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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 8/24

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Jackson paying price for Nix error - The Buffalo News
"Spiller was the first pick of the new regime, a test of Nix's reputation as an astute personnel man. It was a dubious choice for a team with greater needs. But a new regime favors its own players and distances itself from the old guard. They'll do what they can to justify the investment."

Inside The Bills | Starting LT comes down to game
"He’s the starting left guard," said Gailey of Levitre. "If Demetrius ends up being the guy at left tackle, he ends up going back to starting at left guard."

Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller
Jackson relying on Saturday game for clarity -

"I sat down with Coach Modkins and we had a productive talk, kind of let me know where I stood and we’ll kind of take things from there," said Jackson. "It’s easy to say something, but we’ll see what happens on Saturday. What my role is or what we do in the game. I think this will be the one true game for starters and what your role is will definitely be determined this weekend I believe."

Bills Roundup: Clearing the Air -
"Fred Jackson had a talk with offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins to gain some clarity on the running back situation, Shawne Merriman may miss another preseason game, plus get an O-line update, and check out the highlights from Tuesday's practice. "

Fred Jackson on His Role, Contract, Frustration -
"The Bills running back talks with the media about his role with the team, his current contract situation, actions speaking louder than words, and being frustrated."

Inside The Bills | Spiller: Me and Fred are tight
"From the outside, people outside are going to try to make me and him come up against each other, but that’s not going to happen," said Spiller. "We have a great friendship and I value that more than anything. So people outside are going to say what they want to say. I can’t control that. I just control what goes on (on the field)."

Inside The Bills | Jackson getting fan support
Jackson voiced his appreciation for the support he has received via social media on his twitter account.

Jackson told he will start in Saturday's game for Bills - The Buffalo News
"There's still some stuff that needs to be ironed out," Jackson said. "He told me I was the starter, and we can go from there. We'll see how things pan out."

First Jackson, then Jacksonville - The Buffalo News
"Jackson feared the Bills would hand the job to Spiller in an effort to justify their decision to take him in the first round of the 2010 draft. Spiller didn't comment about Jackson's comment on Monday. Bills coach Chan Gailey said Jackson has a slight edge in the competition even though Jackson has been much better."

Jackson will wait and see - The Buffalo News
"[The contract was] definitely a huge part of it," he said. "But as far as what my workload was like the past couple of weeks, that was something, too. I feel like I could do more for the team. When you’re sitting on the sideline, you’re not helping your team with where things want to be."

Buffalo Bill's Fred Jackson assured he's the No. 1 running back | Democrat and Chronicle
"Another concern is Jackson's contract, which he hoped the team will restructure. Jackson feels he's underpaid in entering the third season of a four-year deal worth about $7.5 million."

Bills Spiller Isn't Mad At Jackson - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Paul Hamilton reports from Orchard Park.

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No panic as Bills focus on improving - YNN

"Not at all after two preseason games. I didn’t play much in the first one and I didn’t play too well in the second one, but we do need to get this thing going a little bit and continue to have good practices, get better and we will be fine," said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. "Now September 11th is what we are looking forward to and we are working everyday to get better."

Inside The Bills | Preseason stat barometer
"Here’s a look at some of Buffalo’s defensive statistics through two preseason games and where they rank." They are first in defensive sacks with 11.

Inside The Bills | 15 players sitting out
"The Bills injury list is getting longer with 15 players watching this afternoon’s practice. Here’s the rundown of non-participants. "

Inside The Bills | Bills might add WR
"Yes, we might," said Gailey when if he might need to add another receiver to the roster to take reps. "We sure might."

The Score 1260 - WSKO Syracuse
Mike discusses Buffalo Bills football, NFL's toughness and of course Andre's BBQ sauce "Over the Middle" on The Score 1260

Inside The Bills | Merriman iffy for Saturday
"Yeah it could," said Gailey when asked if the measures they’re taking with Merriman could keep him out of Saturday’s preseason game against Jacksonville. "We’ll just have to see more toward the end of the week."

Inside The Bills | Bell "shocked" by LT rotation
"Coach Gailey told me he was going to put him in and get him some snaps at left (tackle)," said Bell. "It came as a shock but that’s the nature of the business. You have to understand that. I just have to come out here and keep getting better."

Bills' Wilson not lost in transition - The Buffalo News
"The Bills are placing a lot of faith in Wilson, who has made the transition from fringe NFL wide receiver to starting strong safety in four seasons."

Bills honored for smoking ban - The Buffalo News
"Six members of the New Voice Club, most talking with artificial larynxes, sat in the back of the Bills’ media room Tuesday to pay tribute to the Bills and Pleasant, their former colleague."

Former Buffalo Bill Lee Evans on ESPN Thursday | Democrat and Chronicle
"The better Evans plays, the worse the Bills will look for trading one of their best players and a popular and respected team leader for a 2012 fourth-round draft pick."