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Buffalo Bills News - July 25, 2014

Marker Jim Kelly to handle HOF coin toss [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"I have always said that God willing, I will be back in Canton every summer," Kelly said. "This year especially, I am so thankful that I can be on hand to share in a great weekend that shines the spotlight on the Buffalo Bills. There isn't a person more deserving of joining the Hall of Fame than my teammate and friend Andre Reed.'

Marker AP Source: NFL stadium sites explored in Toronto [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'The study identified at least three potential stadium sites, two in Toronto, including one on the waterfront, and another in the suburb of Mississauga, the person told The Associated Press on Thursday.'

Marker Explaining the Wide-Nine Defense [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'First, let’s start with the term. The “wide nine” is not an actual name of a defense (like we may call a 4-3 or 3-4). It’s simply the term given to where the two defensive ends line up on the field. The number “nine” identifies the spot they’ll be lined up before the snap of the ball.'

Marker Bills claim C Jared Wheeler, waive CB Smith [1:47 AM] reports: 'Wheeler joined the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2014 from the University of Miami (FL). Wheeler made six starts in 2013 for the Hurricanes’ offensive line. He was named the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame’s Unsung Hero for the 2013 season. At 6-5, 315 pounds, Wheeler played in 38 games in his career at Miami.'

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July 24, 2014

Marker Searcy strives to start for the Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think I showed the coaches I can play pretty much anywhere they put me,” Searcy said after Wednesday’s practice at St. John Fisher College. “I’m very excited, very humble, just want to continue to get better and compete and prove to the coaches I’m well-deserving of a starting position.”'

Marker Watkins stays well-grounded [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You’re going to hear that type of buzz – first-round, fourth pick,” Watkins said. “My job is to come out here and work every day, to be competitive. That’s what I’ve been doing. It’s funny. You hear all that stuff, but I just have to keep working. I can’t listen to outside factors. What I do on the field is all that matters.”'

Marker A contrite Dareus sees need to earn trust [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'During Wednesday’s practice, Dareus worked on conditioning exercises on the side with team trainers. He’s not practicing with his teammates because he wasn’t in good enough shape to pass a conditioning test upon reporting to camp. He will be back on the field once he passes the test. Fellow defensive tackle Alan Branch also needs to pass the conditioning test and was working on the side with Dareus.'

Marker Stock rising on Bills’ QB Jeff Tuel [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I feel like I’ve progressed tremendously in the mental aspect of the offense and just learning protections and plays and where to go with the ball, and that’s what I need to continue to do,” said Tuel. “I just need to play my best every day and where it takes me, it takes me.”'

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] 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] 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] 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] 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.”'

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.'

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