Offseason Program Wraps Up
Looking At QB: The Bills will be bringing a rookie free agent QB in for a look next weekend. Joe Ganz was the starting quarterback for Nebraska last year and is looking forward to his workout with the Bills. It will be his second workout with an NFL team. He set passing records for Nebraska last year.
Saturday June 13, 2009
Team Fairly Healthy: The players will have about six weeks off to rest and get ready for training camp. The long offseason program included two months of working out, 12 OTAs, and a three day minicamp. Luckily most of the bumps and bruises that came up were minor. The only serious injuries happened to C.J. Hawthorne and Nick Hennessey. Hawthorne had surgery but should be ready for camp. Hennessey may not be ready. Two players coming back from injury may start camp on the PUP list as James Hardy and John DiGiorgio work their way back from ACL tears. Injury Page.
Friday June 12, 2009
Offseason Went Well: Dick Jauron addressed the media yesterday after the team finished the mandatory minicamp which also meant the end of the offseason conditioning program that started in April. Jauron was pleased with the committment the players had in the program and now feels it's important that they get away from the coaches and football. He did caution them however that they need to stay on top of everything so they don't regress when camp starts. He wants them to stay in the books and stay in shape. He feels the team is ahead and more talented than last year at this point.
Thursday June 11, 2009
Camp Starts July 25th: The players are now on their summer vacation and they also found out when they have to be back at work. Training camp at St. Johns Fisher College will begin on Saturday July 25th. The team will practice four times on the opening weekend and tickets will be needed to attend the opening workouts. This is a departure from the norm when only night practices required tickets. These practices are expected to be in the morning and afternoon. The night practices do return however tentatively on July 28th, 30th, Aug. 4th, 6th, 11th, 12th, and 17th. Camp wraps up on August 19th. The complete schedule is due out in the near future.
Five Players Released: The Bills have released five players today including Blake Costanzo who saw a lot of time on special teams last year. Also released were defensive linemen John Faletoese and Gerald Washington. Offensive lineman Joel Bell and defensive back Kyle Ward were also let go. The team was at its 80 man roster limit. This opens up five spots but the they will be needed when draft picks signed. Those eight players are not counted on the roster until they signed. Depth Chart.
Minicamp Over: The Bills ended their three day mandatory minicamp early. Today's final practice was scheduled to be another 90 minute workout but it was cut to about 40 minutes and it was nothing more than a walkthrough. The players are expected to stay in shape but they are now off until training camp starts in late July. The entire camp schedule should be released in a couple of weeks. The coaches will use this time to take a vacation as well.
Wednesday June 10, 2009
McIntyre Cleared: Corey McIntyre was cleared of misdemeanor exposure charges today. Police say the witness offered questionable statements. McIntyre maintained all along he was innonecent and was misidentified. The police now believe that is the case. McIntyre made a brief statement after practice today, "I just want to say that I'm happy my name has been cleared today, I've maintained my innocence all through this process and I'm glad it's out of the way. Iím sorry for the embarrassment to my family and to the Bills and now my focus is on training camp."
Parrish, Lynch Watching; McKelvin Back: Neither Roscoe Parrish or Marshawn Lynch took part in day two of minicamp. Lynch has an unspecified ailment while Parrish hurt his lower leg yesterday. Neither injury is thought to be serious. Leodis McKelvin did return to full team drills today and took reps with the second unit. Aaron Maybin was held out of team work today but it appared to be ok.
Tuesday June 9, 2009
Offense In No Huddle: ESPN.com's Tim Graham reports that the team ran the offense exclusively in the no huddle during today's workout. Adam Levitre appears to have moved ahead of Kirk Chambers at left guard. Eric Wood remains behind Seth McKinney at right guard but did get some first team reps.
Parrish OK: Roscoe Parrish jogged off the field after practice and said he's ok. It appears to be just a minor tweak of the calf muscle.
Parrish Injured: The team's website is reporting that Roscoe Parrish left the first minicamp workout this morning with a lower leg injury. He went to the trainers room and came back out with ice on his right calf. Marshawn Lynch also is not practicing today. He is dressed but the website said he's watching while Fred Jackson takes the first team reps.
Minicamp Gets Underway: The three day mandatory minicamp gets underway today and runs through Thursday. There will be a 90 minute workout each morning and some classroom work. In reality, the only difference between the just completed OTAs and minicamp is that this is mandatory. The intensity may increase just a bit as well.
Monday June 8, 2009
Bills Add RB: The Bills announced today that they have signed RB Justise Hairston. The team liked what they saw when they brought him in to the rookie minicamp as a tryout player. He was a sixth round pick of the Patriots in 2007 and has spent time on their practice squad along with the Colts practice squad. Depth Chart.
Three Games Soldout: The Bills have announced that individual game tickets are gone for the first three home games against Tampa Bay, New Orleans, and Cleveland. The team also announced that they have topped 52,000 season ticket sales which is the 6th highest total ever. Last year they had over 56,000 season tickets. Season ticket holders bought up the individual tickets for those three games over the weekend. You can still get tickets to all the games by buying season tickets.
Schobel Back: Aaron Schobel is back in Buffalo and taking part in today's voluntary workout. It's his first workout since the first week of OTAs. Josh Reed also returned but Terrell Owens, Shawn Nelson, and Roscoe Parrish were not in attendance. All three are expected tomorrow for the start of the mandatory minicamp.
Last Week Of Offseason Program: The Bills wrap up their offseason program this week. It starts today with the last day of the voluntary organized team activities. Most players should be there today since the three day mandatory minicamp begins tomorrow.
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