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Buffalo Bills News - November 28, 2014

Marker Bills' Nathaniel Hackett aware Browns coach Mike Pettine is quite familiar with Buffalo offense [6:37 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Let's just say Hackett and Marrone have taken a close look at their signals and other tendencies to make sure Pettine doesn't know what's coming before it's called.'

Marker Robert Woods probable, Fred Jackson not on Buffalo Bills' Week 13 injury report [6:37 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It's one of those things with Fred, whatever he can do you want him to do," Hackett said. "Just keep on giving it to him, and whatever happens happens. You can never judge. Everybody feels different on game day.'

Marker Mike Pettine facing the defense he created, and 5 things to watch for [6:36 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'What makes the Browns a tough offense to shut down is the offensive line. Cleveland runs the ball so well that it takes pressure of the linemen in the passing game, and they also happen to be outstanding in pass protection. Buffalo has more sacks than any team in the NFL this season, and that's how its defense causes most of its problems.'

Marker Bills D remains dominant after Pettine's departure [6:34 PM]
AP reports: '"I have nothing but fond memories," Pettine said. "The players essentially were there, and I'd like think we, obviously, got them headed in the right direction."'

Marker Bills' Woods probable vs. Browns [6:32 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills announced Woods, who was dealing with an ankle injury during the week, would be probable to play against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. In his second year with the team, the wideout has already eclipsed his rookie mark for receptions in a single season.'

Marker Cleveland (7-4) at Buffalo (6-5) [11:37 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Browns 24, Bills 10.'

Marker Bills sign DE Johnson to practice squad [11:36 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills also released cornerback Brandon Smith from the practice squad.'

Marker DE Bryan Johnson re-signed to Bills Practice Squad [11:36 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has signed DE Bryan Johnson to the team’s Practice Squad. Johnson was released from the Bills 53-man roster on Wednesday.'

Marker Pettine has found a home in Cleveland [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pettine called his decision to leave the Bills “bittersweet.” “I just felt we were headed in the right direction with the culture we were building, especially in the defensive room,” he said. “I thought that was a special group, and they’ve continued to prove it this year.”'

Marker Browns deal with incident involving rookie Manziel [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We tell our guys, and I know a lot of staffs do throughout the league, you just have to be careful. Careful who you surround yourself with and what situations you put yourself in. Nothing good happens after midnight. That’s the biggest teaching moment that we can take from it,” Pettine added.'

Marker Mike Pettine put his stamp on Bills [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Make no mistake about it, Mike did an excellent job here, along with the other coaches that were here,” said Bills head coach Doug Marrone, referring to 2013 Bills assistants Jim O’Neil, Anthony Weaver, Chuck Driesbach, and Brian Fleury who followed Pettine to the other side of Lake Erie. “They did a great job when they were here and then the coaches this year came in and took the players and are doing a good job now.”'

Marker Josh Gordon playing with something to prove heading into Browns' game against Bills [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Those other guys did a nice job in his absence, but now you have an elite player, a game-changing type of player," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "From a schematics standpoint, they're still doing the same things but are just doing it with him in there now."'

Marker Jarius Wynn, Chris Gragg still out at Buffalo Bills' practice Thursday [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Defensive end Jarius Wynn (knee), tight end Chris Gragg (knee) and safety Bacarri Rambo (hamstring) all didn't participate in the Bills' practice on Thanksgiving. Coach Doug Marrone said Rambo was injured on the second-to-last play of practice on Wednesday.'

Marker Browns get chance to see what they missed [1:54 AM]
Warren Tribune Chronicle reports: 'The one player fans seemed most excited about in the 2014 NFL draft was Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins. One reason might have been that they saw him tear apart Ohio State's overmatched secondary (16 receptions for 227 yards and two touchdowns) in last season's Orange Bowl and figured they'd rather have him on their side rather than on the side of any of the other 31 NFL teams.''

Marker Browns-Bills battle moving from Twitter to playing field [1:53 AM]
Willoughby News Herald reports: '“It’ll be a great matchup. We can go out there, battle, scrap, have a couple fights. It’s going to be great.”'

Marker Buffalo’s Watkins has no hard feelings against Browns [1:52 AM]
Elyria Chronicle Telegram reports: '“I think a great situation — the best situation — is what happened,” said Watkins, who has made 36 receptions for first downs. “The Browns are a great team, a great organization, and they got two great picks. I wish the best for them, but I’m in a great situation in Buffalo.”'

Marker Friday's Cleveland Coverage [1:51 AM] reports:
Josh Gordon got 'careless and reckless' after All-Pro celebrity hoopla, he admits in TV interview (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Cleveland Browns CB Buster Skrine is not on first-name basis -- Talking Shop (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
My nephew's keeper: How Browns rookie Robert Nelson Jr. rescued himself and his family from a world of drugs, crime and violence (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills: A look back at the 2007 'Snow Bowl' (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Browns get chance to see what they missed (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
Browns-Bills battle moving from Twitter to playing field (Willoughby News Herald)
Buffalo’s Watkins has no hard feelings against Browns (Elyria Chronicle Telegram)
Confidence shaken, quarterback Brian Hoyer bounces back mentally from disappointing performance (Akron Beacon Journal)
Josh Gordon takes the Browns' offense to a different level (ESPN Cleveland)
Will Cameron play on Sunday? (Fox Sports Ohio)

Marker Week 13 Preview: Browns at Bills [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The quiet intensity in the Rust Belt rivalry has taken on an extra edge this week, and Buffalo returns home after its Monday night detour in Detroit to make yet another statement with a defense that can stop the run and create more QB unrest in Cleveland.'

Marker Three Bills unable to practice on Thanksgiving [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Defensive end Jarius Wynn (knee), tight end Chris Gragg (knee) and safety Bacarri Rambo (hamstring) all were defined as non-participants at practice Thursday. According to head coach Doug Marrone, Rambo injured his hamstring on the second-to-last play during Wednesday's session. The availability for all three players on Sunday has yet to be revealed.'

Marker Can Kyle Orton be like Andy Dalton? [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 2014 Bills are very similar to last season’s Cincinnati team. But since Buffalo’s playoff chances this season are very slim, we have started to turn our attention to whether Orton should be the starting quarterback in 2015 and if he could lead them to the playoffs and beyond.'

Marker Browns Game Preview [1:47 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Bills 24, Browns 20.'

Marker Straight and narrow has Nigel Bradham on the ascent [1:46 AM] reports: '“I was just taking it for granted and I had kind of gotten lost in it because I wasn't really playing much at the time,” said Bradham of his misstep off the field. “When I realized I had gotten into that and then I saw the negative media, people on my case and it was like, 'When are you going to learn?' And you realize you could lose that opportunity.”'

Marker Scouting Report: Browns at Bills [1:45 AM] reports: 'Ball security – Both teams have defenses with a penchant for taking the ball away. Buffalo is tied for third in the league in takeaways (22) and Cleveland has 15 takeaways in their last six games, good for most in the league over that span. The team that doesn’t hand extra possessions to the opponent might be enough to post the victory.'

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November 27, 2014

Marker Former Bills star Talley suffers from depression [6:54 PM]
AP reports: '"I'm not convinced that I'm dead yet," Talley said. "But the future doesn't look bright."'

Marker Bills’ Jackson fires verbal volley at Whitner [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You can’t respect anybody that would say something about whatever it may be – a race of people, or somebody’s beliefs or anything like that,” Jackson said. “If you talk down to anybody, you can’t be respected. That’s just me, that’s how I feel about it. For him to say stuff about that, about people that we love in this organization, he’ll never get my respect for that.”'

Marker Twitter battle may light a needed spark for Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The question is how much emotional energy the Bills have left. They haven’t played a good game at The Ralph since the second week of the season, after the news broke that Terry Pegula had won the bid for the franchise. It’s about time they played their best game in their actual home.'

Marker Signing of Thigpen may be omen for Goodwin [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Goodwin was in a red scout team jersey at the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday. He has just one reception this season – a 40-yard gain in Week Five at Detroit – and hasn’t found much success as a kick returner. He’s averaged 21 yards per return on four attempts.'

Marker Broke and broken [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He’s 54, but his body is a wreck and continues to crumble. He suspects collisions from playing linebacker for 14 NFL seasons, a dozen with the Buffalo Bills, have damaged his brain. He’s often depressed beyond the point of tears.'

Marker Donte Whitner's Twitter comments resurface ahead of Bills game [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"That's just him being him; Donte is a guy that likes to ruffle feathers," Jackson said. "He found any way he could to try and ruffle Buffalo's feathers, knowing he had to come up to us. That's just him doing what he does, but at the same time, I mean, it's annoying. It's just dumb for him to do, and talk about people like that, and talk about the city of Buffalo like that. But at the same time, you've just got to take it with a grain of salt and say it's just some dude that's being an idiot about some stuff."'

Marker 3 sit out practice, Browns game sold out [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Three Bills did not practice Wednesday and two of them may not be available for the game. Defensive end Jarius Wynn and tight end Chris Gragg both sat out with knee injuries. Tight end Lee Smith was sick, but he is expected back to practice Thursday. Two key defensive players for the Browns will miss the game - linebacker Karlos Dansby and defensive back Tashaun Gipson, both with knee injuries.'

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