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Gilmore back in the building

Posted by Chris Brown on June 13, 2016 – 12:46 pm

Bills CB Stephon Gilmore is back at One Bills Drive. Choosing to skip the voluntary OTA practice sessions this spring, Gilmore is expected to be on hand for this week’s mandatory minicamp. What his level of participation will be remains to be seen, but Gilmore did offer a shout out to Bills fans courtesy of the Bills twitter account.


Gilmore is entering the final year of his rookie contract after the team picked up his fifth-year option in May of 2015. The Bills and Gilmore camp are trying to negotiate a long term contract extension.

Bills minicamp runs Tuesday through Thursday this week.

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Chris Williams & Henderson updates

Posted by Chris Brown on June 16, 2015 – 3:00 pm

The Bills had a couple of players who were not on the field at Buffalo’s mandatory minicamp. Two were players still rehabbing offseason procedures in Chris Williams and Aaron Williams. The third player had trouble traveling back to Buffalo.

That according to head coach Rex Ryan, who explained Seantrel Henderson’s absence Tuesday.

“He had some travel issues and was not in the building,” said Ryan. “You always tell guys, especially when you’re heading north, always try to prepare a little.  I’ll talk to him about that.”

As for Chris Williams, who has not been in attendance for any of the OTA practices, but was in the building Tuesday rehabbing, Ryan made it a point to speak with him at length.

“Chris is here and I know what he looks like. He’s a big dude,” said Ryan. “My conversation with Chris, I’ll just leave it as private.  There are voluntary camps.  Obviously, we knew Chris’ situation with his rehab and things. Nobody looks like him.”

Ryan said he expects to see Henderson back on the practice field Wednesday.

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Bills work 3 tryout players in practice

Posted by Chris Brown on June 17, 2014 – 4:50 pm

The Bills had virtually the entire roster on hand for the first mandatory minicamp at practice. They also had three tryout players participating on Tuesday.

Buffalo had a pair of cornerbacks and a wide receiver participating in practice Tuesday. They had WR Tori Gurley from South Carolina, CB Sam Miller from Florida International and CB Kamaal McIlwain from Newberry College. They wore jersey numbers 17, 39 and 42.


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What’s expected of players from now to camp

Posted by Chris Brown on June 13, 2013 – 4:38 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone addressed the players early this afternoon before they parted ways for six weeks at the close of minicamp Thursday. While he told the players to enjoy their time off with their families he also reminded them that they’ve got to be ready when they report for camp.

“A lot of the times you get up there and say, make sure you do this, make sure you do that, but if you’ve been preaching all along, which we have, for our players to be professionals, you want to make sure they take this time, because it is really a long period of time now, and enjoy themselves and relax,” he said. “Enjoy their family. Enjoy their friends. Make sure when they do come back they are in condition, they are ready to go.

“The reason why is because we’re accountable to each other. Don’t think that the last part of what I just said is a contradiction to the first part—I mean that. Come back here ready to go.”

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2 QB competition means better evaluation

Posted by Chris Brown on June 12, 2013 – 7:53 pm

Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was asked about the change in dynamics now that the starting quarterback competition is essentially down to EJ Manuel and Kevin Kolb. He said the biggest benefit is with a greater body of work from Kolb and Manuel to evaluate, the coaching staff will be able to better assess who their best option is to win games in the fall.

“Any time you have a bunch of guys working in there, you’re always going to say oh what if that guy could have done that, or this,” he said. “Now it’s going to be able to let us evaluate even better.  Every day.”

Kevin Kolb was again the first quarterback through the rotation followed by EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel. The reps were split pretty evenly between Kolb and Manuel for a second straight day.

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Troup’s college coach at minicamp

Posted by Chris Brown on June 12, 2013 – 7:43 pm

University of Central Florida head coach George O’Leary was a spectator at Bills minicamp practice Wednesday. Bills head coach Doug Marrone coached as an assistant under O’Leary when he was the head coach at Georgia Tech. But O’Leary was keeping a watchful eye on a certain defensive lineman that he coached at Central Florida during practice.

“He’s got some ties to some of the guys that work here and they told me yesterday he was going to be up here,” said Troup. “He was talking to me about the same stuff. Run to the ball, keep working, stuff like that. You’ve got to take him with a grain of salt. He’s always got something for you to improve on no matter how good you think you are. It’s coaching all the time.”

O’Leary also asked about when Troup was finishing up his degree. The Bills defensive lineman will finish up his degree later this summer with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Communication.

“He had a good relationship with my mother and they still talk all the time,” said Troup. “He’s really a part of my family and known my family situation. He’s always checking in on us.”

O'Leary and Troup


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Respect for QB Jackson

Posted by Chris Brown on June 11, 2013 – 8:01 pm

Even though players understand the business of the game leads to transactions like the release of QB Tarvaris Jackson Monday, they still respected the work that he put in during his time with the club.

EJ Manuel and Kevin Kolb were both asked about the benefit of getting more reps with Jackson no longer on the roster, and both made a point to comment on the time they spent with Jackson this spring before answering the question.

“First of all I enjoyed my time with Tarvaris I thought he was a heck of a player, super talented and a heck of a guy,” said Kolb.

“T-Jack did a great job helping me when he was here,” said Manuel. “The first couple of weeks when we had the OTAs, he did a great job preparing me.  I would ask him a lot of questions and he gave me great feedback.  So I definitely respect him and thank him for that.”

Kolb even took the time to call Jackson after he had been released.

“I talked to Tarvaris last night,” said Kolb. “I got cut so it’s going to happen at one point. We’re all going to get fired. You’ve got to be able to let it roll off your back and get better, but I’m obviously glad to be here and glad to get some more reps and get some more work with the ones.”

Coach Marrone explained that it was a tough decision, but that it had to be made to gain a clearer picture on the quarterback competition. Rotating three men through with the offense was not accomplishing the goal in an effective way. Still, it didn’t mean Marrone lacked any respect for the work that Jackson put in during his time at One Bills Drive.

“It’s a very tough profession and we really appreciate the job that Tarvaris did and how hard he worked,” said Marrone. “He was improving, and now he has an opportunity to catch on with another team and I think that’s important. He deserves that.”

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Everyone under contract on hand

Posted by Chris Brown on June 11, 2013 – 3:00 pm

As mandatory minicamp begins this afternoon all players under contract are in attendance.

Only Jairus Byrd, who has yet to sign his franchise tender is not in attendance. And since he is unsigned he is not mandated to be here.

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How minicamp will differ from OTAs

Posted by Chris Brown on June 11, 2013 – 10:54 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone and his staff have put a lot on the plate of the players in year one of their offensive, defensive and special teams systems. Now as the begin mandatory minicamp today (Tuesday) those responsibilities will increase again in the practice setting.

Marrone made it clear that players will have to think a lot more as more game-like settings are created in the practices this week.

“We’re going to change a little bit from a mandatory minicamp,” said Marrone. “What we’re going to be looking for is more game planning, more precise plays against certain defenses and coverage.  And do a little game planning against each other which will be a little more competitive.  That’s exciting for us—putting the players on the field where don’t have coaches on the outside yelling out calls or trying to put them in position.  We’re putting a little bit more accountability on them – lining up and being able to do it.”

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QB Jackson release a plus for Manuel

Posted by Chris Brown on June 10, 2013 – 8:17 pm

The release of Tarvaris Jackson presents an obvious plus in getting top pick EJ Manuel up to speed.

During OTA practices it was Tarvaris Jackson and Kevin Kolb getting the majority of the reps in team drills. EJ Manuel was third in terms of snaps in practice. That all changes now. With Jackson no longer on the roster Buffalo’s top draft choice will get a good deal of reps in practice in this week’s mandatory minicamp and training camp.

That should serve the rookie QB well as he tries to compete for the starting job.

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