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Buffalo Bills News - September 18, 2014

Marker The Bills make teens want to shout [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Many others teens I spoke to agreed that the Ralph is too isolated and said that having a football team in the same area as Coca-Cola Field and First Niagara Center would make Buffalo an even greater place to visit.'

Marker Buffalo Bills red zone offense needs work [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Red-zone offense has been an ongoing problem for the Bills. Last year they scored touchdowns on just 34 percent of their penetrations, which ranked them a woeful 29th in the league. Never mind that the Bills led the league in overall scoring percentage on red zone trips — 95.4 percent. That was due to Dan Carpenter’s reliable field goal kicking.'

Marker Bills' C.J. Spiller wins award [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Spiller returned a third-quarter kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown to give the Bills a 16-3 lead against the Dolphins. It was his second career kickoff return TD. This is Spiller's second special teams player of the week award; he also won the award in Week 3 of his rookie 2010 season.'

Marker Are the San Diego Chargers at disadvantage traveling to Buffalo for early game with Bills? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I really think we handle it here," Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. "In our building it's a non-issue. It's not brought up, there's nothing to talk about. We practice every day in the 10 o'clock hour every day of the week. We're in here at 7 o'clock as far as team stuff. We have a lot of guys that are in here before then. It really is a non-issue. We have to go there, get ready to play and kick it off."'

Marker Antonio Gates, still a Pro Bowl player, presents tough matchup for Buffalo Bills in Week 3 [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's still got it, man," Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham said. "It's actually kind of amazing to see him, I don't know, it's like he gets better every year."'

Marker Doug Marrone: Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson situations provide opportunity for NFL 'do the right thing' [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think it's a situation where the league, which obviously I'm not involved with as far as the Manhattan headquarters, but I think it's an opportunity for them to come out and be able to, whether it be from an awareness standpoint or a policy standpoint, I think it's an opportunity to for us to do good," Marrone said Wednesday. "Not just for the NFL, but for all of sports. I hope that gets accomplished, and I'm sure it will."'

Marker Keith Rivers, Robert Woods limited in practice [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The only player who missed practice on Wednesday was linebacker Randell Johnson, who sustained a knee injury in the Bills' Week 2 win over the Dolphins. On Tuesday, the Bills signed linebacker Larry Dean to the active roster, so they shouldn't have a huge problem replacing Johnson if need be.'

Marker Donald Trump says $1.4 billion bid from Pegulas was a 'high price' for Buffalo Bills [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"That's good, and I wish them a lot of luck, but that's a very high price for the team," Trump said. "I looked at the team very closely, and I wish them a lot of luck as the expression goes."'

Marker Sammy Watkins dominant, and 5 takeaways from the win [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Here are a few things that stood out about Watkins and the rest of the Bills after re-watching the win over the Dolphins.'

Marker There's no more denying Bills need new home [1:46 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'All I can say is that my base reaction to the new and improved Ralph is: $130 million doesn’t seem to buy as much as it used to.'

Marker Thursday's San Diego Coverage [1:45 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Chargers’ depth proves an asset early (San Diego Union Tribune)
‘Grown up’ Ingram learns to be a pro (San Diego Union Tribune)
Flowers, Attaochu hurting; Gates, Freeney resting (San Diego Union Tribune)
Injury creates opportunity for Chargers rookie Oliver (Riverside Press Enterprise)
Gates highlights AFC's top players (The Sports Network)
Hot Chargers eager to face unbeaten Bills (The Sports Xchange)
Special Teams Vital Against Buffalo (Chargers.com)
If Needed, Branden Oliver "Ready to Go" (Chargers.com)
Congrats Gates! Wins AFC Offensive Player of Week (Chargers.com)
Q&A with Cornerback Brandon Flowers (Chargers.com)

Marker Pegulas' bid to buy Bills OK'd by NFL committee [1:44 AM]
AP reports: 'A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that the Pegulas have relinquished their involvement and are divesting their interest in Five Star Athlete Management, an Atlanta-based sports agency that represents NFL players.'

Marker Marrone, Bills know three is not enough [1:43 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I'm not going to try to mitigate what's going on with the red zone, but, at the same time, the Chicago one we were playing for the field goal to win the game and (against Miami) there were three times in the red zone that right, wrong or indifferent, I was playing conservative to get to the two-score lead again,� Marrone said.'

Marker Pegulas approved by NFL finance committee [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In a statement to the media following the finance meeting, Terry Pegula stated that they didn't consider themselves to be NFL owners just yet. In three weeks time that could, and likely will, change on a permanent basis.'

Marker LB Rivers returns to Bills practice Wednesday [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I felt pretty good. Moving around pretty well and just keeping it day by day," Rivers said following the workout. "We'll see how it goes as a progression. Hopefully we're ready to go."'

Marker Upon Further Review: Bills vs. Dolphins [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In the second half, the Bills essentially took the ball out of Manuel’s hands. The quarterback attempted 19 passes in the first half, and because his team was in the lead, he only threw seven more the rest of the way. His touchdown pass came in the second half on a YAC-friendly short crossing route that Watkins was able to run into the end zone from 14 yards out.'

Marker Bills on-field intensity significantly improved [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We’re a team that’s fighting for respect, and when you’re fighting for respect you get like that,” said RB Boobie Dixon of the emotional edge the team has displayed. “You feel some type of way and you have a chip on your shoulder. We still feel like we haven’t got the respect we deserve and you’ve got to earn it. We’re just trying to hit the field and get the respect we deserve. You’ve got to keep the intensity high to do that.”'

Marker C.J. Spiller named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Spiller is the second consecutive Bills player to be named Special Teams Player of the Week this season (Dan Carpenter won in Week 1). This is the second time in Bills history that two Buffalo players have won this award in consecutive weeks. The last time this occurred was in 1994 when P Chris Mohr won in Week 2 and K Steve Christie won in Week 3.'

Marker Pegula's bid to buy Bills OK'd by NFL committee [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The Finance Committee of the National Football league has just met and has voted to unanimously recommend the Pegulas to be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills,” Grubman said. “That recommendation will go to our owners at our next league meeting which is scheduled for October 8th.”'

Marker Commitment to routine makes Jerry Hughes special [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Hughes gets in his three-point stance and is off like a shot, dipping his inside shoulder to slide under the offensive tackle, circle half the ring and slap the quarterback from behind. The Bills’ pass rusher tries a multitude of rush variations over the course of the next 20 minutes.'

Marker C.J. Spiller's jersey displayed in the Hall of Fame [1:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Spiller’s game-worn throwback jersey from Buffalo’s 29-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday is now displayed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for approximately the next calendar year. The Hall of Fame requested the jersey after Spiller became the first NFL player to produce a 100-yard kick-return touchdown and a 45-yard rush in the same game since 1973. Spiller produced a 102-yard kick-return touchdown in the third quarter and a 47-yard rush in the fourth quarter.'

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September 17, 2014

Marker Bills see red over red zone inadequacies [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Through the first two weeks of the season, the Bills have struggled producing touchdowns once they get inside the red zone. It’s a problem that dates back to last season, when their touchdown percentage of 34 ranked 29th in the NFL.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign Larry Dean, place Jonathan Meeks on injured reserve [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Meanwhile, Meeks has been dealing with a neck injury and has been limited in practice for the last few weeks. Buffalo has two safeties, Kenny Ladler and Deon Broomfield, on their practice squad.'

Marker Scouting Chargers' opponent: Bills [1:57 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Manuel (6-4 ½, 238, 4.62) will throw flat-footed even from a clean pocket, but is getting the ball out faster this year and, heeding friend Colin Kaepernick's advice, is taking on fewer tacklers. Is 32 for 48 for 375 yards with two TDs and an interception. When the Bears bit on a run fake, he cruised around end eight yards for the TD.'

Marker All-22 Review - Bills/Dolphins [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Chips. Quick throws. Motion. It's common sense but if the QB doesn't have the ball, then he can't get sacked. Think back to Mario Williams debut against the New York Jets. No-name tackle Austin Howard kept him at bay. While headlines may have screamed that Williams was a no-show, the truth was in the game plan. A quick passing game is the most effective way to keep sack numbers down. Every little thing helps. From chips and quick throws, to motion that forces Wake himself to alter his read.'

Marker Bills' drought about to end? [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'To that end, the coaches did a great job Sunday in opening up the Dolphins' defense. But I still have concerns about Marrone's game-day decisions. He admitted Monday to being wrong about what yard line the Bills were on at one point, and then he spent a time out to correct the error. I don't expect him to be perfect, and the Bills' record speaks well of his performance.'

Marker LB Larry Dean signed by Bills [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills also announced that the team has placed S Jonathan Meeks on the Reserve/Injured list.'

Marker 4 observations from the Bills-Dolphins game [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It’s only two games, but the Bills offense has operated at a much slower pace this year than it did last season. Buffalo is averaging 57.5 offensive plays per game after two weeks. Last year, the team averaged 69.8 offensive plays per game, 14 more plays per game.'

Marker Scouting Report: Chargers at Bills [1:53 AM]
Chargers.com reports: 'EJ Manuel has been effective under center for Buffalo, completing 32 of 48 passes for 375 yards, two touchdowns and only one interception for a 95.4 passer rating. His top target is rookie sensation Sammy Watkins, who through two games has caught 11 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown. The Bills also have a particularly potent rushing attack led by the dynamic duo of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.'

September 16, 2014

Marker Are the Buffalo Bills, who could go to 3-0 under Doug Marrone, legit? [2:40 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Well, why not? If the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners can come back from the baseball dead this season, why can't the Bills, long among the football deceased, sit up on their cold slab along Lake Erie and wink at all of us with the bad jokes?'

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