Buffalo Bills News - April 23, 2014

Marker Bills' Marrone confirms cancerous mole removal [4:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'On the Bills website, a mysterious story was posted saying that Marrone had a "BLANK TYPE OF CANCER" under a headline that read "Coach Marrone Announces He Has Cancer." The story was removed Tuesday night, and prompted the Bills to release Marrone's statement.'

Marker Schumer confident Buffalo Bills will stay in town [4:28 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“As I have said before, we’re studying now and it would be premature to talk about a specific owner, a specific location,” Schumer said. “We should look at everything as we will.”'

Marker Bills re-sign 3 exclusive rights free agents [4:26 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Buffalo Bills re-signed three exclusive rights free agents, wide receiver Chris Hogan, offensive lineman Antoine McClain and fullback Frank Summers, the team announced Tuesday.'

Marker Bills coach Marrone had cancerous mole removed [4:25 AM]
AP reports: '"That's basically the end of the story," Marrone said. "The recent extraction procedure will have no effect on my ability to coach the team moving forward."'

Marker NFL needs characters like Spikes [4:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Spikes seemed to brace for a backlash, but it certainly wasn’t coming from me Tuesday. Are you kidding? The NFL needs more guys like him, more characters who are unafraid to share their opinions without worrying about getting buried by the very media that begs for colorful personalities.'

Marker Marrone pumped as players begin workouts [4:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’re extremely excited as coaches and as an organization when the players start coming back in this building,” coach Doug Marrone said. “Even though you’re limited to doing a lot of things and we know it’s voluntary, it’s great to see the players back – knowing that we do have a lot of hard work ahead of us. Coming off a disappointing season last year, we look forward to that hard work.”'

Marker Bills coach Doug Marrone has cancerous mole removed from skin [4:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Marrone spoke with reporters at length on Tuesday morning, the first day of voluntary offseason conditioning workouts for the Bills’ players. He looked fit, appeared in good spirits and made no mention of any health problems.'

Marker No off button to EJ’s offseason [4:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I might have took just one week after I left Buffalo to hang out with my family. Then after that I was pretty much getting myself back healthy and getting smarter in the film room.”'

Marker Bills release statement from Doug Marrone [4:21 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"During a recent doctor's visit, it was discovered that I had a cancerous mole on my skin, which has since been removed.'

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April 22, 2014

Marker Bills QB Manuel eager to shed rookie questions [10:42 PM]
AP reports: '"I feel fine. I feel normal," Manuel said, adding there were no limitations placed on him during Tuesday's workout. "I'm very eager to play a full 16-game regular season."'

Marker Bills' Manuel begins journey to prove himself as starter [10:08 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '"A year after you’re drafted you have one year under your belt so I know you usually want to make that big jump from your rookie year to your second year, your sophomore year," Manuel said. "I’m eager about it. I’m very excited and I think I’m taking the right steps right now. I tried to jot down everything I felt I needed to work on and I felt like I made the proper steps up to this point and helped myself get prepared for that so now it’s just staying a part of the plan."'

Marker Lawsuit alleges Bills cheerleaders told how to wash 'intimate areas' and given 'jiggle tests' [10:06 PM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'It is also alleged that select Jills who worked during the squad’s annual golf tournament were reqired to wear bikinis and go into a dunk tank where they would be dunked in water by tournament participants. They were also “auctioned off” and had to ride around in golf carts with winning bidders – sometimes sitting on their laps due to lack of seats – for the duration of the tournament. There was also a “Flip for Tips” promotion, where cheerleaders would do acrobatics for gratuities but weren’t allowed to keep the money.'

Marker Stevie: ''I'm confident in the squad so far'' [10:05 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I think they’ve made a lot of improvements. They made good additions to the team. We’ll see how it all plays out when we get on the field together. I’m confident in the squad so far it’s only the first day, but a lot of guys showed up. I think it’s a good move.'"'

Marker Bills QB EJ Manuel healthy and eager [10:04 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“To have all that stuff done, the whole process out of the way,” Manuel said of the laborious pre-draft ritual he had to endure last year, “and just being able to focus from January to this point getting ready for September is great for me. I know my teammates, I know who I’m working with, they know me. We’ve hung out, had a good time, so it’s a lot better.”'

Marker Buffalo Jills’ lawsuit cites mistreatment, wage law violations [10:03 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I could not go back because of the harassment and the way we were treated,” she said, citing degrading sexual comments and inappropriate touching at the Jills annual golf tournament.'

Marker Bills on Monday night? We should know this week [4:05 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to multiple reports, the National Football League is expected to announce the 2014 schedule Wednesday or Thursday.'

Marker 5 former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders sue over pay [4:00 PM]
AP reports: 'At a news conference with their attorney, Frank Dolce, two members of the Buffalo "Jills" squad said they were wrongly classified as independent contractors by Stejon Productions, which failed to pay them for hundreds of hours of work.'

Marker WR Mike Evans, two others visit Bills Tuesday [3:59 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Evans declared for the draft as a redshirt sophomore following two seasons that yielded back-to-back 1,000 yard campaigns. Over those two years, the 6-foot-5, 231-pound wide receiver brought in 151 receptions for 2,499 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is widely considered to be the second-best at his position behind Clemson's Sammy Watkins, and there is much speculation that Evans will be selected in the top 10.'

Marker Bills Draft Outlook: Cornerback [3:58 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If the Bills stand pat at ninth overall, it would be a bit of a stretch to consider one of the top cornerbacks being in consideration for that pick. Based on the talent level of this draft that will likely push the top cornerbacks down the draft order, the Bills could be in prime territory at 41st overall to land a cornerback that could have been selected in the first round during weaker draft years. They’ve been bringing in numerous fringe-first round cornerback types, and some that could even be available in the third round. It would not be surprising at all if the Bills used a Day Two selection on the position, considering the type of pressure that will be put on them this coming season.'

Marker Bills re-sign three exclusive rights free agents [3:58 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills have re-signed three exclusive rights free agents: WR Chris Hogan, OL Antoine McClain and FB Frank Summers.'

Marker Top WR Evans, C Martin, RB McKinnon visit Bills [3:57 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills welcomed in a prospect that is considered to be among the elite prospects in the entire draft class Tuesday. Texas A&M WR Mike Evans toured One Bills Drive and met with Buffalo’s offensive staff. He was joined by USC center Marcus Martin and Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon.'

Marker Bills begin offseason program [3:57 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'These nine-week programs are conducted in three phases, per the collective bargaining agreement...'.

Marker Bills agree to $3 million settlement in fan’s text-message lawsuit [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The Buffalo Bills have reached a settlement in this matter which we believe is in the best interest of our organization and our fans. The purpose of the Bills’ voluntary, opt-in text messaging program was to provide our fans with information they requested about the team. The organization maintains that our text messaging program was in compliance with the law,” Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said in a statement Monday.'

Marker Reed joins group trying to keep Bills in Buffalo [1:58 AM]
AP reports: '"I'm going to use that platform any way I can to gain more speed for this alliance to keep the team here," said Reed, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. "For a guy like Ralph Wilson, who made my life so good, it's kind of an obligation for me to give back to what Ralph started there in Buffalo."'

Marker Bills Draft Outlook: Offensive Tackle [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If the Bills stay at ninth overall, the overwhelming speculation is that they’ll use their first-round pick to find themselves a starting right tackle. If Jake Matthews is still available when the Bills logo pops up and they’re on the clock, the team would have a hard time passing up on someone with his type of pedigree and experience at a high level. If the top two tackles are gone, the Bills could select Michigan’s Taylor Lewan at ninth overall, or they may elect to wait for one of their Day Two selections to find their new starting right tackle. Regardless of when they address the position, the Bills could still elect to draft another offensive tackle late on Day Three to develop in addition to the earlier selection. At the very least, they’ll sign an undrafted free agent to compete for a roster spot.'

Marker Bills host Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller on visit [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Fuller entered the draft after a successful and highly productive career with the Hokies. During his senior season he paired with teammate Antone Exum as one of the country's top cornerback duos, challenging opponents by taking away a good portion of their passing game. In his senior year, Fuller had 24 tackles, two interceptions and two tackles for loss.'

Marker DB Kyle Fuller has pre-draft visit with Bills [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'He’s just 190 pounds, but the six-foot Fuller plays a lot bigger and more aggressive than his stature might indicate. The Virginia Tech product was a three time All-ACC performer for the Hokies thanks to his anticipation and nose for the football.'

April 21, 2014

Marker Trump calls on his ‘Buffalo guys’ [1:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I believe the success of his trip in January had a lot to do with his interest,” Caputo said. “The way we rolled out Buffalo for him made him feel welcome and as a place he’d like to do business. He’s as much as said that.”'

Marker Former Bills WR Donald Jones swaps playing cleats [1:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“My love of baseball started back when I was little,” Jones said. “I played Little League, and I played all the way through high school. But I just loved the football atmosphere, so I really stuck with football. Plus, it was a faster route to the NFL than baseball would have been getting to the big leagues. I liked scoring touchdowns and I liked dancing in the end zone, so I stuck with it. But I always loved baseball.”'

Marker Jim Kelly thanks fans on Instagram, vows he 'will be back' from cancer [1:02 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly reached out to fans and well-wishers over the weekend by posting a video on Instagram promising he “will be back” from his fight against cancer.'

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