Off Season Lull Continues
It was another quiet week as the off season lull continues at One Bills Drive. The players continue their offseason conditioning while they prepare for the upcoming mini-camp at the end of the month. There were two players cut this week and a few other rumors and visits. Here is our take on all the issues from the week:the Bills announced on Tuesday that they released Ronald Hardge and Ken Harris two defensive backs that didn't fit in the club's plan. The two participated in the recent mini-camp. Our Take: It You know it is a slow week when the biggest news is the release of two players that wouldn't have made the team anyway.
In some rumor news, the Bills reportedly looked at long snapper Mike Solwold who most recently was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team reportedly is also one of two places free agent WR Shawn Jefferson will end up. It is between the Bills and the Lions for his services according to a report. One of their own free agents wants to return. Bill Conaty has received one offer from another team but is waiting for the Bills to decide whether or not they will bring him back. Our Take: Mike Soldwold will give competition to Jon Dorenbas who has all but been handed that job after signing as an undrafted free agent. Jefferson would be interesting to add to the mix but he would probably bring the same things that Charles Johnson does to the team. Do you need two of those players? Conaty should be welcomed back as an experienced player who would bring depth at the interior line. The team may be waiting to see who becomes available after the June 1st cuts.
The Bills announced this week that the Amtrak express train will ride again for three games this year. The train will leave from Albany, stop in Utica, Syracuse, and Rochester before ending in Depew. It will be available for the opener against New England, the Sept. 28th game against Philadelphia, and the Redskins game on Oct. 19th. Fans will be able to buy a train ticket or a game/train ticket combo beginning June 9th. Our Take: This is a great way to regionalize the franchise even more, giving people an easy way to get to the game from all over the state.
The team also announced that the Select-a-seat day was a success as they sold more than 600 new season tickets. That more than doubles last year's total when the event was held over two days. Our Take: This shows that the excitement is growing with this year's team.
Ken Simonton continues to shine in Europe as he had a league record tying third straight 100 yard game last week. He ran for 132 yards and added 61 yards receiving including a 37 yard touchdown reception. He now leads the league in yards from scrimmage and is second in receptions and rushing. Our Take: He is definitely turning heads at One Bills Drive.
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