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OTA Report - Day 9 - Stevie progressing -
"He made five starts at center late last season in place of the injured Eric Wood, but up until the final week of OTAs Kraig Urbik had taken all of his reps in team work at his familiar right guard spot. The versatile interior lineman was glad to re-acquaint himself with the pivot this week knowing he’s the most likely candidate to move inside should Wood go down during the season."

Poloncarz: Bills Lease to be Wrapped Up Soon |
"They've been positive negotiations in which we feel that both sides have a timetable to get the major terms done, a memorandum of understanding done by Training Camp," said County Executive Poloncarz. "About a month-and-a-half."

NFL Network 32 in 32: Buffalo Bills -
"How hot are the Buffalo Bills heading into the 2012 season? Steve Johnson joins "NFL Total Access" to explain the team's progress this offseason."

Jairus Byrd Thursday Press Conference -
"The Bills safety talks about the advantage of having OTA's this season, and how the pass rush will help the secondary."

Bills Roundup: Stevie Inching Closer -
"Thursday's OTA featured receiver Stevie Johnson taking part in individual drills for the first time, Donald Jones continuing to work all over, and several nice plays made on the field."

Inside The Bills | Fitz’s accuracy charting higher
"There’s been a big difference for me in my confidence level and actually charting the throws and seeing the percentage of throws that are on the money and percentage of throws that are being completed," said Fitzpatrick. "There’s been a nice increase over the course of the offseason."

Inside The Bills | Lee’s coaching more than mechanics
"Everybody talks about what David Lee can fundamentally help me with, but we had a meeting this morning where I came in early and we went over some throws from OTAs and my thought process and on trying to play winning football," said Fitzpatrick during an appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550.

Inside The Bills | Why Stevie is so eager to practice
"I know what to do from the sidelines, but it’s a total different story once you’re in there," Johnson told "I don’t want to just start in training camp and just be able to get my wheels going then. I want to get started a little bit earlier to get a feel for the guys."

Vince Young, Tim Tebow and AFC East backup QBs - The Buffalo News
"With all that to consider, here's my breakdown of AFC East backup quarterbacks based on their viability if they need to take over for the starter (not how they'd be able to contribute through gimmickry):" Bills are tops as they should be.

Speed Dial: How highly does Bills D-line rate? - The Buffalo News
Three folks without Bills ties say the team has a Top 5 defense on paper.

Bills call play-action less often than any other team - The Buffalo News
"No team used play-action less than the Buffalo Bills last season, and that's OK. Football Outsiders data shows the Bills called play-action 11 percent of the time, or more than twice as much as Ryan Fitzpatrick would have guessed."

Stevie Johnson tells NFL Network he's cleared - The Buffalo News
"I'm looking forward to stepping out there with my team. I will be out there for minicamp with the Bills. At first, I thought I might not be able to go until mid-training camp or something, but I've been motivated to get back and watching everybody work is extra motivation to get right. It's been going well, so I'll be out there for minicamp with them and we'll get the ball rolling."

WGR 550 - Bills' Jones Quietly Has Inside Track On No. 2 WR Job
"We’ll know exactly where we stand and it all works itself out by the time we get to the first ball game," he said. "We’ve got two or three guys that have done a great job. Donald Jones probably a little bit ahead of everybody at this point."

WGR 550 - Bills' Fitzpatrick Calls Work With Lee "eye-opening"
"For me it's not really my throwing motion. It really has nothing to do with my upper body, it's all in my waist down. I think that's something that's a lot easier to correct. I've been throwing, my release point and all that stuff... that's stuff that's really hard to fix. But I think the lower body stuff, there's just a few tweaks in things. Even being able to talk during a game and say, 'Ryan, you missed that low... here's why.' Just to be able to think about that and tweak it, that'll be an easy fix for us."

WGR 550 - Fitzpatrick: Spiller Is A "changed Man"
"C.J. is a completely changed man. It's been apparent from day one of this off-season. I think the biggest thing with what he did at the end of the year last year, was he got his confidence... I think he's ready to make a big jump. I think mentally he's made a big jump in the last year. With his confidence level where it is right now, we expect big things out of him this year. He really showed last year what he can do."

WGR 550 - Bills' Jasper Is Getting Fit
Jasper was well over that 400 pound mark. He said, "I’m down to about the 375 to 380 range which is my playing weight so I’m just going to keep grinding and if it keeps falling, it keeps coming off." As far as getting more weight off the guard said, "Guaranteed, I just want to play at the best weight that’s going to give me the opportunity to be successful and right now I’m just staying in shape and going out here and learning my technique and just battling."

Barnett and Moorman to sign autographs at Frontier Field - Brighton-Pittsford Post
"Buffalo Bills linebacker Nick Barnett and punter Brian Moorman will sign autographs at Frontier Field prior to the Red Wings’ game on Monday from 6 to 6:50 p.m."

Football junkie Clowney looking for chance - The Buffalo News
"There might not be a player on the Buffalo Bills' 90-man roster who is more eager for the start of training camp or more appreciative of his chance to compete for a job than receiver David Clowney."

Bills WR Jones Ready for Second Chance at Number 2 Spot |
After winning the job last season, Jones is used to the competition. "In the NFL you're fighting for your job every year, for me I embrace it, all I want to do is help this team win."

O-Line Battle, WR Nelson Enters With Defined Role - YNN
"This is a great opportunity for me. This is the first year that I'm coming in as a primary slot, getting a chance to come in with OTAs ad mini camp and work with Fitz. Last year with the lockout, not able to get together as much last year. These days are really helping us alot," Nelson said.

What Has Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix Built Through The Draft? - Buffalo Rumblings
"Entering his third year as GM of the Buffalo Bills, Buddy Nix has drafted at least four starters and found as many as 12 major contributors in the draft process."

Ten Buffalo Bills To Decide 2012, No. 2: Mario Williams - Buffalo Rumblings
Brian Galliford continues his series by naming his third defensive lineman in the last four spots.

Several Local Groups Capable Of Purchasing Buffalo Bills, Per Report - Buffalo Rumblings
A new report has surfaced saying there are Buffalo-based groups with the financial wherewithal and know-how to purchase the Bills when the time comes.

Stevie Johnson, Ryan Fitzpatrick Talking Up Donald Jones - Buffalo Rumblings
Donald Jones looks to have the attention of two offensive stars on the Buffalo Bills.