--Following in the cleats of famous Bills cereal hawkers Jim Kelly and Doug Flutie, Terrell Owens officially kicked off sales of his honey nut T.O.'s at a news conference at a Rochester supermarket chain.
"We've sold 11,000 boxes already and he hasn't caught his first touchdown pass yet," said Frank Curci, CEO of Tops Friendly Markets. Ty Ballou, president of Pittsburgh-based PLB Sports, which markets a wide range of sports celebrity food products, told reporters that 2.8 boxes of Flutie Flakes were sold and he expects T.O.'s to be even more popular. Owens said the cereal and his face on the box were meant for each other. "That beautiful, handsome face," is how T.O. put it as fans shouted his name and begged for his autograph on their cereal boxes destined to become collector's items.
--The Bills drafted offensive lineman Eric Wood 28th overall in the draft with a first-round pick obtained in the Jason Peters trade. They liked his football temperament, a.k.a., a mean streak that has sorely been lacking in their offensive blockers in recent years. On his first day of practice after a five-day contract holdout, Wood made his presence felt when he mixed things up with LB Paul Posluszny after a running play, pushing and shoving and not giving an inch. Wood admitted he had some aggression to take out that had built up during the negotiating process that cost him seven practices.
"It's been miserable," he said of sitting in his apartment back in Buffalo while his teammates were at camp practicing and the bean counters did their thing. "I spent four days without seeing someone's face I knew. It was like a bad dream reading stuff about my teammates (in camp). I felt like I had a season-ending injury or something."
--WR Shaine Smith dropped a couple of passes in a private tryout with the Bills, but "overall I thought I did very well." He was right to think so. When injuries started to deplete Buffalo's receiving corps early in camp, they called Smith and signed him.
The 6-2, 189-pound Hofstra University product had a training camp stint with St. Louis last summer after spending time in 2007 on the New York Jets practice squad. He has experience in a spread offense and the Bills like how he fits in here. Seeing stars like Lee Evans and Terrell Owens doesn't faze Smith. In Rams camp, he was around Isaac Bruce and Tory Holt.
"I know what it's like to look upon those guys," he said. "I'm not worried about it. My talent will showcase itself and gradually I hope to get more reps as we go."
--Bills owner and founder Ralph Wilson, 90, visited camp early and spoke with the team. Wilson will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8. Wilson left an impression on Owens; the two spoke on the phone when Owens signed with Buffalo in March but this was their first face-to-face meeting. Owens previously was employed by Dallas Cowboys' flamboyant owner Jerry Jones; Wilson is the antithesis of Jones.
"It was definitely a pleasure meeting him," Owens said. "Obviously, I can't be more thankful with the opportunity, being blessed to just be here. ... I think he was looking forward to meeting me as well." Wilson said as much, calling Owens the big-time player the team has lacked.
--Safety George Wilson on the prospects of a team signing QB Michael Vick, who has been reinstated after doing federal prison time for sponsoring a dog fighting ring: "Who wouldn't want Mike Vick on their team? He's a game breaker. He can make a lot of plays and he would just be another weapon in our arsenal. I'd love to have him as a teammate."
For the record, Bills COO/GM Russ Brandon said the Bills are happy with their roster.
--The Bills have an eventual second week of camp planned, capped by a three-day trip to Canton Ohio for Hall of Fame festivities. Owner Ralph Wilson and former star Bruce Smith will be enshrined on Aug. 8. The Bills then play the Tennessee Titans in the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 9.
"We get to go where the Hall of Fame is, to see our owner and Bruce Smith (enshrined), which is awesome for those guys," defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. "And it's awesome treat for us to go out and represent those guys in the game."
The Bills will wear newly unveiled white throwback jerseys for the Hall of Fame game as well as road games at New England (Sept. 14) and Tennessee (Nov. 15).
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I feel more pressure selling these boxes of T.O.'s than going out and scoring touchdowns. It's a breakfast thing of choice. This is the equivalent to (being on a box) of Wheaties. It's better than Wheaties." -- WR Terrell Owens, at his news conference hawking his new cereal.