All kinds of crap goin' down

The big buzz-phrase around One Bills Drive under the Tom Donahoe/Gregg Williams regime has been "create more competition at each position." Today Buffalo cut two players they didn't think would add to the competition: strong safety Raion Hill and kicker Shayne Graham.

Hill was OK as a reserve safety, but when he tried to start at strong safety last season, he wasn't exactly stellar. Pierson Prioleau eventually replaced him toward the end. Graham was a midseason stopgap for Jake Arians. Mike Hollis, of course, is much, much better.

Buffalo also continued its consideration of 10-year-veteran Chidi Ahanotu, a run-stopping left end who would fit in well to Buffalo's defense. The Colts are also thinking about Ahanotu, who played last season with the Rams, and prior to that, eight seasons with the Bucs – much of it with current Colts coach Tony Dungy.

And people are talking about what the Bills should do at strongside defensive tackle. Expect Buffalo to make a run for former Baltimore tackle Sam Adams or a less-expensive run at former Baltimore reserve tackle Larry Webster. Adams would be ideal next to Pat Williams, but the two-time Pro Bowler is going to play the market and go to the highest bidder. Webster has mostly been a career reserve with the Ravens, and started out with the Dolphins in 1992.

Oh yeah, and one last thing: the Bills and signed 12 rookie free agents to add to the competition, and Here are interesting facts on the 12 rookie free agents.

David Priestley, QB, 6'4", 210, Pittsburgh – Had 26th-best passer efficiency (138.3 percent) in nation and was first in Big East completion percentage (58.9 percent).

Ed Dangerfield, WR, 6'5", 212, LSU – Suffered severe Acl/MCL knee injury in 2000 spring practice that nearly ended his career. Has great size but his whole college career has been marred with injury. He didn't play last year.

Clarence Coleman, WR, 5'11", 182, Ferris St. (Mich.) – Had two touchdown receptions and a 42-yard punt return for a touchdown in Cactus Bowl, the Div. II all-star game.

Joe Burns, RB, 5'10", 210, Georgia Tech – Fourth-leading rusher in Georgia Tech history. Tough, physical runner with good hands.

Grant Irons, DE, 6'5", 275, Notre Dame – Converted linebacker who started at right end for Irish; rare two-time Irish captain with good leadership skills.

John Duckett, LB, 6'1', 226, Virginia – Good special teams player who's a punishing tackler; second on team in tackles.

Daryon Brutely, CB, 6'0", 185, Northern Iowa – Two interceptions, 10 PBUs, one fumble recovery, 46 tackles last season.

Jamarei Bryant, FS, 5'11", 190, Kansas – Strong, physical player with good speed and cover skills; JUCO transfer.

Milton Proctor, SS, 6'0", 207, Kansas St. – 44 tackles, one interception, one PBU last season.

Marc Samuel, K, 5'10", 175, Georgetown – 8 of 16 on field goals; must have some kind of leg, though; must be smart too; enrolled in Georgetown's School of Law.

Chip Mattingly, LS, 6'2", 245, Louisville – "Flawless" long snapper, so says his school's website.

Ahmad Brooks, FS, 5'8", 180, Texas – Mike Williams' former roommate; led team with 88 tackles.


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