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The Buffalo Bills underwent major changes at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Russ Brandon became the team president while Chan Gailey and his staff were shown the door, allowing the team to sign a first-time head coach and his youthful staff. The men holding down positional coaching jobs are all relatively new to the scene as well.
73-year old Buddy Nix stepped down as general manager, the position given to Doug Whaley, another first-timer.
On the field, there are 38 new faces among the 85 players currently on the roster. But, the biggest move of the offseason was the selection of quarterback E.J. Manuel. The Bills haven’t had an adequate quarterback since 1999, when Doug Flutie was at the helm of the offense.
Dealing with Kelly Holcolmb, Alex Van Pelt, J.P. Losman, Trent Edwards, and most recently Ryan Fitzpatrick, has made the Buffalo Bills a franchise of both humor and shame in the eyes of the national media.
I moved to Buffalo roughly three weeks ago, and I’ve seen more pedestrians sporting more Patriots, Steelers and Eagles apparel than that of their hometown team. Now, the stadium will be packed every Sunday, but to mainstream media, the team is a joke. Chris Berman is the lone supporter. The subpar play of the team during the last decade has truly shifted the image of the Bills’ franchise from what it was in the late 80’s through the early 90’s.
I haven’t lived in Buffalo long enough to make a sure statement in either direction, but from multiple people that I’ve spoken with, it’s similar to my point of view. Nobody wants to be a loser. Nobody wants to be the fan that’s both eager and pessimistic at the same time.
This is where E.J. Manuel comes into play.
Manuel has everything that you look for in a quarterback in today’s evolving NFL. He’s got a big frame that can absorb hits, he’s got a huge arm, he’s mobile in the pocket and is a threat to run when necessary.
The godson of Hall of Famer Bruce Smith, Manuel has the task of not only playing quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, but to be the face of the franchise while the team looks to turn around 14 years of misery.
The Bills are an important part of Buffalo’s culture and the fans need a quarterback that gives them hope and can deliver. E.J. Manuel was the final piece to the engine that former general manager Buddy Nix was building during his three-year tenure with the team, meaning it’s time to rev the engine and take off.
The front office has put together a roster that (on paper) appears to be one that can be contenders relatively quickly. The 2012 offseason was rough, as we watched Andy Levitre depart via free agency, all while dealing with Jairus Byrd’s ongoing holdout. However, if this young roster full of talent and potential can put it together on the field, things should look bright for the Buffalo Bills.
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We won’t be recapping every 2013 Buffalo Bills training camp practice, but since tonight was the first one, let’s look at some notes. Despite what the trolls say, it’s perfectly fine to enjoy the start of the NFL. Away we go:
-Mario Williams missed practice with a sore foot.
-The team jumped quickly into a fly route drill. EJ Manuel reportedly throw some nice deep balls, and...
The Buffalo Bills have released tight end Mickey Shuler a day before the team opens training camp.
The Bills announced the move Saturday morning, as players were scheduled to take physicals at camp in suburban Rochester. The first practice is set for Sunday evening.
Buffalo claimed Shuler off waivers in May, after he was released by the Oakland Raiders.
Listed at 6-foot-4 and...
Mario Williams was held out of the Buffalo Bills' first training camp practice Sunday night after complaining of a sore foot.
Coach Doug Marrone provided few details regarding the nature of the injury. He wouldn't say which foot Williams had hurt or how and when it happened.
''Mario reported to our athletic training staff that he had a sore foot,'' Marrone...
The first night of training camp is in the books! Unfortunately, I could not be in attendance for the practice, but the Bills’ Twitter feed and website did a great job of keeping fans posted on practice. Here are some news and notes on Buffalo’s first training camp practice.
No Super Mario
Mario Williams did not take part in Sunday night’s practice due to a sore foot. Buffalo...
Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon says the team will take another run at signing safety Jairus Byrd to a long-term contract next offseason despite failing to do so this year.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Brandon described the chances of reaching a multiyear deal as being ''absolutely'' realistic even though Byrd and the team are at a stalemate...
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10. Bills – C.J Spiller, Buf (12) has a huge chance to be a full time No.1 Fantasy RB this year with the potential of 2,000-plus total yards and double digits in touchdowns. Owners should expect Spiller...
C.J. Spiller carried 207 times for 1,244 yards for the Bills last season, but new coaches in Buffalo think Spiller can do so much more.
Rookie Bills head coach Doug Marrone plans to emphasize the running game, and specifically Spiller. Marrone told the Bills official website that Spiller could rush for 2,000 yards.
“My philosophy has always been that if someone starts off...
With training camp set to begin tonight, the Buffalo Bills added Antoine Caldwell, a guard, and Tony Hills, a tackle/guard, to shore up their offensive line depth.
Antoine Caldwell, who played at Alabama, was drafted by the Texans in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft. Caldwell was exclusively a right guard for the Texans, and served mostly in a reserve roll, although did have 19 starts...
The Bills opened training camp in Pittsford on Sunday evening (Buffalo Bills)
Bills fans have not had it easy in the 21st century.
Zero playoff appearances, eight consecutive losing seasons, and a 13-year playoff drought have plagued the franchise’s reputation and have crippled Bills fans outlook on the team.
Yet despite all the negativity surrounding the organization, one thing...
This season is believed to be all about rebuilding a franchise in Buffalo, but that doesn’t mean the team won’t be focused on winning games in 2013. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The Bills want to win games as they rebuild their roster, and winning in the NFL starts with the quarterback.
To that end, the Bills aren’t concerned with which of their quarterbacks is younger...
Some things about this year’s Bills squad are locked-in even before the first practice starts. C.J. Spiller is our starting tailback, Stevie Johnson is the go-to receiver, and Cordy Glenn is entrenched at left tackle. Yet, there are players each year who enter camp as unknowns or have serious question marks, and come opening day find themselves not only on the team, but on...
BY NICK ST. DENISMario Williams didn't participate in team drills Sunday evening during the Buffalo Bills' first training camp practice. Coach Doug Marrone later revealed why."Mario reported to our athletic training staff that he had a sore foot," Marrone told reporters after practice, according to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News. "So what we wanted to do was...