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Doug Marrone "Stormed Out" over Watkins Trade

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone was reportedly so upset about the Bills trading up for Sammy Watkins in last April's NFL draft that he stormed out of the team's war room.

Multiple accounts surfaced Sunday revealing more of the discord that went on behind the scenes in Orchard Park between Marrone and the Bills front office.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Marrone was unhappy about a trade that involved such high draft picks for a non-quarterback.

Marrone opted out of his contract with the Bills last week, after a contractual clause allowed him to leave in the event of a change of ownership.  The founder of the team, Ralph Wilson Jr. passed away in March and the team was sold to former Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula in October.

In a September practice, Marrone had a loud verbal altercation with Buffalo player personnel director Jim Monos in front of players and media. The two had to be separated by General Manager Doug Whaley and team president Russ Brandon.

The Bills traded the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft -- as well as a 2015 first-round pick and 2015 fourth-round pick -- to the Cleveland Browns in order to select Sammy Watkins with the No. 4 pick.


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Bills Prepare for Peyton Manning and Broncos

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The Bills are one of six teams with a 7-5 record in the AFC and understand the importance of Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos (9-3).

Buffalo will have to limit quarterback Peyton Manning if they are going to have a chance to pull out the victory.

"Just get after him," Bills defensive end Mario Williams said this week.  "Don't waste any time because obviously he's a very smart quarterback and he knows where he wants to throw the ball before the balls snapped.  We can't play around, can't hesitate."

The Bills are 3-2 on the road this year and quarterback Kyle Orton knows he'll have to deliver on offense when going up against Manning.

"I don't think we feel any more pressure this week because the quarterback the defense is facing," Orton said. 

Manning and the Broncos offense is averaging 30.1 points a game.  Buffalo is only allowing 18.1 per game.

"We haven't played a meaningful game in December in a long time," Bills running back Fred Jackson said.  

"This is something that we have that opportunity and we have to take advantage of it," Jackson continued.

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Bills Score in Final Seconds, Defeat Vikings

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- Sammy Watkins caught a game-winning touchdown pass from Kyle Orton with one second left on the clock as the Buffalo Bills (4-3) snuck past the Minnesota Vikings (2-5), 17-16 on Sunday. 

Orton, a 10-year veteran, led an 80-yard drive in the final quarter to cap off an improbable victory for the Bills who turned the ball over four times. Buffalo also lost a pair of running backs in C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson to injury.

That did not deter the quarterback who overcame a lost fumble and interception of his own. The rookie Watkins finished the day with nine catches for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Orton kept the drive alive by converting a fourth-and-20 with a 24-yard pass to Scott Chandler. Two plays later, he found Watkins to convert on third-and-12.

"Any time you get a chance to go on a game-winning drive, it's awesome," Orton said. "We hung in there, made some mistakes, but in the end we got the win, and that was our goal."

The Vikings led 13-10 at halftime on a pair of Blair Walsh field goals sandwiched around a Cordarelle Patterson touchdown catch. The lead ballooned to six on Walsh's third field goal of the game in the fourth quarter after Minnesota had a first-and-goal on the seven.

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Chargers Prepare for Tough Road Game in Buffalo

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Chargers (1-1) have a tough task at hand on Sunday when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills (2-0).

San Diego is coming off a big win against the Seattle Seahawks in week 2 and quarterback Philip Rivers understands this will be another challenge in a long season.

"It's going to be tough," Rivers said. "[They're] not a team we're overly familiar with and they've won two in a row. We got to go play good."

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy is doing everything he can to prepare his defense for stand-out rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

"He's on his first go-around with each defensive back," McCoy said of the rookie.  "He plays it for a little bit and as the game goes on he learns a few more things about the technique that guys trying to play. He's got so much to learn, but he's done a nice job the first couple weeks of the season, very explosive player."

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Watkins Reinjures Ribs in Bills' Preseason Finale

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- Buffalo Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins re-injured his ribs in the teams' final preseason game Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Watkins had to leave the game after being hit by Pittsburgh linebacker Ashlee Palmer during a play in the first quarter.

After the hit, Watkins walked back to the huddle but quickly changed his mind and walked off the field to be checked out by team doctors. He did not return to the game.

Watkins, who the Bills selected with the fourth overall pick in this year's draft, had previously bruised his ribs on Aug. 16.

The 6-foot-1, 205 pound Watkins had 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns during his final season at Clemson.

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Sammy Watkins Hurts Ribs

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Buffalo Bills first-round draft pick Sammy Watkins left Saturday night's preseason game against the Steelers with a rib contusion in the first quarter and did not return.

Watkins was trying to pull in a pass by EJ Manuel on a quick slant that was low and incomplete.  Steelers defender Cortez Allen fell to the ground while trying to make the play and linebacker Ryan Shazier jumped to avoid Allen and collided with Watkins' rib cage.

"I think Sammy will be fine," Manuel said. "Hopefully he'll come back and bounce back from whatever little injury he had."

Watkins walked to the locker room on his own power, but the Bills have still not released any further update after he received X-rays.

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2014 NFL Draft First Round Selections

Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Draft Round 1:

1. Houston Texans - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

2. St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

4. Buffalo Bills traded with Browns - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

5. Oakland Raiders - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

6. Atlanta Falcons - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

8. Browns traded with Vikings - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

9. Minnesota Vikings - Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

10. Detroit Lions - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

11. Tennessee Titans - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

12. New York Giants - Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

13. St. Louis Rams - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

14. Chicago Bears - Kyle Fuller, DB, Virginia Tech

15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

16. Dallas Cowboys - Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

17. Baltimore Ravens - C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

18. New York Jets - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

19. Miami Dolphins - Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee

20. New Orleans Saints traded with Cardinals - Brandon Cooks, WR, Oregon State

21. Green Bay Packers - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

22. Cleveland Browns traded with Eagles - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

23. Kansas City Chiefs - Dee Ford, DE, Auburn

24. Cincinnati Bengals - Darqueze Denard, CB, Michigan State

25. San Diego Chargers - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

26. Philadelphia Eagles - Marcus Smith, LB, Louisville

27. Arizona Cardinals - Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

28. Carolina Panthers - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

29. New England Patriots - Dominique Easley, DE, Florida

30. San Francisco 49ers - Jimmie Ward, DB, North Illinois

31. Denver Broncos - Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

32. Minnesota Vikings traded with Seahawks - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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ESPN: Clemson's Sammy Watkins to Enter 2014 NFL Draft

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a record-setting performance in the Orange Bowl, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft, reports ESPN.

Since stepping onto the field for Clemson, Watkins has been not only one of the best players on his team, but in the entire nation. He caught 27 touchdowns in his three seasons at Clemson. In his junior year alone, Watkins caught 101 passes for 1,464 yards and twelve touchdowns.

It is hard to deny Watkins' talent, especially after his Orange Bowl performance. He finished the game with 16 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns.

Scouts Inc. have rated Watkins as the highest rated wide receiver in the 2014 Draft.

Fellow Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant has also declared for the draft after catching 42 passes for 828 yards this season.

Quarterback Tajh Boyd will also enter the 2014 Draft after recently completing his senior season.

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Boyd, Watkins Lead (12) Clemson Past (7) Ohio State In Orange Bowl

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receiver Sammy Watkins made a final impression fans soon won't forget in the team's 40-35 win over Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.

Boyd completed 31 of 40 passes for 378 yards and five touchdowns. He also did damage in the running game, as he led Clemson with 127 rushing yards while scoring another touchdown on the ground.

"It's a very special night," Boyd said. "Just the significance of this game, not for me particularly, not for this team particularly, but for this university ... I couldn't pick a better way to go out as a senior."

The story of the game you could argue though, was Watkins. The junior wide receiver caught 16 passes on the night for 227 yards with two touchdowns.

In what is expected to be his final season at Clemson, Watkins caught 101 passes for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.

After starting their season 12-0 and in prime position to contend for a BCS National Championship, they end their season on a two-game losing streak.

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No. 3 Clemson Pulls Away in the Second Half, Downs NC State 26-14

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Tajh Boyd completed 24 of 37 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 3 Clemson Tigers past North Carolina State, 26-14, Thursday night.

NC State (2-1) made it a ballgame in the first half. After falling behind 6-0 on two Chandler Catanzaro field goals, the Wolfpack drove the ball 92 yards on their first drive of the second quarter, which ended with Shadrach Thornton rushing for a 21-yard touchdown. Nicklas Sade made the extra point and NC State went up 7-6.

Clemson (3-0) would answer on its final drive of the half when Boyd threw an 11-yard touchdown to Sam Cooper, as the Tigers went into the half with a 13-7 lead.

Clemson played strong in the second half, as Boyd threw two more touchdowns, both to junior receiver Martavis Bryant.

NC State quarterback Pete Thomas rushed for a four-yard touchdown with 3:50 left in the game, closing the margin to 12 points. The Wolfpack proceeded to attempt an onside kick, but Clemson recovered, pretty much ending any chance of a NC State comeback.

"Defensively we played great the entire game," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. "It's unfortunate that we couldn't get that last stop. (In the second half) We played smarter, we executed better, we got the running game going and Tajh Boyd got going. Made some big plays in the passing game. Some plays that were there in the first half that we didn't make we converted on them in the second half. That was the difference in the game."

Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins had 10 catches for 96 yards in the win.

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