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Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 9-2
Chris Brown answers question on the defensive line rotation, the offensive line depth, starting safety spot, Naaman Roosevelet's chances of making the roster, why the team didn't re-sign Donte Whitner, Brad Smith's role, and who will be the third TE.

Analysis shows Bills rank 29th in contract values - The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Bills rank 29th in the NFL in terms of the value of all their players' contracts, a financial analysis by The News shows. Nevertheless, the Bills strongly defend their spending and say a better picture of how they pay players - actual cash payouts - puts them squarely in the middle of the league."

Roster Cuts
Young OLBs waiting for final verdict -

"Danny Batten, Antonio Coleman and Robert Eddins all battled their tails off this summer and showed up in every preseason game. Whether there is room for all three on the opening day roster is a decision that’s left to Buffalo’s coaching staff this weekend."

Inside The Bills | Practice squad eligible players
"Here’s the list of players on the current roster that are eligible for the practice squad for the Bills should they not make the 53-man roster when final cuts are made on Saturday by 6 pm. There are 33 in all on the current roster."

Inside The Bills | WR decisions won’t be easy
"It’s good competition," he said. "It makes you work harder and gets you better. I definitely think all around, from all of the receivers, they’re definitely great receivers. It’s definitely going to be hard, and we’ll definitely compete just to make the team, so that’s all I’m trying to do is compete."

Inside The Bills | Players can only hope
"Hope for the best, pretty much," said Roosevelt. "There’s not much we can do right now. Hope for the best. It’s in God’s hands right now. So just hope for the best, that’s pretty much it."

Buffalo Bills face tough decisions for final roster | Democrat and Chronicle
"I took every single play out there trying to make strides, so I felt like I had a decent preseason," said the second-year linebacker, who missed his entire 2010 rookie year because of a shoulder injury. "At the end of the day I played my hardest, and I hope I made the right impression."

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Spotlight: Brad Smith - 09.05.11 - SI Vault
"I've never, ever had the opportunity to throw so much since I've been in the NFL," says Smith, who at Missouri was the first Division I player to pass for 8,000 yards and run for 4,000 but as a Jet had attempted just seven throws in five seasons. "To actually work drills, talk through protections, footwork, reads - I've never had that as much as I've had here."

4--3 Ain't What It Used To Be - 09.05.11 - SI Vault
"Searching for right mix, Buffalo had league-high 17 packages"

Poll Friday: AFC East's No. 2 QB? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Who is the second best QB in the AFC East? It sure as heck isn't Chad Henne, who is leading the vote and was hearing "Orton, Orton, Orton" earlier this offseason from Dolphins fans.

AFC East Power Rankings preview - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Buffalo's first goal is to be more competitive at home and in the division. The Bills were 2-6 at home and 1-5 against the AFC East in 2010. Improving in those two areas this season will mark progress."

Joining the AFC East party! - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Hello. I'm James, the new guy in town. I spent the past three seasons writing about the Steelers, Ravens, Browns and Bengals for In that span I covered two Super Bowls in three years. Thank me later when my good luck propels one of your AFC East teams to the big game this season."

Glaring NFL Team Needs - Mocking The Draft
"Buffalo Bills - Biggest Need: OT I am sure many would expect this to be quarterback, but I'm thinking that if Chan Gailey thinks he can win with Ryan Fitzpatrick, I'm willing to give it a whole season."

This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Getting a chance - The Buffalo News
"After a stint in NFL Europe in 2006, Bills' general manager Marv Levy gave his fellow Coe graduate a look in training camp. On this date, Jackson was placed on the practice squad roster."

Blacking Out | The Goose's Roost
"Expecting NFL preseason games to sell out is ridiculous."