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Buffalo Bills news, 7/21: training camp less than a week away

The Buffalo Bills will begin training camp less than a week from today. In anticipation, local news outlets are ratcheting up their coverage. Great links this Sunday for you.

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

Making the Leap, No. 12: Bills CB Stephon Gilmore -

"Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 12 on the list: Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore." This is a feature-length piece on Buffalo's second-year cornerback and well worth some time this Sunday morning.

Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley driven to succeed | Democrat and Chronicle

Sal Maiorana takes an extensive look at new general manager Doug Whaley. Worth a read if you're interested.

Buffalo News Camp Preview

Bills buzz: The names, numbers and scoop by Mark Gaughan for this year’s training camp - The Buffalo News
One sentence accompanies the number, name, position, and experience of each player on the roster. A great piece to print out and take with you to St. John Fisher.

Bills’ young receiving corps needs to find its footing - The Buffalo News
Tim Graham looks at the receiving options and comes to the very real conclusion that after the 26-year-old leader Stevie Johnson, "Youth will have to serve." He does mention Brad Smith at the ripe old age of 29.

Hope rides on the arm of Bills’ rookie quarterback - The Buffalo News
"Yes, what if Manuel is the real deal? What if he has true greatness in him? Maybe this time, the Bills found the quarterback who can lift a team and a city and transform the fortunes of a chronically dysfunctional franchise."

Bills quarterbacks ready to compete for starting job - The Buffalo News
"If at any point this summer the competition between Kolb and Manuel is looking close to even – either because Manuel is playing well or Kolb is struggling – then it will make sense for the Bills to play their first-round draft choice."

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Leo Roth: Buffalo Bills should have paid Jairus Byrd | Democrat and Chronicle
"This would’ve been an A-plus off-season for the Buffalo Bills in terms of selling hope and re-energizing their beleaguered fan base, except for one thing: fumbling the ball on the Jairus Byrd contract negotiations."

Inside The Bills | Joe D. completes walk to Canton
DeLamielleure walked from Ralph Wilson Stadium to Canton to raise awareness and money for children who can't afford to buy new prosthetic limbs as they grow.

Inside The Bills | The plan for Mark Anderson
"I think we’ll start with third down for Mark and work our way backwards," said Pettine. "I think when he’s healthy he can be an elite pass rusher. His body of work is evidence of that. Here’s a guy that as much as maybe he wants to rush the passer he has value on early downs as well."

#8 - Who will become a playmaker on defense? -
"Pettine’s defenses are known for their aggressiveness, ever-shifting fronts, and pressure packages, as well as the way they put players in positions that utilize their individual strengths. With that in mind, the question is which defensive players will prosper from the new scheme and step up as a playmaker in 2013?" Alex Carrington highlights a very interesting list from the folks at