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.”'
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.”'
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.”'
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.”'
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."'
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."'
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."'
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.'
Top 3 Bills playmakers from Day 1 in Latrobe [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'
4 things to take from Wednesday’s practice [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'
Tomlin: 'Man that was great work' [1:39 AM]
Steelers.com 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.'
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.”'
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.”'
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.”'
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.”'
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?'
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.'
FCC commissioner wants changes to NFL blackout policy: No more missed Bills games in Syracuse? [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Syracuse television market does not receive Buffalo Bills broadcasts that are blacked out by the NFL because a tiny portion of Yates County receives the signal of Syracuse television station WTVH-5. Yates County is within 75 miles of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY.'
Bills come to town to offer a change of pace [1:52 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '“They’re a good dance partner for us because they do things a little bit differently than we do,” Tomlin said. “It will be great to get in a practice situation and hone our skills. I’m sure they feel the same way.”'
Roethlisberger rooting for 'bud' Jim Kelly [1:51 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '“For a Hall of Famer to come down to my level, if you will, just meant so much,” Roethlisberger says. “He's a guy I can call when things aren't going well. I'll get notes from him after games, good and bad: ‘Keep your head up.' ‘Great job.' To have someone like that I can call a friend? That's first and foremost. And I think he'd say the same thing: He looks at me as a friend.”'
Steelers have practice partner in Bills [1:50 AM]
Washington Observer Reporter reports: '“It’s going to be weird. I’ve never done it before. I’m curious to see what it’s going to be like,” said Steelers guard David DeCastro. “I think it will be just as, if not more, intense than a game. Guys want to make a statement and want to embarrass you and want to win. And then you have to go play them at the end of the week. It will be a lot of good fun.”'
Bills head for trip to practice against Steelers [1:49 AM]
AP reports: '"We're looking forward to going in against an organization that is a physical team, that is a tough team, a team that has won in the past," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "I think we're excited about being able to compete with them."'
When is the QB Staring Down a WR? [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'There’s been a lot of talk and debate lately about QBs staring down receivers. Of course, here in Buffalo, specifically about how often EJ Manuel is doing or not doing it. Almost every time he drops back, completion, incompletion, or interception, I read analysis that says he stared down his receiver and rebuttals that say he didn’t. What’s true and what’s not? Well, as with most armchair analysis in sports, the truth lies somewhere in between.'
Buying into Bills is, as usual, a tough task [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'On gamedays last year Marrone for me was a frequent disappointment. Every year it's the same point: The small-market Bills are an inherent underdog in the NFL, against big-city rivals, against teams that are made at quarterback, or both (New England). So do they avail themselves to advantages suggested by data and game probabilities? Of course not.'
Bills hit the road for joint practices with Steelers [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"It’s going to be physical I feel like, going against another team. Don’t know each other, trying to prove a point. We’ve just got to be prepared for everything," said Bills wide receiver Robert Woods. "Just going out there and compete and work hard. New look, new defense."'
Bills to use Steelers as measuring stick [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’ll be a good test for us,” said Eric Wood. “They have a lot of tradition and we have a lot of respect for their franchise. It’ll be a good measuring stick. Anytime you go against the Steelers I don’t care how tough you are or how fundamentally sound you are because under Dick LeBeau they’ve traditionally been really sound defensively.”'
Bills energized to practice with Steelers [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Very excited about it,” said EJ Manuel. “I know a bunch of teams have already had dual practices with other teams. I’m really looking forward to getting together with the Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m very good friends with Coach Tomlin. He’s from the same area I’m from and I saw him a few weeks ago before I came back here. He told me whatever look I need on defense, he’ll give it to us. It’s going to be very competitive, but we’ll try to treat it like three days of a game. Each day, even though it’s a practice, we’ll try to treat it like a game.”'
M&T Bank adds new Family Zone to Ralph Wilson Stadium [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The 500-seat Section 105 within Ralph Wilson Stadium has been converted into the M&T Family Zone, creating a fun family environment on gameday featuring visits by Billy Buffalo and a free giveaway to all fans in the section. Fans in this section will also have the option of purchasing parking in a specially designated 50-space parking lot off Abbott Road, adjacent to a convenient, newly designed entry gate serving the M&T Family Zone.'
Steelers find a practice partner in Bills [1:42 AM]
Steelers.com reports: '“We’re a 3-4 team defensively, and the Bills are a 4-3 team defensively. That helps us,” said Tomlin. “The Bills have a young, mobile quarterback and an offense that reflects that in terms of some of the pocket movement stuff, and we need to see that. That’s what it’s about for us.”'
Buffalo's Cockrell adjusting to the pro game [3:47 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“I think the word that comes out with Ross is he is always consistent,” Monos said after the draft. “No matter if it's Mike Evans, which everybody brings up because that was the best player he went against, or Sammy Watkins. He's played against all these guys and he is always consistent.”'
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