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Buffalo Bills News - July 2, 2015

Marker Bills sign OT Hunter [1:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The 6-foot-5, 318-pound Hawaii product originally entered the league in 2003 as a third-round NFL Draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks.'

Marker With or without Hall of Fame, Tasker appreciative and thankful for NFL career [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I don’t want to mount a campaign to get in the Hall of Fame. I don’t like the way that feels to me. I understand that’s probably what it would take. And a lot of guys do that openly. It’s not in my nature.”'

Marker Veteran OT Wayne Hunter signs with Bills [1:53 AM] reports: '"He is a guy that did a tremendous job for us early," said Ryan of their time together in New York. "I think in an ideal world there are some players for whatever reason that are better in multiple roles and being almost like a utility guy, playing guard, tackle, tight end. Giving you a lot of that versatility, a smart athletic guy."'

Marker Ron Jaworski predicts the Bills will return to the playoffs [1:52 AM] reports: ''Yes, it’s a playoff team to me. The Buffalo Bills will be a playoff team. There will be great energy coming to Western New York once again.'

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July 1, 2015

Marker After 28 years, Kelly’s still a happy camper [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The bottom line is you don’t want to let the kids down,” Kelly said. “I was going to be here no matter what. I feel so much better. Last year, I was doing it because I wanted to do it, but really couldn’t do it. This year, I want to do it and I can do it."'

Marker Williams camp different from the rest [1:58 AM]
Austin American Statesman reports: '“My camp is unique, we have a player panel where we really interact with these young student-athletes,” Williams said. “They really try to get into our brains and find out why we’re successful and figure out what we did to get where we’re at. And we’re doing everything we can to help them out in that process.”'

Marker Goodwin: ''I'm actually a part of the offense'' [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I see a lot of things we can take advantage of and one is utilizing everybody that we have on the roster,” going on to call Ryan a “wonderful coach and an even better guy outside the field.” Goodwin echoed many of his teammates by saying Ryan brings a lot of energy to the team. “It’s something like I’ve never seen in a head coach. I definitely look forward to playing for him.”'

June 30, 2015

Marker Taylor is a wild card in QB mix [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor has a mixed review of his work through the offseason. At times, he was happy with his decision-making and passing and ability to move the offense. At times, he wasn’t, noting there were areas that he and the entire offense could improve.'

Marker Bills' Marcell Dareus seems keen on staying in Buffalo [1:58 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“We finally have a coach who will really lay it on the line for us,” he said. “I mean, Rex will make the tough calls and really put us in the position to win, regardless of whatever the stakes are. And he’s not going to be buddy-buddy. He’s like, ‘You’re a grown man and I’m going to tell it to you like it is.’'

Marker Bills’ Dareus finds ‘Zen mode’ after wild few years [1:57 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“I am gonna alter my life now, and alter my way of living — drastically,” he told me. “I’ve dropped a lot of friends that I thought were friends, just in the last couple of months. I don’t go around certain areas that I used to go around. I don’t hang with certain people. I don’t do certain things.”'

Marker Laser-pointing Lions fan was fined for October incident [1:56 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'Marko Beslach, the 18-year-old Detroit Lions fan who was banned for life from Ford Field after he directed a laser pointer at Buffalo Bills players during a game in October, paid a $235 fine earlier this year to settle his case.'

Marker Bills 2nd round pick Ron Darby 'adjusting' [1:55 AM] reports: '“He flashes on the field as a rookie, has good speed,” Gilmore said. “He is a good guy, I talked to him he seems down to earth a good guy and he always asked me questions. I try to tell him all I know and he is just a great guy, a great addition to the room and I think he will help us win games this year.”'

Marker Rookie Symposium leaves impact on Bills 2015 class [1:54 AM] reports: 'Off-the-field topics were not the only thing discussed; Darby said that one of his biggest takeaways from the symposium was how to transcend greatness on the field. Hall of Famer Cris Carter was especially impactful in this discussion.'

June 29, 2015

Marker Door may be ajar to honor Bills’ greats Saban, Gilchrist [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The celebration will mark the 50th anniversary of the Bills’ second AFL title. The team waited a year to hold the event, partly because of the change in ownership after Wilson’s death and because they wanted to honor all the players from both of Buffalo’s only major professional sports champions.'

Marker Tickets on secondary markets like StubHub unkind to Bills fans [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ticket brokers estimate that roughly 10,000 tickets are available on the secondary market for each game. But depending on the popularity of the game, a buyer might spend two to five times the face value to purchase a ticket.'

Marker Should Bills consider Isaiah Battle in supplemental draft? [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'However, Battle may also come with character concerns. In 2013, he was suspended one game for punching an opponent. Then, last year, he sat out his team's game against Syracuse for an undisclosed disciplinary action after already having sat out the Tigers' opening drive against Florida State for showing up late for a team meeting. Then, earlier this month, according to The Clemson Insider, Battle was pulled over and cited for simple possession of marijuana. In the official release from the school announcing Battle will enter the supplemental draft, the Brooklyn, New York native said he is headed to the NFL for personal reasons, but rumors persist he was asked to leave the team.'

June 28, 2015

Marker Glenn goes with the flow as Bills tinker with tackle position [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Henderson might not have made a convincing enough case to shift to the left in the near future, but – provided he doesn’t play himself off the roster – he could be called on to play there if Glenn were injured. He also could end up there if the Bills were to wind up parting ways with Glenn, whose contract is due to expire after the 2015 season. That also was at least part of the reason Cyrus Kouandjio, another second-year player, received starting reps at right tackle.'

Marker Inside the NFL: Don’t be shocked if Brady faces the Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What might be even more interesting, however, is the possibility of the suspension being upheld, either fully or partially, and Brady missing multiple games late in the season when the postseason stakes are presumably higher.'

Marker Andre Reed brings sports celebrities to Allentown event [1:57 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '"It's great to be back in this wonderful park, making new friends," he said. "It's neat to sign autographs again. It makes you feel like you're special. So, it's a mutual thing. The people from this organization are special and they're making us feel like we're special, which is a good thing."'

June 27, 2015

Marker Cassel’s cap hit could become a concern [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That said, I do think Cassel is perfectly hard wired to be the consummate veteran mentor backup to EJ Manuel or Tyrod Taylor or any younger starter. He is a true professional who knows how to suppress his ego and do what’s right for the team. But do the Bills value that enough to tie up nearly $5 million in cap space on the guy? I tend to doubt it.'

Marker Is Duke Williams ready for a starter's role? [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Playing 49 to 50-percent of the snaps last year was great for me,” Williams said during OTAs earlier this offseason. “I got my feet wet. Just stepping up as a starter this year and taking on the role is going to make it easier. I believe it is going to be a great competition. We have great safeties here. As soon as Aaron (Williams) gets back, it is going to make our secondary complete. I believe I am going to step in and be that guy. Being under Searcy last year, he was a great veteran who taught me a few things. Jarius (Byrd) too. Playing under him also was a great experience for me, so I feel like I am ready.”'

June 26, 2015

Marker Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin finishes 4th at nationals [1:59 AM]
AP reports: '"It's not like I retired and went into something else," said the 24-year-old Goodwin who played at Texas and was picked by the Bills in the third round of the 2013 draft. "It's not like I haven't done anything. I've stayed sharp, basically through football workouts.'

Marker Goodwin finishes 4th, just shy for Worlds [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The top three places qualified for the World Championships next month in Beijing, China.'

Marker Bills/Sabres schedules have conflicts, and some fun weekends [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The only two games the Bills play in primetime also have Sabres games scheduled for those nights.'

Marker Being a true wideout is Percy Harvin's quest [1:56 AM] reports: '“I fell in love with Sanjay (Lal) as a coach,” said Harvin of his eight games with the Jets last season. “His ability to get me to process things so quickly… going into the second or third game, I felt like I had been playing outside for years. Working with him and him being able to get it through to me, the things I needed to work on, whether it was V-cuts or speed cuts or coming out of breaks—we just hit it off. His verbiage was just what I needed. That was all a part of my big decision to come here.”'

June 25, 2015

Marker Fred Jackson visits Forestville [1:59 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: '"I am still in contact with some of my teachers, even as early as my fourth grade teacher," Jackson said. "Without them, I wouldn't be where I am today. I want you guys to make sure that every chance you get, thank your teachers and let them know what they mean to you."'

Marker As times and players have changed, Donnie Henderson's passion hasn't [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Woahhh, now. Wait. That’s the challenge,” the Buffalo Bills defensive backs coach told me, sweat still dripping off his gray curly hair after a mandatory minicamp practice last week. “Today’s athlete, there’s two things I talk about with them. That music they listen to, and the money they make. It really forms who they are. They have a different work ethic. They love what they do, but they show it in a different way. Ya know, their passion today is not like some of the guys of old passion.”'

Marker What Bills rookies will make an impact in 2015? [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It looks like Darby may be even ahead of schedule from where the team thought he’d be at this point. With Stephon Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin not able to fully practice the past few weeks, Darby has seen plenty of reps and hasn't looked out of place much, if at all. There are coaches on staff who would like to be a little more patient with Darby’s development. But in a passing league and injuries always impacting lineups, the Bills won’t have that luxury. And if Darby continues to play in training camp the way he did in minicamps, he may force the coaches to play him, anyway.'

Marker Sal's post-minicamp Bills All-90 depth chart [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This is NOT a projection of what the depth chart will look like in week one. And it's not necessarily what I would do at each position. It's an educated guess of how coaches will set it up heading into next month’s training camp based upon watching offseason workouts, talking with coaches and front office personnel, and gathering information.'

June 24, 2015

Marker AFC East has become an arms race [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ''With offseason workouts having ended throughout the NFL, it’s a good time to take a look at where things stand with the rest of the AFC East.'

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