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Buffalo Bills News - August 24, 2014

Marker Unhappy homecoming for Bills [12:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I dont think any of us are happy, coach Doug Marrone said. When you play poorly, you should get booed. It starts with me. Our coaches I told them offensively we need to do a better job.'

Marker Marrone not happy with his backup QBs [12:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Im not going to sit here and say Im satisfied with the backup quarterback, Marrone said. Im not.'

Marker Jim Kelly thanks fans for support in video [12:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Surrounded by a wall of cards in the video, Kelly says: I just want to thank everybody for the well wishes, the cards, the pictures, the prayers, everything that everybody has sent to me as far as well wishes, thank you, thank you, thank you. God bless you.'

Marker A letter to future owner of the Bills [12:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mr. Future Owner, you have enormous shoes to fill! As you take the baton of ownership into the future, I trust that you too will passionately preserve and perpetuate the very things that have made our team great. Its your turn to carry on the legacy. Its your season to encourage and motivate. Its now your time to rally the family to victory. Thank you in advance for providing future memories for me, my family and the countless Buffalo Bills fans across the world.'

Marker Bills offense struggles again in loss to Bucs [12:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'One of the most discouraging performances by a Buffalo offense in a long time. And given this team's pedigree the last 14 years, that's quite a statement.'

Marker Branch inactive following arrest [12:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Alan Branch, it was reported to me that he was arrested, coach Doug Marrone said when asked why Branch was inactive for the game. Im going to meet with him tomorrow. I found out somewhere around noon time, midday. I tried to call him and get ahold of him, and I finally did through someone else. I said, Ill meet with you tomorrow. I dont want to say anything I dont know the truth about. I excused him from being here today.'

Marker Doug Marrone not happy with blowout loss to Tampa Bay [12:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Saturday was supposed to be when the Bills' starters were at their best. Instead, they delivered their worst performance of the preseason in the first half. There is work to be done in Buffalo before the Bills open the regular season in Chicago on Sept. 7.'

Marker Boobie Dixon, Marquise Goodwin unhappy with Buffalo Bills' fans who booed team [12:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don't think they should have done that, especially when the game first started and they weren't as loud as they could have been," Bills running back Anthony Dixon said after the game. "I felt like when we first went out there they (were) looking for something to go wrong."'

Marker EJ Manuel says Buffalo Bills' offense is 'saving' plays for Week 1 game against Chicago Bears [12:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Yeah, there's a few things I was asking for, but of course, (Marrone) said we're saving this and that for the regular season, which I understand," Manuel said. "But at the same time, we still want to go out there and win and we want to score touchdowns, but there are some things we're going to continue saving for Chicago (the regular season opener)."'

Marker EJ Manuel lays an egg, and 5 observations from Week 3 loss [12:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The scoreboard read 24-0, but that didn't tell the whole story. At halftime, Manuel was 9-18 for 67 yards, good for 3.7 yards per attempt. To make matters worse, he threw an interception and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. The Bills' first-team offense allowed a touchdown before it scored one this preseason.'

Marker Buffalo Bills DT Alan Branch arrested, further hurting chances to make team [12:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It's been a tough preseason for Branch. After signing a three-year contract extension with a $3.1 million signing bonus after the 2013 season, he reported to camp out of shape and failed his conditioning test. In last week's preseason game, Branch was surprised he didn't play until the fourth quarter. It led to questions about whether or not he would make the 53-man roster.'

Marker Players weigh in on 'amazing' renovations to Buffalo Bills' facilities at Ralph Wilson Stadium [12:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It was amazing. Our new locker room. The new cafeteria is unbelievable. I didn't really look outside the stadium too much because we come through the back way. From what I heard, it looked amazing. They did a great job. Now it's time for us to get back and get those 'Ws.'"'

Marker Bills offense reeks, and had better improve -- fast [12:47 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'This one bodes horribly for a team coming off three consecutive 6-10 seasons, and which has not made the playoffs this century.'

Marker Sunday's Tampa Bay Coverage [12:46 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
For Bucs starters, win an effort to build on (Tampa Tribune)
Buccaneers rookie wide receiver Evans expresses regret for fighting video (Tampa Tribune)
Bucs look better in beating Bills (Tampa Bay Times)
New Bucs defensive end Larry English records two sacks (Tampa Bay Times)
Bucs DT Clinton McDonald scores rare TD (Tampa Bay Times)
Bucs-Bills Recap with Grades (Lakeland Ledger)
Team's best effort on display against Bills (Fox Sports Florida)
Buc Starters Dominate in Win at Buffalo (Buccaneers.com)
Rapid Reaction: Bucs 27, Bills 14 (Buccaneers.com)
Postgame Notes: Bucs at Bills (Buccaneers.com)
Photo gallery (Buccaneers.com)
Photo gallery (BuffaloBills.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery (Rochester D&C)
Photo gallery (Syracuse Post-Standard)
Photo gallery (AP)

Marker Buccaneers beat slow-starting Bills 27-14 [12:45 AM]
AP reports: 'The announced sold-out crowd that came to get its first glance at the $130 million in renovations at Ralph Wilson Stadium also got a look at a team that still needs plenty of polish.'

Marker Bills starters sputter in 27-14 loss to Buccaneers [12:44 AM]
AP reports: 'Discipline was an issue, too. The Bills were flagged three times over a five-play stretch. Add in Jackson being stopped for a 5-yard loss, and it led to Buffalo facing one third-and-40.'

Marker Bills DT Branch arrested on DWI charges [12:43 AM]
AP reports: 'State police say Branch was arrested at about 2 a.m. Saturday in the town of Cheektowaga after officers noticed Branch vomiting out the driver's side door of his vehicle.'

Marker Bills debut stadium renovations [12:42 AM]
AP reports: 'While not entirely completed, the key renovations include 3 million feet of linear cable to improve communications and technology in the stadium. There are also two new video boards and 53 more points of entry.'

Marker Bills WR Watkins ruled out against Buccaneers [12:41 AM]
AP reports: 'Watkins had been very limited in practice since bruising his ribs in a 19-16 loss at Pittsburgh last weekend. Defensive tackles Kyle Williams (leg) and Alan Branch were also listed as inactive.'

Marker Tampa Bay 27, Buffalo 14 [12:40 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Manuel's fumble in the second quarter was returned 17 yards for a touchdown by Bucs tackle Clinton McDonald and Evan's caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from McCown with 1:05 remaining to give Tampa Bay a 24-0 lead at halftime.'

Marker Bills' Branch arrested, misses game [12:39 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Marrone is expected to meet with Branch on Sunday.'

Marker Ugly First Half Leads to Bills Loss [12:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As a team, the Bills outgained the Bucs in total yardage, 353 to 231, however also led in penalties (12) and turnovers (3).'

Marker The Bills got booed off the field in their home preseason opener [12:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Manuel was having maybe his toughest day as a pro completing only 9-of-18 passes for 67 yards and an interception in the first half. Doug Marrone said, We go out there, I thought we had a good stop by the defense, they did some nice things. We started to move the football, they had pressure, we threw hot and we cant execute it. Someone falls and it turns into an interception and thats what happens, we fall down and they pick the ball off, you cant do that.'

Marker Tale of two halves for Bills' Manuel, first-team offense in loss [12:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Yes, obviously we cant be happy with that, running back Fred Jackson said. Thats something we have to look at, but at the same time we cant let that define who we are. Its a preseason game that we didnt look well in. We have to go out and make some adjustments and continue to move on.'

Marker Observations: Buccaneers 27 - Bills 14 [12:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Outside of those two drives to open up the second half, it was a game that were full of mistakes that the Bills will need to correct quickly ahead of their upcoming preseason finale on Thursday.'

Marker Bills' Branch arrested for drunk driving [12:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Since signing his extension in December, Branch has seen his hold on the role of top backup at defensive tackle evaporate. He didnt show to voluntary workouts and didnt communicate with the team as to why he wasnt there, he failed his conditioning test at the start of training camp and was demoted to the third-team defense throughout all of camp.'

Marker Watkins, Branch and Kyle Williams among Bills inactives [12:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In addition to Watkins, defensive tackle Alan Branch (undisclosed), defensive tackle Kyle Williams (leg), guard Chris Williams (lower back), tight end Tony Moeaki (hamstring), safety Jonathan Meeks (neck), cornerback Mario Butler (ankle) and cornerback Bobby Felder (groin) all will not play on Saturday against the Buccaneers.'

Marker Comeback effort falls short in loss to Bucs [12:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalos run game found yards hard to come by as EJ Manuel and the first team offense had difficulty stringing positive plays together.'

Marker First half observations Bills-Bucs [12:31 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Part of the reason yards were hard to come by was because of Tampa Bays stingy run defense. The Buccaneers finished 15th in the league last season against the run allowing just over 110 yards on the ground per game to their opponents. In the first half Saturday the Bucs run front looked stout.'

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August 23, 2014

Marker EJ Manuel, first-team offense center of attention, and 5 things to watch during Bills-Buccaneers [10:42 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'He's used to it at this point. Every snap he's taken in practice over the last few weeks has been charted and scribbled in a notebook. Every preseason game has been dissected, and the questions haven't really changed. Will Manuel take a step forward? Is he good enough to take the Bills to the playoffs? Was he worth a first-round pick?'

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