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Buffalo Bills News - June 7, 2016

Marker Buffalo Bills' great Bruce Smith says he's in pain and 'forgets a lot of things' [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"You would probably have to ask my wife about that," Smith said. "I forget a lot of things sometimes. I'm not one to sit here and complain. While I did not know the severity of what continuous head traumas could do to an individual and the mind and so forth, I'm not going to sit here and complain. I'm very blessed to be standing here."'

Marker Roger Goodell says Buffalo Bills need to 'stay up' with new facilities around NFL [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Obviously, you always have great respect for what your (league) partners" want, "but we have to focus on what makes sense for us, what makes sense for our community, for our business partners," Brandon said at the NFL owners meetings.'

Marker New games, old players, add to Kelly Classic fun [1:47 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“For the 30th year, we wanted to go big, and what better way to go big than a helicopter full of 500 golf balls and Rex Ryan?”'

Marker Bills sign top draft pick, Lawson, to $10.3 million contract [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'Lawson, however, won't be ready for start of the season after having surgery last month to repair a shoulder injury. He played through the injury during his four years at college, and then aggravated it during the Bills rookie camp last month.'

Marker Bills sign No. 1 pick Lawson [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It felt great to finally get the deal done and be part of the Buffalo Bills," Lawson told the team's website. "I've been waiting for this opportunity. It's something I dreamt of as a kid -- have a chance to play in the National Football League."'

Marker Shaq Lawson signs rookie deal with Bills [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A 6-3, 270-pound Clemson product, Lawson finished his collegiate career with 167 tackles, 46.5 tackles for loss, 20 sacks, 29 quarterback pressures, and two forced fumbles. His 25.5 tackles for loss led the nation. Lawson was named a consensus first-team All-American last season.'

Marker Goodell: 'Stadiums are important,' but no timetable set for Bills [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I think that’s one of the things Terry's going through," he said. "And trying to see what it will take to make sure that the Bills can remain here on a successful basis. That’s (the Pegulas) objective. I know that’s their commitment. We fully support that. We have league funding that’s available to help in that kind of circumstance.”'

Marker Bills sign Lawson to rookie deal [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills now have all but one of their draft picks signed to a rookie contract. All but fourth-round pick and quarterback Cardale Jones have signed their individual rookie deals.'

Marker Bills Top 20 Talents in 2016: No. 11 - EDGE Shaq Lawson [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The immediate future of Shaq Lawson is a little dimmer than his long-term potential. Lawson underwent offseason shoulder surgery that will keep him out of action likely into the start of the regular season. The Bills boasted that Lawson was an immediate starter for their team, but a flare up of his shoulder during the team's rookie minicamp was enough evidence for them to shut him down for the short-term and get the long-term corrective surgery. When Lawson gets back on the field, he'll need to have only a small learning curve in order to get on the field immediately. The hope, when he does get back, is that they'll have even a better player than they did when they first drafted him in April. More realistically, it's a wait-and-see approach as to how effective he'll be in 2016.'

Marker Bills Top 20 Talents in 2016: No. 12 - TE Charles Clay [1:40 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Even though Clay can do all the little things at the tight end position, the Bills should look to try and unlock all the big things that went missing from Clay's game for weeks at a time. There was a big message from the organization this offseason that they want to get the ball over the middle of the field in the passing game more and more, and the biggest recipient of that will be Clay. If Taylor can better take advantage of those areas, then Clay stands to grow quite a bit statistically. He has the talent to do it, he just needs the chance.'

Marker Goodell: Bills must 'stay up' with stadiums around NFL [1:39 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“Well I think that’s one of the things that Terry’s going through and trying to see,” Goodell said. “What does it take to try to make sure the Bills can remain here on a successful basis? That’s their objective, and I know that’s their commitment. We fully support that, we have league funding that’s available to help in that kind of circumstance. Stadiums are important, just in making sure that the team here can compete not only throughout the NFL, but also compete in this environment. You’ve got great facilities here [in the NFL" target="_blank"> now, and the Bills have to stay up with that.”'

Marker Goodell calls on Pegulas to keep up with other teams building new stadiums [1:38 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: '“Stadiums are important, just in making sure the team here can continue to compete. Not only throughout the NFL, but also compete in this environment,” Goodell said. “You’ve got great facilities here [in the NFL" target="_blank"> now, and the Bills have to keep up with that.”'

Marker Rex, Commish highlight Kelly Classic [1:37 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '"My golf game suffers between the job and 14 year old twin girls and I don't get around to play very much golf," said commissioner Roger Goodell. "Jim's been a really good friend for a lot of years, someone I admire and respect and I wanted to be here for."'

Marker Bills sign top pick Shaq Lawson [1:36 AM] reports: '"I’m still engaged in meetings and things like that," said Lawson. "Engaged in practice and watching film. I continue to watch film like I’m still out there playing. I’m taking a lot of mental reps. I’m not physically able to do it, but a lot of mental reps. Seeing things with the older guys, things like that."'

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June 6, 2016

Marker Arenas aims to give Bills returns on investment [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“For him to really make our football team, he’s got to be our punt returner,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said last week. “That’s what we tell him. I don’t care if you catch 100 balls, 1,000 balls, whatever it is. He was telling me today that he’s got a guy, even when he goes on vacation, that he’s catching punts with … so he knows how important that is to him.'

Marker Kevon Seymour's big opportunity, IK Enemkpali's growth, faith in EJ Manuel [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills can talk him up all they want, but it's hard to imagine Manuel's teammates have any faith he's going to lead them to victory.'

Marker Jim Kelly to talk concussions [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has agreed to take part in a question and answer session with neurosurgeon Anthony L. Petraglia of Rochester Regional Health, Aug. 18 at Frontier Field.'

Marker With Shaq out, the Bills 'other Lawson' steps right back in [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Lawson (the Manny version) has already been working as the starting outside linebacker opposite Jerry Hughes throughout the team’s Organized Team Activity sessions. And after all the issues with last year’s communication, the soon-to-be 32-year old says things are going much, much better already.'

Marker Bovada sets Bills Over/Under win total at eight once again [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills are tied with the Jets and ahead of the Dolphins as far as odds to win the AFC East, but with a huge betting-odds gap between them and the Patriots:'

Marker Jim Kelly celebrates 30 years of Charity Gala & Golf Tournament [1:54 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"As long as I can make a difference and give them a chance to fight and continue to fight, that's what the good Lord put me here for."'

June 5, 2016

Marker Kickoffs should remain integral to the NFL game [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The kickoff is a fundamental part of football. Those “super humans” who play it professionally accept the risks, because they believe in their ability to handle them.'

Marker Ford, Roach picks by Bills had impact in other ways [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Neither Ford nor Roach ever played a regular-season game for the Bills but may have caused some fateful moves. The Ford bust may have led Buffalo to select another speed receiver, Don Beebe, in 1989. The Roach bust caused Buffalo to bring back Scott Norwood for another season.'

Marker It's time for LeSean McCoy to talk, pressure on Charles Clay, congratulations to Jim Kelly [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McCoy ultimately wasn't charged in that – and isn't expected to face any league discipline – but the team can't be happy that these are the types of headlines McCoy continues to make. It's pretty weak that he hasn't spoken to the media yet, just like it was when he bailed early after the Bills lost to the Eagles last season. It's time for the Bills to at least make McCoy available. It's not like the questions for him will go away with time. There's no guarantee he'll answer any of them, but it would be nice to hear whether he feels like he owes the Bills an explanation or apology for the negative press he has provided.'

Marker Javier Arenas knows what he has to do to make the Buffalo Bills' roster [1:56 AM]
Mobile Press Register reports: '"He's more of a nickel-type corner. He's been pressed into some action outside as well in this camp. He's smart. He knows what to do. But his main purpose here is to compete for that punt returner's job."'

Marker Bills defensive lineman proving himself Worthy [1:55 AM] reports: '“Man, I’m honored at the opportunity and I just want to come out here and showcase my skills,” Worthy said. “Just (to) prove that I belong here and prove that I can help this organization win. Just be a key player in this defense.”'

June 4, 2016

Marker On Rex's future, penalty discipline & Lawson's absence [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan and his assistant coaches are absolutely operating under the premise that they have to "get it right" this year. That drove the shakeup of the staff, especially on the defensive side. That drove the drafting of three starters "right off the bus" with the first three picks of the draft.'

Marker What won’t this former JFK/UB player do to get a Bills tryout? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Team president Russ Brandon and a few strength coaches drove by, Knox said, but nobody stopped.'

Marker Handling 'great unknown,' Arenas' return obsession & Lewis' leap [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sure, this was the NFL's top rushing team last season. But if the Bills are going to make progress -- as in improving on their 8-8 record in 2015 and making a playoff appearance -- they'll need the Taylor-Watkins combination to be even better than it was in allowing Watkins to lead the team with 60 receptions for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns.'

Marker Bills Top 20 Talents in 2016: No. 13 - LB Reggie Ragland [1:56 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Ragland will have an every down role in Rex Ryan's defense immediately as a rookie, and has quite a bit of experience in the scheme from his time at Alabama. With Shaq Lawson sidelined, Ragland will likely be the highest impact rookie the Bills have on their roster. And, if Preston Brown begins to struggle again in 2016, don't rule out the idea that Ragland could get switched over to his more natural middle linebacker spot, where he can show off his instincts, and his ability to stack-and-shed would-be blockers.'

Marker Bills Top 20 Talents in 2016: No. 14 - C Eric Wood [1:55 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Wood will once again be in the middle of the offensive line at center, and could be in line for a bit of an easier road this upcoming season. With Richie Incognito once again to his left, and John Miller -- who the Bills are expecting to progress significantly in 2016 -- to his right, Wood's production may go up as the Bills once again will try to set the tone on the ground. As long as he stays healthy, he'll once again be an unquestioned starter and mainstay of the line all year long.'

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