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Buffalo Bills News - August 8, 2014

Marker When the Bills call, they come flying [1:44 AM] reports: 'It comes with the territory but is still a surprise when players get the call from an NFL team, drop everything and report to a new city the next day. A few new Bills shared their stories or surprise, preparation and reporting in a hurry to Bills Camp with us.'

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August 7, 2014

Marker Quest for Buffalo Bills looks a hunt too far for Donald Trump [7:11 AM]
Irish Times reports: '“Good people of Buffalo, take up a collection, pass the hat, start a fund, anything you can do to keep this away from him, anything to outbid him,’’ said Mike Tollin, producer and director of the documentary Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL? “Fans, get your dictionaries. Learn the definition of narcissism.’’'

Marker Bills look to Williams to solidify line [7:09 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“It's different having a head coach who is a line coach,” Williams said. “It's awesome, but it's different. It's good to have somebody who's had so much success. Him and (offensive line) coach Pat Morris are two line coaches who can teach you different techniques. They've seen just about everything.”'

Marker Learning curve steep at tackle [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m holding it down until Cordy gets back,” Henderson said. “Whatever the team needs me to do, that’s what I’m doing. I wish no harm on any of my teammates, so I hope he gets better and he gets back as soon as possible.”'

Marker Pegula has Bills fans giddy with hope [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Still, the cynic in me wonders if it’s all too good to be true. Oh, I trust Pegula means business, but it can’t be this simple, can it? It’s hard to believe that one of the treasured NFL franchises is up for sale and Pegula’s only serious competition is a Trump (Don) and a chump (Bon Jovi).'

Marker Journeyman Cohen making good impression [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cohen, who was signed by the Buffalo Bills on July 21, is on his ninth NFL team.'

Marker Chandler has bad day [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wednesday was not the best day for veteran tight end Scott Chandler. He had at least three drops during practice. Perhaps that’s why the team gave second-year veteran Chris Gragg a few snaps with the starters during 7-on-7 work.'

Marker Jeff Miers writes an open letter to Jon Bon Jovi [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’m sorry, Jon. I know we have a long relationship. You’ve been playing our sports arenas for decades, and you have always been greeted with screams of adulation. You’ve repeatedly done your best to “rock our faces,” we can’t deny it. But we feel like our relationship has gotten a bit stale. We have grown older. And you have grown colder. And nothing is very much fun anymore. After all this time we’ve spent together, I feel you are at least owed honesty. So here’s the cold, hard truth, Jon: I think we should start seeing other people.''

Marker Wynn hopes he can stick with Buffalo Bills [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I look at it definitely as a blessing to be able to play the game,” said Wynn, a 27-year-old native of Augusta, Ga. “But it would be a great feeling to be able to call somewhere home. That’s why I’m going to keep working toward it and work on my craft.”'

Marker Robert Woods working his way back into starting lineup [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I talked to Robert, and we know he can play three positions for us, and we're just trying to find what's the best combination for us out there," Marrone said.'

Marker Marcell Dareus injury: Bills DT hurts hamstring, doesn't finish practice [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Dareus was limited toward the end of practice, and a team spokesman confirmed a hamstring injury for the star defensive tackle. His availability for the Bills' preseason game against the Panthers on Friday is unknown. Landon Cohen, Stefan Charles and Corbin Bryant all saw more reps with Dareus out.'

Marker Madden 15 ratings: EA Sports has Bills as worst team in AFC East [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Dang, Madden gave me a good little shout-out," Hughes said when he learned he had cracked the list of best Bills. "I play the game, but I just play for fun. But now that I got a pretty good rating, I might actually play more. I'm a huge Madden fan."'

Marker Doug Marrone wants C.J. Spiller as part of two-back rotation [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don’t know if I want to get it down to three. I’ve never been a guy that has three backs playing in the game. I’ve always believed, and you guys know, in the two backs. It’ll come down to two backs; the two backs going in there."'

Marker Toronto group resubmits first-round bid for Bills [1:49 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'This is seen as the last chance for the group comprising rocker Jon Bon Jovi, MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family to remain in the chase for the NFL club.'

Marker Bills' Spiller out to prove critics wrong [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"Oh yeah, it's definitely a fire burning. I haven't forgotten what was written out there," Spiller told The Associated Press following a recent practice in training camp. "I've got my axe ready to chip away some wood."'

Marker Our Downtown Stadium [1:47 AM]
Artvoice reports: 'If the team stays we’ll need a new stadium, period.'

Marker Bills' Dareus injures hamstring Wednesday [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'While his status for Friday's contest is unknown the Bills had a similar situation occur last Friday, the day before they left for Canton, Ohio and the Hall of Fame Game. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin injured his hamstring and was held out of the game against the New York Giants because of it.'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 13 [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'he same EJ Manuel that was seen during Tuesday’s practice reappeared on Wednesday. For the second straight day, Manuel was apprehensive, indecisive and mostly inaccurate.'

Marker Bills' RB Dixon not just here for special teams [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"When I came in the building and met with them, it was all love" Dixon said during an interview on the WGR morning show. "It was like they already knew me. It was like I was already part of the team. I wasn’t happy with my play over there in San Francisco. I felt like I deserved more opportunity and I wanted more opportunity. That’s the main thing Coach Marrone and (Doug) Whaley preached to me on my visit. I know they weren’t winning but I was down for the challenge."'

Marker Bills' Marrone discusses Woods and Graham [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Graham’s biggest problem since he’s been drafted is key drops. He’s had them again this summer leading some to believe he’s lost confidence. Marrone said, “I hope that’s not the case because that’s difficult to overcome.”'

Marker 4 things to know from Wednesday’s practice [1:42 AM] reports: 'The defense logged eight sacks during the team portions of practice based on the plays that were blown dead prematurely by the officials on hand. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz appeared to be installing some new blitz packages, and it took some time for the offensive unit to adjust.'

August 6, 2014

Marker Buffalo Bills training camp draws big crowds to St. John Fisher [5:53 PM]
Oneida Daily Dispatch reports: 'Many also don’t want to see the team’s training camp moved.'

Marker Searcy provides Bills with versatility at safety [7:45 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“I just want to be able to come out and be able to make an impact on our defense,” the strong safety said. “We have a defense full of talented players, and I want to be mentioned along with those talented players. Just come out here and compete on the same level as those guys.”'

Marker Good luck finding a Bon Jovi song on Buffalo radio [7:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“There is a saying in radio: ‘You only get hurt from what you air and not from what you don’t air,’ ” explained Ried. “The listeners don’t want to hear it, and we listen to them.”'

Marker Woods’ use leaves others puzzled [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“A little bit, for Woody not to be in with us with the ones,” Manuel said when asked if he was surprised Woods was not in the starting lineup. “But he did great. Woody’s going to be Woody with whatever he’s given. So I was still glad to see him go out there and do a great job.”'

Marker Watkins waits for his first pro catch [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Not at all,” Watkins said when asked if he had any butterflies over making his preseason debut on Sunday night. “Once I’m on the field and have two or three plays, I’m fine. I wish I could have got a ball and got tackled, then it would have been out the window. I can’t wait until I catch a ball and get hit.”'

Marker A step up for Tuel Tuesday [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Quarterback Jeff Tuel took all of the reps with the second team during Tuesday night’s practice.'

Marker $1.75 billion Pegula sale adds leverage for Bills bid [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pegula’s company, East Resources Inc., announced Tuesday that it had closed on a $1.75 billion sale of fracking acreage in West Virginia and Ohio. In a news release, Pegula delivered a rare comment about his financial reserves.'

Marker Bon Jovi bid for Bills may be adjusted, resubmitted [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sources close to the rock star and his Toronto-based partners told The News that some of Bon Jovi’s influential National Football League allies have suggested that he walk away from the sale because the process has damaged his reputation.'

Marker Buffalo Bills look to tighten up run defense [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Last year is last year, we've got a different scheme and guys are being asked to do a little different things," said Schwartz. "We need to be consistent though, one long run can screw up your run defense because it puts them in scoring range."'

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