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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 6/14

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Hagan pushing to compete for #2 WR role -
"Bills wide receiver Derek Hagan is more confident than ever that he is ready to take on a starting role. Heading into his seventh professional season with his fourth NFL team Hagan feels this is the perfect situation for himself. He believes that his time spent around the league has prepared him to become an every down starter."

Parcells optimistic Lee will help Ryan Fitzpatrick - The Buffalo News
"He's a bright guy," Parcells said of Lee, who played quarterback at Vanderbilt when Parcells was defensive coordinator there in the 1970s. "A good, solid guy. A good person. He and Chan Gailey will work well together."

Under Review: Chris Douglas -
"On the second edition of Under Review, learn more about running back Chris Douglas, and find out one surprising fact you would have never guessed."

Inside The Bills | Awaiting the Stevie-Stephon matchup
"Bills top pick Stephon Gilmore and top wideout Stevie Johnson have not had the opportunity to go against one another in OTA practices with Johnson still recovering from offseason groin surgery. But it’s clear that both are looking forward to facing one another."

Inside The Bills | Jones slotted most of the time
"It definitely helps out a lot," said Jones. "You have a lot more room in the slot. You have a two-way go. You’re working a lot more on nickels, but also linebackers and safeties, so we definitely have the edge. When you’re outside the corners have the sideline as their help and then they have the inside help so you have less flexibility."

Inside The Bills | Teammates respect Mario’s ability
"Early in OTAs Shawne Merriman was so impressed with Mario Williams physical stature he called him 'a creature.' Donald Jones had a similar experience in OTAs earlier this week."

George Wilson: Bills can't fall in love with the hype - The Buffalo News
"There's a lot of hype around our team right now," Wilson said. "All we want to do is live up to our own expectations of ourselves and really start to build that team chemistry."

An analytical exam of greatest Buffalo Bills backs - The Buffalo News
"What stood out to me was Tanier's analysis of Thomas' career, calling him one of the "all-time hang-around champs" for, essentially, padding his numbers while his career was depreciating. Thomas started scoring negative DVOA scores (Football Outsiders' standard measurement to compare production to a statistical average) in 1993, when his average dropped from 4.8 yards to 3.7 yards a carry."

WGR 550 - Bills' Scott Can Fill Many Roles
When I started chatting with Bryan Scott I kidded him a little asking him what I should call him, a linebacker, a safety, a defensive end, a kicker? Scott laughed and said, "I ask myself that all the time. I’m listed as a linebacker, but I’m a utility man, whatever they ask me to do I’m down."

Bill Future in Buffalo Partly Sunny |
"However, there are at least two or three groups who not only have the financial portfolio to buy the Bills, but who want to keep the team in Buffalo for many years to come."

Murphy trades TV sports job for Bills radio show - The Buffalo News
"Word has long been out that Murphy would be leaving Channel 4 for a position with the Bills. The delay was attributed, in part, to Murphy's contractual obligations at WIVB, according to sources close to station. Specifically, a noncompete clause could have prevented the veteran broadcaster from hosting a local sports radio show in the Buffalo market."

Vince Young's former financial adviser says legal suit "weak" - Houston Chronicle
"Peoples Financial and Mr. Peoples are confident that there will be no liability found in this matter," the news release from Chaumette said. "During the entire time that Peoples Financial worked with Mr. Young, there was a trustee in place who approved all actions taken on Mr. Young's behalf. That trustee, who was not named in the petition, approved the actions taken by Mr. Peoples's firm, including any financial decisions or transactions on behalf of Mr. Young."

Which NFL team has improved the most this offseason? -
Ian Rapoport says the Bills are in a better position to earn the Wild Card than the Jets.

Battle for #2 Receiver Continues - YNN
"It's definitely difficult. When you get an opportunity to be a starter in this league, you want to take full advantage, and it was unfortunate that I got hurt, but I'm getting another opportunity and I'll make the best of it," Jones said.

Reasoning for Bills' focus on Smith at QB unclear - AFC East Daily
"Stevie Johnson is very good, and the Bills have some youthful up-and-comers at wideout, but Buffalo isn't exactly bursting at the seams with proven talent at receiver, which is why they need to take advantage of everything they can get at the position. So why not try to further develop Smith at wideout?"

Bills expect even more out of TE Chandler in 2012 - AFC East Daily
"I don’t see any reason he shouldn’t have a better year this year than he had last year," Bills coach Chan Gailey told reporters Monday. "He and Fitz (quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick) have a great feel for each other at this point in time."

What If Steve Johnson Didn't Drop The TD against the Steelers? - Buffalowdown
The Bills wouldn't have had Marcell Dareus and perhaps not Mario Williams or Stevie Johnson, says Chris Trapasso.

The Quarterback Complex – A Buffalo Original Since 1996 | Buffalo Wins
Frank Gifaldi takes a look at the Bills quarterback situation - now, more than 1996.

Ten Buffalo Bills To Decide 2012, No. 3: Marcell Dareus - Buffalo Rumblings
Brian Galliford notes that the defensive line is going to be pretty important in 2012.

Buffalo Bills' Donald Jones Working Inside, Too - Buffalo Rumblings
Even while he's expected to compete for a starting spot outside, Donald Jones has been getting a lot of work inside.