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Buffalo Bills news, 5/11: eyes on E.J. Manuel as rookie minicamp opens

Read up on the first day of Buffalo Bills rookie minicamp in today's link dump.

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Rookie minicamp opens

EJ Manuel: "No nerves. I was just excited to be out here" -
EJ Manuel talks about his first day on the field in Buffalo. This is a transcript, but video is also available.

Bills notebook: Marrone happy with first look at rookies - The Buffalo News
"Our goal as coaches was to come out here and get with these players, start teaching them the playbook – the offense, defense and special teams," said coach Doug Marrone. "Really just trying to get a chance to know them, how they learn, what they do and really teach them our tempo of practice and what our expectations are out of them. That was the main goal going into today."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Thoughts From Bills Rookie Mini-camp
"Here is a brief synopsis of how each player looked during their first day on the job."

Doug Marrone: "We want to get this group up to par" -
"Head coach Doug Marrone comments after the first day of rookie minicamp." This is a transcript but video is also available.

Rookie Minicamp Practice Notes - Day 1 -
Chris Brown gives the highlights from Day 1 of rookie minicamp. Heavy dose of Manuel.

Manuel shows Bills what he can do - The Buffalo News
"Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel passed the eyeball test in his first practice with the Buffalo Bills Friday. The 6-foot-5, 237-pounder from Florida State showed off his big arm and a nearly effortless ability to throw deep down the sideline during the first of three rookie minicamp practices inside the Bills’ fieldhouse."

Video: Bills rookies make an impression - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"The News' sports reporters Mark Gaughan and Jay Skurski are impressed by EJ Manuel (QB), Robert Woods (WR) and Kiko Alonso (LB) as the Bills conduct their first of three mini-camps Friday."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Rookies Hit The Field
Marrone: "What I told them last night you’re coming here with opportunity to compete for a position. At some point we’re going to be at 90 and 53 guys are going to make this team and a lot of people don’t talk that way to players."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Manuel Pleased To Get Started
Marrone: "What I was curious about was these guys have never worked together before. One of the things you see is if they have a feel for each other. Sometimes it’s natural to throw the ball around like they did today and sometimes you have to get a better feel of where they’re going to be."

Marrone cautious in assessing Bills QB Manuel - Associated Press
"Marrone wasn't in a position to award Manuel the starting job when the Bills drafted him in the first round out of Florida State two weeks ago. And the coach certainly didn't have a change of heart after keeping a close eye on the quarterback Friday, when the team opened a three-day rookie minicamp."

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Four draft choices ink rookie deals with Bills -
Quick bios of each of the newly-signed players.

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 5-10
Chris Brown discusses the increased intensity of the workout program, the future of Mark Anderson, Robert Woods' potential rookie impact, the timeline for Kyle Williams' return from injury, and how the Bills' draft board is physically set up.

AFC East safety rankings - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Bills will be wise to sign Byrd to a long-term contract. But money and the fact that Byrd wants to play for a winner are issues to be worked out."