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Buffalo Bills News - August 1, 2014

Marker Bills training camp just another challenge in life filled with obstacles for Anthony 'Boobie' Dixon [6:26 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"That's something I always do," Dixon said. "I'm a guy with some personality. I play this game with a loose focus. At the same time, I always tell the guys, 'I'm definitely focused.' I'm definitely loose at all times. I'm having fun, man. I love it."'

Marker Bills fan group and Texas A&M reach settlement over ‘12th man’ trademark dispute [6:25 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We are absolutely thrilled with the results of our negotiations,” said Charles “Chuckie” Sonntag, a double amputee and cancer survivor, and one of four co-founders of the group.'

Marker Bills offense will face 1st test against Giants [5:24 PM]
AP reports: '"Obviously we want to go out there and put out a great product," Manuel said. "It's national TV. It's the kickoff of the NFL season so obviously we want to start off with a bang."'

Marker Is EJ Manuel the man to get Buffalo back to playoffs? [4:07 PM]
CBS Sports reports: 'If things go well then I could see the Bills going 9-7. If they are mediocre then 7-9 looks like the call.'

Marker Bills' Watkins can't wait to play his first game [4:05 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Not only are the Bills going to be playing in the Hall of Fame Game, but Andre Reed is getting inducted and Jim Kelly has made it to Canton to honor Reed and do the coin toss before the game. Bills history matters to Watkins, “Just to have the guys that made the Bills franchise there will be great. To see those guys honored on the steps of the Hall of Fame is a big pleasure and we’re going to be there for him.”'

Marker From Walmart to the NFL, Jajuan Harley's story [4:04 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I needed money,” he said. “So I went to every job you could name. I thought about the military. I tried getting a janitor position, Pet Smart, any job you could think of. Wal-Mart happened to hire me for $7.73 per hour. Minimum wage. Working in toys.”'

Marker Brown gives Bills' offense another weapon [4:03 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messen reports: '“My whole thing has been about opportunity,” he said. “Once I get it I'm going to be able to make plays and do things. I'm very confident in my ability to do that when the opportunity is given.”'

Marker Gilmore going at full tilt [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Last year, that injury, that was a tough thing to come back from,” Marrone said Thursday after the Bills wrapped up practice at St. John Fisher College. “He’s come out and been like he was in the beginning of last year – prior to the injury. He’s been playing real physical, and he’ll get better and better each day.”'

Marker Only two tight ends healthy for game against Giants [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gragg and Jones are the only healthy tight ends on the Bills’ roster after Lee Smith joined Scott Chandler and Tony Moeaki on the sidelines for Thursday’s practice at St. John Fisher College. Smith has a lower-body injury, coach Doug Marrone said afterward, while Chandler has been out since Sunday with a groin injury and Moeaki is sidelined by a hamstring problem.'

Marker Playing time uncertain [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Doug Marrone said a decision on how much the starters will play in Sunday’s preseason opener against the New York Giants won’t be made until after practice tonight, when Marrone sees who is healthy enough to play.'

Marker Wilson’s intent for Bills a mystery [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Instead, Wilson’s will – filed in Wayne County Probate Court last month and obtained by The Buffalo News this week – leaves all the important details of his estate to a trust agreement that, under Michigan law, is not public.'

Marker Toughness and work ethic propel Reed to Hall of Fame [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I told Mr. Ralph Wilson at the time when we took Andre in the fourth round that he was better than Chris Burkett,” said Elbert Dubenion, the former great Bills receiver who scouted Reed for Buffalo. “It was good to be right.”'

Marker Andre played like a giant in Bills’ big games [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 21 playoff games, Reed caught 85 passes for 1,229 yards.'

Marker Kelly wouldn’t miss Reed’s big day for the world [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m sure it was part of the motivation for Jim,” Jill said. “Certainly, he’s motivated by his faith, his girls and his family, the things he holds very close to him. But every time Andre went to visit Jim, they talked about that.'

Marker Ross Cockrell duking it out for roster spot [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"He's done a nice job," said coach Doug Marrone. "It's very early to maybe label him or put ceilings on him; let's see where he goes."'

Marker Tight end Lee Smith misses practice [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Thursday, Lee Smith sat out practice with what coach Doug Marrone termed a “lower body injury,” thus joining Scott Chandler and Tony Moeaki on the sidelines. That means the top three guys on the depth chart were down, and the only available tight ends were Chris Gragg and newcomer Dominque Jones.'

Marker Donald Trump, Terry Pegula advance to next round of bidding, according to report [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The next stage of the process involves the bidders meeting with Morgan Stanley, the banking firm in charge of the sale on behalf of late owner Ralph Wilson's estate. At that meeting, bidders will receive financial information, and Bills president Russ Brandon is expected to give a presentation, according to the Associated Press. After that, formal bids will be due.'

Marker Doug Marrone, Tom Coughlin give Bills-Giants Hall of Fame Game a Syracuse feel [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The connection runs a bit deeper than that, though. Coughlin has been a mentor for Marrone. "I have a lot of respect for him. I've always followed him, always admired the work that he’s done, and like I said before, we used to meet once a year," Marrone said. "I’d go and talk to him and he helped me out quite a bit."'

Marker EJ Manuel happy with offensive line despite Chris Williams injury, and 5 observations [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Those guys have done a great job, especially this week," Manuel said. "Picking up defenses blitzes, their looks. They're communicating very well at the line of scrimmage. That allows us to really pick it up.'

Marker Finalists named in Bills sale, status of Toronto trio up in air [1:47 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Clarity was not immediately forthcoming.'

Marker Jon Bon Jovi or Terry Pegula? [1:46 AM]
National Post reports: 'Are the Canadians going to win the auction? It does not look promising.'

Marker Tisch has questions for Trump over Bills ownership [1:45 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Tisch said he would ask Trump about his views on ownership, and what he could add to an NFL team.'

Marker Buffalo's Andre Reed made the most of his opportunities [1:44 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '“When you compare him to some of his contemporaries, I think he stacks up very well,” said former teammate Steve Tasker, a wide receiver who is widely considered one of the greatest special teams players of all time. “He played a big role in some enormous games for the team we played on. Over the stretch of a seven-year period, from ’88 to the 1994 Super Bowl, our team was as good as it got."'

Marker Tandem of Reed, Kelly were prolific [1:43 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '“I’m telling you, they were spot on. You would see them before practice talking about it. After practice, after they’d been through an hour-and-a-half practice running routes, those two guys would stay over practicing short routes and different scenarios."'

Marker Reed had key role in epic comeback [1:42 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '“Some of my assistant coaches were urging me to kick a field goal,” Levy recalls. “Frank looked at me and kept pointing at me, like ‘I’ve got the play.’ The play was a pass over the middle in a crowd of guys you can’t imagine. He grabbed it and went in for the touchdown.”'

Marker Watkins gives Browns fans reason to watch HOF Game [1:41 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'He holds no ill feelings toward the Browns. “It’s not about going out there and showing them what they missed,” Watkins said. “It’s about going out there and playing my game, getting the win and getting off the field. There’s no hard feelings. It was a business decision they made. I’m happy where I’m at.”'

Marker Texas A&M settles on ’12th Man’ trademark dispute with Buffalo Bills fans [1:40 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: '“We’re really pleased with the way the university handled the dispute and we fully recognize Texas A&M is the owner of the ’12th Man’ trademark,” Sonntag was quoted as saying in a joint press release from his group and Texas A&M. “We’ve already started operations under Bills Fan Thunder and will continue our fight to keep the Bills franchise in Buffalo.”'

Marker Trump selected to advance in Bills' sale process [1:39 AM]
AP reports: 'Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that the real estate mogul has been chosen to advance to the next round of bidding to purchase the team. Cohen said he was informed of the decision by Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the sale of the team for late owner Ralph Wilson's estate.'

Marker Bills playing time still not decided [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“No, we're going to wait to discuss that until after tomorrow night's practice so we know who's available and who's not, things like that. The expectation is that we're going to play the game to win.”'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 10 [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Going hand in hand with Manuel’s early prowess was the pair of plays Watkins made at the beginning of practice during team drills.'

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