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Buffalo Bills News - October 11, 2014

Marker Bills rookie Sammy Watkins braces for Darrelle Revis [1:47 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '“He’s very talented. Actually, I’m a big fan of watching him when he was at Clemson. Very explosive receiver, can run all the routes and make all the tough catches. It’s going to be fun.”'

Marker Darrelle Revis targets Sammy Watkins [1:46 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'When Revis essentially shadows one player for an entire game, quarterbacks completed 4-of-11 passes for 67 yards and an interception when challenging the Pats’ prized free agent. In other games when the assignments were mixed, quarterbacks went 9-of-13 for 125 yards and a touchdown when targeting Revis.'

Marker Darrelle Revis is a 'big fan' of Buffalo Bills rookie Sammy Watkins [1:45 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: '"I think everyone talks about Sammy Watkins, but Robert Woods is a good receiver," McCourty said. "(Marquise) Goodwin is a speedster. Mike Williams had close to the top (of the NFL) in touchdowns a couple of years ago with Tampa. It’s not easy. I think everyone talks about one guy with the gamplan, but overall you have to try to stop the offensive group."'

Marker Patriots amused by reconnaissance of Buffalo’s Sammy Watkins [1:44 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '“Maybe he has a good source,” said Patriots safety Devin McCourty.'

Marker Saturday's New England Coverage [1:43 AM] reports:
Bills rookie Sammy Watkins braces for Darrelle Revis (Boston Globe)
Bill Belichick says no problems for Brandon Browner (Boston Globe)
Patriots list Tom Brady as questionable against Bills (Boston Globe)
Patriots’ keys to victory over the Bills (Boston Globe)
Tom Brady’s new twist (Boston Herald)
Tim Wright boosts TE production (Boston Herald)
Tom Brady and Patriots unveil nasty, fearless side (Boston Herald)
Patriots need to hang on to Brady (Boston Herald)
Darrelle Revis targets Sammy Watkins (Boston Herald)
New England Patriots could be forced to reshuffle offensive line....again (Springfield Republican)
Bill Belichick: Learning playbook not an issue for Brandon Browner (Springfield Republican)
Darrelle Revis is a 'big fan' of Buffalo Bills rookie Sammy Watkins (Springfield Republican)
New England Patriots LB Jamie Collins fined for late hit in Cincinnati game (Springfield Republican)
Bryan Stork missing from Friday's New England Patriots practice with head injury (Springfield Republican)
Tom Brady pops up on injury report, questionable for Sunday at Buffalo Bills (Springfield Republican)
Tom Brady, New England Patriots have torched Buffalo Bills defense through the years (Springfield Republican)
Without Stork, New England would need to retool its offensive line, again (Providence Journal)
Brandon Browner’s status still up in the air (Providence Journal)
Patriots amused by reconnaissance of Buffalo’s Sammy Watkins (Providence Journal)
Devin McCourty not concerned about ribs (Providence Journal)
Tom Brady (ankle) added to injury report (Providence Journal)
Wright fitting in at tight end (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
DT Walker easing his way into rotation (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Brady shows up on injury report (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
New England Patriots too much for Buffalo Bills (Nashua Telegraph)
Seven things to keep in mind for Patriots-Bills game (Brockton Enterprise)
Brady pops up on injury report (Brockton Enterprise)
Brady listed as questionable with ankle injury (AP)
Pats list Brady questionable with ankle issue (The Sports Network)
Patriots list Brady as questionable for Bills (The Sports Xchange)
Patriots Injury Report: Tom Brady Questionable After Hurting Ankle (NESN)
Patriots Practice Report: Bryan Stork, Brandon Browner Among Absent Players (NESN)
Julian Edelman’s Path To Prominence: Arrive Early, Produce, Lead By Example (NESN)
Bill Belichick: Brandon Browner Hasn’t Had Issue Learning Patriots Defense (NESN)
Is Pats’ cap space Brady trade insurance? (CSN New England)
Friday Bag: Is the Patriots offensive line fixed? (CSN New England)
3 & Out: Toughest matchups for Pats vs. Bills (CSN New England)
Howe: Browner struggling to learn playbook (CSN New England)
Minihane: Patriots will explore Brady trade (CSN New England)
Brady (ankle) questionable for Sunday's game (CSN New England)
Revis: Gotta ask questions to pick up Patriots 'D' (CSN New England)
Giardi's film breakdown: Running into Bills trouble (CSN New England)
McCourty on Watkins: 'Maybe he has a good source' (CSN New England)
Jones, Slater a formidable pair in kick coverage (CSN New England)
Stork, Browner, Easley missing from practice (CSN New England)
Belichick: Learning not an issue for Browner (CSN New England)
Ridley Ready For Hard Hits, Trash Talk From Former Teammate Spikes (WBZ-AM)
Protecting Brady Once Again A Concern Against Buffalo’s Pass Rush (WBZ-AM)
Tom Brady Listed As Questionable Vs. Buffalo With Ankle Injury (WBZ-AM)
Don’t Bury Brady Just Yet (WBZ-AM)
Belichick Insists There Are No Issues With Browner Learning Patriots’ System (WBZ-AM)
Report: Brandon Browner Not Understanding The Patriots Defense (WBZ-AM)
10 things you have to know about Patriots-Bills (WEEI-FM)
Breaking down the runs to daylight of Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen (WEEI-FM)
Tom Brady injures ankle, questionable Sunday, Bryan Stork (head) questionable (WEEI-FM)
Bill Belichick knows exactly what to expect from Jim Schwartz and his Bills D Sunday (WEEI-FM)
Patriots - Bills Injury Report (
Browner gets backing from coach, teammates; Oct. 10 notes (
Game Matchups: Bills haven't been strong against the pass (
Buffalo Bills: What they're saying (
Bill Belichick Press Conference Transcript: 'Ridley has come a long way' (

Marker Pegulas buy Bills to cement commitment to Buffalo [1:42 AM]
AP reports: '"Folks in Buffalo, in many ways, feel that opportunity used to pass this community. A lot of good things didn't happen here," Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said. "With Terry and Kim Pegula, we are finally getting the big breaks."'

Marker Pegula pleased to preserve Bills in Buffalo [1:41 AM]
AP reports: 'He intends to keep Russ Brandon on as team president. He adds there have been preliminary discussions about the possibility of building a new stadium.'

Marker Bills seek to end role of playing Patriots' patsy [1:40 AM]
AP reports: '"Yeah, it would be big for them being their first game as new owners, but it would be better for us," running back Fred Jackson said. "If we don't handle business, we'll all feel rather sour."'

Marker Patriots Revis likely to face Bills rookie Watkins [1:39 AM]
AP reports: '"We actually found he's going to be following me around the field, so I'm going to have to be prepared for his jams," Watkins said. "He's very smart. I have to be very competitive and smart off the ball."'

Marker Bills guard Chris Williams ruled out against Pats [1:38 AM]
AP reports: 'Starting defensive tackle Kyle Williams is listed as questionable. He has practiced all week and has a chance to return after missing one game with a right knee injury.'

Marker Williams, Bradham among 7 Bills listed as questionable [1:37 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Williams and Bradham both were limited in practice this week after missing last Sunday's win over the Detroit Lions with knee injuries.'

Marker Bills' new owner emphasizes team staying put [1:36 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I want to ask our fans if I overpaid," Pegula joked at the press conference inside the Bills' practice facility. "They'll tell ya."'

Marker As Pegulas take over, Littmann leaves organization [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Littmann had long been rumored to have clashed with decision makers throughout the years at One Bills Drive, most notably with former general manager Bill Polian, who has long been referred to as the architect of the teams that went to four straight Super Bowls.'

Marker Teary-eyed Pegula gets keys to the Bills [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“My name is Terry Pegula, and the Pegulas just bought a football team. Actually, that's not totally correct,” he said before getting choked up. “We all just bought a team. Our team. The Buffalo Bills.”'

Marker Pegulas introduced as Bills Owners [1:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Pegula also said he will work to plan and design a new stadium. CEO Russ Brandon, sitting next to him, said it will be a long process and the team will "make a decision that makes sense heading into the future."'

Marker Bills Gameplan: How to Attack the Patriots [1:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Running the ball should yield some opportunities for the Bills. Especially from the middle to the offense’s left side.'

Marker Jackson, Kyle Williams, Bradham all questionable vs. Pats [1:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Of those seven players, six have a starting role on the active roster that could dramatically affect the game one way or another. Among them, running back Fred Jackson (ankle), defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee), linebacker Nigel Bradham (knee), linebacker Brandon Spikes (ribs), safety Aaron Williams (wrist/neck) and safety Da’Norris Searcy (knee) are all considered ’50-50’ to play by NFL standards. Backup cornerback Ron Brooks (neck) is also questionable to play.'

Marker Scouting Report: Patriots at Bills [1:30 AM] reports: 'The Bills rank 10th in the league with an average gain of 5.66 yards per first down, but they will need to be just as successful passing on first down as they are running on first down. Fortunately New England is especially weak against the pass on first down as opposing quarterbacks have compiled a 106.8 passer rating against the Pats. They also allow opponents to rush for four yards or more on first down more than 53 percent of the time (53.2%), which ranks 30th in the NFL.'

Marker Pegula moved by ownership, fans & legacy he follows [1:29 AM] reports: '“The big thing is Ralph (Wilson) was a large personality. He started this franchise and look where it is now,” Pegula said. “That’s a pretty overwhelming legacy, fifty-four years, and a year from now I’m going to be on one (year). That’s a credit to Ralph (Wilson) and his legacy.”'

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.'

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