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Wood sees scaled back workload

Posted by Chris Brown on July 24, 2012 – 4:56 pm

On Monday Eric Wood was already at One Bills Drive asking the athletic training staff what the plan was for how extensive his workload would be at training camp. He wasn’t thrilled with the answer he got back, but is abiding by their wishes.

“I’m pretty comfortable with (my body). I’ve done all I can to get to this point. I’ll be out on the field. I don’t know that I’ll be doing everything, from day one. I’m constantly being reminded that Sept 9th is the goal. So we’re going to take it slow, but I’m ready to get out on the field.”


How restless he is.

“I’m excited. To get to this point feels good. There’s a lot of excitement around the team and I just want to be a part of it. I don’t want to watch from the sideline. I’m sure I’ll be doing some of that, but I’m definitely anxious to get going.”


Surprised if time off

“They said slow and steady,” said Wood. “I don’t know what that means, but hopefully I’ll get some clarity in the next day or so. Like I have all along I’m just going to trust and do why they tell me to do. I’m not sure exactly what that will be. But when I’m out there and whatever I’m doing I’m going to be doing it 100 percent.”

Wood was very happy with how he came through his last major long term rehab after his compound leg fracture suffered in his rookie season. He feels he’s much further ahead in this current rehab from a torn ACL last season in Week 10 than he did from the leg break in 2009. He just knows that there are going to be days where he’s going to forced to sit and watch.

“I’ve done all I can to get to this point,” he said. “I’ll be out on the field. I don’t know that I’ll be doing everything, from day one. I’m constantly being reminded that Sept 9th is the goal. So we’re going to take it slow, but I’m ready to get out on the field. There’s a lot of excitement around the team and I just want to be a part of it. I don’t want to watch from the sideline.”



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Confidence is high

Posted by Chris Brown on July 24, 2012 – 9:30 am

I wouldn’t call it swagger just yet, which is something the Bills had after jumping out to a 3-1 start and handing New England one of just four losses they would suffer in all of 2011, but there is a noticeable confidence among the players as they begin their final preparations for the 2012 campaign.

WR Stevie Johnson, who is expected to be full go at training camp, made it clear that the team believes they can go out and beat anyone on Sunday, no matter what the opponent’s resume might be.

“I think we’ll be a team that people will have to take notice of this year,” Johnson said. “We have a talented group. I feel like when we get to the playoffs, which we can, I think we can matchup with anybody and I think we can beat anybody.”

It’s clear that to a man in Buffalo’s locker room it’s playoffs or bust.

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Rookies working at 1 Bills Dr.

Posted by Chris Brown on July 9, 2012 – 12:15 pm

Bills rookies reported to One Bills Drive Monday for their preliminary training camp.

Rookies began working at the Bills team facility today (July 9th). Their efforts over the next couple of weeks will move to St. John Fisher later this month when veterans report to training camp on July 25th.

“Just to clarify, our rookies officially report to Training Camp today at our facility,” said Bills GM Buddy Nix in a team statement. “This portion of the camp is focused on conditioning. Our rookies will then join our veteran players at St. John Fisher College on July 25th.”

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Graham’s prep for training camp

Posted by Chris Brown on July 9, 2012 – 10:12 am

T.J. Graham is taking advantage of every bit of time he can prior to report day for training camp on July 24th. Rookies under the new CBA can work out on their own at the team facility, but at this point in time they need to be under contract. That’s partly why Graham signed his rookie deal Monday (today). Here’s what Graham is working on between now and the time he needs to report to St. John Fisher.

“I have that itch (to start camp), but I know I have to take my time and master these plays and I’m going to take advantage of these next couple of weeks before training camp so I can be ready,” Graham told “I’m athletically gifted I just need to get my mental game right.”

To accomplish that Graham has kept his nose in his playbook and is trying every means possible to get his play recall to the point where he knows it as soon as it’s out of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s mouth.

“From rookie minicamp to OTAs to minicamp was a process where I had to figure out things that were kind of complicated,” said Graham. “I had to relate it back to stuff in my college offense and what I knew then. So for the past couple of weeks I’ve been going through my plays and figure out ways to recall it so it makes sense to me. We’ll see how it all comes together.”

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Worry not about Eric Wood

Posted by Chris Brown on July 3, 2012 – 8:58 am

In preparation for our examination in our Top 25 questions until training camp, as to whether Eric Wood can return to form coming off the second major leg injury of his career, we spoke to Wood about his outlook. Beyond being positive about his situation it was extremely clear that his dedication to the game and his teammates will virtually ensure that he’ll be back to what he was.

“Going through this before people ask me all the time, ‘How do you go through this?’ And I’m like, ‘I’ve already done this,’” said Wood. “Although it’s not fun being in the training room every day it’s your job and it’s kind of the way you’ve got to approach it. There are much worse things to be doing in the world than rehabbing to come back and do your dream job. So that’s kind of the way I approach it day in and day out.”

Wood was frustrated by his up and down play in 2010 coming off his compound leg fracture injury and is determined to be far more consistent with an ACL injury that he deems easier to return from than the leg break. So he’s dead set on maintaining a level of play that doesn’t drop off at all.

“I can’t do what I did coming back from the leg break where I’d have a good week and a bad week,” he said. “That’s not what you do as an offensive lineman. You can keep your job at receiver having good weeks and bad weeks, but at O-line you’ve got to be consistent and hopefully I’ll work through training camp to get to that point.”

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Fitz’s accuracy trending up

Posted by Chris Brown on June 29, 2012 – 10:45 am

Ryan Fitzpatrick’s completion percentage peaked last season after Week 8 at 67.7% on the season. When the season was over it was at 62%. Is his completion percentage and accuracy trending up as the Bills get set for training camp?

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Bills QB tells me that his accuracy is superior to that of any other time in his pro career.

“My accuracy this offseason is higher than it’s been in my whole NFL career,” Fitzpatrick told (David Lee) charts everything. He charts when we’re throwing one-on-one, team and even on air. He’s making sure that I’m getting the most out of everything. You see it in the numbers now and hopefully it translates to one the field as well.”

Fitz also talks about the number two receiver job, what he thinks of the left tackle competition and playoffs. Watch the whole Ryan Fitzpatrick interview in the Media Center at

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Buddy on defense jelling

Posted by Chris Brown on June 25, 2012 – 7:52 am

In our exclusive one-on-one interview with Bills GM Buddy Nix, we asked the club’s personnel boss how quickly he believes all the new pieces on defense will be able to jell and execute at peak performance in a new system to boot. Suffice to say Nix is pretty confident the on field chemistry will happen quickly.

“I think at the end of preseason they’ll be ready to go,” Nix told “They’ve jelled good together so far and a lot even though you’re not hitting there’s a lot of learning going on. I think our defense is going to be a little more basic where guys can turn loose and play more. I don’t see any length of time that they’re will be growing pains. We expect to kick it off and play good.”

For much more from Buddy on the team’s outlook heading into training camp just go to the Media Center at

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