Buffalo Bills news, 5/30: stadium renovations get a first look

The new stadium renovations got a first look from the media on Thursday. The Bills were practicing, too, so you can read up on OTAs.

OTA 2: EJ Manuel working on reads - BuffaloBills.com

"He got the lion’s share of the work on Wednesday, but on Thursday his reps appeared to increase even more as Buffalo’s offensive staff makes a concerted effort to have EJ Manuel as ready as possible to make a sizable jump in on field performance in his second NFL season."

Bills Roundup: Increased Work for Manuel - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com

"Day two of organized team activities took place on Thursday, with EJ Manuel seeing increased reps, a new running back getting a long look from the coaches, and several good plays made on the field." Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are getting the majority of snaps at running back.

OTAs

Inside The Bills | Healthy Kyle Williams ready to roll
"I feel good. I think this is the first full offseason I’ve had in three or four years," Williams said. "Being able to start back after the year and work rather than recover and then work. I’ve been able to build from day one so I’m excited about it."

Bills’ Hairston knows he has a lot to prove - Sports - The Buffalo News
Asked if it was a heart issue, Hairston said: "It wasn’t a heart issue. It was something that just came out of nowhere, and I had to let it work itself out. I don’t really want to elaborate on it."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills OTA Observations: Day 2
Joe Buscaglia wonders why Nickell Robey isn't in the nickel packages.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Doug Marrone's Bills Playlist Review - May 29, 2014
If you're really interested in Doug Marrone's song playlist for practice, check it out here. Joe Buscaglia kept track, even using Shazaam to find the performer of a couple knock-offs.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Woods Aiming For Full Return At Mandatory Minicamp
"The timetable is three months, which is around mandatory minicamp. I'm actually pretty much full-go, but they just want to stick to the schedule anyway, just to make sure," Woods told WGR after practice Thursday. "They just want to be safe and just keep pushing forward."

Sammy Watkins to miss remaining OTAs this week - ESPN
"It’s not his fault that he’s not going to be here the next two days, I wish he was," coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday. "Looking back I made a note that I should have had practice [Tuesday] so I only would have lost him one day. My mistake on that."

Kiko Alonso, Mario Williams ramp up participation - ESPN
"After sitting out Wednesday's organized team activity, Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams and linebacker Kiko Alonso participated in limited team drills Thursday."

Stadium Renovations

RWS Renovations taking shape - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
Media was given access to the renovations at the Ralph. BuffaloBills.com has all the video. The video board in the picture above has been replaced with a larger screen replacing the advertising boards on the side. Those panels were moved to the opposite side of the field for the brand new board in the other end zone.

Excitement builds over renovations; season ticket numbers increase - BuffaloBills.com
The Bills announced on the tour that they've passed 44,000 season ticket holders for 2014, the most they've had since 2009. And they still have just under three months to go.

Putting a new face on The Ralph - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"A lot of this renovation was designed by the fans. We do an exhaustive amount of research and surveys, and the thing that kept coming up was, people weren’t excited about the concession offerings, they found the concourses difficult to navigate, and they found the gates really congested," said Marc Honan, the Bills’ chief marketing officer and Thursday’s tour guide.

More clicks

Bills Focus: Kouandjio Signs on the Dotted Line - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills second round pick tackle Cyrus Kouandjio is glad to be an official member of the Buffalo Bills and talks about the motivation that still drives him."

Kouandjio caps Bills draft class signings - BuffaloBills.com
In a "direct competition" with Erik Pears, Cyrus Kouandjio is signed and ready to go.

Mike Williams of Buffalo Bills enters pre-trial diversion program - ESPN
Mike Williams' case was reopened after he was traded, but only because he couldn't complete his pre-trial diversion program after moving back to Buffalo. He's been assigned a new program in Buffalo and can avoid charges altogether if he completes it.

Why NFL Coaches Don't Know What They Are Saying - Fake Teams
"Remember this famous quote from Nathaniel Hackett last year, the offensive coordinator of the Bills, "We're going to give him the ball until he throws up. So he's either got to tap out or throw up on the field. Let's just put it that way." That quote got fantasy owners salivating over him, and slotting him up even higher in drafts than he was before. I saw him go as high as the second overall pick last season, which might have been fine if Hackett had stayed true to his word."

Bills adjusting to another new defensive system | Toronto Sun
Kyle Williams explains that a lot of the Bills' defense last year was 4-3, despite only three down linemen. He also talks about Jim Schwartz and learning a new defense every year.

Pyramid: We're not part of plan for new Buffalo Bills stadium | syracuse.com
"Syracuse-based Pyramid Cos. says it is not part of Scott Congel's reported plan to build a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills." If you're interested in the Congel's and their history around NYS, check out this article. He's the guy reportedly partnering with Tom Golisano.

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