Buffalo Bills News - April 23, 2014

Marker Bills' Manuel begins journey to prove himself as starter [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"A year after you’re drafted you have one year under your belt so I know you usually want to make that big jump from your rookie year to your second year, your sophomore year," Manuel said. "I’m eager about it. I’m very excited and I think I’m taking the right steps right now. I tried to jot down everything I felt I needed to work on and I felt like I made the proper steps up to this point and helped myself get prepared for that so now it’s just staying a part of the plan."'

Marker WR Mike Evans, two others visit Bills Tuesday [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Evans declared for the draft as a redshirt sophomore following two seasons that yielded back-to-back 1,000 yard campaigns. Over those two years, the 6-foot-5, 231-pound wide receiver brought in 151 receptions for 2,499 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is widely considered to be the second-best at his position behind Clemson's Sammy Watkins, and there is much speculation that Evans will be selected in the top 10.'

Marker Bills Draft Outlook: Cornerback [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If the Bills stand pat at ninth overall, it would be a bit of a stretch to consider one of the top cornerbacks being in consideration for that pick. Based on the talent level of this draft that will likely push the top cornerbacks down the draft order, the Bills could be in prime territory at 41st overall to land a cornerback that could have been selected in the first round during weaker draft years. They’ve been bringing in numerous fringe-first round cornerback types, and some that could even be available in the third round. It would not be surprising at all if the Bills used a Day Two selection on the position, considering the type of pressure that will be put on them this coming season.'

Marker Bills release statement from Doug Marrone [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"During a recent doctor's visit, it was discovered that I had a cancerous mole on my skin, which has since been removed.'

Marker Doug Marrone: ''It's about winning'' [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '' Obviously coming off a disappointing season last year, so again we look forward to that hard work. I talked to the team and the organization today and we talked to them about our theme being getting better every day. I think that’s important as we go through these days and we go through these phases. That we continue to do that so that we can field a better football team that can accomplish what our goals will be going in to this 2014 season.'

Marker EJ Manuel: ''I want to make that big jump'' [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: ' I think previous to the injury; well I had the injury, the first one, in preseason so I think I played pretty good. I know there is a lot of area for me to grow and that’s why I took these last four months to allow that growth. Even when I was trying to rehab and things like that I was still trying to get better mentally. I think there is a lot out there for myself as a quarterback to get better.'

Marker Spikes: ''I'm happy and I'm ready to go to work'' [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: ' This is a great place and it’s a great organization. The fan base is wonderful, everything just feel great about this. I’m happy and I’m ready to get to work.'

Marker Stevie: ''I'm confident in the squad so far'' [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I think they’ve made a lot of improvements. They made good additions to the team. We’ll see how it all plays out when we get on the field together. I’m confident in the squad so far it’s only the first day, but a lot of guys showed up. I think it’s a good move.'"'

Marker Bills re-sign three exclusive rights free agents [1:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills have re-signed three exclusive rights free agents: WR Chris Hogan, OL Antoine McClain and FB Frank Summers.'

Marker Top WR Evans, C Martin, RB McKinnon visit Bills [1:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills welcomed in a prospect that is considered to be among the elite prospects in the entire draft class Tuesday. Texas A&M WR Mike Evans toured One Bills Drive and met with Buffalo’s offensive staff. He was joined by USC center Marcus Martin and Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon.'

Marker Bills begin offseason program [1:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'These nine-week programs are conducted in three phases, per the collective bargaining agreement...'.

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April 22, 2014

Marker Bills on Monday night? We should know this week [4:05 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to multiple reports, the National Football League is expected to announce the 2014 schedule Wednesday or Thursday.'

Marker Bills agree to $3 million settlement in fan’s text-message lawsuit [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The Buffalo Bills have reached a settlement in this matter which we believe is in the best interest of our organization and our fans. The purpose of the Bills’ voluntary, opt-in text messaging program was to provide our fans with information they requested about the team. The organization maintains that our text messaging program was in compliance with the law,” Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said in a statement Monday.'

Marker Reed joins group trying to keep Bills in Buffalo [1:58 AM]
AP reports: '"I'm going to use that platform any way I can to gain more speed for this alliance to keep the team here," said Reed, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. "For a guy like Ralph Wilson, who made my life so good, it's kind of an obligation for me to give back to what Ralph started there in Buffalo."'

Marker Bills Draft Outlook: Offensive Tackle [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If the Bills stay at ninth overall, the overwhelming speculation is that they’ll use their first-round pick to find themselves a starting right tackle. If Jake Matthews is still available when the Bills logo pops up and they’re on the clock, the team would have a hard time passing up on someone with his type of pedigree and experience at a high level. If the top two tackles are gone, the Bills could select Michigan’s Taylor Lewan at ninth overall, or they may elect to wait for one of their Day Two selections to find their new starting right tackle. Regardless of when they address the position, the Bills could still elect to draft another offensive tackle late on Day Three to develop in addition to the earlier selection. At the very least, they’ll sign an undrafted free agent to compete for a roster spot.'

Marker Bills host Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller on visit [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Fuller entered the draft after a successful and highly productive career with the Hokies. During his senior season he paired with teammate Antone Exum as one of the country's top cornerback duos, challenging opponents by taking away a good portion of their passing game. In his senior year, Fuller had 24 tackles, two interceptions and two tackles for loss.'

Marker DB Kyle Fuller has pre-draft visit with Bills [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'He’s just 190 pounds, but the six-foot Fuller plays a lot bigger and more aggressive than his stature might indicate. The Virginia Tech product was a three time All-ACC performer for the Hokies thanks to his anticipation and nose for the football.'

April 21, 2014

Marker Trump calls on his ‘Buffalo guys’ [1:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I believe the success of his trip in January had a lot to do with his interest,” Caputo said. “The way we rolled out Buffalo for him made him feel welcome and as a place he’d like to do business. He’s as much as said that.”'

Marker Former Bills WR Donald Jones swaps playing cleats [1:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“My love of baseball started back when I was little,” Jones said. “I played Little League, and I played all the way through high school. But I just loved the football atmosphere, so I really stuck with football. Plus, it was a faster route to the NFL than baseball would have been getting to the big leagues. I liked scoring touchdowns and I liked dancing in the end zone, so I stuck with it. But I always loved baseball.”'

Marker Jim Kelly thanks fans on Instagram, vows he 'will be back' from cancer [1:02 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly reached out to fans and well-wishers over the weekend by posting a video on Instagram promising he “will be back” from his fight against cancer.'

April 20, 2014

Marker Jim Kelly considering “several” offers to join Bills’ ownership groups [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Jim’s coming back, and he wants to fight cancer here in Buffalo,” Dan Kelly said. “He will be continuing all his treatments here in Buffalo.”'

Marker Bumper crop of receivers coming to NFL Draft [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A whopping 42 receiver prospects have draftable grades, according to CBS Sports. If all of them were to hear their names called next month, it would set a record. Since the NFL went to a seven-round draft in 1994, a high of 35 receivers were drafted in both 2007 and 2008.'

Marker Do old-guard NFL owners hold enough ill will over USFL lawsuit to block Donald Trump ? [1:57 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '“Certainly, a lot of owners aren’t around anymore. Maybe some of the new guys wouldn’t bear the same type of resentment that some of the older guys would. Do you think he would be a good partner for us or be somewhat of a maverick and be in it for himself? All questions that have to be answered. It’s not just the USFL stuff. Who knows how serious he is. He likes to have his name out there. Let’s put it this way: I don’t think his confirmation would be a slam dunk.”'

Marker Big names among prospective Buffalo Bills buyers [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'Without providing names, Erie County deputy executive Richard Tobe said he has been approached by as many as 10 prospective ownership groups, which he has told to contact the team.'

Marker Jim Kelly is home to stay [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Echoing his brother, in a special message to fans upon his arrival in Buffalo, Jim said, "I'm glad to be home back in Buffalo. Thank you, God bless you, and I will be back."'

April 19, 2014

Marker Jim Kelly coming home today for Easter weekend [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly is expected to be back in New York City at the beginning of the week to resume his treatments.'

Marker Bills Draft Outlook: Tight End [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In the end, it’s about what is best for the development of Manuel. We’ll find out a lot about that very line of thinking on May 8 when the Bills turn in their card.'

April 18, 2014

Marker Bills Draft Outlook: Defensive Tackle [1:59 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'nless the Bills decide to not use the fifth-year option on Dareus for 2015, defensive tackle is likely relegated to the back half of the draft.'

April 17, 2014

Marker What business is the NFL in? [1:59 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: 'Commissioner Roger Goodell, the fate of the Buffalo Bills will determine your legacy. Do you want to be remembered as a leader? Or as a pimp?'

Marker Bills great Kelly hoping to spend weekend at home [1:58 AM]
AP reports: '"He's doing pretty good," Dan Kelly told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "We anticipate Jim coming home for this weekend. He's put together a couple of good days in a row."'

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