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Buffalo Bills News - August 17, 2015

Marker What to watch for in Bills-Browns joint practices [1:41 AM] reports: 'The one-on-one matchups are always fun to watch from the sidelines especially when one player gets the better of the other. That only ratchets up the determination of the beaten player to come back and win the next play. Among the better matchups to watch include Joe Haden on Sammy Watkins, Donte Whitner on Charles Clay, Jerry Hughes vs. Joe Thomas and Marcell Dareus vs. Alex Mack.'

Marker 7 Buffalo Bills storylines to know as Browns begin joint practices [1:40 AM] reports: 'Whether it be skydiving, repeatedly proclaiming the Bills will make the playoffs in his first season as coach or saying the Bills were the “only team in New York,” Ryan has been himself from the day he arrived at his new job. And that’s been welcomed on a team that is hungry to end a 16-year playoff drought.'

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August 16, 2015

Marker Bills facing a tough call at receiver [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s a strong competition,” Lal said. “Everyone in the group, they’re all talented, but they bring different skill sets. So on any given day you see someone excel at a certain route, which is a good thing to see. The group as a whole is taking the coaching, the technique and the scheme, and applying it on the field.”'

Marker Debunking an image [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Saint Rex has granted second chances to several outcasts, but no player is more perplexing than Harvin. Cancer or competitor? Soft or soldier? Friend or foe? You’ve read all the Harvin headlines.'

Marker Browns talking tough about practices with Bills [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We' re on a mission," Dansby said. "We've got a vision, but if that line gets crossed then we're going to cross it. Sometimes, it's unnecessary and sometimes you have to take it to the next level. If that line gets crossed, like I say, then it is what it is."'

Marker Talley/Thomas road trips were adventures [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Darryl drove the RV with the same gusto with which he drove his Porsche. We descended the New Mexico terrain like we were on a bobsled. As we approached our hotel, we saw how close the RV was to a street sign. In chorus, Thurman, Patti and I yelled to Darryl to “watch out for the sign!”'

Marker In assessing the Bills' three QBs, it wasn't bad [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But at least there were some encouraging signs. They combined to complete 16 of 24 passes for 171 yards with three touchdown drives, no turnovers, and just one sack, that the result of a poor shotgun snap to Manuel. Further, they were victimized by four flat-out drops, and also had a couple nice gains wiped out by penalties.'

Marker After rough preseason debut, will Buffalo Bills CB Ronald Darby be ready for Colts in Week 1? [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Never played as well as I was hoping," Ryan said after the game. "I think he will learn from it. Obviously that big dude is tough to defend in some of those one-on-one situations. What we did though was feed him to the wolves. We flat played cover... if anything we put coverage away from him. So we put him out there by himself and let him learn. And that's what you got to do.'

Marker Strong QB play leaves competition cloudy [1:53 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'Reading through the lines of Ryan's postgame press conference, it certainly seems Manuel will have a tough time winning the starting job. Ryan announced that Taylor will start Thursday against Cleveland and get most of the snaps with the first team. Ryan was non-committal when asked if Manuel would get a chance to show what he can do with the starters in the third preseason game. He wouldn't even commit to EJ receiving any snaps with the second team Thursday in Cleveland.'

Marker Bills quarterbacks still in three-way battle for starting job [1:52 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Taylor’s biggest upsides include a strong arm. Best of all, as he did Friday against Carolina, he threatens a defence at all four corners and everywhere in between, because of his speed, evasiveness and willingness to run. That opens up the interior run game.'

Marker Raised to Be Respectful, Ikemefuna Enemkpali Lets a Dispute Get the Better of Him [1:51 AM]
New York Times reports: '“I don’t condone what he did, but he’s being portrayed as a thug,” Stan Eggen, who was one of Enemkpali’s coaches at Louisiana Tech, said in a telephone interview. “When you get the image of a thug, that’s not IK Enemkpali, I can tell you that. I would trust him taking care of my house.”'

Marker Ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan crossed the line grabbing the player who assaulted QB Geno Smith [1:50 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'This is a cutthroat business, but Ryan should have stayed away from Enemkpali out of respect for the Jets by refusing to give a job to a player who’d just committed an unforgivable act of workplace violence and who will likely get suspended by Roger Goodell for violating the personal conduct policy.'

Marker Is Rex Ryan assembling the NFL’s most violent team? [1:49 AM]
New York Post reports: '“The first thing I thought of was the old [1970s-era] Raiders,” a NFC personnel executive told The Post on Friday when asked to describe Ryan’s version of the Bills. “Those teams had some guys who could just as easily have been in jail. They won, but you can’t get away with that stuff now. Not even close. Rex had better be careful.”'

Marker IK Enemkpali: Many Jets players called to ‘check’ how I was doing [1:48 AM]
New York Post reports: '“They called to see how I’m doing and called to check on me,” Enemkpali said of his former Jets mates after the Bills’ 25-24 loss to the Panthers in the preseason opener for both teams at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker IK Enemkpali says former Jets teammates reached out to him after he punched Geno Smith [1:47 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'It quickly became clear that Smith was far from innocent for his role in the altercation. Coach Todd Bowles and cornerback Darrelle Revis said as much later Tuesday.'

Marker Competitive or combative? Browns and Bills hold joint practices next week anticipating 'firewor [1:46 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'The Browns boast one of the NFL's best offensive lines. The Bills feature one of league's toughest defensive fronts. There's Browns' safety Donte Whitner and his history with his former team. There's Bills bad boy guard Ritchie Incognito. There's truculent Rex Ryan, who in January said, "we're going to build a bully" in Buffalo.'

Marker Are Rex Ryan and the Bills inviting trouble? [1:45 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Except Ryan and the Bills might be taking that last statement a little too literally. The Bills are quickly becoming the new Oakland Raiders, adopting a renegade persona and taking chances on several players — and even a coach — with a history of emotional issues and character risks.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Training Camp Report [1:44 AM]
SI reports: 'layer I saw and really liked. A.J. Tarpley, linebacker. There’s so much emphasis on the front seven in a Rex Ryan-coached team, specifically versatility. When Kiko Alonso was traded to the Eagles, Buffalo looked a little thin at linebacker. Tarpley — underrated out of Stanford — can play different linebacker positions, as well as special teams, and is a dark horse candidate to make the team.'

Marker Assessing Bills QB race after pre-season opener [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Tyrod Taylor lived up to his billing as well, providing the wow factor. Taylor solidified his lead over EJ Manuel and has me eagerly anticipating the Bills second pre-season game when Taylor gets a chance to play with and against number one units.'

Marker Rookie Darby vows to rebound [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“No one likes giving up passes. Especially a DB and a rookie as that, and my first preseason game, as that. I wish it went a lot better. But I’m going to come back next week.”'

Marker Mike Pettine wants Browns to be physical, not combative, in practices with Bills [1:41 AM] reports: '“Hopefully it’ll be clean … both teams are wanting to establish the physical part of the game. We’re looking to get some good solid work out of it.”'

Marker Karlos Williams motivated to move the ball [1:40 AM] reports: '“[I’m] just happy to stick it in the end zone,” he said. “[I] didn’t know if I wanted to dive, didn’t know if I wanted to walk it in. Kind of a half-way dive and coach is definitely going to get on me about that one.”'

August 15, 2015

Marker Bills’ quarterbacks stand up to scrutiny [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I thought the quarterbacks played excellent,” Bills running back LeSean McCoy said.'

Marker Encouraging start for the Bills’ ground game [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In its 25-24 loss to Carolina, Buffalo churned out 206 rushing yards on 45 attempts (4.6 avg.) with two touchdowns. Ryan stays coy on his quarterbacks. He has never, however, minced works with his running game. Since Day 1, the Buffalo Bills head coach has vowed to run, and run often. So he’s pleased with the preseason start.'

Marker Enemkpali happy to play again [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“A true blessing” is how he described being reunited with coach Rex Ryan on the Bills.'

Marker QB competition in full gear as Bills lose preseason opener [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's about winning; I hate losing," said coach Rex Ryan. "I don't care how bad you outplay a team, I hate losing. It killed a pretty darned good day."'

Marker Bills QBs hold their own in debut [1:55 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The first-string defense gave up an 80-yard touchdown drive to the Panthers’ starters, but absolutely stuffed the run, permitting a mere three yards on five carries.'

Marker 5 observations from Buffalo's first-team offense and defense [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As the Bills attempt to gain some clarity on the quarterback competition between Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel, Cassel is proving to be an unspectacular yet somewhat reliable option under center. His 5.6 yards per attempt on Friday was disappointing, and he's not going to keep defenses honest with his arm or his legs.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor shines against backups [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'EJ Manuel played with the third-team offense, and that hurt him on the first two series he played. Manuel dealt with bad snaps and drops from his teammates that made it hard for him to get anything going. Then he made maybe the best throw he's made in a Bills uniform when he stepped up in the pocket under pressure and threw a 51-yard strike to Thompson for a touchdown. He finished the day 4-8 for 77 yards and stayed alive in the quarterback race. Three of his incompletions were on drops. His day was far from perfect, but he's not dead in this competition just yet.'

Marker IK Enemkpali says he's been welcomed by Buffalo Bills, calls past week 'a whirlwind' [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It wasn't tough at all," Enemkpali said. "Just the environment around — the staff, coaches, the players and the way they made me feel welcome — I couldn't ask for a better place to be at."'

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