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Buffalo Bills News - August 26, 2014

Marker Bills cut QB Dixon, PK Hopkins [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Dixon was in the mix to open the season as starter EJ Manuel's backup but struggled in the third preseason game. Thad Lewis and second-year quarterback Jeff Tuel remain on the roster, although the Bills are expected to keep an eye on other roster cuts around the league.'

Marker Bills's Goodwin surprised his tweet got so much play [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Goodwin never apologized for the tweet, but he agreed he must be more responsible with what he says. He did say, “I was just trying to raise awareness that we really don’t need to be booed. Obviously we knew we didn’t have a good first half, but we receive a lot of support from the fan base and we have a lot of respect for them, we just want the same in return at all times and that’s all I was trying to put out there.”'

Marker Watkins back to full strength for Bills [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Watkins, according to head coach Doug Marrone, didn't have any limitations in practice. Last week the wideout sat out of Monday's practice, only did positional drills on Tuesday and Wednesday and then took a tiny step forward Thursday to graduate to routes versus air. The Bills ended up sitting him Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.'

Marker Bills' Marrone said Manuel won't be a franchise guy overnight. [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'When it comes to Jeff Tuel and Thad Lewis Marrone said, “Either they have to play better or we have to look to see if there’s someone that can better at that position. If we feel at the end of the day that it’s not good enough to win with, and we haven’t seen that yet, either you put a lot of work into those guys and get them better, or you have to upgrade that position some other way.”'

Marker Bills say performance, not arrest was reason for Branch release [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"It was really performance," Marrone said. "You guys watch the film and the players we released, you have to perform in this league and he didn't perform well. Obviously [the arrest] was a poor decision, but basically it was the performance because we didn't really play him much in the first two or three preseason games, nor could we."'

Marker Bills reduce roster to required 75 [1:35 AM] reports: 'S Derek Brim, QB Dennis Dixon, P Jake Dombrowski, WR Tori Gurley, S Jajuan Harley, K Dustin Hopkins, DT Damien Jacobs, C Macky MacPherson, WR Chris Summers, G J.J. 'Unga, RB Ronnie Wingo.'

Marker Pears, Henderson tabbed as right side of O-line [1:34 AM] reports: '“I like (Erik Pears) there at right guard and I like Seantrel at right tackle,” said Marrone. “I’m not going to totally give myself to it because obviously if an injury occurs something might change, but if everyone remains healthy and everyone stays the same, and they continue to keep playing like they’re playing that’s what we’ll go with.”'

Marker Bills-Lions preseason game blacked out [1:33 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have announced that Thursday’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions at 7 p.m. at Ralph Wilson Stadium has not sold out and will be blacked out on local television. The game will be broadcast on a tape delay on Friday, August 29 on WKBW-TV at 7 p.m. and WHAM-TV at 7:30 p.m., as well as on Time Warner Cable Sportschannel on Saturday, August 30 at 2:30 p.m.'

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August 25, 2014

Marker Manuel, Bills better after dismal start [10:36 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But Marrone wasn’t about to put excessive blame on Manuel. “Overall we’ve got to do a better job around him,” he said, “and we have to work through this adversity.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills final 53-man roster prediction 2014 [9:34 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Given the opportunity to defend his backup quarterback play following the Bills' loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday, Doug Marrone again said he is not satisfied. After what happened when EJ Manuel got hurt a year ago, having depth at quarterback is important. The Bills could add a quarterback from outside to provide an upgrade over Thad Lewis.'

Marker Bills release defensive tackle Branch [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Branch’s arrest proved to be the last straw, but there was mounting evidence his roster spot was in jeopardy even before that. After signing a three-year contract extension in December – and pocketing a $3.1 million signing bonus – Branch skipped all of voluntary offseason workouts.'

Marker It doesn’t look like a leap year for the Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This is a reason for both hope and regret for Buffalo fans. While it’s encouraging to see that half the playoff field turns over on an annual basis, it’s maddening to know the Bills have missed 14 years in a row.'

Marker How Kansas City made an old stadium work [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All the improvements at Arrowhead cost $375 million when they were completed back in 2010. In contrast, Erie County and the state settled for $130 million in renovations at the Ralph this year after the Bills proposed a more thorough overhaul similar to Arrowhead’s, which local officials rejected as too expensive.'

Marker Buffalo Bills’ QB situation looking shaky [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Tuel and Lewis are a combined 46 of 78 for 404 yards with 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in the four preseason games. That’s a 59.9 quarterback rating in a league where the average is typically around 80.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release defensive tackle Alan Branch after Saturday arrest [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills have until Tuesday to cut the roster down to 75 players but made the decision to cut ties with Branch a few days early. Buffalo returns to practice Monday at noon.'

Marker Bills release Alan Branch a day after arrest [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'An eight-year NFL veteran, Branch signed a three-year contract extension after last season. But he reported to training camp out of shape and was banished to the second and third teams after failing conditioning tests.'

Marker Branch released by Bills [1:53 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'A Michigan product, the 29-year-old New Mexico native participated in all 16 games, starting 13, during his first season with Buffalo in 2013. However, Branch failed a conditioning test upon reporting for training camp this season.'

Marker Bills lack a one or two punch at QB [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills saw plenty of Tuel and Lewis last season as Manuel missed six-plus games with knee injuries, and neither was particularly impressive, which left many who follow and observe the team somewhat shocked that no move was made in the offseason to upgrade the most important position. They were clearly committed to Manuel as the starter, but to have thought that Tuel and Lewis -- a pair of undrafted players -- were reliable second- and third-stringers now looks like a poor decision.'

Marker Bills release Branch after arrest [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Police said Branch failed a field sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol content of .14, nearly twice the legal limit of .08. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and released. He is scheduled to appear in court next Friday.'

Marker Bills make it official: Alan Branch released [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'They'll be on the hook for $775,000 against the cap, which is his prorated bonus. The remaining money owed in a cap hit would be a total of $1.55 million, which are the remaining two years of prorated bonuses. That can either be lumped all together in 2015 if the Bills choose to.'

Marker DT Alan Branch released [1:49 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced the team has released DT Alan Branch.'

Marker DE Jacquies Smith hoping to earn a spot on deep D-line [1:48 AM] reports: '“That’s one of the guys I hang out a lot with,” said Smith on the comparison to Hughes. “I’m with Jerry and he’s helped me out with my game and if I see stuff out on the field because we kind of correlate and we kind of have similar games as far as playing and we help each other out. I do kind of see myself as a Jerry Hughes type of player.”'

August 24, 2014

Marker Starting LBs look ready in extended action [10:03 AM] reports: '“We just knew we had to have a great mentality all week to come out here and show what we could do as a defense,” said Bradham. “We knew we had to have great communication out of us as linebackers. We knew we had to make plays when the opportunity was given to us. That was our mindset and it’s going to be our mindset for the entire year. We want to be the best linebacker corps in the league and we’re going to work toward that every day.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills DT Alan Branch arrested for DWI after police saw him vomiting out his driver's side do [10:03 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'State police told the Associated Press that Branch was arrested around 2 a.m. on Saturday in Cheektowaga when police noticed that Branch was vomiting out of his driver's side door. The Buffalo Bills' defensive tackle, who was inactive for the team's 27-14 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, failed a field sobriety test and bad a blood alcohol content of .14. The legal limit is .08.'

Marker What’s wrong with the Ralph? By NFL standards, plenty [10:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The stadium revolution is now coming around for the second circle, and the Bills will have to get on board in Buffalo or move to a new venue in Toronto,” Vrooman said.'

Marker Unhappy homecoming for Bills [12:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t think any of us are happy,” coach Doug Marrone said. “When you play poorly, you should get booed. It starts with me. Our coaches – I told them offensively – we need to do a better job.”'

Marker Marrone not happy with his backup QBs [12:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m not going to sit here and say I’m satisfied with the backup quarterback,” Marrone said. “I’m not.”'

Marker Jim Kelly thanks fans for support in video [12:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Surrounded by a wall of cards in the video, Kelly says: “I just want to thank everybody for the well wishes, the cards, the pictures, the prayers, everything that everybody has sent to me as far as well wishes, thank you, thank you, thank you. God bless you.”'

Marker A letter to future owner of the Bills [12:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mr. Future Owner, you have enormous shoes to fill! As you take the baton of ownership into the future, I trust that you too will passionately preserve and perpetuate the very things that have made our team great. It’s your turn to carry on the legacy. It’s your season to encourage and motivate. It’s now your time to rally the family to victory. Thank you in advance for providing future memories for me, my family and the countless Buffalo Bills fans across the world.'

Marker Bills offense struggles again in loss to Bucs [12:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'One of the most discouraging performances by a Buffalo offense in a long time. And given this team's pedigree the last 14 years, that's quite a statement.'

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