2013 Was A Year Of Culture Change [8:49 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Manuel Incomplete: Has another year to prove himself as he has already been named next year's starter.'
Five Bills under contract to keep an eye on [1:59 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In an NFL world where contracts aren't guaranteed, it makes parting ways with certain players under contract that much easier, with only slight monetary ramifications for most. When you see long-term deals signed, usually two or three years into the contract you'll see large roster bonuses that spur action for the teams. It's usually a case of either cutting your losses right then and there if a team didn't get the desired production, or they move on with that player on the roster.'
Marrone sees promise in young guard prospects [1:58 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think we have some good young players that we need to really develop,” said Marrone. “We added some players onto the roster. I think they have potential to be starting-type players in the NFL, but again, that process needs to start now for them, (after) they rest their body, get in shape and work on their own. I’ve said it before, with the new CBA, I believe there is more accountability today on the NFL player. From now until when we report in April, we all have to be working to get better.”'
Colts, Luck stir memories of Bills' comeback [10:26 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The difference between the two games, though, was how rapidly Buffalo scored, as opposed to Indianapolis. The Bills put up four touchdowns in a span of just under seven minutes, three of them Reich passes, two to Andre Reed and the other to Don Beebe.'
Williams gets his swagger back for Bills [3:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Team-wise, I feel like we improved from last year, but at the same time we didn’t make the playoffs,” Williams said. “But we have improved in numbers, and we’re definitely going in the right direction.”'
With rookie season behind him, how does Manuel measure up? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think right now, he’s done a nice job, he’s progressed when he’s gotten a couple of games in a row,” said Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. “When it’s just coming off that injury, that’s when he’s kind of not been what we wanted. But it’s a difficult thing, especially for a rookie to come off that stuff.”'
Buffalo Bills final report card [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Manuel did show poise, and he had occasional flashes that made you think he could become a star, but he has a long way to go.'
Doug Marrone could have been Rob Chudzinski [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Marrone had to be thinking he could've been Chudzinski, dealing with dysfunction in Cleveland that far exceeds anything Buffalo has conjured during its long playoff drought.'
Nine Bills players could hit the open market [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Including Byrd, there are nine players set to become unrestricted free agents when the 2014 NFL league year begins at 4 p.m. March 11. They are...'.
Buffalo Bills, Rogers set to meet in two weeks [1:58 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'While the source would not say who called the meeting and why, nor what is on the agenda, it is more than possible -- probably likely -- that the purpose is to discuss the future of the disappointing series, which sees the Bills annually relocate one of their eight regular-season home games to Toronto’s Rogers Centre.'
2013 Bills' playtime percentages [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills had four players that took every single snap this season: Kiko Alonso, Cordy Glenn, Eric Wood and Erik Pears. How was the rest of the playing time divvied up?'
Moats ties to community could impact future [1:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I feel like I’m in a position where I can influence people and touch a lot of lives,” Moats said. “My family and I understand the spot we’re in and want to help people out and let everyone know that we’re in Buffalo to be a part of the community.”'
Bills need special teams aces [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“One of the things that we have to establish is a core,” he said. “I think Marcus Easley stepped up big for us. He would be a core-type player. Our goal is to have six of those type of players. Duke Williams has played well at times, Ty Powell has played well at times. When you have about six core special teams players that are playing on three to four teams for you, now you have the ability to perform at a high level.”'
Bills star’s dispute over $785,000 ring subsides [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams and Erin Marzouki released a joint statement Thursday saying they have reached a settlement agreement regarding the ring. Terms were not disclosed.'
Bills' Mario Williams settles lawsuit over ring [1:57 AM]
AP reports: 'Marzouki said she regretted the release by her lawyer of text messages between her and Williams that seemed to indicate the player was quite despondent over their breakup and possibly contemplated suicide. Williams later said he was never suicidal and the text messages were blown out of proportion.'
Free agent Chandler hopes to see turnaround through [1:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“You’d like to be a part of the solution in a place like Buffalo where there have been a lot of hard times,” said Chandler. “You don’t want to be a part of the problem. You want to be a part of the solution. That’s what I want to be.”'
A look at the Bills as they look ahead to 2014 [10:43 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Here’s a look at the Bills as they head into the off-season looking ahead to free agency two months from now and the draft in April...'.
Spiller looks beyond the numbers [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“From the outside in, y’all guys will probably say it was down because of the numbers,” Spiller acknowledged, “but when you get a new system to try to get accustomed to as quickly as you have to, I thought I did a pretty good job with that.”'
Bills’ Byrd says critics ‘wanted me to fail’ [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That pressure was there,” Byrd said. “But it doesn’t get to me. I’ve had pressure on me my whole life, just being the son of an NFL player. The expectations have been there from when I was little. It never gets to me.”'
Bills potential off-season needs [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Doug Legursky was terrifyingly bad at left guard and Kraig Urbik definitively regressed as a right guard.'
Bills season in review [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I don't see how anyone can reach a definitive answer on Manuel's future since he missed so much playing time. His season was a mixture of good and bad.'
Spiller confident with role in offense [1:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I don’t have any concerns or any doubts what my role will be,” said Spiller. “I think we just had an obstacle in the road when I got injured in Week 4. It kind of hindered some of the things that we were able to do with me. When you keep coming in and out of games, it’s hard to really get a guy going like that.”'
Bills Terrible in the Bitter End [8:36 PM]
Bills Daily reports: 'I’m bitter that the season is over and I still don’t know what to think about EJ Manuel – he’s got an incomplete grade. He’s been hurt 3 times with knee injuries – once before the start of the season and twice since it began. I hate to use the term fragile, but that’s what it seems like so far.'
Bills still leave you wanting more [8:36 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'Everyone knows about the drought, it's gone on far too long.'
A few quick observations about the Bills [10:22 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I know that we beat Miami twice and split with New York, but we lost to New England twice in games that were close ... and that’s how it is. Do I feel that we can beat (the Patriots)? Yes I do. But we didn’t.”'
Bills’ brass discusses Manuel’s development, Byrd’s status and more [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Among the highlights...'.
Bills’ belief in Manuel remains strong [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Obviously, he’s disappointed with the injuries that have occurred,” Marrone said. “The plan right now – he’s going through a process of getting himself rested, healed and then start again with the rehabilitation for strengthening those areas of his body.”'
Locker room cleanout day has a familiar feel to it [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Marrone looks like the right coach and a good fit for Buffalo, by the way. He didn’t make any egregious errors this season. You didn’t see any boneheaded decisions under pressure, which made him a considerable upgrade over the men who preceded him. You could sense a shift in the Bills’ collective mindset.'
Manuel says injuries are a matter of bad luck [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When you have the injuries I’ve had, there’s always surgical things you can do to repair it, and then there’s also ways if you just get rest and certain things like that, it might repair itself,” he said. “So I just have to make that decision.”'
EJ Manuel says he will enter 2014 as Bills' starting QB [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I think a lot of my injuries have just been misfortunate occurrences in a football game," Manuel said. "You're in a tough sport and I know I'm a tough guy and if I could've gotten back out there I would have, no question about it. That's all I can say about the injuries. They're behind me now, I can get healthy, and just come back ready to go."'
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