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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 8/14

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Practice Notes - Day 14 - 2 minute sharp & big hits -
"There were some positive signs on both sides of the ball in Monday’s practice at Bills training camp. The most encouraging development for the offense was their performance on both series of the two-minute drill."

Bills' new cornerbacks get plenty of work - The Buffalo News
Bills defensive backs coach George Catavalos shares some great insights into the youthful defenders in the secondary. It's a nice read.

Bills release OL Jasper -
"Jasper, the last member of the 2011 draft class, did not make the team’s 53-man roster as a rookie, but spent almost the entire season on the Bills’ practice squad. In Week 17 he was called up to the active roster, but did not play in the season finale at New England. Entering the 2012 offseason, Jasper was surrounded by more competition at the interior offensive line positions."

Edwards, Johnson make for strong second wave -
"I just think that there isn’t too much we haven’t seen, between me and Spencer (Johnson)," said Edwards. "We have been around a long time and seen a lot. I think that we know how to be professionals and come in and work hard and be smart football players. We know tendencies and our assignments and adjustments."

Transcript: Chan Gailey, DE Mario Williams -
Williams says the coaches have tried to instill more personal accountability this week. Gailey updates the injuries and the release of Mike Jasper.

Chan Gailey Monday Press Conference -
"The Bills head coach talks about the release of Mike Jasper, the physical play at practice, and the progress of Vince Young."

Bills Roundup: Physical Play, Offense Heat Up -
"Check out the highlights as the offense had quite possibly their best day at camp, but the defense did make a statement to one particular player."

Inside The Bills | Spence sees new vets jelling
"Johnson believes the chemistry between the new additions on the defensive line has been so smooth and developed so quickly because Williams and Anderson are veteran additions with long resumes in the league."

Inside The Bills | Fitz on offensive leadership
"Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is obviously one of the team’s offensive leaders, but he outlined where else the leadership lies on his side of the ball. Fitz mentioned three players in particular on offense that other players look to for leadership on offense."

Inside The Bills | McGee update
"When you talk about percentages of where he is he gains a percentage or two every day," said Gailey of McGee. "He never makes a jump of 10-15 percent so it’s slowly but surely coming. He can do most everything except a couple of things in his movements."

Inside The Bills | Gailey on Jasper release
"He just wasn’t making the progress that we thought and give him a chance to get him with another team if possible because he wasn’t going to make it here," said head coach Chan Gailey.

Bills' Young looks sharp in red-zone work - The Buffalo News
"I think today was his best day since he's been here," said Bills coach Chan Gailey. "We're trying to do everything with him, we're not holding anything back. ... He's got a better grasp of it than he did at any time during OTAs or minicamp, and I think he's feeling a lot more comfortable."

Bills more about team-building than bail-bonding - The Buffalo News
"The character of our football team, in my opinion, is extremely high," Gailey said after Sunday's practice at St. John Fisher College. "They're human. They're going to make mistakes, and we've just been smart about it. I think our football players have been very smart about how they handle themselves and what they do -- or don't do, more importantly. They're the kind of guys that Buddy and I both want on this football team."

Fred Jackson enduring long action gestation - The Buffalo News
"I was out for the last part of the season, so I wanted to get back into some live action and just get a feel for the game again," Jackson said Sunday afternoon at St. John Fisher College. "But at the same time it's a blessing in disguise. That's one opportunity not to get hurt."

Bills terminate Michael Jasper project - The Buffalo News
"That the Bills didn't wait for the first round of cuts to dump Jasper indicates they simply ran out of patience with the former 450-pound, two-way player from Bethel College. To paraphrase Gailey, Jasper wasn't aggressive enough and didn't know his assignments. Not an attractive combo for an offensive lineman, wether he's a project or not."

Readers divided on Lee Evans returning to Bills - The Buffalo News
"Each time I checked, the number of readers who voted "No," didn't surpass 51 percent until this afternoon. As of this posting, "No" is winning 52 percent to 47 percent (those pesky decimals)."

Monday report: Vince Young takes step forward - The Buffalo News
"Tyler Thigpen got in the act, as well, in the red zone. He found Clowney on the left side of the end zone for one score and hit Marcus Easley, who reached over cornerback Cris Hill, on the left side for another score."

Video: Merriman sits, backup QBs thrive at camp - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan, Jay Skurski, and Tim Graham report from Bills camp.

Merriman misses practice, but says all's good - The Buffalo News
"Merriman wasn't concerned with his issue. He revealed he was held out of practice as a precaution because of a tight left hamstring. Nothing to panic about."

WGR 550 - Fan-favorite Jasper Released By Bills
"When it didn't work out for Jasper as a nose tackle after last year's training camp, the Bills moved him to the offensive side of the ball upon being signed to the practice squad. A season full of work culminated for him when he was activated for the final week of the season due to a bevy of injuries."

WGR 550 - Training Camp Notebook: Day 14
"With the completion of two full weeks of workouts, it was the backup quarterbacks that showed a huge sign of improvement. You could even call it a sign of life, basing it on how poorly both combatants have looked during practices."

WGR 550 - Hagan Making Inroads
"When I first came in he didn’t know me, now we’re getting the time" Hagan said. "It really helped when Stevie(Johnson) was out in the off season just getting on the same page with him(Fitzpatrick) and having him get the trust factor with myself. Hopefully all the hard work will pay off when the regular season gets going."

WGR 550 - Bills' Defense Nails Trash Talking Choice Twice
"Tashard Choice got clobbered twice in practice by the defense after doing some trash talking. Da'Norris Searcy and Kirk Morrison just blew him up and the RB told me he was not happy about it, "A couple of guys were coming in real hard, so I'll get them back next practice. They came out and hit me, they tried to tackle me twice today so I'll get them back, I've got to." I tried to make light of it, Choice was not smiling."

Bills aren't alone on blackout policy - The Buffalo News
"Besides the Bills, the Cleveland Browns, the Indianapolis Colts, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the San Diego Chargers all have opted out of the relaxed blackout policy, according to various media reports."

Gilmore turns heads in first camp - Victor Post
"Stephon (Gilmore) has been everything you would ask for in a rookie from day one," said Dave Wannstedt, Buffalo assistant head coach/defensive coordinator. "He continues to get better. (Gilmore and Aaron Williams) are big corners and some of the things we are trying to do schematically on defense, from a corner position, ties in with what we do up front."

Back still a bother for Bills DT Torell Troup - The Buffalo News
"I've been in constant pain for eight months," Troup said. "I didn't think it was going to be so hard, but it is. So I've got to deal with it."

Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood hopes health not an issue again | Democrat and Chronicle
"The way I look at it is it was two bad luck plays," said Wood, always trying to maintain a positive attitude, which in reality is what guided him through his two lengthy rehab stints. "I’m lucky it’s nothing degenerative, it’s not my knees wearing down. It was two freak accidents and I’m confident the Bills understand that."

Young will get a chance to prove himself - Olean Times Herald
"FROM YOUNG’S perspective, he pointed out, "I’m used to working with (the second and third units). I’m just looking to get better every time I go out there. I’m not worried about who’s No. 2 or No. 3 quarterback, my goal is to be the best I can be."