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Buffalo Bills News - September 1, 2014

Marker Bills add Tuel, 6 others to practice squad [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo has struggled to identify a backup to quarterback EJ Manuel, cutting Tuel, Thad Lewis, Dennis Dixon and Jordan Palmer during the preseason.'

Marker Orton gives Bills a fallback position at QB [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'It would not be a shock that if Manuel struggles early in the season, Orton gets the chance to start. With a new owner likely in place before the end of this year, this coaching staff and front office know the teams needs to either make the playoffs or at least stay in contention right to the end.'

Marker Bills sign seven to practice squad [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'All seven players were cut on Saturday.'

Marker Seven players signed to Bills practice squad [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has signed DB Deon Broomfield, LB Jimmy Gaines, WR Caleb Holley, DE Ike Igbinosun, DE Bryan Johnson, DB Kenny Ladler and QB Jeff Tuel to the Practice Squad.'

Marker DE Smith makes roster despite Pro Bowl DL talent [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s basically a dream realized,” said Smith. “I’ve stayed down with practice team, going through the league, battling my way through different teams, basically starting from the bottom and battling my way up. To even get these opportunities to be able to even make the 53-man roster, it’s a great feeling.”'

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August 31, 2014

Marker Trade up for Graham goes bust [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Graham’s involvement waned last year with new coach Doug Marrone. The Bills drafted another speedster, Marquise Goodwin, and Graham started only six games. He had 23 receptions for 361 yards and two touchdowns.'

Marker Here’s what it means to be a franchise quarterback [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You hope that your quarterback is good enough to put your confidence in him. When you put all your trust in him, the team feels that. The defense obviously knows it. There’s a certain amount of security. It does affect the whole team.”'

Marker Weight of expectation hangs heavy on Manuel [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I felt it as soon as I got here – the want and the hunger to win,” said Manuel, the second-year quarterback who will play the biggest part in potentially, finally, altering the course of a once-proud franchise. “I’m used to winning. Even though we went 6-10 last year, coming from the program I played for in college, I still have a winning mindset. That’s something that’s never going to change about me.”'

Marker Hopes for better days ride with Bills’ defense [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But will Buffalo’s defense attain such prominence that it gives the offense room for error? Can the defense mitigate a bad turnover or come up with enough game-changing plays? Will it become the kind of unit to bail out the entire team in clutch situations?'

Marker Esiason speaks up on pressure on Manuel [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Manuel “has not looked good this preseason at all,” Esiason said. “When I look out there and see the players he’s out there on the field with, Chandler, Watkins, you name it, these are all top-quality players. You look at C.J. Spiller, Freddy Jackson and all the weapons they’ve got there, a solid offensive line, a solid defensive line. It really comes down to what it comes down to for all these teams, that’s who’s playing under center.'

Marker Bills make quick work of league speed study [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'His results determined the Bills have the fourth-fastest roster in the NFL, with a combined time of 45.56 seconds. The Tennessee Titans, at 45.33 seconds, were the fastest team in Barnwell’s study, followed by Washington (45.44) and the New York Jets (45.48).'

Marker EJ’s situation rivals J.P.’s [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Nine years later, the Bills are going all-in on a shaky young quarterback. Jobs and reputations are at stake. There’s a fragile, uneasy feeling around the team, a sense that the whole thing could crash.'

Marker Bills trim roster to 53, sign Kyle Orton [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Manuel is far from a proven commodity, and after missing six games in his rookie season with knee injuries, he hasn't proven to be durable. Also, despite his own claims that he's been doing great, Manuel hasn't looked great at all. He directed only two touchdown drives in 23 possessions during the preseason, he struggled with his accuracy and his decision-making, and he hasn't really gotten into a consistent rhythm with any of his receivers.'

Marker T.J. Graham, Jeff Tuel among 10 final cuts to get down to 53 players [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'T.J. Graham was the biggest name among the cuts on Saturday. The former North Carolina State wide receiver was the Bills' third-round pick back in 2012. He caught a total of 53 passes for 683 yards and three touchdowns in his two seasons in Buffalo.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign quarterback Kyle Orton, release quarterback Jeff Tuel [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills will be Orton's fifth NFL teams since he was drafted in the fourth round by the Chicago Bears in 2005.'

Marker Danville, Centre alum Jordan Gay makes Buffalo Bills' 53-man roster [1:49 AM]
Danville Advocate Messenger reports: '“I feel like I had an average performance on Thursday, because they brought me in as a kickoff specialist and when that one didn’t get a touchback, in my mind I thought, ‘Shoot, I didn’t do what I needed to,’” he said. “And then they gave me an opportunity to punt. I didn’t even get to practice with the team all week, I just kind of got off the plane and they said, 'Go punt,' and I handled the situation the best I could.'

Marker New book examines legacy of early ’90s Bills and how close Jim Kelly, ’mates came in Super Bowl XXV [1:48 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '“Heartache,” Kelly called it. “All the hard work we put in,” he remembered thinking right then in the aftermath. “All the people, my family, my mom and dad and all my brothers who had supported me all the way through high school and college and my NFL career. I felt for them and the city of Buffalo. All our great fans.”'

Marker Bills sign QB Orton; cut 10 including WR Graham [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Orton's addition was the biggest move made the Bills, who finally ended a lengthy search for an established veteran to play behind second-year starter EJ Manuel. Orton is a nine-year veteran who spent the past two seasons with Dallas.'

Marker Orton joins Bills as Tuel among final cuts [1:46 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Orton, an eight-year veteran, has compiled a record of 35-35 as a starter and has thrown for 15,019 yards with 83 touchdowns and 59 interceptions in 75 games overall with Chicago, Denver, Kansas City and Dallas.'

Marker Report: Bon Jovi splits from Toronto group [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Final pitches are due next week.'

Marker Bills unveil initial 53-man roster [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Wide Receiver (6): Sammy Watkins, Mike Williams, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, Marcus Easley, Chris Hogan'

Marker Tracking the Bills' march to 53 [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Analysis: After two disappointing seasons with the Bills, the team has finally decided to move on from former third-round selection and wide receiver T.J. Graham. The wideout struggled with confidence and with his hands at the beginning of training camp, and could never overcome the positive play exhibited by both Marcus Easley and Chris Hogan for the majority of the summer. The final stats on Graham: 31 games, 16 starts, 54 catches, 683 yards and three touchdowns.'

Marker Bills' Spiller announces selection of agent [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Spiller has signed with Chad Speck of Allegiant Athletic Agency, ending a period of over three years in which he did not have an agent. The person he had originally signed with, Gary Wichard, passed away in March of 2011.'

Marker Bills sign QB Kyle Orton [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'His contract with the Bills will have a choice for the quarterback. According to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, the one-year deal also includes a player option for a second season with the team.'

Marker Bills sign new punter [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills have officially signed punter Colton Schmidt to an undisclosed contract. Schmidt originally signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted rookie out of UC Davis. He was then released by the 49ers and had a brief (less than a week) stint with the Cleveland Browns before his release. The 49ers re-signed Schmidt in January of 2014 before releasing him this summer as part of one of their cuts.'

Marker QB Kyle Orton signs with Bills [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Orton will wear number 18.'

Marker Bills sign P Colton Schmidt [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Schmidt joins the Bills after spending the 2014 preseason with the San Francisco 49ers, where he booted seven punts for a net average of 46.1 yards while landing four punts inside the 20. The 5-11, 224 pound UC Davis entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2013 with the 49ers. Schmidt is 23 and a native of Bakersfield, CA.'

Marker Bills trim roster to 53 [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'S Deon Broomfield, LB Jimmy Gaines, WR T.J. Graham, WR Caleb Holley, DL Ike Igbinosun, DE Bryan Johnson, S Kenny Ladler, OL Doug Legursky, OL Antoine McClain, QB Jeff Tuel.'

Marker 8 fast facts about the 2014 Bills roster [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'All seven 2014 draft picks made it through.'

August 30, 2014

Marker Bills find their veteran backup quarterback in Orton [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Orton has been in the NFL since 2005, starting for the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos. He was a backup for the Kansas City Chiefs and spent the past two seasons behind Tony Romo with the Dallas Cowboys.'

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