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Buffalo Bills News - July 31, 2014

Marker Toughness and work ethic propel Reed to Hall of Fame [10:34 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I told Mr. Ralph Wilson at the time when we took Andre in the fourth round that he was better than Chris Burkett,” said Elbert Dubenion, the former great Bills receiver who scouted Reed for Buffalo. “It was good to be right.”'

Marker Andre played like a giant in Bills’ big games [10:33 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 21 playoff games, Reed caught 85 passes for 1,229 yards.'

Marker Ross Cockrell duking it out for roster spot [10:32 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"He's done a nice job," said coach Doug Marrone. "It's very early to maybe label him or put ceilings on him; let's see where he goes."'

Marker Doug Marrone, Tom Coughlin give Bills-Giants Hall of Fame Game a Syracuse feel [10:32 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The connection runs a bit deeper than that, though. Coughlin has been a mentor for Marrone. "I have a lot of respect for him. I've always followed him, always admired the work that he’s done, and like I said before, we used to meet once a year," Marrone said. "I’d go and talk to him and he helped me out quite a bit."'

Marker Tisch has questions for Trump over Bills ownership [10:31 PM]
New York Post reports: 'Tisch said he would ask Trump about his views on ownership, and what he could add to an NFL team.'

Marker Texas A&M settles on ’12th Man’ trademark dispute with Buffalo Bills fans [10:30 PM]
Dallas Morning News reports: '“We’re really pleased with the way the university handled the dispute and we fully recognize Texas A&M is the owner of the ’12th Man’ trademark,” Sonntag was quoted as saying in a joint press release from his group and Texas A&M. “We’ve already started operations under Bills Fan Thunder and will continue our fight to keep the Bills franchise in Buffalo.”'

Marker Trump selected to advance in Bills' sale process [10:28 PM]
AP reports: 'Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that the real estate mogul has been chosen to advance to the next round of bidding to purchase the team. Cohen said he was informed of the decision by Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the sale of the team for late owner Ralph Wilson's estate.'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 10 [10:28 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Going hand in hand with Manuel’s early prowess was the pair of plays Watkins made at the beginning of practice during team drills.'

Marker Bills playing time still not decided [10:27 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '“No, we're going to wait to discuss that until after tomorrow night's practice so we know who's available and who's not, things like that. The expectation is that we're going to play the game to win.”'

Marker 4 things to take from Thursday’s practice [10:26 PM] reports: '“I think it’s just from working more with the O-line,” said Manuel. “Those guys have a done a great job especially this week picking up the defensive blitzes. We’ve been communicating very well at the line of scrimmage and that allows us to really pick it up. For me as a quarterback when you know you’re protected you can just sit back there and pick the defense apart and distribute the ball to those receivers.”'

Marker Andre Reed’s one Hall of Fame regret [5:38 PM] reports: '“The only person who will be missing is Ralph (Wilson),” said Reed. “I wish he could’ve hung on a little bit more. That would’ve been icing on the cake for him.”'

Marker Tight end Lee Smith misses practice [5:37 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Thursday, Lee Smith sat out practice with what coach Doug Marrone termed a “lower body injury,” thus joining Scott Chandler and Tony Moeaki on the sidelines. That means the top three guys on the depth chart were down, and the only available tight ends were Chris Gragg and newcomer Dominque Jones.'

Marker EJ Manuel happy with offensive line despite Chris Williams injury, and 5 observations [5:36 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Those guys have done a great job, especially this week," Manuel said. "Picking up defenses blitzes, their looks. They're communicating very well at the line of scrimmage. That allows us to really pick it up.'

Marker Bills' Manuel studied tape of 5 NFL QB's in off season [5:35 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I think they all offer similar things that I can do" Manuel said when explaining why he chose those five. "Whether its throwing the ball down the field, the vertical passing game or taking off and running and just being smarter when you do that. That’s one area I had to grow from last year. That’s why I had the knee injury"(against Cleveland).'

Marker Bills back to only two healthy TEs; starting guard injured [5:34 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Marrone also didn’t have any updated information regarding how long Chandler (groin) would be out, and it was already determined that Moeaki (hamstring) would be out for a while. Without the trio, the Bills are down to only Gragg and Dominique Jones as the available tight ends.'

Marker Jackson will be a 10-year Bill with contract extension [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s why signing this extension is so special,” he said. “It gives me that opportunity. I’m one step closer to being able to finish my career in Buffalo. That’s what I always wanted to do.”'

Marker Dropped charge from 2013 leads to Bradham’s suspension [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“My whole thing is to stay positive, man,” Bradham said. “It’s something that followed me from last year, a decision I made. I regret it. I made a mistake. I apologized to my teammates. I’m sorry that we gotta go through this again. Hopefully, I just get past it and come out Game Two ready. I’m going to just keep working every day out here in training camp and getting better.”'

Marker Carpenter on target [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kicker Dan Carpenter continued his outstanding training camp by making 7 of 8 field-goal tries, including a 49-yarder.'

Marker Many factors at play in calculating bids for Bills [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It may be because the price tag of a professional sports team sometimes just doesn’t matter to billionaire bidders.'

Marker In chase for the Bills, Terry Pegula is the quiet bidder who will refuse to lose [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Nearly every major variable in this equation leans toward Pegula in his quest to become an NFL owner. He’s prepared to pay considerably more than the small-market franchise is worth, which should satisfy Ralph Wilson’s estate. Plus, he has close ties to the community and will keep the team in Buffalo.'

Marker NFL suspends Bills' Nigel Bradham for one game [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I regret it and I apologized to my teammates. I'm sorry we have to through it — again."'

Marker MacPherson aims to prove he's worthy of Bills [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"You know what you're projected at — I was a seventh-round/free-agent guy — so I knew what to expect," he said. "I'd say the disappointing thing was when I didn't get many calls (for camp invitations) after the draft."'

Marker Jackson inks extension with Buffalo Bills [1:52 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“My wife has done a tremendous job supporting me, doing everything she can do to make sure I'm able to come out here and compete with these young bucks, so I'm excited about it,” he said. “I'm looking forward to the opportunity to continue to stay out here and play and obviously get this thing turned around. Hopefully we can do that sooner rather than later.”'

Marker Fred Jackson, the NFL's oldest running back, wants to play 3-4 more seasons [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I just love to play this game," Jackson said. "Usually when guys get to be my age they’re just about ready to kind of shut it down and not come out here and get beat up like we do at training camp, but I wake up every day and I love it."'

Marker Aaron Williams shows off dance moves during weather delay at Bills training camp [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Some players jumped on the stationary bikes to stay loose, but safety Aaron Williams instead decided to dance. He was kind enough to share his dance moves on Instagram.'

Marker Bills LB Nigel Bradham: One-game suspension from NFL 'shocking' and 'disappointing' [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Everything was dismissed, and I’m not in a substance abuse program or anything," Bradham said. "Since everything was dismissed it’s kind of shocking and kind of disappointing that it came back again."'

Marker EJ Manuel shows progress, and 5 observations from Bills training camp [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The last few practices have been steps forward for Manuel, who had a bit of a rough start to camp. While Manuel's play has been the focus of training camp, he wasn't the only noteworthy player on Wednesday.'

Marker Fred Jackson signs contract extension with Bills, reportedly a one-year deal [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Jackson is entering his ninth season in the league and has more than 5,000 yards rushing and over 2,000 yards receiving since joining the Bills.'

Marker Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham suspended one game [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's shown a very serious, professional attitude, he’s been into it. Even before a guy like Kiko Alonso get's hurt, now there's even more of an opportunity for a guy like Bradham. He's been very, very good mentally as far as picking the scheme up, he's good in coverage, and he's improving as a run defender also."'

Marker Bills RB C.J. Spiller not worried about contract, still looking for agent [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I haven't really thought about that," Spiller said. "Every year to me is a crucial year. Every year you get to play this game is crucial because you don't know when it will be your last. All that other stuff, it will handle itself."'

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