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Buffalo Bills News - July 20, 2015

Marker Marv Levy and Bill Polian remember Van Miller [1:57 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"That's what I remember most was his friendship, positive attitude. No matter how well or poorly we played, we'd get on the plane after a road game and he'd have a one liner or a joke for everybody and a pat on the back."'

Marker What step will Sammy Watkins take in 2015? [1:56 AM]
BufffaloBills.com reports: 'Another area that Watkins can improve is in his route running abilities. Watkins has been a diligent worker when it's come to route running since his days as a Clemson Tiger, but his exposure to the NFL game has demanded a lot more. Bills wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal thinks that he can become an elite wide receiver and that he wouldn’t “put any limits on him.”'

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July 19, 2015

Marker Bills' Brooks up against the clock [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“To be honest with you, this is the final year of my contract,” he said. “So I’m going up with everything I’ve got. I’m going to try to solidify myself in Buffalo – for at least a little while longer. If not Buffalo, somewhere else. And just try to go out and showcase myself. Show what I can do.”'

Marker Van Miller, longtime voice of the Bills, dies at age 87 [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“There are a handful of broadcasters who are so distinctive when you hear their voice you immediately think of their teams,” said Steve Sabol, the president of NFL Films who died in 2012. “Van is associated with the Bills the way Ray Scott was with the Packers and Chuck Thompson was with the Colts. I could be blindfolded and hear that voice and in my mind I’m in Buffalo and it is Jim Kelly or Bruce Smith. Like all the great radio broadcasters, his delivery and the timbre of his voice approximates the rhythms and the shifts of the game. He has a certain energy to his voice that added to the pictures.”'

Marker 'There was only one Van Miller': a critic’s appreciation [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Diagnosed with the eye disease macular degeneration, Miller couldn’t drive anymore. He needed a walker to get around his neighborhood at times. He had recently fallen a few times while adjusting to the walker, landing in the hospital for a few weeks earlier in the year.'

Marker Medical team puts Darryl in good hands [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'My husband, Darryl Talley, was very fortunate to have been included in this effort and was evaluated by The Massachusetts General Hospital Brain and Body Clinic for the NFLPA Trust. While we were thrilled that our concerns for Darryl’s health were going to become a priority, we were anxious about what any potential diagnoses could hold for Darryl’s future.'

Marker Van Miller, longtime voice of Buffalo Bills, dies [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Miller augmented his time in the 1960s broadcasting Niagara University basketball, and when Buffalo was awarded an NBA expansion team in 1970, the Braves, Miller became its play-by-play man, a job he held throughout the team's eight-year tenure in Buffalo.'

Marker Dunkirk native Van Miller dies [1:54 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: '"When Van flew home with the team from the west coast he would always point out Dunkirk as his hometown to whoever he was talking to," continued Pulvino. "He was one of Dunkirk's own, one of Dunkirk's finest."'

Marker Longtime Buffalo Bills broadcaster Van Miller dies at 87 [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'Miller began his broadcasting career in 1955 calling high school sports for WBEN radio and television. He became the Bills' play-by-play man during the team's first season with the AFL in 1960.'

Marker Legendary Bills announcer Van Miller dies [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Miller called 605 games, including the Bills' four straight Super Bowl appearances from 1990 through 1993.'

Marker Former Bills radio broadcaster Van Miller dies at 87 [1:51 AM]
ESPN reports: '"Beyond being just a great announcer, he was the heart and soul of the Buffalo Bills," former Bills coach Marv Levy told ESPN by phone Saturday afternoon. "He was a lot of fun to be with. He had a very good sense of humor. I'm very saddened to hear about his passing away."'

Marker Thanks Van [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Whether it was learning about the business or asking him to share his amazing stories about Buffalo sports, Van would always have time for me. But that's who Van was, he would have time for everyone. I called him broadcasting royalty but there were no airs about him.'

Marker Who are the training camp sleepers? [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Michael Buchanan: Signed in early June after he was released by New England, Buchanan has the body type to play with his hand on the ground in a 3-4 scheme. His long, angular 6-6 frame is similar to Manny Lawson. Buchanan is more comfortable up on the line than off the ball, but if he flashes enough he could push for the last job on the defensive line./

Marker Van Miller's obituary [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We will all dearly miss ‘Uncle Van,’ but his legacy will remain deeply embedded in our franchise's history and in the hearts of his countless fans in Western New York and throughout the NFL community. Our deepest sympathies, along with our thoughts and prayers, go out to his wife Gloria and all of Van's family during this difficult time."'

Marker In remembrance: Van Miller through the eyes of John Murphy [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I worked alongside Van Miller on the Bills’ broadcasts and learned virtually everything I know about broadcasting from him. And there was never a lesson plan. I learned by observing--by watching his total immersion in the moment, the way he would react to the game and to the crowd reacting to the game. He let himself get carried away by the emotions of the day and in that way, connected with his audience of Bills fans. He was the master of genuine, unforced enthusiasm and he knew how to convey that energy and enthusiasm to radio listeners in their homes, cars, and the seats in the stadium.'

July 18, 2015

Marker Thrill-seeking Bills coach takes the plunge at air show [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I can’t wait to play and compete,” Ryan said. “That’s kind of the feeling you get when you get out there — I’m competing. That’s a great feeling. But then the physical part of it, I can’t believe how physically drained I feel right now because I did nothing. Physically, it’s like ‘wow.’”'

Marker Ryan knows how to land on his feet — or backside [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'He said he felt more nervous before big games than over the prospect of jumping into the wild blue yonder. Told that he'd be free falling for 60 seconds before his partner activated the chute, Ryan shrugged and said, "Pretty much my normal morning."'

Marker Ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan jumps out of an airplane with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team [1:57 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'It’s not something he wants his players trying however. “For me, that’s fine,” he said. “Even if I would have broken a leg or something, it doesn’t matter. All I do is point.'

Marker Rex Ryan falls flat on his ass after skydiving stunt [1:56 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The loudmouth, do-anything Bills coach leaped from an airplane in a tandem skydive Friday morning near Niagara Falls, livening up a dead period of the NFL offseason with an attention-grabbing aerial stunt.'

Marker Air game: Bills' Rex Ryan skydives with Army parachute team [1:55 AM]
AP reports: '"That was awesome," Ryan said moments after landing. "I'm ready to go again."'

Marker Ryan declines comment on Kromer's arrest [1:54 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Like I said, I'm not gonna go into anything else," Ryan said when asked about his plans to replace Kromer.'

Marker Rex: ''jumping felt like competing on Sundays'' [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“When you get out there it’s like, ‘woo-hoo!’ Man you are just - well - you’re flying. That’s really what it is. All the way it’s just so awesome. You’re looking at the view and everything else and it was really incredible, man. It really was.”'

Marker Bills Positional Briefs: Wide Receiver [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Marcus Thigpen - Likely on the outside looking in due to the additions to the roster, Thigpen's best hope is to outduel any and all challengers for the main punt and kickoff return duties. It's a tough ask, mainly because of all the players that not only have experience doing it, but that are also quite effective at it as well. He's going to have to 'wow' the coaching staff and front office to stick, but he does have ability in the return game, so you can't totally rule him out just yet.'

Marker Can the offensive line rebound in 2015? [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think we’re just taking it day by day,” said Incognito. “With a new system and a new scheme it takes a while to jell. We really won’t jell until we put the pads on and play a couple of preseason games, but we’re working to get better each and every day.”'

July 17, 2015

Marker Polian calls Hall ‘incredible honor’ [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You almost can’t put it into words,” Polian said on a conference call Thursday. “The Hall of Fame is not something someone like myself ever envisioned. … It’s just an incredibly momentous occasion and an incredible honor to think that you’re there with people you’ve revered and looked up to all your life.”'

Marker State’s Bills suite saw spike attendance in 2014 [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In all, 85 percent of those tickets were distributed in 2014, according to a state report. That was a significant jump from the first year the state had access to the box, when 52 percent of the seats went unoccupied during the 2013 season, including two late-season games where the box sat empty.'

Marker 3 reasons Preston Brown's game can take a big leap forward [1:57 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think you’ve got to do a little more because you have to read off the line a lot more,” Brown said of his role as a sideline-to-sideline pass defender this year. “We’re linebackers so we’ve just got to back them up and go off of which way they go.”'

Marker 2015 Training Camp ticketed practice information [1:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'All tickets will be made available on Monday, July 20 at 9:00 a.m. at the following locations and websites...'.

July 16, 2015

Marker RB Williams envisions a role with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I make very quick decisions,” Williams said. “It may not be the best decision, the best read or the best cut but I don’t like to waste time getting to the line of scrimmage. … I played defense. I know how it feels to hit somebody very, very hard. The people who think too much running the football are the ones who get teed off on.”'

Marker Bills' Kromer given August court date [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One month from now, Kromer will get his day in court. And the Bills – who will be two weeks deep into training camp by then – will need to make a decision on the offensive line.'

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