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This is the doldrums of the offseason as the players and coaches rest up for the start of training camp on July 23rd. The big news from the week was the release of the training camp schedule. Here is our take on all the issues from the week:

The team announced its tentative training camp schedule for St. Johns Fisher. The rookies and select veterans will report on July 23rd, with the remaining veterans reporting on the 26th. There will be two primetime practices on Monday July 28th and August 4th. Tickets for both those practices will be distributed like in past years. There will be only three two-a-days in this year's camp. One for the rookies on the 24th, one on the first full day of camp on the 27th and one with the Browns on August 1st in Cleveland. The two teams will scrimmage on the 2nd. The team is scheduled to break camp on August 20th. Our Take: It looks a little bit like "Club Marv" with just three two-a-days but the excellent attendance at the off season workouts merit the break.

Hall of fame tickets will be available for sale on a first come first basis again this year. Tickets are available for $10 apiece through mail. There will still be free general admission seats available on the day of enshrinement. Two players with ties to the Bills, Joe DeLamielleure and James Lofton will be inducted. Our Take: It seems Jim Kelly helped start a new hall tradition last year with the ceremony being moved to the stadium.

In other alumni news, Thurman Thomas announced this week that he has entered the racing circuit. His new racing team will start this year and run a full schedule next year with rookie driver Tim Russell. Reggie McKenzie meanwhile, is being honored for his 30 years of service in supporting under privileged boys and girls. Former lineman Will Wolford is being inducted in the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame. Our Take: It's nice to see alumni busy and getting honored.

The team is looking for talent in all places. One report says the team is interested in arena league offensive specialist Freddie Solomon, he played for the champion Tampa Bay Storm Our Take: It never hurts to look in a successful league like the Arena league.

It seems the team may play Jeff Posey at defensive end in obvious passing downs this year. He practiced there in minicamp. Our Take: There really isn't much difference between outside linebacker and end with the exception of where his hand is. This will be a good way to best utilize his pass rushing abilities.

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