Bills sign WR Sampson [1:52 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Sampson, a seventh-round draft choice of the Arizona Cardinals in 2011, appeared in 12 games during his rookie season, making three catches for 36 yards.'
Phone pranksters face federal charges [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Joshua Barber and Nicholas Kaiser, both 20 and from Plymouth, Ma., must appear Tuesday before a U.S. magistrate in Buffalo to answer charges of "intentionally intercepting a wire communication and making a telephone call without disclosing their identity with the intent to annoy or harass the person at the called number," the paper said.'
Bills' second corner job is up for grabs [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'That competition would seem to involve the freshly re-signed but rehabbing Leodis McKelvin, second-year player Ron Brooks, third-year corner Justin Rogers and the 26-year old Crezdon Butler.'
Bills Da'Rick Rogers has a chip on his shoulder [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"It was a little weird and it was heartbreaking but at the same time it made me want to go harder and work harder" Rogers said. "When it came down to it, and the decision about where I wanted to go and I found out I wanted to be with the Buffalo Bills, that just put a bigger chip on my shoulder so I’m ready to go."'
Bills sign WR Sampson [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills released undrafted free agent cornerback Vernon Kearney to make room on the roster.'
OTA Practice Notes - Day 9 [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s been good,” said Nigel Bradham. “Anytime you can cause confusion like that and keep the quarterback rattled that’s a good thing. Sometimes we don’t even bring pressure and the quarterback is moving his feet fast because he feels like he feels pressure.'
Bills sign WR DeMarco Sampson, waive DB Vernon Kearney [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Sampson entered the NFL as a seventh-round (249th overall) draft choice of the Arizona Cardinals in 2011 and appeared in 12 games during his rookie season, making three catches for 36 yards. He was released by Arizona prior to the 2012 regular season and joined the Philadelphia Eagles in January of 2013 before being released on May 14th. The 6-2, 204-pound San Diego State product caught 146 passes for 2,242 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Aztecs and earned All-Mountain West honors twice.'
Catching up with Cornelius Bennett [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I get great satisfaction out of helping other people, so charity is something that I truly feel is my calling,” Bennett said. “I was so blessed financially playing football that now I have the time to do charity stuff and that’s what I feel my true passion is.”'
Bills bring two rookie safeties up to speed [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Both those guys, I just think they’re a little overwhelmed right now with the scheme,” the Buffalo Bills’ defensive coordinator said recently after a spring practice. “We had a very simple camp for them, the rookie camp, then came in the very next day and threw a whole bunch at them. So I think both those guys are going through that rookie learning curve.”'
Two face federal charges for prank call with Buddy Nix [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Barber and Kaiser have been ordered to appear at 10 a.m. Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder in Buffalo to answer charges of intentionally intercepting a wire communication and making a telephone call without disclosing their identity with the intent to annoy or harass the person at the called number.'
Buffalo Bills' Zack Chibane calls transition to NFL under Doug Marrone 'smooth' [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"As long as you're coming out here taking snaps every day, the snaps should be second-nature," Chibane said after a two-hour practice and light workout that lasted almost another hour. "Then after that, it's playing guard with a guy a little bit closer to you."'
Observations from an afternoon in Orchard Park [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It seemed as if the same program Marrone ran in Syracuse simply picked up and moved west.'
Bills TE Lee Smith hurts right leg in weight room [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Coach Doug Marrone said Smith was hurt in the weight room, but did not reveal the nature of the injury or how it occurred. Marrone expects Smith to be ready for training camp in July.'
Mass. men face NY charges over NFL GM phone prank [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'Prosecutors say Wednesday that Joshua Barber and Nicholas Kaiser, both of Plymouth, have been charged with arranging the March 8 call between Buddy Nix, then GM of the Buffalo Bills, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik that ended up being posted on the website Deadspin.com.'
Bills defense cross-training to perplex QBs [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"What cross-training does is it just gives you the ability to play the best players that are available. Then when you have injuries obviously you can plug people in rather than plug in the backup and the backup might not be better than the backup at another position and move people around. I've always been a big believer in cross-training."'
Marrone will unleash Bills rushers, but mum on QB battle [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I really do not know the whole situation from last year," Marrone said. "I see that we have two backs that can produce results. ... I think when we get into it we will be able to spell the guys when we need it. My philosophy has always been that if someone starts off and they are running well, just keep feeding them the ball."'
Bills TE Smith suffered weight room injury [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Assuming that Smith does not take part in the on-the-field portion of the mandatory minicamp in June, the tight end will have around two months to get ready for the start of training camp at St. John Fisher College in July.'
5 Observations from Bills OTAs: Day 8 [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Keep in mind, this is only one day of a voluntary off-season workout, so all the observations should not be treated as overwhelming opinions on individual players and how they performed on one given day. There also were no pads and no contact, so that must also be acknowledged.'
OTA Practice Notes - Day 8 [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We’re putting a lot in schematically,” said Marrone. “We have a lot in now, a large percentage of it, close to the end and you can see that sometimes we’ve become saturated with that and we’ve made some mistakes out there. But the players are working to get better. By the end of this week we’ll be done installation-wise.”'
Bills DT Williams finally well-heeled [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The left one was worse,” Williams said of the 2011 injury. “It actually damaged my Achilles. They went in and fixed it and it felt great. This one had no Achilles damage. But we were at a point where maybe in a year it might have. We needed to get it taken care of. Now it’s out of the way and free and clear. I’m excited moving forward.”'
Bills DT Williams eager to put foot issues behind [1:58 AM]
AP reports: '''As far as the structure standpoint, it's healed,'' Williams said after the Bills opened their final week of voluntary minicamp practices. ''It's all about getting the strength and the power back in it, and getting ready to go. And that's where we are right now.'''
Team Report [1:57 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I was very pleased with the way we got off to a start as far as the OTAs and practicing, the first three practices," Marrone said of last week. "A lot of that was we as coaches are excited, the players are excited and everything has a newness to it, which creates some excitement. I think this is very critical for us as far as OTAs. Obviously the installation is heavier now than it was in the beginning.'
Bills' Kyle Williams aims for training camp return [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"It's similar. It wasn't as extensive as the last one, but similar," he said. "There's a bone spur that has been there and it was getting to a point that it needed to be taken care of and we took care of it."'
Kyle Williams on track for training camp [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Getting better,” said Williams after he took in Tuesday’s OTA session. “It’s always good to get better rather than get worse.”'
OTA Practice Notes - Day 7 [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills have been waiting to see Stevie Johnson as a part of the team practice setting. After being limited to just individual position drills in his initial return to practice last week, Johnson’s workload was expanded to team work as he got some plays in Tuesday.'
CB Rogers gets chance on boundary [6:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“[The rookies] ask me questions and stuff like that and I take pride in trying to help other guys out,” Rogers said of taking on a leadership role. “I was in the same position when I came in and I was asking all kinds of questions to the older guys so I know. It’s not a really veteran group we have. Leodis (McKelvin) is the most experienced, but I do have a couple years so I try to help when I can.”'
Bills 2013: Over or Under 6.5 wins? [1:59 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I don't see the Bills beating Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Atlanta or Baltimore which means four wins will have to come from this group: Carolina, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Kansas City, Cincinnati and Jacksonville. It doesn't seem like a Herculean task but the questions up and down the roster and the unknown that is the new coaching staff have me convinced the under is the way to go.'
Kalsu had courage of convictions [3:36 AM]
Enid News and Eagle reports: 'Kalsu’s leadership could be seen in his demeanor and character. He never cussed, not even in the heat of battle. He was “always laughing and joking’’ with his close friend, Spc. 4th Class David Earl Johnson, who would die alon-gside of him.'
Simply put, the Williams saga is embarrassing [3:34 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But what lifts this above the usual celebrity split — Marzouki says Williams, who was prone to “dramatic mood swings,” broke off the relationship several times in their six years together, the last one of which they were engaged — was when the fiancee took the offensive in a countersuit.'
Marv Levy: Manager of egos [9:42 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Early on in Marv's career and our careers, we knew if we didn't come together as a team, it didn't matter how many superstars we had, we wouldn't make it. He made sure to make each individual understand that if we didn't put our egos to the side, we wouldn't achieve our goals. He could communicate to players in a way where we totally understood it. He was never the rah-rah, in-your-face type of guy. It was the old cliché: It's not what you said, but how you said it. Marv always knew what to say and how to say it.'
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