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Buffalo Bills News - August 18, 2014

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]
BuffaloBills.com 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.”'

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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.'

Marker E.J. Manuel, Fred Jackson solid, but first team offense doesn't score touchdown in 19-16 loss [1:49 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'But Manuel is making progress. He may have made a few bad plays Saturday night, but he had a decent number of good throws. He was efficient in the short passing game and completed a few deeper throws. That's a good thing. But he needs to find a way to get his team in the end zone.'

Marker Sunday's Pittsburgh Coverage [1:48 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Shazier's debut highlights first Steelers preseason win in two years, 19-16 (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Finished product short of halfway (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Offense thrives with no-huddle (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Rookie LB Shazier impresses in Steelers debut (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
LeBeau not about to simplify defense (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Heyward anchors defensive line (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Steelers LB Timmons settling in at buck position (Beaver County Times)
Practice pays off for Steelers offensive line (Beaver County Times)
Shazier a big hit in win (Beaver County Times)
Three players that stood out for Steelers (Beaver County Times)
Steelers’ starters impressive against Buffalo (Washington Observer Reporter)
Shazier dynamic in Steelers debut (Uniontown Herald Standard)
Shazier stands out early for Steelers in preseason debut (Erie Times News)
Steelers at 1-1 after 19-16 win (Steelers.com)
What went right, wrong vs. Buffalo (Steelers.com)
Coach Tomlin's Post-Game Comments (Steelers.com)
Shazier is Digest Player of Week (Steelers.com)
Photo gallery (Steelers.com)
Photo gallery (Syracuse Post-Standard)
Photo gallery (AP)

Marker Sammy Watkins bracing for Buffalo's cold, NFL's challenges [1:47 AM]
USA Today reports: '"Up until this point, he's been as good as advertised,'' Marrone said. "I think the thing that I've been … the most impressed with is the way he handles himself and his maturity. He handles himself like a player who has been in the league a long time."'

Marker Steelers starters crisp in 19-16 win over Bills [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'EJ Manuel completed 17 of 27 passes for 148 yards and an interception while playing the entire first half for Buffalo (1-2), but the Bills' starting offense failed to reach the end zone for the third straight game.'

Marker Bills lose Watkins early, fall to Steelers 19-16 [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"We just have to finish," tight end Scott Chandler said. "We have to get in the end zone."'

Marker Bills rookie Sammy Watkins leaves with rib injury [1:44 AM]
AP reports: 'Watkins, the fourth overall pick in the draft, walked off the field clutching his side during Buffalo's initial drive of the game after Pittsburgh linebacker Ryan Shazier went over his back during a pass play. Watkins spent a few minutes on the sideline before being taken to the locker room.'

Marker Pittsburgh 19, Buffalo 16 [1:43 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'E.J. Manuel finished 17-of-27 for 148 yards and one interception for the Bills. Anthony Dixon rushed 10 times for 26 yards and Buffalo's lone TD, a one-yard run in the third quarter. Fred Jackson led the club with seven grabs for 28 yards.'

Marker Steelers' no-huddle offense hums in win over Bills [1:42 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills appeared to be taken by surprise by the Steelers' no-huddle offense and took a while to adjust defensively. "We came out a little slow," Buffalo cornerback Nickell Robey said. "We definitely could have come out with a lot more intensity."'

Marker Bills WR Watkins sustains rib injury [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Watkins was hurt when he was hit by Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier and cornerback Cortez Allen while attempting to make a first-quarter catch. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game, the Bills announced.'

Marker Late Turnover Lifts Steelers to 19-16 Win Over Bills [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Manuel and most of the Bills' first-team offense played out the half, running 45 total plays, but failed to record a touchdown. Two incomplete passes in the end zone, one intended for Robert Woods and the other for Chandler, ended Manuel's final drive of the day.'

Marker Watkins injured, Bills struggle in third preseason game [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'EJ Manuel and the first unit, for the third straight outing, failed to perform a function that is essential to the survival of most offenses in the NFL. After a total of 10 drives in the preseason, the Manuel-led Bills have yet to score a touchdown.'

Marker Report: Kelly, Bon Jovi Talk Bills Bid [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Graham's story, appearing on The Buffalo News' website Saturday evening, says multiple sources informed him that Bon Jovi and the Toronto group reached out to Kelly, and that the quarterback has, "at least considered the possibility."'

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