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Schedule Released; Bills Prepare For Draft

Bills Take A Step Back? Tony Bogyo returns with a new article to gear you up for the NFL draft next weekend. He also looks at where the Bills stand compared to last year, he thinks at this point they have definitely taken a step back from the 7-9 finish in 2006. Read his article and then let us know what you think by taking our poll on our homepage. Complete Story.

Friday April 20, 2007

Bills Host Two: Despite being busy preparing for the draft, the Bills have found time to host two free agent visitors this week. Veterans Josh Scobey and Alex Bannister were in town. Both players are veteran special teams aces. Bannister is also a wide receiver who spent five years in Seattle before spending last year in Baltimore. The team has flirted with him in the past when he was a restricted free agent for the Seahawks a few years back. Scobey was with Seattle last year and was a spot kickoff return and coverage ace, he can fill the spot vacated by Andre Davis when he left as a free agent for Houston.

Thursday April 19, 2007

Team Not Set At Any Position: Marv Levy said there is no position that they say they are set at it and they have not closed the book at drafting a wide receiver. If the right one is there at the right time they would take one. They also feel they need to improve their depth along the defensive line but do feel they have four solid players at end. Some of the team's improvement will come from within the squad, not just from the draft. At QB, they do have a hole at number three because of the trade of Kelly Holcomb. They acknowledge that the trades have created holes at LB, RB, and QB. There are certain players they will not take because they don't like the character of that player. One position they likely would not draft is fullback. They expect to play one of their tight ends at fullback when they need one and they will likely add another tight end for training camp.

Need Is Important: Tom Modrak told the media that you no longer can just draft the best possible player, you also need to draft for need but you can't overvalue a player just based on need. Marv Levy said if there is just a fraction lower grade on a position of need, they may go with that player but they won't go too far down their grades to take a position of need.

Bills To Focus On RB And LB: GM Marv Levy and Asst. GM Tom Modrak were asked about covering running back at the pre-draft luncheon yesterday. They both agreed that it helps to have a two back offense to win. Modrak confirmed that Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch are the top two backs but there are other good backs that will be available later on and Levy confirmed that top backs can emerge in later rounds. RB is a position that players can develop much quicker then at other positions. Lynch can be a three down back because of his versatility Modrak said. On Chris Henry, he didn't produce well enough on the field but his workout numbers were outstanding which may make them re-think getting him, he also has an injury concern so they have to figure out where and when they would take a chance on a player like him or Michael Bush who missed a season because of a broken leg. They won't take a back over a player at another position that is rated higher. They would look to move up to get a back like Peterson if it works out but it takes two teams to tango. Marv Levy said he won't look to be a deal maker but if a good one comes to him he would make it. They also agreed that linebacker is a need and they need additional help from the draft.

Turner Deal Unlikely: Marv Levy spoke to the media yesterday in a pre-draft luncheon and said that while the team is interested in acquiring Michael Turner, a deal is unlikely. He said the deal is so complicated that he'd be surprised to get a deal done. Levy would not disclose if the team was willing to part with a first round draft pick for the back. A deal would be complicated because they would need to work out a trade with San Diego and a long term deal with Turner.

Tuesday April 17, 2007

Hargrove, Anderson Sign Tenders: Tim Anderson and Anthony Hargrove are officially staying with the Bills. The restricted free agents signed their qualifying tender offers to remain with the team for at least one more year. They could have signed offer sheets from other teams giving the Bills a chance to match or receive a third round draft pick for either player which was highly unlikely. The Bills now have all restricted free agents under contract as their other two were signed to two year deals.

Turner Likely Staying In SD: The agent for Michael Turner says at this point it looks like his client is staying in San Diego and will play under the one year tender before becoming an unrestricted free agent next year. He did say things could change during the draft but at this point no trade appears likely. He said nothing is happening now and he doesn't know if anything will regarding a possible trade to the Bills or the Titans.

Sunday April 15, 2007

Turner Still Costs A 1: ESPN is reporting that the Chargers are digging in their heels and still insisting on a first round pick for Michael Turner in either this year's or next year's draft. As a high tender restricted free agent if a team signs him it will cost them a first and a third. The Chargers are gambling that someone will give them a first as the draft approaches or they may keep him for the 2007 season and lose him for nothing next year as an unrestricted free agent. The Bills and Titans appear to be the most interested parties but both apparently are balking at giving up a number one.

Friday April 13, 2007

Holdman Visited: Sirius NFL Radio reports that the Bills hosted a free agent visitor. Washington free agent LB Warrick Holdman was at One Bills Drive. Holdman played for Dick Jauron in Chicago. He spent his first five seasons with the Bears followed by a year with Cleveland before ending up with the Redskins the past two seasons. Holdman plays on the outside and would add some valuable depth to a depleted linebacker corps. He had 69 tackles in 16 games last season.

Davis Signs With Texans: The Bills have lost another unrestricted free agent. Andre Davis has signed a deal to join the Houston Texans. It doesn't appear the Bills tried to keep the wide receiver. That is a bit surprising since he was a demon on special teams, something Marv Levy covets. Davis didn't work his way into the receiver rotation with the Bills last year as they had hoped.

Thursday April 12, 2007

Bledsoe To Retire: Reports say that former Bills QB Drew Bledsoe will announce his retirement from the game. He was released by the Cowboys at the end of last year and has been contemplating his future ever since.

Schumer's Efforts Pays Off: US Senator Chuck Schumer was very busy lobbying for the Bills this year. Not only was he instrumental in getting a new revenue sharing plan in place. He also spoke to the commissioner about not giving the Bills too many late season home games against weaker opponents. Last year the team had four mediocre games after Thanksgiving at home and failed to sell any of them out. It appears the league was listening to the influential Senator once again. The Bills only have two home games after Thanksgiving and they are both against marquee opponents. Miami comes to town in December this year as does the Giants. The Miami game is usually a big seller although the luster is off the rivalry a bit. The Giants will draw fans from New York if it is a big game for Big Blue.

Wednesday April 11, 2007

Bills Play Home Monday Night Game: The schedule features their first home Monday night game since 1994 when Dallas comes to town on October 8th. They also open at home for the 7th time in 8 seasons when the Broncos come to town on Sept. 9th. They will play four of their first six at home including three in a row with a bye week sandwiched in. They only play back to back road games twice this season. They have the toughest schedule in the league along with Oakland based on last year's records. The entire schedule is on our homepage. While there, take our poll and tell us what you think of the schedule. Bills Daily Schedule Page.

Schedule To Be Released Today: The NFL schedule is finally set to be released at 1pm today after a six day delay. The schedule was due out on Thursday but problems with the TV packages delayed the release. We will have our complete analysis of the schedule plus the schedule will be on our homepage and our schedule page later in the day. When it is released go to for a complete look at the Bills schedule.

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