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Buffalo Bills News - October 2, 2014

Marker Orton brings veteran presence to Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That’s what a 10-year pro does. He focuses on the little but important details, and makes sure that everyone around him does so as well. It’s among the ways a player, especially at the game’s most important position, gets to be a 10-year pro.'

Marker Marrone makes change on own terms [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“They can probably answer that,” he said. “I did not feel that. I just knew that I had to do what I thought was right for the team. And when you do that, when you make these decisions, sometimes people may not agree with you. But at the end of the day, it’s your responsibility.”'

Marker Bills at 2-2, but early optimism wanes [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But can anyone really blame Doug Marrone for being a bit desperate? After all, the Bills are about to get new ownership, and the last two weeks of on-field ineptitude – mostly by the offense – hardly serve as a ringing endorsement to keep the head coach and his staff in place beyond this season.'

Marker Kyle Orton believes he's ready to go for the Bills [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'And what about his grasp of the system? "I think we've got the full gamut of plays in and I feel comfortable. I've felt comfortable for the last two or three weeks. The coaches have done a good job. I feel comfortable with everything in the playbook."'

Marker Kyle Orton tells reporter 'that's a crap question' in first interview after being named Bills starte [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'With no hesitation, he turned away to answer more questions about his first start as a member of the Bills. His answers were diplomatic and straight-forward. He thinks the quarterback he replaced, EJ Manuel, will turn out to be a great pro. He thinks the fact that he's surrounded by talent on offense will make the situation that much easier for him, and he doesn't think he'll be held back despite only having a month in the offense.'

Marker Mike Williams, C.J. Spiller 'surprised' Buffalo Bills benched EJ Manuel for Kyle Orton [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I was shocked, but I understand it was a decision that I couldn't make," wide receiver Mike Williams said on Wednesday. "I just still have to go out and do my job no matter who they put out there. Hopefully it's a good decision, hopefully it brings us a lot of wins.'

Marker Sammy Watkins, other Bills talk about what's changed in switch from EJ Manuel to Kyle Orton [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's more of a veteran guy. The way he talks, the way he handles business, the way he look at plays and break down defenses is kind of different than EJ. He reads it quicker, the balls coming out faster. That's just some things that we have to adjust to.'

Marker Buffalo Bills quarter-season report card [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It's tough to have too many complaints about the Bills' defense at this point. The secondary could stand to improve, as the Bills are a bottom 10 defense in yards per game this season. Overall, the defense hasn't been an issue, though.'

Marker Nigel Bradham, Kyle Williams both miss practice with knee injuries [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Both Bradham and Williams sustained knee injuries during the Bills' Week 4 loss to the Houston Texans. Neither Bradham or Williams was able to finish the game and both had MRIs earlier this week, the results of which are not yet known. Williams was quickly ruled out for the game following his injury on Sunday.'

Marker Calvin Johnson doesn't practice but says he'll be OK to face Buffalo Bills [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Quarterback Matthew Stafford sustained a turf burn on his right hand last week and was wearing a bandage on it while addressing the media on Wednesday. Unlike Johnson, Stafford practiced on Wednesday.'

Marker For Lions, game vs. Bills is 'not about coach Schwartz' [1:49 AM]
Detroit News reports: '"I'm just trying to study their defense as much as I possibly can," Stafford said. "It's obviously different. They've got different players than we have here and different strengths and weaknesses within those players. They're playing a little bit different, and it's on us to go out and execute.'

Marker Ex-Lions coach JIm Schwartz off to good start with Bills [1:48 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: '"He goes about his business every week the same," Marrone said. "I have not seen anything in him to say that this means more or less. I think that would be disappointing. So he's going about this game just like he did last week, the week before and I'm sure in the future."'

Marker Bills QB Kyle Orton owns Lions with career 4-0 record [1:47 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'What Orton does has over Manuel is a sterling record against the Lions. In four games against the Lions, he is 4-0 with four touchdowns, no interceptions, a 63% completion percentage and a 102.2 passer rating. Those numbers could add up to helping Orton accomplish the simple directive he was given by Marrone on Monday.'

Marker Thursday's Detroit Coverage [1:46 AM] reports:
For Lions, game vs. Bills is 'not about coach Schwartz' (Detroit News)
Lions' Suh shows frustration as he's pressed on future (Detroit News)
Lions' Calvin Johnson in wait-and-see mode over ankle (Detroit News)
Lions put special teams ace Montell Owens on IR (Detroit News)
Lions' George Winn might make quick rush into action (Detroit News)
Lions RB Joique Bell misses practice but is improving (Detroit News)
Ex-Lions coach Jim Schwartz off to good start with Bills (Detroit Free Press)
Much-traveled RB George Winn (U-D Jesuit) joins Lions (Detroit Free Press)
Bills QB Kyle Orton owns Lions with career 4-0 record (Detroit Free Press)
Frustration boils over for Lions' Suh on contract talks (Detroit Free Press)
Detroit Lions practice: Calvin Johnson, Nick Fairley out (Detroit Free Press)
Lions' Stephen Tulloch: Knee surgery was a success (Detroit Free Press)
Isa Abdul-Quddus' early-season play allows Detroit Lions to deploy 'heavy nickel' sub-package (Ann Arbor News)
Nap time is over: George Winn could play right away for Detroit Lions (Ann Arbor News)
Detroit Lions' Corey Hilliard avoids surgery after Lisfranc injury (Ann Arbor News)
Detroit Lions practice report confirms RB Joique Bell's concussion; LaAdrian Waddle a full participant (Ann Arbor News)
Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford say they're OK despite injuries; Joique Bell misses practice (Ann Arbor News)
Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh slams the door on talk about 2015 plans (Ann Arbor News)
Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh quiet on report he wants to play in New York (Oakland Press)
Detroit Lions notes: George Winn rested and ready; Calvin Johnson, Joique Bell don’t practice (Oakland Press)
Lions' Suh gets testy, slams door when questioned about contract (Fox Sports Detroit)
Notes: Lions expect Jim Schwartz to return to Ford Field with something to prove (Fox Sports Detroit)
With Odd Injuries Befalling Lions, Bush Shares Story Of Jet Ski Fail (WXYT-FM)
Tale Of The Tape: Buffalo Bills At Detroit Lions (WXYT-FM)
Lions DL star Suh still mum on future (AP)
Lions prep for return of Schwartz with Bills (The Sports Xchange)
Ndamukong Suh not looking ahead (ESPN)
Golden Tate Blog: It’s never about who we are playing (
Practice report: Lions without Calvin Johnson (
O'Hara's scouting report: Buffalo Bills (
Notebook: George Winn pauses nap to talk roster promotion (
Versatile Jeremy Ross breaking out of return-man mold (
Tim and Mike: Talking Jim Schwartz's return to Ford Field (

Marker Andre Reed to have Allentown street, park named in his honor [1:45 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: 'Dubbing it Andre Reed Way, Allentown officials plan to rename a portion of Washington Street next to Dieruff High School, where Reed was a standout football star before graduating to Kutztown University and eventually the Buffalo Bills. Plans call for nearby Irving Park to also be renamed in Reed's honor.'

Marker Bills' Kyle Orton focused solely on beating Lions [1:44 AM]
AP reports: '"He demands what he wants out of us," added receiver Sammy Watkins, the rookie first-round draft pick. "The way he talks, the way he handles business, the way he looks at plays and breaks down defenses is kind of different than EJ."'

Marker Orton makes quick impression on Bills teammates [1:43 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I've been working hard the last four weeks," he said. "I got in a lot of throws with the guys, so I don't think time is too big of an issue. I think we've got the full gamut of plays in and I feel comfortable. I've felt comfortable for the last two or three weeks. The coaches have done a good job. I feel comfortable with everything in the playbook."'

Marker Bills' Orton ready to dive into Week 5 [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I think we've got the full gamut of plays in and I feel comfortable. I've felt comfortable for the last two or three weeks,” the new starting quarterback said Wednesday. “The coaches have done a good job, [quarterbacks coach] Todd Downing has done a great job with me over the four, five weeks that I've been here. I think I feel comfortable with everything in the playbook.”'

Marker Bills' Orton channels his inner Bryce Harper [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'And he wasn't afraid to call out a reporter, either. Orton was asked, "Kyle, why will you run this offense better than EJ [Manuel]?"'

Marker Orton steps into familiar scenario with Bills [1:40 AM] reports: '“We thought he was a good player even in the preseason when he started,” said Brown of Orton. “He went out there and commanded the team on a few drives. We were like, ‘Wow this young quarterback that we got is pretty good.’ We never thought we would end up using him. We just thought it’d be nice to see him develop knowing he had the talent. But we wound up using him sooner than we thought.”'

Marker Orton's veteran presence felt right away [1:39 AM] reports: '“I just play my game,” said Orton. “I think first and foremost just let the guys know who you are in the huddle, how I like to run the huddle, what I expect of them. We’ll go from there. We got off to a great start (Wednesday).”'

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October 1, 2014

Marker Let’s be clear on what you’re saying when you choose Kyle Orton [10:58 AM] reports: 'Orton, simply put, does not pass the smell test. The worst thing that’s happened for Bills fans is Orton being signed after the preseason, because Buffalo has had four weeks to sit back and think “What if?” instead of reflecting on what they’ve seen in person.'

Marker QB change proves Bills’ bluff on Manuel [10:56 AM]
Salamanca Press reports: 'Risking first-round draft picks in such a cavalier fashion is steps one two and three to getting fired in the NFL. Technically, Whaley’s predecessor, Buddy Nix, made the Manuel selection. But with the Watkins trade and Manuel’s benching, the Bills’ management has squandered two out of three picks (2013 and 2015). Aside from a franchise quarterback, no commodity means more in today’s league than first-rounders. This move confirms a failure to value both.'

Marker Bills aren’t cashing in on turnovers [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills actually recorded three takeaways – intercepting Ryan Fitzpatrick twice and jumping on a fumble by Texans receiver Andre Johnson. The stats support McKelvin’s claims, and show the team has a right to be fuming about the loss.'

Marker AFC East is there for taking [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yes, it’s early. Brady could come back and shred the undefeated Bengals this Sunday in Gillette Stadium. The Pats could reaffirm their place in the division a week later with another win over the Bills. Buffalo could lose to Detroit and New England for four straight defeats. Anything is possible. That’s precisely the point.'

Marker Peter King says J.J. Watt is big reason Buffalo Bills benched EJ Manuel [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think he ruined EJ Manuel in that game," King said. "EJ Manuel is not a very confident guy anyway but, I mean, I think he sent EJ Manuel to the bench. That’s the impact he had. He hit EJ Manuel nine times in that game. He had the incredible leaping interception and he outruns a running back and a quarterback 80 yards for a touchdown."'

Marker Kyle Orton stats, bio and other information about the Buffalo Bills new quarterback [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The search for the next franchise quarterback hasn't been an easy one in Western New York, and the benching of EJ Manuel for Kyle Orton isn't likely the solution to the problem, either.'

Marker 3 reasons why EJ Manuel was doomed from the start with the Buffalo Bills, and what comes next [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Forget his accuracy issues or relative inexperience going through multiple reads at Florida State. When a quarterback is drafted in the first round, he is expected to be a franchise guy sooner rather than later. Manuel was the only quarterback drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft, too, a year after Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson were some of the best rookie quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.'

Marker No more missed Buffalo Bills games in Syracuse? FCC abandons blackout rule [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Today’s decision means only that the NFL can’t insist on network blackouts via an FCC policy.'

Marker Nobody circles the drain like the Buffalo Bills [1:53 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'Here’s the reality: The team reached to draft Manuel 16th two years ago. Then they reached to draft Sammy Watkins to prop him up. In the process they traded away the first round draft choice they now need after admitting Manuel isn’t the guy they hoped he would become. And now, a first-time NFL head coach and a first-time NFL offensive coordinator will turn to a journeyman signal caller who was benched for Tim Tebow twice to save their season — and their jobs.'

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