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Buffalo Bills News - June 3, 2015

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Matt Simms 'saw the writing on the wall' with the New York Jets [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It was a risky decision," Simms told the team website Monday. "Obviously when you have a job you don't want to just leave it because you never know what's waiting for you. Hey, happiness is the key and at that moment I just wasn't happy with the situation and how it was working out. I could kind of see the writing on the wall a little bit as well."'

Marker Rex Ryan showed both a heart and wisdom by pointing his Buffalo Bills to that Batavia golf course [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Show me that person who can draw a direct line from a few hours of football doings on June 1 to football success in September, October, November, December and beyond … and I'll introduce you to somebody who is equal parts minimalist, miniaturist and quack.'

Marker Who are the Buffalo Bills' best and worst salary cap values for 2015? [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Nigel Bradham, linebacker ($1,658,065 cap number): Nigel Bradham was one of the best weak-side linebackers in the NFL last season, and he did it at a bargain cost. There are 21 Bills who will have a higher cap number than Bradham for the 2015 season. The bad news is Bradham is entering the final year of his team-friendly deal.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign former Patriots LB Michael Buchanan, cut Spencer Roth [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'At 6-feet-6-inches tall and 255 pounds, Buchanan makes sense as a strong-side linebacker in Rex Ryan's defense. He should add some depth and competition that could use a bit of both. Right now, veteran Manny Lawson and second-year pro Randell Johnson are the two players that fit the mold of a strong-side linebacker.'

Marker Bills sign DE/LB Buchanan, waive P Roth [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buchanan, 6-feet-6 and 255 pounds, was originally a seventh-round pick by the New England Patriots in 2013. He has four tackles, 2.0 sacks and five quarterback hits in 18 career games.'

Marker DE Buchanan sees fit with Bills [1:52 AM] reports: '“I think I’m a very versatile player and can do anything that I’m asked to do,” Buchanan told “Just from what I’ve seen so far one of the things they do is change up their defense a lot so they do need players who can take on a lot of different roles. So I think it’s a great fit.”'

Marker Team bonding with a purpose [1:51 AM] reports: '"I love it. That’s the coolest thing ever," Schlereth said on ESPN Sportscenter. "Camaraderie is so big. Chemistry is so big. And relying on one another is such an important part of football. It’s the ultimate team sport. And to be able to create opportunities to do that is worth its weight in gold."'

Marker QB Simms took risk to continue NFL career [1:50 AM] reports: '“I went in to coach Todd Bowles’ office at 6:15 in the morning and we had a one-on-one talk and toward the end of the conversation that’s where I asked if I could possibly be released,” Simms said in an appearance on the John Murphy show. “We had a 10-15 minute discussion and talked the details of the situation. I appreciate the way that he handled it and talked to me like that and respecting how I felt about my situation there.”'

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June 2, 2015

Marker Reed ready to share his experience with receivers [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“They could be the best group in the league,” Reed said Monday while taking part in the Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Tournament at Terry Hills Golf Course. “Right now,” the question is, “who’s going to be the quarterback? But talent-wise, they’re real talented guys, all of them. All of them can run, they all catch, they run good routes. I think it’s just what the makeup of the offense is going to be.”'

Marker Kelly Golf becomes bonding experience [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m buying in,” Hall-of-Fame running back Thurman Thomas said before teeing off in the tournament at Terry Hills Golf Club. “I know I’m not a part of the team, but I’m guaranteeing a playoff spot this year. You can write it down! I don’t know if it’s the sixth seed or the third or whatever, the playoff drought will end this year.”'

Marker Kelly has a lot to feel good about [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s awesome,” Kelly said. “I never miss it. But last year when I was in the hospital, how many people came to see me — it humbled me so much. Being able to come back here and see how many people showed up, even last night’s (Gala) event, it was so unbelievable. It was overwhelming for me.'

Marker Bills take a day off to support Jim Kelly's charity [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I think it should be mandatory that we have an OTA every year at a golf course; multiple, if you ask me," quarterback Matt Cassel quipped.'

Marker Rex Ryan, Buffalo Bills compete for longest drive at Jim Kelly's golf tournament [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'A handful of Bills were participating in the golf tournament, but Ryan didn't think it would be fair for him to join the field. "They would have to handicap the field for second place if I was playing, and they don't want to do that," Ryan joked.'

Marker Jim Kelly's return makes Celebrity Golf Classic at Terry Hills a warm affair [1:54 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“A lot of people I know who get that hard cancer, they get their affairs in order. But not Jim. He was bad and we were all praying for him and then, bam, look at him now. I love his strength. He’s an amazing guy.”'

Marker Jim Kelly's return makes Celebrity Golf Classic at Terry Hills a warm affair [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“He’s had a rough year, but look at him. He’s Kelly tough. That’s what he is. I swear to God, I’m so impressed with the man. He does not quit,” said actor Chris McDonald, recently in “Boardwalk Empire” on HBO and best known as Shooter McGavin from “Happy Gilmore.”'

Marker Is this ‘unknown’ backup the answer to Rex Ryan’s QB search? [1:52 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Ryan has always wanted a duel-threat quarterback in his ground attack – obviously not just Tim Tebow. Expected on the outside to just be another warm body and spare arm during OTAs, some on the inside think Taylor could start when the Bills open Sept. 13 vs. Indianapolis.'

Marker Buffalo Bills spend one of their OTA days at Jim Kelly's charity golf event [1:51 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: '"Building your team is about Xs and O's, but also about family events like this," Ryan said.'

Marker Jim Kelly upbeat in return to host charitable golf tourney [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"For him not to be here last year was tough. But at the same time, a lot of us got to go over to the hospital and see him," the former Miami Dolphins quarterback said. "It puts things in perspective pretty quickly. And now that he's here, it makes it all worth it."'

Marker Bills using OTA day to attend Kelly's golf event [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I see what the Pegulas have brought here, I see what Rex Ryan has done with this team," Kelly said. "I was just at practice on Friday. The enthusiasm that I saw from the players, it had me pumped up."'

Marker Bills bond while showing support at Kelly's Golf Classic [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The team arrived by the three-busloads at about 9am, had breakfast, then stopped to chat with the media and take pictures with former players and the many golfers who donated to participate in the event.'

June 1, 2015

Marker Grateful Kelly back at his own gala [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Thank the good Lord for allowing me to be here today,” Kelly said. “You can’t spend an hour with each individual, but it’s so good to see my friends and see people I haven’t seen in over a year, because as you well know, I was not here last year at this time. It feels good. I feel good.”'

Marker Carrington hoping for happy homecoming with Bills [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I was hitting my stride in that defense a couple years ago and in the transition, things are coming back to me, there's a lot of similarities, and the carryover is helping me out," he said of the early OTA workouts which continue Tuesday through Friday this week. "I knew the defense would be similar, and I know Rex is a players' coach. I want to do the best I can to help the team. I care about this team and the community, and I just want to win."'

Marker Rex Ryan giving Buffalo Bills day off from OTAs to take team trip to Jim Kelly's golf tournamen [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'When talking about Ryan giving the team the day off, Kelly said, "He gets it."'

Marker NFL executive says Buffalo Bills, Rex Ryan could be fit for Ray Rice [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think I'm in the minority on this, but I think he plays this year," a high-level club executive told Banks. "But it'll have to be for a really strong front office organization. Seattle, Green Bay, Dallas, situations like that. I'm a little bit surprised that it has taken this long for someone to sign him. Buffalo could be another team to watch with Rice. They don't have a need at running back right now, but I'm told Rex Ryan thinks the world of him from their time together in Baltimore (in 2008). He loves him. He doesn't like him. He loves him."'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Rex Ryan (sort of) admits he made mistakes with Jets [1:55 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'But Ryan once again pinning the Jets' problems so significantly on factors other than his own errors only underscores one of his biggest flaws — his inability and/or unwillingness to accept his share of the blame.'

Marker Rex Ryan to take Bills to Jim Kelly charity golf tournament Monday [1:54 AM]
ESPN reports: '"It feels good," Kelly said. "I feel good. And it's good because after last year, the money we were able to give out to all the charities, that makes you feel good because even though I couldn't be here, it continued, it moved on and we are still making a difference."'

Marker Rex will take team to Kelly's golf tournament [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The outing will count as one of the team's ten allowed OTAs during this Phase Three of their offseason workout program. The team is also scheduled to hold an OTA practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday will be a voluntary conditioning day for the team.'

Marker Rice not a fit for Bills [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Rice is 28 years old. Although not ancient by NFL standards, an age that’s considered on the backside of a career for running backs. And even though he was reinstated with a month left in last year’s regular season, Rice didn’t play at all in 2014. The last time he did play a full season, it was his worst as a pro. After never averaging less than 4.0 yards per carry as a regular, Rice dipped to an abysmal 3.1 yards per run. He also caught the fewest amount of passes (58) for the fewest amount of yards (321) since his sophomore season in 2009, his first as a regular starter.'

Marker Coaching has always been in Tim McDonald's blood [1:51 AM] reports: '“I went to coach my kids,” McDonald said. “I wanted to make sure if they were going to play football I was going to be a part of teaching them. That’s why I didn’t take opportunities to stay with the team I was at and coach. I wanted to be with my kids, and coach them.”'

Marker The skinny on the QB race [1:50 AM] reports: 'So here’s a closer look at the candidates and what Rex Ryan thinks of their progress.'

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