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Buffalo Bills News - July 31, 2014

Marker Toronto group can't match Pegula's first bid on Bills: Sources [1:44 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Sources now tell QMI Agency the Toronto group cannot ultimately bid as high as the $1.3 billion Pegula is reported to have submitted in Tuesday's first round.'

Marker Reed thought his comments about Manziel and Bon Jovi were off the record [1:43 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '"We were just talking and I didn't think he was going to put something like that in the magazine," Reed said as he played golf before his schedule intensifies leading into his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.'

Marker Did Cleveland Browns make the right move in trading away chance to grab Sammy Watkins? Time will tel [1:42 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Watkins appreciates the steep price paid to acquire him. Asked if thought he could win Rookie-of-the-Year honors, the receiver replied: "It's something I could do, but we've gotta win. As long as we're winning that's the main thing."'

Marker Sammy Watkins unsure why Cleveland Browns' Donte Whitner 'came after me' on Twitter [1:41 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"I really don't know what happened and why he came at me like that," Watkins said. "I was in Cleveland for the symposium and someone asked me about the team and I basically told him that they have great cornerbacks and they drafted a great cornerback in (Justin) Gilbert. They have Joe Haden. I really just shouted those guys out and I look forward to competing with those guys . . . . I really don't know what made him come after me. He's a veteran and I respect him and I really didn't say too much back."'

Marker Forgotten teams like Buffalo need a jolt of Bon Jovi [1:40 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'Jon Bon Jovi. Does the name mean anything to you? How about Donald Trump? OK, how about Terry Pegula? They head the three groups that reportedly have bid for the Buffalo Bills. You remember the Bills, right? Probably not, which is why the NFL should award the franchise to Bon Jovi or Trump. Or both, then convince Al Gore and Dick Cheney to join the ownership group. That would make people notice the Bills, which very few Americans have since the O.J. trial.'

Marker First round of Buffalo Bills bids tops $1 billion [1:39 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The $1.1 billion sale of the Miami Dolphins in 2008 is the highest price ever paid for an NFL team.'

Marker Trump ready to sell casinos if he scores with $1B Bills bid [1:38 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Donald Trump will sell any remaining casino assets he owns if his $1 billion-plus bid emerges as the highest accepted offer for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, The Post has learned.'

Marker Hall of Fame profile: Buffalo Bills WR Andre Reed [1:37 AM]
Yahoo! Sports reports: 'Reed was something of a new breed of receiver, the long, sleek and fast deep threat that is commonplace in the game today but was far more rare a generation ago. In the Bills' offense, he not only ran down the field, but he also was able to take a short slant and go the distance and also was able to patrol in the middle of the field and do major yards-after-the-catch damage in space.'

Marker Fred Jackson signs 1-year contract extension [1:36 AM]
AP reports: 'Known for his physical running style, Jackson ran for 890 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013 while dealing with two separate knee sprains. Jackson is expected to split carries with running back C.J. Spiller once again in 2014.'

Marker Bills' Bradham suspended 1 game by NFL [1:35 AM]
AP reports: 'Bradham, a fourth-round pick of the Bills in 2012, had 51 tackles in 2013. He remains eligible to participate in preseason practices and games.'

Marker Bills sign RB Jackson to extension [1:34 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Jackson's deal had been set to expire at the end of the upcoming season. The one-year extension he signed Wednesday is worth $2.6 million, according to NFL.com.'

Marker Marrone not pleased with early play of Bills offense [1:33 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I think so. There's a lot of progress, even when we've had 'not-so-good' days," he said. "I think we've still had areas where we got better. We can do some things passing the ball. Like I've said before, each day we just want to continue to grow as an offense. Our run game is always going to be a pick-up for us, but we want to be able to throw the ball downfield as well."'

Marker Bills sign RB Fred Jackson to extension [1:32 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Jackson, 33, is the oldest running back in the NFL and the Bills fortified the depth chart behind him and C.J. Spiller with the offseason additions of Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon. However, Jackson has remained productive, including a career-high nine rushing touchdowns last season to go along with 1,277 all-purpose yards - the third-best mark of his career.'

Marker Bills' Bradham suspended one game [1:31 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The suspension most likely arises from Bradham's August 2013 arrest for marijuana possession.'

Marker Bills' Fred Jackson expects big season from ground game [1:30 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"We’re throwing a lot of stuff in from the play book" Jackson said. Its not like we are focusing on one thing, one week. We pretty much have the whole offense going in right now so a lot of guys are struggling with that. It’s a lot of information to retain."'

Marker Jackson wants to end it as a Bill [1:29 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I have to admit, it really is amazing that Jackson still has the zest for the game after so many years. He started with the Bills is 2007 getting just 58 carries. Last year, he had a career high nine touchdowns. You won’t find too many runningbacks in the NFL that make it to 33. Jackson said, “I just love to play this game. I think usually when guys get my age, they’re ready to shut it down and not come out here and get beat-up like we do here in training camp, but I wake up every day and I love it. I have an opportunity to play for a team like the Buffalo Bills and I try to take advantage of that whenever I can. The number one thing that keeps me motivated is the love for this game and I don’t want that to end anytime soon.”'

Marker NFL suspends Bills Bradham for 1 game [1:28 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'For the second straight year, Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Nigel Bradham is his own worst enemy.'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 9 [1:27 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Lightning crashed a couple of times but eventually the weather lifted enough for the Bills to take the field in front of a plucky crowd of around 75 fans. Even though he threw an interception in team drills before the rain delay, the team’s young quarterback came back refreshed and ready for the rest of practice.'

Marker Fred Jackson signs extension with Bills [1:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Jackson signed the new agreement just prior to the team’s afternoon training camp practice at St. John Fisher. The 33-year old is coming off a season in which he posted a career-high nine rushing touchdowns and led the team with 10 total scores. His 1,277 all-purpose yards was the third highest single-season total of his career. Jackson also pulled in a single-season career best 47 receptions.'

Marker Fred Jackson: ''I just love to play this game'' [1:25 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I want to thank Russ [Brandon], Doug [Whaley], the late, great Mr. Wilson for the opportunity to be able to play here. Every player’s dream is to be able to play with one team for their entire career, and this extension gives me the opportunity to do that. I’ve had a lot of support with me throughout the years, obviously you see my kids are here, they’re always here. My wife has done a tremendous job supporting me, doing everything she can do to make sure I’m able to come out here and compete with these young bucks, so I’m excited about it. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to continue to come out here and play and get this thing turned around. Hopefully we can do that sooner rather than later.'

Marker 4 things to take from Wednesday’s practice [1:24 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'At the outset of practices when individual position drills reached a conclusion the offensive and defensive linemen went to one end of the field and worked on the run game. There were three groups of offensive and defensive linemen stretched across the field along with linebackers and backs and tight ends. Though each lineup pitted just a couple of linemen and a tight end against a couple of linemen and a pair of linebackers the intensity of the drill was palpable.'

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July 30, 2014

Marker Rookie LB Brown looking to make impact with Bills [4:10 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“He's been impressive so far, but practice is different than games,” the defensive coordinator said. “There's a different nature to being out there when there's real action going on out there and he's under the clock and a different offense and those things. That's really the hallmark of a player, is what he does on game day. But he's given us every indication that he's ready for it.”'

Marker More bids for Buffalo Bills are possible [1:09 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'But, the initial bids are just an early step in what is a very complicated sale process. It is possible the Wilson estate trustees, led by his widow, Mary, and longtime chief financial officer Jeff Littman, could instruct Morgan Stanley and Proskauer Rose to re-open the bidding. The Bills are a privately-held business venture and bidding procedures can be adjusted, if the trustees so determine.'

Marker Bills working to plug those gaps to stop the run [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I feel it’s a mentality by the front seven,” said linebacker Nigel Bradham. “Even in the back end, by them coming up with safety support and the corners playing on the edge. It’s all about mentality. We have to come out every day with the mentality we’re going to stop the run no matter what.”'

Marker Where is Golisano in Bills bidding? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Preliminary bids were due at Morgan Stanley, the Bills’ investment banker, at 5 p.m. And while a Morgan Stanley spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment, bidders expected to join the fray include Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, billionaire Donald Trump, a Toronto group that involves rock star Jon Bon Jovi and possibly former Sabres owner B. Thomas Golisano.'

Marker Bills QB coach is all EJ, all the time [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Youth continues to be served on Doug Marrone's Buffalo staff. Gone are the rocking chairs used by Dick Jauron and Chan Gailey. The Shady Rest is now a Sandals. Five-hour Energy has sacked Geritol.'

Marker As bids for Buffalo Bills come in, stadium group watches and waits [1:56 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“It’s bearing on the location of the stadium is only insofar as it starts to narrow the pool of who prospective owners could be,” said Mayor Paul Dyster, who was named to the New Stadium Working Group formed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year.'

Marker Fans favor Terry Pegula over Donald Trump, Jon Bon Jovi in ownership search [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You don't even have to ask that question," Bills fan Michael Thomas said after practice on Friday. "C'mon, it has to be Pegula. Anybody but Bon Jovi."'

Marker Former Sabres owner Golisano didn’t submit bid to buy Bills [1:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '... the investment bank conducting the sale of the NFL club for the trust of the late Ralph Wilson received only three bids in total, said a source closely involved in the bid process.'

Marker Bidding for Buffalo Bills kicks off [1:53 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Anyone moving the Bills from Buffalo before their lease expires in 2022 would be hit with $400 million in penalties (although there’s a $28 million escape clause after the 2019 season). But the involvement of Rogers and Tanenbaum — and a report earlier this week that their bid group had explored Toronto-area stadium sites — gives hope to NFL fans in this city.'

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