Bills think young corners have it covered [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I like it. I really do because sometimes when you come in and you are teaching new concepts … it is good to get them when they are fresh and they are not locked into a certain technique that they are doing. So I like a lot of those young guys back there.”'
Mario Williams’ ex-fiancee pushes back with countersuit [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s just something that happened, and it is what it is,” Williams after Tuesday’s practice at One Bills Drive. “When we’re here, playing ball and inside this facility, with this family, it’s all about us; it’s not about anything else.'
Waterfront stadium group offers NFTA $500,000 for outer harbor land [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’re going to stay the course,” NFTA Executive Director Kimberley A. Minkel said late Tuesday.'
Buddy Nix's legacy remains incomplete [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It’d be a better feel-good story had Nix actually accomplished something in his 3 1/4 seasons in charge.'
Doug Marrone will shape the legacy of two Buffalo Bills general managers [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'If Marrone, Manuel, and the "new Bills" are successful, he can take part of the credit as he was involved in the process to bring them in. If they fail, well, that's Buddy's fault, right?'
Former WVU star Talley successful business owner [1:54 AM]
Beckley Register Herald reports: 'Asked what made him so tough and successful as a linebacker, Darryl had a simple reply: “I’ve got a couple things. No. 1, it was my desire to win. No. 2, it was my upbringing that you have to work for everything you get (because) nobody gives you anything.”'
Buffalo Bills claim TE Mickey Shuler off waivers [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills are in need of tight end depth with returning starter Scott Chandler recuperating from surgery to repair a torn left knee ligament. To make room for Shuler's addition on Tuesday, the Bills placed undrafted rookie receiver Kevin Norrell on waived/injured.'
Bills DE Williams sues ex to return $785,000 ring [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'In a lawsuit filed in Harris County, Texas, district court on May 3, Williams alleges Erin Marzouki broke off the engagement in January. He accuses Marzouki of absconding with the ring, and of using the relationship as a means to get at his money.'
Bills pick up TE Shuler [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'He played for the Vikings and the Miami Dolphins in his rookie season, returned the Vikings in 2011 after he was released by the Cincinnati Bengals and then spent the final 11 weeks of the 2012 season on the Raiders' practice squad.'
Byrd among 10 Bills absent from OTAs [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Byrd has not signed his franchise tender to this point in time, giving he and the Bills until July 15 to negotiate a long-term deal. If no deal is reached by that date, the two sides may only negotiate a one-year deal or Byrd can simply just sign the tender.'
Bills' QB competition takes shape [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"We've done a good job because we're watching the reps of the quarterbacks and we're trying to make it to a point where it's equal," the coach said. "Well obviously Kevin and Tarvaris have been here a while so it's not to that point yet but we are getting a lot of reps out of EJ right now. Probably a little bit less than the other two are, but our goal is to somewhere along this line during these OTAs as he progresses, to have those equal amount of reps."'
Bills claim TE Mickey Shuler [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Having been cut by the Oakland Raiders earlier this week, the Bills put in the highest waiver claim for Shuler and promptly added him to the roster. In partnership with the move, the team also announced they have waived undrafted free agent wide receiver Kevin Norell.'
TE Mickey Shuler signed by Bills, WR Norrell waived [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'A two-year starter at Stony Brook, Norrell posted a monster senior season for the Sea Wolves with 63 catches for 1,388 yards and 15 touchdowns last year. Norrell signed on as undrafted free agent on April 29.'
Marrone on competition: ''It starts as soon as people are acquired'' [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I think it starts as soon as people are acquired you start the competition. We have done a good job just watching the reps of the quarterbacks and we are trying to make it to a point where it is equal while obviously Kevin (Kolb) and Tarvaris (Jackson) have been here for a while so it is not to that point yet. We are getting a lot of reps out of EJ (Manuel) right now. Probably a little bit less than the other two are, but our goal is to somewhere along this line during these OTAs as he progresses to have those equal amount of reps.'
Kevin Kolb: ''Everybody’s ready to prove something'' [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Everybody’s hungry. And everybody’s ready to prove something, including the older guys that are here because some of us are new and there’s a new coaching staff. They’re new eyes and the coaching staff is trying to prove stuff to us as well: prove their systems work, prove their methods work, so that makes for a competitive camp and competitive OTAs. And that’s good for everybody. And I think that if you guys can’t see it we’re really progressing every day. And I feel that we’ve gotten a lot better today than we were yesterday and so on.'
EJ Manuel: ''The biggest thing is leading by example'' [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I think for me, I watch those guys all the time. Whether it’s in the film room or warming up out here on the field, seeing what they do throughout the practices, seeing how they talk to the teammates, direct guys out there on the field. They obviously help when I ask questions. But probably the biggest thing is leading by example.'
OTA Practice Notes - Day 2 [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Pettine’s scheme offers a wide array of pressures with linebackers and defensive backs all potential blitzers from a number of different alignments. It was clear that it was an adjustment for the Bills offensive front and the quarterbacks as the Buffalo QBs tucked the ball and ran more often than they had in previous practices.'
Russ Brandon on GM post: ''We have a plan'' [7:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We have a plan and we are going to execute that plan,” said Brandon. “When I am ready to address the situation at some point, we will all be sitting here again together and we’ll go through that process. I won’t go through that (now) or at any time in the near future. We have a plan in everything we do.”'
Nix says time right to step down [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The long-anticipated move by Nix, 73, paves the way for the promotion of 40-year-old Assistant General Manager Doug Whaley. He is expected to be named general manager within the next week or two. Whaley was hand-picked by Nix and former scouting chief Tom Modrak in February 2010, when they hired him from the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. He has been grooming under Nix ever since. He got a promotion in 2011, and his contract with the Bills was extended in February.'
Bills, Sabres: A tradition unlike any other [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And now that Nix is gone, the Bills won’t be tempted to rekindle the man-crush on Shawne Merriman that had the odd feel of the one going on with Jochen Hecht downtown. Another plus.'
Buffalo Bills' Buddy Nix: 'Right time' to step down as GM [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He will remain a vital part of the organization,” Brandon said. “He will still play a vital role in our football organization. He will assist me, coach Marrone, and the next general manager in projects that we all work on together and discuss. He means more to me than I can say and has been a significant part of this organization and has helped raised me in this business.”'
Buddy Nix steps down as Buffalo Bills GM [1:56 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'It’s not clear what Nix’s new duties will entail, but at the news conference Brandon said: “He will still play a vital role in our football organization. He will assist me, coach Marrone and the next general manager … He means more to me than I can say and has been a significant part of this organization and has helped raised me in this business.”'
War of words escalates in Williams’ engagement ring suit [1:55 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '“This is a stupid lawsuit because it has no legal merit, and it’s a stupid lawsuit because it’s not going to be good for his career,” Buzbee said. “(Williams) is a victim of his emotions and of bad legal advice. What he’s done is kick an anthill, and you know what happens when you kick an anthill.”'
Buddy Nix steps down as Bills general manager [1:54 AM]
USA Today reports: '"I feel strongly that the team is on the right course for success," Nix said. "We have some excellent talent on our team and Coach Marrone and his staff are doing a terrific job in leading and teaching the players we have on our roster. I was very impressed with the 24 rookies we had in this past weekend and I'm very excited about the upcoming season. I think this is going to be an exciting time for our team and our fans."'
Buddy Nix steps down as Bills GM [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'Assistant GM Doug Whaley, entering his fourth season in Buffalo, is expected to take over. He was signed to a long-term contract extension in January. Though the Bills did not immediately announce Nix's replacement, the team has spent much of the offseason grooming Whaley, a former executive with the Steelers and a former player at Pitt, to take over.'
Bills GM Nix steps down [1:52 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"I've made this decision to step away from the general manager's position because I feel it is the right time," said Nix in a statement. "By the 'right time' I mean I think we have a good young roster, an excellent head coach with a good staff, and it's time to let someone else handle these responsibilities and move forward together."'
Nix steps down as Bills GM [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Timing is the main thing, but there are other benefits as well. This job is very demanding with a 24-7 schedule of responsibilities. This new position will enable me to spend more time with my family. I appreciate the opportunity given to me by (owner) Mr. (Ralph) Wilson and (team president) Russ (Brandon) and I'm fortunate to step away from the job and still remain a part of the team."'
Mario Williams' ex-fiance tells her side of the story [1:50 AM]
KHOU-TV reports: '"A part of Williams wanted to be married and start a family, while another part wanted to continue to live the life of a wealthy bachelor who could do whatever he wanted, with whomever he wanted, whenever he wanted," according to the counter-claim.'
Da'Rick Rogers Hoping to Mature With Buffalo Bills [1:49 AM]
WDEF-TV reports: 'Said Rogers,"It hurts. It's embarrassing. Like I said, it just makes the chip on my shoulder that much bigger. There are a lot of doubters and a lot of haters out there. I'm here, not to prove them wrong, but to show who I am, and what I'm really about. It has been a long, long, long ride for me as far as personal growth and everything. I'm just glad to be here. Coaches are pushing us young guys to get better. We've got (quarterback) E.J. Manuel out there looking good. I feel good right now. I'm excited."'
Nix steps down as Bills GM [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"He’s still going to be a vital part of the organization," he said. "He’s still going play a significant role with our football operation. He will assist me and he will assist coach Marrone and the next general manager on project work that we all work on together and we discuss."'
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