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Buffalo Bills News - August 24, 2014

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 can’t execute it. Someone falls and it turns into an interception and that’s what happens, we fall down and they pick the ball off, you can’t do that.”'

Marker Tale of two halves for Bills' Manuel, first-team offense in loss [12:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yes, obviously we can’t be happy with that,” running back Fred Jackson said. “That’s something we have to look at, but at the same time we can’t let that define who we are. It’s a preseason game that we didn’t 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 didn’t show to voluntary workouts and didn’t communicate with the team as to why he wasn’t 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: 'Buffalo’s 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 Bay’s 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?'

Marker Time for Bills to make a point [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We know we can put up points. We had seven straight weeks where we put up 20 points a game. We understand we can score points. So we’re not walking on glass yet.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills’ offense a concern [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“The red zone is the hardest place to score, it’s that simple,” offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said. “I think that we just need to keep working at it, get all the guys in there that we want and keep finding those playmakers.”'

Marker Doug Marrone can relate to Macky MacPherson, other Buffalo Bills on the roster bubble [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I get emotional believe it or not," Marrone says. "If someone comes and they don’t respect the game and they don’t really care then I have no problem. ‘Hey, appreciate it. Take care.’ That’s not the case with the guys on this team right now."'

Marker Buffalo Bills running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley nervous to watch son play as senior in high school [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Wheatley Jr. has told his dad there is a bit of a generation gap when it comes to how they handle recruitment. For instance, Wheatley doesn't want his son, a four-star recruit, to announce his pick with all of the different hats in front of him. He thinks it's tacky. He didn't want Wheatley Jr. to attend the five-star challenge, either.'

Marker Toronto group bid more than $1 billion for Bills, which calls into question Forbes report [1:55 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'When the Toronto group comprising rocker Jon Bon Jovi, MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family resubmitted their first-round bid on Aug. 5 (after their initial offer of July 29 was rejected, in part for being uncompetitively low) I reported even before the group sent it in that the new amount was "probably between $1 billion and $1.1 billion."'

Marker Bills bids lower than expected at under $900 million: Report [1:54 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '“You’re suppressing potential future revenue. Any time you do that, it’s going to have a dragging effect on the sales price,” said David Carter, head of the Sports Business Institute at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.'

Marker A goal for Bills starters against Bucs: score a TD [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'Of the Bills' 20 drives that have reached an opponent's 40, they've scored seven field goals and four touchdowns. The other nine ended with no points: four interceptions, three on downs and two missed field goals.'

Marker 5 things to watch for during Bills - Buccaneers [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Part of the progress lies within the performance of the first-team offense. Now three games and 10 drives in, EJ Manuel and his first-unit offensive brethren have failed to get the ball into the end zone.'

Marker Jim Kelly’s Final Score [1:51 AM]
WFAN-AM reports: 'He’s a middle-aged man in repose, ravaged by cancer and tortured by the very pollutants designed to cure him. And yet he’s more alive now than he’s ever been. You met and admired Jim Kelly on TV. But he became Kelly Tough far away from the gridiron.'

Marker 5 players to watch: Bills-Bucs [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Corey Graham - Head coach Doug Marrone insisted that Graham is still a cornerback first and foremost, but he’s likely to see time at safety as the coaching staff gauges just how versatile the veteran defensive back could be for them this season. He may also see time at corner Saturday night knowing Leodis McKelvin’s availability is in doubt due to a groin injury.'

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