Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 6/19

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 1: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the first half on January 1, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Stevie Johnson: Fitzpatrick throws to left with zip - The Buffalo News
"When he's throwing to the right, he has a lot of power with his ball," Bills receiver Stevie Johnson said. "But when he was throwing across his body, it wasn't as powerful. Seeing him out here, working with Coach Lee, when he's throwing across his body he still has the power.

Jaws: Fitzpatrick has shaky mechanics - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Many factors go into consistent, week-to-week quarterback play. Mechanics are not talked about enough," Jaworski said. "Ryan Fitzpatrick is very erratic with both his footwork and throwing motion. While there's really a whole lot to like, those problems lead to a ranking of 24 on my quarterback big board."

Inside The Bills | Joe D’s favorite Bills DL
"That defensive line is going to be great because Kyle Williams is back," said DeLamielleure. "He’s good. I mean really good."

Inside The Bills | Fitz and Lindell tie
"BP kicked off with Fitzpatrick hammering 3 home runs out of the park early, getting a head start. Lindell came back with consistency, and ended up tying with Fitz. Each ended with 3 HR’s."

The Bills' not-so-super, top 10 tight end list - The Buffalo News
Lonnie Johnson is third in team history for receptions at the tight end position. Gross. Check out the rest of the list and some analysis here.

Jim Kelly, Pat LaFontaine receive national honor - The Buffalo News
"Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and Hall of Fame hockey player Pat LaFontaine were chosen for this year's Jefferson Awards. The Jefferson Awards are sponsored by the American Institute for Public Service, founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard as the Nobel Prize for community work."

Bills roundup: Club projected better ticket sales - The Buffalo News
"With the offseason we've had, we were hoping we'd be a little further along with our season tickets," Brandon said, "but overall we're pleased with the progress we've made. ... We have a lot of work ahead of us. We continue to have a challenge to move that needle" on season tickets.

Top 10 running backs ever: What is LaDainian Tomlinson's rank? - NFL.com
O.J. Simpson is fifth, and Thurman Thomas is an honorable mention. Check out the full list here.

Three things to watch at Bills minicamp - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Stevie Johnson's return, the impact of the no-contact pass rush, and the backup quarterback competition is what James Walker will be focusing on this week.

Bills' lease earns law firm $250 an hour - The Buffalo News
"Nixon Peabody, the winning firm, was among four law firms that offered to bill $250 an hour for their partners to work on the deal, the records show. Two firms offered hourly rates for top partners that were slightly lower, and seven offered rates that would have cost Erie County more."

Buffalo Bills players take batting practice at Frontier Field | Democrat and Chronicle
"It wears you out," said the Bills quarterback, who hasn’t played hardball since the eighth grade when he was growing up in Arizona. "But it was fun. I hit three out; I thought it was four, but they called one foul."

WGR 550 - The Man Behind The Curtain Of The Bills O-line
"With Joe D as our leader, we work probably harder than any other o-line. We get after it in practice, we get after it in the games and I feel like we play you should play the O-line," center Eric Wood remarked. "He's demanding. Demanding coaches usually see results. He will not let you settle, he will never let you get complacent and that's worked really well for a lot of young guys coming in and be able to play right away."

Buffalo Bills hitting the ball in Rochester | WHEC.com
Barnett said, " Ryan kind of cheated a little bit because he was able to do batting practice so he got a little practice in but its fun to come out here, Rochester is such a nice city, I like it when we come out here for camp it's fun."

Rogers reaping benefits of real offseason - BuffaloBills.com
"It isn’t even close how much further along I am this year," said Rogers. "Even last year when I was playing a little bit I was out there thinking a lot. I knew what I was doing, but the game was so fast. Now with the OTAs everything is slowing down. I know my assignments and everything is smooth."

Diamonds in the Rough: Ellis Lankster - Gang Green Nation
"He was cut from Buffalo's squad following the 2010 preseason, and signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL. He was subsequently picked up by the Jets in January of 2011, but was again cut after the preseason. The Jets resigned him in October of the same year and awarded his solid special teams play with a two year extension this offseason."

Twitter tips from Bills LB Morrison - Buffalo Business First
"You’ll be able to read most of that in the print edition of Business First, and I’ll be tweeting some of the eloquent Morrison’s more memorable quotes, too. But as phase one of Social Madness winds down today, I thought I’d share some of Morrison’s Twitter tips with you here:"

NFL rankings: Aaron Rodgers rules at quarterback - Sporting News
Fitzpatrick (and his old Bengals picture and haircut) comes in at No. 20 ahead of Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Cassel, Carson Palmer, the two big rookies, and Sam Bradford.

Bills End OTA Sessions Excited - YNN
"Three weeks of voluntary practices now in the books as the Bills wrapped up Organized Team Activities on Friday. YNN's Andy Young was in Orchard Park and has more on the team-wide commitment to improvement."

How Buffalo Bills Make The Playoffs: Part 4 - Buffalo Rising
"10-6, playoffs, hope: these are the words that sum up the Bills' 2012 season for me, one that may just see them regain that confidence that was so lost after four straight Super Bowl losses. Would there be any greater present to the Buffalo fans this holiday season than to give them an extra week, maybe more, of football? It'd be a nice way to welcome in lucky '13, that's for sure."

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