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EJ Manuel Relishes Workouts, Looking Forward to 2014 Buffalo Bills Season

April 23rd, 2014 at 11:30 AM
By Richard N. Wade II

The 2013 National Football League season didn't end anything like EJ Manuel envisioned upon being drafted in the first of the 2013 NFL Draft. 

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Manuel suffered three separate knee injuries, forcing him to miss six games. He was largely ineffective the games he did play, resulting in offseason speculation that the Buffalo Bills will potentially select another quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Despite the tumultuous first season, Manuel has used that to motivate him for the upcoming 2014 season. The Bills started their voluntary offseason conditioning program Tuesday, with Manuel eager to improve on his rookie season.

"As far as football, I really didn't take a true offseason necessarily, as far as straight-up time off," Manuel told reporters on the team;s first day of conditioning work. "I might have took just one week after I left Buffalo to hang out with family. Then I was pretty much getting myself back healthy and getting smarter in the film room."

Manuel had five days of on-field passing workouts with Bills teammates in Los Angeles in early April. Then he had an additional four days of on-field passing workouts with teammates in Miami earlier this month. 

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Former Buffalo Bills Andre Reed, Steve Christie Join Buffalo Fan Alliance

April 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Bills fan group that's looking to lend a hand in keeping the club in Buffalo got a high-profile boost this week.

The Buffalo Fan Alliance said Monday that former Bills receiver Andre Reed leads 14 people named to the group's advisory board.

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The board will help the BFA raise funds toward its goal of $100 million, which it wants to make available as an interest-free loan to any person or group purchasing the team in the wake of Ralph WIlson Jr.'s death.  Also joining the advisory board were former Bills kicker Steve Christie, former New York Giants wideout Phil McConkey – who went to high school in Buffalo – and NBC journalist Luke Russert, whose father, TIm, was born in Buffalo.

"We’re thrilled to have fan favorites like Andre, Steve and Phil join the advisory board," said Matt Sabuda, who's on the advisory board and serves as BFA spokesman. "In the wake of Mr. Ralph Wilson’s passing, with all he did for this region, their involvement reinforces the great affection former players have for the Bills franchise and the Western New York and southern Ontario fan communities.”

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Buffalo Bills Reach $3 Million Settlement in Texting Lawsuit

April 22nd, 2014 at 11:25 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Bills reached a $3 million settlement package with a Florida fan who sued over getting too many text messages from the team.

The deal got tentative approval Monday in a federal court in Tampa. Jerry Wojick first brought the suit up in October after he said he got more weekly text alerts from the Bills than they said they'd send. The team said it would send between three and five texts per week for a year, but he said he got six on one week and seven the following week.

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The settlement funnels most of the $3 million to some 39,750 affected fans who signed for the now-defunct texting program. Those who file a claim can claim a gift card worth $57.50, $65 or $75, depending on the fan's class tier, that's good only at the Bills store either at Ralph Wilson Stadium or online.

Wojick's lawyers will get $562,500. He will receive $5,000 cash as the class representative. The Bills will also put in safeguards to make sure any potential texting programs in the future abide by their agreed-upon limits.

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Buffalo Bills Schedule Should Be Released Tuesday

April 21st, 2014 at 8:37 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

As it does with everything else, the NFL has made a spectacle of the release of its regular schedule, trying to keep fans on the edge of their seats in anticipation.

It appears that anticipation will end tomorrow.

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CBS Sports reports that the NFL schedule should be released tomorrow, where fans will be able to see which games they would like to attend and predict their favorite team's fate.

There have been reports that the Buffalo Bills will have a home game on Monday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers, and that they may even play the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. 

In response to the delay of the release of the schedule, NFL teams have created contests amongst their fans, asking them to attempt to guess the order of their schedule. The NFL Network has dedicated segments to it. The release of the schedule has become a "big" event, where the NFL can stay in the news during the offseason. 

Fortunately for fans, the suffering should come to an end tomorrow, where the NFL is expected to finally release the regular season schedule, and devour a few more days of media time in the process.

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Buffalo Bills Drawing Lengthy List of Suitors, Jim Kelly and Donald Trump Among Them

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

The list of potential owners for the Buffalo Bills continues to grow, both in the quantity of the names involved and their star status.

Former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is the latest name to officially be tied to talks. His brother, who runs his business affairs, confirmed to the Associated Press that Kelly has been contacted by numerous groups to be a part of their respective bids to buy the team. He'd previously been tied to many unofficial accounts, but he insisted he wold not address the matter until owner Ralph Wilson Jr. passed away.

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With Wilson passing last month, the flood gates have now opened.

"Jim will be an active participant moving forward," said Dan Kelly, who said the most serious work on the matter once Jim Kelly's cancer treatment is over. 

That treatment will continue near Kelly's Buffalo home. His alignment to the region is a key reason groups would want him as part of their plans. But Kelly has repeatedly said the Bills need to stay in Buffalo, so he would only align with a group that would keep them in town.

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