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Bills have to sell Fred Davis on opportunities

By Mark Gaughan

Free-agent tight end Fred Davis is visiting the Buffalo Bills today as part of what may be an AFC East tour.

The unrestricted veteran from the Washington Redskins said he has a visit scheduled with the New York Jets as well. The Redskins, meanwhile, have said they want him back.

So what do the Bills have to offer? Obviously the Bills will have to make a good contract offer. But Buffalo has no established quarterback and likely will be starting a rookie in 2013.

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Road to the Draft: Keenan Allen

By Mark Gaughan

Keenan Allen

Position: Wide receiver.
School: California.
Measurements: 6-foot-2, 206 pounds
Test results: Did not run at combine.
2012 stats: 61 catches, 737 yards, 6 TDs.
Draft projection: First round.

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Marcus Lattimore similar to Willis McGahee entering draft

By Mark Gaughan

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore ran through a series of agility drills at South Carolina's pro-day workout Wednesday in Columbia, S.C.

It was the highlight of the last big day of on-campus pro-day practice sessions leading up to the NFL Draft.

Lattimore's situation is similar to that of University of Miami running back Willis McGahee leading up to the 2003 draft. McGahee was viewed as a top 10 pick in the draft before tearing up his knee in a devastating injury in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. The Buffalo Bills picked him 23rd overall that April, and he sat out the entire 2003 season.

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Jeff Saturday, Frank Reich, Andre Reed top Call to Courage event

By Mark Gaughan

Former Indianapolis Colts All-Pro center Jeff Saturday will receive the top award at the 12th annual Call to Courage Award breakfast on April 6.

The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, and tickets still are available.

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Frank Reich created the event to recognize an NFL player who exemplifies outstanding character, commitment and leadership on the field and in the community. Past winners include Curtis Martin, Kurt Warner and London Fletcher.

This year's event also will recognize the 20th anniversary of the greatest comeback in NFL history -- the Bills' wild-card playoff victory over the Houston Oilers in 1993.

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Road to the Draft: Robert Woods

By Mark Gaughan

Robert Woods

Position: Wide receiver.
School: Southern California.
Measurements: 6-foot, 201 pounds
40 time: 4.51 seconds. Vertical jump: 33.5 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 9 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.47 seconds.
2012 stats: 76 catches, 846 yards, 11 TDs.
Draft projection: Second round.

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Assessing the underwhelming veteran QB market

By Mark Gaughan

The Buffalo Bills are feeling good that they’re going to get a quarterback they like in the NFL Draft.

That’s the obvious conclusion to be drawn as the unrestricted free agency season hits its third week. The Bills were willing to let Ryan Fitzpatrick leave town and have stood pat so far with Tarvaris Jackson as their only veteran on the roster.

On Tuesday another veteran who is not "the final answer" to a team’s quarterback solution, Jason Campbell, signed with the Cleveland Browns.

The Bills are among the teams that "have discussed" backup Matt Flynn with Seattle, which is trying to trade him, according to a report. Kevin Kolb, released by Arizona, is the most viable veteran still on the market, which also includes Brady Quinn, Rex Grossman, Byron Leftwich, Matt Leinart, Kellen Clemens and ... ex-Bill Tyler Thigpen.

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Donovan McNabb thinks Bills could use Vince Young

By Mark Gaughan

The Buffalo Bills gave the Vince Young experiment a shot last summer. It looked like he had the No. 2 job locked up after a good showing in the third preseason game. Then he did little in the preseason finale and was released by former coach Chan Gailey in favor of ... Tyler Thigpen.

Young still is looking for another chance to revive his NFL career, and former NFL star quarterback Donovan McNabb thinks he belongs in the NFL.

McNabb on the NFL Network Tuesday:

"He deserves a second chance. Quarterback play has been really declining by a lot of different teams. A lot of guys are restructuring contracts [and] releasing their quarterbacks.

"Give him an opportunity to get back on his feet and also get himself established in this league. He was able to apologize to [coach Jeff] Fisher and move on with his life. Give him an opportunity,  bring him into camp and show his talents once again. He did it at the Texas Pro Day [Tuesday]. Obviously, a lot of eyes were focused on him. He was able to elevate and show he is still working hard to get back be an elite quarterback."

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Road to the Draft: Quinton Patton

By Mark Gaughan

Quinton Patton

Position: Wide receiver
School: Louisiana Tech
Measurements: 6-foot, 204 pounds
40 time: 4.53 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.01`seconds. Broad jump: 9 feet, 10 inches. Vertical jump: 33 inches.
2012 stats: 104 catches, 1,392 yards, 13 TDs.
Draft projection: Second round.

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Gilchrist, Lamonica among Hall of Very Good nominees

By Mark Gaughan

Buffalo Bills great Cookie Gilchrist and former Bills quarterback Daryle Lamonica are among 20 players nominated for the Hall of Very Good by the Pro Football Researchers Association.

The researchers group started the honor in 2003 as a way to recognize outstanding players who were not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Every year between eight and 10 are given the Hall of Very Good distinction. The non-profit PFRA was formed in 1979 and is open to any fan interested in the history of professional football. Its members have worked to compile statistics from games of long ago, compile play-by-play game books, document the names of all officials in NFL history, and many other research projects. The group also produces a magazine, The Coffin Corner, six times a year.

Last year, Bills great Jack Kemp and South Dayton, N.Y., native Bill Bergey were named to the HOVG. In 2011, defensive tackle Tom Sestak and coach Lou Saban became the first two Bills to be honored.

The other 18 finalists this year are:

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A rundown on NFL's committee power brokers

By Mark Gaughan

The NFL's competition committee got a lot of attention last week after the league passed a new rule making it illegal for running backs to lower the crown of their helmets outside the tackle box. The competition committee is comprised of eight coaches or general managers who oversee competition and suggest rules changes.

The panel's chairman is Rich McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons. The others on the committee are: Rams coach Jeff Fisher, Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, Giants co-owner John Mara, Packers president Mark Murphy, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and Texans general manager Rick Smith.

Here's a rundown on the executives who head the other committees in the NFL:


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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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