Buffalo Bills news, 7/15: how run-heavy will Buffalo be?

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The Bills led the NFL in rushing attempts in 2013 despite a 6-10 record. It's fair to assume that they'll be contending for the crown of the league's most run-reliant team in 2014, too.

(Buffalo News) Bills’ special teams have room for improvement
This is a good read from Mark Gaughan on the Bills' special teams units, featuring plenty of quotes from coordinator Danny Crossman. (Whoops, I said his name. I forgot doing that summons 4,000 comments about him.)

(Rotoworld) 2014 Pass/Run Rate Projections
Mike Clay projects that the Bills will be the fourth-most run reliant team in the NFL in 2014. Reminder: the Bills led the league in rushing attempts last season.

(Syracuse.com) Cyrus Kouandjio's knee among 3 questions surrounding the Buffalo Bills' offensive line in 2014
I'm partial to reason No. 3, which focuses on EJ Manuel and his pocket passing ability.

(BuffaloBills.com) Bills QBs and rookies arriving early
Speaking of Manuel, Chris Brown shared this interesting little footnote yesterday: the Bills don't report to St. John Fisher until Friday, but a select group of players will be back in town on Wednesday (also known as tomorrow), including quarterbacks, rookies, first-year players, and "other select players."

(WGR 550) Bills Top 20 Talents: No. 9 - Robert Woods
Who else here believes that Robert Woods will be the Bills' leading receiver this season?

(WGR 550) Bills Top 20 Talents: No. 10 - Stephon Gilmore
Joe Buscaglia calls the 2013 season a lateral step for Stephon Gilmore, but slides him down his Top 10 rankings of the most talented Bills due to his lack of consistent quality play on the field so far.

(WGR 550) Bills Camp Primer: Cornerback
I might slide Ron Brooks out of the "bubble" category and into the "depth" category, given that he earned unprompted praise from Jim Schwartz this summer. But then, with an injury history as problematic as his, Brooks probably belongs on the bubble by default.

(BuffaloBills.com) Camp Countdown: Who will be the starting strong safety?
Da'Norris Searcy, Duke Williams, and Johnathan Meeks are profiled here. Corey Graham is not.

(BuffaloBills.com) Camp Countdown: 4 reasons Aaron Williams will excel
Soapboxing for the length of this blurb: I'm no longer a fan of trying to differentiate between free and strong safety now that Jairus Byrd is no longer with the club.

(ESPN.com) Counting the Bills: Defensive tackles
Fun fact from Mike Rodak: more than $45 million of the Bills' salary cap is devoted to the defensive line this season.

(NumberFire.com) Will the Real C.J. Spiller Please Stand Up?
This is a nice look at C.J. Spiller from a fantasy football perspective, if you're into that sort of thing.

(ESPN.com) Fact or Fiction: Buffalo Bills offense
The Bills found 19 touches for Frank Summers in 2013. Therefore, 50 touches for Bryce Brown seems like an extremely easy goal to achieve in 2014.

(NFL.com) NFL Head Coach Power Rankings: Bill Belichick reigns supreme
Hey, look: sports columnists have found an even dumber thing to "power" rank. (I've never understood why they're "power" rankings, either. Can't they just be... you know, regular old rankings?) Doug Marrone comes in at No. 27. Mike Pettine is No. 31.

(ESPN.com) Buffalo Bills Bubble Watch: Evan Rodriguez
Evan Rodriguez is among a group of reserve running backs, fullbacks, and tight ends that are not going to have roles on offense, and therefore will need to contribute on special teams to make the 53-man roster this fall.

(BuffaloBills.com) The move to St. John Fisher – JMS Recap 7/14
From last night's The John Murphy Show: SI's Robert Klemko is shadowing the Bills this week, chronicling their every move as they prepare to make the trek from Orchard Park to Pittsford for training camp.

(BuffaloBills.com) The Bills are New York’s most popular team
I find this tremendously difficult to believe.

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