Buffalo Bills

Stadium: New Era Field | Coach: Sean McDermott
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense27th117.7 (11th)184.4 (30th)
Defense25th119.9 (24th)246.9 (24th)

Bills report: Notes, quotes

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--In an effort to improve his durability and his chances of winning the team's starting quarterback job, Brian Brohm has added 10 pounds to his 6-foot-3 frame.

"Actually last year in Green Bay they had me at 220 to 222," Brohm said. "I've put on a little bit more weight. I'm around 230 right now. We've been doing a lot more strength work in this weight program. I'm lifting much heavier weights and building a lot more muscle."

--Former Bills QB J.P. Losman has a new home. The Seattle Seahawks signed the 2004 first-round pick to a one-year deal worth $630,000. Now 29, Losman threw one pass for Oakland last season after spending five seasons with the Bills and a season in the new United Football League. He'll back up Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst in Seattle.

--Buffalo's voluntary minicamp for veterans is scheduled for June 4-6. Voluntary organized team activities take place June 1-3, June 8-10, June 15-17 and June 21-22 before a mandatory camp for all players set for June 23-25.

--Rookie running backs C.J. Spiller of Clemson and Joique Bell of Wayne State hit it off in rookie camp. The two were paired as roommates, bringing together two of the greatest all-purpose running backs in NCAA history. Combined, Spiller and Bell gained 14,286 yards in their collegiate careers.

"Spiller is a great guy," Bell told the South Bend Tribune of Buffalo's top draft pick. "We were close during minicamp and me and him were up all night and got up early in the morning to learn the playbook. Even on the bus (going to practice) we were looking over the plays. We're both pushing each other to make the team better."

--Former Bills great Jim Kelly, who first proposed a new stadium be built in Niagara Falls to capitalize on the Ontario, Canada market, still thinks it's a good idea but is toning down his campaign out of respect for 91-year-old Bills owner Ralph Wilson. "He's the guy that has kept this team in this city, and I thank God for him every day," Kelly told the Niagara Gazette newspaper after giving the commencement address at a local community college. "Of course, Niagara Falls would definitely be a (possible future) site because they have so many things there. They have the seventh wonder of the world, the casino, the hotels and the land. It's closer to drawing people from Toronto. But that's far off. Right now, I'm focused on the Buffalo Bills getting better, because I don't want fans to get too frustrated. I was out there watching the other day and I think this team might surprise people."

--Booker Edgerson, the Bills' 2010 Wall of Fame inductee, never dreamed of a career in professional football. A star at Western Illinois, he came to the Bills of the old AFL in 1962 at the request of coach Lou Saban. He would help Buffalo win consecutive AFL championships in '64 and '65. "I am proud that I went to Western Illinois University and played under Lou Saban and Joe Collier," he said of the former Bills coaches. "They were the catalyst of me being here. If it had not been for them I would not have been here or any place else because professional football was the farthest thing from my mind. I never even thought about playing professional football. It never entered my mind until Lou Saban asked me would I like to play professional football."

--Bills Wall of Fame nose tackle Fred Smerlas, who lives in Massachusetts, will not be accepting the Republican nomination to run against Democratic incumbent Louise Slaughter to represent New York's 28th District in Congress. Smerlas turned down the invitation citing family reasons related to moving to western New York; he has teen-aged children and would prefer to keep their lives stable at this time. He didn't rule out running in the future. Smerlas espouses conservative and oftentimes controversial views on a weekly radio show in Rochester, N.Y.

"Excellent. Our guys have worked very hard. On the whole they have done a great job. Obviously guys have things they have to take care of in the offseason and I certainly understand that. So you just try to deal with those misses and let them make them up when they can. We feel like we're getting a lot out of these guys this year." -- Coach Chan Gailey assessing veteran participation in the team's offseason conditioning program.

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