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Buffalo Bills News - July 21, 2014

Marker Out-of-shape Dareus sits, Watkins becomes immediate fan favorite [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How disappointed is the coach in his troubled Pro Bowler? “He’s not the only one,” Marrone said. “But obviously you want your players to come in ready to go. We’re here for a long period of time, and we’ll make up for it.”'

Marker Playoff drought defies law of averages [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It has become shallow and redundant to say the culture has changed, rhetoric that began when Chan Gailey was still the coach. There may have been a shift in attitude, but that didn’t translate to an improvement on the field. The results have looked mostly the same for years.'

Marker Improved Bills have playoffs on their minds [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Being where we've been as an organization on the field is unacceptable," said team president and CEO Russ Brandon. "It is certainly unacceptable to me. It's all about winning. There is nothing else, absolutely nothing else that matters. We've made changes and we're not going to sit on our hands and not let any sand get under our shoes when it comes to trying to put a winning product on the field. That's what we're all about."'

Marker Sammy Watkins is eager to impress [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I feel like I'm getting better every day, focusing on the little things and the details," Watkins said in mid-June, just before the offseason work concluded. "Once I get myself from thinking to just playing, it'll be easier. When I know what I'm doing, I look good, but when I don't, it's kind of like in between. Once I get past that I'll be OK."'

Marker GM Doug Whaley: 'It's always a win-now' [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We're expecting to win, so I don't understand why everybody keeps saying it's a win-now situation," Whaley said prior to the Bills' first practice at St. John Fisher College on Sunday night in front of a packed and enthusiastic crowd inside Growney Stadium. "It's always a win-now. That's what sports are for."'

Marker Marcell Dareus out due to failed conditioning test [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"At the present time he hasn't been able to pass all the tests to get him on the field, so we're working on that, trying to get him ready to go," Marrone said prior to what was a nearly 2½-hour first practice. "He's not the only one, but obviously you want your players to come in ready to go. We're here for a long period of time so we'll make up for it."'

Marker Buffalo Bills kick off training camp [1:53 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“I thought it went pretty well,” defensive end Jerry Hughes said. “It's the first practice, so we finally got things on tape. Now we can sit down and analyze it tomorrow. We just need to get better day by day. Our plan is to take it inch by inch, day by day and keep improving as a team.”'

Marker Sammy Watkins' big night and 5 observations from day one [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'He sprinted up field with a smooth release at the line of scrimmage and with one smooth cut created at least two steps of separation between him and cornerback Michael Carter. The ball was waiting for him along the sidelines, and the No. 4 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft plucked it out of the air with ease.'

Marker Buffalo Bills left tackle Seantrel Henderson leaves first practice with apparent hip injury [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills coach Doug Marrone said Henderson will get a chance to compete during camp, but an injury is not a good way for a rookie to start his career.'

Marker Peter King, NFL Network add to atmosphere at first night [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'For three hours, the national media — most of whom haven't been kind to Buffalo in preseason predictions — will be fixated on the Bills.'

Marker Bills coach Doug Marrone talks about Seantrel Henderson, can't discuss Cordy Glenn's illness [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Marrone has an offensive line background, so with the right attitude, Henderson could develop into a quality starter for Buffalo. The talent has always been there, it's just been a matter of motivation and consistent focus.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fan honors Ralph Wilson with tattoo of the late owner [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Jack Meredith stood in the front row of the stands of Growney Stadium at St. John Fisher College and was showing off his tattoo to anyone who was interested. Colored blue, red and white, Wilson's face was clearly pictured on his right bicep. Meredith, who is from Waterloo, tried to use the tattoo to get players' attention early on in practice.'

Marker Seantrel Henderson, once the 'next big thing,' getting another chance [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'For the first time in a long time, Henderson is catching a break. Now the only question is whether he's willing to help himself and take advantage of this opportunity. Because if he doesn't, there may not be another one.'

Marker Buffalo Bills might have NFL's deepest group of running backs [1:46 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“You’ve just got to keep on giving those guys the ball,” Bills offensive coordinator Nathan Hackett said during the team’s mandatory mini-camp. “They all want the ball, and that’s what you want as an offensive coordinator. You want guys that are hungry for it and want the ball every single second.”'

Marker Jaworski mum on Bon Jovi's bid to buy Buffalo Bills [1:45 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Jaworski was born and raised in the Buffalo suburb of Lackawanna, N.Y. He's revered up there and has remained close friends with Bon Jovi, who gave up his stake in the Soul following the 2008 championship season.'

Marker Bills GM concerned with DT Dareus' latest setback [1:44 AM]
AP reports: '"His mindset's better once he's here," Whaley said, referring to the practice field. "And I think we'll find out with his actions. And I think he's ready to disprove all this stuff that he's a bad seed."'

Marker Marrone: Bills DT Dareus fails conditioning test [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Coach Doug Marrone provided the update on Sunday, before the Bills' first practice in suburban Rochester. Marrone said trainers will work with Dareus to get him in shape so that he can be cleared for practice as soon as possible.'

Marker Bills open camp seeking to end playoff drought [1:42 AM]
AP reports: '"Every year, everybody gets hyped-up for an incredible season, and then people get let down with a six-win season," Williams said upon reporting for the start of camp. "To me, I'm getting tired of it."'

Marker Bills activate OG 'Unga [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Although his injury was undisclosed, it is important for Unga to make a strong impression early in training camp as he faces a stiff battle to earn a roster spot.'

Marker Bills' Henderson suffers hip injury, status unknown [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Speedy wide receiver Marquise Goodwin also had to leave the team's first practice prematurely. Fortunately for the Bills, Goodwin simply had something "medical" that the training staff addressed in the locker room. The team expects him to be back at practice on Monday.'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 1 [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In his first day back at training camp Manuel had mixed results despite having a couple of new toys to throw to.'

Marker Bills' Dareus needs to learn about responsibility [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'But I am worried about Dareus' attitude and whether or not he takes his job seriously enough since he wasn't prepared to start work on time. It wouldn't seem to be too much to ask a player to stay in shape in the off season and come to training camp ready to go.'

Marker Marrone says Dareus will be ready to play [1:37 AM] reports: '“At the present time he hasn’t been able to pass all the tests to get him on the field, so we’re working on that, trying to get him ready to go,” said Marrone.'

Marker Crowd provides energy, players settle in [1:36 AM] reports: '“Oh it’s great,” said Watkins. “I’ve been waiting on this for a whole month now and I’ve just back home, training, trying to get in shape then to come to this scenery. There’s probably some 5,000 people here. We have great fans and that’s just motivating me to come out and have a great day, practice hard and don’t put nothing bad on tape.”'

Marker Pressure non-existent for Watkins [1:35 AM] reports: '“It means a lot,” said Watkins of the fan support. “That’s what moved me and it’s great to hear the fans calling my name out and being active while we’re practicing.”'

Marker Doug Marrone: ''Our goal is to be in the playoffs'' [1:34 AM] reports: 'That’s whats great about this game. Everyone’s heading into camp, everyone’s excited, everybody’s fresh. We’ve done some things so far as a team, with meetings and what not, we had a walk through this morning, it was great and we have to keep that same type of enthusiasm going.'

Marker What they're saying: first Bills Camp practice [1:33 AM] reports: 'Q: Can you talk about throwing to Sammy Watkins? A: It felt good. You really just want to get it in a spot for him to catch it and get some yards after the catch. That’s the biggest thing about a receiver like Sammy. I think Robert Woods, and really all those guys, are very good once they catch the ball. It’s our responsibility as quarterbacks to give them a catchable ball and let them do the rest.'

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July 20, 2014

Marker Buffalo Bills look to end the long playoff drought [4:46 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'There are many storylines and questions surrounding the team this summer. Here are 10 big questions going into training camp.'

Marker Bills 'buzz' boosts local business [4:45 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“The cool thing about the camp is the buzz it creates,” Jeffries said. “To have an NFL team in town creates an exciting atmosphere.”'

Marker Playoff hopes ride on EJ Manuel's shoulders [11:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"They say the most growth you make is from year one to year two and you can see he's definitely putting in the time to do that," veteran running back Fred Jackson said near the end of spring OTAs. "We know we're only going to go as far as he can take us and that's a responsibility that he's shouldering and he wants that opportunity. He's putting in the work in the film room, spending extra time with the coaches, and that's all we can ask of him as a teammate."'

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