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WGR 550 Buffalo projects third-round pick John Miller to open the season as the starting right guard.

Miller has been working with the first-team during OTAs and is expected to open training camp with the starters. The Bills view Miller’s skill-set as an ideal fit for OC Greg Roman’s scheme. Buffalo is counting on Miller and Richie Incognito to improve their interior line after having one of the worst guard situations in the league last season.
May 23 - 8:08 PM

The Bills want to extend DT Marcell Dareus prior to training camp.

Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Dareus is reportedly asking for at least Gerald McCoy money (7-year, $95.2M). Dareus’s one-game suspension has no impact on long-term talks.
May 23 - 7:49 PM

Bills.com’s Chris Brown considers Duke Williams the "odds on favorite" to start at strong safety.

Williams is expected to replace Da’Norris Searcy in base sets, but isn't locked into an every-down role after splitting time last year. The Bills haven’t ruled out replacing Williams with Corey Graham in sub packages.
May 23 - 7:33 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley confirmed QB Tyrod Taylor will get first-team reps during offseason practices.

"The way they’re structuring practices everyone is getting a run with the ones," said GM Doug Whaley. "So it’s a fair shake. In this system that we’re trying to figure out who is going to be the number one. It’s all about competition. That’s why everybody involved is excited about it." Matt Cassel is the favorite to win the starting job with E.J. Manuel his most likely competition, but it is telling Buffalo is giving reps to a career backup like Taylor. With the quarterback position in disarray, the Bills should lean heavily on LeSean McCoy and the running game.
May 23 - 9:47 AM

Bills.com’s Chris Brown lists Kenny Ladler as a candidate for the No. 3 safety job.

A 2014 undrafted free agent, Ladler was promoted from the practice squad in Week 6 and made two appearances prior to landing on I.R. Buffalo failed to add depth after losing Da’Norris Searcy, leaving Baccari Rambo and Jonathan Meeks as their only backup options unless Corey Graham moves to safety full time.
May 22 - 6:39 PM

Bills coach Rex Ryan "clearly" views Corey Graham as an option at safety.

Graham saw time at safety last year, but played most of his snaps at corner. The addition of second-round CB Ronald Darby suggests the Bills will take Graham more seriously as a safety. Duke Williams is expected to start in base sets.
May 22 - 6:28 PM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia considers Anthony Dixon to be the odd man out in the Bills' backfield.

As Buscaglia notes, it's way too early to be doing 53-man roster projections. But readers gobble this stuff up, and it's something to talk about while we await training camp. Buscaglia has rookie Karlos Williams and polarizing Bryce Brown beating out Dixon. Williams plays special teams like Dixon, and Brown has a ton more running talent. Dixon is a plodding 28-year-old short-yardage back.
May 22 - 10:07 AM
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ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi reports the Bills, Texans, and Redskins are "potential participants" for this summer's season of Hard Knocks on HBO.

The Browns have also been linked to the show, but they emphatically pitched their desire to not be on the show earlier in the offseason, and the NFL is expected to grant them their wish. It's also hard to see the Bills volunteering as tribute, being that coach Rex Ryan has already done it in the past with the Jets. Teams with new head coaches are also eligible to opt out of being considered.
May 22 - 9:04 AM

NFL suspended Bills DT Marcell Dareus one game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Dareus was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana in his native Alabama last May. The ban shouldn't come as a surprise to the Bills, who will be missing Dareus against the Colts. They'll get him back for Week 2 against the Patriots. Going into the final year of his rookie contract, Dareus remains a strong candidate for an extension.
May 21 - 3:47 PM

Bills RBs coach Anthony Lynn conceded Bryce Brown is falling behind.

Brown missed the Bills' April minicamp and this week's workouts for personal reasons. It's trouble for a player on the bubble and meeting a new coaching regime. "I don't know much about him at all," Lynn said of Brown. "I've only met him once. ... Yes, it will set him back. I mean, he's 5-6 weeks behind everyone else. Once he gets here, it's going to be hard to slow down and catch him up."
May 21 - 8:07 AM

Bills RBs coach Anthony Lynn said he would love for LeSean McCoy to lead the league in carries.

McCoy proved he was capable of shouldering massive workloads over the last two seasons, rushing a league-high 626 times. The Rex Ryan regime acquired Shady to be the workhorse in a ground-n-pound scheme that will be trying to hide an ugly quarterback situation (again). In six years under Ryan, the Jets ranked 4th, 5th, 6th, 16th, 2nd and 1st in team rushing attempts. McCoy is an excellent bet for 300-plus carries.
May 21 - 7:58 AM

Bills RBs coach Anthony Lynn said he'd like to see Fred Jackson's snaps cut in half this year.

Jackson played 548 snaps last season, averaging 14.7 touches per game. He finished with a career-low 3.72 YPC. "I think he wore down a little bit at the end of the season," Lynn said. "If we could take half of that off his plate, I think you’re going to see a fresher Fred Jackson and a more explosive Fred Jackson." That statement assumes F-Jax, 34, will even make the final roster out of training camp. The Bills traded for LeSean McCoy and drafted Karlos Williams this offseason, pushing the veteran to the bubble.
May 21 - 7:53 AM

Bills signed No. 50 overall pick CB Ronald Darby to a four-year, $4.6 million contract.

A 23-game starter at Florida State, Darby was rarely tested by opposing passers, but he didn't always stand out on film. He was often outmuscled by bigger wideouts, and struggled against the run. Darby did blow up the Combine, however, and has lots of experience being on an island. He's the kind of talent coach Rex Ryan can mold.
May 19 - 5:23 PM

Bills OC Greg Roman insists E.J. Manuel's roster spot is secure.

"I mean, he's busting his hump every day and doing a very good job," Roman said. "There's a lot of clay to mold there as well, so whatever people are talking about, I don't know where that's coming from." We're not surprised Roman is sticking up for his player, but it's not exactly a secret that the Bills haven't been thrilled with Manuel's progress. We ultimately expect him to keep his roster spot, but his odds of winning the Bills' starting job are no better than 50 percent, and likely worse.
May 19 - 3:54 PM

Bills RB Bryce Brown has not been at voluntary workouts this offseason due to a family commitment.

Brown wasn't at the veteran minicamp last month and isn't at this week's workouts either. It's going to raise eyebrows, especially with a new coaching regime in town and the selection of Karlos Williams in the draft. Brown will enter training camp on the roster bubble.
May 19 - 12:49 PM

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