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Buffalo Bills News - July 23, 2014

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 3 [3:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'To put it bluntly, the Bills’ offense had their worst day of training camp to this point.'

Marker Spikes ready to lead defense [3:55 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.”'

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July 22, 2014

Marker Curse of Doug Flutie or just rotten luck? [9:58 PM]
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 Bills offense struggles during Tuesday practice [9:58 PM]
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 Former Syracuse linebacker Siriki Diabate assisting on Bills coaching staff for training camp [9:57 PM]
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 [9:56 PM]
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 [9:56 PM]
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 [9:55 PM]
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 [9:55 PM]
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 Marcell Dareus deserves support, but needs to help himself [9:54 PM]
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 [9:52 PM]
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 [9:52 PM]
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 Run game working, Tuel earns reps [9:50 PM] reports: '“The offensive line can block and get some contact once they put the pads and they were definitely opening up some holes for us,” said Fred Jackson. “We notice it and it’s always the best part for us running backs when we can put the pads on and feel some contact out there.”'

Marker Bills waive one linebacker, sign another [9:50 PM] reports: 'Boyd entered the league earlier this year as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens. The 6-2, 243 pound Western Kentucky product lead the Hilltoppers in tackles with 103, tackles for loss with (15.5), sacks with (8.5) and had one forced fumble during the 2013 season. Boyd is 23 years old and a native of St. Petersburg, FL.'

Marker Bills' backup QB battle is on [2:15 PM]
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 Travel delays push back Dareus' return to Bills [2:13 PM]
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 [2:12 PM]
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 Dareus delayed in getting back to Bills camp [2:12 PM]
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'' [2:11 PM]
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 [2:10 PM]
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."'

Marker Bills center optimistic about QB and OL [2:10 PM]
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."'

Marker Doug Marrone: ''It's a new year'' [2:10 PM] reports: 'Just because we did some good things last year doesn’t mean we’re necessarily going to be able to do that again. We still have to come in and commit to working hard and trying to establish that. It’s a new year, if you think you’re just going to roll out there and run the ball well, that couldn't be further from the truth. Every year you have to go back out and build a foundation, and it’s going to take a while. Today was the first day in pads, and this is something that will develop as we go along in camp.'

Marker EJ Manuel: ''It felt like a lot of action today'' [2:09 PM] reports: 'I thought we did lean on the passing game. It just so happened that we ran the ball very good. Anytime you’re second in the league (in rushing) and 28th or 29th in passing, obviously you’re going to think it’s a true imbalance. But I think the way Coach (Nathaniel) Hackett calls plays is very balanced. Obviously, just when we have opportunities to connect, that’s when we need to execute it. I don’t think it’s him calling different plays or the balance was off as far as his play calling. I think it’s more so us executing the passing game better.'

Marker Some things to look for at Bills camp [12:06 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Start with the fact that Buffalo’s first-round draft pick, wide receiver Sammy Watkins is the real deal.'

Marker The pressure is on Bills QB Manuel [9:18 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'The Florida State product is in a very different situation than he was last summer. A year ago, Manuel was learning a new offense from a new coaching staff, adjusting to new teammates and battling for the starting quarterback position with veteran Kevin Kolb. This year, coaches named Manuel the starter before practices began and he appears to be more comfortable around his teammates and the media.'

Marker Williams finds his happy place with the Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams appears to have found his happy place after a sometimes tumultuous first two years with the Bills. While his on-the-field play has mostly lived up to what the team hoped for when it signed him to a contract worth up to $96 million in 2012, Williams made reference to the off-the-field issues he’s gone through.'

Marker Roosevelt receives another chance as former UB star returns [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He faces a stiff challenge in doing so with the Bills, who are deep at receiver. “Definitely intense,” Roosevelt said of the atmosphere after his first practice. “It’s definitely good competition. I think when there’s good competition like that, it makes everybody better.”'

Marker Sammy goes deep [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Once again, it was the Sammy Watkins Show. The rookie receiver from Clemson wowed the crowd with his speed, twice getting behind defenders for long touchdown passes from EJ Manuel, once in one-on-one drills and again in 11-on-11 work.'

Marker Sammy Watkins dazzles at Bills camp [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Might this have been a prelude to the upcoming Bills’ season? Fans sure hope so. So does the coaching staff, for that matter.'

Marker Buffalo native Naaman Roosevelt rejoins the Bills [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'He spent the past two seasons on NFL practice squads, with the Detroit Lions last season and the Cleveland Browns in 2012.'

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