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Buffalo Bills News - August 21, 2017

Marker Buffalo Bills sign TE Rory Anderson, S Adrian McDonald [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Anderson was a former seventh round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in the 2015 NFL draft. The tight end played for South Carolina in college and recorded 61 receptions for 954 yards and nine touchdowns with the Gamecocks. He spent one season with the 49ers before joining the Chicago Bears' practice squad in 2016. He was placed on the Bears' practice squad/injured list last October.'

Marker Report: Anquan Boldin tells Bills he's retiring [1:46 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'In his Bills career, Boldin had one catch for five yards from Tyrod Taylor during last Thursday's preseason game in Philadelphia.'

Marker Boldin abruptly retires 2 weeks after signing with Bills [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"Football has afforded me a platform throughout my career to have a greater impact on my humanitarian work," Boldin. "At this time, I feel drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority. My life's purpose is bigger than football."'

Marker Jordan Matthews expects to be ready for Bills' season opener [1:44 AM]
AP reports: '"I want to go out there and prove myself to my teammates. I want them to know that I'm tough, and I want them to know that I'm not the type of guy that wants to miss practice and just be there for games." Matthews said. "I'm extremely confident I will be ready to play for Week 1."'

Marker Bills sign tight end Rory Anderson, safety Adrian McDonald [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Anderson has yet to play an NFL game since being selected by San Francisco in the seventh round of the 2015 draft. He missed his entire rookie season because of an ankle injury. McDonald has no NFL experience and was signed by San Diego as an undrafted free agent in 2016.'

Marker Sight of Eagles hugging inspires Bills lineman to raise fist [1:42 AM]
AP reports: '"It gave me some courage," Jefferson said Sunday, referring to seeing Long support Jenkins, who stood with a raised fist. "Just seeing that togetherness on their team between different races, different people, I felt like that's all I wanted. I wanted togetherness to build awareness for that."'

Marker WR Boldin retires after brief stint with Bills [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Boldin finishes his 14-year NFL career ranked ninth all-time in receptions (1,076), 14th in receiving yards (13,779) and tied for 23rd in receiving touchdowns (82). He won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens after the 2012 season.'

Marker Bills sign TE Anderson, S McDonald [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The 5-9, 190-pound McDonald was an undrafted rookie signing of the San Diego Chargers in 2016. He spent his rookie year on the Chargers' practice squad but was released by the team last week.'

Marker Anquan Boldin on retirement: 'My life's purpose is bigger than football' [1:39 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Boldin has spent parts of the past two years on Capitol Hill fighting for criminal justice reform. His cousin, Corey Jones, was shot to death by a plain-clothed police officer in 2015 after Jones' van broke down on the side of a South Florida highway.'

Marker Bills WR Jordan Matthews confident he'll be ready to play in season-opener vs. Jets [1:38 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I had a [knee] injury last preseason, unfortunately, and it kind of kept me out of some time when I was with the Eagles," he said. "But I was able to come back Week 1 and have a very productive game. I know how to take mental reps, I know how to stay in shape and I know how to make sure that I'm on top of the playbook.'

Marker Anquan Boldin says he's retiring less than two weeks after signing with Bills [1:37 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'For the Bills, this is a big blow. Their receiving corps is an unmitigated disaster. Remember: They already traded Sammy Watkins to the Rams, which means their best receiver is either Zay Jones (a second-round pick) or Jordan Matthews (currently hurt). The rest of their depth chart doesn't inspire much confidence...'.

Marker Report: Bills WR Anquan Boldin To Retire After 14 Seasons [1:36 AM]
SI reports: 'Boldin has played in 14 NFL seasons and ranks 14th on the all-time receiving yards list with 13,779. He has 82 career touchdowns, which has him tied with Brandon Marshall and Reggie Wayne for the 23rd most in league history. He recorded more than 1,000 receiving yards in seven of his seasons.'

Marker Report: Boldin informs Bills he is retiring [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Behind Jones and Matthews on the team’s depth chart are Andre Holmes, Rod Streater, Philly Brown, Brandon Tate, and Walter Powell. However, Streater injured his toe in Thursday night’s preseason game against the Eagles and it’s unclear when he’ll be available to play, if at all this season. Powell is scheduled to serve a four-game suspension to start the season for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.'

Marker Bills "cautiously optimistic" for Glenn's return [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'When asked if Streater may require surgery, McDermott said the team is still weighing their options.'

Marker Stunner: Anquan Boldin tells Buffalo Bills that he's retiring [1:33 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Without Boldin, the Bills top six wide receivers consist of the injured Jordan Matthews, rookie Zay Jones, Andre Holmes, the injured Rod Streater, Brandon Tate, and veteran Philly Brown. With no word on how severe Streater's toe injury is to this point in time, it makes for an immediate hole on the roster and the wide receiver group now becomes one of the thinnest positions on the team.'

Marker Joe B: 5 takeaways from Buffalo Bills practice (8/20/17) [1:32 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The chip fracture in his sternum kept him on the sidelines through the past week, but head coach Sean McDermott made it known that Matthews was “improving.” And then, on the practice field on Sunday, Matthews had his helmet on and was taking part in some individual drills — although he didn’t have any shoulder pads on. And then after practice, Matthews said that it’s a pain tolerance thing, and while they aren’t rushing him to get on the field for a preseason game, he remains “extremely confident” that he’ll be able to play in Week One of the regular season.'

Marker Amidst anthem protests, Buffalo Bills head coach McDermott says he supports his players opinions [1:31 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'ard, and then respect the process of what’s going on in this country and this world.'

Marker Boldin retires choosing to put his humanitarian work first [1:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The statement doesn't come as a surprise for a player who won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2015. After receiving the award he said - "I realized my purpose in life was not to make it to the NFL and score touchdowns. God put me on this earth for something much bigger than that and I realized and understand what my purpose is now. ... It's my prayer and my hope that I can live out the rest of my life honoring God and helping as many people as possible."'

Marker WR Matthews eager to play and blend in [1:29 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’ve been consistent in my career with being at practice and being there for my team and not missing games and everything,” said Jordan Matthews. “For that to happen not only the first practice, but the first play when the ball came to me I was kind of in disbelief. That’s why I finished the whole practice. I was like, ‘There’s no way I just hurt myself on my first day as a Bill.’ That’s not possible, but when I got done with practice I realized my chest and arm had kind of stiffened up a bit. At that point I kind of knew.”'

Marker Dawkins gets more work at left tackle [1:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“To have a plan in place and to continue to look at things, we’re going to go and move in that direction a little bit more just so we’re ready,” McDermott confirmed. “We’re cautiously optimistic about Cordy. Having said that we want to make sure we’re moving in a direction that if we need to execute with Dion on the left side we’re ready to do that.”'

Marker Bills sign TE Anderson, S McDonald [1:27 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'To make room for Anderson and McDonald on the roster, Buffalo released K/P Austin Rehkow and waived/injured TE Jason Croom.'

Marker Bills Today: Bills offense still working on timing [1:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s different when it’s routes against air and everything is laid out for you,” said Jones. “When you get press coverage, sometimes it throws timing off, and sometimes it’s obviously a different look. But, that’s what the preseasons is for. You just have to keep playing and keep building, and that stuff is going to come.”'

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Marker Bills backup O-lineman Groy a Secret Superstar, and there's data to prove it [1:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I watched what he did last year on the field, and when Eric went down how he stepped in and did a nice job,” said McDermott. “He has the versatility of playing the center position and also the guard position; extremely intelligent individual, adds value in that regard, makes a lot of the calls for us. I feel real good about our depth at that position.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills win AFC East over Patriots in CBS Sports' Madden 18 simulation [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The Bills-Patriots thing is just impossible to understand. If I told you the Bills won 11 games and the Patriots didn't win the division, you would assume both Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo were kidnapped by a crazed Rex Ryan and held hostage for months somewhere in Bristol. Nope. Brady threw for 5,355 yards and 34 touchdowns while completing 75 percent of his passes. Even wilder? Tyrod Taylor had 2,069 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. Nate Peterman had 2,051 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions."'

Marker Buffalo Bills 53-man roster projection 2017: Post-Eagles preseason game [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Yates' job isn't necessarily safe as Peterman looks like the clear-cut favorite for the Bills' No. 2 quarterback job, but he sticks for now as he brings knowledge of the offense to the quarterback room.'

Marker Never bet against Bills wide receiver Rod Streater [1:56 AM]
Burlington County Times reports: '“I am blessed,” Streater said. “God has been doing great things in my life. Through all the ups and downs, He has allowed me to be able to make plays and contribute to the team. I’m here to win a Super Bowl.”'

Marker Harrisburg native LeSean McCoy still spry, confident while approaching career milestones [1:55 AM]
Harrisburg Patriot News reports: '"I think the biggest number that you want to get is a ring," McCoy said. "For this team, we haven't been to the playoffs in quite some time, so hopefully we get that established, we accomplish that. If I get lucky and get a ring, man, I'll start thinking about the numbers. But it's always in the back of my mind. I use that to kind of motivate me, if it's a ring or chasing different yardage. It keeps me motivated."'

Marker The long and Shorts of making Bills' roster for ex-Red Lion star [1:54 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: 'Shorts, a rookie undrafted free agent, wasn't despondent, however. He had a large rooting section of more than 20 friends and family members cheering him on. He also had several close friends on the Eagles who met him at midfield after the game to catch up.'

Marker McDermott distressed by penalties, offensive problems [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"You want to be able to say it's all one area, and that's not the case," McDermott said. "There is some discipline in there, there's concentration, there's playing aggressive without hesitation so that we stay in good position, so we're not in chase mode. There's different buckets, if you will, that are factoring into the penalties, all of which are unacceptable. We need to continue to work at that, I am concerned about it, and we're going to look into bringing officials into practice, to help us in that effort. We've got to get it corrected."

Marker Former Eagles' draft pick Jordan Poyer excited for opportunity with Bills [1:52 AM]
CSN Philadelphia reports: '"It's a great situation for me with Sean and Leslie," Poyer said. "Sean coaches us every day, helps us get better, helps get the whole football team better. I learn something from him every day."'

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