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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 6/22


Minicamp Day 3 - Gailey encouraged by team progress -
"We got a lot done this week," said Gailey shortly after the final workout. "We got a lot of situations looked at. We got a lot of situational football done this week, which was great. We needed to get that. I’ve just been pleased with the overall progress of our football team."

WGR 550 - No Defined Roles For Bills LBs Just Yet; Thursday Mini-camp Recap
"Here's the rundown of who took first team reps [at linebacker] and where throughout the day:"

Transcript: Chan Gailey and Shawne Merriman -
The Bills head coach looks back at the week of minicamp, and Shawne Merriman discusses his progress back from injury.

Minicamp-OTA player awards -
"The spring workouts for the Bills are in the books, and while OTA and minicamp practices are far from real football it doesn’t mean there weren’t some impressive performances turned in by players over the past month. Below we highlight some of the better play turned in by members of the Bills roster through May and June."

Fred Jackson Thursday Press Conference -
"Bills Running Back Fred Jackson talks about the offseason work as he and the team get ready for training camp."

Chan Gailey Thursday Press Conference -
Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey shares his thoughts on the team as off-season workouts come to a close.

Shawne Merriman Thursday Press Conference -
"Bills defensive end Shawn Merriman looks back at the offseason workouts and is excited for training camp to begin next month."

Bills Roundup: Minicamp Wraps Up -
"Hear from Chan Gailey, Fred Jackson, and Shawne Merriman as the final minicamp practice wrapped up, plus watch the top plays from practice."

6/20 Mark Kelso - WGR 550
"Mark Kelso talks about the hype and expectations for the Bills in the WGR550 Audio"

6/20 Joe B - WGR 550
Joe Buscaglia talks about minicamp and more.

Inside The Bills | Neiman painted Bills game
"Famed American artist LeRoy Neiman passed away Wednesday evening at age 91. A popular painter of sports action scenes (including 5 Olympiads and countless Super Bowls), Bills owner Ralph Wilson commissioned Neiman to paint one of the first Bills home games the year Ralph Wilson Stadium opened in 1973."

Inside The Bills | Left tackle update
"Even though Cordy Glenn took all the first team reps at left tackle in the OTAs and minicamp it doesn’t mean he’s got the inside track on landing the starting job. That according to head coach Chan Gailey, who confirmed that come training camp it’ll be a two-man competition between Glenn and Chris Hairston."

Inside The Bills | Where QB Young stands with offense
"He’s done a very good job under the circumstances," said Gailey. "He had to come in and try to learn all that stuff. It’s very difficult. It wouldn’t have been as hard two years ago, but we’re in so much more of an advanced stage now than we were two years ago. He’s trying to learn what the based concepts were and how we’ve advanced to where we are today without having the benefit of going through the baby steps. But he has a natural feel for playing the position."

Inside The Bills | McGee, Wood update
"Terrence McGee and Eric Wood did not participate at all in the spring practices, but both are on track to be ready for training camp."

Vince Young at risk by not picking up offense quickly enough | ProFootballTalk
"Having already established there’s probably only room for one of them, Young better catch up quick, or he’ll be looking for another (dream) team."

Donald Jones "fueled" by Bills’ attempts to replace him | ProFootballTalk
"You can ask me about the third week of training camp and I’m going to tell you it’s too early [to name a starter]," Gailey said. "We’ll know exactly where we stand and it all works itself out by the time we get to the first ballgame. We’ve got two or three guys that have done a great job."

Positive early signs for D-line - The Buffalo News
Asked his view of the defensive line depth, coach Chan Gailey said: "Extremely large as far as the depth goes. I mean the size is large, too, but the depth is (large). We have a lot of people there. That competition is going to be strong. That will be one of the things that we are really looking at hard during training camp."

Under loan program, Bills, NFL may help foot stadium bill - The Buffalo News
"In both Kansas City and Green Bay, other "small markets," the team and the NFL combined to pay for at least one-third of the renovations. Nobody's saying whether the Bills are willing to pay that high a share. Those close to the negotiations have put a gag order on the specific dollar amounts discussed, so the only people who know the details aren't saying."

Buffalo Bills conclude mandatory 3-day mini-camp | Democrat and Chronicle
"Last summer when the Bills showed up in Pittsford just days after the new CBA was ratified, chaos reigned at Fisher. Players who Gailey had seen only on film were all over the fields out by the 490, and for a team coming off a 4-12 season that needed all the work it could possibly get, it was a difficult month and a half piecing everything together leading up to the first regular-season game." Not this year.

Despite hype, reasons to be wary about 2012 Bills - The Buffalo News
"Fishbain emphasizes widespread skepticism over quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, rookie tackle Cordy Glenn protecting Fitzpatrick's blind side, the absence of a clear-cut receiving target other than Stevie Johnson and a shoddy pass defense that will rely on unproven young talent in Stephon Gilmore and Aaron Williams."

Video: Wrap-up report from Bills minicamp - The Buffalo News
"Buffalo News reporters Tim Graham, Mark Gaughan and Jay Skurski recap Bills minicamp:"

Defense finishes minicamp strong - The Buffalo News
"There were not a lot of big offensive highlights on the final day of minicamp practices for the Buffalo Bills. The Bills' defense looked solid throughout the 13th and final on-field workout behind the Bills Fieldhouse."

Vince Young still trying to catch up with offense - The Buffalo News
"Gailey admitted that gives Tyler Thigpen a bit of an edge in the backup quarterback battle. This is Thigpen's second season with the Bills. Gailey also was Thigpen's offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs. Thigpen's edge, though, might not be enough to overcome Young's obvious strengths as an athlete."

Vince Young reportedly in lead for Bills' No. 2 job -
"He has more experience than Tyler," Gailey said Thursday. "Tyler has more experience in this offense than Vince. There is probably a trade-off there in some degree."

Bills' "No-Name" offense has top 10 objective - Yahoo! Sports
For two months, the so-called ''Mis-Fitz'' - named after quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick - showed they could be one of the NFL's most productive offenses with a prolific spark in helping the Bills get off to a surprising 5-2 start. That was before injuries and inconsistencies caught up in a season that ended with a 6-10 thud.

Everything in Place for Bills QB Fitzpatrick to Succeed - Yahoo! Sports
"Under the guidance of vet QB coach David Lee, Fitz's accuracy is set to improve big time. It's also worth noting that this year is the first full offseason he's had as the team's bona fide starter. With better throwing mechanics, a fully healthy SJ13, and what might just be the best O-line the team has had in the Fitz-era, bet on the Bills QB to defy expectations."

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Buffalo Bills' success rests 'on me' -
"A lot of that is on me," Fitzpatrick said Thursday, according to The Associated Press. "We know we have the talent, we know we have the system and the pieces. It's just a matter of going out there and being consistent." - Close-knit Bills' O-line looks to build off '11 success
"That is a really close unit we have in that room," Joe D'Alessandris told PFW. "The guys have worked together real well and communicated real well. I think communication was the biggest part. They all stand on the same page. … Communication, trust factor and those guys enjoying each other on and off the field (have been key)."

Rochester: A Valuable Sports Market |
Smith said, "Major markets like Detroit or Tampa where every day you're minimally driving 45 minutes to an hour, Buffalo is an hour and change same with Syracuse, more and more people are commuting."

Buffalo Bills: T.J. Graham Impressing at Minicamp - Buffalo Rising
"As he's showing real progress in his receiving game, it'll be interesting to see where he ends up slotted on the depth chart for Buffalo in 2012. With Johnson playing split-end primarily, Donald Jones, David Nelson, Marcus Easley, and Graham are in a dogfight to see where they'll end up spending the most time this season."

Buffalo Bills' Aaron Williams Has High Praise For George Wilson - Buffalo Rumblings
George Wilson "helping him out and covering his back" is one of the things helping to make Aaron Williams' first off-season more comfortable.

A Discussion Of Chan Gailey's Buffalo Bills Offense - Buffalo Rumblings
Brian Galliford tries to break down his observations and opinions of Gailey's offense into three main components: space, disguise and niches.

Cordy Glenn, Chris Hairston To Compete For Bills' Left Tackle Job - Buffalo Rumblings
Despite getting all the snaps during minicamp, Cordy Glenn will have to fight once the pads go on at training camp to secure the left tackle job.