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Day 2 Camp Notes: It was another less than stellar day for the quarterbacks during day two of training camp on Saturday. EJ Manuel got his chance at first team reps and struggled with his accuracy once again. Leodis McKelvin remains sidelined and Rex Ryan confirmed he has had complications from the ankle surgery he had in the offseason. He was seen driving a cart with a scooter in the back. Rookie Ronald Darby continues to impress and has a chance to be a starter earlier than expected if McKelvin is out for an extended period. Ryan also praised Mario Butler who he says just always makes play. John Miller missed some time yesterday after suffering a bruise to his ankle but he's expected to be fine. Seantrel Hendrson took some first team reps at right tackle as that starting battle seems like it's going to be a good one. DL BJ Larsen and TE Clay Burton remain sidelined. Barton has an ankle injury and was seen on crutches.
Bills Claim OT: The Bills claimed offensive tackle Terren Jones off of waivers from Tennessee. He appeared in one game last year for the Titans. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Falcons in 2013. The team needed another tackle for training camp giving them five now on the roster. There is still one open spot on the 90 man training camp roster. Depth Chart.
Kromer Charges Dropped: In a surprise move the charges against OL Coach Aaron Kromer and his son were dropped today in Florida. The victims' families requested that the charges be dropped after a settlement was reached between the parties. The decision may save Kromer's job with the Bills. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports that the Bills are happy with the outcome of the case but they are expected to suspened Kromer for the start of the regular season. In that case he would be available to coach the line during training camp.
QBs Struggle: The general consensus from the first day of training camp was that all four quarterbacks struggled. EJ Manuel struggled with his accuracy while Tyrod Taylor took off to run too often and Matt Cassel threw an interception. Percy Harvin saw a few reps at cornerback after he asked Rex Ryan if he can play the position. Ryan agreed saying they won't do too much with him there. Harvin said defense is his first love. Corey Graham got the first team reps at safety next to Aaron Williams.
Super Mario Activated: When the Bills hit the field for their first training camp practice this morning they had Mario Williams on the field. Yesterday he was put on the Active/Non-Football injury list but was activated in time for today's practice and took part in the opening workout. Matt Cassel got the first reps with the first team at quarterback in practice today. Tyrod Taylor also got first team reps during 11 on 11 drills. Ronald Darby took Leodis McKelvin's first team reps at corner and picked off Cassel on a bomb. Corey Graham got top reps over Duke Williams. Cyrus Kouandjio took the first team reps at right tackle. Asst OL coach Kurt Anderson is leading the offensive line drills. DE BJ Larsen was the lone active player not participating in the workout. McKelvin, Dan Carpenter, Cam Thomas, and Chris Manhertz are out on injury lists.
Bills Hire Consultant: With OL coach Aaron Kromer on paid administrative leave dealing with his legal struggles, the Bills have hired someone he knows well. Pat Meyer has been hired a football operations consultant. He has an offensive line coaching background serving as the OL coach under Kromer the past two years in Chicago. He was the offensive coordinator for the CFL's Montreal Alouettes in 2012. He was taking in the first practice of camp on the sidelines.
Camp Gets Started! It's finally here! The Bills hit the practice fields at St. Johns Fisher College for the first time this training camp on Friday morning from 10am - 12pm. This year's practices are expected to be about a half an hour shorter than during the Marrone era but very busy as they are going to use two fields at one time to see more from the quarterbacks. All the players went through conditioning drills, meetings, and physicals on Thursday.
Five On Injured Lists: The Bills have placed Mario Williams, Leodis McKelvin, and Dan Carpenter on the Active/Non-Football injury list. TE Chris Manhertz and CB Cam Thomas have been placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list. All five players can be activated immediately when cleared to practice. No word on why they are on the lists Rex Ryan will likely update their situations on Friday. They likely failed their conditioning tests for one reason or another. McKelvin is the only one that has been on the injury list recovering from a broken ankle. Injury Page.
Mandatory Reporting Day: Many players reported to St. Johns Fisher College yesterday on the voluntary reporting day including Fred Jackson, Kyle Williams, Eric Wood, Chris Hogan, Aaron Williams, and Sammy Watkins among others. Kyle Williams and Wood were among the first to arrive and quickly left to play golf. All the players seemed excited and know that expectations are very high with Watkins coming close to guaranteeing a playoff spot. There will be meetings and conditioning drills today with the first practice is tomorrow at 10am.
Camp Reporting Starts: Today is the first day players can report to training camp at St. Johns Fisher College. Reporting today is completely voluntary and all players are scheduled to report tomorrow. The first practice is Friday morning at 10am. We have a handy training camp upcoming schedule on the right side of our homepage.
Williams Cut: The Bills have cut guard Chris Williams after he failed his physical. He missed all of the offseason workouts after struggling to recover from back surgery that cost him most of his only season in Buffalo. The release saves the Bills $3.9 Million on next year's cap according to Mike Rodak of ESPN. Front Office Page.
Watkins Says He's Full Go:Sammy Watkins spoke to the media at his football camp on the campus of ECC on Tuesday and said he is full go for the start of training camp. He was limited during most of the offseason after undergoing hip surgery. He took some live reps at the end of the team's mandatory minicamp. He was one of five players who missed time during the OTAs and minicamps because of offseason surgeries. We will know when camp starts on Friday if Leodis McKelvin, Aaron Williams, Chris Williams, and Stephon Gilmore are ready to go. Injury Page.
Camp Breakout Players In AFC East: Check out our latest edition of the AFC East roundtable where we look at possible camp surprises on both sides of the ball throughout the division. For the Bills we chose Nickell Robey and Tyrod Taylor as we were looking for players that people don't know too much about. Our friends from New York Jet Fuel, PatsFans.com, and Phin Maniacs gives their thoughts on their potential breakout players. Complete Story.
Brandon Now Running Sabres Too: The Sabres have parted ways with President Ted Black calling it a mutual decision. This affects the Bills because Russ Brandon has been named the new President of the Sabres and will serve a dual role as president of the Bills and the Sabres. WHAM-TV's Mike Catalana reports the Pegulas love Brandon and tried to hire him away from the Bills when they bought the Sabres. Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News tweeted that sources say the Pegulas were unhappy with Black after seeing how well the Bills were run.
Camp Gets Underway Friday:This is the week that NFL training camps get underway all across the NFL. The Bills begin reporting to St. Johns Fisher College on Wednesday and all players need to report by Thursday. The first practice is on Friday, check out the schedule on the right side of the homepage. It should be an interesting training camp as Rex Ryan will make sure it is anything but boring. We will be following camp for you and give you our usual snippets from each workout like we have been doing for 18 years.
Goodwin Gets Silver:Marquise Goodwin won the silver medal at the Pan AM games in Toronto after jumping 8.27 meters (27 feet, 1 3/4 inches) in his third jump. His U.S. teammate Jeffrey Henderson took the gold medal with an 8.54 meter jump. Bills WR coach Sanjay Lal was in the stands rooting him on. The silver medal was very impressive considering he didn't get back into track and field until two months ago. He told ESPN afterwards that he's excited for the start of training camp next week.
Kromer Decision Expected Soon: A decision on the future of OL coach Aaron Kromer is expected at anytime with the likelihood he will be fired and Vic Carucci of the Buffalo news reports that assistant OL coach Kurt Anderson will be promoted according to what an NFL source told him. Kromer is due back in court on his battery charge on August 12th but the team is not obligated to wait for the legal process to carry out. The disciplinary action rests with the team and not the Bills. Carucci speculates they will fire him with cause and not pay him his salary. He is currently on paid administrative leave.
Bills Release OT Hunter: Just three weeks after being signed, the Bills have released OT Wayne Hunter. He was in for a tryout during minicamp and was signed shortly after, he had been out of football for two years. There is a report that said Hunter was planning on retiring as he didn't feel he was able to make the comeback. Depth Chart.
Goodwin Makes Pan Am Finals:Marquise Goodwin has qualified for the finals of Pan AM games in Toronto after jumping 8.05 Meters in his only jump in the qualifying round. That jump immediately put him in the finals so he did not have to make any other jumps, he is seeded second behind U.S. teammate Jeffrey Henderson. The finals take place tonight so it will not interfere with the start of training camp.
Who Has Best DL In Division? The entire AFC East is loaded with premier defensive linemen. In our first edition of the AFC East roundtable we explore which team has the best defensive line with our friends from New York Jet Fuel, PatsFans.com, and Phin Maniacs. Complete Story.