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Dareus Suspended 1 Game: We have been waiting for the other shoe to drop on Marcell Dareus for his off the field discretions last offseason and now it has. He has been suspeneded for the season opener against the Colts and will not count towards the 53 man opening day roster until he rejoins the team the day after that game. He will be able to take part in the preseason and all training camp activities. The suspension was for his arrest for synthetic marijuana in Alabama not for his drag racing charge in Hamburg. It is officially a suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He released this statement through the Bills, "Last year, I made a mistake involving possession of a banned substance,” Dareus said in a statement. “The NFL’s discipline for this conduct is part of the drug policy, and I apologize to my family, my teammates, the entire Bills organization and Bills fans that I will miss one game as a result of my mistake. I will work intensely that week and will be extremely happy to contribute to a win in week two for the Bills.”
Roman's Presser: Offensive coordinator Greg Roman addressed the media last year and said they are trying to get the guys mentally and physically prepared to compete day in and day out during the OTAs. They will employ different tempos including mental tempos. On the running back situation, Roman said you can never have enough backs and they have some good ones making it for some interesting formations during training camp. Asst. Head Coach/RB coach Anthony Lynn said he met Bryce Brown once as he has not been at the voluntary offseason program because of the birth of a child. He said it will be hard for him to catch up. He said you can never have to many good players at any position as there will be reps to go around to see who can win a competition. On Tyrod Taylor, Roman is very impressed with his football IQ, the way he handles the huddle, he's dynamic, and very well rounded player who has been coached well. He called the QB competition wide open and dismissed rumors that EJ Manuel has fallen out of favor. Saying he is doing a very good job and busting his hump everyday. It is too early to have a leader in the competition. He will probably have an opinion on a leader after the OTAs but won't divulge who he think it is. On Nick O'Leary all he does is produce and said John Miller blew them away in his pre draft visit with his football IQ. He is working with the first unit with Chris Williams still sidelined with his back issues. Nothing will be set in stone until the appropriate time but the time he's getting now is extremely valuable for him but they haven't got a defense in front of him yet. Karlos Williams has been aces and is getting it quickly. He has done nothing but impressed in every aspect saying he is super impressed with him.
Thurman Presser: DC Dennis Thurman told the media they will take advantage of Mario Williams' athleticism and will do different things with him but the number one think will be what he does best, getting after the quarterback. They need to put players in the best position to make plays and that may mean getting them out of their comfort zone more. He calls all the players on the defensive line interchangeable parts which will make them even more potent on defense. He said Ronald Darby his athletic, fast, strong and seems good in man to man even though he hasn't gone against veterans yet. He doesn't look like he has many flaws. He is talented enough to overcome any deficincies he has. Having another quality linebacker like Tony Steward is a plus as he is also athletic and strong. There will be tremendous competition at linebacker, safety, and cornerbacks while the defensive line has more of a comfort zone. There number one objective every week will be to stop the run first.
Final Pick Signed: The Bills now have all their draft picks under contract as they agreed to a deal with 2nd round pick Ronald Darby. Terms were not disclosed but Ian Rapoport reports it's a four year deal worth $4.6 Million.
Reed On Board: Andre Reed will be roaming the sidelines at St. Johns Fisher College during training camp as he will be part of the Walsh coaching internship program. In past years Reed used the program to coach with the Kansas City Chiefs. He should be a welcome addition for the young receivers like Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Dezmin Lewis, and Marquise Goodwin to learn from.
One More Pick Signed: The Bills have announced the signing of sixth round draft pick Tony Steward that leaves just the top pick, 2nd rounder Ronald Darby as the lone draft pick not signed at this point. Steward is expecting to help on special teams right way and add depth at inside linebacker. Front Office Page.
Two More Picks Signed: The Bills got two more of their draft picks under contract on Thursday by agreeing to terms with 3rd round pick John Miller and 5th round pick Karlos Williams. They join 6th round pick Nick O'Leary and 7th round pick Dezmin Lewis as signed members of the draft class. 2nd round pick Ronald Darby and 6th round pick Tony Steward are still unsigned. Front Office Page.
Bills Add FB: Rex Ryan brought back another member from his old Jets team as the team added another fullback signing the terminator, John Connor. The team made room for Connor by releasing fullback Corey Knox. Connor is a solid blocking fullback that Ryan likely sees as a nice complement for big free agent signee Jermone Felton, he can also be used with Felton in the jumbo package. He palyed for the Jets from 2010-2012 and then again last year. If the Bills do keep both fullbacks it may mean trouble for the halfbacks as they may only keep three at the very loaded position. The signing will not cost the Bills in the formula that computes compensation picks since that deadline was yesterday. Depth Chart.
Deflategate From Patriots Land: Most loyal readers of Bills Daily knows that our columnist Tony Bogyo lives in the Boston area. He is about ready to tear his hair out with all the talk about how the poor Patriots are being treated by the big bad NFL in the deflategate scandal. Instead of tearing out his hair he wrote an article, check it out. Complete Story.
Last 2 Picks Signed: The Bills have announced the signing of their last two draft picks as 6th round pick Nick O'Leary and 7th round pick Dezmin Lewis are now under contracts. That leaves the top four picks left to sign.
Bills Add Tryout Safety: The Bills got back up to the 90 man maximum on the roster by signing one of the players who were at the rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. The team signed UTEP safety Wes Miller. He had 74 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 6 pass breakups last year in college. He took the roster spot of the previously announced signing of OT Jermaine Barton. It never happened after he failed his physical. Depth Chart.
Rookie Camp Over: The Bills wrapped up a three day rookie minicamp where the drafted players, undrafted free agents, tryout players, and 1st year players all got a chance to make an impression on the coaching staff with on the field workouts. The Bills have an open roster spot if they decide to sign one of the tryout players. The previously announced signing of OT Jermaine Barton never happened after he failed his physical. According to some twitter accounts from media members at the camp top draft pick Ronald Darby looked like he was the head of the draft class showing off his talent. 6th round pick Nick O'Leary also looked solid. They couldn't really run any plays with just four offensive linemen in the camp after they didn't sign Barton. The second phase of the offseason conditioning program for all players resumes today and runs through Thursday this week. Front Office Page.
Variable Pricing: The Bills once again will have variable pricing for individual game tickets for the coming season. The gold priced games will be for half of the home games. The first three home games against Indianapolis, New England, and the Giants are gold along with the December game against the Cowboys. The games against Cincinnati and Miami are silver games while the Texans and Jets December matchups are bronze games. The two home preseason games against Carolina and Pittsburgh will have their own pricing structure. Special individual game and group ticket presales dedicated to season ticket members will take place in early June. Whatever tickets are left after that should go on sale in early July. With a possible record number of season ticket holders this year individual game tickets will be very limited.