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Buffalo Bills News - September 20, 2014

Marker Bills' Woods probable, confident he'll play [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Woods is one of five different players deemed as ‘probable’ for the game, which means they all have at least a 75-percent chance of playing on Sunday. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (ribs), guard Chris Williams (back), tight end Lee Smith (toe) and defensive tackle Stefan Charles (hip) all received that specific designation.'

Marker How often does Jim Schwartz call a Bills blitz? [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'For a point of reference, Pettine's 2013 defense in Buffalo had more than double the blitz attempts than Schwartz did in Detroit. The Bills defense blitzed on 245 of 631 (38.33-percent) passing plays.'

Marker Buffalo Bills enjoy breath of fresh air in positive start to 2014 [1:45 AM] reports: '"It improves your quality of life," Wood said. "It's better going to the grocery store. It's better going to meetings. It's better going to practice. It energizes you each day when you go to the stadium."'

Marker Scouting Report: Bills vs. Chargers [1:44 AM] reports: 'Best advantage – Run defense – The Bills have been stout against the run since the preseason. Allowing just 83 rushing yards a game Buffalo’s front is facing a San Diego rushing attack that has managed just over 75 yards per game (76.5). Without top rusher Ryan Mathews the Chargers could find it a tough go on the ground.'

Marker Sammy Watkins named NFL Rookie of the Week [1:43 AM] reports: 'He is the first Bills rookie WR to post a 100-yard receiving game since Lee Evans in 2004. Five of his eight receptions accounted for first downs.'

Marker Chargers not fazed by coast-to-coast travel [1:42 AM] reports: 'Since the 2009 season, the Chargers are 10-8 when playing at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Last year they were 3-2 when playing on the road against Eastern time zone clubs, including their AFC Wild Card win at Cincinnati. A .600 winning percentage on the road in the NFL is rare, let alone when traveling across three time zones.'

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September 19, 2014

Marker Bills looking ahead, not revisiting the past [2:34 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In short, 30 of the current Bills are in either their first or second year on the roster ... hardly part of the franchise’s fruitless recent history.'

Marker Is EJ Manuel the Buffalo Bills' biggest problem in the red zone? [9:13 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'I do think EJ Manuel has been a bit inaccurate in that part of the field as well. He missed Sammy Watkins for a touchdown in Week 2 and seems to be just a hair off on some throws that could have been touchdowns. It's been only two games, so the red zone issues are nothing to panic about.'

Marker Fracking saved the Bills, and some don’t want to hear it [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Then again, it may just be that the comments by Collins, who supports fracking, forced people to confront an internal conflict over the Pegulas’ purchase of the team. And as if to prove that, when interviewed Thursday, two longtime Buffalo-based opponents of fracking talked as if they liked the notion of the Pegulas owning the Bills almost as much as they loathe fracking.'

Marker Former UB back Oliver could make NFL debut against Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Oliver left UB as the school’s all-time leading rusher with 4,049 career yards, including a single-season record of 1,535 as a senior in 2013, when he was a team captain. His 20 100-yard games is also a Bulls record, and his 33 touchdowns ranks second on the school’s all-time list.'

Marker Reich is all business in return to WNY [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“There are a lot of good memories there, but this is a business trip,” said Reich, who will visit Orchard Park on Sunday as offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers. “I get back there a few times a year for pleasure, but this is a different kind of trip. You go there, you got one task in mind and you focus on that.”'

Marker Bills’ Bradham finds perspective [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“When you play a game that you love, you have to do everything right,” Bradham said with obvious contrition in his voice and face. “You can’t be in those situations to be suspended, and that’s one thing I won’t do anymore because I know how it felt.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills jersey sales up 800 percent since Terry and Kim Pegula agreed to buy team [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Fred Jackson and Sammy Watkins are the two Bills with the most popular jerseys as of late. In the last week, Jackson's jersey has been No. 19 in sales nationwide after being the No. 34 selling jersey this year to date. Watkins, meanwhile, has the No. 2 selling jersey among rookies behind Johnny Manziel. His jersey was also the No. 13 selling jersey among all players in the last week.'

Marker Coaches share a rare bond [1:55 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"When you talk about the brotherhood of the game, you feel it with everyone," Reich said. "With Pete, I feel like we can finish each other's sentences. We have that kind of relationship. There's a real love and trust for all aspects of the relationship, what he is as a person and what he is as a coach, what he brings to the table. It's fun to work with guys like that."'

Marker Frank Reich All Business in Return to Buffalo [1:54 AM] reports: '“It’s good to go back to Buffalo,” he said. “There are a lot of good memories there, but this is a business trip. I get back there a few times a year for pleasure, but this is a different kind of trip. So you go there, you’ve got one task in mind and you focus on that.”'

Marker Friday's San Diego Coverage [1:53 AM] reports:
Chargers coaches share a rare bond (San Diego Union Tribune)
Post-seahawks, injuries might test Bolts (San Diego Union Tribune)
Gates still a slam dunk for Chargers at age 34 (AP)
Frank Reich All Business in Return to Buffalo (
Rivers Reflects on Winning FedEx Air Player of Week (
Wright Blog: "It’s Been a Big Few Weeks for Me" (

Marker Bills WRs Watkins, Woods enjoy complementary start [1:52 AM]
AP reports: '"We used to compete with them," Woods said, referring to the Clemson tandem of Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins. "It was my last year, and one day they had four touchdowns between them. And we were like, 'All right, we've got to get four, too.'"'

Marker Bills WR Woods misses practice with ankle injury [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'Coach Doug Marrone provided no details on the nature or seriousness of the injury except to say Woods was hurt near the end of practice Wednesday.'

Marker San Diego (1-1) at Buffalo (2-0) [1:50 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Chargers 24, Bills 20.'

Marker Week 3 preview: Chargers at Bills [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Our pick: Bills.'

Marker Bills without Woods at Thursday's practice [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Right now, he wouldn't be able to play," the coach said.'

Marker Bills Gameplan: How to Attack the Chargers [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'One way Seattle did it last week which I really liked - and something the Bills worked a lot on in camp and have used a few times already this season - is with QB rollouts. The Hawks got Russell Wilson on the move and gave him options on the edge.'

Marker Bills-Chargers sold out [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills still have club level seats available for the Chargers contest, but all other tickets have been sold. There are said to be only club level seats available for the October 12 matchup with New England and the October 19 game against Minnesota as well.'

Marker Chargers Game Preview [1:45 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Bills 31, Chargers 27.'

Marker Sunday's Bills-Chargers game sold out [1:44 AM] reports: 'In a halftime ceremony, legendary Bills wide receiver Andre Reed will be presented with his official Pro Football Hall of Fame ring by representatives from the Hall of Fame. The first 30,000 fans through the gates will receive an Andre Reed Hall of Fame themed “MyFanClip.”'

September 18, 2014

Marker Trio of rookies key part of Bills 2-0 start [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I thought I’d just be on special teams. Maybe I’d work my way in on situational defenses, goal line, something like that. I never knew I’d be playing so much,” Brown said of his expectations back in the spring after being drafted. “I’m just trying to take it in stride and learn as much as possible.”'

Marker Henderson turns corner with Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It wasn’t just the fact that I smoked pot in college,” Henderson said Wednesday. “I went through a lot of things, family friends and friends dying. I didn’t how to handle them from a distance. At the same time, I had a daughter that I’m away from, which was hard for me.”'

Marker Marrone hopes bad news raises awareness [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s a situation where the league – which obviously I’m not involved with as far as the Manhattan headquarters – but I think it’s an opportunity for them to come out and be able to, whether it be from an awareness standpoint or a policy standpoint, I think it’s an opportunity to for us to do good,” Marrone said after practice Wednesday. “Not just for the NFL, but for all of sports. I hope that gets accomplished, and I’m sure it will.”'

Marker NFL finance committee recommends Pegulas to be Bills owners [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Grubman called the recommendation a crucial step in making the Bills’ transfer from Ralph Wilson’s trust official. That should happen when NFL owners vote at the annual fall meeting Oct. 8 in Manhattan.'

Marker The Bills make teens want to shout [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Many others teens I spoke to agreed that the Ralph is too isolated and said that having a football team in the same area as Coca-Cola Field and First Niagara Center would make Buffalo an even greater place to visit.'

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