Tuesday June 28, 2016
Buddy Ryan Dies: The father of Bills coaches Rex and Rob Ryan has passed away at 82 years old. Legendary coach Buddy Ryan has been in ill health in recent years and his sons admitted in an interview recently that he wouldn't be around that much longer. Buddy is the architect of the dreaded 4-6 defense in the 80s. The team released the following statement on his death: "Terry and Kim Pegula and the Buffalo Bills organization want to express their deepest sympathies and condolences to Rex, Rob and the entire Ryan family on the passing of their dad, Buddy Ryan. Buddy was a legend in our league in so many ways. His defenses were innovative and he was a master at putting his talented and tough players in a position to succeed. He was a real game changer and much of his philosophies and defensive tactics are still utilized effectively by teams today. Buddy's influence will be carried on by defensive coaches for generations to come, but none more so than by Rex and Rob. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the Ryan family today." The Bills family also lost another alumni on Sunday when for director of college scouting Dwight Adams died at 83 years old. Our condolences go out to both families.
Sunday June 26, 2016
Watkins May Not Be Ready: Sammy Watkins backed off of comments he made a week ago about being ready after the first couple of days of training camp. He now says that he will have to wait and see if he'd ready for camp. He has not been running the last three or four weeks by design so he doesn't now how his surgically repaired foot will react when he starts. He isn't worried if he doesn't participate early in camp as the goal is to have him ready for the regular season.
Saturday June 25, 2016
Stadium Plans: Terry Pegula spoke to WGR this week as the city prepared to host the NHL draft. A potential new stadium for the Bills was a hot topic ever since Commissioner Roger Goodell pushed the issue during Jim Kelly's golf classic earlier in the month. Pegula admitted the league would like to see them get a new team but Buffalo's needs are different than other cities. Kim Pegula said the same thing in an interview with the Rochester D&C. Both Pegulas say the team is looking at it but are not in a rush. Terry also said they have no preference as to a location of a new stadium.
Friday June 24, 2016
Player Personnel Changes: The Bills made several changes to the organization this week. Kelvin Fisher is now the Player Personnel Advisor. He has been with the team since 2013 when he came over from Pittsburgh. Pete Harris has been promoted to College Area Scout. He has been with the team for nine years and has been the BLESTO scout the past three years. Bo Taliaferro has been promoted to the BLESTO Scout position. This is his fourth year in Buffalo. Ryan Hollern has been hired as the teamís College Scouting Coordinator. He had been with New Orleans the past seven seasons. Collin Dotterer has been hired as a Player Personnel Assistant.
Athletic Staff Changes: The team also made changes to the athletic staff this week. Bud Carpenter, Shone Gipson and Chris Fischetti all got promoted. Carpenter will enter his 32nd year with the Bills with the new title of Director of Athletic Training Operations. Gipson has been promoted to Head Athletic Trainer in his 13th year with the Bills. Fischetti has been promoted to Head of Rehabilitation & Injury Management Services. He is in his 15th season in Buffalo.
Sunday June 19, 2016
Watkins To Be Ready? Sammy Watkins thinks he will be ready for training camp. He told tsn.ca that he may sit out the first two or three days of training camp but should be good to go after undergoing surgery for a broken foot this offseason. That cost him all of the team's offseason program. He did hedge his bet though saying there isn't a timetable and they won't rush it. While most of the players have scattered across the country for the next six weeks, Watkins said he is staying in Buffalo most of the time to concentrate on getting healthy.
Saturday June 18, 2016
Roster Move: The Bills signed of the players they brought in for a tryout during the mandatory minicamp. They added OT Justin Renfrow to make room they placed S Phillip Thomas on the waived/injured list. The former Miami Hurricane, Renfrow has been on four teams in two years since college. He played defensive end at the beginning of his college career before moving to the offensive line. He is still a raw prospect. Front Office Page.
Friday June 17, 2016
Minicamp Wrapup: Rex and Rob Ryan both addressed the media after minicamp wrapped up yesterday and there were some interesting comments as you would expect from the Ryan brothers. Rob said that Preston Brown will be a star. Rex said that the Bills won the offseason. That comment raised eyebrows but what he meant was that the team was much further ahead than last year on the field, in the playbook, and in the weight room. The coach also singled out Dez Lewis as a receiver that has stepped up in the wide open competition at wide receiver. Ed Reed also addressed the media and said watching film told him last year's problem was that the defense didn't communciate enough and that has now changed already. Dennis Thurman said his role as defensive coordinator has not changed at all with the arrival of Rob Ryan. The head coach held a lottery that allowed a player and a coach to take the last day of minicamp off. The winners were Corey Graham and Greg Roman. Rex said normally he's excited for this vacation but he can't wait to get back to work after winning the offseason he now wants to win July meaning he wants the players to stay in shape and out of trouble.
Injury Update: Rex Ryan said thatKyle Williams feels he's pretty much ready to practice but they won't rush it when training camp starts although it sounds like he will be on the field pretty quickly at St. Johns Fisher. It is still unknown when Sammy Watkins will hit the field but the coach does expect him to practice sometime during training camp. Jerry Hughes missed the last two days of the minicamp with an illness. It isn't known when Seantrel Henderson will be ready to take the field as he tries to get back into football shape after his illness. Cordy Glenn has a minor foot injury but should be fine for camp along with LeSean McCoy who has an ankle issue. Marcell Dareus has a minor thumb injury but should be fine along with Aaron Williams who has a hamstring strain. Injury Page.