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Training Camp Gets Underway

AP Photo - Josh Reed Bills Trade Walker: The Bills have given up trying to reach a deal with disgruntled DT Darwin Walker. They have traded him to the Chicago Bears for an undisclosed draft pick believed to be a fifth round pick. It is a good move considering they would have received a 6th round pick if they returned him to the Eagles on Aug. 4th if no deal had been struck. Marv Levy said that the team is moving on and decided to do so when it appeared the holdout would drag on. What seems a bit odd is that Walker reported to Bears camp without a new contract although one is expected to be hammered out. The Bills feel they will be ok without Walker because of the progress made by last year's first round pick John McCargo. Do you think the Bills made the right move here? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know.

Some Players Standing Out Early: With the first six practices under their belt it's time to make some early observations from media reports in training camp. Keith Ellison is all over the field and has made three interceptions so far. John McCargo is looking to prove his injury history is behind him and looks very good as well early flying to the ball. J.P. Losman is showing he's head and shoulder the best QB in camp. Marshawn Lynch looks to be the real deal as a pass receiver and Lee Evans has picked up where he left off last season. It's a long way to go though as the team has a closed practice session today before going to pads tomorrow for one workout. Two-a-days are done but the Bills will have very light morning walk throughs on some days before the afternoon or evening practice sessions.

Saturday July 28, 2007

Denney Misses Practice: Ryan Denney missed the afternoon practice session with a sore foot after taking part in the morning drills. It does not appear to be anything serious. Robert Royal took more reps in the afternoon after being limited in the morning with a wrapped left leg. Injury Page.

OL Shuffle: The Bills made a roster move on the offensive line. They picked up rookie free agent Nevin McCaskill and released Zac Tubbs. McCaskill comes from Division 1-AA Hampton where he was a three year starter and first team All-MEAC. Dick Jauron said they worked him out early last month and like him athletically and thought about signing him back then. The Bills have him slated at guard although he played tackle in college. Depth Chart.

Lynch, Poz Increased 1st Team Reps: Marshawn Lynch had one day to ease into training camp and it was full bore during today's morning session. Lynch saw increased reps with the first team getting work in the opening no-huddle 11 on 11 drill according to the team's website. Paul Posluszny also saw more first team reps this morning. Kevin Everett saw increased reps with Robert Royal limited with some sort of lower right leg injury that does not appear to be serious.

Royal Limited In AM Practice: Chris Brown reports for the Bills official website that Robert Royal was limited in this morning's workout and had his right leg wrapped. He took only a couple of reps during team drills. Injury Page.

Final Two-A-Days: The Bills finish off their final two-a-day practices of training camp on the third day of the camp today. The first three days were all double sessions but none of them were with pads. The Bills will have one practice a day for the remainder of the camp but most of them will be in pads starting Monday. Tomorrow there is a closed practice session.

Friday July 27, 2007

Day Two Notes: The Bills opened with the no huddle offense and used many 7 on 7 drills during today's two practices according to the team's website. Trent Edwards got some work with the 2nd team in the afternoon session during one no huddle drill. John McCargo and Paul Posluszny both got a few first team reps today.

Lynch Happy To Be Aboard: Marshawn Lynch said he expects to catch up quickly for the one day he missed calling it just missing a couple of hours of work. Lynch said he was on his toes all day yesterday waiting for the call to go to camp and said it's great to be back. He knows he has a lot of expectations on him and that hasn't been the case for him before but he is up for the challenge.

Losman Has No Pain: J.P. Losman addressed the media after the first of two practices today. He said he's glad he waited a day to hit the field because he felt no pain out there today. He was held out of a few drills this morning but did almost everything. He said he was excited for his first practice of camp and even felt a few butterflies. He felt more comfortable as practice went on and is looking forward to the rest of camp.

Walker Talks Continue: WGR is reporting that the Bills sent another contract proposal to the agent for Darwin Walker. It was rejected but a counter offer was being prepared to be sent to the Bills. Agent Albert Irby is not getting any more optimistic however, he is waiting to see how the Bills react to the counter offer.

Losman On Field: J.P. Losman is back on the field this morning taking part in throwing drills. He has been activated off the physically unable to perform list. As expected Marshawn Lynch is also on the field this morning.

Lynch Agrees: Marshawn Lynch agreed to terms on a contract with the Bills late Thursday night. He becomes the last draft pick to sign for the team and is expected on the field for today's two practice sessions. Reports say it's a five year deal worth just shy of $19 Million with $10.28 Million guaranteed. His agent told AP that his client is ecstatic and looking forward to helping the Bills. If Lynch misses a majority of playing time over the first two years of the deal an extra year gets added.

Thursday July 26, 2007

Afternoon Practice Notes: The Bills have day one of training camp behind them after finishing an afternoon session today to get the first day of two-a-days behind them. According to the team's website, Paul Posluszny got some first team reps in the afternoon session after getting only second team reps in the morning. He made it through the workout with no real mental breakdowns. The rotation at right guard continues as Jason Whittle got the first team reps in the afternoon after Duke Preston got them in the morning.

Nall, Edwards Share Reps: The one good byproduct with the injury to J.P. Losman is that there are more reps for the backups, Craig Nall and Trent Edwards. Losman said it was good to stand on the sidelines and watch a veteran and a rookie run the offense. There may be a good battle brewing for the backup job as Coach Jauron split the reps fairly evenly between the two at today's morning practice according to the Bills official website. Nall did always go first however. Both quarterbacks suffered from a little rustiness and inconsitency during the first workout.

Jauron Excited To Be Back: Dick Jauron said he's excited for the team to be back at camp. He said all the players and staff are anxious but it's good to be back at St. John Fisher. Everyone in attendance participated in practice except J.P. Losman with his lower back strain. John McCargo has been cleared to go and was on the field but they will watch him to see if he will need some extra time off. Today's two practices were without pads and the same thing is scheduled for the two a days on Friday and Saturday. The first pad day is scheduled for Monday.

Losman Expects To Be Back Soon: J.P. Losman spoke to the media between practice sessions today and said that he expects to be back on the field real soon. He said he's more embarassed than anything else after straining his back working out earlier in the week in a Buffalo gym. He said he was a little too excited and energetic for the start of camp when he injured it. He called his a back a little stiff and said they are being cautious. He feels he would be able to play if there was a game this weekend. Dick Jauron confirmed that Losman will have to go on the physically unable to perform list but said the injury shouldn't have any impact on the team at all.

Losman Misses Practice: J.P. Losman missed the opening practice session this morning at St. Johns Fisher College. Dick Jauron said between two-a-days today that Losman is day to day with a strained back. The Bills official website says that Losman will be placed on the physically unable to perform list, You can remove a player from the pre-season PUP at any time. The report says that he injured his back lifting weights two days ago.

Camp Set To Open: The players have arrived and training camp begins today with a morning practice at 8:30am and an afternoon practice at 2:15pm. Two players not expected to be on the field this morning are first round pick Marshawn Lynch and DT Darwin Walker. Negotiations are ongoing with both players and they are optimistic a deal can get done soon with Lynch. The Bills describe negotiations as positive. Talks are ongoing again with Walker who will not report without a new deal.

Wednesday July 25, 2007

Posluszny, Wright Sign; Two Released: As the Bills get ready for training camp they have come to terms with two more draft picks. 2nd rounder Paul Posluszny and fourth rounder Dwayne Wright are now under contract. To make room for the two the team released WR Aaron Brown and CB Duane Coleman.

Players To Report: The players will begin to trickle into St. Johns Fisher college today to report for the start of training camp tomorrow. They must report by midnight tonight. The team has three draft picks unsigned and one player who refuses to report because of a contract dispute. The agent for Darwin Walker says he's not very optimistic a deal will be struck meaning the team will likely return him to Philadelphia for a sixth round pick. The agent for first round pick Marshawn Lynch says he is optimistic a dela will get done with his client but many first round picks remain unsigned making the parameters of a deal unclear. Also unsigned are 2nd round pick Paul Posluszny and fourth rounder Dwayne Wright. The guidelines for a Posluszny deal are coming into focus as players taken around him have been signed.

Tuesday July 24, 2007

Wendling Signs: The Bills now have three draft picks that remain unsigned as John Wendling came to terms on an undisclosed deal. Wendling was a sixth round pick. The team made room for Wendling by releasing OL Randy Hand.

Who Will Play H-Back? The tight end situation is a crazy one for the Bills since they are likely to keep four on the roster as they need two that can play the H-Back spot. The team is not carrying any fullbacks because they like the versatility of a tight end to play the H-back. There are three tight ends who fit that role, Ryan Neufeld, Brad Cieslak, and Derek Schouman. Neufeld has played that position in the past and Cieslak saw some time there last year when Neufeld and Daimon Shelton were hurt. That makes this a two man race with Schouman probably destined for the practice squad. Expect Neufeld to win out.

Monday July 23, 2007

Schouman Signing Official: The Bills made the second weekend move official this afternoon. They have signed 7th round draft pick Derek Schouman. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but reports say the contract is for four years and worth $1.72 million with a $55,000 signing bonus. That leaves four of the seven draft picks unsigned.

Smith Back; Two Released: The Bills made it offical today, they have claimed WR Jonathan Smith off of waivers from the Patriots. As we reported yesterday the team is bringing back their former 7th round draft pick from 2004. He should help in the return game. The team released WR Jonathan Quinn and LB Larry Edwards. Do you think the Bills did the right thing re-signing Smith? Let us know by taking the poll on our homepage. Depth chart.

Backup QB Battle Possible: Over the last few days we went over the starting job battles, now is time to look at one of the possible high profile backup battles. Craig Nall is expected to be the backup quarterback but when the team was giddy over Trent Edwards being available late in the third round things may have changed. Edwards has performed well in the offseason OTAs and minicamps and will push Nall hard. In the end we think Nall will hold on to the backup job for the coming season but all bets off in 2008.

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