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Buffalo Bills News - August 19, 2014

Marker Buffalo Bills fans pen letters condemning any move [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'A group of Buffalo Bills supporters plans to deliver a dozen U.S. mailbags to the Bills' training camp at St. John Fisher College Tuesday. The bags will be filled with 13,000 letters from fans pledging continued support if the team stays in Buffalo and no support if it moves to another city.'

Marker Marrone vague on Watkins' injury [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Ribs are a funny thing. They really are," Marrone said. "You can practice the next day sometimes. You can come back into a game. Sometimes on the x-ray it shows that it's a crack. Sometimes it shows that it's not and then you take a better x-ray and there is a crack. Sometimes, depending on the player, you can be out two weeks, four weeks, six weeks or two months. I'm not going to get into that stuff this year."'

Marker Glenn returns, Watkins sits at Monday's Bills practice [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He didn't take all of the first-team reps at left tackle as the team is still trying to work him in slowly. Glenn was out there for the first snap of every team drill, showing a significant step forward. Head coach Doug Marrone said before practice that they would see how the left tackle reacts to the increased workload before coming to a decision on his playing status Saturday night at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 18 [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'From left to right once again, the top offensive line had Cordy Glenn, Chris Williams, Wood, Pears and Henderson.'

Marker Bills 53-man roster projection: 8/18 [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Cuts: Chris Hairston, Edawn Coughman.'

Marker Hard To Believe How Awful Bills' QB Situation Is [1:45 AM]
WHAM-AM reports: 'Some people say Manuel is “inconsistent.” I’m not buying that. I think he has been consistent – and not in a good way. His accuracy on short passes is suspect. He refuses to throw deep. I’m pretty sure that he can, but what’s the big wait? His decision-making on the field is suspect – at least so far.'

Marker 4 things to take from Monday’s practice [1:44 AM] reports: 'Bills starting left tackle Cordy Glennmissed the first half of training camp with an undisclosed medical condition that landed him on the Non-Football Illness list. Last week he was cleared to begin practicing on a limited basis. On Monday Glenn was cleared to participate in team drills and practice fully for the first time since mid-June.'

Marker Robert Woods delivering consistency [1:43 AM] reports: '“Woody is going to play in my opinion,” said Manuel. “I don’t think there’s ever going to be a game when he’s not playing. I assume that he’ll be out there when we first go out as the first group. He’s such a versatile receiver. You could put him in the slot and put him outside. That’s on [Offensive Coordinator] (Nathaniel) Hackett and [Head Coach] (Doug) Marrone to make that decision, but I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that he’ll be on the field.”'

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August 18, 2014

Marker Bills have lots of concerns after three preseason games [11:12 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Quarterback E.J. Manuel’s numbers weren’t bad ... 17-of-27 passing for 148 yards. But no TD passes and an interception when he underthrew a ball into coverage translated to a pedestrian 62.0- passer rating.'

Marker Bills look improved against the run [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“If you go back and look at the scheme, they’ve always been very good against the run,” Marrone said of Schwartz’s Lions. “There’s three linebackers instead of two or sometimes one where we’ve been in the past, where some people have been able to make some big plays on us.'

Marker Jim Kelly decides against partnering with Bon Jovi in attempt to buy the Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A source close to Kelly and bond investor Jeffrey Gundlach told The News on Sunday night that Kelly met with Bon Jovi face to face in Buffalo last week, but they didn’t merge.'

Marker Antsy Bon Jovi reaches out to Jim Kelly on Bills bid [1:57 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Many in the Buffalo area still refuse to believe it.'

Marker Argos fans torch Bon Jovi CDs to protest Bills bid [1:56 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“If (an) NFL (team) came, the Argos would die instantly, (and) we’d lose a 141-year tradition,” said Knott, an Argos fan for almost 20 years. “We’re trying to make a point. We want Jon Bon Jovi to hear the message that we do not want (an NFL) team in Toronto.”'

Marker Bon Jovi’s Bills bid sparks local CD burning [1:55 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '“I like my Jon Bon Jovi CDs, but I like the Argos better,” Knott said as he began to burn the discs.'

Marker USC product Gilmore hoping to help Bills reach playoffs [1:54 AM]
Spartanburg Herald Journal reports: '“I just want to be the best I can. I'm athletic enough to make plays and that's what I want to do. I'm looking forward to it,” Gilmore said. “It's going pretty good, but I feel like I can step up and make more plays for my team.”'

Marker Bills' offense plays dead in red zone [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It was frustrating when we came off the field," quarterback EJ Manuel said after the Bills were stopped on fourth down late in the first half against Pittsburgh when his pass to tight end Scott Chandler was broken up at the goal line. "I even pleaded with coach Marrone to let us go for it on fourth down. I went to the right place with the ball, the defense just made a good play on it. The past two weeks, we've got to capitalize. We have to get that fixed before we play Chicago, we have to score in the red zone."'

Marker Bills WR Watkins has bruised ribs [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"They're going to run tests and everything and we'll see how he is," coach Doug Marrone said. '

Marker Is not scoring touchdowns a worry yet? [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I really want to sit here and say its preseason and it doesn’t concern me that EJ Manuel and the first offense have had 10 drives and have not scored a touchdown. I’d be lying if I told you that because concern has crept in.'

Marker DL Landon Cohen’s case getting stronger [1:50 AM] reports: '“I’d been preparing all summer for a call,” said Cohen in an interview on the John Murphy Show. “I’ve been a bunch of different places in my time. It’s all about figuring out how to work … I think with defensive linemen, if you’re a bigger guy and you can run, you always get a shot when someone needs D-linemen to come in so as long as you keep your resume good and stay in shape, you’ll be fine.”'

August 17, 2014

Marker Reaction: Steelers 19 - Bills 16 [6:16 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Five drives, no touchdowns. Heck, let’s take it a step farther. Three games, 10 total drives, no touchdowns.'

Marker Bills’ starters take a step backward in Pittsburgh [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'EJ Manuel sputtered at times again. Top draft pick Sammy Watkins got hurt. The first-string defense was beaten on two long touchdown strikes.'

Marker Watkins suffers bruised ribs [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The fourth overall draft choice had trouble walking off the field, was examined on the sideline and then went to the locker room for a more thorough evaluation.'

Marker Poloncarz right on NFL pushback [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It would be easy for him to curl into the fetal position in the face of the NFL juggernaut. By standing tall, I think Poloncarz isn’t just forcing the NFL bullies to prove their case. I think he’s watching taxpayers’ backs, in a way that will help to keep the team in town.'

Marker Backers of outer harbor stadium talking to potential Bills owners [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'George Hasiotis, a partner with Greater Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Complex LLC, declined to identify the bidders, describing those contacts as confidential. But he said the group has connected with potential franchise bidders as well as other parties more interested in just the proposed complex.'

Marker Wilson, Kalsu to be honored at naval park waterfront party [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wilson, the late Buffalo Bills owner, and Kalsu, who played one season with the Bills in 1968, will be inducted onto the park’s Wall of Honor. Wilson served in the Navy in World War II from 1941 to 1945. Kalsu was killed in action on July 21, 1970, while serving in the Army in Vietnam.'

Marker Erin Kelly’s Fan Journal: The ‘haters’ should be forgiven [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Unfortunately, I’ve found myself in stunned disbelief at the sheer evil of words used to inflict pain upon a family that has endured some of the worst trials life can throw at it.'

Marker EJ Manuel, starters fail to find the end zone in 19-16 loss [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We have to attack more," wide receiver Robert Woods said. "We have to score on our first drive. It’s always good to get points, but when you have the opportunity to get six, we need to capitalize on that. We have to make the plays and finish our drives."'

Marker Sammy Watkins injury throws a scare into Bills players [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Watkins was slow to get up and made his way gingerly to the sideline while holding his ribs. He immediately took off his helmet and was being evaluated by trainers. Moments later, the trainers walked Watkins back to the locker room to evaluate his ribs.'

Marker Alan Branch could be in danger of not making Bills final roster [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'To put it lightly, Branch hasn't been having a strong preseason. After receiving a three-year contract extension with a $3.1 million signing bonus after the 2013 season, Branch reported to camp out of shape and failed his conditioning test. Since, he hasn't gotten to play with the first or even second-team defense much at all. He's been stuck on the third team and isn't making enough plays to move up the depth chart.'

Marker EJ Manuel misses Sammy Watkins, and 5 observations from Bills-Steelers preseason game [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Sammy Watkins went down with an injury early in the game on Saturday, so Robert Woods got his chance at extended time with the Bills' first-team offense. He made the most of it, catching three passes on six targets for 49 yards. The Bills' wide receiver depth chart is crowded, but Manuel obviously has a lot of faith in Woods, so that should help the second-year receiver get his share of reps.'

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