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Buffalo Bills News - November 27, 2014

Marker War of Words: Cleveland Browns' Donte Whitner says he might be 'in the heads' of the Buffalo Bills [1:48 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"I didn't say anything really too disrespectful," Whitner said. "Anybody else that I was talking to, they were cursing and going back and forth. Maybe you should take that up with them."'

Marker Whitner plays word games with Bills [1:47 AM]
Warren Tribune Chronicle reports: 'Whitner might want to confer with retired NFL linebacker Bryan Cox, who had two run-ins with Bills' fans while playing for the Miami Dolphins. Cox was fined $10,000 for making an obscene gesture at fans he said threw batteries at him and shouted racial slurs.'

Marker Browns safety Donte Whitner unapologetic about feud with Bills: ‘The goal is to get them talking abo [1:46 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '“I think they might greet Donte maybe a little bit worse than me, kind of knowing the history there,” Pettine said. “That’s a great crowd. It’ll be hostile.”'

Marker Bills receiver Sammy Watkins holds no grudge over Browns’ trade, strives for greatness [1:45 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Haden said Wednesday he thought Watkins would end up a Brown. Coach Mike Pettine has said that if the Browns hadn’t made the trade with the Bills, they would have selected Watkins. Watkins said at the NFL rookie symposium that Browns General Manager Ray Farmer flew to Clemson to meet with him just before he left for the draft in New York.'

Marker Whitner: Just words, nothing personal in spat with Buffalo [1:44 AM]
Fox Sports Ohio reports: '"No, I'm not sorry," Whitner said. "I'm not sorry that that happened. It's something that happened and I was called out by somebody that I knew and I responded and they responded and that's where it went. If anything, I didn't really say anything too disrespectful."'

Marker Mike Pettine and the Browns gearing up for emotional game in Buffalo [1:43 AM] reports: 'Weaver said we’ll get to see how much the Bills players respect Pettine during pregame warmups. The Browns’ assistant coach doesn’t expect there to be any pregame hugs, but the Bills respected their former defensive coordinator’s poise, his approach to coaching and appreciated the intricate knowledge he brought to them to help elevate their level of play.''

Marker Thursday's Cleveland Coverage [1:42 AM] reports:
War of Words: Cleveland Browns' Donte Whitner says he might be 'in the heads' of the Buffalo Bills (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Mike Pettine challenges Josh Gordon to be more aggressive in 'going up and attacking' contested balls (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Mike Pettine understands Josh Gordon feeling a cool reception by some Cleveland Browns, but 'he's well-liked, he's come a long way' (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Karlos Dansby on Josh Gordon feeling snubbed by some Browns: 'You're going to have that disconnect, you need to find yourself' (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
As Jordan Cameron continues to practice, Mike Pettine considers him 'day-to-day': Cleveland Browns quick slants (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Whitner plays word games with Bills (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
Pettine downplays Manziel ‘altercation’ (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
Josh Gordon quickly adjusting after return (Willoughby News Herald)
Browns key Buffalo pass rush (Willoughby News Herald)
Dansby “close” to returning against Buffalo (Willoughby News Herald)
Browns believe in Gordon as player, person (Elyria Chronicle Telegram)
Brian Hoyer, Joe Thomas believe in Josh Gordon, understand why he felt people treated him differently during suspension (Elyria Chronicle Telegram)
Browns safety Donte Whitner unapologetic about feud with Bills: ‘The goal is to get them talking about things other than football’ (Akron Beacon Journal)
Bills receiver Sammy Watkins holds no grudge over Browns’ trade, strives for greatness (Akron Beacon Journal)
Josh Gordon says he felt some alienation while waiting out suspension (Akron Beacon Journal)
Keys to the game for Browns at Bills (Akron Beacon Journal)
Gordon says he felt alienated during suspension (AP)
Browns' Gordon, Hoyer must get on same page (The Sports Xchange)
Gordon felt slighted during suspension (The Sports Xchange)
Josh Gordon felt disassociated (ESPN)
Browns get first close-up comparison of Bills WR Sammy Watkins v. CB Justin Gilbert on Sunday (ESPN Cleveland)
Tony Grossi's Scouting Report: Buffalo Bills (ESPN Cleveland)
Whitner: Just words, nothing personal in spat with Buffalo (Fox Sports Ohio)
Browns' Dansby aims for Sunday return (Fox Sports Ohio)
Browns S Donte Whitner Not Sorry For War Of Words With Sammy Watkins, Bills Fans (WKRK-FM)
Johnny Manziel’s Status Unchanged Following Incident Early Saturday (WKRK-FM)
Mike Pettine and the Browns gearing up for emotional game in Buffalo (

Marker Bills' Jackson takes exception to Whitner comments [1:41 AM]
AP reports: 'Whitner says he isn't sorry.'

Marker Bills claim receiver/return specialist Thigpen [1:40 AM]
AP reports: 'Thigpen who doubles as a return specialist has appeared in 36 NFL career games. The 28-year-old appeared in four games this year with Tampa Bay, and spent the previous two seasons with the Miami Dolphins.'

Marker Browns-Bills Preview [1:39 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo allowed a season-low 218 total yards against the Jets, though, and increased its NFL-leading sack total to 46 with seven during its most-lopsided victory since a 38-0 rout of Indianapolis on Sept. 20, 1992.'

Marker Browns-Bills Capsule [1:38 AM]
AP reports: 'QB Kyle Orton has completed 156 straight passes without interception. Team record is 175 by Drew Bledsoe in 2002.'

Marker Browns-Bills game steeped in recent history [1:37 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Browns head coach Mike Pettine was the Bills defensive coordinator in 2013. Browns defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil coached the Bills linebackers. Pettine has fond memories of his days with the Bills. He said six feet of snow piled up in his former neighborhood last week.'

Marker Bills' Goodwin in a bad spin [1:36 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Wednesday, the Bills claimed wide receiver Marcus Thigpen off waivers, and it looks as if that move is designed to get him deep on kickoffs, a role Goodwin has had when he's been healthy, a further indication that Goodwin's days in Buffalo could be numbered.'

Marker Donte Whitner doesn't back off talk [1:35 AM]
ESPN reports: '"[The Toronto Bills comment] wasn't excessive. It wasn't a joke. I knew that it would get to them. I knew it would ruffle a feather. If they're over there talking about this, maybe we are in their heads. Maybe I'm in their heads. Maybe. We don't know, but the goal is to go 1-0, the goal is to get them talking about things other than football, and I guess that's what they're doing."'

Marker Bills announce Sunday's game vs. Browns is sold out [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills (6-5) and Browns (7-4) are both in the midst of a high-traffic playoff race in the AFC, which makes Sunday's conference clash a crucial one for both parties. The Bills haven't won at Ralph Wilson Stadium since the October 19 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.'

Marker Bills' Jackson calls Whitner 'dumb,' an 'idiot' and has no respect for him [1:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Donte is a guy that likes to ruffle feathers. He found any way he could to try and ruffle Buffalo's feathers, knowing he had to come up to us,” Jackson started. “That's just him doing what he does, 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 Bills down to 2 TEs as practice opens for week [1:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The team took the field with only two healthy players at the position, with both Chris Gragg and Lee Smith unable to participate. Gragg suffered a knee injury Monday night against the New York Jets, but a timetable for his return has yet to be revealed. Smith didn't practice due to an illness. Without the duo, the Bills only had Scott Chandler and MarQueis Gray as their healthy options.'

Marker Marrone's future? For him, Bills, anything can happen [1:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'There's been writing that Marrone and his two organizational superiors, Doug Whaley and Russ Brandon, have butted heads. Could that be what happens in the natural order of things, a coach disagreeing with his front office? To me, of course. Could Brandon be frustrated that Marrone as a face of the organization struggles to explain, well, anything, and, further, makes Brandon look bad any time analytics gets mentioned? You bet.'

Marker WR Marcus Thigpen claimed by Bills, added to 53-man roster [1:30 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills also announced that the team has released DE Bryan Johnson.'

Marker Bills-Browns game sold out [1:29 AM] reports: 'In response to a critical need for blood following the recent storm, Unyts will host a blood drive in Ralph Wilson Stadium’s Paul Maguire Club on Tuesday, December 2 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. All presenting donors will get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the newly renovated gameday locker room and the first 300 presenting donors will receive a One Buffalo t-shirt. For more details, visit, click “Give Blood,” and use sponsor code 1925.'

Marker Boobie Dixon named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week [1:28 AM] reports: 'This is Dixon’s first player of the week award. Dixon is the third Buffalo Bills player to win the special team player of the week award in 2014.'

Marker 12 fast facts from the Bills win over the Jets in Detroit [1:27 AM] reports: 'The Bills completed their first season sweep of the Jets series since 2007. The Bills have won four out of their last five games against the Jets. Buffalo’s 81 combined points in this year’s two games are the highest by a Bills team in a season series since posting 87 vs. Miami in 1966.'

Marker A Time For Thanksgiving [1:26 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'So as we sit down to gorge ourselves on fowl and football this Thanksgiving, let us give thanks for this past week. For the adversity that brings out the best in western New Yorkers. For the pride we have in our region. For the hospitality of Detroit – somewhere upstairs Ralph Wilson has got to be overjoyed to see how his home town treated his team. Let us be thankful a team that can and did put together a solid game across the board. Let us be thankful for the entertainment break the team provided to the home fans. Let us be thankful that the Bills have given us something to be thankful for.'

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November 26, 2014

Marker Boobie Dixon has breakout game against Jets after being stuck in snowstorm [11:30 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's so funny, man," Henderson said. "He's always into something. That's just how Boobie is. He's real cool. Real down to earth guy."'

Marker Woods made Jets pay for single coverage [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Yeah, we knew that” Williams “was new out there, just started playing really,” Woods said. “But our whole mindset was whoever was out there, we needed to attack them and push them with speed and make them believe that we were going deep every play.”'

Marker Ryan magic has worn off with Jets [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Monday’s loss was an utter humiliation. I don’t want to take away from a brilliant Bills performance, but the Jets were a pathetic mess. They were outplayed, outhit and outhustled. They were dumb and lifeless. In the second half, they essentially quit on their coach.'

Marker Bills will play in Orchard Park on Sunday [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He said the stadium suffered some damage but not enough to delay Sunday’s game.'

Marker Bills need more games like this one [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The defense. Absolutely dominant and fun to watch.'

Marker Mario Williams can't be stopped, and 5 observations from stats and snap counts in Bills-Jets game [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Williams now has 12 sacks this season, and the Bills, who sacked Jets quarterbacks six time on Monday, have a league-leading 46 sacks, eight better than the next best team in the NFL.'

Marker What they're saying: Bills 38, Jets 3 [1:54 AM] reports: '“Yeah, I thought we played pretty well on offense minus maybe a couple of three-and-outs because of a couple of penalties or lack of execution. But overall I thought we played well, played with a great mentality and that was really Coach (Doug) Marrone’s message to the offense, just go out there and take it and trust in each other, trust in the system. I think we probably did a better job at that than any time throughout the year so far.”'

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