Jauron sends team off with a message

Bills now must wait more than a month for training camp...Jauron has training camp installation schedule sripted...More Toronto news...Lynch case news...and more

Coach Dick Jauron told his players to enjoy the remainder of their summer and that he'd see them back for training camp on July 24.

And oh yea, please, please, stay out of trouble.

This was a trying offseason for the low-keyed Jauron, who - like the rest of the Bills organization talks all the time about "character" - yet found himself facing repeated questions regarding off-field incidents involving his players.

Rookie wide receiver James Hardy made headlines for allegedly brandishing a gun during an argument with his father.

Second-year running back Marshawn Lynch remains embroiled in a hit-and-run case involving his SUV that has brought great embarrassment to the club.

A grand jury has convened to force teammates and high-ranking Bills officials to be more forthcoming about what happened on May 31 when Lynch's SUV struck a female pedestrian in Buffalo's entertainment district.

"At this time of year you always tell them about the same stuff," Jauron said. "They need to know about our continuing program. They'll have program books that will take them right up to training camp. They also have to know about our training and our facility here and how it will be available during certain times.

"The mandatory drug testing, they need to really be responsive to that. We talk to them about behavior, the NFL talks about it with them and we talk about it all the time: Be careful what you do, be careful where you are."

Jauron denied that he talked about off-field behavior with his players due to Lynch's problems. Some wondered if Jauron even canceled the final mini-camp practice to keep reporters away from the stadium.

"It's not necessarily in light of anything," he said. "We talk about those issues almost constantly, and it's an ongoing thing."

Obviously, some messages have fallen on deaf ears.

--How far ahead do NFL teams plan? Coach Dick Jauron said his team's training camp installation schedule is scripted right through the last day of training camp, but he leaves wiggle room. "We'll script the first 10-12 days of camp before we get there," he said. "After that point through experience we found out that things change. We want to look at some things a little more, some things a little less. So it will be similar to some of the things in OTAs, but a little more hitting, but not much live stuff."

--The Bills and organizers of Buffalo's Toronto series drew the scorn of critics for scheduling Bills player appearances in Toronto just two days before the Toronto Argonauts' preseason kicked off. Fans of the Canadian Football League are fearful that the NFL's presence in Canada's largest city will eventually doom that league. Conversely, Bills fans fear it's only a matter of time before their franchise relocates permanently. Phil Lind, vice president of Rogers Communications, Inc., which brokered the Bills-Toronto deal, didn't put those fears to rest recently when he said he thinks that over time more Bills games will be played in Canada beyond the eight now scheduled over the next five years. "I think they're happy with eight, and we'll see whether they'll be happy with more," Lind told the Canadian National Post. "There isn't any proposal at the moment. ... I think over time there will be more, yes."

--The Bills called the shocking death of popular "Meet the Press" anchor and Buffalo native Tim Russert of a heart attack "devastating." Russert, 58, was an unabashed Bills fan. "He was always so proud to let people know just how much he loved our team and was such a great ambassador for Buffalo," the Bills said in a statement. "So many times he ended his 'Meet The Press' show with his patented 'Go Bills!' that it became part of our Game Day morning rituals. He was a true friend and we will miss him immensely." New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton and Rep. Brian Higgins said they will support a resolution to rename a stretch of U.S. Route 20 that runs past Ralph Wilson Stadium in honor of Russert and players are likely to wear a special patch this season.

--Some top-ranking Bills officials, including COO Russ Brandon, were scheduled to appear before a grand jury on Friday, June 20, to say under oath what they know about running back Marshawn Lynch's involvement in a hit-and-run accident that took place late last month in Buffalo's entertainment district. Lynch isn't talking to police and the district attorney wasn't happy with the cooperation level he was receiving from the team. But Frank J. Clark was still hopeful of settling the case before anyone had to testify, the Buffalo News reported. Rookie wide receivers James Hardy and Steve Johnson and second-year offensive lineman Christian Gaddis were issued subpoenas but later were granted extensions. They may not have to testify at all if authorities get the answers they want. If it's determined Lynch was the driver, he could be charged with a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident. Jail time would be rare as a first-time offender, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could hand down a suspension.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "During the season, I knew I was the best corner in the draft and knew I could compete with anybody in the country. When the season was over, I got a chance to go to the Senior Bowl and really show that I could compete with every player in the country. And everything just happened for me the right way. I went there and competed and my talent just took over." - Bills CB Leodis McKelvin, who played at tiny Troy College, on becoming a first-round draft pick.


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