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BDC 4/29: Bills 2013 NFL Draft Recap

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 29, 2013 – 9:41 am

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DAILY REPORT
–The Buffalo Bills selected Florida St. QB E.J. Manuel (1st round – 16th overall), USC WR Robert Woods (2nd round – 41st overall), Oregon LB Kiko Alonso (2nd round – 46th overall), Texas WR Marquise Goodwin (3rd round – 78th overall), Nevada DB Duke Williams (4th round – 105th overall), DB Jonathan Meeks (5th round – 143rd overall), Florida St. K Dustin Hopkins (6th round – 177th overall) and Arkansas TE Chris Gragg (7th round – 222nd overall) with their eight draft selections in the 2013 NFL Draft.

TODAY’S INTERVIEWS
6:25 AM – Head Coach Doug Marrone – Brady and Lang in the Morning (Fan 590 – Toronto Listen Here)

8:05 AM – GM Buddy Nix – The Howard Simon Show (WGR 550 Listen Here)

8:10 AM – President and CEO Russ Brandon – Janet and Nick in the Morning (KISS 98.5 Listen Here)

8:20 AM – President and CEO Russ Brandon – The Break Room (96.5 WCMF)

10:15 AM – Head Coach Doug Marrone – Schein on Sports (SIRIUSXM)

4:45 PM – Head Coach Doug Marrone – NBC Universal Radio

5:00 PM – GM Buddy Nix – Movin’ the Chains (SIRIUSXM NFL Radio)

5:25 PM – GM Buddy Nix – Prime Time Sports (Fan 590 – Toronto)

PHOTOS OF THE DAY
Draft room
Inside the Bills 2013 Draft Room – President and CEO Russ Brandon, GM Buddy Nix, Head Coach Doug Marrone and Assistant General Manager Doug Whaley.
Field shot
First-round draft selection QB E.J. Manuel holds a football on the turf at Ralph Wilson Stadium field alongside Head Coach Doug Marrone, GM Buddy Nix and President and CEO Russ Brandon.
Draft party
Bills CB Stephon Gilmore and S Da’Norris Searcy pose for a picture with fans inside the team’s BlueCross BlueShield Healthy Zone Fieldhouse locker room during the Thursday night draft day party.

 QUOTES OF THE DAY FROM THE POST-DRAFT PRESS CONFERENCE
On the team’s 2013 Draft class:
We felt like we stayed with the board. Everybody says that. Everybody says they do not draft for need, but basically you do some. Everybody does some. We stayed with our grades and we think we filled a bunch of holes. It remains to be seen if…we feel good about it. We think we got them at the right position and we think they are good players.” – Bills General Manager Buddy Nix

On adding players with speed and versatility:
I think that I said it before when you look at the picks you are looking at players who have a lot of speed. I was brought up in this profession with (Syracuse) Coach MacPherson and even when I was younger my high school coach. I was taught follow speed. I think the versatility is important because I think when you have versatility within the players then you can get the best people on the field. That is everywhere except the quarterback position, where there is just one position for that.” – Head Coach Doug Marrone

On drafting QB EJ Manuel:
“I’m excited about it. I know our fans are as well. We’ve heard a lot about it for many, many years. Looking forward to having EJ (Manuel) in the mix coming in to compete and watching his growth and maturity in the organization is exciting. It’s exciting for all of us. I’m excited about the entire process. The entire draft and what still lies ahead in the next few hours when it comes to college free agency. We still have a lot of work to get done, but I’m very pleased with what’s been done to date.” – Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon

 DAILY LINKS

 Buffalo News: Bills take a chance on Rogers | Bills think safety first at draft’s end | Bills’ draft reflects Marrone’s need for speed | Passing of GM torch not likely in near future | Writer of uncommon grace connected with a common touchFelser showed what it meant to be a pro | Speaking of Larry Felser | Tasker and Kelly pass chemistry test on Sirius | Bills go for playmakers at receiver, linebacker | Manuel feels kinship with Buffalo | Later-round picks seal a team’s fate

Rochester D&C: Buffalo Bills add the ‘wow’ in draft | Buffalo Bills address needs in second, third rounds

Associated Press: Tennessee Tech WR Rogers agrees to sign with Bills | Bills turn to defensive need on final draft day | Rookie QB Manuel has ties to Bills famed past | Bills draft 2 WRs as new-look offense takes shape

Toronto Sun: Bills had good gut feelings about 2 troubled draft picks | Bills grab two receivers, linebacker on Day 2  | Manuel family strengthened by values, faith

CNNSI Monday Morning Quarterback: Peter King: “Doug Marrone did what he had to do”

 Yahoo! Sports-Secrecy helps Bills land E.J. Manuel, perhaps long-awaited return to postseason

Los Angeles Times-USC receiver Robert Woods selected by Buffalo Bills

Dallas Morning News-Texas Longhorns WR Marquise Goodwin didn’t think he’d be drafted Friday

 BuffaloBills.com: Manuel excited about his fit in Bills offense | Speed and versatility personified in Bills draft class | S Williams, Buffalo’s first pick on Day 3 | Bills double up at safety with Meeks in round 5 | 6th round K Hopkins another FSU alum | Bills cap draft with TE-H-back Gragg | Chris Gragg: ”I knew I was the most explosive tight end” | Buddy Nix, Doug Marrone comment on Bills 2013 Draft | Russ Brandon: ”I’m very pleased with what’s been done to date” | Duke Williams: ”I was really versatile [at Nevada]” | Jonathan Meeks: ”I just fell in love with the defense” | Dustin Hopkins: ”I’m confident in what I can do” | Strong bond between Manuel and Bills Hall of Famer | Bills land WR Woods on day two | Bills add athletic LB Alonso with 46th pick | Speedster WR Goodwin added in round three | Robert Woods: ”I’m ready and willing to go against each and every corner in the league” | EJ Manuel: ”I expect to come in and compete” | Kiko Alonso: ”I feel like I can play any spot in [the Bills] system” | Marquise Goodwin: ”People underestimate me as a complete football player”  | Buddy Nix and Doug Marrone comment on Day Two Draft picks

Smithtown Patch-From Gold’s Gym Trainer to NFL Hopeful

 Tallahassee Democrat-FSU’s first-round picks love their new homes

Orange County Register-USC’s Woods to team with Manuel in Buffalo

 Eugene Register Guard-Kiko Alonso’s the latest Duck to hear his name called in the 2013 NFL Draft

Portland Oregonian-Oregon Ducks linebacker Kiko Alonso exceeds expectations

 San Jose Mercury News-Buffalo Bills take former Los Gatos star Kiko Alonso

 Austin American Statesman-Goodwin goes to Bills in 3rd round

 Reno Gazette Journal-Pack’s Williams, Wooten picked in Draft

Greenville News-Meeks is stalking, not waiting

Men’s Health-STEVIE JOHNSON: NFL BAD BOY

 Lockport Union Sun & Journal-Bills draft a step in the right direction

 Canandaigua Daily Messenger-Evaluating the rest of Buffalo’s draft class

 Auburn Citizen-Bills add speed on offense, pick up defensive help

 Niagara Gazette-The voice of the fans

Audio/Video/Photo Clip 

BuffaloBills.com
NFL Network experts debate Manuel pick | Bills Roundup: Draft Day Three Recap | Nix and Marrone recap the draft | Chris Gragg Conference Call | Evaluating Buffalo Bills’ draft | Dustin Hopkins Conference Call | Darrell Moody on Safety Jonathan Meeks | Jonathan Meeks Conference Call | Duke Williams Conference Call | Brad Forsyth on Safety Duke Williams | Bills Roundup: Draft Day Two Recap | Nix and Marrone on Day Two Picks | Marquise Goodwin Conference Call | Kiko Alonso Conference Call | Robert Woods Conference Call | 2013 Draft profile: ILB Kiko Alonso, Oregon | 2013 Draft profile: Wide Receiver Robert Woods, USC | Bills Focus: EJ Manuel 1-on-1 Sit-Down Interview | EJ Manuel Introductory Press Conference | Jim Kelly on EJ Manuel | Draft Party Recap | EJ Manuel Says He’s Proud to be a Bill | Jimbo Fisher Says EJ Manuel is a Winner | The John Murphy Show April 26 | Jim Kelly Says E.J. Manuel is a Keeper  | E.J. Manuel Welcome to Buffalo Press Conference

WGR 550
Bills draft assessment | Bills Go Safety in 4th and 5th Rounds; Kicker in the 6th | Nix likes Bills’ draft, I think | Bills Take WR Woods On Day 2 | Bills Address LB Need, Take Alonso in 2nd Round | Bills Add Another WR

 NFL.com
Which rookie QB from the 2013 NFL Draft is in the best situation? | Did the Buffalo Bills reach for quarterback EJ Manuel? | Evaluating Buffalo Bills’ draft | Buffalo Bills draft WR Robert Woods No. 41 in 2013 NFL Draft

WKBW
Bills Brass on 2013 Draft | Bills take FSU kicker in the 6th Round | Bills add another safety in the 5th round of NFL Draft | Bills grab a safety in fourth round

 WGRZ
Bills Sign Da’Rick Rogers, Two Other Free Agents | Bills Add Defense in Final Rounds of Draft | Bills Draft: Day #2 | Bills Introduce EJ Manuel to Buffalo | Bills Select Quarterback EJ Manuel

WIVB
Bills wrap up draft week | Bills choose a linebacker with pick 46 | Bills grab a wide receiver | Tears of relief for Manuel in NFL draft | EJ Manuel arrives in Buffalo

 YNN
All eyes on Manuel | Bills Make Last and Final Draft Pick | Bills add two wideouts on second day of NFL Draft

WHAM
Bills draft speedy Texas WR Goodwin with 78th pick | Bills Take LB Kiko Alonso in Round 2 | Bills Take USC Wide Receiver Woods in Round 2

 Additional Clips

Inside The Bills

 Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Da’Rick Rogers will control whether he’s a player or a flop | Bills draft picks could be legit Rookie of the Year candidates | Bills less likely to sign Karlos Dansby with Kiko Alonso in fold | Bills sign undrafted QB Jeff Tuel and WR Brandon Kaufman | Report: Bills to sign notable UFA in ex-Tennessee WR Da’Rick Rogers | Bills ‘very seriously’ considered drafting another quarterback | Russ Brandon says Buddy Nix will be Bills GM ‘for a long time’ | Video: Nix, Marrone on drafted players | Video: Day Three of NFL Draft | Bills ‘not concerned’ about Jairus Byrd, but preparing anyway | Bills snag Arkansas TE Chris Gragg in the seventh round | Selection of sixth-round kicker a bad sign for Rian Lindell | Bills draft safeties in numbers, take Jonathan Meeks in fifth round | Bills drawn to Duke Williams’ aggressiveness, versatility | Bills draft Duke Williams, another defender with suspensions | Top prospects who could fit Bills on Day Three

Scott Pitoniak.com
Time will tell if Bills finally got the QB position straightenned out with EJ Manuel

 ESPN AFC East Blog
Are Bills taking too many character risks?

 Around the League (NFL.com)
Karlos Dansby falling out of favor with Buffalo Bills?

Pro Football Talk
Draft review: Buffalo Bills | Bills sign troubled WR Da’Rick Rogers | Bills, Dolphins going young at kicker? | Could Bills still nab Nassib?

 Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills sign Da’Rick Rogers, hope to hit UDFA jackpot | 2013 Buffalo Bills depth chart update, post 2013 NFL Draft | Buffalo Bills 2013 NFL Draft approval ratings | Undrafted free agent signings 2013: tracking Buffalo Bills rumors | 2013 NFL Draft grades: how did the Buffalo Bills do? | 2013 NFL Draft results: Buffalo Bills pick Chris Gragg | 2013 NFL Draft results: Buffalo Bills pick Dustin Hopkins | 2013 NFL Draft results: Buffalo Bills pick Jonathan Meeks | 2013 NFL Draft results: Buffalo Bills pick Duke Williams

Buffalo Sports Daily
Final Thoughts On Bills 2013 Draft Class


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BDC 4/26: Bills to Introduce Manuel Today

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 26, 2013 – 10:30 am

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DAILY REPORT
–The 2013 NFL Draft continues tonight with Rounds Two and Three beginning at 6:30 PM. The final rounds (Four-Seven) will start at Noon on Saturday. The Bills are penciled in with two selections in Round Two (41st and 46th overall) and one in the third-round (78th overall).

–The Buffalo Bills selected Florida St. QB E.J. Manuel in the first-round of the 2013 NFL Draft last night with the 16th overall selection – after exchanging first-round draft positions with the St. Louis Rams. In the trade, Buffalo acquired the Rams’ 46th overall and 222nd overall selections while swapping third-round choices (71st for 78th).

–E.J. Manuel becomes the eighth Florida St. product drafted by Buffalo – including a pair of 2012 selections: LB Nigel Bradham and OL Zebrie Sanders.

–The Bills have now used the 16th overall draft pick on four occasions: C Jim Ritcher (1980 – North Carolina State), RB Ronnie Harmon (1986 – Iowa), DB James (J.D.) Williams (1990 – Fresno State) and QB E.J. Manuel (2013 – Florida St.

–Bills RB C.J. Spiller takes fans behind-the-scenes of the making of the team’s 2013 season ticket marketing campaign on BuffaloBills.com. The recharged season ticket commercial aired during last night’s Draft Special and can be seen here >>>

–Buffalo WR T.J. Graham will host the second annual  ‘T.J. Graham Skills Challenge’ on Saturday, April 27th in Raleigh, NC. Graham’s skills challenge will showcase high school football players from those the area as participants will compete in a variety of drills throughout the day. Graham will host a second event on May 25 in Buffalo, NY.

TODAY’S INTERVIEWS
QB E.J. Manuel – The Howard Simon Show – WGR 550  (Listen Here)
QB E.J. Manuel – Janet & Nick in the Morning – Kiss 98.5 (Listen Here)
9:15 AM – QB E.J. Manuel – The Break Room – WCMF (Rochester)
9:15 AM – Head Coach Doug Marrone – Mike & Mike in the Morning – ESPN
9:45 AM – QB E.J. Manuel – The Jeff Blair Show Fan590 (Toronto)
10:45 AM – QB E.J. Manuel – The Dan Patrick Show

PHOTOS OF THE DAY
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Bills first-round draft selection QB E.J. Manuel poses for a picture with two fans inside of Entercom Radio studios this morning prior to his radio tour.

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Bills first-round pick QB E.J. Manuel (right) with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell with a No. 1 Buffalo Bills jersey after being selected by the team with the 16th overall draft pick at Radio City Music Hall last night.

QUOTES OF THE DAY
On what appeals to him about the Buffalo Bills:
“Well the system that Coach Hackett was teaching me when I went up to Buffalo and met with him. That is probably what intrigued me the most. I actually called my agent as soon as I finished with him and I said, ‘Man, I really hope Buffalo takes me because I feel like I can fit into the system perfectly.’ Like I said, I am going to learn from the veteran guys they already have and just go out there to try and earn the respect of my teammates.” – Bills first-round draft selection QB E.J. Manuel

On what it means to be the first quarterback selected in the 2013 NFL Draft:
“It means a lot. This goes down as probably the best day, the best night of my life. To be the first quarterback taken in the NFL Draft, to be a first rounder, to be taken by the Buffalo Bills considering where I started from in January to this day now is…I am just so proud and happy for the team I have and the people who helped me get to this point.” – Bills first-round draft selection QB E.J. Manuel

On the leadership characteristics QB E.J. Manuel displays:
“Well obviously we are excited about adding him to our team and he does bring, like you said, a lot of intangibles. I think one of the things that you see when he walks into a room is just his presence. And again, he has had great leadership ability at Florida St. where he has been amongst his teammates. I think that one of the important things when he comes in here is, again, earning the trust of our players. I think that is the first thing that you have to do. He will come in here and he will compete for the quarterback position. He has a lot in front of him. It is a situation where he is going to have to earn the trust of the players on this football team already and he is going to have to obviously learn the system.” – Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone

On what he likes about QB E.J. Manuel and when they had him pinned as the top quarterback on the team’s board:
“As you know we did a lot of work on these guys. We felt like we knew them about as well as you could from a distance. This guy to us has got the upside to be whatever you want him to be. All these quarterbacks had good qualities. We said that from the start. This is a guy that can do both. It was when we finished the process. We wanted to see everybody in the same situation. Bringing them (in), talking to them and going over it. We did not make a decision until after we finished the last visit with the quarterbacks.” – Bills General Manager Buddy Nix

 DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News-Bills get their QB: Manuel 

Buffalo News-Credit Bills for taking bold path

Rochester D&C-Buffalo Bills select Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel

Niagara Gazette-Manuel’s the right choice

Canandaigua Daily Messenger-Thoughts on the Bills picking Manuel

Toronto Sun-E.J. Manuel first QB taken — by Bills!

Syracuse Post-Standard-Doug Marrone, Bills pass on former Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib who goes undrafted

Erie Times News-Surprises for Browns, Bills, but not Steelers

Tallahassee Democrat-FSU’s first-round picks: Manuel, Werner, Rhodes

Orlando Sentinel-FSU’s EJ Manuel first QB taken in NFL Draft, while Gators’ Sharrif Floyd drops

Miami Herald-Buffalo Bills make splash, take FSU’s EJ Manuel in first round

USA Today-E.J. Manuel first (and only) QB drafted in 1st round

Associated Press-Bills select QB Manuel with 16th pick in draft

Associated Press-Tears of relief for Manuel in NFL draft 1st round

CBS Sports-Bills gets crafty to get the guy they wanted all along

Sports Illustrated-With GM seats burning, Bills and Dolphins go bold

Yahoo! Sports-E.J. Manuel surprisingly breaks away from crop of mediocre QBs to land spot in Buffalo

BuffaloBills.com-Bills get QB in round one, draft Manuel

BuffaloBills.com-Bills swing trade with Rams, trade down to 16

BuffaloBills.com-Kelsay follows in Hansen’s footsteps at Radio City

BuffaloBills.com-Buddy Nix and Doug Marrone comment on drafting E.J. Manuel

BuffaloBills.com-E.J. Manuel: ”I am so proud to be a Buffalo Bill”

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
BuffaloBills.com
50 Yard Finish: Stretching warm-up
Bills Roundup: Draft Day One Recap
Nix and Marrone Comment on Manuel Pick
E.J. Manuel Conference Call
2013 Draft profile: Quarterback E.J. Manuel, Florida St.
Buffalo Bills draft E.J. Manuel No. 16 in the 2013 NFL Draft
Bills Focus: Buddy Nix on Trade Talk
The John Murphy Show April 25

WGR 550
Bills Trade Down, Grab Manuel at 16 Overall
Buscaglia: Bills’ candidates for 41 and 46
4/26 EJ Manuel joins us in studio to talk about being picked by the Bills, being an NFL player, and Hackett’s system
4/26 Joe B talks about EJ Manuel and who the Bills could target in the following rounds

Kiss 98.5
Buffalo Bills #1 Pick QB E.J. Manuel

 NFL.com
Buffalo Bills draft EJ Manuel No. 16 in the 2013 NFL Draft

 WIVB
Bills select QB Manuel with 16th pick
Bills trade down from 8th to 16th

 WKBW
Russo Reaction: EJ Manuel pick
Bills Nix, Marrone talk about addition of EJ Manuel
Bills Pick EJ Manuel
Bills Trade down in 1st Round

 WGRZ
Bills Select Quarterback EJ Manuel
Take 2: Bills Lower Risk and Raise the Stakes

WHAM
Bills Select QB Manuel With 16th Pick In Draft

 WROC
WROC interviews Bills QB of future in NYC

 WHEC
Bills select quarterback E.J. Manuel with 16th pick in draft
No secret: Bills are QB-focused entering NFL draft

 YNN
Bills draft QB EJ Manuel

 Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Mayock thinks E.J. can be special, Manuel’s leadership evident, Manuel’s big arm will help in Buffalo, Manuel jersey number, What Bills want in a QB, Bills goal is to land 3 starters, Starts and comp. pct. matter in QB evals, Former GM-Players on the move tonight, Some QB metrics that favor Manuel, Nassib, Mock Draft Watch: Final summary, Bills QB decision-”Million Dollar Question”, Manuel sees himself as early pick, What numbers are available to Bills draftees?, Why trading back so attractive this year, Dansby update, McShay’s final mock has QB to Bills, Mort: Bills pick at 8 attracting attention

 Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
E.J. Manuel an elite specimen in Sport Science laboratory
E.J. Manuel talks to the media
ESPN’s Todd McShay rips Bills for making E.J. Manuel first QB taken
Video: Bucky Gleason, Milt Northrop react to E.J. Manuel pick
Video: News sports reporters react to Bills picking E.J. Manuel
Video: Scouting report of E.J. Manuel
Video: Sully from One Bills Drive
Bills pick quarterback E.J. Manuel with first pick
Video: Gaughan on what the Bills might do in NFL Draft
Audio: Bills, NFL draft preview on ESPN Radio in Albany
Karlos Dansby, Bills unable to agree on contract — for now
Jim Kelly suggests Bills draft a WR first, omits Ryan Nassib

 ESPN AFC East Blog
Doug Marrone era hinges on EJ Manuel
Twitter: Mixed reviews on Bills’ EJ Manuel
Bills surprise with QB Manuel

 Fox Sports Florida
FSU’s EJ Manuel selected by Bills, first QB drafted

 Around the League (NFL.com)
EJ Manuel a surprise pick by Buffalo Bills at No. 16

 Pro Football Talk
E.J. Manuel is the first quarterback selected, taken by the Buffalo Bills with 16th pick
Glut of new decision-makers leads to more mystery
Karlos Dansby and Bills will keep talking

 Kryk Slants
In draft-floor interview, newest Buffalo Bills QB E.J. Manuel says his visit to Buffalo might have been the clincher

 Buffalo Rumblings
2013 NFL Draft: best remaining players, Bills team needs
2013 NFL Draft results: Bills’ E.J. Manuel only Round 1 QB
2013 NFL Draft trade: Bills, Rams swap picks
2013 NFL Draft live chat for Buffalo Bills fans

 AFC East Daily
Bills pick E.J. Manuel as first QB off draft board


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BDC 4/25: 2013 NFL Draft Tonight

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 25, 2013 – 10:00 am

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DAILY REPORT
–The 2013 NFL Draft begins tonight at 8:00 PM ET with the first round. Rounds Two and Three continue tomorrow at 6:30 PM with the final rounds (Four-Seven) beginning at Noon on Saturday.

–Bills RB C.J. Spiller takes fans behind-the-scenes of the making of the team’s 2013 season ticket marketing campaign on BuffaloBills.com. The recharged season ticket commercial aired during last night’s Draft Special and can be seen here >>>

–Buffalo WR T.J. Graham will host the second annual  ‘T.J. Graham Skills Challenge’ on Saturday, April 27th in Raleigh, NC. Graham’s skills challenge will showcase high school football players from those the area as participants will compete in a variety of drills throughout the day. Graham will host a second event on May 25 in Buffalo, NY.

TODAY’S INTERVIEW
6:00 PM – TE Scott Chandler – ‘Game On’ with Rod Mawhood (610 Talk Niagara Falls) 

PHOTO OF THE DAY
Spiller Photo Shoot
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller took part in a photo shoot and video for this year’s season ticket commercial which aired during last night’s draft special. This year’s slogan: The 2013 Buffalo Bills are recharged.  That makes this more than a new season – it’s the start of a new era of Bills football.  There’s a new energy, new leadership and a renewed commitment to excellence. The recharged commercial can be viewed here >>>.

QUOTES OF THE DAY
On the passing of Buffalo News Columnist Larry Felser:
“I am deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Larry Felser. Larry was there at the beginning of the American Football League and along with fellow reporters such as Will McDonough and others, played an important role in the growth of our league. He was the consummate professional—tough, but fair, and never one to shy away from clearly stating his opinion. I had tremendous respect for Larry and we developed a deep friendship that lasted throughout our lifetimes. We shared some great laughs over the years and that’s what I am remembering most today about Larry. I will truly miss him. My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his lovely wife, Beverly, and their family.” – Bills Owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. 

On the fine-tuning process of the draft board and preparing for the eighth overall pick:
“What we’ll do is take the total body of work. The resume from this guy from when we started this process last May, through the fall, through the all-star games and the combine, through the spring information from pro days and visits, and say, ‘From everything you’ve seen, how do you feel about this guy?’ That’s when we fine tune it, and that’s when we put a final grade on a guy. Everybody always asks me, is it hectic on draft day? And the answer is no. We’re well prepared and we have the board set for our top eight players. As the players get called, we start taking them off our board, and then it becomes our pick. Usually, about one pick before us, we start looking at who’s up there. And there are usually those two or three guys that we thought were the best eight players up there. That’s when the discussion goes, which player out of these two or three guys will we go for.” – Bills Assistant General Manager Doug Whaley via The John Murphy Show (4/24)

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News-Ignoring quarterbacks in draft leaves Bills with imperfect 10

 Buffalo News-Team building doesn’t end after last pick

 Buffalo News-Scout’s honor: It’s tough to rate QBs

 Buffalo News-Only bad move is not picking a quarterback

 Buffalo News-Offense scouting report

 Buffalo News-Defensive scouting report

 Buffalo News-Larry Felser, iconic former News sports columnist, dies

 Rochester D&C-Will the Buffalo Bills pick a quarterback?

 Toronto Sun-Top prospects spill about Bills visits

 CBS Sports-Why Buffalo Can’t Afford to Spend Its First Pick on Nassib

 Olean Times Herald-Bills scored a big break from schedule-maker

 BuffaloBills.com-Bills poised to add offense

 BuffaloBills.com-Backers around the country to host Bills draft parties

 BuffaloBills.com-Bills owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. on the passing of Larry Felser

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
BuffaloBills.com
C.J. Spiller 2013 Season Ticket Commercial
Phil Savage Gives Draft War Room Insight
Doug Whaley Says “Trading Down” Talks Have Started
Tony Pauline Has Inside Info On The Bills Draft
The John Murphy Show April 24

 WGR 550
Buscaglia: Bills’ best and worst case scenarios on Day 1
NFL Draft Podcast – One Day Away!
4/24 Joe Buscaglia discusses whether the Bills should wait next year for quarterback, when the Bills should target a tight end in the draft and the possibility the Bills might trade down
Joe Buscaglia Spreads Draft Fever like Smallpox

 WIVB
Bills still a mystery before Draft

 WGRZ
Bills Eye Syracuse QB Nassib

 WHAM
No secret: Bills are QB-focused entering NFL draft

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
“Draft will be great theatre”-Doug Whaley, Final thoughts on QBs from Bills Asst. GM, “It takes two to move in the draft”-Whaley, Whaley-”Draft Board is set”-fine tuning is final step, Marrone’s role in draft room, Draft smoke screens big right now, Nix: Even more QB homework has been done, ‘No Huddle’ debuts on SiriusXM, Casserly on Bills trade down options, Remembering draft room hierarchy, Not much Manuel in M&T Bank draft challenge

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Ralph Wilson statement on today’s passing of Larry Felser
Daily draft poll: Should the Bills move up or down in the order?
Channeling Buddy: Collegiate vets from the South will rise again
A fundamental concern with the Bills drafting Ryan Nassib

 BillsDaily.com
The Time Is Now To Take A QB

ESPN AFC East Blog
Wait … Bills now want QB Matt Barkley?

Around the League (NFL.com)
Bills reportedly eyeing Matt Barkley, not Ryan Nassib

 Buffalo Rumblings
2013 NFL Draft rumors: Doug Marrone likes E.J. Manuel
Mike Mayock 2013 NFL mock draft: Tavon Austin to Buffalo Bills
2013 NFL Draft rumors: Bills “seriously targeting” Matt Barkley
Todd McShay, Mel Kiper mock draft: Bills take QB, OG
Buffalo Bills draft picks 2013: best case scenarios 

Buffalo Sports Daily
Mayock Gives Bills Austin In Mock Draft
Report Says Bills Worried About Nassib Being “Poached” 

Pro Football Talk
Bills fear Jets will take Ryan Nassib
Longtime pro football writer Larry Felser passes away

 AFC East Daily
Quarterback E.J. Manuel gets in on smokescreening
Bills scout compares WR prospect to Eric Moulds


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BDC 4/24: “No Huddle” Debuts on SIRIUSXM

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 24, 2013 – 9:58 am

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DAILY REPORT
1 day until the 2013 NFL Draft

–Former Buffalo Bills QB Jim Kelly, WR Andre Reed and WR/ST Steve Tasker will host a new show airing on SIRIUSXM Radio (Ch. 88) called “No Huddle.” The “No Huddle” program will make its debut tonight with a special preview episode at 7:00 PM ET. It will continue to air in its weekly timeslot during the 2013 NFL season.

–Bills WR T.J. Graham will host the second annual  ‘T.J. Graham Skills Challenge’ on Saturday, April 27th in Raleigh, NC. Graham’s skills challenge will showcase high school football players from those the area as participants will compete in a variety of drills throughout the day. Graham will host a second event on May 25 in Buffalo, NY.

PHOTO OF THE DAY
Scouts
Buffalo Bills National Scout Darrell Moody (top right) and College Scouts Brian Fisher (bottom left), Theo Young (top right) and Brad Forsyth (bottom right) participated in a roundtable pre-draft media session at One Bills Drive yesterday.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
On what his mindset has been this offseason:
“Doug Whaley sent me a challenge. He said when he was in Pittsburgh they drafted a guy in the third round named Mike Wallace. As a speed guy he has been…he is not a very small speed guy. He is of long stature, very similar to myself. He told me to kind of compare ourselves and figure out what our differences were. I kind of took that to heart saying, ‘I have wanted to be that type of player and more.’ So I figured it out and I am trying to improve on it to get to where he is.” – Bills WR T.J. Graham via The John Murphy Show on 4/23

 DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News-Bills may add Dansby to linebacking corps  

Buffalo News-George Hasiotis on waterfront stadium

Associated Press-No secret: Bills are QB-focused entering NFL draft

The Record-Kitchener boy, school mingle with NFL star

BuffaloBills.com-Chris Brown’s 8th annual mock draft

BuffaloBills.com-Spiller spreads PLAY 60 message in Ontario

BuffaloBills.com-Bills host free agent LB Karlos Dansby

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
BuffaloBills.com
Behind the scenes: Photo shoot with C.J. Spiller
2013 Draft Preview: WR Cordarrelle Patterson
The John Murphy Show April 23 

WGR 550
Scout Session: Hear it from the Bills
NFL Draft Podcast – Top 8 Mock
CAPACCIO: First Round’s On Me (mock draft and Bills thoughts)
4/23 Joe B on his latest mock draft, QB options, and “you don’t take a guard at 8 overall!”
4/23 Joe Buscaglia on why the Bills need to draft a QB
John Clayton on 1983 and upcoming NFL Drafts

CTV News
Football star in Kitchener

 WGRZ
Bills QB Focused Entering Draft

 YNN
Moving around in the draft?

 Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
LSU LB is “instinctive”-Bills Scout, Bills scout: “Manuel has run dynamic”, Bills scout: QB Manuel “not a finished product”, 30 for 30 features ’83 QB class, Jim Kelly, Alumni, Jills, on-hand for Roswell event

Talkin’ TV (Buffalo News)
Bills’ schedule has multiple local TV winners

 NFL Canada
Spiller wins over Pats fan

 Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Kelly, Reed, Tasker join for weekly NFL radio show
Bills court potential key addition in LB Karlos Dansby

 Pro Football Talk
Report: Five teams in top 12 want to move down

 Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills draft picks 2013: best case scenarios
2013 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills Top 8 big board

 Buffalo Sports Daily
Final 2013 NFL Mock Draft (3 Rounds)


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

4/23: FA LB Dansby Visiting Buffalo Today

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 23, 2013 – 9:37 am

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DAILY REPORT
2 days until the 2013 NFL Draft 

–Free Agent LB Karlos Dansby is visiting with Buffalo Bills personnel today.

–Bills WR T.J. Graham will host the second annual  ‘T.J. Graham Skills Challenge’ on Saturday, April 27th in Raleigh, NC. Graham’s skills challenge will showcase high school football players from the area as participants will compete in a variety of drills throughout the day. Graham will host a second event on May 25th in Buffalo, NY. 

PHOTOS OF THE DAY
Coach Marrone_Around the League
Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone (right) was a guest on yesterday’s edition of Around the League on NFL Network with host Andrew Siciliano (left). Full Interview Available Here>>>

Spiller_Kitchener 
Bills RB C.J. Spiller participated in the NFL’s Take a Player to School Program yesterday at W.T. Townshend Public School in Kitchener, Ontario. Spiller visited the grade four classroom of sweepstakes winner Ronan Freeborn, spoke to the entire school and led the day’s NFL ‘Play 60′ activities.

QUOTE OF THE DAY                                                                                                                                           On last week’s voluntary veteran mini-camp:
“I was just happy with the way the whole overall team came in with a good attitude, their tempo and just the way they worked. If we continue to work like that, I think obviously we have taken great steps in the right direction.”  – Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone via NFL Network’s Around the League (4/22)

 DAILY LINKS
The Mississauga News-NFL star C.J. Spiller visits school 

Toronto Sun-Why the Bills should take a QB at No. 8

BuffaloBills.com-Draft Profile: Mingo a pass rush force

BuffaloBills.com-Mock Draft Watch 10.0

Audio/Video/Photo Clip 
BuffaloBills.com
2013 Draft Preview: OLB Jarvis Jones
The John Murphy Show April 22

 WGR 550
NFL Draft Podcast – How ’bout a trade?
Bills’ Marrone raved about Barkley in September
Jerry Sullivan- “There are no franchise Guards”
Jerry Sullivan on What the Bills might do in the Draft 

YNN
Bills Weigh Options as Draft Approaches 

Additional Clips
 Inside The Bills
NFL Network & NFL.com Draft Coverage, Cosell mocks OLB to Bills, Nix: no debating importance of QB, Marrone on NFL Network

 ESPN AFC East Blog
McShay’s mock: Bills take QB Ryan Nassib?

 ESPN Playbook
Stephon Gilmore Talks about His Draft Experience and Hugging the Commissioner

 Buffalo Rumblings
Greg Cosell mock draft projects Barkevious Mingo to Bills
2013 NFL Draft debate: Matt Barkley vs. Ryan Nassib

 Yahoo! Sports
If, And, But: The Buffalo Bills Will Be in the Playoffs in 2013


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

BDC 4/22: Spiller Visits W.T. Townshend

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 22, 2013 – 9:36 am

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DAILY REPORT
3 days until the 2013 NFL Draft

–Bills RB C.J. Spiller will take part in an NFL Play 60 program and Take a Player to School on today in Kitchener, Ontario.

–Buffalo WR Stevie Johnson launched The SJ13 Wrap-Up Show on Sunday on SIRIUSXM’s Hip-Hop Nation. The show features Johnson playing his 13 favorite hip-hop jams as well as the receiver giving his take on the world of hip-hop and sports.

TODAY’S INTERVIEW
5:15 PM – Head Coach Doug Marrone – NFL Network ‘Around the League’

PHOTO OF THE DAY
Townshend
W.T. Townsend Public School in Kitchener, ON welcomes Bills RB C.J. Spiller today as the running back is participating in the NFL’s Take a Player to School Program. Spiller will be visiting the grade four classroom of sweepstakes winner Ronan Freeborn, and then speaking to the entire school. Spiller will also lead the day’s NFL ‘Play 60′ activities.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
On visiting W.T. Townshend Public School in Kitchener, ON with the Take a Player to School program:
“It is going to be very exciting. I am definitely looking forward to it—to meeting Ronan, his family, going to his school, meeting his classmates and the principals. Also doing the assemblies and taking questions. Just giving a little background in my history of how I grew up and stuff like that. It is definitely exciting. He is going to be the top dog for the rest of the year because like you said, nobody is going to get to ride to school in a limo and all of that stuff.” –via FAN 590 4/19

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News-Bills’ Wood moves to front of the line 

Buffalo News-Waiting on a quarterback would be risky for Bills

Buffalo News-Plenty of defensive line talent in the draft

Rochester D&C-Could Ryan Nassib be the Buffalo Bills’ next quarterback?

Auburn Citizen-With the 8th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills should select…

Auburn Citizen-Buffalo Bills 2013 schedule: The good, bad and ugly

Niagara Gazette-Wheatfield’s Mulkey works out with Buffalo Bills

Niagara Gazette-Bills schedule one to savor

BuffaloBills.com-Graham impresses early

BuffaloBills.com-Mock Draft Watch 9.0

BuffaloBills.com-Marrone and staff push tempo early

BuffaloBills.com-Opportunity big for Bradham

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
BuffaloBills.com
2013 Draft Preview: OT Eric Fisher
2013 Draft Preview: CB Dee Milliner
2013 Draft Preview: WR Tavon Austin
Mary Wilson continues to empower young girls
The John Murphy Show April 19

WGR 550
Buscaglia: How a Revis trade affects the Bills
NFL Draft Podcast – Needs besides QB

WIVB
Change at One Bills Drive

YNN
Revis’ affect on the Bills draft

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Stevie Johnson makes Sirius XM Radio hosting debut, Kolb: “Up-tempo offense helps young players”, Mayock: Bills in tough spot at 8, Fan Friday 4-19, Kolb talks about no-huddle offense, Mayock wouldn’t take QB for Bills at 8

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
The Buffalo News is your source for draft coverage

 Around the League (NFL.com)
Fred Jackson: New Buffalo Bills coaches are ‘different’

 Pro Football Talk
Bills liking life under Doug Marrone

 Kryk Slants
Sizing up Top 10 QBs in NFL draft

 Buffalo Rumblings
2013 NFL Draft rumors: “Growing belief” Bills will take Ryan Nassib
Landry Jones 2013 NFL Draft scouting report
2013 NFL Draft: what can the Bills expect at No. 8?
2013 NFL Draft rumors: Buffalo Bills like Matt Barkley 

AFC East Daily
Bills’ defensive players tout Pettine’s new playbook


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

BDC 4/19: Bills Open ’13 Season at the Ralph

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 19, 2013 – 9:57 am

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DAILY REPORT
6 days until the 2013 NFL Draft

–The Buffalo Bills announced its 2013 schedule yesterday. The team will open up the 2013 regular season with back-to-back home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium for the first time since 2000. Buffalo will host the New England Patriots on Kickoff Weekend on Sunday, September 8th at 1:00 PM followed by a match-up vs. Carolina on Sunday, September 15th at 1:00 PM.

–Buffalo signed five free agents that participated in the team’s voluntary veteran mini-camp this week on a tryout basis: DE Jamie Blatnick, DE Kourtnei Brown, K Chris Koepplin, P Brian Stahovich and FB Frank Summers.

–Bills RB C.J. Spiller will take part in an NFL Play 60 program and Take a Player to School on Monday, April 22nd in Kitchner, Ontario. Spiller will also make an appearance at the Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees game the day prior on Sunday, April 21st.

TODAY’S INTERVIEWS
7:30 AM – President and CEO Russ Brandon – 96.5 WCMF The Break Room
7:40 AM – RB C.J. Spiller – Fan 590

PHOTO OF THE DAY
Roswell
Bills Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning Mary Owen (center) participated in a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday as Roswell Park Cancer Institute broke ground to begin construction on its new 11-story Clinical Sciences Center, marking the first new construction at Roswell Park since 2007 and the first clinical expansion since 1998. The Ralph C. Wilson Foundation donated $1 million to the new Clinical Sciences Center as a member of the Circle of Ten.

QUOTES OF THE DAY FROM YESTERDAY’S VOLUNTARY MINI-CAMP
On the high amount of energy and excitement at practice:
“I think that is how we feel. I am pumped up and I am excited. I feel like the players. I feel like if I walk off this field and I am not exhausted and I am not tired, you know what, I did not give them the service that they deserve. That they have earned. I said it to the players earlier on in the week, it is a privilege for myself, and I am sure the staff feels the same way, to be on the field with them.” – Head Coach Doug Marrone 

On being very vocal and expressive:
“I think it goes back to the way I was brought up and a lot of us…in other words, it was always when you hit that grass or now that turf you are running. That is how I was brought up from a very young level and I believe that. I think that it is a mentality of when you step on the field, you are running and you are playing.” – Head Coach Doug Marrone

 On noticing a different pace at practice:
“The guys just get very competitive out there. We do not want to lose. They do not want to lose. We’re just trying to make each other better. There was definitely a lot of energy today than what it has been the last couple of days.” – RB C.J. Spiller

 On being excited about playing in a multiple front defense:
“Definitely. I have had a chance to play I guess you would say a hybrid 4-3, 3-4 before. This is similar with the possibilities. I know the possibilities that are there. You have somebody that can schematically scheme up something to create edges and create wide open guys. The one thing I have not done before is play this many positions. I am ready for it. It is just going to be very exciting and us as players are very excited. Every day when we come in it is an upbeat tempo. You have to be. The atmosphere is completely changed here.” – DE Mario Williams 

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News-Bills enjoy energy at voluntary workouts 

Buffalo News-Bills get fair-weather home slate, open with Pats

Buffalo News-Early draft picks to be weighted toward O-line

Rochester D&C-Buffalo Bills will open season at home vs. New England

Associated Press-Bills WR Johnson upbeat by Marrone’s uptempo style

Associated Press-Bills to host Patriots in coach Marrone’s debut

Batavia Daily News-Former Bills players to join Piccone for GCC ‘Trek’

San Diego Union Tribune-Former Aztec P Stahovich signs with Buffalo

BuffaloBills.com-Marrone and staff push tempo early

BuffaloBills.com-Bills sign five tryout players after minicamp

BuffaloBills.com-2013 Buffalo Bills schedule notes

BuffaloBills.com-What the Bills are up against in 2013

BuffaloBills.com-Mario Williams: ”The atmosphere is completely changed here”

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
BuffaloBills.com
50 Yard Finish: Let’s Talk Nutrition
2013 Draft Preview: WR DeAndre Hopkins
Bills Focus: 2013 Schedule Released
Bills Roundup: Minicamp Day 3, Progress Made
C.J. Spiller on Minicamp Practices
Mario Williams on Minicamp Practices
Doug Marrone Thursday Press Conference
The John Murphy Show April 18
Kevin Kolb Is Comfortable With New Offense 

WGR 550
Bills’ Marrone stressing tempo at practices
Bills 2013 schedule released
First thoughts on the Bills schedule
4/18 Ryan Nassib talks about draft process, and possiblity of coming to Buffalo
4/18 Joe Buscaglia discusses his mock draft and where he sees the Bills going
Joe Buscaglia Says, Draft Day Could be a long day for Geno Smith 

Kiss 98.5
Buffalo Bills QB Kevin Kolb 

WAPT
Hall of Famer Billy Shaw visits hometown

WIVB
Bills announce team’s 2013 schedule

 WKBW
Bills Release 2013 Regular Season Schedule
Bills sign 5 players after tryout 

WGRZ
Buffalo Bills Release 2013 Schedule

 WHAM
Bills Schedule Released

 WROC
2013 NFL sked released, Bills open vs. Patriots

 YNN
Marrone At the Center of Bills Mini-Camp
Bills Open 2013 Season at Home Vs. Patriots 

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
2013 team-by-team strength of schedule, Bills roster still has room, Bills new punter has strong leg, Ralph Wilson Foundation donates to Clinical Sciences Center, Marrone: Felt bad Stevie couldn’t work, Marrone’s assessment of QBs, Stevie not practicing

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Notes on 2013 Bills schedule
Bills open and close 2013 NFL season against New England
Video: Bills end spring practice on energetic note
Bills sign five tryout prospects
Audio: Bills draft yappage with Shredd and Ragan

 Around the League (NFL.com)
Analysis: Buffalo Bills’ 2013 schedule 

ESPN AFC East Blog
Buffalo Bills schedule analysis

Kryk Slants
GM Dimitroff looking forward to homecoming when his Falcons play Bills in Toronto
Mike Mayock on whether Bills should select a QB at No. 8 overall …
Expect Bills-in-Toronto game to be in December again — but against which team?

 Buffalo Rumblings
Bills 2013 schedule set up to avoid blackouts
Buffalo Bills schedule 2013: NFL regular season schedule released
Buffalo Bills sign five following minicamp tryout
2013 NFL Draft: Ryan Nassib views Buffalo Bills coaches “like family”
Which Buffalo Bills home game will be shipped to Toronto?

 AFC East Daily
Seventeen takeaways from Bills’ 2013 schedule


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

BDC 4/18: NFL Schedule to be Announced at 8PM

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 18, 2013 – 9:36 am

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DAILY REPORT
7 days until the 2013 NFL Draft

–The Buffalo Bills will conclude a three-day voluntary veteran mini-camp today from 9:45 – 11:45 AM. The team invited  11 players to participate in the voluntary mini-camp on a tryout basis.

–The NFL announced yesterday that former Bills DE Chris Kelsay will announce the team’s second-round draft  selection live from Radio City Music Hall on Friday, April 26th. Former Bills WR Andre Reed (2011) and DL Phil Hansen (2012) have participated in the NFL’s alumni draft program for the Bills since its inception in 2011.

–The 2013 NFL schedule will be announced tonight at 8:00 PM ET.

–Bills RB C.J. Spiller will take part in an NFL Play 60 program and Take a Player to School on Monday, April 22nd in Kitchner, Ontario. Spiller will also make an appearance at the Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees game the day prior on Sunday, April 21st.

TODAY’S INTERVIEW
7:10 AM – QB Kevin Kolb – Janet & Nick in the Morning (KISS 98.5)

THIS DATE IN BILLS HISTORY
April 18, 1968 – BILLS SIGN BOB KALSU
The Buffalo Bills agreed to terms with Oklahoma G Bob Kalsu – the team’s eighth-round draft selection.

PHOTO OF THE DAY
Kalsu
Bob Kalsu started eight games at guard in 1968 and was voted the team’s top rookie. He began fulfilling his ROTC obligation with the United States Army following the 1968 season and started his tour of duty in Vietnam in November 1969. He was killed by mortar fire on July 21, 1970 while defending Ripcord Base on an isolated jungle mountaintop near Vietnam’s Ashua Valley. He is the only professional football player killed in Vietnam. Kalsu was selected to the Wall of Fame on what would have been his 55th birthday, April 13, 2000.

QUOTES OF THE DAY FROM YESTERDAY’S VOLUNTARY MINI-CAMP
His thoughts on the wide receiving corps:
“I feel good about it. I really feel good about T.J. Graham. I have been watching him since he got here, but these past couple days he looks like a kid with something on his mind. Like as if he is trying to take over the team or take over this receiving corps. It is going to be fun competing with him and the rest of the guys in the room.” – WR Stevie Johnson

 On the tempo of the offense during mini-camp:
“We are not even pushing it right now really and you can still feel it amongst the practice. We have been finishing early (due to the tempo), both days. It has a lot to do with our coaching and the way that they press things. And then of course it transpires through me and the leaders. That is the way we want to play the game.” – QB Kevin Kolb

 On his opportunity this year:
“It feels good not just looking at cards, guys just running everywhere and not really knowing what is going on. It is more detailed when you are running your own stuff. It is a whole lot better. You kind of know where guys are going to be at. It is a lot better than doing the scout team stuff.” – QB Tarvaris Jackson

 DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News-Bills counting on LB Bradham to improve 

Buffalo News-NFL draft will bring safeties in numbers

Associated Press-Bills WR Johnson held out with mild back strain 

Greenville News-Spiller lends voice-over for Family Guy episode

Wellsville Daily Reporter-Bills’ GM Nix: QB class better than advertised

Olean Times Herald-Bills’ draft interests still a mystery

BuffaloBills.com-Bills draft still centering on QBs

BuffaloBills.com-Throwback Thursday: Angelo Crowell goes from sacks to subs

BuffaloBills.com-Bills 2013 schedule to be announced at 8 p.m. Thursday

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
BuffaloBills.com
2013 Draft Preview: LB Kevin Minter
Bills Roundup: Minicamp Day 2, Uptempo Pace
Kevin Kolb Press Conference
Tarvaris Jackson Press Conference
The John Murphy Show April 17 

WGR 550
Bills’ Bradham heading for bigger role
Buscaglia: NFL Mock Draft #5
NFL Draft Podcast – Luncheon Reaction

WGRZ
Bills WR Johnson held out with mild back strain

 YNN
Stevie Johnson frustrated by back strain

Additional Clips

Inside The Bills
Stevie on shelf with back strain, Last chance to guess the Bills 2013 schedule, 36% of fans think Bills will draft QB with top pick, Jackson on Spree’s ‘Most Beautiful People’ list, Manuel: Eagles, Bills, Jets most interested

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
C.J. Spiller’s uncommon skills delight Kevin Kolb
Byron Mulkey grateful for second chance with Bills
Back strain keeps Stevie Johnson out of voluntary workouts
Daily draft poll: Must first-round QB be opening-day starter? 

Around the League (NFL.com)
Buddy Nix defends draft’s QB class; will Bills take one? 

AFC East Blog (ESPN)
Bills GM Buddy Nix: Guard not a need 

Pro Football Talk
E.J. Manuel says Eagles, Bills and Jets are showing strong interest 

Buffalo Rumblings
Which Buffalo Bills home game will be shipped to Toronto? 

AFC East Daily
E.J. Manuel ‘feels really good’ about Bills, Jets


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

BDC 4/17: Day Two of Veteran Mini-Camp

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 17, 2013 – 10:37 am

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DAILY REPORT
8 days until the 2013 NFL Draft.

–The Buffalo Bills will hold their second day of a three-day voluntary veteran mini-camp today from 2:45 – 4:45 PM. The team invited  11 players to participate in the voluntary mini-camp on a tryout basis.

–The NFL announced that the 2013 schedule will be announced tomorrow, Thursday, April 18th at 8:00 PM ET. Bills fans can enter the Buffalo Bills Schedule Maker Challenge until midnight for a chance to win a pair of Bills 2013 season tickets.

–Bills RB C.J. Spiller will take part in an NFL Play 60 program and Take a Player to School on Monday, April 22nd in Kitchner, Ontario. Spiller will also make an appearance at the Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees game the day prior on Sunday, April 21st.

PHOTO OF THE DAY
Predraft
The Buffalo Bills hosted their 2013 pre-draft media luncheon yesterday. Bills General Manager Buddy Nix (center) will oversee his fourth Draft with the Bills. Left to Right: Coordinator of College Scouting Doug Majeski, Assistant General Manager Doug Whaley, Nix, Director of College Scouting Chuck Cook and Director of Pro Personnel Tom Gibbons took part in the press conference.

QUOTES OF THE DAY FROM YESTERDAY’S PRE-DRAFT LUNCHEON
“On behalf of Mr. Wilson and everyone in the Buffalo Bills organization, a lot of our focus and concentration has been in the draft room over the past few weeks but our hearts are certainly with the victims and the families in Boston and in the New England region for this senseless tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families. Once again it’s a credit to the American spirit when you see the first responders, the police and the fire officials who have stepped up throughout the region, throughout the country to help those victims.” –President and CEO Russ Brandon

On if there is there a quarterback good enough to be picked at the eighth spot:
“You know I think there is. Also, I’ve said from Day One, this quarterback class is better than everybody thinks it is. It’s better than the publicity that they get. And by that I mean there’s about five or six of those guys, maybe seven, that do a lot of things good and do them good enough to win.” – General Manager Buddy Nix 

On if losing offensive linemen Andy Levitre and Chad Rinehart impacts the team’s needs during the draft:
“Not at all. Now having said that, I know a lot of people are saying we’re taking a guard, one of those top two guards. Our roster, in house, is better than I think we give credit for, especially offensive line. We’re pretty deep there. We have six guards. We think a couple of those guys can play. Having said all that before you just write that we’re not going to take a guard at number eight, it’s hard to pass up two players like the boys in Alabama and the one at North Carolina. Both of them are great players. We’d have to give that a lot of thought.” – General Manager Buddy Nix

 On what type of player the coaching staff has asked the personnel department to look for:
“The number one thing they stressed to us is they want players to play like Bills, which are tough, competitive, intelligent players that love football. This helps us out a lot and basically told us all get the best player that one plays like a Bill, but is the best player at the position and we will find a way to make this player successful.” – Assistant General Manager Doug Whaley 

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News-Bills’ Williams puts positive spin on move to safety

Buffalo News-Nix says there’s a quarterback worthy of No. 8 pick

Buffalo News-Bills among teams searching for fast, aggressive linebackers

Buffalo News-Hall of Fame Bills guard Shaw honored

Rochester D&C-Byrd a no-show at Bills camp

Associated Press-Buffalo Bills hope to sign Byrd to long-term deal

BuffaloBills.com-Aaron Williams takes shift to safety in stride

BuffaloBills.com-11 invited for tryouts during voluntary minicamp

BuffaloBills.com-Bills open to trading down in round one

BuffaloBills.com-Bills 2013 schedule announced Thursday

BuffaloBills.com-Transcript: Bills Pre-Draft Luncheon

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
BuffaloBills.com
2013 Draft Preview: OLB Barkevious Mingo
Bills Roundup: Minicamp Day 1, Williams to Safety
2013 Bills Draft Luncheon Press Conference
Bills Roundup: Pre-Draft Luncheon
Majeski on Nassib
Nix, Cook on Patterson and WR class
Nix on QBs in 2013 draft
Nix on Draft Day Trades
Nix, Whaley on Barkley
Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The ’83 Draft
Spiller Says The New Offense Will Be Fast Paced
The John Murphy Show April 16 

WGR 550
Deciphering Buddy’s Code
Bills’ Aaron Williams switched to safety
4/17 Joe Buscaglia on this mock draft, the Bills draft luncheon, and the QB position
Bills Draft Luncheon

NFL.com
C.J. Spiller wakes up with ‘NFL AM’ 

WIVB
Sorting through the pre-draft smoke
Bills move Aaron Williams to safety 

WGRZ
Buffalo Bills hope to sign Byrd to long-term deal
Maiorana’s Musings – Pre-Draft 

WROC
Bills brass discusses NFL Draft 

YNN
Nix has high praise for QB class
Byrd a no show 

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Nix dismisses guard talk, Nix: There’ll be 2 or 3 big time QBs in draft, NFL schedule coming out Thursday night, Nix: Our draft priorities haven’t changed, Main purpose of pre-draft visits, Scouting dept. reviewing prospects

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Video: Hearts of all in Bills organization with victims of Boston bombings
Video: Buddy Nix speaks highly of quarterback class
UB’s Mulkey among Bills tryouts
Bills try to salvage Aaron Williams by switching him to safety
Video: Gaughan, Graham and Skurski recap Bills’ draft luncheon
Buddy Nix: Bills wouldn’t be reaching if they take QB at No. 8
Buddy Nix acknowledges potential Jairus Byrd contract trouble
Bills schedule poll: Which game do you want in Toronto?
Daily draft poll: What position will Bills take at No. 8? 

Three-Point Stance (Rochester D&C)
Some Bills pre-draft musings

Around the League (NFL.com)
Tavon Austin high on Buffalo Bills’ radar in NFL draft

The Sports Network
Buffalo Bills 2013 Draft Preview  

Pro Football Talk
Buddy Nix hasn’t given Jairus Byrd much thought
Nix defends quarterback class, says not a reach at 8 

Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills’ Aaron Williams, Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro are similar athletes
Buffalo Bills’ Aaron Williams moving from cornerback to safety
Buffalo Bills hybrid defense: explaining substitutions, alignments
2013 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills’ Buddy Nix talks quarterback 

Buffalo Sports Daily
Bills Media Luncheon – Cliff Notes Version 

AFC East Daily
Bills’ Williams latest corner to make move to safety


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

BDC 4/16: Voluntary Mini-Camp Begins Today

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 16, 2013 – 10:10 am

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DAILY REPORT
9 days until the 2013 NFL Draft.

–The Buffalo Bills will begin a three-day voluntary mini-camp today from 2:45 – 4:45 PM.

The John Murphy Show  presented by NOCO made its Rochester debut yesterday on Sportsradio 950 AM ESPN. The John Murphy Show launched in Buffalo on July 26, 2012.  The live daily two hour broadcast features nightly guests, player interviews, local call in segments and much more.   The show is broadcast Monday through Friday from 7-9 PM live from the offices at One Bills Drive in Orchard Park, NY.

TODAY’S INTERVIEW
7:45 AM – RB C.J. Spiller – NFL AM (NFL Network) 

PHOTOS OF THE DAY
DraftContestWinner
Bills General Manager Buddy Nix met Greg Kowalczyk, the winner of the Tim Hortons & Buffalo Bills 4th Round Draft Pick contest, yesterday at One Bills Drive. Greg won the opportunity to announce the Bills 4th round draft pick, round trip airfare to New York City for him and a guest, hotel stay, a $500 Visa gift card and a Tim Hortons and Bills prize pack. Greg works at First Niagara in Amherst and lives in Orchard Park. He is a season ticket holder and his birthday is tomorrow. He will be bringing his girlfriend, Amy Husted to the Draft with him. Their anniversary is at the end of the month. Fans entered the contest by Tweeting a picture to @TimHortonsUS showing why they’re the biggest Bills and Tim Hortons fans, tagging the tweet with #BillsDraft.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
On how the offseason workouts have gone so far:
“I think it has gone good. Obviously, we do not get to watch (the players). Our coaches get to meet with them. Turnout has been good. The enthusiasm—I think the building is upbeat having them back. One of the reasons we stay in this thing is being around those players and watching them improve. That has been good so far.” – Bills General Manager Buddy Nix from The John Murphy Show on Monday, April 15

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News-Tight ends on Bills’ shopping list  

BuffaloBills.com-Draft Profile: S Swearinger a striker

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
BuffaloBills.com
2013 Draft Preview: Safeties Vaccaro and Elam
The John Murphy Show April 15
Is Tyler Wilson the Best QB in the Draft?
Mike Catalana Sees Promise in Kevin Kolb
Buddy Nix Comments on Byrd, Kolb and Draft 

WGR 550
Buscaglia: Re-evaluating Ryan Nassib
NFL Draft Podcast – The Kolb difference?
4/16 Joe Buscaglia on his reevaluation of Ryan Nassib

NFL.com
In the community Bills and Browns 

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Spiller on TV, Jersey numbers for Branch and Dowtin, Report: Nassib to visit Cards, King hearing guard talk for Bills at 8

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Daily draft poll: What position will Bills take at No. 8?
Jon Gruden likes Syracuse’s Nassib best among QBs in draft
Don’t expect Jairus Byrd, agent to give Bills any breaks 

Kryk Slants
Options for Bills and Byrd at this point 

Around the League (NFL.com)
Buffalo Bills 2013 first-round mock draft 

ESPN Insider
Insider: 2013 Buffalo Bills draft guide  

Buffalo Rumblings
2013 NFL Draft rumors: Buffalo Bills thinking Chance Warmack, Jonathan Cooper?
Buffalo Bills’ Jairus Byrd to skip voluntary off-season workouts 

AFC East Daily
Jairus Byrd to skip start of Bills’ voluntary workouts 

ESPN Fandom
Stevie Johnson talks MTV movie awards 


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

BDC 4/15: The JMS Debuts in Rochester Tonight

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 15, 2013 – 10:05 am

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DAILY REPORT
10 days until the 2013 NFL Draft.

— The John Murphy Show  presented by NOCO will make its Rochester debut today on Sportsradio 950 AM ESPN. The John Murphy Show launched in Buffalo on July 26, 2012.  The live daily two hour broadcast features nightly guests, player interviews, local call in segments and much more.   The show is broadcast Monday through Friday from 7-9 PM live from the offices at One Bills Drive in Orchard Park, NY.

–Bills LB Nigel Bradham was tabbed one of 10 players from the 2012 NFL Draft poised for bigger roles in 2013 by NFL.com Around the League contributor Chris Wesseling.

PHOTOS OF THE DAY

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The Buffalo Bills hosted the Western New York Girls in Sports Clinic for over 200 girls ages 9-12 on Saturday. Founded in 2004 by Mary Wilson, wife of Ralph Wilson, the WNY Girls in Sports program’s goal is to empower, educate and motivate young girls through sports participation, learning  life skills, sportsmanship, and awareness of Title IX and its  history. The WNY Girls in Sports Clinic is hosted in partnership with the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, Buffalo Public Schools and the Girl Scout Council of WNY.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
On the importance of the Western New York Girls in Sports program:
“It’s become more than I ever expected. For many of the girls, it’s their first time attending, many of them could have come a total of eight times. I’m hoping that even a little bit makes an impact. Sports impact your whole life. Learning how to work together… there are a lot of times you’re going to lose in life and you need to be able to move forward from there. There’s no doubt that for me sports has given me more than I have given it, and this is my way to pay it back.” – Mary Wilson, wife of Bills owner Ralph Wilson and founder of the Western New York Girls in Sports program

WNY Girls in Sports Links
BuffaloBills.com-Mary Wilson helps impact girls with sports

Buffalo News-WNY Girls in Sports Clinic

YNN-Mary Wilson Hosts Girls in Sports Day

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News-Patterson could fill Bills’ need for big receiver

Buffalo News-Rex hits a new low, bar none

Buffalo News-Nassib, Smith there for the taking for Bills

Buffalo News-Mary Wilson: Ralph aims to attend home opener

Associated Press-Bills add to defensive depth, claim LB Dowtin

Hornell Evening Tribune-Jackson talks new offense, Bills QB situation at Sports Night

New York Newsday-2013 NFL Draft primer: Buffalo Bills

NFL.com-Nigel Bradham tabbed as a breakout player from the 2012 draft

BuffaloBills.com-Draft Profile: TE Kelce trying to put setback behind him

BuffaloBills.com-Mock Draft Watch 8.0

BuffaloBills.com-Brandon honored with prestigious award

BuffaloBills.com-QB Wilson, FB Juszczyk, LB Davis cap pre-draft visits

BuffaloBills.com-Bills claim LB Marcus Dowtin

BuffaloBills.com-LB Dowtin excited about reunion with Pettine

Additional Clips
BuffaloBills.com
2013 Draft Preview: TE’s Ertz and Eifert
2013 Draft Preview: OT Lane Johnson
2013 Draft Preview: CB Desmond Trufant
Marcus Dowtin Can’t Wait to Work With Pettine
E.J. Manuel Thinks He Fits With Bills New Offense
Mark Anderson is Prepared For Multiple Positions
The John Murphy Show April 12

Inside The Bills
Breakdown of Bills mock drafts, Bills check QB E.J. Manuel’s footwork, E.J. Manuel wants to be first round pick, Manuel has connection with Bruce Smith, Full pre-draft visit, private workout list, Complete list: Bills pre-draft visits, Sleeper safety, Fan Friday 4-12

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Mock draft: Needy teams seek shot in the arm
Bills claim former Jets linebacker Marcus Dowtin off waivers
For the record: Buffalo Bills conclude their 30 pre-draft visits
Donte Whitner lists Jairus Byrd NFL’s second-best safety
Ralph Wilson working out, hopes to attend Bills home opener
Mel Kiper projects Ohio State captain to Bills in third round

ESPN AFC East Blog
Morning take: Jairus Byrd a no show 

Around the League (NFL.com)
Jairus Byrd isn’t expected to attend Buffalo Bills conditioning 

Pro Football Talk
Jairus Byrd not expected to attend Bills workouts 

Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills’ Jairus Byrd to skip voluntary off-season workout 

Buffalo Rumblings
2013 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills needs list
Poll: Buffalo Bills next first-time Pro Bowler
Buffalo Bills pre-draft visitors 2013: the complete list
NFL free agents 2013: Marcus Dowtin signed by Buffalo Bills
Jon Gruden, Ryan Nassib discuss Bills, Nathaniel Hackett offense
Buffalo Bills pre-draft visitors 2013: ranking the top prospects 

Pro Football Talk
Ralph Wilson hopes to attend home opener

 WGR 550
Bills picking safety at 8 makes a lot of sense
Bills pre-draft visit final tally: 9 QBs

WGRZ
Bills add to defensive depth, claim LB Dowtin 

AFC East Daily
Bills’ defensive line listings telling of transformation


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

BDC 4/12: WNY Girls in Sports Clinic Tomorrow

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 12, 2013 – 10:07 am

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DAILY REPORT
13 days until the 2013 NFL Draft.

–The Buffalo Bills will host Western New York Girls in Sports Clinic on Saturday. Founded in 2004 by Mary Wilson, wife of Ralph Wilson, the WNY Girls in Sports program’s goal is to empower, educate and motivate young girls through sports participation, learning  life skills, sportsmanship, and awareness of Title IX and its history. The WNY Girls in Sports Clinic is hosted in partnership with the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, Buffalo Public  Schools and the Girl Scout Council of WNY.

— The John Murphy Show presented by NOCO will make its Rochester debut Monday, April 15 on Sportsradio 950 AM ESPN. The John Murphy Show launched in Buffalo on July 26, 2012.  The live daily two hour broadcast features nightly guests, player interviews, local call in segments and much more.   The show is broadcast Monday through Friday from 7-9 PM live from the offices at One Bills Drive in Orchard Park, NY.

–Bills RB Fred Jackson will attend Hornell’s Sports Night tomorrow, Saturday, April 13th and will also make an appearance on Saturday at the Erie Explosion game Sunday at 2:00 PM.

–The Bills hosted pre-draft visits with QB Tyler Bray (Tennessee), TE Vance McDonald (Rice), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee) and S Phillip Thomas (Fresno State) yesterday at One Bills Drive. A complete list of the team’s official pre-draft visits can be found on BuffaloBills.com.

TODAY’S INTERVIEW

4:00 PM – QB Kevin Kolb – NFL Live (ESPN2)
TBD – DE Mark Anderson – The John Murphy Show

PHOTO OF THE DAY
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Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon (center) with St. John Fisher College Board Chair Michael Goonan (left) and Dr. Bain (right) of St. John Fisher College. Brandon was presented with the Excellence in Management Award from St. John Fisher College’s School of Business yesterday at the Monroe Golf Club. Brandon, ’89, received the preeminent award bestowed by the School of Business which recognizes an alumna or alumnus who demonstrates: outstanding leadership and managerial accomplishments in business, academia, or a community-based organization; a proven track record of significant accomplishments in the field of management; a record of community involvement; and a commitment to the College.

Photo Courtesy of John Smillie Photography

QUOTE OF THE DAY
On the process leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft:
“It has been a process. Buddy Nix, Doug Marrone and our group have been out obviously (at pro days) and all of the scouts have been out at the pro days. We have had our college visits that have come in -thirty kids. We have been out and done some private workouts as well. It has been a good process, as you hear me talk about all of the time. It is another layer of everything that you do from the college season on. We have a couple weeks before the lights go on so we are excited about it.” – Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon prior to last night’s St. John Fisher College’s award dinner at the Monroe Golf Club 

DAILY LINKS

Auburn Citizen-Ranking the Buffalo Bills’ first round draft picks since 2003

BuffaloBills.com-QB Bray, WR Patterson, TE McDonald, S Thomas all visit Thursday

BuffaloBills.com-OL Sanders: QB prospect Manuel a playmaker

Audio/Video/Photo Clip 

BuffaloBills.com
50 Yard Finish: Upper and Lower Body
2013 Draft Preview: QB E.J. Manuel
The John Murphy Show April 11 

WGR 550
QB Bray, WR Patterson visit Bills
4/11 Joe Buscaglia on the Bills draft, quarterbacks, his OWN mock draft, and booing (not really)

YNN
Bills President and CEO Honored by St. John Fisher College 

Additional Clips

Inside The Bills
NFL Foundation Launches New Site, Kiper likes LB Simon for Bills, Inside intel on TE McDonald, Bills scouts are in

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Tennessee passing tandem Tyler Bray, Cordarrelle Patterson visit
Fourth-round picks historically have a cup of coffee with Bills 

Around the League (NFL.com)
Ten players from 2012 NFL Draft poised for bigger roles 

Pro Football Talk
Team needs: Buffalo Bills
Cordarrelle Patterson, Tyler Bray make pre-draft visits to Bills 

Buffalo Rumblings
2013 NFL Draft: Cordarrelle Patterson, Vance McDonald visit Buffalo Bills
2013 NFL Draft: Kyle Juszczyk to visit Buffalo Bills, per report
2013 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills targets and pre-draft visitors


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

BDC 4/11: Brandon to Receive SJFC Award

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 11, 2013 – 11:08 am

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DAILY REPORT
14 days until the 2013 NFL Draft.

–Buffalo Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon will receive the Excellence in Management Award from St. John Fisher College’s School of Business this evening at the Monroe Golf Club. Brandon, ’89, will receive the preeminent award bestowed by the School of Business which recognizes an alumna or alumnus who demonstrates: outstanding leadership and managerial accomplishments in business, academia, or a community-based organization; a proven track record of significant accomplishments in the field of management; a record of community involvement; and a commitment to the College.

–The Bills hosted pre-draft visits with QB Matt Barkley (Southern California), LB Dion Jordan (Oregon), LB Alec Ogletree (Georgia) and WR Da’Rick Rogers (Tennessee Tech) yesterday at One Bills Drive. A complete list of the team’s official pre-draft visits can be found on BuffaloBills.com. 

 Fans have until 12:00 p.m. EST today to enter the Tim Hortons & Buffalo Bills 4th Round Draft Pick contest. The Buffalo Bills have partnered with Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop to launch, where one lucky winner will receive the opportunity to announce the Bills 4th round draft pick live at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 27, 2013. To enter, fans will Tweet a picture to @TimHortonsUS showing why they’re the biggest Bills and Tim Hortons fans, tagging the tweet with #BillsDraft.

PHOTOS OF THE DAY

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Bills CB Aaron Williams poses with a fan and country music recording artist Dustin Lynch at last night’s Guitars & Stars concert in Rochester hosted by 92.5 WBEE – a benefit show for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

DAILY LINKS

Rochester D&C-Buffalo Bills CEO Russ Brandon to be honored by St. John Fisher

Buffalo Spree-Fred Jackson Among WNY’s Most Beautiful People

BuffaloBills.com-QB Barkley headlines four visits to One Bills Drive

BuffaloBills.com-Draftniks keep linking Nassib to Bills

BuffaloBills.com-Throwback Thursday: Bills greats reunite to remember Greatest Comeback

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
BuffaloBills.com
2013 Draft Preview: QB Ryan Nassib
Take a player to school: Stephon Gilmore
The John Murphy Show April 10
Ron Wolfley Says Kolb Has Proven He’s Tough
Aaron Corp Believes He Can Win a Roster Spot 

WGR 550
Matt Barkley headlines four Bills visitors
Buscaglia: NFL Mock Draft #4 

NFL.com
AFC East draft needs

Additional Clips

Inside The Bills
Cards color man: “Kolb is a leader”, Kolb has performed when given the chance, Barkley reunited with Corp at Bills complex, QB Aaron Corp: “I’m in compete mode now”, DE Jordan started career at TE, Round 2 could present high drama for QBs, NFL.com mock goes WR for Bills, TJ Graham hosts high school skills challenge, Guard taking lead for Bills in newest mocks

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Matt Barkley seventh QB prospect to visit One Bills Drive
Kevin Kolb dismisses idea he’s a QB who gets sacked too much 

ESPN AFC East Blog
Should the Bills or Patriots trade down? 

Kryk Slants
Kiper on Bills at No. 8and how to get Nassib

 Buffalo Rumblings
2013 NFL Draft: Alec Ogletree, Da’Rick Rogers visit Buffalo Bills
2013 NFL Draft: Phillip Thomas to visit Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills depth chart 2013: defense scheme, alignment
2013 NFL Draft: Tavon Austin a fit for the Buffalo Bills? 

Buffalo Sports Daily
Source: League Interest In Former Bills LB Warming Up 

AFC East Daily
Not everyone thinks Levitre is Bills’ biggest loss


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

BDC 4/10: Williams at Guitars & Stars Concert

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 10, 2013 – 9:42 am

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DAILY REPORT
15 days until the 2013 NFL Draft.

–Bills CB Aaron Williams will make an appearance at this evening’s Guitars & Stars concert  hosted by 92.5 WBEE in Rochester. The Guitars & Stars is a benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

–The Bills hosted pre-draft visits with QB Matt Scott (Arizona) and WR Zach Rogers (Tennessee) yesterday at One Bills Drive. A complete list of the team’s official pre-draft visits can be found on BuffaloBills.com.

 The Buffalo Bills have partnered with Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop to launch the Tim Hortons & Buffalo Bills 4th Round Draft Pick contest, where one lucky winner will receive the opportunity to announce the Bills 4th round draft pick live at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 27, 2013. To enter, fans will Tweet a picture to @TimHortonsUS showing why they’re the biggest Bills and Tim Hortons fans, tagging the tweet with #BillsDraft. The contest began on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EST and ends tomorrow, Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

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Bills CB Stephon Gilmore participated in in the annual Pepsi/Tops Take a Player to School Day today at Cataract Elementary School in Niagara Falls, NY yesterday. Gilmore’s day included a meet and greet with grand prize winner Tina Gilmer, her daughter Shawnna and granddaughter Callie (a student at Cataract Elementary), pictures and autographs with students and school personnel and a Q&A as part of a school assembly.  Grand prize winner Tina Gilmer were automatically entered when she used their Tops BonusCard during the sweepstakes period last fall.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
CB Stephon Gilmore
On his initial impressions of Head Coach Doug Marrone:
“He just seems like he is having so much fun being around us. I think he is a player’s coach. He wants to know what we are thinking. He wants us to win for each other, not for anyone else but each other. He just wants us to build that brotherhood and play for each other.” – From The John Murphy Show on April 9, 2013

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News-Kolb’s deal worth $3 million this year

Rochester D&C-Little enthusiasm for Kevin Kolb signing

Erie Times News-Bills running back Jackson to attend Explosion game Sunday

BuffaloBills.com-QB, WR on pre-draft visits with Bills

BuffaloBills.com-NFL Draft attendees announced on Wednesday

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
BuffaloBills.com
2013 Draft Preview: QB Tyler Wilson
The John Murphy Show April 9

WGR 550
Bills’ deal with Kolb: $6.1m base over two years
4/9 Joe Buscaglia on Bill’s quarterback situation and Doug Marrone’s comments

NFL.com
Draft war room: Buffalo Bills

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Complete list: Bills pre-draft visits

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Kyle Moore signs with Bears; Revolving Bills roster updated
Arizona QB Matt Scott visiting Bills with Tennessee WR Zach Rogers
Base value of Kevin Kolb’s deal is $6.1 million over two years
If Kevin Kolb tells you about new offense, he might have to kill you

Around the League (NFL.com)
Kevin Kolb’s contract reportedly spells Bills’ backup
Marrone: Adding Kevin Kolb won’t affect Bills’ strategy

ESPN AFC East Blog
Would Bills still draft a first-round QB?

Pro Football Talk
PFT on NBC Sports Network: Kevin Kolb
The full Kevin Kolb contract
Kolb deal “screams backup”
Bills say Kolb doesn’t make them less likely to draft a quarterback

Buffalo Rumblings
2013 NFL free agents: Chicago Bears sign Kyle Moore
2013 NFL mock draft: Jarvis Jones, E.J. Manuel to Buffalo Bills
2013 NFL Draft: Tyler Bray will visit Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills GM transition: 2013 NFL Draft must net a quarterback
Kevin Kolb contract details: Buffalo Bills get their stopgap
Buffalo Bills quarterback competition needed two veterans, says Doug Marrone

Buffalo Sports Daily
Breaking Down Bills QB Draft Possibilities

AFC East Daily
Nix, Marrone confident Kolb is a good fit for Bills

All Sports WNY
Buffalo Bills Officially Sign Kevin Kolb

TCPalm
NFL players to take on deputies, firefighters in softball game


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

BDC 4/9: ‘Take a Player to School Day’

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 9, 2013 – 9:40 am

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DAILY REPORT
16 days until the 2013 NFL Draft.

–Bills CB Stephon Gilmore will participate in the annual Pepsi/Tops Take a Player to School Day today at Cataract Elementary School in Niagara Falls, NY. Gilmore’s day will include a meet and greet with “guest leaders”, pictures and autographs with students and school personnel and a Q&A as part of a school assembly. Check BuffaloBills.com for coverage from today’s event..

TODAY’S INTERVIEW

4:00 PM – QB Kevin Kolb – NFL Live (ESPN)
5:00 PM – QB Kevin Kolb – ProFootballTalk TV (NBC Sports)

PHOTO OF THE DAY
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QB Kevin Kolb meets with the media yesterday afternoon at One Bills Drive after officially signing his contract with the team.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
QB Kevin Kolb
On what attracted him to coming to Buffalo:
“The first (thing) was the offense and the coaching staff. Just the time I got to spend with them and Russ Brandon, our President, to see where the future of the team is going. Buddy Nix, there was just a lot of good rapport there the first couple of hours we spent together… When you have been through meetings before and you sit down with these guys, you can tell when you have the same visions and the same hopes. I thought that we all felt that way when we left the meeting. I went home and slept on it for a couple of days. They flew me up here and had the same feeling while I was here… At this point in my career, where I have been and what I have done—for me I just want to win and this gives me the best opportunity to do that with this team.”

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News-Bills QB Kolb has a plan – stay on the field

Rochester D&C-Buffalo Bills announce signing of quarterback Kevin Kolb

Associated Press-QB Kevin Kolb officially signs with Buffalo Bills

Canandaigua Daily Messenger-Assessing the 2013 Buffalo Bills’ offseason so far

Toronto Sun-Kevin Kolb finally gets around to signing deal with Bills

BuffaloBills.com-Bills officially sign QB Kevin Kolb

BuffaloBills.com-Bills host LB Mingo, WR Hunter, QB Tuel

BuffaloBills.com-Kolb sees third chance to start as the charm

BuffaloBills.com-Marrone on Kolb: ”Competition makes us all better”

BuffaloBills.com-Kevin Kolb: ”I’m here to win a Super Bowl. Period.”

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
BuffaloBills.com
2013 Draft Preview: USC QB Matt Barkley
Bills Focus: Kevin Kolb One-On-One Interview
Kevin Kolb Press Conference
Doug Marrone on Signing QB Kevin Kolb
Kevin Kolb Sees Bills as a Hidden Gem

WGR 550
Bills officially announce Kolb signing
The Kevin Kolb question
Bills host three more pre-draft visits, including a QB
4/8 Jerry Sullivan isn’t impressed by college basketball lately, dishes on the Sabres, Bills and more
Jerry Sullivan Thoughts on Kevin Kolb Signing
Kevin Kolb The Newest Bills QB

NFL.com
Draft war room: Buffalo Bills

WIVB
Bills announce deal with QB Kolb

WKBW
Bills Sign QB Kevin Kolb

WGRZ
Bills Introduce QB Kolb

WHAM
QB Kevin Kolb officially signs with Buffalo Bills

YNN
Buffalo Bills sign QB Kevin Kolb

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Kolb: It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt, Marrone: Adding Kolb doesn’t impact draft, Nix on Kolb signing

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Bills best and worst draft picks, from Tom Cousineau to Jim Kelly
Kevin Kolb won’t change Buffalo’s philosophy on drafting a QB
Kevin Kolb plans on ‘doing really special things’ with Buffalo Bills
More fun than a box of mocks: Soothsayers say Bills taking QB

Kryk Slants
Kevin Kolb excited to be a Buffalo Bill

Around the League (NFL.com)
Buffalo Bills 2013 first-round mock draft
Kevin Kolb ‘here to win a Super Bowl’ for Buffalo Bills

ESPN AFC East Blog
Kevin Kolb’s Super Bowl talk is laughable
Can Kevin Kolb succeed in Buffalo?
Is QB Ryan Nassib a first-round pick?
Matt Barkley says he’s visiting the Bills

The Sports Network
Bills make it official with Kolb

The Sports XChange
Bills sign QB Kolb to deal

Pro Football Talk
Competitiveness fuels Nassib’s desire to be first quarterback drafted
Kevin Kolb: I’m in Buffalo to win a Super Bowl, period
Barkley shuffling off to Cleveland, Buffalo
Buddy Nix: Kevin Kolb “a strong candidate” for quarterback job

Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills’ new offense still being kept under wraps
2013 NFL Draft: Matt Barkley, Barkevious Mingo to visit Bills
2013 NFL free agents: Bills finally confirm Kevin Kolb signing
2013 NFL Draft: Justin Hunter to visit Buffalo Bills
2013 NFL Draft: are Ryan Nassib, E.J. Manuel first-round picks?

Buffalo Sports Daily
Bills Deal With Kolb Finally Official

Syracuse.com
Doug Marrone, Nathaniel Hackett of Buffalo Bills return to Syracuse to work out SU players


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

BDC 4/8: Bills Officially Sign QB Kevin Kolb

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 8, 2013 – 11:28 am

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DAILY REPORT
–17 days until the 2013 NFL Draft.

–The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has officially signed veteran free agent quarterback Kevin Kolb. In accordance with team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Kolb prepares to enter his seventh NFL season, having played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2007-2010 prior to spending the last two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Kolb will be made available to the media today at approximately 1:15pm in the Bills media room.

THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY

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April 8, 1981 — TRAINING CAMP MOVED
The Bills signed a contract with Fredonia (NY) State University to move training camp there. The team had previously held training camp at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY from 1968-80.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
GM Buddy Nix
On the addition of QB Kevin Kolb
“We wanted to add some veteran experience to the quarterback position on our roster and we think we’ve added a good one by signing Kevin. He’s a player we had targeted since he became a free agent and he should be a strong candidate in the competition for the starting quarterback position.”

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News-Gronk reportedly has infection; Bills work out Nassib

Buffalo News-Bills players hoping changes lead to better results

Buffalo News-Bills logo was artist’s crowning achievement

Olean Times Herald-Kolb signing might save a Buffalo gaffe

BuffaloBills.com-Bills host private workout for QB Nassib, other SU draft prospects

BuffaloBills.com-Frank Reich honors former NFL greats

BuffaloBills.com-Mock Draft Watch 7.0

BuffaloBills.com-Longtime Bills fan coaches Michigan into Final Four

BuffaloBills.com-Bills keeping up with the Joneses: Three more visits at One Bills Drive

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
BuffaloBills.com
2013 Draft Preview: QB Geno Smith
2013 Draft Preview: Defensive Tackles
2013 Draft Preview: OG’s Warmack and Cooper

WGR 550
Bills work out QB Bray, three others
LB Jarvis Jones headlines three Bills’ visits
4/5 Joe Buscaglia discusses his new mock draft, Matt Barkley, guards, and more

WKBW
Bills Go From Binder to iPad
Bills announce 2013 preseason schedule

WIVB
Call to Courage award ceremony
The Bills quarterback hunt continues

YNN
CJ Spiller on Hackett and Wheatley

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Bills work out QB Nassib, others from ‘Cuse, Private workout for Tenn. QB & WR

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Bucky & Sully on Kolb signing
Top-15 prospect Jarvis Jones at One Bills Drive

Around the League (NFL.com)
Kevin Kolb expects ‘unique’ Buffalo Bills offense
The John Murphy Show April 5

ESPN AFC East Blog
Branch has high praise for Tarvaris Jackson
Bills meet with Landry Jones, Jarvis Jones
Alan Branch aims to get Bills over the hump

Pro Football Talk
Bills work out Tyler Bray
Alan Branch talks up Tarvaris Jackson
Jarvis Jones to visit Buffalo

AFC East Daily
Kolb looking forward to not getting sacked so much

Buffalo Sports Daily
Report: Jarvis Jones Visiting Bills

Buffalo Rumblings
2013 NFL Draft: are Ryan Nassib, E.J. Manuel first-round picks?
2013 NFL Draft: Tyler Wilson to visit Buffalo Bills, per report
2013 NFL Draft: Ryan Griffin among three Buffalo Bills visitors
2013 NFL Draft: Jarvis Jones visiting Buffalo Bills, per report
Buffalo Bills pre-draft visitors, 2012 vs. 2013


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

BDC 4/5: 2013 Preseason Schedule Announced

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 5, 2013 – 10:30 am

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DAILY REPORT
–20 days until the 2013 NFL Draft.

–The Bills announced their 2013 preseason schedule yesterday. Buffalo will host the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Weeks Two and Four of the preseason. The Bills will open their 2013 preseason schedule in Indianapolis against the Colts and will travel to face the Washington Redskins in Week Three. Specific dates and times will be announced at a later date for the complete preseason schedule. Season tickets for 2013 are on sale now online through Buffalobills.com, by phone at 1-877-BB-TICKS (228-4257), or in person by visiting the Bills ticket office at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

BUFFALO BILLS 2013 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
DATE                          OPPONENT              TIME
TBD (Aug. 8-11)         at Indianapolis             TBD
TBD (Aug. 15-19)      MINNESOTA                TBD
TBD (Aug. 22-25)      at Washington              TBD
TBD (Aug. 29-30)      DETROIT                     TBD

–The Bills hosted pre-draft visits with QB Geno Smith – West Virginia; WR Ryan Swope – Texas A&M; S Kenny Vaccaro – Texas; and LB Kevin Minter – LSU yesterday at One Bills Drive.

THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
April 5, 1974 – BILLS INTRODUCE NEW LOGO
The Bills announced a major change in the team’s logo for the 1974 season. Gone was the red standing buffalo that had been the team’s mark since 1962. It was replaced by a blue charging buffalo with a red streak.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
DT Marcell Dareus
Q: How do you think a 3-4 defense fits you?
A: “I love it. I like how (Coach Pettine) is going to come in and mix it up a little bit for us. We are going to play multiple fronts. We are not just zeroing in on one thing. I think it is a great new look for the Bills. Have got a great new system that I think they are implementing. I really cannot wait to get on in it.”

PHOTO OF THE DAY
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Head Coach Doug Marrone was in-studio for The John Murphy Show yesterday. Click here to listen to what he had to say about the upcoming season.

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News-Kolb thrilled to be part of the Bills

Toronto Sun-Q&A: Greg Cosell on Kevin Kolb with the Bills

BuffaloBills.com-Bills 2013 preseason schedule announced

BuffaloBills.com-QB Geno Smith among four to meet with Bills

BuffaloBills.com-The New Age: sights and signs set high in 2013

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BuffaloBills.com
2013 Draft Preview: RB Eddie Lacy
50 yard finish: Training Session 1
The John Murphy Show April 4
Adam Caplan Says Kolb is a Good Fit With the Bills
Doug Marrone is Happy With Attendance For Workouts
Aaron Willims Says the Main Goal is Playoffs

WGR 550
Bills preseason schedule unveiled
Four more visit Bills. including QB Geno Smith
Joe Buscaglia Runs Down His Latest NFL Mock Draft

WIVB
Bills announce 2013 preseason schedule

WKBW
Bills announce 2013 preseason schedule

WGRZ
Bills Release Preseason Schedule

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Installation under way at offseason program, Why team workouts are critical to the Bills, Marrone: “Getting to know players”, Bills pre-draft visit list up to 11

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Bills get Vikes, Lions at home in preseason games
QB Geno Smith among Bills’ visitors
Nix sold Tarvaris on return

ESPN AFC East Blog
Bills’ and Jets’ preseason schedules

Around the League (NFL.com)
NFL draft questions: When will Buffalo Bills take a QB?

Pro Football Talk
Kevin Kolb fired up about Bills system, offensive line
ProFootballTalk: One-on-one with C.J. Spiller
PFT on NBC Sports Network: C.J. Spiller
Nix convinced Jackson he’d have chance to compete

Buffalo Rumblings
2013 NFL Draft: DeAndre Hopkins fits Buffalo Bills’ receiver prototype
2013 NFL Draft: Dion Jordan to visit Buffalo Bills
NFL preseason schedule 2013: Buffalo Bills opponents
2013 NFL Draft: Geno Smith, Kenny Vaccaro, Kevin Minter visit Bills
Mel Kiper mock draft: Jonathan Cooper, Ryan Nassib to Buffalo Bills
Tyson Clabo released; could Buffalo Bills be interested (again)?
2013 NFL Draft: Landry Jones, Ryan Swope to visit Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills still have $16.3 million in 2013 salary cap space

Buffalo Sports Daily
Smith Among Bills Visitors (And Kiper Is Crazy)

All Sports WNY
Buffalo Bills Announce 2013 Preseason Schedule


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

BDC 4/4: Draft Pick Contest Announced

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 4, 2013 – 10:05 am

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DAILY REPORT

–The Buffalo Bills announced yesterday that they have partnered with Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop to launch the Tim Hortons & Buffalo Bills 4th Round Draft Pick contest, where one lucky winner will receive the opportunity to announce the Bills 4th round draft pick live at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 27, 2013. To enter, fans will Tweet a picture to @TimHortonsUS showing why they’re the biggest Bills and Tim Hortons fans, tagging the tweet with #BillsDraft.

–The Bills hosted pre-draft visits with LB Jamie Collins – Southern Mississippi; QB Mike Glennon – North Carolina St; DS Jonathan Meeks – Clemson; and WR Russell Shepard– LSU yesterday at One Bills Drive.

–The Bills and M&T Bank announced they are partnering for the seventh annual M&T Bank Draft Day Challenge —a contest where fans predict the Bills first selection of the NFL Draft. Fans who correctly guess the Bills first NFL Draft pick will be entered to win a prize package. Five winners, selected at random will receive: an exclusive “meet and greet” with the top draft pick, a private tour of the Buffalo Bills facilities and an autographed NFL Draft helmet. Fans can visit www.buffalobills.com/draftdaychallenge or www.facebook.com/mybillscard through April 25th at 5 p.m. EDT to make their prediction.

TODAY’S INTERVIEW
5:00 PM – RB C.J. Spiller – ProFootballTalk w/ Mike Florio & Erik Kuselias (NBC Sports

THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
April 4, 1972 — GROUND-BREAKING CEREMONIES HELD FOR NEW STADIUM
Ground breaking ceremonies were held in Orchard Park, NY for the Bills’ new 80,000-seat stadium. Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. and Erie County Legislature Chairman Richard J. Keane both turned the first shovel full of dirt.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
WR Stevie Johnson
On his first impressions of Coach Marrone:
“The energy, I like the energy. He could have been the same blah, blah, blah—but it was up-tempo. It felt good to me. I am pretty sure the vibes were throughout the room as well. We are going to be up-tempo and have attitude. Like I said about Coach Marrone, it was refreshing just to see that.”

PHOTO OF THE DAY
Hairston
Bills OT Chris Hairston was in-studio for The John Murphy Show yesterday. Click here to listen to what he had to say about the upcoming season.

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News-Bills safety Searcy looks to take next step

Hornell Evening Tribune-Fred Jackson will visit Hornell on Sports Night

BuffaloBills.com-The New Age: Bills shift to iPad playbooks

BuffaloBills.com-NFL to mandate cameras in home locker rooms

BuffaloBills.com-Tarvaris Jackson focused on second chance

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BuffaloBills.com
2013 Draft Preview: DE Ziggy Ansah
Bills Focus: New Culture at One Bills Drive
Da’Norris Searcy Press Conference
Stephon Gilmore Press Conference
Eric Wood Press Conference
Stevie Johnson Press Conference
The John Murphy Show April 3
Michigan’s John Beilein Shares His Bills Memories
Chris Hairston Feels He Has a Chance to Start

WGR 550
Bills host QB Glennon, three others Wednesday

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Wood: “Bills not re-building”, Fast paced offense coming for the Bills?, Gilmore not worried about leadership in secondary, A second chance for Tarvaris Jackson, Wood ready for Final Four trip, Reports of more rookie QB visits for Bills

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Mel Kiper on the QB draft class
Thoughts on Bills’ hope, enthusiasm and a new defense
Wood bleeds Louisville red

Pro Football Talk
11 teams still have more than $10 million in cap space
Geno Smith’s draft stock could be more vulnerable to draftnik criticism

Kryk Slants
Matt Scott sets Bills, Browns visits + adds private workout with Seahawks QBs coach

Buffalo Rumblings
2013 NFL Draft: Landry Jones, Ryan Swope to visit Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills still have $16.3 million in 2013 salary cap space
2013 NFL Draft: Jamie Collins, three others visit Buffalo Bills
2013 NFL Draft: Mike Glennon visiting Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills’ Kevin Kolb signing still unconfirmed
2013 NFL free agents: Spencer Larsen visits Buffalo Bills


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

BDC 4/3: Bills sign DT Alan Branch

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 3, 2013 – 9:26 am

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DAILY REPORT
–The Buffalo Bills announced yesterday that the team has signed unrestricted free agent DT Alan Branch. In accordance with team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Branch spent the previous two years with the Seattle Seahawks after entering the NFL as a second-round (33rd overall) draft selection of Arizona in 2007. The 6-6, 325-pound Michigan product has started 34-of-78 career games and recorded 138 tackles (92 solo) and 8.0 sacks.

–Bills fans have a chance to win a Bills mini-helmet autographed by DT Alan Branch today. Click here to enter the contest by midnight.>>>

–The Bills hosted pre-draft visits with S Malcolm Bronson, McNeese State; QB E.J Manuel, Florida State; and S Cooper Taylor, University of Richmond yesterday at One Bills Drive.

–The Bills and M&T Bank announced they are partnering for the seventh annual M&T Bank Draft Day Challenge —a contest where fans predict the Bills first selection of the NFL Draft. Fans who correctly guess the Bills first NFL Draft pick will be entered to win a prize package. Five winners, selected at random will receive: an exclusive “meet and greet” with the top draft pick, a private tour of the Buffalo Bills facilities and an autographed NFL Draft helmet. Fans can visit www.buffalobills.com/draftdaychallenge or www.facebook.com/mybillscard through April 25th at 5 p.m. EDT to make their prediction.

QUOTES OF THE DAY
DE Mario Williams
Q: What is your first impression of HC Doug Marrone?
A: “My first impression is expectation. I think he is definitely an advocate of changing the tempo and the whole demeanor of how things have been here the last however many years. Just trying to get us upbeat and focused on expecting to do better. More accountability.”

DT Alan Branch
Q: What were the factors that convinced you to sign with Buffalo?
A: “The thing that got me is they say it is a lot like Michigan. It kind of is, kind of similar to Ann Arbor, more like kind of a college town. Buffalo, they love their football here. It is going to be crazy and wild in the stands. Just the opportunity to play with this defense and the scheme that they are planning on putting in is pretty exciting as well.”

PHOTOS OF THE DAY
Workouts
Bills players returned to One Bills Drive yesterday to begin their voluntary offseason conditioning program.

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News-Bills add big-body Branch

Buffalo News-Team puts banner years on display

Rochester D&C-Doug Marrone era begins for Buffalo Bills

Associated Press-DE Williams upbeat arriving for Bills workouts

Associated Press-Bills sign free-agent DL Branch to 1-year deal

Associated Press-Bills re-sign RB Choice; TE Dickerson signs tender

Toronto Sun-Bills Branch out, add ‘jack-of-all-trades’ defensive lineman

BuffaloBills.com-Energy level high as players return to One Bills Drive

BuffaloBills.com-DT Alan Branch signs with Buffalo

BuffaloBills.com-E.J. Manuel among pre-draft visitors with Bills

BuffaloBills.com-Alan Branch: ”Buffalo, they love their football here”

BuffaloBills.com-Mario Williams on new D: ”I am up for anything”

BuffaloBills.com-Doug Marrone: ”I hope the players are as excited as I am”

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BuffaloBills.com
2013 Draft Preview: WR Keenan Allen
Bills Roundup: Players Return, Branch Signs
Mario Williams Press Conference
Bills Focus: Alan Branch 1-on-1 Interview
C.J. Spiller Press Conference
Doug Marrone Press Conference
Tarvaris Jackson Press Conference
The John Murphy Show April 2

WGR 550
Bills’ Marrone meets team for the first time
Bills sign DL Alan Branch
E.J. Manuel, two others visit Bills Tuesday

WIVB
Bills kick off voluntary workouts
Bills sign DT Alan Branch

WKBW
Former Seattle DT Alan Branch Signs with Bills
Bills RB Tashard Choice Signs Contract Extension
Correctly Pick Bills First Round Draft Choice and Win Exclusive Visit with Player

WGRZ
Marrone: “Clean Slate” as Offseason Conditioning Begins
Bills Sign DT Alan Branch

WHAM
Bills Sign DT Alan Branch

WHEC
Bills re-sign RB Choice; TE Dickerson signs tender

YNN
Bills Sign DL Alan Branch
Bills begin voluntary workouts

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
What attending QB workouts gave Marrone, NT Branch offers versatility for Bills front, Branch an interesting DT option

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Video: Bills’ signing of Branch adds depth
Bills DT Alan Branch hopes to help Mario ‘get some food on his plate’
Doug Marrone: Private workouts take teams below the surface
Doug Marrone delivers new messages in field house
Seattle DL Alan Branch visits Bills

Kryk Slants
New Bills regime inspires with a ‘Super’ goal

ESPN AFC East Blog
Three draft options: Buffalo Bills
Report: Bills sign DT Alan Branch
Bills QB: ‘We’re trying to make the playoffs’

Around the League (NFL.com)
Ryan Nassib to work out with Browns, Jaguars, Bills
Alan Branch signs one-year contract with Buffalo Bills
NFL draft questions: When will Buffalo Bills take a QB?

The Sports Network
Bills strike a deal with DT Branch
Bills sign Choice to extension

The Sports XChange
Bills sign DT Branch
RB Choice chooses to remain with Bills

Pro Football Talk
PFT Live: Is it Kolb’s job to lose?
Nassib starts making the rounds
Bills add Alan Branch on one-year deal

Buffalo Rumblings
2013 NFL free agents: Spencer Larsen visits Buffalo Bills
Alan Branch brings versatility to Buffalo Bills hybrid defense
2013 NFL Draft: E.J. Manuel highlights three Buffalo Bills pre-draft visits
Buffalo Bills, Alan Branch agree to one-year, $3 million deal
2013 NFL free agents: Buffalo Bills hosting an Alan Branch visit
Greg Cosell on Kevin Kolb: Buffalo Bills have a “professional quarterback”

AFC East Daily
Offseason changes for Bills evident beyond roster
Bills’ new DT Branch ‘fits every single spot’ on line


Posted in Bills Daily Charge, Inside the Bills

BDC 4/2: RB Choice Signs Contract Extension

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 2, 2013 – 10:27 am

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DAILY REPORT

— The Buffalo Bills today announced that RB Tashard Choice has signed a contract extension with the team. Buffalo also announced that TE Dorin Dickerson accepted the tender and signed his contract. In accordance with team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

–The Bills will begin their voluntary offseason conditioning program today.

— The Bills and M&T Bank announced they are partnering for the seventh annual M&T Bank Draft Day Challenge —a contest where fans predict the Bills first selection of the NFL Draft. Fans who correctly guess the Bills first NFL Draft pick will be entered to win a prize package. Five winners, selected at random will receive: an exclusive “meet and greet” with the top draft pick, a private tour of the Buffalo Bills facilities and an autographed NFL Draft helmet. Fans can visit www.buffalobills.com/draftdaychallenge or www.facebook.com/mybillscard through April 25th at 5 p.m. EDT to make their prediction.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
RB Tashard Choice
On earning his spot and establishing his role on the Bills roster:
“You have to work. First thing is always how you work, how you compete in practice and also how you do in games. The guys in the locker room, we have a lot of great guys and a lot of great talent in the locker room. They respect people that come in and work. They know why I am there. They know I will try to get guys to stay on track for what we want to do—which is to win. We want to win, have fun with each other and be cool with all our teammates. That is what I do. I like that. I have good camaraderie with all of my teammates and I am all about football. I am not one of those guys that just likes the lifestyle of doing things. I am all about football and winning. I am coming back just to do that. Just to help the guys out and be the best I can be.” – via The John Murphy Show 3/29/13

PHOTO OF THE DAY
Choice
The Bills today announced that RB Tashard Choice has signed a contract extension with the team. Choice has appeared in 73 games (four starts) and recorded 1,409 rushing yards on 326 carries with 10 touchdowns and added 76 catches for 559 yards in his NFL career. He produced a season-high 91 yards on 21 carries in the team’s 24-14 win at Cleveland in Week Three in 2012.

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News-Barkley works out for Bills scouts in LA

Albany Times Union-State deal doesn’t help Buffalo fans

NFL.com-Kevin Kolb could revive career with Doug Marrone’s Buffalo Bills

BuffaloBills.com-Bills schedule Barkley for private workout

BuffaloBills.com-Bills offseason workouts begin Tuesday

BuffaloBills.com-Former Bills star helps lineman find his way to the draft

BuffaloBills.com-Quarter in Review: January 1 – March 31

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
BuffaloBills.com
2013 Draft Preview: OL Luke Joeckel

WGR 550
Source: Bills will work out QB Nassib
4/1 Philadelphia sports radio host Glenn Mack analyzes Kevin Kolb joining the Buffalo Bills, how Kolb did with the Eagles and his time with the Arizona Cardinals
Jerry Sullivan Has Thoughts on Pens, Baltimore O’s and Kevin Kolb
Joe Buscaglia on Kevin Kolb and Bills QB future

WIVB
Bills work out Matt Barkley

WGRZ
Analysis: Tucker’s Take on Kolb Signing

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Kevin Kolb: The good, the bad, the sacks
USC’s Barkley holding workout for Bills
Nick Barnett posts April Fool’s wish

ESPN AFC East Blog
Bills’ Matt Barkley workout a smokescreen?
Better protection boosts Kevin Kolb’s stock

Pro Football Talk
Bills to work out Ryan Nassib
ProFootballTalk: Are Bills done spending?
Jackson and Kolb are likely battling for same roster spot

Kryk Slants
Q&A: Greg Cosell on Kolb with the Bills

Buffalo Rumblings
2013 NFL Draft: Ryan Nassib next on Buffalo Bills workout tour
Zac Dysert 2013 NFL Draft scouting report: obscurity
Mike Glennon 2013 NFL Draft scouting report: future starter

AFC East Daily
Shocker Alert: Bills to work out QB Ryan Nassib


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