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Buffalo Bills News - August 29, 2014

Marker Lions resting many starters in preseason finale [1:47 AM]
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 Detroit 23, Buffalo 0 [1:46 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Buffalo played many of its starters to begin the game, and saw the plan backfire on them as first-round draft pick Sammy Watkins left the game on the team's second drive.'

Marker Bills' Watkins reinjures ribs [1:45 AM]
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 Lions Blank Bills 23-0; Watkins Injured [1:44 AM]
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 Watkins suffers 2nd rib injury in Bills preseason finale [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The team initially declared his return as questionable but then downgraded him to out shortly thereafter. For the time being, Watkins’ injury status is unknown, although Manuel said, “he’ll be fine” in response to the wideout’s current condition. The injury is to the same area as the one he suffered in Pittsburgh.'

Marker We learned nothing from the preseason [1:42 AM]
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 Observations: Lions 23 - Bills 0 [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Manuel made a couple of sound decisions in the game, but the offense in total was completely inefficient.'

Marker Lions hand Bills shutout loss [1:40 AM] 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 Bills 'D' looks primed for regular season [1:39 AM] reports: '“We feel it’s a pretty good start,” said S Aaron Williams. “We need to finish a lot better and keep going hard. Now it’s the real deal so we’re going to get rest these next couple days and get ready for Chicago.”'

Marker First half observations: Bills-Lions [1:38 AM] reports: 'The Bills run defense stayed close to their 2.75 yards per carry allowed average in the preseason. Detroit had seven carries for 20 yards for a 2.8 average in the first half against Buffalo.'

Marker Sammy Watkins leaves Lions game with rib injury [1:37 AM] reports: 'Watkins, who was injured on a similar play in Pittsburgh two weeks ago, was examined by team doctors on the sideline for about 10 minutes. Team physicians were checking Watkins’ rib cage area. The receiver appeared to be wearing a flak jacket to protect his ribs. He was eventually escorted to the locker room for further examination.'

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August 28, 2014

Marker 5 Players to watch: Bills-Lions [5:54 PM] reports: 'LB Jimmy Gaines - The Buffalo native got off to a solid start in training camp, but will need to finish strong Thursday night to make a compelling case for a spot on the final roster. After leading the team in tackles against Carolina earlier in the preseason, Gaines will need a similar effort against Detroit.'

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.'

August 27, 2014

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.'

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