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NEWS ARCHIVES - DEC 30TH - JAN 5TH, 2014 PREVIOUS WEEK

Bills Finish Season With A Loss

Bills-Toronto Series Meeting Scheduled? The Toronto Sun is reporting that the Bills will meet with official from the Bills Toronto series during the week of January 12th. It is unknown who called the meeting and what is on the agenda. The Bills declined a meeting has been set. Russ Brandon said again in the year end press conference that the series will be re-evaluated. It wouldn't be a surprise if the meeting is about the Bills trying to get out of the remaining four years of the deal.

Offseason Depth Chart Launched: We have updated our depth chart for the offseason. We have added players that were on injured reserve back on to the chart. We took unrestricted free agents off of it but left exclusive rights and restricted free agents on it. Depth Chart.


Friday January 3, 2014

Defensive Honors: Three Bills defenders received honors today. Mario Williams and Jairus Byrd were placed on the Associated Press NFL All-Pro team. Both players were 2nd team All-pros as Houston's J.J. Watt and Robert Quinn of St. Louis were first team defensive ends and Earl Thomas of Seattle and Kansas City's Eric Berry were the first team safeties. In another honor, Kiko Alonso has been nominated for the NFL Rookie of the Year award. The other finalists are: San Diego WR Keenan Allen, Minnesota WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Green Bay RB Eddie Lacy, and Cincinnati RB Giovani Bernard.


Thursday January 2, 2014

2014 Front Office Page Launched: We have launched the 2014 version of our front office page. It will be your one stop shopping for all offseason transactions, contract details, and free agent moves. Our list of upcoming Bills' free agents is up and it isn't as extensive as it has been in past year. Front Office Page.


Wednesday January 1, 2014

2014 Opponents: As we wrote in this week's Bills Blitz the 2014 opponents for the Bills have been set. 14 of the 16 teams were already known with the final two opponents based on where the teams finished. Since they finished last in the division they play the last place team in the AFC South on the road which is Houston. They play the last place team in the AFC North at home which is Cleveland. They play all four teams in the AFC West with the Bills traveling to Oakland and Denver and hosting Kansas City and San Diego. The NFC division they play this year is the North with Green Bay and Minnesota coming to Buffalo and the Bills making road trips to Chicago and Detroit. The game against the Lions has a chance at being on Thanksgiving. The schedule of course is rounded out by home and away games against the division opponents.


Tuesday December 31, 2013

Seven Signed: The Bills went through the usual early offseason tradition of signing their practice squad players to what is called reserve/future contracts. All seven current members of the practice squad were given contracts. They are Mario Butler, Edawn Coughman, Dennis Dixon, Ikponmwosa Igbinosun, Jamaal Johnson-Webb, Brandon Kaufmann, and Jacquies Smith..

Bitterness Over Finale Loss: Tony Bogyo is not happy heading into the offseason and he's not holding back. He's very bitter over the finale loss to his hometown Patriots and rips into several players. Complete Story.


Monday December 30, 2013

Season Ending Press Conference: Russ Brandon said he's pleased with the direction of the team under Doug Marrone and Doug Whaley. He said there are on a path to success and made a significant step under the leadership and accountability of Coach Marrone. They are disappointed to be sitting here 6-10 and that needs to change. He talked about the contributions from players that were added along with the draft class. Marrone confirmed that he told EJ Manuel he will be the starter next year and they are comfortable with that. It is the most critical position and they are excited that he will have a full offseason. Doug Whaley said they are pleased with Thad Lewis as the backup but they will not hold themselves back in picking a person through free agency or the draft that would help them at the position. Whaley is absolutely behind Manuel being the starter next year and they are very confident he will get better especially since the step between year one and year two is usually dramatic for players. On Stevie Johnson, Whaley said he is under contract and he expects him to be here, he was surprised that was even a question. On Jairus Byrd they said the franchise tag is always an option but they will work on getting a long term deal with him. On Kevin Kolb, he will undergo a season ending exam and then they will have to see where they are with him. Brandon announced that WR coach Ike Hilliard has been let go and the evaluation process continues but he doesn't expect many more changes to the coaching staff. Marrone said that he had difference in philosophy with Hilliard. They are also still in evaluation mode regarding the Toronto series. On Marcell Dareus, Whaley said all options are open and an extension is possible. On C.J. Spiller, he was hampered by injuries but they see him coming closer to reaching his goals. They were happy with the play of Scott Chandler and they feel all the tight ends on the roster can be very productive. Whaley emphatically said the team will try and bring back Dan Carpenter and Brian Moorman.

Manuel Told He Is 2014 Starter: Despite not being available when the media was present at locker cleanout day, C.J. Spiller and EJ Manuel made themselves available to the media afterwards. Spiller said he missed a flight to speak to reporters. He said he would not request a trade, there is no reason to do so. He feels he can explode in this offense and is looking forward to next season. Manuel said he will consider having surgery on his LCL injury and has already been told by Doug Marrone he is the starting quarterback in 2014. He feels he is going to continue to get better and they have a lot of pieces to build on and it was a great season to learn from.

Locker Cleanout Day Comments: The Bills cleaned out their lockers this morning at One Bills Drive. Arthur Moats said he wants to return to Buffalo as he feels they have a lot of good core guys. He's an unrestricted free agent. Another player who's future is up in the air is Jim Leonhard he also said he would be comfortable coming back calling it the best scheme in the NFL. He plans to play one more season and wants it to be in Buffalo. Kyle Williams said the season is a bitter pill to swallow but feels they are going in the right direction but have a lot of work to do and they won't shy away from it. He is excited that he will have an entire healthy offseason for the first time in three years and that 2014 will start off as the healthiest of his career. Nickell Robey said he is looking to get bigger, stronger, and faster this offseason. Brian Moorman is not considering retiring and wants to come back to Buffalo next year. Robert Woods feels the rookies did their job and that was coming in and contributing by making plays. Dan Carpenter is excited to see where the offseason takes him and he's open to everything as he is also an unrestricted free agent coming off a fantastic year.

Bills To Draft 9th: As we reported yesterday the Bills will be picking 9th in the NFL Draft in early May. There were no tiebreakers needed as the Bills were the lone 6-10 team in the NFL this season. It will be the sixth straight year the team is picking in the top 11. This was the highest pick they could get heading into this weekend and got it thanks to their loss and wins by the Titans and the Giants.

Locker Cleanout Day: The most depressing day of the season takes place today at One Bills Drive as the players will meet with the coaches and clean out their lockers. For many it will be the last time they are in that locker room. Jairus Byrd is a free agent again and if the Bills don't use the franchise tag on him again, it appears he will be leaving. He tweeted "I also appreciate you fans, you all have been great during my time here. I'm so thankful that I had the privilege to play with this secondary and be coached by Donnie Henderson...Blessed". That sounds like a player who won't be back.

Dareus Apologizes: After taking his first quarter benching last week in stride, Marcell Dareus seemed to take his first half benching yesterday more seriously. He apologized to the players and told the coach he will grow over the offseason. He confirmed he was late to a team meeting this week and needs to set his alarm clock all the time. He was reportedly benched against Miami for a similar violation. Dareus was very upset over his costly offsides penalty that allowed the Patriots to get a touchdown and a two point conversion instead of a field goal.



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