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Buffalo Bills News - September 5, 2015

Marker With three cuts to go, Cassel awaits the final word [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For now, Cassel and EJ Manuel are the backups behind Tyrod Taylor, and Cassel said that’s what he’s “planning on” when the regular season begins on Sept. 13 against Indianapolis'

Marker McCoy, Ryan hopeful running back can play [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s why we’re working here every day, man, with the treatment and the trainers to get everything right,” he said.'

Marker Simms cut, Cassel still with Bills [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If Cassel were to be sent packing, that would mean Ryan and the coaching staff is fully confident that EJ Manuel can be a reliable backup quarterback to starter Tyrod Taylor. If there’s any doubt about Manuel, then it’s likely that Cassel stays as the No. 2, and Simms remains on the waiver wire. It does not seem as if Manuel’s place on the roster is in jeopardy.'

Marker Looking back on the Bills' first Super season [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Marv said something about it in the Monday meeting," Tasker recalled. "He basically said, 'I don't want to hear it. If you don't want to get pulled, don't get in that hole. And another thing; we have a lot of faith in the guys we're putting in so shut up and sit down.' And we never heard another thing about it. There's reasons why Marv's a Hall of Fame coach, stuff like that."'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson will sign with Seattle Seahawks [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Playing behind a patchwork offensive line and with a mediocre quarterback in 2014, Jackson had 1,000 yards from scrimmage and set a career high with 66 catches while also having a career-low 3.7 yards per carry.'

Marker Matt Simms among 17 players cut by Buffalo Bills [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Simms, who is entering his fourth season in the NFL, still has practice squad eligibility if he passes through waivers unclaimed.'

Marker IK Enemkpali, who punched Jets quarterback Geno Smith, cut by Bills [1:53 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'However, after a few weeks in Buffalo, Enemkpali is without a team again. It isn't entirely surprising — even before punching Smith, Enemkpali was far from a lock to make the Jets' roster.'

Marker Bills release linebacker IK Enemkpali [1:52 AM]
Newsday reports: 'But, according to a source, Enemkpali's on-field play and the uncertainty surrounding the fallout from the Smith incident were too much for the Bills to overlook. An NFL spokesman confirmed last month that the league will look into the incident, as it falls under the personal conduct policy. At the time, Jets coach Todd Bowles said it's up to Smith if he wants to pursue criminal charges.'

Marker IK Enemkpali, who punched Geno Smith, cut by Buffalo Bills [1:51 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Enemkpali was cut by the Bills the day before all NFL teams have to reduce their rosters to their 53-man regular-season limit. If he clears waivers between Saturday's cutdown deadline and Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., the Bills still have the option of placing him on their practice squad.'

Marker Bills cut Simms in a rough week for NFL players [1:50 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Simms, who will be 27 on Sept. 27, has been through this before. He was waived by the Jets as an undrafted rookie free agent on Labor Day weekend in 2012, and was out of the NFL until signing a reserve/future contract with Gang Green the day after the regular season ended.'

Marker Seahawks agree to deal with veteran RB Fred Jackson, waive Robert Turbin [1:49 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'But the Seahawks wanted Jackson for more than his relationship to Lynch as they believe he still has some tread in his tires and can also still an effective receiver, something that was a forte of Turbin’s, who had forged a role as the team’s two-minute back.'

Marker Report: Hawks to sign RB Jackson, waive injured RB Turbin [1:48 AM]
Everett Herald reports: 'Jackson, who became good friends with Lynch when they were teammates on the Bills from 2007-10, is the oldest running back in the NFL at 34. In his eight seasons with Buffalo he gained 5,646 yards on 1,279 carries. Jackson, who was scheduled to earn $2.35 million with the Bills, was surprisingly released by Buffalo under controversial circumstances — Jackson was quoted in the Buffalo News saying, “There's only one person in that organization that I haven't gotten honesty from, and that was (Bills general manager Doug Whaley).”'

Marker Seattle Seahawks close to deal with RB Fred Jackson amid report Robert Turbin to be waived Seattle [1:47 AM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'Jackson, who shared the lead-back job with Lynch in 2009 and the start of the 2010 season in Buffalo, visited the Seahawks on Tuesday and took a physical exam according to Carroll.'

Marker McCoy optimistic but won't say he'll play in Bills opener [1:46 AM]
AP reports: '"I feel good. It's just a matter of time," McCoy said Friday, while acknowledging he is still experiencing some pain when making certain cuts.'

Marker Bills cut Enemkpali; place McKelvin on short-term IR [1:45 AM]
AP reports: 'Enemkpali appeared in three preseason games with Buffalo. His playing status was uncertain because the NFL could still discipline Enemkpali for punching Smith.'

Marker Bills Preview Capsule [1:44 AM]
AP reports: 'Expectations: They're sky high for a franchise that has undergone a top-to-bottom makeover entering its first season with new co-owners Terry and Kim Pegula. Though an experienced and aggressive defense returns mostly intact, much is riding on Taylor and the offense to produce in the Bills' latest bid to end a 15-season playoff drought — the NFL's longest active streak. Bills can make a case to being regarded as contenders during an opening month that has them playing Indianapolis, New England, Miami and the Giants.'

Marker AP Source: Seahawks, Jackson agree on 1-year contract [1:43 AM]
AP reports: '"He's an incredible football player and person and been extremely productive," Carroll said. "We'll see what that means. We had a good visit with him. I really, really like the kid, we all did. We'll see what that means, I don't know that answer right now. "'

Marker Bills release LB Enemkpali, Simms [1:42 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Other Bills released Friday were offensive linemen William Campbell, Darryl Johnson and Alex Kupper, fullback John Conner, wide receiver Andre Davis, Dezmin Lewis and Tobais Palmer, defensive tackle Andre Fluellen, linebacker Quentin Groves, running backs Bronson Hill and Cierre Wood, defensive end B.J. Larsen, cornerback Merrill Noel and former fifth-round guard Cyril Richardson.'

Marker Seahawks reportedly strike deal with RB Jackson [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'In his eight years in Buffalo, he rushed for 5,646 yards -- placing him third on the franchise's rushing list behind O.J. Simpson and Thurman Thomas.'

Marker Source: Seahawks, Fred Jackson agree to 1-year deal [1:40 AM]
ESPN reports: '"He's been a very good pass-catcher and [an] adept pass protector," Carroll said. "He's always been a good runner. He's got great feel and sense. Had a big run in the game last week. Had a 40-yard run in the game last week and scored a touchdown. But he's been a very adept pass-receiver, and I think that's something that maybe he could fit in."'

Marker Bills season preview: Buffalo becoming exciting [1:39 AM] reports: 'Predicted finish: No. 3 in AFC East, No. 9 in the AFC, No. 17 overall in Around the NFL's Power Poll.'

Marker McCoy participates in practice, Ryan still optimistic [1:38 AM] reports: '"I feel good. It’s just a matter of time,” he said. “We’ll wait and see how everything plays out. I’m going to control what I can control and that’s working hard and getting treatment so I can get out there. It’s a waiting process, just got to wait it out and see how I feel. ”'

Marker Leodis McKelvin to Reserve/NFI as Bills release 16 [1:37 AM] reports: 'McKelvin’s new designation (he had been on Active/PUP) means that he no longer counts toward a roster spot. The earliest he could return to the active roster would be the Tuesday after Week 6 (Oct. 13).'

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September 4, 2015

Marker Buffalo Bills, Rex Ryan shouldn't give up on Dan Carpenter despite poor kicking in preseason [1:50 PM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'But the Bills shouldn't give up on Carpenter just yet. In his first two years with the team, Carpenter has put up career highs in field goals made. Last year, he made six field goals of 50 or more yards. His performance since 2013 has made him one of the best kickers in the NFL.'

Marker Bills lag on style points in preseason finale [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We did some of the stupidest things I’ve ever seen in football,” Ryan said. “That was awful. … Just some dumb things, so I’m not real happy.”'

Marker Bills’ first two games are tests, but not musts [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What’s more critical, in my view, is how they play against Miami, Cincinnati and Kansas City, teams they could be fighting for a wild-card spot. Remember, a home loss to the Chiefs seriously damaged their playoff hopes a year ago.'

Marker Whaley says he didn’t act alone in cutting Jackson [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Let’s put it this way,” Whaley said. “I gather information from everybody, from the running backs coach to the offensive coordinator to the head coach and the owners. I wouldn’t be in this position – especially with new ownership – I’m going to include them.'

Marker Some tough decisions for Ryan & Bills [1:56 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But the son of Phil, the former Giants star, didn’t look good against the Lions reserves, particularly in the critical area of decision-making. His passing stats were OK — 22-of-38 for 223 yards and a 74.8 passer rating — but he was also sacked three times and had a trio of fumbles, losing them all.'

Marker Rex Ryan upset with Bills kicker Dan Carpenter, says team will explore other options [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'm tired of missing field goals," Ryan said. "We have a kickoff guy and we miss field goals. I don't get it. So we'll certainly be looking out there. I don't know if there's any out there, but nobody gets this job by default. You have to earn your way out here. I'm very disappointed in that, and I don't care who knows it."'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley denies acting on his own in decision to cut Fred Jackson [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"No, it's not an easy move," Whaley said. "It wasn't. He's been the heart and soul of not only our team but the community. It's one of those things where we decided it something we had to do and especially the timing we thought would be best for him and obviously look, he went out to Seattle and everything. But to say I acted alone ... that would be irresponsible for me to do something without informing the coaches, the owners, the running back coach, the offensive coordinator."'

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