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Buffalo Bills News - December 11, 2014

Marker Bills without ill DE Mario Williams on Wednesday [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Both Williams and offensive tackle Chris Hairston missed the session due to sickness. Tight end Chris Gragg was the only other non-participant, who missed due to a lingering knee injury.'

Marker Bills name Fred Jackson 'Man of the Year' [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Should Jackson be deemed the winner of the league-wide award, the donation increases to $25,000. Jackson has chosen Carly’s Club to receive the donation, a charity that he provides twenty tickets and food vouchers to for every home game.'

Marker Fred Jackson named 2014 Bills Walter Payton Man of the Year [1:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Off the field, Jackson has been just as impressive, serving as a strong community advocate supporting not only the Buffalo Bills breast cancer awareness and community service initiatives, but also the team’s youth player-safety (Heads Up Football) and fitness programs (Play 60). In addition to the community work he does at and away from One Bills Drive, Fred provides twenty tickets and food vouchers for every home game to Carly’s Club.'

Marker Kyle Williams named to USA Football All-Fundamentals Team [1:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Utilizing a strong, wide base, Williams has exceptional footwork that leads to superior balance along the defensive front. After establishing a low center of gravity, he is able to get his pads under the blocker’s pads to limit an offense’s push, then uses exceptional hand techniques to disengage and pursue the ball-carrier. Williams shows exceptional ability for a defensive tackle to loop around on stunts, getting to the outside.'

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December 10, 2014

Marker Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders’ Fight for Wages and Respect [12:44 PM]
New York Times reports: 'The Jills were required to attend a golf tournament for sponsors. The high rollers paid cash — “Flips for Tips” — to watch bikini-clad cheerleaders do back flips. Afterward, the men placed bids on which women would ride around in their golf carts. A not-incidental detail: The carts had no extra seats. Women clung to the back or, much more to the point, were invited to sit in the men’s laps.'

Marker Bills plan on staying with Orton [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“To be able to sustain drives, to be able to make plays when they count, to be able to keep drives going, that’s been a thing that we need to keep working on,” Marrone said. “Until we get that level of consistency, I’ll be answering these questions every week.”'

Marker Wilson Foundation will offer grants beginning in 2016 [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Ralph cared very much for his hometown of Detroit and the people of Western New York, home of his beloved Bills, and I know his wishes to make a difference in those two areas will be important for us as trustees who are driven by our love and respect for Ralph,” Mary M. Wilson, Ralph C. Wilson Jr.’s widow, said in the statement. “Ralph’s generosity was also felt in other parts of the country where his life had been touched and these areas will be important to us going forward as they were important to Ralph.”'

Marker Bills' Orton judged on a sliding scale [1:57 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Well don't you? The play spoke volumes about Orton and how he'll be perceived as a guy who doesn't really care.'

Marker Bills receiver Williams unclaimed on waivers [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'The season-ending move was included on the NFL's transaction list Tuesday, a day after the fifth-year player was placed on the waived-injured list. Williams has four years left on his contract, but his future in Buffalo is uncertain.'

Marker All-22 Review - Playmaker Wanted [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Kyle Orton is not a very mobile quarterback. If we're asking him to run and make plays on the run, that's our problem. The Bills made a switch from Orton, which removed an element of escapability and mobility in their QB. Manuel was not good in throwing or making plays on the run. It often appeared as though he was quick to give up on plays. Orton now has that look as well.'

Marker Your 2015 Bills starting quarterback? The nominees are ... [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I'd like to put Manuel lower but because there are so many veteran options the chances of Manuel starting are greater than any of them. But, if Cutler, Griffin and one or two others represented one entry, I'd put the group ahead of Manuel.'

Marker Welp [1:53 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Honestly, there’s not much more to say. We all pretty much knew Denver was likely to win, but we still had hope as fans. In the end we were right – Denver did win. They didn’t destroy the Bills and they even looked very beatable at times, but just about everything that could have prevented a Bills victory happened.'

Marker WR Tobais Palmer added to Practice Squad [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Palmer originally entered the NFL after signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft. The 5-11, 178 pound North Carolina State product racked up 91 receptions for 1,277 yards (14.0 avg.) for 11 touchdowns during his collegiate career. Palmer, 24, is a native of Pittsboro, NC.'

Marker Chris Hogan up for first NFL Sportsmanship Award [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"While we enjoy the incredible performance of NFL players on the field, we must never forget a core value of football that transcends all levels of play and exemplifies the complete athlete: sportsmanship," NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations and former Buffalo Bill Troy Vincent said.'

December 9, 2014

Marker Rubbed the wrong way [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s one thing to be criticized, but it’s another thing to be criticized by people who have no idea what they’re talking about,” Pereira said.'

Marker Forget the officiating; the Bills simply choked [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Get a grip, people. Sure, the guys in stripes didn’t have their best day. It was a rookie crew, which usually guarantees some head-scratching calls. But are fans so deluded that they would believe the officials would celebrate one team’s score in clear view of the public?'

Marker Mike Williams put on injury waivers [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The receiver is due $6.8 million in 2015, with a fully guaranteed base salary of $5.2 million. The other $1.6 million comes in the form of a $1 million roster bonus on the third day of the league year and a $600,000 workout bonus. Given that level of financial commitment, the much more likely scenario is Williams clears waivers and the Bills place him on injured reserve. In that case, the Bills will be on the hook for $5.2 million in dead money on the 2015 salary cap if they cut him at any point before the third day of the 2015 league year (which they would to avoid the other bonus money).'

Marker Helping Pop Warner team is latest of many good works by Bills alumni [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The community supported us when we played here, and this is our way of giving back to the community,” said Rutkowski, who played with the Bills in the 1960s when the team was in the American Football League.'

Marker Liked Bills attitude, not Hughes' temper [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'his team drives all of us nuts far too often, but one thing that can't be questioned is its heart and desire. These guys never quit the way some NFL teams have been known to do. Granted, they're pros and praising them for their never-say-die attitude seems silly because when you're paid as well as they are, it's your job to play hard to the final gun. Still, it's good that's not a problem with this team. Down 24-3, they kept coming in the fourth quarter, and they got the game to the point where a recovered onside kick would have given them a chance to tie. That can't be overlooked.'

Marker What Buffalo Bills players are saying Monday about officials' fist bump controversy [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I've never seen anything like that. I mean in Chicago, I didn't see anything like this. In Baltimore I didn't. I mean, it's going to be good calls, it's going to bad calls. It's just how it is. No one's perfect, but it's tough on us."'

Marker Kyle Orton struggles, and 5 observations from stats and snap counts [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'So the yards were nice, but again Orton held back the offense for most of the game and was arguably the biggest reasons the Bills weren't able to pull out a win against the Broncos.'

Marker Broncos DT Terrance Knighton says Bills safety Aaron Williams should 'show some sportsmanship' [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You know, when you're not that elite of a player to be jawing to our sideline, and if that's your way of getting your team into the game, then I feel bad for your team. Just play the game within the rules and don't come on the sideline acting like your intent is to hurt players because that shouldn't be how it is. Players are a fraternity, and I don't even believe he was the guy that hit him, so I don't know what his argument was."'

Marker Buffalo Bills waive injured wide receiver Mike Williams, give him chance to play for another team [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think it's going to be related to that and his injury to exactly what he's actually put on," Bills coach Doug Marrone said when asked about Williams' status earlier Monday. "That's what they're going through now and we've already talked to Mike about it. It will be that situation but it will just be a matter of how Doug (Whaley) words it or what he has to use for it."'

Marker Bills coach Doug Marrone says Pepper Johnson benched Jerry Hughes without his knowledge [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I trust our coaches to make the right decisions, and I back them up quite a bit when they make those decisions," Marrone said, "but that's a decision that needed to be brought to my attention which wasn't and that falls on me as the head coach, our communication."'

Marker Bills place Mike Williams on waived-injured list [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'The fifth-year player had difficulty playing even when healthy. Williams was inactive in four of the last eight games. His last catch was an 8-yard reception in a 17-14 win at Detroit on Oct. 5.'

Marker Bills safety stands by criticism of NFL officials [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"I don't care if I do get fined," Williams told The Associated Press on Monday. "I speak the way I feel, and that's the way I feel."'

Marker Bills place WR Williams on waivers [1:47 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The fifth-year pro has just eight catches for 142 yards and a touchdown in nine games this season.'

Marker Bills put WR Williams on waived/injured list [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills sent a 2014 sixth-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Williams during the offseason. He had 11 touchdowns as a rookie and nine during his 2012 season.'

Marker Bills on life support courtesy of inept offense [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'What frustrated the Bills in Denver is that the defense did a solid job against the high-powered Broncos offense led by Peyton Manning. Denver had season-lows for first downs (15) and total yards (306), and Manning threw for a season-low 173 yards. His 56.9 passer rating was his worst since 2008.'

Marker Bills' Marrone was unaware of Hughes' benching [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I knew originally after the penalty, I know we talked about on the headsets of bringing him off to the sideline to make sure he cools down," Marrone started. "Afterwards, when I was asked the question, I was told he only played three snaps I think it was. It was a very limited amount. Someone said hardly played or maybe didn't play. I didn't know about that. I wasn't aware of that. Looking back, he played, I actually wrote it down, 12 of the last 36 [snaps]. I've told the coaches, reiterated it, again it's my responsibility, that if something's going to change in the rotation of rotational players, make sure that I am aware of it, and then obviously I have the final decision."'

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