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Monday Article Roundup - Bills Style

Good morning, Bills fans. The Bills resumed practice at St. John Fisher college yesterday and are set to officially wrap up training camp practices in Rochester with their final practice coming on Wednesday. We're inching closer to the regular season, whether the Bills team is ready for it or not.

On a personal note, I'm moving back to college today, so rather than bore you all with my usual analytical drab, I figured I'd save both yourselves and myself a little time by throwing up a few articles that I've found interesting around the Interwebs over the past few days. This week(end) in general is going to be very busy for me, but I'll do my best as always to keep you up to date on the very inner workings of our beloved Buffalo Bills.

As Kurupt mentioned yesterday in the comments section of a separate thread, DE Ryan Denney will have surgery today. It is still unclear exactly how much time Denney will miss, but it's expected to be a big portion of the regular season. Dick Jauron did stop short of saying it was season-ending, but that possibility still exists. Still no news on whether or not the team will pursue defensive end help from outside of the organization.

Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reminds us that there is still no starting RG. Dick Jauron says that it will "work out", but as I've stated before, this is a position that needs to have a clear starter as soon as possible, if only for gelling purposes. This is a good read.

Surprise! It's another Sal Maiorana article - forgive the double dash of Sal, but I do tend to enjoy his work. This article details the progress of John McCargo and a few other notes. Loved this quote from Big John:

"I was OK with the way the night went," said McCargo, who missed the final 10 games last season with a foot injury, and who has been slowed in training camp by a couple of ailments. "I'm trying to improve with every game, trying to get better, making up for all the games and the experience that I missed. I really feel like I'm getting better."

I'm usually not the biggest fan of Leo Roth's work (also of the D&C, even though he's a heck of a good guy), but he's got a great point in this article: Lynch and Poz aren't saviors yet. They've got worlds of potential and have shown that in practices and pre-season games, but to those Bills fans who think that these two will be key cogs in a playoff run: slow down. I whole-heartedly agree with Leo - I'd obviously love nothing more than to see this team in the playoffs come January, but it is extremely rare for a team this young to do that. I've marked down 2008 as the earliest date that we'll see the playoffs, and it sounds like Leo agrees.