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Buffalo Bills News - August 21, 2015

Marker Manziel throws TD pass, Manuel rallies Bills over Browns [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Manziel threw a touchdown pass and maybe closed the gap on presumed starting quarterback Josh McCown before Manuel rallied the Bills to an 11-10 victory Thursday night.'

Marker AP sources: Bills contract talks with Dareus at a standstill [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'One person said the sides haven't exchanged offers in a few weeks, raising concerns that a deal won't be completed before the start of the season in three weeks. The season opener is not considered a hard deadline.'

Marker Burton, Bills reach injury settlement [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Burton signed with the Bills as an undrafted free agent from the University of Florida.'

Marker Rex Ryan mum on LeSean McCoy's MRI results, but optimistic about return [1:44 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Buffalo then lost wide receiver Chris Hogan late in the first quarter. He was carted to the locker room after suffering an ankle injury. Hogan, who was hunched over on the cart with a towel over his head, was ruled out for the remainder of the game.'

Marker Bills DT Marcell Dareus expresses bitterness over contract talks [1:43 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Dareus believes the Bills aren't properly valuing him in contract talks. A fifth-year lineman entering the final year of his deal, he is a two-time Pro Bowler and was the third-overall draft selection in 2011.'

Marker The best Bills roster in nearly two decades ... with no promises at QB [1:42 AM]
ESPN reports: 'That's enough for the Bills with this defense, but can Cassel (or Taylor) get there consistently? It could be the difference between a playoff team and an also-ran with a really good roster.'

Marker Bills Rally Late, Beat Browns 11-10 [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Buffalo, already without LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, among others, suffered back-to-back injuries in the first quarter. Goodwin and Chris Hogan both went down with ankle injuries on consecutive plays. Goodwin returned to the game, but Hogan was carted off the field with a towel draped over his head.'

Marker Bills' Taylor goes out and plays quarterback [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Taylor’s pocket presence was close to perfect except for the one sack. His throws were dead on and he went 3-for-3 on his first three third downs. He only went 1-for-4 after that, but I think this outing was so much better than last week. The points weren’t there, but a quarterback was out there.'

Marker Rex: Bills won't name starting QB until right before opener [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan admitted he and his coaching staff may very well know who the starter will be for the game, but that he has no reason to announce it publicly. He even went so far as to include all three QBs - Taylor, Manuel, and Matt Cassel - in the “keep them guessing” discussion.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor dazzles under center, EJ Manuel leads Bills to victory [1:38 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Not satisfied with a tie, the Bills went for two and Manuel connected with Bronson Hill to convert the two point try.'

Marker Observations - Bills 11, Browns 10 [1:37 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Manuel has been buried in the quarterback competition, not receiving the same type of opportunities as both Taylor and Cassel. Like Taylor, he couldn’t win the job with his performance tonight, but he had a lot to lose. To his credit, he stepped up when he needed to. The big test will be how the Bills react with rep counts, and more importantly, who he’s taking them with.'

Marker Report: Dareus balks at Bills' $90 million offer [1:36 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Dareus, entering the final year of his contract, is making $8.060 million for 2015. That, combined with the $90 million offer, makes it a per year average of just over $14 million.'

Marker Escondido native, Stanford grad Ricky Seale gets unexpected NFL shot with Buffalo Bills [1:35 AM]
KGTV-TV reports: 'Just a few days ago, Ricky Seale was an occupational therapist for autistic children in San Diego, but on Thursday night, he took the field for the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills edge Browns, 11-10 [1:34 AM] reports: 'EJ Manuel played the second half at quarterback and was under duress for most of the night, but with a drive start at their own 14-yard line and 7:24 to play, Manuel marched the offense 86 yards and on a 4th-and-goal at the 14 hit Andre Davis for a 14-yard touchdown pass. Then Manuel made good on a two-point conversion with a quick strike to Bronson Hill, who came out of the backfield to make the catch. The conversion put the Bills up 11-10 with 1:31 left to play.'

Marker Darby opportunistic in rebound performance [1:33 AM] reports: '“It’s a blessing,” Darby said. “I’ve just got to keep carrying myself and keep competing”'

Marker Rex Ryan keeps QB choice close to his sweater vest [1:32 AM] reports: '“Again I’m not going to make that decision until we play Indy,” said Ryan in reference to the opponent for the regular season opener. “Competitive reasons or whatever, go for it. We don’t need to tell them. Until the league makes us tell them we can just go right up in there and not say anything. We may know, but why would we say any different? The quarterbacks we’re talking about they’re all different so plan for all three of them. I think that’s smart on our part.”'

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August 20, 2015

Marker Taylor could clinch starting job against Browns [3:35 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'Tonight in Cleveland will be a much better test of Taylor's starting candidacy. The Browns have seen him in practice at this week's joint sessions, and the defenders chasing him around the field will be of starting caliber.'

Marker Bills RT Henderson steps on the gas [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Once you’re out of shape and you’re too heavy for your body, everybody that gets in that situation doesn’t have much success,” Kromer said. “Because you can’t move as well as you’re expecting. You’re expecting to be able to do things you can’t do, so, yeah, he was a little behind. And, gosh darn, did he work hard and come in in shape and ready to go.'

Marker Bills source on McCoy injury: 'Not as bad as it could have been' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rappaport of NFL Digital Media said NFL sources told them McCoy would be back in action for the Colts' game.'

Marker Bills face Browns with depleted offense [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The player who might most be affected by this is Taylor, who is getting a chance to start against the Browns in his quest to win the starting quarterback job. Unlike Matt Cassel, who had the benefit of a viable starting group last week against Carolina, Taylor certainly won’t have that, a tough break indeed.'

Marker Bills v. Browns: History (and misery) loves company [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills haven’t made the postseason for a league-leading 15 consecutive seasons, the Browns right behind at 12 in a row. Each are record droughts for the storied franchises, in existence a combined 125 years.'

Marker Passion play paid off for Browns coach Mike Pettine [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Our backgrounds are very similar, both our dads are legendary coaches,” said Ryan, whose father, Buddy, coached the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears and later the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals. “(Pettine’s) smart, knew the game extremely well, hard-working and dedicated and passionate. So I knew he’d get this opportunity.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign DL Red Bryant, RB Cierre Wood [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Bryant, a veteran defensive tackle, spent last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars before getting cut in the offseason. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Bryant won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2013. After Jarius Wynn landed on injured reserve, the Bills needed to bolster their depth up front.'

Marker Buffalo Bills player interacts with local fan with cerebral palsy, then makes his night [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Goodwin chatted with Pagano and his family while signing autographs and asked if they would be at the Bills' preseason game against the Browns in Cleveland on Thursday. He then offered Pagano tickets to the game.'

Marker Buffalo Bills have reportedly had discussions about signing Ray Rice after LeSean McCoy injury [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Rice hasn't played in the league since he was suspended following a domestic violence incident. The Ravens released him in September 2014 and he was reinstated by the NFL later that year but never latched on with another team.'

Marker LeSean McCoy injury: Buffalo Bills RB expected back for Week 1 against Colts [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'At this point, the top five running backs on the Bills' depth chart are all on the injury report, and four of them are dealing with muscle injuries. Ryan is hoping to get Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown and Boobie Dixon back for the team's Week 3 preseason game against the Steelers, but that's no guarantee. Rookie Karlos Williams is out at least a couple weeks after a medical procedure, and now McCoy looks like he will miss a few weeks.'

Marker How will Buffalo Bills' injuries impact quarterback competition? [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I guess we will find out," Ryan said after practice Thursday. "We are still going to be competing and going hard and everything else. But are we going to be limited? Absolutely we are going to be limited."'

Marker McCoy should be ready for start of Bills' season [1:49 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'While Ryan as shrugged off the Rice possibilities, he admits as situations go, “it is not ideal ... but it is what it is. Quite honestly we are out of running backs ...”'

Marker AP source: McCoy will be ready for Bills season opener [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills addressed their lack of depth at running back by signing Cierre Wood on Wednesday. Wood, an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame, appeared in five games split between Houston and New England in 2013. He was on Seattle's roster last season, but did not appear in any games.'

Marker Bills sign DL Bryant, RB Wood [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Wood, 24, originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans following the 2013 draft. The 5-11, 213 pound Notre Dame product has played in five career games. During his collegiate career, Wood played in 37 games with 18 starts and finished his career as Notre Dame's seventh-leading rusher with 2,447 yards on 450 carries.'

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