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Buffalo Bills News - September 2, 2014

Marker Bills defense seems improved [10:08 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'So as Buffalo walks into Chicago, it has a good enough defense to win the game. The question is, how will the offense react?'

Marker Kiko Alonso's rehab going well [10:07 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I want to be around the team,” he said. “It wouldn’t feel right not to be here.”'

Marker Bills cut CB Felder; sign TE to practice squad [2:37 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills lack depth at tight end with Lee Smith's status uncertain because of a toe injury. That leaves Buffalo with only two healthy tight ends — starter Scott Chandler and backup Chris Gragg — in preparing to open the season at Chicago on Sunday.'

Marker TE D.J. Tialavea to Practice Squad [2:37 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Tialavea originally entered the league earlier this year as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars. A 6-foot-4, 260-pound Utah State product, Tialavea played in 40 games during his collegiate career — catching 30 passes for 198 yards and five touchdowns. Tialavea is 23 and a native of Salt Lake City, UT.'

Marker Bills think Orton is good fit for them [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think you’d be surprised of what he can do. I think we’ll go work during the week and see how much he feels comfortable with handling,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. “Probably more than what most people think because of his experience.”'

Marker No C for EJ, but does it matter? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Does anybody remember, or even care, who the Bills’ captains were during the ‘90s? Of course not. But you wouldn’t have to go too far to find someone who could run down the list of Sabres’ captains. So it’s a bit of a different animal by the nature and tradition in the sport. In fact, the NFL didn’t even start its practice of captain patches until 2007.'

Marker Watkins confident he’ll play [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’ll try just about everything; whatever helps me. We’re just going to see how far I can go. I think it’s just pain tolerance I have to get through and be prepared for,” he said.'

Marker Kyle Orton settles in with Buffalo Bills [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"If you've got kids I think you kind of know that they just like being around you, but this was the right decision for me," said Orton, who signed a one-year contract with the Bills, with a one-year player option attached, to serve as EJ Manuel's backup. "When this opportunity arose, I jumped at it. This was the right team for me. This was the right organization for me."'

Marker EJ Manuel not among six Buffalo Bills named as captains for 2014 season [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"No, not in my mind because of the fact that the players did it," Marrone said. "If you look at it, it’s mostly veteran guys that have been around. I think that position has leadership qualities in it just by the position itself."'

Marker Doug Marrone says Kyle Orton is what the Buffalo Bills were 'looking for' at quarterback [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It’s better," Marrone said after practice Monday. "Kyle is much better for us. He’s an experienced veteran. He’s what we were looking for and we were fortunate to get him."'

Marker Buffalo Bills receiver hoping to be ready to play Week 1 against Chicago Bears [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Of course," Watkins said when asked whether he expects to play against Chicago. "I'm hoping I'll be out there playing."'

Marker Buffalo Bills reach injury settlement with tight end Tony Moeaki [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'This is the second straight season Moeaki has reached an injury settlement. Last year, he fractured his shoulder and reached a settlement with the Chiefs during the season before signing with the Bills. He hasn't caught a pass since the 2012 season in which he had 33 catches for 453 yards. Moeaki also spent the 2011 season on injured reserve.'

Marker Bon Jovi still part of Toronto group bidding on Bills: Sources [1:51 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'That said, Bon Jovi and his two Toronto support investors – Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment chairman Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family, whose interests are represented by Edward Rogers, deputy chairman of Rogers Communications -- remain highly pessimistic they’ll be able to buy the team, something sources have been telling QMI Agency since the beginning of August.'

Marker Bills WR Watkins practices after hurting ribs [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'The first-round draft pick practiced fully Monday, and says he is preparing to play Sunday, when Buffalo opens the season at Chicago.'

Marker Orton provides backup QB spot a boost [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'In the matter of a week, Marrone has gone from being concerned to expressing confidence after Orton practiced Monday, two days after signing a one-year contract.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release TE Tony Moeaki [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Moeaki missed most of training camp due to an assortment of injuries and was been placed on the Bills reserve/injured list on Friday. The Bills were giving the oft-injured player a second chance after signing Moeaki late last season.'

Marker Bills name 6 team captains, but skip Manuel [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Cornerback Corey Graham, running back Fred Jackson, linebacker Brandon Spikes, defensive tackle Kyle Williams, defensive end Mario Williams and center Eric Wood were selected by their teammates as captains for the 2014 season.'

Marker Watkins practices, Bills mum on Sunday status [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The wideout was joined on the field by a few other players returning from injury. Guard Chris Williams, tight end Scott Chandler and cornerback Stephon Gilmore all were able to participate during positional drills Monday.'

Marker Orton, Bills believe backup will be up to speed for Week 1 [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“This week, and I think I'll be ready to go. I’ve really put a lot of work in the last 48-72 hours mentally,” Orton said. “Physically it went really good today and I'll be ready to go on Sunday.”'

Marker Moeaki experiment over for Bills: TE released [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Moeaki missed four of the team's five preseason games with a hamstring injury and also missed the majority of practice time during training camp at St. John Fisher College as well. After coming to a settlement, Moeaki will be free to sign with any team he chooses as an unrestricted free agent.'

Marker Bills name 6 captains, Manuel not among them [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This will be the fourth season that both Kyle Williams and Jackson have been a captain for the Bills. Each of the six players will have the letter 'C' sewn on to their jerseys for game day.'

Marker Bills name captains, release Moeaki [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have named six captains for the 2014 season. CB Corey Graham, RB Fred Jackson, LB Brandon Spikes, DT Kyle Williams, DE Mario Williams and C Eric Wood have been selected by their teammates as the Bills’ captains for the 2014 season.'

Marker Rookie LB Preston Brown to step in for Bradham vs. Bears [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s getting a lot better. It’s just starting to flow a lot more now,” Brown told Buffalobills.com. “Just getting acclimated to playing with the ones and you’ve got to be a little cleaner out there with those guys. Just seeing how to make my reads and get myself in position has been a lot better.”'

Marker Tony Moeaki released from IR after reaching settlement [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has reached an injury settlement with TE Tony Moeaki and released him from the Reserve/Injured list.'

Marker Two players added to Bills practice squad [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has signed G D.J. Morrell and RB Lonnie Pryor to the Practice Squad.'

Marker Bills select 2014 team captains [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced CB Corey Graham, RB Fred Jackson, LB Brandon Spikes, DT Kyle Williams, DE Mario Williams and C Eric Wood have been selected by their teammates as captains for the 2014 season.'

Marker 5 things to know about QB Kyle Orton [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'After being traded to the Denver Broncos in 2009, Orton led the Broncos to a 6-0 start. One of those victories came in overtime against the New England Patriots. Orton completed 35 of 48 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns, and led an 11-play 53-yard drive that culminated in the game-winning field goal for Denver 20-17. He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.'

Marker No regrets for WR Chris Hogan [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Looking back on it I had a limited amount of time to make big leaps and impress a lot of people,” he said. “I still feel I have hurdles to clear and ways for me to become a really good slot receiver or wherever they want to put me.”'

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Marker 11 Bills will start in new positions [2:11 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'With the team to be sold, probably this fall, every administrative job is likely at risk, from President/CEO Russ Brandon, to General Manager Doug Whaley down to head coach Doug Marrone and his staff. And that reality seems to be affecting decision-making.'

Marker Smith took the long road to make Bills roster [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s one of the big things I wanted to do, was come in and help these guys on special teams,” Smith said. “To be able to carve out that role, I think it will help a lot, being able to play all the different phases.”'

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