Bills Get Ready For Draft
Draft Coming Up: This biggest weekend of the NFL offseason is coming up with the NFL Draft next weekend in New York City. It is a bit different this year with just the first two rounds on Saturday beginning at 3:00 and the next five rounds on Sunday. It will also be a bit quicker as the first round has a 10 minute limit instead of 15 minutes like the past. The 2nd round now has a 7 minute limit between picks instead of 10. The Bills have many draft needs. We will have complete coverage starting this week as we have launched our draft page. We will have our preview article, our Bills seven round mock draft, and a first round mock draft. Tony Bogyo will also be checking in with his draft preview as well. So stay tuned! Draft Page.
Friday April 18, 2008
Looking Long Term: Russ Brandon told the media on Wednesday that they are looking at the long term success of the team on the field. That means they would like to try and work out an extension specifically with Lee Evans. He called Evans a core player that they want on the team for many years to come. He mentioned there are other core players that they have identified as important to the future as well. One of those players is likely Angelo Crowell who is also scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after this season. He has not been contacted yet by the Bills but is ready to listen if they come to him.
Thursday April 17, 2008
Bills Take Value Over Need Approach: Not much insight came out of yesterday's media pre-draft luncheon. Tom Modrak and Russ Brandon confirmed that the team will stay with their board and not reach for a player at a need position. This would make it appear that a wide receiver is not on their radar with the 11th pick in the draft. They did address the bad workout times of Malcolm Kelly, saying it did not move him down their board. Modrak seems more concerned with Kelly's comments blaming the turf change for his slow time.
Offseason Review: It has been another busy offseason for the Bills and it is not over yet with the draft on the horizon. Tony Bogyo returns from a hiatus to give us his analysis of the offseason so far. He will be back next week to take a look at the draft. Complete Story.
Wednesday April 16, 2008
Losman Likely To Stay: The Bills held their annual pre-draft luncheon today. Russ Brandon told the media that he expects J.P. Losman to be a Bill in 2008. He said he's still part of the organization and every team needs two good quarterbacks. He cited the fact that their were a record number of starting quarterbacks last season in the league. He also feels Losman won't be a distraction as he isn't sulking and he doesn't expect that he will. Losman has asked for a trade but is in Buffalo attending the offseason conditioning program and said he will honor the final year of his contract.
Schedule Easy On Paper: On paper the Bills have the 27th toughest, or 6th easiest, schedule on paper going by last year's winning percentages. It is helped out by Miami being 1-15 last year and playing the weaker NFC West and AFC West divisions. The similiar schedule gives the Patriots the easiest schedule in the league. Other scheduling quirks include the fact that the Bills will not face any opponent coming off a bye week. They are closing the season at home for only the 2nd time this decade. Their bye week is after five games which is the same as last year.
Fans Not Happy: Many fans are not happy about the team playing a home game in Toronto. Some fans are more outraged now that the opponent is the Miami Dolphins. Many people still consider the Dolphins as the team's archrival although it's not nearly the rivalry it was in the 80s. The Bills had zero input on what game would be in Toronto or when it would be although the league agreed it would be after the CFL's Grey Cup. The bigger issue may be losing an outdoor home game in December against a warm weather team. It will be a lot easier for Miami to win in the dome then outdoors in Buffalo late in the year. What do you think about it? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know.
Tuesday April 15, 2008
Bills Open At Home: The Bills open the season at home for the eighth time in the past nine years as the Seattle Seahawks come to town. The long anticipated game in Toronto will be on December 7th and face their old archrival Miami Dolphins. The team will play six 1:00 starts at Ralph Wilson Stadium and a Monday night game against Cleveland on November 17th. It is their only scheduled prime time game although their is flex scheduling late in the year that can add another one or two. The Bills don't play a division game until October 26th, they will play three in a row at that point. They finish the season with three of four against division opponents as they end the season at home against New England. Schedule Page.
Schedule To Be Released: The NFL schedule will be released today according to several reports. It will be out at 2pm and we will have a full schedule up on our site on our homepage and our schedule page shortly afterwards. There is one unsubstantiated rumor that says the Bills will play the Browns on Thanksgiving night at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Friday April 11, 2008
Toronto Games Popular: The organizers for the Bills eight games in Toronto over five years announced that demand for tickets are now over 100,000. A random draw will decide who gets the tickets that will go on sale next month. Pricing structure is expected to be announced next week.
Thursday April 10, 2008
Haggan Suspended: The chances of the Bills re-signing unrestricted free agent Mario Haggan have decreased as it was announced yesterday he has been suspended by the league. He will have to sit out the first four games of next season for whichever team he is on after violating the league's substance abuse policy. He told the Bills website that he used an over the counter weight loss product that had a banned substance in it. He is eligible for preseason games and training camp. If he's not on an NFL roster until week 5 of next year his suspension is considered fulfilled.
Wednesday April 9, 2008
Denney Healthy: The team's website is reporting that Ryan Denney is ready to go and will be eased back into action in time for the organized team activities next month. Denney had a second surgery after the team was eliminated from the playoff picture late last season. He had a new, better screw inserted in his surgically repaired foot. He said he is 100 percent and feeling better than he did all last year. Injury Page.
Tuesday April 8, 2008
Everett Has Foundation: Kevin Everett was expected to announce the formation of the Kevin Everett Foundation yesterday but his scheduled surgical procedure was moved up a day. Instead the announcement went on without him as the Foundation released two events that will raise money for spinal injury research. There will be a tailgate party and golf event on July 6th and 7th at Brierwood Country Club in Hamburg, NY. The Kevin Everett Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Research and Assistance hopes to raise a million dollars over the next five years.
Monday April 7, 2008
Redskins Game Set: The time and date for the first preseason game has been set. The Bills will take on the Washington Redskins in the Nation's capital on August 9th at 7pm. The other three dates and times were set last week including a game in Toronto against Pittsburgh and a national game to open the new Indianapolis stadium.
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