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Buffalo Bills news, 8/20: Rian Lindell released 31 points short of record

The Buffalo Bills released Rian Lindell on Monday. Reaction to that and practice from St. John Fisher in today's links.

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Rian Lindell admits better kicker won Bills competition - The Buffalo News

"He's good," Lindell said. "He's as-advertised. He's a good kid, a hard worker. He's going to be good."

Bills release long-time kicker Rian Lindell -
"He led Buffalo in scoring for the last 10 seasons. He’s the most accurate kicker in team history. Unfortunately even the accomplished careers must come to an end, and on Monday Rian Lindell’s time with the Bills came to a close as Buffalo released their long-time kicker."

Dustin Hopkins excited about job, grateful to Lindell -
"Just to speak to his character the first guy that I heard from before I heard anything was Rian," said Hopkins. "He just wished me luck, said he wanted the best for me and that he was happy for me. I think that’s just an accurate representation of the kind of guy he is. Just not bitter or anything like that, but genuinely happy for a guy that he’s known for only a few weeks."

Bills Roundup: Hopkins Wins Job, Monday Highlights -
"Chris Brown and John Murphy recap the news and notes from Monday at training camp, including the release of Rian Lindell, the progress of Stevie Johnson, and the top plays from practice."

Dustin Hopkins wins Buffalo Bills' kicking job - ESPN
"But at 36 years old and with a $2.1 million base salary, it was tough to see Lindell in the Bills' plans once Hopkins was added. Hopkins, 22, has a $405,000 base salary and was perfect on his field goals in the first two preseason games (24, 23, 39, and 35 yards)."

Turning the page on a classy veteran | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Former GM Tom Donahoe never was able to produce a playoff winner in Buffalo. But he did put together one of the great punting/kicking tandems in club history: Brian Moorman and Rian Lindell. Big legs and even bigger hearts."

Monday Practice Notes & More

Practice Notes, Aug. 19th -
Chris Brown recaps the practice that was closed to the public but open to the media.

Marrone: With Da’Rick it’s about consistency -
"What you see with some of the younger players and where I think the separation has come from, Robert Woods for example, has been out there every day consistently doing well and winning routes," said Marrone. "Da’Rick you’ve seen flashes of him being able to win, so it’s just a matter of consistency. When we came up here what we’ve talked with the players about is that mindset. Going out there every day and trying to win and handling adversity."

Day 16: Two-minute drill saves an otherwise bad day for the offense - The Buffalo News
Jeff Tuel had an awful day until leading a two-minute touchdown drive.

Bills’ Da’Rick Rogers showing only flashes of potential - The Buffalo News
"He’s the one who hauled in a beautiful deep ball from quarterback Jeff Tuel that went for 49 yards during a two-minute drill, easily jetting by a cornerback and setting up the Buffalo Bills’ offense for a touchdown... He’s the one who sulks when things don’t go his way, or whose name is yelled by frustrated coaches wondering why he’s not in the right spot."

Bills' Kolb Knows He Needs To Take Advantage Of Being On The First Team - WGR 550
Paul Hamilton spoke with Kevin Kolb and Doug Marrone about EJ Manuel's injury.

Projecting The 53-man Roster: August 19 - WGR 550
I wouldn't say there are any surprises on this cut list, but Chris Hogan making it over both Da'Rick Rogers and Marcus Easley will surely draw the ire of some. Dorin Dickerson and Torell Troup rank among the other notable cuts by Joe Buscaglia.

Buffalo Bills slowly trimming active roster - ESPN
In the last week, the Bills have moved nine players off their roster

Nigel Bradham's marijuana ticket first notable problem in 4 years - The Buffalo News
"Although not arrested, Bradham could face NFL discipline and becomes the most notable Bill to have a run-in with the law since Cleveland police Tasered and arrested safety Donte Whitner in April 2009."