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Buffalo Bills News - August 12, 2014

Marker Bills seventh-round pick has high expectations [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I always expect the best,” Johnson said after Sunday’s training camp practice. “I want to be a starter. I didn’t come here just to be a role guy, just to make the team. I came here to take somebody’s spot.”'

Marker Bon Jovi, associates in the mix [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The group was allowed to rebid after reports suggested its initial offer July 29 was insufficient because it was “uncompetitively low” and failed to make the required assurances that the team would remain in Western New York for the long haul, according to the Sun report.'

Marker Brandon Spikes brings toughness to Bills’ defense [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Obviously, we’ve had words on the field, we’ve hit each other,” Wood said. “Some of the hardest hits I’ve had have been against Spikes, but we’re bringing toughness to this team and I don’t think there’s a tougher ‘Mike’ linebacker from an offensive line’s standpoint to go against in the NFL than Brandon Spikes.”'

Marker Sammy, Tommy Watkins sign autographs at Frontier Field [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I think they already have a new mayor in town," Tommy said with a smile.'

Marker Colts coach Chuck Pagano wears 'Kelly Tough' T-shirt to honor Jim Kelly [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Jim as you know is going through some tough times," Pagano said after Colts practice Monday. "Just to be able to support Jim and his family ... the circumstances and adversity that he's been through. Not only battling cancer right now and fighting that, but everything that he has been through. He is one tough cookie. We think about Jim all the time. He is always in our thoughts and prayers. I know that he has the right mindset and the willpower to get through this thing.''

Marker Toronto group advances to final phase of Bills sale [1:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The group is scheduled to meet with the seller and its transaction team on Tuesday in Manhattan.'

Marker Bills' visit to Steelers adds a competitive wrinkle to training camp [1:53 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '“You might see a fight here or there,” Gilbert said. “A lot of guys are going to want to prove a point. This is the preseason and a lot of guys are fighting for roster spots. I think this brings the best out of everybody.”''

Marker Pritzker family member passes on bid for Buffalo Bills [1:52 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Michael Vlock, in an interview with the Tribune on Monday, said he made “early inquiries” into the team but decided not to pursue a bid. Vlock said he and his wife, Karen Pritzker, have a business partner in Buffalo who is passionate about the city and reached out to them.'

Marker Watkins family shows off athleticism in Rochester [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I definitely was nervous,” said Sammy, flashing a humble smile. “At first I told myself I was going to throw it as hard as I can. And then I came out and said nah, I’m just going to get it there, try to strike him out.”'

Marker Chuck Pagano supports ''Kelly Tough'' [1:50 AM]
Colts.com reports: 'The Colts head coach showed his support for the former Bills quarterback Monday, who is battling cancer for a second time.'

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August 11, 2014

Marker Doug Marrone says relationship with Mike Williams is better than it was at Syracuse [10:37 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's been outstanding," Marrone said. "He really has. I think, and Mike knows this, I think it’ll be a big transition when we go back to Buffalo for him. I don't think you could have asked for anyone to have had as good of an attitude, worked as hard as he has, have made plays like he has."'

Marker Is Manuel 'The Man?' [10:34 AM]
Livingston County News reports: '“I think the offense as a whole really revolves around EJ and his development,” second-year wide receiver Robert Woods said. "I think he progressed a lot from his first year, with all the offseason training and this whole camp should be an example of how hard he’s worked. He’s handled a lot of adversity and is starting to play well.”'

Marker Lewis, Tuel jockey for Bills’ backup QB spot [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It appears Tuel has a slight edge on Lewis, based on the fact Tuel served as the No. 2 for the exhibition opener against the New York Giants. Lewis took his turn as No. 2 in Friday’s game at Carolina.'

Marker Player tempers run hot; Williams catching on [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’ve been here I don’t even know how long, three weeks?” Jackson said. “You can expect that on a hot day. We haven’t had a break for a little while, so you can expect that out here. It’s part of training camp, though. We go back in the locker room and it’s left out on the field.”'

Marker Attention grabbers [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The running backs and defensive backs got into a yapping and shoving match at midfield during individual drills..'

Marker Confronting death is what we all share [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Since then, my father has been interviewed numerous times and I guess due to his ongoing battle with cancer, the topic of death naturally comes up. And every time it does, he confronts it with those same words, “I’m not afraid to die.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills have strong running back corps [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I think it’s going to be very important,” said running back C.J. Spiller, who is at the top of a deep and talented depth chart. “I think it’s going to take a lot of pressure off EJ. I think if we have our running game going, he’ll feel more comfortable relying on that."'

Marker Bills sign cornerback Sam Miller, waive cornerback Michael Carter [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills were one of 27 teams at Miller's pro day back in April when the cornerback and punt returner ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and had 10-foot, 2.5-inch broad jump as well as a 38-inch vertical. He averaged 13.1 yards on eight punt returns in his final college season.'

Marker Aaron Williams, Boobie Dixon bring intensity to goal-line drill, and 5 observations from Bills train [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You can't stop this!" Dixon shouted at his teammates.'

Marker Bills fans are drunkest in the NFL, according to author who visited every stadium in 2013 [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"But what I remember most of all here is the wild atmosphere, one of the craziest I saw during my travels, with much of it due to excessive alcohol consumption. As you can probably guess, Bills fans are the drunkest I witnessed on my trip. That is true before, during and after the game."'

Marker Bills sign CB Miller [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'To make room for Miller, the Bills released cornerback Michael Carter. Carter originally joined the Bills as a free agent in May.'

Marker Bills' Brown again makes strong statement at RB [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"In my mind, Bryce Brown is a very talented running back who has the potential to start in the NFL," coach Doug Marrone said after the Carolina game. "When he's in the game, I think he's one of the better players on the field, so his production is not surprising to any of us."'

Marker Bills welcome OT Glenn back from injury [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Yeah, it was frustrating not being out here with the fellas and working every day with them, but I'm back now and I'm just trying to knock off the rust," said Glenn.'

Marker Bills sign CB Miller, release Carter [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Miller, 22, tried out during the Bills' minicamp. He played nine games last seasons with Florida International, recording 33 tackles and returning eight punts for 105 yards.'

Marker Emotions are spilling over for the Bills [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'When it comes to trash talking and competing, Anthony Dixon doesn’t take a backseat to anybody. He said, “It’s just competition, competition brings out the best in us. Those guys they’ve got a little something to them and we’ve got a little something to us, but we’re all brothers and we’re just making each other better.” Dixon smiled and added, “Sometimes, you get a little angry with your brother and upset with him, so that’s all it is”'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 15 [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'When in doubt, throw it up to Mike Williams. That seems to be part of EJ Manuel’s reasoning over the past couple of weeks. Williams has really stepped up his game over the past two weeks and is proving to be quite the dependable target for Manuel when they need some yards in a tough spot.'

Marker Duke Williams striving to transition to trusted pro [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The true part of my game I’m really trying to work on is off the field and being a pro off the field,” said Williams. “Getting to meetings on time, reading my playbook, taking care of my body and really being on top of my game as far as everything off the field and everything on the field is going to take care of itself. It’s all about maturity. That’s the biggest leap for your first year to your second year.”'

Marker 4 things to take from Sunday’s practice [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'RB Boobie Dixon, continues to practice as if it’s still third and one with one yard for the score. Sunday in practice, Dixon wasn’t soaring through the air but ran the ball with a ferocity to make one think it was the playoffs, not the preseason.'

Marker Bills sign CB Sam Miller [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Miller spent time with the Bills earlier this year on a try-out basis during the team’s minicamp. The 5-10, 190 pound Florida International product played in nine games in 2013 during his senior season for the Panthers, recording 33 tackles and returning eight punts for 105 yards. Miller is 22 and a native of Miami, FL.'

August 10, 2014

Marker Aquilini Investment Group kicks tires on Buffalo Bills purchase then backs off [8:34 AM]
Vancouver Province reports: '“I’m always exploring potential business opportunities and I’m passionate about sports, so this is something that interested me,” Aquilini said in a prepared statement. “However, we are not planning to pursue the opportunity further.”'

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