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Buffalo Bills news, 7/25: importing pass rushers has been costly

Jerry Sullivan has an interesting take on Buffalo importing pass rushers. Plus, local and national media outlets are in full-on training camp mode and spitting out tons of content.

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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.

Anderson was a failed experiment for Bills’ defense - The Buffalo News

"Buddy Nix wasted $10 million on Shawne Merriman, hoping Merriman would regain his old form. The Bills spent millions on Aaron Schobel and Chris Kelsay and couldn’t get a consistent rush with four men. They handed Mario Williams a $100 million contract, with little tangible reward. The Bills squander more than $18 million on Merriman and Anderson, but they play contract hardball with a home-grown star and Pro Bowler, safety Jairus Byrd."

Jerry Sullivan is justifiably scathing in this article. Most of the negativity is grounded in reality. He goes back several years and says the Bills' defensive woes have been due to talent and not scheme, but admits at least Mike Pettine doesn't have to do a whole lot to be seen as an improvement.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Positional Outlook: Offense

Here's a position-by-position look at the Bills roster on offense. It's a very good one-stop read if you're looking for quantity and not depth. That's not a dig at Joe, just rather how the article is laid out. You can't cover every offensive player with great depth in one article.

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#4 - Who will be the starting left guard? -
"(The spring practices were) the time where you can see how guys move and see if they have a feel for the position," Morris told during the team’s three-day minicamp. "Obviously when the pads come on it’s going to be a different story, but that’s what we’re looking at right now."

Bills player monitoring goes high-tech -
Bills Focus: New System Measures Players - VIDEO -
Inside The Bills | Where else player GPS tracking helps
Some of those "robust analytics" are beginning to come out as the Bills enter training camp. This technology will allow the strength and conditioning staff to tailor workouts to specific players. Could be pretty neat for them.

Wall of Fame tribute announced -
"We wanted to make a couple of updates to elements involved in the ceremony and so we have created a new logo and the Wall of Fame members will be presented with a custom-tailored navy blue sports coat. We believe the September 15th game that will feature the celebration will not only be a special day for our Wall of Famers, but certainly for our fans as well."

Buffalo Bills improve receiver corps | Democrat and Chronicle
"The Bills have revamped their wide receiver corps in the hope of upgrading their passing attack."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Rank 27th In Young Talent
The Buffalo Bills don't have a lot of talent under 25, says Rivers McCown, a writer for Football Outsiders which contributes to That's not good.

Best of the new head coaches - NFL Videos
"A quarter of NFL teams have a new head coach. Willie McGinest, Michael Irvin and Shaun O'Hara break down which coach will lead their team to the postseason." I'm sure in 3 minutes the Bills are adequately represented. :)

Five NFL scheme changes to watch: Offense -
"We expect the Bills to operate out of a pro-style base with elements of up-tempo and zone-read concepts. New Bills coach Doug Marrone fell in love with one-back formations and no-huddle looks last season at Syracuse. Flexibility will be paramount under coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, but what the new coaches must get right (and what Chan Gailey's staff never did) is consistently unleashing C.J. Spiller. Expect friskiness out of Buffalo."

NFL coaching changes impact fantasy futures -
"In this case, the job is easy - feed C.J. Spiller with occasional doses of Fred Jackson. Until there’s a little more clarity under center, there are few other productive options in western New York."