Training camp billboard [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Of the players who stood out during training camp, Williams said first-round draft pick Mike Williams is the "real deal" and second-year running back Travis Henry was productive.'
Fisher camp is a wrap [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"St. John Fisher did a great job putting the camp on, it improved from last year, and it has to be one of the best in the NFL with the whole production."'
Yes, punters do need rest [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'They believe a year of endless kicking -- starting with a full season in NFL Europe that ran right into the championship game, then winning the punting and kickoff jobs with the Bills in camp for another endless season -- deadened his leg by October or so.'
Fan of the day [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'They're playing in a tough division but I think they'll go 8-8.'
Bills, Fisher extend deal [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: '"Having been exposed to it for two years, I really don't know if you could draw up a training camp situation better than what we have here at Fisher," Donahoe said.'
Bills extend training camp pact in Rochester [5:14 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Several NFL officials recently visited the camp and have noted the support the team has received throughout Rochester in hopes of boosting its marketing presence beyond the immediate Buffalo area.'
Bills give fans hope [5:13 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'As a package, the Bills look, at the very least, intriguing with every possibility they could be a serious spoiler in the AFC East. If the offensive line comes together quickly enough and the defence is able to get its act together, they could be more than spoilers.'
AFC East at a glance [5:12 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Projected record: 7-9.'
Flowers heads south after being released by Bills [5:11 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Flowers is hopeful a change of scenery and a scheme that relies heavily on its outside pass rushers might resurrect his career.'
Bills Extend Agreement With St. John Fisher College [9:09 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has extended its agreement with St. John Fisher College to hold training camp at the school through the summer of 2011.'
Bills extend training camp agreement with St. John Fisher [9:08 PM]
AP reports: 'We could not be happier about the arrangement," Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe said. "I really don't know if you could draw up a better training camp situation than what we have here at Fisher."'
Bills Extend Training Camp Contract With Fisher [9:04 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'The contract that brought the NFL to Pittsford had two years left on it--until the Bills announced a seven-year extension, keeping the team and the fans through 2011.'
Newberry Hurts Finger; McDaniel Added [8:55 PM]
San Francisco 49ers reports: 'The former University of Arizona standout was signed by the Bills as an undrafted free agent in 1999. His best season was in 2000, when he played in 16 games and started six, and had 43 catches for 697 yards. For his career, he has 54 catches for 826 yards and two touchdowns.'
Texans add defensive end to roster [8:52 PM]
AP reports: 'The Houston Texans claimed defensive end Erik Flowers, a former first-round draft choice, off waivers Wednesday.'
49ers grab McDaniel on waiver claim [8:15 PM]
ESPN reports: The San Francisco 49ers, who spent much of the spring attempting to add another veteran WR to their mix, accomplished that goal on Wednesday; the team was awarded Jeremy McDaniel on a waiver claim.
Flowers picked up on waivers [6:56 PM]
Houston Texans reports: The Houston Texans have claimed DE Erik Flowers. Flowers was a first round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills in 2000. Flowers, 6-4, 273, played 15 games last season with the Bills, starting five. He recorded 37 tackles (20 solo), two sacks and four qb pressures. As a rookie in 2000 he played in all 16 games on special teams and in the defensive line rotation totaling 23 tackles (11 solo), two sacks and one interception.
Fina tackling the talks [6:39 PM]
ESPN reports: Interest in former Bills tackle John Fina is heating up, and he hopes to land with a team by the end of the week. Six teams checked in during the past few days, and most want to sign him as a tackle. But a couple of teams, such as the Redskins, are considering him for opportunities at guard. Fina is training in Tucson, Ariz.
Centers Signs One year extension [6:20 PM]
ESPN reports: The extension is for one year and, added to the original two-year contract Centers signed last summer, ties him to the Bills through the 2003 season. Included is a Signing bonus of 250,000 with a reduction in salary from 800K to 750K giving him $1M for this season and a base of $1.1M next season.
Offense clicking as Bills break training camp [4:05 PM]
AP reports: '"I think we're starting to understand each other," said Bledsoe, who has looked comfortable in Buffalo's first two preseason games. "I'm starting to know their body language. I can tell when they're coming out of cuts and they know what I'm looking for."'
Big Mike forsakes Mic to focus on football [2:42 PM]
AP reports: '"No, I'm not going to do TV," said Williams, who's outgoing personality has piqued the interest of Buffalo-area broadcasters. "I think I just need to concentrate a little bit more on football. Especially in my rookie year." What's this? Big Mike without a Mic? "Well," the 370-pound, 6-foot-6 Williams added, "radio is a possibility. We'll see."'
Burns hopes to stick with Bills [1:50 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'With a stable full of running backs already, Burns' chances of making the Bills are not good. He would be more likely to end up on the Bills' practice squad if he clears waivers. It does not matter to the 22-year-old Georgia native, all he wants is a chance to compete.'
Bills GM rebuilding from the ground up [1:29 PM]
NFL.com reports: 'After visiting the Bills for a few days, there's no doubt in my mind that his reconstruction project is ahead of schedule but that his attempt to stay behind the scenes will fail.'
Reclaiming his birthright [10:26 AM]
National Post reports: '"The personality of this offence will develop through the course of the year," Bledsoe says. "But I would say, in my opinion, I think we can be a very attacking offence. I think that we've got the weapons to get downfield in the passing game. "We can be a big-play offence, but, in order to do that, we also have to be very consistent in what we do. Because, if you take shots down the field, you're not going to hit all of them."'
Rone isn't ready to run fade pattern [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's a smart player," Moulds said. "You can't teach the instincts that he has. The guy knows how to get open. He hits the zones well. He knows man-to-man coverage, and he can go deep. You can't teach those attributes. I think he has a chance to make the team, a legitimate shot. I hope he does. He's worked hard."'
Training camp billboard [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Flowers was one of the all-time good guys, but he joins Walt Patulski and Phil Dokes on the Bills' Bust of Fame.'
Williams biggest NFL question mark [9:01 AM]
MSNBC.com Sports reports: Buffalo was on track to jump close to the .500 mark even before the Drew Bledsoe trade, and if all the other pieces continue to fall into place as expected, a nine-win season seems realistic. If Bledsoe shines and stays healthy, the Bills could be this year’s surprise team.
It's kind of a drag [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"I think camp should be a max of three weeks with two preseason games, maybe three at the most," said linebacker London Fletcher, who is wrapping up his inaugural Fisher camp after spending the first four years of his career with the St. Louis Rams.'
Flowers 'may need change of scenery' [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: '"Erik did everything we asked him to do, he worked hard, but for whatever reason it didn't happen for him here."'
Another offensive lineman goes down [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills offensive guard Corey Hulsey, a key backup, suffered a left knee sprain in Tuesday's morning practice. He's likely to miss today's final practice at St. John Fisher College, but coach Gregg Williams said he's not been ruled out of playing in Saturday's third preseason game at Indianapolis.'
Buffalo Bills fan of the day [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: '"They've got a good quarterback now and they've just got to give him a little bit of protection. I don't know how far they can go, but I think they can definitely make the playoffs."'
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