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Buffalo Bills News - May 14, 2016

Marker Bills' Taylor and Watkins had a defining moment [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“When it was time to get back on the field for both of us, we had talked about a lot of things. I remember coming off the bye week and just throwing with him. It was just getting on the same page and understanding that he’s one of the top receivers in this league and I need to get him the ball because he can be very dynamic when he gets the ball in his hands.” '

Marker How London changed everything and brought Bills' Taylor, Watkins together [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"We spent some time talking a lot in London. We were actually getting treatment at the same time, so we actually spent a lot of time talking and getting on the same page," Taylor told WGR. "When it was time to come back on the field for both of us, we would talk through a lot of things. I remember coming off the bye week and actually throwing some with him and just trying to get on the same page, and understanding that he’s one of the top receivers in this league and I have to get him the ball."'

Marker Bills rookies tour Buffalo [1:51 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: '“It just a blessing to see God’s graces…to be with these little kids fighting,” wide receiver Kolby Listenbee said. “It kind of inspires you.”'

Marker Bills sign fifth-round pick RB Jonathan Williams [1:50 AM] reports: '"I'm here to play football and I'm glad my contract is out of the way," Williams told "So now I can focus on the playbook and helping my teammates and get better."'

Marker A much clearer outlook for CB Kevon Seymour [1:49 AM] reports: 'Seymour was recruited to USC as both a receiver and a cornerback, so he had good hands. He was a good-sized corner at six-foot and he could outleap most wideouts with his 35-inch vertical. His elite skill set said NFL prospect, but his lack of production earned him a seat on the bench as a rotational defensive back despite being an upperclassman.'

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May 13, 2016

Marker The forgotten man, Bills RB Mike Gillislee, is ready for another fight [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“My opportunities were always limited,” Gillislee said. “So I always kept that in mind — whenever I touch the ball, I’m trying to score and do what I have to do with it.”'

Marker Bills continue signing their picks, ink TCU WR Kolby Listenbee [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However you slice it, he'll have every opportunity to be the receiver taking advantage of one-on-one coverage opposite Sammy Watkins. It just may take a little time and a lot of coaching --- Listenbee himself admits he only ran three or four routes in college.'

Marker Who is the greatest Bill of all time, vets will hear their GM, Archer's role [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Then, on NFL Network last night, Whaley called Lawson, Ragland and defensive end Adolphus Washington all starters "off the bus."'

Marker Bills using tiered individual game ticket pricing [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There are four gold games that range from $140 to $80, one silver game at $118 to $66, two bronze games from $98 to $54, and two preseason games that range from $80 to $44. All of those prices are for regular individual tickets; group rates are slightly less per ticket across the board'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign 6th-round draft pick, receiver Listenbee [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Listed at 6-feet and 197 pounds, Listenbee is a speedy receiver who played much of his senior season at TCU last year despite a double hernia. He had surgery in March, and is expected to be cleared for practice in time for the start of training camp this summer.'

Marker WR Listenbee signs rookie contract with Bills [1:54 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'In four years at TCU, Listenbee collected 74 receptions for 1,432 yards and nine touchdowns while starting 22 of 40 career games. He also ran track for the Horned Frogs and was a four-time All-American as a sprinter.'

Marker Bills sign Listenbee [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'On Thursday, the Bills have signed wide receiver Kolby Listenbee to his first pro-contract. Listenbee tweeted out a picture of him signing his first contract in Buffalo shortly before 1 p.m.'

Marker Bills announce individual game pricing [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills also announcing today that there are still season tickets remaining for the 2016 season. The team saying that there have been more than 55,000 season tickets purchased, and that the renewal rate has surpassed 90-percent for a third straight year.'

Marker 5 Bills that can help them get to the playoffs [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'There’s a lot of reason for optimism at One Bills Drive, and it just comes down to execution. A list of five players that, if they get more from than what they did a year ago, can help change the year for the better...'.

Marker Bills get speedster WR Listenbee under contract [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'He has since had surgery to repair the injury, and believes he'll be fully cleared and ready for the start of training camp at the end of July. Listenbee joins fellow sixth-round pick and cornerback Kevon Seymour as the only two Bills players to sign their rookie contracts.'

Marker Bills unveil new 'Platinum' pricing for TNF [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'There are four other tiers to classify the games: Gold, silver, bronze, and preseason. The Bills have designated the home games against the Arizona Cardinals (September 25), San Francisco 49ers (October 16), New England Patriots (October 30), and Pittsburgh Steelers (December 11) as gold games, with individual tickets ranging from $80 to $140.'

Marker Bills' Incognito one of PFF's Top 50 from 2015 [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Incognito was joined by both cornerback Ronald Darby (82nd) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (95th) as the only three members of the team to crack the rankings. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, left tackle Cordy Glenn, cornerback Stephon Gilmore, and quarterback Tyrod Taylor all did not make the annual list.'

Marker WR Kolby Listenbee signs rookie contract [1:47 AM] reports: 'Listenbee (6-0, 197) was the 192nd overall pick and the first of two sixth-round selections for Buffalo. Blessed with world class speed, the TCU product ran a 4.39 40-time at the NFL combine in February despite having a sports hernia. It was the second fastest time posted by a receiver in Indianapolis this past winter. He also had a 35 ½-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot, nine-inch broad jump.'

Marker Bills announce individual game pricing for 2016 season [1:46 AM] reports: 'This year’s tiers will include the inaugural platinum game, four gold games, one silver game, two bronze games and two preseason games.'

May 12, 2016

Marker Bills break the ice on signing picks [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills did not announce the terms of Seymour's contract, as per team policy, but the rookie wage scale takes most of the guess work out of the contract. Last year's 218th overall selection, offensive lineman Anthony Morris of the Oakland Raiders, signed a four-year deal worth $2.359 million, with a signing bonus of nearly $80,000 – the only guaranteed portion of the contract.'

Marker Bruce Smith's No. 78 to be retired by the Bills: 'Humbled beyond words' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I am just elated and delighted his number is going to be retired,” Levy said. “I know Bruce. He is smiling and will stay smiling now and all the way to that date.”'

Marker Marv Levy remembers Bruce Smith's turnaround: 'He was overweight, self-indulgent, didn [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The odds were against it," Levy said. "A lot of things happen with the odds against it. He had an over-impressive impression of himself at that time and how it ought to be. But he really did turn the corner and Darryl Talley had a big impact on him and I think the teammates that did keep coming in (did too). Bill Polian and I, along with Mr. Wilson, made the agreement we would bring in only players of high character onto our team. The personalities might be very different of each other. Some extroverts, some more quiet and laid back. They all eventually had a great impact on each other."'

Marker What They Said: Transcripts of today's comments by Bruce Smith, Marv Levy and Russ Brandon [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And to receive this news a day later, it just shows how great God is and he just continues to bless my career, the hard work, just everything surrounding my career. So, where it sits, I think it fits right at the top with being inducted into the Hall of Fame. And there’s so many other honors that have been bestowed upon me. I’m very grateful and thankful.'

Marker Bills shouldn't be shy about unretiring No. 32 [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A fine way for the Bills to mitigate any perceived idolatry would have been letting some undrafted rookie wear No. 32 in training camp long ago. But this year would be an appropriate time to reintroduce it. Rookie running back Jonathan Williams, a fifth-round draft choice, wore No. 32 at Arkansas.'

Marker Buffalo Bills to retire Bruce Smith's number 78 [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We laugh and joke, and at the end of the day nobody takes it personal,” Smith recalled Wednesday morning during a conference call with reporters. “You know me, I like to instigate things. I looked at Jim after about the third or fourth glass of wine and I said to him, ‘How did you get your jersey retired before us? You weren’t even the best player on the team.’”'

Marker Why did it take so long for Buffalo Bills to retire Bruce Smith's number? [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The NFL itself doesn't encourage a lot of number retirements because pretty soon you run out of numbers a little bit, but it's merited and I'm just glad it's happening now," Levy said Wednesday. "Some things do take longer to occur than maybe you think they would have. I don't have any criticisms of it. I'm just elated and delighted that his number is going to be retired, and I know Bruce, he's smiling and will stay smiling between now all the way to that date."'

Marker Russ Brandon shares his first memory of Buffalo Bills' DE Bruce Smith [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"How hard he played each and every Sunday," Brandon said when asked what he would remember about Smith. "His commitment. And I remember after a game, something I'll take with me the rest of my life, it was a pretty tough defeat. I don't remember which game it was, we were pretty down the next day and Bruce came up to the office and said 'There's a 24-hour rule. This is how we've been so successful in the organization. You and everyone else needs to get over this like we do because we have to go back to work. And that was the kind of work ethic and intensity and that entire team brought each and every day. Just watching him at his craft, he was an amazing, unbelievable player and I know the numbers speak for themselves."'

Marker Bills legend Marv Levy recalls how 'self-indulgent' Bruce Smith turned it around [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'But the other in the offseason I understand he went back to Virginia Tech to finish his degree, which was good. There he met a woman counselor who put him on the right track in every respect. Boy he dropped weight with the urgings of her and Darryl. Shaped up and got ready, his principles changed. He not only turned out to be the greatest player, he married that woman, what a wife she was, his wife Carmen. So those people had great impact on him. What a change in his practice habits, his excitement about playing the game, all of those things occurred."'

Marker Woodside grad Donnell Lewis receives tryout with Buffalo Bills [1:50 AM]
Newport News Daily Press reports: '“I remember I started playing in the Denbigh Youth Football league, and ever since then the NFL has been there in my mind,” Lewis said.'

Marker Buffalo Bills to retire Bruce Smith's No. 78 at home opener [1:49 AM]
AP reports: '"I didn't know exactly what I was getting into and the expectations, but I quickly learned." Smith said. "I've got to tell you, it was one of the most fulfilling experiences that God could've placed in front of me. I'm truly grateful and thankful."'

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