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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Links, 4/24

DiCesare: QB remains unmet need for Bills : The Buffalo News
Bob DiCesare questions the Bills for passing on the top quarterbacks to select C.J. Spiller citing the lack of playoff success for some top running backs. He says by not addressing a need at 9 it hamstrung the Bills in the second round where they had to address a position of need.

Bills uninterested in name recognition - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Bills have an ambiguous quarterback situation with Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm. Even though they didn't add another one through the first three rounds, Nix confirmed the Bills will add a fourth quarterback either Saturday or by adding a veteran through free agency or a trade."

Nix Plan For Bills Deserves Benefit of the Doubt | Ed Kilgore |
"No, they're far from satisfied with Trent Edwards or Ryan Fitzpatrick or even Brian Brohm, and they will add another qb one way or another before camp opens. But they have added an explosive element the offense lacked, and they've added a physical presence up front the defense lacked. They deserve, at least, the benefit of the doubt."

Best on board for Bills – Inside The Bills
Chris Brown lists "some of the prospects the Bills could be looking at on day three of the 2010 NFL draft in round four."

Day Two Roundups
Bills Roundup: Troup, Carrington Added to D-Line (3:48) -

The Bills added two pieces to their defensive puzzle on day two of the draft.

Day Two Recap Press Conference (11:49) -
GM Buddy Nix and V.P. of College Scouting assess day two of the draft. "Hopefully we can not be knocked back four or five yards every time they run the ball," said Nix.

Trading around not Nix’s style – Inside The Bills
"We’re not much about moving (up or down)," said Nix. "To move just to be moving, some of those guys I don’t know how they know where the hell they draft. If we know we’re going to gain an advantage we’ll do it, but otherwise we’ll just stay there and get us a good player."

Why no Clausen at 41 – Inside The Bills
"We’ve got a lot of needs guys," said Nix. "We’ve got three quarterbacks that have got talent, that we don’t know. All the physical stuff you see, they can play. Now they’ve got to prove to us whether they can or not, not what they have done. We’ve got (other) positions where we don’t have three that we can count on."

Bills stock up on beef vs. run during day two of draft : The Buffalo News
"The Bills' new bulked-up three-man line will feature incumbent Marcus Stroud and free-agent signee Dwan Edwards as prospective starters at ends and Troup rotating with incumbent Kyle Williams at nose tackle. Backing up at ends are Spencer Johnson, Carrington and John McCargo. Both Stroud and Johnson were tackles in the four-man line last year but become big ends in the new defense. Williams and Stroud both can rotate between tackle and end."

BillBoard: Live from the stadium: Day Two of the draft
Lauren Nicole Mariacher, Mark Gaughan, Allen Wilson, and Bob DiCesare kept a running blog of the action at One Bills Drive yesterday

Transcript Of Buddy Nix And Tom Modrak After Day 2 Of The 2010 NFL Draft - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Text from the Nix/Modrak press conference wrapping up Day 2.

Bills Add Troup And Carrington On Day 2; Nix Speaks - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Joe Buscaglia breaks down the selections of Carrington and Troup and discusses their impact on the Bills defense.

DT Troup ready to grind -

"I don’t play a glamour position," said Troup. "I’ve been overlooked and I feel like I was overlooked this year, but for the Bills to jump up and grab me in the second round is a great feeling. It shows me that somebody is paying attention to all the hard work I put in and recognized my great work ethic. It’s really exciting."

Draft Profile: DT Troup has more game than name -
This is the profile of Troup did prior to the draft.

Troup’s mindset right for Bills – Inside The Bills
"You’ve got to love contact to play in the middle," said Troup. "You get hit every play. Sometimes the defensive end doesn’t even get touched; in the middle you’re gonna get touched every play. I love the contact in the middle. Some people want me to play 3 technique, and I actually tell them I love contact, I love the middle, I love the nose."

Bills notebook: Troup makes a name for himself : The Buffalo News
"Troup, who didn't play football until his freshman year in high school, started 39 of 50 games at Central Florida. The 6-foot-2, 320-pounder was a two-time, second-team All-Conference USA selection with 108 career tackles, including 24 for losses and six sacks. He had only two tackles against the University at Buffalo last season, but recovered a fumble at the UB 17-yard line to seal a 23-17 UCF win."

Buffalo Bills add Torell Troup, Alex Carrington to help defense | Democrat and Chronicle
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we liked Troup the best," vice president of scouting Tom Modrak said. "He's a classic nose. He's played a lot of snaps, he's strong, he can beat the double team or at least hold up so the linebackers have a chance, and he wants to be good."

Buffalo Bills select Torell Troup with second-round pick | Democrat and Chronicle
"At 6-2, 314 pounds, he’ll fill a need in Buffalo for a space-eating tackler in the middle of their new 3-4 scheme. He started all 13 games for Central Florida last fall, tallying 35 tackles with two sacks and four passes batted down."

Conference Call Transcript With Torell Troup - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Bills DE Torell Troup spoke with the Buffalo-area media following his selection.

Bills pick Troup over Clausen, McCoy - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Tim Graham recaps teh Troup pick citing why the Bills took him, where Troup fits, and the Scouts Inc. take.

Carrington an underrated add to Bills D-line -

"I mean everybody is 330 pounds and they’re leaning on you for 60 plays," said Modrak of opposing offensive linemen. "You just can’t do that no matter who you are. We think Alex has a chance to come in here and develop. Play behind two good players, play now and continue to get better."

Bills notebook : The Buffalo News
[Carrington] started 42 of 44 games. He had nine sacks last season to earn first-team All-Sun Belt Conference for the second straight time. He had 10.5 sacks and a league-high 19 tackles for losses as a junior when he was the Sun Belt Conference defensive player of the year.

Conference Call Transcript With Alex Carrington - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Text from the media's call with new Buffalo Bill Alex Carrington.

Bills Focus: Exclusive C.J. Spiller 1-on-1 (5:38) -

Buffalo's first-round pick talks about joining the team, his leadership skills, and what former NFL player he models himself after.

Bills Introduce C.J. Spiller (10:05) -
Owner Ralph Wilson introduces the first-round pick, CJ Spiller. Spiller and Chan Gailey both discuss the selection as well.

Spiller expected to be a savior : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
"Pressure is when you're unprepared, and I know I've prepared myself in the best way to give this organization everything that I have," Spiller said Friday during his introductory news conference at the Bills' practice facility. "I know a lot of people are expecting a lot of things and my main thing is to go out there and just work hard. Go out there and get ready for a season."

C.J. Spiller eager to prove worth to Buffalo Bills | Democrat and Chronicle
"Spiller fills a huge need for a playmaker in Buffalo. Of his 51 career touchdowns at Clemson, 21 were 50 yards or longer. His 7,588 all-purpose yards are second most in NCAA Division I history. Against N.C. State last fall, he became the first player in ACC history to throw a scoring pass, catch a TD pass and run for a TD in the same game."

Spiller to make positive impact on Bills, columnist predicts | Democrat and Chronicle
Columnist Bart Wright of the Greenville Observer thinks C.J. Spiller will be a great addition to the Buffalo Bills.

Bills gave Spiller good vibes | Democrat and Chronicle
"I say that C.J. Spiller, by far, is the most talented player in this draft," said former Tampa Bay Bucs coach Jon Gruden, who predicted during the ESPN telecast that Spiller would be rookie of the year. "Watch this guy run the 40 on water. He’s electric."

Press Conference Transcript (including Wilson, Spiller And Gailey) - WGR 550 SportsRadio
The written transcript of the Spiller press conference.

Spiller accepts challenge in speedy strides - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Tim Graham recaps the press conference introducing C.J. Spiller. "Spiller made his first contribution at Friday's news conference. He reached over to steady Wilson, the 91-year-old owner who wobbled when he got out of his chair too quickly."

Other Bills Links
Nix on Schobel – Inside The Bills

"Our stance hasn’t changed," said Nix. "We want him back. He’s a good player. We’d like to have him. We’re just waiting until he makes a decision. He hasn’t made it. Again the ball is in his court. Really there isn’t an update."

Wilson insists Bills weren't in the market for Tebow : The Buffalo News
"This is a fact," Wilson said. "He's a good player, but we had no intention of taking Tebow. We weren't moving up to take Tebow."

Why bother, they’re only going to hurt you | Dunkirk | The Observer
"Don't get me wrong, I hope Buddy Nix and his staff make all the right moves, making me eat my words and forget about Clausen, but if history is any indicator, I will be spending most of my time this upcoming season listening to Weezer's "Why Bother" and Ben Harper's "Walk Away" as I sit on my couch watching a team that will no doubt cause Western New York more pain than joy."

Seattle remains top landing spot for a Lynch deal : Buffalo Sports Daily
Seattle remains the top landing spot for Marshawn Lynch though Green Bay could be in play as well, report Patrick Moran.

Talent available for Bills going into 4th round : Buffalo Sports Daily
Patrick Moran looks at the top players still available heading into round 4.

Source: Roosevelt will get offered by Bills if undrafted : Buffalo Sports Daily
Naaman RooseveltI’m told by a source close to Naaman Roosevelt that the University of Buffalo wide receiver will be offered a contract by the Buffalo Bills should he go unselected in the NFL draft.

Bills All-Time top 10 draft picks – Inside The Bills
Here's the list of the Top 10 picks in Bills history as voted on by fans.