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Buffalo Bills News - August 20, 2014

Marker Bills fan group says no to Bon Jovi [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Well on Tuesday, they were hand-delivered to training camp at St. John Fisher College in 20 sacks emblazoned with the "No Bon Jovi" logo. The mailmen included one guy from Bedrock who was dressed as "Fred Billstone." Another in costume featuring ape-like extremities called himself "Jake Billsfoot." Another, real name Frank Barber, wore a mask last used by Hannibal Lecter and had his head painted blue.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sale: Fans deliver 13,000 letters, won't support team if Bon Jovi is new owner [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Every single one those letters says the same thing: We will not support the Bills if Bon Jovi buys the team because we know he's going to move it to Toronto," Bills Fan Thunder founder Charles Pellien said.'

Marker Syracuse's Macky MacPherson works to make Buffalo Bills roster [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It's basically like you're back to being a freshman again," MacPherson said. "You have a lot of stuff that you need to learn. There's a lot of unspoken rules that you need to adhere to and follow."'

Marker Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills complete ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at training camp [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The challenge was probably refreshing as the temperatures climbed over 80 degrees at practice on Tuesday. Nevertheless, the Bills have completed the challenge that was passed on to them by the New England Patriots last week.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Marcell Dareus out to prove himself as possible suspension from NFL looms [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Those are his answers with a crowd of cameras around him, but Dareus' actions will determine his future. It's been easy to stay focused on football the last month. He's been isolated at St. John Fisher College with few distractions. His teammates, and especially coach Doug Marrone, have all been supportive, he says.'

Marker Sammy Watkins still limited by injury, and 5 observations from Buffalo Bills training camp [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Safe is the right word to describe it. Bills coach Doug Marrone didn't want to elaborate on the status of his star rookie receiver other than to say that the team is monitoring his status closely throughout the week and that he respects Watkins saying he would play through the injury if needed.'

Marker Doug Marrone answers reporter's cell phone during press conference; C.J. Spiller grills Manuel [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'A reporter's cell phone, doubling as a recording device, was sitting on the podium, ringing during Marrone's press conference. So what did the Bills' coach do? He answered it, of course.'

Marker 'Grown man' Marcell Dareus trying to move forward, stay positive [1:47 AM]
Birmingham News reports: '"I'm 100 percent sure that everything is just fine, and we're just going to keep moving forward," Dareus said. "I'm a grown man and I have my responsibilities and I'm going to do the best I can to straighten my own things out. I am a man. I am human and I'm going to do the best I can to move forward and stay positive from here on out."'

Marker Bills DT Dareus attempting to put past behind him [1:46 AM]
AP reports: '"I'm going to do the best I can just to straighten my own things out because I am a man, I am human," Dareus said Tuesday. "And I'm going to do the best I can to continue to move forward and be positive from here on out."'

Marker AP source: Bills bids to be submitted in 2 weeks [1:45 AM]
AP reports: 'The timetable was pushed back about a week because Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the sale on behalf of late owner Ralph Wilson's estate, extended a deadline last month in an attempt to increase the number of prospective bidders.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release backup OT Edawn Coughman [1:44 AM]
AP reports: 'The team announced the move on Tuesday, a day after starting left tackle Cordy Glenn was cleared to take part in full-team practice sessions. Glenn had missed the first three weeks of training camp because of an undisclosed illness.'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 19 [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'ead coach Doug Marrone is having his team watch film on their upcoming opponents, putting together scout teams and preparing a scaled-back game plan for both the starting offense and defense to execute.'

Marker Bills Fan Thunder Send 13,000 Messages to Keep Bills in Buffalo [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Every single one of these letters says the same thing: we will not support the Bills if Bon Jovi buys the team because we know he's moving it to Toronto," said Charles Pellien, co founder of Bills Fan Thunder, a group founded to unite fans in a fight to keep the team in Buffalo. "For Bon Jovi, this game is over and Bills fans have spoken: he is not welcome in Ralph Wilson Stadium and he needs to give up his bid for the team."'

Marker Role for Bills WR Robert Woods not diminished [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Outside and inside, trying to make plays and that shows with the coaches when they put me in" Woods said. "I really haven’t been in the same spot in one continuous game. I’ve just been moving around, trying to get mismatches with the defense and see where they can use me and where I fit best."'

Marker Bills' Dareus speaks, implies he hasn't heard from league yet [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"It’s behind me, it’s behind me. I mean, I’m not a trouble guy, I don’t cause any problems nowhere. I’m not a loud guy, I don’t do anything, just have fun and be myself. If things happen, things happen," he said. "I feel like I’m on the straight and narrow. Things happen; young, dumb. You’ve got to correct it and just work through it."'

Marker Marcell Dareus assures off-field issues are in the past [1:39 AM] reports: '“Marrone is such a good guy. He’s straightforward with the players and has always tried to put his best foot forward,” Dareus said. “He’s a player’s coach we all know that. He supports me just like I support what we’re trying to do here. He’s just that type of guy. I can go to him if I have any questions. He’s just another outlet for me. He’s just a good guy and he’s there for me.”'

Marker 4 things to take from Tuesday’s practice [1:38 AM] reports: 'Buffalo’s offense was working at a breakneck pace, at times in a muddle huddle before the next play and other times they just got right back to the line and ran the next play. Wide receiver T.J. Graham said it was as much for their stamina and endurance as it was for outpacing the defense.'

Marker McKelvin glad to be back in the fold [1:37 AM] reports: '“It tests your patience a lot,” said McKelvin of his strict participation protocol this offseason. “You don’t want to rush to get back out there and re-injure things. It was a matter of getting those mental reps. See the things that the guys are making mistakes on and diagnose it so when I get in there I can make things right.”'

Marker Bills release WR Kevin Elliot [1:36 AM] reports: 'Buffalo parted ways with WR Kevin Elliott on Tuesday.'

Marker T Edawn Coughman released [1:35 AM] reports: 'Coughman was signed to a reserve/future contract by the Bills on Dec. 30, 2013 after joining the practice squad on Sept. 2.'

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August 19, 2014

Marker EJ Manuel's accuracy one of 3 explanations for lack of touchdowns [10:45 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We've been working on it," Williams said. "We know that’s a point of emphasis. We weren’t ranked high in the red zone last year, so we’ll be working on it. We’ll see this week. We'll see if all the work has been paying off. There are no excuses, but last week we didn’t even have red zone in the game plan, so that made it kind of difficult, but no excuses, we have to score down there and make the catches we’re supposed to. We’ll see this week."'

Marker Kouandijo is learning the hard way [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was the type of play that gets an offensive lineman’s name in the newspaper for all the wrong reasons – something that has happened on more than one occasion for Kouandjio this preseason.'

Marker Bills’ Watkins sits with rib injury [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Last year, I tried to be right all the time and tell you guys,” coach Doug Marrone said Tuesday, explaining why he’s stopped providing any injury updates to the media – instead allowing Scott Berchtold, the team’s vice president of communications, to handle the task. “Injuries are a funny thing. I was right 99.9 percent of the time last year and I was wrong one time and I have to live with that. So I think when it comes down to injuries, I’m going to let Scott handle it.”'

Marker Moving over [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo native Corey Graham has lined up all camp at cornerback, but the Bills gave him a look at safety Monday night, including with the first team. That possibility was brought up earlier in the offseason when the team signed Graham as a free agent.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Sammy Watkins sits out practice [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'So, if you were looking for news on the most exciting new player on the team, the player the Bills moved up to take at No. 4 overall in the draft to provide their sagging passing attack with a major shot of adrenaline, there really wasn't any.'

Marker Cordy Glenn's return causes shuffle on offensive line [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Seantrel Henderson moved from left tackle to right tackle. Erik Pears moved from right tackle to right guard, and Chris Williams returned from injury to step in at left guard. Meanwhile, Kraig Urbik, who had been received time with the first team at both left and right guard was playing center with the second-team offense.'

Marker Kyle Williams, Buffalo Bills defensive line take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Williams, defensive ends Manny Lawson, Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes, along with defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge as a group after practice on Monday. In addition to dumping ice water over their heads, each of them donated $1,000 to the cause. Williams said they were doing it for his family friend down in Louisiana.'

Marker Sammy Watkins injury: Buffalo Bills receiver held out of practice Monday [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Unless I know for sure, I'm not going to comment on when they're coming back and when they're not coming back," Marrone said. "It's too difficult."'

Marker Bon Jovi reached out to Jim Kelly at the suggestion of investment bank conducting sale of Bills, sou [1:52 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'A source in the position to know on Monday morning said Morgan Stanley requested that the front man of the Toronto group attempting to buy the NFL team meet with the former Bills superstar, as a means of making their bid "more Buffalo friendly."'

Marker AP source: Bills WR Watkins day to day [1:51 AM]
AP reports: '"He's not practicing today, and I'll be ready to practice without him," Marrone said. "He's not out there, and when he comes back, I don't know."'

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