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Season Ticket Member of the Month – July

Posted by Buffalobills.com on July 24, 2017 – 3:46 pm

For Ray Harris, being a Bills fan is a family affair. Harris, originally from Western Canada and currently residing in Ontario, went to his first game with his wife in 1969 and has been a loyal fan ever since. Each home game, Harris or his children, make the commute to loyally cheer on their favorite NFL team.

Around the time when the Bills moved to their current home in Orchard Park, Harris solidified his love of football and purchased season tickets, which he still has today, decades later. Going to games was more than just a chance to cheer on his all-time favorite player, QB Jim Kelly, who he has the utmost respect for. Game days were spent with his wife, family, and friends they made over the years through a common love of Bills football.

One of Harris’s favorite Bills memories was without a doubt attending the three Bills Super Bowl games with his wife, Pat. “She had all the stuff you could imagine that showed she was a Bills fan,” said Harris. “She was more enthusiastic than I was.”

Over the years, Harris has passed on his love of Buffalo Bills games to his children and grandchildren, who now frequent the games. Each season despite the long commute, Harris, his son Keith, his daughter, and grandchildren come together to loyally cheer on the team.

While his favorite part of the game is watching the boys in blue and red play, Harris also enjoys the tailgate party. For the Harris’, the Bills experience is all about coming together as a family. A typical game day tailgate ritual for them is “grabbing something to eat, having a couple of beers, and watching the football team,” said Harris’s son, Keith.

As a longtime Bills Season Ticket Member and loyal fan, Harris has enjoyed many perks that accompany season tickets. His favorite includes the Bills Bucks Cards, which his family uses at each game at the concession stands.

Congratulations, Ray!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Ray for his many years of being a dedicated Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of July. In addition to Ray being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, he will receive two pregame on-field passes to a game during the 2017 season, a club seat upgrade, an autographed football, and select 2017 Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, please fill out the form located here.


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Report: FA WR Boldin to visit Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on July 21, 2017 – 2:16 pm

He was reported to have a free agent visit scheduled with an unnamed team, now the latest report is that veteran WR Anquan Boldin will visit the Bills on Monday

That according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. 

Graziano said Boldin is interested due to Tyrod Taylor’s presence on the roster. Taylor was the backup QB in Baltimore when Boldin was there earlier in his career. 


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Starpoint to appear in USA Football’s 7-on-7 National Championship Series

Posted by Buffalobills.com on July 21, 2017 – 10:43 am

After an impressive showing in the recent USA Football Buffalo Regional 7-on-7 competition, the Starpoint High School football team has advanced to the National Championship Series. The event, set in Canton, Ohio, will take place on Friday, July 21 and continue through July 22. The series will feature 17 teams, battling for the number one spot.

Led by head coach Al Cavagnaro, Starpoint will look to keep their win streak alive. The Lockport, New York based school, proved dominant during the regional round, going undefeated throughout the tournament. Hosted by the Town of Hamburg Recreation Department and Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission, 16 teams from Western New York took part in the one-day event. With a 22-12 win over Cheektowaga in the final, Starpoint advanced to 5-0 on the day and earned a spot in Canton.

USA Footballs’ 7-on-7 competitions have proven a great way for coaches to continue to develop their athletes. With support from the Buffalo Bills and the local community, the Buffalo Regional competition proved both fun and educational.

“The Buffalo Bills are proud to partner with USA Football, the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission and the Town of Hamburg Recreation Department on the first-ever USA Football 7-on-7 Regional Championship in Western New York,” said Preston Teague, Buffalo Bills Director of Community Relations. “This tournament is an excellent opportunity local high school football teams to compete and show who is best in our region. We are also excited for the opportunity for our tournament winners to participate in one of the National Championship Series events this summer.”

As Starpoint prepares for the next installment in the series, the Bills and entire Western New York region wish them luck!

To watch the tournament live, click here.


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TE Barnidge to work out for Jags

Posted by Chris Brown on July 20, 2017 – 6:48 am

He’s been using his time waiting for what he feels could be an opportunity to start. Free agent TE Gary Barnidge apparently sees the Jacksonville Jaguars as a team where potentially starting is realistic. That’s why he’s working out for the Jags today. 

That according to First Coast News. Barnidge, who made a free agent visit with the Bills back in May, has been holding out for an opportunity to step into a starting role. 

That wouldn’t be the case in Buffalo with Charles Clay as the entrenched starter. But in Jacksonville after Julius Thomas was traded to Miami there is just a collection of largely unproven tight ends and an aging Marcedes Lewis on their roster. 

Barnidge won’t sign for peanuts so it will be interesting to see what the Jags are willing to commit to the veteran tight end after their busy offseason of free agent spending. 


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Tyrod earns ‘Fashionable’ status from SI

Posted by Chris Brown on July 18, 2017 – 9:45 am

Sports Illustrated put together their 2017 Top 50 Most Fashionable athletes and Tyrod Taylor made the list, and earned a specific award in the process.

Taylor was awarded the most consistent of the Fashionable 50 by SI. Here’s what they said about Taylor’s commitment to looking sharp.

MOST CONSISTENT
TYROD TAYLOR
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The Bills quarterback easily transitions from tailored, three-piece suits to polished street-style looks—and he always does it with ease.

 


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Incognito breaks down approach under McDermott

Posted by Chris Brown on July 18, 2017 – 9:17 am

Most NFL observers have capably recognized that former Bills head coach Rex Ryan and current Bills head coach Sean McDermott are polar opposites when it comes to approaching their job and the philosophy in building a winner as well. Bills Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito has seen the difference first hand and explained the dichotomy between the two coaches in his appearance on NFL Network Monday night.

“The biggest difference with coach McDermott is he brings energy, he brings passion,” said Incognito. “He’s really stressing the football team loving one another. He’s really big on guys getting to know each other, building that winning culture. He’s very passionate. He’s a former wrestler. He brings a lot of good things to the table.

“I’m most excited about the winning culture that we’re forming. He’s doing a bunch of cool activities like having guys get up and speak in front of the team and talk about why football is important to them. I’m learning more about my teammates that I’ve played with for the last two seasons in a couple weeks in Buffalo than I’ve known for the last two years.”

Incognito also acknowledged that the culture of the team had to change after two years under Ryan.

“The culture change was needed. I love Rex [Ryan], I love what he brought to the team, but I don’t think our locker room was ready for it,” Incognito said. “I don’t think we had a veteran enough group to be able to adapt to Rex’s system and to be able to make that work. So now we have a young and hungry team, and with coach [Sean] McDermott coming in and being detail-oriented and holding guys accountable, hopefully that helps us take the next step.”


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Hiring of Beane fortuitous after Gettleman firing

Posted by Chris Brown on July 17, 2017 – 1:46 pm

The Bills hired Brandon Beane as their new general manager this past May. Two months later the man Beane worked under with the Carolina Panthers was fired as GM. Knowing Beane was being groomed to be the heir apparent to now former Panthers GM Dave Gettleman, Buffalo’s hiring was fortunately ahead of the curve.

Beane, who is a North Carolina native, admitted that he initially wrestled with the prospect of becoming Buffalo’s GM after he spent his entire pro career with the Panthers. But after meeting the Pegulas and sensing their passion and determination to build a winner, he was sold on building the Bills into a perennial contender.

Hiring Beane effectively removed him as an option for the Panthers and with Panthers team President Danny Morrison resigning in February, there is a notable dearth of leadership at the top for the Carolina club owned by Jerry Richardson.


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Tough loss for Bills family

Posted by Chris Brown on July 17, 2017 – 10:54 am

The Bills family lost one of its more ardent supporters in Jay O’Leary whose body finally succumbed to cancer over the weekend. Jay, who got the opportunity to visit the team at One Bills Drive just last month, as part of a Treasured Times funded visit with his young family, grew up in Western New York. He wanted to bring his family to Orchard Park to share in his life long support for the team. Here is a look back at his recent visit, which fortunately was able to happen before cancer took him from us.

O’Leary, who was given 3-6 months to live with or without chemotheraphy treatment, was hoping to make it to January where he hoped to be at New Era Field for a home Wild Card game for the Bills. Suffice to say Jay will be sitting in his new seat in the upper deck this fall where the seats are free, and he’ll have the chance to watch every game. God’s speed Jay. Go Bills!


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Season Ticket Member of the Month – June

Posted by Buffalobills.com on June 29, 2017 – 2:21 pm

Glenn Shupe has prided himself on being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member for over three decades. A Buffalo native, Shupe has created countless Bills memories. Although he was just a young boy, Shupe still fondly remembers attending his first Bills game with his uncle back in 1965.

“I went to my first Bills game…in 1965 at the Rock Pile,” said Shupe. “I was like five years old with my uncle. I saw the Cleveland Browns in an exhibition game. My first regular season game was in 1966 – I had the fever then.”

Over the years, Shupe’s Bills “fever” has continued to grow and he’s truly come to cherish watching his team take the field. From his favorite Bills player of all time QB Jim Kelly, to his current favorite players DT Kyle Williams and C Eric Wood, Shupe is the epitome of a diehard fan. Though it’s hard to pick just one, Shupe cites the 1991 AFC Championship game as his favorite moment as a Bills fan.

“My favorite Bills memory, and I tell this to my kids all the time, was sitting in the stadium in the AFC Championship game against Oakland when it got to halftime and it was 41-3 Bills,” said Shupe. “It dawned on us that we were going to go to our first Super Bowl. To watch that second half go off, the crowd being able to celebrate…and the Bills end up winning 51-3 – that was my favorite moment.”

Today, Shupe tailgates with his two sons on game days prior to kickoff at New Era Field. The entire Bills experience is special for him because it allows him to spend some quality time with his family and some friends that he’s made along the way.

“I enjoy the whole day,” said Shupe. “As I’ve gotten older and my boys and I go together, it’s a special day for the three of us. We tailgate…walk into the stadium together [and I] talk to them about how we’re going to win this game…The whole game itself, we enjoy that…It’s that experience with my kids, just to enjoy being with them and seeing them grow up to be Bills fans too. ”

As a longtime Bills Season Ticket Member, Shupe has also come to enjoy the benefits associated with his membership. His favorites include the Bills Bucks Card and his personal Account Representative – who helps ensure that the seat upgrade process always runs smoothly. As a true football fan, Shupe also likes being able to see players from the Bills and other teams up close and finds his seats, on the 50-yard line behind the visitor’s bench exciting.

Congratulations, Glenn!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Glenn for his many years of being a dedicated Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of June. In addition to Glenn being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, he will receive two pregame on-field passes to a game during the 2017 season, a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select 2017 Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, please fill out the form located here.


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Report: Williams won’t be disciplined by NFL

Posted by Chris Brown on June 29, 2017 – 11:38 am

Bills RB Jonathan Williams was acquitted of DUI charges this past spring, but the NFL could have still enacted disciplined against the second-year back based on the league’s substance abuse policy. According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Williams will not be disciplined by the league.

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Williams is the favorite to be LeSean McCoy’s primary backup in 2017.


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Mentoring program featuring Bills now accepting teacher applications

Posted by Buffalobills.com on June 22, 2017 – 8:42 am

The Buffalo Bills are proud to team up with Classroom Champions, to make a difference in Western New York schools this fall! A nonprofit organization, Classroom Champions is an established program dedicated to pairing classrooms with athletes in order to help students excel. After finding success in bringing classrooms and Olympic athletes together, the upcoming program with the Bills will mark the first-ever relationship with NFL players.

The Classroom Champions – Buffalo Bills Mentoring program, will pair five classrooms with current Bills players from September through December in 2017. The unique initiative offers educators an opportunity to introduce critical life skills to their students such as goal setting, teamwork and community involvement – while building relationships.

Teachers in the Western New York area are invited to apply. The deadline for applications is June 30.

For more information, please visit here.

This program is funded by the Buffalo Bills Foundation.

ABOUT THE BUFFALO BILLS FOUNDATION

The Buffalo Bills Foundation supports organizations that are committed to improving the quality of life in our region. This will be achieved through philanthropic investment in our community along with supporting NFL and team charitable initiatives.


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Zay Jones happy to have NFL regimen to follow

Posted by Chris Brown on June 20, 2017 – 12:05 pm

Bills WR Zay Jones won’t be resting much during his five-plus weeks prior to training camp. As we profiled on Buffalobills.com Tuesday, Jones will be training with his two brothers in L.A. from now until the time camp opens to be ready for his first NFL season. What had Jones really excited however, leaving Buffalo at the close of minicamp was having an NFL training regimen to follow.

“My development and the way I approached training I don’t think will ever stop until I’m done playing this game,” said Jones. “So I’m always looking at ways to get better and increase strength, speed and our strength and conditioning staff here is amazing. They’ve already set up all the programs and stuff like that so I’m excited with it.”


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Wood to be 100 percent for training camp

Posted by Chris Brown on June 15, 2017 – 4:35 pm

Coming back from a serious broken leg suffered against Seattle, the rehab process proved to be a steady one for Eric Wood. Entering the spring practices there was a plan in place in the event that Wood’s leg developed soreness after pounding on it working on the field. Fortunately for Wood, and Buffalo’s offensive line that didn’t prove to be a problem at all.

“It went great. I missed one day the first week of OTAs and we had planned that if I had any setbacks or got too sore I would take a day off, but I didn’t need a day off the rest of the time,” said Wood. “So I’m encouraged. I definitely should be 100 percent barring anything crazy happening over the next month. So I’m looking forward to it.”

 


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McDermott weighs in on Maclin

Posted by Chris Brown on June 13, 2017 – 3:49 pm

Bills head coach Sean McDermott was already onto the next item on his agenda.

Jeremy Maclin’s decision to sign with Baltimore wasn’t the move they hoped the receiver would take, but McDermott doesn’t dwell on such things.

“We went through the process, with Jeremy in this case, just like we go through the process with a lot of guys,” said McDermott. “At the end of the day, we’re going to do what’s best for this football team and so – within our parameters and what fits for us. Sometimes, that works out in the end. Sometimes it doesn’t. At the end of the day, we’ve moved forward and then, obviously, Jeremy has as well – and we wish him well. In this league, you can’t get too high or too low. You’ve got to be mentally tough and understand the big picture at all times.”


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Tyrod undeterred by Maclin’s decision

Posted by Chris Brown on June 13, 2017 – 3:32 pm

Free agent WR Jeremy Maclin’s decision to sign with the Baltimore Ravens left Bills fans disappointed. While Tyrod Taylor admitted it would’ve been great to have him, he was undeterred by it as it pertained to the team’s goals this season.

“Of course. If we had gotten a player like Jeremy it would’ve been good for our team, but he had a decision to make,” Taylor said. “You don’t know what factors in on that in the big picture. That’s totally up to him. He’s a great player and we would’ve loved to have him here, but now he’s in Baltimore and he’s an opponent of ours. There’s no bad blood or anything. I’m sure Shady might say something different (chuckling)… no, but Jeremy is a great guy and I wish him the best in his career.”

As for potentially adding any new talent to the roster, head coach Sean McDermott said the personnel department will do their due diligence as they do every day.

“We’re always going to look,” he said. “We’re always going to look to add at every position – adding competition is healthy, and there’s positions that perceptually some may say ‘Hey check the box, they’re good.’ Well, we’re always going to look to add, even at those positions. That’s the pursuit of winning – that we have to stay hungry.”


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Fan Friday 6-8

Posted by Chris Brown on June 9, 2017 – 11:36 am

OTAs come to a conclusion today with mandatory minicamp to follow on Tuesday. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

What is the latest update on Jeremy Maclin? What percentage would you say Bills have of signing him?

Beast of the East
@Luther4212

CB: Maclin is going to take his time to make a decision in what appears to be a two-horse race between the Bills and Ravens. He wants to talk to his wife about where the best fit might be. Maclin has a wedding to go to this weekend, so I don’t get the sense that a decision is imminent.

Looking at both clubs, nationally people believe that the Ravens history of being a contender gives them an edge, but over the last three years the Ravens record is 23-25 and the Bills record is 24-24. You could certainly argue that there are more playmakers on offense in Buffalo than Baltimore.

As for percentages, I base this on gut feel, not any information I have on what Jeremy Maclin wants because only he knows what’s important to him. I just think what the Bills have to offer in terms of opportunity and team success with him as an addition is a bit better than the Ravens.

With that in mind I’d peg it at 60 percent.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

How does Sammy look? Hopefully he has a healthy season.

Brandon Gallagher
@bgallagher2610

CB: Watkins is clearly not pushing himself right now. He was operating at half to three quarter speed in practice this week. At this point in time there’s no sense in really putting a lot of torque on his surgically repaired foot.

What did encourage me was whenever Sammy was lined up for a rep, Tyrod Taylor made sure to step under center to throw to him in individual position drills even if he wasn’t up in the quarterback throwing rotation. Knowing snaps are scarce with Watkins, Taylor is making a point of getting every one he can to re-establish their chemistry.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Who is the sleeper UDFA that could make the team?

I Just Want To WIN@JKolba

CB: It’s still not real football here in the spring with no pads on and no thud type practice. All that being said I think punter Austin Rehkow will push Colton Schmidt for the punting job and is helped by the fact that he can also kick off and kick field goals in a pinch.

One of the tight end prospects (Jason Croom, Keith Towbridge) could have a chance just from a numbers standpoint and the lack of proven players at the position.

RB Jordan Johnson has flashed at times, but doesn’t get many snaps in practice. Brandon Reilly and Daikiel Shorts have both made plays too, but when the pads go on they’ll have to demonstrate an ability to get consistent separation when the corners can get more physical.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Are the Bills taking a win now or long term approach?

Jackson Mitchell
@Jacksonmitch816

CB: As head coach Sean McDermott said himself their decisions are split 50-50 between short term and long term. It’s evident to me that McDermott wants to be competitive and win games now, but there is an organizational eye also cast toward the future.

So I think you’ll see a mix of roster decisions to serve both of those ends moving forward.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you see the Bills making a play for Barnidge even if they sign Maclin? What about Decker if they miss on Maclin? #FanFriday

GJohnston
@Johnston_GB

CB: I think that could only happen if Barnidge took a veteran minimum deal, and that’s one reason why he’s still unemployed. He’s waiting on starter type money. I would anticipate Decker to do the same. His situation is a bit different because he’s coming off shoulder surgery, but still he’s going to command starter type salary and I don’t think the Bills can fit more than one of those onto their roster in a fiscally responsible way knowing Sammy Watkins is going to be a long term contract decision next offseason.

 


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Zay Jones already enjoying Watkins as teammate

Posted by Chris Brown on June 8, 2017 – 3:37 pm

Bills rookie WR Zay Jones didn’t know what to expect joining a roster with a game breaking player like Sammy Watkins. But Jones has quickly found that his receiving comrade is approachable and very humble despite being enormously gifted.

“That guy is awesome. I love Sammy,” said Jones. “I’m learning a lot from him in such a short period of time. He’s just a good guy. Sometimes you don’t know what to expect from guys who have been in the league for a long time and made a name for himself. Sammy is one of the most humble people you could ever meet.”


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Maclin leaves Ravens visit without a deal

Posted by Chris Brown on June 8, 2017 – 2:53 pm

Free agent WR Jeremy Maclin has finished his visit with the Baltimore Ravens and left without a contract. The news isn’t all that unexpected.

Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec is reporting that Maclin’s visit has wrapped up with the Ravens and there was no contract.

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As suspected Maclin is going to take his time make a decision. As the most talented receiver on the market right now there is no incentive to rush into a signing.


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Thomas family to take part in Superhero Race & Wellness Walk

Posted by Buffalobills.com on June 8, 2017 – 12:42 pm

Since retiring from the NFL, Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas continues to showcase his support for the Western New York community. This Friday, June 9, at the Buffalo Superhero Race & Wellness Walk, Thomas, his wife Patti and daughter Annika will do their part to advocate for a cause that has personally impacted their family.

The event, held at Delaware Park, started in 1985 and has been a staple in the area ever since. Working to raise awareness and funds for greater mental wellness, the Superhero Race also strives to help minimize the stigma associated with mental health issues. Open to all age groups, the event invites participants to come dressed in their favorite superhero gear.

Annika, who battled depression and anxiety, is committed to sharing her story and to helping others who are going through similar situations. The Thomas trio will serve as the event’s honorary chairs.

For more information on how you can get involved, click here.


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Maclin’s visit stretches into day 2

Posted by Chris Brown on June 7, 2017 – 10:31 am

Free agent WR Jeremy Maclin’s visit with the Bills has stretched into day two. This morning he was being escorted around the team’s facility by his friend and former teammate LeSean McCoy. 

Here’s a look at McCoy’s Instagram post from today with Maclin alongside him


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