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Buffalo Bills News - May 4, 2015

Marker eMel Kiper Jr. says Buffalo Bills had worst draft, and other experts' thoughts [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'He also thought the Bills reached a bit on Darby and didn't need to add a running back in the fifth round the way they did. That was enough to keep the Bills at the bottom of his draft rankings.'

Marker Ryan says Bills' QB job open competition [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I'd rather have, in a perfect world, 'this is our guy,' but I'm excited about the competition," Ryan said. "You don't know how it's going to shake out. There's not anybody who knows how it's going to shake out. We're going to give them a platform that will showcase what they can all do, and let's see what happens. Is it a perfect situation? No, I'm not saying it is, but when we end it, it'll be a clear guy who will be No. 1. There are three guys in my opinion, who can be NFL quarterbacks."'

Marker Now that the draft is over, what's next for the Bills? [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Once again these workouts are voluntary. Players are not required to attend.'

Marker How are draft experts ranking the Bills picks? [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“It’s nice they got a lot of depth players all-around, but given they went 9-7 last season and are trying to break that playoff drought right away with Rex Ryan, there’s not much here that gets them there. They got docked a little for not addressing defensive line, but this terrible grade comes from the fact they didn’t bother to draft a much-needed third quarterback option.”'

Marker Bills draft class is diverse group [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“We gave it tremendous consideration,” Whaley said. “Obviously, we talked to some guys and then we went to see Bryce Petty. It just didn’t fall the way we wanted it to. We were a little (hamstrung) without some of the picks, with the ammo to move around, and get some guys or have some guys fall to us, and compared to the value we put on them.”'

Marker Tony Steward fills LB, special teams needs for Bills [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“That’s what we were looking for with this last day,” said Whaley. “Finding guys that will give us special teams help and some (positional) depth that will be in the system and contribute a year or two from now at a higher level.”'

Marker Karlos Williams, special teams ace, now a Buffallo Bill [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“That’s the exciting thing about him right away because he is so fast and he is physical,” said Monos. “He’s 230 pounds, ran 4.46 and he used to play defense. That’s the whole mentality even as a runner so he will find a way.”'

Marker Bills acquire champion bloodlines, draft Nick O’Leary [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He’s been productive his whole career,” said Monos. “Everybody tells you that he’s not the fastest, not the tallest, or most athletic but then you watch him and all he does is make plays for one of the best teams in the country.”'

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May 3, 2015

Marker Bills put their trust in talent scouting [1:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In general, the Bills’ six picks from Friday night’s second round through Saturday’s seventh were guided by the grading of the player-personnel department. “We factor position in, but highest guy on our board,” Monos said of Williams. “I know you” reporters “laugh when I say it, but he was.”'

Marker Jets helped themselves while Bills faltered [1:37 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Giving second chances is one thing, but just how far is General Manager Doug Whaley willing to go with that philosophy? Far enough, apparently, that a player who was wanted for questioning in a domestic violence case and also accused of setting up a drug deal that ended in an armed robbery now has a home in Buffalo.'

Marker A great sports day? By whose measure? [1:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No, and as far as the players and police were concerned, nothing happened that night in December 2012. And Karlos Williams’ pregnant girlfriend got those bruises on her arm when she punched a door.'

Marker Lost camera mystery solved, thanks to social media and a Bills T-shirt [1:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And share people did. By May 2, the image had been shared nearly 18,000 times -- and that's only on Facebook. At least two well-known football-related Twitter accounts -- @TheBillsMafia, with 53,000 followers, and @DraftDiamonds, with 76,000 followers -- sent the plea out to their audiences.'

Marker Bills draft may not yield a 2015 starter [1:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Contrary to Whaley's renewed enthusiasm, there's not a lot to get excited about, but that's the good thing about having upgraded the roster so significantly though free agency and the trade market. The Bills don't have any glaring holes, they have depth at almost every position group, and they didn't need to hit home runs in this draft.'

Marker Deep Bills complete underwhelming NFL Draft [1:33 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Interestingly, Buffalo took Steward at 188 over, six picks before O’Leary, who seemed the more marquee player. They rolled the dice and won.'

Marker Bills build on Tallahassee draft pipeline [1:32 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And it’s not without irony that the best-known of the group was the last Seminole selected by general manager Doug Whaley.'

Marker 2015 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills select Florida State RB Karlos Williams in fifth round [1:31 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think running back is still a position we need to add depth at," Monos said. "I don't think that's a set position at all. We want to make sure all of those guys are competing so we look at that as a position we need."'

Marker Buffalo Bills select Clemson LB Tony Steward in sixth round [1:30 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'After trading Kiko Alonso, the Bills needed some depth at linebacker. Still, Steward may have a tough time making the roster. He says he feels most comfortable at inside linebacker and thinks his special teams prowess could help him stick on the Bills' roster.'

Marker Buffalo Bills select Florida State TE Nick O'Leary in sixth round [1:29 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman has expressed interest in possibly dressing four tight ends on game days, so O'Leary may have a better chance of making the roster than other late-round Bills picks this season. Bills director of player personnel Jim Monos mentioned O'Leary's character and mental makeup when discussing what makes him a good fit with the team. He also feels O'Leary complements newly signed Charles Clay.'

Marker Buffalo Bills pick Central Arkansas WR Dezmin Lewis in round seven [1:28 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Raw receiver who is still learning how to play to his size. His average athleticism won't impress NFL teams, but they were impressed with the way he caught the ball at the combine. Lewis could be a third day target but will need time to grow as a receiver in order to transition from small school prospect to NFL receiver."'

Marker A.J. Tarpley among rookies added [1:27 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Here's an updated list of the Bills' reported signings.'

Marker Menendez graduate Steward drafted by Buffalo Bills [1:26 AM]
Saint Augustine Record reports: '“He handed the phone to the owner,” Steward said Saturday evening from Columbia, S.C., where he enjoyed the draft with his agent and girlfriend, Brittany Burns. “He offered me the position and that’s how it happened. It was an overwhelming feeling of joy and excitement. I can’t fully explain it. It’s amazing.”'

Marker Bills select O’Leary in sixth round, ending tense day [1:25 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'But O’Leary’s toughness, and his ability to find space in the defense and adjust his routes, were in his favor, as were his improved blocking skills. He is often described as a throwback, one reason being he doesn’t wear gloves. O’Leary’s value in the NFL will not be as a down-field receiver but perhaps as an H-back.'

Marker UW’s Andrew Hudson signs free-agent deal with Buffalo Bills [1:24 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Hudson, from Redlands, Calif., was all but off the team after his junior season in 2013. UW’s most productive defensive lineman in 2012, Hudson lost his starting spot in 2013 and finished the season with just two tackles. He was so far down the depth chart that eventually he volunteered to work with the scout team in practice, just so he could get some work in.'

Marker Bills stock up on Florida State Seminoles in NFL draft [1:23 AM]
AP reports: 'Of the four late-round selections, O'Leary has the best chance to make an immediate impact in a tight-end friendly offense being installed by new coordinator Greg Roman.'

Marker Bills brass addresses character issues of draft picks Williams, Darby [1:22 AM]
ESPN reports: '"We do that on any issue be it domestic violence, any indiscretion we're going to dig as deep as we can," he said. "And again sitting down and looking at someone in the eye for me is a telltale sign -- is this guy remorseful, did he do it, does he have a reason why he did it or not do it, does he have a plan in place to not put himself in a situation like that again? That's some of the things that we like to try to figure out."'

Marker Bills select RB Karlos Williams in the fifth round [1:21 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams started ten games at FSU in 2014 and led the team with 12 touchdowns. He is a converted defensive back, playing on the opposite side of the ball his first two years in Tallahassee. In his two years as a running back, Williams totaled 1419 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground to go along with 37 receptions for 328 yards and one touchdown.'

Marker Bills go LB Steward, TE O'Leary in 6th [1:20 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With their two sixth round selections in the 2015 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills slected linebacker Tony Steward from Clemson and tight end Nick O'Leary of Florida State.'

Marker Bills (likely) wrap up draft with WR Lewis [1:19 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Lewis caught 65 passes for 945 yards, and added 9 touchdown receptions last season. NFL.com had rated Lewis as a potential fourth or fifth-round draft pick.'

Marker 6 things to know about RB Karlos Williams [1:18 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Karlos Williams was the number one ranked high school safety prospect in the country in 2011, coming out of Davenport, Florida, in the Orlando area. He spent his first two seasons for the Seminoles playing safety and excelling on special teams. In fact, NFLDraftScout.com says Williams is “a terrific special teams player who consistently beats opponents down the field.”'

Marker 4 things to know about LB Tony Steward [1:17 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Steward was a highly recruited linebacker out of Menendez HS in St Augustine, Florida. He was named an All-State performer there and was considered the #1 outside linebacker prospect in his high school class in 2011.'

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