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Buffalo Bills News - June 19, 2015

Marker Bills Minicamp Observations, Day 3 [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It couldn't have gotten any worse for the Bills on offense on Wednesday, but on the same hand, they couldn't have asked for a step forward any better than the one they got from EJ Manuel on Thursday.'

Marker TE Matthew Mulligan signed by Bills [1:45 AM] reports: 'Mulligan, 30, like a good number of the free agents signed by Buffalo this offseason has a history with Bills head coach Rex Ryan. The tight end began his career with the New York Jets under Ryan in 2009 and played three seasons in New York.'

Marker Minicamp Notes: Day 3 [1:44 AM] reports: 'Manuel put together one of his better practices Thursday and has improved in a couple of specific areas with respect to his personal game. He’s much less hesitant in his decision making and his accuracy is more consistent. Perhaps the area of his game that has seen the greatest jump is his footwork in the pocket and leading up to the throw.'

Marker Cyrus Kouandjio confident 2015 will bring marked progress [1:43 AM] reports: '“I think the work that Cyrus has done overall in the offseason probably puts him ahead right now,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “But again, the race isn’t over by a long shot, so we’ll see.”'

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June 18, 2015

Marker Bills’ Incognito says he’s matured in time off [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You know, it’s six one way, half dozen the other,” he said. “I’ve definitely grown, definitely matured. I definitely did take some steps forward. But, you know, I think what this whole thing was, it really just shook me down to my core values, and really just kind of” made me think about “the kind of man I am.”'

Marker Bills quarterbacks have rough day in minicamp [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“A few drops here, a few protection issues,” offensive coordinator Greg Roman said when asked why the offense struggled so much to throw the ball. “There were some good plays, some bad plays. Very similar to yesterday. We didn’t throw the ball downfield that much today as we did yesterday, though.”'

Marker Chris Hogan ready to battle for Bills roster spot [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I see myself fitting in the same kind of role I had last year," said Hogan, who enjoyed a breakout 2014 when he was Buffalo's third receiver and caught 41 passes for 426 yards and 4 touchdowns. "I'm a guy that can play inside or outside. It's really going to come down to who does what the best and that's what we're trying to get to in these OTAs and mini-camps. For me, I'm going to try to do everything good and hopefully that carries into training camp and from there, I hope I can find my way onto the field."'

Marker Is Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito a changed man? [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Do I feel like I'm changed?" Incognito asked Wednesday at the Bills' mandatory minicamp. "You know, it's six one way, half dozen the other. I've definitely grown, definitely matured. I definitely did take some steps forward. But you know I think what this whole thing was, it really just shook me down to my core values, and really just kind of (made me think about) the kind of man I am."'

Marker Offense hits rock bottom and 5 other observations from Buffalo Bills minicamp [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While some of that can be chalked up to solid defensive play, it's not ideal for the offense to take that kind of step back, particularly after a day when they showed some progress. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman isn't ready to judge the team until training camp. Still, it's obvious a break could do them some good.'

Marker Seantrel Henderson back but demoted [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Coach Rex Ryan didn't meet with the media Wednesday, and offensive coordinator Greg Roman didn't provide much of an explanation other than to say Henderson was a day behind after missing practice Tuesday because of a travel issues. The Bills did not make Henderson available to the media.'

Marker “I think the goal is really just kind of assimilate to the team as fast as possible,” he [1:53 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In a pair of 11-on-11 sessions, quarterbacks Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel, Tyrod Taylor (who, by mini-camp rotation, took his Wednesday reps with first-teamers) and Matt Simms saw nearly all of their passes bounce, or klunk off receivers’ hands, or sail high over their heads, or get broken up, or get intercepted. One after another.'

Marker Bills' Richie Incognito discusses Dolphins bullying scandal, suspension [1:52 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“I think the goal is really just kind of assimilate to the team as fast as possible,” he said after Wednesday’s mandatory-minicamp practice, the second of three. “It’s been a nice spring: just come up here and really concentrate on football. Really, just get back into it, and get back into a good rhythm.'

Marker Rex Ryan apparently won't stop till the Buffalo Bills are the 2009-14 Jets [1:51 AM]
Newark Star-Ledger reports: 'Wayne Hunter hasn't played in the NFL since 2012. That Ryan would give him a tryout now speaks to Ryan's loyalty to those who have played and worked for him. But it also speaks to Ryan's rather noticeable insistence on transforming the Bills into a replica of the Jets teams he coached from 2009 to 2014.'

Marker Jim Kelly, who has fought cancer, still strives to make a difference [1:50 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: '"At the beginning, I didn't know if I wanted the disease to be a tool," Kelly said. "I didn't want to share it with anybody. But my wife said, 'We need as many people praying for you as possible.' As time went on, that kept me going."'

Marker Rex Ryan's defense promises to dominate, but will Bills' QB situation hold Buffalo back? [1:49 AM]
Yahoo! Sports reports: 'The suspicion here is that the problems for quarterbacks will likely be the same. Opponents are going to have to get the ball out fast, and do it against a scheme that won't have to gamble at the line of scrimmage and should have creative coverage opportunities in the back end. Buffalo also should have the flexibility that Chicago didn't – namely the personnel to move in and out of the 4-3 and 3-4, and a variety of sub-packages. Basically, this roster will be a toy store for Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman.'

Marker Fred Jackson: Roman's power run game suits me [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“The power running is something I’ve molded myself into being able to do,” Jackson told reporters this week. “They also ask us to run some routes out of the backfield, and I feel like I’m a guy that can get that done anytime you ask him to.”'

Marker Bills' Watkins is slowly getting back [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Watkins is trying to get used to three other quarterbacks and of course he knows EJ Manuel. He said it’s difficult to get to know all three, “It is and that’s where training camp will come in, you get more time with the starter and the backups, so you just have to find your way where you fit in and get as much work as you can.” Watkins added, “That’s why we having training camp and I think for the most part, the coach has an idea who the starter will be and that’s who will probably get the most reps with, but we’ll have to do it quick.”'

Marker Screen passes a theme at Bills minicamp Wednesday [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Screens were the theme early and often during the second of a three-day mandatory minicamp at One Bills Drive. Screens to the wide receivers. Screens to the tight ends. Screens to the running backs. Even screens to the H-Back/fullback. You name it, they ran it, especially in the offensive portion of practice before going live against the defense. The screen game was almost non-existent in last year's offense, whether due to unwillingness by the coaching staff or inability by the offensive line.'

Marker Andre Reed excited to coach and be a part of Bills - again [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I have a lot to give back to the game and I had a feeling I wanted to do something after I was done playing,” Reed told the media after the team’s first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday. “Even before that, but my kids were too small and I think as they are older now I can devote more time to it if I want too.”'

Marker Bills Minicamp Observations, Day 2 [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'This disclaimer should always be used around this time of the year when it comes to player performance: it's only June. However, this was not a banner day for the Bills offense.'

Marker Minicamp Notes: Day 2 [1:43 AM] reports: 'The safety combinations have varied somewhat week to week. On Wednesday the starting tandem was again Duke Williams and Bacarri Rambo as was the case Tuesday. The other pairing was Corey Graham and Jonathan Meeks. Kenny Ladler rotated in and out for Graham for a snap here and there.'

June 17, 2015

Marker Bills setting record for ticket sales [3:05 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Let’s make one point very clear, this wouldn’t have happened if Doug Marrone was still coach.'

Marker Bills QBs show some signs of progress [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We may not have the elite of the elite at that position,” the Bills’ coach said Tuesday, after his team finished the first of its final three offseason practices in the ADPRO Sports Training Center. “But we have some good players at that spot and the competition, I think, is just going to bring them all up and that’s exactly what you want. And we’ll see what happens.”'

Marker Reed thrilled to be working with Bills wide receivers [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Reed previously participated with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, but said he feels “a little more comfortable here.” “Nothing against Andy Reid and his staff, they welcomed me and I had a great time there,” he said. “But when you come somewhere where you played and you have some roots, it’s like you’re home.”'

Marker OT Henderson misses mandatory Bills minicamp practice [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Well I think he’s done extremely well,” Ryan said of Koaundjio. “We’ll see when the pads come on. I think he’s done about as good as you can do in the weight room, in the classroom, and carrying out over to these OTA’s, he’s done a tremendous job. Now the big thing is let’s see what it looks like when the pads come on.”'

Marker Andre Reed back with Bills on coaching fellowship [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I have a lot to give back to the game," said Reed. "I had a feeling I wanted to do something after I was done playing, but my kids were too small. They're older now and I can devote more time to it if I want to. Being in Kansas City two years ago, and here now, I feel a little more comfortable here because I played here."'

Marker Buffalo Bills LB Nigel Bradham seeking 'stability' entering contract year [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It's still motivating," Bradham said Wednesday at Buffalo Bills minicamp. "That's the thing. I'm just going to keep grinding, man. I want to be great. I want to be up on this wall. That's what I have to work for ... "'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson says it's more fun to play for Rex Ryan than Doug Marrone [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"The thing about Rex and being out here, as opposed to Marrone last year, is we have a lot of fun out here," Jackson said after the first day of Bills' minicamp Wednesday. "It's not always just business first. We come out here, we have fun. Anytime you get a coach like that it makes the days go by a lot faster."'

Marker 5 Rex Ryan takeaways from Day 1 of Buffalo Bills' minicamp [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think the commitment by our fan base is tremendous," Ryan said. "I knew before I even came here, I knew how awesome these fans were. This is just another thing to reinforce it. We're all excited about this season and it's not, look at our schedule, I get it man there's a lot of good teams on our schedule that we're playing here, but our fans aren't coming to see the opponent, they're coming to see the Buffalo Bills. They're seeing their football team. And that's what is exciting me, because when you come here, you're not just playing the Bills, you're playing this entire, you know, this fan base, you know, our fans, you're playing our football team obviously, but you're playing the community, and I think that our community takes a great deal of pride in their football team. But this is, this is about us and, you know, was I excited about that? Darn right I was man. Like come on in here and get a piece of this."'

Marker Quarterbacks show slight improvement, and 5 other observations from Buffalo Bills minicamp [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"The thing that I want to see is the obvious mistakes be eliminated by now, and they weren't," Ryan said. "Like today, we had some. I gave a couple of examples on offense, a couple of examples on defense. That's kind of what you're hoping what we'll ratchet out these next two days and hopefully we can start eliminating some of these what I see as obvious mistakes."'

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