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Buffalo Bills News - August 16, 2016

Marker Buffalo Bills RB Karlos Williams says Twitter fight with fans 'all in good fun' [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I wouldn't say turn," Williams said. "I believe it's all good fun. Social media is all good fun. You see people post comments and funny pics all day, and you have to roll with the punches. I roll with the punches and I joke back. You have to have tough skin in this business and you have to be able to take jokes and be able to deliver them back. Some people don't like taking jokes well. I take jokes very well. I'm a funny guy. I make a lot of people laugh in the locker room, so if I joke back with you I don't want you to take it personal. That's just how it is, it's just social media. Things are going to get taken out of context, that's just how it is. "'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign veteran Kroy Biermann to help with depth on defense (report) [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Some may also be familiar with Biermann's wife, Kim Zolciak, one of the original housewives on the reality show, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."'

Marker Buffalo Bills remove Ralph Wilson's name from stadium entrance [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Up until Saturday, the Bills were one of just eight teams in the NFL without a corporate sponsor for their stadium.'

Marker Boykin’s big catches grab attention [1:49 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Boykin’s stand out plays on Saturday might have added some time on his Bills career.'

Marker Bills add LB Kroy Biermann [1:48 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The Bills also announced that the team has designated LB IK Enemkpali as waived/injured.'

Marker Karlos Williams discusses return to practice [1:47 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“More mental than anything. Playing the game of football, you’ve got to be mentally tough and you’re going to have to go through things, whether it’s getting back in shape, or whether it’s still trying to learn the playbook,” he said.'

Marker Practice highlights, notes, observations from Bills on Monday [1:46 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'For the first time this training camp, the Bills faced a “scout” team defense, presumptively one that will prepare them for their season opener against Baltimore.'

Marker Bills RB Karlos Williams back in shape; cleared to practice [1:44 AM]
AP reports: 'The second-year player's troubles mounted last month, when the NFL suspended Williams for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.'

Marker Bills to cut injured IK Enemkpali, sign linebacker Biermann [1:43 AM]
AP reports: '"It's a concern," coach Rex Ryan said. "I think we'd all feel better if Manny was practicing. But he's not. And until he does, you don't have that comfort level."'

Marker Bills rookie QB Jones impressive, but not satisfied [1:42 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It was a great experience and I'm looking forward to hopefully getting in more preseason games and who knows, we'll go from there," said Jones. "The experience was unbelievable. To get out there with the guys who have been killing each other the last two weeks of camp, and we finally see how we react to the other teams, it's been amazing."'

Marker Bills sign LB Biermann as replacement for Enemkpali [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Biermann will add depth at outside linebacker after injuries to rookie Shaq Lawson (shoulder), Manny Lawson (pectoral) and Enemkpali (knee).'

Marker Bills RB Williams passes physical, returns to practice [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Williams, who showed up for offseason workouts 20-25 pounds overweight, has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.'

Marker Report: Bills to sign DE/OLB Biermann [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills confirmed IK Enemkpali will be out for the season with a torn ACL. He was the third-string OLB starting in place of Shaq Lawson and Manny Lawson who are both injured. Shaq is expected back mid-season after undergoing shoulder surgery, while the team is hoping to get Manny back before the end of the preseason or by week one at the latest. Manny injured his pectoral muscle while bench pressing prior to training camp.'

Marker Bills release Hankerson, sign two on defense [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In addition to releasing Hankerson, the Bills also released defensive tackle, T.J. Barnes.'

Marker Sammy shines, Duke starts: Bills Monday practice notes [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '—Sammy Watkins had a great day from start to finish. He worked into every drill and team session, ran every route, and was highly involved in the passing game, making several catches with some runs after the catch.'

Marker Bills' Striker carries a big chip on his shoulder [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I keep that chip on my shoulder. That definitely motivates me, proving the doubters wrong” Striker said. "Being overlooked, you know yourself what you can do but it feels good to prove a lot of people wrong when they don’t think you can stand. You really can, knowing you’ve been playing this game for a long time, knowing you’ve been successful at a great college, at a big college. For some people to say some of the stuff they say about me, its kind of ridiculous. I keep that chip on my shoulder, keep that in the back of my mind when I’m playing."'

Marker Bills sign FA linebacker Kroy Biermann [1:35 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Biermann, 30, is an eight-year veteran that spent his entire career with the Atlanta Falcons before becoming a free agent in 2016. He was relegated to a backup role in 2015, but started 15 games in the 2014 season. Over those two years, Biermann collected seven total sacks for the Falcons.'

Marker 7 Bills training camp observations: Day 12 (8/15/16) [1:34 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Alexander lined up at first-team right outside linebacker and is a player that Rex Ryan said that, had it been a regular season game, he would have started on Saturday. Alexander also isn’t someone that the Bills want to ideally start on defense. They view him as a big-time piece of their special teams units, and want him to be as fresh as possible for those plays.'

Marker Bills add DL Deaderick and Ta'Amu [1:33 AM] reports: 'Originally a seventh-round pick of the New England Patriots in 2010, Deaderick has appeared in 60 career games and made 17 starts. He has 62 career tackles (41 solo), 5.5 sacks, four quarterback hits, six tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.'

Marker Bills sign OLB Kroy Biermann; Enemkpali waived/injured [1:32 AM] reports: 'Primarily a rotational player for Atlanta, Biermann is just two years removed from his most productive season.'

Marker Top 3 things you need to know about Day 12 at Bills Camp [1:31 AM] reports: '“It felt good to touch a football again and being around teammates in live action with live reps and being on special teams and going through drills with Coach Crossman,” said Williams. “It was just great to be back on the football field.”'

Marker Bills activate Karlos Williams [1:30 AM] reports: 'Williams had been on the team’s Active/Non-Football Illness list since the start of training camp. His problem was the same one that kept his participation in practice limited during the club’s June minicamp. Williams was overweight.'

Marker Bills rookie draft class shows promise in preseason debut [1:29 AM] reports: 'Third-round pick Adolphus Washington started at left defensive end and saw extended action. The Ohio State product played the entire first half on a night when most starters exited after a couple of series. Coming out of college Washington’s pass rush ability was a known commodity. It was his run defense that was seen as the developing part of his game.'

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August 15, 2016

Marker Ryan sees plenty of positives in loss to Colts [11:07 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“There’s a lot of some real positives in that game ... the way some guys played,” the Bills coach maintained. “I loved the way the defense played when the (first team was) out there in particular … that was outstanding. I loved the way our quarterbacks played. It might not be reflected in the quarterback ratings … we had four or five drops but the quarterbacks can’t throw it and catch it. So that was certainly an issue. I was happy with a lot of the things we did defensively. We held them to 30 yards rushing (on 23 carries). That’s a good sign that we’re doing some good things, so we’ll see where it takes us from here.”'

Marker With strong game against Colts, rookie Kevon Seymour continues to impress [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Really excited about him. He’s a guy that in minicamp you saw the raw tools that he has,” Ryan said. “He’s got that speed. You know, he’s a smart young man and he’s got a passion for the game, loves to play. So yeah, he’s done extremely well.”'

Marker IK Enemkpali to miss 2016 season after tearing ACL in right knee against Colts [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Enemkpali has been a starter for most of training camp with rookie first-round draft pick Shaq Lawson out following shoulder surgery and veteran Manny Lawson still on the half with a partially torn pectoral muscle.'

Marker Three up, three down following Bills' preseason loss to Indianapolis [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'RB James Wilder Jr.: He had more 15-yard penalties (two) than rushing yards (1) against the Colt. That's pretty much disastrous for a player locked in a roster battle. Wilder Jr. got five carries to produce that lone yard. Making things worse, rookie Jonathan Williams rushed eight times for a team-leading 44 yards.'

Marker Bad news gets worse for battered Bills defense [1:56 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Given the lack of depth on defense and a tough early schedule that includes games against the Patriots and Cardinals in the first month of the season, it’s reasonable to think they could be a much better team in the season half. By then, though, second-year coach Rex Ryan could be fending off reports that his job is in jeopardy.'

Marker Bills' coach Rex Ryan takes offense at Colts owner Jim Irsay's tweet [1:55 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Irsay's smiley emoji at the end of the tweet was likely an indication it was in jest.'

Marker Bills LB Enemkpali out with 'major knee injury' [1:54 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Enemkpali twisted his right leg awkwardly as he was engaged with a blocker while rushing quarterback Scott Tolzien.'

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