Reese flexible, plus other notes

Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said newly signed safety Izell Reese is capable of pushing both Pierson Prioleau at free and Coy Wire at strong …

 

Were Reese to beat out Prioleau, then Prioleau, who plays well in the box, would challenge Wire at strong. Reese, who played previously in Dallas and Denver, figures to be a quick study. "In Dallas, we played everything from A to Z and then switching over to Denver, I'm well aware of different schemes," he said …

Newly signed DT Sam Adams has endeared himself early with the coaching staff with comments like this: "The first goal is to win the division, work to get homefield advantage in the playoffs, get to the Super Bowl and be crowned world champs. I think they are going in the right direction (in Buffalo). The administration has done its part. Now it's up to the players to come in and make some plays."  

FA running back Olandis Gary, who recently visited with Bills coaches, on filling a backup role: "In the NFL, you need two backs and I believe in Denver, we had four at one time. I think there is some synergy here. Travis (Henry) is a great back and I think I can complement him well with some of my talents and abilities. It's a deal where I wouldn't say backup, but you come in and maybe split the time 30-70. Travis is human. He does get tired. So there's an opportunity there." …

The Bills web site surveyed 17 Internet draft sites and draft publications and found four defensive linemen projected going to Buffalo with the 23rd pick three times each: DE Rien Long of Washington State, DT Ty Warren of Texas A&M, DT Kenny Peterson of Ohio State and DE Michael Haynes of Penn State. The signing of Sam Adams will alter the prognostication of a D-tackle for the Bills …

The coaching staff is addressing ways to cut down on the number of sacks allowed last season –  54, fourth most in the NFL. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, though, isn't lying awake nights. He's put the onus on QB Drew Bledsoe. "Some of that falls to him, getting rid of the ball and not trying to show his manhood every play," Gilbride said …

For the third year in a row, the Bills didn't make the cut for Monday Night Football but they did manage to land two Sunday night games on ESPN (at Miami and Kansas City). Coming off a 3-13 season, Buffalo didn't have a single game in prime time last season. The Bills haven't had a MNF home game since 1994, but club officials are quietly happy about that. Around 40 percent of the teams fans each game travel far distances (Rochester, southern New York State and Canada) and night games show a significant drop in attendance …

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's been awful exciting around here in a short free-agency period. I think that we will continue to work all the way up to training camp, that's when the off-season ends. It's been exciting to see us hit the ground running. It's nice to see we've made an impact early." – Coach Gregg Williams, whose team has signed eight unrestricted free agents so far.


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