Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 7/28

July 27, 2012; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Ruvell Martin (82) makes a catch in front of cornerback Ron Brooks (33) during training camp practice at St. John Fisher College. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE

Bills Roundup: Friday News and Highlights - BuffaloBills.com
"Check out the top plays from Friday's practice, plus hear from Marcell Dareus and Shawne Merriman talk about getting back on the field."

Camp Day 2: T.J. Graham gets birthday catch - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan's recap of Day 2 of training camp.

Bills' Anderson quick to make an impression - The Buffalo News
"Explosive - that's the word that comes to mind when I think of him," said guard Andy Levitre. "He's just really quick. He's got a lot of good moves and he uses them quickly. He's dangerous on third downs. He's a play-maker, for sure."

Transcript: Shawne Merriman & C.J. Spiller - BuffaloBills.com
The pair talk about expectations for this season and getting back to work.

Transcript: HC Gailey & QB Fitzpatrick - BuffaloBills.com
Gailey updates injuries/sicknesses, while Fitzpatrick discusses the offense and more.

Practice Notes - Day 2 - D-line jelling - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills defensive line made a lot of headlines in the offseason by virtue of their free agent acquisitions. Mario Williams and Mark Anderson are two new pieces that have to be integrated with the rest of the unit up front. Marcell Dareus believes that’s already happening."

Chan Gailey Friday Press Conference - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills head coach talks about the play of rookie Tank Carder, the encouraging start of T.J. Graham, and the potential of Shawne Merriman to contribute this year."

Rookie Diaries #1 - BuffaloBills.com
"Watch as Bills rookie and 1st round draft pick Stephon Gilmore talks about his first impressions and experience thus far at Bills Training Camp."

Ryan Fitzpatrick Friday Press Conference - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills quarterback talks about the progress of T.J. Graham, the chemistry with the wide receivers, and the difference in having an offseason to work with his teammates."

One voter's ballot on the NFL's best - The Buffalo News
"The Sporting News annually asks its 32 NFL correspondents (I'm included in that group, covering the Bills) to fill out a preseason survey identifying the offensive and defensive MVPs in each division, along with a few other categories. I thought I'd share my selections with you here, and invite you to weigh in with your comments. "

Sapp, McGinest tap brakes on Buffalo's defense - The Buffalo News
Can the Bills be a top five defense? Two NFL Network analysts don't think so.

HOF to dedicate Ralph Wilson research center - The Buffalo News
"The Pro Football Hall of Fame will dedicate the Ralph Wilson Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center next Friday morning as part of its induction weekend." Read more here.

Shawne Merriman doesn't miss being 'Lights Out' - The Buffalo News
"I used to miss it," Merriman said. "Not now so much, now that I am used to doing the things I'm accustomed to doing."

What's poppin'? The Bills in pads, starting Saturday - The Buffalo News
"We stand corrected. Buffalo Bills training camp did not begin Thursday. They didn't have real sessions today either. Head coach Chan Gailey says it all starts Saturday. That's when the Bills get popping."

Video: Report from Day Two of camp - The Buffalo News
Check out the News team's analysis of the first pair of days.

WGR 550 - Camp Starts On Saturday According To Gailey
Gailey said, "We haven’t had pads on, it’s hard to tell anything right now. We’re starting real football tomorrow so we’ll find out a lot more in the next week. Tomorrow is the start of camp. When you can put pads on, that starts camp. This other stuff is good, it’s important, it helps us, but you really start to find out about your football team when you put pads on."

WGR 550 - Bills' Troup: "I'm Fighting My Own Demon Here"
"I was so well prepared for the season last year, then two freak injuries sidelined me," Troup said. "There was nothing I could really do about it, so now I feel like I have something to prove but the coaches tell me, 'Just be ready for the first game.' So it's kind of like I'm fighting my own demon here. I want to be full go, I want to do all this stuff but my body's telling me I can't right now, so it's kind of hard."

WGR 550 - How A Veteran Approaches Training Camp
"I think the thing I do in camp is to learn things," said Nick Barnett. "Being blessed to be able to play this game a long time and knowing that you're counted on to be on the field, you don't stress yourself out about just making the team, you stress yourself out about beating your first opponent in the regular season game. So I think I work on things that I may see against the Jets and those teams like that."

WGR 550 - Kyle Williams Wants Playoffs, Badly
"Those should always be expectations. Those should always be what you're striving and working for," he said Thursday. "Because if you're not, you don't need to be here. We don't want you on the team. If you're here just to hang around and collect a check, go away. We want to go to the playoffs, that's what we're here for."

WGR 550 - Training Camp Notebook: Day 2
Joe Buscaglia talked about who looked good and who looked bad on Day 2.

Buffalo Bills Roster | Multimedia | Democrat and Chronicle
Check out the Bills roster in this digital form.

Sal Maiorana answers Bills questions on Twitter | Democrat and Chronicle
"Bills writer Sal Maiorana held an impromptu chat with his Twitter followers in between action at Bills training camp at St. John Fisher College Friday. Here are some highlights:"

Buffalo Bills' Vince Young looks to reboot his career | Democrat and Chronicle
Young is trying to win the back-up quarterback job.

Buffalo Bills' Ryan Fitzpatrick ready for pressure | Democrat and Chronicle
Fitzpatrick knows the weight of the team is on him.

Young Adjusts to New Role | wgrz.com
"My whole thing is just try to make every play count, let (head) coach (Chan) Gailey and (quarterbacks) coach (David) Lee know that I'm studying and working hard and trying to get up to speed to what Fitz is doing with the first-team offense," Young said. "That's all I can do."

Rookie free agent Carmon an intriguing prospect at left tackle - The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Bills added one of the sleepers of the 2012 draft class when they signed Mississippi State tackle James Carmon to a free-agent contract in May."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - Bills receiver waiting for groin to pop
"I didn't know anything about this, but I guess when you get groin surgery the scar surgery (has to) pop every time," Johnson said following the morning walk-through on Day 2 of the Bills training camp at St. John Fisher College.

Bills Pick Up the Pace in Day Two | WIVB
"Gailey rotated players in all the contested starting spots over the first two days of camp. At left tackle, Chris Hairston got first-team reps on Thursday, with rookie Cordy Glenn taking his turn today. Chris Kelsay was the first-team defensive end on the right side today, after Mark Anderson held that spot Thursday."

Hairston, Glenn Battling For Starting Left Tackle Job - 13WHAM.com
"I've been here a few months longer than him," said second-year pro Chris Hairston I've gotten to play a few games in the big stadiums."

Kelsay has proven his worth to Bills - Tonawanda News
"Kelsay," said fellow team captain George Wilson, "he’s not one of those big rah rah guys, he doesn’t do a lot of talking, he does a great job of leading by example, through the offseason program, through giving great effort during practice, through showing our young guys on the team how to practice, how to prepare for the game.and then when you get out there on game day, he’s giving you everything he has out there on the field."

First Bills practice special for Williams - Olean Times Herald
OF THE OVATION, he added, "It felt great to finally see the fans besides seeing them in Buffalo everywhere I go. It’s good to come out and have people chant your name. I just want to go out here and give something back to them ... going out and performing on the field and making it happen."

Young winning Bills backup QB job? | London Free Press
"Although head coach Chan Gailey said Friday that the team’s pre-season training camp doesn’t really begin until Saturday, when the first practice in full pads takes place, Young already has looked much better than Tyler Thigpen, who last year backed up starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick."

Lang: Fitzpatrick throws birthday bombs - sportsnet.ca
"On day two of Buffalo Bills training camp, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick made sure he threw T.J. Graham some deep balls on his birthday."

Banged-up Bills no longer: Buffalo opens training camp with a healthy contingent of players - The Washington Post
"It’s great to have everybody here," Gailey said. "That’s one of the keys for us is to have all hands on deck. It’s nice to have it. And it’s imperative to have it."

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 7-27
Chris Brown compares Jason Taylor and Bruce Smith to Mario Williams (at the request of fans), how Stevie Johnson runs routes differently than other receivers, how he sees the cornerback position shaking out, and giving Shawne Merriman a contract extension.

Inside The Bills | Spiller the builder
"You just continue to build," said Spiller. "You want to forget what happened because this is a new year, but you still want to try to carry some of that momentum. See what I have done well, see what I have done bad and build from that. This is a whole new season for me so everything that I did in those six weeks is behind me. I am looking forward to this first preseason game against Washington."

Inside The Bills | McKelvin leaves practice early
"He got sick in practice," said head coach Chan Gailey. "So they kept him out of practice the rest of the time. He’s in great shape so I know it’s not anything like that. So we’ll just see what it is. We couldn’t get him back to feeling right so we just made sure we took him in to get to the bottom of it."

Inside The Bills | Fitz: It’s a tough offense to get
"It’s a tough offense to get," said Fitzpatrick. "For him it was good to get the OTAs and minicamp so just like the rookies he was able to digest it. It’s a new system for him with new terminology and that’s not easy as a quarterback. It’s been very vanilla the first few days, but as we get going here we’ll see how much he can process and how much he can retain that stuff that we learned back in the OTAs and carried it onto the field."

Inside The Bills | Good vibe on D-line
"A lot of guys are busting their butts now and that feeling is there," said Marcell Dareus. "The feeling of wanting to win and wanting to be around these guys and having fun at practice. I can’t express to you how good that is and playing football how much fun that is. As far as having a good feeling with each other that’s just the start of a new life for the Buffalo Bills."

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