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Buffalo Bills News - July 16, 2014

Marker Marcell Dareus, Jerry Hughes among 3 things to watch with the 2014 Buffalo Bills defensive line [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The roles of the defensive linemen shouldn't change drastically, and all four of the Bills' expected starters fit into a 4-3 defense just fine. The question worth asking is whether or not the Bills will be quite as aggressive when it comes to generating pressure under Schwartz, who traditionally hasn't utilized the blitz as often as Pettine did a year ago.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 7 - Cordy Glenn [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Once again, Glenn resumes his role as the team's starting left tackle and might have a much easier time of it with an upgrade beside him in Chris Williams. Glenn plays within himself and never gets to a point on film where you feel as though he's lucky to have escaped without giving up a sack. As the Bills said last year, it's a very good thing when no one is talking about the starting left tackle. It was the case for Glenn, and they'll continue to give him that opportunity at the league's most high profile position on the offensive line.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 8 - Aaron Williams [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'By moving to free safety Williams now has the opportunity to become not only an impact player each and every week, but he can also be the leader of the secondary which is something heís really taken to since the start of offseason workouts. Always a very vocal player, Williams now has the experience to go along with his chatter. Much like another player in the secondary, a very high quality season can help him become one of the elite talents on the roster. He has all the potential and the role to do it in 2014, now thereís nothing left for him but to go out and prove that he is that player that the Bills hoped for.

Marker Bills camp primer: Offensive Line [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Kraig Urbik, Cyrus Kouandjio - While itís likely that Urbik will resume his role as the starting right guard in 2014, the Bills have made it clear through both OTAs and the mandatory minicamp that they arenít satisfied at the position. Urbik lost some first-team reps throughout the workouts, most notably to Chris Hairston during the three day mandatory minicamp. Even if he loses his job, Urbik still likely lands on the roster as a depth/experience player. The Bills would certainly like the second-round pick Kouandjio to take hold of the starting right tackle job over Erik Pears, but he hasnít earned the full amount of first-team reps just yet. Kouandjio, at worst, will be the backup swing tackle.'

Marker Bidders will be ''pleasantly surprised'' by Bills' financials [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"From what I'm told, bidders are going to be pleasantly surprised with the financials of the Bills" Kaplan said. "Many see it as, financially, a bottom tier team. That's not the case, they're probably in the middle of the third quartile pack of the NFL."'

Marker Will C.J. Spiller return to Pro Bowl form? [1:52 AM] reports: 'ďThis is probably the deepest itís been since Iíve been here,Ē said Spiller of the running back contingent. ďWeíve got a great group of guys. The thing about our group, we always want each other to get better. Iím excited about the guys we have here.Ē'

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July 15, 2014

Marker Billsí special teams have room for improvement [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'ďLast year we went in the season and we had a lot of guys that had never done it, either because they were young and hadnít done it in college or hadnít done it period,Ē said Bills special teams coach Danny Crossman. ďAny time youíre on a new staff and a new organization from top to bottom Ö we were trying to constantly turn over that bottom of the roster so those guys would identify themselves.Ē'

Marker Cyrus Kouandjio's knee among 3 questions surrounding the Buffalo Bills' offensive line in 2014 [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'So why did he fall to the second round? Because his surgically repaired knee reportedly caused him to fail physicals with six teams at the NFL Scouting Combine. Whaley said the Bills' medical staff was comfortable with the condition of Kouandjio's knee (he tore his left ACL as a sophomore), but he wasn't quite the same player as a junior while playing on it.'

Marker Nobody safe, Bills need big year [1:57 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We're confident as a football team, and I'm extremely confident in the roster we have, so now it comes down to execution," said center Eric Wood. "We have a solid group from top to bottom, with some depth to withstand a full season which is crucial in this league. I'm excited about our roster."'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 9 - Robert Woods [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Woods will be one of the top two receivers in that base set alongside the presumed top wideout in Watkins. When the Bills go to three wide receiver sets however, Woods will provide the Bills the flexibility to play on either the outside or on the inside as the slot receiver. With Manuel a little bit more comfortable with the offense and his role in that offense, thereís a fair expectation that Woodsí stat line at the end of the year will receive a jump from where it was last season (40 receptions, 587 yards, three touchdowns).'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 10 - Stephon Gilmore [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 2013 season wasnít a step back but a lateral one. With a relatively healthy offseason and a clear pass to hit the ground running at training camp this year, Gilmore has the opportunity once more to develop into the top cornerback the Bills believe he can be. Already boasting the necessary physical nature and hip fluidity needed in cornerbacks, Gilmore has a straight-line personality as well. He never gets too hyped up and he certainly never gets down on himself, leading to a level-headed approach to the game which is a huge advantage for playing such a volatile position. In a defense that will allow its cornerbacks to shine, everything is there for Gilmore to make the jump. Itís just a matter of staying healthy and capitalizing on the positive play from training camp of 2013.'

Marker Bills camp primer: Cornerback [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Michael Carter, Darius Robinson - Carter is getting his first chance with the team and the NFL, over a year removed from leaving the University of Minnesota. Robinson, an undrafted free agent, is undersized (5-foot-10, 175-pounds) and missed most of the spring practices due to an injury suffered during one of the early sessions. Both would need very strong camps just to get on the roster bubble.'

Marker Who will be the starting strong safety? [1:53 AM] reports: 'Two younger players - Jonathan Meeks and Duke Williams - are vying for the spot, with veteran Da'Norris Searcy already taking the upper hand.'

Marker 4 reasons Aaron Williams will excel [1:52 AM] reports: 'He would start the next four games at cornerback before making his last seven starts at safety. The flip-flopping back and forth between positions compromised Williamsí growth at the safety position. Now with newfound depth at cornerback with the free agent addition of Corey Graham and fourth-round draft choice Ross Cockrell and Ron Brooks playing some of his best football this past spring it looks like Williams will be able to stay put at free safety for a full 16-game slate.'

July 14, 2014

Marker Billsí defense has hole to plug at linebacker [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Better defending against the run becomes a bigger challenge without Alonso, but Schwartz recognizes itís an area in which the team must improve. The Bills ranked 28th in the NFL last year against the run, allowing nearly 130 yards per game.'

Marker Tom Golisano to bid for Bills alone and is in it now to win it: source [1:58 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'What's more, QMI Agency has learned that Congel this week plans to announce he has hired a "major" stadium design firm, and he is close to announcing a financial adviser who will guide him through the Bills bid process.'

Marker 5 key questions about the 2014 Bills [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: ' Will this finally be the year the Bills end their playoff drought? No. As is usually the case when Tom Brady is healthy, the Bills will be fighting for one of two AFC wildcard spots as opposed to a third possible post season avenue via a division title.'

Marker How will offense take advantage of RB depth? [1:56 AM] reports: 'Knowing how the ankle and knee injuries suffered by Spiller and Jackson compromised the effectiveness of the offense as a whole, Whaley made some key additions at running back with Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon. The only question now is how will offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett take advantage of the improved running back depth?'

July 13, 2014

Marker Bills seeking more offensive productivity [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Offense requires precision, especially on third down and inside the opponentsí 20-yard line. The Bills ranked 29th in both categories last year. Manuel & Co. need as much practice on those situations as possible in Year Two of coach Doug Marroneís regime.'

Marker Bills under high-pressure system [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'ďBillionaires donít go into something without a plan in mind about their operation.Ē'

Marker Polian counsels patience with EJ Manuel [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So while patience is always advisable with a young quarterback, the clock is ticking on Manuel. There is enormous pressure on EJ to make clear strides this season and justify managementís decision to draft him 16th overall in 2013.'

Marker Congel and Golisano partnership no longer in the works [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Golisano still wants to bid on the team, the source told The News.'

Marker Following Bills football an investment in Buffalo [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What Iíve been a part of all these years through watching my dad at football camp has taught me much about being a football fan as well. And Iím convinced itís about more than just the game. Donít get me wrong, the game is amazing and when football season ends Iím already counting down the days until the NFL Draft and minicamp. But, the older I get, the more I realize and learn that thereís got to be more. For those of us fans who live here in Western New York, itís an investment in not only our entertainment and joy but in the community that we call home.'

Marker 10 questions facing the Buffalo Bills as camp arrives [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Nigel Bradham might get first crack at the weakside spot, but the Bills could also flip Keith Rivers over there and let the battle play out on the strong side. Bradham could be in that mix, along with Ty Powell. Another option is moving rush end Manny Lawson back to linebacker where he played last year. No matter what happens, the Bills aren't as formidable a defense without the Legend of Kiko.'

Marker From J.P. to EJ, lessons of grooming a quarterback [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'So you see, the Bills do not have a long history of drafting and developing quarterbacks, so one has to wonder how this is going to turn out for Manuel, who, like Losman, has all the tools to be very good but also, like Losman, has so many variables out of his control.'

Marker Gabe Northern joins Bills Fan Thunder for rally to keep team in Buffalo [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"How could I say no?" Northern said. "Cool people asked me to come out for a good cause."'

Marker Arthur, Bryce Brown play host to almost 200 in youth football camp [1:51 AM]
Wichita Eagle reports: 'ďThere was speculation I had trade value and that I might have a chance to go somewhere else, I just didnít know when it was coming and that it was going to be Buffalo,Ē Bryce said. ďMy wife and I, when we found out, we were both excited. Philly has a special place in our hearts, but in this business you need to go where you have the opportunity."'

July 12, 2014

Marker Bills stadium report wonít be released ítil end of month [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But sources for several weeks have been telling The Buffalo News that the work involved is highly complex, involving a series of financial, zoning, environmental and other considerations that have pushed back the original release date of the plan.'

Marker Bills training camp roster with Mark Gaughanís breakdown [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hereís a look at the team roster along with Mark Gaughanís scoop on each player.'

Marker Andre Reed ready for Hall of Fame induction, hopeful for 2014 Buffalo Bills [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don't know. We'll see," Reed said. "What they do on the field is up to them. All we can do is support them and be there. Once a Bill, always a Bill."'

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