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Edwards at No. 1 QB

As expected Trent Edwards took the first snap at quarterback as the Bills opened their 2010 training camp today. ---Mark Gaughan

Schobel & roster moves

The Bills today placed defensive end Aaron Schobel on the NFL's Reserve/Did Not Report list. Bills players had until 7 a.m. to report to camp. Schobel said this week he wasn't coming and would need about 10 days to make a decision on whether he's going to play. He's now leaning toward playing. Meanwhile, Jon Corto and Nic Harris both were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform List. Corto will be out much of August with a broken left wrist. Harris sat out all of spring practices because he was recovering from offseason knee surgery.

---Mark Gaughan

Nix: Bell is a go

Young offensive tackle Demetrius Bell will be ready to start practice on Thursday when the team opens training camp at St. John Fisher College, team general manager Buddy Nix said.

Bell is recovering from a knee injury that ended his season in the ninth game of last year. He did a lot of individual work on the side during spring practices but never lined up with the offense in team drills.

The Bills are counting on Bell, a seventh-round draft pick in 2008, to improve this year as the starting left tackle.

"He’s really doing good, he really is," Nix said. "Now I tell you we’re going to try to be smart with him and not take him out there and grind him twice a day. But he’s really further along than we hoped at this time."

Second-year man Jamon Meredith is Bell's backup. Rookie Ed Wang and second-year man Nick Hennessey are the other left tackles on the roster.

Is Nix comfortable with that lineup heading into the season? "Well, you know, you’d like to have maybe added a guy in the mix. I think we’ve been down this road so many times. If it’s a clear improvement at that position, then you do it. But if its not, I don’t think you retard the process that you hope these young guys go through. They’ve got great ability. They’ve got everything except time on the job."

---Mark Gaughan

Poz, Corto to start on shelf

Bills starting inside linebacker Paul Posluszny said today he will not be practicing fully when the team opens training camp Thursday afternoon. Posluszny underwent a minor surgery on his groin two weeks ago, he said, and is expected to take a couple of weeks before returning to full action. Posluszny said he will work on the side to open camp, but he won't open camp on the physically unable to perform list.

"They said take care of it now, miss a couple weeks of camp, and be great for the season, as opposed to letting it linger and having it get worse on me in Week 7 or 8," Posluszny said, referring to team doctors.

Meanwhile, Orchard Park native Jon Corto, bidding to make the squad for a for a third straight year, had surgery on a broken left wrist, an injury he suffered during spring practices. A rod was inserted into the wrist. He said he's expecting to be ready to play in the third preseason game of the summer. Corto is vying for a backup job a safety this year. The Bills would appear to be set with their top four at the position - Jairus Byrd, Donte Whitner, Bryan Scott and George Wilson. That's going to make it a lot tougher for Corto to make a big impression on the Bills' new coaching staff. Not all NFL teams keep a fifth safety.

---Mark Gaughan

Troup agrees to terms

Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix told reporters a few minutes ago that the team has agreed to terms on a contract with second-round draft pick Torell Troup. That leaves only first-round pick C.J. Spiller as unsigned among Bills draftees.

Troup, the 41st overall pick in April's draft, is a 315-pounder from Central Florida who figures to see significant action this season as the No. 2 nose tackle behind starter Kyle Williams.

---Mark Gaughan

Jackson: Time to prove it

Bills running back Fred Jackson reported to training camp today and was taking a realistic approach to the low expectations for Buffalo this year.

Asked what he thought about the fact the Bills are picked last in the AFC East by every national preseason magazine, Jackson said: "We haven’t done anything for them to pick us any different I guess. So we’re very confident in the capabilities that we can do. I don’t think we feel that way by any means. We feel like we have a lot to prove this year. It’s time for us to make some noise, and for us to get respect we have to go out and make people respect us. I think that’s what a lot of guys are thinking in terms of being picked (last). We figured that’s where we’d be and the only way to change that is to go out and win ballgames."

Jackson was joined upon arrival in Pittsford by his young son, Braeden. Asked what his most indispensible item is in the St. John Fisher dorms, Jackson said: "I’ve got to have a TV. That was the first thing I carried in. it was my son’s TV. He just realized that I brought it here and that was the whole conversation we had walking down the hall. He was like, 'Why are you taking my TV?' I had to explain to him daddy’s gonna borrow it for a month or so."

---Mark Gaughan

T.O.'s happy landing

In the end, I guess Terrell Owens and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, played their cards right. Owens found a home with a good team and an elite quarterback by agreeing to a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, as reported by ESPN. I think this is a good move by the Bengals. They made the playoffs last year by playing good defense (they ranked fourth) and a balanced offense. They ranked only 26th in passing yards. They lost to the Jets in the playoffs. They have to get past a behemoth in the AFC North in Baltimore. Pittsburgh is without its QB for the first eight games or so. The opportunity is there for the Bengals to make a push deep in the playoffs this season. Owens gets $2 million. According to ESPN, Owens could earn $333,000 each for reaching the following marks: 60 catches, 100 catches, 900 receiving yards, 1,300 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns and 14 touchdowns. I'd rather have given him a little more money up front so he's not inclined to be focused on the numbers, but whatever. He can help the Bengals.

---Mark Gaughan 

Schobel thinks harder about return

Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel said Tuesday evening he's still not sure if he wants to play this season, but he's thinking harder about coming back to the Bills as the opening of training camp nears.

"I'm leaning more toward playing than I was a month ago," Schobel told The News by phone from his home in Texas. (Channel 7 talked to Schobel earlier Tuesday.) "I don't know what the Bills would do or how much time they would give me (to make a decision) but I'm thinking about it."

On June 10, Schobel said he was probably done, saying, "At this point, I don't think that I'm going to play." But the nine-year veteran and two-time Pro Bowler also refused to close the door on returning at that time. He's still not sure what he plans to do.

"I'm going to try to make a decision in the next 10 days," Schobel said Tuesday evening. "But that doesn't mean I'm going to report in 10 days." Schobel said he has been staying in good enough shape to give himself the chance to come back for a 10th season should he try to do so. "I've been working out some so that I can make a realistic decision," he said.

---Mark Gaughan

 

Troup & Round 2 deals

UPDATED, 3 p.m -- As of today signings of second-round draft picks in the NFL were picking up a bit. There were 13 of 32 second-round picks with contracts.

The first-round signings remain on hold, with only 1 of 32 players signed (Dallas' Dez Bryant).

The New England Patriots' signing of Williamsville's Rob Gronkowski should help move negotiations along for Bills' second-rounder Torell Troup, the 41st overall pick of the draft. Gronkowski was taken 42nd. Gronkowski signed a four-year deal worth a reported total of $4.44 million with $2.59 million guaranteed. That's about a 7.9 percent increase in guaranteed money over last year's 42nd pick, Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd. Teams and agents will haggle over the percentage increases for overall value of the contract, guaranteed money and the initial signing bonus, among other things. Look for Troup to get roughly $2.9 million in guaranteed money and an overall deal in the $4.5 million range.

The No. 38 and 39 picks also agreed to terms today. Cleveland inked safety T.J. Ward, No. 38, for four years and a reported $4.8 million with $3.08 million guaranteed. No. 39, Tampa's Arrelious Benn, got four years and $4.84 million with at least $2.85 million guaranteed, according to the National Football Post.

---Mark Gaughan

Gronkowski, Pats agree on contract

Williamsville native Rob Gronkowski won't be a training camp holdout after agreeing to a contract with the New England Patriots on Sunday, which was the reporting day for the team's rookies. According to the Boston Herald, Gronkowski got a four-year deal worth $4.44 million. The tight end is expected to receive a reported $1.76 million signing bonus and one-time incentive based on minimum playing time worth $830,000.

Gronkowski, a second-round draft pick and 42nd overall selection, is expected to become a favorite receiving target of quarterback Tom Brady. In two seasons at Arizona, Gronkowski had 75 catches for 1,197 yards and 16 touchdowns. He didn't play last year due to back surgery.

---Allen Wilson

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