Battle is on at right guard for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Just how serious a challenge Chris Hairston will be able to mount against incumbent Kraig Urbik remains to be seen, because Hairston is coming off a full year of inactivity and still is trying to work himself back into top condition.'
Front four dominates in Bills’ practice [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We understand if we can block our front four, then we’ll be able to block about anybody,” said center Eric Wood. “For my money I think they’re the best in the league. But that’s no excuse. We gotta do a better job. I think in regular down and distance we’re doing a good job of understanding situations. But when we do all third downs and all third and long, we’re not executing as well right now.”'
A sack attack [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The defense dominated the offense as the team worked a lot on third-down situations. The offense looked miserable, giving up eight sacks in one 17-snap stretch.'
Teams have upper hand in stadium negotiations [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But a larger question looms first: Do taxpayers get their money’s worth by public dollars helping to build sports stadiums?'
Bills football brings people together [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'We’re a community, because of our love for our team. But more importantly, because of our struggle. A playoff drought of 14 years and the memory of four straight Super Bowl losses have made their mark on Buffalo Bills history. And yet this team has fans that will tailgate in the most severe weather and sit in the same seats every Sunday until the day they die! Why? Because we are the BUFFALO Bills, The City of Good Neighbors, The city that doesn’t give up. Not on our team. Not on each other. And that can’t be taken from us.'
Chris Hairston back with Bills [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'However, a funny thing happened along the way: Coach Doug Marrone, an old offensive lineman at heart, decided to give Hairston some reps at the guard positions to see how he'd do. Hairston had never played inside at any point, but the 320-pounder did pretty well, and through the first week of training camp he's been getting more time inside than he has at his natural tackle position.'
Could the Buffalo Bills trade C.J. Spiller? It's not a farfetched idea [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Spiller is entering the final year of his contract and is going to be 27 years old in August. Those two facts alone make his future in Buffalo beyond 2014 uncertain. Will the Bills be willing to pay Spiller what he wants as he inches closer to 30? He struggled through injuries last season and would need a fully healthy year to justify a big contract extension. In terms of cost, Spiller is going to require the biggest investment among the backs on the roster.'
Bills players don't honor Doug Marrone's birthday wish of a Harley Davidsion [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'More than a motorcycle, Marrone would likely just appreciate a winning season from his players. The last two night practices have provided Marrone with plenty of frustration as his team prepares for the Hall of Fame Game against the New York Giants on Aug. 2.'
Bills sign TE Dominique Jones because Tony Moeaki will miss 'significant time' with hamstring injury [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Doug Marrone said Moeaki will miss "significant time," but maybe not the rest of training camp.'
EJ Manuel, Bills offense struggle and 5 observations from Day 6 of training camp [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Quarterback EJ Manuel wasn't particularly sharp, and that made it difficult for the offense to get going. It was the first practice with live hitting, so that may have played a part, but Saturday was the culmination of a week where the offense often has lagged behind the defense.'
Catching up with Jim Schwartz [1:49 AM]
SI reports: '“There’s talent here, and I had a strong feeling for Coach Marrone. I never worked with him. I just knew him a little bit when he was at Syracuse and he came over to Detroit a couple times. But he worked for the Jets as the offensive line coach when Mike Heimerdinger was their offensive coordinator, and “Dinger’’ and I worked together for eight or nine years in Tennessee. So I knew how much respect Dinger had for him, and we talked about the job and I thought it was a good fit. I’m really excited and I think we have some pieces defensively that give us the ability to play the game we need to play it. We’ve got corners who can cover, we’ve got guys up front who can win and it’s an exciting opportunity.’’'
Sammy Watkins a star; will he make EJ Manuel better? [1:48 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Time will tell if Watkins is the cog to hasten the overall offensive maturation of this unit. If he puts up a rookie-of-the-year season, it would hardly come as a shock. But if it comes during yet another six-win season, might that come at a price?'
Moeaki out indefinitely with hamstring injury [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'The hamstring injury is the latest injury setback for the 27-year-old, whose career has been plagued by injuries thus far.'
With Moeaki out a while, Bills sign tight end to roster [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Following the release of Mike Caussin earlier in the week, the Bills lost both Tony Moeaki and Chris Gragg to injury which left them with only two tight ends on the roster. Moeaki will be out with a hamstring injury for "a significant amount of time" according to head coach Doug Marrone. The head coach clarified that "significant" could mean missing three, or four days of work, and with that reasoning, he did not give a timetable for the tight end's return.'
Bills training camp observations: Day 6 [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '8 sacks in 17 plays.'
Hughes and Lawson could be lethal edge combo [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“When we sub in like that it’s going to be great because we’ll be able to change it up,” Hughes told Buffalobills.com. “One minute you’re going to get me and the next minute you’re going to get Manny. He’s a long, big, strong, physical guy and I do stuff different from the way he does it. Both of us are going to be coming at you and it’s going to be fun I can tell you that.”'
Bills sign TE Jones [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Jones entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts. The 6-3, 270 pound Shepherd University product has appeared in 12 career games, starting three, while spending time with both the Colts and the Kansas City Chiefs. The three-year NFL veteran is 26 and a native of San Diego, Calif.'
4 things to take from Saturday's practice [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The highlight of their evening came in an 11-on-11 segment when they registered eight sacks in a span of 17 plays from scrimmage. Sacks are recorded based on officials blowing the play dead when a defensive player taps out the quarterback before the ball is thrown.'
Bills defense gets big boost [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I felt I ended pretty well last year,” Branch said. “I’m just glad the team thought I did pretty well as well by re-signing me for a couple more years. Do I think there’s more I could have done? Yeah. I think I probably fell into more of a groove towards the middle of the season, getting more stats-wise. I did my job beating up on the offensive linemen early, but I wasn’t getting very many tackles.”'
Reed says wait helped him appreciate Hall’s call [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“These last nine years I just went about my business,” he said. “Of course it was always in the back of my mind because I heard it every year and there was times I was like, well, is it ever going to happen? I don’t know. I have to thank a lot of people for keeping me humble and telling me what the process is about. As every year went, I understood the process more, what you go through and what some of these other players went through waiting for that call.”'
Back on the job [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The players serenaded coach Doug Marrone with a chorus of “Happy Birthday” after the practice. It was Marrone’s 50th.'
Marcell Dareus makes Bills camp debut [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Truth be told, it is time to stop talking about Dareus' off-field transgressions, and the focus now must be on what Dareus does on the field. Although the Bills have installed a new defensive scheme under coordinator Jim Schwartz, Marrone isn't worried that Dareus is far behind his teammates from a mental perspective. According to Marrone, the duties of the defensive linemen are pretty clear cut regardless of the scheme.'
Marcell Dareus returns with a bang and 5 other observations from Bills training camp [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'For a seventh-round pick starting at left tackle in his first training camp, Seantrel Henderson hasn't looked half bad in the past week. There are still time where blocking Jerry Hughes and Mario Williams looks to be a bit too much for him to handle, but he also flattened Hughes a few times on Friday and has shown the strength and movement skills that made him the No. 1 high school recruit in the country once upon a time.'
Fred Jackson leaves Bills' practice with apparent lower body injury [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Jackson limped off the field during the 11-on-11 portion of practice and was checked out by trainers before being escorted to the locker room. He wasn't walking with a limp as he got to the locker room and didn't need to be carted off, both of which are good signs.'
Bills defensive tackle Alan Branch anxious to take field after passing conditioning test [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I feel anxious, man," Branch said after the Bills' walkthrough on Friday. "I'm ready to get out there and put the pads on. That's what players go out there and do. They don't want to go out there in helmets and shorts. I'm pretty excited to go out there and start banging heads."'
Robert Woods happy to share spotlight, targets with Sammy Watkins [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You definitely want a guy like that on your team on the team to help in coverage in critical situations to make plays," Woods said. "He's definitely shown that so far and hopefully he continues to show it."'
Five vital questions on where the Bills sale stands [1:51 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Five vital questions are being asked repeatedly about the Toronto group. Near as I can tell from sifted information provided by a wide range of sources on both sides of the border, here's what I can share in an attempt to answer these questions...'.
Buffalo Bills: Pros and cons of finding home in GTA [1:50 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'With some help from veteran real estate executive Mike Czestochowski, here’s a look at the pros and cons of various potential sites in the Greater Toronto Area. Bottom line? The land is certainly out there.'
Bills add Bobby Felder, activate Randell Johnson [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Johnson began Buffalo's training camp on the active/physically unable to perform list.'
Bills activate LB Johnson, sign a CB [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'To make room for Felder on the roster, the Bills released defensive tackle Colby Way from the team. An undrafted free agent out of the University at Buffalo, Way signed with the team shortly after the 2014 NFL Draft. He was likely made expendable with the signing of defensive tackle Landon Cohen earlier in the week.'
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