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Bills Daily - Top News Thursday August 27, 2015

EJ To Start: Rex Ryan announced after practice today that EJ Manuel will get the start on Saturday against Pittsburgh. All three quarterbacks will see time with the first team and the starters will play one series into the third quarter. Ryan said Manuel earned the start with his play the first two preseason games calling the winning drive against Cleveland impressive. The coach also stated he loves the competitiveness in him. Regardless of who starts Saturday afternoon's game will be very interesting as the QB job is on the line and very much up in the air.

Getting Healthy: The team practiced at One Bills Drive for the first time since leaving training camp and the players saw a renovated fieldhouse and locker room areas. The team also is getting healthier as Bryce Brown, Parcy Harvin, and Boobie Dixon returned to the field in some capacity while Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods were limited again. It is a longshot than any of these players will play on Saturday. LeSean McCoy was doing some more work on the side along with Watkins. Deonte Thompson left practice early with a foot injury.


Tuesday August 25, 2015

Camp Wraps Up: The Bills held their last practice of training camp today at St. Johns Fisher College. Percy Harvin was back on the field doing limited drills but didn't wear pads. The coach praised his desire and work to get back on the field. The injured running backs, with the exception of Karlos Williams, were all working on the side with the coaches, trainers, and conditioning staff. McCoy looked pretty good moving around. Aaron Williams took part in drills after coming off with tightness in his hamstring on Sunday. Charles Clay left practice early with a minor knee injury. He never left the field and he still may play Saturday against Pittsburgh. Marcell Dareus returned to action after sitting out on Sunday night. Rex Ryan said at his final camp press conference that barring anything unforseen Seantrel Henderson will be the starting right tackle. Matt Cassel got more first team reps today but the coach said the rotation for Saturday is still undecided saying all three QBs have performed at a high level in practice and in camp. Injury Page.


AFC East Preseason Update: Check out our latest edition of the AFC East roundtable where we look at the one starter on each side of the ball who needs to have a big game in the pivotal third preseason game. For the Bills we chose Matt Cassel who still likely has a slight lead in the QB battle and Ronald Darby who needs to be more consistent. Our friends from New York Jet Fuel, PatsFans.com, and Phin Maniacs gives their thoughts on their potential breakout players. Complete Story.

Camp Ends: Training camp comes to an end with a morning practice at St. Johns Fisher College today. The Bills will then had back to Buffalo to continue preparing for the season and Saturday's preseason matchup with the Steelers.


Monday August 24, 2015

Bills Top 60K: The Bills announced today that they have topped 60,000 season tickets for the first time ever. They announced they are at 60,102 season tickets for the coming season which is virually sold out. Russ Brandon released a statement that said, "Bills Season Ticket Members are the most loyal, faithful and passionate fans in the National Football League. We want to take this opportunity to celebrate this record-setting achievement and honor our Season Ticket Members publicly with the 60K club website and graphic. The organization and all Bills fans are excited for a great 2015 season."


Sunday August 23, 2015

Final Night Practice: The Bills held their final night practice of training camp and will wrap camp up with a morning practice on Tuesday. All three quarterbacks got reps with the first team but Matt Cassel got more of them. Rex Ryan indicated before practice that all three of the QBs will get reps with the first team on Saturday against Pittsburgh. Dezmin Lewis had his best night of camp as Aaron Williams left with tightness in his hamstring. Marcell Dareus sat out but was on the sidelines and seemed ok. Ross Cockrell returned to practice for the first time in a few weeks.


Saturday August 22, 2015

Bills Sign WR: To help out at the decimated wide receiver position the Bills have signed undrafted free agent Austin Willis and released Jeremy Towns. Willis is a 175 lb receiver from Emporia State and originally signed with Oakland before being released last week. Front Office Page.

Bills Back To Work: The Bills were back to work at St. Johns Fisher College today for a workout without pads at about 3/4 speed. The Bills are finally getting a little bit healthy as six players returned to pratice including Fred Jackson, Jimmy Gaines, Alex Carrington, Sammy Watkins, Marcus Easley, and Robert Woods. Still sitting out are LeSean McCoy, Chris Hogan, Percy Harvin, Boobie Dixon, Karlos Williams, Bryce Brown, Ross Cockrell, and a new name on the list Jerome Felton. Rex Ryan said after practice he hasn't decided yet who will start next Saturday against Pittsburgh. All three QBs got some first team reps today and Ryan said it is highly likely they will carry three quarterbacks into the season. He said he's cautiously optimistic that Hogan will be ready for the season and definitely expects Harvin to be ready for opening day. Andre Davis left practice today with an undisclosed injury. Injury Page.


Friday August 21, 2015

Bills Pull Out 11-10 Win: Last week the Bills lost a preseason game in the final minutes this week they won one in the same fashion. EJ Manuel threw a 14 yard touchdown pass to Andre Davis on 4th and goal with 1:31 left than hit Bronson Hill for the game winning two point conversion as the Bills beat the Browns 11-10. The winning drive was an 86 yard drive in 12 plays and took 5:53 off the clock. Manuel finished 9 of 14 for 111 yards playing under pressure with the backups in the 2nd half. Tyrod Taylor looked real good playing with what was left of the starters in the first half going 7 of 10 for 65 yards and a game leading 41 yards rushing on four carries including a 21 yard run out of the read option that setup a Dan Carpenter 36 yard field goal. Each team was sacked four times. The depleted WR corps took another hit when Marquise Goodwin and Chris Hogan injured ankles on successive plays. Goodwin would return but Hogan was carted off the field. No word yet on how serious it is. Injury Page.

Who Helped Themselves: Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel aren't making it easy for Rex Ryan to pick a quarterback with solid performances for a second week in a row. In fact, Ryan said in his post game press conference he will wait until the last minute before naming a starter for the season. He wouldn't even say who will start next Saturday's preseason game. Taylor ran a misfit first team offense missing five RBs and five WRs very well although they only scored three points in his first half of action. He showed he can do it with his legs and his arm as he stayed in the pocket a bit more and was effective. Manuel struggled a bit behind poor offensive line play in the second half but he made the plays down the stretch to get the victory. The defensive line looked good as the defense had four sacks. Undrafted free agent Cedric Reed looked good. Ronald Darby bounced back from his poor debut with two interceptions.

Who Hurt Themselves: Matt Cassel hurt himself by not getting into the game as his challengers made strides in the competition. Preston Brown struggled a bit getting stiff armed out of one play, beaten in pass coverage on another, and failing to get the team lined up before a quick snap on a 4th and 1 play. Duke Williams was burned for the Browns lone touchdown. The backups along the offensive line struggled mightily as well.

Dareus Upset: Marcell Dareus sounded off to the Buffalo News about his contract negotiations impasse saying he feels like they don't want him and they think of him as a dime a dozen. The news reports that he has been offered a six year extension worth $90 Million. Dareus indicated he wants Ndamukong Suh type money. He signed a six-year $114 million with Miami this past offseason. Dareus was clearly unhappy when talking to the paper and indicated this may be his last year in Buffalo. The Bills definitely have made it a priority to pay Dareus but they also have several other big name free agents to deal with coming up including Stephon Gilmore, Cordy Glenn, and Nigel Bradham.
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