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Buffalo Bills news, 6/12: mandatory minicamp under way

The top two quarterbacks were splitting reps while new faces were seen on the offensive and defensive lines. All that and more in today's links.

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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.

Kolb, Manuel begin journey for Bills’ starting job - The Buffalo News

If you only read one recap of the first day of minicamp, make it Mark Gaughan's. He mixes the best quotes with his observations.

Bills Roundup: Minicamp Opens with QB Change - VIDEO -

"Mandatory minicamp opened on Tuesday at One Bills Drive with a change at the quarterback position, a new offensive lineman, and a good day for the defense." Videos from Kevin Kolb and EJ Manuel are also available.

More on minicamp

Minicamp practice notes - Day 1 -
"The benefits for EJ Manuel are significant. No longer is he the third wheel forced to take mental reps each and every practice. Instead he’s taking live reps and he and Kolb split the reps pretty much down the middle on Tuesday."

Doug Marrone: "I’m excited about this type of effort" -
"Doug Marrone addresses the media after the first day of Bills mandatory minicamp." Video of the press conference is also available.

Legursky quickly moves into action - The Buffalo News
Marrone: "I think he’s a pretty good swing player. He’s shown that before, to play guard and center. He’ll compete for one of those positions. ... Colin’s in there, Doug’s in there. We might put some other players in there."

Manny Lawson back on field, hopes to give Bills D some rattle - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"What you should know about Lawson and Branch's absences is that they came with coach Doug Marrone's blessing. Lawson and Branch were with their wives, who delivered babies."

Video: Battle of the QBs at Day One of Bills mini camp - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"The News' sports reporters Mark Gaughan and Tim Graham give their views of the QB battle as the Bills mini camp begins."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - 5 Observations From Bills Mini-camp: Day 1
Four of Joe Buscaglia's five points mention how great the defense played on Tuesday - or maybe how poorly the offense did.

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Bills open mandatory minicamp minus S Byrd - Yahoo! Sports
"Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley says he has nothing to report on the status of contract talks with unsigned star safety Jairus Byrd, who remains a no-show this offseason."

Inside The Bills | Respect for QB Jackson
"I talked to Tarvaris last night," said Kolb. "I got cut so it’s going to happen at one point. We’re all going to get fired. You’ve got to be able to let it roll off your back and get better, but I’m obviously glad to be here and glad to get some more reps and get some more work with the ones."

Inside The Bills | OTA reps for Jackson, Kolb make sense now
"As their first-round pick Buffalo’s offensive staff knew that Manuel was going to be one of their top two quarterbacks on the roster regardless of how much work he got in OTAs. He is the long term investment. What they probably didn’t know for sure was which quarterback would serve as his stiffest competition."

WBBZ officially lands Bills-Cleveland game - Talkin' TV | The Buffalo News
"Local independent station WBBZ today was officially awarded the broadcast rights to the NFL Network's coverage of the Buffalo Bills game against the host Cleveland Browns on Thursday night, Oct.3."

People's Poll: Byrd or Manuel more likely to start opening day? - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
I think the answer is a little too easy but you never know.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Minus Jackson, Bills QBs Get In To Flow Of Competition
Joe B's quarterback quotes are the most complete I've read, putting together thoughts from the quarterbacks and Marrone.

Bills offseason report: Doug Marrone hopes to light up scoreboard, fans
"Native New York coach latest to try and pull franchise out of its swoon." This is the definition of a USA Today article - easy to read and doesn't get too involved, but it's a good overview of the situation without getting too in-depth.