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Buffalo Bills News - June 16, 2016

Marker Kathryn Smith easing into her role as Bills assistant coach [1:47 AM]
AP reports: '"We want qualified people to help us win. And she fits the mold for that," Sanborn said. "You don't look at it as male versus female. You look at it as a name versus a name. And we already knew the name, and know what she's capable of. So we're happy to have her on board."'

Marker Bills' RB Williams eats way off the field [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Obviously he's not anywhere close to where he needs to play at a high level," Ryan said. "So we've got to get some weight off him and he certainly understands that. You guys can see him as well as I do; he's clearly overweight.'

Marker Bills to limit preseason workload on RB LeSean McCoy [1:45 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday that McCoy's lack of reps this spring has been "by design," adding, "[to] keep him fresh, going into his eighth year, [there is] a lot of miles on those legs. So we'll do the same thing with training camp with him."'

Marker Tyrod continues strong OTA and minicamp performance (Wednesday notes) [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'EJ Manuel wasn’t very sharp overall, throwing one would-be pick-six interception to Corey White (although the whistle had blown shortly before the throw) and another into the chest of defensive lineman Corbin Bryant who had dropped into coverage. It wasn't all bad for Manuel, who had a couple nice mid-range throws over linebackers that got to his wideouts just before they went out of bounds for completions.'

Marker Six months on the job, Bills' Kathryn Smith doesn't think she's been treated any diff [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"It was an honor. It was really incredible," Smith said. "It was really amazing that it made that much of a splash. A bit overwhelming too just because, again, I was just trying to do my job and wasn’t expecting all of that but it’s been good. For the most part, it’s been positive so that’s been nice."'

Marker The Bills' early plan for QB Cardale Jones [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"You know we are trying to really throw everything at him which is somewhat unfair, but in the long run it is probably the best way to do things," Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman said after Wednesday's minicamp practice. "At some point we will titrate down, define the player and customize what we do with him. Right now we are exposing him to everything to get a feel for him. So we are not really in the evaluation phase, we are simply trying to get him prepared for training camp."'

Marker 7 observations from 2016 Bills minicamp - Day 2 [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'While Tyrod Taylor was once again the best quarterback on the field — as he should be — the day for Cardale Jones is one that had as many twists and turns as a soap opera.'

Marker Fitness, weight loss up first for Karlos Williams [1:40 AM] reports: '“It’s going to require some work, some discipline in the meal room. That’s something that I have to do. I’m a professional,” Williams said. “Being with my pregnant fiancée, when she ate, I ate, so it was kind of hard dealing with that, but the coaches and the strength and conditioning coaches are behind me, so it’s not going to be a problem.”'

Marker Bills minicamp notes - Day 2 [1:39 AM] reports: '“I feel pretty great,” Woods told “I had a long offseason of training and rehabbing and just getting right. It feels good. It’s like a blessing to be back out here full speed, running, getting open, back to normal. It feels good.”'

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June 15, 2016

Marker Bills CB Stephon Gilmore: 'They have to do what's best for them and I have to do what' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However you slice it, it's clear Gilmore would like to ink a long-term deal because he sees other players at his position cashing in.'

Marker Bills HC Rex Ryan on 'overweight' Karlos Williams: 'He's not anywhere close to w [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan wouldn't say how overweight Williams is, only that "You guys can see him as well as I do. He's clearly overweight."'

Marker Bills' Ryan: Jim Kelly 'knows I'm a hell of a coach' [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's, 'Oh, hey, we're going to lose,' whatever," Ryan said. "Man, I don't look at it that way. I'm definitely the (glass-is-) half-full guy. I expect some great things out of this team, and I'm going to be shocked if it doesn't happen. I think our whole division has improved. I don't know how much New England's improved. Obviously, they're right at the top every year, so I hope they don't improve much. I think Miami's gotten better, I think the Jets have gotten better.'

Marker All’s right with the Bills, except for minor details [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Seantrel Henderson’s agent is stunned that no Bills coach reached out to the right tackle after two offseason intestinal surgeries.'

Marker Transcript from Buffalo Bills minicamp of Rex Ryan, Gilmore, Goodwin, Taylor and Karlos Williams [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I think everybody has a challenge, there’s competition, but I think his skillset is one that you want to see on that field and see how he progresses and things. Obviously it’s not an ideal thing from where he is as a football player but I think he’s going to be in great shape; we know that. Obviously he’s training at a world-class level, he’s trying to train that way. Now, albeit nobody’s hitting you, but he’s running all the time, he’s in phenomenal shape so that’s going to help but we’ll see. In today’s world, it’s a little different. Everybody has a little, your playbook’s on an iPad these days so he’s not training 24/7, he’ll have some time to look at the playbook and all that and then let his physical tools take over when he gets here.'

Marker Bills' Gilmore at mini-camp only because it's mandatory [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I’m not frustrated because I know what I can do on the field, my game speaks for itself,” Gilmore said. “Those guys are great players, but I know what I can do, what I can do on the island making plays. When they got those deals it helped the cornerback market out a lot, so I’m looking forward to it. Whatever happens, if it’s now, if it’s later, my No. 1 priority is to prove myself on the field when it’s time.”'

Marker Karlos Williams is overweight and Rex Ryan is not happy [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Obviously he's not anywhere close to where he needs to play at a high level,” Ryan said. “So we've got to get some weight off him and he certainly understands that. You guys can see him as well as I do; he's clearly overweight. You wish that he was in much better shape, there’s no question about it. I think in the future I’m sure he’s got to realize that what he did this offseason is far from what you want. He’s a young guy, hopefully he’ll learn from it.”'

Marker Bills RB Karlos Williams overweight after skipping OTAs to be with pregnant fiancee [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Obviously you wish that he was in much better shape. There's no question about it. In the future, I'm sure he's got to realize what he did this offseason is far from what you want. He's a young guy. Hopefully he learns from it."'

Marker Former Bills player, now Orlando police officer, describes nightclub shooting [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ingoglia, who joined the department 16 years ago, recalled the events of Sunday morning to the D&C. Ingoglia said he was home Sunday morning when he was told to head to the nightclub, arriving 90 minutes after the shootings began.'

Marker Gilmore grudgingly reports for Bills mandatory practices [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Last month, general manager Doug Whaley described talks as being "a complicated process," while cautioning the value of Gilmore's next contract as potentially handcuffing the team from addressing other positional needs. One of those spots is quarterback, with starter Tyrod Taylor also entering the final year of his contract.'

Marker Gilmore at Bills minicamp, but wants new contract [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It's mandatory, that's why I came," said Gilmore, who is the only player on the team currently in a snit regarding his contract.'

Marker Bills' Rex Ryan says Jim Kelly 'knows I'm a hell of a coach' [1:48 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I think if you ask Jim, Jim knows I'm a hell of a coach and a good coach for this team and this community," Ryan said. "I think he would tell you that. I hope he would."'

Marker Gilmore non-committal on training camp without new deal in place [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'When asked about Norman’s deal, as well as the 5-year, $62.5million deal ($28.8M guaranteed) Janoris Jenkins signed with the New York Giants, Gilmore said, “those guys are great players. But I know what I can do. I know what I can do on an island. And make plays. So, when they got those deals, it helped the cornerback market out a lot. So I’m looking forward to it.”'

Marker Tuesday minicamp: Lewis, Gillislee impress; intensity continues [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I had written during OTAs that there seemed to be more intensity on the field than usual for that sort of practice. Well, that continued, for the most part, Tuesday. There were no fights (as there was during one of the OTA sessions), but there seemed to be a much more serious approach to every drill and portion of practice, and got a bit chippy again at times. This was especially evident during the offensive line individual session. Players were going pretty hard, even against blocking sleds and hand pads, and it was quite a bit vocal, as well. This is the first time all rookies and all veterans have had to be together on the field, and all of them want to prove they belong or that the new guy isn’t taking his job.'

Marker Bills' Karlos Williams overweight, isn't 'anywhere close' [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"I'm close. Not far off, not far off," Williams said. "It’s going to require some work, some discipline in the meal room and that’s something I have to do, I’m a professional."'

Marker Potential training camp holdout? Bills' Gilmore: 'We'll see' [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'However, even though he was in attendance, it didn't mean he was going to be a full participant. Gilmore abstained from practice in any capacity on Tuesday, instead just watching from the sidelines as his teammates worked out. It's not an unprecedented action by a player locked in a contract squabble with his team.'

Marker 7 observations from Day 1 of 2016 Bills minicamp [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'On the flip side, the quarterbacks below Taylor on the depth chart haven’t been anywhere near the same level as the starter. Backup EJ Manuel continued to have problems hitting deep targets in stride, either overthrowing it by quite a bit, or under throwing it to the point where the receiver had to slow down — which then allowed the defensive back to get back into the play.'

Marker Gilmore resting on laurels... for now [1:42 AM] reports: '“We’ll see,” he said. “I will compete whenever I get there. I’m going to work on my craft in training camp and carry that over into the season and have a great year and see what happens.”'

Marker Bills minicamp notes - Day 1 [1:41 AM] reports: '“It definitely takes reps,” said Taylor. “It takes learning your receivers. Of course that’s what I had a chance to do during this offseason and the OTA periods. Just throw a bunch of balls to guys and understand what is comfortable to them, the ball they can adjust to and just learning your receiver. It’s my job to get the ball to them, but the better I know my receiver the better off I am.”'

June 14, 2016

Marker Bills' Darby keeps eye on escalating CB contracts [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It’s going to best serve me because I’ve seen a lot my first year," he said. "I’m more comfortable with recognizing formations and just, communication-wise, with the vets and guys on the field, so the second year of being in the same defense will help me a lot."'

Marker Chris Martin, ex-Jet Leger Douzable among latest Bills signings [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 6-foot-4, 284-pound Douzable began his NFL career in 2008, on the practice squad of the Minnesota Vikings. He was previously on the active rosters of the Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams and New York Giants. He also had a practice-squad stint with the Detroit Lions.'

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