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NEWS ARCHIVES - JUN 11TH - JUN 17TH, 2007 PREVIOUS WEEK

Bills Complete Mandatory Minicamp

Wilson Ends Speculation: There has been much speculation recently that Ralph Wilson would either sell the Bills while he was still around or leave it to his wife Mary when he passes on. Both those scenarios would give the Bills a better chance of staying in Buffalo when the 88 year old Wilson was no longer around. He squashed those scenarios when he told the Buffalo News that the team would be sold after he dies. Wilson says he thinks his wife can handle owning the team but that won't be the case. His three daughters are interested in the team but would not be able to keep them because of the estate taxes they would have to pay which would be about 45% of the worth of the team or approximately $600 Million. His wife would not have to pay an estate tax to keep the team but Wilson re-iterated that was not the plan. He said he's looked in to putting a provision for a "hometown discount" for a local buyer but that is not legal. He also ruled out selling part of the team to a local person to give that person a better chance to buy the team. These comments seem to increase the chance the Bills may leave Buffalo after Wilson is gone. What do you think? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know.


Friday June 15, 2007

Bills Hold Tryouts: As the players started their month and a half vacation after minicamp, the coaches had some unfinished business to attend to before taking some time off as well. The team held tryouts for 94 players who they had on their draft board but haven't landed with a team yet. 73 position players were looked at yesterday and 21 kickers and punters today. There is a chance they will find someone out of this group and sign them but they are really concentrating on getting a list of players they can call on if there are injuries.


Thursday June 14, 2007

Training Camp To Start July 26th: The Bills 2007 training camp schedule was released by the team today and it is sponsored by Verizon Wireless this year. It will begin on July 26th and their will be seven night practice sessions. There will be 24 practices in all including three two-a-days. All three double sessions will be on the first three days of camp on the 26th through the 28th. The first night practice will take place on July 31st.

Camp Schedule To Be Released: The OTAs and minicamp are barely finished and the team is looking ahead. The Bills are set to announce their training camp schedule this afternoon. Look for a mix of night practices sprinkled in with day and two-a-day practices. The camp will start in late July.


Wednesday June 13, 2007

Jauron Feels Team Is Better: Dick Jauron took a step back and looked at his 2007 Bills at the end of the minicamp today and he's come to the conclusion that this year's team is better then last year's on both offense and defense. He feels the offense has improved thanks to the additions up front. He thinks the new players will allow J.P. Losman a chance to continue his improvement. On defense, despite losing players he expects improvement because the players that have been there are more mature in the system and know exactly what to do and what is expected of them. He feels they will be a better and faster unit this year. On a whole the coach feels they will be faster and better athletically in 2007.

Camp Ends: The Bills three day mandatory minicamp came to an end with a workout at the stadium today. The players are now off until the start of training camp in late July. Dick Jauron said they do have some work to do as they have to stay with the program during their time off. Each player left with a booklet that tells them what their starting weight should be and a day to day look at what their diet and nutrition should be. Jauron feels the minicamp went really well and accomplished its goal of being an extension of the OTAs. They got a lot of teaching done along with extended looks at the younger players. He is happy with what he saw.

Minicamp On TV: The NFL Network continues its tour of NFL minicamps this week. They were at the Bills camp yesterday and setup a makeshift studio on the practice field. They will air the one hour show about the Bills minicamp tonight at 8pm. The team finishes up its camp today with a 90 minute workout.


Tuesday June 12, 2007

Day Two In The Books: The Bills wrapped up the second day of the three day mandatory minicamp with a 90 minute workout at the stadium. According to the team's website, they continue to rotate players at the right cornerback spot as they look for a starter to replace Nate Clements. Roscoe Parrish got mad at himself for dropping two catchable balls. Peerless Price went down on his shoulder hard on one play with Terrence McGee on top of him but he was ok. The Bills are healthy through the offseason program with just John McCargo and Robert Royal sitting out the minicamp. Injury Page

Three Soldout: Thanks to season ticket holders buying extra seats coupled with group sales that begun on Saturday, the Bills have now soldout three games this year and have two others closing in on sellouts. Certain number of tickets are being held back for all games for potential season ticket buyers. We reported earlier that the opener and the Dallas Monday night game were soldout before group sales began. You can add the Sept. 30th game against the Jets to that list. The Baltimore game on Oct. 21st and the Patriots game on Nov. 18th are nearing a sellout as well.

Bills Offer To Kill Year: Marv Levy told the Rochester D&C that the Bills have made a major concession in trying to get Darwin Walker in camp. They have offered to kill the final year of his contract if he will come in and play in 2007 under his current deal of $1.3 Million. The team would then look at a new deal for 2008 if he comes in and does well. If not, he would be a free agent next year. The next move is in Walker's court but if he doesn't accept the deal the Bills are ready to move on without him.


Monday June 11, 2007

Bills Ink Draft Pick: The Bills have signed their first draft pick. C.J. Ah You was actually the last player picked by the Bills but as this thing usually goes, he's the first to sign on the dotted line. Ah You said he's excited and grateful for the deal and looks forward to contributing in his rookie season in anyway he can.

Day One Complete: Day one of the three day minicamp is now in the books and every player was there with the exception of Darwin Walker. Rookie WR Scott Mayle was back after missing the OTAs because of his college's final exam schedule. He got some reps as a punt returner on day one according to the team's website. Other notes from the team include Jason Webster getting another extended look as the starter at right cornerback. Marshawn Lynch getting more first team reps and John McCargo doing some light jogging and individual drills as he battles back from two foot surgeries.

Walker Not At Minicamp: Minicamp got underway with a workout this morning from 10:30am - 12:00 noon and the one player not there as expected was Darwin Walker. The two sides couldn't come to terms on a new contract and Walker falls further and further behind his teammates. Marv Levy spoke to the media after the workout and said the final decision now rests with Walker. He'd like to have the DT in attendance but they are prepared to go on without him. Walker has been advised that he is subject to a fine but the team would not discuss and possible fines. If a new deal isn't made by August 5th his rights revert back to Philadelphia for a 6th round draft pick. The team has two more minicamp practices at the same time as today's workout tomorrow and Wednesday.

Minicamp Begins: The final offseason activity begins today as all players under contract and draftees are required to be at One Bills Drive for the only mandatory minicamp for all players this offseason. The camp runs through Wednesday and everyone should be there with the exception of Darwin Walker who isn't planning on attending unless a restructured contract is reached. We will have more on the first day of camp later on today.



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