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Buffalo Bills News - July 31, 2014

Marker Bills' Fred Jackson expects big season from ground game [1:30 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"We’re throwing a lot of stuff in from the play book" Jackson said. Its not like we are focusing on one thing, one week. We pretty much have the whole offense going in right now so a lot of guys are struggling with that. It’s a lot of information to retain."'

Marker Fred Jackson signs extension with Bills [1:29 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Jackson signed the new agreement just prior to the team’s afternoon training camp practice at St. John Fisher. The 33-year old is coming off a season in which he posted a career-high nine rushing touchdowns and led the team with 10 total scores. His 1,277 all-purpose yards was the third highest single-season total of his career. Jackson also pulled in a single-season career best 47 receptions.'

Marker Fred Jackson: ''I just love to play this game'' [1:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I want to thank Russ [Brandon], Doug [Whaley], the late, great Mr. Wilson for the opportunity to be able to play here. Every player’s dream is to be able to play with one team for their entire career, and this extension gives me the opportunity to do that. I’ve had a lot of support with me throughout the years, obviously you see my kids are here, they’re always here. My wife has done a tremendous job supporting me, doing everything she can do to make sure I’m able to come out here and compete with these young bucks, so I’m excited about it. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to continue to come out here and play and get this thing turned around. Hopefully we can do that sooner rather than later.'

Marker 4 things to take from Wednesday’s practice [1:27 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'At the outset of practices when individual position drills reached a conclusion the offensive and defensive linemen went to one end of the field and worked on the run game. There were three groups of offensive and defensive linemen stretched across the field along with linebackers and backs and tight ends. Though each lineup pitted just a couple of linemen and a tight end against a couple of linemen and a pair of linebackers the intensity of the drill was palpable.'

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July 30, 2014

Marker Rookie LB Brown looking to make impact with Bills [4:10 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“He's been impressive so far, but practice is different than games,” the defensive coordinator said. “There's a different nature to being out there when there's real action going on out there and he's under the clock and a different offense and those things. That's really the hallmark of a player, is what he does on game day. But he's given us every indication that he's ready for it.”'

Marker More bids for Buffalo Bills are possible [1:09 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'But, the initial bids are just an early step in what is a very complicated sale process. It is possible the Wilson estate trustees, led by his widow, Mary, and longtime chief financial officer Jeff Littman, could instruct Morgan Stanley and Proskauer Rose to re-open the bidding. The Bills are a privately-held business venture and bidding procedures can be adjusted, if the trustees so determine.'

Marker Bills working to plug those gaps to stop the run [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I feel it’s a mentality by the front seven,” said linebacker Nigel Bradham. “Even in the back end, by them coming up with safety support and the corners playing on the edge. It’s all about mentality. We have to come out every day with the mentality we’re going to stop the run no matter what.”'

Marker Where is Golisano in Bills bidding? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Preliminary bids were due at Morgan Stanley, the Bills’ investment banker, at 5 p.m. And while a Morgan Stanley spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment, bidders expected to join the fray include Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, billionaire Donald Trump, a Toronto group that involves rock star Jon Bon Jovi and possibly former Sabres owner B. Thomas Golisano.'

Marker Bills QB coach is all EJ, all the time [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Youth continues to be served on Doug Marrone's Buffalo staff. Gone are the rocking chairs used by Dick Jauron and Chan Gailey. The Shady Rest is now a Sandals. Five-hour Energy has sacked Geritol.'

Marker As bids for Buffalo Bills come in, stadium group watches and waits [1:56 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“It’s bearing on the location of the stadium is only insofar as it starts to narrow the pool of who prospective owners could be,” said Mayor Paul Dyster, who was named to the New Stadium Working Group formed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year.'

Marker Fans favor Terry Pegula over Donald Trump, Jon Bon Jovi in ownership search [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You don't even have to ask that question," Bills fan Michael Thomas said after practice on Friday. "C'mon, it has to be Pegula. Anybody but Bon Jovi."'

Marker Former Sabres owner Golisano didn’t submit bid to buy Bills [1:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '... the investment bank conducting the sale of the NFL club for the trust of the late Ralph Wilson received only three bids in total, said a source closely involved in the bid process.'

Marker Bidding for Buffalo Bills kicks off [1:53 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Anyone moving the Bills from Buffalo before their lease expires in 2022 would be hit with $400 million in penalties (although there’s a $28 million escape clause after the 2019 season). But the involvement of Rogers and Tanenbaum — and a report earlier this week that their bid group had explored Toronto-area stadium sites — gives hope to NFL fans in this city.'

Marker First-round Buffalo Bills bids top $1 billion [1:52 AM]
New York Post reports: '“I put in a bid in which the team would absolutely be kept in Buffalo,” Trump told The Post.'

Marker Bills great Andre Reed: ‘Man, f–k Bon Jovi’ [1:51 AM]
New York Post reports: '“Man, f–k Bon Jovi,” legendary Bills receiver Andre Reed, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend, told New York Magazine. “You might as well just take this city, throw it in the river, and let it go down Niagara Falls.”'

Marker Bills legend Andre Reed on potential new Buffalo owner: 'F--- Bon Jovi' [1:50 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'As for Reed, his contempt goes far beyond rock stars-turned-potential NFL team owners. The seven-time Pro Bowl receiver saved his harshest criticism for Cleveland Browns rookie Jonny Manziel.'

Marker Bon Jovi's Buffalo hot sauce [1:49 AM]
Ocala Star Banner reports: 'I respect Bon Jovi. Always have. That's why I'd suggest to him to sit this one out.'

Marker Trump says his Buffalo Bills bid unlikely to win [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen tells The Associated Press the Trump bid package will be submitted Tuesday.'

Marker Former Bills WR Reed blasts Bon Jovi, Manziel [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Man, (expletive) Bon Jovi!" Reed told New York Magazine. "You might as well just take this city, throw it in the river, and let it go down Niagara Falls." Reed also was critical of Manziel, citing a recent tweet by Johnny Football calling LeBron James "my guy" after the Akron native announced that he was returning home to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers.'

Marker Former Florida State DB Jajuan Harley turns in Walmart badge for shot with Bills [1:46 AM]
Yahoo! Sports reports: 'He arrived here with 71 cents in his bank account.'

Marker Bills enter next chapter of sale: so what's next? [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, rocker Jon Bon Jovi (along with MLSE’s Larry Tanenbaum and Edward Rogers of Rogers Communication), former Sabres owner Tom Golisano and Donald Trump are the four most publicly known names linked to the sale of the team. It is likely that the Bills will receive other nonbinding bids by the end of the business day on Tuesday in addition to those four.'

July 29, 2014

Marker Jon Bon Jovi Is the Most Hated Man in Buffalo [10:07 AM]
New York Magazine reports: 'But as rich as Bon Jovi is—his band ranks 13th on Forbes’ “Celebrity 100,” and his personal estimated net worth approaches $300 ­million—NFL ownership is reserved only for the wealthiest: The Bills are the NFL’s third-least-valuable ­franchise, ahead of only Jacksonville and Oakland, but are still expected to sell for more than $1 billion. Bon Jovi couldn’t buy the team on his own, so he has teamed up with a group of businessmen in Toronto who own the Maple Leafs, the Raptors, and the Air Canada Centre, where he has played 19 concerts since 2000.'

Marker Mike Williams gets fresh start with Bills [9:17 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“Mike is going to be a huge asset for us out wide,” Manuel said. “He's a guy who, in the red zone, teams will know we're going to him, and even though they'll know I'm throwing to him, he'll still be able to come down with some balls. Sammy (Watkins) is showing it too. He can go up high and get the ball, and as a quarterback, that's awesome. It gives me a lot more room for error as far as when I throw the ball up to a guy, just wanting to give him an opportunity to make a play.”'

Marker Manuel continues to improve [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Manuel has not looked great the first week of training camp. He has looked good at times. He has made some sharp, impressive throws. His arm strength is excellent. But there are enough times in every practice in which he doesn’t get the ball out of his hands quickly to make one pause. Should he look more sure of himself?'

Marker Glenn should be ready for opener [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A sign the Bills aren’t in crisis mode at left tackle is their reluctance to acquire veteran help such as free-agent Eric Winston. Rookie tackle Seantrel Henderson, a wild card with a checkered past that caused him to plummet into the seventh round, has held down the fort quite well so far.'

Marker Tempers flare at practice [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'WR Chris Hogan caught everything in sight. The starting defensive line was stellar. Ron Brooks had a great interception. EJ Manuel hit a pretty bomb to Marquise Goodwin.'

Marker Initial bids for Bills to be submitted [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Expected to submit notifications are Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula; the Toronto-based group with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment executive Larry Tanenbaum and rock star Jon Bon Jovi; former Sabres owner Tom Golisano; and billionaire developer Donald Trump. Other possibilities include bond investor Jeffrey Gundlach of Amherst and Pabst Brewing Company owner C. Dean Metropoulos.'

Marker Bills' Searcy, Williams engaged in position battle [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'He is the starter at strong safety as training camp rolls into its second week at St. John Fisher College, and while he's being pushed by second-year player Duke Williams, Searcy is confident that it's his job to lose.'

Marker Macky MacPherson forced to defend himself during fight in Bills training camp practice [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"That's just two guys playing football," MacPherson said after practice. "That happens."'

Marker Donald Trump on becoming Bills owner: 'Chances are very, very unlikely' [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I like buying things, so we’ll see what happens," Trump said. "I’ll put a bid in and we’ll see. I would be good. The team is Buffalo, as you know. We’ll see what happens."'

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