Ryan Presser: Rex Ryan addressed the media at the conclusion of the first veteran voluntary minicamp practice today. He praised the work of Matt Cassel saying he gets the ball out quickly and has good rhythm with the football. The coach appeared psyched for the competition and said they will have a number one quarterback after the battle is over but feels he has three guys capable of being an NFL quarterback. The top three guys got equal reps today and all did well according to Ryan and he feels EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor were impressive but he'd like to see Manuel speed it up a tad. He also said Jeff Tuel wasn't has impressive. Cordy Glenn lined up at left tackle and Seantrell Henderson at right tackle. Ryan said he and Doug Whaley have the same philosophy when evaluating talent. The coach admitted they are looking at QB Bryce Petty who Joe Buscaglia reported today was visited by Whaley today.
Minicamp Begins: The first minicamp of the offseason gets started today as the team will have the veterans on the field for a voluntary minicamp that will last thru Thursday. It's a first chance for the new coaching staff to see the players on the field as they get set for the draft. It will be the official beginning of the quarterback competition as well as the first look at some of the new players on the field like LeSean McCoy, Percy Harvin, and Charles Clay. Depth Chart.
Bills Release Green: The Bills made a minor roster move yesterday by releasing DB Jonte Green. He was signed to a futures contract in January. He played 24 games with seven starts in Detroit during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Front Office Page.
Monday April 27, 2015
Mock Draft: It is draft week! Some of the luster may be a bit off for Bills fans since they don't have a first round pick but they do have a franchise wide receiver in Sammy Watkins in exchange for the pick. As we do every year we go through the exercise of doing a Bills seven round mock draft. It is a bit more difficult this year since their first pick isn't until 50th overall. I get the feeling the team will draft a quarterback with one of their two picks on the second day of the draft Friday. They also need to fill a hole along the offensive line luckily that is one of the deepest areas of the draft. Bills Seven Round Mock.
Thursday April 23, 2015
Season Ticket Sales Cap? Season ticket sales are scorching and to protect single game ticket sales the Bills are reportedly considering capping season tickets for the first time in history according to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. A source told Graham that the team has surpassed 55,000 season tickets and are virtually a cinch to break the club record of 57,132 season tickets in 1992. The report also says that suites are nearly soldout and with higher ticket prices and 10 games this year revenues will be soaring.
Kelly To Announce 2nd Round Pick: Jim Kelly will be the man to announce the Bills 2nd round selection when it is made in Chicago next Friday night. It will be the Bills first pick of the draft since they don't currently own a first round selection and a trade up is considered unlikely. It has been known for some time he would be in Chicago to announce a pick but it is now known which pick it will be.
Wednesday April 22, 2015
Schedule Tidbits: For the first time in team history the Bills will play their first and last two games at home. Barring another freak snowstorm the Bills will have 8 games at the Ralph for the first time since 2007 and they will all be on Sunday at 1pm unless a game is flexed. The Bills are one of just three teams that will have all 16 games played outdoors. Sal Cappaccio of WGR reported that the Bills play four teams coming off of extra rest with three of them happening in the first five weeks. The Bills get the extra rest just twice. The Bills are one of just four teams that has three straight road games on their schedule. The Bills do not have a home Monday night game for an seventh straight year and there is no Sunday night game for the eighth straight year. They will play five road games in six weeks for the first time since 1991.
Tuesday April 21, 2015
Schedule Released: The league released the NFL schedule tonight so it is time for fans to begin making their fall plans. All eight home games for the Bills are at 1pm on Sunday. They open with two straight home games against Indianapolis and New England so it will be tough right out of the gate. They also close with two straight home games against Dallas and the Jets. They have two primetime games in back to back games as they face the Jets on a Thursday night followed by their first Monday night game since 2009 against New England on November 23rd. For the eighth straight year they have no Sunday night games although that can change with flex scheduling late in the year. They have a rough stretch of five games on the road in six weeks starting with the Jets game on Nov. 12th. After they face the Dolphins at the Ralph on November 8th they don't return home until Dallas comes to town after Christmas. 2015 Bills Schedule.
Monday April 20, 2015
Pre Draft Luncheon: Today is the day that the Bills Brass speaks to the media and admittedly don't tell them the truth as they don't want to tip their hand at what they want to do during the draft. Doug Whaley said the team is in position to take the best player available. He said drafting a quarterback is a definite possiblity and they look at accuracy, decision making and play making ability when evaluating quarterbacks and admitted they obviously don't have a franchise quarterback. He said his philosophy is to build up every other area until they have one. The GM said they are more likely to trade down from the 50th spot but will not rule up moving up although he admitted that will be hard since they lack the ammunition to do so. The team would like to add depth along the defensive line, cornerback, and safety. Whaley said there is a chance they will use four tight ends on gameday making drafting one a possibility. The GM said talking to Richie Incognito for a few minutes and you know he has changed. Bills' Dir. of College Scouting Kelvin Fisher says he looks at 2nd and 3rd round picks as starters in year one and he also thinks that Cyrus Kouandjio is a potential starter in the NFL. Scout Jim Monos said that the talent this year at guard and offensive tackle is good.
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