New Era has signed a deal with the Bills for the stadium naming rights. The locally owned and operated company is the premier maker of sports caps. Founded in Buffalo in 1920, it employs over 500 workers in Western New York. Bills co-owner Kim Pegula tweeted “Proud to be partners with a hometown team.” The stadium had been named for late owner Ralph Wilson since 1998. Earlier it bore the Rich name for local food powerhouse Rich Products in the first NFL naming rights deal. New Era reportedly has exclusive rights through the expiration of the current lease and right of first refusal if a new stadium is built. ONCE AGAIN THE PEGULAS HAVE DONE THE RIGHT THING AND PARTNERED WITH A BUFFALO BASED FIRM AND EMPLOYER.
The Bills dropped the preseason opener to the Colts 19 – 18. After going up 9 – 0 in the first quarter Buffalo faltered and fell behind. Despite a last minute touchdown led by Cardale Jones the Bills failed on the two point conversion and lost before the hometown crowd. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor played only two series, going 2 of 3 for 7 yards. There is reason for hope. While appearing rusty, Buffalo stayed even with Indianapolis for most of the game. It’s back to the drawing board for Rex Ryan as the Bills prepare to host the Giants next Saturday at the annual Kids Day. SHOW YOUR SPIRIT BY COMING OUT FOR NEW YORK. GO 1BUFFALO!
The Bills kickoff the 2016 preseason tonight versus the Colts. The opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium showcases Rex Ryan’s revamped squad. They take on Andrew Luck and an energized Indianapolis. Expect that Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor, flush with his $100 million contract extension, will see little playing time. Emotions are running high in Bills country that this will be the year. Kickoff time is 7 P.M. SHOW YOUR SPIRIT FOR OUR TEAM AND TOWN. WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.
The Bills are All In on quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s contract extension. The parties have signed a five year extension reportedly worth up to $100 million. Taylor will receive $18 million per season. The standout Virginia Tech star is the future of the Bills. He won the starting berth last year in a three way competition with EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel. Buffalo spared no effort in locking down Taylor’s contract. CONGRATULATIONS TO TAYLOR AND THE BILLS FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING AND ENSURING TAYLOR REMAINS IN BUFFALO.
Bills safety Aaron Williams suffered a concussion in practice. He collided with Dezmin Lewis last evening. Coach Rex Ryan reports that Williams does not appear to have a neck injury. He missed 13 regular season games last year due to a neck injury. The accident shows how violent and dangerous pro football has become. THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS THE SAFETY OF THE PLAYERS BOTH ON AND OFF FIELD.
Tyrod Taylor is reportedly looking at a 2 year deal worth $15 million a year. The Bills quarterback is worth every penny of that. Taylor is the best Buffalo player under center since Jim Kelly. He can lead us out of the 16 year playoff drought. Management needs to sign him fast. COME ON, TERRY PEGULA, GIVE TAYLOR WHAT HE DESERVES!
Rookie linebacker Reggie Ragland is out for the season. The Bills announced the devastating news that their second round draft pick will undergo ACL surgery. The future of the Alabama star is up in the air. Coach Rex Ryan is making the right moves, having signed veteran linebackers David Hawthorne and Brandon Spikes. THE BILLS MUST PULL TOGETHER TO OVERCOME THIS HEARTBREAKER.
The Bills flag dominated this morning’s Today Show coverage of the Olympics. A loyal fan waved a huge Buffalo flag behind the beachfront broadcast post in Rio de Janeiro. Bills loyalists are found around the world. Whether in Buffalo or far away in foreign countries Bills fans proclaim their loyalty and spirit. A NATIONAL AUDIENCE TODAY LEARNED THE DISTANCES BILLS FANS TRAVEL TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR THEIR TEAM.
Bills coach Rex Ryan is fuming over quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s flip in the end zone. It followed a quarterback draw at the 10 yard line in which Taylor flew over two defenders. Ryan is justifiably upset with his starter’s lapse. The last thing the Bills need is to lose Taylor to injury. They are already reeling from the loss of Ragland and Lawson. TYROD OWES IT TO HIS TEAMMATES AND FANS TO PLAY IT SAFE AND NOT TAKE UNNECESSARY CHANCES.
Injuries continue to plague the Bills rookie squad. Second-round draft pick Reggie Ragland went down Friday with ligament damage. The rookie linebacker will be sidelined for several weeks. The top draft pick, defensive end Shaq Lawson, is out following shoulder surgery. Head coach Rex Ryan is looking at free agent replacements. THE BILLS WILL HAVE TO RISE ABOVE THESE SETBACKS AND PULL TOGETHER TO MAKE THINGS WORK.