Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 6/7

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 24: Jairus Byrd #31 of the Buffalo Bills steps in to intercept a pass intended for Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Byrd ran the interception 37 yards for a touchdown. Buffalo won 40-14. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

WGR 550 - Contract Talk Not Bogging Bills' Byrd Down
"Byrd is in the fourth and final year of his rookie contract. He said on Tuesday that he's relaxed about the contract situation, and doesn't even know if there has been any dialogue to this point. Byrd is letting his agent, Eugene Parker, take care of anything on that front."

Inside The Bills | Glenn’s development steady
"He’s done a good job. He’s got some things to learn," said Gailey. "The speed of this game is so different. So he’s got a lot of learning to do. He’s got physical talent and he’s got ability. He’s got a work ethic that will allow him to get there. He just needs as many reps as he can possibly get between now and the first game of the year."

Nick Barnett Tuesday Press Conference - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills linebacker talks with the media about how this offseason is going for him, what is different in the 4-3 defense, and how bringing in veterans has helped. "

Under Review: David Clowney - BuffaloBills.com
"On the first edition of Under Review, Hannah Buehler talks with David Clowney, getting to know more about him off the field."

Jacobs to be inducted into Greater Buffalo Sports HOF - BuffaloBills.com
"Back when the players on the field called the plays, he was the orchestrator of one of the greatest AFL defenses ever assembled. Now 42 years after taking his last snap in the pros Jacobs is being honored as a member of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame induction class of 2012."

WGR 550 - Bills' Wilson Says New Additions Already Paying Off
"Bill's safety George Wilson joined Mike Schopp to talk about organized team activities. Wilson says that although the players aren't in pads yet, new additions like Mario Williams and Mark Anderson are already showing their value."

Inside The Bills | Shep studying Zach Thomas tape
"I haven’t got around to all that yet," said Sheppard in a Wednesday morning appearance on Bills flagship WGR Sportsradio 550. "I just checked out a couple of Zach Thomas tapes so far. When I go back home to Atlanta and I’m training down there I’ll have time to really go into detail with those things. I’m trying to get our own tape down first."

Inside The Bills | No excuses for Shep
"Of course I’m a second-year player, but that gives me no excuses," said Sheppard. "My linebackers coach Bob Sanders told me the first day of OTAs that he doesn’t care what everybody else says like, ‘I messed up, I’m a second-year player.’ That’s out the window. I’m the starting middle linebacker so my job is to know all of my assignments as well as those of my teammates. So I’m kind of the general on the field."

Bills: Backup QB plan - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"A player like Young would have been a good option to play for a few weeks while Fitzpatrick healed. Buffalo now has that kind of protection. Confidence rating (out of 100) if Fitzpatrick is out for extended period: 70." No mention of Tyler Thigpen, who has apparently lost the backup quarterback job already before training camp has begun.

Bills QB Fitzpatrick getting crash course from Lee | kgw.com
"We might have a little bit more extensive work to do with him than some others, but all of them — everybody — they all need to have their fundamentals critiqued," Lee said. "A pro athlete, if they're smart and have a lot of talent, they'll improve really fast. And he's doing that right now. But he's not where he's going to be."

Lang on NFL: Early impressions of Bills - sportsnet.ca
"The Buffalo Bills kicked off their second week of Organized Team Activities Tuesday on a cool and cloudy day at One Bills Drive. The first thing that hit you is that head coach Chan Gailey and his coaching staff were all business as they try to get their team ready for training camp. For the most part, at the end of each 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drill there was a heavy emphasis on teaching from the respective positional coaches."

Forgotten Bill joins teammates in Hall - The Buffalo News
"Many of his teammates from the Bills championship teams of 1964 and '65 are either on the Bills' Wall of Fame or the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame or both. Not Harry Jacobs. Not until Wednesday."

Chiefs sign YouTube star Alex Tanney - KansasCity.com
"The Chiefs' latest signing at quarterback might not have a chance to unseat Matt Cassel as the starter, but if they need a guy to throw a pass out of a second-floor bedroom window to a receiver riding in the back of a moving pickup truck, Alex Tanney is their man." Tanney had a cup of coffee with the Bills earlier this off-season.

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