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McCoy: Pieces all look like good fits

Posted by Chris Brown on August 1, 2015 – 1:30 pm

RB LeSean McCoy is in his first training camp with the Bills and it took all of one day for him to see that a lot of the team’s new pieces, particularly on offense look like good fits. 

“Just being here I can see the difference. Just of the team, you know, the players,” said McCoy. “Not really knowing a lot about the Bills getting here, just seeing how involved the city is, the community is, the players. I mean you just look at our roster, the type of structure that we have as far as the players. And then it’s the owners. The owner’s did a great job, the Pegula’s of just getting the right coaches, the right personnel, the guys upstairs in the office, and then down to the players. It trickles down and we all have the same dream, the same goal, and that’s to win games. So I feel like everything is in line, it’s just a matter of time, just go out there and getting it done.”


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QBs on balancing being teammate & competitor

Posted by Chris Brown on August 1, 2015 – 10:38 am

A three-way QB competition is a bit unique in the NFL, but the Bills are determined to find their best answer at the position in this training camp. For the players in the competition there’s a careful balance they need to strike between keeping an edge for the competitive play on the field and being a good teammate to the other quarterbacks in the room.

“We’re all good friends, but we understand the nature of the game,” said Tyrod Taylor. “It’s competition, whether you’re the starter or not, you still want to go out there and make the other person better. It’s understand in competition there’s no enemies in there—our job is to make the team better and it’s up to the coaches at the end of the day who’s the best man for the team.”

“I think we’ve got a great room,” said Matt Cassel. “I think Tyrod and EJ are great people and it’s not just here but outside. You understand that they’re good guys so it makes it easy to come to work every day and cheer for them and help them along and at the same time I think that they do the same for me.

“So it’s been a good experience so far and while we are competing I think we all take the approach that we’re not competing against each other as much as we’re competing against ourselves to make ourselves the best that we can do and at the end of the day, none of us make that decision; the coaches make the decision. So we’ve gotta just go out there and compete on the field.”


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Fred’s role not defined yet, but he’ll have one

Posted by Chris Brown on August 1, 2015 – 9:32 am

There have been a lot of questions about how Fred Jackson’s role might change with the offseason addition of LeSean McCoy. While there’s little debate as to what McCoy’s role on the offense will be, it’s unclear just what Jackson will be mainly called upon to handle in Buffalo’s offense. But make no mistake, Rex Ryan sees a role for Jackson.

“First I think Fred is in great shape,” said Ryan. “So I think he’s got some tread on that tire still. The thing you notice immediately about Fred, smart, he picks things up extremely well. He’s picked up our offense extremely. Still valuable as a threat out of the backfield, great blitz pickup and by the way he can still run the football. Now we’ll use him. We’re not going to say this is his role, it’s clearly too early to define roles that way. Obviously LeSean came in here to get the majority of the carries. That’s no secret, but Fred can be very valuable for us.”


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Asst. coach Anderson handling OL duties

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2015 – 4:11 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said there are no new developments with the situation surrounding OL coach Aaron Kromer, but with the veteran coach on paid administrative leave, assistant offensive line coach Kurt Anderson is working in his absence.

“Kurt (Anderson) is obviously going to be heading up coaching that offensive line,” said Ryan. “He’s been here throughout camp and has the qualities of being a fine offensive line coach, but it’s just business as usual for us.”

Buffalo also announced the hiring on Pat Meyer as team operations consultant, but he has an offensive line coaching background and will be assisting Anderson.

When asked about where things stand with Kromer, Ryan said they were status quo.

“As far as Aaron’s situation is concerned there’s no update on that,” said Ryan. “We’re working with the league and we’re still gathering the information.”


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Carpenter, McKelvin updates

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2015 – 2:46 pm

On Friday Bills head coach Rex Ryan shed a bit more light on what is keeping K Dan Carpenter and CB Leodis McKelvin sidelined.

Though he didn’t say what McKelvin’s injury was specifically he did indicate they aren’t concerned about it right now.

“As far as Leodis is concerned, he’s got a little injury,” said Ryan. “That we’ll see how it progresses through this training camp, but I’m not concerned now with it. I know he’s doing what he can to speed his recovery so that’s a good thing.”

McKelvin was limited in the spring as he was recovering from a broken ankle suffered last year in Week 11. No word on the nature of his latest injury.

Meanwhile Carpenter’s injury isn’t considered serious.

“Carpenter just has a tweak with a hamstring and no major setbacks there,” said Ryan.


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Harvin went to Rex about getting CB reps

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2015 – 2:02 pm

Percy Harvin is focused on becoming a true full-time wide receiver instead of a gadget receiver, but he pulled a bit of a Troy Brown at Buffalo’s first training camp practice.

Harvin lined up for a couple of snaps at right cornerback Friday during team work at Bills camp. Head coach Rex Ryan said that Harvin approached him about giving the defensive position a shot.

“He came to me and wanted to help this team out in any way,” said Ryan. “You have a guy like Leodis (McKelvin) go down and you can’t have enough depth at corner in my opinion. First hand info. So let’s see what he can do. We’re not going to over coach him. We expect him to be a top receiver for us. But if he can help out in that area, just like if Kyle Williams can help our offense out then we’ll look at that as well. This is just a let’s see what he can do thing. He came to me with it. He’s obviously got the physical skill set where you’d think he could be pretty good at it.”

It sounds like something Ryan and the staff are willing to experiment with, but the head coach made it clear that Harvin is here to make plays on offense as a pass catcher.


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Mario cleared for practice

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2015 – 10:30 am

DE Mario Williams didn’t spend much time on the Active/Non-Football injury list. He has been cleared for practice. 

Williams is participating in practice today. 


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3 way battle not awkward for the QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2015 – 9:03 am

Matt Cassel has had his share of quarterback competitions, but he’s never been part of a three-man competition for the starting job. That being said the 10-year veteran doesn’t believe there has or will be an awkwardness between the three candidates in the running to be Buffalo’s starting QB.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show Thursday evening, Cassel explained why the atmosphere between himself and Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel has been very professional.

“It can be as weird as you want to make it,” Cassel said. “We’ve got a great room. EJ, Tyrod, Matt Simms, they’re great people outside of football, so that carries over into the room so we don’t have that combativeness or someone going against a guy. We have all stand up guys that speaks well for our room and leads to an easy transition to the field.”


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Cassel: 2 simultaneous team periods good for QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2015 – 10:58 pm

Rex Ryan and his coaching staff will be conducting dual team segments on two different fields during practice at training camp this summer. The plan is designed to maximize the reps of the three quarterbacks involved in the competition for the starting job. As far as Matt Cassel is concerned he feels the benefits far outweigh any negatives.

“It went really well (in the spring),” Cassel said in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. “It also allows you to get a lot of different reps with a lot of different receivers. The rotation through receivers and quarterbacks was constantly moving, but it allowed you to get in the huddle and call the play and go through your progression instead of just sitting there and taking mental reps if you had just one unit going at a time. I think it was a big learning curve for all of us and all the guys bought in and now it’s time to build on what we started this offseason.”


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2015 – 10:00 pm

Here’s where you can find Bills players, execs and coaches on the local radio airwaves Friday.

On Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, they’ll have a few guests in the morning.
7:45 AM Jerry Hughes
8:00 AM Russ Brandon
9:00 AM LeSean McCoy


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Terry & Kim Pegula participate in “Business of Sports” panel

Posted by buffalobills.com on July 30, 2015 – 4:17 pm

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Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula took part in the Business First power breakfast panel on the “Business of Sports” Thursday at Buffalo River Works. They were joined on the panel by Delaware North chairman and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Buffalo Bisons owners Bob and Mindy Rich and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

 

When Mr. Pegula was introduced to the crowd he was called “the closest thing we have to a super hero in this community.”  The panel discussed some of the challenges they face, how the sports business is different than other businesses they own and why they got into sports. “It was an easy decision,” said Kim Pegula. “We plan on having the teams for a long time.”

 

“Our mission, I believe, is to help foster and improve the quality of life here through these sports teams.” Terry Pegula said.

 

He was also asked about a new stadium.  “We’re in no hurry.  We’ve realized if that work was just done how foolish would you look if you started looking around at a new stadium if we just renovated the one we have.  We have time.  We have an existing lease in the current stadium.”

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Regarding the question of naming rights, Pegula added “Ralph Wilson owned the Bills for so long and his name on the stadium to me is a special thing. “

 

With the stability of Pegula ownership of the Bills and Sabres, and long-time Rich ownership of the Buffalo Bisons, Bob Rich said “Buffalo has never been in better shape as far as professional sports are concerned.”


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Goodwin rolling into camp

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2015 – 3:12 pm

Things for Marquise Goodwin might be rolling at training camp opens on the heels of his silver medal-winning performance at the Pan Am Games just last week. But Goodwin literally rolled into camp after he got out of his car.

Goodwin came to camp equipped with a V-board. A V-board is a lot like the Segway devices that police officers and security guards make use of to get around, only a V-board is just the board and two wheels. I asked Goodwin how fast the device can carry him.

“As fast as you want it to,” he said. “I think the top speed is 15-20 miles per hour.”

Naturally there’s a good bit of balance involved to allow the board to carry you, but Goodwin appears to have it mastered after seeing him carrying his lunch plate with him while on his V-board.

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Report: Cherilus to visit Lions

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2015 – 8:00 am

After being cut by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday, free agent OT Gosder Cherilus is visiting his second NFL club this week.

After a visit Wednesday with the Bills at One Bills Drive, the veteran right tackle is scheduled to visit the Detroit Lions Thursday. That according to NFL Network and multiple reports.

The Lions were the club that made Cherilus a first-round pick in the 2008 NFL draft. The tackle spent his first five seasons in Detroit before signing with Indianapolis in free agency in 2013. Detroit just placed OT LaAdrian Waddle on Active PUP as he’s still recovering from ACL surgery this past offseason.

Buffalo has just four true offensive tackles on their roster and is on the lookout for additional depth at the position.

 


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Bills react to Rex’s sky dive

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2015 – 3:53 pm

As most witnessed by watching on Buffalobills.com, head coach Rex Ryan jumped out of an airplane with the US Army’s Golden Knights a little over a week ago. It was the first time he went skydiving. With players voluntarily reporting to training camp here at St. John Fisher Wednesday there were some interesting reactions to Ryan’s decision to willingly jump out of a plane.

“From personal experience, I’ve done it,” said Chris Hogan. “It’s pretty crazy. It’s cool that he’s got the …he’s pretty nuts. I did it a while back ago. I probably wouldn’t do it again. My fiancé made me do it. It was an awful birthday present. It was a once in a lifetime experience. I probably wouldn’t do it again, but I did it.”

For Kyle Williams, skydiving is not an option.

“I’m glad that he did because I’m not,” said Williams. “If you’ve kind of watched or kept up with Rex over the years Rex loves to live life. I think he ran with the bulls and did a lot of things. You only get one (life) so you might as well enjoy it and use it as an adventure. Good for him. I’m glad he did. They’d have to get a whole lot bigger canopy for me or something would have to be on fire before I jumped out.”


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Kyle weighs in on Brady decision

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2015 – 1:49 pm

Bills DT Kyle Williams is also the team’s Union rep so he naturally was asked for his take on the league’s decision to uphold his four game suspension.

“If you look at it from the league side it would be hard for them to turn back on a ruling that they made with a special investigative crew coming in and making that decision,” said Williams. “I think their decision to uphold it is not at all surprising based on the fact that those are people they hired. It would be hard to go back on it.

“As a PA (Players Association) we have to protect the rights of all of our players. With him he declares his innocence and I think we are going to let the process play out, but we are going to try to defend him the best way we can from our end of it which is obviously the complete opposite position that the league has.”

With respect to the possibility of not seeing Brady in Buffalo’s Week 2 matchup with New England, Williams chose to focus on what’s right in front of him which is training camp.

“We haven’t even practiced yet,” he said. “We have a long way to go for getting better ourselves before we even play a preseason game. And we’ve got a game before we even played them so so to worry about will he be there will he not be there, is a long way off. If we are concerned about that now our heads in the wrong place.”


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Report: OT Cherilus visiting Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2015 – 11:47 am

The Buffalo Bills appear to be kicking the tires on a potential addition at the offensive tackle position. According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport the club is hosting free agent OT Gosder Cherilus.

Cherilus was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday, despite finally being cleared to play again. Presumably the Bills will have him undergo a physical to see where his physical health is at for themselves. Cherilus struggled through the 2014 season with knee and groin injuries. It’s believed his high price tag was one of the main reasons for his release from Indianapolis.


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Dareus primed for 2015 season

Posted by Chris Brown on July 28, 2015 – 2:36 pm

Bills Pro Bowl DT Marcell Dareus is ready to wreak havoc this season and some video of his training out in Phoenix at the EXOS training facility provides one example.

Dareus, who has a handful of Bills teammates with him out in Phoenix, was going through some cone drills on the field competing against Giants CB Prince Amukamara. Dareus easily tips the scales at 320. Amukamara goes all of 207 pounds.

In a cone drill that is similar to a short shuttle Dareus successfully outraces Amukamara from the center cone out to his perimeter cone and back. We’ve got the video below and though it’s tough to see Amukamara racing him, he does come into the shot at the end and there are some audible ‘Ooohs and ahhs’ from the onlookers because Dareus beat him.


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Being No. 1 ‘D’ easier said than done

Posted by Chris Brown on July 28, 2015 – 10:07 am

As ambitious as head coach Rex Ryan has been when it has come to claiming his defensive unit in Buffalo will be number one even he knows how hard it is to achieve the league’s top ranking.

In our Camp Countdown we examined just how feasible it will be for Buffalo’s defense to finish first in the league this season. But even Ryan knows what a tall order that is.

“The Bills did have an outstanding defense last year,” said Ryan. “I guess my expectation is set much higher. When you talk about leading the league in defense, that’s obviously the goal that we’ll have as a goal as a team…and it’s easy to say, it’s hard to get to.

“I’ve been there a few times. It starts with just eliminating all mental mistakes. That can’t exist. If you’re going to have that kind of defense, you have to have great communication. Obviously you need to have great skill and great talent which we have but it’s that communication eliminating the mental mistakes but make that opponent play us physically. Now you take our physical talent with an outstanding group of talented players and quite honestly an outstanding scheme so I think when you combine those things, we’ll see where we end up.”


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McCoy doesn’t see QB battle clouding team prep

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2015 – 8:30 am

Bills feature back LeSean McCoy is excited for his first training camp with Buffalo. There is a quarterback competition that will dominate the conversation in training camp with three signal callers in the hunt. But McCoy doesn’t see the competition impacting the offensive unit’s preparation for the regular season.

“I don’t know how it is for all the players but for myself, I’ve been in this position a couple of times so I’m used to it,” said McCoy. “You just wait it out. Let the guys compete. You encourage them, support them each play, each drive. You let them handle the offense and just support them. That’s all you can do. The coaches have the last say-so. That’s how it’s always been—so as a player you just compete with them.”

It sounds like McCoy and his teammates are more focused on executing their own assignments within the offense than they are with who is taking the snaps.

“All I know is every day I come out to compete and get better with the players that we have in the huddle,” he said. “We have to go out there and play. We let the coaches—I’m sure the coaches have been used to this, too. It’s a hard job to try to get the roster together. Some players you probably love, some players you probably like. And then two guys are battling it out and they all look good. The hard part is just picking one of them. We’ll let them have that job. I’ll just stick to running and catching and blocking.”


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716 Bills watch party Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on July 24, 2015 – 4:11 pm

716 is having a Bills watch party Sunday night. Here are the details. 

The Buffalo Bills will be featured on NFL Network’s 2014 Team Highlights Sunday at 9 PM ET. The 30-minute, NFL Films-produced show will recap the 2014 season and look ahead to the upcoming 2015 season.

Bills fans can come down to 716 to watch the program on their giant screen and get ready for the final preparations for the 2015 season at Bills training camp next week. 


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