Woods, Manuel make connection [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We were able to hang out pretty much the whole day or two days,” Manuel said. “It’s just crazy that we ended up on the same team, so instantly we texted each other and we were happy about it.”'
Mario: Texts taken out of context [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think that’s just a way of venting out, but obviously that’s the wrong person to vent to,” Williams said of Marzouki. “It’s just something that I wouldn’t tell anybody else – as far as venting – than the person you love or whatnot at the time.”'
Serious issue is straight out of left field [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As Williams’ critics in Houston told me after he signed here, it’s always something with the guy. But I never could have imagined that the Bills’ $100 million defensive end would have to refute reports of mental illness.'
Bills sign 2nd-round draft pick WR Robert Woods [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'Woods has not looked out of place during practice.'
Bills DE Williams says texts taken out of context [1:55 AM]
AP reports: '''Obviously it's just a tactic to cover up the point of the whole thing,'' Williams said. ''It is what it is. I could really care less. All it is (is) allegations and text messages and what not, whatever information blown out of proportion. I mean, it's completely out of context.'''
Bills ink 2nd-round pick Woods [1:54 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Woods set a school record by catching 252 passes for 2,930 yards and 32 touchdowns.'
Bills DE Williams denies having 'suicidal thoughts' [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Bills coach Doug Marrone told reporters Monday that he had spoken with Williams, but did not know about his comments. "The organization will not comment on personal issues," Marrone said. "My conversations with him are private."'
Bills and WR Woods agree to rookie deal [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With Woods now almost under contract, the Bills are now only one player away from having their entire rookie class locked up ahead of training camp in late July. The last remaining player is first-round pick and quarterback E.J. Manuel, who was the 16th overall selection.'
Bills' Mario Williams responds to published texts [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'You know, I think it's just… it's obvious it's just a tactic to cover up the point of the whole thing. It is what it is. I could really care less. I mean, all it is is allegations, text messages or what not, whatever information blown out of proportion. I mean it's completely out of context.'
OTA Practice Notes - Day 4 [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think this is a very critical week for us as far as OTAs,” said Marrone. “Obviously the installation is heavier now than it was in the beginning. Less time to prepare and you’re talking about practices number four, five and six. My challenge to the team was I can get up there every day and give them the ‘let’s go get them’ speech. But in the end that’s not going to be good enough for the upcoming season. A lot of this has to come from within and inspired from oneself to do better. That was my challenge to them.”'
Robert Woods signs rookie contract [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“First of all I want to say thank you to the organization, but my job is to play football,” Woods told Buffalobills.com. “I hired a good agent. I know he’s going to do his part. My job is to play football, get this behind me and the focus is on the field now.”'
Free agent RB Montell Owens visits Bills [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think you look at a player that’s a veteran player that has been in this league and has seven years experience,” said Bills head coach Doug Marrone. “You can add depth at the running back position and really be a core special teams player for you. He’s here on a visit. I have not had the chance to sit down and speak with him yet and I’ll do that this afternoon to see where the situation is.”'
Jerry Hughes eager to make impact [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Last year, as I watched him in Indianapolis, I really felt that he turned the corner,” Polian said. “He became much more assertive. He was flying to the ball. He was doing all of the things we thought he could do when we drafted him. And that’s fine. He was in his third year-that’s when they should start to contribute. He did a really good job of it. I think the light went on for him, as the saying goes.”'
Source: Bills, Woods reach four-year pact [1:59 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bills now have contract agreements with seven of their eight draft picks. First-round pick EJ Manuel, who was taken No. 16 overall, remains the only unsigned player from the 2013 class.'
EJ Manuel loves Bills' offense [1:58 AM]
ESPN reports: '"The funny thing is it's easier to learn than the offense I had at Florida State," he told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "It's a true West Coast-type progression offense. That's really what I wanted when I was coming through the pre-draft process. I wanted something that I could just go in and say 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, check it down and run it. That's it, it's that simple. I love it."'
Manuel: Bills' offense simpler than FSU's [1:57 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I've done great. The learning curve for me is a lot shorter simply because of what I had at Florida State. (The Seminoles' offense is) more complex and a little bit harder to catch on and learn. This offense is very simple. I've done a great job with it."'
What should Bills GM Doug Whaley do next? [7:25 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The very first item on your to do list should be getting Jairus Byrd signed to a long term contract. I know contract negotiations are typically handled by Jim Overdorf, Senior Vice President of Football Administration, but this is one where you need to step in and speed the process along.'
Quarterback gurus in vogue [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That emphasis on position-specific training — especially at the quarterback position — continues to grow. With each success story like Manuel’s, more and more young quarterbacks are turning to “gurus” like Mastrole in hopes of landing a college scholarship or professional career.'
A crack in the old-boys network [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Perhaps it’s coincidental. But just months after Ralph Wilson gave him full control, Brandon has changed the essential makeup of the organization. People are saying it feels different these days. It certainly looks different.'
For success, Whaley needs to step it up [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Talent evaluation is the most important part of the job. Whaley needs to keep talent coming through the pipeline of the draft, especially in Buffalo, where it’s harder (no matter what anybody says) to woo free agents than it is in Miami.'
Nix picks right time to cut back [1:56 AM]
Chattanooga Times Free Press reports: '"I really believe we're there," Nix said. "Everybody says this, but we were literally three or four plays from 9-7. We're headed in the right direction. We didn't have a single arrest the whole time I was there. We've completely overhauled this team from three years ago. It just takes time, even if nobody wants to hear that."'
Despite big NFL paydays, Mario Williams has problems [1:55 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'But court documents filed in a case involving Williams and his former fiancee over the possession of a $785,000 diamond engagement ring reveal Williams to be a troubled person.'
Mario Williams is now licensed peace officer in Texas [1:54 AM]
KRIV-TV reports: 'Williams passed his final exam on Friday, enabling him to graduate from the Lone Star Law Enforcement Academy. "It was definitely like getting four sacks in a game and scooping and scoring a touchdown," Williams said.'
Mario mentioned suicide, attorney says [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The true character of someone is always revealed in times that we don’t typically agree with. In these times it’s how you respond and portray yourself to others that shows the ethics, character and true morals of a person. What’s shown speaks for itself!'
Mario Williams text message: ‘No money in the world should leave me with suicidal thoughts’ [1:58 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Friday, he released a three-page series of text messages sent to Marzouki’s mobile phone in which Williams wrote on Nov. 11, “I took 3 hydrocodones this morning and no one knows” and “I’m going to take 2 more on the plane and fade away.” He also texted “No money in the world should leave me with suicidal thoughts.”'
Bills DE Williams fails to mediate ring dispute [1:57 AM]
AP reports: 'Williams did post several notes on his Twitter account Friday night - among his first since July. Though they didn't mention Marzouki or the lawsuit, the messages posted were in defense of his character.'
Whaley focused on playoffs [1:56 AM]
Sportsnet reports: '“To get in the playoffs the first thing you have to do is win the division. We are cognizant of what our competitors in the division are doing and a lot of what we do building our roster centres on how is this going to help us match-up against the New England Patriots, against the Miami Dolphins, against the New York Jets; because that’s our first goal every year, to win the division.”'
Whaley preaching hard work, accountability [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“There’s no magic formula and if there was I wouldn’t be able to tell you because 31 other teams would want it, but if you’re committed to accountability and hard work then the sky is the limit,” he said.'
Whaley takes his turn in long history of Bills GMs [10:39 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Younger isn’t necessarily better, but for a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since the 1999 season, those hires seem to indicate a new direction and commitment to change.'
Commencement day at One Bills Drive [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Asked what quality Whaley possesses that gives him an eye for football talent, Modrak said: “His core is he knows people. He has a feel for the room. He has a sense for what’s right and what’s wrong, and I think that all carries over when he analyzes players.”'
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