Bills Claim TE: The Bills have claimed TE Mickey Shuler off of waivers from the Raiders. He is the son of the player with the same name that had a lot of success with the Jets in the 80s. To make room on the 90 man roster they released WR Kevin Norell. Shuler has been a journey man since being drafted in 2010 in the seventh round by Minnesota. He had to stints with the Vikings and played for the Dolphins and Bengals. He was on the Raiders practice squad most of last season.
Rookies Missing For School: Day two of this week's OTAs is underway and there are several rookies not in attendance as they finish up their school obligations. The NFL has a rule that rookies can't practice with the team until the college year ends. Missing from the OTAs are: Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, Brandon Kaufman, Aaron Tipoti, Nickell Robey, Jordan Dangerfield, and Kevin Norrell. Stevie Johnson is sitting out practice for a second straight day. He missed the previous minicamp with a strained back.
OTA Notes: The Bills held their first organized team activity workout yesterday underneath the cloud of Buddy Nix stepping down as the general manager. The practice varied the tempo but for the most part everything happened very quickly. Most plays went off in rapid fashion. Tavaris Jackson got the first team reps at quarterback followed by Kevin Kolb and then EJ Manuel. The star of the day was rookie wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers who caught long scoring bombs from both Kolb and Manuel.
Monday May 13, 2013
No New GM Yet: Russ Brandon said in the press conference to announce Buddy Nix's departure as general manager that it is Buddy's day. That means the team will not announce the next general manager today as they made it about Buddy Nix. Brandon said there is a plan in place and praised Buddy for helping him grow up in the business and said he brought instant credibility to the organization. Nix said he will be most proud of what the team will accomplish in the next few years and not the past. He wanted to step away when he felt good about it and that time is now. Nix feels Doug Marrone will win a lot of games in Buffalo. Nix will have a home office and will work as a special assistant on certain football related matters. He expects to be at training camp. He said it's a good time to transition based on the timing of preparing for next year's draft as the BLESTO scouting meeting takes place next week.
Nix Steps Down: Buddy Nix has stepped down as general manager of the Bills. He will transition into a role as a special assistant. Doug Whaley is expected to take over as the general manager although it has not bee announced yet. It would be a shock if he didn't take over. This move has been speculated since Russ Brandon took over control of the operation and Whaley got a contract extension. It was widely believed it would happen after the draft. Nix said he feel it is right time to leave with a good young roster and excellent coach and a good staff. He feels the team is on the right course to success. There will be a press conference at One Bills Drive at some point this afternoon.
Rookie Minicamp Ends: The Bills wrapped up a three day rookie minicamp yesterday at One Bills Drive. Now the young players get to see how much they learned when the veterans join them today as the first week of organized team activities get going. There will be voluntary workouts with the entire team today, tomorrow, and Wednesday this week. The rookies got their feet wet over the weekend as the group of young wide receivers all seemed to look good. The Bills will need a big contribution from the younger players at that position since they are very thin behind Stevie Johnson.
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