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Buffalo Bills News - August 29, 2015

Marker Bills’ Incognito wants respect, but don’t ask him to change [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m going to continue bringing it,” Incognito said. “The easy narrative is ‘Oh, he’s this changed man.’ I’ve definitely changed for the better, but I think what you see is a guy who’s just really focused.'

Marker Jackson is ready for action with Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’ve got to show that I’m still here to compete, still here to make plays whenever I get that opportunity,” he said. “It’s on me to go out and show that I can still do that. I’m accepting that challenge and looking forward to it. This should be a good test for me."'

Marker Bills rookie Steward getting shot as backup LB [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I guess I was kind of thinking 'why me?'" Steward said recently, reflecting on those hard knocks. "Obviously any injury is tough to go through when you have to sit out a football season, so having them back to back was the worst part. But it wasn't the worst time of my life because I knew it was something I can come back from. I just had to stay focused."'

Marker Introducing the Bills’ ‘All Playoff Drought Team’ [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'These Bills are truly the “Lost Generation,” players who ask themselves “Why would anybody want to remember me?” But the truth is, people — most at least — do appreciate every player who puts on a Bills uniform and represents western New York the best he can.'

Marker Rex Ryan is the only NFL coach without a quarterback (again) [1:55 AM]
New York Post reports: '“There’s no question it’s intentional,” Ryan said. “You let it play out. I think being patient will help us pick the right guy.”'

Marker 5 things to watch in Bills - Steelers [1:54 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Do not belittle the importance of this game — at least not for the men vying for the starting quarterback job. The Bills may have already made up their mind as to who they choose to be the starter in 2015, but the players don’t know that. They are still operating under the premise that the third preseason game, at least from what Rex Ryan has said publicly, will be the last test before they decide on their man.'

Marker Five players to watch [1:53 AM] reports: 'Red Bryant: He surprisingly saw a bit of action last week at Cleveland, and figures to see a good deal more playing time against Pittsburgh. Buffalo’s defensive staff wants to see how much the big-bodied Bryant still has to give at 31-years old.'

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August 28, 2015

Marker Camp is over; now it starts to get intense [4:08 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“It (now) starts being real to these players. That first cut to 75 comes (next Tuesday) and it’s hard to get them to focus on the team when, individually, you’ve got to make the team first. You could start feeling that intensity, the anxiety (today), all of it combined right now as we get closer to playing this third preseason game.”'

Marker Bills hand ball to Manuel for game with Steelers [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So much for the so-called tradition of the third preseason game serving as a tune-up for the regular season, with starters getting their most extended action of the summer. On Saturday, the No. 1 QB spot will be divvied up three ways, with Manuel, Cassel and Taylor each working with the starting group in a rotation that likely will run through the first series of the third quarter.'

Marker Hogan confident of sticking to roster [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I feel pretty comfortable,” Hogan said. “But when this kind of stuff happens, you take a step back and help these young guys. You take all the mental reps you can and put yourself out there as much as you can even though you’re not physically out there.”'

Marker It's Manuel's turn to start preseason game for Bills [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"My plan was to give everybody opportunities, whether it's equal reps or whatever," said Ryan. "Nobody can say that nobody was given a fair shot here. EJ earned a shot at this. He played well in those two games as well, and really that (scrimmage) wasn't like starting in a preseason game, so we'll see. EJ's always gotten reps with the threes and the twos, now it's his shot to get reps with the ones as well and I feel good about that."'

Marker Why Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills think Richie Incognito can be a leader for them [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think I'm finally getting back to somewhat normal," Incognito says. "I think it's just good to be in the rhythm of season, get in the rhythm of training camp, get going. Hopefully, I'll stop having to answer questions about what went down eventually but I understand it right now. Everyone's kind of curious. There's still a lot of stuff that's been untold. There's kind of the untold story, but I think as the season goes on and get in the natural progression and just talking about what's going on now."'

Marker Ikemefuna Enemkpali's character takes another hit [1:55 AM]
Newsday reports: 'He also reportedly told police that he began receiving texts in which "Missy Lee" accused him of "punching her and knocking out her teeth" and also threatened "U are going to jail." Enemkpali reportedly offered $500, but "'Missy Lee' demanded $1,000 or the police would be called." Enemkpali made a complaint to the police after the demand for money, according to the ESPN report.'

Marker EJ Manuel to start at QB against Steelers in exhibition [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'The decision means all three quarterbacks competing for the No. 1 job will have had a start during this preseason.'

Marker QB Manuel will start for Bills vs. Steelers [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Remember, I'm not going to make that decision until we play Indy," Ryan said last week. "Competitive reasons, whatever. Go for it. We don't need to tell them. Until the league makes us tell them, we can just go right up in there and say, 'We're not gonna say anything.' We may know. But why would we say any difference? The quarterbacks that we're talking about, they're all three different. So plan for all three of them. And I think that's smart on our part.'

Marker Bills' Manuel gets the start Saturday [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan did confirm that all three quarterbacks will get to play with the ones. The ones will play through the first series of the third quarter.'

Marker The Bills get some guys back for practice [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Boobie Dixon, Percy Harvin and Bryce Brown all took part in individual periods.'

Marker EJ stays low key after getting starting nod against Pittsburgh [1:50 AM] reports: '“I’m just excited to get the chance to go out there with the ones and start off the game however long I play,” Manuel said. “I just want to do a solid job like I’ve been doing the last couple of weeks and just run our offense. That’s what I want to do.”'

Marker DT Corbin Bryant always building his game [1:49 AM] reports: '“It was a tough journey,” Bryant said. “It was a journey of a lot of learning, a lot of physical development—my body has developed a lot better—and my mind has developed a lot better—I’ve been able to learn defense.”'

Marker Bills-Steelers game preview [1:48 AM] reports: 'Manuel figures to get the most time with the starters since he has not seen time with them to this point in the preseason.'

August 27, 2015

Marker Bills look to turn risks into rewards [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tyrod Taylor is exciting. Can this 6-foot quarterback excel in the pocket consistently? That’s debatable.'

Marker Bills have tough decisions to make at WR [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'As for the other two, Chris Hogan, Marquise Goodwin, Deonte Thompson, Andre Davis, and Dezmin Lewis are all in the mix, and Ryan and his coaching staff will surely be debating the pros and cons of each for quite a while.'

Marker Bills IK Enemkpali punched man he thought was woman whom he arranged to have sex with in 2011 incide [1:57 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'When another person entered the room, Enemkpali claimed he became worried that he was about to be robbed and hit the person in the blanket and left the house. “Missy Lee” began texting Enemkpali, demanding money after the incident in exchange for silence. That led to phone calls from a person claiming to be “Missy Lee’s father” and also asking for money.'

Marker IK Enemkpali also punched man who catfished him for sex date [1:56 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Enemkpali hopped out through a window and only alerted cops after “Missy Lee” texted “U are going to jail” and demanded $1,000, the police report said.'

Marker IK Enemkpali, ex-Jets linebacker, hit man who he thought was woman after arranging sex, per report [1:55 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Rather, Enemkpali is the one who complained to police after the man demanded money from him, in an apparent extortion attempt. In the end, nobody was charged with anything stemming from this crazy situation.'

Marker Police: Bills' IK Enemkpali involved in 2011 catfishing-type incident [1:54 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The outside linebacker who punched New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith during a locker-room dispute missed his college team's 2011 season opener because he injured his hand when punching a man he thought was a woman with whom he had arranged to have sex, Outside the Lines has learned.'

Marker Ryan says team will likely name starter after 3rd preseason game [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"It's really been a situation that you wanted as a coach and that's all three guys playing well," Ryan said. "They're going to make the decision really tough for us. All three of them are doing an outstanding and you could make an argument for all three guys and who could be the started."'

Marker 2015 Training Camp Awards [1:52 AM] reports: 'Another defensive tackle gets the nod here. DT Corbin Bryant in three short seasons has gone from practice squad player to the first man off the bench when one of the starting defensive linemen is down with an injury. Bryant, aside from a minor knee injury, had a solid camp and showed the new defensive staff he can be trusted.'

August 26, 2015

Marker Mixed signals still abound in quarterback race [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Although Ryan said that Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor, and EJ Manuel “have performed at a really high level” in the Bills’ two preseason games, none of the three looked all that exceptional as the Bills wrapped up their 16th camp at St. John Fisher College. Taylor had the best day, but that had a bit less to do with exceptional work on his part than it did with Cassel’s struggles to connect with receivers and Manuel’s issues with keeping the ball out of the hands of defenders.'

Marker Manny Lawson has a 'full plate' in Buffalo's defense [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Wherever the coaches want to put me, I'm excited to be on the field and my role being expanded," Lawson said. "I rush the quarterback, cover man to man and drop in the zone. So I've got a full plate."'

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