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Ex-Bill McIntyre arrested on misdemeanor battery charge

By Mark Gaughan

Former Buffalo Bills fullback Corey McIntyre, whose contract with the team ran out in March, was arrested after an argument in his home and charged with misdemeanor battery, according to police in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

McIntyre, 34, played for the Bills for the past three seasons. He has been on the free-agent market and unsigned since the unrestricted free agency season began two months ago. According to the Port St. Lucie police affidavit, McIntyre was in his bathtub when he got into an argument with a woman in his house about information on his cellphone. When the woman tried to throw the cellphone in the bathtub, McIntyre told police he tried to get out of the tub and pulled on the shower curtain, and the curtain rod struck the woman. The police report says McIntyre chased after the woman and pulled on her shirt, causing it to rip. He was interviewed by police about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. He posted bail at Port St. Lucie County Jail. 

Later Wednesday, it was announced that a benefit McIntyre was supposed to attend Saturday to support a cousin of his has been postponed. Jahwann McIntyre, a Martin County firefighter seriously injured in a Dec. 27 arson, was scheduled to be the beneficiary of a celebrity softball game to be held in Port St. Lucie. Members of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office and the St. Lucie County Fire District were to play against McIntyre and other professional athletes. The arrest was reported today in the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers and ProFootballTalk.com.

All hands on deck for Bills' fullback duties; McIntyre gone

By Tim Graham

What a novelty it was to see defensive tackle Kyle Williams play fullback in a few of the Buffalo Bills' goal-line situations last year.

New head coach Doug Marrone intends to use his grunts down there on the regular.

"You'll see it when you get down probably to the goal line, short yardage or maybe bringing in a defensive tackle or an offensive lineman or things like that going on," Marrone said at the Bills' post-draft news conference Saturday.

"I look at it as you can only dress so many for that game, how much are you going to get to use at this position or this player and that. So you have to look for the versatility I believe."

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Despite checkered past, Bills say LB Kiko Alonso 'a good risk'

By Tim Graham

On a Google search for images of new Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, two of the first three pictures are a mug shot from one of his arrests.

The Bills have made a concerted effort to assemble high-character players under General Manager Buddy Nix. The last Bills regular to get legitimately arrested (not counting fullback Corey McIntyre's mistaken-identity case) was safety Donte Whitner four years ago.

But the Bills are showing faith in Alonso, selecting him with the 46th overall draft choice tonight.

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Titans continue to gather Bills, sign Ryan Fitzpatrick as backup

By Tim Graham

The Tennessee Titans apparently believe the secret to winning the Lombardi Trophy is to sign as many former Buffalo Bills as they can.

Tennessee has added to its roster a third of Buffalo's six 2012 captains, reportedly signing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick today to a two-year contract.

The Titans previously signed defensive captain and safety George Wilson. Two of the Bills' other captains, fullback Corey McIntyre and punter Brian Moorman, are out there if the Titans want to keep stockpiling. They also signed former Bills left guard Andy Levitre (not a captain).

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Agent: Bills interested in Corey McIntyre, but free agency awaits

By Tim Graham

New coach Doug Marrone's offense apparently will feature a blocking fullback because the Buffalo Bills want veteran fullback and special-teams captain Corey McIntyre to return.

Despite the interest, McIntyre plans to shop his services on the open market in a couple weeks.

"The Bills have made it clear they want Corey back, and obviously he appreciates the opportunities they've given him," McIntyre's agent, Brett Tessler, said today.

"He's established himself as one of the best fullback/special-teamers in the league, and right now it looks like we're going to wait for the start of free agency before making any decisions."

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Kyle 'Refrigerator' Williams has role in Bills' goal-line kitchen

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams likes to brag to his teammates about all the touchdowns he scored as a fullback for Ruston High in northern Louisiana.

"He tells me all his stats from when he was in high school," Bills running back Fred Jackson said today, shaking his head. "He said he was averaging 7 yards a carry, that he had three touchdowns a game.

"He said they just ran zone reads, either hand it to the fullback or turn and run the option. He said he would hit the linebacker at 5 yards and fall forward for 2 more."

The Bills unveiled Williams as a goal-line fullback in the third quarter of Sunday's victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Williams didn't create any space, but Jackson scored a 1-yard touchdown on the play.

The Bills put Williams in the fullback role once regular-season practices began. He's not involved in their normal goal-line personnel package, and when he does go into the game usual fullback Corey McIntrye stays in, too.

"We've been practicing it the whole time," Williams said. "It's a neat deal, fun to do something different. It changes things up.

"You can tell everyone you're a two-way player. The more things you can do, the longer you stick around."

The objective is for Williams to blast a hole in the defense. Williams is 303 pounds and has terrific acceleration.

"Feels good to have an extra load back there, give the defense a different look and put it in the end zone," McIntyre said. "It's just a little more beef that lets guys know, 'We're coming right at you.' We're not trying to disguise anything."

Before Sunday, the Bills had only three legitimate opportunities as close as the 5-yard line and hadn't sent No. 95 onto the field.

In the season opener, the Bills had first-and-goal from the New York Jets' 2-yard line and tried to run Tashard Choice before throwing a 5-yard TD toss to Scott Chandler. Twice -- in Week Two against the Kansas City Chiefs and Week Four versus the New England Patriots -- the Bills handed off to C.J. Spiller out of a shotgun formation.

The Bills also had the ball at the Cleveland Browns' 1-yard line, but kneeled out the clock to end the game.

As for doing a Refrigerator Perry impersonation, Williams isn't sure what kind of plays Bills coach Chan Gailey might be willing to sign off on. On the topic of what kind of touches he gets in practice, Williams said:

"Not many, and I don't expect many either. Now, I'm not saying I couldn't. I'm just saying I don't see it happening.

"Of course, if they hand me the ball and I nut something up, can you imagine how that would go? 'Why they giving him the ball? They got Fred and C.J. and everybody else?' I don't want to bring that on anybody."

But I've been told Williams knows how to run a route and has pretty good hands.

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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.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


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 | mgaughan@buffnews.com


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 | jskurski@buffnews.com

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