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Buffalo Bills News - May 21, 2015

Marker Kyle Williams named among NFL's top 100 players [1:52 AM] reports: 'Announced on NFL Network’s Top 100 Wednesday night, Williams was ranked 72nd overall by his NFL brethren in the countdown from 80-71.'

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May 20, 2015

Marker Brown’s missed time puts him behind other Bills backs [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Bryce is doing what he has to do right now, taking care of his family in the offseason, but yes, it will set him back,” he said. “I mean, he’s five, six weeks behind everyone else. Once he gets here, it’s going to be hard to slow down and catch him up. That’s one of my biggest concerns, but, you know, he’s got the playbook. Hopefully he’s taking care of his business and hopefully he’ll come in in great shape and we’ll see what happens.”'

Marker Bills wrap up contract with Ronald Darby; have entire 2015 draft class signed [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The team did not release terms of the contract, but under the league's rookie wage scale, Darby's deal is expected to be worth about $4.5 million over its duration. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound cornerback won a national championship during his college career at Florida State, finishing with 79 tackles and 16 passes defensed in 42 games, with 23 starts.'

Marker 'Kelly Tough' a book about faith, love [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I wish that wasn't the story, my dad going through cancer," she said. "After reading through it and reliving each moment again, I was able to see what an encouragement our story can be to other people. If we had to go through that pain and suffering to give someone else hope, then the words and everything in the book is so worth it."'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign top 2015 NFL Draft pick Ronald Darby [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'During his last season at Florida State, Darby was targeted once every 10.1 snaps, the fewest of any cornerback in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was also the fastest cornerback at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 4.38-second 40-yard dash. The high-school track star has been clocked at 6.28 seconds in the 55-meter dash and 21.05 seconds in the 200-meter dash.'

Marker Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Reed accepts coaching internship with Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We are going to do the work and put it in the dirt, and I hope I can help get these guys ready for a big year," Reed said in a statement released through his agency.'

Marker Greg Roman: EJ Manuel falling out of favor with Buffalo Bills 'the furthest thing from the trut [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Speculation is the key word there," Roman said. "I don't believe whoever's saying that, and it's the furthest thing from the truth. He's busting his hump every day and doing a very good job. There's a lot of clay to mold there as well. Whatever people are talking about, I don't know where that's coming from. The answer is no, he's doing a good job."'

Marker Bryce Brown, Chris Williams not participating in Buffalo Bills voluntary workouts [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Rookie guard John Miller has been working in place of Williams, who carries a $3.4 million cap hit for 2015. Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer says the Bills will continue to rotate along the offensive line throughout the offseason, but offensive coordinator Greg Roman said he has been blown away by Miller, who the Bills drafted in the third round.'

Marker Bills sign rookie cornerback Darby to 4-year, $4.6M deal [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Darby's signing means the Bills have all six of their rookie draft picks under contract.'

Marker CB Darby signs with Bills [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'With the Bills returning Stephon Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin as the starting corners, Darby is expected to contend for a backup role.'

Marker Darby signs, all Bills picks under contract [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 5-11, 195-pound Darby finished his Seminoles career with 79 tackles and 16 pass breakups over 42 career games. As a freshman in 2012, he was named ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.'

Marker Bills receivers coach: Watkins 'has desire to be great' [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“It is rare to find someone with that athletic talent that has the heart and desire to be great,” Bills wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal said Tuesday. “We have a saying: ‘What’s good enough, isn’t.’ For many guys good enough is good enough. For Sammy that doesn’t be the case.”'

Marker Bills cap draft class with Ronald Darby signing [1:48 AM] reports: '“Athletic, fast, that’s why we drafted him,” said defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman in describing Darby. “Looks like a pretty good man-to-man cover guy from what we saw in the rookie minicamp, but he hasn’t gone up against the big time NFL receiver. Usually if you can cover, you can cover. It usually doesn’t matter who it is, but he’s been pretty impressive so far.”'

Marker Mental acuity gives G John Miller inside track [1:47 AM] reports: '“He might be the opening guy there,” said head coach Rex Ryan in a radio interview on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Tuesday morning. “He’s been very impressive. I think right now that’s the most important thing just because we’re not going up against anybody. But this guy has a big, wide, square body and we are hitting bags and his technique is pretty good. He has really been impressive.'

Marker 7 developments from Bills offseason workouts [1:46 AM] reports: '“We’re in the learning process right now,” said Kromer. “Is John Miller learning quickly? I would say yes. He has a good background coming out of college and when we interviewed him for the draft we knew that he had the ability to learn quickly and to adapt a technique just through our interviews. So it’s been a good start, but it’s only a start and we have a long way to go.”'

May 19, 2015

Marker Bills won’t overlook their passing game [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’ve been in offenses where you’ll go game plan and you’ll come up with a great scheme and then you get into the meeting and then you say, ‘Well, who’s going to run that route? We don’t have that guy. Who’s going to do this? Well, we don’t have him,’ ” Lal said. “So these great plays that would work, that we know are going to work, are thrown out.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign sixth-round pick Tony Steward to rookie contract [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills have room to add depth at linebacker, so Steward has a shot to make the roster. Bills coach Rex Ryan has praised Steward's football intelligence and his willingness to contribute on special teams.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills LB Brandon Spikes signs with Patriots, according to report [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Spikes may have to do some backtracking on his comments about the Patriots, but don't expect the veteran linebacker to send much trash talk back to Buffalo. He enjoyed his time in Buffalo, but the two sides weren't on the same page about his role going forward.'

Marker Pegulas reportedly hire a consultant to deal with Buffalo Bills' radio, TV deals [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The hiring of a consultant has more to do with the Sabres' TV deal, which has two years remaining. The only television deal that affects the Bills is the one for their preseason games. The NFL controls all regular-season games.'

Marker Bills sign 6th-round draft pick, linebacker Tony Steward [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills have now signed five of their six draft picks. Cornerback Ronald Darby, a second-round pick, is Buffalo's only unsigned rookie.'

Marker Manuel's future probably isn't in Buffalo [1:54 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'If you are to believe the whispers, though, Manuel might be fourth in the supposed three-horse race, behind even the nondescript Jeff Tuel as far as Ryan and his new offensive coordinator, Greg Roman, are concerned.'

Marker Bills sign LB Steward [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'He was rated as the No. 43 outside linebacker in the 2015 class by'

Marker Sans progress, EJ may be done in Buffalo [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Slowly, but surely, his playing style has increasingly become one that's meek and fearful of mistakes, rather than one inspired by confidence and bravado. He doesn't try to fit a ball into tight windows, he doesn't take off and run when advantageous, and had a playbook built around him that essentially neutered him as a quarterback.'

Marker LB Tony Steward signs rookie contract [1:51 AM] reports: '“It feels awesome,” Steward said of his signing. “Earlier I actually forgot about signing the contract. I was just out there playing football, but it feels good to make it official and put it on paper and it’s awesome to be part of this organization.”'

Marker Ty Powell primed for 'mike' LB role [1:50 AM] reports: '“Coming from six years since I started college I’ve played six different positions,” said Powell. “Last year I played ‘mike’ (middle linebacker), and this year I’m playing ‘mike’ but it's in a new scheme. They had this scheme my first year here but now I’m inside. I really just refer back to Nigel (Bradham) because Nigel has been inside on this defense. I’m really learning off him. But I do feel like this is my natural position.”'

May 17, 2015

Marker Q&A: Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Reed [4:36 PM]
Auburn Citizen reports: '"I love Rex. I think Rex is a players' coach and he's going to shoot straight from the hip. He's going to tell it like it is. He's not going to pull any punches. If you can survive to a certain point in New York where there's 25 papers and here, you don't have that many papers. You have papers, but not like that. The media market there is a little bit different here. Other than that, I'm very excited about this season. We've got some guys on offense that can score. We just got to get them the ball now and that's what they really talk about."'

Marker Bills’ Duke Williams confident he can be a starter [12:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think Duke is a guy that has the physical traits you look for. He loves to play and is a tough, physical guy, and he can run. I think those are obviously some main traits you look for. How quickly he processes and things like that, we’ll find out. There’s probably competition in this building and that will be good for Duke and will be good for our football team.”'

Marker Bills’ Ryan paves a rich media trail [12:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Maybe it’s because he drives a pickup and drinks beer; or because his favorite local Mexican restaurant, El Canelo, sits in a strip mall; or because he wore a throwback Thurman Thomas jersey at the combine; or because he orders a plate of wings, even though his lap band won’t let him eat more than one or two during a sitting. Whatever the reason, Ryan has already won over the fans and the franchise’s legends.'

Marker Pegulas taking steps to deal with TV and digital media issues involving Bills and Sabres [12:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There has been speculation that owners Kim and Terry Pegula are considering starting up a regional sports network akin to the Empire Sports Network to televise their games and that they may move the radio rights of the teams.'

Marker Erin Kelly shares story behind 'Kelly Tough' [12:03 AM]
Salamanca Press reports: '“It certainly didn’t start that way,” Erin said. “There were moments when we were reluctant to share on social media, especially my dad, just for our privacy’s sake and because of the struggle that he was going through. But we came to the point where we knew we had to share — not only so that people would pray for my dad because so many people rallied around him and that was because of social media — but because social media provided us an avenue to be an encouragement to others. Rather than being this burden of social media, it really became a blessing to all of us.”'

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