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Buffalo Bills News - August 14, 2014

Marker Tomlin: 'Man that was great work' [1:39 AM] reports: '“Man that was great work. Buffalo was a great dance partner,” said Tomlin. “We appreciate Coach (Doug) Marrone and that group and got a lot of things done. Similar work to what we’ve been doing in terms of structure of the practice and drills setup, but obviously a different sense of urgency, some different schematics and some different guys. It was really a productive day for us. In just a brief communication with Coach, I think it was a very productive day for them.'

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August 13, 2014

Marker Linebacker candidate Sylvester can help himself against Steelers [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I hadn’t really done any football work since December – my last game in Pittsburgh – so it’s been good,” Sylvester said of the start of his Bills career. “When you got a competitor just sitting in the wings, not doing anything, I felt kind of like I felt before the draft, when you don’t know what’s going on and you’re just anxious. You don’t know how much to work out, you don’t know when you’re going to go somewhere. It was hard to stay focused, but I occupied my time and kept training.”'

Marker Show me the books, Poloncarz tells NFL on stadium demand [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“They have to prove to me that the Bills can’t be viable in Ralph Wilson Stadium,” said Poloncarz, a participant in the negotiations for the 10-year lease that resulted in $130 million in renovations being completed this year at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. “If we’re going to have to build a new stadium, I want so see something that really proves we need a new stadium.”'

Marker FCC official, in Buffalo visit, presses for end to sports TV blackout rules [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“There is no reason for the FCC to be in the sports blackout business,” Pai said. “We should be on the side of sports fans instead.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills head to Pennsylvania [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Yeah, it couldn’t come at a better time knowing that we’re about to go out there and it’s going to be pretty physical down there,” said running back Fred Jackson. “They’re a team that prides themselves on being physical and we’re going to go out there and match that. When you’re at training camp and you get these unexpected days off, you like it. But it’s on us now to take advantage of it when we come back on the field. We’ve had a couple of days off and then we get right back to work.”'

Marker Bills-Steelers joint practices: Sammy Watkins gets a new test, and 5 other matchups to watch [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Odds are Watkins will find himself matched up against William Gay at some point in the joint practices, and that should be a nice way to gauge how far the rookie has come. Can he handle the physical play at the line of scrimmage?'

Marker Bills announce new sellout policy, have sold more than 46,000 season tickets, according to report [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Meanwhile, the Bills have sold more than 46,000 season tickets, according to Honan, which is the most since 2009. Games against the Chiefs, Jets and Browns currently have the most tickets still available, while games against the Dolphins, Chargers, Patriots, Vikings and Packers have been selling well to this point.'

Marker FCC commissioner wants changes to NFL blackout policy: No more missed Bills games in Syracuse? [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Syracuse television market does not receive Buffalo Bills broadcasts that are blacked out by the NFL because a tiny portion of Yates County receives the signal of Syracuse television station WTVH-5. Yates County is within 75 miles of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY.'

Marker Bills come to town to offer a change of pace [1:52 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '“They’re a good dance partner for us because they do things a little bit differently than we do,” Tomlin said. “It will be great to get in a practice situation and hone our skills. I’m sure they feel the same way.”'

Marker Roethlisberger rooting for 'bud' Jim Kelly [1:51 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '“For a Hall of Famer to come down to my level, if you will, just meant so much,” Roethlisberger says. “He's a guy I can call when things aren't going well. I'll get notes from him after games, good and bad: ‘Keep your head up.' ‘Great job.' To have someone like that I can call a friend? That's first and foremost. And I think he'd say the same thing: He looks at me as a friend.”'

Marker Steelers have practice partner in Bills [1:50 AM]
Washington Observer Reporter reports: '“It’s going to be weird. I’ve never done it before. I’m curious to see what it’s going to be like,” said Steelers guard David DeCastro. “I think it will be just as, if not more, intense than a game. Guys want to make a statement and want to embarrass you and want to win. And then you have to go play them at the end of the week. It will be a lot of good fun.”'

Marker Bills head for trip to practice against Steelers [1:49 AM]
AP reports: '"We're looking forward to going in against an organization that is a physical team, that is a tough team, a team that has won in the past," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "I think we're excited about being able to compete with them."'

Marker When is the QB Staring Down a WR? [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'There’s been a lot of talk and debate lately about QBs staring down receivers. Of course, here in Buffalo, specifically about how often EJ Manuel is doing or not doing it. Almost every time he drops back, completion, incompletion, or interception, I read analysis that says he stared down his receiver and rebuttals that say he didn’t. What’s true and what’s not? Well, as with most armchair analysis in sports, the truth lies somewhere in between.'

Marker Buying into Bills is, as usual, a tough task [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'On gamedays last year Marrone for me was a frequent disappointment. Every year it's the same point: The small-market Bills are an inherent underdog in the NFL, against big-city rivals, against teams that are made at quarterback, or both (New England). So do they avail themselves to advantages suggested by data and game probabilities? Of course not.'

Marker Bills hit the road for joint practices with Steelers [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"It’s going to be physical I feel like, going against another team. Don’t know each other, trying to prove a point. We’ve just got to be prepared for everything," said Bills wide receiver Robert Woods. "Just going out there and compete and work hard. New look, new defense."'

Marker Bills to use Steelers as measuring stick [1:45 AM] reports: '“It’ll be a good test for us,” said Eric Wood. “They have a lot of tradition and we have a lot of respect for their franchise. It’ll be a good measuring stick. Anytime you go against the Steelers I don’t care how tough you are or how fundamentally sound you are because under Dick LeBeau they’ve traditionally been really sound defensively.”'

Marker Bills energized to practice with Steelers [1:44 AM] reports: '“Very excited about it,” said EJ Manuel. “I know a bunch of teams have already had dual practices with other teams. I’m really looking forward to getting together with the Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m very good friends with Coach Tomlin. He’s from the same area I’m from and I saw him a few weeks ago before I came back here. He told me whatever look I need on defense, he’ll give it to us. It’s going to be very competitive, but we’ll try to treat it like three days of a game. Each day, even though it’s a practice, we’ll try to treat it like a game.”'

Marker M&T Bank adds new Family Zone to Ralph Wilson Stadium [1:43 AM] reports: 'The 500-seat Section 105 within Ralph Wilson Stadium has been converted into the M&T Family Zone, creating a fun family environment on gameday featuring visits by Billy Buffalo and a free giveaway to all fans in the section. Fans in this section will also have the option of purchasing parking in a specially designated 50-space parking lot off Abbott Road, adjacent to a convenient, newly designed entry gate serving the M&T Family Zone.'

Marker Steelers find a practice partner in Bills [1:42 AM] reports: '“We’re a 3-4 team defensively, and the Bills are a 4-3 team defensively. That helps us,” said Tomlin. “The Bills have a young, mobile quarterback and an offense that reflects that in terms of some of the pocket movement stuff, and we need to see that. That’s what it’s about for us.”'

August 12, 2014

Marker Buffalo's Cockrell adjusting to the pro game [3:47 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“I think the word that comes out with Ross is he is always consistent,” Monos said after the draft. “No matter if it's Mike Evans, which everybody brings up because that was the best player he went against, or Sammy Watkins. He's played against all these guys and he is always consistent.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills Are Said to Draw Jeffrey Gundlach as a Bidder [1:58 PM]
New York Times reports: 'Asked to comment on Mr. Gundlach’s reported interest, a spokesman for DoubleLine, Loren Fleckenstein, wrote in an email: “All I can say is, ‘Go Bills!’”'

Marker Bills seventh-round pick has high expectations [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I always expect the best,” Johnson said after Sunday’s training camp practice. “I want to be a starter. I didn’t come here just to be a role guy, just to make the team. I came here to take somebody’s spot.”'

Marker Bon Jovi, associates in the mix [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The group was allowed to rebid after reports suggested its initial offer July 29 was insufficient because it was “uncompetitively low” and failed to make the required assurances that the team would remain in Western New York for the long haul, according to the Sun report.'

Marker Brandon Spikes brings toughness to Bills’ defense [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Obviously, we’ve had words on the field, we’ve hit each other,” Wood said. “Some of the hardest hits I’ve had have been against Spikes, but we’re bringing toughness to this team and I don’t think there’s a tougher ‘Mike’ linebacker from an offensive line’s standpoint to go against in the NFL than Brandon Spikes.”'

Marker Sammy, Tommy Watkins sign autographs at Frontier Field [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I think they already have a new mayor in town," Tommy said with a smile.'

Marker Colts coach Chuck Pagano wears 'Kelly Tough' T-shirt to honor Jim Kelly [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Jim as you know is going through some tough times," Pagano said after Colts practice Monday. "Just to be able to support Jim and his family ... the circumstances and adversity that he's been through. Not only battling cancer right now and fighting that, but everything that he has been through. He is one tough cookie. We think about Jim all the time. He is always in our thoughts and prayers. I know that he has the right mindset and the willpower to get through this thing.''

Marker Toronto group advances to final phase of Bills sale [1:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The group is scheduled to meet with the seller and its transaction team on Tuesday in Manhattan.'

Marker Bills' visit to Steelers adds a competitive wrinkle to training camp [1:53 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '“You might see a fight here or there,” Gilbert said. “A lot of guys are going to want to prove a point. This is the preseason and a lot of guys are fighting for roster spots. I think this brings the best out of everybody.”''

Marker Pritzker family member passes on bid for Buffalo Bills [1:52 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Michael Vlock, in an interview with the Tribune on Monday, said he made “early inquiries” into the team but decided not to pursue a bid. Vlock said he and his wife, Karen Pritzker, have a business partner in Buffalo who is passionate about the city and reached out to them.'

Marker Watkins family shows off athleticism in Rochester [1:51 AM] reports: '“I definitely was nervous,” said Sammy, flashing a humble smile. “At first I told myself I was going to throw it as hard as I can. And then I came out and said nah, I’m just going to get it there, try to strike him out.”'

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