Wow, what a whirlwind start to the week. Don't expect it to get any calmer at any point this week, either. With that said, let's get the week going for the Bills Beat Blog:
Football Outsiders writer Brian McIntyre penned a piece for ESPN.com, outlining what should be the first move for every single team once the NFL Lockout is lifted. For the Bills? Re-sign LB Paul Posluszny.
- Teams weren't just limited to re-signing their own players. Other teams had a trade for a player or a signing of a free agent. To me, I really think it's more prudent to re-sign Drayton Florence first. The perceived strength that is the cornerback group nationally is really anything but. Leodis McKelvin is good every now and again, Terrence McGee can't stay on the field because of injuries, Aaron Williams is a rookie and we don't know if he'll be a corner or a safety, Reggie Corner is a very small player at that position, and Justin Rogers is only a seventh-round rookie. While Posluszny is an important player to keep, I think if I had to choose between the two next year I'd go with Florence. But having both back is key.
According to YNN Buffalo, Bills WR Paul Hubbard was arrested for a DWI after striking a police officer with his vehicle.
- Hubbard played in one game for the Bills last season, registering one catch. But with the loaded receiving core of Stevie Johnson, Lee Evans, Roscoe Parrish, David Nelson, Marcus Easley and Donald Jones, and even with Naaman Roosevelt on the practice squad, it looks unlikely that the Bills will be keeping Hubbard anyway. Combine those odds with an off-season arrest in the manner that he did it, I'd say Hubbard's time with the Buffalo Bills is done.
As the madness about when things will start this week continues, I took a look at when the Bills may start training camp at St. John Fisher College. Looking at how the first week of preseason is set up and the schedule of event, I think Friday, July 29 may just be the day.
- Of course, this can all blow up if the NFLPA doesn't vote to approve the CBA today, so take it for what it's worth.
Speaking of training camp, Sal Maiorana of the Rochester D&C talks about the changes done at St. John Fisher College, and how it will affect the Bills. Among them, only having one grass field to practice on as opposed to their normal two.
- It may not seem like much to you, but having that kind of room during training camp is a big, big deal. The rosters have as many as 90 players on them, and trying to squeeze 90 players on one grass field is a tough exercise. Of course they do have the field turf as well, but in Sal's report, Bills CEO Russ Brandon said that the team wanted to practice on grass as much as possible.
ESPN.com's John Clayton outlines the top ten players around the NFL in jeopardy of being cut. No Bills are on the list, but one player that had a high profile exit from Buffalo years ago is now in jeopardy of losing his job. That man? 49ers CB Nate Clements.
- For as much flack as the Bills front office gets, deciding that Nate Clements wasn't worth the money is among one of the best decisions they've made. He's been an incredible disappointment in San Francisco.