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Buffalo Bills News - August 11, 2014

Marker Buffalo Bills have strong running back corps [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I think it’s going to be very important,” said running back C.J. Spiller, who is at the top of a deep and talented depth chart. “I think it’s going to take a lot of pressure off EJ. I think if we have our running game going, he’ll feel more comfortable relying on that."'

Marker Bills sign cornerback Sam Miller, waive cornerback Michael Carter [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills were one of 27 teams at Miller's pro day back in April when the cornerback and punt returner ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and had 10-foot, 2.5-inch broad jump as well as a 38-inch vertical. He averaged 13.1 yards on eight punt returns in his final college season.'

Marker Aaron Williams, Boobie Dixon bring intensity to goal-line drill, and 5 observations from Bills train [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You can't stop this!" Dixon shouted at his teammates.'

Marker Bills fans are drunkest in the NFL, according to author who visited every stadium in 2013 [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"But what I remember most of all here is the wild atmosphere, one of the craziest I saw during my travels, with much of it due to excessive alcohol consumption. As you can probably guess, Bills fans are the drunkest I witnessed on my trip. That is true before, during and after the game."'

Marker Bills sign CB Miller [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'To make room for Miller, the Bills released cornerback Michael Carter. Carter originally joined the Bills as a free agent in May.'

Marker Bills' Brown again makes strong statement at RB [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"In my mind, Bryce Brown is a very talented running back who has the potential to start in the NFL," coach Doug Marrone said after the Carolina game. "When he's in the game, I think he's one of the better players on the field, so his production is not surprising to any of us."'

Marker Bills welcome OT Glenn back from injury [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Yeah, it was frustrating not being out here with the fellas and working every day with them, but I'm back now and I'm just trying to knock off the rust," said Glenn.'

Marker Bills sign CB Miller, release Carter [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Miller, 22, tried out during the Bills' minicamp. He played nine games last seasons with Florida International, recording 33 tackles and returning eight punts for 105 yards.'

Marker Emotions are spilling over for the Bills [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'When it comes to trash talking and competing, Anthony Dixon doesn’t take a backseat to anybody. He said, “It’s just competition, competition brings out the best in us. Those guys they’ve got a little something to them and we’ve got a little something to us, but we’re all brothers and we’re just making each other better.” Dixon smiled and added, “Sometimes, you get a little angry with your brother and upset with him, so that’s all it is”'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 15 [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'When in doubt, throw it up to Mike Williams. That seems to be part of EJ Manuel’s reasoning over the past couple of weeks. Williams has really stepped up his game over the past two weeks and is proving to be quite the dependable target for Manuel when they need some yards in a tough spot.'

Marker Duke Williams striving to transition to trusted pro [1:45 AM] reports: '“The true part of my game I’m really trying to work on is off the field and being a pro off the field,” said Williams. “Getting to meetings on time, reading my playbook, taking care of my body and really being on top of my game as far as everything off the field and everything on the field is going to take care of itself. It’s all about maturity. That’s the biggest leap for your first year to your second year.”'

Marker 4 things to take from Sunday’s practice [1:44 AM] reports: 'RB Boobie Dixon, continues to practice as if it’s still third and one with one yard for the score. Sunday in practice, Dixon wasn’t soaring through the air but ran the ball with a ferocity to make one think it was the playoffs, not the preseason.'

Marker Bills sign CB Sam Miller [1:43 AM] reports: 'Miller spent time with the Bills earlier this year on a try-out basis during the team’s minicamp. The 5-10, 190 pound Florida International product played in nine games in 2013 during his senior season for the Panthers, recording 33 tackles and returning eight punts for 105 yards. Miller is 22 and a native of Miami, FL.'

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Marker Aquilini Investment Group kicks tires on Buffalo Bills purchase then backs off [8:34 AM]
Vancouver Province reports: '“I’m always exploring potential business opportunities and I’m passionate about sports, so this is something that interested me,” Aquilini said in a prepared statement. “However, we are not planning to pursue the opportunity further.”'

Marker Bills receiver Graham needs to speed it up [12:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“There has been some ups and downs. The first couple of days it felt like I was newborn deer, basically. My legs felt funny,” Graham said. “Sometimes in and out of routes things feel weird, but I think I’m finally figuring out what works and what doesn’t work.”'

Marker Next men up [12:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills went 4 of 12 on third down Friday against the Carolina Panthers, so much of Saturday’s practice was spent working on that scenario.'

Marker NFL renews push for a new Bills stadium [12:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While little else is known about Goodell’s comments to the two politicians, NFL officials say Ralph Wilson Stadium – even after the $130 million in renovations being completed this year – will not measure up with the fan amenities offered by new NFL stadiums or even fully renovated ones such as those in Kansas City, Mo., and Green Bay, Wis.'

Marker How sustaining WNY’s growth today will keep the Buffalo Bills here tomorrow [12:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Virtually from the day of Wilson’s death, politicians have fallen over themselves to appear to be engaged in keeping the Bills in Buffalo. But not one of them has acknowledged, let alone examined, the underlying events that led our community to the dire strait of trying to retain something we felt was forever ours.'

Marker Longtime Buffalo Jill Chris Sullivan Polito is still active in squad’s alumnae group [12:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I fully support the fact that girls should be fully compensated for their time. I think their uniforms should be paid for. Now it costs them $700, but to go back and try to get paid for something that you had no reasonable expectation of getting paid for? Everyone who signed up signed off on the fact that they were volunteers. That I find personally ridiculous.'

Marker Buffalo Bills’ Cordy Glenn cleared to practice [12:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'When asked when he might be able to become a full participant in practice, Glenn said, “I’m not sure. Right now we’re just going day to day and trying to get a little better every day and see how it goes. Anytime you take a couple weeks off you’re going to get a little rusty, but I’m not worried about right now.”'

Marker Pegula tops this list of potential Bills owners [12:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Here’s ranking the Bills’ owner candidates, either outed by the media or by themselves. (Trump and Bon Jovi apparently broke the non-disclosure agreement, like they care)...'

Marker Cordy Glenn returns, and 5 observations from Bills training camp [12:00 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Glenn's teammates aren't worried about him getting up to speed. The 2012 second-round pick has 29 starts under his belt, so kicking off the rust won't be too hard. "It shouldn't be," Bills center Eric Wood said. "Cordy's got rare genes for an offensive lineman."'

Marker Spiller eager to start new season with Buffalo [12:00 AM]
Spartanburg Herald Journal reports: '“I don't worry about what's being said out there,” Spiller said. “I just go to work every day trying to get better as a teammate; trying to get my craft ready to go. All that other stuff is just outside noise I don't pay any attention to.”'

Marker Watkins newest member of the Buffalo Tigers [12:00 AM]
Greenville News reports: 'With the exception of Florida State, which also counts five players on the Bills' roster, the Bills have a decidedly orange tint, which underscores why this assemblage in Buffalo – some 800 miles from the Clemson campus – is now referred to as "Clemson North."'

Marker Bills LT Glenn, out with illness, passes physical [12:00 AM]
AP reports: 'There was no immediate word on when he would start practicing with the team.'

Marker Bills' Glenn to be brought back ''very, very slowly'' [12:00 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“We're going to take it very, very slowly. I mean, I'm talking about slow to see how he comes back, does on the first couple of days,” Marrone stressed. “We'll just do a little bit on the side, a little bit individual. You won't see him participating in any team, not for a while.Then we'll see how he responds because I really don't know.”'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 14 [12:00 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'There wasn’t too much to dissect for Manuel with a practice that really didn’t prove to be all that strenuous. He went through a pair of 7-on-7 drills as well as a couple of 11-on-11s that were mostly nondescript.'

Marker Bills' Glenn passes physical [12:00 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'To start training camp the left tackle could not participate in practices because of an undisclosed illness, and as a result was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list. Glenn first started missing time during the team's mandatory minicamp in June, but it is not clear if his time missed during that week was directly linked to the ailment that kept him out of practice.'

Marker Cordy Glenn passes physical [12:00 AM] reports: 'The offensive tackle’s medical condition that landed him on the non-football illness list was never disclosed. He had been working on the side with the strength and conditioning staff all through camp going through a myriad of drills and other training to maintain his stamina and strength so when he returned to the practice field he wouldn’t be playing catch up.'

Marker 4 things to take from Saturday’s practice [12:00 AM] reports: 'Fifth-round pick Cyril Richardson, who has been part of the right guard competition flipped to the left side with the first unit. As practice wore on, Antoine McClain, who has been the second team left guard throughout camp rotated in with the first unit. The two went back and forth between the first and second units the entire practice during 11-on-11 work.'

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