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Buffalo Bills News - August 2, 2014

Marker Bills now must decide Spiller’s fate [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I have friends and family members that inform me on some of the things that are being said with the trade rumors and stuff like that. I’m not oblivious to that stuff. I’m not living on Mars or anything,” he said. “I can’t control what happens. My response to them is ‘don’t worry about it.’'

Marker Hometown hopeful Gaines gets noticed [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s still crazy. Every day I think, ‘Wow, am I really on the Bills?’ It’s a childhood dream,” Gaines said. “The first practice I had jitters, then the first practice with pads I had jitters. Now coming up to the first preseason game, I’m sure I’ll have them too, but I’m having fun with it. It’s been a great experience.”'

Marker Reed finally joins his peers [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It felt like I was in the ‘Wizard of Oz’ or something,” Reed said. “I’ve been trying to get to the Emerald City, and the Emerald City was right in that room. You can’t pay your way into that room.”'

Marker Reed passionate about seeing Bills remaining in Buffalo [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I have nothing against Bon Jovi. I’ve got nothing against Johnny Manziel. I don’t even know him. But, on the other end of that, Johnny Manziel is a rookie. He hasn’t done anything yet. And people in Buffalo don’t want Bon Jovi to buy the team and move it."'

Marker Dressed for success: Bills enshrinees [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Greatest QB in franchise history led the parade of Bills “Glory Days” players into Canton. Epitomized the mental toughness of those teams with his “linebacker’s mentality,” a trait that remains prominent during his ongoing battle against cancer.'

Marker Bills fan group and Texas A&M reach settlement over ‘12th man’ trademark dispute [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We are absolutely thrilled with the results of our negotiations,” said Charles “Chuckie” Sonntag, a double amputee and cancer survivor, and one of four co-founders of the group.'

Marker Andre Reed's time has come [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's sweeter, there's no doubt about it," Reed said last week, reflecting on his entrance after such a long and sometimes frustrating wait. "If it would have happened four or five years ago, it would have been sweet. But I think the longer you wait, believe it or not, I think it's better because you really appreciate it, to a certain point, what it means. It really means more after all these years, because it seems like it's even more deserving when you wait that long."'

Marker Andre Reed apologizes for Bon Jovi, Johnny Manziel remarks [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Those comments were off the record," Reed said. "This guy from the magazine ended up printing what I said. I would not say that to be printed in a magazine. I said that stuff, thinking the guy wouldn't put it in there. He was looking for a story, and he put it in there. I have nothing against Bon Jovi. I've got nothing against Johnny Manziel. I don't even know him."'

Marker Remembering the 1996 Bills [1:51 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'When I was six, which coincided with Kelly's last year in the NFL, I remember being given my first Bills jersey, a Jim Kelly jersey. I wore that number 12 jersey proud. Even though I was so young, I remember the 1996 Bills like it was yesterday.'

Marker Doug Marrone wants Hall of Fame to inspire Bills, and 5 observations from Bills training camp [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Marrone also wants the players to realize how long it has been since the Bills meant that much to league. When Marrone visited the Hall of Fame with the Saints, there wasn't much there representing the organization, and the players wanted to change that. He wants his players to get that same feeling.'

Marker Andre Reed receives his gold jacket at Pro Football Hall of Fame dinner [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You can't even describe it," Reed told NFL Network after the ceremony. "Like (fellow inductee Michael Strahan said), all those yellow jackets out there, you're a part of their fraternity, and they embrace you that way. That's what the Hall of Fame is about. To a certain point it's about what you did on the field, but when you go out and see that and you're wearing one of these (jackets), it's a different feeling."'

Marker Andre Reed apologizes to Bon Jovi, Johnny Manziel, but doesn't retract comments to magazine [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I spent half of my life up there, and that team is really important to me," Reed said. "The city is important to me. The region's important to me. And I would do anything to have a voice in keeping the team there.'

Marker Bills training camp just another challenge in life filled with obstacles for Anthony 'Boobie' Dixon [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"That's something I always do," Dixon said. "I'm a guy with some personality. I play this game with a loose focus. At the same time, I always tell the guys, 'I'm definitely focused.' I'm definitely loose at all times. I'm having fun, man. I love it."'

Marker Billionaire Tom Golisano to pursue Buffalo Bills [1:46 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Golisano, the former owner of the Buffalo Sabres, would be the fourth bidder for the NFL franchise — which is expected to set a league sales price record at north of $1.2 billion.'

Marker HOFer Reed sorry comments on Manziel, Bon Jovi became public [1:45 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '“I said that stuff and thought the guy wouldn’t put it in there,” Reed said during media availability at McKinley High School, referring to New York Magazine’s Reeves Wiedeman and an article that came out Tuesday. “He was looking for a story and he put it in there. Publicly, I’m saying that was supposed to be off the record.”'

Marker Lofton: Reed's courage sets him apart [1:44 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '“He had the skill set that would have allowed him to play outside,” Lofton said. “You can talk about how fast he ran corner routes and how he tip-toed his feet on the sideline. He had tremendous short-area quickness.”'

Marker Andre Reed gets goose bumps along with a gold jacket as his big weekend begins in Canton [1:43 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '"You can't even describe it," Reed said. "To see all of those yellow jackets out there and to have them embrace you into their fraternity … that's what the Hall of Fame is all about. When you go out there and see that … it gives you a different feeling..."'

Marker Emotional Jim Kelly returns to Canton in support of Reed [1:42 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Kelly is here in Canton as he continues his very public battle with cancer. The disease returned earlier this year, and Kelly was hospitalized for much of the year while undergoing treatments. Kelly is awaiting word on how much his most recent treatments worked.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Sale Has Turned Into A Circus [1:41 AM]
Forbes reports: 'Here’s what I think: Pegula has not as of yet offered anything close to $1.3 billion. Trump stands about as much of a chance as being approved by the league to buy the Bills as I do, and the Toronto group is maybe at $1.1 billion. That’s as of this moment (remember, these bids are all non-binding). And I think if you called Morgan Stanley with interest in buying the Bills they would return your call within five seconds.'

Marker Is EJ Manuel the man to get Buffalo back to playoffs? [1:40 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'If things go well then I could see the Bills going 9-7. If they are mediocre then 7-9 looks like the call.'

Marker Bills offense will face 1st test against Giants [1:39 AM]
AP reports: '"Obviously we want to go out there and put out a great product," Manuel said. "It's national TV. It's the kickoff of the NFL season so obviously we want to start off with a bang."'

Marker Bills' Watkins can't wait to play his first game [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Not only are the Bills going to be playing in the Hall of Fame Game, but Andre Reed is getting inducted and Jim Kelly has made it to Canton to honor Reed and do the coin toss before the game. Bills history matters to Watkins, “Just to have the guys that made the Bills franchise there will be great. To see those guys honored on the steps of the Hall of Fame is a big pleasure and we’re going to be there for him.”'

Marker Three Bills return to practice Friday [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Guard Chris Williams, tight end Lee Smith and offensive lineman Chris Hairston all made their return after missing some practice time due to injury. All three players were only away from the field for under a week before they were able to participate in the team’s on-field work once again.'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 11 [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It was a bit of a shorter practice with the team only in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts, but they took a good portion of time during team drills to work on their red zone offense and defense. Even with an abbreviated session, there were still some standouts during the day...'

Marker From Walmart to the NFL, Jajuan Harley's story [1:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I needed money,” he said. “So I went to every job you could name. I thought about the military. I tried getting a janitor position, Pet Smart, any job you could think of. Wal-Mart happened to hire me for $7.73 per hour. Minimum wage. Working in toys.”'

Marker 4 things to take from Friday’s practice [1:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We’ve kind of got a better understanding now going against our defense and the different looks they’ve been giving us the past couple of days are kind of hard to pick up, but now we’ve got good identification of what’s coming,” Spiller said. “Once we get that down we’ll pretty much just go in and block the guys. The last few days we struggled a bit, but I’d probably say the last day or so we’ve been better.”'

Marker Why the Hall of Fame wait was so long for Andre Reed [1:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The first year that Andre Reed was selected as a Hall of Fame finalist was in 2007. First ballot Hall of Famers are extremely rare and with other receivers on the ballot in addition to his own teammate Thurman Thomas it was hard for Reed’s presenter Mark Gaughan to find a way that Reed would have the support necessary for enshrinement. So his plan was to provide a history lesson on Reed as a supreme physical talent.'

Marker Bio blast: Andre Reed [1:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Without a doubt, the most prolific receiver in Bills history, Reed, a four-time All-AFC choice, is still the team’s all-time leading receiver with 941 receptions, (266 more than number two on the list). His 13,095 career reception yards are still a team best, as are his 36 games with 100-plus receiving yards and his 15 receptions in a game.'

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Marker Brown gives Bills' offense another weapon [4:03 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messen reports: '“My whole thing has been about opportunity,” he said. “Once I get it I'm going to be able to make plays and do things. I'm very confident in my ability to do that when the opportunity is given.”'

Marker Gilmore going at full tilt [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Last year, that injury, that was a tough thing to come back from,” Marrone said Thursday after the Bills wrapped up practice at St. John Fisher College. “He’s come out and been like he was in the beginning of last year – prior to the injury. He’s been playing real physical, and he’ll get better and better each day.”'

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