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Buffalo Bills news, 8/2: Fred Jackson's new role backing up C.J. Spiller

Fred Jackson will have a more clearly defined back-up role this year. That and more in today's links from training camp's day off.


Bills’ defense hopes being bigger leads to being better - The Buffalo News

"It will be at least two months before we know if the Buffalo Bills’ run defense is better than last year. One thing is certain during the first week of training camp: It’s bigger." Mark Gaughan previews the larger defensive front seven.

Buffalo Bills break in new role for Fred Jackson | Democrat and Chronicle

"In his middle years, Jackson became a valuable member of the team, arguably its best player on offense, before injuries cut short his last two seasons. Now, the 32-year-old is getting ready for a season in which he most likely will be serving as a backup to C.J. Spiller, the dynamic 2010 first-round draft pick who is rapidly becoming a star in the NFL."

Bills camp: What we've learned - ESPN AFC East Blog
Mike Rodak recounts training camp so far...

Marrone searching for LG options - ESPN AFC East Blog
... then he takes a look at the five guys fighting for the left guard spot after Doug Marrone admitted he was frustrated with presumed front-runner Colin Brown.

Bills Are Off So Let's Reflect - WGR 550
Paul Hamilton molds the quotes from Doug marrone following Wednesday's practice.

The Analytics Dept. Ep. 6: Spiller, Thriller - WGR 550
"In Episode 6, Joe Buscalgia and Matthew Coller talk about whether CJ Spiller can have a better 2013 than his incredible breakout 2012. How many yards should we expect? Will he regress? How will a new offense effect his statistics?"

Stevie’s "Handle business-have fun" philosophy -
"That’s a good thing. I’m happy the word has pretty much spread throughout the locker room," Johnson said. "I’m just trying to instill it with my receiving corps, handle biz and have fun. These coaches we have, they actually had a meeting about have more fun, have more fun on the field. In the game, make sure you take care of business first, then have fun."

Things looking up for WR Rogers -
"I think he stepped it up from OTAs and minicamp," said Marrone. "I think he’s in better shape than he was before. That’s a credit to him and the conditioning people and what he did in the offseason. He’s done some nice things. He’s had some separation. He’s a big receiver with strong hands. He’s going to be competing for a roster spot."

Pressure is on for Bills offensive line - Livingston County News
"He’s got a lot of experience," said Wood. "And the o-line’s he’s coached, I have a lot of respect for. Those guys performed at a high level. So, we’re all very excited to work with Doug through individual drills."

Former Bills receiver Andre Reed working with Chiefs in training camp -
"Reed chose to spend training camp with the Chiefs instead of Buffalo, the team he helped reach four Super Bowls, though he’s certain that Bills fans would have loved to see his return. Reed wasn’t so sure if it would be a good fit for him, because the Bills — who face the Chiefs in November — have a new head coach in Doug Marrone."

Bills Want Age Discrimination Lawsuit Dismissed, Handed Over to NFL |
"We were never really clearly given a clear explanation of as to why I was let go and to this day, they still haven't told me," said the 54-year-old Hojnowski, who filed the claim in April.