Bills Begin OTAs
Walker May End Up Back In Philly: The saga of Darwin Walker as a Bill continues to get stranger. The team acquired him in the Takeo Spikes and Kelly Holcomb deal but he has yet to report because he wants a new contract. NFL Network's Adam Schefter is reporting that Walker becomes property of the Eagles again on August 5th if he does not report to the Bills by then. Buffalo then receives a 6th round draft pick in next year's draft instead. The team already has the Eagles 7th round pick from that deal, the team also knew that Walker wanted a new deal when the trade was made.
Friday May 25, 2007
Ticket Sales Brisk: The Bills expect to sellout every home game this year, that is a far cry from the four non sellouts they had last season. Individual game tickets go on sale on July 14th but thanks to advance individual sales to season ticket holders there won't be too many tickets available. The opener against Denver and the Monday night affair against Dallas are basically soldout. There are tickets being held back for potential season ticket buyers. There are likely very limited seats going on sale for the Jets game on Sept. 30th, the Ravens game on Oct. 21st, and the Patriots game on Nov. 18th. The team also hopes to reach the 2005 season ticket total of 47,256, that was the highest number since the early 90s. 156 of 164 suites are sold, a few hundered outdoor club seats remain as well. The team would like to sell those club suites soon since there used to be a waiting list for them. The indoor club seats are still a struggle. One of the four indoor clubs is reserved for individual games. One is 90% sold but the other two are hovering around 65% sold.
1st Week Wraps: The Bills wrapped up the first week of the organized team activities yesterday. They will have four more days next week and the following week before having a mandatory mini camp in the middle of June. The only two veterans absent this week, as we reported earlier, were Darwin Walker and Aaron Schobel. The newly acquired Walker is holding out for a new contract. No word on why Schobel isn't there but Dick Jauron said he expects him in time for the mandatory minicamp but his comments seem to indicate Schobel will not take part in any of the voluntary holdouts. It makes you wonder if he's holding out as well since Chris Kelsay now makes more money then him. Jauron told the media after yesterday's workout that the move of George Wilson was because they think he would make a good defensive back. He's a good football player who is tough and smart and a great teammate. Jauron thought about moving Wilson when he had him in Detroit. The OTAs are a good time to experiment. The coach thinks they have made a lot of progress this week but still have a long way to go. There were a lot of errors but there was great participation and the team is in great shape for this time of year.
Wednesday May 23, 2007
McCargo Battles Injury: One player staying on the sidelines during the OTAs is last year's second 1st round draft pick Jon McCargo. He broke his foot in the fifth game of his rookie season cutting it short. He had surgery on the 5th metatarsal bone in October but had to go back in for a clean up procedure in February. He has done some individual work during the workouts but has not taken the field. He is running and doing stuff on the stairmaster but isn't ready to play at real football speed. Dick Jauron hopes he'll be ready by training camp but the setback may be a disappointment. McCargo calls the clean up procedure no big deal and is much stronger this year as he has been working to add muscle to his upper body while recuperating from the foot injury. He injured the same foot in college. Injury Page
Thomas Arrives: Anthony Thomas arrived yesterday for day two of the organized team activities. That leaves just Aaron Schobel and Darwin Walker as the lone veterans not in camp. Walker is holding out for a new contract, no word on why Schobel isn't there. The OTAs are voluntary. Rookies not at the camp are Scott Mayle who is finishing his final exam schedule and Chris Jackson who is finishing his college baseball season.
Wilson Experiment: The Bills are experimenting this month with little used two year WR George Wilson. He is getting a look at strong safety to see if he can help the Bills on that side of the ball. He is learning quickly but it is a major transition. The team should decide by training camp if they will make the move permanent or put him back at wide receiver where there may be an open roster spot. Depth Chart
Tuesday May 22, 2007
Bills Add WR: The Bills continue to bolster their depth by adding a wide receiver today. They signed Donovan Morgan who was with Houston's practice squad in 2005 and Kansas City's practice squad briefly in 2006. He recently was in the AFL2 league. He saw action in three games for the Texans in 2005 and caught four passes. Depth Chart
Webster Pickup Could Be Good: The late free agent signing of Jason Webster could end up being the surprise move of the offseason. Webster was considered a bust in Atlanta because he battled injuries his three seasons there after signing a big time contract in free agency in 2004. He failed to stay healthy but when he was on the field he was considered a solid corner. His pickup at this late stage is considered a good move as three other teams were reportedly interested in his services. His decision to pick the Bills is probably because he actually has a chance to come in and start if he performs well over the summer. Webster is expected to be on the field today with his new teammates as it is day two of the first week of organized team activities. Terms of Webster's deal were not disclosed but it is believed to be a one year deal at a modest salary. What do you think of the move? Take our new poll on our homepage and let us know!
Monday May 21, 2007
Bills Sign CB: The Bills added some veteran experience to their lackluster cornerback position today. They have signed Jason Webster who has spent the last three years with the Atlanta Falcons. He has 73 career starts in his eight year career, he was a full time starter in 2005. He started his career as a second round draft pick of the 49ers. He missed half the season last year with a torn groin muscle. He was released on May 9th. Front Office Page
OTA Underway: The three weeks of organzied team activities got underway today with nearly perfect attendance of rookies and veterans. Only four players were not in attendance, Aaron Schobel, Anthony Thomas, Darwin Walker, and rookie Scott Mayle who is still finishing up his final exams. Walker is holding out for a new contract. Depth Chart
Levy Speaks: Bills GM Marv Levy delivered the commencement address at Canisius College on Saturday. He also received an honorary degree. Levy encouraged the graduates to take chances and to never give up after failures as he talked about the Bills four Super Bowl appearances.
Ross Gone: The Bills are left with a hole in their scouting department. National scout Marc Ross has left to take on the Director of College Scouting job with the New York Giants. Ross was with the Bills for three years after being the Director of Scouting for the Eagles.
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