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Buffalo Bills News - August 17, 2014

Marker Sammy Watkins leaves Steelers game [1:35 AM] reports: 'Watkins was injured on a 3rd-and-3 play on Buffalo’s opening possession. The receiver was targeted by EJ Manuelon a quick slant. The pass was low and incomplete. The cornerback in coverage Cortez Allen fell to the ground on the play trying to make an attempt at the pass. Converging on the play was Steelers LB Ryan Shazier, who jumped to avoid the fallen Allen. As he lifted his legs to avoid his teammate, his right knee collided with Watkins’ rib cage.'

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August 16, 2014

Marker Argonauts fans plan Bon Jovi CD-burning party [5:22 PM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Rather than being suspicious of Toronto football fans, Knott hopes Bills supporters will see potential allies. “We want Buffalo Bills fans to realize that we’re not the enemy. It’s Rogers and Tanenbaum and Bon Jovi,” said Knott.'

Marker 5 players to watch: Bills-Steelers [5:21 PM] reports: 'Ross Cockrell: The fourth-round pick appears to be getting more and more comfortable in the NFL setting. He looks more willing to trust his instincts now that he has a better handle on the defensive scheme. More plays on the ball in coverage will be an indication that he’s playing faster.'

Marker Sammy Watkins becoming EJ Manuel's go-to target, and 5 things to watch for in Bills-Steelers preseas [4:06 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills allowed the fifth-most rushing yards in the NFL last season, so the run defense has been a point of emphasis for them this offseason. The additions of Brandon Spikes and Keith Rivers seem to be helping. Buffalo's first-team defense has been solid against the run in the first two preseason games and made life tough on the Steelers' running game during joint practices. Saturday is another good test for this unit.'

Marker Is Bills’ Manuel primed for a breakout? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo’s first-team offense still is looking for its first touchdown. On five possessions, it has managed two field goals, two punts and a failed fourth-and-short run near the goal line.'

Marker Just how angry are some Buffalo Bills fans at New Jersey rocker? [1:58 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'A T-shirt was spotted for sale in Buffalo listing the rocker’s name along with Saddam Hussein, Moammar Gadhafi and Osama bin Laden. Each of the latter three has a checkmark. Bon Jovi doesn’t.'

Marker Bills search for progress; Steelers looking to win [1:57 AM]
AP reports: '"I thought we did a pretty good job throwing the ball last time we played in a game," Manuel said. "So we want to continue to carry that over. Not sure how much I will play, but the reps that we are in, we want to make sure we look good."'

Marker 5 things to watch for during Bills - Steelers [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In the team’s first preseason contest versus the New York Giants, the starting offense got their feet wet with a pair of uninspiring drives. EJ Manuel completed only two passes and it riled up nerves for some fans of the team. In their second preseason game against Carolina, Manuel looked much more comfortable in the pocket and finished the day with nine successful completions, two of which that went for significant gains (28 and 32 yards). The common theme between both outings, though, resides in the fact that the first-team offense of the Bills failed to convert any of their drives into one that ended in a touchdown.'

Marker A day in the life: 15 hours of football with Jerry Hughes [1:55 AM] reports: 'Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin checks in. He talks with Kyle Williams and Hughes about what sparked the extracurricular activity earlier in practice. Both coaches have been adamant in their support of an environment that fosters competition. Neither wants that competition to spill over, and Tomlin’s visit confirms that all are in agreement.'

August 15, 2014

Marker Bills hope having depth at cornerback avoids disaster [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Perhaps with those memories still in their minds, the Bills have constructed a roster deep at cornerback this year. Buffalo native Corey Graham was added to the mix as a free agent, while the team also selected Ross Cockrell out of Duke in the fourth round of May’s NFL Draft. They join holdovers Gilmore, McKelvin, Brooks and Nickell Robey to give the Bills a strong top six at the position.'

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.'

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.”'

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