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Players know QB order

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2010 – 11:50 am

The order in which the Bills QB depth chart will lay out has been communicated to the players in meetings this morning. Now it’s a matter of seeing it in action at practice at 3 pm for the rest of us.

Bills rookie WR David Nelson confirmed that the players were informed of how things will shake out at QB at least at the outset of camp on his twitter account.

DNelson83    Yes, for all you asking ?s, they have announced the starting QB (for right now at least) Quick lunch break & then off to the first practice!

We’ll have full coverage of how the QB depth chart lays out later this afternoon here on Buffalobills.com.


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Bell good to go

Posted by Chris Brown on July 28, 2010 – 4:49 pm

The goal was for Bills LT Demetrius Bell to be good to go come training camp. It appears as though that will be the case, but pounding out two-a-days coming off a long knee rehabilitation is not on the docket to start.

“He’s really doing good,” said Bills GM Buddy Nix. “We’re going to try to be smart with him and not take him out there and grind him twice a day. But he’s really further along than we had hoped at this time.”

That’s certainly good news for Buffalo’s left tackle position where Bell is expected to compete primarily with second-year man Jamon Meredith with fifth-round pick Ed Wang also a candidate. Nix was asked if he considered adding a more veteran offensive tackle to the mix. Here was his response.

“You’d like maybe to add a guy to the mix,” said Nix. “We’ve been down this road before, if it’s a clear improvement at the position then you do it, but if it’s not then I don’t think you retard the process and you hope these young guys go through. They’ve got great ability. They’ve got everything except time on the job.”


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Teammates weigh in on Schobel

Posted by Chris Brown on July 28, 2010 – 2:44 pm

Kyle Williams and Chris Kelsay just arrived at camp and they’re two of Schobel’s closest friends on the roster. They weighed in on Schobel’s recent change in thinking about his playing career.

“I just spoke to Schobel on my way up here and we hope he comes back,” said Williams. “I think he wants to (play). He’ll miss parts of it. He’s quite an individual. We hope he comes back because he could help us out a lot. Him being able to play in this defense could help him, not just our team. I know he said he’s leaning toward it, but I’m sure he’ll take his time. He’s going to make up his own mind.”

“He’s weighed both sides and I’m not completely sold that he’s made a decision one way or another yet,” said Kelsay. “Time is running out and he realizes that, but when he makes up his mind 100 percent he’ll let everybody know and he’ll be here. I talked to Aaron a lot throughout the week and the offseason, but very seldom do we talk football. He’s going to do what’s best for him and his family and the organization. He’s definitely not being selfish about it despite what some people might think. It is a very tough decision for him. So coach Gailey and his staff are doing what they feel they need to do, giving him time and space to allow him to make a decision he won’t regret.”

It’s interesting that while Williams thinks Schobel wants to play, Kelsay, who has known him longer isn’t convinced. There is a strong family dynamic here that is at the heart of this decision. Granted his own self-motivation to play is part of it too, but as Kelsay said, once the guy is committed, he’s always been an ‘all the way’ player.


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Schobel anticipating fines

Posted by Chris Brown on July 28, 2010 – 11:47 am

When a player under contract misses training camp fines are pretty much inevitable. So Aaron Schobel is naturally expecting to see some fines coming his way soon.

Schobel, who told Buffalobills.com that he is now “70-30” to play in 2010, has been quoted as saying he just needs about 10 more days to make a decision. He’s now hoping the Bills will give him the little time he still needs.

“I need to make a decision soon,” he said. “If Buffalo will give me that much time, and I realize there will probably be some fines, and I’ve had a lot of time to make my decision.”

Schobel understands he can’t hold the Bills hostage so I would expect him to make a call one way or the other by mid-August at the latest. Everyone just needs to remember this is a decision about his family first and his career second. So if family logistics can be worked out in this short window of time I think it improves the chances of him returning.


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Rookies riding bus

Posted by Chris Brown on July 28, 2010 – 10:30 am

Several of the Bills rookies are en route to training camp here on report day as a group.

Undrafted rookie WR David Nelson outlined how they’re all riding the bus up to St. John Fisher on his twitter account.

DNelson83 On the bus en route to Rochester with some of the other rookies. It’s time to put all that work together and make some plays!

We’ll keep you posted all day as to who is rolling in right here when we see them.


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Schobel update

Posted by Chris Brown on July 28, 2010 – 9:47 am

Aaron Schobel said in June he was leaning toward retirement. Now that stance might be shifting ever so slightly.

Buffalobills.com was in contact with Schobel via text Wednesday morning. When asked if he’s reconsidering retirement and if he’ll report to training camp at some point, Schobel’s response via text was the following.

“Time will tell.”

Knowing Schobel isn’t the biggest fan of the training camp process, this does sound like a shift in thinking. We’ll bring you more of Schobel’s thoughts on the subject if they become available.


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Evans on picking a QB

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2010 – 9:16 am

Lee Evans has maintained a consistent stance when it comes to picking a starting quarterback and that stance hasn’t wavered entering training camp this year.

When asked about whether it’s harder to gauge the progress the offensive unit has made without a definitive declared starter for the season, Evans made things plain.

“Any time you don’t have a stable quarterback position it makes it tough,” Evans said. “That’s at any point anywhere. I think the faster you get that nailed down, the faster you can really move forward.” 

“(Through the spring) we were installing everything and getting comfortable with everything, but once the time comes that things really get serious, you’ve got to go with one and stay with one.”

Evans has been through his share of quarterback changes having played with the likes of a half dozen in his six NFL seasons (Bledsoe, Losman, Holcomb, Edwards, Fitzpatrick, Brohm). He did mention that he’s confident that head coach Chan Gailey and his staff will take the proper course of action as training camp unfolds.


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QBs won’t be adversarial

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2010 – 8:33 am

Although there will be a pecking order declared by coach Gailey in the next day or so at the quarterback position, he’s made it clear that the competition will still be open. And though the level of intensity will be fierce the three main candidates for the job have assured that it won’t become adversarial.

“All three of us understand the situation that we’re in,” said Brian Brohm. “On the field we’re competing, but at the same time we’re still going to help each other out. It’s going to be a fair competition. We’re not going to try to hold things back from each other if we see something, we bring it up in the meeting room in front of everybody and we’ll all talk about it. We’re all on the same page. I think each quarterback is on the same page with all the plays that we’re running.”

Gailey will be reminding the players, the fans and the media that even though he’ll have one of his three main QB candidates working with the first unit that the competition will still be open. That fact however, doesn’t change how the quarterbacks intend to interact with one another.

“It’s all about coming out here and working,” said Ryan Fitzpatrick. “I think whoever the starter ends up being if I work as hard as I can, if I’m the starter, I know the team is going to be better. If I work as hard as I can and Trent or Brian ends up being the starter then we’re going to be a better team because of it because I’m going to push him and he’s going to push me.”


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Signings at top slim

Posted by Chris Brown on July 19, 2010 – 1:28 pm

While Bills fans wait and wonder if Buffalo’s top two draft choices sign before camp opens, consider the NFL landscape with signings right now.

Here on July 19th, just one second-round pick (Jets Vladimir Ducasse) has signed and no first round picks have signed. Knowing Buffalo has seven of their nine draft choices under contract, with Alex Carrington the most recent addition, I’d say they’ve got a pretty good batting average right now.

Everyone knows that agents never want to look bad on a deal so they often wait until some kind of parameters are set around their client in their respective round. That really hasn’t happened in round one or two for this year’s draft class. So to this point not much has been accomplished with day one and day two draft picks.

The good news for Bills fans is there are more than a half dozen camp report dates of other NFL clubs that are earlier than Buffalo’s as far as rookies are concerned. So hopefully rookies from other clubs will have greater incentive to get their deals done, thereby setting parameters for the likes of Torell Troup and C.J. Spiller.


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Full training camp schedule today

Posted by Chris Brown on May 27, 2010 – 9:25 am

Make your travel plans road tripping Bills fans. The team’s full 2010 Verizon Wireless training camp schedule will be released later today.

The dates and times of practices will be released at 2 pm today (Thursday) on the home page of Buffalobills.com.


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