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Buffalo Bills News - October 11, 2014

Marker Owner/CEO Terry Pegula Introductory Press Conference [1:28 AM] reports: 'Well, Kim and I had discussions for several years, especially since being successful with the Sabres. I guess the fear the fans had was an innate fear we had. What’s up with the Bills? Do we want this team to leave town? And the answer was obviously no. It’s a great franchise. I didn’t know it at the time, but it’s the only original AFL team to be named by its original city for all those years. So it went back to probably after we bought the Sabres, and it accelerated with time. I know you asked me why I said I wasn’t interested in the Bills. Well, why not? You don’t want to tip your hand in things you’re interested in sometimes.'

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October 10, 2014

Marker Bills’ Watkins will visit Revis Island on Sunday [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think it will be an outstanding task,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said of Watkins matching up with Revis, for whom he had high praise. “Darrelle Revis is, if not the best that’s played the game, he’s one of the best that’s ever played the game.”'

Marker Gronkowski in form just in time for homecoming [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He plays with great excitement,” Brady said. “He’s got a lot of energy, and he loves the game. Yeah, he hasn’t calmed down one bit, which I love.”'

Marker Bills clamp down on ground game [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Last year, this defense made a lot of big plays; a lot of sacks and turnovers and things like that,” said Schwartz, who was hired as defensive coordinator in January, shortly after he’d been fired as head coach of the Lions, and Mike Pettine left Buffalo to become head coach in Cleveland. “We just needed to be able to play some of the other plays better.”'

Marker New owners should pay bulk of new Bills stadium costs [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'One of the few things Pegula has said since he and his wife were cleared for ownership earlier this week is that, “I got a hell of a deal.” And so did the Wilson estate, which was paid a record-breaking $1.4 billion for an NFL team. Remember, the Pegulas, who were virtually unknown four years ago, and now have a fortune worth $4.6 billion, became super rich mainly from natural gas drilling and controversial hydraulic fracturing.'

Marker Marcell Dareus stepping up for Buffalo Bills in Kyle Williams' absence [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I have to represent," Dareus said. "That's my other half. We're salt and pepper. We're going to do the best we can to shake 'em up. With him not being out there it does take a hindrance on us, but we've still got good players.'

Marker Jeff Tuel impersonating Tom Brady at Buffalo Bills practice, and he takes it seriously [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It's a lot of fun," Tuel said. "It makes it more interesting guys like it. It's a good time."'

Marker Da'Norris Searcy, Fred Jackson among limited participants Thursday [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Cyril Richardson was running with the first team at left guard during the portion of practice open to the media, and Bills coach Doug Marrone noted that he is still weary about Williams' back because of the way back injuries can fluctuate on a day-to-day basis.'

Marker Pegula ownership puts Bills fans at ease [1:52 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'I know fans are already celebrating the Pegula era and will do so at Ralph Wilson Stadium this Sunday. But, it's important to recognize what Mr. Wilson did for the region.'

Marker Fred Jackson still leading a Buffalo stampede [1:51 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '“He’s also a big threat and a great target for their offense in the passing game. They do a good job of getting the ball out to the running backs and on the screen game. Fred Jackson does an excellent job of creating those yards after the catch and just creating a lot of offense from both the backfield alignments and then when he gets out in space in the passing game. He is a very, very good football player."'

Marker Why do the Patriots dominate the Bills? [1:50 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Bills found a way to lose. The Patriots found a way to win.'

Marker Brandon Spikes pays Bills now [1:49 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '“Absolutely, absolutely, but you know what I’m saying, I ain’t going to go . . . what’s done is done,” Spikes said. “We can’t change it. It is what it is. Everything happens for a reason. Whatever, man, I’m here with the Bills now. I’m happy. I’m loving the game. I’m loving my teammates, the entire organization, the city, your fans. It’s all great, man. It just reminds me of when I was in Gainesville with the Bills Mafia and the Gator Nation. It’s kind of the same, honestly.”'

Marker History’s on their side [1:48 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'If they can do that to the growling Bengals, what might they do to the long-suffering Bisons of Buffalo, who have not made the playoffs in so long there is a generation of fans in western New York who don’t know they exist? They think the NFL is like the Premier League — regular season and done.'

Marker Brandon Spikes' plan for Sunday: Hard hits, but no hard feelings [1:47 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '“That’s one of the reasons why I came over here to the Bills — to face my former team, Bill and his squad,” Spikes said. “At the time I was a little upset on how things went down. But I have forgave and forgotten. I feel like that’s truly how you achieve happiness — you can’t have no grudges. You can’t have stuff like that. You just have to move on and put it behind you.”'

Marker Ridley ready to take on buddy Spikes, Buffalo [1:46 AM]
Attleboro Sun Chronicle reports: '"No, I talked to him on the phone last week," Ridley continued, "and he's going to be gassed and excited. It's going to be a little different, but I ran against him a lot in practice and kind of know how he plays. But it's going to be exciting to get out there and talk a little bit of trash with him. I know he's going to be doing that."'

Marker Wilfork & Co. not overlooking Bills [1:45 AM]
Attleboro Sun Chronicle reports: '"He's the real deal," the Patriots' veteran defensive tackle said Thursday of veteran Bills' running back Fred Jackson. "I remember when he was a backup we used to talk all the time about how hard he runs, what a good back he is. He finally got his chance and he's making every bit of it count. He's a tough back. C.J. (Spiller), the same thing. They've got a very, very explosive offense with the backs and receivers."'

Marker Filling the bill in Buffalo, Watkins next challlenge for Patriots' secondary [1:44 AM]
Brockton Enterprise reports: '“Obviously, he’s a great receiver, but he’s still learning the game and learning the system,” Bills running back C.J. Spiller said. “But you can definitely see that he’s going to be special."'

Marker Pats to see more experienced quarterback in Orton [1:43 AM]
Brockton Enterprise reports: '“A lot of things happen a lot quicker,” the Patriots defensive lineman said Thursday, speaking of the change veteran quarterback Kyle Orton has had on the Buffalo Bills’ offense. “He’s getting the ball out. He’s making reads before the snap."'

Marker Watkins could be Revis' next assignment [1:41 AM]
Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports: '"I'm put to the test early," Watkins told the Buffalo media earlier this week. "That's what I look forward to, going out there and competing with him. I know there's going to be some good and bad, but actually, it will help our offense out with just keeping me in tune. I can't rest. I'll be engaged every play and really get the best matchup of the year."'

Marker Orton new to Buffalo, but not to his position [1:41 AM]
Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports: '"He looked comfortable," Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington said. "Granted, it was his first game in a starting role, but he looked comfortable and got the ball out fast. So I'm sure they'll probably be expanding the playbook more for him, and we have to be ready for everything."'

Marker Friday's New England Coverage [1:40 AM] reports:
Fred Jackson still leading a Buffalo stampede (Boston Globe)
Why do the Patriots dominate the Bills? (Boston Globe)
Behind Stevan Ridley, Patriots ground game stepped it up (Boston Globe)
Brandon Spikes pays Bills now (Boston Herald)
Ryan Wendell guarded on his new role (Boston Herald)
History’s on their side (Boston Herald)
Brandon Browner struggles with Belichick’s ‘D’ (Boston Herald)
Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen look to build on breakthrough dual performance (Springfield Republican)
Brandon Browner misses New England Patriots practice with ankle injury (Springfield Republican)
Brandon Spikes' plan for Sunday: Hard hits, but no hard feelings (Providence Journal)
Stevan Ridley says he admires veteran running backs like Fred Jackson (Providence Journal)
Rob Gronkowksi’s prepared for a battle with the Bills (Providence Journal)
Vince Wilfork on the Buffalo Bills: ‘They can hurt us at every level’ (Providence Journal)
Brandon Browner missed practice with an ankle injury (Providence Journal)
Ridley ready to take on buddy Spikes, Buffalo (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Wilfork & Co. not overlooking Bills (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Stevan Ridley key to New England Patriots’ attack (Nashua Telegraph)
Filling the bill in Buffalo, Watkins next challlenge for Patriots' secondary (Brockton Enterprise)
Pats to see more experienced quarterback in Orton (Brockton Enterprise)
Watkins could be Revis' next assignment (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)
Orton new to Buffalo, but not to his position (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)
Ridley helps Patriots' offense emerge (AP)
ESPN Boston (AP)
Tom Brady Trolled By Undisclosed Teammate With Rutgers Shirt In Locker (NESN)
Report: Brandon Browner Having Trouble Learning Patriots’ Defense (NESN)
Stevan Ridley: Trash Talk With Brandon Spikes Will Be ‘In Full Effect’ (NESN)
Patriots Injury Report: Brandon Browner (Ankle) Did Not Practice (NESN)
Patriots Practice Report: Brandon Browner, Dominique Easley Newly Absent (NESN)
Bills’ Sammy Watkins Expects To Be Guarded By Patriots’ Darrelle Revis (NESN)
Bills’ Brandon Spikes: Bill Belichick’s Comment A ‘Pleasant Surprise’ (NESN)
Patriots receivers spring big gains on ground (CSN New England)
Watkins says Bills 'found' that Revis will shadow him (CSN New England)
LaFell over his Sunday frustration (CSN New England)
Walker providing Patriots defensive line depth (CSN New England)
Koppen: Belichick has simplified playbook in past (CSN New England)
Koppen on Spikes: ‘I don’t think he’s a good teammate’ (CSN New England)
Borges: 'If there's one thing Carroll knows it's DBs' (CSN New England)
Patriots have mixed feelings on Thursday Night Football (CSN New England)
Report: Browner struggling with Patriots schemes (CSN New England)
Tanguay: Trading Mankins was the Wright move (CSN New England)
Wilfork: Bills offense quicker with Orton (CSN New England)
Could Brady be traded for two first-round picks? (CSN New England)
Wright getting more comfortable in Patriots system (CSN New England)
Browner, Easley missing from Patriots practice (CSN New England)
Patriots’ Browner, Easley Miss Thursday’s Practice; Stork Limited With Head Injury (WBZ-AM)
Do The Patriots Miss Brandon Spikes? (WBZ-AM)
CBS Boston Local Picks: NFL Week 6 (WBZ-AM)
Brandon Browner reportedly struggling to pick up Patriots’ D (WEEI-FM)
Michael Irvin: Bill Belichick ‘just a masterful, masterful coach’ (WEEI-FM)
Report: Brandon Spikes ‘absolutely’ believes IR was a suspension from Bill Belichick (WEEI-FM)
Revis Report, Week 6: Will Sammy Watkins get same treatment as A.J. Green? (WEEI-FM)
Facing Spikes, Buffalo will be "tough"; Oct. 9 notes (
Road trip travel guide: Buffalo (

Marker Friday's Detroit Coverage [1:39 AM] reports:
Laser-pointing Lions fan charged, gets Ford Field ban (Detroit News)
Lions ban fan with laser pointer from Ford Field (Detroit Free Press)
Detroit Lions fan who used laser pointer identified, banned from Ford Field, charged with disorderly conduct (Ann Arbor News)
aser pointer user charged (Oakland Press)
Teen with laser pointer banned from Lions games (AP)
Police ID laser suspect in Lions-Bills game (The Sports Xchange)

Marker How Pennsylvanians saved the Buffalo Bills [1:38 AM]
Bucks County Courier Times reports: 'In 2009 and 2010 Pennsylvania inspectors cited 73 percent and 63 percent of East Resources’ wells for at least one regulatory violation. Drilling violations could include fracking pit and storage violations, surface spills and illegal disposal and discharge of industrial waste, storm runoff violations and improper cementing and casing of wells.'

Marker Patriots-Bills Capsule [1:37 AM]
AP reports: 'Patriots are 20-1 against Bills since 31-0 loss in 2003 opener, biggest loss since coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady joined team.'

Marker New England (3-2) at Buffalo (3-2) [1:36 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Patriots 17, Bills 16.'

Marker Week 6 preview: Patriots at Bills [1:35 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Patriots played with a considerable collective chip on their shoulder last week, and still have plenty of doubters to disprove. In a lackluster field position game, the Patriots take the blue-collar approach to yet another win over the Bills.'

Marker 7 Bills starters limited at Thursday's practice [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'For the second straight day, the Bills had seven starters on their active roster that were limited participants due to injury. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee), linebacker Nigel Bradham (knee), running back Fred Jackson (ankle), linebacker Brandon Spikes (ribs), left guard Chris Williams (back), safety Aaron Williams (wrist) and safety Da'Norris Searcy all needed to have their practice time monitored by the training staff.'

Marker Bills to have answers if Pats take away Watkins [1:33 AM] reports: '“One of the things I've always said is 'to be the best, you have to beat the best.' And when you play against [the Patriots], you want to bring you’re A game every time,” he said. “That's just one of the things I've always tried to do when I play a team like New England. Step my game up, not change anything from week to week but do everything I can when my number is called to make a play and try to get that not-beating-them taste out of my mouth. It's one of the things that, not to say I'm not prepared every week, but when you play against a team like New England, you have to go above and beyond and that's something I value and try and to whenever I step on the field.”'

Marker Bills-Patriots game sold out [1:32 AM] reports: 'Buffalo’s own Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls will be performing the National Anthem.'

October 9, 2014

Marker Patriots Game Preview [5:21 PM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Bills 31, Patriots 28.'

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