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Buffalo Bills News - July 20, 2014

Marker Playoff hopes ride on EJ Manuel's shoulders [11:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"They say the most growth you make is from year one to year two and you can see he's definitely putting in the time to do that," veteran running back Fred Jackson said near the end of spring OTAs. "We know we're only going to go as far as he can take us and that's a responsibility that he's shouldering and he wants that opportunity. He's putting in the work in the film room, spending extra time with the coaches, and that's all we can ask of him as a teammate."'

Marker Bills eager to rehab teamís reputation [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'ďThatís nothing new,Ē said Bills safety Aaron Williams. ďItís every year. Everybody just thinks weíre the same old Bills, and thatís fine with me. I completely understand that they think weíre the same old Bills that every year everybody gets hyped up for an incredible season and then people get let down with a six-win season. To me, Iím getting tired of it, as well. Itís a new attitude Iím bringing to the table. Weíre going to be a winning team, and weíre going to come out here with a new attitude and be aggressive and bring this city more wins.Ē'

Marker McKelvin ready to go, Dareus is not [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McKelvin was limited in spring practices after undergoing offseason hip surgery. The Bills conducted conditioning tests on the field Saturday, and the veteran starting cornerback afterward was ruled good to participate in camp.'

Marker Bills faithful share their stories [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As a young girl, I was thrilled to see my dad jump in the air cheering as he watched the Bills take it in for a touchdown; or seeing him yelling at the TV in frustration and calling out plays that would have countered the interception or fumble we just saw. At ďThe Ralph,Ē I would (and still do) cling to my dadís hand as we walked around the field while the players warmed up, in awe of how monstrous they look up close.'

Marker Toronto Sun reports that Bon Joviís group wants to keep Bills in Buffalo [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Until Saturdayís report, it had been uncertain whether the group wanted to relocate the team.'

Marker Defense looks to continue building [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'ďAt the end of the day we just have to go out and play ball,Ē said defensive end Mario Williams. ďItís still us, and we have to execute and go out and do our jobs.Ē'

Marker Bills will begin camp without Marcell Dareus, Cordy Glenn [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We haven't done anything; we've got a lot to prove," Whaley said. "Like Russ (Brandon) said, we won't hide from it. We haven't been in the playoffs in a long time and we owe it to the fans, our late Hall of Fame owner, and everybody in this business to show that we're not the Bills anymore. We want to be a playoff team. We're planning to be a playoff team, and that's our goal."'

Marker Breaking down the Bills' roster [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills have to hope that a full offseason with the coaches, and learning the playbook, will offset some of the lost playing time. Manuel is confident that will be the case, but he still has to go out there and prove it. If he goes down, the Bills are not good in the backup positions. Lewis is serviceable, but he's not taking this team to the playoffs. If Tuel and Dixon have to play, Bills fans can start thinking about 2015.'

Marker Bills hope Sammy Watkins, Mike Williams can breathe life into wide receiver room [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"If (Watkins) can come in and be a leader in that room, that's great. I think we're all taking that position. We're not putting it on Mike (Williams) or Woody (Robert Woods). We're not putting it on anyone. As a whole we're trying to support each other and do things as a team."'

Marker Bills place Marcell Dareus on NFI list, activate Leodis McKelvin from PUP [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Either way, Dareus won't be practicing with the team until he's cleared by the medical staff, and neither will Unga. No reason was given for why the two were placed on the NFI list, but the Bills did conduct conditioning tests this morning at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Toronto bid group wants to keep Bills in Buffalo: sources 3 [1:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'QMI Agency has been reliably informed by multiple sources that the sole Toronto group bidding on the NFL team is now telling people, and will tell the trust overseeing the sale of the Buffalo Bills, that it is committed to keeping the NFL franchise in Western New York.'

Marker Where the Buffalo Bills sale process goes from here [1:49 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'According to a well-placed source, prospective bidders not only have until 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 29 to inform investment bank Morgan Stanley of their intention to bid, they must submit an indicative bid by then.'

Marker North Bergenís Rodriguez knows that heís run out of chances [1:48 AM]
Hudson Reporter reports: 'ďAt first, it was difficult,Ē Rodriguez said. ďBut the more I went, the more I knew I had to stick with it. I felt relieved and free. Since I started the sessions, I havenít been drinking. Iíve had no incidents."'

Marker Bills place DT Dareus on non-football injury list [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'The 2011 first-round draft pick has already had a difficult offseason, dealing with two off-field legal matters.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign WR Gurley, DB McIlwan [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'The 6-foot-4 Gurley had one catch in three games with the Cleveland Browns last season. He has spent time with several teams since breaking into the NFL in 2011 as an undrafted free agent with Green Bay.'

Marker Bills activate McKelvin among five moves [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: ''Unga and Dareus join left tackle Cordy Glenn and defensive tackle Alan Branch on the NFI list. None of the ailments were revealed.'

Marker Report: Bon Jovi, Tanenbaum & Rogers group express interest in Bills [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bon Jovi was only rumored to be interested in the Bills prior to the report, and now both Tanenbaum and the Rogers family (most notably Edward), have been tied to the rock star as well. According to Wawrow, there is no indication at this point if the Toronto-based group would bid on the franchise with the intention to move it north of the border.'

Marker Dareus likely won't practice to start Bills camp; McKelvin activated [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McKelvin had offseason hip surgery and didn't participate much during the offseason OTA and mandatory minicamp workouts, leading the Bills to try and bring him along slowly. Following the conditioning testing, McKelvin was deemed ready to participate in practices.'

Marker Bills sign a WR, CB on day before first practice [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With the move on Saturday, the team's roster is back up to it's full capacity of 90 players.'

Marker McKelvin cleared to practice; Dareus, 'Unga put on Active/Non-Football injury list [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Saturday brought encouraging news for starting CB Leodis McKelvin, but it looks as though DL Marcell Dareusand OL J.J. ĎUnga will be spectators at the teamís first training camp practice.'

Marker Bills fill roster vacancies with CB and WR [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo signed WR Tori Gurley and CB Kamaal McIlwain Saturday. Both players participated in Buffaloís three-day June minicamp on a tryout basis.'

Marker Mike Williams a proven vet in young WR group [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'ďItís kind of hard because Iíve got a lot of guys asking for advice and at the same time Iím trying to learn the offense and learn the plays and trying to learn from them because they were here before me,Ē said Williams. ďIím trying to learn what they see and then they ask me my advice and I look at them as if to say that Iím trying to learn too. I just have to master the playbook so Iím on a level where I can help teach it.Ē'

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July 19, 2014

Marker Whaley confident Bills have depth to replace Alonso [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'ďItís a tremendous loss, but no oneís crying for us,Ē Whaley said. ďSo itís the next man up, and we think weíve built a roster that can sustain a loss like this. Our expectations arenít going to drop.Ē'

Marker Bon Jovi confirmed as part of Toronto group interested in buying the Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sources with knowledge of how teams are sold said it is likely a host of investment banks acting on behalf of clients who wish to remain anonymous, for now, signed non-disclosure agreements to examine the initial round of documents the team sent out about its finances.'

Marker Early birds land at Bills camp [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"That gives guys an opportunity to step up, make plays, and come here to contribute to the team," Williams said. "As sad as losing Kiko is, the great thing about this team is that we have depth. I'm really sure that whoever is behind Kiko will step in and make plays."'

Marker Doug Whaley wants to show the NFL that 'we're not the Bills anymore' [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Ultimately, it always comes to this point, doesn't it? A general manager assembles what he considers to be a respectable collection of young talent and anxiously awaits the results on the field. Those results determine the fate of the team and the general manager.'

Marker Cordy Glenn day-to-day with illness, and 4 other notes from Bills training camp [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'In Glenn's place will be rookie seventh-round pick Seantrel Henderson, Whaley told John Murphy on his radio show Friday night. Rookie second-round pick Cyrus Kouandjio will start at right tackle.'

Marker Robert Woods says Bills offense revolves around EJ Manuel and his development [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think the offense as a whole really revolves around EJ and his development," Woods said. "I think he progressed a lot from his first year, with all the offseason training and this whole camp should be an example of how hard heís worked. Heís handled a lot of adversity and is starting to play well."'

Marker Rogers joins Bon Jovi and Tanenbaum in equal-stakes bid to buy Bills [1:53 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Sources say the Rogers family, and not Edward alone, is listed as an investor on the intention-to-bid document sent this week to the trust overseeing the sale of the Bills.'

Marker Bills report for camp facing injury concerns [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Well, vacation's over for Whaley and the Bills, who will hold their first practice on Sunday. They will be spending much of the next seven weeks attempting to fill a big hole at outside linebacker after Alonso tore a ligament in his left knee while working out in Oregon on July 1.'

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