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Buffalo Bills News - September 2, 2015

Marker With QB competition settled, Simms gets chance to start [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“In this league, every time you play you are always auditioning for someone,” Simms said after practice Tuesday. “Whether it is your own teammates, your own coaches, whoever else is watching. But of course anytime that you play football people are always watching. No matter who it is, you just got to go out there play, play hard, execute the play and just have fun.”'

Marker Bills' Ryan said don't look for the 1st team in Detroit [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Some coaches like to get them in for a series or two, but Ryan said, “They’ll be plenty of guys that will be playing that’ll be fighting for roster spots, but I think the starters as we know them will probably sit this one out.”'

Marker Bills slowly getting healthier [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Tuesday morning, wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin both took part in the QB/WR individual session as full participants, running every route, including deeper ones and hard cuts, at full speed. Wide receiver Robert Woods had his helmet with him and took part in stretching and catching passes from the jugs machine, but did not take a rep in the route-running portion of practice the media was able to watch. Chris Hogan also had a helmet with him, but only took part in the stretching portion and then did some footwork on the side with trainers.'

Marker 5 Bills practice notes from September 1 [1:37 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'For the first time since his hospitalization and subsequent “sensitive” medical procedure, rookie running back Karlos Williams worked along the side with trainers and some other injured players. Before his injury, Williams was looking the part as a potential number-two running back behind LeSean McCoy with not only an explosive running style, but as someone who is quite good at pass protection on third downs. The Bills maintain that Williams will be back for the opener, so his inclusion to some form of practice was encouraging.'

Marker Bills-Lions game preview [1:36 AM] reports: '“Obviously I’ve had two years with Matt so I know what he can do, but coming in here and learning a new offense and things I knew it wouldn’t be a problem for him,” said Ryan. “He’s a sharp guy. This young man can play and I think when he gets out there he’s going to prove it.”'

Marker Bills claim C Dalton Freeman and LB Kevin Reddick [1:35 AM] reports: 'Freeman joins the Bills after being released on August 30 by the New York Jets. The 6-5, 291 pound Clemson product originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2013 with the New York Jets. Freeman played in all 16 games last season for the Jets, starting one.'

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Marker Ability plus mobility makes Taylor Bills’ QB [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There are going to be times throughout the season when you have to use your legs to move the chains and string a play along," Taylor said. "We have a bunch of skill players, so if I can keep a play an extended amount of time and let Sammy get open on a defensive back who doesn't want to cover him that long, it's going to be hard for a DB. You have to pick and choose when that comes.'

Marker Fred’s fall, Tyrod’s rise typical of Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That means Cassel could be on the roster bubble. The Bills would save $4.15 million by cutting him. The team's issues with the salary cap in 2016 are well-documented. That's a big chunk of change it could carry over to next year to assist in re-signing players like Marcell Dareus, Nigel Bradham and Cordy Glenn.'

Marker Jackson’s departure leaves sour aftertaste [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“A decision like this doesn’t come lightly,” General Manager Doug Whaley said. “A decision like this is something that we put a lot of thought into.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor named Buffalo Bills starting quarterback [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Waiting four years in Baltimore for this opportunity, and in free agency this is one of the things I looked for, the opportunity to come showcase my talent and get a chance to be a starting quarterback in this league," Taylor said following practice Monday. "Coach Ryan and the Bills' organization gave me that opportunity ... I'm excited moving forward."'

Marker End of the line for Bills' Fred Jackson [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills made several moves to get down to the NFL-mandated 75-man limit, even though that didn't need to happen until 4 p.m. Tuesday. But none of the players released created a ripple in Jackson's ocean.'

Marker Ryan, Bills fumbled badly with Jackson decision [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Simply stated, Fred Jackson was still no worse than the second-best back on the team, someone who can get the tough third-down yards, pass protect, and catch passes out of the backfield. Just last Saturday, in a preseason victory over Pittsburgh, he ripped off a 41-yard run to the pylon then scored the touchdown. Afterwards, he talked about how he had to keep proving himself. It was vintage Jackson, setting an example for younger teammates on how to act.'

Marker What Rex Ryan, Buffalo Bills players are saying about Tyrod Taylor being named starting QB [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It came down to basically that explosiveness that Tyrod brings to us. I think he has a great grasp of our system and again it certainly wasn't an easy decision, all three guys made it difficult. But at the end of the day that is kind of what we went with. I like that explosiveness that Tyrod gives us and the fact that I think he is on top of what we are doing.'

Marker What Rex Ryan, Aaron Williams and other Buffalo Bills are saying about Fred Jackson's release [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'I mean Fred is a heck of a football player and he is obviously a tremendous person as well. These days...this is probably the toughest day I have had since I have been here as a coach. The decision that go into things it is not always apples to apples. You know in fairness to Fred probably the best case scenario was that he was released today. Gives him an opportunity to look elsewhere to see if it is a better situation. That was rough without question. The respect that I have for Fred as a player goes back to obviously the years of going against him and the fact that I know he can still play.'

Marker Buffalo Bills get younger by dumping Fred Jackson, but they may have riled football gods [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If this is a joke, it's a very bad one. If it's not, and if the football gods are paying attention, Buffalo's playoff drought — 14 years and counting — could well continue. Indeed, Ryan and the rest of the Bills' deciders have chosen to toss Bambi from the forest, and that's hardly the way to court favor from the universe.'

Marker Aaron Williams wears Fred Jackson's jersey at practice after Buffalo Bills released him [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Williams' move was an honorable tribute to one of the most important Bills players of the last decade. General manager Doug Whaley met with the media before practice and was emotional in discussing the call to Jackson.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release running back Fred Jackson [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jackson finishes his Bills career with 5,646 rushing yards, 2,640 receiving yards and 37 total touchdowns in eight seasons. He was also a four-time captain and twice the recipient of the Buffalo Bills' Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, given to those who do exemplary work in the community.'

Marker Bills cut fan favorite Fred Jackson [1:48 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Cutting Jackson before the final cuts of the preseason may have been a blessing in disguise. The earlier move gives Jackson more time to decide his future in regards to signing with another team or retiring.'

Marker Buffalo Bills will be fine without Fred Jackson — but he will be missed [1:47 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'There is a reason why the Bills reached this decision, though. The team has depth at running back, even without Jackson. LeSean McCoy is the obvious starter. Rookie Karlos Williams can contribute in goal-line situations and other short-yardage plays. Boobie Dixon is a big back, but he can also contribute on special teams. And Bryce Brown, when he's not fumbling the ball, can be productive.'

Marker Five of Fred Jackson's best moments in nine seasons with Buffalo Bills [1:46 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Fred owns Chris Conte. This happened in last year's season opener. Jackson's 38-yard run set up the game-winning field goal against the Chicago Bears. On the tail end of that long run, Jackson stiff arms Conte — twice. Conte is far from the worst defender in the league. But Jackson made him look silly on this play.'

Marker Bills release 'heart and soul' of franchise, Fred Jackson [1:45 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“And again, this is not a decision we came to lightly, but we made this decision and it is a tough decision and we will go from there.”'

Marker At U.S. Open Match, a Sea of Bills Blue [1:44 AM]
New York Times reports: 'But as play at the United States Open began Monday morning on Court 7, several fans in Buffalo Bills attire rallied around the 21-year-old qualifier Jessica Pegula as she sought her first victory in the main draw of a Grand Slam event.'

Marker Fred Jackson cut by Bills [1:43 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Rex Ryan has endeared himself to Bills fans all offseason, but his latest shake-up has Buffalo faithful fuming.'

Marker Taylor named Bills starting quarterback over Manuel, Cassel [1:42 AM]
AP reports: '"It came down to the explosiveness Tyrod gives us," Ryan said.'

Marker Bills cutting Jackson surprises safety Aaron Williams [1:41 AM]
AP reports: 'With nine seasons in Buffalo, the 34-year-old Jackson had been the second-longest serving active player and one of the team's most popular players among fans. The move came as a slight surprise, though Jackson's tenure was in question because of his age and the team's moves to restock its running backs this offseason.'

Marker Taylor to open season as Bills' starting QB [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I don't have any regrets," Taylor said after completing 12 of 13 passes in Buffalo's 43-19 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night. "That is one thing I told myself going into the competition is to leave everything out on the field, practice field and on the game field. At the end of the day I don't have any regrets. Like I said I am pleased with the way that I played. There is still some things to correct, there is still ways to get better.'

Marker Bills cut RB Jackson, 11 others [1:39 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Last week, coach Rex Ryan said he was excited that Jackson was ready to play in his first preseason game. Jackson said he wasn't surprised by doubters. Being released now gives him a chance to sign with another team before rosters are cut down to 53-man rosters on Saturday. One team to watch is the New England Patriots. Head coach Bill Belichick has long praised Jackson for his professionalism and do-it-all, no-nonsense approach.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor to open season as Bills' starting quarterback [1:38 AM]
ESPN reports: '"But we brought him in because No. 1 -- it's a brand new offense -- but how he grasps our offense, and then his ability, not just his mobility, but his ability to throw the ball was the overriding thing. And I think he did a tremendous job of that."'

Marker Bills GM says releasing Fred Jackson was 'difficult decision' [1:37 AM]
ESPN reports: '"We also let everybody know that everybody was on board. Reluctantly, because of the magnitude of this player and what he means, not only to the Buffalo Bills, but to the community of Buffalo -- him and his family. So we talked to [owners] Terry [Pegula] and Kim [Pegula] and conversed with them and decided that this was the best time to make that decision."'

Marker Bills players know the reality of business in the NFL [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Kyle Williams was the only player that had been in the Bills’ dressing room longer than Jackson. He said, “It’s a hard day, I think bigger than playing football, over a decade we were really together having families and living life together, it makes it tough.”'

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