Buffalo Bills team needs 2015: Quarterback not only issue heading into NFL Draft, free agency [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The interior of the offensive line was an issue in 2014. Chris Williams will return from injury in 2015, and Doug Whaley has talked about the possibility of Cyrus Kouandjio moving from tackle to guard, but either way the Bills need some insurance at the position.'
Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman says Buffalo Bills' secondary up there with Seahawks [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"(Gilmore)'s playing at a high level," Thurman said. "You don't to compare athletes one versus the other. You want to give each athlete his due. Gilmore played at a high level a year ago and we anticipate he'll continue to play at a high level. Can a player improve? Sure they can. Our expectation is that all the guys on the defense with the Bills, matter of fact every guy on this team, will look to improve and become a better football player for 2015."'
Nathaniel Hackett was a 'little upset' about Doug Marrone's decision but knew it coul [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I love football," Hackett said. "I love being around it, every aspect of it. It's the only thing I know. It's what I've been a part of my whole life, ever since I was born. It's something everyday you sit back and realize, 'Wow, I get to coach in the NFL. I get to work with a great organization with a bunch of great people.' And that fires me up, just to be able to walk in a building like this and a stadium like this, which is even cooler because now I get to come to the stadium every day. It's just about bringing that energy and making sure everybody around you from you guys to the community to the players is just fired up to be working. Fired up to be working football and having fun."'
Richie Incognito set for Bills visit [1:54 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will host controversial free-agent guard Richie Incognito on Saturday, a league source tells ESPN.com.'
Marrone's plan: Look ahead, not back [1:53 AM]
ESPN reports: '"The former coach was someone that I had to let go, that I've worked with twice," he said. "To say that I didn't expect something like that to happen would be naive on my part. I think that sometimes when you have to make decisions that better whatever situation you're in and you're in that role, sometimes when you have to move on from people, they look to get you back.'
Report: Bills expected to land guard Incognito [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Incognito joins Chris Williams, Kraig Urbik, Cyrus Kouandjio and Cyril Richardson as the interior offensive linemen that could figure into the starting discussion at guard in 2015. The Bills have yet to make any announcement in regards to Incognito.'
Dennis Thurman & Donnie Henderson renew football ties [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I went to Santa Monica junior college while he was still at USC. We used to have 7-on-7 games in the summer time,” said Henderson. “We would have our junior college team and Dennis would bring his team of Division I guys and we would compete every Thursday night 7-on-7.”'
Talk of South Park stadium site stirs hornet’s nest for neighbors [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When folks come to take your homes, whether you’re black or white, middle class or poor people, you’re all in the same boat,” said Sam Smith, chairman of a residents’ council representing city housing tenants. “They always choose the path of least resistance. We’re all looked at as something that’s in the way of so-called progress.”'
Doug Marrone: I don't look ahead to next job, didn't expect new head coach gig when I left [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Fans of Syracuse and the Bills may have a tough time believing that considering the way he left both of those jobs. But he insisted his focus is on the Jaguars' offensive line coach position and had nothing but good things to say about Buffalo.'
Doug Marrone insists he did not 'quit' on the Buffalo Bills [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It is perception that's out there," Marrone said Thursday. "The coaches that we were with, the players, I don't agree that they feel that way. That was put out there."'
Buffalo Bills free agents 2015: Ranking Jerry Hughes and others in order of importance [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Here's a rundown of the Bills' pending free agents in order of their importance to the team.'
Jags new assistant head coach Doug Marrone not looking back on bizarre exit from Bills [1:55 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: '“I had a three-day window in my contract, which was obviously difficult because of the time aspect of it. My family and I made a decision to leave. … And we’re not looking back. We’re looking forward and it’s that simple.”'
Marrone says he left Bills with no head-coaching job in mind [1:54 AM]
AP reports: '"The former coach was someone that I had to let go, that I've worked with twice," Marrone said. "To say that I didn't expect something like that to happen would be naive on my part. I think that sometimes when you have to make decisions that better whatever situation you're in and you're in that role, sometimes when you have to move on from people, they look to get you back. I'm not like that so I really wouldn't understand why someone would do that."'
What does QBR suggest about the Bills' QB options? [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The conclusions are just about what you think they might be. There aren't any great options. Foles has the best numbers, but nobody is that far ahead of Manuel.'
Marrone where he wants to be [1:52 AM]
Jaguars.com reports: 'While Marrone was mentioned with head coaching jobs with the New York Jets, Denver and Chicago, he said he assumed nothing when leaving Buffalo. “I didn’t have that going in,” he said. “I knew it was all open.”'
Ryan, Thurman inheriting a talented unit [8:06 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“The players love and respect him. We’ve been together for a long time and it’s because I need him. My hope was (the Pegulas) sign me quick so I could keep Dennis ... he makes me look good.”'
Bills trainers named top staff in NFL [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We always had a saying: We know all the players’ names, their wives’ names, their kids’ names, and most of the dogs’ names,” said Carpenter, who has been with the Bills for 30 years and their head trainer for 19. “We’re kind of the first-line of defense for them on and off the field. And when a son or a daughter would get hurt, they’re calling us instead of the pediatrician, asking us, ‘Where should we send them? What should we do?’'
Rex Ryan appearing at Auto Show on Thursday [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan will be at the show on its opening day as part of a special “Buffalo Sports” celebration, along with members of the Buffalo Bandits and the Bandettes dance team.'
Derek Jeter looked into buying the Buffalo Bills, according to report [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'What isn't clear is whether Jeter wanted to be the majority owner or was interested in becoming part of a group. What is clear, however, is that the Pegulas didn't know Jeter had expressed interest in the team, have not been approached by him about purchasing part of the team and aren't considering selling him a share of the franchise.'
3 reasons the Buffalo Bills should avoid Baylor's Bryce Petty [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The injury history is one thing, but the fact that Petty keeps getting hurt isn't entirely a coincidence. His pocket presence is a work in progress, and he has trouble sensing and avoiding pressure.'
Shelter from emotional torture [1:55 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Younger Bills fans don't remember what it's like to grind for your team in a big game for three solid hours. It's not easy and it's not fun.'
Bills finish in top 5 in toxic differential [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'At midseason the Bills did rank first in the league in toxic differential with a mark of plus-20 thanks to a fast start in the takeaway category with 18 in the first eight games. They also had 35 explosive plays on offense, which was fifth-highest in the NFL at the time.'
Bills athletic training staff named NFL's best in 2014 [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'This season marks the second occasion Buffalo has been honored as the staff of the year. The Bills athletic training staff also won the award in 2007. The honor is voted on annually by NFL athletic trainers and has been awarded since 1985. PFATS recognizes one athletic training staff for their distinguished service to their club, community and the athletic training profession.'
How the Bills decided on Rex Ryan as head coach [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Rex was a candidate that we put in there because his name was all around and he was a candidate who was available,” said Pegula. “We really didn’t give much thought to him and we had interviewed a lot of people before him.”'
Playoffs? Those were the days [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Years from now, it would be nice if we talked about the Bills and Sabres the way Boston celebrates its teams. It will depend on the effectiveness and efficiency of their top executives, Terry and Kim Pegula, who connected the Bills and Sabres with money and could bridge a generational gap with sports.'
Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin expects to be cleared by March [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'According to the team's official website, McKelvin hasn't been cleared for action but expects to be cleared by the middle of March. MeKelvin, who fractured his ankle during the Bills' Week 11 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football, finished the season with a career-high four interceptions.'
What are odds Rex Ryan improves Buffalo Bills, brings them to playoffs in first season? [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Ryan is a 11/1 bet to win the most games among new coaches (the Bills went 9-7 last season). He's a 5/1 bet to end the Bills' 15-year playoff drought, and he's the second-most likely among the coaches to be fired first at 7/2.'
Bills sign WR Brown off waivers [1:56 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Steelers waived Brown to make room for running back Ben Tate, whom they signed after Le'Veon Bell suffered a knee injury in the final regular season game against the Cincinnati Bengals.'
Bills claim WR Brown off waivers [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Brown joins Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, Marcus Thigpen and Deonte Thompson as the wide receivers officially under contract with the Bills. Marcus Easley is an impending unrestricted free agent, Chris Hogan is an exclusive rights free agent, while both Caleb Holley and Tobais Palmer were signed to reserve/futures contracts shortly after the end of the regular season.'
WR Justin Brown claimed by Bills [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Brown entered the NFL as a sixth round (186th overall) draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013. The 6-3, 209 pound Oklahoma product has played in eight games for Pittsburgh (2013-14), recording 12 catches for 94 yards. Brown, 23, was waived by the Steelers on December 30th.'
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