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Buffalo Bills News - July 31, 2014

Marker Tight end Lee Smith misses practice [5:37 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Thursday, Lee Smith sat out practice with what coach Doug Marrone termed a “lower body injury,” thus joining Scott Chandler and Tony Moeaki on the sidelines. That means the top three guys on the depth chart were down, and the only available tight ends were Chris Gragg and newcomer Dominque Jones.'

Marker EJ Manuel happy with offensive line despite Chris Williams injury, and 5 observations [5:36 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Those guys have done a great job, especially this week," Manuel said. "Picking up defenses blitzes, their looks. They're communicating very well at the line of scrimmage. That allows us to really pick it up.'

Marker Bills' Manuel studied tape of 5 NFL QB's in off season [5:35 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I think they all offer similar things that I can do" Manuel said when explaining why he chose those five. "Whether its throwing the ball down the field, the vertical passing game or taking off and running and just being smarter when you do that. That’s one area I had to grow from last year. That’s why I had the knee injury"(against Cleveland).'

Marker Bills back to only two healthy TEs; starting guard injured [5:34 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Marrone also didn’t have any updated information regarding how long Chandler (groin) would be out, and it was already determined that Moeaki (hamstring) would be out for a while. Without the trio, the Bills are down to only Gragg and Dominique Jones as the available tight ends.'

Marker Jackson will be a 10-year Bill with contract extension [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s why signing this extension is so special,” he said. “It gives me that opportunity. I’m one step closer to being able to finish my career in Buffalo. That’s what I always wanted to do.”'

Marker Dropped charge from 2013 leads to Bradham’s suspension [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“My whole thing is to stay positive, man,” Bradham said. “It’s something that followed me from last year, a decision I made. I regret it. I made a mistake. I apologized to my teammates. I’m sorry that we gotta go through this again. Hopefully, I just get past it and come out Game Two ready. I’m going to just keep working every day out here in training camp and getting better.”'

Marker Carpenter on target [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kicker Dan Carpenter continued his outstanding training camp by making 7 of 8 field-goal tries, including a 49-yarder.'

Marker Many factors at play in calculating bids for Bills [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It may be because the price tag of a professional sports team sometimes just doesn’t matter to billionaire bidders.'

Marker In chase for the Bills, Terry Pegula is the quiet bidder who will refuse to lose [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Nearly every major variable in this equation leans toward Pegula in his quest to become an NFL owner. He’s prepared to pay considerably more than the small-market franchise is worth, which should satisfy Ralph Wilson’s estate. Plus, he has close ties to the community and will keep the team in Buffalo.'

Marker NFL suspends Bills' Nigel Bradham for one game [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I regret it and I apologized to my teammates. I'm sorry we have to through it — again."'

Marker MacPherson aims to prove he's worthy of Bills [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"You know what you're projected at — I was a seventh-round/free-agent guy — so I knew what to expect," he said. "I'd say the disappointing thing was when I didn't get many calls (for camp invitations) after the draft."'

Marker Jackson inks extension with Buffalo Bills [1:52 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“My wife has done a tremendous job supporting me, doing everything she can do to make sure I'm able to come out here and compete with these young bucks, so I'm excited about it,” he said. “I'm looking forward to the opportunity to continue to stay out here and play and obviously get this thing turned around. Hopefully we can do that sooner rather than later.”'

Marker Fred Jackson, the NFL's oldest running back, wants to play 3-4 more seasons [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I just love to play this game," Jackson said. "Usually when guys get to be my age they’re just about ready to kind of shut it down and not come out here and get beat up like we do at training camp, but I wake up every day and I love it."'

Marker Aaron Williams shows off dance moves during weather delay at Bills training camp [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Some players jumped on the stationary bikes to stay loose, but safety Aaron Williams instead decided to dance. He was kind enough to share his dance moves on Instagram.'

Marker Bills LB Nigel Bradham: One-game suspension from NFL 'shocking' and 'disappointing' [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Everything was dismissed, and I’m not in a substance abuse program or anything," Bradham said. "Since everything was dismissed it’s kind of shocking and kind of disappointing that it came back again."'

Marker EJ Manuel shows progress, and 5 observations from Bills training camp [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The last few practices have been steps forward for Manuel, who had a bit of a rough start to camp. While Manuel's play has been the focus of training camp, he wasn't the only noteworthy player on Wednesday.'

Marker Fred Jackson signs contract extension with Bills, reportedly a one-year deal [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Jackson is entering his ninth season in the league and has more than 5,000 yards rushing and over 2,000 yards receiving since joining the Bills.'

Marker Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham suspended one game [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's shown a very serious, professional attitude, he’s been into it. Even before a guy like Kiko Alonso get's hurt, now there's even more of an opportunity for a guy like Bradham. He's been very, very good mentally as far as picking the scheme up, he's good in coverage, and he's improving as a run defender also."'

Marker Bills RB C.J. Spiller not worried about contract, still looking for agent [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I haven't really thought about that," Spiller said. "Every year to me is a crucial year. Every year you get to play this game is crucial because you don't know when it will be your last. All that other stuff, it will handle itself."'

Marker Toronto group can't match Pegula's first bid on Bills: Sources [1:44 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Sources now tell QMI Agency the Toronto group cannot ultimately bid as high as the $1.3 billion Pegula is reported to have submitted in Tuesday's first round.'

Marker Reed thought his comments about Manziel and Bon Jovi were off the record [1:43 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '"We were just talking and I didn't think he was going to put something like that in the magazine," Reed said as he played golf before his schedule intensifies leading into his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.'

Marker Did Cleveland Browns make the right move in trading away chance to grab Sammy Watkins? Time will tel [1:42 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Watkins appreciates the steep price paid to acquire him. Asked if thought he could win Rookie-of-the-Year honors, the receiver replied: "It's something I could do, but we've gotta win. As long as we're winning that's the main thing."'

Marker Sammy Watkins unsure why Cleveland Browns' Donte Whitner 'came after me' on Twitter [1:41 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"I really don't know what happened and why he came at me like that," Watkins said. "I was in Cleveland for the symposium and someone asked me about the team and I basically told him that they have great cornerbacks and they drafted a great cornerback in (Justin) Gilbert. They have Joe Haden. I really just shouted those guys out and I look forward to competing with those guys . . . . I really don't know what made him come after me. He's a veteran and I respect him and I really didn't say too much back."'

Marker Forgotten teams like Buffalo need a jolt of Bon Jovi [1:40 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'Jon Bon Jovi. Does the name mean anything to you? How about Donald Trump? OK, how about Terry Pegula? They head the three groups that reportedly have bid for the Buffalo Bills. You remember the Bills, right? Probably not, which is why the NFL should award the franchise to Bon Jovi or Trump. Or both, then convince Al Gore and Dick Cheney to join the ownership group. That would make people notice the Bills, which very few Americans have since the O.J. trial.'

Marker First round of Buffalo Bills bids tops $1 billion [1:39 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The $1.1 billion sale of the Miami Dolphins in 2008 is the highest price ever paid for an NFL team.'

Marker Trump ready to sell casinos if he scores with $1B Bills bid [1:38 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Donald Trump will sell any remaining casino assets he owns if his $1 billion-plus bid emerges as the highest accepted offer for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, The Post has learned.'

Marker Hall of Fame profile: Buffalo Bills WR Andre Reed [1:37 AM]
Yahoo! Sports reports: 'Reed was something of a new breed of receiver, the long, sleek and fast deep threat that is commonplace in the game today but was far more rare a generation ago. In the Bills' offense, he not only ran down the field, but he also was able to take a short slant and go the distance and also was able to patrol in the middle of the field and do major yards-after-the-catch damage in space.'

Marker Fred Jackson signs 1-year contract extension [1:36 AM]
AP reports: 'Known for his physical running style, Jackson ran for 890 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013 while dealing with two separate knee sprains. Jackson is expected to split carries with running back C.J. Spiller once again in 2014.'

Marker Bills' Bradham suspended 1 game by NFL [1:35 AM]
AP reports: 'Bradham, a fourth-round pick of the Bills in 2012, had 51 tackles in 2013. He remains eligible to participate in preseason practices and games.'

Marker Bills sign RB Jackson to extension [1:34 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Jackson's deal had been set to expire at the end of the upcoming season. The one-year extension he signed Wednesday is worth $2.6 million, according to'

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