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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Links, 7/9

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

Can Byrd repeat his rookie feat? -
"If the Bills defense is able to execute the new defensive system the way it is designed, the opportunity for takeaways by Buffalo defensive backs should be on the upswing. For Byrd, who will no longer be "flying" unnoticed in the secondary, the implementation of the 3-4 should provide the dynamic playmaker with even more opportunities in 2010, a prospectus that has motivated him in his return to action."

Thurman Thomas Talk Bills And Lebron On THSS - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"This is a guy (Spiller) who will make plays for this football team. Chan Gailey will do a great job of using him, Marshawn (Lynch) and Fred Jackson throughout the year. But C.J. Spiller will make a difference as far as field position."

Ex-Patriots WR the talk of Bills minicamp - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
"According to player sources, former New England Patriots second-round pick WR Chad Jackson might have been the most impressive player from an offensive skill standpoint during post-draft workouts."

Current Team
Bills should name Edwards starting QB - Hornell, NY - Hornell Evening Tribune

"The subterfuge is to be expected, given the mediocre resumes of the candidates, but Gailey and the Bills shouldn’t wait too long into camp before naming Edwards the starter. Edwards possesses the most experience, the most physical tools and, perhaps most importantly for a rebuilding franchise, the most upside."

Sargeant turns heat into Christmas -
"Organized by defensive back Lydell Sargeant, players visited the Oncology floor and helped patients decorate ornaments for a Christmas in July Celebration." David Nelson, Levi Brown, Arthur Moats, Antonio Coleman, Ed Wang, Sean Allen, Cordaro Howard, Dominique Harris and Joique Bell all joined in the festivities.

Bills rooks gripped by heat wave – Inside The Bills
"In Buffalo, where it might hit 90 degrees twice a summer, it’s been in the 90′s the last four days, with a high today forecast for 94. It’s caught some of the Bills rookies by surprise, including University of Florida product David Nelson. 'Man it’s hot here in Bufallo… who woulda thought?!?!'"

NFL draft pick returns to Hampton Roads for free football camp -
"Arthur Moats, an All-American linebacker at James Madison University and recent draft pick of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, will hold a free football camp this month at his alma mater, Churchland High School in Portsmouth."

Rule of 26-27-60 predicts NFL quarterback success, failure - John P. Lopez -
"Here is the gist of it: If an NFL prospect scores at least a 26 on the Wonderlic test, starts at least 27 games in his college career and completes at least 60 percent of his passes, there's a good chance he will succeed at the NFL level." Ladies and gentlemen, I submit Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Former Team
AFC East Hall of Fame debate - AFC East Blog - ESPN

Tim Graham makes the case for and against Steve Tasker parting with the following: "I'd like to see more special-teamers recognized in Canton. But unless there's a substantial change in selection philosophies, Tasker won't make it into the Hall of Fame."

Where I Come From: My All-Time Favorite Georgia Tech Players - From The Rumble Seat
Lucius Sanford, an eight year started for the Bills at linebacker in the 70s and 80s, makes the Georgia Tech SB Nation blog's list of top GT players in history.

Joe from NYC Blog: Thurman Thomas likes Brian, so what?
"Look, you should know how I feel about former Bills players that talk about the state of the franchise. I usually just plug my ears and sing "la la la" until he's off my TV or computer screen. Now, if this latest news shows any indication on what sort of players Thurman likes, it's guys that can kiss his [butt]."

Buffalo Bills Football Vault: The First 50 Seasons -
"Our good friend Scott Pitoniak, a locally acclaimed sportswriter, poured through all sorts of Bills archive material and has, along with Whitman Publishing, put together Buffalo Bills Football Vault: The First 50 Seasons. On Wednesday, July 14th, Pitoniak and Thurman Thomas will be signing the book at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The signing session will last from 6 to 7 p.m."

Sports, Ink: This Day in Buffalo Sports History: The slowest of starts
OJ Simpson turns 63 today and Kelly Holcomb turns 37.

Willis McGahee is the 22nd-ranked player in Hurricanes history -
"Willis McGahee, who holds school records for rushing yards in a season and rushing touchdowns in a game, is the 22nd-ranked player in University of Miami football history."

Terrell Owens on GDLA - Mx Fox L.A.
"Football star Terrell Owens may or may not return to the NFL but he is returning to TV this week with season two of "The TO show" on VH1. T.O. and friends and publicists Kita and Monique drop by "Good Day LA" to talk about the new season."