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Buffalo Bills News - July 20, 2014

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.'

Marker Bills sign a WR, CB on day before first practice [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With the move on Saturday, the team's roster is back up to it's full capacity of 90 players.'

Marker McKelvin cleared to practice; Dareus, 'Unga put on Active/Non-Football injury list [1:41 AM] reports: 'Saturday brought encouraging news for starting CB Leodis McKelvin, but it looks as though DL Marcell Dareusand OL J.J. ‘Unga will be spectators at the team’s first training camp practice.'

Marker Bills fill roster vacancies with CB and WR [1:40 AM] reports: 'Buffalo signed WR Tori Gurley and CB Kamaal McIlwain Saturday. Both players participated in Buffalo’s three-day June minicamp on a tryout basis.'

Marker Mike Williams a proven vet in young WR group [1:39 AM] reports: '“It’s kind of hard because I’ve got a lot of guys asking for advice and at the same time I’m trying to learn the offense and learn the plays and trying to learn from them because they were here before me,” said Williams. “I’m trying to learn what they see and then they ask me my advice and I look at them as if to say that I’m trying to learn too. I just have to master the playbook so I’m on a level where I can help teach it.”'

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July 19, 2014

Marker Whaley confident Bills have depth to replace Alonso [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s a tremendous loss, but no one’s crying for us,” Whaley said. “So it’s the next man up, and we think we’ve built a roster that can sustain a loss like this. Our expectations aren’t going to drop.”'

Marker Bon Jovi confirmed as part of Toronto group interested in buying the Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sources with knowledge of how teams are sold said it is likely a host of investment banks acting on behalf of clients who wish to remain anonymous, for now, signed non-disclosure agreements to examine the initial round of documents the team sent out about its finances.'

Marker Early birds land at Bills camp [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"That gives guys an opportunity to step up, make plays, and come here to contribute to the team," Williams said. "As sad as losing Kiko is, the great thing about this team is that we have depth. I'm really sure that whoever is behind Kiko will step in and make plays."'

Marker Doug Whaley wants to show the NFL that 'we're not the Bills anymore' [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Ultimately, it always comes to this point, doesn't it? A general manager assembles what he considers to be a respectable collection of young talent and anxiously awaits the results on the field. Those results determine the fate of the team and the general manager.'

Marker Cordy Glenn day-to-day with illness, and 4 other notes from Bills training camp [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'In Glenn's place will be rookie seventh-round pick Seantrel Henderson, Whaley told John Murphy on his radio show Friday night. Rookie second-round pick Cyrus Kouandjio will start at right tackle.'

Marker Robert Woods says Bills offense revolves around EJ Manuel and his development [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think the offense as a whole really revolves around EJ and his development," Woods said. "I think he progressed a lot from his first year, with all the offseason training and this whole camp should be an example of how hard he’s worked. He’s handled a lot of adversity and is starting to play well."'

Marker Rogers joins Bon Jovi and Tanenbaum in equal-stakes bid to buy Bills [1:53 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Sources say the Rogers family, and not Edward alone, is listed as an investor on the intention-to-bid document sent this week to the trust overseeing the sale of the Bills.'

Marker Bills report for camp facing injury concerns [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Well, vacation's over for Whaley and the Bills, who will hold their first practice on Sunday. They will be spending much of the next seven weeks attempting to fill a big hole at outside linebacker after Alonso tore a ligament in his left knee while working out in Oregon on July 1.'

Marker AP sources: Bon Jovi part of group eyeing Bills [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'The group includes Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family. Tanenbaum is chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which controls the NHL's Maple Leafs and NBA's Raptors. The Rogers family includes Edward Rogers, who is deputy chairman of Rogers, the Toronto communications giant.'

Marker Bills' Alonso has successful surgery, won't be at camp [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"[He] had his surgery and from all the reports we're getting it was successful surgery," he said. "We're expecting him to be back after camp, let the swelling go down, do some rehab there, but he'll be back in Buffalo when we break camp."'

Marker Bills don't think Glenn's illness will claim season ''at this time'' [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"When he came in and did his physicals, there were some tests that came back that we need to wait on and see if everything is okay," Whaley remarked. "If they come back okay, he will be out on the field. He is at camp now, though."'

Marker Bills' Aaron Williams: ''We're going to be a winning team'' [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"It's nothing new. It's every year. Everybody thinks we're just the same old Bills -- and that's fine with me," he said. "They think we're the same old Bills that every year everybody gets hyped up for an incredible season, then people get let down with a 6-win season. To me, I'm getting tired of it as well."'

Marker Illnesses to leave Branch, Glenn sidelined [1:47 AM] reports: '“We’re still waiting on reports from him, but it looks like it’s going to be one of those day to day things and we’ll see how it progresses,” said Whaley of Glenn.'

Marker What they're saying: move-in day at camp [1:46 AM] reports: 'The number one thing I'm excited about is a second year with this coaching staff. Their number one thing coming in was to get this thing turned around. Being with those guys for a second year, figuring each other out and what we want to do, how to use us and stuff like that, I think it’s going to be a tremendous thing that comes to fruition for us this year. That’s the number one thing I’m excited about, it’s easy to sit here and talk about it but I think we have the keys, we’ve added some pieces, guys have been here for a little while and we know what we have to do to get it done.'

Marker Whaley and Bills ready to take up for loss of Alonso [1:45 AM] reports: '“I have to talk to coach, but right off hand, Preston Brown, Nigel Bradham and maybe Ty Powell among the young guys,” he said. “So it’s an exciting time for them and an exciting time for us to say, ‘Alright what we saw in these guys is true and they can play.’”'

Marker Doug Whaley: ''We're planning to be a playoff team'' [1:44 AM] reports: 'It’s a tremendous loss but no one is crying for us. So we have to like you said “next man up.” We think we’ve built a roster that can sustain a loss like this. Our expectations aren’t going to drop.'

Marker Bills release WR and CB [1:43 AM] reports: 'Buffalo released WR Cordell Roberson and CB Darius Robinson Friday. Robinson was an undrafted rookie out of Clemson, who missed a lot of the spring practices with a shoulder injury. Roberson, who spent time on the Bills practice squad last year, also missed a good deal of time in the spring practices with an undisclosed injury.'

Marker Bills determined to chart course for success [1:42 AM] reports: '“It goes both ways,” said Woods. “I see it as, it doesn’t really matter, their opinion, and I also see it as that’s our fault. We need to play better and it’s definitely our fault we’re not spoken about and we have to do better and that starts here tomorrow night.”'

July 18, 2014

Marker Five things to watch as Bills enter camp [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cyrus Kouandjio & the OTs. The massive Kouandjio, 6-foot-7 and 325 pounds, is key to the Bills’ plans to upgrade the offensive line. How fast can he catch on, and can he beat out Erik Pears at right tackle? Kouandjio turns 21 on Monday.'

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