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Buffalo Bills News - August 10, 2014

Marker How sustaining WNY’s growth today will keep the Buffalo Bills here tomorrow [12:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Virtually from the day of Wilson’s death, politicians have fallen over themselves to appear to be engaged in keeping the Bills in Buffalo. But not one of them has acknowledged, let alone examined, the underlying events that led our community to the dire strait of trying to retain something we felt was forever ours.'

Marker Longtime Buffalo Jill Chris Sullivan Polito is still active in squad’s alumnae group [12:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I fully support the fact that girls should be fully compensated for their time. I think their uniforms should be paid for. Now it costs them $700, but to go back and try to get paid for something that you had no reasonable expectation of getting paid for? Everyone who signed up signed off on the fact that they were volunteers. That I find personally ridiculous.'

Marker Buffalo Bills’ Cordy Glenn cleared to practice [12:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'When asked when he might be able to become a full participant in practice, Glenn said, “I’m not sure. Right now we’re just going day to day and trying to get a little better every day and see how it goes. Anytime you take a couple weeks off you’re going to get a little rusty, but I’m not worried about right now.”'

Marker Pegula tops this list of potential Bills owners [12:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Here’s ranking the Bills’ owner candidates, either outed by the media or by themselves. (Trump and Bon Jovi apparently broke the non-disclosure agreement, like they care)...'

Marker Cordy Glenn returns, and 5 observations from Bills training camp [12:00 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Glenn's teammates aren't worried about him getting up to speed. The 2012 second-round pick has 29 starts under his belt, so kicking off the rust won't be too hard. "It shouldn't be," Bills center Eric Wood said. "Cordy's got rare genes for an offensive lineman."'

Marker Spiller eager to start new season with Buffalo [12:00 AM]
Spartanburg Herald Journal reports: '“I don't worry about what's being said out there,” Spiller said. “I just go to work every day trying to get better as a teammate; trying to get my craft ready to go. All that other stuff is just outside noise I don't pay any attention to.”'

Marker Watkins newest member of the Buffalo Tigers [12:00 AM]
Greenville News reports: 'With the exception of Florida State, which also counts five players on the Bills' roster, the Bills have a decidedly orange tint, which underscores why this assemblage in Buffalo – some 800 miles from the Clemson campus – is now referred to as "Clemson North."'

Marker Bills LT Glenn, out with illness, passes physical [12:00 AM]
AP reports: 'There was no immediate word on when he would start practicing with the team.'

Marker Bills' Glenn to be brought back ''very, very slowly'' [12:00 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“We're going to take it very, very slowly. I mean, I'm talking about slow to see how he comes back, does on the first couple of days,” Marrone stressed. “We'll just do a little bit on the side, a little bit individual. You won't see him participating in any team, not for a while.Then we'll see how he responds because I really don't know.”'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 14 [12:00 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'There wasn’t too much to dissect for Manuel with a practice that really didn’t prove to be all that strenuous. He went through a pair of 7-on-7 drills as well as a couple of 11-on-11s that were mostly nondescript.'

Marker Bills' Glenn passes physical [12:00 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'To start training camp the left tackle could not participate in practices because of an undisclosed illness, and as a result was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list. Glenn first started missing time during the team's mandatory minicamp in June, but it is not clear if his time missed during that week was directly linked to the ailment that kept him out of practice.'

Marker Cordy Glenn passes physical [12:00 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The offensive tackle’s medical condition that landed him on the non-football illness list was never disclosed. He had been working on the side with the strength and conditioning staff all through camp going through a myriad of drills and other training to maintain his stamina and strength so when he returned to the practice field he wouldn’t be playing catch up.'

Marker 4 things to take from Saturday’s practice [12:00 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Fifth-round pick Cyril Richardson, who has been part of the right guard competition flipped to the left side with the first unit. As practice wore on, Antoine McClain, who has been the second team left guard throughout camp rotated in with the first unit. The two went back and forth between the first and second units the entire practice during 11-on-11 work.'

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Marker Clemson fans, familiar stadium help Sammy Watkins feel at ease in Bills' win over Panthers [12:52 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Hundreds of Clemson fans made the two hours trip to Charlotte to get a glimpse of their latest NFL superstar. Maybe the Tigers fans made Watkins feel a bit more at ease, or maybe it was the fact that last time Watkins was on that field, the crowd was bigger, the stakes were higher and he came through with five catches, 80 yards and a touchdown as a true freshman to help Clemson win the ACC Championship against Virginia Tech.'

Marker Robert Woods rewarded by Doug Marrone in Bills' win over Panthers [12:51 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'For the second straight preseason game, Woods led the team in catches. On Friday, in a 20-18 win over the Panthers, Woods had a game-high eight targets. He has the trust of the quarterbacks, including starter EJ Manuel, who targeted Woods four times while the two were in the game, as much as any other receiver.'

Marker Bryce Brown gives run game added pop [12:50 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“When I go out there, my goal is to make a play,” said Brown. “Every time I get a chance to touch the ball or be out there on the field my main goal is to make a play some way, somehow.”'

Marker Bills outlast Panthers for first preseason win [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“His footwork was good,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said of Manuel. “We had good targets, the receivers were open. We had really good protection against a team that’s very good up front, a very good front seven. We were able to give him some time. … EJ looked comfortable in the pocket, good completion percentage. I really thought he did a very good job. We’ve just got to keep working, but I was very happy.”'

Marker Newton kept out due to sore ankle [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Newton, the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL draft, sat out the game as a precaution for the Carolina Panthers. He had surgery on his left ankle in the offseason and has been experiencing some soreness in it during the first two weeks of training camp. Newton was limited in practice Wednesday and did very little on Thursday.'

Marker Kelly finds partner for Bills bid [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gundlach might not have enough cash to take the lead in buying an NFL club, but sources told The News that he and Kelly met with the Bills’ trust in hopes of being matched as minority partners with a more formidable bidder.'

Marker Cuomo open in discussions on new Bills stadium [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I want to do everything we need to do to keep the Bills, but I don’t want to put the cart before the horse either,” Cuomo said. “If we need a new stadium to keep the Bills here long-term, that’s something that I’m interested in talking about.”'

Marker Doug Marrone happy with EJ Manuel performance [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Well, I thought they did a nice job, especially EJ," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "I think he was nine for 13 and really moved the team. It was up to the people around him to really get the ball in, as I talked about before. We’ve been creating opportunities and we’ve got to take advantage of it."'

Marker Kelvin Benjamin touchdown against Stephon Gilmore shows cornerback's rust [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Through a few weeks of training camp, Gilmore has had his ups and downs. Rookie receiver Sammy Watkins has beat him a few times in practice, and on Friday that carried over to the game.'

Marker Da'Norris Searcy's wife had pregnancy complication, leading to whirlwind week for Bills safety [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Searcy insisted to Marrone that he could travel with the team and play against the Panthers in the preseason game Friday. A former North Carolina Tar Heel, Searcy didn't want to miss out on getting back to Carolina. Searcy's dad stayed with Kiki to make sure everything was taken care of around the house so Searcy could focus his mind on football.'

Marker 5 observations from Bills-Panthers preseason game [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills won the game, but they had to overcome some deficiencies in the red zone and a few bad penalties to do it. Still, Bills coach Doug Marrone came away encouraged by the first-team offense and his quarterback.'

Marker No Moreland talk during Cuomo's Falls visit [1:51 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Cuomo did answer a question about the future of the Buffalo Bills, saying he is not prepared to commit to the idea of building a new stadium in Western New York. He noted that the state, county and team are just finishing work on a $170 million renovation project at Ralph Wilson Stadium, part of the new lease the team signed with the county last summer.'

Marker E.J. Manuel, Sammy Watkins and run defense with solid outings in 20-18 win over Carolina Panthers [1:50 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Overall, Manuel looked comfortable. The offensive line provided him with solid protection and most importantly, he was able to spread the ball around to his many weapons.'

Marker Spartanburg product Cohen battling for roster spot in Buffalo [1:49 AM]
Spartanburg Herald Journal reports: '“Last week is last week. I made a couple of plays last week,” Cohen said. “This week we won as a team. I was able to get out there a little bit earlier and do some things so that's cool.”'

Marker Saturday's Carolina Coverage [1:48 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Kelvin Benjamin has big grab in Panthers’ loss to Bills (Charlotte Observer)
Panthers' Kenjon Barner looks to earn roster spot (Charlotte Observer)
Benjamin, defense impress early (Charlotte Observer)
For Panthers fans, game was a glass half empty (Charlotte Observer)
Panthers stuff Bills on goal line early (Charlotte Observer)
Twitter reacts (Charlotte Observer)
Photo gallery 1 (Charlotte Observer)
Photo gallery 2 (Charlotte Observer)
Initial impression of Panthers is some good news and some bad news (Gaston Gazette)
Newton warms up before game but doesn't play (Gaston Gazette)
Football means extra green for some local businesses (Gaston Gazette)
Dry run for Panthers in preseason opener vs. Bills (Spartanburg Herald Journal)
Spartanburg product Cohen battling for roster spot in Buffalo (Spartanburg Herald Journal)
Benjamin shines in Panthers preseason loss to Bills (Fox Sports Carolinas)
Benjamin shines in Carolina's 20-18 loss to Bills (AP)
Photo gallery (AP)
Bills 20, Panthers 18 (Panthers.com)
Preseason opener not about final score (Panthers.com)
Photo gallery (Panthers.com)
Photo gallery (BuffaloBills.com)
Photo gallery (Rochester D&C)
Photo gallery (Syracuse Post-Standard)

Marker Allentown may name street after Andre Reed, but possibly not park [1:47 AM]
Easton Express Times reports: 'Hendricks had originally proposed naming Irving Park after Reed as well, but is having second thoughts after hearing feedback from city residents that such an honor should not go to a professional athlete.'

Marker Bills top Panthers 20-18 amid offensive struggles [1:47 AM]
AP reports: '"It's building," Watkins said. "We've got a long way to go, but at the same time we understand that he's young and I'm young and we'll get better."'

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