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How did the Buffalo Bills rookies perform in 2012? Answers to that and more early off-season insight in today's links.
"Steve Palazzolo reviews the impact of the 2012 rookies in the AFC East... The Buffalo Bills got mixed, yet promising, results from their top selections."
Stephon Gilmore graded out well in coverage. Now all he has to do is "keep his hands to himself" going forward. They call Cordy Glenn the "likely left tackle of the future," and note that T.J. Graham had a bad case of the dropsies. I really like Glenn and Gilmore, but the rest of the draft class has some work to do.
"As reported on Twitter, Ryan Talbot of Queen City Sports has learned that the Buffalo Bills have contacted Ryan Fitzpatrick’s agent to discuss restructuring his contract."
If true, this shouldn't come as a surprise. The Bills and Fitzpatrick signed a deal for a legit NFL starter, and when Fitzpatrick couldn't live up to it, both sides were unhappy. As Talbot notes, Fitz's best chance of starting is likely in Buffalo, so it may behoove him to stick around.
This has other implications, as well. The Bills are moving on from the evaluation portion of their off-season to the action portion (at least in one area). Perhaps they can now start having meaningful conversations with the agents for Andy Levitre and Jairus Byrd.
Torell Troup's battle back - BuffaloBills.com
Chris Brown catches up with Torell Troup, who is returning from another back injury. He's hopeful for the 2013 season.
WGR 550 SportsRadio - WGR NFL Draft Podcast #1 With Joe B. & Brian
I won't post subsequent podcasts, but you should all know about Joe Buscaglia's draft podcasts. He does a thorough job with his draft coverage. Today's topics: "What do the Bills need? What might they target? How can they draw off the Super Bowl for a potential draft plan?"
Art Modell and the Hall of Fame: How the voting process works for induction | cleveland.com
"But more than 80 percent of HOF finalists since 1970 ultimately have busts in Canton, according to Hall-of-Fame statistics. For multiple trips to the finals the likelihood rises to near 90 percent." See: Reed, Andre.
Where does Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick fit best? - NFL Videos
"Will the Philadelphia Eagles hold on to quarterback Michael Vick? Donovan McNabb breaks down several options for Vick if Chip Kelly and the Eagles cut him loose." The Buffalo Bills are the team McNabb mentions.
Bills WR/QB Smith goes from wildcat to catwalk - Yahoo! Sports
"The Bills receiver, part-time quarterback and kickoff returner is preparing to expand his already versatile repertoire. Smith is going to try his hand at journalism and style, working as an intern for Men's Health Magazine to assist covering New York Fashion Week, which opens Thursday."