As a veteran, Stevie needs to get serious [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So the Bills are relying heavily on Johnson, both on and off the field. They need him to stay healthy, and they need him to produce as a No. 1 receiver while continuing to mature as a team leader. The idea of Johnson being a mentor for a stable of rookies is a tenuous one, to say the least.'
Pettine gauging versatile fits for his defense [1:58 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"This defense we've got we're all over the place," said Anderson. "I might be a defensive end one play, an outside linebacker standing up on another play. I don't know what my set position is right now, but I have been working at both."'
Hall Of Fame Giver [7:04 PM]
Catholic Sports Association reports: '“I flunked my physical when I got drafted by the Bills. They said there was a problem with my heart. My wife and I were scared. They found out I could play, but, during that four-week period, my wife said, ‘No big deal, you could coach or do something else.’ It had no bearing on her. My brother Darryl, who just passed away last month and was a great Christian, said I needed a new heart. He said it was a wake-up call to keep my heart pure and clear. It’s not about material things. I realized you can’t have a hardened heart.”'
Lawyer says Mario Williams committed perjury [1:59 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '“Despite his fame and wealth, this court should not allow Williams to misuse the court system, or to avoid the ramifications of his conduct,” Buzbee wrote. “Williams is not above the law. He undeniably lied under oath.”'
Bills’ Chandler making quick comeback [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The knee feels really good,” Chandler said. “I feel great. Running routes, you guys saw, I don’t know that it’s 100-percent but it’s better than most so I’m feeling good.”'
New Bills defense geared to create confusion [1:58 AM]
AP reports: 'Pettine is responding to comments made by several Buffalo veterans in sharing their first impressions of a defense geared toward creating mismatches by having players learn multiple roles. Three weeks into spring minicamps, the question becomes how quickly the Bills can adapt to yet another new system - their third in three years.'
Bills' Chandler working hard through torn ACL rehab [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"You figure it up, and we start camp at seven months for Scott. Even if the doctor said, 'You're strong enough to do it,' you don't know confidence-wise how long it'll take him to get back to 100 percent."'
Chandler on fast track in return from ACL [1:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The knee feels really good,” Chandler said at the conclusion of his solo workout. “I feel great. Running routes you could probably tell it’s not 100 percent, but it’s better than most so I feel good.”'
OTA Practice Notes - Day 6 [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s good to play out there with the ones just to see where your skill level is and see how good you are and how good you fit in with the players and how you work with them,” said Robey.'
Bills buying into Pettine’s philosophy on defense [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s an entire change of mentality here. Not just from a scheme standpoint, but from a fundamental standpoint, from a mentality standpoint, so we’re knee deep in trying to get that taught,” Pettine said this week in his second public comments since being hired by Doug Marrone in January. “It’s all new, and I think they’ve done a good job of buying in. They’ve been very eager to learn, and they’ve carried it over onto the field."'
Bills Rogers anxious for his final chance [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Rogers said Marrone told him, “He really just said you’ve got to come here and grab it by the horns. Do what you’ve got to do, come in here and be a professional, be accountable and everything will work out the way it’s supposed to so that’s the way I’m going to handle things up here.”'
Vets promoting staff's new attitude [1:57 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Everything we’re doing from warm-ups to working out to conditioning is totally different,” said Mario Williams. “So I think a lot of the players are seeing a lot of results and changes. It’s just working. We’re out here pushing each other and getting after it.”'
CJ Spiller, backfield mates in line for more touches under new Bills OC [6:13 PM]
Anderson Independent Mail reports: '"It’s a very good group coached by a very good coach and it’s an exciting deal to be able to turn around and hand the ball off or from the gun or wherever it is. You really want to give those guys the ball one way or the other.”'
Manuel learning as he goes [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Footwork is tied into everything,” Hackett said after the Bills’ spring practice Tuesday. “Everything is within your footwork. It’s a very big learning process. For us, we use our footwork, we use our progression, and we move up in the pocket.”'
Niagara County Legislature invites Bills to consider moving to Falls [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The resolution the Legislature passed Tuesday by an 8-4 vote notes that Niagara Falls has large expanses of vacant property close to the international border, which would make it handier for Canadian fans than is Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.'
Bills WR Stevie Johnson resumes practicing [1:57 AM]
AP reports: 'The session marked the first time Johnson has worked in a practice setting with Buffalo's new quarterbacks: veteran free-agent addition Kevin Kolb, and rookie first-round pick EJ Manuel.'
Bills Gilmore learned a lot from first season [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Its mostly staying square at the line of scrimmage" Gilmore said during an interview on the WGR morning show on Tuesday. "When I was guarding receivers last year, sometimes I opened up, just mainly trying to use my athletic ability instead of working on straight technique. Its one thing I feel I’m getting better at."'
Bills' Pettine has had no words with Byrd [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"No," Pettine confirmed. "That's above my pay grade. I got enough dealings with the guys here. So that's a situation I'll let itself handle it."'
Bills' Stevie Johnson gets back on the field [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"His presence has been out there the whole time, it's just nice to see him in a helmet I think from all of our standpoint," he said. "The good thing is, Stevie's done a great job being out there and supporting everybody because he's obviously had to have some growing pains in the new system. So he's been able to really get a lot of mental reps, and I think being out there helping those guys has been critical for all of them."'
Mario saga raises hard questions [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Add it all up and it's still murky to calculate what right the fans have to know details of the players' personal lives. In the end I think the fans can claim some. Athletes' astronomical salaries, a major propellor in steady ticket hikes not to mention publicly funded stadiums, are some defense for this position. No, we don't need to know which players on the team fought with their spouses the morning of the game. And we're not asking for that.'
OTA Practice Notes - Day 5 [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’m definitely happy,” Johnson told Buffalobills.com. “At first they said I was just going to come out here and do some drills on the side, but I wanted to get out here and run and see how it is. It felt good. I’ve still got point pressure in my back and in my ankle, but I was out there and I was able to complete it so I feel good about it.”'
LB Alonso already making a move [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think he can play two (positions),” said head coach Doug Marrone after Alonso was drafted. “He’s a big kid. You see it on the clips. He can play man-to-man, he has good zone awareness, has a bunch of pass breakups. You see it from a coverage standpoint and then you also see him coming downhill making plays and he has a lot of tackles for losses. So he can make big plays from that linebacker position in both coverage and the running game.'
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.'
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