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Buffalo Bills News - July 21, 2014

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]
BuffaloBills.com 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]
BuffaloBills.com 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]
BuffaloBills.com 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]
BuffaloBills.com 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]
BuffaloBills.com 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."'

Marker Bills eager to rehab team’s reputation [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s nothing new,” said Bills safety Aaron Williams. “It’s every year. Everybody just thinks we’re the same old Bills, and that’s fine with me. I completely understand that they think we’re the same old Bills that every year everybody gets hyped up for an incredible season and then people get let down with a six-win season. To me, I’m getting tired of it, as well. It’s a new attitude I’m bringing to the table. We’re going to be a winning team, and we’re going to come out here with a new attitude and be aggressive and bring this city more wins.”'

Marker McKelvin ready to go, Dareus is not [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McKelvin was limited in spring practices after undergoing offseason hip surgery. The Bills conducted conditioning tests on the field Saturday, and the veteran starting cornerback afterward was ruled good to participate in camp.'

Marker Bills faithful share their stories [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As a young girl, I was thrilled to see my dad jump in the air cheering as he watched the Bills take it in for a touchdown; or seeing him yelling at the TV in frustration and calling out plays that would have countered the interception or fumble we just saw. At “The Ralph,” I would (and still do) cling to my dad’s hand as we walked around the field while the players warmed up, in awe of how monstrous they look up close.'

Marker Toronto Sun reports that Bon Jovi’s group wants to keep Bills in Buffalo [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Until Saturday’s report, it had been uncertain whether the group wanted to relocate the team.'

Marker Defense looks to continue building [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“At the end of the day we just have to go out and play ball,” said defensive end Mario Williams. “It’s still us, and we have to execute and go out and do our jobs.”'

Marker Bills will begin camp without Marcell Dareus, Cordy Glenn [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We haven't done anything; we've got a lot to prove," Whaley said. "Like Russ (Brandon) said, we won't hide from it. We haven't been in the playoffs in a long time and we owe it to the fans, our late Hall of Fame owner, and everybody in this business to show that we're not the Bills anymore. We want to be a playoff team. We're planning to be a playoff team, and that's our goal."'

Marker Breaking down the Bills' roster [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills have to hope that a full offseason with the coaches, and learning the playbook, will offset some of the lost playing time. Manuel is confident that will be the case, but he still has to go out there and prove it. If he goes down, the Bills are not good in the backup positions. Lewis is serviceable, but he's not taking this team to the playoffs. If Tuel and Dixon have to play, Bills fans can start thinking about 2015.'

Marker Bills hope Sammy Watkins, Mike Williams can breathe life into wide receiver room [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"If (Watkins) can come in and be a leader in that room, that's great. I think we're all taking that position. We're not putting it on Mike (Williams) or Woody (Robert Woods). We're not putting it on anyone. As a whole we're trying to support each other and do things as a team."'

Marker Bills place Marcell Dareus on NFI list, activate Leodis McKelvin from PUP [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Either way, Dareus won't be practicing with the team until he's cleared by the medical staff, and neither will Unga. No reason was given for why the two were placed on the NFI list, but the Bills did conduct conditioning tests this morning at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Toronto bid group wants to keep Bills in Buffalo: sources 3 [1:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'QMI Agency has been reliably informed by multiple sources that the sole Toronto group bidding on the NFL team is now telling people, and will tell the trust overseeing the sale of the Buffalo Bills, that it is committed to keeping the NFL franchise in Western New York.'

Marker Where the Buffalo Bills sale process goes from here [1:49 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'According to a well-placed source, prospective bidders not only have until 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 29 to inform investment bank Morgan Stanley of their intention to bid, they must submit an indicative bid by then.'

Marker North Bergen’s Rodriguez knows that he’s run out of chances [1:48 AM]
Hudson Reporter reports: '“At first, it was difficult,” Rodriguez said. “But the more I went, the more I knew I had to stick with it. I felt relieved and free. Since I started the sessions, I haven’t been drinking. I’ve had no incidents."'

Marker Bills place DT Dareus on non-football injury list [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'The 2011 first-round draft pick has already had a difficult offseason, dealing with two off-field legal matters.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign WR Gurley, DB McIlwan [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'The 6-foot-4 Gurley had one catch in three games with the Cleveland Browns last season. He has spent time with several teams since breaking into the NFL in 2011 as an undrafted free agent with Green Bay.'

Marker Bills activate McKelvin among five moves [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: ''Unga and Dareus join left tackle Cordy Glenn and defensive tackle Alan Branch on the NFI list. None of the ailments were revealed.'

Marker Report: Bon Jovi, Tanenbaum & Rogers group express interest in Bills [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bon Jovi was only rumored to be interested in the Bills prior to the report, and now both Tanenbaum and the Rogers family (most notably Edward), have been tied to the rock star as well. According to Wawrow, there is no indication at this point if the Toronto-based group would bid on the franchise with the intention to move it north of the border.'

Marker Dareus likely won't practice to start Bills camp; McKelvin activated [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McKelvin had offseason hip surgery and didn't participate much during the offseason OTA and mandatory minicamp workouts, leading the Bills to try and bring him along slowly. Following the conditioning testing, McKelvin was deemed ready to participate in practices.'

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