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Buffalo Bills News - February 24, 2017

Marker Bills could find help in intriguing free-agent receiver crop [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The NFL Draft could and probably should be one avenue, but it would also make sense for the Bills to utilize the free-agent market as well.'

Marker Jay Skurski is Bills GM for a Day: Bye Tyrod, hello Romo? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Admittedly, the decision on what to do isn’t an easy one, which is why it’s been so polarizing for fans. The Bills are at a crossroads. Do they part with Taylor, which would signify the beginning of a rebuild? Or do they retain him and try, again, to make things work with a roster that has some talent, but has fallen short of its goals?'

Marker Scott Berchtold no longer Bills' VP of communications; Kenmore native Boyko named to post [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills’ have taken several black eyes in the public-relations department recently, including a widely mocked media policy that was rolled out before the 2016 season and viewed as overly restrictive. The season-ending press conference of General Manager Doug Whaley in January also was looked at as a disaster from a public-relations standpoint.'

Marker Free agency focus: What to do with TE Chris Gragg [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coming off a serious injury, Gragg won't command a big salary. Maybe it says more about the players he was competing against, but before he got hurt in training camp, it was clear he should be the No. 2 tight end. If the Bills want to bring him back to compete for a reserve role, they shouldn't have any trouble getting him re-signed. It would not be a huge loss if he were to sign elsewhere, though. Given the lack of draft picks to add depth, keeping Gragg around isn't a bad idea.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Taylor grievance seems unlikely [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That's because there's ample reason to believe Taylor has no desire to go that route. Consider the following...'.

Marker Buffalo Bills' Zach Brown named second best LB available in free agency by PFF [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"A player that started the 2016 on fire, Brown struggled down the stretch as he graded positively in just two of his final eight games after doing so in all of his first eight games. Brown has posted back to back above-average-graded seasons in coverage and graded well against the run for the first time in his career in 2016. Fourth amongst all ILBs with 38 run stops, Brown showed potential for becoming a complete LB but considering his late-season decline and never doing so in any other season, there will be concern, which could lower his market value."'

Marker Show him the money! Ex-Bills coach wants more credit for 'Jerry Maguire' movie [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills defensive backs coach Tim McDonald tells the Daily Mail that he said the catchphrase that appeared in the 1996 movie "Jerry Maguire" when writer-director Cameron Crowe was following him. At the time, McDonald was a defensive back for the Phoenix (now Arizona) Cardinals, the same NFL team that Cuba Gooding Jr.'s character Rod Tidwell plays for in the film.'

Marker 5 free agents the Buffalo Bills should target [1:52 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Tyrod Taylor isn’t certain to be back as the Bills may choose to decline his option and free up cap space for an outside quarterback, considering they only have an estimated $26 million in cap room for 2017. That will be enough to bring in a handful of free agents, and possibly a big name to help a defense that has struggled in recent years.'

Marker Rapoport- Seems far fetched Taylor wouldn't be back in 2017 [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Rapoport also believes the relationship between the Bills and Taylor has improved, "The fact that the relationship between him and the team seems to be good... New coach, new coordinator who he's very familiar with."'

Marker Bills name Derek Boyko Vice President of Communications [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Derek brings a wealth of NFL experience to the Bills organization and will be a very valuable addition as the leader of our communications department,” Brandon said. “On behalf of the Bills organization, I would like to thank Scott for his class and dignity while steering our communications efforts for close to three decades. As we welcome Derek and his successful track record to the organization, we also look forward to the continued benefit of Scott’s experience, as he will oversee a number of important projects in his new position.”'

Marker Bills Today: Decision to return to Bills an easy one for Humber [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“You can fit into any scheme, it’s all about the want to,” Humber said. “I don’t think size matters. Schemes do matter for certain players, but it’s the want and will to beat a block, to even get open. I like the 4-3 system a lot better than the 3-4, but I think you have to understand your players and what they’re capable of doing.”'

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February 23, 2017

Marker Odds on Taylor; Bona women to play at La Salle [8:35 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'His odds are as follows: Buffalo 1/1, Cleveland 7/2, Chicago 4/1, San Francisco 4/1 and the N.Y. Jets 6/1.'

Marker Report: Taylor medically cleared from surgery [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'An injury clause in Taylor's contract means, if he can't pass a physical examination by the March 11 deadline the Bills have to decide whether to pick up the option on extending his deal, the team would automatically owe him his $27.5 million guarantee.'

Marker Free agency focus: What to do with RT Jordan Mills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One of Mills' biggest supporters was Aaron Kromer, the team's former offensive line coach who is now with the L.A. Rams. While it's unclear what the new coaching staff, including offensive line coach Juan Castillo, thinks about Mills, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the team try and upgrade at the position. If Mills is willing to come back on a cheap, one-year contract, he would provide solid depth up front. If he's looking for a longer deal with starting money, however, it's time for him to move on.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Power Take: McDermott keeps info flow below a trickle [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDermott’s input carries substantial weight, because what the Bills do with the quarterback’s contract extension will reveal whether he feels the urgency to try to win now or build long-term. His ability to keep something as big as that under wraps is telling about the new way business is being conducted at One Bills Drive.'

Marker Deshaun Watson predicted to be Buffalo Bills' 2017 starting QB by ESPN Insider [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The feeling here is that Clemson's Watson is the first quarterback taken in the draft, to the Bills at No. 10 overall. It could also be North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky, but we're giving the edge to Watson. The Bills are reluctant to pay Tyrod Taylor $18 million per year, so he's likely to play elsewhere in 2017. Some in the organization believe Cardale Jones could start, but Watson has a better body of work."'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor medically cleared from groin surgery (report) [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Buffalo Bills recently received good news on quarterback Tyrod Taylor according to a report. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday that Taylor has been medically cleared from groin surgery.'

Marker Mock watch 3.0: Bills pulling the trigger on a QB? [1:54 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'With that, here’s a third look around the NFL mock draft scene ahead of April’s draft...'.

Marker Bills must decide what to do with QB Taylor [1:53 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'At this point, the only certainty on the Bills quarterback depth chart is that 2016 fourth-round pick Cardale Jones will be in the mix in one form or another in 2017.'

Marker Report: Taylor medically cleared from surgery [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Buffalo has a decision to make on Taylor and his contract for the upcoming season. The Bills have until March 11 to decide whether or not to exercise the contract extension he signed during training camp, which would kick in the remaining five years of the deal.'

February 22, 2017

Marker NFL Network report: 'Probably a better chance' Bills keep Tyrod Taylor [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With less than three weeks until that deadline, reports can be expected with increased frequency. One of those came Tuesday morning from one of the league's most plugged-in reporters, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.'

Marker Free agency focus: What to do with DT Corbin Bryant [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He won't come with a big price tag, so keeping Bryant on a short-term, low-money deal should be a priority.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Stephon Gilmore among 5 free agents who will be overpaid, says PFF [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gilmore allowed 60.3 percent of passes thrown his way to be caught this past season for 15.6 yards per catch, and while he has often been seen as a shutdown corner for the Bills, he has allowed 16 touchdowns over his career, and 12 over the past three seasons. The lack of other true No. 1 options will likely still see Gilmore's value pushed up because of the ceiling he has shown at times."'

Marker Safety Tony Jefferson named a 'fun' free agent addition for the Buffalo Bills [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jefferson, 25, made 14 starts in 2016 with the Arizona Cardinals. He registered 96 total tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and five passes defensed. Jefferson would be a great fit in Sean McDermott's defense, but Buffalo's ability to add a top safety in free agency will come down to cap space.'

Marker 'Better chance' the Buffalo Bills keep Tyrod Taylor, says Ian Rapoport [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"For Tyrod Taylor, who some people assume is gone from Buffalo, this is pretty good news," Rapoport said. "This was the quarterbacks coach in Baltimore when Tyrod Taylor was the back up to Joe Flacco in Baltimore, so there's a lot of familiarity here. It would make no sense if the Bills hired Rick Dennison and then get rid of Tyrod Taylor, one of the reasons he signed there."'

Marker Report: Bills to keep Tyrod Taylor [1:54 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'On Good Morning Football, Rapoport said the Bills are an unlikely landing spot for Tony Romo while adding “from my understanding, it’s probably a better chance they keep Tyrod now than actually cutting him.”'

Marker Drama building on Taylor's future [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I really don't know what's going on with this. I'd like to think it's possible Whaley is telling different reporters different things, just to have fun with them, but I don't think he's quite swift enough for that. Maybe it's always been decided, decided since Miami came back and won here in Week 16, decided since Oakland came back and won from 24-9. Maybe it's not been decided. Maybe their third choice for offensive coordinator (at least) will decide whether the Bills will pay Taylor 30 million dollars, or more.'

Marker An early swing at the draft's top 10 [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Here’s a look at where each of the team’s in the top 10 of the draft have holes they’ll be looking to fill, and which prospect could be most strongly considered by those respective clubs.'

Marker Bills Today: A 'fun' prediction for the Bills in free agency [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“New Bills coach Sean McDermott has a terrific track record with safeties who can do a little bit of everything. (He tutored relative unknown Eagles safety Quintin Mikell to make second-team All-Pro and helped castoff Kurt Coleman earn big coin in Carolina.) Jefferson can be deployed in a variety of ways, making big plays near the line of scrimmage or in coverage,” Rosenthal wrote. “He makes a lot of sense for a team that could be starting from scratch at safety.”'

February 21, 2017

Marker DeSean Jackson named best free-agent fit for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Without Watkins for half the year (and him playing hurt the other half), the Bills finished with just 35 catches of 20-plus yards in 2016. Only Houston had fewer, with 34.'

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