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Buffalo Bills News - July 24, 2014

Marker Bills' Dareus works on conditioning [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coach Doug Marrone was asked several questions pertaining to Dareus, but the key one was when does he expect the Pro Bowl defensive tackle back on the field. "When the strength coaches say he's ready," was the response.'

Marker Buffalo rookie Watkins living up to the hype [1:54 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'While Watkins' hands were on display Wednesday, previous practices showcased his other talents. In one session, Watkins caught a ball on a slant in front of cornerback Stephon Gilmore, stopped on a dime and ran by him. On several occasions, he's easily gotten past a defensive back's attempt to jam him at the line and run deep for a touchdown. On Monday, he outjumped several defenders to bring in a ball that was tipped at the line.'

Marker Marcell Dareus returns and 5 other observations from Bills training camp [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"When you talk about the players, I don't think it is for the players at this moment in time. For us, we're just focusing on getting better each day."'

Marker Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes trying to 'master' Jim Schwartz's defense [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I wouldn't say leadership, it just comes with the title," Spikes said after practice. "You know, the 'Mike' linebacker, he's responsible for getting everybody lined up, getting everybody in place so we can execute the scheme and the defense. That's just part of the job, so it comes with it."'

Marker Two Buffalo Bills players treated at hospital for heat-related cramps [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Gragg is in competition with Lee Smith to be the Bills' third tight end, while Scott Chandler and Tony Moeaki have been getting most of the time with the first and second team offenses. Rodriguez, meanwhile, is Buffalo's second-string fullback.'

Marker Marcell Dareus returns to Bills training camp, releases statement [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'These incidents are just the latest in a long line of off-the-field issues for Dareus, but he said he is prepared to put it all behind him.'

Marker Why Manuel can throw harder, Sammy's special and Dareus arrives [1:49 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Watkins is stunningly good -- as advertised. In three years of attending Bills camps, he's the only player I've tried not to miss whenever he's on the field.'

Marker Bills TE Gragg in hospital because of heat cramps [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Marrone isn't providing any further details on Gragg's condition or when he was sent to the hospital.'

Marker Bills DT Marcell Dareus wants to earn team's trust [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Dareus was arrested twice in the span of four weeks in May, and then reported to camp out of shape and failed a conditioning test Saturday.'

Marker Bills' Dareus wants to make amends [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I'm just taking it day-by-day," Marrone said when asked if Dareus needs to earn back the trust of his coaches and teammates. "I think it's a point well taken when you ask how much of a distraction it is. For me, it's really not, when you talk about the players, I don't think it is for the players at this moment in time. For us, we're focusing on getting better each day."'

Marker Bills' Marrone: Right guard is up for grabs [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Hairston has been getting time as an interior offensive linemen through three of the first four days of camp (the lone exception was when Seantrel Henderson could not practice and Hairston played left tackle), as well as through the duration of the three-day mandatory minicamp in June. A former offensive tackle at Clemson and then later on with the Bills, the fourth-year player is making his first legitimate move to the inside.'

Marker Dareus releases statement on his return to camp [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'My focus will remain on achieving that goal one day at a time. I want to thank the Bills organization, coach Marrone and the coaching staff, my teammates and our fans for their continued support."'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 4 [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As the Bills continue their quest to build the best 53-man roster for September, it’s fair to note some of the younger, less-heralded players that make solid contributions during practices.'

Marker Marcell Dareus' statement on returning to the Bills [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Right now, my focus is on earning the trust of my teammates, coaches and the fans while continuing to improve as a football player. I have a passion for this game and I want to be here to help this organization achieve its goals. There are things I need to work on professionally and personally to make sure I can be accountable to myself, my family, this team and this community.

Marker Doug Marrone: ''We’re lucky to come into camp early'' [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I think we have a long way to go, and if there is one thing that it’s shown, it’s that we’re lucky to come into camp early and have these first couple days. I think we should all be grateful that we have this head start.'

Marker Red zone and RG battle [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Wednesday’s morning practice brought the first red zone work of training camp. It was a pretty even battle inside the 20-yard line between the offense and defense.'

Marker Bradham steps it up at critical time for LBs [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Me and Kiko were like brothers,” said Bradham. “We were together all the time … We watched film together, we learned a lot from each other … I hate to see him go down with an injury like that because I know how hard he works. When you get a guy that works hard like that it’s kind of like he doesn’t deserve to take an injury like that because he works day in and out.”'

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July 23, 2014

Marker Moving Day in Buffalo [6:56 AM]
SI reports: 'Any experienced office mover will tell you: The best time to go treasure hunting is moving day. I start at Ralph Wilson Stadium, where I navigate safely past construction workers welding support beams, husky interns half-jogging to and from trucks, and into the visitor’s locker room where the rookies made their home during minicamp.'

Marker Bills open training camp [4:01 AM]
Livingston County News reports: 'These people aren't just hungry, they're starving. The Bills haven't made the playoffs in 14 years, the longest drought in the league. They've had nine straight losing seasons and haven't had a winning record since 2004.'

Marker Bills’ Bradham feels blessed [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I never want to be in that situation again. I’ll make sure I never put myself in that situation again,” Bradham said Tuesday after the Bills wrapped up their third day of training camp at St. John Fisher College. “That was one of the main things this offseason was refocusing, and not hanging around the guys who I was hanging around, because they’re not really friends. The guys who are out here grinding with me are my friends. That’s what I had to learn.”'

Marker How was Tuesday’s practice? It depends on who is speaking [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Yeah, in the beginning,” Marrone agreed. “They finished strong, but it was not what we wanted.”'

Marker Defense dominates [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jeff Tuel received some reps with the second team during Tuesday’s practice, and coach Doug Marrone declared the backup quarterback job behind EJ Manuel to be there for the taking between Tuel and Thad Lewis.'

Marker Buffalo Bills belong at ‘The Ralph’ [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The Ralph” has certainly served us well and I’m sure can continue to do so for decades to come. Our current stadium has great bones and the necessary infrastructure along with a fieldhouse and administrative offices already in place.'

Marker Bills offense struggles during Tuesday practice [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I thought we had a good day," Manuel said, a somewhat surprising response given the evidence of what transpired during the two-hour-plus session at St. John Fisher College. "It was the first third-down day so we have to continue to get better, but it was the first full pad practice and I thought we ran the ball well and threw the ball well."'

Marker Bills have four Buffalo natives on roster [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I dunked on Naaman in high school,” Williams said with a smile Tuesday. “They beat us — he played for St. Joe’s and I played at Riverside — but I dunked on him real bad. It was an ‘And one’ and the crowd was going crazy.”'

Marker Curse of Doug Flutie or just rotten luck? [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Fourteen years out of the post-season, a collective record of 88-136, six different general managers, seven head coaches, 11 starting quarterbacks, and still the fans come. As if the Bills have bottled the secret to marketing mediocrity.'

Marker Sammy Watkins to stop by Frontier Field [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins will make an autograph appearance on Monday, August 11 at Frontier Field.'

Marker Spikes ready to lead defense [1:51 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“This is what it’s about,” said the new linebacker. “It was good to be back out and getting used to the pads again.”'

Marker Former Syracuse linebacker Siriki Diabate assisting on Bills coaching staff for training camp [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Diabate, who played for Bills coach Doug Marrone, joins Chris McAlister and Myles Russ as 2014 Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship participants, the team announced Tuesday.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign linebacker Xavius Boyd, waive Darrin Kitchens [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Kitchens, a rookie out of Florida, had to be carted off the field, and coach Doug Marrone said on Tuesday that he would be out indefinitely. He was designated as waived/injured.'

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