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Buffalo Bills news, 12/12: Kiko Alonso continues to earn praise

Kiko Alonso is drawing praise nationally and from his coach. Stevie Johnson? Not so much.

Tom Szczerbowski

To be real, Bills don’t really need Stevie - Sports - The Buffalo News

Jerry Sullivan: "It also occurred to me that Stevie Johnson is a fitting face for a flawed Buffalo franchise. He’ll raise your hopes, make you laugh, elevate your fashion sense. But in the end, he’s less than he appears to be, a tease who usually lets you down." Aaaaand go, Bills fans.

Kiko Alonso sounds like a future captain in Doug Marrone's view - Bills Blitz

Doug Marrone is literally bursting with praise for Kiko Alonso.

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EJ Manuel: "I'm still learning" -
Pushing the ball down the field, his chemistry with Stevie Johnson, "owning" vs. "leasing" the Bills offense, and more are on Manuel's plate in his press conference from Wednesday.

Doug Marrone Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"The Bills head coach talks about the possibility of J.J. 'Unga getting more playing time, the production the team is getting from the wide receivers, and EJ Manuel becoming more consistent."

Bills Roundup: Young Players Getting a Chance - VIDEO -
"As the Bills prepare for another trip to Florida this weekend, they have several young players who are in line for increased playing time against Jacksonville."

Inside The Bills | Urbik a likely game time decision
"Did not participate in practice. I think he’s going to be a game time decision," said Marrone. "He has a foot injury. It was sore after the game. We thought it would get better, but it didn’t."

Inside The Bills | Bills could face backup RB again
Jordan Todman could become the most recent obscure back to rush for 100 yards against the Bills.

Bills notebook: Urbik injury may open door for ’Unga - Sports - The Buffalo News
"If he’s not available, then J.J. will be in there," coach Doug Marrone said of Urbik. "If Kraig is available, then we’ll probably increase J.J.’s reps anyway, depending on the limitations of Kraig."

Like it or not, the Bills are playing for draft position - Sports - The Buffalo News
"How high could the Bills get in the draft? Probably No. 3 overall, if a slew of other four-win teams all find a way to win another game."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Urbik Likely A Game-time Decision Sunday
'Unga: "To me, I like the challenge. It helps push myself to get better," he said. "I mean you can't get better if you ain't challenge yourself every day. So yeah, I mean, to me, if I get the opportunity I'm going to take it."

Are big plays backfiring for the Buffalo Bills? - ESPN
"That's a troubling trend. Consider this statistic: The Bills average the most yards (26.7) per touchdown reception in the NFL, but they have thrown the third-fewest touchdown passes in the league -- just 13."

NFL Nation Buzz: Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Bills Blog - ESPN
"Bills reporter Mike Rodak says Buffalo coach Doug Marrone is in no hurry to bench EJ Manuel, despite the rookie QB's career-worst game in a loss to the Bucs."

Wednesday evening wrap up: Jaguars-Bills -
"Their defensive line is an elite group of guys," Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said, with right tackle Austin Pasztor adding, "They’re definitely talented up front."

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Defensive rookie of the year favorites - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
Going deeper than the face-value stats, ESPN says Buffalo's defense is greatly improved and Kiko Alonso is a big reason why. He tops their list of candidates.

From the booth: Bills at Buccaneers -
Hidden yardage, Nigel Bradham's day, and Bobby Rainey's touchdown are just three of the things John Murphy breaks down from on high.