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Buffalo Bills News - July 23, 2015

Marker Bills WR Goodwin takes silver in Pan Am long jump [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"My teammates give me a hard time about that all the time," Goodwin told ESPN. "'Hey, if you catch the ball and get in an open field, I want you to long jump from the 10 into the end zone.' ... I might make it happen one of these days."'

Marker Marquise Goodwin happy with 'surreal' silver medal [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I love long-jumping, and if I'm granted the opportunity without repercussions, then I will pursue it further," he said, "but I'm obligated to Buffalo Bills football and that's the main focus."'

Marker 9 Bills players to be excited about heading into camp [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '1) Charles Clay.'

Marker Goodwin wins silver at Pan Am Games [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Goodwin jumped a season best 8.27-meters (27-feet, 1.59-inches in his third attempt, which held up for second place overall and the silver. Goodwin’s Team USA teammate Jeffrey Henderson won gold with a jump of 8.54-meters while Emiliano Lasa of Uraguay took home bronze with a leap of 8.17-meters.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 15 - WR Robert Woods [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Teams will be keying on Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin, and LeSean McCoy, giving Woods a huge opportunity to beat a weaker defensive back in a one-on-one matchup. He won't exploit a defense completely and take over a game, but he is effective at finding open space and exploiting it for yards after the catch.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 16 - CB Nickell Robey [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'On defense, there is no arguing the Bills had a tremendous season in 2014, but Robey's potential output was sacrificed for that type of scheme. Now with head coach Rex Ryan, the man that took Pettine under his wing in Baltimore and then in New York, Robey's potential impact on the year as both a cover man and a blitzer is very high. If only he was a few inches taller. However, his ability makes up for it.'

Marker Will the run defense crack the top 10? [1:42 AM] reports: 'Last year’s success was encouraging, but Buffalo is undergoing another defensive scheme change, their fifth in five seasons. The good news is Rex Ryan has a proven track record against the run and the depth and caliber of talent is virtually unchanged on the defensive side of the ball.'

Marker Dinosaur Bar-B-Que to debut at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2015 [1:41 AM] reports: '“We can’t think of a better way to spend gameday than smoking some BBQ at Ralph Wilson Stadium and being a part of the Bills fans and family. It’s going to be a great and exciting season” - Rene de la Garrigue, President & Chief Executive Officer of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Restaurants.'

Marker Who will start at strong safety? [1:40 AM] reports: 'Rambo came to the Bills late last season, but made a significant impact. He picked off Aaron Rodgers twice in Buffalo’s Week 15 victory over the Green Bay Packers. While Aaron Williams was rehabbing this spring, Rambo took first team reps.'

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July 22, 2015

Marker Analysis: pre-camp resolution not good for Kromer or Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A pre-camp resolution would strongly signal the Bills aren't concerned with how the criminal case turns out. According to an NFL source, they are pretty well satisfied with the information gathered in conjunction with the league, and what they have learned doesn't make the situation look any brighter for Kromer than what was contained in a disturbing police report.'

Marker Wilson Foundation to announce spending plans [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The foundation plans to spend that $1.2 billion, plus investment income, in grants over the next 20 years, with the proceeds “primarily” going to the Buffalo and Detroit areas, the foundation planned to announce Wednesday.'

Marker Polian to join Bills' greats in Hall [1:57 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“It’s almost difficult to get your head around it. But having studied the history of the game and having understood, with so many Bills players enshrined in recent years that I was fortunate enough to be with, it’s just an incredibly momentous occasion and incredible honor that you’re there with people you’ve revered and looked up to all your life.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills release offensive tackle Wayne Hunter after just three weeks [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills now have an open roster spot heading into training camp. Hunter seemed to be nothing more than a camp body. He hasn't played in the NFL since 2012 with the St. Louis Rams.'

Marker 6 questions surrounding Buffalo Bills' quarterback situation heading into training camp [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills' quarterback competition is about more than which player will emerge as the starter. Rex Ryan is going to be running two spot drills and utilizing both practice fields at St. John Fisher College. Will the Bills' receivers have trouble developing a rapport with the quarterbacks because of the divided reps? Will the quarterbacks struggle to get into rhythm and, if so, how much will that affect the flow of practice? Not having the quarterback position settled can have a ripple effect on the rest of the team.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Marquise Goodwin leaps at the chance [1:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“I started both (sports) at the same time and I was pretty good at both my whole life,” Goodwin said on Tuesday at York as the Pan Am track and field competition got under way. “I’ve always been given more opportunities in track. It’s always been a stigma that track guys can’t play football so I tried to break that stereotype.'

Marker Buffalo Bills safety Duke Williams returns home to pass on skills at football camp [1:53 AM]
Sparks Tribune reports: '“I wanted to come back and give back to the kids. Growing up in Reno, you didn’t get any NFL athletes coming … It’s a pleasure to be involved with this.”'

Marker Bills cut offensive tackle Hunter 3 weeks after signing him [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Hunter never had an opportunity to even practice with Buffalo.'

Marker OT Hunter's stay a brief one with Bills [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Hunter, 34, was with the New York Jets from 2008 to 2010 when Rex Ryan, now the Bills' head coach, was in New York. The Hawaiian started all 16 games for the Jets in 2011 and has seen action in 77 career games with 25 starts.'

Marker Marquise Goodwin says competing in two sports 'is a gift' [1:50 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Goodwin says training for the long jump not only keeps him from sitting on the couch eating potato chips, but it also improves him as a receiver because it helps maintain his explosiveness and helps him make more precise cuts while running routes. Plus, he enjoys long jumping.'

Marker What To Make Of: Buffalo Bills [1:49 AM]
WEEI-FM reports: 'If their quarterback position is productive and not self-destructive, a fight for a wild-card spot is viable. If one of their quarterbacks has a career year, then they could challenge the Patriots atop the division.'

Marker Robey should benefit from more aggressive scheme [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yes, very similar. The scheme is Pettine's but a lot more aggressive. I feel like the coverage is a more aggressive on the back end. The D-line they are able to rush more aggressively, too, so it helps out everybody. Last year I was more just coverage basically. And softer coverage, too. I didn’t get to do everything that I wanted to do, as far as being aggressive, being able to play like I really wanted to play. But this year, Rex is allowing me to do that.”'

Marker Goodwin qualifies for Pan Am Finals [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Goodwin told me via text Monday his plan was to hit the qualifying mark for the long jump finals in his very first preliminary jump and be “one and done.” That’s exactly what he did. To qualify for the finals a jumper must hit 8.0-meters or have their best jump rank in the top-12 out of 18 competitors. All jumpers are allowed three attempts. Goodwin was the first competitor and only needed to go down the runway once.'

Marker Rex Ryan's DB scheme change [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Now in Buffalo, Rex will obviously want to go back to using his staple in-your-face, man-to-man, pressure defense, and feels he can with cornerbacks like Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Nickell Robey, and second round pick Ronald Darby, a linebacker who can run like Nigel Bradham, and of course, arguably the best pass-rushing group in the league up-front.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 17 - C Eric Wood [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Wood, who plays one of the most important positions on the offensive line, will have to be the leader not only in voice, but by play on the field as well. The Bills will certainly be depending on that group to pave the way for the rushing attack in lieu of having a solidified answer at quarterback.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 18 - K Dan Carpenter [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'He has turned himself into one of the most consistent kickers in the league.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 19 - S/CB Corey Graham [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills and Graham both made the decision for him to work exclusively at safety, in an effort to both bolster the position, and to get him in the starting lineup. Graham is a little limited as a man coverage cornerback, and that would have been exploited in the Rex Ryan pressure-based scheme. Now working as a part of the last line of defense, Graham can highlight the strong points of his game -- instincts, playmaking, tackling -- more effectively.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 20 - G John Miller [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The performance level by the guards on the Buffalo Bills in 2014 was horrid, which means the job is wide open for Miller to grab ahold of as a rookie.'

Marker Which team possesses the best defensive line? [1:41 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'We explore who has the best DL in the division with bloggers from around the division in our AFC East roundtable.'

Marker T Wayne Hunter released [1:40 AM] reports: 'The 6-5, 318-pound Hawaii product originally signed with the Bills on July 1.'

July 21, 2015

Marker Bills’ Powell may have (finally) found a permanent position [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’ve proven that through all my years in football and all my years in the league,” Powell said. “I can be put in any situation possible, whether that’s being on the field for three downs or I could pass rush if they need someone to pass rush. I could cover. I could tackle the ball. I could bring a lot to the defense.”'

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