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Buffalo Bills news, 4/23: offseason workouts begin

The Buffalo Bills have returned to Orchard Park to begin offseason workouts. Get all the headlines here.


Bills begin offseason program -

"The Bills kicked off their nine-week offseason program with voluntary offseason conditioning at One Bills Drive."

Bills Roundup: Voluntary Workouts Begin - VIDEO -

"Bills players returned to the facility for voluntary workouts with E.J. Manuel looking ahead to his second year in the offense and Brandon Spikes bringing his intensity to the defense."

Workouts begin

Doug Marrone: "It's about winning" -
"The Bills head coach talks about the team getting back to work and beginning the voluntary offseason workout program." Video included.

EJ Manuel: "I want to make that big jump" -
"The Bills quarterback talks about the beginning of offseason workouts, working with the wide receivers in Florida and California, and having a new quarterbacks coach this season." Video included.

Spikes: "I'm happy and I'm ready to go to work" -
"New Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes talks about everything from coming to Buffalo to interacting with fans on Twitter." Video and a strange outfit are included.

Stevie: "I'm confident in the squad so far" -
"Wide receiver Stevie Johnson spoke with the media about his offseason and what he thinks of the new additions to the Bills roster." Video included.

EJ Manuel: "You can Feel the Energy" - AUDIO -
"Bills quarterback EJ Manuel in-studio on The John Murphy Show to talk about his return for offseason workouts, his health, and his organized workouts in Florida and California."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Manuel Begins Journey To Prove Himself As Starter
"I haven’t had any limitations throughout the whole offseason since it was time for me to start working out and running and throwing," Manuel said. "No limitations at all, I feel great."

Marrone pumped as players begin workouts - The Buffalo News
"We're extremely excited as coaches and as an organization when the players start coming back in this building," coach Doug Marrone said. "Even though you're limited to doing a lot of things and we know it's voluntary, it's great to see the players back - knowing that we do have a lot of hard work ahead of us. Coming off a disappointing season last year, we look forward to that hard work."

No off button for EJ Manuel's offseason - The Buffalo News
"As far as football, I really didn't take a true offseason, necessarily, as far as straight-up taking time off," Manuel said during the team's opening day of organized offseason conditioning workouts at One Bills Drive. "I might have took just one week after I left Buffalo to hang out with my family. Then after that I was pretty much getting myself back healthy and getting smarter in the film room."

Bills' Spikes 'all-in' for offseason workouts - Buffalo Bills Blog - ESPN
"This offseason program, I'm all in. I'll be here all day, trying to get better," he said. "It just feels right. I've always been the type to embrace challenges."

Buffalo Bills near full attendance for workout - ESPN
"We'll be at 100 percent shortly," Marrone said. "What happens, guys, is legitimate things. People have babies, things like that. And we understand that."

2014 NFL Draft

Top WR Evans, C Martin, RB McKinnon visit Bills -
"The Bills welcomed in a prospect that is considered to be among the elite prospects in the entire draft class Tuesday. Texas A&M WR Mike Evans toured One Bills Drive and met with Buffalo’s offensive staff. He was joined by USC center Marcus Martin and Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - WR Mike Evans, Two Others Visit Bills Tuesday
Joe Buscaglia provides some background on the three visitors.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Draft Outlook: Cornerback
"The Bills could be in prime territory at 41st overall to land a cornerback that could have been selected in the first round during weaker draft years. They’ve been bringing in numerous fringe-first round cornerback types, and some that could even be available in the third round. It would not be surprising at all if the Bills used a Day Two selection on the position, considering the type of pressure that will be put on them this coming season."

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Russell Allen suffered on-field stroke playing linebacker for Jaguars | The MMQB with Peter King
"Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen thought he had his bell rung against the Bills in Week 15 last season. He played through the injury and double vision, but two days later found out he’d suffered a stroke on the field. A dead spot in his brain means he’ll never play football again."

Eric Wood reacts to Russell Allen news - ESPN
Wood: "Pretty sobering reading on ESPN bottom line that a collision I had with a LB for the Jags game him a stroke and career over."

Buffalo Bills' C.J. Spiller will hire agent, reach out to Jairus Byrd - ESPN
"It's my first rodeo. I'll take advice from guys that have been there before. I'll reach out to Jairus [Byrd] and see how he handled it," Spiller said. "I haven't talked to him. I've seen him this offseason but I will [reach out] eventually."

C.J. Spiller has plenty of motivation for a big season | ProFootballTalk
"Spiller hasn’t started talks with the Bills about an extension, in part because he has yet to hire a new agent since Gary Wichard died in 2011. Once he hires one, those talks can start although Spiller sounds like he’d willing to bet on himself having a big 2014 season before signing a new contract."

Bills Sued For Excessive Texting - ESPN Video - ESPN
"Lester Munson discusses a settlement agreed to by the Buffalo Bills in relation to a lawsuit claiming they texted more than was allowed, according to consumer protection laws."

NFL needs characters like Spikes - The Buffalo News
Bucky Gleason shares his thoughts on enigmatic Brandon Spikes on his first day at One Bills Drive.

Former Jills file lawsuit citing low pay, mistreatment - The Buffalo News
This is not going to end well.