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Buffalo Bills News - August 28, 2014

Marker Sammy Watkins injury a tough blow, and 5 observations from Bills preseason loss to Lions [10:16 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'To be fair, Palmer had only a few days to prepare for the game Thursday, but the result was ugly. Palmer was intercepted three times and completed only nine of his 22 passes for 73 yards. Jeff Tuel didn't take a single snap, so Palmer isn't likely to pass him on the depth chart anytime soon.'

Marker Sammy Watkins injured as Bills’ lose preseason finale [10:12 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Manuel played the first three series, covering the entire first quarter. He was 3-for-7 for 56 yards but was sacked twice and missed at least one wide-open receiver on a medium-range throw.'

Marker Sammy Watkins injured, Jordan Palmer struggles in 23-0 loss [10:10 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But the 23-0 loss was more of the same for EJ Manuel and company. The first-team offense took three series. Manuel completed three passes and was sacked twice, while rookie receiver Sammy Watkins re-injured his ribs on his only target of the night.'

Marker Bills WR Watkins hurt in 23-0 loss to Lions [10:09 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo (1-4) continued to sputter on offense and could now be without Watkins for its opener at Chicago on Sept. 7. Watkins did not play against Tampa Bay last Saturday after bruising his ribs a week earlier at Pittsburgh.'

Marker Lions hand Bills shutout loss [10:08 PM] reports: 'Detroit scored the first 23 points of the game with 17 coming in the first half. All the points were scored after Buffalo’s starting defenders exited the game.'

Marker There’s tough, then there’s ‘Kelly tough’ [10:06 PM]
Goochland Gazette reports: 'But, Jim Kelly is more than that. He’s a great father, a trusted brother, a devoted husband ... and an inspiration to parents like me for years to come.'

Marker Lions Blank Bills 23-0; Watkins Injured [10:01 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Most of the Bills starters were pulled from the game early, including EJ Manuel who lasted three series. Manuel was sacked twice and went 3 of 8 for 56 yards on the evening, as the Buffalo offense struggled to move the ball. His replacement, newly-acquired Jordan Palmer, fared no better. Palmer was picked off by Isa Abdul-Quddus and four players later, the Lions were in the end zone, a 1-yard touchdown toss from Kellen Moore to Jeremy Ross. Detroit went up 17-0 on Moore's second scoring pass of the evening, a 25-yard attempt to Corey Fuller.'

Marker We learned nothing from the preseason [9:55 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I wish I had better news for you. The best news is none of this counted. Manuel has played just 10 regular season games in the NFL. I don’t know how he’s going to get his accuracy better, but we get to find out for real a week from Sunday.'

Marker Bills' Watkins reinjures ribs [9:50 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Watkins walked slowly to the sideline and was examined by team doctors before he was escorted by the medical staff to the locker room.'

Marker Bills WR Watkins hurts ribs against Lions [9:49 PM]
AP reports: 'Watkins was hurt on Buffalo's second possession, when he cut in from the right side on a slant pattern. Quarterback EJ Manuel never looked Watkins off and was a little late on the throw. Watkins reached out to knock down the ball, when he was hit by linebacker Ashlee Palmer.'

Marker Lions resting many starters in preseason finale [9:49 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills (1-3) are resting cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Corey Graham and tight ends Scott Chandler, Lee Smith (toe) and Tony Moeaki.'

Marker Jordan Palmer's debut and 5 things to watch for in Bills-Lions preseason game [9:05 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'With nine receivers still on the roster, Naaman Roosevelt, T.J. Graham, Marcus Easley and Caleb Holley could all be battling for one spot on the roster. Graham and Easley appear to be the front-runners heading into the final preseason game, but it's tough to say which receiver the Bills will keep. Marrone acknowledged the competition was still open earlier this week.'

Marker TV channel information, live stream and kickoff time [9:05 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills coach Doug Marrone has said he plans to play some of the starters on Thursday night but wouldn't say for how long. Bills fans will likely be in for a heavy does of newly signed quarterback Jordan Palmer along with other Bills who could be fighting for spots on the 53-man roster.'

Marker Time for NFL blackouts of Buffalo Bills games to end [6:45 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Get rid of the blackouts or make them less draconian. That's just being fair.'

Marker Bills’ first unit may get a workout in last preseason game [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We still plan on playing our guys,” Marrone said, looking ahead to the last warmup before the regular season opener in Chicago on Sept. 7. “Obviously, I’m not looking at playing them very long into the game. We’ll get in there, and the guys that have some nicks we will keep out, and the guys that have to work through some things we may put in there.'

Marker Palmer’s debut should be fun-filled finale [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You have to love how things come full circle in the Bills’ wacky, dysfunctional universe.'

Marker Lions expect Schwartz will be emotional [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Schwartz made himself scarce with Buffalo media this week, obviously an attempt to keep his situation from becoming a major topic.'

Marker Counting down the top five backup QBs in Bills history [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here are the five best Bills backup QBs. (And we’re not counting Doug Flutie, because he truly was a starter, even though he backed up early in 1998 and most of 2000.)'

Marker Ralph Wilson Stadium’s shortcomings give weight to push for a new stadium [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That doesn’t automatically mean a new stadium will be required, and it certainly doesn’t mean that there is no room for tough negotiations if, in fact, one is going to be necessary. But it is clear from the stories that ran on Sunday and Monday that Ralph Wilson Stadium is substandard, and in just about every way, including its location and, critically, the amount of revenue it can produce.'

Marker Bears QB Jay Cutler worried about Buffalo Bills signing Jordan Palmer [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Conceivably, Palmer could assist the Bills a bit in game-planning for the Bears in Week 1. Cutler said his former backup knows plenty of information that could be of use to Buffalo's coaches.'

Marker Macky MacPherson grateful for opportunity Doug Marrone gave him at Buffalo Bills training camp [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don't have any regrets looking back on it," MacPherson said. "I can't look back and say 'Oh if I did this more, if I did this more.' Just because I know I did as much as I could and I gave it my best shot."'

Marker Detroit Lions, Jim Schwartz have moved on [1:52 AM]
Oakland Press reports: '“We had a good relationship. He was an easy-going guy, a little fiery at times as well,’’ Whitehead said. “It’s going to be fun, he’s a competitive guy. We’re going to go out there and try to get after them. It’s football, it’s the name of the game.’’'

Marker This year's Bills could be the “Pick-me-up” fans deserve [1:51 AM]
TSN reports: 'Probably the biggest question mark going into this season for the Bills is, who will replace the loss of Kiko Alonso?'

Marker Bills offense gets last preseason test vs Lions [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"Yes, absolutely, I'm looking to play those guys," Marrone said this week. "I think, obviously, we're much further ahead on (the defensive side) of the ball than we are (on offense)."'

Marker 5 things to watch for during Bills - Lions [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With the way things unraveled in the first half for the starting offense on Saturday, there isn’t much mystery as to why head coach Doug Marrone wants to get his top unit more work in a game.'

Marker Chris McAlister brings Super Bowl experience to Bills [1:48 AM] reports: '“It’s been amazing,” said McAlister. “Learning how to coach, it was a lot different than I thought it would be. I have a lot of knowledge in my head about how to play the game, but then coming here with Coach Henderson, he showed me how to get what I have in my head and relate that to the players.”'

Marker Bills-Lions game preview [1:47 AM] reports: 'The starters who are likely to see the most action will be on the offensive side of the ball. Head coach Doug Marrone wants to see better execution from his first unit on offense leading up to the season opener at Chicago.'

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Marker How long can renovated Ralph stick? [12:24 PM]
Salamanca Press reports: 'But with $130 million just spent to bring The Ralph back to modern standards, why not squeeze the most out of it first?'

Marker Jordan Palmer helped Blake Bortles, but can he do the same for EJ Manuel? [9:42 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Palmer is often praised more for his work as a coach than he is for his work as a player. He's worked with countless young quarterbacks at the Elite 11 camp and most recently tutored Bortles, who has been the surprise of the preseason for Jacksonville.'

Marker Bills scramble for answers to back up EJ [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“My conversation with Jordan was, ‘Hey, listen. I’m happy to see you. I’m happy to meet you. I’m going to give you an opportunity and you have an opportunity to get a position and we’re going to do whatever we can to get you ready for this game and play you.’ ”'

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