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Buffalo Bills news, 6/18: minicamp officially open

Reporters are back in the business of scrutinizing all of EJ Manuel's practice reps, and Bills training camp doesn't even start for another month.

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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.

Minicamp Day 1: Veterans in the fold -

"Nearly all of Buffalo's veterans were on-hand for the first day of the Bills three-day minicamp." The tempo was higher in minicamp than OTAs, and many veterans got their first team work of the offseason.

Bills Roundup: Minicamp Opens with High Tempo -

"Mandatory minicamp opened for the Bills on Tuesday afternoon, and EJ Manuel noticed a faster tempo with several players returning to the practice field in Orchard Park."

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EJ Manuel: "It's all about execution" -
"EJ Manuel addresses the media after the first day of mandatory minicamp at One Bills Drive."

Bills’ Dareus working it out - Sports - The Buffalo News
"He’s a great player and hopefully he’s going to be here a long time, he’s going to figure it out, and he’s going to be one of the guys on the wall one day," Kyle Williams said. "I think he can do that."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Minicamp Observations: Day 1
EJ Manuel had an up and down day, while the highlight on offense was a big play to Marquise Goodwin from Thad Lewis. Chris Hairston split first-team reps at right guard, and Da'Norris Searcy is stepping into Jairus Byrd's old starting spot for now.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Manuel Is Growing Up
Manuel feels more comfortable with Nate Hackett going into his second season, and is able to speak up to his coach and give his thoughts on a play. Read what he had to say.

Tracking EJ Manuel in Buffalo Bills minicamp - ESPN
"With that in mind, we'll be keeping close track of Manuel's performance in practice. Here is our log of Manuel's snaps in the 11-on-11 drills in the final portion of Tuesday's practice:"

Tracking Buffalo Bills backup QBs in minicamp - ESPN
"Manuel received the majority of the reps in those drills, but the other three quarterbacks on the roster also saw time. Here's how they fared:"

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Buffalo Bills Offseason Report Card | Audibles -
The Bills gets a B+ for their offseason after losing Jairus Byrd but adding several pieces everywhere else. As the writer explains, it's still going to come down to EJ Manuel.

Are the Buffalo Bills being overlooked in the AFC East? -
"The Bills didn't earn much love on the podcast because history tells us that quarterback questions in June typically lead to heartache come September. Manuel's game was half-baked last season, but I want to see him operate at full health -- with the full playbook -- before crossing the Bills off my list."

Buffalo Bills Bubble Watch: Cyril Richardson - ESPN
Mike Rodak thinks Cyril Richardson is the second reserve interior lineman, and could be knocked even further down as Chris Hairston gets reps at right guard.

Kiko Alonso: Excited for Outside Linebacker - AUDIO -
"Bills Linebacker Kiko Alonso joined The John Murphy Show in studio to discuss the first day of the team's mandatory minicamp and how he's adjusting the his new linebacker position."

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"The Orchard Park Town Court jury found Robert Hopkins of Buffalo guilty of both counts against him — third-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment — following a three-day trial. He could face up to a year in jail when he’s sentenced on Sept. 11."

Bills’ push for 11 a.m. beer sales fails to win support in Albany - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"As I talk to people here, I don’t envision support for either bill," said Sen. Patrick Gallivan, R-Elma, who said he was "standing on the sidelines" with the effort because Grisanti has the statewide bill.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - BULLDOG: Twenty Years Ago
Chris "Bulldog" Parker says the O.J. Simpson chase was the day athletes really became human and not heroes.

The O.J. Simpson slow-speed chase, 20 years later | ProFootballTalk
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