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Buffalo Bills News - July 22, 2014

Marker Spartanburg High product Cohen signs with Buffalo Bills [1:48 AM]
Charleston Post and Courier reports: '“We got it all figured out Saturday night, just a phone call,” Cohen said in a phone interview Monday night. “I'm familiar with some of the guys here, some of the coaches and a little bit of the scheme. I decided that this was the best fit for me.”'

Marker It’s in our interest for the Bills to stay in Buffalo [1:47 AM]
Montreal Gazette reports: 'If the Toronto group succeeds in acquiring the Bills and moving them to Toronto, it might be good for Toronto — but it would be bad for the CFL, CFL cities and Canada. The broad public interest in this country is to see the Toronto bid fail.'

Marker Welcome to Camp Hope [1:46 AM]
SI reports: 'Get the idea? The honeymoon idea? These people aren’t hungry. They’re famished. The Bills haven’t made the playoffs in this century. They’ve had nine straight losing seasons. Imagine not winning 10 games in the past 14 years. Fourteen!'

Marker The Sammy Show [1:45 AM]
SI reports: 'He showed why Whaley surrendered first- and fourth-round picks in the 2015 draft to move up five spots in the first round last May so the Bills could pick him. Smart? We’ll see. The price was beyond exhorbitant, particularly for a team that still plans to key its offense around the running game. Watkins’ talent is tantalizing. And for a team languishing in sub-mediocrity for the past 14 seasons, his arrival’s been like a B-12 shot: energizing.'

Marker Watkins Wows, But in the End It’s Up to E.J. [1:44 AM]
SI reports: 'How this team can be 12–4: Two big things have to happen. Very big. E.J. Manuel has to be more of a chance-taker with two good outside receivers, Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods...Second thing: Marcell Dareus, on the non-football injury list early in camp for failing the conditioning test, has to grow up.'

Marker Sammy Watkins already looks like 'The Guy' at Bills training camp [1:43 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'It's stories like those, and performances like the one Watkins had on Monday, that have this entire franchise giddy. In the midst of a 14-year postseason drought, five years removed from their last season in which they had more than six victories and a month after losing playmaking linebacker Kiko Alonso to a torn ACL, the Bills have plenty of hope. And Watkins is a major reason why.'

Marker Bills DT Dareus to enter substance abuse program [1:42 AM]
AP reports: 'Marrone provided the update after practice Monday, in the latest twist in Dareus' troubled offseason. Dareus was scheduled to return to camp in suburban Rochester later in the day.'

Marker Bills sign Landon Cohen, Naaman Roosevelt [1:41 AM]
AP reports: 'To make room, the Bills released receiver Ramses Barden and linebacker Nathan Williams. The free agent signings Monday come a day after the Bills opened training camp in suburban Rochester.'

Marker Bills sign WR Roosevelt, DT Cohen [1:40 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Cohen joins his sixth club in six seasons. He played for current Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in Detroit during his first two seasons. He also has spent time with New England, Chicago, Dallas and Jacksonville.'

Marker Bills DT Dareus failed conditioning test [1:39 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We're not just going to put him out there every day," Marrone said. "We'll wait until our weight coaches say, 'Hey, you know what, we're ready to go and let's go.'"'

Marker Bills' Dareus excused from camp for court date in Alabama [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“At the present time, I have excused Marcell,” the coach revealed. “He is taking care of some personal stuff, but he'll be like everybody else. You've seen him before on the side, training and getting ready to pass the physical.”'

Marker Bills' Marrone mum on Glenn's illness [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I don't know that. It's a medical condition. I'm preparing to go on as if he's not playing, which he's not," Marrone said. "I'm just waiting for the doctors, and I can't speak about the condition because it's something that happened outside of football."'

Marker Naaman Roosevelt back with the Bills [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Roosevelt will be joined on the roster by former seventh-round pick and defensive tackle Landon Cohen. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Cohen played with both the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears last season and has eight career starts since entering the league in 2008. He was added likely as a result of the Bills being without both Marcell Dareus and Alan Branch (Active/Non-Football Injury) to start camp.'

Marker Bills' Bradham gets first crack at weakside; devastated for Alonso [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Any way I can contribute to the team, I know they're counting on me to step up,” Bradham remarked. “They know what I can do and I know what I can do. We can't replace Kiko but you can have some guys step up and make some plays just as well, and that's one of the things you have to do."'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 2 [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Sammy Watkins picked a great day to have his best practice as a member of the Buffalo Bills. With the bigwigs at ESPN, NFL Network, FoxSports1 and the MMQB all in attendance on Monday afternoon, Watkins put on a show for all to see.'

Marker Buffalo Bills aiming to become NFL's next worst-to-first wonder [1:33 AM]
NFL.com reports: 'The situation here feels urgent. As Whaley alluded to, the once-proud Bills last played more than 16 games -- a birthright during the halcyon heyday of Jim Kelly and Co. -- in 1999, and the only owner the franchise has known, Ralph Wilson Jr., passed away in March. The team is up for sale. The brass dealt their 2015 first-round pick to move up five spots in May's draft and come away with Sammy Watkins. Last year's No. 1 was spent on a quarterback. The feeling here, very clearly, is that the time is now.'

Marker D turns up heat, Watkins shines [1:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“With the crowd noise and the music that coach Marrone has playing during practice it’s causing us to communicate and guys are just flying around to the ball,” Hughes told Buffalobills.com. “When you turn on the film it’s looking great.”'

Marker Doug Marrone: Sammy Watkins ''a fearless player'' [1:31 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We brought him in here to do that and he’s done a really good job. He has. He’s made plays in this camp. You guys have seen it. We just need to make sure that we continue developing him. He’s going against good players. He’s working with the first team, so he’s going against our corners and all of our guys. He’s a good football player and I think it’s one that, you sit there and the guy is making plays. I think a lot of people are excited.'

Marker Bills bring back WR Roosevelt, sign DT Cohen [1:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Roosevelt (6-0, 200) returns to the Bills after spending parts of two seasons with the team from 2010 to 2011. He appeared in 16 games and recorded 25 receptions for 396 yards and a touchdown. The University at Buffalo product now gives the Bills four Buffalo natives on their roster, joining Derek Brim, Corey Graham, and Mike Williams.'

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July 21, 2014

Marker Futures hang in balance at Bills' camp [1:32 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But for those currently employed by the team — specifically, front office staffers, scouting personnel and coaches — there’s a more immediate reality. No matter, the team will have a new owner, possibly even before 2015. And those buying pro sports franchises — given their enormous value — have historically put their own people in the positions of greatest responsibility. That’s why there’s so much inferred pressure on President/CEO Russ Brandon, General Manager Doug Whaley and head coach Doug Marrone, in particular.'

Marker Out-of-shape Dareus sits, Watkins becomes immediate fan favorite [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How disappointed is the coach in his troubled Pro Bowler? “He’s not the only one,” Marrone said. “But obviously you want your players to come in ready to go. We’re here for a long period of time, and we’ll make up for it.”'

Marker Playoff drought defies law of averages [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It has become shallow and redundant to say the culture has changed, rhetoric that began when Chan Gailey was still the coach. There may have been a shift in attitude, but that didn’t translate to an improvement on the field. The results have looked mostly the same for years.'

Marker Improved Bills have playoffs on their minds [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Being where we've been as an organization on the field is unacceptable," said team president and CEO Russ Brandon. "It is certainly unacceptable to me. It's all about winning. There is nothing else, absolutely nothing else that matters. We've made changes and we're not going to sit on our hands and not let any sand get under our shoes when it comes to trying to put a winning product on the field. That's what we're all about."'

Marker Sammy Watkins is eager to impress [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I feel like I'm getting better every day, focusing on the little things and the details," Watkins said in mid-June, just before the offseason work concluded. "Once I get myself from thinking to just playing, it'll be easier. When I know what I'm doing, I look good, but when I don't, it's kind of like in between. Once I get past that I'll be OK."'

Marker GM Doug Whaley: 'It's always a win-now' [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We're expecting to win, so I don't understand why everybody keeps saying it's a win-now situation," Whaley said prior to the Bills' first practice at St. John Fisher College on Sunday night in front of a packed and enthusiastic crowd inside Growney Stadium. "It's always a win-now. That's what sports are for."'

Marker Marcell Dareus out due to failed conditioning test [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"At the present time he hasn't been able to pass all the tests to get him on the field, so we're working on that, trying to get him ready to go," Marrone said prior to what was a nearly 2½-hour first practice. "He's not the only one, but obviously you want your players to come in ready to go. We're here for a long period of time so we'll make up for it."'

Marker Buffalo Bills kick off training camp [1:53 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“I thought it went pretty well,” defensive end Jerry Hughes said. “It's the first practice, so we finally got things on tape. Now we can sit down and analyze it tomorrow. We just need to get better day by day. Our plan is to take it inch by inch, day by day and keep improving as a team.”'

Marker Sammy Watkins' big night and 5 observations from day one [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'He sprinted up field with a smooth release at the line of scrimmage and with one smooth cut created at least two steps of separation between him and cornerback Michael Carter. The ball was waiting for him along the sidelines, and the No. 4 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft plucked it out of the air with ease.'

Marker Buffalo Bills left tackle Seantrel Henderson leaves first practice with apparent hip injury [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills coach Doug Marrone said Henderson will get a chance to compete during camp, but an injury is not a good way for a rookie to start his career.'

Marker Peter King, NFL Network add to atmosphere at first night [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'For three hours, the national media — most of whom haven't been kind to Buffalo in preseason predictions — will be fixated on the Bills.'

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