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Buffalo Bills News - April 20, 2016

Marker At rally, Ryan and Trump were great comedic duo [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Of all the people Trump figured would add to his credibility in Buffalo, he chose … Rex Ryan? Trump called Ryan a “great, great football coach” while ignoring a sub-.500 record for his career. If you can’t rile the masses, you might as well humor them. It’s only politics, right?'

Marker Bills safety Aaron Williams says he's healthy, ready to go [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Looking back I definitely did go back too early,” he admitted. “But at that time I was young and trying to prove something; prove that I’m strong and that nothing can really faze me, but at the end of the day I’ve got to look at my health.”'

Marker Rex Ryan's stumping for Donald Trump troubling [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But hey, maybe Ryan was inspired listening to Trump on Monday night. Maybe he will get a wall built around Ralph Wilson Stadium to keep Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots out.'

Marker Sammy Watkins went to a casino in N.C. while Bills began voluntary workouts [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If Watkins is serious about being a leader, it's probably best for him to report to One Bills Drive sooner rather than later.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release LB Tony Steward, further depleting depth [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Steward was a sixth-round draft pick of the Bills a year ago. With his release and A.J. Tarpley's retirement, the Bills now have just three inside linebackers on the depth chart. Preston Brown, the newly signed Zach Brown and Kevin Reddick will be tasked with manning the middle of the defense.'

Marker Bills safety Williams bracing for 1st hit after neck surgery [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"We can do as many strength tests and as many mental tests as we can, but it's all going to come down to when we put the pads on," Williams said, after the Bills opened their offseason voluntary conditioning program on Monday.'

Marker Bills cut Tony Steward, further depleting linebacker depth [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'A sixth-round pick out of Clemson last year, Steward had difficulty getting any playing time as a rookie. He was used primarily in a special teams role and appeared in just five games before being placed on season-ending injured reserve as a result of a back injury.'

Marker Bills release LB Steward two months after fiancee's death [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Wow, life's curveballs are unreal! Haha on to the next.," Steward tweeted. "Extremely grateful to the Bills organization for the opportunity they gave me. Looking forward to the next chapter."'

Marker Fast-rising OT Conklin visits Bills [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Some see Conklin as a guard early-on in the NFL. If the Bills do, they probably wouldn’t invest the nineteenth pick in him. But I think most teams – including the Bills - will view him as a right tackle who may be able to move to the left side as he gets more experience in the league. He played both sides at some point of his college career.'

Marker If Bills have pick of Alabama trio in first round, who fits best? [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'All three show up in the first round of many mocks. And linebacker Reggie Ragland and defensive tackles Jarran Reed and A’Shawn Robinson could help Rex Ryan’s defense, all in different ways.'

Marker Bills release LB Tony Steward [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Clemson product was hurt in preseason last year and missed the team’s first five games. After playing in the next nine contests, he suffered a knee injury and was placed on injured reserve, missing the final four games of his rookie campaign.'

Marker Entrenched starting QB Tyrod Taylor benefits the Bills [1:44 AM] reports: '“Just having a full year under your belt and establishing myself as a leader on the offense and the team definitely brings more confidence and it brings more responsibility,” said Taylor.'

Marker Bills release LB Tony Steward [1:43 AM] reports: 'The club now has eight linebackers on their offseason roster.'

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April 19, 2016

Marker For Taylor, it’s ‘all in’ for the Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“… The business side of it will handle itself. Whether that gets done or not, that has to handle itself. I’m just here to work and get better as a player.”'

Marker ‘It just feels right’ for Williams to be back in action with Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s been so long since I’ve been with the team,” he said. “Being back here, just working out with the guys, running with the guys, lifting with the guys, just feels right. Feels great.”'

Marker Rex Ryan introduces Donald Trump: 'He'll say what's on his mind' [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Asked if Trump had Ryan's support for the Republican nomination, the coach said, "I'm going to introduce him, that's a true statement. But I'm not going to say who my endorsement is and all that stuff. I will say this, (New Jersey governor) Chris Christie was my guy one hundred percent because we were the lap band of brothers. We both had that lap band and we are really pretty close."'

Marker Corbin Bryant signs RFA tender with the Bills [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“A guy who’s been out there,” Bryant said in February. “A guy who’s seen a lot. A guy who can break down film really well. A guy who knows the different tricks of the trade to figure out what teams are doing. And also, a physical presence out there as well. All the different parts that we have, everybody brings something great to the table and that’s what’s exciting.”'

Marker Bills QB Tyrod Taylor not concerned about contract status [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I can tell you this, our focus specifically with Tyrod is to get him the very best he can possibly be this year,” said Ryan. “There isn’t a person in this organization that doesn’t respect Tyrod Taylor, I can promise you that. Financial things, whatever, everybody’s got it. Whether it’s Tyrod Taylor, this player, that player, there’s always financial things that are very important to that individual specifically, but there’s a balancing act. And what’s best for a franchise may not be what’s best for an individual.”'

Marker Bills coach Rex Ryan introducing Trump at Buffalo rally [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Playing it coy when asked about this, Ryan said, “Well, we'll have to stick around and find out.” But then he came clean and said, “Yeah, it should be interesting. I'm going to introduce him, that's a true statement. But I'm not going to say who my endorsement is and all that stuff. I will say this, (New Jersey governor) Chris Christie was my guy one hundred percent because we were the lap band of brothers. We both had that lap band (surgery) and we’re really pretty close.”'

Marker Sammy Watkins among those absent for start of Buffalo Bills' voluntary workouts [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was not on the field while the Bills' went through light conditioning work at One Bills Drive. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who ended the season on injured reserve, and offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, who missed the the end of last season while reportedly battling Crohn's disease, also weren't on the field for the start of workouts.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' QB Tyrod Taylor willing to play 2016 without a new contract [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I know the contract I signed for last year," Taylor said at the first day of voluntary conditioning Monday. "I understand my contract fully. Like I said, the business side, whether I'm out there playing under contract or an extension, my preparation does not change mentally or physically. I'm here to get this team better, I'm here to better myself and do what I can to help our team compete for a Super Bowl next year."'

Marker Bills coach Rex Ryan will be introducing Donald Trump at his Buffalo rally [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Well, I don't know we'll have to stick around and find out," Ryan said when asked about it Monday. "Yeah, it should be interesting."'

Marker Rob Ryan has been sleeping in his office at One Bills Drive [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Apparently Rob is doing everything he can to get things turned around. Sleeping at the office in April is a new level of commitment.'

Marker Rex Ryan and Donald Trump praise each other at Buffalo rally [1:49 AM]
Washington Post reports: '“There’s so much that I admire about Mr. Trump but one thing I really admire about him is, you know what, he’ll say what’s on his mind. And so many times, you’ll see people, a lot of people want to say the same thing. But there’s a big difference: they don’t have the courage to say it. They all think it, but they don’t have the courage to say it. And Donald Trump certainly has the courage to say it.”'

Marker Rex Ryan promoting Bills unity with an 'All In' motto [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"It's easy to talk about: 'Yeah, he's all in,' or, 'Yeah, I'm all in.' But your actions speak louder than words," said Ryan, who has been a longtime fan of Swinney, and whose son, Seth, plays at Clemson. "That's what I think we need to strive for, and that's to get everybody pulling in the same direction and going for that same goal."'

Marker Bills defensive tackle Corbin Bryant signs qualifying offer [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Entering his fourth NFL season, Bryant proved his value last year in filling after Kyle Williams sustained a season-ending injury in Week 6. Bryant was credited with 45 tackles and six quarterback hits in 16 games, including 10 starts.'

Marker Donald Trump to receive a Rex Ryan welcome to Buffalo [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills issued a statement by referring to Ryan's presence at Trump's rally as being a personal decision, and adding: "The Bills organization does not endorse political candidates and so he is not representing the organization at tonight's event."'

Marker Bills DT Bryant signs tender [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills also released defensive back Cam Thomas, an undrafted free agent last season. He spent the entire season on the physically unable to perform list.'

Marker Taylor vows contract won't be a distraction as he preps for 2016 [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“(The contract is) not really a focus of mine,” he told reporters after the Bills' first workout of their offseason conditioning program. “I’m coming here to work, to prepare myself physically and mentally for the 2016 season. The business side handles itself, whether it gets done or not. Like I said it handles itself. I am just here to work and get better as a player."'

Marker Rex, Bills say - and wear - ''All-In'' mantra for 2016 [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan said after the practice that the "All-In" theme is about a commitment and trust within the team and to each other. He said he got it from Dabo Swinney, head coach at Clemson, where his son is a wide receiver.'

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