Rex Ryan Still Not Giving His Hand on His Preseason Game Three Starting QB

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Bills’ coach Rex Ryan has yet to name a starting quarterback even for Saturday’s game versus the Steelers, let alone the regular season. Ryan said Tuesday they are still in the “process” of deciding between Tyrod Taylor, Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

While the consternation grows about Ryan’s management of the quarterback situation — as it has for the entirety of his head-coaching career — Rex believes he’s gotten exactly what he was looking for in the training camp battle.

“This was the scenario I wanted,” he said, per the team’s transcript. “I wanted a scenario where all three guys performed at a high level and I think we have. When you look at the games that I think all three guys have performed at a really high level, and so that’s what exactly I was wanting. If I was a betting man going in to it would I have said that? I’m not sure. But I’m glad it’s working out the way it is.”

As for naming a starter before the preseason Week 3 showcase, Ryan dismissed that notion as inflated.

“I think you guys overblow that one,” he said when asked about the downside of not have a starter named yet. “They’re preseason games. You know, super important and all that, and maybe to some teams it is. To us, the preparation, we just want to get it right come the opener…”

Contract Talks Between Bills and DT Marcell Dareus at a Standstill

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Negotiations have reached a standstill in the Bills’ bid to sign defensive tackle Marcell Dareus to a long-term contract, two people familiar with the talks told John Wawrow of the Associated Press on Thursday.

Both people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the negotiations are private.

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.

The 25-year-old Dareus will make just over $8 million in the final year of his contract this season. Earlier this week, Bills general manager Doug Whaley had no update on the talks, but added “these take time.”

Selected with the third pick in the 2011 draft out of Alabama, Dareus has been a four-year starter and established himself as one of the NFL’s top young defensive linemen. He’s a two-time Pro Bowl selection and earned his first All-Pro honor last season, when he led the league’s defensive tackles with a career-best 10 sacks.

Dareus has been part of an aggressive defense that has combined for an NFL-leading 111 sacks over the past two seasons.

Bud Light Kicks Off NFL Season With New Bills Cans

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Just in time for NFL Kick-Off, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is bringing a new Bills Bud Light can to Buffalo. The new packaging features Bills colors, as well as a slogan every Bills fan can relate to: The perfect beer for shoveling your way to the stadium at least once a year.

Bud Light worked closely with its NFL team partners to create new can designs for the 28 teams that it is partners with for the 2015-2016 season. Each design features a customized scroll message that speaks directly to each team’s passionate fan base. The cans are on shelves now.

What do you think of the new Bud Light Bills can?

Source: RB McCoy’s Hamstring Not As Bad As It Could Be

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All eyes in Buffalo are on the hamstring on running back LeSean McCoy, the newest back who is expected to be the feature back for Rex Ryan and company in 2015.

McCoy hurt the hamstring in a joint practice with the Browns on Tuesday, and people right away went into panic mode. Today, Vic Carucci reports the hammy isn’t as bad as it could be.

Bills Come to Terms on Extension w/ Nickel Back Nickell Robey

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Entering the last year of his rookie contract the Bills signed nickel corner Nickell Robey to an extension, Chris Brown of BufalloBills.com reports.

“Nickell Robey has been a productive and dependable cornerback for our team since we signed him in 2013,” said Bills General Manager Doug Whaley. “I commend our scouting staff for identifying and signing a player of Nickell’s caliber in the undrafted college free agent period. Since entering the NFL, Nickell has worked hard and taken advantage of his opportunities to make plays when called upon.”

“It feels great,” said Robey of securing his NFL future with the Bills. “I just feel extremely blessed right now. I just kept my faith in the Buffalo Bills organization and they believe in me and see the talent that I have. We got on common ground and now I’m here for another few years and now I can just play football.”

Robey, 23, has been the team’s primary nickel cornerback since his rookie season when he burst onto the scene as an undrafted rookie and seized the role.

As a rookie Robey had 39 tackles, including eight for loss, six quarterback hits, three sacks, an interception return for a touchdown, 10 pass breakups and a forced fumble and fumble recovery. Last season he finished second on the team in pass breakups with 10 and contributed 45 tackles and a fumble recovery.

Bills Cut OG Chris Williams After Failed Physical

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The Bills cut offensive guard Chris Williams, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports.

He failed his physical.

A former first-round draft pick, Williams played in just three games for the Bills last season after signing a four-year contract with them the previous offseason.

He injured his back and was placed on injured reserve.

Bills RB McCoy Hosting a “Private Event Celebration” – Females Wanted

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LeSean McCoy is evidently looking to get to know some ladies in his new home in Buffalo.

The new Bills back has thrown out an invite for a party, a “private event celebration” at a ‘private location’ and oh by the way – you have to be a female to attend – 21 and over female.

How this can end good is anyone’s guess, as it sounds like a whole lot of trouble for the running back, and sounds like he’s not learned from the many times players have gotten in trouble for events like this.

The “Biggest Gut-Punch Loss” in Bills History? SI Has One Everyone Remembers

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Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Biggest gut-punch loss” for each and every franchise, the Bills included.

The game that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked is an interesting one – a game that stopped the Bills from winning a Super Bowl – and one that haunts fans to this day.

Buffalo Bills: Jan. 27, 1991, Super Bowl XXV—Giants 20, Bills 19

This was the first of four straight Super Bowls the Bills lost in the early 1990s, and the only one of the four that was remotely close. The Bills came in as the favorite to win, with their flashy “K-Gun” no-huddle offense. But the Giants, coached by Bill Parcells and quarterbacked by backup Jeff Hostetler, had the perfect strategy to stop Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed: keep them off the field. Big Blue held the ball for over 40 minutes in the game, and there was a point on either end of the half where the Bills didn’t get the ball for more than a full hour on the clock. The Bills were sloppy on defense, especially on third down, but they did hold a 19–17 lead in the fourth quarter that was then eliminated by Matt Bahr’s 21-yard field goal.

And when it came time for Bills kicker Scott Norwood to win the game with four seconds left… well, we all know what happened. A 47-yard field goal attempt went wide right, sending the Bills on their way to an ignominious streak. This was the most painful of their Super Bowl losses, because it’s the one they really should have won.