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Buffalo Bills Bring Back Familiar Face in Wide Receiver Naaman Roosevelt

July 22nd, 2014 at 10:14 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Bills announced on Tuesday that former Bills receiver and University at Buffalo standout Naaman Roosevelt had been signed by the team. 

Roosevelt, who played for the Bills in 2010 and 2011, returns to the team after stints in Detroit and Cleveland. 

In his tenure with the Bills, Roosevelt had 25 receptions for 396 yards and one touchdown. His longest career reception was 60 yards. 

The Bills have continued to stack their receiving corps since last season by adding players like Roosevelt, Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams. 

In a season where the Bills will need their offense to pick up in an attempt to win more than six games, the team is doing everything they can to surround quarterback EJ Manuel with as much talent as possible. While Roosevelt isn't a Pro Bowl player, the experience he has in Buffalo is what sets him apart from some of the other receivers. 

Roosevelt joined the team at training camp in Pittsford, NY on Tuesday. 

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Plenty of Players Ready to Catch Passes for the Buffalo Bills in 2014.

July 21st, 2014 at 5:02 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

The Buffalo Bills have had quite the eventful offseason. Much of the news has revolved around the wide receiver position.

February came and we witnessed legendary Bills receiver Andre Reed elected as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

In an attempt to bolster their receiving corp, the Bills traded a sixth-round draft pick in 2014 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for hometown receiver Mike Williams. Williams was a year removed from signing a six-year/$40.5 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Williams also had various run-ins with law enforcement, including being stabbed by his brother back in March of this year.

When the draft arrived in May, much was discussed regarding a possible trade, since the Bills had a surplus of receivers. Not only did the Bills trade a veteran receiver, they traded up in the draft to select Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins. Stevie Johnson was sent to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2015. With the trade for Mike Williams from Tampa Bay, the Bills are looking for Williams to become a veteran presence on the team.

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Buffalo Bills’ Marcell Dareus Fails Physical, Misses Opening of Training Camp

July 21st, 2014 at 2:50 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The path to redemption for Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus just keeps growing. 

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His expected return in uniform for the start of training camp Sunday was delayed because he did not pass the team's pre-practice conditioning tests.

He was supposed to begin camp after missing all of the team's previous offseason workouts. Coach Doug Marrone said he was benched so he could focus on personal issues. He is working on a peal deal in a drug-related arrest in Alabama and also has been charged in connection with a street racing incident in Orchard Park this past spring.

"Obviously, you want your players to come in ready to go. We're here for a long period of time, so we'll make up for it," Marrone said after Sunday's practice. "He'll be in shape (and) ready to play."

Marrone would not elaborate on why Dareus failed his tests, saying those conversations are between the two of them and it's up to Dareus to explain why. But especially with linebacker Kiko Alonso expected to miss the entire season with a knee injury, the Bills are counting on Dareus to continue emerging as an elite player.

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Buffalo Bills Set to Open Training Camp Sunday, Look for Return to Playoffs

July 20th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Bills enter the start of training camp Sunday looking to temper hopes but also expecting to break the longest playoff drought in the NFL.

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The Bills have been at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford taking physicals over the weekend and preparing for the first practice Sunday night. The Bills are entering their 15th year of camp in Pittsford, a run that's seen them miss the playoffs every single year. 

General Manager Doug Whaley said he's brought in the players to keep that drought from extending to a 15th season"

"The moves we made in the offseason were with the eye of making the playoffs. We feel that we have a roster that we are building with some cornerstone pieces that we believe can consistently compete for playoffs and championships."

That doesn't mean anyone else will believe it. Most prognosticators have the Bills once again pegged to languish at the bottom of the standings.

"They should, Whaley said. We haven't done anything. We've got a lot to prove … we haven't been to the playoffs in a long time, and we owe it to the fans, our late Hall of Fame owner and everybody i this business to show that we're not the Bills anymore."

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Buffalo Bills Look to Fill Huge Hole at Linebacker in Wake of Kiko Alonso Injury

July 19th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Bills get set to open training camp Sunday without the man they hoped would become the defensive leader in 2014. But management said that's what happens in football, and people need to be ready to step in.

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General Manager Doug Whaley spoke for the first time Friday about Kiko Alonso. The second-year linebacker tore a knee ligament during training last month in Oregon – where he went to college – and is expected to miss the entire season.

Whaley said Alonso had surgery on the knee Thursday that went well. The linebacker is expected to be in Buffalo by August to resume his rehab through the season. And while replacing someone who, as a rookie, finished third in the NFL in 2013 with 159 tackles is tough, Whaley maintains it's not impossible:

"It's a tremendous loss, but no one is crying for us. So we to .. 'next man up.' We think we've built a roster that can sustain a loss like this. Our expectations aren't going to drop."

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