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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 7/30

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 Roundup: Dareus Signs, Players Report -
"It was a busy first day at St. John Fisher as there were several signings, players reporting, and the team got on the field for their first conditioning work of camp."

Inside The Bills | Changes at camp
"Over the past year the college chose to build an all weather track around most of the perimeter of where the two grass practice fields used to be. The length of the field inside the track was not sufficient for a regulation field, so Bills head coach Chan Gailey chose to horizontal and have a pair of 50-yard fields instead with one end zone each." - Photo here

Jobs up for grabs on the O-line, at skill positions - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan previews the training camp battles.

Several Rookies Sign Their Contracts
Bills Focus: Marcell Dareus Signs -

"Buffalo's 1st round draft pick Marcell Dareus is happy to be at camp on time and chomping at the bit to get on the field."

Bills Focus: Da'Norris Searcy Signs -
"Buffalo's 4th round pick Da'Norris Searcy is officially a Bill and tells you why he has a head start on learning the defense."

Bills Focus: Aaron Williams Signs -
"Buffalo's 2nd round talks about officially being in the fold with the Bills."

Bills sign top pick Dareus, Searcy and RB White -
Here's the team's official release on the signing of the three rookies.

2nd round pick Williams signs -
Williams missed the team's first practice but was at St John Fisher by the evening meetings.

Bills go with Flo; Chandler, Sanborn sign tenders -
"Buffalo also made it an even 20 rookie free agents on their roster Friday signing DE Jordan Topp. The 6’3" 277-pound prospect played defensive tackle for Louisiana-Lafayette, but will likely line up at defensive end in Buffalo’s 3-4 scheme."

Inside The Bills | Dareus: Camp on time important
"It was very important to me because we had a lockout going on and I couldn’t be around the team or the coaches," Dareus told "So it was really important for me to get into camp on time so we can jell and bond for the season. I really don’t know anybody just yet."

Bills' top pick Dareus signs $20 million deal - The Buffalo News
"It's great," Dareus said after going through a conditioning workout with his teammates at St. John Fisher College. "No school. ... It's great to just focus on football. It's something you worked your butt off for. And I'm happy to be around the players."

Training Camp Opens
Kyle Williams on Returning to Camp -

"Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams talks with the media about getting back to football, playing next to Marcell Dareus, and having a plan at camp. "

Bills Training Camp Kicks Off -
Check out the photos from training camp.

Fitzpatrick leads offense into camp - YNN
"I think we're at a little of a disadvantage, because there are some cities where a lot of guys stay there year round. It was hard at times to work out schedules, and get everyone in the same place, just to get on the field together," said Fitzpatrick. "Whether it was just throwing, or practicing, or getting everyone working out, but I try to make it a point for at least the receivers, running backs, to get here early."

Go-to guide for the Bills’ camp at St. John Fisher College - The Buffalo News
Here's all the info you need if you've never been to St John Fisher College to watch practice.

Bills buzz - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan provides a rundown of the players by jersey number. This is a handy tool for all camp-goers.

Bills return to the field - Canandaigua, NY
"It’s great to be back," said Lee Evans, Buffalo wide receiver. "It’s been a long time since all of us have been together. I think today was just a warm-up to tomorrow. Tomorrow we have to focus because there is a lot going in a short period of time."

More Bills Links
Buddy Nix Meets the Media -

"The Bills general manager talks about bringing back Drayton Florence, how the inside linebacker position will play out, and possibly making more moves in free agency."

Bills sign Thigpen, Smith -
Hear what coach Gailey has to say about his two newest additions.

Byrd looking to improve - YNN, Your News Now
"Last year, I felt like I took a couple steps back. I'm just excited to have the same defense, coaches, and be able to build off of what I was able to learn last year - coming to a new system and trying to prove myself. The pieces that we added, I'm excited to get to work with some new guys, and hopefully we can correct what are the obvious spots that we need to get fixed," said Byrd.

Inside The Bills | Torbor will be Poz’s replacement
"Reggie Torbor will be the starting ILB taking Poz’s spot next to Andra Davis."

Inside The Bills | Another ILB candidate
"Moats began his rookie year at inside linebacker in the spring workouts before moving outside come training camp where he had a decent rookie season. Now Moats is back inside and Nix indicated that wouldn’t be changing unless he really struggled."

Inside The Bills | Dareus doesn’t feel behind
"I don’t feel like I’m behind at all," after his first conditioning workout. "I was able to get on top of it with George Wilson, who really kept me on top of my game. We have the same agent, so we stayed in contact. I don’t feel like I’m behind at all. I’m right there with them ready to go."

Inside The Bills | Why Bills signed Thigpen, Smith
In addition to being accurate and able to do all the throwing and decision making at quarterback, Thigpen and Smith, much like Ryan Fitzpatrick are very mobile. Having all three quarterbacks cut from the same cloth is a huge plus for an offensive coordinator and head coach Chan Gailey admitted as much.

Inside The Bills | Market not fast and furious
"Everybody thought the money was just going to be flowing freely," said Bills GM Buddy Nix. "We were getting some calls from guys that were high-priced guys (at the start of free agency) that are now saying, ‘Just make us an offer.’ I think there are some guys out there that can give us some competition and maybe give us some depth."

Bills roster is upgraded in a big way - The Buffalo News
"Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix and coach Chan Gailey got a first look at their football team on the field Friday and came to the same conclusion: Bigger is better."

Buffalo Bills move Moats, Wood to new positions | Democrat and Chronicle
"There is no need to push a panic button here," Bills coach Chan Gailey said about the void created when Posluszny signed with Jacksonville. "We've got solid players that can help us win, great leaders. I think we are fine there."

First-round selection Marcell Dareus eager to help Buffalo Bills | Democrat and Chronicle
"Very important, very important," said Dareus, a 6-foot-3, 319-pound defensive lineman out of Alabama. "The first day of camp is like the first day of school. You don't want to miss out on anything. We went over a couple things before we went out here today and I didn't want to miss anything with the team. Anything that happens, I want to be there."

Bills Dareus Hits The Field - WGR 550
"It really wasn't a practice, the players were in gym shorts and tee shirts just doing organized running with the trainers. It lasted a little over 30 minutes."

Bills Eric Wood Is Moving - WGR 550
"Eric Wood and Geoff Hangartner will both be at center. It's an opportunity for us to find out who the best players we have are. My responsibility is to play the best guys that help us win. We think we have some guys that can play guard and they need to play. They need to see if they can compete and do the job."

Harris delayed in joining Bills | Times-News
"I'm still hopeful, based on some of the moves they've made and based on what I've been hearing, that things are going to work out," Harris said. "Everything has just been pushed back."

NFL free agency: Don't mistake activity for achievement - Hornell Evening Tribune
The Bills have done precious little winning with their draft picks or anyone else’s since the turn of the century, but the Nix era is just two drafts old. One of his predecessors, Tom Donahoe, made a habit of big off-season splashes, trading for Drew Bledsoe and signing free agent Takeo Spikes in successive years. Such high profile moves eventually proved to fall into John Wooden’s "Never mistake activity for achievement" category, producing nary a playoff berth.

Bills should take a page out of the Yankees’ book - Dunkirk | The Observer
"Why can't the Bills go after some of these big-name players who are available through free agency or via trade? Do they not have room under the cap to offer players who are looking for big money or the contracts they are looking for? Could they not go out and trade for a player like Kevin Kolb, who is on his way out to the desert?"

‘Q103′ stations opt not to carry the Bills this season -
"WQBJ (103.5 FM, Cobleskill) and WQBK (103.9 FM, Albany), the "Q103″ stations that have carried Bills games the past several seasons, have decided not to renew their contract with the team. It likely means there will be no Capital Region outlet for the Bills."

Chan Gailey: Brad Smith is a quarterback like Kordell Stewart | ProFootballTalk
"I see him being used in a similar role as I used Kordell in Pittsburgh," Gailey said. "He can play some receiver and quarterback. He gives you a lot of versatility. He can play special teams, cover kicks and return kicks. He can do a lot to help a football team win games."

Notes on Gailey-Nix Friday - The Buffalo News
"Here were the main developments Friday on reporting day at Buffalo Bills training camp in lovely Pittsford (besides the signing of draft choices):"

Williams signs; Crowder cut - The Buffalo News
"Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins have cut inside linebacker Channing Crowder. He loves Bills defensive coordinator George Edwards. He was starting inside next to Dolphins star Karlos Dansby."