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Buffalo Bills News - July 7, 2017

Marker AFC East offseason review: Dolphins take methodical approach to improvement [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rather than throw a heaping pile of cash at a singular difference-making force, the Dolphins invested in retaining some of their best players while using free agency, trades, and the draft to enhance the defense around Suh.'

Marker 22 - 3 reasons Charles Clay will excel in 2017 [1:58 AM] reports: 'Entering 2017 with a new offensive coordinator in Rick Dennison, the prospects for Clay to have an even more productive campaign this fall are encouraging. Here’s why...'.

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July 6, 2017

Marker AFC East offseason review: Leave it to the Patriots to find ways to get even stronger [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The rich didn't just get richer. They managed to achieve unparalleled wealth in a system supposedly designed to promote parity.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Richie Incognito doesn't see Tom Brady retiring anytime soon [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Shannon (Sharpe), you know, barring any major injury, you can play as long as you want" said Incognito. "And we were just talking about how guys are playing not only longer but they're playing better. And what I think Tom has going right now is he has his complete ecosystem supporting him, and he'll be able to play as long as he wants. He does the nutrition. He does the body work with his guy up there in Boston. He's going all the little things that will enable him to do that guys maybe 10 or 15 years ago didn't know about. So barring a major injury, he keeps playing at a high level like this, he'll play as long as he wants."'

Marker 23 - Who will be the primary returner? [1:57 AM] reports: 'While Hyde may not be the front-runner, he provides experience and depth. He has just a good shot as the others. Versatility is something that coach McDermott has repeatedly stated as important throughout his time in Buffalo and Hyde is an example of that.'

July 5, 2017

Marker Bills at ST: Stephen Hauschka figures to spark a rebound in the kicking game [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hauschka was integral part of the Seahawks' 13-3 season in 2013, which ended with 43-8 victory against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. He is the Seahawks’ all-time leader in field goals (175) and their No. 2 all-time producer of points (759).'

Marker Pro Football Focus names OL Ryan Groy as the Buffalo Bills' secret superstar [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Groy started the final seven games of the season for the Bills, filling in for Eric Wood in the middle of the offensive line and playing largely well over that span, particularly in the final two games of the season against tough divisional rivals on the defensive line in the Dolphins and Jets. Groy didn't allow a sack all season, and surrendered just nine total pressures - seven across those final seven games.'

Marker Training-camp battle ahead for Reggie Ragland with Buffalo Bills [1:57 AM]
Birmingham News reports: 'It wasn't supposed to be this way. When the Bills chose Ragland out of Alabama in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, he was supposed to play alongside Brown as Buffalo's inside linebackers, stepping into the same position in Buffalo that he'd played with the Crimson Tide.'

Marker 24 - 3 reasons why Jonathan Williams' game can take a big leap forward [1:56 AM] reports: '“Before every rep where I know it’s a run play called or a pass play where I could get the ball, just in my head I’m thinking, ball security high and tight and put two hands on it in traffic,” said Williams. “That ball is everybody’s money out there. I’ve made a conscious effort to work on my ball positioning.”'

July 4, 2017

Marker Bills at DB: Hard to see immediate improvement in revamped secondary [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's hard to expect immediate improvement with a cornerback pairing of Ronald Darby -- who did not play as well last season as he did in his rookie year in 2015 and his transitioning to a new defense -- and a rookie, first-round draft pick Tre'Davious White. It's also hard to expect immediate improvement with two new safeties -- free-agent acquisitions Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer -- who have yet to be starters for a full NFL season and who are also learning a new scheme.'

Marker Uncle Jim's advice to Chad Kelly: 'Shut your mouth, work hard' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think it hinders it a little bit, but until you go out there and make a couple mistakes, you got to learn," Kelly said. "Right now, I'm kind of just visualizing everything, pretending like you're calling out the MIKE even in your hotel room every day. You got to pretend like you're out there doing exactly what those other quarterbacks are doing so when you're out there, you can't miss a beat."'

Marker Buffalo Bills named as a top landing spot for free agent WR Dorial Green-Beckham [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Sammy Watkins can't stay healthy, Robert Woods is gone, Zay Jones is a rookie, and Andre Holmes is the definition of meh," said Wagner-McGough. "For as loud as critics of Tyrod Taylor are, critics of the Bills' receiver group should be even louder. The Bills are depending on someone who's appeared in 21 games the past two years and someone who's never played a down of football in the NFL.'

Marker 25 - 5 offensive playmakers to look for at camp [1:56 AM] reports: '“I still feel young and the guys here will tell you it’s been hard to cover me and catch me in the practices we’ve had,” McCoy said. “We’ll see that’s something the coaches will have to figure out. With technology today man they’ve got to find a way to make the workloads work.”'

July 3, 2017

Marker Bills at LB: Could new role and additions help Lorenzo Alexander have a strong encore to impressive [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Alexander was the best story on the team last season. Signed to a one-year contract as a reserve who was only supposed to only help on special teams, he was suddenly pushed into the starting lineup while first-round draft pick Shaq Lawson -- now at end -- recovered from shoulder surgery.'

Marker Did Sammy Watkins guarantee a Super Bowl win for the Buffalo Bills this year? [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'One fan responded to Watkins' tweet telling him that the Bills would win a championship if the receiver could stay healthy. Watkins' response? Buffalo is winning it all regardless of his health in 2017.'

Marker Bills WR Watkins: 'We gotta get paid more' after NBA megadeals [1:57 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We gotta get paid more I'm pretty sure 2014 class will change the market," Watkins tweeted.'

Marker In shadow of NBA megadeals, Sammy Watkins hopes NFL players can cash in [1:56 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Watkins, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft, also retweeted NFL player promoter Jake Steinberg, who wrote, "NFL players have the right to be pissed. They get the smallest piece of the pie. NFL has $12B in annual revenue; NBA has $5B."'

Marker Sammy Watkins sees NBA deals, says NFL players need to get paid more [1:55 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'The good news for Watkins is that as long as the salary cap continues to go up, then NFL players will get paid more. On the other hand, if Watkins is hoping that NFL salaries will one day pay as much as NBA salaries, he's going to be waiting a long time because it's never going to happen.'

Marker Bills Today: Reason for optimism [1:54 AM] reports: 'He is in the early stages of creating a culture that can sustain and put the Bills in position to be in that playoff mix in the coming years. With that as a springboard, count me in the "yes" category of the Bills snapping that playoff drought before 2019. As an annual visitor to western New York for the Patriots-Bills rivalry, it's always great to see how much the city supports the team. The fans deserve to taste some success after this playoff drought, and I'm a believer that McDermott is the leader to help the franchise snap the skid.'

July 2, 2017

Marker Bills at DL: Higher accountability for Marcell Dareus, simpler scheme could lead to greater producti [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The majority of the unit's core is intact. With the help of a base 4-3 scheme that should better suit the skills of the players than the 3-4 of the past two seasons, that should lead to better production.'

Marker Buffalo Bills have one of league's worst rosters, says Pro Football Focus [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Pro Football Focus ranked every team in the league based on the grades they gave to players in 2016. When all was said and done, the Bills came in at No. 27.'

Marker Bruce Smith's trip to Israel was a life-changing experience [1:57 AM]
Norfolk Virginian Pilot reports: '“To walk where Jesus walked, to see where all of the miracles happened, it had such an impact on me and everyone in our party,” he said. “It was a life-changing experience. You could truly feel the presence of God there.”'

Marker Bills' Taylor excited as training camp nears [1:56 AM]
WVEC-TV reports: '"We have a lot of talent on the roster and a lot of potential. We were one game out of it last year, two the year before with some injuries. Not using that as an excuse, but this year we definitely have to make it work."'

July 1, 2017

Marker Bills at OL: An area of strength now carrying its share of questions [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pro Bowl left guard Richie Incognito is still far and away the best player of the unit and enters his 11th NFL season as one of the league's top players at his position. However, there are more questions surrounding him than the Bills have had since his arrival in 2015.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Mailbag: Is the team half-pregnant? What's its greatest strength & [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills pretty much set themselves up to take a middle-of-the-road approach when they decided that Tyrod Taylor should be their quarterback for at least one more season. Taylor is good enough to do what he pretty much has done the past two seasons, which is keep the team hovering around .500.'

Marker On Bills fans’ behavior, team nicknames and a lost mascot [1:57 AM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: 'To me, the film is a huge black eye for Buffalo, and an insult to the majority of Bills fans who care deeply about their team and behave in a more responsible manner. This flick focuses on a faction of crazies looking for their 15 minutes of fame. (Or should I say their 15 minutes of infamy?) It’s filled with selfie-absorbed, liquored-up people hoping their juvenile behavior goes viral.'

Marker "The love of my life": Late grandmother is Bills running back Cedric O'Neal's in [1:56 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'His grandmother — “Miss” Juanita O’Neal as he so affectionately referred to her — had a profound effect on his life. She helped raise Cedric along with his brothers and sisters and even admitted that she was hard on them, but also instilled life lessons along the way — teaching them to take care of themselves and to not depend on anyone to do it for them.'

Marker Bills Today: Bills O-line tops the league in all run concepts [1:55 AM] reports: 'According to Pro Football Focus, the Bills ranked first in the inside and outside zone concept and came in second for the gap scheme. This is a huge feat for both the offensive line and the running backs. It’s proving even more that the two work well together in executing plays.'

June 30, 2017

Marker Bills at TE: Wait for the Charles Clay payoff continues [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 15 games last season, Clay caught 57 passes, six more than he had in 13 games in 2015. His 9.7 yards per catch were the lowest of his six NFL seasons.'

Marker Bills RB Jonathan Williams faces no suspension [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams is the leading candidate to replace Mike Gillislee, who joined the New England Patriots as a restricted free agent, as the backup to LeSean McCoy.'

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