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Buffalo Bills news, 9/6: Jairus Byrd talks trade rumors

Also, is you're sick of talking about Jairus Byrd, there's a great C.J. Spiller video inside.

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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.

Rising Stars -

"Out of humble beginnings grew a love of football for Bills star C.J. Spiller. As others chose destructive paths, Spiller stayed the course with the help of his closely–knit family to become one of the league's hottest running backs. With the season approaching, follow Spiller as he braves personal tragedy and the demands of fatherhood to continue his meteoric rise in the NFL." This is an in-depth video.

Byrd trade rumors

Jairus Byrd focused on healing, not trade reports -
"From what I understand someone is saying sources, I mean I would like to know what sources they’re talking about before they just say sources," Byrd said. "My focus is really just on football right now honestly. My teammates they mean the world to me. I don’t want to be any distraction to them like we have a big game coming up and we need to be 100 percent focused on New England and that’s that."

Jairus Byrd avoids trade talk, reveals both feet hurting him - The Buffalo News
Byrd: "But right now, I'm just focused on my feet, getting healthy and giving these guys the best chance to win Sunday against the Patriots."

Debunking the "Jairus Byrd to the Eagles" trade rumors - Bleeding Green Nation
Eagles fans discuss the unlikelihood of Jairus Byrd joining his old college coach.

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Mario is all systems go -
"What I have seen in practice now, more so than what I saw in preseason, is a more active player," said head coach Doug Marrone. "A player that’s running around, a player that looks to be 100-percent and that was our goal."

Bills Focus: Chronicle of Change -
"Chris Brown reviews all of the changes that have take place with the Bills since the beginning of this year till now."

Inside The Bills | Brady adjusting to new WR corps
"I’m not the most patient guy to begin with, so that’s something that I’m working on," said Brady. "But you understand that there’s a learning curve, and there’s things that are going to come up that, you know, look, some guys haven’t experienced the things that I’ve experienced, so you try to talk about, ‘OK, this is possibly going to happen, if it happens then I want you to make this adjustment.’ Well it happens and then the adjustment’s not made and I say ‘Well I told you…" But sometimes that’s what I do with my three-year-old too and he doesn’t listen either."

Inside The Bills | How EJ gained new perspective while sidelined
"I kind of looked at that and we went about it a little differently when he was out," said head coach Doug Marrone. "He was able to see things from a different perspective. During the game when we didn’t have him on the sideline we had him up in the booth and I think he could see what we’re seeing out there."

Mario ready to cut loose for Bills - The Buffalo News
"I think the biggest thing with this defense is everybody’s going to be able to mix it up a little bit and get after it," Williams said after Thursday’s practice. "Obviously our mentality is to be aggressive. So I think most of our guys, especially up front, that’s what we want to do. It’s not a hold-back scheme. We’re definitely going to get after it and see what’s going on."

Bills notebook: Season ticket sales drop slightly from ’12 - The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Bills’ season-ticket sales total for the 2013 season is 42,540, the team announced Thursday. That’s down 725 season tickets from last year – or 1.67 percent."

WGR 550 - Bulldog: A New Hope
"It would be really great if EJ Manuel blew all of our minds Sunday afternoon. Hitting Stevie Johnson on well timed slants, scrambling around to extend plays then chucking the ball 60 yards downfield to Flash Goodwin. Expertly executing Nathaniel Hackett's fast paced offense and upsetting the mighty Patriots with fancy Tom Brady."

Countdown Daily Prediction: NE-BUF - ESPN
"The NFL Live crew makes their picks for New England at Buffalo."

Double Coverage: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills - ESPN
Mike Rodak and his old chum at Mike Reiss discuss this weekend's game. Both picked the Patriots to win comfortably.

Grading the Buffalo Bills' 53: Wide receivers - ESPN
The wide receivers get the highest marks of any position group so far including running backs.

Uffsides: Patriots vs. Bills Week 1 preview -
"Do you like explosive, fiery car wrecks with no survivors? Then tune in to New England's visit to Buffalo for E.J. Manuel's first NFL start."

Patriots usually make hay against rookie QBs | ProFootballTalk
"The league as a whole has a .579 winning percentage against rookie passers, so the Patriots’ .765 is well ahead of the curve."

Buffalo kicking situation far from settled - Yahoo! Sports
''There's a lot of different scenarios that can come up,'' Marrone said. ''A lot of it is going to be how Dan performs and how he plays.''

Bruschi's Breakdown -- New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills - ESPN Los Angeles
"Every week leading into the Patriots' next game, ESPN NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi and ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss break down the team's next game. This week, it's the season opener, on the road against the Buffalo Bills."

Small Sacrifices Bring Great Rewards for Buffalo Bills’ Player |
A profile of Garrison Sanborn includes religious and football-related talk.