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Bills seeking versatility up front -
A look at why college linemen are so much different now, and how that helps the Bills, who are planning on running a hybrid defense.

Bills Focus: Behind the Scenes at the Combine -
"Assistant General Manager Doug Whaley gives Bills fans exclusive access to the behind-the-scenes operation in the Bills Suite at Lucas Oil Stadium during the NFL Scouting Combine." He reminds me of Ricky Bobby at the beginning of Talledega Nights. What do I do with my hands?

NFL & NFLPA Hold Lengthy Talks - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"Both sides of the ongoing NFL labor negotiations were back at the bargaining table Tuesday and held their longest meeting since working with a federal mediator. According to reports, both the NFL and the players association left after meeting for about 9 and a-half hours."

2011 NFL Draft
Badger Bits: Carimi prepares for Pro Day - Bucky's 5th Quarter

"I’m also going to visit the Buffalo Bills next week. I’ll continue to do more visits and workouts for teams as we get closer to the draft."

Inside The Bills | Mallett pro day update
"Mallett ran the 40, something he did not do at the NFL combine in late February and clocked in the 5.3s on most watches. He also had a 26-inch vertical, two inches better than he had in Indy. His broad jump was 8 feet 7 inches and change. "

Inside The Bills | What if Cam, Fairley off board?
"NFL Network analyst Charles Davis’ mock is predicting just that. Davis has Newton first overall to Carolina and Fairley to Denver at 2. So with the third overall pick Davis has the Bills taking Da’Quan Bowers."

Newton helps himself with pro day showing - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"The obvious physical ability of the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Newton was on display during a throwing session that lasted almost an hour. Newton completed 42 of 53 passes and showed better accuracy than at the NFL Scouting Combine two weeks ago, when he had a number of overthrows."

Twitter / @Andre Reed
"With all the ?'s on Cam Newton. I still say with the 3rd pick the bills should go with Defense!!!!"

Big Day at Auburn | Democrat and Chronicle | Three-Point Stance
Sal Maiorana prefers Nick Fairley to Cam Newton and discussed both in reference to Auburn's pro day.

What draft slot does Cam Newton deserve? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
A look at whether Cam Newton deserves to go at No. 3, or if he deserves to go in the first round at all.

Cam Newton rebounds with strong pro day - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix and vice president of college scouting Tom Modrak were in Jordan-Hare Stadium for Newton's pro day workout. They had to walk away impressed."

Nix on Newton, Fairley workouts - BillBoard - Blogs - The Buffalo News
"Bills General Manager Buddy Nix was there and offered some perspective on the 'football-in-shorts' session."

Best Landing Spot for Blaine Gabbert - Mocking The Draft
Jon Dove lists the Bills at number two on the list.

Jury may still be out on Cam Newton after Auburn pro day -
More from the Pro Day and dinner.

Bob Matthews' Quick Hits | Democrat and Chronicle
The Bills rank 29th in Cold, Hard Footballs Facts' latest pre-season 2011 NFL Power Rankings, ahead of only Denver, Arizona and Carolina. The notation: "The Bills have plenty of money to spend, but will anyone want to play in Buffalo? ... Buffalo has been in the bottom seven league-wide in total offense for eight straight seasons."

Fairley says he's still 'working to get better' | Montgomery Advertiser
"Fairley said he also spoke Tuesday with offi­cials from the Buffalo Bills, who pick third in the draft. General manager Buddy Nix, a former Au­burn assistant, watched field drills from his perch inside the stadium's lower bowl."

Bills at No. 3: Who’ll go 1 & 2? | THE BEST OF NICK MENDOLA . . .LIVE
Nick takes a thorough look at the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos to see who they might select in April.

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Predicting The Buffalo Bills First 3 Picks | Buffalo Wins
Patrick Peterson, Colin Kaepernick, and Allen Bailey.

More Bills Links
This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Ritcher departs - Sports, Ink - The Buffalo News

"The veteran offensive lineman of the Buffalo Bills was released on this day, and the exit was a sad one. Ritcher answered the phone one day at his home in North Carolina, and thought the team was getting ready to have him back for the 1994 season."

Former Bill: There will be a 2011 season | Business First
"Former Buffalo Bills safety Kurt Schulz is optimistic the 2011 National Football League season will be played."

Hall of Fame QB Kelly to be featured speaker - Tampa Bay Online
"Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly will be the featured speaker at "5th Quarter: A Night with Jim Kelly," March 26 at 6 p.m. at the New Walk Church."

Will AFC East recycle Plaxico Burress? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
The likely interest level is low for Buffalo, says Tim Graham.