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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 8/6

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: Friday News and Highlights -
Chris Brown recaps the day's news from St. John FIsher.

Practice Notes - Day 6 -
Chris Brown goes back over Friday's practice including a big day for Scott Chandler, David Nelson's injury, and more.

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday running Q&A
Chris Brown answers 17 questions from fans. It pretty much covers everything.

Roster News
Pears going after tackle spot in a big way - The Buffalo News

"Competing with Pears is rookie Chris Hairston. The Bills also have second-year man Ed Wang at tackle. Backups Mansfield Wrotto and Cordaro Howard could play right tackle. But the job is Pears' to lose. The Bills made a pitch for free-agent Tyson Clabo of Atlanta but opted not to offer him a giant contract (he signed for $5 million a year). That speaks to the high hopes they have for Pears."

Inside The Bills | Easley update
"For the first time in 5 days Easley is not wearing a knee brace and performed stretching exercises with his fellow receivers."

Inside The Bills | WR Nelson update
"Yeah he wasn’t feeling good and they sent him back (to Buffalo)," said Gailey. "They couldn’t find out exactly what it was. They sent him back for tests back to Buffalo. It looks like it’s all calmed down now and I think he’ll be back probably tomorrow, but at worst Sunday."

Inside The Bills | Cordaro Howard update
"It’s coming along pretty good," he said. "It’s been tough rehabbing every day, running every day staying in shape. Now we’re just testing it to see where it is in terms of strength. It was a successful shoulder surgery and the way the offseason went I took care of my business. To this point it’s just not where it needs to be."

Bills sign new WR and RBs
Craig Davis on Joining the Bills -

The Bills new WR speaks with the media before practicing yesterday.

Bills add two RBs; release two others -
Buffalo added former Bill Bruce Hall as well as former Tar Heel RB Anthony Elzy in their bid to fully recreate the North Carolina roster on the Bills.

Inside The Bills | Davis needed change of scenery
"I definitely needed it," said Davis. "I went through some injuries and some hard times in the past, but some new scenery here is going to be a good thing for me I think. It’s a great situation for me and I’m looking forward to it."

Davis added to crowded receiving corps - The Buffalo News
"This is the best I've felt since I came into the league," he said. "I came into the league with a slight groin injury that progressively got worse. ... I was training in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the past six months. I've been doing a real good job of keeping my body together and trying to prove to this front office that I can last a 16-game season."

More Training Camp News
Chan Gailey Friday Press Conference -

Chan Gailey's recap of practice and injury news.

Inside The Bills | Troup had good 1-on-1 day
"The battles between Troup and Eric Wood have been fun to watch. A good number of them end in a stalemate, but they go back and forth with each of them winning their fair share of the battles. Last season that wasn’t always the case for Troup. It’s evident that he’s much stronger."

Inside The Bills | Friday’s wildest play
"Florence couldn’t control the Ryan Fitzpatrick pass that was intended for Lee Evans, it glanced off his hands but bounced right to an oncoming Terrence McGee. However, the ball was on McGee so quickly he couldn’t react quickly enough and the ball bounced off his arm… Right into the waiting hands of Lee Evans, who promptly turned up field and scored a would be touchdown."

Inside The Bills | What Gailey told Thigpen
"When I called Tyler I told him exactly the situation," said Gailey. "Ryan (Fitzpatrick) is the starter and there’s no question about that. You can compete and work and see how close you can get and that’ll be good, but Ryan is the starter."

Sideline views: A boom-or-bust day - The Buffalo News
"We always take grief early in camp because the defensive line's getting after the O-line. It's easier for them. They can play four individually and get upfield. We've got to play five as a unit. We just have to keep jelling." - Center Eric Wood.

Practice notes, Friday - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan breaks down what happened at yesterday's practice.

Buffalo Bills' backup QBs show they're capable | Democrat and Chronicle
"The Bills have their full complement of players active, and the quarterback position is a hot topic at training camp."

Bills David Nelson Back In Buffalo. Merriman Rests - WGR 550
Paul Hamilton reports from SJFC about Friday's practice.

Spiller and Jackson need to rely on each other - Wellsville Daily Reporter
"Typically, an NFL team will have a veteran quarterback tutoring the newest draft pick until the rookie is ready to take the job full-time. For Jackson and Spiller, the same thing is taking place in the Buffalo Bills’ backfield. Jackson has been a very productive running back for the Bills, but Spiller is on the roster to take his job away."

Shawne Merriman, Buffalo Bills aim to hush critics together | FOX Sports
"Merriman legitimately loves the fact that he and the Bills are considered long shots entering the 2011 season. Skeptics doubt Merriman can once again justify his "Lights Out" nickname as one of the league's elite pass-rushers. For the past 11 seasons, the Bills haven't seen light at the end of the tunnel except for the long train of opponents that have kept the franchise out of the postseason."

Former Asheville High star's big day | The Asheville Citizen-Times
"A week ago, the former Asheville High football star realized two dreams in a matter of hours: signing his first NFL contract in the car rushing him to the airport to fly back to North Carolina for the birth of his first child." Congrats Johnny!

Buffalo's Mr. Versatility - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow
"Anytime Buffalo’s on offense, returning a kickoff, you are probably going to see the former University of Missouri quarterback. He has spent his career in the backfield as a quarterback and running back, lined up at wide receiver and returned kickoffs."

Count on it, folks, Bills will be stuck on 6 wins | Democrat and Chronicle
"How many times do I have to say it? An awful lot, because no matter where I go, the first question anyone asks me is how many victories do I think the Buffalo Bills will record this season. Sorry folks, but I can't get past six."