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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 9/9

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 01: Marcell Dareus #99 of the Buffalo Bills defends against the Detroit Lions  at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 01: Marcell Dareus #99 of the Buffalo Bills defends against the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Who are you calling mama's boy? - The Buffalo News
"Marcell Dareus’ tough-as-nails exterior on the field belies a sunny outlook on life that was nurtured by his late mother."

Despite Wilson’s optimism, Bills are starting from scratch - The Buffalo News
"Our goals are not to win more games than last year," Wilson said in the Bills’ locker room last Thursday after the preseason finale. "Our goal is not to be better than we were last year. Our goal is to win the championship. We firmly believe we have the guys that are capable of getting the job done."

Expecting The Unexpected -
"Chan Gailey wouldn’t divulge how frequently he plans to use utility man Brad Smith this Sunday, but the Bills head coach also didn’t hide the fact that Smith will play a significant role in Buffalo’s offensive plan at Arrowhead Stadium."

Bills Focus: Run Defense Ready for Big Test -
"The Bills run defense will get a quick opportunity to show they've improved, when they faced Jamaal Charles and the 2010 top ranked rushing team in the NFL. "

OT battle in KC not forgotten -
"We took those guys into overtime and we felt that we should’ve won that game," said Torell Troup. "Even with how bad we played last year we still had a chance to win the game at the end of the game. I think this year we’ll play a lot better and clean up a lot of the mistakes and go out there and dominate."

Inside The Bills | Bell motivated to show well
"It’s always a blessing when you’re starting in this league," he said. "You never can take that away from somebody. Starting in this league is always a blessing. I take it with great responsibilities and I’m going to go out there and do my job."

Inside The Bills | Williams sees big jump for run ‘D’
"I don’t want to be a little bit better, I want to be tons better. Talking about 30 spots better, I’m talking about a lot better, that’s what I expect, that’s what I want."

AFC East Daily: Chiefs' Haley keeping eye on Bills' Smith
"I think the addition of Brad Smith, who you can list anywhere on the depth chart, a guy that I went over to Missouri and worked out one-on-one when he was coming out and really liked the player," Chiefs coach Todd Haley told the media Wednesday. "I think that’s a great addition for them. He gives them great versatility - he can run with it, he can throw it. He can catch it and return it."

Roosevelt rejoins practice squad - Niagara Gazette
"My agent was talking to a couple teams but we thought definitely Buffalo was the best choice. Just me being here, and the coaches knowing me, it’s definitely a good fit."

Inside The Bills | New play caller for Chiefs
"According to the Kansas City Star, offensive line coach Bill Muir will be handling the play calling duties for the offense this season. What’s interesting about that development is he’s never done it before (outside of this preseason)."

Inside The Bills | Troup feeling better
"It just locked up on me yesterday," said Troup in reference to his back. I get the cast off my hand and then the back. Hard to believe."

Inside The Bills | Troup update
"He’s getting better," said Gailey. "He’s had an off and on low back problem the past couple of years, and it just tightened up. We’ll see if he can get ready to play. It just flared up."

Cassel: The unquestioned Chief - The Buffalo News
"Cassel is a huge part of the re surgence of the once downtrodden Chiefs, who from 2007-09 were a combined 10-38 including a dreadful 2-14 in 2008 before winning the AFC West crown a year ago with a 10-6 record. The unquestioned leader, he's listed on the injury report because of a rib injury that was initially believed to be significant enough to keep him out of Sunday's season opener against the Buffalo Bills."

Bills players get the most out of their iPads - The Buffalo News
"Walk around the Bills locker room and you'll notice players carrying around iPads, but they aren't listening to music or downloading the latest apps. They're studying game film."

Retooling the roster - The Buffalo News
"Here’s a position-by-position preview of the team, with a focus on the young talent:"

WRs unknown, mostly undrafted, undaunted - The Buffalo News
What will the Bills' receiving corps look like this year?

Bills hope philosophy shift reverses trend - The Buffalo News
"Since Buddy Nix was hired as general manager nearly two years ago, the Buffalo Bills have talked about a plan and a philosophy, rebuilding the defense, which sounds good in theory. But, on the heels of a 4-12 season, it might not seem a bit warm - and not particularly fuzzy - to the common fan."

Byrd out to prove he is a ballhawk - The Buffalo News
"I feel a lot better being in this defense for another year," he said this week. "Being more comfortable is big. But that's still no excuse because you are judged on the numbers and the production. Coach [Chan Gailey] always says this is a production business and the numbers are what you are judged by. That is what it is."

Buffalo Bills' Donald Jones traveled his own route to success | Democrat and Chronicle
"Not exactly the GPS-recommended path for Canton-bound wide receivers. But here he is, in his second NFL season, filling the spot in the starting lineup that for the past six years belonged to Lee Evans."

Bills' Batten Gearing Up To Start His NFL Career - WGR 550
"Since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, the wait for Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Danny Batten to get on the field for his very first professional game has been long, enduring and a little bit frustrating. But months upon months of rehab, preparation and hard work have Batten staring September 11 in the face, destined to appear in his very first NFL game."

Bills Fitzpatrick Thinks Offense Will Finish Games Off - WGR 550
"I feel like I'm always going to have to go out and prove myself. I'm the type of guy where I've come from and what I've done, I've always had to prove myself in the league. I'm never going to get the benefit of the doubt. I'm not a first round pick; I'm not a big school, big name guy. I'm never going to get the benefit of the doubt. I have to go out there and show on the field that I belong, what's going to happen with me week in, week out and every year as well. That's kind of how I look at it."

Former Mizzou QB Smith hopes to be Slash 2.0 for Bills -
"I’m looking at plays as a quarterback," Smith said. "I’m also working on receiver stuff. Everything is equally important for me, whether it is playing quarterback or running down the kickoff. When I’m out there doing a specific thing, I’m focusing on that and then on to the next thing."

Former Ball State player ready for first NFL season | The Star Press |
"Robert Eddins had a feeling throughout the Buffalo Bills training camp and during the team's preseason games that he belonged in the National Football League. He made plays in practice, and that carried over to the game field."

In season pickups will start for Bills |
"That’s four players who were on the NFL scrap heap after being let go by their teams last season. All of them were added to the Buffalo roster in the middle of last season."

Bills expect to be better on defense - Olean Times Herald
"Once we prove to ourselves, then all of you (media) guys can jump on board too. I know you guys are a little scared to jump on board this train but I had a coach once that said if you don’t jump on the train then you are going to get left behind. That’s what our plan is, we’re going to take off regardless of who believes in us. We believe in ourselves and the train is going to take off."