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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Links, 2/16

Is Jimmy Clausen the next J.P. Losman? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"In my recent rundown of mock drafts, Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen appears in a few forecasts. But ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay douses the optimism by daring to compare Clausen to Bills pariah J.P. Losman."

Monday Morning Quarterback - Peter King -
"I would suggest that they start [deciding how to compensate retired NFL players] by looking at the knees of Conrad Dobler, a guard for the Cardinals, Saints and Bills, who made three Pro Bowls and earned $450,000 in 10 seasons, ending in 1981. His knees are more road maps than functioning joints, part of the 34-surgery nightmare he endured to be a football player." Picture through the link.

Legacy Of Three Men -
Ole Miss looks back at some trailblazing African-American sports stars from the school's history including former Bills DL Ben Williams. Williams was one of the first pair of African-Americans to play for the southern school.

Bills Strong Safety Donte Whitner is a Redskin?- Hogs Heaven
The other day I posted a link saying Whitner may end up in D.C. according to a source of the SBN Redskins blog.  Well now the same blogger is saying he couldn't confirm the first report.  In other words, not gonna happen.

Edwards taking 3-4 task head on -
"Edwards has immersed himself in Bills defensive game tape from 2009 in an effort to gain a firm grasp of the talents and capabilities of every player on the current roster, so he knows how realistic a full scale switch can be, and where they made need to make some additions."Sports, Ink: This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Whoops
On February 13, 1998, the Bills acquired QB Rob Johnson from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Read Vic Carucci's account of the trade here.

Sports, Ink: This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Cleaning house
On February 11, 2000, the Bills ended their most successful era in team history by releasing Andre Reed, Thurman Thomas, and Bruce Smith - all on the same day.

Further info on 3-4 switch – Inside The Bills
"First, it allows you to get an edge rusher very quickly off the back side and he may get locked up with a back or a tight end from time to time, which is a great matchup for you (as a defense)," said Gailey. "The other thing that it does is it puts more linebackers in your whole scheme and it improves your special teams a result."

Offseason dates of note – Inside The Bills
"Here’s a rundown of some of the more important offseason dates and deadlines on the NFL calendar."

Free agency: AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Bills' roster presumably will experience considerable turnover under new general manager Buddy Nix and new head coach Chan Gailey, who's switching the defense to a 3-4 scheme. The Bills don't have any free agents they must re-sign. Their most notable unrestricted free agents are Owens, Reed and Scott. The club probably won't go out of its way to sign any of them."

Will the Bills be players for another Edwards? : Buffalo Sports Daily
Patrick Moran thinks the Bills might go after Baltimore DE Dwan Edwards.

Twitter / Donte Whitner
Tomorrow will b my last day on twitter :-/

Congressional hopeful, ex-NFLer, lauds Tebow ad |
Jay Riemersma is running for Congress and held a party to celebrate Tim Tebow's Super Bowl ad.

NFL offseason burning questions for AFC teams - Jim Trotter -
"BUFFALO BILLS -- Can new coach Chan Gailey transform Trent Edwards or Ryan Fitzpatrick into a winning quarterback?"

2010 storylines - Ross Tucker -
"Buffalo typically likes to do at least one thing every offseason to spark some interest among the fan base and gain the attention of the national media. Considering the hiring of Chan Gailey didn't exactly light up the phones in the ticket office, they may have to turn to Vick. Stay tuned."

Saints obvious choice for some very early rankings -
"30. Buffalo Bills - I have a feeling the Bills will be last in AFC East for a long time. Like their old coaching staff more than the new one. Godspeed." At least we're ahead of the Bucs and Rams....

2010 NFL Draft
2010 7-round NFL Mock Draft - NFL Draft Site -

With Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen off the board, the Bills bypass a bunch of OT and LB prospects as well as Dez Bryant to pick Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan in this mock draft.

Mock Draft 2.1 - Mocking The Draft
"9. Buffalo- WR- Dez Bryant- Oklahoma State - Jimmy Clausen is a possibility here but Coach Gailey has shown that he could get production out of lower level talent. Dez Bryant adds a dynamic playmaker to the offense and whoever is at quarterback well be happy with this pick. The Bills might be making the switch to a 3-4 defense so if someone rises up the board that fits the scheme, which could be the pick."

Carlos Dunlap NFL Draft scouting report - Mocking The Draft
An in-depth look at the underachieving defensive end from Florida.

Corey Wootton NFL Draft scouting report - Mocking The Draft
An in-depth look at one of the biggest defensive ends in this year's draft.