔑 is when life happens, dont let it define you, dont let it destroy you, but let it strengthen you."'

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