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Buffalo Bills News - August 17, 2014

Marker E.J. Manuel, Fred Jackson solid, but first team offense doesn't score touchdown in 19-16 loss [1:49 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'But Manuel is making progress. He may have made a few bad plays Saturday night, but he had a decent number of good throws. He was efficient in the short passing game and completed a few deeper throws. That's a good thing. But he needs to find a way to get his team in the end zone.'

Marker Sunday's Pittsburgh Coverage [1:48 AM] reports:
Shazier's debut highlights first Steelers preseason win in two years, 19-16 (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Finished product short of halfway (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Offense thrives with no-huddle (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Rookie LB Shazier impresses in Steelers debut (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
LeBeau not about to simplify defense (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Heyward anchors defensive line (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Steelers LB Timmons settling in at buck position (Beaver County Times)
Practice pays off for Steelers offensive line (Beaver County Times)
Shazier a big hit in win (Beaver County Times)
Three players that stood out for Steelers (Beaver County Times)
Steelers’ starters impressive against Buffalo (Washington Observer Reporter)
Shazier dynamic in Steelers debut (Uniontown Herald Standard)
Shazier stands out early for Steelers in preseason debut (Erie Times News)
Steelers at 1-1 after 19-16 win (
What went right, wrong vs. Buffalo (
Coach Tomlin's Post-Game Comments (
Shazier is Digest Player of Week (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (Syracuse Post-Standard)
Photo gallery (AP)

Marker Sammy Watkins bracing for Buffalo's cold, NFL's challenges [1:47 AM]
USA Today reports: '"Up until this point, he's been as good as advertised,'' Marrone said. "I think the thing that I've been … the most impressed with is the way he handles himself and his maturity. He handles himself like a player who has been in the league a long time."'

Marker Steelers starters crisp in 19-16 win over Bills [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'EJ Manuel completed 17 of 27 passes for 148 yards and an interception while playing the entire first half for Buffalo (1-2), but the Bills' starting offense failed to reach the end zone for the third straight game.'

Marker Bills lose Watkins early, fall to Steelers 19-16 [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"We just have to finish," tight end Scott Chandler said. "We have to get in the end zone."'

Marker Bills rookie Sammy Watkins leaves with rib injury [1:44 AM]
AP reports: 'Watkins, the fourth overall pick in the draft, walked off the field clutching his side during Buffalo's initial drive of the game after Pittsburgh linebacker Ryan Shazier went over his back during a pass play. Watkins spent a few minutes on the sideline before being taken to the locker room.'

Marker Pittsburgh 19, Buffalo 16 [1:43 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'E.J. Manuel finished 17-of-27 for 148 yards and one interception for the Bills. Anthony Dixon rushed 10 times for 26 yards and Buffalo's lone TD, a one-yard run in the third quarter. Fred Jackson led the club with seven grabs for 28 yards.'

Marker Steelers' no-huddle offense hums in win over Bills [1:42 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills appeared to be taken by surprise by the Steelers' no-huddle offense and took a while to adjust defensively. "We came out a little slow," Buffalo cornerback Nickell Robey said. "We definitely could have come out with a lot more intensity."'

Marker Bills WR Watkins sustains rib injury [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Watkins was hurt when he was hit by Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier and cornerback Cortez Allen while attempting to make a first-quarter catch. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game, the Bills announced.'

Marker Late Turnover Lifts Steelers to 19-16 Win Over Bills [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Manuel and most of the Bills' first-team offense played out the half, running 45 total plays, but failed to record a touchdown. Two incomplete passes in the end zone, one intended for Robert Woods and the other for Chandler, ended Manuel's final drive of the day.'

Marker Watkins injured, Bills struggle in third preseason game [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'EJ Manuel and the first unit, for the third straight outing, failed to perform a function that is essential to the survival of most offenses in the NFL. After a total of 10 drives in the preseason, the Manuel-led Bills have yet to score a touchdown.'

Marker Report: Kelly, Bon Jovi Talk Bills Bid [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Graham's story, appearing on The Buffalo News' website Saturday evening, says multiple sources informed him that Bon Jovi and the Toronto group reached out to Kelly, and that the quarterback has, "at least considered the possibility."'

Marker Steelers outlast Bills 19-16 [1:37 AM] reports: 'Tied at 16 with 1:56 remaining the Steelers tried to mount a drive to break the deadlock. Rookie S Deon Broomfieldfoiled that effort with an interception with under a minute remaining at the Bills 29. But just three plays later Jeff Tuelwas sacked and fumbled. Pittsburgh recovered as Howard Jones returned it to the one-yard line. Two plays later Shaun Suisham kicked a 20-yard field goal as time expired to give the Steelers at 19-16 victory.'

Marker First half observations - BUF vs. PIT [1:36 AM] reports: 'Buffalo’s run defense was facing a power run game for the first time this preseason and they responded just as effectively as they did in their previous two preseason outings. The first team defense held the Steelers to just 11 yards on seven carries not counting Landry Jones kneel down at the end of the half. The 1.6 yards per carry average was even better than the 1.72 yards per carry average the first team defense came into the game with from their first two preseason contests.'

Marker Sammy Watkins leaves Steelers game [1:35 AM] reports: 'Watkins was injured on a 3rd-and-3 play on Buffalo’s opening possession. The receiver was targeted by EJ Manuelon a quick slant. The pass was low and incomplete. The cornerback in coverage Cortez Allen fell to the ground on the play trying to make an attempt at the pass. Converging on the play was Steelers LB Ryan Shazier, who jumped to avoid the fallen Allen. As he lifted his legs to avoid his teammate, his right knee collided with Watkins’ rib cage.'

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August 16, 2014

Marker Argonauts fans plan Bon Jovi CD-burning party [5:22 PM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Rather than being suspicious of Toronto football fans, Knott hopes Bills supporters will see potential allies. “We want Buffalo Bills fans to realize that we’re not the enemy. It’s Rogers and Tanenbaum and Bon Jovi,” said Knott.'

Marker 5 players to watch: Bills-Steelers [5:21 PM] reports: 'Ross Cockrell: The fourth-round pick appears to be getting more and more comfortable in the NFL setting. He looks more willing to trust his instincts now that he has a better handle on the defensive scheme. More plays on the ball in coverage will be an indication that he’s playing faster.'

Marker Sammy Watkins becoming EJ Manuel's go-to target, and 5 things to watch for in Bills-Steelers preseas [4:06 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills allowed the fifth-most rushing yards in the NFL last season, so the run defense has been a point of emphasis for them this offseason. The additions of Brandon Spikes and Keith Rivers seem to be helping. Buffalo's first-team defense has been solid against the run in the first two preseason games and made life tough on the Steelers' running game during joint practices. Saturday is another good test for this unit.'

Marker Is Bills’ Manuel primed for a breakout? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo’s first-team offense still is looking for its first touchdown. On five possessions, it has managed two field goals, two punts and a failed fourth-and-short run near the goal line.'

Marker Just how angry are some Buffalo Bills fans at New Jersey rocker? [1:58 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'A T-shirt was spotted for sale in Buffalo listing the rocker’s name along with Saddam Hussein, Moammar Gadhafi and Osama bin Laden. Each of the latter three has a checkmark. Bon Jovi doesn’t.'

Marker Bills search for progress; Steelers looking to win [1:57 AM]
AP reports: '"I thought we did a pretty good job throwing the ball last time we played in a game," Manuel said. "So we want to continue to carry that over. Not sure how much I will play, but the reps that we are in, we want to make sure we look good."'

Marker 5 things to watch for during Bills - Steelers [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In the team’s first preseason contest versus the New York Giants, the starting offense got their feet wet with a pair of uninspiring drives. EJ Manuel completed only two passes and it riled up nerves for some fans of the team. In their second preseason game against Carolina, Manuel looked much more comfortable in the pocket and finished the day with nine successful completions, two of which that went for significant gains (28 and 32 yards). The common theme between both outings, though, resides in the fact that the first-team offense of the Bills failed to convert any of their drives into one that ended in a touchdown.'

Marker A day in the life: 15 hours of football with Jerry Hughes [1:55 AM] reports: 'Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin checks in. He talks with Kyle Williams and Hughes about what sparked the extracurricular activity earlier in practice. Both coaches have been adamant in their support of an environment that fosters competition. Neither wants that competition to spill over, and Tomlin’s visit confirms that all are in agreement.'

August 15, 2014

Marker Bills hope having depth at cornerback avoids disaster [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Perhaps with those memories still in their minds, the Bills have constructed a roster deep at cornerback this year. Buffalo native Corey Graham was added to the mix as a free agent, while the team also selected Ross Cockrell out of Duke in the fourth round of May’s NFL Draft. They join holdovers Gilmore, McKelvin, Brooks and Nickell Robey to give the Bills a strong top six at the position.'

Marker Moats has special fondness for time in Buffalo [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The legacy that is here with the Steelers’ defense, coach Dick LeBeau, I just felt really comfortable with the situation,” he said. “Buffalo will always have a special place in my heart, but this was what’s best for my career.”'

Marker Bills fan group says documents shows Bon Jovi group has planned to move team [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Fan Alliance was tipped off last week about the documents, which included a short bio of Rai in a public securities and investment statement filed with the Canadian government, said Matthew Sabuda, a real estate investor and director of the Buffalo Fan Alliance.'

Marker Renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium aim to eliminate crowding, long waits [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Long lines at the gates and crowding in the concourses should be nothing but J.P. Losman-like memories.'

Marker Russ Brandon not at liberty to discuss Bills sale, says there is no timetable [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I really can't at this point," Brandon said. "There's no timetable on anything. It's a process, and that's why we handed that to the investment bank and to the investment counsel. So we'll leave it with those two fine firms."'

Marker EJ Manuel has his best day of training camp, and 5 observations from Bills-Steelers joint practices [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"(Wednesday), outside of seven-on-seven, was probably his best day if you charted it," Marrone said.'

Marker Anthony Dixon on why he's now 'Boobie Dixon' on Bills' official roster [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"That's pretty much what everybody calls me nowadays," Dixon said. "It was already like that when I came. You know, when I came to talk to them. That's one of the reasons I came because it already felt like family."'

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