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Buffalo Bills News - July 24, 2014

Marker Marcell Dareus' statement on returning to the Bills [1:42 AM] reports: 'Right now, my focus is on earning the trust of my teammates, coaches and the fans while continuing to improve as a football player. I have a passion for this game and I want to be here to help this organization achieve its goals. There are things I need to work on professionally and personally to make sure I can be accountable to myself, my family, this team and this community.

Marker Doug Marrone: ''We’re lucky to come into camp early'' [1:41 AM] reports: 'I think we have a long way to go, and if there is one thing that it’s shown, it’s that we’re lucky to come into camp early and have these first couple days. I think we should all be grateful that we have this head start.'

Marker Red zone and RG battle [1:40 AM] reports: 'Wednesday’s morning practice brought the first red zone work of training camp. It was a pretty even battle inside the 20-yard line between the offense and defense.'

Marker Bradham steps it up at critical time for LBs [1:39 AM] reports: '“Me and Kiko were like brothers,” said Bradham. “We were together all the time … We watched film together, we learned a lot from each other … I hate to see him go down with an injury like that because I know how hard he works. When you get a guy that works hard like that it’s kind of like he doesn’t deserve to take an injury like that because he works day in and out.”'

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July 23, 2014

Marker Moving Day in Buffalo [6:56 AM]
SI reports: 'Any experienced office mover will tell you: The best time to go treasure hunting is moving day. I start at Ralph Wilson Stadium, where I navigate safely past construction workers welding support beams, husky interns half-jogging to and from trucks, and into the visitor’s locker room where the rookies made their home during minicamp.'

Marker Bills’ Bradham feels blessed [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I never want to be in that situation again. I’ll make sure I never put myself in that situation again,” Bradham said Tuesday after the Bills wrapped up their third day of training camp at St. John Fisher College. “That was one of the main things this offseason was refocusing, and not hanging around the guys who I was hanging around, because they’re not really friends. The guys who are out here grinding with me are my friends. That’s what I had to learn.”'

Marker How was Tuesday’s practice? It depends on who is speaking [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Yeah, in the beginning,” Marrone agreed. “They finished strong, but it was not what we wanted.”'

Marker Defense dominates [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jeff Tuel received some reps with the second team during Tuesday’s practice, and coach Doug Marrone declared the backup quarterback job behind EJ Manuel to be there for the taking between Tuel and Thad Lewis.'

Marker Buffalo Bills belong at ‘The Ralph’ [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The Ralph” has certainly served us well and I’m sure can continue to do so for decades to come. Our current stadium has great bones and the necessary infrastructure along with a fieldhouse and administrative offices already in place.'

Marker Bills offense struggles during Tuesday practice [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I thought we had a good day," Manuel said, a somewhat surprising response given the evidence of what transpired during the two-hour-plus session at St. John Fisher College. "It was the first third-down day so we have to continue to get better, but it was the first full pad practice and I thought we ran the ball well and threw the ball well."'

Marker Bills have four Buffalo natives on roster [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I dunked on Naaman in high school,” Williams said with a smile Tuesday. “They beat us — he played for St. Joe’s and I played at Riverside — but I dunked on him real bad. It was an ‘And one’ and the crowd was going crazy.”'

Marker Curse of Doug Flutie or just rotten luck? [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Fourteen years out of the post-season, a collective record of 88-136, six different general managers, seven head coaches, 11 starting quarterbacks, and still the fans come. As if the Bills have bottled the secret to marketing mediocrity.'

Marker Sammy Watkins to stop by Frontier Field [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins will make an autograph appearance on Monday, August 11 at Frontier Field.'

Marker Spikes ready to lead defense [1:51 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“This is what it’s about,” said the new linebacker. “It was good to be back out and getting used to the pads again.”'

Marker Former Syracuse linebacker Siriki Diabate assisting on Bills coaching staff for training camp [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Diabate, who played for Bills coach Doug Marrone, joins Chris McAlister and Myles Russ as 2014 Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship participants, the team announced Tuesday.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign linebacker Xavius Boyd, waive Darrin Kitchens [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Kitchens, a rookie out of Florida, had to be carted off the field, and coach Doug Marrone said on Tuesday that he would be out indefinitely. He was designated as waived/injured.'

Marker Jeff Tuel pushing Thad Lewis for Bills backup quarterback job at training camp [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I looked at it quite a few times," Tuel said. "One of those things you look at the good, you look at the bad, you move on and you learn. It just seems like from where I am now to where I was then, already I feel like a different player. It's crazy just to think, it may sound funny to some, not even a year from it I feel like I know so much more now than I did then."'

Marker Jerry Hughes continues strong play and 5 other observations from Buffalo Bills training camp [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Manuel was fine, but the Bills obviously don't want him taking hits in practice. What they do want, though, is that type of disruption and fire and Hughes, who had double-digit sacks for the first time in his career last year. Tuesday was a day Hughes had been waiting for as the Bills practiced in pads before the first time.'

Marker Peter King thinks Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore will make the Pro Bowl in 2014 [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"That's the goal I always want to set for myself, even growing up," Gilmore said. "I want to make the Pro Bowl and I want to be the best cornerback on the field."'

Marker Here’s why the Bills are so high on top pick Sammy Watkins [1:45 AM]
New York Post reports: '“The guy is making plays,” Marrone said, snapping back into the moment. “A lot of people are excited.”'

Marker Marcell Dareus deserves support, but needs to help himself [1:44 AM]
USA Today reports: '"If he was a malicious guy and you looked him in the eye and he wasn't remorseful, you'd take a different course of action," Whaley told USA TODAY Sports. "But when you've been around this guy and you know him, you know he must make better choices."'

Marker Bills QB, coach differ on offense's performance [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Marrone also wasn't pleased with Manuel's inability to get the ball off during several 7-on-7 drills, when the quarterback decided to take off and run. "I'm not fine with that," Marrone said. "I mean, it's 7-on-7. We want to throw the football down the field."'

Marker Bills DT Dareus back at training camp [1:42 AM]
AP reports: 'Dareus was excused to attend a court hearing in Alabama on Monday. He agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program to have two felony drug charges dismissed.'

Marker Travel delays push back Dareus' return to Bills [1:41 AM]
AP reports: 'Dareus was scheduled to return to camp in time for practice Tuesday morning. But the team says his flight was canceled by bad weather in North Carolina. He is scheduled to arrive at camp in suburban Rochester, New York, later in the day.'

Marker Bills' sloppy offense concerns Marrone [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It's never just what you see. You always have to have a basis," said Manuel. "We're a progression-based offense and you always are going to go through your progressions someway, somehow. So if nobody is open, do a realistic thing, throw it away or take off and run."'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 3 [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'To put it bluntly, the Bills’ offense had their worst day of training camp to this point.'

Marker Bills' backup QB battle is on [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Any time Tuel's name was brought up and the Bills were asked what they would like to see from him, some variation of the words 'he needs to get stronger,' was used. The second-year quarterback took it to heart, nailed down a program with the training staff to get leaner in the offseason and has come back to the Bills with a new physique.'

Marker Dareus delayed in getting back to Bills camp [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Adding another layer to the story, Dareus also hasn't been able to take the field for the team after a failed conditioning test on Saturday. The team said they'll continue to evaluate him and determine when they believe he'll be ready to take the test again. No timetable has been given, but the Bills remained confident that he'll get back on the field.'

Marker Bills will be without two for ''period of time'' [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Cornerback Brandon Smith and linebacker Darrin Kitchens, each who were injured during Monday afternoon's practice, have suffered what head coach Doug Marrone termed a "lower body injury."'

Marker Bills center optimistic about QB and OL [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Luckily we have a lot of familiar faces back" Wood said. "We have Chris Williams at left guard, that’s our only new addition once Cordy gets back. We have pretty good chemistry or should have with that starting five. The good thing is we have a lot of talented back ups now and they’re competing for starting jobs. If they can beat out one of the starters that will mean they’re playing pretty good ball."'

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