Bills admit Toronto lacking in dome-field advantage [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Obviously, Toronto has been very positive for us down here,” Brandon said. “We’ve had great growth in the Southern Ontario marketplace the last five years. Back here at Ralph Wilson Stadium that has been a big positive. It has been a challenged market there. And certainly has not translated into enough wins for us there.”'
Hurting Gilmore becomes a target [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to analysis by ProFootballFocus.com, Gilmore has been easily the most exploitable of the Bills’ three top corners this season. Opposing quarterbacks have completed 61 percent with a passer rating of 98.6 against Gilmore.'
Tight end Moeaki joins team; Choice waived [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moeaki was a starter for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010 and 2012. He sat out 2011 with a knee injury and suffered a fractured shoulder in a preseason game in August. He was put on the injured reserve list but reached an injury settlement on Oct. 23 in order to land with another club.'
Brandon expresses concerns about Toronto [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“One of the things I said on Jan. 1 of this year (when he was given full power over the franchise from owner Ralph Wilson) was I was going to review every phase of this operation, and this series comes within that framework,” Brandon said. “I’m going to look at it very closely."'
Brandon happy with Fisher [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Is that the right thing to help us win?" said Brandon, a St. John Fisher graduate who was the driving force behind relocating camp at the turn of the century. "We have a great setup at Fisher. But is that the best thing for this team? When I said everything is under review I mean everything. Everything that's involved with this operation is under review. This falls under that same atmosphere."'
Buffalo Bills' Toronto Series simply a bad idea [1:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '...all it’s really done is expand anger and resentment towards Toronto.'
Six reasons why Bills-in-Toronto series needs to end [1:53 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'On the field, the Bills have dropped five of six of in Toronto for a .167 winning percentage. That’s worse than the club’s awful overall success rate this century (.400). That alone is a reason for the Bills to pull out. This franchise, of all NFL franchises, cannot afford any self-imposed obstacles to winning.'
Bills-Buccaneers Preview [12:01 AM]
AP reports: '"We've got to learn how to win close games. We've got to learn how to win games on the road. We've got to finish teams," coach Doug Marrone said on Monday. "It was tough this morning. It's tough to swallow."'
Government to dismiss charges in NFL phone prank [12:00 AM]
AP reports: 'In return for the dismissal, Joshua Barber and Nicholas Kaiser must abide by certain conditions for 18 months, U.S. Attorney William Hochul said Wednesday.'
Keeping the Bills at Bay [7:39 PM]
Buccaneers.com reports: '“They’ve got some good players on that front," said Tampa Bay left tackle Donald Penn. "They’re really underestimated. Mario is playing good, both Williams’ [defensive tackle Kyle Williams] are playing great football. The other d-tackle [Marcell Dareus], he’s a real good, physical player. [Number] fifty-five [defensive end Jerry Hughes], he’s a great pass-rusher that really gets no credit coming off the edge. They’re doing some good things. They’ve kind of got a lot of similarities [to us]: [they] do some good stuff ‘here,’ they do some good stuff ‘here,’ but they haven’t put it all together. At times, they do. At times, they don’t. We’ve got to go out there and just make sure we attack them and do what we can do well and just keep doing it consistently.”'
Rough game, eh? [7:38 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Manuel played well enough to win the game, particularly if you consider the final drives of regulation and overtime. However, he was a part of an offensive attack that did very little in the second half of the game. Take a trip back with me....let's trace where the Bills went wrong.'
Bills sign TE Moeaki; DL sits out practice [7:36 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'For the 52 players that made up the active roster during Wednesday's practice, all but one of them were on the field and participating in full. Only defensive lineman Kyle Williams, who normally gets Wednesdays off to rest his Achilles after a Sunday game, was listed as a non-participant throughout the day.'
Buffalo Bills sign former Chiefs TE Tony Moeaki [5:29 PM]
AP reports: 'The former Chiefs player has been out since breaking his shoulder in Kansas City's preseason win over Pittsburgh on Aug. 23. He was then released by the Chiefs after reaching an injury settlement in October.'
TE Tony Moeaki signed by Bills [5:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Moeaki (6-3, 252) was a highly touted prospect out of Iowa and was a third-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2010 draft. Injuries however, have largely compromised his career.'
Bills challenged to sell seats — here and there [4:04 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: '”Look at it from the standpoint of where we’ve been on the ticket side. We’ve taken the game out of the market which essentially has taken 70,000 seats out of the market and have truly only sold out two of our home games. We’ve manufactured sell-outs in the other four or five. We’re trying to find ways to obviously keep this franchise viable which we’ve done a very good job at and this series has obviously contributed to that. With that being said, nothing comes above winning. When I took over the reins on January 1st, I said that was the number one focus and that will be the number one focus. That’s one of the reasons that this will be reviewed in a grand manner.”'
Buffalo Bills need a new dance partner [4:03 PM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Brandon is stuck between one group of fans who don’t like his team, and another who have lost faith. If only he could split the difference and be left with one stadium’s worth of true believers.'
Bills release RB Choice [11:59 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Georgia Tech product has carried the ball 361 times for 1,535 yards and 10 touchdowns in 85 career games with Dallas, Washington and Buffalo. He had played for the Bills since the 2011 season.'
Bills part ways with Tashard Choice [11:05 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'At 4-8, it would be prudent for the Bills to see what they have on the roster in the setting of regular season games. This move is likely to get undrafted free agent rookie Ronnie Wingo some time on the field so that way the Bills can evaluate whether or not he fills a potential need this off-season. Choice and the Bills were destined for a breakup upon signing only a one-year deal, so if the sizable Wingo (6-foot-3, 231 pounds) can play well, that may cancel the need for the Bills to select a young running back in the later portions of the 2014 draft.'
Bills release RB Choice [11:03 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Choice's role was mainly as a third-down back behind Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.'
Brandon: Bills to review benefits of Toronto games [11:02 AM]
AP reports: 'Brandon stopped short of saying whether the Bills would consider canceling the series or can opt out of the four remaining years of their deal with Rogers Communications.'
Buffalo Bills cut RB Tashard Choice [11:01 AM]
AP reports: 'Choice's best outing came in a 35-17 loss at New Orleans on Oct. 27, when he had seven carries for 35 yards. He also has four catches for 10 yards.'
Bills release Tashard Choice [10:02 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The move is likely designed to afford rookie running back Ronnie Wingo an opportunity to serve in the reserve role that Choice had previously occupied.'
3rd down success proving difficult in the 2nd half [10:02 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'With a rookie quarterback and a new offensive system Buffalo’s offense wasn’t expected to light it up when it came to third down conversion percentage in 2013. Inexperienced signal callers often see the most exotic looks from opposing defenses on third down. Decoding the disguised looks and making quick, correct decisions is easier said than done.'
Bills’ future looks bright but the present is disappointing [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The talent level, the ability to kind of feed off one another offensively and defensively … we’re a tight-knit group,” tight end Scott Chandler said. “I think that’s part of why it hurts so bad, is we know that we have that ability to not just win, but to really dominate games. It’s frustrating to not do it.”'
Buffalo Bills fan who fell apologized to man he injured [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This is an accident, plain and simple,” said his lawyer, Jeffrey Bochiechio.'
Bills' Toronto experiment not working [1:57 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'As if the cheering for the Falcons and booing of the Bills weren’t enough, we had to watch Toronto Mayor Rob Ford eat chicken wings. Great, now he’s the face of the Buffalo Bills. As if the Buffalo Bills being the face of the Buffalo Bills wasn’t bad enough.'
Bills sign OT Johnson-Webb to practice squad [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'He played 45 games at Alabama A&M and went undrafted in April before signing with Arizona.'
NY football fan pleads not guilty in stadium fall [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Robert Hopkins, 29, was released without bail following his appearance in Orchard Park Town Court on charges of assault and reckless endangerment.'
Upon Further Review: Bills vs Falcons [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills had plenty of opportunities to win the game, but some key plays and poor performances helped lead the Atlanta Falcons to the come-from-behind victory. Before we turn the page to the team's next game on the road in Tampa Bay, first is a look at the individual performances of every single Buffalo player that took a snap on offense or defense.'
Bills forced me to think draft, not playoffs [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As far as the draft and who could be on the board for the Bills with a top ten pick, here are some names, depending on what position you'd like to see them address...'.
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