OTAs Continue For Third Week
OL Not Signed: The Bills have not signed Indoor Football League OL Polo Gutierrez as was reported yesterday. The team did call him for a tryout which will take place on July 17th. He will be one of six linemen trying out and the team will reportedly take two of them to training camp.
Saturday June 6, 2009
OL Reportedly Signed: The El Paso Generals of the Indoor Football League say that the Bills have signed one of their offensive linemen. The Bills have yet to announce that they have signed Polo Gutierrez who has started all year for El Paso. He is a former starter for New Mexico State.
Friday June 5, 2009
Nelson Expected Back: Dick Jauron would not elaborate on why Shawn Nelson missed this week's OTAs. He said he was out dealing with personal issues and he expects him back next week. Of course, he has to be there by Tuesday since that is when the mandatory minicamp starts. Jauron said he knew Terrell Owens would not be there today and it was nice that he was kept in the loop. Owens is also expected back for the mandatory camp next week.
Bills Deny Stadium Rumor: The Buffalo News reports the Bills have denied a rumor that they have inquired about a new stadium. They say they have not been in touch with any firms about creating a study or building a new stadium. They maintain they are very happy at Ralph Wilson Stadium and the current economic conditions make building a stadium cost prohibitive.
No T.O Today: Terrell Owens missed his first voluntary OTA today as he was not in attendance. Also not there today were Aaron Schobel, Josh Reed, Shawn Nelson, Roscoe Parrish, Corey McIntyre, and Brian Moorman. Traditionally the Friday workout always has the most absences with a summer weekend upon us. The team has one more voluntary OTA workout on Monday and then the three day mandatory minicamp takes place Tuesday through Thursday next week.
New Stadium For Bills? It's not much to go on but a story in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram indicates the Bills may be exploring the option of building a new stadium. The article was about HKS inc. which is the firm that built the Cowboys new stadium. They say that the Bills are among a handful of teams that are thinking about doing something with a new stadium. This is the first indication that the team may be interested in building one. Ralph Wilson has always said the stadium is not the issue and the economy in Western New York makes this not an option since they couldn't charge the money a new stadium brings. What do you think about this news? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know!
Thursday June 4, 2009
Evans, Edwards, Owens Work OT Again: Three of the main cogs in the offense were at it again after today's OTA workout. Trent Edwards, Lee Evans, and Terrell Owens worked on routes for about a half an hour after the rest of the players left the field. Steve Johnson joined the group as Edwards worked on his touch on deep passes according to the team's website.
Youboty Works: Ashton Youboty is closing in to a return to the field as he took part in individual drills today. He has been sidelined since last season with plantar fasciitis and now expects to be ready for training camp and hopes to gets a chance to join team drills for the mandatory minicamp but they will be cautious. Youboty joined Terrence McGee, Pat Thomas, and Leodis McKelvin in doing individual drills but not team drills. Still completely sidelined are C.J. Hawthorne, John DiGiorgio, James Hardy, and Jonathan Scott. Aaron Schobel, Josh Reed, and Shawn Nelson remained absent as they have been all week. Roscoe Parrish was not there today as well.
Wilson Tabs Berman: In a somewhat surprising move, Ralph Wilson has chosen ESPN commentator Chris Berman to present him for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. Berman has always been a huge Bills supporter. He is the host of the ceremony for ESPN and when Jim Kelly, Marv Levy, and Thurman Thomas went in, his introduction of the presenters almost made it like their were two people presenting former Bills for induction. Wilson said, "I've known him for a long, long time. His kids followed the Bills growing up. We've been friends for years and years."
Wednesday June 3, 2009
Nelson Remains Out: The OTAs continue today and rookie TE Shawn Nelson remains absent. No word on why he is not there as rookies normally do not miss any of the voluntary workouts. Good news on the injury front as Cary Harris returned yesterday. Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin have begun taking part in individual drills. Injury Page.
Tuesday June 2, 2009
Bills Go Outside: The Bills worked out in the stadium today for the first time in the OTAs. Josh Reed, Shawn Nelson, and Aaron Schobel were the only players absent today. Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin remain sidelined.
OTAs Resume Today: Week 3 of the OTAs resume today with an on the field workout from 10:30am - 12:00pm. The team has voluntary workouts the rest of this week and on Monday. The three day mandatory minicamp will be next Tuesday through Thursday. Attendance at the voluntary camp has been very good so far.
Monday June 1, 2009
Smith Picks Cottrell: Bruce Smith has chosen former Bills defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell as the man who will present him for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. When he was selected in January Smith said it was between Cottrell and Marv Levy. If he chose his former head coach he would have followed fellow hall of famers Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas.
Kelly Offers Input: Jim Kelly spoke to the media at his annual golf tournament today. He said he gave Alex Van Pelt and Turk Schonert some input on the no huddle offense and confirmed that the team is planning on running it at times this year. The 23rd annual golf tournament featured guests that included Bruce Smith, Andre Reed, Steve Tasker, Phil Hansen, John Wendling, John McCargo, Derek Fine, Gibran Hamdan, Paul Posluszny, Jonathan Stupar, Trent Edwards, Matt Baker, Tyke Tolbert, Ben Roethlisberger, Turk Schonert and Alex Van Pelt.
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