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Buffalo Bills News - August 26, 2014

Marker Billsí line sports a new look on the right side [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That shift puts veteran guard Kraig Urbik in jeopardy of not making the 53-man roster. The starting left guard is Chris Williams. He missed the Tampa game and Mondayís practice with a sore back. But rookie fifth-round pick Cyril Richardson started in Williamsí place Saturday and took the first snaps with the starters again Monday.'

Marker Backup quarterback in the works for Bills; Lions game blacked out [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Palmer entered the NFL in 2007 but only has thrown 10 passes in regular-season action over seven seasons. He has been on an NFL roster for almost four full regular seasons.'

Marker Talented receivers are all ears for coach Moore [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'When Moore retired from the NFL in 2002, he wasn't sure what he wanted to do, but he thought coaching was a possibility. He spent some time at the high school level, but didn't get any nibbles from colleges or the pros. He held a variety of jobs including some radio and television work, and working as a consultant for Protect Management and Athlete's Performance where he helped train athletes for the NFL Draft, but he knew coaching was his calling, and he just needed a break.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release 11 players [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Moorman, who was cut in the first month of the 2013 regular season, was re-signed when his replacement, Shaun Powell, flopped. Moorman, the oldest player on the team at 38, beat out Dombrowski, who was an undrafted free agent from Harvard.'

Marker Buffalo Bills to sign quarterback Jordan Palmer, according to report [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While Palmer has never started a regular season NFL game, he does have a track record for coaching up quarterbacks. He's a quarterbacks coach at EXOS, an NFL Draft training center. Having spent time in Chicago, he might also have some insight on the Bills' Week 1 opponent.'

Marker Doug Marrone says cutting Alan Branch was more about performance than arrest [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You have to perform in this league, and he didn't perform well," Marrone said. "Obviously, there was a poor decision, but basically it was the performance. We didn't really play him much in the first two or three preseason games."'

Marker Doug Marrone said Macky MacPherson was one of the toughest cuts he's been a part of [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Earlier in camp, Marrone said "Macky is a very disciplined player, a smart player, knows our system and is very tough. He has an opportunity to (make the roster), and I feel fortunate that he was out there and we were able to bring him in."'

Marker Sammy Watkins returns to full practice for Buffalo Bills [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Whatever starters, whoever he picks, whether itís me, EJ, itís doesnít matter," Watkins said. "Weíre going to go out there and perform. Whether Iím in there with the second-team quarterback, the third-string quarterback, I should be able to go out there and do my job and make as many plays as presented to me. Iím looking forward to playing. If I donít play, thatís OK. In this matter, itís up to the coach."'

Marker Marquise Goodwin says he'll be more careful after tweet criticizing Buffalo Bills fans [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I wasn't expecting that at all, not for it to be that severe," Goodwin said Monday after practice. "But it comes with the territory. You put something out there like that, you're going to expect a few people to respond like that, but I had over like 300 comments. It is what it is, though. I don't take any offense to it, because half the people if I saw them face to face would shake my hand and be like 'It's alright.' At the end of the day, I'm not worried about it. I'm just trying to win.'

Marker Jim Kelly says he's not happy with EJ Manuel, other Buffalo Bills quarterbacks in interview [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Kelly joined Sirius XM NFL Radio and was asked what he thought of EJ Manuel and the Bills' quarterbacks. The Hall of Famer didn't hold anything back, either.'

Marker Buffalo Bills are second-least desirable NFL team to play for [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Of those who answered the poll, 23 percent picked the Oakland Raiders and 19 percent picked the Buffalo Bills. The Raiders haven't reached the playoffs since 2002, while the Bills have a 14-year playoff drought dating to 1999.'

Marker Buffalo Bills don't need new stadium to make money, succeed in NFL [1:48 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'This is where Goodell is wrong. The Bills don't need a new stadium to guarantee the team's long-term viability in the league. The Bills need good ownership and, let's be honest, a winning team. The Bills have been a losing team for 15 years. The lack of on-field success hurts any team. It's one of the biggest challenges facing the Bills today.'

Marker Ex-Patriot Brandon Spikes a happy guy in Buffalo [1:47 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'ďI donít want to keep harping on that,Ē he said. ďItís over and done. Iíve moved on, theyíve moved on, we just have to go our separate ways. Iím happy to be here, Iím fortunate."'

Marker Bills are unlikely to end their playoff drought [1:46 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'It will take a perfect season of luck, health, and everything coming together at the right time for the Bills to finally end their playoff drought.'

Marker Three reasons to be wary of the Bills [1:46 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Bills can flat-out get to the quarterback, finishing second in the NFL last year with 57 sacks ó even more impressive when you consider that they didnít play with the lead often in the second half.'

Marker Bills to sign QB Jordan Palmer [1:45 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Palmer, the younger brother of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, last appeared in a regular season game in 2010 for the Bengals. In four career appearances he has completed 10 of 15 passes for 59 yards.'

Marker Marrone: Performance led to Bills cutting Branch [1:44 AM]
AP reports: '"A lot of things factor in decisions, don't get me wrong, but the main factor was performance. Not even close," Marrone said a day after the Bills cut the eighth-year player. "He didn't perform well."'

Marker QB Dennis Dixon among 11 players released by Bills [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Dixon finished last season on the practice squad and never threatened during training camp to contend for a backup job ahead of Jeff Tuel and Thad Lewis.'

Marker Bills cut QB Dixon, K Hopkins [1:42 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'A sixth-round pick of the Bills in 2013, Hopkins sustained a groin injury prior to the start of last season. That prompted Buffalo to sign Carpenter. Hopkins was eventually placed on injured reserve.'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2014 Season Preview [1:41 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'While the Bills did a fantastic job putting the pieces in place for long term success, the offensive play makers in Manuel and Watkins are still too young and untested to expect a huge improvement over last season. The running game will definitely help Manuel and the defensive line should help the rest of the defense. However, in a tough division that includes the Patriots, it's hard to see too much on an improvement over last season.'

Marker Bills cut QB Dixon, PK Hopkins [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Dixon was in the mix to open the season as starter EJ Manuel's backup but struggled in the third preseason game. Thad Lewis and second-year quarterback Jeff Tuel remain on the roster, although the Bills are expected to keep an eye on other roster cuts around the league.'

Marker Bills's Goodwin surprised his tweet got so much play [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Goodwin never apologized for the tweet, but he agreed he must be more responsible with what he says. He did say, ďI was just trying to raise awareness that we really donít need to be booed. Obviously we knew we didnít have a good first half, but we receive a lot of support from the fan base and we have a lot of respect for them, we just want the same in return at all times and thatís all I was trying to put out there.Ē'

Marker Watkins back to full strength for Bills [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Watkins, according to head coach Doug Marrone, didn't have any limitations in practice. Last week the wideout sat out of Monday's practice, only did positional drills on Tuesday and Wednesday and then took a tiny step forward Thursday to graduate to routes versus air. The Bills ended up sitting him Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.'

Marker Bills' Marrone said Manuel won't be a franchise guy overnight. [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'When it comes to Jeff Tuel and Thad Lewis Marrone said, ďEither they have to play better or we have to look to see if thereís someone that can better at that position. If we feel at the end of the day that itís not good enough to win with, and we havenít seen that yet, either you put a lot of work into those guys and get them better, or you have to upgrade that position some other way.Ē'

Marker Bills say performance, not arrest was reason for Branch release [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"It was really performance," Marrone said. "You guys watch the film and the players we released, you have to perform in this league and he didn't perform well. Obviously [the arrest] was a poor decision, but basically it was the performance because we didn't really play him much in the first two or three preseason games, nor could we."'

Marker Bills reduce roster to required 75 [1:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'S Derek Brim, QB Dennis Dixon, P Jake Dombrowski, WR Tori Gurley, S Jajuan Harley, K Dustin Hopkins, DT Damien Jacobs, C Macky MacPherson, WR Chris Summers, G J.J. 'Unga, RB Ronnie Wingo.'

Marker Pears, Henderson tabbed as right side of O-line [1:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'ďI like (Erik Pears) there at right guard and I like Seantrel at right tackle,Ē said Marrone. ďIím not going to totally give myself to it because obviously if an injury occurs something might change, but if everyone remains healthy and everyone stays the same, and they continue to keep playing like theyíre playing thatís what weíll go with.Ē'

Marker Bills-Lions preseason game blacked out [1:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have announced that Thursdayís preseason game against the Detroit Lions at 7 p.m. at Ralph Wilson Stadium has not sold out and will be blacked out on local television. The game will be broadcast on a tape delay on Friday, August 29 on WKBW-TV at 7 p.m. and WHAM-TV at 7:30 p.m., as well as on Time Warner Cable Sportschannel on Saturday, August 30 at 2:30 p.m.'

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August 25, 2014

Marker Manuel, Bills better after dismal start [10:36 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But Marrone wasnít about to put excessive blame on Manuel. ďOverall weíve got to do a better job around him,Ē he said, ďand we have to work through this adversity.Ē'

Marker Buffalo Bills final 53-man roster prediction 2014 [9:34 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Given the opportunity to defend his backup quarterback play following the Bills' loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday, Doug Marrone again said he is not satisfied. After what happened when EJ Manuel got hurt a year ago, having depth at quarterback is important. The Bills could add a quarterback from outside to provide an upgrade over Thad Lewis.'

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