Fast-rising OT Conklin visits Bills [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Some see Conklin as a guard early-on in the NFL. If the Bills do, they probably wouldn’t invest the nineteenth pick in him. But I think most teams – including the Bills - will view him as a right tackle who may be able to move to the left side as he gets more experience in the league. He played both sides at some point of his college career.'
If Bills have pick of Alabama trio in first round, who fits best? [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'All three show up in the first round of many mocks. And linebacker Reggie Ragland and defensive tackles Jarran Reed and A’Shawn Robinson could help Rex Ryan’s defense, all in different ways.'
Bills release LB Tony Steward [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Clemson product was hurt in preseason last year and missed the team’s first five games. After playing in the next nine contests, he suffered a knee injury and was placed on injured reserve, missing the final four games of his rookie campaign.'
Entrenched starting QB Tyrod Taylor benefits the Bills [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Just having a full year under your belt and establishing myself as a leader on the offense and the team definitely brings more confidence and it brings more responsibility,” said Taylor.'
Bills release LB Tony Steward [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The club now has eight linebackers on their offseason roster.'
For Taylor, it’s ‘all in’ for the Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“… The business side of it will handle itself. Whether that gets done or not, that has to handle itself. I’m just here to work and get better as a player.”'
‘It just feels right’ for Williams to be back in action with Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s been so long since I’ve been with the team,” he said. “Being back here, just working out with the guys, running with the guys, lifting with the guys, just feels right. Feels great.”'
Rex Ryan introduces Donald Trump: 'He'll say what's on his mind' [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Asked if Trump had Ryan's support for the Republican nomination, the coach said, "I'm going to introduce him, that's a true statement. But I'm not going to say who my endorsement is and all that stuff. I will say this, (New Jersey governor) Chris Christie was my guy one hundred percent because we were the lap band of brothers. We both had that lap band and we are really pretty close."'
Corbin Bryant signs RFA tender with the Bills [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“A guy who’s been out there,” Bryant said in February. “A guy who’s seen a lot. A guy who can break down film really well. A guy who knows the different tricks of the trade to figure out what teams are doing. And also, a physical presence out there as well. All the different parts that we have, everybody brings something great to the table and that’s what’s exciting.”'
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor not concerned about contract status [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I can tell you this, our focus specifically with Tyrod is to get him the very best he can possibly be this year,” said Ryan. “There isn’t a person in this organization that doesn’t respect Tyrod Taylor, I can promise you that. Financial things, whatever, everybody’s got it. Whether it’s Tyrod Taylor, this player, that player, there’s always financial things that are very important to that individual specifically, but there’s a balancing act. And what’s best for a franchise may not be what’s best for an individual.”'
Bills coach Rex Ryan introducing Trump at Buffalo rally [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Playing it coy when asked about this, Ryan said, “Well, we'll have to stick around and find out.” But then he came clean and said, “Yeah, it should be interesting. I'm going to introduce him, that's a true statement. But I'm not going to say who my endorsement is and all that stuff. I will say this, (New Jersey governor) Chris Christie was my guy one hundred percent because we were the lap band of brothers. We both had that lap band (surgery) and we’re really pretty close.”'
Sammy Watkins among those absent for start of Buffalo Bills' voluntary workouts [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was not on the field while the Bills' went through light conditioning work at One Bills Drive. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who ended the season on injured reserve, and offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, who missed the the end of last season while reportedly battling Crohn's disease, also weren't on the field for the start of workouts.'
Buffalo Bills' QB Tyrod Taylor willing to play 2016 without a new contract [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I know the contract I signed for last year," Taylor said at the first day of voluntary conditioning Monday. "I understand my contract fully. Like I said, the business side, whether I'm out there playing under contract or an extension, my preparation does not change mentally or physically. I'm here to get this team better, I'm here to better myself and do what I can to help our team compete for a Super Bowl next year."'
Bills coach Rex Ryan will be introducing Donald Trump at his Buffalo rally [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Well, I don't know we'll have to stick around and find out," Ryan said when asked about it Monday. "Yeah, it should be interesting."'
Rob Ryan has been sleeping in his office at One Bills Drive [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Apparently Rob is doing everything he can to get things turned around. Sleeping at the office in April is a new level of commitment.'
Rex Ryan and Donald Trump praise each other at Buffalo rally [1:49 AM]
Washington Post reports: '“There’s so much that I admire about Mr. Trump but one thing I really admire about him is, you know what, he’ll say what’s on his mind. And so many times, you’ll see people, a lot of people want to say the same thing. But there’s a big difference: they don’t have the courage to say it. They all think it, but they don’t have the courage to say it. And Donald Trump certainly has the courage to say it.”'
Rex Ryan promoting Bills unity with an 'All In' motto [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"It's easy to talk about: 'Yeah, he's all in,' or, 'Yeah, I'm all in.' But your actions speak louder than words," said Ryan, who has been a longtime fan of Swinney, and whose son, Seth, plays at Clemson. "That's what I think we need to strive for, and that's to get everybody pulling in the same direction and going for that same goal."'
Bills defensive tackle Corbin Bryant signs qualifying offer [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Entering his fourth NFL season, Bryant proved his value last year in filling after Kyle Williams sustained a season-ending injury in Week 6. Bryant was credited with 45 tackles and six quarterback hits in 16 games, including 10 starts.'
Donald Trump to receive a Rex Ryan welcome to Buffalo [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills issued a statement by referring to Ryan's presence at Trump's rally as being a personal decision, and adding: "The Bills organization does not endorse political candidates and so he is not representing the organization at tonight's event."'
Bills DT Bryant signs tender [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills also released defensive back Cam Thomas, an undrafted free agent last season. He spent the entire season on the physically unable to perform list.'
Taylor vows contract won't be a distraction as he preps for 2016 [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“(The contract is) not really a focus of mine,” he told reporters after the Bills' first workout of their offseason conditioning program. “I’m coming here to work, to prepare myself physically and mentally for the 2016 season. The business side handles itself, whether it gets done or not. Like I said it handles itself. I am just here to work and get better as a player."'
Rex, Bills say - and wear - ''All-In'' mantra for 2016 [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan said after the practice that the "All-In" theme is about a commitment and trust within the team and to each other. He said he got it from Dabo Swinney, head coach at Clemson, where his son is a wide receiver.'
Gilmore, Hughes, Williams not cleared for workouts yet; Dareus is [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan gave “hockey terms" for the injured and was not specific for any of those players.'
DT Bryant signs 1-year tender [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 6-4, 300 pounder is regarded as one of the smartest players on the team, able to pick up the defense very quickly and understand his roles and responsibilities. That's very valuable for this team going forward, considering last year's issues in that department.'
Taylor, McCoy in attendance as Bills begin offseason conditioning [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Also in attendance was wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, even though he is currently training and competing for a spot as a long jumper on the United States Olympic Team this summer in Brazil.'
Bills without Watkins for start of workouts [1:39 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Watkins ended the 2015 season without a significant injury, but that wasn't the case for Williams and Henderson.'
Rex Ryan to introduce Trump at Buffalo rally [1:38 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'That's right, Rex Ryan, the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, will be introducing Donald Trump at his Monday night rally at the First Niagara Center. Ryan referenced Chris Christie as his "lap banded brother," before the press conference came to its conclusion.'
5 takeaways from player report day at One Bills Drive [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think putting that in the past and moving forward as a solid unit, a unified unit and just having cohesion and building a strong base right now,” said Richie Incognito. “That’s a part of it.”'
Rex resets for 2016 [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We had a great turnout for our voluntary deal,” said Ryan. “We weren’t 100 percent attendance but we had a couple of guys give me phone calls and I won’t get into specifics on who was here and who wasn’t here because it is voluntary, but I was encouraged by the turnout we had and everybody is excited to get this season going.”'
DT Corbin Bryant re-signs with Bills [1:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bryant is coming off the most productive season of his career. Making 10 starts in place of the injured Kyle Williams in 2015, Bryant contributed 45 tackles including a pair for loss. The 28-year old figures to be an important cog in Buffalo’s defensive line rotation.'
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