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Buffalo Bills News - August 27, 2014

Marker Bills-Lions game blacked out Thursday [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Although Thursdays game will not air live, it will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Friday on WHAM-TV (Channel 13) and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.'

Marker Buffalo Bills claim punter Jordan Gay off waivers [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'For the Bills, Gay could provide competition both at punter and as a kickoff specialist, both areas in which Bills coach Doug Marrone has said the team will try to improve. Punter Brian Moorman has had a few rough punts in the preseason.'

Marker Doug Marrone, Jordan Palmer talk about Bills' quarterback situation [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'We’ve given ourselves an opportunity, meaning that we’ve given ourselves an opportunity for what we’ve been watching on tape of everyone for Jordan to come in here and show us what he has. I think that’s something that, obviously, Doug (Whaley) and I have talked about quite a bit.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report 2014 season ticket sales are highest since 2009 [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Just three years ago, the Bills had the lowest season-ticket sales in recent history with 37,555. The Bills sold 36,354 season tickets back in 2001 but had a string of eight consecutive seasons of selling more than 42,000 season tickets leading up to 2011.'

Marker Cyril Richardson's play has Doug Marrone feeling more at ease with Chris Williams injury [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"There's some things that he showed that I have no doubt, having coached that position before, to say that he's a future starter," Marrone said. "I'm happy about that, but I'm not happy that I feel the way I do about Chris and his availability."'

Marker Buffalo Bills preseason game against Detroit Lions will be blacked out on local TV [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills fans will be able to watch the game on tape delay. It will air at 7 p.m. Friday on WTVH-TV (Syracuse) and WKBW-TV (Buffalo); at 7:30 p.m. Friday on WHAM-TV (Rochester); and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Time Warner Cable Sportschannel. NFL Network will air a tape delay of the game at 7 a.m. on Sunday.'

Marker Buffalo Bills add Kiko Alonso to NFI list, sign quarterback Jordan Palmer [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It's been like that ever since I've been in the NFL," Lewis said Monday. "It's nothing new, but at the same time, it's football. There's always going to be competition. If you're scared of competition, you shouldn't play the spot."'

Marker Lions to see former coach Jim Schwartz from a new angle [1:45 AM]
Detroit News reports: '“It’ll be cool,” Austin said. “I’ll go talk to him. He was always a cool guy to me. It’s going to be different, though, because now instead of seeing all of his schemes and tricks and whatnot in practice, I get to see it in a game.”'

Marker Jordan Palmer joins Bills, raising concerns for Bears [1:44 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: '‘‘Snap counts and the stuff we do, some of our tricks, what plays we like,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘But they still have to defend it, so we won’t change much, if anything. Maybe a few tweaks here and there, but we’ll just have to go play football and see how it goes.’’'

Marker Bills' hopes hinge on familiar question: QB [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'From Alex Van Pelt to Drew Bledsoe and now EJ Manuel, none of the eight quarterbacks who started at least eight games for Buffalo since 2000 has held the job beyond three seasons. And only one, Bledsoe in 2004, led the team to a winning record.'

Marker Bills shuffle backup QBs; Palmer in, Lewis out [1:42 AM]
AP reports: 'Palmer was signed Tuesday, two days after being cut by Chicago, where he lost the backup competition to Jimmy Clausen. In five NFL seasons, Palmer has appeared in just four games and completed 10 of 15 passes for 59 yards and two interceptions.'

Marker Bills' Alonso placed on Reserve/NFI list [1:41 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Alonso underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which he suffered earlier this offseason while working out in Oregon. The move was just a formality, as he is expected to miss the entire season.'

Marker Bills awarded punter on waivers [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Gay was released on Aug. 24 by the Carolina Panthers.'

Marker Bills dump QB Lewis, sign Palmer [1:39 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Lewis started five games for the Bills last season and had some decent moments, completing 59.2 percent of his passes for 1,092 yards and four touchdowns with three interceptions. But the Bills were unhappy with their quarterback play during the offseason and preseason, particularly in the 27-14 exhibition loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday.'

Marker NFL 2014 Preview: Buffalo Bills [1:38 AM]
Sportsnet reports: 'Notice how many times I’ve used the words “could” or “potential.” That’s why. Because no matter how much improvement the Bills have shown off-season after off-season, they always find a way to be the same old Bills; on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. Also, the team’s future in western New York is a major question mark. Who knows where this team will be after the lease at the Ralph runs out?'

Marker Bills' have a rookie starting at right tackle, but it's not the higher pick [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Whaley and Doug Marrone told Henderson he has one chance and one chance only to turn his life around and stay out of trouble. He has done just that and has taken advantage of his opportunity to show things are different, “I’m glad they took the chance and drafted me. Ever since I’ve been here I’ve just been working hard and getting better with the whole team, doing everything I have to do in order to play.”'

Marker Bills place Alonso on Reserve/NFI list [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'First and foremost, if Alonso has a miraculous recovery, he would be eligible to return for a five week window starting after Week 6. Upon his first day of practice, the Bills would have three weeks to put him on the active roster. If he practices and they don't activate him, the Bills would either have to release him or place him on Injured Reserve.'

Marker Jordan Palmer hoping to stick with Bills [1:35 AM] reports: '“Playing quarterback in the NFL is difficult,” said Palmer. “I don’t think it’s unique, but I was in a similar situation last year. I got called in about eight days before the last (preseason) game and I started the last game. So I’ve been in similar situations, I feel very confident in it.”'

Marker P Jordan Gay claimed by Bills [1:34 AM] reports: 'Gay originally entered the league with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2013. The 6-1, 205-pound Centre College product has also spent time with the New York Giants in addition to the Panthers. Gay, who is a native of Danville, KY, handled kickoff and punt team duties for the Panthers during the preseason.'

Marker Bills release QB Thad Lewis, sign QB Jordan Palmer [1:33 AM] reports: 'His play however, fell on hard times in minicamp and training camp this summer as he struggled with his accuracy and decision making. Lewis’ statistics in his preseason appearances reflected that as he completed just over 51 percent of his passes with two interceptions.'

Marker Kiko Alonso placed on Reserve/NFI list [1:32 AM] reports: 'The designation means he no longer counts toward the team’s roster total, and it’s expected he won’t suit up this season. Alonso tore his ACL during an offseason workout on July 1st and had successful surgery a couple of weeks later.'

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August 26, 2014

Marker Bills’ line sports a new look on the right side [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That shift puts veteran guard Kraig Urbik in jeopardy of not making the 53-man roster. The starting left guard is Chris Williams. He missed the Tampa game and Monday’s practice with a sore back. But rookie fifth-round pick Cyril Richardson started in Williams’ place Saturday and took the first snaps with the starters again Monday.'

Marker Backup quarterback in the works for Bills; Lions game blacked out [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Palmer entered the NFL in 2007 but only has thrown 10 passes in regular-season action over seven seasons. He has been on an NFL roster for almost four full regular seasons.'

Marker Talented receivers are all ears for coach Moore [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'When Moore retired from the NFL in 2002, he wasn't sure what he wanted to do, but he thought coaching was a possibility. He spent some time at the high school level, but didn't get any nibbles from colleges or the pros. He held a variety of jobs including some radio and television work, and working as a consultant for Protect Management and Athlete's Performance where he helped train athletes for the NFL Draft, but he knew coaching was his calling, and he just needed a break.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release 11 players [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Moorman, who was cut in the first month of the 2013 regular season, was re-signed when his replacement, Shaun Powell, flopped. Moorman, the oldest player on the team at 38, beat out Dombrowski, who was an undrafted free agent from Harvard.'

Marker Buffalo Bills to sign quarterback Jordan Palmer, according to report [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While Palmer has never started a regular season NFL game, he does have a track record for coaching up quarterbacks. He's a quarterbacks coach at EXOS, an NFL Draft training center. Having spent time in Chicago, he might also have some insight on the Bills' Week 1 opponent.'

Marker Doug Marrone says cutting Alan Branch was more about performance than arrest [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You have to perform in this league, and he didn't perform well," Marrone said. "Obviously, there was a poor decision, but basically it was the performance. We didn't really play him much in the first two or three preseason games."'

Marker Doug Marrone said Macky MacPherson was one of the toughest cuts he's been a part of [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Earlier in camp, Marrone said "Macky is a very disciplined player, a smart player, knows our system and is very tough. He has an opportunity to (make the roster), and I feel fortunate that he was out there and we were able to bring him in."'

Marker Sammy Watkins returns to full practice for Buffalo Bills [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Whatever starters, whoever he picks, whether it’s me, EJ, it’s doesn’t matter," Watkins said. "We’re going to go out there and perform. Whether I’m in there with the second-team quarterback, the third-string quarterback, I should be able to go out there and do my job and make as many plays as presented to me. I’m looking forward to playing. If I don’t play, that’s OK. In this matter, it’s up to the coach."'

Marker Marquise Goodwin says he'll be more careful after tweet criticizing Buffalo Bills fans [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I wasn't expecting that at all, not for it to be that severe," Goodwin said Monday after practice. "But it comes with the territory. You put something out there like that, you're going to expect a few people to respond like that, but I had over like 300 comments. It is what it is, though. I don't take any offense to it, because half the people if I saw them face to face would shake my hand and be like 'It's alright.' At the end of the day, I'm not worried about it. I'm just trying to win.'

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