–The Buffalo Bills yesterday signed free agent WR DeMarco Sampson and waived DB Vernon Kearney. Sampson entered the NFL as a seventh-round (249th overall) draft choice of the Arizona Cardinals in 2011 and appeared in 12 games during his rookie season, making three catches for 36 yards. He was released by Arizona prior to the 2012 regular season and joined the Philadelphia Eagles in January of 2013 before being released on May 14th. The 6-2, 204-pound San Diego State product caught 146 passes for 2,242 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Aztecs and earned All-Mountain West honors twice.
–Bills WR Brad Smith will make an appearance at the 2013 Pet Adoptathon at North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, NY tomorrow. Animal League America will kick off Pet Adoptathon 2013 by opening its doors on Saturday, June 1st for 36 straight hours.
–Buffalo DT Marcell Dareus will host a Football Camp along with Oakland Raiders LB Jerrell Harris tomorrow at Carver (Birmingham, AL) High School. The camp is free for kids ages 8-17.
–The27th Annual Jim Kelly Celebrity Classic will be held on Monday, June 3rd. Over 50 celebrities, come together from the sports and entertainment industry for a memorable weekend and each golf foursome will be paired with a celebrity golfer. The event serves as a benefit for Kelly for Kids – a not-for-profit foundation committed to providing funding and support to those organizations throughout Western New York that operate for the benefit of disadvantaged and disabled youth. Through its grant program, Kelly for Kids supports various entities focused on children’s needs and issues, especially those that serve the handicapped and disadvantaged.
–On Tuesday, June 4th the Buffalo Bills and Unyts will host the Gift of Life Blood Drive at Ralph Wilson Stadium. All presenting donors will receive a complimentary a $5 Subway gift card, a complimentary $5 Tim Hortons gift card, a ½ pint of Perry’s Ice Cream and will be entered in random drawings for many great prizes. Stadium and locker room tours will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. for donors. Donors should bring their photo I.D. and must be 17 years of age or older. Those 16 years of age may donate blood with parental consent. Walk-ins are welcome or donors can call 1.716.312.7940 or visit www.unyts.org to make an appointment.
–Former Bills DL Phil Hansen and his wife Dianna will return to Buffalo and the Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo on Tuesday, June 4th at 11:00 am to dedicate the Hansen Family Room and visit with families and staff at a post dedication luncheon. Dianna, a long-time volunteer at the House, and Phil, a former Buffalo Bill defensive end standout inducted onto the Bills Wall of Fame in 2011, will be honored for their selfless commitment to children and families.
–The Buffalo Bills are offering a special fundraising opportunity for local schools. Schools in Buffalo, Rochester and Southern Ontario will have the opportunity to sell tickets for the Bills vs. Minnesota Vikings Kids Day Game on August 16 at Ralph Wilson Stadium for just $20.00. For every $20.00 ticket sold, $5.00 will go back to the school. Schools interested in participating in the fundraising effort can contact Sara Beth Fisher at 716-312-8917 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
–The Bills will conclude their 2013 Organized Team Activities today at One Bills Drive.
—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
7:30 AM – LB Kiko Alonso – WGR 550 (The Howard Simon Show)
1:00 PM – President and CEO Russ Brandon – CBS Sports Radio (The Jim Rome Show)
7:00 PM – RB C.J. Spiller – NFL Network (Total Access)
QUOTE OF THE DAY
DOUG MARRONE, Bills Head Coach on if he would have any limitations on using C.J. Spiller because of his size and where he sees the backfield with Spiller and Jackson:
“Absolutely not. I think I have really seen him, as well as Fred (Jackson), work on the things that can make them both complete backs. That is our goal. When we put them back there to make sure they are complete backs. I see that we have two backs that can produce results. I think that you will see that C.J has a great ability to get outside and also run inside. I see C.J. Spiller from the time I have been here has worked extremely hard to really step his game up. That is exciting. I have seen Fred (Jackson) as a veteran player, and I like to think that it is not because it is a new staff, really work hard and look good. I think we have an opportunity to have two backs back there that can be productive.”
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Associated Press-Marrone placing no limits on Bills running attack
Associated Press-Buffalo Bills signs free agent WR DeMarco Sampson
Niagara Gazette-Prank on Bills’ Nix not a laughing matter
Syracuse Post-Standard-Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel not being thrown into the fire
Syracuse Post-Standard-Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone expresses support for Scott Shafer
Boston Herald-Fed charges hit sports pranksters
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Inside The Bills
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Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
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C.J. Spiller wants to be considered NFL’s best running back
Will special teams be enough to save Brad Smith’s job?
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Around the League (NFL.com)
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The Sports Network
Bills sign WR Sampson
The Sports Xchange
Phone pranksters face federal charges
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