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Buffalo Bills News - May 19, 2017

Marker Bills sign 1st-round pick White as part of eventful day [1:43 AM]
AP reports: '"I never for once thought about a contract or holding out or anything like that," said White, selected 27th overall . "I came here to complete, learn the playbook, get comfortable around the guys and earn everything — earn the right to play."'

Marker Bills rookie receiver Jones sidelined with sprained knee [1:42 AM]
AP reports: 'The injury presents a slight setback for a team overhauling its group of receivers. Jones was a second-round pick out of East Carolina and being counted upon to compete for the No. 2 receiver job opposite starter Sammy Watkins.'

Marker Bills rookie WR Jones idle with knee injury [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The specifics of the injury were not shared by the Bills, but the No. 37 overall pick was hurt in Tuesday's organized team activity session and sat out the next two days. The team described the injury as a sprain.'

Marker The Bills ink their first round pick [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This has been a brand new experience for White and the rest of the rookies. He said, “The first day when I got into the first group, it was like a blur like flash, but now after I got a couple of reps, I feel like I’m comfortable and I know what I’m doing now, I know where my help is, so if I continue on that road, it’ll make my job so much easier.”'

Marker The Bills now have their top two picks in the fold [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Tyrod Taylor congratulated right after he was drafted with a text. Taylor said, “He’s a great player. I watched him compete against Virginia Tech for a couple of years and I actually sat down and watched all the receivers that came out this past year and I was excited about Zay.”'

Marker Zay Jones out week-to-week with knee injury [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was on the field for Thursday's session, but did not participate in any activities as he continues to rehab from offseason foot surgery.'

Marker Bills hire Dawson as Assistant Director of College Scouting [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Dawson, 45, spent last season with the Cleveland Browns as a National Scout, but spent nine years with the Tennessee Titans beforehand in their front office. With the Titans, Dawson climbed the ranks, going from Director of Pro Personnel to Vice President of Football Operations to Vice President of Player Personnel.'

Marker Joe B: 7 observations from Buffalo Bills OTAs - Week 1 (5/18/17) [1:36 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Last year, the glaring weakness along the offensive line was right tackle Jordan Mills. It became a focal point of the offseason to try and fix -- to which the Bills even chased a high-priced free agent in Ricky Wagner to try and solve the problem. They ended up getting Dion Dawkins in the draft in the second round, but because of Cordy Glenn's injury, Dawkins played left tackle and Mills started with the first-team at right tackle... and players were zooming by him.'

Marker Bills sign first-round pick White [1:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I can’t tell you all how grateful I am for the opportunity, how happy I am for myself and my family,” White said. “I’m looking forward to earning all my stripes and earning the respect of the vets and of the guys that are here.”'

Marker Second-round pick Zay Jones signs rookie contract [1:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Jones comes in with high expectations after setting the NCAA record for catches in a season in his last year at East Carolina (158). He also finished his college career with 399 receptions, the most in college football history.'

Marker Bills OTA notes - Week 1 [1:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It felt great just to get back out there on the field, especially this week, just as an individual, to get my legs back up under me,” said Ragland. “We’re going to take it day by day. It just depends on how my knee feels. For the most part, it feels great. What the staff has done for me, has been fantastic. Everyone’s been great. So, I’m thankful for that. To have the type of people around me to help me get back like those guys."'

Marker Bills add Lake Dawson as Assistant Director of College Scouting [1:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He’s had a heck of a career,” said Beane of Dawson. “He rose to a level of VP of Player Personnel. He’s interviewed for multiple GM positions. To have a guy with his experience and leadership… it’s a strong addition.”'

Marker Bills name Marvin Allen and Brian Adams national scouts [1:31 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Adams has more than 30 years of scouting experience. He spent the 2016 campaign as the Midwest regional scout for the Dallas Cowboys, but spent seven years with the Saints. He also has a working history with Beane, spending seven years in the Panthers scouting department.'

Marker Bills Today: Bills, Pats get top offseason grades [1:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Both clubs received ‘B’ grades from ESPN.com for their offseasons. Here’s an excerpt of their assessment of Buffalo’s dealings since the 2016 campaign ended.'

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May 18, 2017

Marker Bills hire Malik Boyd from Cardinals to be director of pro personnel [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'By acknowledging it was "kind" of the Cardinals to let Boyd interview, Beane means they could've denied the Bills' request, just like the Dolphins could have with Schoen. ProFootballTalk reported that Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum "decided to allow the move in order to foster an atmosphere of upward mobility in Miami, with quality work resulting in a reward — even if the reward comes from a division rival."'

Marker Buffalo Bills earn 'B' grade for offseason from ESPN [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Barnwell was not as kind to two of the Bills' AFC East rivals, giving the Dolphins a D+ and the Jets a C+. The Patriots also earned a B.'

Marker What Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane said about hiring Malik Boyd [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Malik has had experience in college and pro. He also was a former player and he knows the game well. He cut his teeth in college originally. Good versatility. He started with Bill Polian and those guys. He worked his way and ended up in Arizona and really did a nice job. I had seen him on the road, but I called around the league and nothing but great things about his work ethic, his character and he's a good evaluator."'

Marker Wojton: Bills tank could be on as early as Sept. 11 [1:56 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'As previously mentioned, it’s unclear if McDermott, Beane, or whoever, are good hires. What would be clear is that a loss would be potentially devastating to those looking to have fun this season.'

Marker Bills hire Malik Boyd to be their pro personnel director [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Boyd replaces Jim Monos, who was fired along with general manager Doug Whaley and most of Buffalo's scouting staff a day after the NFL draft. Beane took over as GM last week and has since hired Brian Gaine as vice president of player personnel and Joe Schoen as assistant general manager.'

Marker Bills hire Boyd as Director of Pro Personnel [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“He was my number one choice,” said Beane. “The first guy I targeted. I appreciate (Arizona GM) Steve Keim letting him come over here and interview. It was very kind of him because he was under contract. Malik is talented. He won an award in 2014, the Fritz Pollard Scout of the Year. They don’t just throw those out. He earned it. He’s going to be a great influence on our pro staff. He has a high ceiling.”'

Marker Joe B: A way too early Buffalo Bills 53-man roster projection (5/17/17) [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Although I would think long and hard about keeping a fourth quarterback, Cardale Jones has to prove it on the field in order to warrant a roster spot in 2017. Peterman likely isn't going anywhere, though there is some potential for Yates to get cut if both Jones and Peterman show enough this spring and summer. At this point, you have to look at Cardale Jones as a player that the last general manager and head coach wanted, and a lot of times in the NFL, those later round guys have a harder time making it through with the new guys in charge. It'll be an uphill climb for Jones, but we shouldn't count him out just yet.'

Marker Top 5 from Facebook Live with QB Nathan Peterman [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Peterman began playing football in fourth grade, but instead of getting to play his preferred position of QB, he was assigned to play center and linebacker. Two years later, he thought about quitting football to concentrate on basketball, but the sixth grade coach gave him a chance to switch positions. His team won a city championship that year, and he’s been playing quarterback ever since.'

Marker Malik Boyd named Bills Director of Pro Personnel [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He was my number one choice,” said Beane. “The first guy I targeted. I appreciate (Arizona GM) Steve Keim letting him come over here and interview. It was very kind of him because he was under contract. Malik is talented. He won an award in 2014, the Fritz Pollard Scout of the Year. They don’t just throw those out. He earned it. He’s going to be a great influence on our pro staff. He has a high ceiling.”'

Marker What you need to know about Bills OTAs this week [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'No pads except protective knee and elbow pads. Helmets are permitted, but there is no live contact. Provided no live contact takes place 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 team periods are allowed during this time.'

Marker Bills Today: Taylor makes NFLPA '2017 Rising 50' [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The rankings were put together by evaluating on-field performances during the 2016 season, fantasy football popularity, early demand from NFLPA sponsors and licensees, as well as new faces in strong markets. To be considered for inclusion, players must not have appeared in any previous quarterly or year-end list of the NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales.'

May 17, 2017

Marker Buffalo Bills 90-man depth chart heading into spring practices [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'None of the OTAs or minicamp are open to the public. Media will attend three OTA practices, with the first coming Thursday. After practice, the Bills will make assistant coaches available to the media for the first time since they were hired. Here is The Buffalo News' crack at providing a 90-man depth chart.'

Marker Bills start 'Phase Three' of offseason program Tuesday with OTAs [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Team drills are allowed during OTAs, which means the Bills can hold 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills between the offense and defense. No 1-on-1 drills, like receivers against cornerbacks or offensive lineman against defensive lineman, are permitted under terms of the collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Rex Carr is buying in, yet again, with his Bills and Sabres [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Typical negativity," Rex snarled. "You'd find something bad to say about 70 degrees and sunny. You ran off Whaley and ripped the Pegulas for dysfunction. So they got Brandon Beane for GM, stole Joe Schoen from Miami to be his assistant, and now they get Gaine on top of it. Do you hit the ground unhappy in the morning?"'

Marker Ex-Bills coach Rex Ryan to call MNF opener for ESPN with Beth Mowins [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan, who agreed to a contract with ESPN to serve as an NFL studio analyst after he was fired by the Bills, previously called the Florida State spring game with Mowins, a Syracuse native who graduated from Cicero-North Syracuse High School and earned a master's degree from Syracuse University in 1990. According to a recent article on syracuse.com, she received the Newhouse School of Communications' Marty Glickman Award in 2015 and was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.'

Marker Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: On Brian Gaine, T.J Yates, Kolby Listenbee [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That's not to say that Gaine's hiring will be a guaranteed success. Fellow News Sports Reporter Tim Graham and I had some fun on Twitter pointing out the Bills once acquired Mario Williams AND Mark Anderson or Rex Ryan AND Greg Roman or Derrick Dockery AND Langston Walker (hat tip to Bills Digest editor Mark Ludwiczak for that one). With that being said, though, it's impressive that the Bills were able to hire two of the four candidates they interviewed for general manager.'

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