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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Links, 2/25

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

Bills Focus: Buddy Nix 1-on-1 -
The General Manager discusses the NFL Combine, to-be free agents, and Bob Sanders and O.J. Atogwe.

Bills Focus: Chan Gailey 1-on-1 -
The Bills head coach talks to Chris Brown from the first day of the NFL Combine.

Scouting Combine & 2011 NFL Draft
Bills Roundup: NFL Combine Day 1 Wrap -

Chris Brown wraps up day 1 conversations with Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey as well as discusses some of the bigger news from the NFL Combine.

NFL Combine: Finding QB answers -
Coaching the South Team roster at the Senior Bowl last month Bills head coach Chan Gailey and his offensive staff had the luxury of getting a real feel for the senior signal callers in Mobile. But the task this week at the NFL combine is getting the answers they need on the highly touted junior quarterbacks like Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Mallett and Cam Newton.

Nix humored by Newton connections -
"Everybody thinks I’ve got ties at Auburn because I coached there and my family went there," said Nix smiling. "But I just found out that Chan’s (Gailey) son went to Auburn and that’s why if we take him that’ll be the reason, not because he’s a big, good quarterback."

Inside The Bills | Gailey’s right hand man
"Head coach Chan Gailey shed some light on Wannstedt’s Assistant head coach role in addition to his inside linebacker duties. It sounds as if Wannstedt and Gailey will be side by side through almost any and all prospect reviews here this week."

Inside The Bills | Open to trading up or down
"There’s always a chance of that," Gailey said. "There’s a chance of trading down, trading up. We don’t turn our phone off at night. We’re always looking at ways to upgrade and if that’s the best way to go we’ll do it."

Inside The Bills | USC OT tops 300 lbs
"Highly touted USC OT Tyron Smith had to come in to the combine at better than 300 pounds to solidify his stock as a first-round pick. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter he’s done that."

Inside The Bills | Gailey eager to see Newton
"I’m anxious to see him continue to work out," said Gailey. "I’m anxious to see what he’s going to do here this week. He obviously had a great year. I watched him several times on TV. I’ve not studied him to this point. I’ve watched a little bit of tape. I haven’t studied him. He’s a big athlete that is in that Wildcat mode, but has the ability maybe to go to the drop back passer mode."

Inside The Bills | Bills not big on draft value chart
"We do look at it, but I don’t," said Nix. "Somebody else does and tells me. Who knows whether it’s good or not. It’s probably a good thing to start with and then you decide what the value of the guy you’ve got and where you go with it."

Audio: Nix on Newton, other options - BillBoard - Blogs - The Buffalo News
Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix spoke with a small group of reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine about what the team might do at the No. 3 spot. Though he talked at length about the prospect of drafting a quarterback, he stressed there are other options. Here's audio from that conversation, broken into two parts:

Let the guessing game begin - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
A recap of Buddy Nix's conversations at the NFL combine.

Bills will search for defensive depth - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey and General Manager Buddy Nix acknowledged defense is where the Bills have to focus a lot of their attention in filling out the roster this offseason."

Buffalo Bills not sold on QB Cam Newton | Democrat and Chronicle
"Bills coach Chan Gailey shared some thoughts about Cam Newton and the quarterback draft class during a press conference at the NFL scouting combine."

Highlights from Chan Gailey at combine - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Here are some quick highlights from Gailey's gathering"

Buffalo GM unlikely to shop No. 3 pick - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"I'm going to tell you this, partner: I don't want to draft third again," Nix said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. Nix conceded he's prone to hold onto the pick and won't shop it before the draft.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Nix Talks QBs, Team Needs
Joe Buscaglia's updates from Indianapolis.

Chan Gailey Transcript From NFL Combine 2/24 - WGR 550 SportsRadio - Home of the Buffalo Sabres
Chan Gailey's press conference transcript.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - LIVE at the NFL Combine
Joe's running blog from the day providing some quick hits.

Bills coach Gailey talks college QBs, combines and Fitzpatrick | Toronto Sun
"The Buffalo Bills are convinced they don’t have to reach for a quarterback in this draft."

Buffalo Bills Chan Gailey calls Cam Newton 'wildcat' quarterback | FOX Sports on MSN
"Thursday, Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey called Newton a "wildcat" quarterback because he played primarily out of the shotgun at Auburn and ran a lot out of that formation."

Current Bills roster
Merriman could impact draft direction -

Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey alluded to Shawne Merriman when discussing the draft saying if the OLB gets healthy the team might pass on a pass rusher.

Inside The Bills | Merriman making progress
"I can only give the report that I get," Gailey told "I get the report from the training staff, Bud Carpenter and his staff and all things are positive at this point. I think we’re all looking forward to seeing how he progresses, his continual improvement and what he’ll be able to do if we can get on the field with him."

Inside The Bills | Fitz still the guy
"I’ve said all along I am extremely confident in Ryan Fitzpatrick," Gailey said. "I really am. I think that he played well enough until he got to the very end, the next to last game he was in when he got banged up. I think he played well enough to prove to a lot of people and me and our staff included that he can play well and we can win a bunch of football games with a guy like that. I’ve been to the playoffs a couple of times with guys that haven’t performed as well as Ryan has, so I think we can do it."

Inside The Bills | Nix on projected starting CBs
"I think Leodis had a good year, not a great year," said Nix. "Leodis has missed a lot of time and the upside is really good on him. Terrence is hitting that magic number and is going to have to keep himself in great shape to play a lot longer."

Inside The Bills | Bills plan to tender RFAs
"Our process is just like it always is," Nix told "If we tender a guy it would be the same thing we’d have done last year as far as tendering and we will tender some guys."

Inside The Bills | Still working with Maybin
"We’re going to keep working with Aaron Maybin," Nix said. "He shows signs of doing what he needs to do. And if he can be consistent with that we’re going to try to find something that he can do to help us."

Bills not ready to junk Aaron Maybin - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Buffalo Bills aren't giving up on Aaron Maybin."

CANOE -- Bills coach remains high on first-round pick Spiller
While C.J. Spiller didn't have a great season, Chan Gailey shares the blame with the running back in this interview.

Free Agency
Bills will add a safety -

GM Buddy Nix discusses the safety positions saying the Bills are going to add a safety.

Dolphins not into O.J. Atogwe, but Bills are - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Atogwe, released by the St. Louis Rams last week because he was due an $8 million roster bonus, could visit One Bills Drive right after the NFL scouting combine. The Bills hosted free-agent strong safety Bob Sanders on Tuesday night."