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By Joe Buscaglia
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Bills Beat Blog: July 15, 2011

Welcome back to today's rendition of the Bills Beat Blog. Let's get to it, shall we?

The A-Turf is almost all the way installed.
- Here it is in all it's glory, with the blue end zones we've all been craving:

That photo was taken by the Bills. You can see the installation process from my photo gallery from earlier this week.

Patrick Moran of BuffaloSportsDaily.com reports a source tells him CB Drayton Florence will be a high priority for the Bills once they open for business.
- I'm all in favor of bringing back a player like Drayton Florence. He doesn't particularly gel with the media, but he's a solid player on the field. He'll take a penalty or two, but he's a physical corner that still has game left in him. The same cannot be said for Terrence McGee. Battling injury after injury, you have to think the end is near for the one-time top dog on the CB depth chart. Leodis McKelvin continues his on-again, off-again type of play. Past those two, they have 2nd round pick Aaron Williams -- a player who's true position has yet to be defined -- and Reggie Corner, the smallest player on the team. So yes, they need to re-sign Drayton Florence.

With the news of the hammer coming down on the Georgia Tech athletic program, current Bills lineman and former Yellow Jackets player Cordaro Howard is none-too-pleased with having to vacate the 2009 ACC Championship win.
- Howard, like most in the NFL community, is proud of his alma mater. The news about Georgia Tech's infractions were absolutely surprising, especially to a college football nut like myself. Even the national writers didn't know Tech was being investigated in the first place. The NCAA looks like they want to make examples out of every school possible, but honestly, I don't think stripping ACC titles is the way to go about it. That's because, well, no one cares if you took away a win from 2005 or 2009. To most, it's still their win.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com writes about the 25 Least Valuable Players in the NFL, and Bills OLB Aaron Maybin makes the cut at No. 23.
"The 11th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Maybin was supposed to be a hybrid pass rusher who could play in a 3-4 or a 4-3. He's got zero sacks, was a healthy scratch at times in 2010, and the first entry that comes up as an auto-fill when you type his name into Google is 'Aaron Maybin bust.'"
- A healthy scratch at times in 2010 doesn't do it justice. He may be a winner in this lockout. With UDFA's unallowed to sign and work out with teams just yet, the odds that an incumbent roster spot holder to keep his job increase as each day goes by. Even still, if no improvement is shown by Maybin, the Bills need to straight up James Hardy him out of town.

Football players are nerds, too. Bills WR David Nelson, like many around the country, went to see the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two at midnight last night.
- Harry Potter nerds are everywhere, even in the NFL.

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