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Buffalo Bills News - September 25, 2014

Marker Ryan Fitzpatrick still loves Buffalo [1:39 AM] reports: 'Yeah, it definitely does. It’s a special game for me. I think partly just because I’ve got so many great friends still that are over on the other side of the ball. Guys that I’m going to be excited to watch and I’m sure they’re going to be excited to hit me and to watch me play. Also just the four years that we spent there and how much we enjoyed the city of Buffalo and our neighbors and all the fans…what a great experience it was for us. I’m still trying to convince my seven year old in this game at least to be a Texans’ fan and not a Bills’ fan and then my youngest daughter was born in Buffalo, so we’re kind of a torn household right now but I’m trying to convince them that we have to root for the Texans now.'

Marker Doug Marrone & Bill O'Brien: Old friends reunite for first NFL meeting [1:38 AM] reports: 'After serving a year as Northeastern’s offensive line coach Doug Marrone landed a job as the Director of Football Operations at Georgia Tech under new head coach George O’Leary in 1995 (O'Leary is currently the head coach at Central Florida). O’Leary knew Marrone as a player at Syracuse where O’Leary had served as defensive line and assistant head coach during Marrone’s tenure as a player.'

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September 24, 2014

Marker Bills tight ends still in the picture [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Scott’s made some plays,” the coach said Monday. “He played a lot yesterday. He did some really good things and he has been doing some good things in the passing game and even in the running game.”'

Marker Quarterback play could decide AFC East [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Statistics alone would place Manuel in the NFL’s bottom third, which sounds about right. He wasn’t expected to be in the Top 10, anyway, so the Bills can take comfort in their 2-1 record and share of the lead in the AFC East. It puts them on pace for a record between 9-7 and 11-5, enough to remain in playoff contention.'

Marker The good, bad and ugly from EJ Manuel in Buffalo Bills' loss to the Chargers [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But just how bad was Manuel? The numbers say he was terrible. He completed 59 percent of his passes for 238 yards and one touchdown. He was just 7 for 21 when passing to wide receivers for 49 yards, and 72 of his 238 passing yards came on the final drive when San Diego already had the 12-point win well in hand.'

Marker Eric Wood, Buffalo Bills show NFL players can still do good [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You talk about guys who sacrifice most of their Tuesdays for charity work or nightly hospital visits that never make it to the paper," Wood said. "That's not why the guys do it, to get good publicity. But at the same point, if all the guys are going to talk about is the four bad guys in the NFL and everyone's going to get labeled, why don't we all pumped up our teammates when they do something good?"'

Marker All-22 Review Bills/Chargers [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He is almost entirely ineffective on the move. The Chargers were able to pressure Manuel up the middle, through the interior of the line in hopes of either sacking him, pressuring him, or getting him to move.'

Marker Upon Further Review: Bills vs. Chargers [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It was rare that the second-year quarterback had a lot of time to operate in the pocket, and that was exactly by design. The Chargers wanted to push Manuel to see how he would react to the pressure, and as they probably thought, the young player struggled to respond in a positive way.'

Marker Bills Beaten By Better Team [1:53 AM]
Bills Daily reports: Buffalo does not have a Phillip Rivers on the team, nor is EJ Manuel likely to become one this year or next. What we should all look forward to is the ability to show improvement and improved consistency on the field. Who knows, if Buffalo can find a billionaire with strong ties to the community to save the Bills from failure it’s not too much of a stretch to think EJ Manuel could one day develop into a solid NFL quarterback.

Marker DBs to have answers for pick plays [1:52 AM] reports: 'It is a play that is very difficult for referees to recognize because they are usually disguised as incidental contact by a receiver just running his route. And even on film, it often looks like the cornerback was beat and much of the criticism falls to him.'

Marker Facing Fitzpatrick stirs emotions in Bills [1:51 AM] reports: '“You always want to see former teammates and guys that you’re close to do well, but when you play against them they’re on the other team so you want to kick their butts just like anybody else,” said Fred Jackson, who says he’s been texting Fitzpatrick about this game for months. “It will be for bragging rights.”'

Marker From the booth: 4 observations from Bills-Chargers [1:50 AM] reports: 'Through three games, it appears his message is getting across. The Bills are allowing an average of 17.3 points per game. Only three NFL teams have given up fewer points so far this year.'

September 23, 2014

Marker Bills ease up on the gas [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’re slowing the game down and trying to do a little bit more to put us in situations where we can go in and substitute and get the best players in with the young guys and start using more of their talent,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. “We still have it. There are times where we can go in and do it, but right now we’re just trying to play the game and use our players with the best talent and get them the football.”'

Marker Marrone missed chance to make a bold statement [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Marrone had two choices: He could take the offsides, giving the Bills a fourth-and-1 at the opposing 43; or he could take the holding call on the return, giving the Chargers the ball at their own 9-yard line.'

Marker Reality bit the Buffalo Bills [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills' running game is overrated. They gain yards because they run it just about more than any team in the NFL. But when you break it down, the runs aren't all that effective.'

Marker EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills offense shows inability to play from behind in Week 3 loss to Chargers [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'On Sunday, Manuel threw the ball 39 times and completed only 59 percent of his passes. He was also 7-for-21 for 49 yards when throwing to wide receivers. Once the offense became more one dimensional, Manuel wasn't able to carry the offense.'

Marker Sammy Watkins snap count, and 5 observations from the stats [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Watkins' struggles went beyond the stat sheet and the one play he took off. Pro Football Focus graded him as at -4.0, a grade worse than only two other players on the Bills' offense. EJ Manuel's quarterback rating when throwing to Watkins was 39.6 just a week after it was 137.3 when throwing to Watkins against the Dolphins. Needless to say, Watkins will have better days.'

Marker Bills WR and special teams ace to miss 4-6 weeks, according to report [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Buffalo Bills wide receiver and special teams ace Marcus Easley is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a sprained MCL, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.'

Marker It’s Always Dangerous to Believe in the Bills [1:53 AM]
Grantland reports: 'Even last year, they nearly upset the Patriots in Week 1, and went 2-2 through September with wins over the Panthers and Ravens. Manuel had been a horrible reach in the first round, but he actually looked pretty decent. Things were looking up. Then they lost eight of their last 12, and … yep, 6-10 for the fourth time in five years.'

Marker Bills flunk litmus test in losing to Chargers [1:52 AM]
AP reports: '"You're not going to win every game. It's how it is," defensive back Corey Graham said. "You're going to have losses. You're going to have setbacks."'

Marker Bills WR Easley's knee injury being evaluated [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'Coach Doug Marrone declined Monday to reveal the severity or nature of the injury. He says Easley is still being evaluated.'

Marker Tired rotation? Bills corners failing to find groove [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Gilmore played 49 of 66 defensive snaps, McKelvin played 46, and Graham 33, though some of those come at safety due to injuries to Aaron Williams and Da'Norris Searcy. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 18 of 25 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns, didn't have a ball intercepted and only one of his seven incompletions was the result of a breakup, that by Graham.'

Marker Bills believe Rivers should be ready for Houston [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“We're gonna put him back and see how he is moving around the field first,” Marrone said. “I think he should be ready to come back.”'

Marker Robey's time takes a hit: Bills' playtime percentages vs. San Diego [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Cornerback Nickell Robey was benched for, what it seemed to be, poor play against the San Diego offense. Robey accounted for only 42-percent of the snaps, even though the Chargers were in three-wide receiver sets a majority of the time. Robey was replaced by Ron Brooks, who received 35-percent of snaps on defense.'

Marker Fast facts: 11 things to know after the Chargers game [1:47 AM] reports: 'Sammy Watkins’ 13 receptions through the first three games are tied for the second most in team history (Haven Moses, 1968 and Josh Reed, 2002). RB Joe Cribbs has the most receptions with 15 in 1980.'

September 22, 2014

Marker Chargers roll over Bills, 22-10 [1:20 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And, with the exception of the special teams, which had a third straight solid game, though exerting little impact on the outcome, Buffalo’s defeat was a collective effort.'

Marker RB Brown up to task for Chargers [1:20 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I love winning, so whatever it takes to win, that’s what I’m here for and that’s what I’m here to do,” said Brown, who ran for 261 yards and a touchdown against another Buffalo team, the UB Bulls, in the 2009 Independence Bowl, in his final game at Connecticut. “Whether it’s one carry or all the carries, whenenever your number’s called, just make the most of the opportunity.”'

Marker Chargers with three sacks, one safety [1:19 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Chargers three sacks of Manuel were recorded by linebacker Dwight Freeney, the former Colt, and ends Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes. It was the second of the year for both Freeney and Liuget, tops on the team, and the first for Reyes.'

Marker When will EJ Manuel give Buffalo Bills fans a reason to believe? [8:12 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'I see Manuel float and overthrow passes. I see an awkward delivery. I see spotty accuracy. I see a guy who always takes the safe route instead of taking a shot.'

Marker Up-tempo Chargers knock Bills out of sync [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A Buffalo defense that had given up only one play of more than 20-plus yards in its first two games gave up six such plays Sunday.'

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