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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Links, 7/7

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

Who will be the strong side LB? -
"Following offseason minicamps and OTAs, the top three candidates vying for the strong side linebacker position appear to have been narrowed down to Chris Kelsay, Chris Ellis, and rookie Danny Batten."

Bills announce individual game ticket on-sale dates -
"Any remaining tickets after the Bills Backers pre-sale will be made available to the public through Ticketmaster online via and Western and Central New York Ticketmaster locations beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 13, 2010. A list of Ticketmaster retail locations is available at by clicking on ‘retail locations.’"

Ryan Denney Remains Unemployed : Buffalo Sports Daily
"Sources we’ve spoke to tell us that Denney has spoken with the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers since free agency started but has yet to receive a contract offer."

General Bills Links
Individual game tix on sale 7/13 – Inside The Bills

"There will be an exclusive online pre-sale for Bills Backers members and friends of the Official Buffalo Bills Page on Facebook 24 hours before the general public, starting Mon., July 12, 2010 at 9 am. In addition, Bills fans signed up to receive Text or Twitter updates will also be granted early access."

Murph and Kelso tuning up – Inside The Bills
"Play by play man John Murphy and color analyst Mark Kelso are holding their annual tune up broadcast in the stadium radio booth at Ralph Wilson stadium this afternoon. Joining them is Rich Gaenzler, pre-game and halftime host as well as in game updater."

Big Question: Top AFC East move? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey come in 6th, the switch to the 3-4 is 8th, CJ Spiller is 10th, and Dwan Edwards and Andra Davis are 17 and 19 respectively. See how the rest of the AFC East fared here.

Video: Nos. 25-32 in Ultimate NFL Rankings - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Mark Schlereth discusses teams ranked 32-25 in ESPN's Ultimate NFL Rankings and one AFC East team makes the list." The Buffalo Bills are 31st in the rankings.

Tiger Woods' struggles don't deter bookmakers | Democrat and Chronicle
"The latest Las Vegas over-under victory number for the 2010 Buffalo Bills is 5 ½. That's a tricky number because the final game or two of the regular season might have the Bills playing against a playoff-bound opponent likely to rest key players (a la the Indianapolis Colts last season). Buffalo's final three games will be at Miami, home against New England and at the New York Jets."

It's Not All Hate: Buffalo Bills | Bleacher Report
"So there you have it Bills fans, a Miami Dolphins fanatic saying nice things about your team. I am certain that you have now heard everything, but enough with the niceties; we may recommence our hatred for one another at this time."

Current Roster
Football stars find unexpected heroes -

Paul Posluszny and former Husker Chris Kelsay were part of a group of football players that visited Children's hospital in Omaha.

FANTASY FIX: WR Rankings - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"In the last two editions of WGR’s Fantasy Fix, I posted my Quarterback and Running back rankings based on last season’s stats, consistency, and what improvements the player's team made. This week, I will rank the 2010 wide receiver's with the same factors. Here's how it looks:" Lee Evans is 29.

AFC East Dynasty Capsule: Buffalo Bills | Bleacher Report
"After they surprisingly passed on those positions, the long and short-term dynasty values of many players became much less clear. Let’s take a look at the current state of the Buffalo Bills in our latest fantasy football dynasty capsule."

Five NFL Teams With Budding Quarterback Issues for 2010 | Bleacher Report
"The Bills are going into the 2010 season with no real starting quarterback and this spells doom for the franchise before the season even begins. Buffalo will take Trent Edwards, Brian Brohm, Levi Brown, and Ryan Fitzpatrick. None of these guys really intstills fear in anyone, so the Bills will suffer greatly at the quarterback position this coming season."

Bills trading for another Quarterback? " Bills Gab
Paul Miller thinks the Ravens' signing of Marc Bulger makes Troy Smith expendable and an option the Bills should pursue.

1. CJ Spiller: RB, Buffalo Bills | Top 10 Rookies in the AFC Who May Disappoint in 2010 | Bleacher Report
"Spiller was great at making something out of nothing at Clemson, but he cannot be expected to do it on every play for a team that will finish last in the AFC East this season."

Former Players
Join Jim Kelly and the Bisons – Inside The Bills

"Join Jim & Jill Kelly along with the Hunter’s Hope staff at the Bisons baseball game for a variety of fun activities including an autograph session with Hall of Famer and former Bills QB. The game is this Friday, July 9, 2010." Check out the details through the link.

On the Record / July 7, 2010 : Local Business : The Buffalo News
"Western New York’s Golfing for Kids Tournament, sponsored by Walmart, raised $87,000 for both Women&Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Strong Memorial in Rochester. Participants included Walmart associates, along with Buffalo Bills Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas."

Where I Come From: My All-Time Favorite USC Team - Conquest Chronicles
Joe Ferguson is among the players on the Conquest Chronicles favorite USC team, the 1972 squad.

O.J. Simpson to Marry Behind Bars to a Nicole Brown Simpson Look-Alike -
"Disgraced former football and television star O.J. Simpson is reportedly ready to get married behind bars to a woman he’s never met."

2011 NFL Draft
Top 2011 NFL Draft prospects - NFL -

"While most of NFL nation is gearing up for the start of training camps at the end of the month, the scouting process for next April's draft is already in full swing. Grades for more than 1,400 draft eligible college seniors recently were sent to league franchises by National, the predominant scouting organization in the NFL."

Jake Locker vs. Christian Ponder will be 2011 NFL Draft debate - Andrew Perloff -
"Preseason scouting grades often don't hold up to the rigors of the season, but they are important because they set the table for how NFL teams are going to watch the upcoming college football campaign. The highest-rated players are going to get the full attention of all 32 teams, so it's worth looking closer at how the scouting services judge the class of 2011. Here are 10 observations on the recently released National grades..."