clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 7/10

June 19, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarter back Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) stretches during the Bills minicamp at the Ralph Wilson Stadium practice field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
June 19, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarter back Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) stretches during the Bills minicamp at the Ralph Wilson Stadium practice field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

NFL's third-round issues delayed T.J. Graham deal - The Buffalo News
Tim Graham explains how agents taking cheap deal for their clients in 2011 resulted in a problem in the third round contracts in 2012.

Ryan Fitzpatrick's contract looms big for Buffalo Bills -
"If Fitzpatrick has another season in which his interception total nearly matches his touchdown total, and his passer rating is once again in the 80.0 range, the Bills will have to make a decision on his contract -- which includes a $3 million roster bonus (partially guaranteed, for injury only) that comes due on the second day of the 2013 league year and has cap numbers that will swell from $6 million this season to $10.4 million or higher from 2013 through 2015."

Graham wraps up draft class signings -
"I didn’t feel like I was waiting," Graham told "I was participating in all of the other workouts this spring."

#15 - How will the RB workload be split? -
"It’s as good a problem to have if you’re a head coach in the NFL. You’ve got a pair of tailback talents that are both extremely versatile in their skill sets and both show a high rate of big play ability. Both have also proven they are dangerous weapons with the ball in their hands. The only question is how do you split the work on offense between them?"

Bills Focus: T.J. Graham 1-on-1 Interview -
"Chris Brown talks with the Bills 3rd round pick after he signed his first professional contract."

Inside The Bills | Graham’s prep for training camp
"I have that itch (to start camp), but I know I have to take my time and master these plays and I’m going to take advantage of these next couple of weeks before training camp so I can be ready," Graham told "I’m athletically gifted I just need to get my mental game right."

Inside The Bills | Why good is no longer good enough
"It won’t be good enough or accepted from the players or the coaches," Sheppard told "On the defensive side and with Fitzpatrick and those guys it’s the same on offense. I know myself last year and they say it went on years before that. When guys have a good game and say, ‘Oh good job. That was good. That was good.’ But hey, how many rings do we have up here? How many banners have we hung up here being good or average?"

Graham signs, breaks third-round jam - The Buffalo News
"Graham was Buffalo’s last draftee to sign because of a league-wide stalemate for the first 12 third-round picks. The Bills drafted Graham 69th overall, the sixth selection of the third round. The first five third-round picks and the next six after him remain unsigned despite a CBA that should make rookie contracts a snap."

Poll: To be fair, one more Bills blackout question - The Buffalo News
Most Bills fans don't think the Bills should forgo revenue to adopt the new blackout policy.

Readers make no blackout demands of Bills - The Buffalo News
"Readers cast about 2,000 votes by this morning and, much to my surprise, didn't make much of a demand for the Bills to adopt the new policy, which would allow teams to locally televise a game with as little as 85 percent of the non-premium tickets sold. The rule that had been in place for decades was that 100 percent must be sold."

WGR 550 - SIMON: No Beast Mode, Just Beast
"Allow me to present Marcell Dareus. I’m salivating at the idea of Dareus operating in the middle of that defensive line, next to Kyle Williams and flanked by Mario Williams and Chris Kelsay/Mark Anderson."

Buffalo Bills announce signing of WR T.J. Graham | Democrat and Chronicle
"The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Graham caught 99 passes for 1,453 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career at North Carolina State. He also owns the Atlantic Coast Conference record for career kickoff return yardage with 3,153."

AFC East Homer of the Week - AFC East Blog - ESPN
It's a Bills fan who thinks Buffalo will house two 1,000-yard rushers and a 4,000-yard passer.

Offseason grades for every AFC team - NFL - ESPN
"Matt Williamson grades each AFC team on the offseason moves it made, both in free agency and the draft. The Buffalo Bills top the list with an A-."

Source: Bills to attend Gordon's Pro Day - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Buffalo Bills will be one of several teams attending former Baylor receiver Josh Gordon’s Pro Day on Thursday in Houston, a source tells the AFC East blog. Gordon is an intriguing and athletic prospect who is entering the NFL's supplemental draft."

Updating AFC East salary caps - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Bills still have about $7 million left on the cap, which is a good number. It allows them the flexibility to make a quality signing if needed. For example, if things don’t work out at wide receiver this summer, Buffalo can still go out and get a veteran like Braylon Edwards."

NFL betting: Ranking the best offseason moves - 07-09-2012
"Bringing in Mario Williams obviously can’t be overstated, but when you combine him with Mark Anderson on the other side of the line, Buffalo’s pass rush should be nasty. Throw in first-round Stephon Gilmore at corner and you could have one of the better defenses in the AFC. Wideout T.J. Graham’s speed could lessen the loss of Roscoe Parish, who moved on to the Chargers."

BOOK NOOK: Gilchrist biography solid, if not a a bit one-sided - Tonawanda News
"And that story - tweaked through Garbarino’s eyes - is a solid read that allows the reader the sort of inside glimpse that is rare and fascinating, if occasionally too one-sided."

Buffalo Bills Training Camp Battles, No. 8: Center/Guard - Buffalo Rumblings
"That leaves one interior reserve spot up for grabs, and I've got my eyes on four players in contention for that spot: Colin Brown, Mark Asper, Michael Jasper and Keith Williams."

Buffalo Bills Sign T.J. Graham, Complete Rookie Signings - Buffalo Rumblings
"Terms of the contract have not yet been disclosed (and won't be disclosed by the team), but it'll be a four-year deal and should cost the Bills around $3 million (or slightly less) over the life of the deal. Last year's third-round pick, Kelvin Sheppard - chosen one slot ahead of where Graham was picked this year - signed a four-year, $3 million contract."

Buffalo Bills Rookies Can Report For Work Today - Buffalo Rumblings
"What isn't clear is precisely what advantage the team is gaining by asking its rookies to report this early, as they're the only team to do so. It's also not clear if the rookies will be able to work out with the team's training staff present. Presumably, these players have been on a team-prescribed workout routine since rookie mini-camp in May."

Buffalo Bills' Dwan Edwards Not Worried About Job Status - Buffalo Rumblings
"One of the first moves Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix made following the announcement that the team would be shifting to a 3-4 defense two tears ago was signing defensive end Dwan Edwards to help with the shift. The veteran held down a starting job for two seasons, but his playing time and even his roster spot could be in jeopardy now that the Bills are moving back to a four-man front."

Buffalo Bills To Attend Josh Gordon's Supplemental Draft Pro Day - Buffalo Rumblings
"It's fairly well-established at this point that the Bills like big receivers with speed, and that's exactly what Gordon is: a 6'3", 220-pound guy that can reportedly run a sub-4.4 in the 40-yard dash."