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NEWS ARCHIVES - JUL 8TH - JUL 28TH, 2013 PREVIOUS WEEK

Bills Open Training Camp

Bills Sign Two Offensive Linemen: The Bills filled two of their five open roster spots by signing offensive linemen Antoine Caldwell and Tony Hills. Caldwell was a third round pick of the Texans in 2009 and has 19 starts in 40 games for Houston mainly at guard. He may be able to challenge for the starting left guard spot that has Doug Legursky and Colin Brown battling it out for the starting job. Hills is a journeyman tackle who appeared in four games for the Colts last year. Depth Chart.

Camp Is Open:Training camp officially gets started with a night practice tonight beginning shortly after 6pm. The players reported on Friday and took part in conditioning exams on Saturday. There were also organizational meetings and a full team meeting Saturday night. Doug Marrone and Doug Whaley both seem to understand why Jairus Byrd is not in attendance but Whaley said the lines of communication remain open but it is unclear if talks have taken place recently. Marrone spoke to the media Saturday and said that there will be a 50-50 split at quarterback with EJ Manuel and Kevin Kolb each taking equal reps with the first and second team. They then expect the competition to shake out and how they perform early in camp will help make the decision on the rotation for the early preseason games. Marrone said they will get things going slowly in camp before ramping it up. There will be a full intrasquad scrimmage on Monday night Aug. 5th. Marrone said all the players are full go with the exception of Chris Hairston and they hope he can be cleared to be activated off the PUP list soon.

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Saturday July 27, 2013

Scott Released: The Bills released OL Chris Scott after he didn't live up to the conditioning expectations the team had for him. That leaves the team with five open roster spots although one is reserved for Jairus Byrd. Depth Chart.

Bills Release Schuler: The Bills now have four open roster spots after releasing TE Mickey Shuler. The son of the former Jet geat was signed by the Bills back in May. Front Office Page.

Smith Reportedly Restructures: The odds of veteran WR Brad Smith making the team increased with a report from Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. He reports that he has agreed to restructure his contract with the team. Smith has been moved fully to wide receiver by Doug Marrone who isn't a fan of the wildcat and won't use him at quarterback. He had two years left on his four year deal that would have paid him almost $6 Million if he stayed on the team for both seasons under the former deal.


Friday July 26, 2013

Players Report To Camp: Today was move in day at St. John Fisher College as every player with the exception of Jairus Byrd arrived for the start of training camp. The players will have meetings and an informal workout tomorrow before the first official practice of the summer on Sunday night. Optimism ruled the day as the players spoke to the media. Mario Williams brought an assortment of Superman hats as he feels he is turning over a new leaf this year. He is among a contingent of defensive players that has spoken to Byrd as they are trying to give him tidbits of the new defense so he can hit the ground running when and if he reports. Williams said Byrd definitely wants to be in Buffalo and at camp. The team has three open roster spots on the 90 man squad, one is being held for Byrd and the other two will likely not be filled as they will be held if needed to replenish injuries. Stevie Johnson says he's 100% healthy and Kyle Williams says he's ready to practice after missing the offseason workouts while recovering from Achilles surgery. Doug Whaley told John Murphy on his show tonight that the team doesn't expect to have anyone else start camp on the active PUP list besides Chris Hairston.

The quickest way to get breaking news throughout training camp is to follow us on twitter!


Wednesday July 24, 2013

Bills To Honor Wall Members: The Bills announced today they will honor all 28 members of their Wall of Fame. They will be honored during a halftime ceremony at the September 15th game against Carolina. Members will get an honorary blazer with the official Wall of Fame logo. There will be no new induction to the Wall this year.


Tuesday July 23, 2013

Anderson Released: The Bills have made a couple of roster moves before training camp gets underway. They released Mark Anderson and placed Chris Hairston on the PUP list. Anderson played in just five games in his one season with the Bills after signing a four year $21 Million contract which he earned just over $8 Million of. He reportedly passed his physical but he has struggled all spring overcoming his injury from last season and didn't fit in to Mike Pettine's scheme. Hairston has been battling leg and ankle problems since last season and his move to the PUP list leaves the Bills short on experience in training camp at right tackle. He is on the active PUP list which means he can come off when healthy. Front Office Page.


Tuesday July 16, 2013

Whaley's Statement: Bills GM Doug Whaley released a statement regarding the Jairus Byrd contract situation. "We worked very hard to come to a long-term agreement with Jairus, but unfortunately, were unable to reach one before today's deadline," Whaley said. "Our attention will now be focused on a one-year agreement with him and on training camp with our continued efforts to prepare our team for the upcoming season."


Monday July 15, 2013

No Long Term Deal For Byrd: The 4pm deadline passed quietly and there has been no agreement reached between the Bills and Jairus Byrd as was expected. WGRZ reports Byrd was looking to be the top paid safety in the game while the Bills were looking to make him the 4th or 5th best paid safety in the game. Now it will be a waiting game to see if Byrd signs his tender and goes to camp or beings a holdout. He can't be fined if he doesn't go to camp since he's not under contract.

Byrd Deadline Day: Today is the day as the Bills have until 4pm to lock up Jairus Byrd to a long term deal or else he will have to play for the Bills under a one year deal or sit out. It looks extremely unlikely a deal will be struck. Adam Schefter reports there are no talks scheduled today. Schefter believes this contract dispute will likely linger into the preseason if not longer.


Thursday July 11, 2013

Training Camp Tickets: As in year's past the Bills will require a ticket for admittance to any of the four night practices during training camp. Tickets are free and will be given away at three verizon wireless locations in Rochester and one verizon wireless location in Buffalo beginning tomorrow at 9am for the first two night practices on July 28th, the opening practice of camp, and Mon. Aug. 5th.


Wednesday July 10, 2013

Individual Ticket Full Sales Start Today: Individual game tickets go on sale to the general public today at 9am. There was a presale for fans that follow the Bills on twitter, facebook, email, or have the app. That presale was yesterday. The opener against the Patriots is already soldout but the remaining six Ralph Wilson Stadium games have tickets available.


Tuesday July 9, 2013

Individual Ticket Sales: Individual game tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow at 9am. There is a presale today at 9am for people that follow the Bills on twitter, facebook, email, or have the app. A code will be made available before the presale begins. The opener against the Patriots likely won't have any tickets available as it is technically sold out after group sales.

No News On Byrd: The Bills have until 4pm on Monday to reach a long term deal with Jairus Byrd and several reports say there is no progress or even talks scheduled. Tim Graham reports for the Buffalo News that the two sides aren't even talking. If a long term deal isn't reached by July 15th, Byrd can only sign a one year deal with the team or continue his holdout.



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