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Buffalo Bills News - August 15, 2014

Marker Moats has special fondness for time in Buffalo [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The legacy that is here with the Steelers’ defense, coach Dick LeBeau, I just felt really comfortable with the situation,” he said. “Buffalo will always have a special place in my heart, but this was what’s best for my career.”'

Marker Bills fan group says documents shows Bon Jovi group has planned to move team [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Fan Alliance was tipped off last week about the documents, which included a short bio of Rai in a public securities and investment statement filed with the Canadian government, said Matthew Sabuda, a real estate investor and director of the Buffalo Fan Alliance.'

Marker Renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium aim to eliminate crowding, long waits [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Long lines at the gates and crowding in the concourses should be nothing but J.P. Losman-like memories.'

Marker Russ Brandon not at liberty to discuss Bills sale, says there is no timetable [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I really can't at this point," Brandon said. "There's no timetable on anything. It's a process, and that's why we handed that to the investment bank and to the investment counsel. So we'll leave it with those two fine firms."'

Marker EJ Manuel has his best day of training camp, and 5 observations from Bills-Steelers joint practices [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"(Wednesday), outside of seven-on-seven, was probably his best day if you charted it," Marrone said.'

Marker Anthony Dixon on why he's now 'Boobie Dixon' on Bills' official roster [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"That's pretty much what everybody calls me nowadays," Dixon said. "It was already like that when I came. You know, when I came to talk to them. That's one of the reasons I came because it already felt like family."'

Marker New Bills receivers show little faith in Manuel [1:52 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'Instead of betting on Manuel, Whaley and Marrone are betting on the surrounding cast. They’re hoping that Watkins will turn a few 3-yard slants into 20-yard gains, or that Williams will make a play to catch a less-than-perfect throw.'

Marker Sense of 'let's get through it' permeated when Toronto group met Bills' sellers: Source [1:51 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Two sources with knowledge of what transpired at Morgan Stanley's offices on Broadway have told QMI Agency the management presentation was drama-free. Purely perfunctory. Matter-of-fact. No emotion. And permeating the room was an unspoken, shared sense that, yeah, we all have to go through with this, so let's just get through it.'

Marker Sabres owner Terry Pegula emerges as favorite to become next Buffalo Bills owner [1:50 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Bills are expected to sell for at least $1 billion. They were valued by Forbes at $870 million. Pegula recently sold land for $1.75 billion and his net worth is reportedly $3.3 billion. Donald Trump reportedly has bid $1 billion. Bon Jovi's group has created ill will in Buffalo with rumors they eventually want to move the team to Toronto, which Bon Jovi attempted to quiet with a letter to Bills fans.'

Marker Steelers D wants to emulate rapidly rising Bills [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus and Jerry Hughes combined for 41 sacks last season, most than all but a dozen teams in the league.'

Marker Bills to Toronto concerns raised by documents [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'A person familiar with the sale process told The AP that the Toronto group attended a presentation on Tuesday during which Bills officials provided extensive financial and background information on the franchise. A second person said Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula attended a similar presentation on Wednesday.'

Marker Bills' Brandon mum on sale process [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Well what I can say, unfortunately, is pretty much what I've been saying in that the process is ongoing. It's a private transaction and I'm not really at liberty to discuss it at any length or form,” he said. “We know the level of interest, but we also appreciate the private nature of this moving forward.”'

Marker Bills WR on EJ: ''It's the best I've ever seen him'' [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I told EJ, man, to be honest I told, my exact words: It's the best I've ever seen him,” said wide receiver Mike Williams. “I don't think he incompleted a pass today. Everything was on time, we got everything we wanted, it was like perfect. Coming out of our breaks, the ball right there... this is the best I've seen him. If he keeps getting like this, we're going to be something to play with.”'

Marker Bills' Chandler says Watkins is ''real deal'' [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"You see the way he works, the way he wants to get better, you see the plays that he makes" Chandler said. "Obviously he needs to make those plays in regular season games and hopefully playoffs but he’s made them pretty consistently in practice. You watch the way that he runs routes and you can tell that there are details he’s paying attention to and he does things the right way."'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 17 [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'All throughout training camp, daily practices have been a struggle for EJ Manuel. While he has had his moments in camp at St. John Fisher College, Manuel has lacked the overall consistency and accuracy that many clamor for. For two-and-a-half hours at least, Manuel looked like he had taken a step forward for how he picked apart the Steelers’ first-team defensive unit.'

Marker Top 3 Bills playmakers in Latrobe: Day 2 [1:43 AM] reports: 'Watkins was not a popular target Wednesday, but that changed on Thursday. The Bills top draft choice caught a half dozen passes during the team segments of practice. EJ Manuel got him involved right off the bat on the second play of 11-on-11. He hit Watkins on a crossing route as the receiver streaked from the left to the right side of the field.'

Marker 4 things to take from Thursday’s practice [1:42 AM] reports: 'Manuel connected on 60 percent of his throws on Wednesday, but was even better Thursday completing 13 of his first 16 pass attempts during team work.'

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August 14, 2014

Marker Expanded concessions draw iconic Buffalo outlets [2:31 PM]
AP reports: 'The renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium will allow Buffalo Bills fans to chow down on offerings by popular local purveyors of doughnuts, pizza and chicken wings.'

Marker Mike Tomlin: Steelers and Bills proving joint practices can be done in 'professional manner' [11:36 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Tomlin went on to say that the media and fans are looking for the negative aspects of these joint practices and waiting for fights to break out instead of seeing the positives in a physical, mostly incident-free practice like the Steelers and Bills had Wednesday.'

Marker Tim Hortons, Duff’s and LaNova heading to the Ralph [9:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You know, until two or three years ago, you couldn’t even get a chicken wing here,” said Marc Honan, chief marketing officer for the Bills. “It’s just amazing.”'

Marker T.J. Graham, Moeaki, Gaines in roster jeopardy [9:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As it stands now, here’s a look at an early projection of how the roster may look after final cuts. This will be updated weekly.'

Marker Bill’s Hughes making it happen with sky-high confidence [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I mean, we all do,” Hughes said when asked if he was playing with the most confidence of his career. “I can speak for the guys in the defensive line room – we all play with a tremendous amount of confidence. We want to go out there and be the best defense in the NFL, so we try to take that mentality out there on the practice field when we go to work.”'

Marker Whaley denies there is trade talk about Spiller [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I can probably see where people see our depth at running back and try to connect the dots with teams that don’t have depth, but, again, nobody has talked to us.”'

Marker FCC should change its unfair blackout policy favoring the NFL’s billionaire owners [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With time for comments over, Pai is calling out FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to finally put the issue to a vote. A simple majority of the five commissioners is all that’s required.'

Marker Blow whistle on NFL’s blackout rule [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The nearly 40-year-old rule, intended to ensure National Football League venues are chock full, is an unnecessary vestige of an era before the sport’s popularity soared. And it is particularly unfair in western New York, where the population is stagnant, the stadium is larger than average and a playoff-caliber team hasn’t hiked a ball in 14 seasons.'

Marker EJ Manuel pays close attention to Ben Roethlisberger; Bills want to replicate Steelers' success [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Yes, a Super Bowl is a lofty target for the Bills, who have gone 6-10 in each of the last three seasons, but general manager Doug Whaley spent time in the Steelers organization and wants a few things to rub off on his current team.'

Marker Doug Marrone reflects on his time with the Steelers, Chuck Noll [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'I was always intrigued about how intelligent he was about everything, not just the sport of football," Marrone said. "Not being a very good football player and being on the look team, I’ll never forget Coach Noll used to jump in."'

Marker Doug Whaley pushing team out of comfort zone, and 5 observations from Bills-Steelers practice [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think the work is different," defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. "I think we get good work no matter what, and we compete at home, but there's a different edge to this. It's a different view."'

Marker Bills haven't been contacted about trade for C.J. Spiller, GM Doug Whaley says [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We have not been contacted by any team about C.J. Spiller," Whaley said. "These rumors are news to me, and it's exciting for you guys I guess because it gives you something to fill the newspaper with. You know I'm a straight shooter. We have not been contacted by any teams."'

Marker It's nostalgic trip for Bills coach Marrone [1:51 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '"I remember we used to run down the hill before practice to get ready to go with Coach Noll," said Marrone, who played offensive line in the NFL for two seasons. "Do they still wear the black jerseys without the numbers on them? We had these black uniforms. We used to call them burlap sacks. They were tough. We used to run with our pads on with Coach Noll. I was going through that in my mind when I saw the field [upon arriving]."'

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