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Bills Release DE Johnson: The Bills opened up a spot on their 90 man roster by releasing DE Bryan Johnson. He was signed by the team as an undrafted free agent last offseason and spent the majority of the year on the practice squad. The open roster spot may be used to sign former Jets OT Wayne Hunter. He was in for a tryout during minicamp and Rex Ryan indicated he would be signed by the team before training camp. Depth Chart.
Brady Appeal: The commissioner will hear Tom Brady's appeal of his four game suspension for deflate gate today in New York. If more than a day is needed the appeal will be concluded on Thursday with a decision expected in a reasonable amount of time. That means Bills fans may know within a week or so if they will face the Patriots QB week two at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Most speculate the suspension will be reduced on appeal but will it be reduced all the way to one game or cut in half meaning he would still miss that pivotal game.
Goodwin Back To Track Roots:Marquise Goodwin is using his time off to get back to his roots. He is participating in this weekend's 2015 U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships. This appearance does not conflict with his duties with the Bills but if he finishes in the top three he would qualify for the World Championships. That would conflict with the end of training camp and the final preparations for the season as they take place August 22nd to 30th in China. It bring speculation that Goodwin is worried about his future with the Bills and the NFL in general. His world class speed has allowed him to flash some solid skills in the NFL but he has been unable to stay healthy in the first two years of his career and is certainly on the bubble as the team goes to training camp.
Organization Changes: The Bills announced changes to the player personnel department on Friday. Rob Hanrahan has been promoted to Director of Pro Personnel. He has been with the team for 15 years and was the teamís assistant director of pro personnel last year. Kevin Meganck is the new Director of Football Operations. Kevin Murphy is a new pro scout while Marcus Cooper has been promoted to a college area scout. Casey Weidl has been named Manager of Football Operations.
Day 3 Minicamp Notes: The Bills wrapped up their offseason program with the final day of the three day mandatory minicamp at One Bills Drive yesterday. Rex Ryan took out the starting defensive line after they dominated practice on Wednesday. This allowed the offense some room to have success heading into the six week break before training camp. EJ Manuel took advantage of going against the 2nd team D-line and had a very good day while his fellow quarterbacks struggled still. Rex Ryan said there is a 99.9% chance the opening day starting quarterback is on the roster right now. Cyrus Kouandjio still leads the battle for the starting right tackle spot heading into camp. Rex Ryan told the players to get away from the game while staying in condition before ramping things back up before reporting to St. Johns Fisher College on July 30th for the first practice on the 31st.
Bills Add TE: The Bills made a roster move at the conclusion of minicamp by signing TE Matthew Mulligan and released CB Merril Nole. Mulligan is another ex-Jet who started his career with Rex Ryan in 2009. He is a seven year vet known as a blocking tight end who has been with 9 NFL teams. Depth Chart.
Bills Expected To Sign Hunter: Former Jets tackle Wayne Hunter has been at minicamp on a tryout basis the past two days and Rex Ryan said at the conclusion of the minicamp that he expects to sign him before training camp begins. Hunter is a journeyman tackle who has had limited success in his career. He has nine years experience in the league and has not played since 2012 with St. Louis. He was with the Jets from 2008-2011. He started his career in Seattle for three years and spent a year in Jacksonville. He has 25 career starts in 77 games.
Day 2 Minicamp Notes:Seantrel Henderson was back on the field during the 2nd day of the mandatory minicamp. He is definitely in the doghouse however as he took mostly third team reps with the team at right tackle on a day that was awful for the offense. The quarterbacks only completed four passes on 22 drop backs during 11 on 11 drills according to the media reports from the workout. Sammy Watkins continues to get worked in a bit more as he had a few more team reps on Wednesday. The team wraps up the offseason workouts with a final day of mandatory minicamp today. They will then have six weeks off before reporting to St. Johns Fisher on July 30th.