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Buffalo Bills News - August 14, 2014

Marker Expanded concessions draw iconic Buffalo outlets [2:31 PM]
AP reports: 'The renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium will allow Buffalo Bills fans to chow down on offerings by popular local purveyors of doughnuts, pizza and chicken wings.'

Marker Mike Tomlin: Steelers and Bills proving joint practices can be done in 'professional manner' [11:36 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Tomlin went on to say that the media and fans are looking for the negative aspects of these joint practices and waiting for fights to break out instead of seeing the positives in a physical, mostly incident-free practice like the Steelers and Bills had Wednesday.'

Marker Tim Hortons, Duff’s and LaNova heading to the Ralph [9:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You know, until two or three years ago, you couldn’t even get a chicken wing here,” said Marc Honan, chief marketing officer for the Bills. “It’s just amazing.”'

Marker T.J. Graham, Moeaki, Gaines in roster jeopardy [9:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As it stands now, here’s a look at an early projection of how the roster may look after final cuts. This will be updated weekly.'

Marker Bill’s Hughes making it happen with sky-high confidence [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I mean, we all do,” Hughes said when asked if he was playing with the most confidence of his career. “I can speak for the guys in the defensive line room – we all play with a tremendous amount of confidence. We want to go out there and be the best defense in the NFL, so we try to take that mentality out there on the practice field when we go to work.”'

Marker Whaley denies there is trade talk about Spiller [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I can probably see where people see our depth at running back and try to connect the dots with teams that don’t have depth, but, again, nobody has talked to us.”'

Marker FCC should change its unfair blackout policy favoring the NFL’s billionaire owners [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With time for comments over, Pai is calling out FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to finally put the issue to a vote. A simple majority of the five commissioners is all that’s required.'

Marker Blow whistle on NFL’s blackout rule [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The nearly 40-year-old rule, intended to ensure National Football League venues are chock full, is an unnecessary vestige of an era before the sport’s popularity soared. And it is particularly unfair in western New York, where the population is stagnant, the stadium is larger than average and a playoff-caliber team hasn’t hiked a ball in 14 seasons.'

Marker EJ Manuel pays close attention to Ben Roethlisberger; Bills want to replicate Steelers' success [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Yes, a Super Bowl is a lofty target for the Bills, who have gone 6-10 in each of the last three seasons, but general manager Doug Whaley spent time in the Steelers organization and wants a few things to rub off on his current team.'

Marker Doug Marrone reflects on his time with the Steelers, Chuck Noll [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'I was always intrigued about how intelligent he was about everything, not just the sport of football," Marrone said. "Not being a very good football player and being on the look team, I’ll never forget Coach Noll used to jump in."'

Marker Doug Whaley pushing team out of comfort zone, and 5 observations from Bills-Steelers practice [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think the work is different," defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. "I think we get good work no matter what, and we compete at home, but there's a different edge to this. It's a different view."'

Marker Bills haven't been contacted about trade for C.J. Spiller, GM Doug Whaley says [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We have not been contacted by any team about C.J. Spiller," Whaley said. "These rumors are news to me, and it's exciting for you guys I guess because it gives you something to fill the newspaper with. You know I'm a straight shooter. We have not been contacted by any teams."'

Marker It's nostalgic trip for Bills coach Marrone [1:51 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '"I remember we used to run down the hill before practice to get ready to go with Coach Noll," said Marrone, who played offensive line in the NFL for two seasons. "Do they still wear the black jerseys without the numbers on them? We had these black uniforms. We used to call them burlap sacks. They were tough. We used to run with our pads on with Coach Noll. I was going through that in my mind when I saw the field [upon arriving]."'

Marker Steelers, Bills play nice during joint practice [1:50 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '“I thought it was great practice and great etiquette. … It doesn't get reported enough. We like to turn on the TV and see gory, unfortunate incidents like what happened between Dallas and Oakland,” Tomlin said. “We're here to prove that teams are capable of coming together and doing it in a productive and professional manner, and I compliment both teams for how they did it today.”'

Marker Steelers, Bills joint practice considered a success [1:49 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: '“We as coaches have to constantly move (players) around a little bit to get a good evaluation,” the Bills coach said. “Here, they go against somebody else and I think you get a better evaluation.”'

Marker Suisham wants team in Toronto, just not the Bills [1:48 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: '“It’s hard,” Suisham said. “By me saying it would be great to have a team in Canada, doesn’t mean I want to see a team leave Buffalo.”'

Marker Steelers find engaging practice partner in Bills [1:47 AM]
Washington Observer Reporter reports: '“It raises the level of intensity and urgency up a notch,” said Tomlin. “Any time you can do that with a football team it helps. So I really don’t compare it to in-stadium work. I compare it to a non-practice against another football team.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills' sale has fans leery of rush to relocate [1:46 AM]
USA Today reports: '"I pray they stay in Buffalo," says DeKoker. "Yeah, I am a little worried. ... Maybe God will help us."'

Marker Bills find engaging dance partner in Steelers [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"To see Big Ben in action, see how he prepares for every practice, how he goes in and out each day is just a huge opportunity for me," Manuel said. "I'm trying to take advantage of it."'

Marker Bills haven't been contacted about Spiller [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"We have not been contacted by any team about C.J. Spiller," Bills GM Doug Whaley said quite plainly at Saint Vincent College ahead of the first of two joint practices with the Pittsburgh Steelers. "These rumors are news to me."'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 16 [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'One of the biggest questions heading into the pair of practices in Latrobe is how second-year quarterback EJ Manuel would perform against a team that was so successful in stopping him last year. Even with a solid performance in Carolina under his belt, Manuel showed inaccuracy in the first session with the Steelers more than most his other training camp practices in 2014. His throws were all over the place during team drills, whether they were short, intermediate or deep attempts, the ball just wasn’t being put in the proper place to facilitate a reception all the time.'

Marker Top 3 Bills playmakers from Day 1 in Latrobe [1:41 AM] reports: 'The Bills linebacker looked very quick off the ball in 1-on-1 pass rush drills against the Steelers’ backs and tight ends during the competition period of practice. He beat backs mainly by using quick, hard fakes without gearing down to do so. Before they knew it he was by them and tapping out the quarterback. He also showed good hand usage against tight ends to get them on the move before ripping past them on the edge.'

Marker 4 things to take from Wednesday’s practice [1:40 AM] reports: 'On the whole the linebackers for both teams won the majority of the battles. The backs for Buffalo who held their ground the best were Boobie Dixon and Frank Summers.'

Marker Tomlin: 'Man that was great work' [1:39 AM] reports: '“Man that was great work. Buffalo was a great dance partner,” said Tomlin. “We appreciate Coach (Doug) Marrone and that group and got a lot of things done. Similar work to what we’ve been doing in terms of structure of the practice and drills setup, but obviously a different sense of urgency, some different schematics and some different guys. It was really a productive day for us. In just a brief communication with Coach, I think it was a very productive day for them.'

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August 13, 2014

Marker Linebacker candidate Sylvester can help himself against Steelers [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I hadn’t really done any football work since December – my last game in Pittsburgh – so it’s been good,” Sylvester said of the start of his Bills career. “When you got a competitor just sitting in the wings, not doing anything, I felt kind of like I felt before the draft, when you don’t know what’s going on and you’re just anxious. You don’t know how much to work out, you don’t know when you’re going to go somewhere. It was hard to stay focused, but I occupied my time and kept training.”'

Marker Show me the books, Poloncarz tells NFL on stadium demand [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“They have to prove to me that the Bills can’t be viable in Ralph Wilson Stadium,” said Poloncarz, a participant in the negotiations for the 10-year lease that resulted in $130 million in renovations being completed this year at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. “If we’re going to have to build a new stadium, I want so see something that really proves we need a new stadium.”'

Marker FCC official, in Buffalo visit, presses for end to sports TV blackout rules [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“There is no reason for the FCC to be in the sports blackout business,” Pai said. “We should be on the side of sports fans instead.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills head to Pennsylvania [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Yeah, it couldn’t come at a better time knowing that we’re about to go out there and it’s going to be pretty physical down there,” said running back Fred Jackson. “They’re a team that prides themselves on being physical and we’re going to go out there and match that. When you’re at training camp and you get these unexpected days off, you like it. But it’s on us now to take advantage of it when we come back on the field. We’ve had a couple of days off and then we get right back to work.”'

Marker Bills-Steelers joint practices: Sammy Watkins gets a new test, and 5 other matchups to watch [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Odds are Watkins will find himself matched up against William Gay at some point in the joint practices, and that should be a nice way to gauge how far the rookie has come. Can he handle the physical play at the line of scrimmage?'

Marker Bills announce new sellout policy, have sold more than 46,000 season tickets, according to report [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Meanwhile, the Bills have sold more than 46,000 season tickets, according to Honan, which is the most since 2009. Games against the Chiefs, Jets and Browns currently have the most tickets still available, while games against the Dolphins, Chargers, Patriots, Vikings and Packers have been selling well to this point.'

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