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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 9/8

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

Bills Gailey Expects To Win And Expects To Make The Playoffs - WGR 550
"I expect it. I think our players expect it. If you don't expect it, something's wrong with you. If you say I want to be a little better than last year, you ought to get out, that's wrong. I expect to win every one of them, I expect to be undefeated, that's the way I've always been and that's the way I'll always be."

The NFL's Best-Looking Team -
"The most attractive sample of players, with an average facial symmetry rating of 99.47, was one of the worst teams in the league: the Buffalo Bills." Blogs - Contract talks stalled for several high-profile players
"Buffalo traded proposals with receiver Steve Johnson, but those sides are nowhere near a deal at this point, sources said."

Run 'D' to face top flight test Sunday -
"That’ll be our challenge going in," said Gailey. "We have to stop the run. We have to be effective. It depends on how many times they run it. To me the yards per carry is more important than the total yards at the end of the game. We’ve got to try to limit their running game."

Chan Gailey Wednesday Press Conference -
"The Bills head coach talks about preparing for the Chiefs, finalizing lineup decisions, and Ryan Fitzpatrick entering the season as his starting quarterback."

Ryan Fitzpatrick Wednesday Press Conference -
"The Bills quarterback talks about opening the season as a starter for the first time, facing the Chiefs defense, and consistency being a key for the team."

Bills Roundup: Ready for a Fast Start -
"The Bills are looking forward to kicking off the new season and starting on a positive note, Shawne Merriman is ready for a familiar foe, and the newest offensive lineman hit the practice field for the first time."

Inside The Bills | Roscoe ready to roll
"Yeah I’m ready to go," said Parrish. "I feel healthy. I was fighting a hamstring during the whole process of preseason but I stayed on top of my rehab and been out there moving around. I’m feeling good and am ready to go."

Inside The Bills | Williams schooling up Dareus
"As far as what I’m trying to teach him is how he’s looking at things pre-snap, formations, different things, trying to get him to see things that I see before the play," said Williams.

Inside The Bills | Carrington back
Bills outside linebacker Alex Carrington, who did not practice on Monday, was back practicing with his teammates on Wednesday.

Inside The Bills | Nix interview right here
"Bills GM Buddy Nix had one of his most candid interviews ever when he appeared on the Shredd and Ragan show on 103.3 The Edge."

Inside The Bills | Many factors on if Smith is KR
"We’ll have several guys back there doing that kickoff return," said Gailey. "We really haven’t pinpointed that (Smith will be the kick returner Sunday) today. It depends on how much Brad is going to play in the regular offense, how much he’ll be back there."

Inside The Bills | Fitz’s beard is back
"It’s on, it’s going," said Fitzpatrick, who indicated that no matter whether they win or lose, the beard will remain intact.

Inside The Bills | Levitre "ready for anything"
"I’ve been told be ready to step in just about anywhere," said Levitre, who at the start of this regular season said it’s his understanding that he’s the backup left tackle and the backup center for the Bills.

Inside The Bills | Bills to pump in noise for practice
"Bills head coach Chan Gailey confirmed that the team will be pumping artificial noise onto the practice field both Wednesday and Thursday."

Inside The Bills | Merriman: nagging injuries in past
"I kind of expected the nagging things to crop up in camp and the preseason whether it was the groin or hamstring or whatever as I got back into football work on the filed again," said Merriman. "But I really feel like I’ve over the hump now and those nagging things are behind me."

Inside The Bills | OL Young lines up on both sides
"Newly signed OL Sam Young lined up at both right and left tackle during the course of practice Wednesday as he tries to get acclimated to his new surroundings and more importantly his new playbook here in Buffalo."

Inside The Bills | LB Kirlew released
"The Buffalo Bills have announced that the team has reached an injury settlement with LB Jammie Kirlew and released him from Injured Reserve."

Merriman is ready for action - The Buffalo News
"Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman declared himself fit and ready for the season Wednesday as the team prepared for its regular-season opener at Kansas City on Sunday."

Fitzpatrick reprises his beard-man role - The Buffalo News
"She was happy I cut it two weeks ago or whenever it was. But she's along for the ride," he said.

Naaman back in fold - The Buffalo News
"Good news for hometown product Naaman Roosevelt. The Bills re-signed him to the practice squad today. Roosevelt had a good training camp but the Bills ultimately only kept five receivers on the active roster, not six as many of us in the media thought they might. "

Williams deal good long range - The Buffalo News
"The new contract Kyle Williams signed with the Bills averages $7.25 million a year, according to a News source. The deal includes a signing bonus of $4.75 million and his base salaries this year and the next two seasons are guaranteed. It's a little more than Casey Hampton (who is older) got from Pittsburgh, a shade less than Vince Wilfork ($8 million a year) makes from New England."

Bell gets LT nod; Gailey talks roster - The Buffalo News
"There's going to be a lot of different combinations going for us at linebacker," Gailey said.

Let it grow: Fitz beard back - The Buffalo News
"Yeah I think so," he said. "Anybody who wants to join me can join me."

Ryan Fitzpatrick relishes role as Buffalo Bills' No. 1 QB | Democrat and Chronicle
"For the first time in his seven-year career, Ryan Fitzpatrick is the No. 1 quarterback on his NFL team, and the smile that is embedded in his once-again-burgeoning beard is all the proof you need to know that he's thrilled about it."

Bills And LB Kirlew Part Ways - WGR 550
"The Bills signed Kirlew to their practice squad in November of the 2010 season and signed him to a reserve/futures contract this past off-season. He's a former sixth-round pick of Denver."

Bills DL Williams Expects Big Things From D - WGR 550
"I don't want to be a little bit better. I want to be tons better. I'm talkin' about 30 spots better," said a fired up Williams. "That's what I expect. That's what I want."

Matt Cassel is adamant he will play Sunday for Chiefs -
"No doubt in my mind," Cassel said when asked if he would play. "I feel good. I feel like I’m ready to go."

Hunt family embraces Bills-Chiefs history - NFL - Football
"For the Hunt family, games between their Chiefs and the Bills take on extra significance because of Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson, one of just three living members of the self-proclaimed "Foolish Club" that started the American Football League with the late Lamar Hunt back in 1960. Wilson, Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams and former Chargers owner Barron Hilton have outlived the rest of their foolish brethren."

Gailey Sets Bar High |
At cornerback Leodis McKelvin and Terrence McGee are listed as the starters on the depth chart. Gailey said they are still evaluating who will start, Drayton Florence is currently listed as the third corner. "We'll see where that goes," said Gailey. "The great thing about it is we think we have three starting corners."

Gailey: "I expect to be undefeated" |
"In other news from Wednesday's practice, Gailey said that Demetrius Bell will be the starting left offensive tackle."

9/7 Bills Transcripts | WKBW News 7
Transcripts from media day yesterday.

Bills anxious for Kansas City opener -
"The Bills travel to Kansas City this weekend to open their season against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The following are transcripts from today's news conference in Orchard Park beginning with head coach Chan Gailey:"

Bills ready for a new start |
First-round draft pick Marcell Dareus has been a standout in pre-season and former pro bowler Shawn Merriman is healthy. Merriman said, "When you can't go and you have to watch from the sidelines and now being healthy and doing things that I love to do is going to be for all of us."

Gailey Expects Bills to go Undefeated -
"Gailey's goals are certainly lofty and if they are to be met, the Bills must get a big year from Ryan Fitzpatrick. The former seventh round draft pick from Harvard is entering his first season as a starting QB since his college days and knows the expectations of him outside of Buffalo aren't that high."