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Buffalo Bills News - August 18, 2016

Marker Despite injuries, suspension, Rex Ryan says Bills defense on upswing [1:38 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I see the big picture. I also see this defense is improving," Ryan said. "I've said it from Day 1: we're going to be better. We will definitely be better than we were last year, in my opinion. Regardless of those [injuries and suspension], this defense will be better."'

Marker Dareus suspended over a missed drug test [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I really don't have much to say," Dareus said. "it really doesn't mean anything now. It's all action, and that's all I'm gonna do. I'll come back and do the best I can. I apologize to my teammates and my family. I embarrassed my kids, who I am, and who I'm working to be... [My teammates say] they have my back. They say we're a family and we're going to stand by you. But at the same time, words don't mean anything. It's all about action."'

Marker Bills organization, teammates have Dareus' back [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"From the Pegulas down, we preach a strong sense of family," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said to Howard Simon and Jeremy White this morning on WGR. "This is a family member that has obviously made some bad decisions, and he's gotta make better choices in his life. But the easiest thing to do is discard them. So we're gonna stand by him, but again, I stress that he's gotta start holding up his end of the bargain. We're gonna stand by this guy and support him, and hopefully steer him in the right direction."

Marker Bush, Lewis return to practice for Bills [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Both players got snaps with the starters at different points of the practice.'

Marker Bills GM says Gilmore is a core player [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Command. Command of not only the offense but the team” Whaley said. "When he walked in in the off season, you could tell he was comfortable in his skin. He’s comfortable being the quarterback of the Buffalo Bills and guess what, so are all his teammates. They look up to him and they are following his lead. That’s one of the aspects of a franchise quarterback that you can’t see on the field."'

Marker Bills to announce new stadium name on Thursday [1:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It was first reported on Saturday just before the Bills' preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts that the Bills and New Era Company reached an agreement on naming rights to the stadium. Multiple reports are saying that the name of the field will now be known as "New Era Field". The name of the field was first reported by Jim Fink of Buffalo Business First.'

Marker Bills' Dareus: Talk is cheap, it's all action [1:32 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'I mean, my team loves me to death. They know what kind of person, and they know who I am. And they aren’t on the outside looking in, they know who I am. And they have my back, they said ‘Marcell, we’re going to hold it down, and we’re going to make sure everything is okay, and we know you’re going to be around, you’re going to support us, and I know you’re going to help us regardless, and you’re going to be ready’… and that’s just what it is.'

Marker Lawson says he has no idea where domestic dispute report is coming from [1:31 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"’I'm shocked as everybody else is," Lawson said. "I don’t know what’s going on. I’ve reached out to the NFL. I’ve reached out to the organization and we’re trying to get to the bottom of this."'

Marker 7 Bills training camp observations: Day 14 (8/17/16) [1:30 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It’s been a pretty common theme at St. John Fisher College. Throughout all the weeks, Stephon Gilmore has remained a constantly impressive player during practice, and he’s doing it against really anyone he’s lining up in front of.'

Marker Bills, New Era to announce new stadium name as New Era Field [1:29 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'New Era Cap company and the team will announce the new name as part of the stadium rights deal at 11am on Thursday. Bills owner Terry Pegula and New Era President and CEO Chris Koch will be on hand to talk about the deal.'

Marker Dareus: 'Talk is cheap' [1:28 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '"I’m going to come back and do the best that I can," said Dareus. "Words doesn’t mean anything now. It’s all action."'

Marker Lawson 'shocked' at domestic violence report [1:27 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '"It came out of nowhere," said Lawson. "My girlfriend sent me the tweet and I'm shocked just like everybody else is."'

Marker Rex disappointed, frustrated with Marcell Dareus [1:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’m frustrated and disappointed, as is everybody in this organization,” said Ryan. “Every teammate from top to bottom. And I’m sure fans are feeling the same way. We all know the kind of player that Marcell is and you know that Marcell is a good person too, but he’s got to make better choices and understand that it affects the whole football team and not just himself.”'

Marker Top 3 things you need to know from Day 14 at Bills Camp [1:25 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“You’ve just got to know the situation. A fight on the field is never good and in two-minute that definitely hurts the team,” said Taylor. “It ended up being a call on the defense, but you have to be smart enough in those situations. End of game situations where we need all the field position we can get you’ve just got to be smart. I’m sure Walt will learn from the situation. It was good to see Eric coach him up, maybe not the way that Walt wanted it to, but I think Eric got his point across. I think it wasn’t taken the wrong way. I think it was taken the right way and Walt understands the situation.”'

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Marker Loss of Dareus just another blow for Bills [1:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But, as an All-Pro nose tackle in his prime, Marcell gets chance after chance … and he’s needed them.'

Marker Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus hit with four-game NFL suspension [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“From ownership down we have made it clear his behavior is unacceptable. We will continue to take the necessary steps to work with him in order that he adheres to the policies set forth by our league. As an organization, we will move forward with our preparations for the start of the 2016 NFL season.”'

Marker Manny Lawson the subject of NFL investigation; Bills linebacker facing possible one-game suspension [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lawson figures to replace rookie Shaq Lawson in the starting lineup at outside linebacker at the start of the season. Bills coach Rex Ryan will ease him back into practice –Lawson didn’t take part in team drills Tuesday at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Day 13 Bills Training Camp Observations: Wide receiver race coming into clearer focus [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Another player who has made a positive impression at receiver is Walt Powell.'

Marker Will a ‘Real Housewife’ follow her Buffalo Bill husband here? [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Outside the region, the news played more like an ironic joke, as fans wondered how such a high-maintenance girl would fare in hardscrabble Buffalo.'

Marker Bills DT Marcell Dareus facing 4-game suspension [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In announcing the suspension, Dareus’ second of this nature, the league indicated he will be eligible to return to the Bills’ active roster on Monday, Oct. 3, the day after the Bills play at New England, which will be without suspended quarterback Tom Brady.'

Marker Bills rookie quarterback Cardale Jones flashes potential [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'So while we all thought the Bills’ 19-18 loss to the Colts was meaningless — and by the way, we were right, it was — Jones was upset that he didn’t connect on the two-point conversion pass with time expired that would have given the Bills the victory. It wasn’t enough for him that he’d led Buffalo on an 83-yard touchdown drive in the final 1:03, hitting Jarret Boykin for the score, to get into position to win. He wanted the "W."'

Marker Bills should make statement and dump Dareus [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'However, now the Bills have entered into new territory, and it’s a disturbing Dumpster fire of a look. Not only are their players not good enough on the field, several are not good off the field either, and there is no bigger and brighter example of this than defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.'

Marker Tip of the hat to Bills for selling naming rights [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'And make no mistake about it: It is a new era under new owners Kim and Terry Pegula.'

Marker Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus, LB Manny Lawson reportedly facing suspensions [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Already this offseason the Bills have dealt with major injuries to their top two draft picks on defense, Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland. Meanwhile, running back Karlos Williams is going to be suspended for the first four games of the NFL season, and safety Aaron Williams is dealing with a concussion. Add Dareus and Lawson to the mix, and the Bills are missing some key talent on both sides of the ball heading into 2016.'

Marker Buffalo Bills didn't hold back in team statement on Marcell Dareus suspension [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This is Dareus' second suspension. He was also arrested in May of 2014 for possession of a controlled substance. The Bills used the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft on Dareus and signed him to a contract extension in September of 2015 that carried $60 million in guaranteed money. Dareus released a statement on his personal Instagram page Tuesday afternoon.'

Marker Manny Lawson's agent denies report of possible domestic violence suspension [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Lawson would be able to appeal any suspension he could face. The veteran linebacker is expected to be a starter on the Bills' defense in the absence of rookie Shaq Lawson, who is recovering from shoulder surgery. Lawson returned to practice on Tuesday after injuring his pectoral muscle while bench pressing this offseason.'

Marker Buffalo Bills LB Manny Lawson returns to practice [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'At the start of training camp, Lawson was placed on the active/NFI list after suffering a partially torn pectoral. The Bills have suffered their fair share of injuries at outside linebacker so Lawson's return comes at a good time.'

Marker Bills' Dareus, Lawson face four-game & one-game suspensions [1:47 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Offensive linemen Richie Incognito (ribs) and Cordy Glenn (ankle) are also both out, but are expected to be ready for opening day.'

Marker One disaster after another for Bills since team ‘won the off-season’ [1:46 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'His loss is figuratively as well as literally huge, because the Bills open with four tough games: at Baltimore, home four days later in prime time against the New York Jets, home against defending NFC West champ Arizona, then at New England. The Bills and Ryan cannot afford to start in an 0-4 or 1-3 hole, or hello hot seat.'

Marker NFL suspends Bills DT Dareus 4 games for positive drug test [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"From ownership down, we have made it clear his behavior is unacceptable," the Bills said in a statement. "We are very disappointed Marcell chose to put himself first, before his teammates, coaches, the rest of the organization and fans through his recent actions."'

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