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Buffalo Bills Name Six Team Captains for 2014 Season

September 1st, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

In conjunction with a National Football League initiative launched in 2007, the Buffalo Bills have named six team captains for the 2014 season.

The following players have been named captains:

Defensive End Mario Williams

Running Back Fred Jackson

Cornerback Corey Graham

Linebacker Brandon Spikes

Defensive Tackle Kyle Williams

Center Eric Wood

Kyle Williams and Fred Jackson are both four-time captains with the team, with Wood becoming a captain for the second time. Mario Williams, Corey Graham, and Brandon Spikes are all in their first year as a team captain.

The aforementioned players will all have the letter "C" affixed to the front of their jerseys to signify this honor. Their responsibilities include assisting in on-field communication with game officials.

Back in 2007, the National Football League introduced the team captain initiative to support and recognize the importance of team leadership. The program has been strongly supported by NFL head coaches and the NFL Player Advisory Council that was established by commissioner Roger Goodell in conjunction with the NFL Players Association.

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Buffalo Bills Place Seven Players on Practice Squad

September 1st, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

After cutting their roster down to the mandatory 53 players, the Buffalo Bills have re-signed seven players to their practice squad.

Those players are

•QB Jeff Tuel
•WR Caleb Holley
•DE Bryan Johnson
•DE Ikponmwosa Igbinosun
•LB Jimmy Gaines
•S Kenny Ladler
•S Deon Broomfield

Tuel, who normally wouldn’t qualify for the practice squad, falls into the new exemption that the NFL has agreed upon to allow two players to be signed to the practice squad who have slightly more experience than previously allowed.

Last season, Tuel made the 46-man active roster for more than eight games, but has less than three years of experience.

According to the new two-year agreement between the league and the NFL Players Association, teams are now allowed to designate 10 players to their practice squad, including two players who have earned no more than 2 accrued seasons of free agency credit. Also, any player who had spent less than nine games on the active 46-man roster would in each of his accrued seasons is allowed to make the practice squad.

The NFL and the Players Association can agree to extend this new rule in 2016, or allow it to lapse back to the eight-man method.

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Report: Buffalo Bills Contacted New England Patriots About Quarterback Ryan Mallett

September 1st, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Bills have been tied to a report that the team actively tried to pursue former New England Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett.

The report, which first surfaced via the Boston Herald on Sunday, stated that the Bills and Patriots had talks about Mallett after the Bills saw a struggle at the quarterback position throughout the preseason.

The Bills did not land Mallett after all, as he was traded to the Houston Texans for a conditional sixth-round pick.

A source had told the Boston Herald that the Patriots were in talks with the Texans, Cowboys and Bills.

After a strong career at the University at Arkansas, Mallett was selected in the third-round in 2011 by the Patriots to be the backup to Tom Brady, and possibly Brady’s successor.

Since joining the Patriots, Mallett had been the primary backup but only appeared in four regular-season games for the Patriots.

Mallett was a target of some scrutiny this preseason as rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo seems to have taken the job away from Mallett, who is set to become a free agent at the end of this season.

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Buffalo Bills Center Eric Wood Slams ESPN for Michael Sam Going Unclaimed

September 1st, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Michael Sam is the first openly gay player to be selected in the NFL draft, and ESPN has made sure everyone knows it.

Sam's play exceeded the expectations of many, but was still one of the final cuts from the St. Louis Rams' roster. No team has claimed Sam, and he has yet to be signed to a practice squad. Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood blamed ESPN on Twitter for team's lack of interest in Sam.

Wood responded to a tweet from Ross Tucker, which acknowledged Sam's impressive play and the lack of interest from teams. Wood's response insisted that ESPN is to blame, because "No one wants the distraction."

The fact that having a gay athlete in the 21st century is an issue is appalling in itself. But having a media outlet cause so much of a stigma for a man who has had to endure so much adversity as it is, is almost unethical. People want to know about Sam, and his story would be a feel-good story if he were to make an NFL roster. In fact, it would be historical. But creating a circus around a player who isn't among the top-tier of his position, is irresponsible as it almost blacklists him from teams.

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Buffalo Bills Can Now Negotiate with CJ Spiller After Running Back Signs with New Agent

September 1st, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills have maintained that they would start contract talks with CJ Spiller once he found a new agent to represent him, and that time has come.

Profootballtalk.com reported that Spiller has signed with Chad Speck and Thomas Sims, so the Bills will be able to begin negotiations as soon as they would like. Spiller is healthy coming into this season and is hoping to have a big season so he can cash in, despite playing a position that has been depleted in value in recent years.

Spiller is a double-threat in Buffalo's offense. He can be effective both in the running and passing game and has the potential to be a top back in the NFL if he can stay healthy. The Bills, however, seemed to have planned Spiller's replacement when they traded for Bryce Brown in the offseason. Brown has a similar style as Spiller, but isn't quite as explosive. He is currently buried on Buffalo's depth chart as the No. 4 running back.

Depending on the price, the Bills would be wise to re-sign Spiller, especially if he is able to remain healthy. Fred Jackson is aging and will likely only play another year or two before retirement. Anthony Dixon and Brown would be great compliments to Spiller, though he would flourish as the featured back.

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