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Sheppard learning on the job - The Buffalo News
"[Since] we inserted him into the starting lineup, he has made a lot of strides," coach Chan Gailey said of Sheppard. "Where he has got to continue to get better at is just understanding the whole concept of [the] defense and becoming a better communicator in there. Taking more charge, which is hard for a rookie, because he doesn't know. So I think this experience will really help him develop as a player, to become what we hoped he would be when we drafted him."

Bills' surprising start dashed by 5-game skid - Yahoo! Sports
"It’s hard to realize where we are right now and where we were when we started the season with all the hope," Fitzpatrick acknowledged Monday, a day after a 23-17 loss to Tennessee. "It’s unfortunate that we find ourselves in this spot."

Choppin It Up With Arthur Moats of the Buffalo Bills | Optimum Scouting
Damond Talbot talks with Arthur Moats to talk about his journey from college to the pros and more.

Inside The Bills | Challenge of playing for pride
"If you don’t have a why in football or in life, you’re in trouble. They need to have a why. Why am I doing something? Why am I playing hard? Why am I giving effort or going on the practice field and working?"

Inside The Bills | Finish strong the mantra now
"You feel a huge responsibility to the organization, to the football team, to the fans. You feel a responsibility to everybody," he said. "We want to finish strong and finish on a positive note. We’re one game better than we were last year, but it doesn’t feel anywhere near like that. So you’d like to finish as strong as we possible and carry that into next year."

Inside The Bills | Rooks trying to clear wall
"I can’t speak for the other rookies, but I’m feeling that wall getting close," said Marcell Dareus. "The regular season in college is over with and it’s Week 14 in the NFL and oh man it’s taking a toll. Trying to stay fresh is tough. Old injuries just keep recurring and your body just hurts."

Spiller TD & stat details - The Buffalo News
"If a teammate or opponent would have recovered (or if the ball had rolled out of the end zone), Spiller would have been credited with 30 yards. Because he recovered his own fumble, though, he then gets credit for all yardage to the point of recovery."

Bills now face difficult finish to the season - Olean Times Herald
"It’s not easy," Gailey said of his team’s last four games with nothing at stake. "You can say you’re playing for pride, you can say you’re playing for jobs, you can say you’re playing for the future and all of those are partially true in some way shape or form."

Pegula purchases NFL player agent firm - The Buffalo News
"AllPro represents more than 50 NFL players, including the Bills' rookie first-round draft pick, defensive lineman Marcell Dareus, Baltimore running back Ray Rice and Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe. It's estimated the firm has negotiated more than $1 billion in player contracts since 2005."

4th Grade View Of The Bills - WGR 550
WGR's Bulldog went with his son to the Buffalo Bills' Play 60 event yesterday. It brought back some fond memories of his childhood and helped him get over another lost season.

Sanchez-Fitz-Moore Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Avoid the comments section, folks. Matt Moore and Ryan Fitzpatrick are tied this week, and Moore took the third quarter.

AFC East Stock Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
While the Buffalo Bills defense is falling, were they really that high to begin with? C.J. Spiller and former Bill Aaron Maybin have rising stock, says James Walker.

NFL Power Rankings: AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Few teams have gone in the tank like Buffalo. The Bills dropped one more spot this week to No. 20 after their fifth straight loss. I’m surprised they didn’t fall lower."

AFC East Player of the Week - AFC East Blog - ESPN
If you're so inclined, you could vote for C.J. Spiller as the AFC East player of the week.