Bills rolling along

The Buffalo Bills dispatched of the Minnesota Vikings 20-16 Saturday to go to 2-0 in the preseason.  Over that span the Bills offense have put up 64 points to their opponents 36.

Rookie QB EJ Manuel, who went 10-12 for 92 yards was injured but the coaching staff and Manuel himself are not sure when that occurred. Manuel woke up Saturday with a swollen knee.  The injury may give slotted backup QB Kevin Kolb a chance to take the reins of the team.

“He will miss the remainder of the preseason and then be re-evaluated at that time,” Head Coach Doug Marrone said in a statement. “Kevin Kolb will be our starting quarterback for this weekend’s game at Washington.”

“There are a lot of variables that go into that: how Kevin is doing, how he is playing, how EJ comes back from the time off, a lot of speculation on that,” Marrone said. “I think I’ll be able to answer that question once we get to the day-to-day (part) and he’s out here practicing.”

The Bills next face the Washington Redskins on Saturday the 24th.  Tickets are still available.



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Bills romp in preseason opener

The Buffalo Bills came into the new season with a rookie head coach and with a pretty sizable  amount of rookie players who rolled the Indianapolis Colts for 451 offensive yards and 27 first downs.  The defense also did a number on the Colts who were only able to manage 288 total offensive yards.

“I told the guys before leaving the field, as a unit, we did really well,” rookie wide receiver Marquis Goodwin said. “We got a lot of things that we can work on, but the rookie class, we came in and we did what we were supposed to do. We did our job and as well as the vets. Everybody did their job and they made the Buffalo Bills organization look good out there.”

This week, veteran quarterback Kevin Kolb will get the start against the Minnesota Vikings even though rookie QB EJ Manuel did a very good job against the Colts.

“Just the one thing I hope everyone understands is not to read in to this because we were very, very happy with EJ (Manuel)’s performance in the first game,” Head Coach Doug Marrone said after making the announcement on Wednesday.

The Bills host the Vikings this Friday night. Tickets are still available!



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Bills Extend Deal With Wide Receiver Johnson

Terms were not disclosed but according to local media the deal was for five years.

“It’s a good day for us. Our football team got better,” Bills general manager Buddy Nix told reporters.

“One of our philosophies coming in was that we wanted to try to keep our good players here, draft good, develop them and then try to keep them and we were able to do that with Stevie Johnson.

“It goes without saying what he’s done in the past two years and I think it’s just going to get better.”

For the second consecutive season, Johnson led the Bills in receiving with 76 catches for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns.

The only Bills receiver to post back-to-back 1,000 campaigns, Johnson has spent his entire career in Buffalo recording 170 catches for 2,189 yards and 19 touchdowns over four seasons.

“I’m not doing them any favors. They did me a favor by picking me,” Johnson said.

“I want to remain loyal to them like they did with me because there could have been times where they could have let me go.”

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto, editing by Justin Palmer and Julian Linden; To query or comment on this story email )

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