Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 6/5

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 19: Former NFL player Joe DeLamielleure throws out the first pitch before the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 19, 2011 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

26th Annual Jim Kelly Golf Tournament - BuffaloBills.com
"Many celebrities, current and former Bills players gathered at Terry Hills Golf Course in Batavia Monday, for the 26th annual Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Tournament."

Concussions on minds of ex-Bills at Kelly golf - The Buffalo News
"Smerlas, Hall-of-Famer Joe DeLamielleure, Lou Piccone and Butch Rolle -- each of whom teed it up at Terry Hills Country Club in Batavia -- are among almost 2,400 former NFL players who are plaintiffs in concussion-related lawsuits that have been filed against the NFL the past year."

Hansen, Smerlas at Kelly Tourney - The Buffalo News
"Here are some quotes from Bills greats at the 26th annual Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Classic, held today in Batavia:" Jim Kelly on the absence of Kent Hull, Phil Hansen on running for office, and Fred Smerlas on dealing with concussions.

Hansen throws helmet into the political ring - The Buffalo News
"I kind of had a burning desire for a long time to do it but the timing has never been right," said Hansen, who retired from the Bills after the 2001 season. "I had a young family. My kids are all in school now. There's a retiring senator from the district which I plan to represent, and I want to make a difference. I want to do something more than just vote, and it's manifested itself in running for office."

Former, Current Bills Gather for Kelly Foundation | WKBW
"Below is more information on the event courtesy of the Kelly for Kids Foundation:"

Reed likes Bills' chances - Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online
"I think the expectations are a lot higher this year. They did win a lot of games at the start last season, but this year, with the moves they’ve made in free agency and in the NFL Draft, — particularly on defense — they’ve made a number of improvements so that expectations are obviously higher," Reed said.

Gailey on fans' excitement: 'I feel it' - The Daily News Online
"Internally, the optimism is great," he said. "Externally, from what I hear from fans and the talk on the street, everybody seems to be very excited about this season. And I think our players are very excited."

Weather can't chill annual Kelly classic - The Daily News Online
"There were 280 golfers made up of 56 fivesomes who took part in this year’s event, which raises money for the Kelly for Kids Foundation and Hunter’s Hope Foundation. That’s down slightly from last year’s record number of 60 fivesomes and 300 golfers."

Inside The Bills | Another quirk to Bills 2012 slate
For four straight games, the Bills will be playing teams with an extra three days to prepare for them. Check it out.

Inside The Bills | Fitz’s three steps
"Three things, number one is when he was releasing the ball," said Lee. "I think that Fitz, when he lets that thing go between nine and 12 yards he’s not underthrowing anybody. It’s when he holds it longer and it comes out at 15 or 16 (yards). That’s when the underthrows come into play."

Inside The Bills | Anderson’s burst an eye-catcher
"He’s got the quickest feet of any defensive linemen we’ve got," Wannstedt said. "The guy’s got extremely quick feet. I think as an edge rusher we’ll see how it unfolds."

WGR 550 - Bills' Sheppard Aims To Carve Own Niche In Wannstedt 4-3
"You talk about players and how quickly you expect them to develop, he’s one that I really expect to benefit from the offseason program, the minicamps, training camps," Wannstedt remarked. "And this is a defensive scheme where our middle linebacker should make a lot of tackles and you’ve got to have a guy that’s capable of it and he is."

Lawyer fees in stadium lease talks called secret - The Buffalo News
"A team of nine attorneys from the law firm Nixon Peabody is helping Erie County negotiate a new lease with the Buffalo Bills, but staff for County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz won't disclose the attorneys' hourly rates."

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