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Buffalo Bills News - July 13, 2014

Marker Congel and Golisano partnership no longer in the works [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Golisano still wants to bid on the team, the source told The News.'

Marker Following Bills football an investment in Buffalo [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What Iíve been a part of all these years through watching my dad at football camp has taught me much about being a football fan as well. And Iím convinced itís about more than just the game. Donít get me wrong, the game is amazing and when football season ends Iím already counting down the days until the NFL Draft and minicamp. But, the older I get, the more I realize and learn that thereís got to be more. For those of us fans who live here in Western New York, itís an investment in not only our entertainment and joy but in the community that we call home.'

Marker 10 questions facing the Buffalo Bills as camp arrives [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Nigel Bradham might get first crack at the weakside spot, but the Bills could also flip Keith Rivers over there and let the battle play out on the strong side. Bradham could be in that mix, along with Ty Powell. Another option is moving rush end Manny Lawson back to linebacker where he played last year. No matter what happens, the Bills aren't as formidable a defense without the Legend of Kiko.'

Marker From J.P. to EJ, lessons of grooming a quarterback [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'So you see, the Bills do not have a long history of drafting and developing quarterbacks, so one has to wonder how this is going to turn out for Manuel, who, like Losman, has all the tools to be very good but also, like Losman, has so many variables out of his control.'

Marker Gabe Northern joins Bills Fan Thunder for rally to keep team in Buffalo [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"How could I say no?" Northern said. "Cool people asked me to come out for a good cause."'

Marker Arthur, Bryce Brown play host to almost 200 in youth football camp [1:51 AM]
Wichita Eagle reports: 'ďThere was speculation I had trade value and that I might have a chance to go somewhere else, I just didnít know when it was coming and that it was going to be Buffalo,Ē Bryce said. ďMy wife and I, when we found out, we were both excited. Philly has a special place in our hearts, but in this business you need to go where you have the opportunity."'

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July 12, 2014

Marker Bills stadium report wonít be released ítil end of month [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But sources for several weeks have been telling The Buffalo News that the work involved is highly complex, involving a series of financial, zoning, environmental and other considerations that have pushed back the original release date of the plan.'

Marker Bills training camp roster with Mark Gaughanís breakdown [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hereís a look at the team roster along with Mark Gaughanís scoop on each player.'

Marker Andre Reed ready for Hall of Fame induction, hopeful for 2014 Buffalo Bills [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don't know. We'll see," Reed said. "What they do on the field is up to them. All we can do is support them and be there. Once a Bill, always a Bill."'

Marker Former Bills wide receiver Andre Reed: 'Hell no,' Richard Sherman couldn't cover me in my prime [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Hell no," Reed responded as the campers burst into applause. "Look, Richard Sherman is a really good player. But he isn't a Deion (Sanders) or a (Rod) Woodson yet, even if he thinks he is."'

Marker 3 reasons Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins could have 1,000 yards receiving in year one [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Beyond just the volume of plays, though, Hackett and Marrone showed a willingness to be flexible with their offensive scheme and adapt to the personnel at their disposal. In Watkins, they have a player who is dangerous after the catch, can stretch the field vertically and is even capable of taking a hand-off and doing some damage with it. Some offensive coordinators might not fully appreciate Watkins' versatility, but that shouldn't be an issue with Hackett.'

Marker South Fort Myers' Sammy Watkins receives honor at Brunson Foundation banquet [1:54 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: 'ďTo come back and get a key to the city, and to have my family here to watch it, itís an honor,Ē Watkins said. ďItís a blessing to have all these (athletes) here to support this foundation. Itís great to get this award. Itís a great achievement for me.Ē'

Marker Fort Myers honors Sammy Watkins, past stars [1:54 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: 'Watkins, the former South Fort Myers High and Clemson star, will leave Tuesday for the start of Bills camp. He said he's been in regular contact with quarterback E.J. Manuel. "He's excited, I'm excited," he said.'

Marker Report on potential Buffalo stadium sites delayed [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'AECOM, a California architectural and design firm, was expected to identify three to four sites across the region and report back July 11, but a person familiar with the Los Angeles firm told The Associated Press that the large volume of information being sorted through has delayed the findings. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and only spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 11 - Jerry Hughes [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Hughes is likely in line for an enhanced role with the Bills in 2014. They didnít really know what to expect from him last year, and got a more than competent pass rusher that could chip in on the run on occasion. It might not be fair to expect Hughes to be an every down player, which likely paves the way for Manny Lawson to get some snaps on run downs. However, with another big season against the pass Hughes can not only put to rest his ďbustĒ status from Indianapolis, but he can go into free agency next March as a hot commodity.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 12 - Fred Jackson [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Jackson will once again split time with C.J. Spiller in the backfield, but now the Bills added two other pieces at running back (Bryce Brown, Anthony Dixon) that could cut into the 33-year oldís snaps as well. Heís entering the final year of his contract with the team, but is a very important person to the locker room. Many of his younger teammates look up to him, and with quite a young core group of starters, the veteran presence Jackson provides is essential. Regardless, the question that will be asked once the season is over is how much Jackson has left in the tank as regular contributor. If he plays like he did in 2013, though, it will go far to prove that he has a bit more left.'

Marker Bills camp primer: Defensive Tackle [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Corbin Bryant, Stefan Charles
- While Bryant hung around through camp last year, Charles was a mid-season addition that helped provide the Bills not only with depth, but with a player that has a fair bit of upside as well. There really isnít much clarification as to whether or not Dareus will get suspended for his off-the-field transgressions and that could directly impact the job status of one of Bryant or Charles. Even if he isnít suspended, there is still a completely plausible scenario of all five making the roster outright. However, if the Bills decide they only have room for four, it will be a battle between these two.'

Marker How To Instantly Make The Buffalo Bills Worth More Than $1 Billion [1:50 AM]
Forbes reports: 'The New York Bills of Buffalo. Heck, they are the only NFL team that plays in the state. Why not brag about it?'

Marker 2 reasons the offense is better equipped for fast tempo [1:49 AM] reports: 'ďI think weíre deeper at every position on offense,Ē said Manuel. ďI think our offensive line is working very hard to keep me healthy and I have to do my part too to stay healthy, but weíre deep at all the positions, especially the skill positions.Ē'

July 11, 2014

Marker 2014 Training Camp night practice ticket information [7:07 PM] reports: 'Tickets are complimentary but are required for entry to night practices.'

Marker Kelly at his best battling cancer [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'ďMy hat goes off to the people going through it,Ē he said. ďThere are people who are a lot worse than I am. I donít know where Iím going to be. Iíll find out in August. I pray for the other people.Ē'

Marker Jim Kelly at football camp: Nice to 'run around' [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm not scared to die," he said. "I've done more in 54 years than most people have at 80. I've fulfilled so many dreams. (But) again, I have so many more things to accomplish."'

Marker Jim Kelly learning to be patient with his health, Buffalo Bills sale [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I'm just doing what I can to make sure the Bills stay in Buffalo," Kelly said. "Things really haven't changed. Yes, I've met with different people. I hope it gets to a point where we get somebody that's really committed to Buffalo and to turning this program. And to play football in January."'

Marker Fort Myers to award Sammy Watkins key to the city [1:56 AM]
Fort Meyers News Press reports: '"You can do great things," Watkins said. "You can turn great things out of bad things. I grew up in a bad area but I didn't use that as an excuse. It's all up to me or another person, what they want to do."'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 13 - Eric Wood [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Once again serving as one of the top offensive lineman on the team, Wood might have an easier time of it this year now that the Bills signed Chris Williams to play left guard for them. That will prevent Wood from having to overcompensate and focus in on his own responsibilities without trying to do too much. Last season was not his best by any means, but he has the ability to be one of the 10 best centers in the league on a yearly basis. It also doesnít hurt his case by being one of the vocal leaders on the team, either.'

Marker Bills top 20 talents: No. 14 - Nickell Robey [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It appeared as though once again in the offseason workouts, and under a new defensive coordinator mind you, Robey had to work his way up the depth chart. He didnít start out as the first-team nickel which caught a few, including yours truly, by surprise. By the end of the mandatory minicamp though Robey was back in his natural position with the first-team defense as the nickel cornerback. New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz raved about him and head coach Doug Marrone certainly knows what heís capable of in both coverage and as an explosive blitzer from the edge. Heís not an outside cornerback, but up against slot receivers, Robey is a very good talent.'

Marker Bills camp primer: Tight End [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Chris Gragg - This could be surprising to some because he was a draft pick in 2013, but letís face it. Heís a seventh-round pick that couldnít get on the field outside of garbage time situations last year. The hope will be that athletic tight end progresses enough to the point where he can warrant a roster spot, but with a lot of talent being added to the roster at other positions, space could get tight. The 24-year old is firmly on the bubble, and the ultimate decision will be based on how effective he is in practice from July 20 through the end of August. He very well could force their hand and make them go with four tight ends. Or, they could to go with only the top three. Either way, Gragg needs a strong month.'

Marker Kelly Talks Recovery, Bills' Future [1:52 AM]
WBEN-AM reports: 'Kelly has not been shy talking about his battle with cancer on various social media. However, he said it wasn't his idea to share so many updates. Instead, it was his wife Jill who pushed him to open up. "I've had to stop her a couple times, like, 'Jill, just for your sake and all of our sake this is not going on Twitter or Facebook.' I've had to say that a few times, but I do know that the support I've got and the letters, emails, and prayers especially have helped me get to where I'm at."'

Marker Will the passing game take a big step forward? [1:51 AM] reports: 'ďAdding Sammy and adding Mike Williams is only going to help Woody (Robert Woods), T.J. (Graham), Marquise (Goodwin), Chris Hogan and all the guys who were here last year,Ē said EJ Manuel. ďIím looking forward to it. Itís going to give us more versatility out wide. I think we have a lot to work with this year.Ē'

July 10, 2014

Marker Bryce Brown puts pressure on C.J. Spiller during contract year for Buffalo Bills [1:59 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But what about Brown? In an ideal world, Brown wouldn't be relied upon too much because Spiller would bounce back. The Bills would, however, like to see enough out of Brown that they don't feel completely out to dry if Spiller and Jackson aren't on the roster in 2015.'

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