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Buffalo Bills News - July 31, 2015

Marker Charges against NFL coach, son dismissed [6:36 PM]
Northwest Florida Daily News reports: 'The families felt that continued prosecution would result in “substantial disruption of the lives of the minor children and their respective families,” according to a letter from the State Attorney’s Office to the Kromers’ attorney.'

Marker Party’s over: LeSean McCoy says it’s time for football [6:32 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He was pissed off I didn’t invite him,” McCoy said of Ryan. “He gave me a speech for about two hours on how it’s ‘about the team. If one guy has women, we all need women.’ Yeah we talked about it.”'

Marker Rex Ryan reveled in first day at Bills camp [6:32 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I thought it would be tough finding something to top jumping out of a plane, but as a football coach, I think this topped it," said Ryan, who made his much-publicized sky-diving debut a couple of weeks ago during the Niagara Air Show. "This day was a long time coming, you can't wait to get out here, itching and ready to go, you experience the fans, great weather, on the grass and all that stuff, man, it's tremendous."'

Marker Bills add consultant with O-line experience [6:31 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Kurt’s obviously going to head up coaching the offensive line,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said. “He’s obviously been here throughout (the offseason, not to mention four years on previous Bills staffs). I think he’s got the qualities to be a fine offensive line coach, but it’s just business as usual for us.”'

Marker Percy Harvin asked Rex Ryan to play cornerback at Buffalo Bills training camp [6:26 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He wanted to help this team out in anyway," Ryan said. "And you know you have a guy like Leodis go down or whatever you can't have enough depth at cornerback in my opinion first hand info. So lets see what he can do. Obviously we are not going to over coach him and all that stuff. We expect him to be a top receiver."'

Marker 5 Rex Ryan takeaways from day one [6:25 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It just had a different feel," Ryan said. "I don't know if it is because it is my second chance or whatever it is. I think I am better prepared now than I was then even though that same enthusiasm that I have now I had back then I can promise you."'

Marker Ugly day for Matt Cassel, QBs and 6 other observations [6:24 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Cassel was off the mark throughout the day, missing Sammy Watkins deep on a few occasions and settling for check-downs often. Tyrod Taylor also got to mix in with the first-team offense, but he looked a bit uncomfortable in the pocket. Taylor took a few sacks and was looking to scramble often, even during seven-on-seven drills in which the defensive line was not participating.'

Marker LeSean McCoy on women-only party: 'There wasn't going to be any weird orgy' [6:24 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"No, I'm lying, he did (talk to me)," McCoy said. "He was pissed off I didn't invite him. He gave me a whole speech for about two hours — 'You've got to be about the team. If one guy has women, we all need women.' No, I'm joking, he didn't say that. We didn't really talk about it. On a serious note, it's a thing I do every year with teammates. I didn't do it this year. It got too wild. I should never have posted it. I take blame for that."'

Marker 9 non-quarterbacks to watch during practices [6:23 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Kouandjio, a second-round pick in 2014, didn't see the field as a rookie. He had a rough training camp and preseason a year ago while Henderson, a 2014 seventh-round pick, made a quicker transition. Has time allowed Kouandjio to catch up? We'll see when the pads come on during practice Sunday.'

Marker Buffalo Bills kick off training camp at St. John Fisher [6:21 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'But this season, it’s different. Optimism is at an all-time high and with new coach Rex Ryan, new running back LeSean McCoy and a defense that’s among the NFL’s best, expectations are immense. The Bills haven’t been to the playoffs in 15 years, currently the longest drought in the NFL.'

Marker Buffalo Bills feeding hunger of long offseason [6:20 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“Oh man, this is the best thing in the world,” fullback Boobie Dixon said after practice ended. “This is what I love to do … The fans out here cheering, it’s a motivator. It feeds the soul.”'

Marker McCoy creates buzz as Buffalo Bills open training camp [6:19 PM]
AP reports: '"I always try to get the fans involved," said McCoy, who was acquired in a trade that sent linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Philadelphia Eagles. "No player is there actually looking forward to camp. So the fans come out here and cheer us up and get us going. I try to do the same."'

Marker Ryan: Bills hiring Pat Meyer has no ties to Kromer's status [6:18 PM]
AP reports: 'Though the Bills announced Meyer was hired as a football operations consult on Friday, Ryan said the hiring actually took place in June. That was before Kromer was arrested and charged with battery following an alleged altercation on July 12.'

Marker Bills defensive end Williams passes physical, joins camp [6:17 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills say defensive end Mario Williams has passed his physical and was activated in time for the team's opening practice at training camp.'

Marker Bills DE Williams cleared for practice [6:16 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Williams was cleared for the team's first practice of training camp on Friday morning at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y.'

Marker Charges against Bills assistant coach Aaron Kromer dropped [6:14 PM]
ESPN reports: 'A misdemeanor battery charge against Zachery Kromer was also dropped Friday.'

Marker Kromer Update [6:13 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to ESPN Bills beat reporter Mike Rodak, charges against Bills Offensive Line coach Aaron Kromer have been dropped at the request of the victims parents after sides reached an agreement.'

Marker Darby, Sammy shine; QBs struggle on Day One [6:12 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'EJ Manuel didn’t look any different than the EJ we’ve seen through two years so far. He was able to hit on some shorter throws, but too many passes that he should connect on were off the mark.'

Marker Bills Prez: Time to toss playoff drought anvil into Lake Erie [6:11 PM]
WGR-AM reports: ' "They’ve been together for a while, especially on the defensive side of the ball. They got a taste of it last year, we were close but you know we couldn’t get over the hump. They’re holding each other accountable as great teams do. Just being around these guys, I have a feeling they know there’s something special on the horizon if they can just put it all together. We said we put the anvil in Lake Erie when the Pegulas bought the franchise, we need to put this anvil in Lake Erie as well and get this playoff drought off of our backs.”'

Marker Bills' Harvin gets some work at corner [6:10 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As far as Harvin pulling a Troy Brown and playing both ways, Ryan said it was actually the wide receiver’s idea, “He came to me and wanted to help this team out in any way. You can’t have enough depth at corner, so let’s see what he can do.” Ryan added, “Obviously we aren’t going to over coach him, but if he can help out in that area. Obviously he’s got the physical skills that you’d think he’d probably be pretty good at it.”'

Marker 7 Bills training camp observations: Day 1 [6:09 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The highly anticipated three-man quarterback competition is underway in Pittsford, NY, and as to be expected, neither of the three jumped out into an early lead.'

Marker Darby's opportunity comes sooner than expected [6:07 PM] reports: 'Ronald Darby may be a second-round pick, but in a secondary steeped in veteran talent, the rookie was hoping to see some prime opportunities here and there. On day one of training camp Darby got that and a whole lot more. With Leodis McKelvin on the Active/Non-Football Injury list and no timetable for a return, Darby appears to have a golden opportunity to make a name for himself at left cornerback early in camp.'

Marker Top 3 things you need to know from Day 1 at Bills Camp [6:06 PM] reports: 'Bills head coach Rex Ryan and the offensive staff gave respect to veteran experience on day one of training camp as 10-year vet Matt Cassel was the first man through in the quarterback rotation Friday. He was followed by fifth-year QB Tyrod Taylor and then EJ Manuel. Manuel got most of his work with the second unit.'

Marker Bills name Meyer Football Operations Consultant [6:05 PM] reports: 'The Bills announced the hiring of Pat Meyer as the team's football operations consultant. Meyer spent the 2013 with the Chicago Bears as an offensive line coach. He’s served as an offensive line coach, an offensive coordinator and a strength and conditioning coach.'

Marker Plenty of buzz as Bills open camp [5:27 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'To be sure there will be questions on which hopefuls will start on either side of center Eric Wood along the offensive line and which two or three wide receivers will survive along with Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Harvin from the other eight bidding for jobs.'

Marker Fullback Felton ready for a block party [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Felton is the forgotten signing, the one who inked a four-year, $9.2 million deal to serve as McCoy’s lead blocker. His position is going extinct elsewhere – but not in Buffalo where Rex Ryan plans on building a run-first operation. Heading into his eighth season, Felton is a survivor. He’s been cut. He’s been arrested. He’s been rushed to the hospital. He’s proving that, yes, teams should still carry a fullback.'

Marker Will there be a Gilmore Island? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In Jim Schwartz’s defense last season, one that didn’t blitz as much, Gilmore had 46 tackles, three interceptions and one forced fumble. In three seasons, he has 32 total pass break-ups. The Bills showed a lot of faith in Gilmore this offseason, picking up his fifth-year option in 2016 at the price of about $11 million.'

Marker Pegula will be patient about new stadium for Bills [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The only answer to that question is the state and county, there’s been a lot of money put into Ralph Wilson Stadium,” Pegula said. “We’re in no hurry. We realize that if that work was just done, how foolish would you look if you start looking around for a new stadium when we’ve just renovated the one we have? We have time. We have an existing lease on the current stadium.”'

Marker Bills’ coach Kromer pleads not guilty [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'His son, Zachery, also pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge.'

Marker Ex-Bill Curtis Brown dies at age 60 [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 2013, Art Holliday wrote about Brown’s treatment for football-related dementia for KDSK-TV. Brown said he suffered four concussions, but his neurologist, Dr. David Brady at the Barnes Jewish Hospital said in the article, “We really think of the reported concussions like the four that Mr. Brown reported, as potentially the tip of an iceberg. There might be a lot under the surface that we don’t know about.”'

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