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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Links, 7/25

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Optimism of Buffalo Bills collides with reality | Democrat and Chronicle
"Despite a positive outlook in the front office, another non-playoff season is likely for the Buffalo Bills," says Sal Maiorana in this extensive article which includes an interview with Bills GM Buddy Nix.

Bills' Gailey: The fundamentalist - The Buffalo News
"Old school coach is a man of principle and dignity, who has a burning desire to win, deals straight with his players and has a gift for getting the most out of them."

Who will be the left tackle? -
"A number of players on the offensive line experienced significant on-the-job training in 2009, and the blindside tackle had its fair share of participants. Considered a major need in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Bills did make a selection that the team believes is a fit for the position, Ed Wang, who will compete with Demetrius Bell and Jamon Meredith to earn a role in the starting lineup this season."

Today's the day to buy the Buffalo News or the Rochester D&C if you're prepping for training camp, folks, as there are camp previews in both editions.

More Training Camp Previews
Gailey doubles up to toughen team mentality - The Buffalo News

"The Bills have 27 practices scheduled at their suburban Rochester summer home. That's more than in any of the past four camps held under former coach Dick Jauron. The Bills have eight days in which they have scheduled two full practices. Jauron held just two two-a-day sessions each year in his tenure. Last year the Bills had 22 full training camp practices. In 2008 they had 20."

Buffalo Bills have plenty of question marks | Democrat and Chronicle
"Sal Maiorana gives his 10 questions that the Buffalo Bills need to find answers for as training camp begins." news: Lots of questions entering camp for the Bills
A look at the Buffalo Bills as they enter training camp. looks at 3 key camp questions among others things.

Bills' No. 2 Receiver Job Up For Grabs - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
"That means the starting job will come down to third-year men Steve Johnson (12 catches and two touchdowns in limited duty) and James Hardy (6-5, 220-pound man who hardly has played because of lingering knee problems) and fourth-round pick Marcus Easley."

Easley bracing himself for beginning of pro football career - Connecticut Post
"The idea of beginning a career in professional football is daunting to many, and it is to Marcus Easley, too. But the former Bunnell High and UConn wide receiver isn't overly worried about the adjustment he'll have to make this week as he begins his first NFL training camp with the Buffalo Bills."

Former Players
LaCanfora: Rams Official Calls T.O. Report "Overzealous." - WGR 550 SportsRadio

"'s Jason LaCanfora reported via twitter that a Rams official scoffed at a report that the team is "seriously pursuing" TO, and called it "overzealous." ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported earlier that the St. Louis Rams have "intensified interest" in wide receiver Terrell Owens."

The Rams' interest in Terrell Owens - NFC West Blog - ESPN
"The St. Louis Rams' interest in Terrell Owens makes sense because the Rams lack proven talent at receiver, they lack star quality and they need to sell tickets."

This Day in Buffalo Sports History: The umpire strikes back - Sports, Ink - The Buffalo News
On this date in 1961 the Buffalo Bills signed OG Ron Luciano but he didn't make the team. Instead he went on to a career as a baseball umpire. He tells a really funny story about Buffalo but you'll have to click through the link to read it.