Colts, Bills swap linebackers [1:56 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Sheppard was selected by the Bills in the third round of the 2011 draft and has started 24 of the 32 games he has played. He has totaled 138 tackles, including 95 solo, with two sacks and a fumble recovery.'
Buffalo Bills 2013 NFL Draft Review [1:56 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'C.'
Bills trade LB Sheppard to Colts [1:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Hughes started six of the 16 games he played last year for the Colts. He had 41 tackles (29 solo), including a career-high 4.0 sacks and one pass break-up. Hughes was a first round draft pick (No. 31 overall) of the Colts in 2010. He has played 40 games (seven starts) and totaled 62 tackles (41 solo) and 5.0 sacks in his career.'
Bills trade Sheppard to Colts [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Hughes struggled out of the gates after being selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Failing to get on the field all that much, Hughes finally got some chances in 2012. He had a career high in both tackles (41) and sacks (4) last season. Hughes is 6-foot-2, 254 pounds and turns 25 years old in August.'
The Bills Make Me Wanna... [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I don't mind telling you, I'm excited about this. Heck, I can't wait for the first practice. Seriously. I'm already looking forward to the first preseason game.'
Star Power - Bills grab some, Sabres to give it up? [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In EJ Manuel, the Bills have given us reason to believe that it’s somewhat possible. Drafting a QB in the first round means that you can entertain the idea that you may have a star on your team.'
Bills trade LB Sheppard to Colts for LB Hughes [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Hughes (6’2” 254) played defensive end in college at TCU and started his pro career with the Colts as a defensive end in their previous 4-3 system. When the Colts switched to a 3-4 system under new head coach Chuck Pagano he moved to outside linebacker and was a subpackage rush player.'
Bills agree to terms with 16 undrafteds, cut four [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'To make room on the roster the Bills released QB Aaron Corp, T Adam Grant, K Chris Koepplin and TE Joe Sawyer.'
Manuel excited about his fit in Bills offense [2:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I had a really good feel when I came up and met with Coach Marrone and Coach Hackett and Mr. Nix and Mr. Whaley and we had great conversations,” said Manuel. “I think I picked up the offense that he taught me and I think we met for four or five hours and I think they see I fit best into what they want to do.”'
Speed and versatility personified in Bills draft class [2:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Speed is hard to coach,” said Marrone. “I think that when you look at the picks you’re looking at players that have a lot of speed. I think the versatility is important because I think when you have versatility within the players then you don’t get stuck. Then you can get the best players on the field.”'
Bills Got Much Faster In Draft [11:24 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: Another draft is in the books and the Bills have shown what type of team they would like to be under Doug Marrone. They want to be a fast team and added a lot of speed to an offense that will play an up tempo game. On defense they looked for versatility to play the hybrid defense that Mike Pettine plans to run.
Manuel Excited To Earn Trust Of New Teammates [11:20 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“He said this is a great town ... the fans love their football team. When they’re winning this is the best place to be in the world. Obviously, the fans all want this (team) to be back on the positive note.”'
Draft Gives Bills Fans Plenty To Talk About [11:20 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But, to me, there’s plenty to be excited about.'
Bills Stick With Need Picks On Draft’s Last Day [11:19 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If you weren’t sure what the Bills assessed as their areas of need, this year’s draft gave a strong indication.'
Bills Fill Needs With Two Wideouts, LB [11:18 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'You can’t say the Buffalo Bills didn’t draft for need.'
Bills take a chance on Rogers [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s frustrating, but I did it to myself,” Rogers said of his draft stock two months ago at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. “And I realize how hard I have to work now that I’m behind the 8-ball. It’s going to make me work that much harder.”'
The voice of the fans [1:58 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'One thing was clear: Felser loved football, the way Buffalo fans do — not just for the dazzling one-handed catches or the thrilling touchdown drives, but for the hard-fought goal line stances and the gritty 3-yard struggles that so often make the difference between a win and a loss."
Hopewell's Turnley signs with Bills [1:57 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: 'Turnley chatted with the Bills throughout the day Saturday and the conversations with the Bills were strong enough that it eliminated any drama. He added that several other teams contacted his agent, but Buffalo was always the frontrunner. It’s a little odd, because the Bills hadn’t been in touch with Turnley prior to the draft.'
Tennessee Tech WR Rogers agrees to sign with Bills [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'Aside from Rogers, the Bills also reached deals with two more undrafted rookie free agents. Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel and Eastern Washington receiver Brandon Kaufman agreed to sign with Buffalo, the players' agent, Cameron Foster, said.'
Nix likes Bills' draft, I think, and more [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Anyway, as usual the Bills like all the teams drafted a bunch of guys I've never seen before. Maybe it will work out. It usually doesn't but you never know.'
Bills draft assessment [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I'm intrigued by one of the players signed after the draft was completed. The Bills agreed to a deal with Da'Rick Rogers, wide receiver from Tennessee Tech. He has good size at 6-2 and 217 pounds and he led the SEC in receiving in 2011 while playing for Tennessee. But Rogers was kicked off the team last August after failing multiple drug tests. The Bills pride themselves on having character players so this is out of character for them but if he's cleaned up his act, Rogers could turn out to be a steal.'
Time will tell if Bills finally got the QB position straightenned out with EJ Manuel [1:53 AM]
ScottPitoniak.com reports: 'My first impression of Manuel is that he has the charisma and confidence you like to see in such a leadership position. Of course, none of this will matter unless he delivers the ball on-time to the right receiver and finds the end zone often on game day.'
Secrecy helps Bills land E.J. Manuel, perhaps long-awaited return to postseason [11:03 AM]
Yahoo! Sports reports: 'From Brandon's perspective, the plan implemented by general manager Buddy Nix couldn't have played out more perfectly. And in an era of increasingly intrusive probes for information – just ask Nix, who last month was tricked into having a phone conversation with Tampa Bay Buccaneers counterpart Mark Dominik that ended up on a popular sports website – Brandon's commitment to clandestineness hit particularly close to home.'
Evaluating the rest of Buffalo’s draft class [11:02 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'My only issue is that they didn’t address the cornerback position. I like Leodis McKelvin and Stephon Gilmore, but Ron Brooks didn’t play much last year and Justin Rogers was awful at times. Maybe a new defense will help them out.'
Bills add speed on offense, pick up defensive help [11:01 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Woods can come in and compete for the No. 2 receiver spot opposite Stevie Johnson. He's not a Calvin Johnson-type receiver, but he should put up solid numbers for the Bills. And as he showed last year, he doesn't mind sharing touches with another receiver.'
Bills think safety first at draft’s end [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The picks of Williams and Meeks add to a position that has Da’Norris Searcy penciled in as a starter, and also features recently converted cornerback Aaron Williams.'
Bills’ draft reflects Marrone’s need for speed [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s something to sell. This franchise needs to restore public faith in the product after a dreary, discouraging decade. Fans like it when you talk about playing fast. Every new basketball coach says he’s going to play more uptempo. If you’re going to lose, you might as well put on a show, right?'
Passing of GM torch not likely in near future [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Doug is a vital cog to the process, but when it comes to football decisions in this organization, one person and one person only makes those decisions, and that’s Buddy Nix.”'
Writer of uncommon grace connected with a common touch [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He understood you. And because he did, because he bled Buffalo, his connection to people was far easier to understand than it was to define. You knew what he meant when he said Western New York was an attitude more than anything else. He knew what people were thinking in the steel mills and corporate offices and school cafeterias and dinner tables.'
Felser showed what it meant to be a pro [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Even though they feuded over the years, Larry and Ralph Wilson were friends. They used to meet for breakfast when Ralph was in town at his condominium in Williamsville, within walking distance of the Felser home on Cayuga Road. Larry was a confidant of some of sports’ most powerful people – Pete Rozelle, Al Davis, George Steinbrenner, Vince Lombardi – as well as top management at The Buffalo News. His endorsement or recommendation were valuable in getting hired or promoted.'
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