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Buffalo Bills News - August 31, 2014

Marker Report: Bon Jovi splits from Toronto group [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Final pitches are due next week.'

Marker Bills unveil initial 53-man roster [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Wide Receiver (6): Sammy Watkins, Mike Williams, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, Marcus Easley, Chris Hogan'

Marker Tracking the Bills' march to 53 [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Analysis: After two disappointing seasons with the Bills, the team has finally decided to move on from former third-round selection and wide receiver T.J. Graham. The wideout struggled with confidence and with his hands at the beginning of training camp, and could never overcome the positive play exhibited by both Marcus Easley and Chris Hogan for the majority of the summer. The final stats on Graham: 31 games, 16 starts, 54 catches, 683 yards and three touchdowns.'

Marker Bills' Spiller announces selection of agent [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Spiller has signed with Chad Speck of Allegiant Athletic Agency, ending a period of over three years in which he did not have an agent. The person he had originally signed with, Gary Wichard, passed away in March of 2011.'

Marker Bills sign QB Kyle Orton [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'His contract with the Bills will have a choice for the quarterback. According to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, the one-year deal also includes a player option for a second season with the team.'

Marker Bills sign new punter [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills have officially signed punter Colton Schmidt to an undisclosed contract. Schmidt originally signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted rookie out of UC Davis. He was then released by the 49ers and had a brief (less than a week) stint with the Cleveland Browns before his release. The 49ers re-signed Schmidt in January of 2014 before releasing him this summer as part of one of their cuts.'

Marker QB Kyle Orton signs with Bills [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Orton will wear number 18.'

Marker Bills sign P Colton Schmidt [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Schmidt joins the Bills after spending the 2014 preseason with the San Francisco 49ers, where he booted seven punts for a net average of 46.1 yards while landing four punts inside the 20. The 5-11, 224 pound UC Davis entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2013 with the 49ers. Schmidt is 23 and a native of Bakersfield, CA.'

Marker Bills trim roster to 53 [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'S Deon Broomfield, LB Jimmy Gaines, WR T.J. Graham, WR Caleb Holley, DL Ike Igbinosun, DE Bryan Johnson, S Kenny Ladler, OL Doug Legursky, OL Antoine McClain, QB Jeff Tuel.'

Marker 8 fast facts about the 2014 Bills roster [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'All seven 2014 draft picks made it through.'

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Marker Bills find their veteran backup quarterback in Orton [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Orton has been in the NFL since 2005, starting for the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos. He was a backup for the Kansas City Chiefs and spent the past two seasons behind Tony Romo with the Dallas Cowboys.'

Marker Bills cut Moorman; Palmer gets heave-ho after one game [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You always want to end on your own terms,” Moorman said. “I came back because I felt like I wanted to go one more year and honestly felt like I had the training camp of my career. I pictured myself finishing as a Buffalo Bill.'

Marker Judge allows Buffalo Jills lawsuit to move ahead [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The team sought to have the lawsuit dismissed, but Justice Timothy J. Drury found enough evidence to indicate the Jills may be considered employees of the team.'

Marker Man behind Jim Kelly banner revealed [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But only "Kelly Is God" touched off a wave of conversation and controversy among fans and in the media and remains etched in people's memories. The banner drew the ire of Kelly himself who disliked being compared to a messiah sent to Buffalo to save not just its professional football team but the city itself.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign quarterback Kyle Orton to back up EJ Manuel, according to report [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Most recently, Orton played for the Dallas Cowboys. In two years with the Cowboys, he started just one game, Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Orton completed 30 of 46 passes in that game for 358 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.'

Marker Jon Bon Jovi reportedly no longer part of Toronto group bidding on team [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The bigger reason for parting ways with Bon Jovi is money. With Bon Jovi as the principal owner, he would have to front 30 percent of the purchase according to NFL rules. His net worth sits at roughly $300 million, which would limit the ceiling of the group's bid.'

Marker Could Jeff Tuel get cut? [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'At this point, Kraig Urbik vs. Doug Legursky is the battle to watch. Neither has been great this preseason, but Legursky has struggled when given opportunities to play with the starters.'

Marker Buffalo Bills roster cuts include Brian Moorman, Landon Cohen, Jordan Palmer [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills also placed cornebacks Mario Butler (ankle) and Bobby Felder (groin) and tight end Tony Moeaki (hamstring) on the Reserve/Injured list. In addition, long snapper Garrison Sanborn received a contract extension.The roster is now at 62 players and need to be down to 53 players by Saturday at 4 p.m.'

Marker Bon Jovi out of Toronto NFL group? If so, he wasn’t booted [1:51 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Multiple sources for months have told QMI Agency that Bon Jovi has run, navigated and overseen every decision at every step of the process within the Toronto bid group from the get-go.'

Marker Bon Jovi out of group bidding for Bills [1:50 AM]
New York Post reports: '“Rogers is very serious” about buying the team, another source close to the process said. There have been recent media reports about the Toronto bid falling apart — but in reality it is reforming, sources said.'

Marker QB Palmer, P Moorman among 10 players cut by Bills [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo also placed three players on reserve/injured: tight end Tony Moeaki and cornerbacks Mario Butler and Bobby Felder.'

Marker Moorman given the boot by Bills [1:48 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'In a letter released through his P.U.N.T. Foundation, Moorman said, "It may be the end of a career, but it's certainly not the end of a friendship."'

Marker Bills cut QB Palmer, sign Orton [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'According to reports, the 31-year-old Orton signed a one-year contract to back up starter EJ Manuel. The Dallas Cowboys released Orton in the offseason after he threatened to retire.'

Marker Bills unsure at quarterback heading into season [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Quarterbacks, especially young ones, are very streaky," said Marrone, who is trying his best to defend his second-year starter, and did so after the last game by saying two of the four incompletions Manuel threw were quasi drops. "I thought that we had some good pockets at times where he was back there. I thought the two throws ... are they catchable? I think they could have been. Could they have been better throws? I think it could've been both."'

Marker Bills' Watkins ''good to go,'' per report [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Watkins suffered the injury on a slant pattern over the middle of the field. An inaccurate throw led the wideout a bit too far and Detroit linebacker Ashlee Palmer ran over and landed a forearm right into the rookie's bruised ribs.'

Marker Bills sign Sanborn to three-year, $3.3m extension [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to a league source, Sanborn's new contract is a three-year extension that will pay a total of $3.3 million over the lifetime of the deal. The three years are tacked on to the final year of his current contract, so he's not set to hit free agency again until March of 2018.'

Marker Urbik, Graham on the trade block? [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to two separate reports, guard Kraig Urbik and wide receiver T.J. Graham are being shopped by the Bills.'

Marker Bills' cuts include QB Palmer [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Palmer, who joined the Bills after he was let go by the Chicago Bears, did not last a week in Buffalo.'

Marker Tracking the Bills' march to 53 [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills announced the release of 10 players and the placement of three players on to Injured Reserve. The roster is currently at 62, and subtracting one spot for Bradham, they'll need to cut eight more players by Saturday afternoon.'

Marker Bills 53-man roster projection: 8/29 [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills' quarterback position is nearly one of the worst in the league in terms of depth. Thad Lewis was a disappointment in the summer, Jeff Tuel hasn't taken the next step the Bills were hoping for and Jordan Palmer didn't show the necessary arm strength against backups to prove he was worthy of a roster spot. Even though the Bills might only keep two quarterbacks initially, don't expect only Manuel and Tuel to make up this roster. There has to be an additional move coming, they can't go into the season with their current trio, or in this case, duo.'

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