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Buffalo Bills news, 5/21: Robert Woods and Kiko Alonso impressing early

Robert Woods and Kiko Alonso are already getting first-team reps and impressing folks on the field. Check out their exploits from OTAs and more from Monday.

Rick Stewart

LB Alonso already making a move -

"Alonso’s coverage and rush abilities, in conjunction with his signal calling, make him a well-rounded linebacker and the rookie could see time on all three downs. In Monday's practice Alonso took first team reps for the first time with the veterans in OTAs."

When Alonso was drafted, most figured he would take a solid place in the rotation. He's got his shot, but now he has to keep it. If there's anything I learned from the film Dangerous Minds, it's harder to keep an "A" than earn one.

Woods, Manuel make connection - The Buffalo News

"He always seemed to be open and ran great routes," Manuel said of Woods after one of the practices. "You want to get the playmakers the ball."

More stories of the rookies doing well at OTAs. Robert Woods has been turning heads since he arrived at One Bills Drive, and now that he's returned after a forced week away, he's picking up where he left off.

Mario Williams responds

Mario: Texts taken out of context - The Buffalo News
"Williams did not deny he sent the texts, made public by Houston-based lawyer, Tony Buzbee. Williams called the texts 'blown out of proportion' and 'completely out of context.'"

Serious issue is straight out of left field - The Buffalo News
"As Williams’ critics in Houston told me after he signed here, it’s always something with the guy. But I never could have imagined that the Bills’ $100 million defensive end would have to refute reports of mental illness."

Mario Williams doesn't dispute texts, but says he isn't suicidal - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Me texting somebody something, especially in a situation that it was then, I think that's just a way of venting out," Williams said. "But, obviously, that's the wrong person to vent to."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Transcript: Bills' Mario Williams Responds To Published Texts
Joe Buscaglia fully transcribed the Mario Williams presser if you want to read what he said.

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OTA Practice Notes - Day 4 -
Recap include good days for Robert Woods and Kiko Alonso.

Free agent RB Montell Owens visits Bills -
"Owens (5'11", 225) has spent his entire seven-year NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars after making the club as an undrafted rookie in 2006. Owens, 29, has been selected twice for the Pro Bowl as a special teamer. He also holds the Jaguars franchise record for special teams tackles in a season with 118."

Bills Roundup: Woods Signs, Monday Highlights - VIDEO -
"The Bills got another draft pick under contract on Monday as the team returned to work during OTA's, hear from EJ Manuel, and check out all of the top plays of the day."

Inside The Bills | Marrone: Seamless transition with Whaley
Since Doug Whaley has been around since Doug Marrone's first interview, the coach says the transition has been pretty seamless.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - The Analytics Dept. Ep. 2: The New GM
"In episode 2 of Joe Buscaglia and Matthew Coller's podcast The Analytics Department, WGR's number geeks talk about how the Buffalo Bills could benefit from a "robust analytics department." NFL scouting, College scouting, player evalutation and more. They also talk positional values."

Buffalo Bills and Bulls Schedule - What Tailgates to hit! - Bull Run
"There is a lot of football to be watched in Buffalo this season."