Bills Wrap Up OTAs
OTAs Wrap Up: The Bills wrapped up their organized team activities. Friday they had their 10th and final practice over a three week span. The players get the week off before the only mandatory minicamp of the offseason runs next week between Tuesday and Thursday. While the players are off the coaches will take a look at the tapes again looking at the reps, performances, and results from the OTAs. They will do more game planning during the mandatory three day camp. On the final day, Da'Rick Rogers had a big day but stood over a fallen Ron Brooks and showboated after a catch. That drew the ire of Doug Marrone who immediately took the player aside and told him he can't act that way because that isn't being a pro or playing like a Buffalo Bill and it would have drawn a 15 yard penalty in a game. The Bills have been using officials throughout the OTAs in an effort to cutdown on penalties this year. The coach like the competitiveness of the players throughout the OTAs.
Thursday May 30, 2013
Roster Swap: The Bills made a roster move today signing WR DeMarco Sampson and released CB Vernon Kearney. Sampson was a 7th round pick of the Cardinals in 2011 and appeared in 12 games that year with three catches. He was released prior to the start of the 2012 season and spent time with the Eagles this offseason. Kearney was an undrafted free agent signing. Front Office Page.
Lee Smith Hurt: Lee Smith suffered an injury in the weight room and had his right leg in a walking boot. He will miss the rest of the offseason program but Doug Marrone said he is expected to be ready for training camp. Stevie Johnson got a rest yesterday after returning to practice this week. Jairus Byrd, Brandon Kauffman, Alan Branch, and Manny Lawson remain missing from all of the organized team activities. Byrd is in a contract dispute after being franchised. Kauffman is awaing Eastern Michigan's graduation while Branch and Lawson are missing for family related matters. All workouts are voluntary until the mandatory minicamp June 11th through 13th.
Wednesday May 29, 2013
Final Week Of OTAs: The Bills began their final week of OTAs yesterday. There are four days of workouts this week than the team will be off until the madatory minicamp June 11th through 13th. Kyle Williams said he expects to be ready to go by training camp as he recovers from his second heel surgery in as many years. This surgery was the same one he had on the other foot last year but there was no Achilles damage this time. Stevie Johnson took part in team drills yesterday for the first time since straining his back in the voluntary minicamp last month.
Friday May 24, 2013
Chandler Making Progress: Scott Chandler was on the field yesterday just five months removed from a torn ACL suffered last December in a game against Miami. It usually takes 7-9 months to recover from a torn ACL so Chandler seems ahead of schedule. He caught passes from Jeff Tuel and has been running around for the past few weeks before catching passes on the sidelines yesterday. He would like to get on the field for the June minicamp but he is unlikely to convince the team to let him practice. The ultimate goal is to get him ready to be full go for the start of training camp. The team wrapped up their second week of OTAs yesterday and the rookies got a tour of the Buffalo area after the workout. Injury Page.
Wednesday May 22, 2013
Johnson Returns: Stevie Johnson returned to the practice field yesterday as the Bills held their fifth of 10 OTA practices. The team is off today and will have their last workout of the week tomorrow. Johnson wasn't suppose to hit the field but took part in individual drills as he recovers from a strained back and an ankle problem. The defense took center stage during yesterday's workout and got the best of the offense. That unit was working on more running drills especially in the red zone.
Tuesday May 21, 2013
OTA Monday Notes: Doug Marrone said that week two of the OTAs is a tough one as players must learn to self motivate after the adrenaline of the first week is over. Robert Woods saw his first practice time among other rookies who missed last week's workouts because their graduation date hadn't happened yet. He noticed the quicker pace with the veterans onboard. EJ Manuel said he is doing a good job learning the offense and has spent around 6 or 7 hours a day with Marquise Goodman in the playbook. The two rookies are rooming together.
Owens Leaves: Free agent visitor Montell Owens took in practice and met with the coaching staff yesterday before leaving without signing a contract. He wants to see what else is out there. He was released by Jacksonville on Thursday and may be in high demand because of his special teams prowess.
Monday May 20, 2013
Woods Signing Official: The Bills officially have announced the signing of 2nd round draft pick Robert Woods. That leaves just top pick EJ Manuel unsigned. The two sides agreed to terms over the weekend.
OTAs Underway: Week two of the organized team activities is underway and One Bills Drive. There will be three days of practice this week. Players that are not practicing or in attendance today according to the team's website are Stevie Johnson, Brandon Kaufman, Jordan Dangerfield, Keith Williams, Marcus Easley, Scott Chandler, Alan Branch, Manny Lawson, Kyle Williams, and Marcell Dareus. Johnson was working with trainers on the side as he has missed all offseason workouts with a strained back. Other players are rehabbing injuries from last year. There is a visitor in camp today as ex-Jaguars RB Montell Owens is on the sidelines watching the workout. He had a career high 209 yards rushing last year on 42 carries. He is a two time pro bowl special teams players and can play fullback or halfback. He could likely be the roster replacement for Corey McIntyre.
Woods Reportedly Signs: ESPN.com reports that 2nd round pick Robert Woods has agreed to a four year deal with the team. He was at the rookie symposium and is expected to sign the deal this week. That would leave just top pick EJ Manuel unsigned.
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