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Buffalo Bills News - July 26, 2015

Marker Janine Talley’s Journal: Darryl’s passionate about the fan connection [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Darryl is assigned the “Stans” of the world because he has the ability to defuse their critique of his play and the play of his teammates and the patience to listen to it. It’s agonizing to hear for the millionth time what he or one of the guys could’ve or should’ve done to win those games. Discussing what many fans consider a failure, the loss of four Super Bowls, and his ability to point out their successes on the football field reinforces Darryl’s pride in himself and his teammates. And with that, both Darryl and Stan get something from the experience.'

Marker Wyckoff's Chris Hogan fits the Bills [1:52 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"It could definitely be harder," said Hogan, who reportedly has a base salary of $585,000 for 2015. "There’s a lot of guys we’re going to want to put the ball into their hands. It is what it is. At the end of the day, if we’re winning, that’s all I care about. If we’re playing at the end of January, or early February, that makes all the difference."'

Marker Sources: Bills likely to part ways with Kromer [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Kromer's likely departure from the team will leave a void, but, assistant offensive line coach Kurt Anderson is thought of to be a candidate to replace him. A former offensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears, Kromer was hired by the Bills in January.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 8 - WR Percy Harvin [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'His 2015 impact may be limited, mainly due to the expected level of quarterback play in the upcoming season. Since the trio of quarterbacks have yet to show a consistent presence in throwing longer passes, it could benefit Harvin from a volume perspective. He'll likely be lined up both on the outside and in the slot, and will be given the opportunity -- and even depended on at times -- to get yards after the catch. His season statistics will not likely be indicative of his talent.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 9 - LB Nigel Bradham [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The upcoming season will certainly be an interesting one for Bradham. He faced the most adversity of his career when playing in the Mike Pettine defensive scheme that was mostly a 3-4 scheme for the linebackers. Rex Ryan's scheme will be multiple, but Bradham will need to acclimate to the odd-front defense with a lot more ease than he did two years ago. However, Bradham also has the opportunity to be a weapon in Rex Ryan's defense. One of the most overlooked strengths to his game is the ability to blitz and put pressure on the quarterback. With Ryan's pressure-based system, it would be fair to expect Bradham to be a thorn in the side of quarterbacks on a weekly basis.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 10 - TE Charles Clay [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'In this offense, with these quarterbacks, Clay has a chance to really be a focal point for the Bills. That's not to belittle some of the other receivers the team has on the roster, but the tight end is generally considered to be a 'security blanket' for a quarterback. That normal factor will likely be multiplied by offensive coordinator Greg Roman's tight end friendly offensive system. Clay has the athleticism to make a solid impact this year, but isn't likely to become one of the upper-echelon tight ends as his contract would indicate.'

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July 25, 2015

Marker Can Preston Brown handle Rex Ryan's defense? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One NFL personnel executive who studied Brown closely out of college believes he can handle Ryan’s scheme. Year 1 seemed to debunk the concern that he's too slow. Brown ran a 4.86 at the NFL scouting combine before falling to 73rd overall.'

Marker What's Harvin's role in offense? Any breakouts? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That doesn’t figure to leave a whole lot for a third receiver, which is the spot I am expecting Harvin to fill. That also doesn’t mean he will be an afterthought. The Bills want him to be more than the gadget-type player he has been for most of his six NFL seasons. They likely will still involve him in sweeps and screens, but as receivers coach Sanjay Lal pointed out during offseason workouts, those plays aren’t nearly as effective if the Bills don’t first allow Harvin to establish himself as a legitimate threat as a true receiver.'

Marker Russ Brandon Q&A: Bills ‘yearn for great times ahead’ [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I defer to coach Ryan and Doug Whaley who run that part of our operation. The entire organization has been focused on improving this team, and obviously we had a very aggressive offseason, a very solid draft the last few years that Doug Whaley and his staff have put together, coupled with the veterans on this team that have done very good things. A year ago we were 9-7 with the fourth-best defense, and people also forget that we had the third-rated special teams unit, so we have some excellent building blocks in this organization. But the development of the quarterback position, Greg Roman, David Lee, Chris Palmer, and the coaches that surround that position, they’ll do everything in their power to get as much production as possible. We’re looking forward to seeing good things from that position.'

Marker 4 predictions for the Buffalo Bills' 2015 wide receiver group [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'After fighting through injuries last year, Watkins should enter the season at full strength. With a full offseason under his belt, Watkins will be a better play in 2015. The problem is he will also have to share the ball with Harvin, Woods, Clay and running back LeSean McCoy. There won't be a lot of passes to go around in Buffalo this season, and Watkins likely won't get the numbers he deserves.'

Marker Van was the man in local sports [1:55 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'He was a mentor who never had a bad word to say about anybody (except when Don Paul stole time from his sportscast). After my worst day in broadcasting, filling in as a sports anchor on a weekend that included Bills pre-season highlights (trust me it was a train-wreck of truly epic proportions), that following Monday Van looked at the tape and said, “Rico, as a sports guy, you’re a pretty good newsman.” I never forgot that support.'

Marker Bills’ quarterback makes stop at local car dealership [1:54 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: '"It's been great," Cassel said. "It's as good of a fan base as I've been around my entire career. And obviously I've played against the Bills and been on the opposite side. I'm really excited to be coming into the Buffalo Bills and having them be part of that home-field advantage for us. The 12th man so to speak."'

Marker Bills, Dareus still talking contract [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Whatever they’re going to do, they’re going to do. It’s not anything right now that I can even focus on. It’s out of my hands. I’m just going to continue to do what I have to do for the team, because they have me for a year. And at the same time I’m going to do the best I can no matter if they’re paying me one, two-hundred, it doesn’t even matter to me. I’m just going to do the best I can. I love my job, so it is what it is.”'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 11 - S Aaron Williams [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Williams will once again be depended on as the mainstay of the safety position in 2015, now that Duke Williams and Corey Graham will battle it out to be the starter next to him. He's at his best when he's reading the quarterback and can make a play on the ball. And when he was under the tutelage of Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator in 2013, his production was quite evident. He'll look to return to that level of play in 2015 with the similar defensive play-calling style that Rex Ryan will provide.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 12 - OT Cordy Glenn [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'In an effort to revamp the entire offensive line, the Bills declared that all starting positions would be up for grabs. It's really not that big of a stretch to think that the Bills don't have another option at left tackle besides Glenn, though. He'll likely resume his role as a starting left tackle, but the pressure is on him this year. He is a free agent as of March, and will need to show he can regain the form of his first two seasons before hitting the open market, or, to prove to the Bills that he should be re-signed when they have a bevy of other players on the roster to do the same with.'

Marker Will Jerry Hughes make the Pro Bowl? [1:50 AM] reports: '“It’s rare that you have to pull a guy from practice because he’s ruining your practice,” Ryan said. “But I had to pull him today. If we were keeping track he might have had five-six sacks. It’s one of those deals, it’s like OK, let’s pull him out. Let’s get a pass off or something like that. He really did have that kind of day today.”'

July 24, 2015

Marker Will the Bills guard play turn around? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“With Greg Roman there’s so much multiplicity to it with the different things we do,” Miller said. “From the zone read to two backs, one back, power. There are so many different things that we do which is good for us up front."'

Marker 10 questions entering Bills training camp [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Who will the starting quarterback be? Rock, paper, scissors? Who knows, it might come down to that school yard activity to decide between EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, and Tyrod Taylor. Quarterback is always a fascinating position to watch in training camp, but it will reach epic levels this year because the Bills do not have a starting quarterback, and the job is wide open.'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin named NFL's 'most hated player in locker room' by Sport [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don't know if (his reputation) digs at him," Lal said. "I mean, no one wants to hear negative things about themselves, so I'm sure he's not happy about it. But he knows what's real, and then the people in the know, they also know.'

Marker Offseason of Bills' LeSean McCoy will conclude with private, 'females-only' party [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Females attending the part must be 21 years or older and sign a confidentiality agreement. They also must send a photograph and links to their social media profiles in order to RSVP. Considering the weekend McCoy had in Las Vegas last weekend, these stipulations shouldn't surprise people.'

Marker Richie Incognito among 5 biggest question marks on Buffalo Bills offensive line [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Since joining the Bills, Richie Incognito has done everything right. He's been in attendance for every workout — both voluntary and mandatory. He has said all the right things to media and even managed to work himself into the bulk of the first-team reps at guard. While the off-the-field concerns are the main issue with Incognito, there also isn't a guarantee that he can still play at a high level. He's been out of the league for more than a year, so he's going to have to prove himself all over again.'

Marker Bills tell McCoy no-go on logo [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills official logo was included on the invite, which was deleted from Instagram shortly after the team released the following statement...'.

Marker What players can't afford a slow start at Bills camp? [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Any Tight End not named Charles Clay.'

Marker McCoy posts, deletes 'females only' party invite [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The party was scheduled for Sunday, July 26. The Bills are set to check in at training camp at St. John Fisher College on Wednesday. July 29.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 13 - LB Preston Brown [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Now with Alonso out of the way, Brown is in the clear to resume his role as a starter at linebacker. When in a 4-3 scheme, Brown will be the middle linebacker, and then just an inside backer when in an odd-man front. He'll team up with Nigel Bradham as an up-and-coming duo that will help stabilize Rex Ryan's defense. While Brown may not have as much potential for improvement as Bradham, he's still a solid product in his own right.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 14 - CB Ronald Darby [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'As it stands, there is no immediate playing time available to Darby at the start of training camp. Stephon Gilmore is the top cornerback, Leodis McKelvin is the other starter, and Nickell Robey has a firm grasp on the nickel corner position. For Darby to begin the season as a regular starter, he'll have to vastly outplay McKelvin through camp and the preseason, or, an injury will have to occur. However, Darby's talents indicate he should get a shot sooner rather than later. And with the way that McKelvin has struggled throughout his career in man-to-man matchups, it would be fair to think Darby could start as early as the second month of the season.'

July 23, 2015

Marker Can Buffalo’s Sammy Watkins be a star in second year? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In retrospect, the Bills probably could’ve stayed put at No. 9 and taken the ridiculous talent from LSU. Beckham Jr. averaged 109 yards and one touchdown per game. If Watkins was solid, Beckham Jr. looked potentially transcendent. Beyond him, Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans (68 receptions for 1,051 yards with 12 touchdowns), Carolina’s Kelvin Benjamin (73-1,008-9), Miami’s Jarvis Landry (84-758-5) and Philadelphia’s Jordan Matthews (67-872-8) all burst onto the scene.'

Marker Marquise Goodwin takes silver at Pan Am Games [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 2013 third-round pick placed second in the long jump at the Pan American Games with a jump of 27 feet, 1 3/4 inches. Goodwin, who was a two-time NCAA champion at Texas, previously took 10th at the 2012 Olympics in London and fourth at the U.S. championships last month. Whether or not Goodwin looks to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro probably depends on where his football career is at that point.'

Marker Dinosaur BBQ to serve at Bills games [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The deal between the team and the restaurant chain had been in the works since the Bills played the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium last October, when Bills officials spoke with Dinosaur owner John Stage about a possible sponsorship. The agreement was completed a few weeks ago, Clancy said. The chain had previously offered a suite menu in conjunction with Delaware North during the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium.'

Marker Which Buffalo Bills running backs will make the roster after LeSean McCoy? [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Fred Jackson Age:34 Chances of making the roster: 80 percent.'

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