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Buffalo Bills News - September 1, 2014

Marker Doug Marrone says Kyle Orton is what the Buffalo Bills were 'looking for' at quarterback [7:11 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It’s better," Marrone said after practice Monday. "Kyle is much better for us. He’s an experienced veteran. He’s what we were looking for and we were fortunate to get him."'

Marker Rookie LB Preston Brown to step in for Bradham vs. Bears [7:10 PM] reports: '“It’s getting a lot better. It’s just starting to flow a lot more now,” Brown told “Just getting acclimated to playing with the ones and you’ve got to be a little cleaner out there with those guys. Just seeing how to make my reads and get myself in position has been a lot better.”'

Marker Watkins practices, Bills mum on Sunday status [6:31 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The wideout was joined on the field by a few other players returning from injury. Guard Chris Williams, tight end Scott Chandler and cornerback Stephon Gilmore all were able to participate during positional drills Monday.'

Marker Orton, Bills believe backup will be up to speed for Week 1 [6:31 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '“This week, and I think I'll be ready to go. I’ve really put a lot of work in the last 48-72 hours mentally,” Orton said. “Physically it went really good today and I'll be ready to go on Sunday.”'

Marker Orton provides backup QB spot a boost [6:30 PM]
AP reports: 'In the matter of a week, Marrone has gone from being concerned to expressing confidence after Orton practiced Monday, two days after signing a one-year contract.'

Marker Bills WR Watkins practices after hurting ribs [6:29 PM]
AP reports: 'The first-round draft pick practiced fully Monday, and says he is preparing to play Sunday, when Buffalo opens the season at Chicago.'

Marker Buffalo Bills receiver hoping to be ready to play Week 1 against Chicago Bears [6:28 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Of course," Watkins said when asked whether he expects to play against Chicago. "I'm hoping I'll be out there playing."'

Marker 11 Bills will start in new positions [2:11 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'With the team to be sold, probably this fall, every administrative job is likely at risk, from President/CEO Russ Brandon, to General Manager Doug Whaley down to head coach Doug Marrone and his staff. And that reality seems to be affecting decision-making.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release TE Tony Moeaki [2:09 PM]
AP reports: 'Moeaki missed most of training camp due to an assortment of injuries and was been placed on the Bills reserve/injured list on Friday. The Bills were giving the oft-injured player a second chance after signing Moeaki late last season.'

Marker Buffalo Bills reach injury settlement with tight end Tony Moeaki [2:08 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'This is the second straight season Moeaki has reached an injury settlement. Last year, he fractured his shoulder and reached a settlement with the Chiefs during the season before signing with the Bills. He hasn't caught a pass since the 2012 season in which he had 33 catches for 453 yards. Moeaki also spent the 2011 season on injured reserve.'

Marker Moeaki experiment over for Bills: TE released [2:08 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Moeaki missed four of the team's five preseason games with a hamstring injury and also missed the majority of practice time during training camp at St. John Fisher College as well. After coming to a settlement, Moeaki will be free to sign with any team he chooses as an unrestricted free agent.'

Marker Bills name 6 captains, Manuel not among them [2:07 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This will be the fourth season that both Kyle Williams and Jackson have been a captain for the Bills. Each of the six players will have the letter 'C' sewn on to their jerseys for game day.'

Marker Bills name captains, release Moeaki [2:07 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have named six captains for the 2014 season. CB Corey Graham, RB Fred Jackson, LB Brandon Spikes, DT Kyle Williams, DE Mario Williams and C Eric Wood have been selected by their teammates as the Bills’ captains for the 2014 season.'

Marker Bills name 6 team captains, but skip Manuel [2:06 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Cornerback Corey Graham, running back Fred Jackson, linebacker Brandon Spikes, defensive tackle Kyle Williams, defensive end Mario Williams and center Eric Wood were selected by their teammates as captains for the 2014 season.'

Marker Tony Moeaki released from IR after reaching settlement [2:05 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has reached an injury settlement with TE Tony Moeaki and released him from the Reserve/Injured list.'

Marker Two players added to Bills practice squad [2:04 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has signed G D.J. Morrell and RB Lonnie Pryor to the Practice Squad.'

Marker Bills select 2014 team captains [2:04 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced CB Corey Graham, RB Fred Jackson, LB Brandon Spikes, DT Kyle Williams, DE Mario Williams and C Eric Wood have been selected by their teammates as captains for the 2014 season.'

Marker 5 things to know about QB Kyle Orton [2:03 PM] reports: 'After being traded to the Denver Broncos in 2009, Orton led the Broncos to a 6-0 start. One of those victories came in overtime against the New England Patriots. Orton completed 35 of 48 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns, and led an 11-play 53-yard drive that culminated in the game-winning field goal for Denver 20-17. He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.'

Marker Smith took the long road to make Bills roster [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s one of the big things I wanted to do, was come in and help these guys on special teams,” Smith said. “To be able to carve out that role, I think it will help a lot, being able to play all the different phases.”'

Marker Manuel’s backup looks a lot like Fitz [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Orton is 10 days older than Fitzpatrick. They both turn 32 in November. Orton came into the league in 2005, like Fitz. This is five NFL teams for both. Orton has started 70 games in the league. Fitz 77.'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone among most likely coaches to be fired, according to Vegas [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone sits at No. 4 on the list of coaches most likely to be fired first and has 8-1 odds, according to America's Line. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett sits at 3-1, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin has 5-1 odds, and Dennis Allen has 6-1 odds. Mike Smith of the Falcons comes in just after Marrone with 10-1 odds.'

Marker Patriots reportedly talked to Buffalo Bills about Ryan Mallett before trade to Texans [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But before making the trade, the Patriots had talks with the Bills and Cowboys, according to the Boston Herald.'

Marker Buffalo Bills add Jeff Tuel, six others to practice squad; T.J. Graham claimed by Titans [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'With Tuel back, the Bills now have a quarterback other than Manuel who has spent time in the offense. He's also in only his second season, so he still has room to develop.'

Marker Michael Sam not picked up by NFL team, Bills' Eric Wood tweets 'Blame ESPN' [1:54 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Wood tweeted in response: "blame that on espn. No one wants the distraction."'

Marker Bills add Tuel, 6 others to practice squad [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo has struggled to identify a backup to quarterback EJ Manuel, cutting Tuel, Thad Lewis, Dennis Dixon and Jordan Palmer during the preseason.'

Marker Orton gives Bills a fallback position at QB [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'It would not be a shock that if Manuel struggles early in the season, Orton gets the chance to start. With a new owner likely in place before the end of this year, this coaching staff and front office know the teams needs to either make the playoffs or at least stay in contention right to the end.'

Marker Bills sign seven to practice squad [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'All seven players were cut on Saturday.'

Marker Seven players signed to Bills practice squad [1:50 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has signed DB Deon Broomfield, LB Jimmy Gaines, WR Caleb Holley, DE Ike Igbinosun, DE Bryan Johnson, DB Kenny Ladler and QB Jeff Tuel to the Practice Squad.'

Marker DE Smith makes roster despite Pro Bowl DL talent [1:49 AM] reports: '“It’s basically a dream realized,” said Smith. “I’ve stayed down with practice team, going through the league, battling my way through different teams, basically starting from the bottom and battling my way up. To even get these opportunities to be able to even make the 53-man roster, it’s a great feeling.”'

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August 31, 2014

Marker Trade up for Graham goes bust [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Graham’s involvement waned last year with new coach Doug Marrone. The Bills drafted another speedster, Marquise Goodwin, and Graham started only six games. He had 23 receptions for 361 yards and two touchdowns.'

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