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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 8/23

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Levitre tries hand at left tackle -
"My job is to get the five best on the field," said Gailey. "Maybe that’s our five best is playing Chad (Rinehart) at guard and Andy (Levitre) at left tackle. We’re going to take a look at it. That’s our responsibility to take a look at it and Andy is doing an excellent job. He’s a very versatile player. He’s played it before so we’ll see how it goes."

Inside The Bills | Fred still top back
"I think probably the best way to talk about it right now is I think they’re both number one backs," said Gailey when asked where Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller stand on the depth chart. "Fred is a little bit ahead right now, but I think they’re both number one backs."

Chan Gailey on Levitre, Jackson, Injuries -
"The Bills head coach talked with the media after practice on Monday about Andy Levitre practicing at left tackle, Fred Jackson feeling underappreciated, and the injury situation."

Bills Roundup: Shuffling Continues Along O-Line -
"Head Coach Chan Gailey continues to try to find the best offensive line combinations as Andy Levitre gets reps at left tackle, plus check out the top plays from Monday's practice, and get an injury update."

Bills take to expanded practice field -
"Adjacent to the Buffalo Bills Healthy Zone Training Facility, the team's outdoor natural grass practice field was installed earlier this summer and is being used for the first time by the team today. The practice field project was funded entirely by Bills owner Ralph Wilson and the Bills organization."

Video Blog-Bills Game 2: At Least It's Over -
"The biggest positive from Buffalo's preseason loss to the Broncos is that it won't count in the standings. As for everything else, Thad Brown and Cory Hepola discuss in this week's Video Blog."

Inside The Bills | Merriman, Shep back
"Shawne Merriman and Kelvin Sheppard both re-joined their teammates in the practice setting."

Inside The Bills | Parrish practicing
"Parrish is back practicing as well as a couple of other injured players. Parrish, however, is still limited. Rookies Justin Rogers and Chris Hairston both re-joined practice here on Monday as well."

Inside The Bills | David Nelson exits
"Bills WR David Nelson has just stepped out of practice early."

Inside The Bills | Bills considered Pryor
"The presence of Brad Smith on Buffalo’s roster likely made it unnecessary to invest highly in a player like Pryor. Gailey admitted Smith’s presence on the roster was a factor in their decision on Pryor."

Inside The Bills | Naaman to miss rest of preseason
"That would rule him out for not only Saturday’s preseason home opener against Jacksonville, but also the preseason finale the following Thursday against Detroit."

Inside The Bills | Jones, White back before opener
"They’re both going to be back for the first ball game as I understand it," Gailey said. "Johnny will probably be back a little quicker than Donald, but I think they’ll both make the first ball game."

"1" is a crowd for Jackson - The Buffalo News
"I was shocked," Jackson said. "I feel like a No. 1 back, and I should be treated like one. As far as what's going on, you would have to ask them. I'm going to come out here and compete. I feel like I have been competing. I feel like I have done everything I can. It's been like that for two or three years, and nothing has changed."

Another day, another spot for Levitre - The Buffalo News
"Levitre rotated between left guard and left tackle with the first team Monday, which left him playing for guard Chad Rinehart and Demetrius Bell for some snaps with the offense and alongside them on others. Around and around Levitre goes; where he stops on the offensive line, nobody knows."

Buffalo Bills' Batten isn't taking football for granted | Democrat and Chronicle
"Part of me was dead inside, and if you haven't played football, you can't describe the feeling," Batten said, recounting the miserable summer and fall of 2010 when he was sidelined by a right shoulder injury and couldn't play the game that has defined and dominated his life for nearly 20 years.

Levitre Moves Again - WGR 550
Paul Hamilton provides soundbites from Bills practice.

Marv Levy's first novel to be released soon | Democrat and Chronicle
"There's a lot of insights into the coach-general manager-owner relationships...I based it on the humor that takes place in the locker room that you often hear about, or maybe a rift that occurs between a coach and a player, or maybe a player and their teammates. All of that is weaved into the book," said Levy. "There's even some original poetry!"

Bills Jackson Feels Out In The Cold - WGR 550
Jackson says he's been left in the dark about his status on the team and has been told nothing. When I asked him if he felt disrespected by the team, he said, "Absolutely I do."

Bills brass can't fool their fans - The Buffalo News
"Nick Barnett has been in town for three weeks. Barnett is a newcomer to the dysfunction. He played on a Super Bowl winner last year. So you have to respect the guy for telling fans not to throw away their season tickets. It's only preseason, after all, and way too early to give up on the team. But who could blame a Bills fan for bailing, when the organization itself seems to have given up on this season?"

Bills' Bell to host fundraiser in Tonawanda - Tonawanda News
"Buffalo Bills left tackle Demetrius Bell will be making his second trip to the Town of Tonawanda to host the amazing Sports Dash at 1 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Kenney Field to benefit his Kids.In.Sports Initiative."

Bills RB C.J. Spiller running toward high expectations -
"Running back C.J. Spiller, a much-debated choice when he was selected ninth overall in 2010, wants to make certain his name is not added to a list of prominent flops that includes plump offensive lineman Mike Williams (2002), erratic quarterback J.P. Losman (2004) and injury-plagued defensive tackle John McCargo (2006)."

Bills RB Jackson feeling underappreciated - Yahoo! Sports
"I’ll continue to show up on the field," he said, "make plays when I get that opportunity."

Left Tackle Spot Up For Grabs |
"After a miserable performance in a 24-10 loss Saturday night in Denver, left tackle Demetrius Bell is competing to keep his starting job. Guard Andy Levitre took a good number of reps with the first team at left tackle on Monday, and Chad Rineheart moved in to work in Levitre's place at left guard."

Bills shuffle line again |
"My job is to get the five best (offensive linemen) on the field," said Head Coach Chan Gailey after Monday's workout. "And maybe that's our five best-with Chad Rinehart at guard and Andy Levitre at tackle. We're going to take a look at it."

8/22 Bills Transcripts - Gailey on LT, Jackson, Injuries | WKBW
Hear what everyone had to say after practice yesterday.

It was a rough Monday at Bills camp | ProFootballTalk
1. Running back Fred Jackson is unhappy. 2. The Bills don’t have a left tackle. 3. Donald Jones and Johnny White are out for the preseason.