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Buffalo Bills News - July 2, 2014

Marker Bills LB Kiko Alonso tears ACL [1:52 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, one of the team's rising young players, tore his ACL while working out in Oregon and is expected to miss the season, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.'

Marker Bills LB Alonso hurts knee while working out [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'Messages left with Alonso's agent Stephen Caric were not immediately returned.'

Marker Judge won't dismiss cheerleader suit against Bills [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Supreme Court Justice Timothy Drury's decision Tuesday clears the way for the lawsuit to move forward.'

Marker Bills' Dareus turns down deal on accident charges [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Dareus' lawyer Michael Caffery turned down the prosecution's offer to plead guilty to reckless driving during a brief appearance in Hamburg Town court. Caffery instead said he intends to obtain more details on the prosecution's evidence in a bid to reach a resolution before a potential trial.'

Marker Bills LB Alonso suffers knee injury [1:48 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Alonso, 23, started all 16 games after being drafted in the second round out of Oregon and finished with 159 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions.'

Marker Report: Bills LB Alonso tears ACL [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Alonso was already recovering from offseason hip surgery before he hurt his knee.'

Marker Dareus' court date two days after season's start [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Dareus appeared before Hamburg (N.Y.) Town Justice Gerald Gorman who set the nonjury trial for Sept. 9. If convicted of the most serious of the charges -- reckless endangerment in the second degree -- Dareus could face up to a year in jail.'

Marker Doug Whaley statement on Kiko Alonso's injury [1:45 AM] reports: '"We have learned tonight that Kiko Alonso injured his knee while working out in Oregon. We do not have the details at this point, but early indications are that it may be significant."'

Marker How will Watkins help the pass game most? [1:44 AM] reports: '“He’s a guy we have to get the ball to a whole bunch,” Hackett said. “Good players just naturally start getting the ball, whether you call a play for him or not. I think it just showed here in practice with what we’ve done. It might not necessarily be his number, but EJ just finds him. Throws it to him early, he goes up and catches it. It’s so exciting.”'

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July 1, 2014

Marker Rogers won't lead second Toronto group bidding for Bills [1:59 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'It is not known whether the 45-year-old Rogers -- son of the late Ted Rogers, who founded Rogers Communications Inc. -- might yet wind up as one of the minority investors under Bon Jovi and Tanenbaum.'

Marker Bills' Dareus due in court in alleged race crash [1:58 AM]
AP reports: 'Dareus is expected in town court in the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg on Tuesday.'

Marker Who will be the primary kick returner? [1:57 AM] reports: 'Last season the Bills kick return game had one of the fastest players in the league bringing the ball back in Marquise Goodwin. There were others who pitched in - T.J Graham and Leodis McKelvin - but no matter who had the ball in their hands the results were not what the coaching staff was looking for. Buffalo finished 27th in average drive start (20.7 yard line) and 29th in kick return average. Special teams coordinator Danny Crossman is expected to have an open competition for the role of primary kick returner and there are a handful of candidates, including C.J. Spiller and Sammy Watkins, vying for the role.'

June 30, 2014

Marker 5 defensive playmakers to look for [2:47 AM] reports: 'Buffalo’s defense already had a host of playmakers on its side of the ball in 2013 when they ranked second in the league in both sacks (57) and interceptions (23). From a defensive line filled with Pro Bowlers, to Manny Lawson, Kiko Alonso, Aaron Williams and Buffalo’s top corners when they returned from injury, the Bills had guys making plays. With key veteran additions via free agency – namely Corey Graham and Brandon Spikes - and the emergence of younger talent like Nickell Robey and Da’Norris Searcy in Jim Schwartz’s new scheme, there are a handful of potential playmakers to be aware of as the team practices at St. John Fisher. Here’s a rundown of new defensive difference makers to watch closely leading into the 2014 season.'

June 29, 2014

Marker Union County alum Spiller anticipates bounce-back NFL season [7:41 PM]
Gainesville Sun reports: '“Our minicamp (in mid-June) went well. I came out healthy, that's the biggest thing. So now I'm trying to get ready for training camp.”'

Marker A new Buffalo Bills stadium: Gov. Cuomo is justly cautious on committing state taxpayers [7:40 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Similarly, the state should conduct a comprehensive, hard-headed and open analysis before it grants any more taxpayer subsidies to the Bills, a profitable franchise valued at $870 million by Forbes.'

Marker What it means to be a Bills fan [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'These are things that come to mind when I ponder what it means to be a Bills fan. We don’t need a playbook to fight for our team or protect and defend who we are. When someone comes along to snicker at the idea of four straight Super Bowl losses, the claws come out as we “sharply point out” what they just said: FOUR STRAIGHT SUPER BOWLS.'

Marker Brevard's Broomfield will have to prove himself [1:58 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"They told me they were going to give me a good chance and I got a lot of reps (in minicamp) and it looks like they are going to give me a good chance (to make the team)," said Broomfield, who has already attended OTAs and minicamp.'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should be better in the red zone [1:57 AM] reports: 'The red zone for Buffalo’s offense in 2013 was an area of frustration at times. Ranked 29th in the league in touchdown efficiency no one needed to tell the offensive unit they needed to improve. The Bills got to work in the offseason adding playmaking pieces at the skill positions while beefing up the offensive line all in an effort to enhance their point-producing potential once they crack their opponent’s 20-yard line. Here now are the three reasons Buffalo’s offense should be better in the red zone this fall.'

June 28, 2014

Marker Bills rookie Sammy Watkins eager to face Cleveland [1:59 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '“I have a chip on my shoulder for every game, so it’s not just the Browns,” Watkins said. “I come out and dominate my opponent every game. I’m sure they’ve got great cornerbacks and great safeties, but my job is to do my job on the field no matter who’s in front of me, whether it’s [Browns cornerback] Joe Haden or [New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle] Revis or [Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard] Sherman, all the greats. My job is to win on the field and do my best.”'

Marker Buffalo’s Legursky to bring his elite lineman camp to Beckley Wednesday [1:58 AM]
Beckley Register-Herald reports: 'The Doug Legursky Elite Linemen Camp will take place at Morris’ Elite Sports Training, on the campus of University of Charleston-Beckley. The camp will begin Wednesday, July 2, for offensive and defensive linemen from grades 8-12.'

Marker Dennis Dixon, the Buffalo Bills QB and former Oregon Duck, discusses Marcus Mariota [1:57 AM]
Portland Oregonian reports: 'Why did you end up in Buffalo? A: I'll tell you with full honesty I can't be able to choose a team that I want to go to so I'm going where they want me. It's a good opportunity. I'm going to take it with full arms and I'm excited. Very excited to get started.'

Marker 5 positions to watch [1:56 AM] reports: 'All eyes will be on Sammy Watkins as he continues to develop chemistry with EJ Manuel and transition to the pro game. He has already been possibly the most impressive player on the field throughout OTAs and minicamp and has looked the part of a true No. 1 wide receiver. Now that defensive backs will have more freedom to jam receivers at the line and get away with more contact during practice, will Watkins continue to impress?'

June 27, 2014

Marker Marcell Dareus headed toward pretrial intervention program for spice-possession charge [1:59 AM]
Birmingham News reports: '"We're basically going before the court to be entered into the program. We've already got it kind of worked out. He'll go through some motions there, the judge will tell us what the requirements are and then we'll be on our way. He's going to complete some counseling and some therapy and testing in the coming months and be monitored by a program in New York, and we're going to comply with the judge's order and show proof of compliance, and if we do what we're supposed to do, at the end of the day, we'll be in good shape."'

Marker NFL life fits the Bill for Charles [1:58 AM]
Regina Leader Post reports: 'Charles called his first year as a pro "a bit of a roller-coaster ride," but it ended well. Then came the realization of just what he had done. "It's definitely a dream come true, but to tell you the truth, more than anything it's a hell of an opportunity," he said. "It's really surreal."'

Marker Amid Franchise Uncertainty, Bills Tickets Least Expensive In NFL [1:57 AM]
Forbes reports: 'According to TiqIQ, the average price for home games on the Bills schedule is just $140.79. The average price for Cleveland Browns tickets is the only other average in the league below $160 for the 2014 season.'

Marker 5 offensive players to watch [1:56 AM] reports: 'CJ Spiller and Sammy Watkins are sure to get plenty of attention once training camp starts, with good reason. The two playmakers are likely to garner most of the attention of opposing defenses once the season begins. All of that attention might open up room for some other players to break out. Here are five players to keep an eye on during training camp that might fill that role.'

June 26, 2014

Marker Bills among NFL teams working with MADD to curb alcohol-related issues [1:59 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '“We’re very happy, but we’d still like to see Buffalo get up to the level of some other teams, where 10,000 or more drivers sign up (annually) on game day,” Ellinger told in a telephone interview. “We’re working with the Bills and know they would love to see an increase as well.”'

Marker 6 reasons to be excited about the HOF game [1:58 AM] reports: 'Despite all of the rave reviews of Sammy Watkins from OTAs and minicamp in June, we have yet to see the rookie WR in true game action. How quickly he is able to fit into the offense and connect with EJ Manuel will likely be a key factor in how successful the Bills will be this season. The more opportunities he gets to become comfortable with Manuel’s passes and Nathaniel Hackett’s scheme, the better.'

June 25, 2014

Marker Cuomo expresses doubts about need for new Bills stadium [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The state would do its part; the county would do its part, but only if you really need a new stadium, which, frankly, I am not convinced of,” he said. “It would be more a function of what the new buyer and the NFL say is the condition to keep it here. We have to see how it develops down the road.”'

Marker Trump says he is only bidder who would keep Bills in WNY [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Trump made the proclamation at about 12:30 p.m. in between other tweets he has sent out about his hotel properties, his hair and today’s political primary races.'

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