Rookie Minicamp Practice Notes - Day 1 [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Our goal as coaches was to come out here and get with these players, start teaching them the playbook, the offense, defense and special teams,” Marrone said. “Start working on even special teams. Really just trying to get a chance to know them, how they learn, what they do and really teach them our tempo of practice and what our expectations are out of them.”'
Doug Marrone: ''We want to get this group up to par'' [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I thought EJ (Manuel) did well, and I thought Jeff (Tuel) threw well. I thought both quarterbacks did a nice job coming in here. I thought what we gave them, not a large package, but we got them off and they looked like…both the quarterbacks got off to a good start. Again, the offensive line really blocked well today because it was mostly seven-on-seven. (Laughs) But no, I was happy with both quarterbacks today.'
EJ Manuel: ''No nerves. I was just excited to be out here'' [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It’s all predicated on the pass concept, just pairing the footwork with the passing play. It’s a lot you have to remember. It’s the first day, but I thought overall, like I said, the whole team did a good job.'
Four draft choices ink rookie deals with Bills [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills signed third-round receiver Marquise Goodwin, fourth-round defensive back Duke Williams, fifth-round safety Jonathan Meeks and sixth-round kicker Dustin Hopkins.'
Jonathan Meeks in familiar company as he begins pro career with Buffalo Bills [1:40 PM]
Anderson Independent Mail reports: '"I feel like it will work well for me," Meeks said. "We had a chance to go over some plays, where he drew up some plays. I just fell in love with the defense within one day and coach as well."'
Bills sign seventh-rounder [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gragg, the 222nd overall pick in the draft, played in 43 games for the Razorbacks, making 20 starts, with 72 career catches for 1,003 yards. Of his seven touchdowns at Arkansas, Gragg had three in the 2012 season.'
Giving Bills’ rookies a sense of place [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Remember, you’re a rookie. Keep your ears open and your mouth closed. It will take you a long way in the locker room and a longer way in the community. Buffalo is a small town, but it’s not Mayberry. The people here love their connection to big-time football players, but they never fully embrace big-time attitudes.'
Doug Marrone's Jamesville house, indoor basketball court and salt-water pool up for sale for $1.2M [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'An indoor gym, which is 50 feet by 25 feet, includes a basketball hoop, and is adorned with the Syracuse logo and Orange walls.'
Gaskins may have gone to right NFL team [1:56 AM]
Richmond Times Dispatch reports: 's signed with the Buffalo Bills, whose front office has some appreciation for CAA Football.'
Bills sign rookie 7th-round pick, TE Gragg [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'He was chosen 222nd overall out of Arkansas, and becomes the first of Buffalo's eight draft picks to sign with the team. Gragg had 72 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns in 43 career games, including 20 starts.'
Bills sign seventh-round pick [1:54 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Gragg finished his career at Arkansas with 72 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns. Last season, he caught 22 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns after a career-high 43 receptions for 518 yards in 2011.'
Bills ink 7th round pick Gragg to rookie deal [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Gragg and the rest of the Bills rookie class -- including the undrafted free agents -- will be on the field at One Bills Drive on Friday for the start of rookie minicamp.'
Former player suggests Bills and Byrd are $2M apart [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I got a comment on Jairus Byrd: sign the dang contract and get in to camp," Kelso started. "He's the leader on the defense, you've got to be leader on the defense or the defense is going nowhere. So sign a contract in get in to camp. I mean we're talking'… we're quibbling over $2 million here. I mean I know $2 million is a lot of money but not when you're making $6 [million] or $7 [million]."'
Bills' cap casualty candidates [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Here is a list of five veterans that could be in their last few months with the team.'
Bills sign seventh-round TE Chris Gragg [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It feels like the entire draft process is finally over,” Gragg told Buffalobills.com. “I’m back to being a football player now. I’ve been talking to the coaches and they seem very excited for me to be here and I’m ready to get to work.”'
Competition, camaraderie the results of Bills conditioning program [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“They want to do everything they can right now to help us,” said Jackson. “That’s why the program that we’re in is so strenuous. They know that coming back we’re going to hit the ground running and they want us prepared for that so they’re pushing us hard right now.”'
How the Bills fit in to the new NFL: Defense [9:13 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As it's currently constructed, how have the Bills attempted to adapt their roster to the way the NFL is trending? Here's a look...'.
Professional football player charged, fundraising Tradition Field celebrity softball game canceled [9:05 PM]
Port Saint Lucie Times reports: 'McIntyre, 34, of the 100 block of Southwest Hidden Cove Way, was charged by Port St. Lucie police after they interviewed him and a woman at his home about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. McIntyre has played for the Buffalo Bills the last few years but is a free agent.'
Mario Williams’ Limited Engagement [6:41 PM]
WFAN-AM reports: 'And Mario Williams doesn’t get a pass simply because he can afford, as F. Scott Fitzgerald would say, A Diamond as Big as the Ritz. But fair is indeed fair. And though the numbers are never incidental, the principle should stand no matter the money involved.'
Bills hope Tuel is part of the QB mix [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s exciting for the organization to bring in a guy like EJ and bring that first-round potential. My first thought is that’s a great deal for the team most importantly,” he said. “As far as my side, it’s still my job to go in there and compete and push him – or whoever – for the starting job and just try to do my best out there. We’re all coming in there to compete, so if I can make any of the quarterbacks in front of me better by doing anything, then I will.”'
Report: Lions tried to trade Bills the No. 5 pick in draft [1:58 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'Bills general manager Buddy Nix told the team’s website that the Lions approached him about trading up to the No. 5 spot but that he had no interest in doing so. “Not at all,” Nix told the website. “You’ve got to give up too much to move up. We had guys that we thought would be there and had our favorite there, so we weren’t interested in moving up.”'
Bills star Williams sues to get $785,000 engagement ring back [4:31 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Texas is not a no-fault state for such a conditional gift. The person giving the ring can recover it “on breach of the marriage engagement by the donee,” according to a 2003 Texas Court of Appeals ruling.'
Mario Williams sues to get his engagement ring back [4:30 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Williams’ attorneys are seeking a temporary restraining order and a permanent injunction preventing Marzouki or her associates from selling or damaging the ring or keeping any proceeds from the sale of the ring. Williams is entitled to recovery of the ring, they say, under a “conditional gift rule” recognized by Texas courts.'
Former Texan sues ex-fiancee to get ring back [1:17 PM]
KTRK-TV reports: 'Under a rule that is recognized by Texas courts, Williams may be entitled to get the ring back because it was given as a gift with the intention of getting married, and Marzouki reportedly ended the engagement.'
Bills $100 million man Mario Williams suing ex-fiance over 10-carat diamond [12:33 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Williams filed a lawsuit against his former finance, Erin Marzouki, seeking the return of a 10-carat diamond engagement ring that the stud defensive end bought her with some of his Houston Texan cash. How much cash, you might be wondering? Try a cool $785,000. No, that isn’t a typo. Williams thought it a good idea to pony up more than three-quarters of a million dollars on a single ring for a girl he thought he might marry. MC Hammer thinks that’s extravagant.'
Nix, Marrone look back at Buffalo draft [10:12 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“It really, at first, kind of shocked me a little bit,” Nix admitted. “But when you think about it, people were worried about this quarterback class. The hype or the lack of it got people concerned and they went out and tried to give themselves some insurance, bringing in veteran quarterbacks. It made that not be a priority in the first few picks.'
Smart money’s on keeping Byrd [3:40 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills shouldn’t let it come to that. I’m not privy to negotiations, but it would be imprudent to play hardball with Byrd and risk alienating one of the top players and good guys on the team. It’s only May, but drafting safeties in consecutive rounds was a troubling sign that this could get ugly.'
Alonso could star as QB of Bills' defense [3:39 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Alonso is a highly athletic, tenacious defender with a history of making big plays in big games. His agility, speed and instincts make him a legitimate three-down defender -- critical when taking into consideration that if the Bills have plans to jump in the AFC East standings they'll have to not only improve against the run but slow down Tom Brady's quick-hitting passes over the middle.'
Bills will be on the lookout for missing puzzle pieces [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Players will be released. There’s still some cap work that needs to be done on a lot of teams so there will be good players popping up. You just have to be ready, and we track them,” said Tom Gibbons, the Bills’ director of pro personnel. “If there were to be a player come available, I don’t think there’d be any question that we’d sign him ... up until camp if we felt the player could help us.”'
Grading drafts in the AFC East [1:58 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The first scout gave the Bills’ draft a C grade, the second a B to B-minus.'
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