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Buffalo Bills News - July 15, 2014

Marker Bills’ special teams have room for improvement [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Last year we went in the season and we had a lot of guys that had never done it, either because they were young and hadn’t done it in college or hadn’t done it period,” said Bills special teams coach Danny Crossman. “Any time you’re on a new staff and a new organization from top to bottom … we were trying to constantly turn over that bottom of the roster so those guys would identify themselves.”'

Marker Cyrus Kouandjio's knee among 3 questions surrounding the Buffalo Bills' offensive line in 2014 [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'So why did he fall to the second round? Because his surgically repaired knee reportedly caused him to fail physicals with six teams at the NFL Scouting Combine. Whaley said the Bills' medical staff was comfortable with the condition of Kouandjio's knee (he tore his left ACL as a sophomore), but he wasn't quite the same player as a junior while playing on it.'

Marker Nobody safe, Bills need big year [1:57 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We're confident as a football team, and I'm extremely confident in the roster we have, so now it comes down to execution," said center Eric Wood. "We have a solid group from top to bottom, with some depth to withstand a full season which is crucial in this league. I'm excited about our roster."'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 9 - Robert Woods [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Woods will be one of the top two receivers in that base set alongside the presumed top wideout in Watkins. When the Bills go to three wide receiver sets however, Woods will provide the Bills the flexibility to play on either the outside or on the inside as the slot receiver. With Manuel a little bit more comfortable with the offense and his role in that offense, there’s a fair expectation that Woods’ stat line at the end of the year will receive a jump from where it was last season (40 receptions, 587 yards, three touchdowns).'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 10 - Stephon Gilmore [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 2013 season wasn’t a step back but a lateral one. With a relatively healthy offseason and a clear pass to hit the ground running at training camp this year, Gilmore has the opportunity once more to develop into the top cornerback the Bills believe he can be. Already boasting the necessary physical nature and hip fluidity needed in cornerbacks, Gilmore has a straight-line personality as well. He never gets too hyped up and he certainly never gets down on himself, leading to a level-headed approach to the game which is a huge advantage for playing such a volatile position. In a defense that will allow its cornerbacks to shine, everything is there for Gilmore to make the jump. It’s just a matter of staying healthy and capitalizing on the positive play from training camp of 2013.'

Marker Bills camp primer: Cornerback [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Michael Carter, Darius Robinson - Carter is getting his first chance with the team and the NFL, over a year removed from leaving the University of Minnesota. Robinson, an undrafted free agent, is undersized (5-foot-10, 175-pounds) and missed most of the spring practices due to an injury suffered during one of the early sessions. Both would need very strong camps just to get on the roster bubble.'

Marker Who will be the starting strong safety? [1:53 AM] reports: 'Two younger players - Jonathan Meeks and Duke Williams - are vying for the spot, with veteran Da'Norris Searcy already taking the upper hand.'

Marker 4 reasons Aaron Williams will excel [1:52 AM] reports: 'He would start the next four games at cornerback before making his last seven starts at safety. The flip-flopping back and forth between positions compromised Williams’ growth at the safety position. Now with newfound depth at cornerback with the free agent addition of Corey Graham and fourth-round draft choice Ross Cockrell and Ron Brooks playing some of his best football this past spring it looks like Williams will be able to stay put at free safety for a full 16-game slate.'

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July 14, 2014

Marker Bills’ defense has hole to plug at linebacker [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Better defending against the run becomes a bigger challenge without Alonso, but Schwartz recognizes it’s an area in which the team must improve. The Bills ranked 28th in the NFL last year against the run, allowing nearly 130 yards per game.'

Marker Tom Golisano to bid for Bills alone and is in it now to win it: source [1:58 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'What's more, QMI Agency has learned that Congel this week plans to announce he has hired a "major" stadium design firm, and he is close to announcing a financial adviser who will guide him through the Bills bid process.'

Marker 5 key questions about the 2014 Bills [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: ' Will this finally be the year the Bills end their playoff drought? No. As is usually the case when Tom Brady is healthy, the Bills will be fighting for one of two AFC wildcard spots as opposed to a third possible post season avenue via a division title.'

Marker How will offense take advantage of RB depth? [1:56 AM] reports: 'Knowing how the ankle and knee injuries suffered by Spiller and Jackson compromised the effectiveness of the offense as a whole, Whaley made some key additions at running back with Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon. The only question now is how will offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett take advantage of the improved running back depth?'

July 13, 2014

Marker Bills seeking more offensive productivity [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Offense requires precision, especially on third down and inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. The Bills ranked 29th in both categories last year. Manuel & Co. need as much practice on those situations as possible in Year Two of coach Doug Marrone’s regime.'

Marker Bills under high-pressure system [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Billionaires don’t go into something without a plan in mind about their operation.”'

Marker Polian counsels patience with EJ Manuel [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So while patience is always advisable with a young quarterback, the clock is ticking on Manuel. There is enormous pressure on EJ to make clear strides this season and justify management’s decision to draft him 16th overall in 2013.'

Marker Congel and Golisano partnership no longer in the works [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Golisano still wants to bid on the team, the source told The News.'

Marker Following Bills football an investment in Buffalo [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What I’ve been a part of all these years through watching my dad at football camp has taught me much about being a football fan as well. And I’m convinced it’s about more than just the game. Don’t get me wrong, the game is amazing and when football season ends I’m already counting down the days until the NFL Draft and minicamp. But, the older I get, the more I realize and learn that there’s got to be more. For those of us fans who live here in Western New York, it’s an investment in not only our entertainment and joy but in the community that we call home.'

Marker 10 questions facing the Buffalo Bills as camp arrives [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Nigel Bradham might get first crack at the weakside spot, but the Bills could also flip Keith Rivers over there and let the battle play out on the strong side. Bradham could be in that mix, along with Ty Powell. Another option is moving rush end Manny Lawson back to linebacker where he played last year. No matter what happens, the Bills aren't as formidable a defense without the Legend of Kiko.'

Marker From J.P. to EJ, lessons of grooming a quarterback [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'So you see, the Bills do not have a long history of drafting and developing quarterbacks, so one has to wonder how this is going to turn out for Manuel, who, like Losman, has all the tools to be very good but also, like Losman, has so many variables out of his control.'

Marker Gabe Northern joins Bills Fan Thunder for rally to keep team in Buffalo [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"How could I say no?" Northern said. "Cool people asked me to come out for a good cause."'

Marker Arthur, Bryce Brown play host to almost 200 in youth football camp [1:51 AM]
Wichita Eagle reports: '“There was speculation I had trade value and that I might have a chance to go somewhere else, I just didn’t know when it was coming and that it was going to be Buffalo,” Bryce said. “My wife and I, when we found out, we were both excited. Philly has a special place in our hearts, but in this business you need to go where you have the opportunity."'

July 12, 2014

Marker Bills stadium report won’t be released ’til end of month [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But sources for several weeks have been telling The Buffalo News that the work involved is highly complex, involving a series of financial, zoning, environmental and other considerations that have pushed back the original release date of the plan.'

Marker Bills training camp roster with Mark Gaughan’s breakdown [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here’s a look at the team roster along with Mark Gaughan’s scoop on each player.'

Marker Andre Reed ready for Hall of Fame induction, hopeful for 2014 Buffalo Bills [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don't know. We'll see," Reed said. "What they do on the field is up to them. All we can do is support them and be there. Once a Bill, always a Bill."'

Marker Former Bills wide receiver Andre Reed: 'Hell no,' Richard Sherman couldn't cover me in my prime [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Hell no," Reed responded as the campers burst into applause. "Look, Richard Sherman is a really good player. But he isn't a Deion (Sanders) or a (Rod) Woodson yet, even if he thinks he is."'

Marker 3 reasons Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins could have 1,000 yards receiving in year one [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Beyond just the volume of plays, though, Hackett and Marrone showed a willingness to be flexible with their offensive scheme and adapt to the personnel at their disposal. In Watkins, they have a player who is dangerous after the catch, can stretch the field vertically and is even capable of taking a hand-off and doing some damage with it. Some offensive coordinators might not fully appreciate Watkins' versatility, but that shouldn't be an issue with Hackett.'

Marker South Fort Myers' Sammy Watkins receives honor at Brunson Foundation banquet [1:54 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: '“To come back and get a key to the city, and to have my family here to watch it, it’s an honor,” Watkins said. “It’s a blessing to have all these (athletes) here to support this foundation. It’s great to get this award. It’s a great achievement for me.”'

Marker Fort Myers honors Sammy Watkins, past stars [1:54 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: 'Watkins, the former South Fort Myers High and Clemson star, will leave Tuesday for the start of Bills camp. He said he's been in regular contact with quarterback E.J. Manuel. "He's excited, I'm excited," he said.'

Marker Report on potential Buffalo stadium sites delayed [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'AECOM, a California architectural and design firm, was expected to identify three to four sites across the region and report back July 11, but a person familiar with the Los Angeles firm told The Associated Press that the large volume of information being sorted through has delayed the findings. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and only spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 11 - Jerry Hughes [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Hughes is likely in line for an enhanced role with the Bills in 2014. They didn’t really know what to expect from him last year, and got a more than competent pass rusher that could chip in on the run on occasion. It might not be fair to expect Hughes to be an every down player, which likely paves the way for Manny Lawson to get some snaps on run downs. However, with another big season against the pass Hughes can not only put to rest his “bust” status from Indianapolis, but he can go into free agency next March as a hot commodity.'

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