Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 8/4

July 27, 2012; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive back Justin Rogers (26) plays pass defense during a training camp practice at St. John Fisher College. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE

Mario Williams, Bills defensive line charged with team turnaround - Don Banks - SI.com
"I feel like we could be as good as anybody,'' Williams said, minutes after a Sunday night full-pads session under the lights at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester. "That's just how I see it. We're going to bring everything we got. Put it that way. Just us four alone. I'm not talking about any others. Us four alone. When we hit the field running, we're going to go full speed.''

Bills Roundup: Team Works in Red Zone - BuffaloBills.com
"The majority of the highlights from Friday came as the team worked in the red zone, hear from George Wilson on Jim Leonhard, and coach Gailey on the heat at practice and the tackle situation."

Practice Notes - Day 8 - Red zone success, Stevie limited - BuffaloBills.com
Here's the recap from practice.

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 8-3
Chris Brown talks about Donald Jones moving into the slot in 4 and 5 WR sets, the CB depth chart, Jim Leonhard's knee injury, Kevin Brock's spot on the depth chart, and Leodis McKelvin's camp.

Stevie formulating celebration plans? - BuffaloBills.com
"I will celebrate," said Johnson. "I’m definitely going to be jumping in the crowd and chilling with the fans. I want to see what would happen if I could get in the stands and get some popcorn and just kick back. Hopefully I don’t get in trouble for that. I don’t know what the rule is."

Transcript: HC Gailey, WR Johnson, MLB Sheppard - BuffaloBills.com
Chan Gailey covers a huge range of issues in his conversation with the media while Stevie Johnson talks about his new groin injury and Kelvin Sheppard talks about his return.

Jim Kelly Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Speech - BuffaloBills.com
Jim Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 10 years ago. Read his acceptance speech here.

10 Years ago: Jim Kelly's Induction Day - BuffaloBills.com
Jim Kelly was recently interviewed about his experience ten years ago. It's touching hearing him talk about his family and it's pretty lengthy.

Ralph Wilson Jr. Research and Preservation Center - BuffaloBills.com
"Take a closer look at the formal ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of the Ralph Wilson Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center- a gift from Mr. Ralph Wilson to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio."

Chan Gailey Friday Press Conference - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills head coach talks about Kelvin Sheppard returning to practice, Chris Hairston working at right tackle, and working in the heat today at St. John Fisher."

Jim Kelly's Hall of Fame Speech - BuffaloBills.com
"Watch Jim Kelly's Hall of Fame Speech from August 3rd 2002 with Marv Levy's introduction."

Inside The Bills | George spoke with Leonhard
"I spoke with Jimmy," Wilson told Buffalobills.com. "He mentioned to me that they’d be working him out this morning. I have a deep debt to Jimmy. When I first made the transition to safety Jimmy was that one guy who took time out of his own schedule to help me grasp the defense, to learn the playbook from a defensive standpoint. He helped to smooth that transition out for me. It’s always good to run into Jimmy. I’m not sure how the workout went this morning, but I hope he’s doing better recovering from the knee injury."

Inside The Bills | Skirmish at practice
"Robert Eddins and Mike Jasper squared off at the end of the play with Jasper knocking Eddins helmet clean off his head. After the helmet flew things calmed down quickly." Apparently, Eddins got too close to Ryan Fitzpatrick in pass rush drills.

Inside The Bills | A few starters nicked up
"Stevie Johnson, Fred Jackson and George Wilson were three starters that got nicked up in Friday’s afternoon practice. Head coach Chan Gailey provided an update on all three after practice." I saw Jackson get bumped as he entered the end zone on a play and tumbled head over heels. He came up slow but was able to walk with a little hitch in his giddy-up.

Inside The Bills | Leonhard update
"Bills GM Buddy Nix also told Buffalobills.com that Leonhard wants to explore all his options and has another visit scheduled with another NFL club. In all likelihood this was an exploratory venture by both the Bills and Leonhard with the Bills now fully aware of his physical status and rehab progress." NFL Network reported it was Denver.

Inside The Bills | Can’t knock McGee’s effort
"Terrence is getting a little better," said Chan Gailey. "He’s not … he couldn’t play if we had to play today. But he’s getting a little better. It’s not big leaps, no major breakthroughs on Terrence’s help. It’s little gains that we’re making right now."

Inside The Bills | Wood’s reps increasing
"I think very well," said Chan Gailey when asked how Wood is progressing. "Today he took more than he had taken all camp in team reps. So we’ll evaluate how he feels tonight and tomorrow morning to get a better feel how far we can continue to push that."

Greetings from the Pro Football Hall of Fame - Press Coverage - The Buffalo News
"Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson and his wife, Mary, are expected to be in attendance this morning to dedicate the Ralph Wilson Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center. Wilson donated $2.5 million to construct the 10,000-square-foot facility."

Ralph Wilson makes Hall of Fame appearance - Press Coverage - The Buffalo News
"Wilson was in attendance, and while he struggled with mobility, he delivered a speech to a gathering comprised of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Hall of Famers and fans in front of the Ralph Wilson Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center."

Ralph Wilson lights a football fire in Curtis Martin - Press Coverage - The Buffalo News
"I've spoken earlier about how my emotional connection to football really hadn't been given birth," Martin said, "and I think today with Ralph Wilson's speech it was the first time I really felt this emotional, passionate connection with the game of football."

Day Eight: Drops mar red-zone work - Press Coverage - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan's practice recap is thorough.

Training camp video: McGee, Wood coming back from injury - Press Coverage - The Buffalo News
"The News' Mark Gaughan and Jay Skurski, reporting from Bills training camp at St. John Fisher College, discuss the team's injury situation:"

MemoraBillia: Wilson's priceless Hall collection - Press Coverage - The Buffalo News
"Six of the pieces relate directly to the Bills: a vintage standing buffalo helmet with a single-bar facemask, Bruce Smith's red helmet, Billy Shaw's cleats, a program from the 1990 AFC Championship game and team-signed footballs from Buffalo's 1964 and 1965 AFL championship teams. The balls were donated to Milt Woodard, a former sportswriter who served as AFL president."

Hagan aims to hold on with Bills - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Four teams is enough," Hagan said Friday, following the team’s walk-through practice at St. John Fisher College. "Some of them were just unfortunate situations. I can’t control that. Now I’m here with the Bills, I know there’s an opportunity for me and I want to be here for a long time."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Training Camp Notebook: Day 8
Joe Buscaglia does a great job wrapping up practice with his MVP and LVP (Marcus Easley).

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Stevie Misses Reps; Sheppard Back For Bills
"Justin Rogers, Bryan Scott, Josh Nesbitt, Kellen Heard, Mike Caussin, David Nelson and Chris Kelsay all sat out of the practice. Defensive end Mark Anderson took part in individual drills, but once again was kept out of team drills due to a groin injury."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Chandler Not Taking Anything For Granted With Bills
"I mean, when you get cut four times you do start to doubt your football abilities a little bit," Chandler remarked. "I think that's only natural to do, but you can't lose your confidence. That was something I never did lose. You start to think, 'What am I doing wrong here?' But you just gotta to stick to your guns there, and if an opportunity presents itself you have to take advantage of it. Luckily for me, I was able to stick around long enough for that opportunity to come up."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Having Some Laughs With Marcell Dareus
"You can't open it up all the way" the Alabama native said. "We're not trying to hurt anybody(in camp). When the pre-season comes and the regular season, we get to open it up all the way. Don't hold back on offensive linemen, don't hold back on running backs and especially not the quarterbacks."

Buffalo Bills' Brad Smith getting the reps he needs | Democrat and Chronicle
"With a year in Buffalo's system under his belt, Brad Smith is hoping to be a more prominent contributor for the Bills this year."

Rex Ryan: Bills must get ready for Tebow - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The great thing is ... the Buffalo Bills, we're going to use [Tebow] 20 snaps, we’re going to use him two snaps, 50 snaps, they don’t know," Ryan said. "All I know is they have to prepare for him, and I know what that does to your preparation time. When you start running the Wildcat and what that does, you can’t just [blow] it off. There’s a lot of coordinators will be like, ‘Oh, it’s not big deal.’ Yes it is. You really can’t tell that lie, because I’ve been there in your shoes."

Poll Friday: NFL's best defensive line - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Homers. The Bills are taking 59% of the vote on the AFC East blog with the NY Giants (GIANTS!) second with 22%.

Fantasy Football 2012: Sleepers on the Rise Part II - Fake Teams
"More fantasy football sleepers? Yes please. Check out volume two of Sleepers on the Rise." The Bills defense is getting some love as is Derek Hagan.

Wilson in spotlight at Hall of Fame - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"I know he’s really proud, and I’m really proud," Mary Wilson said. "He’s just an incredible man. Buffalo is so lucky they had Ralph Wilson as owner of the Buffalo Bills ... and I’m lucky I met him 22 years ago."

Jim Leonhard leaves Bills without contract, Broncos bound - NFL.com
"Coach Chan Gailey said he didn't watch the player's workout and did not meet with Leonhard during his two-day visit. Gailey then referred questions regarding Leonhard to general manager Buddy Nix."

Hall of Fame celebrates expansion, renovation - Canton, OH - CantonRep.com
"The blazing sunlight Friday morning was a fitting way to unveil portions of the $27 million expansion and renovation project at the Pro Football Hall of Fame."

NFL Training Camp 2012 -- Bills postcard - Ben Reiter - SI.com
"SI.com has dispatched writers to report on NFL training camps across the country. Here's what Ben Reiter had to say about Bills camp in Pittsford, N.Y., which he visited on July 31. Read all of our postcards here."

DE Anderson doesn't mind being Bills 'Other Guy' - Yahoo! Sports
"Mark Anderson has no problem being regarded as ''the other guy'' among the Buffalo Bills offseason free-agent additions."

Bills Quick Hits: Training camp -- Day 7 - CBSSports.com
This is from Thursday's camp.

32 Teams in 32 Days: Buffalo Bills | ProFootballFocus.com
"Can they take another step forward? Are the playoffs a possibility? Or will they get found out as has been the case so often recently? Khaled Elsayed looks at five reasons to be confident, and five to be concerned."

Replay: Day 7 at Bills training camp | Three Point Stance | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Follow Sal Maiorana and the Bills on the seventh day of training camp Thursday between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at St. John Fisher College."

Keeping Kickoff Specialist May Be Smart For Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
"A lot of Buffalo Bills fans haven't been keen on the idea of keeping rookie kicker John Potter as a kickoff specialist - but Football Outsiders data (and opinion) suggests that it may be a wise move."

Buffalo Bills Training Camp: Chan Gailey Talking Up Derek Hagan - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Derek Hagan is working hard to secure a spot on the team and Chan Gailey has noticed.

Buddy Nix: Jim Leonhard Has Taken Buffalo Bills Physical - Buffalo Rumblings
"Various reports indicate that free agent safety Jim Leonhard has already taken a physical and conducted a private workout for the Buffalo Bills. Might a signing come next?"

Poll: Mark Anderson's Role With The Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
"The Buffalo Bills think DE Mark Anderson is an every-down player. But there's also lots of credible evidence that points to Anderson only being effective as a situational pass rusher. Which side of the argument are you on?"

Buffalo Bills Training Camp Report: Friday, August 3 - Buffalo Rumblings
"Buffalo Rumblings was at Buffalo Bills training camp on Friday. See what Matt Warren had to report."

Jim Leonhard Departs Buffalo, To Visit Denver Broncos - Buffalo Rumblings
Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com reported the following after Leonhard's departure: "... indications are that Leonhard's surgically repaired knee is not yet ready for a return to the field in a training camp practice setting... Bills GM Buddy Nix also told BuffaloBills.com that Leonhard wants to explore all his options."

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