Bills Sign Lattimore: The Bills have added to their linebacker corps after the surgery to top pick Shaq Lawson. The team has agreed to terms with former Jet Jamari Lattimore. He spent one season in New York so he did not play for Rex Ryan with gang green. He was in Green Bay the first three years of his career after coming out of Middle Tennessee St. in 2012. He has nine starts in 64 career games with 68 tackles, two sacks and one interception. He is solid on special teams with 22 solo tackles. He visited two weeks ago and had left without a contract. No roster move needed to be made as the Bills had an open spot on their 90 man roster.
Ragland Signs: The Bills have another draft pick in the fold as 2nd round pick Reggie Ragland has signed on the dotted line according to a tweet from his agent. The only draft picks not signed are Shaq Lawson and Cardale Jones.
OTAs Continue: Today is the 2nd of three OTA practices this week. This is the only day this week the practice is open to the media but the team released their new media policy before the workout that created a twitter firestorm and severely limits what the media can report. Tidbits are coming out from the workout anyway as according to various media tweets Randell Johnson is working at inside linebacker while TJ Barnes is getting a look at the other side of the ball. The Nose tackle now has jersey #75 and is getting a look at left tackle. Among the many players not working out are Sammy Watkins, Marquise Goodwin, Karlos Williams, Shaq Lawson, Charles Clay, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Davonte Allen, Marcus Easley, Greg Salas, Seantrel Henderson, and Stephon Gilmore. Watkins is in attendance and is on crutches with a walking boot on his left foot. Karlos Williams is likely absent because he just had a baby. Several of the other players are coming off of surgery.
OTAs Begin Without Gilmore: The Bills begin organized team activities today which is also phase 3 of the offseason conditioning program. In this phase players will be coached on the field but no live contact is allowed. These workouts remain voluntary which means there will be no discipline for Stephon Gilmore who will not attend according to Ty Dunne of the Buffalo News. The report says the Bills and Gilmore's agent are working on a longterm deal. He is right now under the fifth year option and would earn $11 Million on that deal. He would make a lot more under a longterm deal and it would open up more cap space likely unless its front loaded. There are 10 OTA days in all. This week they will be on the field today, tomorrow, and Thursday. The only mandatory camp in the offseason is the minicamp that runs June 14th thru 16th.
Free Agent Visitors Leave Without Contracts: The Bills hosted two free agents last night and today and both left without contracts to join the team. Former Redskins WR Andre Roberts and Former Packers and Jets LB Jamari Lattimore were in town but not signed. Both are exprienced players who could have helped them at positions of recent need because of injuries.
Training Camp Schedule Released: The Bills have released their training camp schedule and will begin camp on Saturday July 30th with a morning practice. There are 16 practices in all scheduled for training camp with five of them being in the evening while the other 11 are scheduled for 10am. The first night practice at St. John's Fisher will be on Tuesday Aug. 2nd. Camp breaks on Monday August 22nd.
Free Agent Visit: The Bills are looking to add to their wide receiver corps with the injury to Sammy Watkins. Andre Roberts is in town for a free agent visit tonight and tomorrow. He was released by the Redskins earlier in the week. He signed a big contract with Washington in 2014 and had 47 catches in two seasons there. He had his greatest success in Arizona where he had a career best year in 2012 with 64 catches for 759 yards. Reports say there are four or five other teams interested in him.
Archer Fails To Report: The Bills have placed Dri Archer on the reserve/did not report list after he failed to report to the team a week after being claimed off of waivers from the Jets. The Bills had hoped he would be a weapon in the return game. This move opens back up the 90th roster spot while the situation plays out. He still can report and be taken off the list. Front Office Page.