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Buffalo Bills News - October 31, 2014

Marker Bills striving to invigorate running game [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We play in Buffalo, so obviously at some point the weather’s going to come and we’re going to have to be able to grind out a win running the football, no doubt about that,” Orton said. “I think the one area that we’re not getting a huge amount of production is in our play-action pass game, so I think obviously the more we can run the ball and have efficient runs that’s going to get you in third and 2, which we’re pretty good at. That’s going to allow us to hit some big chunks in the play-action pass game.”'

Marker What do Buffalo Bills have to do to make playoffs in 2014? [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'November hasn't been kind to the Bills in recent years. Since 2008, they are just 6-18 in November. Given how grueling the Bills' schedule is in December, November becomes even more important. The Bills should have a chance to go undefeated in the third quarter of the season.'

Marker 5 things we learned about Buffalo Bills in first half of 2014 [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The decision coach Doug Marrone made to bench second-year quarterback EJ Manuel in favor of Kyle Orton has turned the Bills' season around. That may seem like an overstatement, but the Bills were in a delicate place following a rough loss to the Houston Texans.'

Marker Miami Hurricanes to honor Jim Kelly at inspirational homecoming [1:56 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'He said he still mostly uses a feeding tube because his mouth is too sore and he can’t open his jaw wide enough to chew food. He has had to cancel his beloved moose hunts and several family trips. “But I wouldn’t miss going to the ‘U’ for anything,” he said.'

Marker KellyTough: Hurricanes set to honor former QB [1:55 AM]
AP reports: '"It's humbling. Overwhelming, without a doubt," Kelly said, of the outpouring of support he's gotten in recent years. "You don't realize how many people really care about you. It's humbling. It makes you feel good and I know I need the prayers. It does mean a lot."'

Marker Jim Schwartz’s demanding approach gets results [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He doesn’t take any days off,” DT Marcell Dareus said. “He’s always demanding the best and wanting the best out of us. I like it. It’s something different.”'

Marker Sammy Watkins named Offensive Rookie of the Month [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '- Watkins, a first-round selection (No. 4 overall) out of Clemson, led all rookies with 366 receiving yards, 19 receptions and a 19.26 yards per reception average in the month of October.'

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October 30, 2014

Marker Bradham has arrived as a player [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’s playing at an extremely high level,” Marrone said. “It’s really been a 180 for him from last year to this year. I’ve seen it off the field, too, in how he’s reacting. He’s been a pleasant surprise. I’m happy for him because he really put the work in. I didn’t know which way he was going to go.”'

Marker Former Ute giving back to community in a unique way [1:58 AM]
KSL-TV reports: 'Sylvester came back to Utah for rehab, and he's not only getting himself back into playing shape, he's getting out in the streets of Salt Lake City to help those in need.'

Marker Upon Further Review: Bills at Jets [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are winning the majority of their games in spite of the play of their offensive line. Once again, the front five was a major weakness for the team and they needed to overcompensate for their inability to get a push in the running game.'

Marker Kiko Alonso progressing, but a lot of ground to cover [1:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“My knee feels great,” he said. “It definitely doesn’t feel like there’s anything wrong with it. It’s just a matter of time. You’ve got to let that ligament heal and strengthen the muscles around it. It feels probably where it should be right now.”'

October 29, 2014

Marker Bills’ defense on the rise under Schwartz [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We have a lot of good players on that side of the football,” coach Doug Marrone said. “I never put a ceiling on where those guys can be. I really think they can be as good as they want to be. It’s not going to be a matter of talent. I think that the coaches are doing a very good job, along with the players, of stepping it up when it’s time to step up.”'

Marker Former Navy SEAL gives players a pep talk [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s more of the mindset, being able to reload and get ready and be prepared,” coach Doug Marrone said. “Because if” as a player “I go back home and I take too much time and I just sit around and relax and not do anything, I won’t be where I need to be as a leader when I come back here."'

Marker Bills’ Hackett unfazed by his critics [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“You have a guy that’s older than everybody now,” Hackett said of Orton. “I think that just demands that respect, regardless, because he’s played in games, because he has a winning record, he’s thrown for a lot of yards. We’re trying to get the guys in the right positions, whether it’s a new offensive lineman, a new wide receiver, or a new package. You never know what’s going to happen next. I think that we just have to be ready and fluid to make those changes.”'

Marker Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills players dress up for Halloween on their bye week [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The costumes speak for themselves. Quarterback Jeff Tuel as Waldo, safety Da'Norris Searcy as Captain America, and whatever it is Robert Woods was dressed as were among the best costumes from the event.'

Marker The Buffalo Bills' best laid plans [1:55 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Since his late signing by Buffalo and unexpectedly early promotion, Orton has helped guide the Bills to three victories in four games. He has nine touchdowns, three interceptions and doesn't beat himself.'

Marker Marv Levy: Fred Jackson a bright spot amid rough NFL run [1:54 AM]
Des Moines Register reports: '"In Buffalo, you can't imagine how much people revere Fred Jackson, because of his high character, his community involvement, coming from a Division III school," said Levy, the former Bills coach who guided the franchise to four straight Super Bowls. "So there are some good examples in the league, too."'

Marker Bills place safety Ladler on injured reserve [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'The move was announced Tuesday, two days after Ladler was hurt during Buffalo's 43-23 win at the New York Jets. It was only the rookie's second game since being promoted off the practice squad three weeks earlier.'

Marker Bills put S Ladler on IR [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Ladler played in two games after he was promoted from the practice squad and had four tackles.'

Marker Bills place Ladler on IR [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The safety was promoted off of the practice squad during the week leading up to the team's victory over the Minnesota VIkings. The game against the New York Jets was only the second of his career, but his afternoon and season were both claimed by an arm injury.'

Marker Bills' Hackett on fan criticism from Jets game: ''I love it'' [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I love it. I love it," Hackett said with a smile of the criticism. "It's a challenge. You win by 20 points, you score 43 points. What, I think we had five offensive touchdowns? I mean, I want more too. I hope everybody does, because otherwise why are we doing this stuff? The defense played outstanding. I'm up there cheerleading for them the whole time going 'Get another one! Get another one!' So it's great, we all love it."'

Marker All-22 Review - Bills/Jets [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'First order of business is this: Sammy Watkins is crazy good.'

Marker Bills Destroy Jets - Or Did They? [1:48 AM]
Bills Daily reports: I couldn’t help but think that a real playoff team should have had the Jets running for the bus by halftime, but that didn’t happen. It’s a win, but it just wasn’t a really satisfying win – odd for a Bills fan to be so picky about wins. Call me paranoid, but it’s hard to enjoy a win thinking that any number of other teams likely would have come back and won that game. It’s also hard to think that professional football handicappers didn’t see the Bills as any better than the Jets.

Marker Sammy Watkins up for Week 8 NFL Rookie of the Week [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In what seems to be turning into a weekly trend, WR Sammy Watkins is once again up for NFL Rookie of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.'

Marker S Kenny Ladler placed on IR [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'An undrafted free agent out of Vanderbilt, Ladler was signed by the team on May 13. He was released after training camp, but later resigned with the Practice Squad before being elevated to the 53-man roster on October 11.'

Marker Bills positioned well for second half run [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“That was the goal,” said Kyle Orton. “(We went) 3-1 in the second quarter (of the season). A couple of big wins for us and got a division win on the road, which is huge. It’s a great chance to kind of get away from the game for a minute, but also know that we’ve fought hard to put ourselves in this situation and do everything we can to take advantage of it.”'

October 28, 2014

Marker Hackett’s critics are too nearsighted [12:31 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There will be ample opportunity to rip Hackett, maybe against the Chiefs after the bye. But keep in mind, he’s not the only coach who ever played safe with a lead.'

Marker Play of defense sparks Bills’ optimism [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Let’s start with a defense that leads the league in two major statistical categories – sacks, with 28, and interceptions, with 12 – and is in the top 10 in several others. Then, there is the fact the Bills rank fourth in the NFL with a takeaway-giveaway ratio of plus-seven. And there’s a special-teams unit that, in addition to all of the turnovers the defense generates, does plenty to help the Bills have favorable field position, as was the case Sunday with their average drive beginning from their own 49-yard line while the Jets’ average drive began from their 19.'

Marker Williams glad for bye to help him heal [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Finally, the Buffalo Bills' defensive tackle has a Sunday coming up where he won't be matching brute force with another 300-pounder for the better part of three hours.'

Marker Bills force 6 turnovers against Jets [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Hackett has become everyone's favorite target, and for good reason. My head is beginning to hurt from the constant banging against the wall as I watch Hackett stubbornly try to establish a running game that can't be established.'

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