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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 8/3

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 4 -
"As for Tuesday’s practice however, there was a noticeable focus on the quick passing game with ‘now’ routes and screen passes."

Bills Roundup: Tuesday Afternoon Highlights -
"Check out the top plays from the Tuesday practice session, find out what area coach Gailey is looking for improvement in, and hear from Ryan Fitzpatrick and Lee Evans."

Bills' Merriman Shines Again; Nelson Shaken Up - WGR 550
Joe Buscaglia runs down the top and bottom plays from practice, giving his observation from St John Fisher College.

Training Camp
Chan Gailey Tuesday Press Conference -

The Bills head coach talks to reporters following Tuesday's practice.

New faces at NFL training camps - Photos
"Former Packers linebacker Nick Barnett, wearing his Super Bowl ring, greets Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix, right, and Bills head athletic trainer Bud Carpenter during practice in Pittsford, N.Y. It was later announced that Barnett signed with the club." Barnett is the third picture in the slideshow.

Inside The Bills | TE Nelson nicked
"He tweaked himself there at the end, but I talked to the training staff after practice and they said it was minor so with almost 50 hours before we practice again it gives him a chance to get ready," said Gailey.

Inside The Bills | Moats making the calls
"I’m in there with the young guy (White) when I’m with the twos I make most of the calls because I’m familiar with the system," said Moats. "Technically the ‘mike’ is supposed to be making the calls, but as long as we get the job done that’s all that matters."

Video: Gaughan, McKissic analysis after today's practice - The Buffalo News
The News reporters break down Tuesday's practice.

Bills notebook: 'Coach' Talley gets Maybin's attention - The Buffalo News
"As practice ended Tuesday, Aaron Maybin walked off the field with Darryl Talley. The Bills great gave him instructions on footwork while Maybin listened intently. Talley's first project appears to be Maybin, the third-year linebacker from Penn State who hasn't seen much playing time because of his lack of production and inconsistency."

Billboard: Going deep - The Buffalo News
Rodney McKissic's quick recap of Tuesday.

Bills Camp Resumes Thursday With New Acquisitions - WGR 550
"The Bills have Wednesday off thanks in part to the new restrictions in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. So that means they'll resume on Thursday, August 4, which is the very first day all the new acquisitions and re-signings will hit the field for teams in the NFL."

Local Notes: Observations from practice at Bills’ camp - Olean Times Herald
Chuck Pollack was at training camp Monday and lists his observation from camp.

Lights Out: Bills LB Merriman feeling rejuvenated - Yahoo! Sports
Shawne Merriman is back to his old form but he's still not satisfied.

More Bills Links
Inside The Bills | Talley likes Buddy’s approach

"I think he went out and addressed what he thought were the team’s needs," said Talley. "He addressed the defensive side of the ball because he thought he could have a pretty good offensive side of the ball."

Inside The Bills | Merriman waiting on preseason
"I’ve been working. I’m not going to say I’m back, back yet because we still have a lot of time before we really have to slap on the pads and go against another team," Merriman said. "But everyday I’m feeling a little bit better, and that’s all that’s important."

Inside The Bills | Talley interested in coaching
"Bills Wall of Famer Darryl Talley isn’t just here visiting the Bills at training camp. He’s interested in a career in coaching and asked head coach Chan Gailey if he could come up to camp and observe things for a week. Coach Gailey obliged and Talley will be here this week to soak it all up and take it all in interacting with the coaching staff as well as some of the players."

KOZIOL: Heading To The Ralph - WGR 550
"With individual game tickets going on sale soon, fans may be looking at which game(s) to go to this upcoming season. Here’s a breakdown of which game to attend on the Bills home schedule:"

WR Nelson not satisfied - YNN
"I know I can play in this league. I know what I can do. I've done it and I just need to continue to improve and continue to work on things I felt were weaknesses last year. It's a lot less demanding because I can come in and focus on some small things instead of the entire game," said Nelson.

Spiller Counting on Improved Second Season -
"I wasn’t being as patient as I normally had," Spiller said. "I was sometimes over-running the holes and wasn’t using my ability to my advantage once I got into open field and that’s something I tried to work on this off-season."

CJ Spiller: "This year it will hopefully be better for me." | WHEC
Spiller's Clemson reputation as an explosive runner drew more attention early on from opposing defenses but he never made a big enough impact. "A top 10 pick -- you have high expectations. You can sense it in yourself. That was last year. This year it will hopefully be better for me."

New number, new confidence for Spiller |
"This is the number that I had since 10th grade in high school Last year, the number 21 just felt different. Now, I’m back to my original number . Who’s to say it might make me play better, it might not. But, I’m still going to go out here and get my job done. It definitely feels better to be back in 28," said Spiller after Monday's offensive walkthrough practice.

Inside The Bills | C.J. on going back to 28
"I always wanted to get back to 28; it was just a matter of when it came available," he said. "I knew I was going to switch back to it sooner or later. Me and Leodis (McKelvin) talked about it as we got towards the end of the season and it became reality."

Inside The Bills | Easley working on side
"Easley is currently working with stength and conditioning coordinator Jon Ciano on the side. So far he’s done some isometric work (both legs)."

Inside The Bills | Lee ready to prove he’s #1 WR
"That’s why you go out and play," said Evans. "You don’t come out here to think about last year. You come out to play. Whenever you get an opportunity, you have to make a play. That’s always been my mentality."

Florence back in familiar territory - The Buffalo News
"Florence said Carolina, the Jets and Houston showed interest and he owed it to himself to go through the free agency process."

Bills' Evans sees glass as half-full - The Buffalo News
"It was always some type of quarterback carousel or somebody leaving or something," Evans said. "This year, with things being in place all over again, it gives you a better sense of optimism. Guys are a little more in tune to what's going on. It gives you a good feeling that we're on the same page going into things."

Ex-Buffalo Bill Darryl Talley learns ropes of coaching | Democrat and Chronicle
"Well, 15 years later, the second of Darryl and Janine's two girls is off to Virginia Tech this month, which certainly has Hokie legend Bruce Smith giving his old Bills' teammate and West Virginia alum some good-natured ribbing. So now that he's going to be an empty-nester, Talley has decided the time is right to see if there's a future in coaching."

An impromptu Bills reunion - Johnson City Press
"Shortly after arriving around 6 p.m., Tuttle learned that former Buffalo Bills teammate Van Williams lives here. It wasn’t long until Tuttle was on the phone with Williams, who was eager to participate in an impromptu reunion."

Barnett, Merriman X-factors for 2011 Bills - Wellsville Daily Reporter
"Among the many weaknesses on the Buffalo Bills, linebacker would rank as one of the biggest. There is a chance, if two free agent pick-ups return to their old form, linebacker could actually be a position of strength in 2011. Nick Barnett and Shawne Merriman are two of the more intriguing Bills this season."

Buffalo Bills hoping for the return of 'Lights Out' in Merriman - MPNnow
"Training camp for most NFL veterans is one of the more arduous parts of the season. The 7-on-7, footwork and hand drills can seem repetitive at times. For someone like Shawne Merriman, it has been a welcome change of pace."