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ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 09:  Arthur Moats #52 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates a win against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York.  Buffalo woin 31-24.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Arthur Moats #52 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates a win against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo woin 31-24. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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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 11: Linebacker battle heats up -
"It started in OTAs and Arthur (Moats) has continued to play very well in training camp. It is nothing against what Kirk (Morrison) has done. It is just that Arthur (Moats) has earned the right to get some reps up there, so it will be a good battle that I did not foresee happening, but it has become a good battle."

Bills Roundup: Moats Moves Up, Tue Highlights -
"The second team offense got extra reps on Tuesday as the team held their final open practice before the first preseason game, Arthur Moats made a move up the depth chart, plus check out the top plays from practice."

Q & A: WR Naaman Roosevelt -
A quick back and forth with the hometown boy.

Q & A: OT Sam Young -
The former Notre Dame lineman talks about Buffalo and the Domers.

Still alive and kicking -
"Lindell and Moorman were guests on the John Murphy Show Monday night live at the Bills Training Camp. And the two elder statesmen on the Bills roster say they feel great, and are ready to go for another season."

Bills announce 2012 Gameday experience changes & additions -
No more pat downs, but wands will be used now.

Transcript: HC Gailey, DC Wannstedt, DE Williams & RB Jackson -
The heavy hitters all chime in on the preseason game and position battles.

National reporter optimistic about 2012 Bills -
John Murphy spoke with Clark Judge of CBS Sports, Van Miller, and 1972 first overall pick Walt Patulski. Lots of great stuff from Murph last night.

Chan Gailey Tuesday Press Conference -
"The Bills head coach talks about moving linebacker Arthur Moats up the depth chart, the struggles at practice today, and the progress of the injured players."

Inside The Bills | Reed’s expectations for 2012 Bills
"Nobody expected them last year to do anything and they were 5-2 last year," said Reed. "They got a little bit of the injury bug and kind of lost a little mojo there towards the middle of the season. Definitely expecting some big things. With the addition of Mario Williams and how he is going to work with (Marcell) Dareus, Kyle Williams and how is (Shawne) Merriman going to be this year. Expectations on defense are phenomenal."

Inside The Bills | Wannstedt: Mario has complete game
"The great thing about him is I believe he will be just as big an asset when we look back on this versus the run as he is versus the pass," Wannstedt said. "Everyone likes to think, defensive ends, pass rushers, and sacks. Well the other side of the coin is that you have to stop the run first. With his physical play, using his hands well with great size and physical strength and his technique is good. He will bring just as much to the run (game) as he will rushing the passer."

Inside The Bills | Nelson does more; Pears back
"Nelson, who did just individual position drills Monday, factored into some team work Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, Pears, who got a good report from a specialist on his strained groin not only practiced for the first time, but even saw some a few team reps to being the team portions of practice."

Inside The Bills | Prep for Washington
"In Tuesday’s practice the players on offense and defense were given about 20 looks at popular Washington formations and plays."

Moats gains edge in linebacker battle - The Buffalo News
"I think he has taken advantage of playing a lot of different things and knowing the pass rush, knowing drops and knowing all he has had to do," said Chan Gailey. "He is using it to his advantage right now."

Hairston's right move may help Glenn - The Buffalo News
"You hate that it's happened the way it's happened. We had to move Chris over to get some reps at right. If Erik Pears can't go, then we've got to find out who the best right tackle is, too," coach Chan Gailey said. "We've been trying to play the game back and forth. It's not exactly fair to Chris, but he's a good football player and he can adapt. We'll see how this works out. I think we'll get Erik Pears back next week and we can go back to the normal rotation that we've had."

Chan Gailey: No shortcuts to greatness - The Buffalo News
"The greatest players I've ever been around, for the most part, have been the hardest workers," Gailey said, "and that's what I try to remind them. There's a lot of talented people, but those that end up being great, which means you've got a chance to be in the Hall of Fame, they're hard workers, and I just try to tell them that. If we ever get in that conversation, I try to relate that to them. I've never seen a great one that didn't work hard."

Fred Jackson wouldn't rewrite his own history - The Buffalo News
"Definitely got to take the road I traveled," Jackson told me today at St. John Fisher College. "I couldn't and wouldn't change that for anything. Do I think it would have been a lot of fun to go the other way? Yeah, and probably a lot more money, too. But my story makes it sweeter. To go the way I did and experience that way, I don't think I could trade that."

Day 11: Gailey upset with 'glorified walkthrough' - The Buffalo News
"Mentally, we were sort of into it," Gailey said. "This was the first time in quite a while we have not been in pads, and I thought guys thought it was a glorified walkthrough. We've got to make sure we learn how to practice without pads on. So we've got to up the tempo with that."

Bills announce changes to 'gameday experience' - The Buffalo News
"Parking and traffic enhancements such as larger striped parking spaces around the stadium, newly paved lots and dedicated bus and limo lot locations."

Video: Day 11 of Bills training camp update - The Buffalo News
"The News' Tim Graham and Jay Skurski report from St. John Fisher College where the Bills weren't in pads for their final training-camp session before Thursday night's preseason opener, and their competitive edge plummeted."

WGR 550 - Bills' Moats Upgraded To Starter
"Speaking with The Howard Simon Show Tuesday, Bills defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt said a younger player has played his way up to the starting lineup. That man? Third-year linebacker Arthur Moats."

WGR 550 - Jones Aiming To Catch Everything For Bills
"By my count, two drops all camp," he said. "Yeah, it's a good percentage. But I shouldn't have any."

WGR 550 - Bills Prep For First Preseason Game
"Thank goodness this is the pre-season because I think that's actually going to be a lot more exciting as far as being the first time going out there," Williams remarked. "Being on the field, being in that environment and just seeing the fans' reactions. It's almost like me being a rookie all over again and I kind of gotta make sure I don't get too excited, too tired."

WGR 550 - Training Camp Notebook: Day 11
"Despite the "glorified walk-thru" crack from their head coach, there were still a couple of standouts, a few sub-par performances and even a training camp scuffle to complete the afternoon."

Blogger Blitz: Upgrading the defense - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"AFC East blogger James Walker believes each team in the division will take a step up on the defensive side of the ball in 2012."

Buffalo Bills, 2012 N.F.L. Season Preview -
Check out this thorough preview of the Bills.

NFL Rumors: Buffalo Bills Close to Cutting Vince Young : Buffalo Bills
"As of right now there are tons of NFL Rumors going around that Young will be the one to get the axe, so VY must have a huge preseason if he wants to make Buffalo’s final 53-man roster." I think they have both sucked equally.

Buffalo wide receivers battling for roster spots - MPNnow
"I do not care where he has come from. I really do not," Gailey said of Hagan. "If somebody wants to come here and perform, we will take a look at them and give them an opportunity. We are open to anybody winning a job anywhere. We do not care. If you can play well, you will probably have a spot on our football team."

Buffalo Bills training camp fun for kids -
Wondering about taking your kids to a football practice? This article highlights all the stuff your little ones can do besides watch the Bills play.