Bills analytics department update [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"We are going to create and establish a very robust football analytics operation that we layer into our entire operation moving forward," Brandon said. "That's something that's very important to me and the future of the franchise."'
Buddy Nix transitions out of GM role with Bills [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com 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 team 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. 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 Mr. Wilson and Russ (Brandon) and I'm fortunate to step away from the job and still remain a part of the team."'
Nix a straight shooter in eyes of Bills players [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It seems like he lives, sleeps and does everything football. You’ve got to respect the guy,” Gilmore told Buffalobills.com. “He’s been around the game for a long time. He’s seen players, he knows players. He’ll always be my GM. He’s a straightforward person and I’ll respect him for that.”'
Buddy Nix: ''I think it is the right time'' [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Russ can probably help answer that, but whatever. I am going to have my office at home. It will be everything I have got here. I get all the tape. I get everything. Whatever Russ, whoever the general manager is and Doug Marrone—any way I can help I will do it. I am going to still come to camp. You guys, you are not going to get off that easy. I will still be around. I am going to come to minicamp. I am going to be in camp and I will be doing whatever. I will try to see another couple OTA’s. I am going to be here through till Thursday. Hopefully be around. I am excited about enjoying next year. I think it is going to be exciting.'
OTA Practice Notes - Day 1 [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“When we started out about a month and a half ago, we revved up pretty good,” said Kraig Urbik. “It was really good conditioning. Obviously, now, with the practice, we can’t condition as well and this is our conditioning. We’ve got to continue to do it up until camp, because we’re going to be doing this. We ran three sets of no huddle in camp and in games, we’re running four-five-six sets of that. So we have to be in really good shape.”'
Bills rookie LB Pough talks a big game [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I perform the best on the biggest stages,” Pough responded without missing a beat. “I believe competition breeds excellence. It’s not a matter of the big lights – I’m going to perform, regardless, because I belong here."'
Bills should make it Manuel's job to lose [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As I said, I would give the majority of the reps to Manuel which Marrone doesn't appear to be ready to do. At the very least, I would cut the competition down to two by training camp. Marrone can use all of the workouts prior to St. John Fisher to basically choose between Kolb and Jackson and the winner can go head to head with Manuel at camp. Its kind of like the primary before a general election.'
Rookie Minicamp Practice Notes - Day 3 [1:57 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“All week, Coach has been hard on us and really tough on us about feet and hands,” Rolle said. “First we started with feet, and then we worked with our hands. With today, making it the last day, putting everything together, we had a better day overall."'
Goodwin has a full-time position [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I have so much room to get better,” Goodwin said after the team’s second rookie minicamp practice Saturday afternoon. “I’m devoting all my time to football. I’ve got so many technical things that could be corrected.”'
Alonzo looking ahead after troubled past [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’ve talked to them just like I have spoken to other players,” Marrone said. “You have an outstanding opportunity. People are going to be watching. It is probably going to be your last shot. As long as you understand that, that is what you get yourself into. It’s all on you.”'
Bills WR Rogers eager to put troubled past behind [1:57 AM]
AP reports: '''I cherish it like gold. This is it. This is my last opportunity,'' Rogers said shortly after joining his new teammates in opening the Bills three-day rookie minicamp this weekend. ''I've got to make the best of it.'''
WR Woods settling in with Bills [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"That's what we're trying to do in this offense is play fast," he remarked. "That forces the defense to play fast. Trying to have a fast-paced offense, just keep things moving, staying low. The defense haste react to that, respond to that so we set the tone."'
Rookie Minicamp Practice Notes - Day 2 [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We’ve just got to get the timing down,” said Goodwin. “The quarterbacks are doing tremendous out here as well as my other teammates. We’re just working hard day in and day out and we’ll get the timing down and it’ll be perfect. We got it perfect out here a few times.”'
Manuel shows Bills what he can do [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It felt great to be back with a team,” Manuel said afterward. “Through the pre-draft process, you get so used to doing things on your own or with guys who are training and things like that. But today, it was a real practice. Strap it up with cleats and a helmet back on. It was a great feeling.”'
Marrone happy with first look at rookies [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Our goal as coaches was to come out here and get with these players, start teaching them the playbook – the offense, defense and special teams,” said coach Doug Marrone. “Really just trying to get a chance to know them, how they learn, what they do and really teach them our tempo of practice and what our expectations are out of them. That was the main goal going into today.”'
Marrone cautious in assessing Bills QB Manuel [1:57 AM]
AP reports: '''As a coach, I know I've had this problem that if I create expectations in my mind of players I've never coached before, I can find myself getting into trouble,'' Marrone said. ''So I try to go in there open-minded. ... But I was very happy with EJ.'''
Bills sign 4 draft picks before rookie camp opens [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills have yet to sign their top three selections, including first-round pick, quarterback EJ Manuel.'
Bills agree to terms with Goodwin, three other picks [1:55 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Goodwin, chosen with the 78th overall pick last month, totaled 120 receptions for 1,364 yards and seven touchdowns in 50 games for the University of Texas.'
Bills' top pick Manuel impresses on first day on job [1:54 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"First off, it felt great to be back with a team," Manuel said. "Through the predraft process, you get so used to doing things on your own or with guys who are training and things like that. But today, it was a real practice. Strap it up with cleats and a helmet back on. It was a great feeling."'
Bills sign four draft choices [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Buffalo Bills announced Friday that they signed four more of their picks from the NFL Draft.'
Bills Manuel pleased to get started [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Manuel got his playbook on his I-Pad right after he was drafted. He said it’s been a constant companion, “Yes. I've been drilling it like crazy. Coach Hackett said to look over it, but obviously he wants to coach it his way to Jeff and I. We pretty much went from square one today and just went to work."'
Thoughts from Bills rookie mini-camp [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Here is a brief synopsis of how each player looked during their first day on the job...'.
Bills rookies hit the field [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This camp is for free agent signees and draft picks. Marrone said, “What I told them last night you’re coming here with opportunity to compete for a position. At some point we’re going to be at 90 and 53 guys are going to make this team and a lot of people don’t talk that way to players. No one wants to bring that up, but that’s just the reality of it and that’s the way it is so if you’re going to not have persistent thoughts about making this team and your thoughts are going to go other places, you’re going to have a tough time making it.”'
Bills sign WR Goodwin, three other draft picks [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With the rookie wage scale in place, there really isn't too much room for negotiations with most draft picks just being slotted in to their contracts.'
Rookie Minicamp Practice Notes - Day 1 [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Our goal as coaches was to come out here and get with these players, start teaching them the playbook, the offense, defense and special teams,” Marrone said. “Start working on even special teams. Really just trying to get a chance to know them, how they learn, what they do and really teach them our tempo of practice and what our expectations are out of them.”'
Doug Marrone: ''We want to get this group up to par'' [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I thought EJ (Manuel) did well, and I thought Jeff (Tuel) threw well. I thought both quarterbacks did a nice job coming in here. I thought what we gave them, not a large package, but we got them off and they looked like…both the quarterbacks got off to a good start. Again, the offensive line really blocked well today because it was mostly seven-on-seven. (Laughs) But no, I was happy with both quarterbacks today.'
EJ Manuel: ''No nerves. I was just excited to be out here'' [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It’s all predicated on the pass concept, just pairing the footwork with the passing play. It’s a lot you have to remember. It’s the first day, but I thought overall, like I said, the whole team did a good job.'
Four draft choices ink rookie deals with Bills [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills signed third-round receiver Marquise Goodwin, fourth-round defensive back Duke Williams, fifth-round safety Jonathan Meeks and sixth-round kicker Dustin Hopkins.'
Jonathan Meeks in familiar company as he begins pro career with Buffalo Bills [1:40 PM]
Anderson Independent Mail reports: '"I feel like it will work well for me," Meeks said. "We had a chance to go over some plays, where he drew up some plays. I just fell in love with the defense within one day and coach as well."'
Bills sign seventh-rounder [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gragg, the 222nd overall pick in the draft, played in 43 games for the Razorbacks, making 20 starts, with 72 career catches for 1,003 yards. Of his seven touchdowns at Arkansas, Gragg had three in the 2012 season.'
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