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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 6/20


Bills Roundup: Minicamp Opens, Tuesday Highlights -
"The opening of Bills minicamp saw the return of Stevie Johnson to team work, a young receiver showed flashes of potential, and several nice plays made on Tuesday afternoon. "

Mark Anderson shines at Bills minicamp - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan's blow-by-blow of minicamp includes some impressive stuff from Mark Anderson, among others.

Minicamp Day 1 - Stevie returns, Graham flashes -
"It was the first day of mandatory minicamp for the Bills Tuesday and Stevie Johnson participated in team work for the first time this spring as anticipated. The Bills top wideout, however, had his reps scaled back as he’s eased into more of a game-like setting."

Ryan Fitzpatrick Tuesday Press Conference -
"The Bills quarterback talks with the media on Tuesday after the first minicamp practice."

Mario Williams Tuesday Press Conference -
"The Bills defensive end talks with the media after the first minicamp practice on Tuesday."

Stevie Johnson Tuesday Press Conference -
"The Bills wide receiver talks with the media after the first minicamp practice on Tuesday."

Transcript: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Stevie Johnson, Mario Williams -
The three big stars talk about the first day of minicamp.

Dickerson could be an X-factor for Bills - The Buffalo News
"Dorin Dickerson has been a talented man without a true position for a lot of his football life. He’s hoping he has found a home as an H-back in the Buffalo Bills’ offense this summer."

Can Mario Williams be Buffalo's offensive MVP? - The Buffalo News
"Out of curiosity, I researched the stats of all quarterbacks when trailing by two scores (between nine and 16 points) last year. As expected, Fitzpatrick was in that situation a lot. As expected, Fitzpatrick didn't perform well."

Fitzpatrick loves what he sees from Gilmore so far - The Buffalo News
"He's really talented. He's done a great job," Fitzpatrick said. "We haven't been in pads, but it looks like he's going to be a pretty physical corner. He's got good size to him, runs well."

Can Buffalo mount a top 10 offensive attack? - The Buffalo News
"I think that's where we want to be," Fitzpatrick said. "Statistics lie sometimes, and there's a lot of things that go into a successful offense. That's something we look at, though, and something that we see ourselves getting better every year. That's one of those stats where we have continued to improve."

Stevie Johnson says he's 90 percent - The Buffalo News
"Definitely, today was a big step. Still a lot of work to do. Mentally I feel [OK], everything else I think I am pretty good. My groin felt good. I still have to get over the mental aspect of it," he said. "That is why I wanted to come out for this minicamp. I can get acquainted to running routes and try to get over the mental aspect of being out there, cutting on my left leg and trying to trust it. I think this is big. I do not want to go into training camp thinking how I am thinking now out there. I think this is a big step."

Forbes: Mario Williams in rarefied financial air - The Buffalo News
"Much has changed around One Bills Drive over the past three months. Forbes reminded us this week with its annual list of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes. Prized pass-rusher Mario Williams ranked a remarkable 16th on a rundown that also included boxers (commonly the highest-paid international athletes every year), golfers and soccer stars."

Super Mario goes on offense, buys $2 million mansion - The Buffalo News
"Mario J. Williams, the $100 million defensive end signed by the Buffalo Bills in March, paid $2 million to buy the lavish Aurora home of a disgraced and jailed attorney, who was convicted last year of swindling clients out of millions of dollars."

Inside The Bills | Vincent: Mr. Wilson excited for ’12
"He’s very excited about the season," said Vincent of Mr. Wilson. "He said, ‘I think we have a chance to win. We’ve got some players up front that remind me of the Kelly era. We’ve got a chance.’" Vincent and Wilson talk twice a month, according to the story.

Inside The Bills | Why Gilmore should excel as a rook
"Cornerback is the easiest position to learn, but the hardest to play next to the quarterback position in the NFL," Vincent said. "When you surround young corners that are inexperienced with a front seven like the one that exists in Buffalo it takes some of the pressure off of those on the back end, who now aren’t going to be asked to cover for four or five seconds. I think a young corner can come in and play because they’re not going to be asked to do a lot knowing the ability of what you have up front."

Inside The Bills | Kelly receives high honor
"During the years I played in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills, community service and reaching out to others was such an important part of my role with the team," said Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. "I had an incredible opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others…and I feel privileged to be able to do the work I am doing."

Inside The Bills | Stevie to clear mental hurdle
"They say it looked good," said Johnson of the review from the athletic trainers. "I felt like I was a bit slow. Then coming in and cutting to the right it felt heavy. It’s just a mental thing because I didn’t feel any sharp pain like I did last year. That’s why I felt like I’m good."

WGR 550 - Bills Mini-camp Practice Recap; Glenn Gets A Ton Of Reps
"Second-round pick and left tackle Cordy Glenn took most, if not all, of the reps at left tackle for both the first and second team offenses. Chris Hairston continued his work on the right side with the first time while Erik Pears rehabs from minor off-season surgery."

WGR 550 - WR Johnson In Team Drills During Bills Mini-camp
"They took care of me. I had 10-11 plays, but as a competitor I wanted to go out there and do more," Johnson said after practice Tuesday. "I believe in what they're doing. They gave me the right steps since the surgery, so, I'm going to go with what they're doing now. I believe in it."

Dave Wannstedt takes straight-ahead approach with Buffalo Bills | Democrat and Chronicle
"The guys up front, it all starts there," said Wannstedt, who took over in January after George Edwards was fired. "Hey, we’ve got to have the best secondary in the league, we’ve got to have the best linebackers just like everybody, but we will only go as far as our defensive line can carry us." - Jim Kelly among winners of Jefferson Awards
"The director of the CIA, two musicians and a former Buffalo Bills quarterback are among the people being honored with a national prize for public service that was co-founded 40 years ago by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis."

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Expect big things from the Bills | ProFootballTalk
"If Fitzpatrick is wrong in his prediction about big things for the Bills this year, this may be the last year he’s in a position to make a prediction for the Bills."

2012 ESPYS - July 2012 ESPN
"For the 20th ESPYS, ESPN has selected the 20 greatest sports moments of the past 20 years. At No. 15, quarterback Vince Young led Texas with one of the most dominating performances of his career when he scrambled for a touchdown to lift Texas to a National Championship victory. Young recently spoke with about the Rose Bowl, his favorite memories from the ESPYS and his new role with the Buffalo Bills."

AFC East: More or Less - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"After running the numbers, pro football writer John Clayton arrived at a win total for every team in the division for 2012. Is each figure too high, too low or spot on?" James Walker agrees with Clayton that the Bills will end up with 9 wins.

Richardson turned around Southern's football fortunes |
"A soft-spoken, gentlemanly native of Youngstown, Ohio, Richardson played three seasons with the Buffalo Bills before he got into coaching." Pete Richardson was a DB with the Bills from 1969 to 1971 and is being honored by the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame for his work at Southern.

Mario Williams calls teammate Anderson 'a little dude' -
"Well, when you're only 210 pounds, you can't really do it like guys like me do," Williams joked during a chat with reporters. "Thumbs up to Mark. It's tough for him. He's a little dude. It works. It definitely worked from last year." Anderson is 255 pounds compared to Mario's 290-pound frame.

Still Talkin TV " Big Bucks Help WBBZ Land Bills Game
"But money talks. And WBBZ Owner Phil Arno emptied his pocketbook to land the game, which will have extra promotional value for the station. According to sources, WBBZ paid more than $100,000 to the NFL Network to land a game that has extra value here because The NFL Network isn’t available in about half the homes in the area because Time Warner Cable doesn’t carry it."

Hank Baskett And Chris Draft Team Up For Lung Cancer Fundraiser -- USNewswire
Draft, played 12 years in the NFL for the Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, St. Louis Rams, and the Buffalo Bills recently lost his wife to the disease.

No. 95: Kyle Williams, DT, Bills - 2012 NFL's top 100 players - FOX Sports List
Williams comes in at No. 95 on the list. "A ferocious defensive lineman in the 3-4, he’ll be even better in Dave Wannstedt’s 4-3."

AFC offseason grades: Bills, Broncos join Patriots at head of class - Sporting News
The Bills get an "A" for their big off-season additions.

Buffalo Bills camp outlook: Expectations rise, but so does pressure - Sporting News
"Editor's note: As offseason work across the league winds down, the focus is shifting to the steamy summer workouts ahead. The countdown to training camp has begun. To get you fully primed for the preseason and beyond, Sporting News provide in-depth looks at all 32 teams leading into camps. Today: Buffalo Bills."

Buffalo Bills: An Inspection Of The Club’s Defensive Reinforcements - Buffalowdown
"Time to take a look at the Buffalo Bills refurbished and appropriately hyped defensive unit."

Another Look At The Buffalo Bills' 2012 (Unofficial) Depth Chart - Buffalo Rumblings
As training camp opens, we take a look at where we think the roster stands right now.

Buffalo Bills Re-Watch: On Ryan Fitzpatrick And David Nelson - Buffalo Rumblings
Brian Galliford breaks down how David Nelson and Ryan Fitzpatrick were able to be successful in 2011.

Chan Gailey, Ryan Fitzpatrick See A More Confident C.J. Spiller - Buffalo Rumblings
"Both Chan Gailey and Ryan Fitzpatrick believe that third-year Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller is on the verge of a break-out season."

Buffalo Bills Training Camp Battles 2012: A Primer - Buffalo Rumblings
"How many roster spots will be up for grabs when the Buffalo Bills begin training camp on July 26? The readers of Buffalo Rumblings discuss that very thought."