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Buffalo Bills News - September 25, 2014

Marker Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bill O'Brien think Buffalo Bills are in good hands with Terry and Kim Pegula [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You could tell right away he had a passion for hockey and football," O'Brien said. "He put his money where is mouth was on hockey. He gave them I think it was $120 million to build a beautiful hockey rink at Penn State and he's given money to the football program, too. He loves Penn State. That was my relationship with him, he was definitely passionate about both sports."'

Marker Texans' Hopkins, Bills' Watkins looking forward to Sunday reunion [1:50 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Added Watkins: "Yeah, I mean, we're basically brothers. He took me in." Once they had bonded, he said, "We were together about 99 percent of the time."'

Marker Fitzpatrick looking forward to facing former team [1:49 AM]
Houston Community Newspapers reports: '“Four years of my life being in Buffalo, had a great time, great people, great city,” Fitzpatrick said about what his time in Buffalo meant to him. “It’s definitely extra special for me to go against some of my lifelong friends. Guys that I’ll be friends with far after football. Really excited about it, really excited about getting out there and playing them.”'

Marker Friends Hopkins, Watkins ready to face each other [1:48 AM]
CSN Houston reports: 'Not only are they family; their families are family. Their parents became friends when the two were at Clemson. In fact, when Watkins was selected with the fourth-overall pick this spring, one of the phone calls he received was from Hopkins’ mother, Sabrina Greenlee.'

Marker Texans Fitzpatrick Eager To Face Bills [1:47 AM]
KILT-AM reports: '“Their front four, they’ve got one of if not the best in the game in terms of the way they’re able to not only stop the run but also get after the quarterback in the passing game,” Fitzpatrick said. “They wreak havoc up there.”'

Marker Tursday's Houston Coverage [1:46 AM] reports: Texans' Hopkins, Bills' Watkins looking forward to Sunday reunion (Houston Chronicle)
Rookie Nix to sit out rest of season (Houston Chronicle)
Fitzpatrick looking forward to facing former team (Houston Community Newspapers)
Myers set for 100th start for Houston (Houston Community Newspapers)
Houston's Fitzpatrick eager to face former team (AP)
Texans sign NT Pickett; Nix to IR (The Sports Network)
Texans put Nix on IR, sign Pickett (The Sports Xchange)
Foster day-to-day, will be game-time decision for Texans (Fox Sports Southwest)
Texans' rookie NT Nix placed on injured reserve (Fox Sports Southwest)
New NT Pickett ready to help stop run (CSN Houston)
Friends Hopkins, Watkins ready to face each other (CSN Houston)
Sunday evaluation looms for Foster, Lechler (CSN Houston)
Texans Fitzpatrick Eager To Face Bills (KILT-AM)
Foster Limited In Texans Practice Wednesday (KILT-AM)
Texans Send Third Round Pick To IR; Sign Pickett (KILT-AM)
Tale Of The Tape: Buffalo Bills At Houston Texans (KILT-AM)
Chris Myers to crack century mark in starts (
New NT Ryan Pickett ready to help run defense (
O'Brien, Marrone share love of sarcasm (
Arian Foster "did some things" on Wednesday (
D.J. Swearinger to wear brace 3-4 weeks (
Wednesday Injury Report: Bills at Texans (
Texans sign Pickett, place Nix on IR (
Texans Quotes: September 24 (

Marker Bills' Mario Williams dismisses Houston homecoming [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"I don't know. I don't really care," he said. "I don't even understand why that is even is a topic of discussion."'

Marker Houston's Fitzpatrick eager to face former team [1:44 AM]
AP reports: '"I would have loved to have stayed in Buffalo and all that, but things happen, and things happen for a reason," he said. "I had a great experience in Tennessee last year and now moving to Houston, and getting a chance to start and play from Day 1, so things have worked out for me."'

Marker Bills' Marcus Easley won't play against Texans [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Marrone has not revealed the severity of the injury or provided a timetable for Easley's return.'

Marker Bills haven't been good in coming from behind [1:42 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We just have to do our job on offense and finish drives," wide receiver Robert Woods said. "We fall behind because we end our drives with field goals or we end up punting.'

Marker Texans' Fitzpatrick admits Bills game is ''special'' [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Even watching the film, I think it's amazing that there are now more 14 jerseys that there were when I was there. I just think the support for me has really grown, especially in the last year for some reason since the draft, with all those 14 jerseys. I think that's really cool,” Fitzpatrick joked, before spitting out the punch line. “Wait, is there a new 14 on the team?”'

Marker Manuel pops up on Bills' injury list [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I'm fine,” the quarterback said. “I think anytime you bring something to a trainer they have put it up there. But I'm good to go.''

Marker Ryan Fitzpatrick still loves Buffalo [1:39 AM] reports: 'Yeah, it definitely does. It’s a special game for me. I think partly just because I’ve got so many great friends still that are over on the other side of the ball. Guys that I’m going to be excited to watch and I’m sure they’re going to be excited to hit me and to watch me play. Also just the four years that we spent there and how much we enjoyed the city of Buffalo and our neighbors and all the fans…what a great experience it was for us. I’m still trying to convince my seven year old in this game at least to be a Texans’ fan and not a Bills’ fan and then my youngest daughter was born in Buffalo, so we’re kind of a torn household right now but I’m trying to convince them that we have to root for the Texans now.'

Marker Doug Marrone & Bill O'Brien: Old friends reunite for first NFL meeting [1:38 AM] reports: 'After serving a year as Northeastern’s offensive line coach Doug Marrone landed a job as the Director of Football Operations at Georgia Tech under new head coach George O’Leary in 1995 (O'Leary is currently the head coach at Central Florida). O’Leary knew Marrone as a player at Syracuse where O’Leary had served as defensive line and assistant head coach during Marrone’s tenure as a player.'

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September 24, 2014

Marker Bills tight ends still in the picture [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Scott’s made some plays,” the coach said Monday. “He played a lot yesterday. He did some really good things and he has been doing some good things in the passing game and even in the running game.”'

Marker Quarterback play could decide AFC East [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Statistics alone would place Manuel in the NFL’s bottom third, which sounds about right. He wasn’t expected to be in the Top 10, anyway, so the Bills can take comfort in their 2-1 record and share of the lead in the AFC East. It puts them on pace for a record between 9-7 and 11-5, enough to remain in playoff contention.'

Marker The good, bad and ugly from EJ Manuel in Buffalo Bills' loss to the Chargers [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But just how bad was Manuel? The numbers say he was terrible. He completed 59 percent of his passes for 238 yards and one touchdown. He was just 7 for 21 when passing to wide receivers for 49 yards, and 72 of his 238 passing yards came on the final drive when San Diego already had the 12-point win well in hand.'

Marker Eric Wood, Buffalo Bills show NFL players can still do good [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You talk about guys who sacrifice most of their Tuesdays for charity work or nightly hospital visits that never make it to the paper," Wood said. "That's not why the guys do it, to get good publicity. But at the same point, if all the guys are going to talk about is the four bad guys in the NFL and everyone's going to get labeled, why don't we all pumped up our teammates when they do something good?"'

Marker All-22 Review Bills/Chargers [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He is almost entirely ineffective on the move. The Chargers were able to pressure Manuel up the middle, through the interior of the line in hopes of either sacking him, pressuring him, or getting him to move.'

Marker Upon Further Review: Bills vs. Chargers [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It was rare that the second-year quarterback had a lot of time to operate in the pocket, and that was exactly by design. The Chargers wanted to push Manuel to see how he would react to the pressure, and as they probably thought, the young player struggled to respond in a positive way.'

Marker Bills Beaten By Better Team [1:53 AM]
Bills Daily reports: Buffalo does not have a Phillip Rivers on the team, nor is EJ Manuel likely to become one this year or next. What we should all look forward to is the ability to show improvement and improved consistency on the field. Who knows, if Buffalo can find a billionaire with strong ties to the community to save the Bills from failure it’s not too much of a stretch to think EJ Manuel could one day develop into a solid NFL quarterback.

Marker DBs to have answers for pick plays [1:52 AM] reports: 'It is a play that is very difficult for referees to recognize because they are usually disguised as incidental contact by a receiver just running his route. And even on film, it often looks like the cornerback was beat and much of the criticism falls to him.'

Marker Facing Fitzpatrick stirs emotions in Bills [1:51 AM] reports: '“You always want to see former teammates and guys that you’re close to do well, but when you play against them they’re on the other team so you want to kick their butts just like anybody else,” said Fred Jackson, who says he’s been texting Fitzpatrick about this game for months. “It will be for bragging rights.”'

Marker From the booth: 4 observations from Bills-Chargers [1:50 AM] reports: 'Through three games, it appears his message is getting across. The Bills are allowing an average of 17.3 points per game. Only three NFL teams have given up fewer points so far this year.'

September 23, 2014

Marker Bills ease up on the gas [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’re slowing the game down and trying to do a little bit more to put us in situations where we can go in and substitute and get the best players in with the young guys and start using more of their talent,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. “We still have it. There are times where we can go in and do it, but right now we’re just trying to play the game and use our players with the best talent and get them the football.”'

Marker Marrone missed chance to make a bold statement [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Marrone had two choices: He could take the offsides, giving the Bills a fourth-and-1 at the opposing 43; or he could take the holding call on the return, giving the Chargers the ball at their own 9-yard line.'

Marker Reality bit the Buffalo Bills [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills' running game is overrated. They gain yards because they run it just about more than any team in the NFL. But when you break it down, the runs aren't all that effective.'

Marker EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills offense shows inability to play from behind in Week 3 loss to Chargers [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'On Sunday, Manuel threw the ball 39 times and completed only 59 percent of his passes. He was also 7-for-21 for 49 yards when throwing to wide receivers. Once the offense became more one dimensional, Manuel wasn't able to carry the offense.'

Marker Sammy Watkins snap count, and 5 observations from the stats [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Watkins' struggles went beyond the stat sheet and the one play he took off. Pro Football Focus graded him as at -4.0, a grade worse than only two other players on the Bills' offense. EJ Manuel's quarterback rating when throwing to Watkins was 39.6 just a week after it was 137.3 when throwing to Watkins against the Dolphins. Needless to say, Watkins will have better days.'

Marker Bills WR and special teams ace to miss 4-6 weeks, according to report [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Buffalo Bills wide receiver and special teams ace Marcus Easley is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a sprained MCL, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.'

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