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Fatherhood helps mold Bills' Carrington : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
"When it was time for Khalil's mother to pursue a college degree in Mississippi, Carrington wanted Khalil to live with him at his off-campus apartment. Between football, his course work as a psychology major and raising a son who is a ball of energy, it was quite the juggling act for Carrington but he credits fatherhood in his maturation."

Pure fantasy: How do your players rate? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
On the list of fantasy options compiled by ESPN rookie C.J. Spiller is the highest ranked Bill at 65. He's the 30th-rated receiver. After that Fred Jackson (79, 34 RB), Lee Evans (86, 33 WR), and Marshawn Lynch (133, 53 RB) are the only three Bills in the top 200.

Buffalo Bills among teams headed for rocky 2010 - Don Banks -
"It just looks like more of the same for the Bills, who have been running in place for so long now that it's hard to detect any motion at all. And this time around they don't even have a Terrell Owens signing to whip up a little interest in an otherwise lackluster team." He does think they are in good hands with Chan Gailey.

Chan Gailey Rookie Camp Wrap Up (3:15) -

The head coach discusses minicamp with reporters as well as what the team should be doing while they're gone.

Bills Focus: Brown's Uphill Climb (3:43) -
"Bills quarterback Levi Brown faced an uphill climb to get to the NFL, now he will need to climb the depth chart."

ESPN's Tim Graham Talks AFC East On The Howard Simon Show - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"Graham said that both Brian Brohm and Levi Brown looked good over the weekend – but cautioned Bills fans to keep in mind that they were competing against rookies and undrafted free agents – which is why he doesn’t try to take too much from rookie camp." You can hear the entire interview in WGR's audio vault.

Marcus Easley the new No. 81 in Buffalo - Connecticut Post
"Marcus Easley doesn't fancy himself as the next Terrell Owens. But the former Bunnell High and UConn wide receiver is the Buffalo Bills' new No. 81, taking the jersey Owens sported last season in Orchard Park, N.Y."

C.J. Spiller: 97 or Bust - ESPN
Spiller wanted 97s across the board in the new Madden game. He came in with speed of 95 and acceleration of 97.

Rookie Re-vote (3:22) -

"Buffalo Bills FS Jairus Byrd has an opportunity to be named Defensive Rookie of the Year by the AP as they revote after Brian Cushing's positive substance test." Highlights from Byrd's season.

Deadline Wed. for Def. ROY re-vote – Inside The Bills
"After the decision was made Monday to re-vote for Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press in the wake of Houston LB Brian Cushing’s admission that he did test positive for a banned substance, they informed their voters that they have until 11 am Wednesday to submit their ballot." ProFootballTalk is reporting the deadline is noon.

Ellis glad to get jump start -
Chris Ellis is the latest profile by Bills lead journalist Chris Brown. Ellis discusses his lack of playing time in his first two years and the transition to 3-4 OLB.

DT Williams tops as playmaker – Inside The Bills
"On Monday we showed how AdvancedNFLStats determined playmaking ability through new statistical models that measure WPA or positive win probability added and EPA or positive expected points added. Kyle Williams was the top ranked performer at his position, defensive tackle."

Bills sign RB Simpson
Bills sign RB Simpson; waive DL -

"Last season, Simpson served the Colts in the same capacity appearing in 14 games, gaining a little over 100 yards on 15 carries (7.3 avg.) while scoring a pair of rushing touchdowns. He also set career-highs with 38 kickoff returns for 898 yards and a 93-yard touchdown."

The word on Simpson – Inside The Bills
"When asked what two things stand out about Simpson he told me that he has excellent speed and is extremely tough."

Competition steep at returner – Inside The Bills
"Bills top pick C.J. Spiller already ratcheted up the competition level at kick returner when he was taken ninth overall. Adding him in with Leodis McKelvin and Roscoe Parrish made things steep enough. Now with the Bills signing of free agent Chad Simpson there’s going to be even more competition. Quality competition."

Other Bills Links
Get ready to pay: 18 NFL teams raising ticket prices for 2010 -

"• Buffalo Bills, Ralph Wilson Stadium (73,967): Increase: Yes. Price range: $40-$80 Note: Excluding the one home game in Toronto, Bills season ticket average ($59.19) is more than $15 less than NFL average."

In N.F.L., It’s Better to Be Smart Than Young - The Fifth Down Blog -
"Believe it or not, Buffalo looked like a team with a promising future in ‘06, thanks to three 25-year-olds who were expected to give the Bills an explosive offense." Chase Stuart goes back to 2006 to track four teams that appeared to be on the verge of a breakout including Buffalo.

The Five Best—and Worst—NFL Offseasons So Far | Bleacher Report
Because the Bills failed to secure the QB position, they land on the list of worst offseasons.

Joe from NYC Blog: Tuesday Thoughts
"Can WGR at least acknowledge that the city of Buffalo has a football team? The afternoon hosts have hardly mentioned Jared Gaither possibly getting traded to the Buffalo Bills. Instead, the hosts had some announcer draft and they wouldn't shut up about Pearl Jam coming to Buffalo. I'm sure if the Buffalo Sabres were involved with a trade rumor, the station would run a 3-hour block on it. Oh, and I'm still waiting for the afternoon hosts to do some sort of NFL Draft recap."