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Mario Williams to wear 94

The Bills have announced new defensive end Mario Williams will wear No. 94.

Williams wore No. 90 for six years for the Houston Texans, but current Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay was not willing to give up the jersey, and Kelsay said Williams did not lobby him to give up the number. Williams wore No. 9 in college at North Carolina State. He wore No. 82 in high school.

Defensive end Kyle Moore, a three-year NFL veteran, wore No. 94 for the Bills over the last seven weeks of last season. He was added to the team in November off Detroit's practice squad. Moore is now No. 54 for the Bills.

No. 94 does not have a long history for Buffalo, but it's a good one. Aaron Schobel wore it from 2001 to 2009. Special teams ace Mark Pike wore it from 1987 to 1998. Before that it was worn only by Richard Tharpe and Billy Witt.

---Mark Gaughan

 

Individual-game seats gone for KC, NE

The Bills announced that single-game tickets are sold out for the first two home games of the 2012 season.

There will be no individual-game seats available for the home opener against Kansas City on Sept. 16 and the second home game, against New England on Sept. 30. Tickets for those games still are available for fans who want to buy season tickets.

The team gave season-ticket holders the chance to buy individual-game seats on May 16. Group tickets go on sale on June 9. The general public can buy tickets to individual games starting on July 10. 

The Bills' other five home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium this year are vs. Tennessee Oct. 21, Miami Nov. 15, Jacksonville Dec. 2, St. Louis Dec 9 and the New York Jets on Dec. 30.

---Mark Gaughan

Glenn latest draft pick to sign

The Buffalo Bills continue to knock off rookie contracts, with second-rounder Cordy Glenn the latest to sign this morning.

Glenn, the 41st overall pick in the draft out of Georgia, is expected to compete with Chris Hairston for the team's starting left tackle job.

His rookie deal, as they all do, covers four years. Terms have not been released, but last year's 41st pick, defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins of the Washington Redskins, signed a contract worth nearly $4.8 million. Glenn's contract should fall in line with that.

Glenn made 50 starts in 53 college games with the Bulldogs, matching the school record for most starts by an offensive lineman. The 6-foot-6, 345-pounder made the all-Southeastern Conference first team in 2011.

The Bills have now signed eight of their nine draft picks, with only third-round wide receiver T.J. Graham of North Carolina State still unsigned.

---Jay Skurski

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Bills get deal done with Gilmore

The Buffalo Bills this morning announced that first-round draft pick Stephon Gilmore has signed. The South Carolina cornerback was the 10th overall pick in April's draft.

Gilmore's signing means seven of Buffalo's nine draft picks are now under contract. Second-round pick Cordy Glenn and third-round T.J. Graham remain unsigned.

---Jay Skurski

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Video: Skurski, DiCesare talk about Young

News Sports Reporters Jay Skurski and Bob DiCesare talk about the Bills' addition of backup quarterback Vince Young:

Bills sign three, cut two

Rookie minicamp over the weekend was a success for fullback Dorin Dickerson and safety Nick Saenz, both of whom signed free agent contracts with the Buffalo Bills, the team announced today.

Buffalo also signed offensive tackle James Carmon, and released quarterback Aaron Corp and safety Ian Wild. 

Dickerson, 6-foot-1 and 226 pounds, played college football at Pitt under Bills defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt. He's a former seventh-round draft choice of the Houston Texans in 2010, appearing in seven games predominantly on special teams. He's also spent time on the practice squad for both New England and Pittsburgh.

Dickerson, 24, is an impressive athlete. He ran a 4.4 40 at the combine, with a 43.5-inch vertical jump. He lined up as an H-back during the team's minicamp.

Saenz, 6-0, 195, joins the Bills from Houston. He played in 52 career games with the Cougars, starting for three years. 

Carmon played last season at left tackle for Mississippi State after switching from the defensive line after the 2010 season. The 6-7, 320-pounder started 10 of 11 games in 2011. 

Corp's release leaves the Bills without a developmental quarterback on the roster behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and backups Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen. The team also had Alex Tanney in over the weekend on a tryout basis, but did not offer the Monmouth College product a contract.

Wild had an interesting back story. He's a former football and lacrosse player for Mercyhurst who gave up his final lacrosse season this spring to pursue an NFL career. In the 2011 Division-II lacrosse championship game, Wild scored four goals and was named the most outstanding player of the game in Mercyhurst's 9-8 win over Adelphi.

---Jay Skurski

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Cook happy to have a second chance

St. Joe’s graduate Domonic Cook was in camp on a tryout basis. The former University at Buffalo cornerback was grateful to have a second chance with the Bills.

Cook signed with the team as an undrafted free agent last year, but suffered a serious knee injury in the first week of training camp. He had surgery last August, and wasn’t cleared to work out until February.

“When [the Bills] called, I almost teared up for a chance to come back,” he said. “I’m just trying to get my knees back. My quickness was a big part of my game, so I’m trying to get my speed back up.”

Cook said he gained some unwanted weight being on the shelf for six months.

"I've lost most of it, but I still feel a little stiff," he said. "I'm trying to loosen up. Each day I've felt better."

Cook was one of 21 players in camp on tryouts, along with Niagara-Wheatfield graduate and former UB basketball player Byron Mulkey.

While not naming specific player, Gailey said he saw some good things from tryout group.

“We had a couple that impressed us well enough,” the coach said. “We’re going to go in and discuss exactly who we might need to bring onto the team.”

There’s not much room – the team has 89 players on their roster, which has a 90-player limit.

---Jay Skurski

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Gailey wraps up rookie camp weekend

The Bills finished up their fourth and final practice of rookie minicamp early this afternoon on the grass field outside the team's fieldhouse.

Coach Chan Gailey on what he took away from the the weekend: "We had great effort. We got to see some guys run around and try to retain what we had taught them for three days. It was very good work in my opinion. We were able to get outside all three days and we were able to get a lot accomplished."

Gailey's big focus was on seeing what the players could retain from day to day.

"Impressed with some and not impressed with others. But that’s the way it is. You’re trying to find that out. You can watch them run, jump and change direction but you don’t know their mental capacity," he said. "That’s the one thing you don’t know off film, so you’re trying to get a good gauge of that."

A total of 45 players took part in the four practices -- nine draft picks, 10 undrafted free agents, five first-year players and 21 tryout participants.

The next phase of the offseason program will be voluntary organized team activities. The first of those 10 sessions will be May 29. The team will hold a mandatory three-day minicamp from June 19-21.

---Jay Skurski

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The much-hyped 'trick shot' video

Viral video sensation Alex Tanney is in the Bills' rookie minicamp this weekend on a tryout basis. The Division-III quarterback from Monmouth (Ill.) College has put up mind-boggling numbers (147 touchdowns, the most ever at any collegiate level), but is known more for his "trick shot quarterback" video that he posted to YouTube in February 2011. The video, which you can watch below, has nearly 2.3 million views.

You can read more about Tanney and his shot at making the Bills' roster in Sunday's print edition.

 

---Jay Skurski

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Gailey goes Green on Graham

Bills coach Chan Gailey gave a Dennis Green-like answer when asked today about receiver T.J. Green.

"To be honest with you, he's exactly what we thought," Gailey said. "He's a raw runner and he can run fast and catch the football."

OK, so maybe not quite as passionate as the former Cardinals coach.

As for Graham, his speed was on display as the Bills opened their three-day rookie minicamp on the grass field next to the fieldhouse this afternoon. Graham easily got behind cornerback Domonic Cook early in practice on a deep route, but the ball was slightly overthrown.

Later, he caught the first two passes of a 7-on-7 drill from quarterback Aaron Corp.

"I had a lot of fun competing and putting on the uniform," Graham said. "The hardest thing today was kind of figuring out the concepts. It's a really different playbook. So to come out and try to learn on the fly was pretty tough, but pretty fun just getting out and finally playing football. The last couple months have been kind of tough just training and training."

You can read more about Graham and the first day of rookie camp in Saturday's print edition.

And for those who don't get the Green comparison, I refer you to one of the best clips ever: "They are who we thought they were!"

 

---Jay Skurski

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