Bills Hold Mandatory Minicamp
Kelly Cancer Free: Jim Kelly opened his annual football camp at Ralph Wilson Stadium today and spoke to reporters. He announced he is cancer free and his recent surgery got all of the cancer from his jaw. He will not need radiation or chemotherapy which is excellent news. Kelly said, "In the ups and downs of life, this is just another downer but I'm already on the way back up." He will have to continue seeing his doctor for follow up visits to make sure the cancer doesn't comeback.
Wednesday June 19, 2013
Bills Complaining About Schedule: The Bills took to their official team website to complain about the schedule for the coming season. The team researched the schedule for every team and came to the conclusion that the Bills and Falcons were treated very unfair by the league. The Bills are the only team in the league that face a division opponent coming off a bye, or extra rest from a Thursday game, three times. They play five games against teams that are coming off extra rest. The Falcons have four games against extra rest opponents and no other team has more than three games in that situation. The article wants the league to avoid giving the team a division matchup after either team comes off a bye or extra rest.
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Friday June 14, 2013
Manuel Signs: The Bills now have all their draft picks under contract as they have signed EJ Manuel to a contract. Manuel told the team's website that it's a great feeling to be a total part of the team. Doug Whaley also thinks it is a great feeling as well heading into six weeks off with everyone signed. This way they can hit the ground running when training camp begins on July 28th.
Marrone On Camp: Doug Marrone spoke to the media following yesterday's final practice before the players report to training camp on July 28th. Their goal in phase one was to earn the trust of the players and building a relationship to make sure they are part of one team and thinks they have done that. He is very pleased that they have reached their goal of teaching the players their tempo. The players have repsonded in a professional way and they are excited. They know they have a lot of hard work ahead of them but are looking forward to it. They are looking to put the players in position to be successful. They know when pads come on some players they are excited about may disappoint them and some may step it up. That is when players will separate themselves and they will be looking for players to make plays at that point. He wants the players to enjoy themselves and relax over the next six weeks. He wants them to make sure they are in condition and ready to go when they do come back since they are accountable to each other.
Thursday June 13, 2013
Bills Wrap Up Minicamp: The Bills wrapped up minicamp with a morning practice today at One Bills Drive. The offense performed better by media accounts than they had the first two days of camp. The defense remains ahead of the offense as Aaron Williams continues to shine as he had another interception today giving him three in the camp. Doug Marrone told the media after practice that they accomplished their goal and he is very pleased with the amount of work they got done. He was very impressed by the play of Kiko Alonso who got into a scrap with RB Kendall Gaskins. They ended the camp with a fun drill of linemen trying to field punts. Duke Williams suffered an injury but walked off under his own power.
Defense Shines Again: The defense once again got the better of the offense in day two of the minicamp. The camp wraps up today with a morning practice as they have a quick turnaround. The players will then be off until the start of training camp on July 28th. Mike Pettine said they threw a lot at the players on defense by design and they have done well with it. The coaching staff is very optimistic at how the group learns. The offense going no huddle has helped the defense mentally. Pettine feels good about the depth at linebacker and he feels Aaron Williams is ahead of schedule in his conversion to safety. They are real pleased with the speed and coachability of Nigel Bradham, he rarely makes the same mistake twice.
Offensive Struggles: Nathaniel Hackett said it is a roller coaster of emotions going up against their defense as they come from every angle. He is glad that Mike Pettine is on their team. He feels the offensive players can just go out their and play now as they know the system. Now they can evaluate how they execute things and so far it is a lot of good and a lot of bad. They are trying to get better everyday. He feels the young receiver corps is coming along and they have a lot of speed. He wants the running backs to carry the load, their motto is when in doubt give it to a back. He feels they are very lucky to have both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson and they would love to give them the ball a lot. If they get a lot of plays then everyone will be happy. Hackett feels the quarterback battle will sort itself out and that someone will separate in the end.
Wednesday June 12, 2013
Four Sidelined: Four players were still on the sidelines as minicamp got underway. Keith Williams, Kyle Williams, Lee Smith, and Chris Hairston are not taking part as the rehab injuries. Scott Chandler and Leodis McKelvin are taking part in individual drills but not team drills. Injury Page.
QB Competition Should Be Clearer: Doug Marrone addressed the media after the first minicamp practice yesterday. He said the team released Tarvaris Jackson because there wasn't enough reps to go around to get a good evaluation of the quarterbacks. They made the decision to go with three QBs so the competition will be clearer and they will have more information on the two remaining contenders for the job. He said he was most excited about the pace of the practice and he feels the players are getting more comfortable and there is better communication on the field. He thinks there will be an opportunity to do good things as long as the effort remains at the high level it is at now. The coach thinks both sides of the ball know the playbook pretty well. He knows the defense is a little ahead at this point and was very impressed with the defensive backs during the first minicamp practice.
Minicamp Underway: The Bills got their three day mandatory minicamp underway yesterday with everyone in attendance with the exception of Jairus Byrd who is not required to attend because he has not signed his tender. Two offseason signees Alan Branch and Manny Lawson hit the field for the first time. They missed the voluntary OTAs because they both had the birth of their first child. Kevin Kolb had a few more first team reps than EJ Manuel with Jeff Tuel getting limited reps. The defense dominated the day as it is expected at this time of the year they would be ahead of the offense.
Tuesday June 11, 2013
Minicamp Gets Underway: The Bills only mandatory minicamp gets underway today at One Bills Drive. It is a three day camp that lasts through Thursday. All the players are required to attend except Jairus Byrd who does not have to be there since he has yet to sign his franchise tender. EJ Manuel should get a lot more reps over the next three days than he did during the OTAs now that Tarvaris Jackson is no longer on the team.
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Monday June 10, 2013
Bills Release Jackson: In a surprise move the Bills have announced that they have released QB Tarvaris Jackson. The timing is a bit odd as the team prepares for their three day mandatory minicamp that starts tomorrow. He was expected to challenge Kevin Kolb for the veteran QB role on the team as either the temporary starter or the backup to EJ Manuel. Front Office Page.
Friday June 7, 2013
Surgery Reportedly Went Well: Jim Kelly came out of surgery late this morning and it reportedly went well. ECMC released a statement that said in full on the team's website, "at Mr. Kelly’s request, we thank everyone for their concern and well wishes for him and his family. Today, Mr. Kelly underwent a partial maxillectomy to remove a squamous cell carcinoma of the upper gingival caused be chronic irritation at the gum site. He underwent reconstruction with a dental obturator. The surgery went very well. We are hopeful for and anticipate a speedy recovery and successful outcome. Mr. Kelly is recovering comfortably at this time. He is in the capable care of the great nurses and staff here at ECMC. He will remain here at the hospital until he feels comfortable to go home."
Kelly Undergoing Surgery: Jim Kelly is at ECMC this morning to undergo suregery for his cancer. He was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma and the cancer is confined to an area in his upper jaw and has not spread to other parts of the body. His prognosis is very good. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kelly family.
Wednesday June 5, 2013
Bills Sign Legursky: The Bills wasted little time signing of their two free agent visitors yesterday. They signed Doug Legursky who gives them versatility because he has started at both guard and center in his four years in Pittsburgh. He had 17 career starts in 50 career games played.
Camp Opens July 28th: The Bills announced that they will open training camp on Sunday July 28th with a night practice at 6:10pm. It will be the first of five night practices. There will be six early morning practices starting at 8:10am and four afternoon practices starting at 2:10pm. Camp closes on August 21st.
Two OL Men Visit: The Bills hosted two interior offensive linemen on free agent visits yesterday as they look to bolster their experience and depth there. Tyronne Green spent the past four years in San Diego and has 28 career starts all at guard including 13 last year. He spent a short time with the Patriots this offseason. Doug Legursky played for the Steelers in his first four years in the league. He has played in 50 games with 17 career starts at both guard and center.
Monday June 3, 2013
Kelly Will Know More Friday: Jim Kelly addressed the media this morning at his annual golf tournament more than an hour after the team released his statement about his cancer. Kelly said he will know more after undergoing surgery Friday at Erie County Medical Center. He will then find out if he needs chemotherapry or reconstructive surgery on his face and jaw. He was diagnosed with the cancer two weeks ago. He said it "scared the crap out him" and his family and he knows he will beat it calling it another stumbling block and another river to cross. He said the doctors know they caught it early enough but they will have to wait several months after the surgery to make sure it doesn't come back. He recently had a major cyst removed from his mouth. They had to pull out his front teeth to get the cyst.
Kelly Diagnosed With Cancer: Jim Kelly announced at his golf tournament this morning that he has been diagnosed with cancer in the upper jaw bone. He is suffering from squamous cell carcinoma and will have surgery on June 7th. Tests show it has been confined to the jaw bone and has not spread to other parts of the body. His prognosis is very good. The complete statement by Kelly released on the team's website said, "This past couple of weeks has been difficult for me and because of the nature of social media I thought it would be best to share with everyone what has been going on with my health. I was recently diagnosed with Squamous-cell carcinoma (cancer) of the upper jaw bone. I have undergone tests which have shown that the cancer is isolated to my upper jaw and has not spread to other parts of my body. Surgery is scheduled for June 7th and doctors have told me that the prognosis for my recovery is very good. With the excellent medical care that I will be receiving and the loving care of my wife Jill and my daughters Erin and Camryn and the support of my entire family and friends, I am extremely confident in my road to recovery. I plan to tackle this challenge head on, as we Kelly’s always do, with toughness, perseverance and faith. I want to thank everyone who has offered their prayers and would appreciate any prayers said for me and my family moving forward. May God continue to bless you and our family.” Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kelly and his family.
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