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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 5/30

May 29, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) during organized team activities at Ralph Wilson Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
May 29, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) during organized team activities at Ralph Wilson Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

OTA report - Day 1 -
"A lot of energy. A lot of quickness," said Gailey. "We felt bigger on the field and it felt bigger on the field. It felt quick on the field. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but initial observations were good."

Transcript: OTAs Day One -
Read what Chan Gailey, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Stevie Johnson, and Mario Williams had to say about the first day of OTAs.

Mario pumps up expectations - Jerry Sullivan
"In the end, that's how Mario Williams will be judged, not by sack totals, but by how he makes the players around him better. He knows that. As Kelsay said, Williams seems eager to be a team player, to fit in. He realizes his arrival energized Bills fans, but he said the Mark Anderson and Vince Young signings did, too."

Bills depth outlook at OTA - The Buffalo News
Said QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: "I think one of the biggest differences across the board for us this year, not only on the defensive side, but I think at every position, is there’s so much competition right now. Guys are competitive. That’s just the nature of the professional athlete. But you just see it every day here. There’s guys competing against other guys who are just as talented as they are."

Rookies expecting tempo jump at OTAs -
"I definitely think the tempo will be at a higher level," said second-round pick Cordy Glenn. "The terminology will be more advanced. It was a little simpler for us in rookie camp. I’m looking forward to getting my mind prepared for all those things that are about to happen."

Training camp Stevie's likely prognosis -
"Training camp," said Gailey when asked for a timetable as to when Johnson could be expected back on the field participating in team drills. "Training camp."

Bills Roundup: First OTA Highlights -
"Check out the highlights from the first day of OTA practices and get injury updates on Stevie Johnson and Kyle Williams."

Chan Gailey Tuesday Press Conference -
"The Bills head coach talks with the media about the first day of OTA's and the injury progress of Kyle Williams, Stevie Johnson, and Shawne Merriman."

Mario Williams Tuesday Press Conference -
"The Bills defensive end talks with the media about his first OTA with Buffalo, his impression of the talent level on defense, and about leading by example."

Ryan Fitzpatrick Tuesday Press Conference -
"The Bills quarterback talks about the first OTA, the first day on the field with his new QB coach, and how the new defense looks across the line of scrimmage."

Inside The Bills | Rooks: key is following vet’s lead
"As OTAs begin today, the rookies are going to need to make the most of the individual position drill segments. That’s when everyone gets reps. More importantly it’s time for the young players to watch the vets and learn how to most effectively execute drills and techniques to improve their own game."

Bills rely on terrific trio - YNN
"Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, running back Fred Jackson and wideout Stevie Johnson will once again be counted on to lead the offensive attack for a Buffalo squad with heightened expectations."

Inside The Bills | Mario ready to hit the field
"Fundamentals," he said. "The biggest thing is getting back out there shaking the cobwebs and being comfortable with the right fits and being responsive to whenever you get different looks and formations."

Inside The Bills | OTA non-participants
"Stevie Johnson, Terrence McGee, Cris Hill, Delano Howell, Josh Nesbitt, Shawne Merriman, Eric Wood, Erik Pears, Mike Caussin, Kamar Aiken, Torell Troup."

Inside The Bills | Stevie likely out until camp
When asked when Johnson might be back on the field Gailey quickly responded, "Training camp." Gailey wouldn’t make it an absolute certainty, but indicated it’s a strong likelihood.

Inside The Bills | Merriman visiting doctor
"He was gone today," said Gailey following Tuesday’s practice. "Today was the only day he could get final clearance with the doctors and stuff." Merriman tweeted he got clearance and will be there for Day 2 on Thursday.

Inside The Bills | Rogers off to good start
"Bills CB Justin Rogers was one of a handful of standouts at Day 1 of OTAs. Rogers was active in the secondary during teamwork drills. He had 2 of the better pass breakups on the day."

Johnson's return not likely before training camp - The Buffalo News
"I'm feeling good," Johnson said. "They got me doing a lot of work in the pool and in my first day out here doing ladders and strides. Right now we're a good five weeks (from surgery) and I don't really feel too much in my groin. It's just a little bit in my hamstrings. Once we get that out of the way then I'll be full-go."

Blueprint for a turnaround - The Buffalo News
"I think defensively on paper it looks really good," said defensive tackle Kyle Williams. "But, that doesn't mean anything. I think we've talked about that in our room today, that everything looks great on paper but we haven't done anything yet. Nobody has made a play, nobody has done anything -- no matter what you've done in the past years. There's a lot of work and a foundation has to be laid. That's what we're doing now. That's what we're going to do in training camp so hopefully we hit the ground running in September. But our goal is to be a great defense."

Chan on Merriman, Stevie - The Buffalo News
"Cornerback Terrence McGee and defensive tackle Kyle Williams worked in individual drills but not 11-on-11 sessions."

WGR 550 - Bills' Kyle Williams Shows Progress In Injury
"I've really kind of I guess gone to another level I guess with my training the last couple three weeks or so," he said. "I go from running to light change of directions, and the last couple of weeks really been doing some hard change direction stuff. It felt good. We kind of talked about it this morning, did some individual, felt really good and hopefully we're on an uphill climb and we're just going to continue to get better and better, keep going up."

WGR 550 - Bills Fitzpatrick Learning How To Throw
OTA’s opened Tuesday in Orchard Park and Fitzpatrick is being taught how to throw the ball by his new quarterbacks coach David Lee, "He’s great, he stays in my ear the whole time in terms of challenging me. In terms of the completion, it isn’t good enough, it’s the ball location, even six inches off so he’s the guy that’s going to stay on me, challenge me."

Mario Williams shines at Bills practice | Democrat and Chronicle
"He looks like a Madden character you create when you sit there and up-up the strength, and the guy keeps growing," Fitzpatrick said with a smile, referring to the popular NFL video game. "And then he’s the fastest guy on the field, too."

Johnson, Merriman out from OTAs - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Merriman, meanwhile, is more of a wild card. He's had two season-ending Achilles injuries and didn't have nearly the same explosiveness in 2011 that he showed in previous years. Buffalo hopes surgery will correct Merriman's injury. But anything the Bills get out of the former three-time Pro Bowl linebacker this year is considered a bonus."

Can the Bills Make the Jump from "Worst to First" in 2012? - Pats Pulpit
Patriots fans debate which team will unseat them as division champs next.

Worst-To-First: Which NFL Team Can Make The Jump In 2012? -
Joel Thorman ranks the Bills as the 7th-most likely team (out of 8) to win their division going worst to first.

Andre Reed coming to Lockport this Saturday - Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online
"One of the NFL’s greatest wide receivers in history, Andre Reed of the Buffalo Bills, is coming to Lockport this Saturday to meet fans and sign autographs, as part of yet another Niagara County Deputy Sheriff’s Association dispatchers and corrections’ sponsored fundraiser for Niagara Hospice."

CANOE -- SLAM! Bills open OTAs with energy, quickness
"We had a lot of energy, a lot of quickness," Gailey said following the NFL team's first "OTA" (Organized Team Activities) practice session at its indoor facility.