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Buffalo Bills hit six-week break: Have fun, but not too much fun

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills wrapped up mandatory minicamp Thursday morning and don't have to report to training camp at St. John Fisher College until the last week of July.

So now what?

"This is not vacation time," Bills pass-rusher Mario Williams said. "You can take a trip or whatever. That's fine. But this six weeks that everybody has is not just go home and eat Doritos."

Rookie head coach Doug Marrone delivered some instructions to his players before they parted ways.

"A lot of the times," Marrone said, "you get up there and say, 'Make sure you do this. Make sure you do that.' But if you've been preaching all along, which we have, for our players to be professionals, you want to make sure they take this time because it is really a long period of time now, and enjoy themselves and relax.

"Enjoy their family. Enjoy their friends. Make sure when they do come back they are in condition, they are ready to go.

"The reason why is because we're accountable to each other. Don't think that the last part of what I just said is a contradiction to the first part. I mean that. Come back here ready to go."


Doug Marrone | Mario Williams
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Tim Graham

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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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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 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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