Buffalo Bills News - April 24, 2014

Marker Gerald Dixon joins Bills as Pro Scout [5:17 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Dixon joins the Bills personnel department after spending six years as a member of the coaching staff at The Citadel.'

Marker Bills host top LB Mosley, RB West [5:16 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Mosley (6-2 234) is seen by most NFL talent evaluators as the top inside linebacker prospect in the draft. The leader of the Crimson Tide defense, Mosley has some of the sharpest instincts in the draft class when it comes to diagnosing run and pass.'

Marker Buffalo Bills cheerleaders halt season after suit [5:16 PM]
AP reports: 'The cheerleaders say they had to work hundreds of hours for free at games and were subjected to groping and sexual comments at mandatory public appearances. One cheerleader said they had to take a "jiggle test" so their boss could assess their physiques.'

Marker Bills enduring one of their worst off-seasons [1:20 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The news of the recurrence of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s jaw cancer in mid-March was enough bad news, but that was quickly followed by the passing of 95-year-old team owner Ralph Wilson and the immediate speculation about the team’s future in Western New York. But alas, those two major blows have been followed by a trio of peripheral problems ... two lawsuits and a social media gaffe.'

Marker Buffalo Jills suspend all activities [1:18 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The mandatory events are the Bills NFL Draft Day, Tim Hortons Camp Day, the Jills golf tournament, the Jills swimsuit calendar release party at Turning Stone Casino near Syracuse, the Bills training camp in Rochester and the Junior Jills program, which involves holding workshops in Buffalo, Rochester and Toronto to teach young girls about the basics of cheerleading.'

Marker Stevie’s career with Bills at a crossroads [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills would be in much better shape if Johnson maintained that attitude through the season, but you never know with him. He’s an emotional guy, which is one reason he’s effective. He’s competitive and physical and tough. He’s also been selfish and immature over the years.'

Marker Bills open season against Bears in Chicago [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Marrone will take the Bills to a place they’ve never won, Chicago, for the season opener at 1 p.m. Sept. 7. Buffalo is 0-5 all time in its previous trips to the Windy City.'

Marker Jacobs family doing ‘everything we can’ to keep Bills in Buffalo [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We are using our resources, our contacts, our relationships to do everything we can to ensure the Bills stay in Buffalo,” Jacobs told The Buffalo News on Wednesday in the first interview with a member of the Jacobs family since the death of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr.'

Marker Bills open in Windy City against the Bears [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Until they prove they truly are improved and capable of contending for a playoff berth, the NFL isn't willing to take a chance on them in the key television slots on Sunday night and Monday night. The Bills' last Sunday night game was in 2007 and their last Monday night game was in 2009.'

Marker Huskies give one of their own a hero's welcome [1:55 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '"Dieruff High School is where my dreams started," he said. "All of my goals, my aspirations … they began in these hallways. And let me tell you, there ain't nothing like Husky Pride. I am so happy that the Dieruff band and ROTC will be part of the Hall of Fame festivities. Husky Pride will be alive in Canton."'

Marker Allentown native Andre Reed feted at Dieruff High ahead of Pro Football Hall of Fame induction [1:54 AM]
Easton Express Times reports: '"I'm going to cherish this the rest of my life," Reed told the crowd. "I'll never forget this day."'

Marker Report: Jacobs have had discussions about Bills [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'Jacobs, however, stopped short of saying his family would be involved in a prospective ownership group. "It's still early in the process, and it's impossible to say either way," he said.'

Marker Bills to issue store credits to end text claim [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Along with the $2.5 million worth of cards, the Bills will pay $562,000 in legal fees under terms of a class action settlement approved by a federal court in Florida last week.'

Marker Bills internally addressing Marrone website error [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills released a statement on Wednesday, describing the posting as "an unfortunate situation" and saying they're looking into how it occurred.'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2014 schedule announced [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Also, for the first time, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.'

Marker EJ Manuel growing into leadership role [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I didn’t really have a true offseason necessarily. I might have took one week after I left Buffalo to hang out with my family but after that it was pretty much just getting myself back healthy and also still getting smarter,” Manuel said.'

Marker WR Sammy Watkins highlights Wednesday visits to OBD [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Watkins rewrote the school record books in his final collegiate season with 101 receptions for almost 1,500 yards (1,464) and 12 touchdowns. Though only 6-1 and 211 pounds, Watkins plays bigger on the field, and big plays largely summarized Watkins college career.'

Marker New-look Bills begin taking shape [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“That defense can, in my opinion, be really scary,” running back C.J. Spiller said. “Coach Schwartz loves having guys that can do a lot of things, so I’m looking forward to just watching those guys play, and giving us the ball back, giving us an opportunity to score.”'

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April 23, 2014

Marker Bills coach Doug Marrone has cancerous mole removed from skin [1:59 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 Marrone pumped as players begin workouts [1:58 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 NFL needs characters like Spikes [1:57 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 No off button to EJ’s offseason [1:56 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 Buffalo Jills’ lawsuit cites mistreatment, wage law violations [1:55 AM]
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' Marrone confirms cancerous mole removal [1:54 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 Bills QB EJ Manuel healthy and eager [1:53 AM]
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 Schumer confident Buffalo Bills will stay in town [1:52 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 coach Marrone had cancerous mole removed [1:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The announcement capped a bizarre evening, in a bizarre day of news for the Bills.'

Marker Lawsuit alleges Bills cheerleaders told how to wash 'intimate areas' and given 'jiggle tests' [1:49 AM]
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 Bills coach Marrone had cancerous mole removed [1:48 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 Bills QB Manuel eager to shed rookie questions [1:47 AM]
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."'

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