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Buffalo Bills news, 9/3: Stevie Johnson calls out Patriots secondary

Stevie Johnson had some blunt words for the New England Patriots defense yesterday. News from around the Buffalo Bills inside!

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Stevie Johnson: No Patriot can cover me, not even Pat Chung - The Buffalo News

"I don't think they got nobody that can stop me," Johnson said this afternoon at One Bills Drive. "For real."

Oh boy, Stevie. People are focusing in on Chung because he doesn't play in New England anymore. Still, I like the idea of Stevie trolling the Patriots even if it's not in my nature. This rivalry has been so stagnant and one-sided that injecting some life into it is a good thing, right?

Bills Roundup: Spiller Returns, Manuel Update -

"Chris Brown reports on the return of Bills running back C.J. Spiller to the practice field, how quarterback EJ Manuel is progressing and the Bills new team captains."

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Bills name team captains for 2013 -
"For Jackson and Williams its the third straight season they're serving as captains. For Wood it's his first year as a team captain."

S Jim Leonhard reunites with Buffalo -
"At any position where you have someone that has a lot of experience and is a veteran can definitely help," said head coach Doug Marrone. "If you have a veteran at a position it’s like having an extra. It’s a benefit. You feel great about it. They’re going to be able to help."

Doug Marrone provides a QB update -
"The Bills head coach talks about EJ Manuel's progress in practice, New England's recent success over Buffalo, and potentially starting the season with only rookie quarterbacks on the active roster."

CB Brandon Burton trying to blend in -
"What I was strong at was man to man press coverage," said Burton. "That’s what we play here. There’s a lot of it here and I learned that (Monday). So now I feel like I’m kind of back in my element more now that I’m here and able to get up on the line and put my hands on guys. I know that’s what I’m best at. I’m a big, long corner and I can run with any receiver. It’s to my advantage now."

Three more added to Bills practice squad -
"The Buffalo Bills today have signed CB Johnny Adams, OT Edawn Coughman and RB Ronnie Wingo to the Practice Squad." Read blurbs on all three here.

Jeff Tuel on starting Week 1 - NFL Network VIDEO
"Buffalo Bills quarterback Jeff Tuel discusses the possibility that he starts Week 1 and what it will be like playing against Tom Brady in his first start."

Scott’s release creates a big hole for Bills’ defense - The Buffalo News
"I feel like I can do a great job with it," Bradham said of becoming a three-down linebacker. "I’ve been working at it during the offseason. I did a lot of it in college. We were fortunate enough last year to have Bryan Scott. … I learned a lot from him as far as technique and being sound in my game and just trying to be a complete linebacker."

Burden falls on Bills ‘D’ to improve - The Buffalo News
"A lot of it needs to fall on us," Kyle Williams acknowledged. "We’ve got veteran players. Good players. It’s on us to take the pressure off whoever our quarterback may be or who our offense may be, so they can get in a rhythm. A lot of it falls on us. We need to play well."

Doug Marrone: O-line continuity an overrated concept - The Buffalo News
Marrone: "I've always wanted to put the best five players in there. ... I think as long as they can communicate and they can go on the field and do their job, that's what really creates the continuity. That's the way I've always pretty much played them."

Report: Injury Induces Bills To Sign Kicker - WGR 550
"According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bills are going to sign free agent kicker Dan Carpenter to an undisclosed contract. The move is in response to a groin injury suffered by Bills rookie kicker Dustin Hopkins during Monday's practice according to the report."

Bill Barnwell on the bottom eight teams in the NFL in 2013 - Grantland
"In fact, if the Bills don't promote Thaddeus Lewis to the active roster or acquire another quarterback during the season, they would be the first team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to carry only rookie quarterbacks on their roster.2 That seems like a safe plan, right?"

Buffalo Bills making history with two rookie QBs - ESPN
"It's an all-in approach by the Bills, who have the NFL's second-youngest offensive coordinator (Nathaniel Hackett, who is 33), a first-year head coach (Doug Marrone) and a first-year general manager (Doug Whaley)."

Stevie Johnson of Buffalo Bills boasts New England Patriots D cannot stop me - ESPN
"Herm Edwards reacts to Stevie Johnson's comments that the Patriots' defense can't stop him."

EJ Manuel fully participates in practice - ESPN
"A couple things that we're testing as the week goes on to see where he's at," Marrone said. "Mentally, we feel fine. It's just a matter of physically."