–Buffalo Bills DE Mario Williams was named the No. 72nd player on NFL Network’s ‘The Top 100 Players of 2013 presented by Buffalo Wild Wings’ during last night’s episode. This is the third consecutive year current NFL players have voted to determine the top 100 players in the NFL.
–The Bills announced yesterday the signing of seventh-round (222nd overall) draft pick TE Chris Gragg. Gragg is the first of the team’s eight 2013 Draft picks to sign.
–Bills RB Fred Jackson will visit the class of 2012 M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers winner, Bridget Maio, at World of Inquiry School in Rochester, NY, where students will sit in for an open forum with Jackson. Jackson will speak about his road to the NFL and other topics of interest to students. World of Inquiry School Teacher Bridget Maio was the 2012 winner of the community teacher recognition program, Touchdown for Teachers. The program honors teachers for their outstanding service to their schools and communities and demonstrated commitment to education. Maio is the 4th Annual M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers winner. In addition to the school visit, she also won a $1,000 grant for World of Inquiry School in Rochester.
— Jackson will be a celebrity judge on May 14th at BAND Against Bullying at the Center of the Arts on the campus of UB North. BAND Against Bullying seeks to raise community awareness of bullying related issues and challenges and to raise support of anti-bullying legislation, education, and other related efforts, through an inter-school arts competition related to the theme of DIGNITY.
–The Bills announced that the 13th annual Kids Day Game will be celebrated Friday, August 16, 2013 at the home preseason game vs. the Minnesota Vikings. Kids Day activities begin at 3:30 p.m., game time is 7:00 p.m. The Kids Day Game will feature youth-themed tailgating, an exclusive gameday giveaway, interactive games, face painting, Buffalo Jills Cheerleaders, Billy Buffalo, as well as post-game fireworks. Kids Day is presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, the Official Health Plan of the Buffalo Bills, Kiss 98.5 and WKBW-TV, the official TV station of the Buffalo Bills.
–The Bills will begin their 2013 rookie mini-camp sessions today.
—Fifty Yard Finish: On Saturday, June 29, participants can take part in a half marathon, 5k or kids 1-mile run that will begin at Ralph Wilson Stadium, continue through the village and town of Orchard Park and finish at the 50 yard line on the field. Follow along with buffalobills.com journalist Hannah Buehler as she trains with Bills Strength and Conditioning Coach Dan Liburd for the race. Details can be found here: Fifty Yard Finish Details
8:45 AM – RB Fred Jackson – Morning Coffee Club (92.5 WBEE – Rochester)
PHOTOS OF THE DAY
Bills second-round draft selection WR Robert Woods gets fitted for his helmet yesterday at One Bills Drive by Assistant Equipment Manager Randy “Woody” Ribbeck. The rookies arrived in Buffalo for the start of a three-day rookie mini-camp that begins today.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Bills seventh-round draft selection TE Chris Gragg on officially signing his contract:
“It feels like the entire draft process is finally over. I’m back to being a football player now. I’ve been talking to the coaches and they seem very excited for me to be here and I’m ready to get to work.” – via BuffaloBills.com 5/9
Buffalo News-Bills sign seventh-rounder
Buffalo News-Giving Bills’ rookies a sense of place
Associated Press-Bills sign rookie 7th-round pick, TE Gragg
Richmond Times Dispatch-Gaskins may have gone to right NFL team
BuffaloBills.com-Bills sign seventh-round TE Chris Gragg
BuffaloBills.com-Bills Rookie Minicamp begins Friday
Inside The Bills
M&T Bank Draft Day Challenge winners, Marrone on the 2 sides to tempo, Marrone: We’re playing for a higher calling, Rookie camp participants
The Sports Xchange
Bills sign seventh-round pick
Chris Gragg contract: rookie signs with Buffalo Bills
NFL Network top 100 players of 2013: Mario Williams is No. 72
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AFC East Daily
Bills’ Doug Marrone a fan of deferring to second half
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