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After Bills cut a wide receiver, here's their positional overview

By Tim Graham

A player who had little chance to make the 2013 roster has been released.

The Buffalo Bills have cut wide receiver Kevin Norrell from injured reserve.

The Bills still have 11 receivers, not counting Dorin Dickerson, on their offseason roster. Here they are, listed in order of how I view their chances to make the opening-day roster -- not necessarily the same as how talented they are.

  • Stevie Johnson
  • Robert Woods
  • Marquise Goodwin
  • T.J. Graham
  • Da'Rick Rogers
  • Brad Smith
  • Kevin Elliott
  • Marcus Easley
  • Brandon Kaufman
  • De'Marco Sampson
  • Chris Hogan

Hoops bust Chris Herren gives NFL rookies a wake-up call about drug addiction

By Tim Graham

AURORA, Ohio -- The AFC's newest players were struggling to pay attention this afternoon at the NFL Rookie Symposium.

Doctors talked about steroids being a banned substance and how many beers it takes for a 200-pound man to get drunk and that a government-issued ID is required every time a player takes a urine test and ... Zzzzzzzzzzz.

The rookies squirmed in their chairs, rubbed their scalps and rolled their necks around simply to stay awake. One player, mouth agape and face pointed toward the ceiling, openly slept.

Rest assured, they were awake when Chris Herren walked onto the stage and told his life story.

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Bettors placing their money on EJ Manuel for rookie of the year

By Tim Graham

A few days after the draft, Press Coverage took a gander at the Buffalo Bills' chances to have their first offensive rookie of the year since Dennis Shaw in 1970.

The Bills drafted three players that could start at positions that garner consideration: quarterback EJ Manuel and receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin.

The betting public apparently likes Manuel's chances quite a bit.

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Doug Marrone gives Da'Rick Rogers a talking-to and other notes

By Mark Gaughan

The defense looked better than the offense today as the Buffalo Bills finished their last voluntary, organized-team activity practice. The defenders were able to force a lot of short, check-down passes from the quarterbacks, and the completion percentages were not real high for any of the Bills' passers.

Second-year receiver T.J. Graham made the offensive play of the day, beating cornerback Ron Brooks down the left sideline and making a 50-yard catch on a throw into the wind from Tarvaris Jackson.

The Bills have had officials on the field for every practice that has been open to the media this spring.

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Analyst takes contrarian view, bullish on Bills receiving corps

By Tim Graham

When examining depth on the Buffalo Bills' roster, many analysts find receiver to be shallow. recently rated the worst position groups and listed Buffalo at wide receiver. On the Press Coverage blog last week, we discussed how troubled Buffalo would be if Stevie Johnson were unavailable.

Behind Johnson, the talent is mediocre or unproven.

All that said, ESPN and Scouts Inc. analyst Matt Williamson loves what the Bills are doing at receiver. He sees a collection of talent that can enter a game in various situations and give defenses problems.

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Doug Marrone on why Da'Rick Rogers is a risk worth taking

By Jay Skurski

Da'Rick Rogers is one of the more intriguing undrafted free agents signed by the Buffalo Bills in recent memory.

As laid out by The News' Tim Graham, Rogers came to Buffalo determined to put his past -- which includes getting booted out of Tennessee for, among other things, failing three drug tests -- behind him.

Bills coach Doug Marrone spoke after the team's first rookie minicamp about why he felt comfortable taking a chance on Rogers.

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Da'Rick Rogers: 'Tell Bills fans they got the steal of the draft'

By Tim Graham

Almost half the NFL's 32 teams wanted Da'Rick Rogers on their rosters.

None of them had enough confidence to draft him.

"That puts a bigger chip on my shoulder," Rogers told me over the phone today. "The Buffalo Bills get that much. They get a hard-working player that's got the biggest chip in the world on his shoulder.

"That just drives me that much more. I do take personally. I do take it to heart."

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Da'Rick Rogers will control whether he's a player or a flop

By Tim Graham

Two months ago at the NFL scouting combine, Da'Rick Rogers said he didn't care when he got drafted.

The former Tennessee receiver knew his pockmarked past would damage his draft stock.

"It's no big deal to me," Rogers said in Indianapolis. "Just getting my foot in the door is a blessing. All I can do is go in and work hard and get my opportunity."

Rogers didn't get drafted, but he quickly agreed to a free-agent deal with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night, a team source confirmed.

The Bills are taking a low-risk, high-reward chance with Rogers. He can play. The problem is poor off-field judgement that raised red flags.

The Buffalo News also has confirmed Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel, Eastern Washington receiver Brandon Kaufman, Howard linebacker Keith Pough and USC cornerback Nickell Robey will be among the Bills' initial crop of undrafted rookies.

Rogers, though, is the headliner. He might be the NFL's most significant undrafted rookie of 2013.

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Bills draft picks could be legit Rookie of the Year candidates

By Tim Graham

This just in from the Unnecessary Added Expectations Department ...

The Buffalo Bills probably have two of the top preseason candidates for 2013 offensive rookie of the year: quarterback EJ Manuel and receiver Robert Woods.

Since the award's inception in 1967, a quarterback, running back or wide receiver has won the award every year. This year's draft was heavy on offensive linemen and feather-light on quarterbacks and running backs in the early rounds.

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Report: Bills to sign notable UFA in ex-Tennessee WR Da'Rick Rogers

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills have reportedly nabbed one of the higher-profile undrafted free agents on the market.

According to a tweet from Mike Garafolo of USA Today, the Bills have signed former Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers.

Rogers has ideal size (6-foot-2, 217 pounds) and speed (4.44 40 time), but comes with significant baggage. He was kicked out of Tennesseee after failing multiple drug tests. He played last season at Tennessee Tech, where he had 78 receptions for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"Tremendous talent. He has great body control and a lot of strength in his body and really strong hands," Bills director of college scouting Chuck Cook said last week at the team's pre-draft luncheon. "We've been tracking him and doing our due diligence with his intangibles."

Rogers was a second-team All-SEC selection with the volunteers in 2011 when he had 67 catches for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns. ESPN ranked Rogers as the best available undrafted free agent receiver.

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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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