Buffalo Bills news, 9/7: season previews are mostly grim

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Buffalo Bills season previews are mostly sad this year, but there is reason for hope in the form of EJ Manuel. What can we expect this season?

Sam Young the "Swiss army knife" for Bills OL - BuffaloBills.com

"I’m a Swiss army knife," said Young making light of the prospect of backing up both guard and both tackle spots in the season opener. "It can be daunting depending on how you look at it. When you begin the week you realize you’ve got to watch film on eight guys instead of just one or two. It is what you make it. The good thing about it is I have a greater chance to play and to help this team."

Bills Coaches Winless In Opening Debuts - The Buffalo News

"No Bills head coach has ever won his season-opening debut. Doug Marrone is looking to be the first."

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Jairus Byrd doubtful for Sunday - BuffaloBills.com
"Aaron Williams and Da’Norris Searcy have been manning the two starting roles at safety for most of the offseason. Buffalo also signed veteran safety Jim Leonhard, who is familiar with the Bills defensive scheme even though it has undergone some changes since he last played in it in 2011."

Inside The Bills | Ball security a thorn for Bills vs. Pats
"In the last six meetings the Bills have committed an astounding 24 turnovers, with nine in their two meetings in 2010, six in their two games in 2011 and another nine in the pair with New England last season. Over that same span the Patriots have just one-third that amount (8)."

Inside The Bills | Gronk doubtful, Amendola probable
"RB Brandon Bolden (knee), WR Aaron Dobson (hamstring), DB Nate Ebner (ankle) and DB Duron Harmon (hamstring) are all questionable for Sunday’s game."

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 9-6
Marquise Goodwin is not going to be in the backfield (ummm, duh) and Fred Jackson will get 12-18 touches a game says Chris Brown. He also answers questions on moving Aaron Williams to cornerback.

Bills notebook: Hopkins lone rookie that won’t make debut - The Buffalo News
"Obviously, I want to be out there," Hopkins said. "This is something you work toward since you’re a little kid and it becomes more real the older you get. I’m excited for when that opportunity comes up, and I think it’ll come soon."

13 Bills QB careers that weren't better than Peyton Manning's night - The Buffalo News
"Out of curiosity, I looked up how many starting quarterbacks threw seven or fewer touchdowns during their Buffalo Bills careers." It's 13.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Sal's 2013 NFL Predictions: Playoffs, Super Bowl, Awards
Bills go 8-8 with the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Buffalo Bills offensive line needs to excel | Democrat and Chronicle
"Whether we have a rookie at quarterback or whoever else, we need to establish the run and get it going," guard Kraig Urbik said.

Another season of hope and despair for Bills fans | Rochester Business Journal
"So the sky is falling again. Buffalo is doomed. Another season is lost. It's fourth and eternity at One Bills Drive. The groundhog has seen his shadow for a 14th consecutive year." Scott Pitoniak 's season preview is pretty good.

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