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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 9/21

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Source: Bills And WR Johnson $2 Million Apart - WGR 550
"WGR Sports Radio 550 has learned through a league source that after exchanging contract proposals from one side to the other, the Bills and Johnson are $2 million per year apart in talks at this point in time."

Source: Bills Made Fitzpatrick Offer Last Week - WGR 550
"According to a league source, WGR Sports Radio 550 has learned that the Buffalo Bills made an extension offer to Ryan Fitzpatrick before the team's win over the weekend against Oakland."

Stevie Johnson on His Injury, Facing Patriots -
"The Bills wide receiver talks about his injury, the offense getting off to a fast start, and facing the Patriots this weekend."

Bills offense is rolling -
"That’s a tough pace to keep up, in term of the points and we know we’re not going to go out and score 39, 40 points a game," said Ryan Fitzpatrick. "We’re going to try, but it’s just not going to happen sometimes."

Parrish's season ends early again -
"The Buffalo Bills have lost Roscoe Parrish for the season due to injury for the second consecutive year. The club placed the wide receiver on injured reserve with an ankle injury, suffered in last Sunday's game against Oakland."

Inside The Bills | BDC 9/20: Wilson’s to make $1M donation
"Ralph and Mary Wilson, in an effort to honor the Buffalo Bills’ team physicians, today are expected to announce a $1 million donation to the University at Buffalo Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine."

Inside The Bills | Nix on O-line and Fitz
"To be able to keep him off our quarterback is a pretty good feat. Our quarterback if you keep him upright and don’t let him get hit early he can do a lot of good things for us."

Inside The Bills | Nix: Chan top play caller around
"These guys that have their own scheme and their own system and try to plug everybody that they have into what they do? It works when you have good players, but when you’ve got guys that you’re developing it’s better to be the other way. I’m excited about what they’re doing."

Despite perceived game gaffe, liking Fitz | NICK MENDOLA
"Dick Jauron said nothing in his press conferences. Gailey doesn’t exactly give away the farm, either, but I love that he genuinely gives off the sense that football media cliches don’t mean much to him. Take his answer to the "franchise quarterback" question relating to Ryan Fitzpatrick." news: Gailey proving to be big reason why Bills are part of 2-0 club
"The Oakland-Buffalo game really demonstrated Gailey's ability. He took over the Bills when they were going nowhere and built a team around a backup quarterback from Harvard. The receiving group is even more impressive and obscure." Pat Kirwan also mentions the Bills' halftime adjusts were very good. - Bills' offense humming with impressive line play
"While Fitzpatrick and Jackson will get most of the attention this week leading into a Week Three bout with the Patriots, it's the offensive line that deserves some love for the Bills' early success."

King on Week Two storylines | ProFootballTalk
"This week, we look at whether Cam Newton is the real deal (he is), whether the Bills will lock up Ryan Fitzpatrick (they will), and whether the Chiefs are a debacle (they are)."

Fred Jackson is off to a Great Start - YNN
"There's still a lot of work to do. It's of course, you know an accomplishment I'm proud of. But, still I got a lot of work to do. Got to continue to make plays whenever I get that opportunity, so I'm excited about it. But, there's still a lot of work to do," said Jackson.

Pitoniak: Franchise Fitzpatrick? -
"Through 2 games, Ryan Fitzpatrick has delivered the Bills 7 TDs, 1 INT, and - most importantly - 2 wins. Scott Pitoniak weighs in on Fitzpatrick's strong play at QB."

Poll: AFC East No. 1? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Is the AFC East the best division in football?

Thoughts on Roscoe Parrish's injury - AFC East Blog - ESPN
James Walker notes that the depth the receivers had, as well as the punt returns, are something that will need to be addressed.

AFC East Power Rankings analysis - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Bills were the biggest risers this week, jumping 11 spots to No. 16. The Bills have a chance to make another jump if they pull the upset at home against New England. The AFC East blog will be in Buffalo to cover that game."

AFC East Stock Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
The Bills' defense is falling, while Fred Jackson's stock is rising.

Sanchez-Henne-Fitz Watch: Week 2 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"There's a lot to like about Fitzpatrick. He's poised, smart and aggressive. That's why Buffalo is confident in Fitzpatrick throwing the football 46 times from the spread. The biggest concern after watching two games is his arm strength. Most of Fitzpatrick's completions are short. He didn't complete a pass for more than 19 yards Sunday against Oakland."

Bills activate Roosevelt, put Parrish on IR - The Buffalo News
"The Bills also reached an injury settlement with linebacker Robert Eddins, releasing him from injured reserve, and signed guard Keith Williams to the practice squad."

Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy impressed by Buffalo Bills | Democrat and Chronicle
"I was impressed with their character and stick-to-itiveness they showed in that game. They're definitely a team on the rise. It's quite obvious."

Gronkowski Brothers Ready to Stampede Through Hometown -
"The Gronkowskis are about to invade Buffalo. Patriots tight ends Rob and Dan Gronkowski return to their homeland this weekend, but the elder brother didn't know how much support they'd have out there."

The Buffalo Bills are no fluke | Democrat and Chronicle
"The offensive line is the biggest surprise on a surprising team. Buffalo leads the NFL in rushing (190.0 yards per game) and has allowed only one sack. Only Detroit has allowed zero sacks."

Bills have some momentum as they brace for Patriots - The Boston Globe
"The Patriots have won 15 straight games against the Buffalo Bills, but this will be a different visit to upstate New York." Greg Bedard goes position by position to show how the Bills have improved.

Buffalo Bills are in a much better place this season -
"Ryan Fitzpatrick gains confidence at quarterback and Bills are 2-0 after finishing in last place. They will have their work cut out for them as they face three-time Super Bowl champion New England."

Local Notes: It’s time Bills fans give due to Fitzpatrick - Olean Times Herald
"It’s surprising how many Buffalo fans dismiss Ryan Fitzpatrick as nothing more than a QB keeping the seat warm until the "franchise quarterback" arrives. Exactly what does he have to do to verify his credentials?"

Undefeated Bills are being taken seriously - Lowell Sun Online
"Then again, it is not the responsibility of lubed-up Patriots fans to take the Buffalo Bills seriously. That is why Bill Belichick and his Patriots get paid the big bucks. They must venture alertly into Orchard Park on Sunday and attempt to deflate the NFL's 2011 early-season darlings. "

C.J. Spiller to get more time at wideout | ProFootballTalk
"With Bills wideout Roscoe Parrish lost for the season, running back C.J. Spiller is expected to be used more and more as a receiver, per a source with knowledge of the situation."

Running back report: Starks is lead back in Green Bay | ProFootballTalk
"3. Fred Jackson made sure there’s no committee in Buffalo. He has 35 carries to only nine for C.J. Spiller."