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Buffalo Bills news, 6/13: OTAs over, minicamp next week

The Buffalo Bills wrapped up optional work on Thursday, with mandatory minicamp beginning next week.

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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.

OTA 9 – Jawing between units boosts intensity -

"Eric Wood hurled some choice words in their direction and the defensive linemen waved him off. That was followed by a sack on the next play by DE Ikponmwosa Igbinosun, which led to some hollering by the defensive players watching on the end line. Back and forth it went and head coach Doug Marrone was clearly fine with it as it raised the level of competition between the two units. The players seemed to welcome it too."

Anyone read the headline and not immediately know Wood's name would be in the article?


Buffalo Bills wrap-up OTAs with wet practice - ESPN
EJ Manuel and Sammy Watkins were out of sync on Thursday, writes Mike Rodak.

Marrone sees great progress in offense - Sports - The Buffalo News
"I understand the question," said No. 2 QB Thad Lewis. "I just feel like spring ball, with no pads on, the defense can run around and make plays more so than the offense. The offensive line up front, you really don’t have as much to hit. If you grab onto them, you’re practicing holding. So you’re really just practicing your techniques and things of that nature. It’s hard to simulate game situations."

Marrone: "We've made a lot of improvements" -
"The Bills head coach talks about the team bonding at Airsoft, how he feels about the offense at the conclusion of OTA's, and finding leadership on the team." There's a #LegendOfKikoAlonso story in there, too.

Bills Roundup: Organized Team Activities Wrap Up - VIDEO -
"Coach Marrone gives his thoughts about the offense after the final OTA, and Sammy Watkins talks about how the wide receivers need to help out EJ Manuel."

3 unheralded playmakers in OTAs -
"Here now are three unheralded players - Preston Brown, Caleb Holley, and Kenny Ladler - who showed up more on the practice field than initially anticipated."

Bills news

Inside The Bills | Marrone won’t foist leadership on players
Marrone knows you can't create leadership. If the players don't take up the mantle, it falls to the coaches.

Bills still looking for leaders of the pack - Sports - The Buffalo News
Jerry Sullivan writes about leadership, accountability, and EJ Manuel stepping into that role.

Are the Buffalo Bills weighed down by dead money? - ESPN
"ESPN NFL Insider Kevin Seifert breaks down each team's dead-money situation in a recent piece, noting that the Bills' $22.7 million in dead money ranks second behind the Dallas Cowboys ($23.2 million)."

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Although silent, Terry Pegula's posture, sources indicate he wants Bills - BN Blitz - The Buffalo News
"Sources have told The Buffalo News that Pegula's wife, Kim, has taken a more active role in running their various companies, including Pegula Sports and Entertainment, and they recently reassigned Sabres employees to the fledgling sports-management group."

Surveillance video shows Bills fan sliding on rail 5 times before fall - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"Robert Hopkins slid down a railing in the upper deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium four times last fall. His fifth slide landed him on another fan in the level below. It also landed him in Orchard Park Town Court."