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Buffalo Bills News - January 30, 2016

Marker 16 offensive tackles to know for Bills, Part 2 [1:55 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'A lot of times NFL teams are looking for players with loads of potential, and that’s exactly what Jason Spriggs is.'

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January 29, 2016

Marker Is Carson Wentz a solution for the Bills? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I was just talking to one of our video coordinators,” said North Dakota State quarterbacks coach Randy Hedberg by phone Thursday, “and I said, ‘What teams would you think?’ And one of the teams that was here the most was the Bills. They’ve been in our building quite a bit and in our practices."'

Marker Wade Phillips headlines list of Super Bowl participants with ties to the Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Phillips isn't the only member of the Broncos' coaching staff with ties to the Bills. Defensive line coach Bill Kollar was with Buffalo in the same role from 2006-08, while assistant defensive backs coach Samson Brown had the same role from 2013- 14 on the staff of former Bills coach Doug Marrone. Outside linebackers coach Fred Pagac also was with the Bills in 2014 as a linebackers coach.'

Marker Brandon, touting stability for Bills, warns of threat posed by stadium [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It needs to make sense for our community and it has to have a macro appeal to our fan base,” he said. “We also have to be practical as we move forward.”'

Marker Florida’s Morrison could be the answer at linebacker [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Florida’s Antonio Morrison, 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, could be one potential fit. Known for playing through a whistle – having an edgy temperament – Morrison had 96 tackles (11 for loss) on a very stingy Gators defense last season. In a rout against Chad Kelly’s prolific Ole Miss offense, he had 16 tackles (3.5 for loss).'

Marker Senior Bowl: With uncertainty at safety, Bills have watchful eyes [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Duke Williams struggled mightily in Rex Ryan’s scheme and will have to fight for a roster spot next season, while Jonathan Meeks provides the team some special teams value and serviceable depth, but isn’t considered a viable option to start.'

Marker Playing the Game [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills are in no position to feel pressure here. If Taylor wants to ride it out, fine. They’ll have another 16 games to judge, another year in Greg Roman’s system (who knows if he’d be around for a 3rd year), and a franchise tag to use at their discretion. The tag on a QB is approximately 19 million dollars for one season. Is that crazy for Taylor? Probably not. If you’re going to ride it out, and he plays well enough, 19 isn’t tough to justify. Sam Bradford is currently asking for 25 million per season.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor: 'I want to be long-term guy' in Buffalo [1:53 AM]
NFL.com reports: '"Of course I want to be the long-term guy," Taylor told Around The NFL on Wednesday night at the Pro Bowl draft. "I love playing for the organization, I love playing for the coaches, I love being around the guys. Like I said, I want to be the long-term guy for them. Ultimately that's up to them. I know I'm under contract for another year, but right now I'm out here just taking it all in."'

Marker Adding defensive playmakers a priority for Bills [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“This is why we’re so excited, we could go at any position, and that opens the board for us and makes it a lot more exciting where we’re not narrowing our focus,” he said. “So this is going to be a really good offseason and I think we’ll be up to the challenge to add some playmakers to this team.”'

January 28, 2016

Marker Ohio State’s Miller could be versatile fit for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Can’t you just see the multi-faceted, former Ohio State star lining up at his current position, wide receiver, as well as his former position, quarterback? Or in the backfield? Or in other packages that emerge from the creative mind of offensive coordinator Greg Roman?'

Marker Baylor’s mighty Oakman may intrigue Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And, heck yeah, Oakman would want to play for Rex Ryan.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor, Eric Wood, Richie Incognito sticking together for Pro Bowl [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The league held its fantasy-style draft Wednesday – broadcasting the event on ESPN2 (of course) – and Buffalo Bills teammates Richie Incognito, Eric Wood and Tyrod Taylor were all drafted to the team led by NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.'

Marker Bills' QB draft talk could be part of their posturing with Taylor [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor, who has one year left on his contract, is in the process of putting the finishing touch on a surprisingly strong first season as an NFL starter with his selection, as an alternate, to the Pro Bowl. He and his representation undoubtedly want the Bills to get off the fence and demonstrate that they do, in fact, believe the best quarterback they have had in a long time is their franchise QB.'

Marker Glenn, Incognito may command top dollar from Bills [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Why? This is a perfect storm for the left tackle. He plays a premium position, he's still young at 26 years old, there isn't much else available at all in free agency and the transition from college to the pros for rookie tackles has been particularly brutal the last few years. Buffalo can either pay up long term or pay up short term with the franchise tag. That number is expected to be north of $10 million. Last season's projected tag for offensive linemen was $12.9 million.'

Marker Bills leaving black media out in the cold [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Despite the number of African-American players on the Bills roster and football’s popularity across demographic lines, Buffalo’s black media outlets say they get virtually no advertising or promotional business from the team despite reaching out to the franchise.'

Marker Bills’ Kathryn Smith deserves the job—not the fuss [1:53 AM]
Sportsnet reports: 'So when Kathryn Smith is covered in a celebratory fashion and these powerful women remain in the shadows, what does it say about how we really feel about women working in sports? Does it mean we want to feel like we are evolved, as if it is a badge of honour? Do we want to be first to favourite a tweet and re-post on Facebook in order to wave the flag of women’s rights as if to say, “Hey look at me, women’s inclusion is part of my personal brand!” Does it mean we want to fight so hard against the uneducated Kevin Kileys of the world that we unintentionally advocate the opposite just to spite him? What does it say about what we expect women to accomplish?'

Marker Website calculates Tyrod's current market value over $19 million per year [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Spotrac has been fairly accurate on other extension-projections and value calculations. Before defensive tackle Marcell Dareus signed his new contract, it forecast the deal would be 6-years, $101.4 million, with an average annual value of $16.9 million. The actual numbers landed at 6-years, $96.5 million, with an average of just over $16 million.'

Marker Bills hoping to sign Incognito 'for a couple more years' [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I know this much,” the Bills GM said. “He played better than I remember him playing when I used to scout him years past. That’s a testament to him, the work he put in, that year he was off, and buying in to just trying to be the best he can.”'

Marker Bills seeking developmental depth at QB [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The only exception to that assessment in Mobile this week might be North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz. Blessed with prototype size at 6-5 and 230 pounds, Wentz has all the physical tools and is forecast as a first-round pick. His task this week is to prove that he can hang with the power five conference talent at the FBS level after playing his entire college career in the FCS.'

January 27, 2016

Marker Bills’ Whaley asserting himself [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And yet, there’s a threat of honest urgency in his voice, too. Continuity has its limits – the Bills are not prepared to invest long term in quarterback Tyrod Taylor quite yet. As Taylor gears up for his first Pro Bowl appearance in Hawaii, Whaley is in Mobile after all. He’s still searching for a franchise quarterback, still keeping all options open.'

Marker Bills will be looking to gain an edge at draft [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“For us, it all just depends on how we see them, meaning how do they do what they do,” Whaley said. “Some guys are going to be more 3-4 outside-linebacker pass-rushers and there are some guys that are going to be 4-3 defensive-end outside pass-rushers. And the best thing about Rex and his staff is they just say, ‘Get us the best players and we’ll make sure we can fit them in with what we do.’'

Marker Whaley gives good news on Aaron Williams: He’ll be back [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The safety who suffered a scary neck injury last year against the New England Patriots in Week 2, returned at Tennessee and then was shelved for the season will be back, General Manager Doug Whaley said Tuesday. That's as great of a free agent-like signing the Bills will make all offseason.'

Marker Richie Incognito's redemption, Braxton Miller's spin move, Wade Phillips' subtle jab [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As for whether he’s changed as a person, only he can truly ever say. But as teammate after teammate tweeted to him Monday about his Pro Bowl honor – and Incognito took the time to respond to each one – it pointed to a player who is respected in the Bills’ locker room. Buffalo gave Incognito another chance, and he appears to be making the most of it.'

Marker Wide right: 25 years later [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I don’t look back on those years and think, ‘Oh, those are the four years we lost the Super Bowl,’” he said. “If you’re a fan of a team, what do you want them to do? You want them to win. Think about those four years, we had an awful lot of excitement being fans of the Buffalo Bills. Sure, we lost four Super Bowls, but there wasn’t any other team that was winning more than we were. Think about all those games we won.”'

Marker Smith’s hiring finally gives NFL good female news [1:54 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'You’re either qualified for the job or you’re not. Kathryn Smith, as Rex Ryan affirmed, is as qualified as Becky Hammon and Nancy Lieberman are for their NBA assistant coach jobs.'

Marker Bills GM Doug Whaley says united Ryan brothers is 'a positive' [1:53 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I think it is going to allow me to be more involved in the team, even if just for supporting my coordinators and things, and I am going to be right there for them," he said. "Because this is my football team, that is how I am approaching it. It is not that I am just a defensive guy. No, this is my team. Offensive players, every offensive player, every special-team player, every offensive coach, every special-teams coach: This is it. This is all about who I am, I think this will help me to really tie in more to this football team, and that's because we got to be like this. And for us to be at our best, we got to be like this. And I think some of the moves that I made, I think will allow me to even bring them even closer."'

Marker Bills' GM Whaley Updates Offseason at Senior Bowl [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '-Aaron Williams is "ready to go," and, if the team had made the playoffs, the safety could have participated. Williams suffered a neck injury early in the 2015 season. Whaley also said he expects defensive lineman Kyle Williams, who missed 10 games in 2015, back by training camp. He said there is no need to overhaul that side of the ball with several new starters. Wide receiver Percy Harvin's health is still unknown, but "I want him back," Whaley said.'

Marker Senior Bowl: Bills staff gets look at deep DL group [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Kyle Williams is going to be 33 years old and coming off a knee injury that ended his season. The Bills plan on bringing him back as of now, but with an $8 million salary cap hit, there’s always the chance he isn’t fully recovered and the team decides to move on.'

Marker 16 offensive tackles to know for Bills, Part 1 [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'One of two big-time tackle prospects out of the Big Ten, Taylor Decker certainly has all the prototypical features a team would want.'

Marker In 2015 young leaders stepped forward [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“As far as the leadership thing, first year here, learning some of the guys, I was seeing how guys respond to different things,” said Taylor. “Learning different people, but I think I’ve taken steps forward in that department.”'

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