Bills Hold Rookie Minicamp
Miller On Wall: Long time Bills play by play man Van Miller will be the 29th member of the Wall of Fame. Mary Wilson called him to let him know. He will go up on the wall in a ceremony to be held at the Patriots game on October 12th. Miller was the Bills radio play by play man from 1960 to 1971 and then again from 1979 until 2003.
Saturday May 17, 2014
Rookies Hit The Field: The rookies hit the field for a no pads practice today and by all accounts Sammy Watkins looked the part of the fourth overall pick in the draft. The only QB in attendance is tryout player Kenny Guiton from Ohio State. There are no QBs on the Bills roster that are eligible for the camp. Doug Marrone joked that being such a high pick he would have been pissed if Watkins came out and dropped five passes. The coach felt that Watkins was effective in and out of breaks. The rookie receiver said there are no x,y, or z positions and that he will play everywhere. The focus on the three day mandatory camp is on teaching, tempo, scheme, and prepping the young players Marrone said. 3rd round pick Preston Brown signed his rookie deal leaving just three picks unsigned. Front Office Page.
Friday May 16, 2014
Kaufman Released; Four Tryout: The Bills announced the release of WR Brandon Kaufman putting the roster at 89 leaving one spot open. That spot may be filled by one of four players invited to tryout this weekend at the rookie camp. That group is highlighted by Ohio State QB Kenny Guiton and also has three wide receivers getting a shot, Caleb Holly, UBs Fred Lee, and Ivan McCartney of West Virginia. Those four join the seven draft picks, 10 undrafted free agents, and nine first year players taking part this weekend. Front Office Page.
Thurman On WGR: Thurman Thomas was on WGR this morning and had some interesting comments on the future of the Bills. He said he is optimistic the team will stay in Buffalo and feels the alumni will all get behind the same group that wants to keep the team in Western New York. Jim Kelly will be the leader of that alumni group and they will all get behind him. Thomas has talked to possible groups who want him to give them an in with the trustees and he is only talking to groups that want to keep the team locally. Thomas also feels that the Wilson family and the trust are looking for the best deal that will keep the team in Western New York and looking for local ties from an owner. If that is true that means they aren't looking to sell it to the highest bidder.
Rookie Minicamp Starts: The Bills rookie minicamp gets underway today and runs through Sunday. The newest Bills get on to the playing field for the first time including all the draft picks, undrafted free agents, and several tryout players who will try to make a good impression on the coaches. The roster is at the 90 man offseason limit but there will be a lot of tinkering between now and training camp. Usually the team signs a couple of the tryout players that will likely replace an undrafted player or two. Depth Chart.
Thursday May 15, 2014
Bills Sign Three Draft Picks: The Bills wasted little time getting almost half their draft picks under contract. They announced the signing of fourth round pick Ross Cockrell and both seventh rounders Seantrel Richardson and Randell Johnson. That leaves four draft picks unsigned. They also signed free agent CB Michael Carter. Rookie minicamp begins tomorrow.
Bills Ask Out Of Jills Lawsuit: The Bills have made a public statement regarding the lawsuit brought by 5 former Buffalo Jills. They have asked the court to let them out of the lawsuit since the Jills are hired and managed by a third party. The statement says, "Buffalo Bills fans have long appreciated the Buffalo Jills cheerleaders as a part of the game day entertainment. Additionally, our organization recognizes the significant contribution that members of the Buffalo Jills have played in supporting many charitable organizations in our community. As part of running a professional football team, the Bills organization retains a number of third party vendors to provide ancillary services on game days. These services include, among others, parking services, concessionaire services and cheerleading services. For decades the Buffalo Jills trademark has been licensed to independent third parties who have assumed the responsibility for the selection, management, training, scheduling and compensation of the cheerleaders. We are aware of public statements and allegations that have surfaced since the start of the recent litigation which attempt to give the impression that our organization employs cheerleaders. Such statements are inaccurate and misleading. Today we responded to these allegations as part of the legal process and remain confident in our position in this matter.”
Wednesday May 14, 2014
Rookies Meet Media: The Bills introduced a few rookies to the media yesterday at One Bills Drive. 3rd round pick Preston Brown said he had a good first day meeting the guys and trying to find his role. He feels he has a good fit in Buffalo. He wants to get into the playbook so he can still play fast. He likes what he sees as there are a lot of blitzes in the playbook. He is looking forward to learning from Brandon Spikes. He feels he can be used at any backer spot and can play in pass coverage along with run stuffing. Cyrus Kouandjio called it a tremendous blessing being drafted by the Bills. He feels going in the 2nd round to a place like Buffalo is a perfect place for him. It gives him a chance to work on his craft without too many distractions. He admits to having a chip on his shoulder for falling into the 2nd round. He says he's a winner that is what he does. He says he comes to Buffalo with the intention to win games and do whatever it takes to make that happen. He has lost about seven games in his life and knows what a winning program looks like. He has high hopes for this team and believes in the men and the attitude everyone has with the will to win from what he has seen so far in one day. 4th round pick Ross Cockrell and undrafted free agent James Gaines also spoke to the media. Gaines said it is excited to be back hom and playing for the Bills. He wasn't expected to be signed by Buffalo but when they called he felt it was the best choice for him based on the linebacker situation. Cockrell says he knows he has to learn before he can be a leader and that is what he will do in Buffalo. He will learn from the veterans and when it's his time it will be his time.
Tuesday May 13, 2014
Bills Sign 9: The Bills announced they have signed seven undrafted free agents and agreed to terms with two more. They also officially announced the release of OL Jamaal Johnson-Webb that was reported yesterday. All nine of the newest Bills are on the defensive side of the ball. The two players they agreed to terms with are University of Buffalo players DB Derek Brim and DT Colby Way. They will sign their deals on Friday before the rookie minicamp starts. The seven signees include two safeties, two linebackers, a corrner, and two defensive linemen. The moves made today puts the roster at 89 and leaves one open spot on the 90 man offseason roster. Front Office Page.
Monday May 12, 2014
Milstein Out: Howard Milstein released a statement to the Buffalo News where he said he will not be trying to buy the Bills but he would do what he can to keep them in Western New York including using the land he owns in Niagara Falls as a possible stadium site. His statement said, "we are prepared to put substantial personal and business resources behind that effort, including our land in Niagara Falls, but this does not include participating in the sales process or making a bid to purchase the team. Through my work with the New York State Thruway Authority, I have come to even more fully appreciate and respect the role the team plays in the Western New York community and understand the critical importance of keeping the Bills in Western New York. I love football. I have always loved football and can’t imagine our community losing this great team.’’ He said he looks forward to “working with all parties and any prospective buyers to help keep the Bills in upstate New York where they belong.’’
Bills Release RB: The Bills backfield got a bit more crowded when they traded for Bryce Brown. They alleviated it a bit by releasing Anthony Allen the team announced today. They also released OL Jamaal Johnson-Webb earlier today but it has not been announced by the team. Depth Chart.
Our Draft Review: The Bills took a few gambles during the draft that could cost them in the long term or pay huge dividends for the future of the football team. Check out our draft review article as we breakdown all the trades and the newest members of the team. Complete Story.
Bills Release OL: The Bills have released OL Jamaal Johnson-Webb to make room for another undrafted free agent signing. The Bills are loaded on the offensive line after drafting three of them on Sunday. Webb was signed to a futures contract with the team at the beginning of the offseason. Front Office Page.
Undrafted Free Agent Time: Now that the draft is over the teams are busy filling out their training camp roster by signing undrafted free agents. The Bills haven't announced any signings yet but we have a partial list on our frontoffice page that was put up by WGR. We added links to their scouting reports if available. Front Office Page.
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