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Organized Team Activities Gets Underway

OTA Moved: The Bills have moved Monday's OTA practice session to Tuesday. They will now practice three days in a row in week 2 of the OTAs as they will hit the field Wednesday and Thursday of next week as well. The team didn't give a reason for the move but I'm wondering if it has anything to do with Monday being the day of Jim Kelly's annual golf tournament which has traditionally brought out players and coaches to support Hunters Hope.

Friday May 30, 2014

Week One OTAs Wrap: The first week of voluntary organized team activities came to an end today. Marcell Dareus was back on the field after sitting out yesterday's session. Robert Woods took part in 11 on 11 drills for the first time this week. He is coming back from offseason ankle surgery. For the second straight day Nickell Robey saw decresed reps at the nickel spot. His size may hinder him in Jim Schwartz's new scheme. Manny Lawson, Alan Branch, and Sammy Watkins remain absent. Watkins is attending a mandatory rookie event in California. Darius Robinson sat out after injuring his arm yesterday. J.J. 'Unga was also sidelined while Ronnie Wingo and Bryce Brown were working out on the side.

Season Ticket Sales Up: The team gave the media a tour of the ongoing renovations at Ralph Wilson Stadium which has apparently spurred an increase in season ticket sales. They announced they are now over 44,000 season tickets which is already the most since 2009. There is still three months left to sell more as the team sells them right up until the start of the season.

Thursday May 29, 2014

Kouandjio Signs: The Bills now have their entire draft class under contract as they signed 2nd round pick Cyrus Kouandjio tonight. He was the last pick without a contract. The team also released Western New York native Randy Colling. They were trying to convert him to guard. They now have one open roster spot on their 90 man offseason roster. Depth Chart.

Williams, Hughes Practicing: After not taking part in 11 on 11 drills yesterday, Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes were back on the field taking part in full drills. Williams is being eased back after having offseason hip surgery. Hughes had a medical procedure for an undisclosed injury. Kiko Alonso seems ahead of schedule from reported torn labrum surgery as he took part in 9 on 9 drills today. Marcell Dareus was in attendance but did not take part in drills. He was working with the trainers. Sammy Watkins is not at the OTAs today or tomorrow as he is at the rookie premiere event which is mandatory for him. Manny Lawson and Alan Branch remain absent as well. Undrafted free agent CB Darius Robinson and Marquise Goodwin both injured their left arms today. Robinson walked off with trainers and Goodwin quickly returned to the field.

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Golisano Officially Interested In Bills: Associated Press reports that Tom Golisano has told the team he is interested in buying them. He is expected to team up with developer Scott Congel on a bid that includes a new stadium south of Buffalo on land belonging to Scott's father Robert Congel who owns to Pyramid Management Group. They are one of the largest shopping mall developers in the Northeast.

Alonso Sidelined: Kiko Alonso had surgery on a torn hip labrum in January according to ESPN. The timetable for return is 4-6 months from that injury which should have him ready for the start of training camp. He is one of 10 players that had offseason procedures and were limited or not participating in the first day of OTAs. Also sidelined were Robert Woods (ankle), T.J. Graham (hip), Marcus Easley (knee), Scott Chandler (knee), Mario Williams (hip), Jerry Hughes, Stephon Gilmore (hip), Leodis McKelvin (hip), and Aaron Williams with a shoulder. Leaving the first day of OTAs with injuries were Ronnie Wingo and Ron Brooks with undisclosed injuries.

Watkins Signs: Sammy Watkins has signed his rookie contract with the team and can now concentrate on his rookie season. The deal is reportedly for four years and is worth $19.9 Million. It comes with a signing bonus of $12 Million. 2nd round pick Cyrus Kouandjio is the lone unsigned draft pick but you would expect his deal to get done soon.

OTAs Underway: The OTAs got underway today as the players hit the field for the first time. EJ Manuel completed his first pass to Sammy Watkins. Mario Williams and Kiko Alonso led a list of 10 players that that had offseason surgeries. They both had hip surgeries. All of the players are working out to some extent. Chris Hairston was on the field after being on the non football-illness list all last year. He took reps with the 2nd team at left tackle. Manny Lawson and Alan Branch were no shows and Doug Marrone said he hasn't heard from the pair all offseason. The workouts are voluntary.

Trump To Bid: As OTAs get underway today the future of the team hangs overhead with a new owner on the horizon. Donald Trump re-iterated on Tuesday that he will put a bid in to buy the Bills and would also put some of his own money in for a new stadium but some public funding would also be needed. He said they have already scouted two possible locations in Buffalo and dismissed the possibility of building a new stadium next to Ralph Wilson Stadium. He did say he would do a reasonable bid and wouldn't overpay for the team. He feels his past involvement in casinos and the USFL shouldn't hinder his approval by the league.

Tuesday May 27, 2014

OTAs Set To Begin: Today is a travel day for players as they return back to Buffalo for the beginning of the 1st week of the organized team activities on Wednesday. This will be the first time the players hit the field for full workouts. They are voluntary but most players usually attend most of the sessions. They will practice thru Friday this week along with three days next week and four days the following week. They will then end the offseason program with a mandatory three day minicamp from June 17th thru 19th.

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