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Buffalo Bills news, 4/24: schedule release, pre-draft visits, and ownership news

Wednesday was a busy day for Bills news, so today's links post is a long one.

Streeter Lecka

Stevie’s career with Bills at a crossroads - Sports - The Buffalo News

"If the Bills were willing to add a potential problem child in Williams, what did that say about Stevie? Maybe it was a coincidence, but it seemed strange that Bills coach Doug Marrone was not asked, and did not offer, anything about Johnson when meeting with the media Tuesday."

Jacobs family doing ‘everything we can’ to keep Bills in Buffalo - City & Region - The Buffalo News

"We are using our resources, our contacts, our relationships to do everything we can to ensure the Bills stay in Buffalo," Jacobs told The Buffalo News on Wednesday in the first interview with a member of the Jacobs family since the death of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr.

Schedule announced

Buffalo Bills 2014 schedule announced -
"Also, for the first time, a select number of games are being 'cross-flexed,' moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences."

Bills open season against Bears in Chicago - Sports - The Buffalo News
Jay Skurski breaks down the schedule.

Buffalo Bills schedule analysis - ESPN
The "complaint department" heading is where most folks will go first.

Bills open in Windy City against the Bears - Democrat and Chronicle
You're shocked that Sal Maiorana is sullen, aren't you? "When you haven't made the playoffs for 14 years in a row, the NFL isn't going to give you a whole lot of respect when it formulates its schedule."

2014 NFL Draft

WR Sammy Watkins highlights Wednesday visits to OBD -
"Just over two weeks before the NFL Draft kicks off, the Bills hosted Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, Notre Dame OL Zack Martin, and McGill University (Canada) OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif for pre-draft visits on Wednesday."

Sammy Watkins, Zack Martin among three more pre-draft visitors - BN Blitz - The Buffalo News
Jay Skurski analyzes the three visitors.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Home of the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bills - NFL Mock Draft #5
With Mike Evans off the board, Eric Ebron is the pick for Buffalo at No. 9. In the second round, Virginia tackle Morgan Moses is the pick. Joe Buscaglia seems pretty locked in for a tackle and a tight end in the first two rounds.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Watkins Headlines Three Pre-draft Bills Visitors
"A native of Quebec, Duvernay-Tardif is one of the top Canadian prospects available in the 2014 NFL Draft. After spending his freshman season at McGill as a defensive lineman, Duvernay-Tardif converted to offensive tackle in his sophomore season and put on 65 pounds through his final three years. He know stands 6-foot-5 and 321-pounds, and is a projected mid-round selection."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills May Not Even Have Chance To Draft Lewan
"However, if Oakland decides on Lewan, that could remove any temptation that the Bills would have for taking a right tackle with the ninth overall pick, and instead opting for a pass-catcher (Eric Ebron, Mike Evans, Odell B"eckham, Jr.), defensive end, linebacker or, perhaps the wildcard, a cornerback.

More clicks

EJ Manuel growing into leadership role -
"The ball was on point," Johnson said. "The thing that got me was the attitude, the mindset. He was more talkative with what he wanted done. And it felt good because that’s what you want out of your quarterback. And I appreciate that out of him, telling me what he wanted."

New-look Bills begin taking shape -
"With offseason conditioning officially underway, the newest Bills have their first chance to get acclimated."

Jerry Hughes: Defensive Goal is to Win - AUDIO -
"Jerry Hughes returned to One Bills Drive and joined The John Murphy Show to discuss his breakout season last year and the new defensive scheme under Jim Schwartz."

Bills 'continuing to discuss' website gaffe - BN Blitz - The Buffalo News
"We are continuing today to discuss the unfortunate situation we experienced last night with our website and will address the matter internally."

Buffalo Bills' future gets backing of Jacobs family - ESPN
"We have warts," Jeremy Jacobs Jr. acknowledged, referring to league's anti-gambling rules.

Nevada sports book makes Eagles biggest favorites of Week One | ProFootballTalk
"Buffalo at Chicago (-6.5)" Bills are the third-highest underdog after Jacksonville in Philadelphia and Indianapolis in Denver.

Vince Young rules out the Canadian option | ProFootballTalk
"Young said that, if an NFL comeback doesn’t happen, he’ll go back to Austin and take a position with the Longhorns.  Which likely will pay more than $63,000 per year."