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Buffalo Bills News - October 1, 2014

Marker For Lions, game vs. Bills is 'not about coach Schwartz' [8:43 PM]
Detroit News reports: '"I'm just trying to study their defense as much as I possibly can," Stafford said. "It's obviously different. They've got different players than we have here and different strengths and weaknesses within those players. They're playing a little bit different, and it's on us to go out and execute.'

Marker Orton steps into familiar scenario with Bills [8:42 PM] reports: '“We thought he was a good player even in the preseason when he started,” said Brown of Orton. “He went out there and commanded the team on a few drives. We were like, ‘Wow this young quarterback that we got is pretty good.’ We never thought we would end up using him. We just thought it’d be nice to see him develop knowing he had the talent. But we wound up using him sooner than we thought.”'

Marker Bills' Kyle Orton focused solely on beating Lions [8:41 PM]
AP reports: '"He demands what he wants out of us," added receiver Sammy Watkins, the rookie first-round draft pick. "The way he talks, the way he handles business, the way he looks at plays and breaks down defenses is kind of different than EJ."'

Marker Bills' Orton ready to dive into Week 5 [8:40 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I think we've got the full gamut of plays in and I feel comfortable. I've felt comfortable for the last two or three weeks,” the new starting quarterback said Wednesday. “The coaches have done a good job, [quarterbacks coach] Todd Downing has done a great job with me over the four, five weeks that I've been here. I think I feel comfortable with everything in the playbook.”'

Marker Bills' Orton channels his inner Bryce Harper [8:38 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'And he wasn't afraid to call out a reporter, either. Orton was asked, "Kyle, why will you run this offense better than EJ [Manuel]?"'

Marker Mike Williams, C.J. Spiller 'surprised' Buffalo Bills benched EJ Manuel for Kyle Orton [8:37 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I was shocked, but I understand it was a decision that I couldn't make," wide receiver Mike Williams said on Wednesday. "I just still have to go out and do my job no matter who they put out there. Hopefully it's a good decision, hopefully it brings us a lot of wins.'

Marker Sammy Watkins, other Bills talk about what's changed in switch from EJ Manuel to Kyle Orton [8:37 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's more of a veteran guy. The way he talks, the way he handles business, the way he look at plays and break down defenses is kind of different than EJ. He reads it quicker, the balls coming out faster. That's just some things that we have to adjust to.'

Marker Buffalo Bills quarter-season report card [8:36 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It's tough to have too many complaints about the Bills' defense at this point. The secondary could stand to improve, as the Bills are a bottom 10 defense in yards per game this season. Overall, the defense hasn't been an issue, though.'

Marker Nigel Bradham, Kyle Williams both miss practice with knee injuries [8:35 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Both Bradham and Williams sustained knee injuries during the Bills' Week 4 loss to the Houston Texans. Neither Bradham or Williams was able to finish the game and both had MRIs earlier this week, the results of which are not yet known. Williams was quickly ruled out for the game following his injury on Sunday.'

Marker Calvin Johnson doesn't practice but says he'll be OK to face Buffalo Bills [8:34 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Quarterback Matthew Stafford sustained a turf burn on his right hand last week and was wearing a bandage on it while addressing the media on Wednesday. Unlike Johnson, Stafford practiced on Wednesday.'

Marker Let’s be clear on what you’re saying when you choose Kyle Orton [10:58 AM] reports: 'Orton, simply put, does not pass the smell test. The worst thing that’s happened for Bills fans is Orton being signed after the preseason, because Buffalo has had four weeks to sit back and think “What if?” instead of reflecting on what they’ve seen in person.'

Marker Orton steps into familiar scenario with Bills [10:57 AM] reports: '“We thought he was a good player even in the preseason when he started,” said Brown of Orton. “He went out there and commanded the team on a few drives. We were like, ‘Wow this young quarterback that we got is pretty good.’ We never thought we would end up using him. We just thought it’d be nice to see him develop knowing he had the talent. But we wound up using him sooner than we thought.”'

Marker QB change proves Bills’ bluff on Manuel [10:56 AM]
Salamanca Press reports: 'Risking first-round draft picks in such a cavalier fashion is steps one two and three to getting fired in the NFL. Technically, Whaley’s predecessor, Buddy Nix, made the Manuel selection. But with the Watkins trade and Manuel’s benching, the Bills’ management has squandered two out of three picks (2013 and 2015). Aside from a franchise quarterback, no commodity means more in today’s league than first-rounders. This move confirms a failure to value both.'

Marker Bills aren’t cashing in on turnovers [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills actually recorded three takeaways – intercepting Ryan Fitzpatrick twice and jumping on a fumble by Texans receiver Andre Johnson. The stats support McKelvin’s claims, and show the team has a right to be fuming about the loss.'

Marker AFC East is there for taking [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yes, it’s early. Brady could come back and shred the undefeated Bengals this Sunday in Gillette Stadium. The Pats could reaffirm their place in the division a week later with another win over the Bills. Buffalo could lose to Detroit and New England for four straight defeats. Anything is possible. That’s precisely the point.'

Marker Peter King says J.J. Watt is big reason Buffalo Bills benched EJ Manuel [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think he ruined EJ Manuel in that game," King said. "EJ Manuel is not a very confident guy anyway but, I mean, I think he sent EJ Manuel to the bench. That’s the impact he had. He hit EJ Manuel nine times in that game. He had the incredible leaping interception and he outruns a running back and a quarterback 80 yards for a touchdown."'

Marker Kyle Orton stats, bio and other information about the Buffalo Bills new quarterback [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The search for the next franchise quarterback hasn't been an easy one in Western New York, and the benching of EJ Manuel for Kyle Orton isn't likely the solution to the problem, either.'

Marker 3 reasons why EJ Manuel was doomed from the start with the Buffalo Bills, and what comes next [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Forget his accuracy issues or relative inexperience going through multiple reads at Florida State. When a quarterback is drafted in the first round, he is expected to be a franchise guy sooner rather than later. Manuel was the only quarterback drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft, too, a year after Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson were some of the best rookie quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.'

Marker No more missed Buffalo Bills games in Syracuse? FCC abandons blackout rule [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Today’s decision means only that the NFL can’t insist on network blackouts via an FCC policy.'

Marker Nobody circles the drain like the Buffalo Bills [1:53 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'Here’s the reality: The team reached to draft Manuel 16th two years ago. Then they reached to draft Sammy Watkins to prop him up. In the process they traded away the first round draft choice they now need after admitting Manuel isn’t the guy they hoped he would become. And now, a first-time NFL head coach and a first-time NFL offensive coordinator will turn to a journeyman signal caller who was benched for Tim Tebow twice to save their season — and their jobs.'

Marker Buffalo kicker Jordan Gay has plenty of local support [1:52 AM]
Danville Advocate Messenger reports: '“She gets a lot of people stopping by and seeing her that know the connection with Jordan or make the connection,” Jamey Gay said. “But it has been exciting. He definitely feels the community support in Buffalo and knows people here are excited and cheering for him.”'

Marker Former Wando star Jamie Childers signs with Buffalo Bills practice squad [1:51 AM]
Charleston Post and Courier reports: 'Childers, who played both quarterback and tight end at Coastal Carolina, has been with three different NFL teams since 2012 - St. Louis, New York Giants and Buffalo.'

Marker Upon Further Review: Bills at Texans [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Of the many reasons that head coach Doug Marrone elected to make the switch at quarterback for Week Five, anticipation and accuracy are chief among them. Manuel, at this point in his career, just does not throw his receivers open.'

Marker JW: All-22 Review Bills/Texans [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'So far the best thing I can figure for Kyle Orton is this: He won't have to play against JJ Watt this year. Watt was a terror. Unblockable. The Texans slide him around to different spots on the line, but most frequently he was working against Erik Pears or Cyril Richardson. How'd you like that assignment?'

Marker TE Jamie Childers signed to Bills Practice Squad [1:48 AM] reports: 'A 6-5, 250-pound Coastal Carolina product, Childers entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis Rams in 2012 before being released prior to the regular season. He then joined the New York Giants at the start of the 2013 offseason and was released prior to the start of the regular season. A native of Mount Pleasant, SC, Childers tallied 11 catches for 233 yards and three touchdowns during his senior collegiate season. He is 28 years old.'

Marker From the Booth: 5 observations at the quarter pole [1:47 AM] reports: 'He’s the oldest running back in the NFL, and there are no signs of slowdown from Fred Jackson. Through four games, Jackson is on pace for 128 carries this year, and he’s the team's leading receiver with 19 catches. The next most productive running back over 30 is Philadelphia’s Darren Sproles, who’s purely a situational player. Jackson’s tough, between-the-tackles running style is part of the foundation of Buffalo’s best offensive approach and he’s certain to remain an integral piece of the offensive attack in the final three-quarters of the season.'

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September 30, 2014

Marker Bills Move On From Manuel [12:01 PM]
Bills Daily reports: So I’m at a loss to explain why there is so much joy in Bills Nation today. Manuel may not be under center on Sunday but his failure, and the failure of the organization, should be a point of great hand-wringing. In the end I think Buffalo may salvage a 6 or 7 win season, but the cost for such mediocrity will be exorbitant - a first round pick in Manuel, 2 first round picks in Watkins, $5 million a year for 2 years of Orton. I’m not cheering this move, I’m crying – after so many years of football hardship it’s hard to believe there are any tears left. Is it too early to start worrying about backup quarterback?

Marker Football is king; no surprise Orton gets call [11:53 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In short, for all the justified criticism of Manuel, there was plenty of blame to go around for Buffalo’s offense. Now it’s Orton’s team, but he inherits the same line ... and offensive coordinator.'

Marker Marrone turns to Orton as Bills’ QB [11:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The move is a shocking departure from the team’s “all-in” approach with Manuel, their 2013 first-round draft pick who has a career record of 6-8 as a starter.''

Marker Jackson stands behind coach’s decision [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s a decision that was made, and one that we just have to go out there and make it the right decision,” Jackson said before appearing on Monday’s episode of “The Fred Jackson Show” on WBBZ-TV. “Everybody’s got to continue to work. We’ve got to make everything as smooth a transition for Kyle as we can.”'

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