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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 7/29

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 30: David Nelson #86 of the Buffalo Bills makes a catch in front of Markus White #55 of the Washington Redskins at Rogers Centre on October 30, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. Buffalo won 23-0.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 30: David Nelson #86 of the Buffalo Bills makes a catch in front of Markus White #55 of the Washington Redskins at Rogers Centre on October 30, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. Buffalo won 23-0. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Practice Notes - Day 3 - Nelson nicked, 'D' dominates -
"I thought the defense dominated the practice," said Gailey. "We’ve got a lot of work to do on offense to meet their level of play right now so it’s a little bit different than it has been. It’s good for our football team."

Bills Roundup: Nelson Injured, Saturday Highlights -
"The first padded practice of training camp also saw a significant injury occur, hear from coach Gailey on the injuries, and check out the top plays from practice."

Transcript: Head Coach Chan Gailey -
Chan Gailey gives his thoughts after the first padded practice.

Elusive is moniker for Anderson -
"When he came in as a rookie his pass rushing skills were way more advanced than any of the other rookies that came in," Brown told "Tommie Harris was drafted way ahead of him and a real good pass rusher, but he didn’t have the ability to torque his body the way that Mark can. Mark can really elude punches and really give offensive tackles a tough angle to try to put their hands on him. And on top of that he’s fast."

Defensive end competition -
"We’ve got a lot of talent on the defensive line," Kelsay says, "really at every position. They’re gonna give everybody a look, and it’s gonna be a competition, but it’s fun that way. It keeps everybody on their toes. It keeps everybody out here competing, nobody’s missing practice, because you miss practice here or there, you may not be around." This is John Murphy's first post for

Chan Gailey Saturday Press Conference -
"The Bills head coach talks about the injuries to David Nelson and Erik Pears, the progress of Stephon Gilmore in camp, and the confidence level of Ryan Fitzpatrick."

Inside The Bills | Fitz’s wheels getting respect
"In Friday’s practice during 11-on-11, Fitzpatrick finding no one open had to tuck it and run. He busted to the left sideline and was able to get an angle to the sideline to avoid what under live conditions would’ve been a hit from Bryan Scott and rookie cornerback Ron Brooks."

Inside The Bills | What to expect this afternoon
"Mark Anderson is expected to rotate back in as the starting right defensive end after Chris Kelsay manned that spot at Friday’s practice. Shawne Merriman could eventually be a factor in that competition, but right now appears to be more of a dark horse candidate as he’s been running almost exclusively with the second unit."

Inside The Bills | Nelson update
"It’s a bruise," said Gailey. "The doctors don’t think it’s any kind of ligaments or anything like that. So we’ll know more probably tomorrow."

Inside The Bills | Merriman update
"He couldn’t go," said Gailey. "He rolled an ankle yesterday late. He taped it up and finished, but we held him out today. He went through the walk throughs this morning so it’s not like it’s a hobbling thing. We’re going to make sure he’s ready to go before we bring him back."

Inside The Bills | Depth a key for D-line
"That’s where probably most of our depth is, the defensive line," said Chan Gailey. "So I would expect that would happen here for a while until we can get this offensive line geared up to the speed of the game. It goes from shorts to pads, then to preseason games and it’s another speed. We have to gear it up to meet the challenges offensively."

Johnson returns to Bills a changed man - The Buffalo News
"You look around and I guess I'm the veteran now," said the fifth-year pro. "That's what really got me. I like looking over other people and watching out for other people. It's like a natural feeling, being a big brother."

D-line controls practice in pads - The Buffalo News
"There weren't many downfield completions or much continuity for the Buffalo Bills' offense during 11-on-11 work in the first padded practice of the training camp Saturday at St. John Fisher College. The Bills' defensive line created a lot of pressure on the quarterback and disrupted the offense's flow."

Run game suffers in today's NFL - The Buffalo News
Asked about the challenge of creating a tough-running mentality, Gailey said: "If you look at the statistics over the past couple years it’s been growing the number of passes we throw percentage-wise each year. So obviously a lot of people are not spending time on the running game. I think we can get the job done. We’ve got the time and we’ve got enough pads practices and enough preseason games to get where we want to get to. I don’t have an issue about that."

WR Nelson hurt, but not serious - The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Bills had a scary moment midway through Saturday's padded practice when slot receiver David Nelson went down after banging his knee with another player on an innocent-looking incompletion in the flat."

Day Three: Defense keeps wraps on offense - The Buffalo News
"Fitzpatrick did look pretty good in 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 passing drills. He continues to show promise on deep throws. He hit Donald Jones on a perfect deep strike down the left sideline vs. Aaron Williams. He had good downfield strikes to Stevie Johnson (twice), David Nelson and Scott Chandler."

WGR 550 - Training Camp Notebook: Day 3
"And with that first day of pad popping, I focused in on the 1-on-1 drills between the offensive and defensive linemen. There were a couple that stood out, while a few left a ton to be desired. Let's take a look at notes from the third day of practice."

WGR 550 - Derek Hagan: Bills Receiver, Movie Star
"What some Bills fans didn't know, is that they were also getting a full-fledged movie star on their hands. No, Derek Hagan isn't an action star or one that does romantic comedy. But his journey through the 2006 NFL Draft is well documented in the move Two Days in April."

WGR 550 - Bills' Merriman Held Out. Nelson Hurts Knee
Gailey said Moats is doing better, because that is all over, "Well we finally settled him into one role as an outside backer for us. I think he has handled that very well. He has gotten a lot better in the OTAs and the mini-camp. It made so much of a difference for him to have that. It is unbelievable. I feel good about where he is right now after three days of practice. He has been very impressive thus far."

WGR 550 - Not Much Different For Bryan Scott In 2012
"The only thing that changes is my official listing. Besides that, there's no difference to what I did last year," he said. "A lot of in the box stuff, covering running backs and tight ends. Now I'm just in the linebacker meeting rooms to really gel and get that chemistry with the backers since I'm working with them more."

Stephon Gilmore impresses Buffalo Bills' Stevie Johnson -
"I don't know how to say it, but he's up there with some of the DBs in the league who've been playing for a couple of years, and he hasn't even played one play," receiver Stevie Johnson said Saturday. "Really, I don't want to speak too highly, but it's hard to not speak highly of somebody that can play as well as he has from rookie minicamp all the way up until now."

Lang on Bills: Rookie Gilmore standing out -
"As Buffalo Bills training camp rages on, key players have stepped up their game, including rookie cornerback Stephon Gilmore."

Carder around the ball in camp for the Bills - MPNnow
"Yeah, he has gotten his hands on more passes defensively than maybe any other player to this point, which has been pretty impressive," Bills coach Chan Gailey said.

Leo Roth: Bills' Bryan Scott stays true to his school | Democrat and Chronicle
"I’m still Penn State proud and I still support the school," said Scott as he walked off the practice field at St. John Fisher, stopping to sign autographs.

Buffalo Bills camp: Fred Jackson happy, healthy | Democrat and Chronicle
Fred Jackson is back to form in camp and raring to go.