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Bills add a pair of O-linemen before first camp practice

By Tim Graham

PITTSFORD -- One day after Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said he probably wouldn't fill any of their roster openings before the start of training camp, the Bills have added a pair of offensive linemen.

Interior lineman Antoine Caldwell and tackle Tony Hills are on the team.

The Houston Texans drafted Caldwell in the third round in 2009. He was a spot starter for them at center and guard for four seasons.

The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Hills in the fourth round in 2008. He has played eight NFL games for the Steelers, Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts. He made his lone start last year.

Video: Recent moves put Bills' roster in motion for camp

Buffalo News reporters Mark Gaughan and Tim Graham break down some newsy updates and set the stage for Sunday night's start to Buffalo Bills training camp.

Bills say they'll be patient with Jairus Byrd's absence

By Tim Graham

PITTSFORD -- Don't get your jockstrap in a bunch over Doug Whaley's comment the Buffalo Bills "have been in contact" with unsigned safety Jairus Byrd.

Whaley's quote almost immediately became a headline on the team's website, but Whaley didn't say when the "contact" occured, and he didn't say what "contact" consisted of.

Was it a lengthy discussion with numbers exchanged yesterday?

Did a carrier pigeon drop a rolled-up note on Byrd's lawn in June?

"Again, we're not going to do anything in public or in the media," Whaley said today at St. John Fisher College. "Just know that we have been in contact and the lines of communication are open."

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Doug Whaley contends Buffalo has enough edge-rushers

By Tim Graham

PITTSFORD -- Defensive end Mark Anderson was healthy when the Buffalo Bills released him last week.

General Manager Doug Whaley contends they have plenty of edge rushers on their roster as it is.

"We feel pretty good about it," Whaley said today at his first news conference of training camp. "We think the competition will make people better, and it makes the cream rise to the top."

Anderson will go down as a bust after the Bills signed him to a four-year deal worth about $20 million. He received a $6 million signing bonus, a $100,000 workout bonus and made a $1.9 million base salary last year.

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Doug Marrone will limit contact, but Aug. 5 night scrimmage full-go

By Tim Graham

PITTSFORD -- A day before conducting his first NFL training-camp practice, new Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone explained how he intends to handle contact throughout the summer.

Marrone said his philosophy has "been something built over the years" as head coach at Syracuse and before that the New Orleans Saints' offensive coordinator and New York Jets' offensive line coach.

"We've been able to reduce the injury factor on how we practice, the amount of contact we've had," Marrone said. "Some periods will be tag off. Some periods will be thud. Some will be contact."

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Bills down to 86 players after cutting Mickey Shuler, Chris Scott

By Tim Graham

PITTSFORD -- Before the Buffalo Bills could hold a practice, the Turk paid a visit to St. John Fisher College.

The Bills scythed guard Chris Scott and tight end Mickey Shuler, leaving them with 86 players on the roster. That number includes a spot for safety Jairus Byrd.

Teams are allowed to carry 90 players until Aug. 27, when rosters must be trimmed to 75 players.

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Video: EJ Manuel and Stevie Johnson air their excitement and expectations

EJ Manuel and Stevie Johnson air their excitement and expectations as training camp begins.

Stephon Gilmore's goal is to be known as the NFL's best CB

By Tim Graham

PITTSFORD -- Stephon Gilmore, entering just his second NFL training camp, should be the Buffalo Bills' best defensive back this summer.

Two-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd is involved in a contract squabble that could drag on a while. The other projected starters are new.

Gilmore, two months from his 24th birthday, looks like a keystone.

That's fine with him.

"I want to be the best," Gilmore said, "but I want people to say that for me. I don't want to put that out for myself. I want people to put that upon me."

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Longer Jairus Byrd's away, more info he'll need to learn on the fly

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Two-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd remains unsigned after the Bills placed the franchise tag on him.

 

By Tim Graham

PITTSFORD -- The only unexpected player for the start of Buffalo Bills training camp this weekend is Jairus Byrd.

The two-time Pro Bowl safety remains unsigned after the Bills placed the franchise tag on him. No contract appears imminent. Many believe a deal won't be struck before training camp ends Aug. 21.

"He'll be missed a lot," cornerback Stephon Gilmore said. "Byrd, he's a good player. I learned a lot from him when he was here. He's a playmaker. You don't come across too many guys like him because he's a great player."

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Kyle Williams says he's close to being ready but not quite there

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Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams had surgery to repair bone spurs on his right heel in February. (File photo by James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)

 

By Mark Gaughan

PITTSFORD -- Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams says he's close to returning from his offseason heel surgery and he expects to be practicing in training camp at St. John Fisher College. But he's not quite ready to hit the field for the start of camp.

"It’s getting better," said the Bills' two-time Pro Bowler. "It’s just missing just a little bit. But it’s close and I’m getting better."

Williams had surgery to repair bone spurs on his right heel in February. He had the same injury on the left heel in 2011, although the right heel wasn't nearly as bad.

The spur on the left heel frayed his Achilles tendon and required a reattachment of the tendon. The surgery this year took place before any real damage was done to the right Achilles.

So Williams knows all about coming back from the injury. He's confident he'll be working in camp.

"That's definitely the plan," he said. "I think kind of erring on the side of caution makes sense, but it's definitely getting better. I'm doing a lot of football-type drills.

"I'm going to mix my words. We want to be aggressive with it, but we don't want to push it too much. I think we're in a good spot."

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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.

@gggaughan | [email protected]


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.

@JaySkurski | [email protected]

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