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Buffalo Bills news, 8/12: rookies show well in preseason opener

Rookies scored all but six of the Bills' 44 points against the Indianapolis Colts. Read up on the big win in today's links.

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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.

Manuel warms up quickly, Bills beat Colts -

"EJ Manuel settled into form nicely, helping the Bills to a 44-20 win in their preseason debut." You can also read transcripts and see video of Manuel, Doug Marrone and Marquise Goodwin's post-game conversations with the media at

Sideline Reactions: Bills 44, Colts 20 - WGR 550

"While it wasn't a perfect game by any means, the Buffalo Bills got some positive contributions from the youngsters that make up the team in Doug Marrone's first year as Head Coach. The team stuck with their fast-paced look on offense and sent some pressure while playing defense. There are still areas that the team must improve upon, but for it was a solid first step for all most new faces involved."

Woods, Goodwin leave big first impressions -
"Several Bills rookies made impressive showings in their debut on Sunday."

Bills Focus: Rookies Step Up Against the Colts -
"John Murphy takes a look at how the youth on the Bills roster proved to be an asset in the 44-20 win over the Colts."

Bills Roundup: Preseason Opens With 44-20 Win -
"The Bills got big contributions from their rookies, and the defense forced three turnovers, in a 44-20 preseason opening win over the Colts in Indianapolis."

Bills cruise to victory in preseason opener at Indy - The Buffalo News
"Manuel sputtered early but finished with oomph, as he did in the Bills’ intrasquad scrimmage last Monday night." Tim Graham recaps the game.

Bills rookies help pile up record preseason point total - The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Bills set a club preseason record Sunday with 44 points against the Indianapolis Colts. Rookies had a hand in all but six of those points. They scored on offense, defense and special teams."

Dustin Hopkins gets first kicks, shows jitters on the field - The Buffalo News
"The first one was great, and then he had two mishits, really," Marrone said. "When Dustin goes in there as a young guy, you just want him to calm down a little bit. It's little difference between him and the quarterbacks that come in early in the game first time ever."

Observation deck: Bills-Colts - ESPN AFC East Blog
"Observations from the Buffalo Bills' preseason-opening win over the Indianapolis Colts, a 44-20 victory"

HAMILTON: Bills' Manuel Ends On A High - WGR 550
"I think I like the approach for the day. They didn’t ask Manuel to throw deep with the TD his longest throw. There were dump offs and safe throws." Paul Hamilton goes through each play on the two-minute drive.