McDermott Presser: Sean McDermott addressed the media before today's OTA session and started it off by saying Zay Jones will miss the rest of the spring after having knee surgery last week. He doesn't know how much time he will miss after that but said it was best to do it now. It has been an ongoing situation and at this point he isn't concerned about his availability for the 2018 season. On the Anthem policy he said he has had very early conversations with Kim Pegula about it but wants to have more conversations to understand it thoroughly and then they will move forward with their policy on it. On Richie Incognito, he said he wishes him well and appreciates what he did for this organization and what he meant to it. Richie informed them he wanted to un-retire so they granted that request and are moving on. On Kelvin Benjamin he feels they are headed in the right direction but there is still work to do. He said it's phenomenal that they have been pretty close to 100% participant. He said it is the hardest working group of guys he's ever been around and has never seen this kind of focus this early in the year. The biggest thing on offense is to build a solid foundation at the right pace and quarterback is no different. Everyone is working on finding ways to become a better teammate. Right now Josh Allen is working with the threes while AJ McCarron and Nate Peterman are splitting reps with the ones and twos. He is anxious to see how the offensive line steps up and he has already seen that happen which is great to see this early.
OTAs Continue: The Bills wrap up week one of organized team activities today. This is also the day that Coach McDermott will address the media and the local beat reporters will be able to get their first look at the 2018 Bills on the field.
Wednesday May 23, 2018
Kim On Stadium: Kim Pegula was interviewed by the Buffalo News and said she doesn't even know how they get to a new stadium. She cited that nobody wants PSLs or higher ticket prices and the state and local communities don't want to put money in for a new stadium. They said a new stadium would cost around what the team cost and they don't have that kind of money lying around. New Era Field underwent $130 Million in renovations in 2012 and the Pegulas are currently paying for $18 Million in club suite renovations. The current lease runs out in 2023. She told the paper that they are still in fact finding mode.
Anthem Decision: The NFL has decided to let players protest the anthem but they must do so inside the locker room. If a player comes out of and protests on the sidelines the team will be fined. Kim Pegula released the following statement
Incognito In Trouble: The strange offseason of Richie Incognito continues days after the Bills released him from the reserve/retired list. Joe Buscaglia reports he is being held on an involuntary mental evaluation in Florida after he allegedly threw a dumbell at someone at the gym. He was ranting about the government as well. He is currently a free agent and looking to resume his NFL career.
Monday May 21, 2018
Incognito Released: Richie Incognito has been released from the reserved/retired list making him a free agent. Incognito reportedly wants to play again and will be allowed to do so with any team that wants him after the release. With the release the Bills also can no longer recoup the bonus money they paid him when he agreed to a paycut earlier this offseason. At that time he tweeted he was happy to stay with the Bills. He then later tweeted that he would retire based on a doctor's recommendation and also stated that he would not come back. He has had another change of heart. The unpredictable nature of Incognito this offseason made letting him go a small price to pay for the Bills.
Saturday May 19, 2018
Bills Hire: The Buffalo News reports that the Bills have hired Asil Mulbah for an unspecified role in the team's scouting department. He announced it himself on his instagram feed. Mulbah comes from Syracuse University where he was the director of recruiting operations. His previous job stops were at Wake Forest, Bowling Green, and a year with the Jaguars as a player personnel scouting assistant.
Wednesday May 16, 2018
Thomas's Number Being Retired: The Bills announced today they will be retiring Thurman Thomas's #34 at a ceremony during halftime of the Monday night game against the Patriots on October 29th. It will add to the electric atmosphere of the Bills first Monday Night home game since 2008. The last time the Bills won a Monday night game was in 1994 in a game that Joe Buscaglia pointed out featured Thomas. Thurman is the third Bill to have his number retired and found out the honor on his 52nd birthday today. He played in the NFL from 1988 to 1999 and was a three time first team all-pro. He was the league MVP in 1991 and is the only player in NFL history to lead the league in yards from scrimmage four consecutive seasons.
Tuesday May 15, 2018
Hyde On List: The NFL Network is doing their annual practice of counting down the top 100 players in the NFL and the first Bills has hit the list. Coming in at number 62 is Micah Hyde. It is the first time the safety is on the list. He came over to Buffalo last year as a free agent from Green Bay. He finished the 2017 season with 82 tackles, five interceptions and 13 passes defensed. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl.
Monday May 14, 2018
Roster Move: As is usually the case after a rookie minicamp, small roster moves are made. The Bills have signed FB Zach Olstad and placed RB Aaron Green on the waived/injured list with a hamstring injury. Olstad played a hybrid role between fullback, tight end, and linebacker at tiny Winona State. He participated in the Vikings rookie minicamp last week but wasn't signed. He then participated in the Bills rookie minicamp as a tryout player this past weekend. Front Office Page. Depth Chart.
Saturday May 12, 2018
Edmunds Signs: The Bills have announced that 1st round pick Tremaine Edmunds has signed his rookie deal today. Yesterday 4th rounder Taron Johnson signed. That leaves just top pick Josh Allen and 3rd rounder Harrison Phillips as unsigned.
Rookie Camp Underway: The Bills rookie minicamp got underway yesterday with all eyes on Josh Allen including the eyes of the guy he wants to be like as Jim Kelly was in attendance. Allen was starstruck about meeting Kelly and hopes he can rely on him to be a mentor to him. He showed genuine praise for what Kelly established on the field and his battles off the field. The camp had all eight draft picks, 12 undrafted free agents and 30 rookie tryout players. Sean McDermott said it was good to get the young guys in there and praised Allen's arm strength.
Brandon Update: The league has finished their investigation into the reason behind the resigning of Russ Brandon and there will be no further action. The league released a statement that said, "We are satisfied the club addressed the matter in a timely, thorough and appropriate manner. There will be no further action by the league office." He is technically allowed to pursue other jobs.
Thursday May 10, 2018
Bills Sign Four Picks: On the eve of the start of the rookie minicamp the Bills have signed their bottom four draft picks, leaving just the top four picks unsigned. The team signed both 5th round picks Wyatt Teller and Siran Neal along with sixth round pick Ray-Ray McCloud and seventh round selection Austin Proehl to four year rookie deals. In the current CBA rookies are slotted by draft position making rookie holdouts a thing of the past.
Tuesday May 8, 2018
Ticket Sales: The Bills put individual game tickets on sale to the general public today and announced that season ticket sales topped 50,000 for the fourth straight year. That is the first time in team history that has happened and it comes on the heels of an average 3 percent increase in ticket prices this season. The Bills do not release exact season ticket numbers.
Free Agent Visit: The Bills continue to look at ways to help their roster as today they hosted free agent running back Kenjon Barner who played with LeSean McCoy in Philadelphia. He would add to the depth in the return game. In his three years with the Eagles he has 71 rushing attempts for 310 yards and three touchdowns. He has 19 career receptions for 120 yards. Brandon Beane is familiar with him as he was drafted by the Panthers in the 6th round of the 2013 draft.