5 Observations from Bills mini-camp: Day 2 [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It wasn't a complete shutdown by the Bills' defense on Day 2 of mandatory mini-camp, but that side of the ball was getting the better of team work for the majority of the practice.'
Bills' Legursky brought in to challenge to start [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"They've made no secret about it that there's a competition around here and that involves a few different players. I'm just glad to be a part of it. May the best man win," Legursky said. "No hard feelings either way, but nobody's in this league to be a backup, so everybody that's in that competition is playing their best ball trying to make it and that includes me."'
Bills Kolb not thinking about EJ Manuel [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The majority of the focus at next month’s training camp will be on Manuel and while Doug Marrone maintains the competition will determine the starter, one would think the organization would dearly like to see Manuel win the job. It’s possible Manuel could be the guy even if he isn’t the clear cut winner but at the very least, keeps the race close.'
Minicamp Practice Notes - Day 2 [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The defensive unit’s pressure packages consistently kept the offense off balance. Buffalo’s pass defenders were getting hands in the passing lanes to force incompletions Tuesday. On Wednesday they registered interceptions.'
Kolb, Manuel begin journey for Bills’ starting job [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When you look at it from a standpoint of reps … there’s just not enough reps to really do a good job evaluating,” Marrone said of a three-way competition. “I think it’ll be a lot clearer for all of us, or especially for myself as a coach, with the amount of reps that Kevin and EJ will get. … If you’re going around and you’re giving three players reps, it’s tough to keep track of that, honestly. And we keep track of everything.”'
Legursky quickly moves into action [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It feels good after spending so much time in free agency and not on a squad to have a team that wanted me to be a part of their organization and trusted me to come in here and take some pretty quality snaps,” Legursky said. “Coming to a new organization, I have to prove everything again, and I’m fine doing that.”'
Dropping the R-word is the right thing to do [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I'm not out to change the world or the NFL or what you believe.My plan is to change me and how I operate.'
Doug Marrone hopes to light up scoreboard, fans [1:56 AM]
USA Today reports: '"I know what it's like to have your team not do well. I know what it's like to say, 'Hey, do I want to wear this Bills shirt today? Or do I not want to (be mocked) when I walk around?'"'
Marrone called 3 a crowd in Bills QB competition [1:55 AM]
AP reports: '''The more reps you give them, I think it's going to be easier to tell it apart,'' Marrone said, a day after the team released veteran backup Tarvaris Jackson. ''I believe that we'll be able to see it at training camp. I think the players on the team are going to be able to see that separation. And that's the most important thing.'''
Bills open mandatory minicamp minus S Byrd [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'Byrd is not required to attend practice because he has not signed the one-year, $6.9 million contract the Bills offered by designating him their franchise player in March. The move allowed Buffalo to retain the fourth-year player's rights before he was eligible to become a free agent.'
5 Observations from Bills mini-camp: Day 1 [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Here are some brief takeaways from the first session of the week...'
Minus Jackson, Bills QBs get in to flow of competition [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I think it's very difficult in what we're trying to accomplish when we're trying to get a starting quarterback in that competition. When you look at it from a standpoint of reps, there's just not enough reps to really do a good job evaluating," Marrone said. "We made a decision to go with the three quarterbacks and the competition out there right now, I think it will be a lot clearer for all of us -- or especially for myself as a coach -- obviously with the amount of reps now that Kevin and EJ will get."'
Minicamp practice notes - Day 1 [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think it’s very difficult in what we’re trying to accomplish when we’re trying to get a starting quarterback from that competition,” said Marrone. “When you look at it from the standpoint of reps there’s just not enough reps to really do a good job of evaluating. So we made a decision to go with the three quarterbacks and the competition out there right now will be a lot clearer, especially for myself as a coach, with the amount of reps that Kevin and EJ will get.”'
Doug Marrone: ''I’m excited about this type of effort'' [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I think it’s very difficult in what we’re trying to accomplish, when we’re trying to get a starting quarterback and that competition. When you look at it from a standpoint of reps, I mentioned that last week, it’s just not enough reps to really do a good job evaluating. And so we made a decision and I think its tough decisions that are made. And we made a decision to go with the three quarterbacks in the competition out there right now. I think it’ll be a lot clearer for all of us, especially for myself as a coach, obviously with the amount of reps now that Kevin (Kolb) and EJ (Manuel) will get. I think at the same time, I think it’s important, it’s a very tough profession and you want to give people opportunities and I think that we really appreciate the job that Tarvaris did while he was here and how hard he worked and he was improving. Now he has an opportunity to catch on with another team and I think that’s important. He deserves that.'
Player personnel chief Jim Monos set to grind [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We were really proud of our (draft) record,” said Monos. “Coach Marrone was there and was part of some of those drafts as well. It’s that hard work element of it where we’re out there at pro days and hitting every single thing we could up until the draft to know as much as we could about those players.”'
Bills new scouting director equipped to find winners [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It helps me (now),” Fisher said. “It really helps me. When I started (scouting) doing BLESTO you would meet with the players before they became stars, their junior year going into their senior year. It would give me a good read on the kids then and even now at the NFL Combine it’s a good read. Being around them and looking at their bio and family structure you can see some of the things that make me go, ‘Uh oh, we may want to watch out.’”'
Bills opt to part ways with Jackson [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’ve been in this league going on eight years now,” Jackson said. “Hopefully, I’ll make it eight. But I know how it goes. Like I said, I just come out here and do my best. In certain situations your best might not be good enough. They invested a lot in a player in the first round.”'
Monos is ready for work [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You want to stick to what you believe in. Draft smart, hard-working, productive football players. It sounds simple but if you stick with it, the hit rate seems to be pretty good. We did a good job as a staff of being on the same page. Everybody knew what everybody wanted.”'
Bills cut QB Jackson before start of minicamp [1:57 AM]
AP reports: 'In the end, Jackson never received a shot in Buffalo after being acquired by the Bills in a trade with Seattle in August. The seventh-year player spent all of last season as Buffalo's third-string quarterback. Jackson then signed a one-year contract to return to Buffalo in February, believing he would have an opportunity to compete for a starting job.'
Bills release Tarvaris Jackson [1:56 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'After re-signing with the Bills in the offseason, Jackson was at first expected to compete for a starting job under new head coach Doug Marrone, but the Bills signed former Arizona starter Kevin Kolb and used their first-round choice in April's draft on Florida State signal-caller E.J. Manuel.'
Bills release QB Jackson [1:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Releasing Jackson now gives the eighth-year veteran a better opportunity to hook on with another team to compete for a backup job in training camp than he would have received in Buffalo.'
Bills release Tarvaris Jackson [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Jackson's removal from the roster means that first-round pick EJ Manuel and free agent signing Kevin Kolb will be the only competitors for the starting job in 2013. Throughout Organized Team Activities, Jackson and Kolb split the majority of team repetitions, while the Bills focused on bringing Manuel along slowly.'
Bills need inexperienced WRs to catch on fast [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Young receivers make more mistakes. They're also far too wrapped up in their own learning-curve to be worried about bringing the new QB along and helping him with his reads and adjustments. That's a lot to put on a rookie's plate. And it shouldn't be expected.'
5 things to expect from Bills mini-camp [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'What are some things to expect out of the three-day workout? Here's a brief outlook...'.
Bills draw on familiarity with new front office hires [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Monos, 38, takes over one half of Whaley's responsibilities during the 2012 season in his new role and will report directly to the GM. It's a fairly substantial leap within NFL circles, climbing from the ranks as an Area Scout over the past 12 years directly to his new position.'
QB Tarvaris Jackson released by Bills [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Jackson had a short, but strange tenure with the Bills that lasted less than a calendar year. The veteran QB was originally acquired via trade with Seattle for a seventh-round pick last September as an insurance policy at quarterback, but never took the field in the regular season.'
Dominique Ellis embracing stiff competition at safety [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’m just trying to be a great overall player,” said Ellis. “I really don’t try to focus on just one thing, I try to focus on the mental and the physical and being a great teammate at the same time.”'
Mario Williams excited, confident with undefined role [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He’s a versatile guy,” said Pettine in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. “I think he could play at the defensive end spot. He could play outside linebacker. He could be up. He could be down. I think there will be times in our third down package where he’s down over a guard, down over a center.”'
Landry Jones happy to be a Steeler, though his dad wavered [4:49 PM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: See second half of article for Bills-related items.
Kelly’s cancer surgery called a success [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Mr. Kelly is recovering comfortably at this time. He is in the capable care of the great nurses and staff here at ECMC. He will remain here at the hospital until he feels comfortable to go home.”'
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