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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Links, 2/18

Specialization the focus for Bills strength and conditioning
"The two will base their focus on separate areas of the team. Gamble, the former No. 1-ranked weightlifter in the world (1981-’83, 275 pounds), will work mostly on the conditioning of Buffalo’s offensive and defensive lines. Ciano’s responsibilities include working with the defensive backs, backfield and receiving corps. Gailey expects the duo to share duties for the rest of the squad."

WBEN NewsRadio 930 - Forbes: Buffalo Eighth Most Miserable City In US
Thanks to the weather, economy, and downtrodden NFL team Buffalo falls in at 8 on the dubious list. Cleveland topped the survey.

Buffalo Bills team needs - Mocking The Draft
Mocking the Draft lists OT, QB, and LB as the top Bills needs. Most of the Bills blogger comments have said NT should be above LB.

Team News
NFL Fan Rankings
Bucky Brooks has the Bills ranked 32 in the NFL. Outside of former Buffalo News writer Vic Carucci, who has Buffalo 22nd (bless his heart) none of the other writers put the Bills about 26.

Bills alumni to help their own – Inside The Bills
"Members of the Buffalo Bills Alumni Chapter will be out in full force in support of one of their own who is battling heart and kidney disease. A special fundraiser for former Buffalo Bills FB, Wayne Patrick will be a part of a Spring Collectors Show to be held on Sunday, Feb. 21, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road in Depew, NY. Admission/Donation is $3.00 and all kids are FREE."

Johnson named assistant offensive line coach -
Buffalo’s coaching staff had another addition Wednesday as head coach Chan Gailey announced the hiring of Bobby Johnson as assistant offensive line coach. Johnson will be working with Bills offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris.

Player News
Rams pick up TE Derek Fine -

"Tight end Derek Fine, who started 11 games over the past two seasons for the Buffalo Bills, was awarded to the Rams on waivers Wednesday. Cleveland and Jacksonville also put in claims for Fine, but th Rams got him because they had the worst record last year among those three clubs."

Twitter / Adam Caplan
The Lions claimed LB Ashlee Palmer off waivers from the Bills. Was signed last year as a UDFA.

OchoCinco on T.O. – Inside The Bills
"When asked by TMZ if he’s going to get Owens to Cincy this offseason, OchoCinco said he’s going to take a pay cut to make it happen."

Four big questions in the AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"For those who think Marcus Stroud can be Buffalo's nose tackle, keep in mind he's 6-foot-6. Schatz notes that might be too tall. But the defensive switch should help sophomore pass-rusher Aaron Maybin."

Free Agent Files: Steelers DE Nick Eason : Buffalo Sports Daily
"To say Eason isn’t a sexy free agent choice would be an understatement. But Eason is a player that can bring great value and experience to Buffalo, and I suspect strongly those are things Chan Gailey and George Edwards are looking for in new defensive players for the 3-4 switch."

Scott Pitoniak: SU Hoops in a funk, but should be OK
"I'm thinking the best the Bills can do is a third-rounder for Marshawn Lynch, given all the baggage he's carrying. And even that might be optimistic on my part."

Time to put Lynch on the trading block? | National Football Post
"And that’s the real story here. Jackson was more productive than Lynch in 2009, and I expect that to continue in 2010. He’ll see more touches and will be more involved in the game plan. Now is the time when Lynch may have his best value."

2010 NFL Draft
Clausen’s toe not ready – Inside The Bills

"Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen had toe surgery at the close of his junior season shortly after declaring himself eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. But that toe won’t allow him to work out at the Combine next week."

Kiper on QB vs. OT – Inside The Bills
"In the case of a player like Clausen or Bradford, I would take the quarterback first. I have Clausen and Bradford rated higher than Davis and Okung. So I would go the quarterback first, then try to get the offensive tackle in the second round and hope that a Bruce Campbell or a Bulaga or somebody like that fell down to me."

BillBoard: Kiper: Okung to Bills at No. 9
"In Mel Kiper's first mock draft in January, he had the Bills taking Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen with the ninth overall pick. But in his current projection on he has Oklahoma State left tackle Russell Okung falling to the Bills."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - NFL Draft Big Board (11-15)
Joe Buscaglia shares his top 15 prospects for the draft. Here's 11-15 but links to the top ten are on the page.

Draft Watch: AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Bills had craters to fill on both sides of scrimmage before new coach Chan Gailey came aboard and decided to switch to a 3-4 defense. But where the Bills really need to upgrade is at offensive tackle and quarterback for an offense that has rated 30th, 25th, 30th, 30th, 28th, 25th and 30th the past seven seasons."

Twitter / Daniel Jeremiah
Jimmy Clausen's body language on the field reminded me of JP Losman coming out of Tulane. Major turnoff. He needs to interview well in Indy

2010 NFL Featured Columnist Mock Draft: The Buffalo Bills Take... | Bleacher Report
"After much deliberation with my mock draft co-GM Dan Van Wie, we have decided to select Bryan Bulaga, offensive tackle from the University of Iowa, with the ninth overall pick."