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NEWS ARCHIVES - APR 28TH - MAY 4TH, 2008 PREVIOUS WEEK

Bills Hold Rookie Minicamp

Minicamp Ends: The rookie minicamp came to an end with a single workout this morning in the fieldhouse. The players are now off until the organized team activities begin on May 19th. Rookies are not allowed to be part of the team until after May 16th or graduation whichever comes last besides the one minicamp. The Bills don't think they have any rookies that are graduating late this year. Dick Jauron was very happy about the special attention the players received since there were only 28 in attendance. Jauron said none of the players disappointed the coaches and will use the next couple of weeks to go over their notes when they aren't preparing for graduation. Felton Huggins was not in attendance once again.


Saturday May 3, 2008

Day Two Over: The rookies went through two practices today in the fieldhouse at Ralph Wilson Stadium. According to the team's website the only players not working out was WR Felton Huggins and tryout safety Matt Hewitt. Again techniques were being emphasized as well as special teams. Both workouts started with special teams work as these players know how they play on these units will determine if they have a chance to stick around in Septmenber. The offense worked on a lot of running plays and short passing plays as well as holding on to the football. The defense worked on many techniques as well as trying to force and recover turnovers. Derek Fine and Steve Johnson both have made their share of plays over the first two days. The minicamp ends with one workout tomorrow.

Jauron Learns To Like Rookie Camps: Dick Jauron was never a big fan of rookie only mini camps but after doing one last year in Buffalo he has grown to like the idea. With 28 players in camp (10 draft picks, 9 undrafted free agents, 4 practice squad players from last year, 4 tryout players, and just signed QB Matt Bakers) many players get as close to one on one attention from coaches as they will ever have again. In fact since TE Derek Fine is the lone tight end, he gets all the reps and one on one attention the whole camp. Three offensive linemen also each get one coach assigned to them. This is invaluable in the young players getting the technique the Bills covet down before the veterans show up for organized team activities on May 19th.


Friday May 2, 2008

Day One Minicamp Over: Day one of the three day rookie minicamp is over. The 28 rookies and players with less than a year of accredited playing time were on the field. The coaches were able to get some real good work in the small group. They started slowly working on fundamentals before moving on to the base offense and defense. Since most of these players will make their mark on special teams there was a lot of concentrating on those units.

Bills Officially Sign Nine: The Bills have officially announced the signing of nine undrafted free agents. Our reports over the past week had eight of them. The other player signed is LB Marcus Buggs of Vanderbilt. He's a converted safety who is undersized but a solid tackler who can play both outside spots. In addition to the nine players, the Bills have brought in four players for tryouts, they are S Matt Hewitt of Arkansas, FB Onyi Momah of Hofstra, DE Jared Naylor of New Mexico St., and SS Stacey Thomas who was with the Bills last year in the offseason. Depth Chart.

Rookie Minicamp Gets Underway: The Bills begin the three day rookie minicamp with two workouts today. The first one is scheduled to run between 10am and 11:30am. The 2nd workout will be from 2pm to 3:30pm. There will also be two 90 minute workouts tomorrow the first one starting at 10:15am and the 2nd one starting at 2:15. The minicamp wraps up Sunday with one workout at 11:30am. All rookies and undrafted free agents are expected to attend. The team has yet to make their signings official with the exception of Mike Viti.


Thursday May 1, 2008

Bills Add QB: The Bills have signed QB Matt Baker off of waivers giving them four quarterbacks on the depth chart. The 25 year old was recently released by the Dolphins. The former North Carolina offensive MVP was originally signed by the Texans in 2006 as an undrafted free agent. He has also been on the Cowboys, Cardinals, and Saints practice squads in his first two years in pro football. Front Office.

Thomas Selected: Thurman Thomas received another honor today. He has been selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame by the National Football Foundation. He was one of 13 members of the class along with Troy Aikman. He joins Bruce Smith who went in last year.

Minicamp Tomorrow: All the rookies are heading to town today to take their physicals and get ready for the rookie minicamp that begins tomorrow with two workouts. All draft picks, undrafted free agents, and a few players without accredited NFL season are taking part. The Bills should announce all the undrafted free agent signings today or tomorrow.

Tripplett Finds Team: The Bills won't have to wait long to see Larry Tripplett again. The recently cut player has signed on with the Seattle Seahawks. The Bills will face them week one at home.


Wednesday April 30, 2008

Critical Needs Filled: Things fell very nicely for the Bills during this past weekend's draft. They got the cornerback and wide receiver they needed in the first two rounds. They then filled out their roster with some special teams players, mostly from small schools, with room to develop. We break the whole draft down in our annual review. Complete Story.

Spragan Leaves Without Deal: The Bills completed a rare April free agent visit yesterday with seven year veteran LB Donnie Spragan. He left town without a contract but a deal still could be made down the line. He would compete with Keith Ellison and rookie Alvin Bowen for a spot on the team's roster if they did eventually sign him . Depth Chart.


Tuesday April 29, 2008

Bills Get $78 Million In Toronto Deal: Rogers Communications Inc. in Toronto is running the Bills initiative up north. In their first quarter report they unveil that the company will pay the Bills $78 Million over the five years of the deal. No word on what the breakdown of the payments will be.

Viti Signing Official: The Bills have made one undrafted free agent signing official. Army FB Mike Viti is official a Bill. The team reportedly has been interested in Viti all along and he is supposedly the only rookie fullback being brought in. Viti is the classic fullback who is a solid blocker in between the tackles. He's a physically strong player with lots of power.

Bills Looking At Veteran LB: The team may be looking to upgrade it's depth at the outside linebacker position. Despite drafting Alvin Bowen in the 5th round it is being reported that the team is visiting with seven year veteran Donnie Spragan. He has spent the last three years with the Dolphins and also spent three years in Denver.

Leonhard Signs With Ravens: The Bills have lost another free agent as safety Jim Leonhard has signed with the Baltimore Ravens. He was a restricted free agent but wasn't tendered an offer. It was thought the Bills may try to bring him back for a cheaper amount than the tender. Front Office Page.

Guard added: A report says the Bills have added Arkansas guard Robert Felton. He is one of seven unofficial undrafted free agent signing according to various reports. The Bills have yet to announce any of the signings. Felton has good size at 6'4" and 316 pounds and will add some depth to the interior of the line. He is projected as a guard in the pros but has also played tackle. He also is a long snapper. He's a solid in line run blocker but needs to work on his foot speed.


Monday April 28, 2008

Miami DT added: A report out of Miami says that the Bills have signed undrafted free agent DT Teraz McCray. The 300 pounds Hurricane will add some depth to the defensive tackle position. The Bills have yet to confirm any undrafted free agent signings.

Notre Dame LB added: A report says the Bills have added another undrafted free agent as they have signed Notre Dame LB Joe Brockington to a three year deal. Brockinton projects as a middle linebacker who lacks ideal size and speed as he ran a 4.9 40 and is 6'1" but just 219 pounds.

Undrafted Free Agent Frenzy: When the draft ended yesterday evening there was no time for front office people to exhale. The frenzy was just beginning as the undrafted free agent signings began quickly. The Bills plan on announcing all their undrafted free agent signings sometime in the next two days. Reports of signings are coming out in dribs and drabs. Two players reportedly signed by the Bills are Army fullback Mike Viti and Illinois State QB Luke Drone. Viti said the Bills told him he's the only rookie fullback they'll bring in and he's got ok size at 5'9" and 240 pounds. The Bills have shown interest in him for several weeks according to Viti. Drone chose the Bills after a phone conversation with QB coach Alex Van Pelt. He said he'll be given a chance to compete for the third string QB job. Depth Chart.

Bills Grade Out Well: It was a great first day of the draft for the Bills but the second day provided some reaches from small schools. That brought our annual draft day grade down a bit but it was still a successful draft. Check out our grade and then take our poll on our homepage to let us know what you think! Draft Grade.

Losman Stays Put: Russ Brandon spoke to the media after the trade and said the club is committed to keeping J.P. Losman this year going as far as to say "J.P. will be here." The fact that he was not traded during the draft and 12 QBs were taken proved Brandon's statement. The club has said they need two good quarterbacks and they did not actively shop Losman. Brandon has said that Losman's agent has not requested a trade. The agent told the AP earlier in the offseason his client would like to be traded but would play out his contract.



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