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Buffalo Bills News - August 1, 2014

Marker Gilmore going at full tilt [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Last year, that injury, that was a tough thing to come back from,” Marrone said Thursday after the Bills wrapped up practice at St. John Fisher College. “He’s come out and been like he was in the beginning of last year – prior to the injury. He’s been playing real physical, and he’ll get better and better each day.”'

Marker Only two tight ends healthy for game against Giants [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gragg and Jones are the only healthy tight ends on the Bills’ roster after Lee Smith joined Scott Chandler and Tony Moeaki on the sidelines for Thursday’s practice at St. John Fisher College. Smith has a lower-body injury, coach Doug Marrone said afterward, while Chandler has been out since Sunday with a groin injury and Moeaki is sidelined by a hamstring problem.'

Marker Playing time uncertain [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Doug Marrone said a decision on how much the starters will play in Sunday’s preseason opener against the New York Giants won’t be made until after practice tonight, when Marrone sees who is healthy enough to play.'

Marker Wilson’s intent for Bills a mystery [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Instead, Wilson’s will – filed in Wayne County Probate Court last month and obtained by The Buffalo News this week – leaves all the important details of his estate to a trust agreement that, under Michigan law, is not public.'

Marker Toughness and work ethic propel Reed to Hall of Fame [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I told Mr. Ralph Wilson at the time when we took Andre in the fourth round that he was better than Chris Burkett,” said Elbert Dubenion, the former great Bills receiver who scouted Reed for Buffalo. “It was good to be right.”'

Marker Andre played like a giant in Bills’ big games [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 21 playoff games, Reed caught 85 passes for 1,229 yards.'

Marker Kelly wouldn’t miss Reed’s big day for the world [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m sure it was part of the motivation for Jim,” Jill said. “Certainly, he’s motivated by his faith, his girls and his family, the things he holds very close to him. But every time Andre went to visit Jim, they talked about that.'

Marker Ross Cockrell duking it out for roster spot [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"He's done a nice job," said coach Doug Marrone. "It's very early to maybe label him or put ceilings on him; let's see where he goes."'

Marker Tight end Lee Smith misses practice [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Thursday, Lee Smith sat out practice with what coach Doug Marrone termed a “lower body injury,” thus joining Scott Chandler and Tony Moeaki on the sidelines. That means the top three guys on the depth chart were down, and the only available tight ends were Chris Gragg and newcomer Dominque Jones.'

Marker Donald Trump, Terry Pegula advance to next round of bidding, according to report [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The next stage of the process involves the bidders meeting with Morgan Stanley, the banking firm in charge of the sale on behalf of late owner Ralph Wilson's estate. At that meeting, bidders will receive financial information, and Bills president Russ Brandon is expected to give a presentation, according to the Associated Press. After that, formal bids will be due.'

Marker Doug Marrone, Tom Coughlin give Bills-Giants Hall of Fame Game a Syracuse feel [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The connection runs a bit deeper than that, though. Coughlin has been a mentor for Marrone. "I have a lot of respect for him. I've always followed him, always admired the work that he’s done, and like I said before, we used to meet once a year," Marrone said. "I’d go and talk to him and he helped me out quite a bit."'

Marker EJ Manuel happy with offensive line despite Chris Williams injury, and 5 observations [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Those guys have done a great job, especially this week," Manuel said. "Picking up defenses blitzes, their looks. They're communicating very well at the line of scrimmage. That allows us to really pick it up.'

Marker Finalists named in Bills sale, status of Toronto trio up in air [1:47 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Clarity was not immediately forthcoming.'

Marker Jon Bon Jovi or Terry Pegula? [1:46 AM]
National Post reports: 'Are the Canadians going to win the auction? It does not look promising.'

Marker Tisch has questions for Trump over Bills ownership [1:45 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Tisch said he would ask Trump about his views on ownership, and what he could add to an NFL team.'

Marker Buffalo's Andre Reed made the most of his opportunities [1:44 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '“When you compare him to some of his contemporaries, I think he stacks up very well,” said former teammate Steve Tasker, a wide receiver who is widely considered one of the greatest special teams players of all time. “He played a big role in some enormous games for the team we played on. Over the stretch of a seven-year period, from ’88 to the 1994 Super Bowl, our team was as good as it got."'

Marker Tandem of Reed, Kelly were prolific [1:43 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '“I’m telling you, they were spot on. You would see them before practice talking about it. After practice, after they’d been through an hour-and-a-half practice running routes, those two guys would stay over practicing short routes and different scenarios."'

Marker Reed had key role in epic comeback [1:42 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '“Some of my assistant coaches were urging me to kick a field goal,” Levy recalls. “Frank looked at me and kept pointing at me, like ‘I’ve got the play.’ The play was a pass over the middle in a crowd of guys you can’t imagine. He grabbed it and went in for the touchdown.”'

Marker Watkins gives Browns fans reason to watch HOF Game [1:41 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'He holds no ill feelings toward the Browns. “It’s not about going out there and showing them what they missed,” Watkins said. “It’s about going out there and playing my game, getting the win and getting off the field. There’s no hard feelings. It was a business decision they made. I’m happy where I’m at.”'

Marker Texas A&M settles on ’12th Man’ trademark dispute with Buffalo Bills fans [1:40 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: '“We’re really pleased with the way the university handled the dispute and we fully recognize Texas A&M is the owner of the ’12th Man’ trademark,” Sonntag was quoted as saying in a joint press release from his group and Texas A&M. “We’ve already started operations under Bills Fan Thunder and will continue our fight to keep the Bills franchise in Buffalo.”'

Marker Trump selected to advance in Bills' sale process [1:39 AM]
AP reports: 'Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that the real estate mogul has been chosen to advance to the next round of bidding to purchase the team. Cohen said he was informed of the decision by Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the sale of the team for late owner Ralph Wilson's estate.'

Marker Bills playing time still not decided [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“No, we're going to wait to discuss that until after tomorrow night's practice so we know who's available and who's not, things like that. The expectation is that we're going to play the game to win.”'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 10 [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Going hand in hand with Manuel’s early prowess was the pair of plays Watkins made at the beginning of practice during team drills.'

Marker Bills' Manuel studied tape of 5 NFL QB's in off season [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I think they all offer similar things that I can do" Manuel said when explaining why he chose those five. "Whether its throwing the ball down the field, the vertical passing game or taking off and running and just being smarter when you do that. That’s one area I had to grow from last year. That’s why I had the knee injury"(against Cleveland).'

Marker Bills back to only two healthy TEs; starting guard injured [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Marrone also didn’t have any updated information regarding how long Chandler (groin) would be out, and it was already determined that Moeaki (hamstring) would be out for a while. Without the trio, the Bills are down to only Gragg and Dominique Jones as the available tight ends.'

Marker Why the Hall of Fame wait was so long for Andre Reed [1:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'One year Gaughan lead his speech with Reed’s exploits in the postseason. Another year he highlighted the special combination that Jim Kelly and Reed were being one of the most prolific scoring tandems in league history. One year he even asked USA Today NFL reporter and committee member Jarrett Bell to present Reed just to lend a different voice to the presentation.'

Marker Andre Reed’s one Hall of Fame regret [1:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The only person who will be missing is Ralph (Wilson),” said Reed. “I wish he could’ve hung on a little bit more. That would’ve been icing on the cake for him.”'

Marker 4 things to take from Thursday’s practice [1:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think it’s just from working more with the O-line,” said Manuel. “Those guys have a done a great job especially this week picking up the defensive blitzes. We’ve been communicating very well at the line of scrimmage and that allows us to really pick it up. For me as a quarterback when you know you’re protected you can just sit back there and pick the defense apart and distribute the ball to those receivers.”'

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July 31, 2014

Marker Notes from a rainy day in Bills' camp [12:30 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Our job is to come out here and win games and give this city something to be excited about. We can’t control who the new owner may be. You won’t catch any guys in that lockerroom focusing on that. If we’re focusing on that we’re not focusing on the task at hand.”'

Marker Jackson will be a 10-year Bill with contract extension [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s why signing this extension is so special,” he said. “It gives me that opportunity. I’m one step closer to being able to finish my career in Buffalo. That’s what I always wanted to do.”'

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