New depth of talent turns Bills minicamp into scramble for jobs [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A year ago, the mystery was whether the team had enough viable players to fill out a complete lineup. Now it's a question of who pushes whom, or how much playing time some very good talents will get.'
Mini-camps are a major deal [6:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'In other words, if a coach says jump in the off-season, players today are inclined to ask "How high?" not "How come?"'
AFC East race should be thrilling, as usual [6:37 PM]
Sporting News - Voice of the Fan reports: I already thought the Bills would be much better this year after the way they finished up, giving the Dolphins and Patriots fits while also costing the Jets the division. They have a very good receiving corps and a new QB (Drew Bledsoe) who will help turn a mediocre offense into a good one, but the key will be the ground game. Bledsoe needs Travis Henry and Shawn Bryson to take some pressure off him. On defense, the Bills have some good, young talent and should improve in the second year of a new system. Overall, they will be much more competitive but not good enough to secure a wild-card berth.'
Search for cover corners becoming endless [6:36 PM]
CBS Sportsline.com reports: If teams have two good corners as their starters, it does give them a huge edge. Take the Buffalo Bills. They start Nate Clements and Antoine Winfield, two former first-round picks who are on their way to becoming one of the league's best tandems.
Video footage of Training Camp - Bledsoe to Moulds [5:25 PM]
WKBW reports: For Bills WR Eric Moulds, this is his 7th season in the NFL. And Drew Bledsoe is the 8th QB he's worked with. The two have been working out their timing during the May "minicamp" at One Bills Drive. View the video for the full story as Bledsoe talks about learning to read body language.
Donahoe/Williams Era Taking Shape [5:11 PM]
ESN reports: The Buffalo Bills starting lineup will look much different than the 24 guys (including the kicker and punter) than started on opening last season. As of the recent mini-camp 14, or possibly 15, of the 24 positions will change from last year's opening day starters. Furthermore, only eight of those positions will be manned by players from the pre-Gregg Williams/Tom Donahoe era.
Chicks on Football: The Comeback Kids [5:09 PM]
FOXSports reports: Drew Bledsoe (QB, Bills): ...Bledsoe will be hooking up with some talented receivers in Eric Moulds, Peerless Price and rookie Josh Reed. We chicks smell another Pro Bowl season in the making!
Eric Moulds (WR, Bills): ...With a re-enthused Bledsoe to sling him the ball, Moulds should be ripping it up once again.
Confusion about under tackles [5:04 PM]
Shout! reports: Lary Bump tries to untangle the confusion about the under tackle position as used by the Bills. "The nose tackle is shaded on the center's outside shoulder on the weak side. The under tackle is usually to the strong side, on the guard's outside shoulder."
Big Mike and Josh Reed 1st hand report [2:29 PM]
beckett.com reports: A Bills fan from the Stadium Wall was at the Trading Card Show.
As a representative from Players Inc said, "If his playing ability is anything like his personality, Mike Williams is certain to be a Hall of Famer."
Don't think that pack bustin? isn't for the players. Josh Reed (WR, Buffalo Bills) couldn't get enough. He was digging through boxes for cards of his college teammates. A smile spread across his face when he pulled a Josh Booty Rookie Card.
Prioleau now a free thinker [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think I'm up to the challenge," Prioleau said after the Bills completed their four-day minicamp Thursday. "I like the competition. It brings the best out of all of us. It makes us continue to push ourselves and work hard. Anybody that turns down a little competition doesn't really want to play."'
Coach sees latest minicamp as a great way to start [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There's a lot of work to be done before the end of training camp. But this is a starting point. This is what these four days were all about."'
Wilson praises changes, Williams [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"It would've been easy to say the heck with it, but we played hard with the exception of one or two games. But with more material to work with, some breaks on injuries, I think he's going to be a very good coach."'
Starting positions are on the line [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Center and left tackle are the big question marks.'
Bills End Minicamp [9:27 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Jonas Jennings appears to be getting more comfortable at center. He took all of his snaps there this camp, although there is a chance he could see some time at left tackle.'
Bills Complete Organized Team Activity For May [6:09 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills concluded their four-day off-season camp with a 90-minute workout on Thursday. The team will break until early June when they plan to workout eight more times from June 4-7 and June 10-13 before the early group reports to training camp on July 24.
Bills end minicamp on high note [4:29 PM]
AP reports: '"I thought it was very productive, as far as understanding tempo and systems," [Greg Williams] said. "There's still a long way to go. There's a lot of youth to the team, and when you have that many unrestricted free agents, we have to get to know one another."'
Sixteen Days 'Til Uniform Unveiling [2:07 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Tickets for the general public will be available beginning on Friday, May 31 at all Tops Friendly Markets locations and will be limited to four per person.
Drew Bledsoe Answers Fan Emails [9:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bledsoe: I love Buffalo. It's been really a pleasant surprise for us. The people in Buffalo have welcomed us with open arms. Bledsoe: I think that the offense we are running with Kevin Gilbride is probably about as good as it gets for me.
Teague wants job of watching Drew's back [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Second-year pros Marques Sullivan and Kris Farris also will compete for the job, but Teague's experience should give him the edge.'
Time for Price to put money where mouth is [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Playing under his third coordinator in as many years, and with his fourth starting quarterback in four seasons, Price has a chance to realize the untapped potential he claims is inside him.'
Bills' Super connection [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'While career receiving leader Andre Reed played 11 of his 15 seasons in Buffalo with one quarterback (Jim Kelly) and a couple of offensive coordinators, Moulds is starting over with his sixth starting quarterback and fifth coordinator.'
Bills hang on to Centers with extension [8:35 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Financial details of the agreement were not immediately available because the deal is not signed, but the extension will run through the 2003 season. Without the new deal, Centers would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency next spring.'
Teague wants to watch Bledsoe's back [8:24 PM]
AP reports: '"The most important thing you can have as a quarterback is to know you're protected on your blind side," said Bledsoe, the Bills' new marquee player. "There's no question that having Trey over there with some experience is important. He has been effective against NFL pass rushers."'
Teague testy about center [7:36 PM]
Shout! reports: The 27-year-old Teague has been somewhat defensive -- especially about the prospect of playing center, which he hasn't played since he was at the University of Tennessee.
"I'm looking forward to starting at left tackle. I'm prepared to compete for that position the best I can," he said. "At this time, I'm preparing the best I can to play tackle and learn the system here."
What about playing center? "I don't really want to get into that."
The Battle For Jobs Has Begun [4:13 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Now that the initial introductions are over, the battle for jobs has begun. "We're loaded at every position right now so people are going to have to fight for a job, said linebacker Brandon Spoon. "It's going to be an interesting June camp and training camp."
Ticket Details Announced For June 8 Unveiling Event [1:41 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced the ticket procedures for the team’s uniform unveiling event at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Saturday, June 8. The event is free to attend but a ticket will be required for admission.
Off-Season Camp: Day 4 Photo Gallery [10:10 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Photos of Drew Bledsoe, Mike Williams, Grant Irons, Eric Moulds, London Fletcher, Eddie Robinson, Ralph Wilson, etc.
Bills abuzz over NFL's banning of supplement [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ephedra is an ingredient in about 200 supplements that are commonly used for weight loss, boosting energy or building muscle mass. Nevertheless, consumer watchdog Public Citizen last year called ephedra "the most lethal" dietary supplement and has urged the Food and Drug Administration to ban it.'
Comeback belongs on Ralph's Wall [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tacking the date to the wall also would be a way of saluting the players from the Super Bowl years who won't make it up on the Wall individually: Frank Reich, who orchestrated that 41-38 victory out of thin air, Kenneth Davis, Jeff Wright, Nate Odomes, House Ballard and the rest.'
Van Pelt is Bills' most loyal subject [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: '"When you have a chance to get a quarterback the caliber of Drew Bledsoe, you go after him as hard as you can. Yeah, I'm disappointed, but I'm a team player. The team is more important than me, and Drew gives us a better chance of winning. Even I know that."'
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