Bills defensive end Williams passes physical, joins camp [1:33 AM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills say defensive end Mario Williams has passed his physical and was activated in time for the team's opening practice at training camp.'
Bills' celebrated QB battle begins with a whimper [1:32 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Ryan made it clear throughout the offseason that when the Bills came to training camp, the quarterback job would be wide open -- and may the best man win. To that end, he has adopted offensive coordinator Greg Roman's two-spot system where team drills are going on simultaneously at both ends of the practice field in order to give not only the quarterbacks, but everyone else, more reps. However, it is specifically helpful to the quarterbacks who need all the time they can get.'
Charge against Bills' Kromer dismissed [1:31 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Assistant state attorney Bobby Elmore told ESPN that the accusers' parents asked for the charge to be dismissed after they reached an "amicable resolution" with Kromer's attorneys.'
Bills DE Williams cleared for practice [1:30 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Williams was cleared for the team's first practice of training camp on Friday morning at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y.'
Charges against Bills assistant coach Aaron Kromer dropped [1:29 AM]
ESPN reports: 'A misdemeanor battery charge against Zachery Kromer was also dropped Friday.'
Bills' Ryan is giddy about day one of camp [1:28 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As you can imagine Rex Ryan was also off the charts too and couldn’t contain his excitement, “I would like to say I thought it was going to be tough to find something to top jumping out of a plane, but as a football coach I think this topped it. The reason I say it is this day was a long time coming, you can’t wait to get out, you itch and are ready to go and you get out here and you experience the fans, you experience the great weather, on the grass it’s tremendous.”'
Kromer Update [1:27 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to ESPN Bills beat reporter Mike Rodak, charges against Bills Offensive Line coach Aaron Kromer have been dropped at the request of the victims parents after sides reached an agreement.'
Darby, Sammy shine; QBs struggle on Day One [1:26 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'EJ Manuel didn’t look any different than the EJ we’ve seen through two years so far. He was able to hit on some shorter throws, but too many passes that he should connect on were off the mark.'
Bills Prez: Time to toss playoff drought anvil into Lake Erie [1:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: ' "They’ve been together for a while, especially on the defensive side of the ball. They got a taste of it last year, we were close but you know we couldn’t get over the hump. They’re holding each other accountable as great teams do. Just being around these guys, I have a feeling they know there’s something special on the horizon if they can just put it all together. We said we put the anvil in Lake Erie when the Pegulas bought the franchise, we need to put this anvil in Lake Erie as well and get this playoff drought off of our backs.”'
Bills' Harvin gets some work at corner [1:24 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As far as Harvin pulling a Troy Brown and playing both ways, Ryan said it was actually the wide receiver’s idea, “He came to me and wanted to help this team out in any way. You can’t have enough depth at corner, so let’s see what he can do.” Ryan added, “Obviously we aren’t going to over coach him, but if he can help out in that area. Obviously he’s got the physical skills that you’d think he’d probably be pretty good at it.”'
7 Bills training camp observations: Day 1 [1:23 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The highly anticipated three-man quarterback competition is underway in Pittsford, NY, and as to be expected, neither of the three jumped out into an early lead.'
Darby's opportunity comes sooner than expected [1:22 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Ronald Darby may be a second-round pick, but in a secondary steeped in veteran talent, the rookie was hoping to see some prime opportunities here and there. On day one of training camp Darby got that and a whole lot more. With Leodis McKelvin on the Active/Non-Football Injury list and no timetable for a return, Darby appears to have a golden opportunity to make a name for himself at left cornerback early in camp.'
Top 3 things you need to know from Day 1 at Bills Camp [1:21 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills head coach Rex Ryan and the offensive staff gave respect to veteran experience on day one of training camp as 10-year vet Matt Cassel was the first man through in the quarterback rotation Friday. He was followed by fifth-year QB Tyrod Taylor and then EJ Manuel. Manuel got most of his work with the second unit.'
Bills name Meyer Football Operations Consultant [1:20 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills announced the hiring of Pat Meyer as the team's football operations consultant. Meyer spent the 2013 with the Chicago Bears as an offensive line coach. He’s served as an offensive line coach, an offensive coordinator and a strength and conditioning coach.'
Plenty of buzz as Bills open camp [5:27 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'To be sure there will be questions on which hopefuls will start on either side of center Eric Wood along the offensive line and which two or three wide receivers will survive along with Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Harvin from the other eight bidding for jobs.'
Fullback Felton ready for a block party [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Felton is the forgotten signing, the one who inked a four-year, $9.2 million deal to serve as McCoy’s lead blocker. His position is going extinct elsewhere – but not in Buffalo where Rex Ryan plans on building a run-first operation. Heading into his eighth season, Felton is a survivor. He’s been cut. He’s been arrested. He’s been rushed to the hospital. He’s proving that, yes, teams should still carry a fullback.'
Will there be a Gilmore Island? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In Jim Schwartz’s defense last season, one that didn’t blitz as much, Gilmore had 46 tackles, three interceptions and one forced fumble. In three seasons, he has 32 total pass break-ups. The Bills showed a lot of faith in Gilmore this offseason, picking up his fifth-year option in 2016 at the price of about $11 million.'
Pegula will be patient about new stadium for Bills [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The only answer to that question is the state and county, there’s been a lot of money put into Ralph Wilson Stadium,” Pegula said. “We’re in no hurry. We realize that if that work was just done, how foolish would you look if you start looking around for a new stadium when we’ve just renovated the one we have? We have time. We have an existing lease on the current stadium.”'
Bills’ coach Kromer pleads not guilty [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'His son, Zachery, also pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge.'
Ex-Bill Curtis Brown dies at age 60 [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 2013, Art Holliday wrote about Brown’s treatment for football-related dementia for KDSK-TV. Brown said he suffered four concussions, but his neurologist, Dr. David Brady at the Barnes Jewish Hospital said in the article, “We really think of the reported concussions like the four that Mr. Brown reported, as potentially the tip of an iceberg. There might be a lot under the surface that we don’t know about.”'
Bills’ Sammy Watkins says he’s injury-free [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I feel good and I’m ready to start,” said Watkins. “There’s a lot I have to make up. Missing 3-4 months of football, it definitely takes you back and there’s something to work on every day. I can’t wait to get started with the quarterbacks and getting back to feeling like myself. It starts with the first day competing with the cornerbacks to see where I’m at.”'
Rex Ryan injecting enthusiasm into Bills, WNY [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"The water was circling the drain in New York and he was awesome about the way he spoke about everybody in the organization," Tasker said. "He couldn't have been more complimentary about the organization and the opportunity they had given him, and my impression was, 'What a guy.' With his personality, the way he runs his show, the way the players play for him, the way he is in the locker room, the feedback I got from the New York players about what kind of guy he is, I just knew it would be a perfect fit here."'
Buffalo Bills place Mario Williams, two others on non-football injury list to start camp [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'McKelvin is coming off a broken ankle that ended his 2014 season, but the reasoning for these three being on non-football injury list isn't clear right now.'
53-man roster projection for 2015 season [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'At this point, it's tough to predict the Buffalo Bills cutting a quarterback without seeing any of them in padded practices. If anyone gets cut it will be Matt Cassel, who had the worst spring and carries the biggest price tag.'
5 questions surrounding the Buffalo Bills' defensive backs heading into training camp [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Whether it's injuries, replacing Da'Norris Searcy or simply disproving the notion that the secondary's success is simply the product of an elite pass rush, 2015 will be another year of the defensive backs trying to prove themselves all over again. Luckily, that's what they're best at.'
Former NFL star tackles prostate cancer awareness in Q-C [1:49 AM]
Muscatine Journal reports: 'A two-time prostate cancer survivor, Edgerson, 76, returned to his Quad-City roots Thursday to bring the awareness campaign, Cure the Blue!, to Davenport. Meeting with reporters at Joe's Barber Shop, 1505 Harrison St., Davenport, the Rock Island native discussed the new initiative by the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation.'
Bills place Williams on active/non-football injury list [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills did not disclose the nature of the injuries. Because they were placed on the list, the players can practice as soon as they are medically cleared.'
Bills owner says team in no rush to build new stadium [1:47 AM]
AP reports: '"The lease gives us the opportunity to take a quantitative and holistic view of what the future may hold and educate ourselves on subjects related to that but we're very comfortable and very pleased with Ralph Wilson Stadium and the relationship we have with both the county and the state," he said.'
Bills coach Kromer pleads not guilty to battery [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'Walton County court records show that Kromer filed a written plea of not guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor battery charge. The sheriff's office says Kromer was arrested earlier this month after confronting two boys, pushing one to the ground and punching him.'
Bills DE Williams, four others sidelined [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The team did not disclose the injuries that are sidelining the players. They all can come off the lists any time before the start of the season and begin practicing.'
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