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./
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."'
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.'
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.’”'
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."'
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.'
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.'
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."'
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.'
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.”'
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.'
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.”'
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.”'
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.'
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.”'
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...'.
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.”'
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.'
Issues of character weighed on sliding scale [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills looked past Richie Incognito’s transgressions and concentrated on how he could help their team. They kept Marcell Dareus after he ran into legal problems partly because he was a great defensive tackle. They must have figured Kromer was worth hiring even though he caused a major controversy in Chicago.'
How a Rookie Head Coach Derailed a Rookie Quarterback, then Vanished with $4 Million [1:56 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'As mentioned, EJ Manuel was at his best on 1st down passes. His 98 passer rating in weeks 1-3 on first and 10 ranked him behind (primarily) future hall of fame quarterbacks. Manuel was out-dueling most of the league on 1st down. And he was passing on 45% of these 1st down plays (NFL average was 46%). But in weeks 4 and 5, Marrone called 9 passes and 36 runs on 1st downs. That's 20% passes and 80% runs!'
Bills face important decision [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The O-line coach needs to help Cordy Glenn get back to the top of his game, make sure Richie Incognito behaves himself and sort out the right side of the line. At this point it appears the Bills will have a rookie starting at right guard in John Miller and a second year player at right tackle. That would be either Seantrel Henderson who has all of 16 NFL starts on his resume or Cyrus Kouandjio who has zero NFL starts and wasn't good enough to be on the field for a single offensive snap last season.'
How big a jump will the running game make? [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In Roman, the Bills appear to have just the right coach to resuscitate Buffalo’s rushing attack. He spent four seasons as Offensive Coordinator in San Francisco, and Roman’s Niners teams were never ranked below 8th in the league when it came to yards on the ground. The last three seasons, San Francisco was ranked 4th, 3rd, and 4th in rushing yards per game.'
Ex-teammate gives a vote to Taylor as Bills’ QB [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’s a very versatile quarterback,” said Brooks. “The kid can run. He can definitely sling the ball around. He’s one of my favorite quarterbacks – I loved playing with Tyrod. He always gave us a good look. Whenever we faced a good running quarterback, he always got us prepared. Most of the time, he was doing it better than they did.”'
Bills put Kromer on indefinite paid leave [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There’s physical evidence to support the arrest report, too. Corey Dobridnia, the Walton County Sheriff’s public affairs coordinator, said in a press conference that the alleged victim had “some swelling and some bruising” to the left side of his face when deputies responded. She added that the ages of the victims would not be publicized until the case went to court and it becomes “public knowledge.”'
High-flyin’ Rex Ryan will team up with Army parachutists at air show [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The news release from the Air Force Reserve’s 914th Airlift Wing did not explain why Ryan decided to jump from an airplane, which, veterans of the practice can tell you, is even scarier than the Bills’ quarterback depth chart. NFL head coaches don’t routinely jump out of airplanes, and it’s difficult to imagine a coaching legend such as Bill Belichick doing so.'
Bills assistant doesn't need to come back [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Then again, if I’m the Bills, I’d elect to turn Kromer’s indefinite paid vacation into a permanent firing with the appropriate parting gifts and avoid this public relations mess all together. Hey, he’s an offensive line coach, not an All-Pro quarterback or defensive end.'
Buffalo Bills place OL coach Aaron Kromer on indefinite paid administrative leave following arrest [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While Kromer is suspended, assistant offensive line coach Kurt Anderson is the next man up to fill his spot. The Bills open training camp on July 31 at St. John Fisher College.'
Bills coach Rex Ryan will jump from plane with Army's parachute team [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The two-day show, which takes place at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Stations, begins Saturday and is open to the public. The show is the first of its kind at the base since 2011, when an estimated 150,000 came to witness the performances.'
Buffalo Bills' Duke Williams denies hitting on porn star Mia Khalifa [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Beirut-born adult film star, a Florida State University student who was recently named the most popular performer on PornHub, shared the conversation and warned her 660,000 followers that "Trespassers in my DM's will be shot and hung out to dry in public." She similarly called out the rapper Drake in January for sending her "cringeworthy" messages on Instagram.'
Bright offseason turns dark for Buffalo [1:52 AM]
Salamanca Press reports: 'The ‘One Buffalo’ teams each have a prominent employee —a Sabres player and Bills assistant coach — facing charges for crimes of stupidity.'
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