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Buffalo Bills News - August 22, 2014

Marker A goal for Bills starters against Bucs: score a TD [1:36 PM]
AP reports: 'Of the Bills' 20 drives that have reached an opponent's 40, they've scored seven field goals and four touchdowns. The other nine ended with no points: four interceptions, three on downs and two missed field goals.'

Marker Doug Marrone can relate to Macky MacPherson, other Buffalo Bills on the roster bubble [1:29 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I get emotional believe it or not," Marrone says. "If someone comes and they don’t respect the game and they don’t really care then I have no problem. ‘Hey, appreciate it. Take care.’ That’s not the case with the guys on this team right now."'

Marker Buffalo Bills running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley nervous to watch son play as senior in high school [1:28 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Wheatley Jr. has told his dad there is a bit of a generation gap when it comes to how they handle recruitment. For instance, Wheatley doesn't want his son, a four-star recruit, to announce his pick with all of the different hats in front of him. He thinks it's tacky. He didn't want Wheatley Jr. to attend the five-star challenge, either.'

Marker Bills fans group wants members to send emails to Bon Jovi PR team to keep team in Buffalo [1:27 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills Fan Thunder, a group of Bills fans from around the world advocating to keep the Bills in Buffalo, is asking its 13,000 members to send personal emails to Bon Jovi’s public relations team, giving their personal testimonies of why it means so much to keep their team in Buffalo.'

Marker Brawling Bills continue their pugnacious play [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I told Jerry that I love the way he practices and I love the way he plays special teams – how he goes about it,” Marrone said. “We’ve got to get some other guys who are starters to do that, too. That was my conversation with him.”'

Marker Weather move [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wide receiver Sammy Watkins went through “routes versus air,” but did not participate in team drills. Watkins is questionable for Saturday’s preseason game because of a rib injury.'

Marker $890 million Pegula bid for Bills is highest of 3 in preliminary round, Forbes reports [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the lower-than-expected first-round bids may delay the process, meaning that National Football League team owners would not be able to approve a new owner for the Bills at their October meetings, Forbes said.'

Marker Doug Marrone's temper erupts during Bills practice [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Marrone was clearly irritated when he met the media later, and didn't want to get into the specifics of what happened, but he said his comment to Hughes wasn't exclusive to him. "No, that's directed to anyone that doesn't want to be a part of the team," he said.'

Marker 5 things Sal learned about Bills in training camp [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It’s too early to know how this season is going to play out, but this Buffalo team has more depth than it has had in recent years, and if quarterback EJ Manuel proves he truly is a first-round talent, and the team doesn’t suffer too many injuries, the playoffs may be in reach.'

Marker Marrone blows up at Bills in last day of training camp [1:54 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'After practice concluded, Marrone spoke with Hughes. As he walked off, Hughes referred questions about what happened to Marrone, and added: "The head coach took care of it."'

Marker Terry Pegula has highest bid, but all bids are under $900 million [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'There's still plenty of time left in the sale, but this is another positive sign for Pegula.'

Marker Doug Marrone makes Buffalo Bills run sprints for fighting, and 5 observations from training camp [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You're going to get fined by the (expletive) league," Marrone said. "Get your (expletive) right."'

Marker Bon Jovi, Toronto group's Bills bid on 'life support' [1:51 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The group cancelled a scheduled tour of Ralph Wilson Stadium on Wednesday.'

Marker Three Bids For Buffalo Bills Are Each Below $900 Million [1:50 AM]
Forbes reports: 'Terry Pegula: $890 million.
Toronto Group (Larry Tanenbaum, Bon Jovi, Ed Rogers): $820 million.
Donald Trump: $809 million.'

Marker Marrone upset by Bills lack of practice discipline [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Looking directly at Hughes, Marrone used several profanities in telling the player to stop complaining. He also questioned whether Hughes still wanted to play for the team.'

Marker Bills' Marrone angry for practice fights [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Marrone, who was clearly irritated when he met the media after practice, said his comments were directed at the team and not Hughes. "That's directed at anyone who doesn't want to be part of the team," Marrone said.'

Marker Bills finish final camp practice; Marrone sends message to team [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He started screaming at the top of his lungs at his team. He yelled to the on-field staff to cut the music that serenades each practice. He had a message to deliver to his team — some of which that isn’t suitable for radio or television.'

Marker Joe B's 2014 Bills Training Camp Awards [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Over the past month Henderson has proved to the coaching staff that he can be depended on and the team now views him as one of their top five offensive linemen on the roster.'

Marker 4 takeaways from the final Bills camp practice [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think getting everybody on the same page,” Jackson said. “That’s the thing about offense. You can’t have one guy go out and make a play. You can have one guy contribute, but if we’re not all on the same page we’re going to look like it."'

Marker 2014 Training Camp Awards [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'His training camp didn’t get off to a fast start, but once he was on track, WR Robert Woods was difficult to stop. He’s produced in every preseason game. Say what you will about him not getting the starting nod in August, but he’s far and away the team’s leading receiver this preseason. The second-year wideout is going to play a lot this year and deliver solid production. He might be the most versatile receiver on the roster.'

Marker 10 big changes unveiled at Ralph Wilson Stadium [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Ditch the map and compass; you’ll no longer have a hard time finding your way around the stadium to your seat. The perimeter of the stadium has been pushed out to accommodate better and more pathways, accompanied by new, easy to read signage.'

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August 21, 2014

Marker Bill Polian said CMU great Ray Bentley was toughest cut he ever made [11:27 AM]
Saginaw News reports: '"I haven't had many tougher players than Ray Bentley," he said. "He played a whole season with one arm.'

Marker Hogan catching on with the Bills [9:16 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“It's a grind. It's been a long road to end up where I am now,” Hogan said. “Each team and each practice squad I've been on have been really good learning experiences for me in the NFL. All that work I had to put in kind of prepared me for where I am right now.”'

Marker Graham’s boyhood dream becomes reality Saturday with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I was a big fan of Steve Tasker,” Graham said. “It’s rare because a lot of kids don’t choose special-teamers, but I just admired how hard he worked and the way he went about doing things.”'

Marker Wood-Johnson scrap enlivens practice [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Before the fight could be broken up, tight end Scott Chandler had tackled Johnson to the ground. Chandler’s helmet also was torn off. An incensed Wood marched toward Johnson and repeatedly yelled, “I’ll ------ kill you!”'

Marker Brooks steps in [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For the second straight practice, backup quarterback Thad Lewis saw no meaningful action in team drills. Jeff Tuel took all of the second-team snaps. Lewis was the primary backup last year and started five games.'

Marker Kelly got ‘great news’ about cancer treatment in visit to N.Y. City hospital, doctor says [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly will now “undergo a series of tests to determine if any further treatment will be necessary,” Costantino said. “Should treatment be required, it would likely consist of surgery followed by a form of highly focused radiation referred to as gamma knife therapy. It is possible that no further treatment will be required, and the testing over the next week will define this issue.”'

Marker Offensive line remix for Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“The continuity thing that people kind of harp on, the question is would you rather have continuity and not play as well, or would you rather have your best five out there and give them a shot and continuity will be created as we play. My philosophy has always been the best five.”'

Marker Jim Kelly will undergo further tests, but initial tests show no evidence of cancer [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'So for now, it's good news for Kelly, but the family is still asking for prayers as they await the results of the rest of the tests.'

Marker Buffalo Bills place linebacker Stevenson Sylvester on injured reserve [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The injury creates more opportunity for players such as Preston Brown and Jimmy Gaines to get significant reps at weak-side linebacker. Bills coach Doug Marrone mentioned that the team is cross-training players for different positions late in camp. Brown, specifically, has been moving around to the different linebacker spots after spending most of his time at middle linebacker early in camp.'

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