What did we learn about Bills in April?

April, 30, 2014
Apr 30
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Don't look now, but the start of Buffalo Bills training camp is less than three months away.

Four weeks ago, we asked what we would learn about the Bills this month.

Here are the answers to most of those questions, along with some other developments:

Schedule released: We now can add dates and times to the Bills' games this season. The Bills will play 14 of their 17 games on Sunday at 1 p.m. and will play their lone prime-time game in Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins. The Bills will not play on "Monday Night Football" for the fifth consecutive season, extending the NFL's longest current drought. They will also not play on Sunday night, continuing a drought that began in 2008. The Bills' schedule gets tough in December, when they travel to play the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots, and host the Green Bay Packers. If the Bills have a shot at the playoffs, that stretch will test the team.

Ownership change on horizon: Now over a month removed from the death of Ralph Wilson, the Bills have begun the process of valuing the team for a sale. The most vocal potential bidder in April was billionaire businessman Donald Trump, who said he would keep the team in Western New York. Meanwhile, the Bills' "new stadium working group" held its first meeting on April 1. The committee is in the early stages of evaluating potential sites for a new venue and ultimately its efforts will be subject to the intentions of the Bills' next owner. We're in the early stages of the ownership transition and very little is certain about the team's future, other than that it would be very difficult for a new owner to move the team before 2020. Mary Wilson, Ralph Wilson's widow, also became controlling owner of the franchise in April.

Pre-draft visits wrap up: The Bills used 29 of their 30 allowed pre-draft visits. Their efforts were scattered across most positions -- although they didn't host any quarterbacks -- and it would be dangerous to read too much into the visits, which are often procedural. However, the Bills hosted several first-round prospects, including Texas A&M's Jake Matthews and Mike Evans, Clemson's Sammy Watkins, and North Carolina's Eric Ebron. Those could be among the Bills' top targets in the first round, but they would likely need to trade up to select Watkins or Evans.

Mike Williams arrives: The Bills swung a trade this month, acquiring wide receiver Mike Williams from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was the Bucs who initially reached out to the Bills, who agreed to send a sixth-round pick to Tampa for Williams. Williams returns to his hometown and is reunited with his college coach, Doug Marrone. His assimilation into the offense and chemistry with quarterback EJ Manuel will be among the team's more notable storylines during training camp.

'Jills' suspended activities: The Bills' cheerleaders, the "Buffalo Jills," suspended activities this month after their management company, Stejon Productions Corp., was sued by five former cheerleaders for alleged underpayment and mistreatment. It was the third recent lawsuit filed by an NFL team's cheerleaders. Because of the developments, the Bills could be without their cheerleaders at home games this season.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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