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Buffalo Bills News - June 27, 2016

Marker Bills WR Watkins doubtful for start of training camp [1:59 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"You never know. Right now I feel good, but I got to go back and train and rehab," Watkins said during a charity bowling event in Charlotte, N.C. "Hopefully it feels good when I run and everything like that. I haven't ran in three or four weeks. Hopefully I'll feel good about it and I'll be on the field in training camp."'

Marker Sammy Watkins: Bills may keep me out of camp [1:58 AM]
ESPN reports: '"You never know," Watkins told ESPN when asked if the Bills' medical staff would allow him to practice early in training camp. "Right now I feel good, but I got to go back and train and rehab. Hopefully it feels good when I run and everything like that. I haven't ran in three or four weeks. Hopefully I'll feel good about it and I'll be on the field in training camp."'

Marker VT’s Tyrod Taylor set to lead Bills, UR’s Kendall Gaskins humbled to be a 49er [1:57 AM]
WRIC-TV reports: 'He is the unquestioned starter under center for Rex Ryan and believes the Bills are primed for a playoff push if his team can stay healthy and play well consistently in the AFC East division.'

Marker NFL player, former Taft grad returns home to help local fire department [1:56 AM]
WLWT-TV reports: 'The defensive tackle brought his family along to beautify Station 29.'

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June 26, 2016

Marker There’s really nothing wrong with how Bills are thinking [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ''There’s a misconception about the Bills’ decision to try to win with a running game and a strong defense. It does not fly in the face of analytics.'

Marker It’s Buffalo turn to end the sports agony [1:58 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Bills lost the next three Super Bowls (once to the Redskins, twice to the Cowboys) by an aggregate 65 points. Red Sox fans had to wait 86 years (1918-2004) between World Series championships. Here at the edge of Lake Erie, “Wide Right’’ lingers in the collective consciousness a quarter-century later like “Sox deal Ruth to the Yanks.’’'

June 25, 2016

Marker Saying all the right things, but are they true? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And one of the bigger questions that needs answering is just how long are the Bills going to be without their top draft pick, Shaq Lawson? He's supposed to be the most critical of those "new pieces." Will his rookie year end up being a wash? If so, it's hard to see exactly where all of the improvement will come.'

June 24, 2016

Marker A new title for Bills’ Carpenter [2:24 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The citation was as much for Carpenter’s work outside the training room. He coordinates the Bills annual holiday food drive and family Christmas program.'

Marker Bills S Corey Graham and his HS coach Willie Burnett forge a bond built to last [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Honestly, it’s crazy,” Graham said. “There are a few people who helped me throughout the way and pushed me. But as far as working out, he’s had the most impact in my life. As far as training and what I’ve been able to accomplish, I couldn’t have done it without him.”'

Marker Corey Graham on Bills' D: 'We want to get back to the level where we’re elite' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Those were some of our issues last year — we didn’t communicate well," Graham said. "We didn’t pick up the defense as well. Things have slowed down. Everybody knows what they’re doing. And we’ve got some new pieces in there that are looking really good. I feel like we’ll be very good. We can’t do nothing but be better than last year. We want to get back to the level where we’re elite. That’s what we’re working towards.”'

Marker Don’t drink the Bills’ Kool-Aid [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'People are picking them 6-10 for a reason. They’re not as good as last year. You can blame injuries, but they had crossovers against the two weakest divisions in the NFL and couldn’t take advantage.'

Marker Former Bill Terrell Owens surprises Bennett High grads [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'During his 15-year NFL career, Owens played for six different teams, including the Bills for one season in 2009. He was invited to the graduation ceremony by Bennett alumna Alvina Alston, the keynote speaker.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor turns Bills quarterback nightmare into justified playoff dream [1:55 AM]
The Sporting News reports: '"He’s really made improvements,” quarterbacks coach David Lee said of Taylor after Buffalo's minicamp. “His eyes are in the right place. He’s looking for mismatches that he didn’t quite see all of the time a year ago. His ability to stand in there with stuff in front of him, he’s been doing a great job of that this spring and throwing the football over the middle with that stuff in front of him."'

Marker Ragland, Seymour could have biggest impact from Bills rookie class [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'We all know now that Lawson is going to miss all of training camp and then some regular season time after having shoulder surgery. Obviously, missing that much time his rookie season will set him back as far as getting acclimated to the defense and a feel for playing at this level and the speed of it. The positive is he can still take part in meetings and watch film and learn, so when he comes back he should at least have a mental understanding of what he needs to do.'

Marker Terrell Owens: 'Buffalo, you guys were awesome to me' [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"I wish I could have played a couple more years here, but that didn't happen. Buffalo is a great city, they've embraced me and I tried to do the same with my performance on the football field. Again, I wish I could have stayed longer. Obviously there were some coaching changes and they had some other things in mind for the team."'

Marker Bills new cornerback hoping to provide Moore [1:52 AM] reports: '“I’ve been in a few different locker rooms, so I know what it takes to kind of earn the trust of your teammates and coaches and show people what you can do,” Moore said. “You always have a chip on your shoulder, especially when you come to a new team, but I definitely think being in various locker rooms with different teams kind of helps me out.”'

June 23, 2016

Marker Dareus says he now doesn't 'have to think as much' in Bills' defense [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It’s the second year, we’re going to play in the same defense; it’s the first time in my NFL career this happened," Dareus told SiriusXM NFL Radio Tuesday, referencing the Bills' multiple coaching changes since he joined them as the third overall pick from Alabama in 2011. "It feels good to know I can just do what I need to do and I don’t have to think as much. I don’t have to spend so much time trying to help this guy, help that guy or them doing the same with me.'

Marker Post-spring practices Bills 53-man roster projection [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Seymour was mentioned in the same breath as Darby by Ryan, so it's clear the Bills are impressed with what they've seen from the sixth-round draft pick out of Southern California. On paper, the depth at this position seems like a strength. Javier Arenas doesn't survive the cut in this projection, but certainly could play his way onto the roster as the team's punt returner.'

Marker On a new stadium, Bills remain in 'fact-finding mode' [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When you look under the Christmas tree everyone wants brand-new toys, that’s easily said,” Brandon told the newspaper. “But when you go through the process and look to see exactly what makes sense for our community, that’s what we have to be very thoughtful of. With a new stadium comes a lot of things — public-private partnership, there’s PSLs (personal seat licenses), there’s cost increases across the board. We’ve been successful in Buffalo with a volume model; lot of seats in the building, lot of suites in the building, and we’ve been able to keep costs down because we’ve been able to manage a 43-year-old building and we’ve been able to do that very well. That equation, economically, changes with a new building.”'

Marker Can Tyrod Taylor pull a Cam Newton in 2016? [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And it's a stretch to say Taylor — four inches shorter, 30 pounds lighter — will replicate Newton to a T. Up until a Super Bowl beatdown, Newton redefined his position in throwing for 4,333 yards, rushing for 686 and scoring 50 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions in 18 games, a MVP season that made Buddy Nix wonder "What if..." from afar. But with Buffalo's brutal schedule ahead, with plenty of uncertainty swirling around Taylor at other positions, the Bills will need him to be special in 2016. They'll need him to take a huge step forward.'

Marker Orchard Park board weighs police access to private lots [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'To run private parking lots, currently, residents have to obtain a permit from the town, one that has to be renewed each year. That much would not change, but there would be one more stipulation – the waiver allowing police access.'

Marker Pegulas' diverse company driving change in Buffalo [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I love to tell this story because it’s a great example of you don’t always need to do a lot to get things rolling,” Kim continues. “As much as people see us making big moves, whether it’s buying the Bills or building Harbor Center, I like to tell people it doesn’t take a whole lot (to make a difference, to effect change). You can do little things. The first thing that really spawned a lot of this was ‘the grass.’”'

Marker Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula discusses the possibility of a new stadium [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Pegula plays things close to the vest and didn't divulge much, but he knows the chatter is out there both from other owners in the league and the commissioner.'

Marker Bills' owner: NFL asked about stadium plans [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I think they think we need a new stadium, that's where they're coming from," Pegula said. "You listen to that and you make your own judgment. Our stadium is one of the older venues in the league, if not the oldest."'

Marker Bills owner Terry Pegula on new stadium plans: 'We'll look into that' [1:52 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Multiple NFL owners, including the New York Giants' John Mara, told The Buffalo News at the owners meetings in March that the Bills should be making strides toward building a new facility.'

Marker Source: Bills, Taylor continue dialogue; both sides open to in-season extension [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'However, indications I've received are that Gilmore's agent is looking for a deal in the range of what Josh Norman recently signed with the Washington Redskins which made him the highest paid player at his position in the league. Norman got $75 million over five years with $50 million guaranteed. The Bills are unlikely willing to go that high for Gilmore, who hinted last week he could miss some training camp time over the contractual situation.'

June 22, 2016

Marker Bills’ Ryan encouraged by OTAs [1:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Cynics, of course, will point to that fact that winning the offseason doesn’t seem to be the proper assessment of a team that won’t have its top draft choice (defensive end Shaq Lawson) until possibly halfway through the regular season due to a shoulder injury, with its top wide receiver (Sammy Watkins) recovering from foot surgery that will likely delay his starting training camp, its star second-year running back (Karlos Williams) grossly overweight, and with no obvious No. 2 wideout.'

Marker Dareus says Gilmore needs to be 'patient' in talks with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t want no outside distractions. I’m a pro now, I don’t need that. I have an agent, I have a lawyer, y’all talk about it with them. But other than that, I’m out here practicing, I’m on time, I’m working out, I’m getting in shape. Don’t bring it to me, I don’t want no outside distractions.'

Marker Bills shake up training, scouting staffs with Kelvin Fisher moving to new role [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills announced a slew of changes to their scouting and training staffs on Tuesday, moving one of the higher members on the front-office totem pole into a new role.'

Marker 12 opinions on the MSG-Pegula Sports deal [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'PSE’s Mark Preisler and the Bills’ Marc Honan believe the move of John Murphy’s WGR radio show on the Bills to noon to 3 p.m. from nights will enable Murphy and a new co-host to get more players and coaches to guest on the program being aired live from studios at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

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