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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 8/2

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

Practice Notes - Day 3 -
Chris Brown's daily rundown of what happened at training camp including some nice talk of the OL and DL battles that took place with the pads on.

Bills Roundup: First Pads Practice, Injury Update -
Video from yesterday's practice and press conference.

Bills' Johnson tries to be like Lee - The Buffalo News
"Just try to be like Lee," he said. "Lee's one of the elite receivers. He's had 1,000-yard seasons, multiple 1,000-yard seasons. That's what I want to do. I want to be one of those receivers you hear about. Steve Smiths and all that. [Larry] Fitzgeralds. I want to be like those guys. I want to have consistent, 1,000-yard seasons and multiple touchdowns. I don't want to get it twisted and sound like an arrogant guy or anything. But that's the next step for me. I feel like I want to be in that category with those receivers, like Lee is."

Training Camp News & Notes
Bills Training Camp -

63 great photos from yesterday's training camp practice.

Chan Gailey Monday Press Conference -
The head coach updates the injury situation and gives his thoughts on practice.

Inside The Bills | Dotson arrives
"Bills waiver claim Lionel Dotson has arrived at training camp late this afternoon. The defensive end made it out to the practice field right as the afternoon session was concluding. He did a brief conditioning workout on the practice field."

Inside The Bills | Bills CB contingent looks good
"I’m real impressed with the group," Corner said. "I’m impressed with the rookies also. I continue to learn from the older secondary guys. I’m also learning from the young guys. I feel whoever they bring in I’m going to do all I can to learn from that person. They’re also coming along pretty good and learning so I’m very pleased with them."

Video: Gaughan, McKissic analysis following today's practice - The Buffalo News
The two Buffalo News reporters were there. They give their take on practice right now.

Bills' first padded practice in books - The Buffalo News
"I feel like just watching our football team, I think we’re more physical than we were last year," Gailey said. "I feel more push defensively when I stand behind the offense. There seems to be more things happening on the offensive side of the line of scrimmage than we had last year. It feels that way."

Buffalo Bills receiver Marcus Easley sidelined by knee injury | Democrat and Chronicle
"Now sidelined again, Easley is staring at a harsh reality. The Bills' strongest position depth-wise is receiver, and Easley is buried beneath primary contributors Lee Evans, Stevie Johnson, David Nelson and Roscoe Parrish, plus worthy roster candidates such as Donald Jones, Felton Huggins, Paul Hubbard and Naaman Roosevelt."

Bills Merriman Dominated - WGR 550
One thing I thought is Merriman might be rusty, well that was put to rest on Monday, "It's like riding a bike out there. You don't officially stop riding it, but you have to fine tune things. You can work out all you want in the offseason, but it's nothing like playing football."

Bills' Moats Welcomes Move Inside - WGR 550
"I didn't realize I was going to be inside until I got to training camp," Moats said. "Opened up my playbook and it says inside linebacker. I'm like, 'Utoh.'"

Spiller glad Kelly chose Clemson - Bills - Niagara Gazette
A rundown of the top Bills stories from camp.

Pittsford gears up for Bills, business - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow
Julie Bixby, general manager at Pittsford Pub, says training camp time is consistenly "a lot of fun," and an excellent boost to business. "We’re looking forward to the players coming in," Bixby said. "They normally do come, as well as the staff and participants who go to watch the workout. There’s a lot of excitement in the air, and it’s great when we’re busy."

More Bills News
Bills receiver Hubbard makes court appearance on DWI charge - The Buffalo News

"City Court Judge Susan Eagan granted the conditional license but sternly warned Hubbard, 26, that he is allowed to drive only from his Orchard Park home to Bills training camp at St. John Fisher College near Pittsford pending resolution of his criminal case."

Lapham’s NFL career on hold in Buffalo -
"A couple of web sites, including the message board, had postings in the last week saying that the 6-foot-8, 320-pound offensive lineman and Amherst native had signed with Buffalo, as did a couple of other sites, including However, that is not the case just yet, according to his agent, Noel LaMontagne."

'Madden 12' Player Ratings: Bills and Dolphins - ESPN
Check out the ratings for the Buffalo Bills in Madden 2012 in this article.

Stevie gets "eyeblack" deal - The Buffalo News
"Bills receiver Stevie Johnson has struck a marketing deal with a company called to wear their black strips under his eyes. Hey, on the Bills anybody getting their own marketing deal is news."

Fore! A chance encounter with the commissioner - The Buffalo News
"Had a chance encounter with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell today. Random, I know. I bumped into him -- literally -- at the Country Club of Buffalo, where I was covering the final round of the Buffalo District Golf Association Junior Tournament."

Bills not spending like a winner - The Buffalo News
"The Bills have made some useful tweaks to the roster, signing Brad Smith and Tyler Thigpen, re-signing Drayton Florence. But let's not pretend they've become big spenders. The Bills are still embarrassingly cheap. Wilson believes he's at a competitive disadvantage. They're not going to make major moves to improve the roster in the short term. If they were serious, they would address the fragile situation at offensive tackle."

Inside The Bills | B. Smith #1 in Wildcat
"Pro Football Focus ranked the top 5 QBs in the Wildcat based on productivity and Smith was ranked number one after he averaged 7.1 yards per carry out of that formation for the Jets last season. He had 30 carries for 212 yards and a touchdown according to PFF. When he handed off his backs got four yards per carry."

RB White living by Payton's motto -
"He doesn’t have breakaway speed and he doesn’t have imposing size, but neither did Johnny White’s boyhood idol. Buffalo’s fifth-round pick believes the late, great Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton did pretty well for himself despite lacking elite measurables, as he was the NFL’s all-time leading rusher for a span of almost 20 years."