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Buffalo Bills News - August 27, 2015

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.'

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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."'

Marker Preseason games prove dangerous [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Considering the siege of injuries on the team and around the NFL, I imagine many of the Bills wish that Rex Ryan would call a merciful end to training camp and allow his guys to spend the next 18 days playing video games.'

Marker Williams showing few signs of wear and tear [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’s been blessed to have some unique genes,” Bills defensive line coach Karl Dunbar said. “There’s things you hear about him, but he comes to work, works hard, and that’s what I love about him.”'

Marker Tyler Dunne's practice report: Day 17 [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There's still no clear-cut starting quarterback. LeSean McCoy, the focal point on offense, might not be able to start the regular season. The pass rush should be dangerous again. Sammy Watkins, when a full go, dominated. Corey Graham is the starting safety (not Duke Williams). Sentrel Henderson won his right tackle job back.'

Marker Who will be the Bills' QB? Our Day 17 report [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rex Ryan insists it's a three-way battle and that he and the rest of the coaches are focused on trying to give each contestant an equal opportunity. But Manuel is the only one of the three working with the scout team and getting minimal chances with the starters.'

Marker 5 things I learned at Bills training camp [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We definitely expect to be in the playoffs," said Ryan. "We said that from Day One, no qualms about it, we expect to be in there. We realize a lot of things can happen, but we have a good football team. Give me the team that has talent and is committed to what we're doing and all in it together, I think we have a great chance."'

Marker Can these Bills break curse? [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: ' "The bottom line is that we haven't been good enough collectively as a team to win and make it,'' Williams said. "We've had bad breaks, this and that, that kept us out of it. But good teams make things happen. I think this year we have the guys that can make good things happen.'''

Marker The dollars and sense of Bills camp [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This was the 16th year for Bills Camp at St. John Fisher. Accounts from other colleges — public universities that are, by definition, more transparent — indicate that whatever is charged is just enough to cover, or not quite cover expenses. The true benefit, cliche as it might sound, is the exposure, the side benefits like internships for students, and exclusive access events for alumni.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel: 'I love it here and I want to stay here' [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think you've got to live life with no regrets. So however this situation plays out, I'm going to be the best teammate I can be, and just go like that."'

Marker Percy Harvin, LeSean McCoy progress in rehab [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Trainers are blown away with Percy's commitment to getting back out there," Rex Ryan said after practice.'

Marker The NFL’s Best Practice: No Wasted Time [1:48 AM]
Wall Street Journal reports: 'So Roman devised a plan to change the way Buffalo practices. The first part is to effectively split practice into two practices on separate parts of the field, so that everyone is running a play at all times—and there’s no more standing around.'

Marker Bills close camp with playoffs-or-bust expectations [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Calling this the best team he's been a part of, the eighth-year player said "without a doubt" that the Bills have a playoffs-or-bust mentality in a bid to end a 15-season playoff drought.'

Marker Rex Ryan Has Found the Next Darrelle Revis [1:46 AM]
SI reports: 'Or, he’s right enough. Maybe Revis, one of the best cover corners in history and the best of his era, is technically peerless. But the larger point—that Gilmore is an elite, shutdown artist—will prove to be true. Gilmore is long and strong. He understands angles and timing. He’s fluid and can contort and readjust his body in confined areas. Last season, he was impermeable in both man and zone. That was in a No. 4 ranked Bills defense whose strength was its secondary.'

Marker Ryan: Bills haven’t had discussions about Ray Rice [1:45 AM]
Sportsnet reports: '“No. Absolutely not,” Bills head coach Rex Ryan told Sportsnet 590 The Fan in an interview that will air Wednesday morning on Dean Blundell & Co.'

Marker Four things we learned from Bills training camp [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The starting offensive line has done a nice job. The Bills are far, far better in the interior than they were a year ago now with Richie Incognito and John Miller at guard surrounding Eric Wood at center. Cordy Glenn has been steady at left tackle and Seantrel Henderson has really stepped up his game on the right edge.'

Marker Bills' Ryan has this training camp thing down [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This is Ryan’s first trip to Fisher and he really was impressed, “I can’t thank everybody involved with St. John Fisher College enough, the staff here has been really incredible, first rate. It couldn’t have gone any better. But really from the weather, the people here, and the fans coming out it really added to training camp. I thought it was terrific. I think we got a lot done. Obviously in training camp it’s kind of tough because you’re installing new systems at the same time you’re evaluating your players. There’s so much going into it and you hope your team is coming together. I think we accomplished all that type of stuff. We’re not complete, but we are way ahead of the game and as we get ready to break camp, I couldn’t be happier with it.”'

Marker If Matt Cassel wins the job, should we panic? [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'While it seems the fan base is split between rooting like crazy for Tyrod Taylor to win the competition and yelling at shopping carts – err, sorry, trying to convince other people that EJ Manuel has never had a fair shot – it seems Matt Cassel has gone from the obvious choice to the option fans would be most unhappy with.'

Marker The Battle for Second Place: Bills vs. Dolphins [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Having said that, the team the Bills will probably have to surpass if they have any hopes in getting into the playoffs this year is in fact the Miami Dolphins. Let’s take a look at each core position group (QB, RB, WR, TE, OL, DL, etc.) and see who will have the advantage heading into this season.'

Marker 2015 Bills Training Camp Awards [1:40 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Once Jackson and Dixon suffered an injury, the reps were shared between Williams and Brown, and Williams was far and away the best runner between the two. In fact, he was doing so well that some even believed he could push Jackson for the number-two job, and if something happened to McCoy, that he would even take over the lead-back duties.'

Marker Bills Training Camp 2015 -- That's a wrap! [1:39 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'In fact, every fan our 7 Eyewitness News team talked with on the final day of training camp was on "Team Tyrod."'

Marker Who has to perform in the pivotal third preseason game? [1:38 AM]
Bills Daily reports: The Offensive starter for the Bills to watch during Saturday’s preseason game against the Steelers is Matt Cassel. The QB competition is still a three horse race with Rex Ryan indicating that all three of them will get time with the first unit. Cassel is still the leader with Tyrod Taylor on his heels and EJ Manuel in third place. Cassel didn’t play last week as the coaching staff wanted an extended look at Taylor and Manuel. All that did was bunch things up even more.

Marker Top 3 things you need to know from Day 17 at Bills camp [1:37 AM] reports: 'It’s been a nip and tuck battle for the starting quarterback job in training camp, chiefly between Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. Head coach Rex Ryan has maintained that not much should be read into the reps that each quarterback takes in practice, but EJ Manuel hasn’t gotten nearly as many with the first team offense.'

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