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Buffalo Bills News - July 27, 2014

Marker Bills sign TE Dominique Jones because Tony Moeaki will miss 'significant time' with hamstring injury [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Doug Marrone said Moeaki will miss "significant time," but maybe not the rest of training camp.'

Marker EJ Manuel, Bills offense struggle and 5 observations from Day 6 of training camp [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Quarterback EJ Manuel wasn't particularly sharp, and that made it difficult for the offense to get going. It was the first practice with live hitting, so that may have played a part, but Saturday was the culmination of a week where the offense often has lagged behind the defense.'

Marker Catching up with Jim Schwartz [1:49 AM]
SI reports: '“There’s talent here, and I had a strong feeling for Coach Marrone. I never worked with him. I just knew him a little bit when he was at Syracuse and he came over to Detroit a couple times. But he worked for the Jets as the offensive line coach when Mike Heimerdinger was their offensive coordinator, and “Dinger’’ and I worked together for eight or nine years in Tennessee. So I knew how much respect Dinger had for him, and we talked about the job and I thought it was a good fit. I’m really excited and I think we have some pieces defensively that give us the ability to play the game we need to play it. We’ve got corners who can cover, we’ve got guys up front who can win and it’s an exciting opportunity.’’'

Marker Sammy Watkins a star; will he make EJ Manuel better? [1:48 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Time will tell if Watkins is the cog to hasten the overall offensive maturation of this unit. If he puts up a rookie-of-the-year season, it would hardly come as a shock. But if it comes during yet another six-win season, might that come at a price?'

Marker Moeaki out indefinitely with hamstring injury [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'The hamstring injury is the latest injury setback for the 27-year-old, whose career has been plagued by injuries thus far.'

Marker With Moeaki out a while, Bills sign tight end to roster [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Following the release of Mike Caussin earlier in the week, the Bills lost both Tony Moeaki and Chris Gragg to injury which left them with only two tight ends on the roster. Moeaki will be out with a hamstring injury for "a significant amount of time" according to head coach Doug Marrone. The head coach clarified that "significant" could mean missing three, or four days of work, and with that reasoning, he did not give a timetable for the tight end's return.'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 6 [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '8 sacks in 17 plays.'

Marker Hughes and Lawson could be lethal edge combo [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“When we sub in like that it’s going to be great because we’ll be able to change it up,” Hughes told Buffalobills.com. “One minute you’re going to get me and the next minute you’re going to get Manny. He’s a long, big, strong, physical guy and I do stuff different from the way he does it. Both of us are going to be coming at you and it’s going to be fun I can tell you that.”'

Marker Bills sign TE Jones [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Jones entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts. The 6-3, 270 pound Shepherd University product has appeared in 12 career games, starting three, while spending time with both the Colts and the Kansas City Chiefs. The three-year NFL veteran is 26 and a native of San Diego, Calif.'

Marker 4 things to take from Saturday's practice [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The highlight of their evening came in an 11-on-11 segment when they registered eight sacks in a span of 17 plays from scrimmage. Sacks are recorded based on officials blowing the play dead when a defensive player taps out the quarterback before the ball is thrown.'

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July 26, 2014

Marker Bills defense gets big boost [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I felt I ended pretty well last year,” Branch said. “I’m just glad the team thought I did pretty well as well by re-signing me for a couple more years. Do I think there’s more I could have done? Yeah. I think I probably fell into more of a groove towards the middle of the season, getting more stats-wise. I did my job beating up on the offensive linemen early, but I wasn’t getting very many tackles.”'

Marker Reed says wait helped him appreciate Hall’s call [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“These last nine years I just went about my business,” he said. “Of course it was always in the back of my mind because I heard it every year and there was times I was like, well, is it ever going to happen? I don’t know. I have to thank a lot of people for keeping me humble and telling me what the process is about. As every year went, I understood the process more, what you go through and what some of these other players went through waiting for that call.”'

Marker Back on the job [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The players serenaded coach Doug Marrone with a chorus of “Happy Birthday” after the practice. It was Marrone’s 50th.'

Marker Marcell Dareus makes Bills camp debut [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Truth be told, it is time to stop talking about Dareus' off-field transgressions, and the focus now must be on what Dareus does on the field. Although the Bills have installed a new defensive scheme under coordinator Jim Schwartz, Marrone isn't worried that Dareus is far behind his teammates from a mental perspective. According to Marrone, the duties of the defensive linemen are pretty clear cut regardless of the scheme.'

Marker Marcell Dareus returns with a bang and 5 other observations from Bills training camp [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'For a seventh-round pick starting at left tackle in his first training camp, Seantrel Henderson hasn't looked half bad in the past week. There are still time where blocking Jerry Hughes and Mario Williams looks to be a bit too much for him to handle, but he also flattened Hughes a few times on Friday and has shown the strength and movement skills that made him the No. 1 high school recruit in the country once upon a time.'

Marker Fred Jackson leaves Bills' practice with apparent lower body injury [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Jackson limped off the field during the 11-on-11 portion of practice and was checked out by trainers before being escorted to the locker room. He wasn't walking with a limp as he got to the locker room and didn't need to be carted off, both of which are good signs.'

Marker Bills defensive tackle Alan Branch anxious to take field after passing conditioning test [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I feel anxious, man," Branch said after the Bills' walkthrough on Friday. "I'm ready to get out there and put the pads on. That's what players go out there and do. They don't want to go out there in helmets and shorts. I'm pretty excited to go out there and start banging heads."'

Marker Robert Woods happy to share spotlight, targets with Sammy Watkins [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You definitely want a guy like that on your team on the team to help in coverage in critical situations to make plays," Woods said. "He's definitely shown that so far and hopefully he continues to show it."'

Marker Five vital questions on where the Bills sale stands [1:51 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Five vital questions are being asked repeatedly about the Toronto group. Near as I can tell from sifted information provided by a wide range of sources on both sides of the border, here's what I can share in an attempt to answer these questions...'.

Marker Buffalo Bills: Pros and cons of finding home in GTA [1:50 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'With some help from veteran real estate executive Mike Czestochowski, here’s a look at the pros and cons of various potential sites in the Greater Toronto Area. Bottom line? The land is certainly out there.'

Marker Bills add Bobby Felder, activate Randell Johnson [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Johnson began Buffalo's training camp on the active/physically unable to perform list.'

Marker Bills activate LB Johnson, sign a CB [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'To make room for Felder on the roster, the Bills released defensive tackle Colby Way from the team. An undrafted free agent out of the University at Buffalo, Way signed with the team shortly after the 2014 NFL Draft. He was likely made expendable with the signing of defensive tackle Landon Cohen earlier in the week.'

Marker Fred Jackson injured at Bills practice Friday [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The team's training staff examined him for roughly 10 minutes and then eventually walked him back to the locker room. Jackson, who was walking under his own power, suffered what the team is calling a lower leg injury. There is no initial timetable for Jackson at this point in time.'

Marker Dareus gets back on the field for Bills [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“At this point in time, I think this will probably be the end of it I would think. He's back out here on the field, he passed his conditioning test, we're ready to go,” Williams said. “We'll see how everything pans out with all the off field stuff, I'm sure there will be a day for that. But, right now, the good thing about it is he's in pads, we're practicing and he's ready to go.”'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 5 [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Last year’s training camp showed that defensive end Jerry Hughes had a definite ability in rushing the passer, often beating his opponent on the offensive line to get into the backfield. That trend has continued into 2014, with seventh-round rookie left tackle Seantrel Henderson taking the brunt of the Hughes-led punishment. Hughes made Henderson look silly on a couple of plays during team drills, with one outside-in move that looked effortless on the defensive end’s part. Of course, he is going up against a rookie in practice so there’s no use in projecting a bigger season than last year just yet, but Hughes has been a consistent, disruptive force for the defense thus far.'

Marker Bills sign cornerback [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Felder entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. The 5-11, 200 pound Nicholls State product spent time during the 2012 season on the Vikings practice squad prior to joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad in 2013. Felder, who finished his collegiate career ranking 4th in Nicholls State school history with 12 INTs, is 23 years old and a native of McComb, Miss.'

Marker 4 things to take from friday's practice [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In the first few practices of training camp EJ Manuel and Robert Woods weren’t connecting in the passing game as often as they would like. That began to change in Wednesday’s morning practice earlier in the week and continued to progress Friday night. “I think we’re meshing very well,” said Manuel. “Woody runs great routes, gets open. It’s just my job to give him a chance to make a play.”'

July 25, 2014

Marker Late bloomer Hogan making his case for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'By any physical measure, Hogan has legitimate NFL credentials, which is why he’s got a great chance to make the Bills’ 53-man roster for a second straight year.'

Marker Dareus, Branch pass conditioning tests [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Both have passed their physicals and been added to the active roster, the team announced Thursday evening. The move clears them to practice when the Bills hit the field at St. John Fisher College for a session at 6 this evening.'

Marker Bon Jovi group interested in Bills says it isn’t considering Ontario sites [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s the Buffalo Bills, and they will do everything they can to make that work there,” said Andrew Bergmann, a Toronto engineer who is a stadium consultant for the group.'

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