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Buffalo Bills News - April 13, 2017

Marker Former Buffalo Bills personnel executive Tom Modrak dies [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Modrak came to the Bills in 2001, shortly after that year’s NFL Draft. He rejoined Tom Donahoe, who was then in his first year as the Bills’ general manager, after the two had worked together for several years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. When Donahoe was fired following the 2005 season, Modrak was retained, and he went on to run the Bills’ drafts until his dismissal in 2011.'

Marker Buffalo Bills host Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey on pre-draft visit (report) [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Humphrey is a prospect that could start immediately in Sean McDermott's zone coverage defense.'

Marker Extension talks ongoing between Buffalo Bills and RB Mike Gillislee (report) [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Although the Bills could have Gillislee play 2017 on his tender of $1.797 million, Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst reported on Wednesday night that the two sides are in talks on an extension.'

Marker Buffalo Bills host CB Shareece Wright on free agent visit [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Pro Football Focus ranked Wright as their 75th best cornerback last season with a grade of 66.0. His greatest strength, according to the analytics site, was in run defense. Wright's run defense grade was a 77.3.'

Marker Buffalo Bills host Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey on pre-draft visit (report) [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Humphrey is a prospect that could start immediately in Sean McDermott's zone coverage defense.'

Marker Buffalo Bills 'desperate' for a quarterback, NFL scout tells B/R's Mike Freeman [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Quarterback in play here in a big way. I think this is where (North Carolina QB) Mitchell Trubisky goes. In a normal year where there's a decent amount of [quarterback prospects" target="_blank">, a player like [Trubisky" target="_blank"> would go in the late first round. Teams like the Bills are desperate."'

Marker 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay makes three picks for the Buffalo Bills [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Multiple scouts have voiced concerns to me about who Foster surrounds himself with," McShay said, "but he's one of the 10 best football players in the draft and worth the risk at this point. First-year coach Sean McDermott wants more speed at linebacker, and Foster certainly has that. He's an explosive tackler who can get sideline to sideline in a hurry."'

Marker McDermott: We have to work for every inch [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"The vision is to compete every day. That starts with me," McDermott said live in studio with Howard Simon and Jeremy White on Wednesday morning. "I get up every day trying to earn the right to win. I believe in that process, and in this business it's six inches the difference between winning and losing every week. I think the average margin of victory in the NFL last year was plus-or-minus-10 points. The margin for error is very small, and that means we have to out-work our opponents."'

Marker Bills mourn loss of former executive Tom Modrak [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills have posted memories of Modrak from front several front office members and head coach Sean McDermott, who worked with Modrak in Philadelphia. You can read those statements on the team’s official website.'

Marker McDermott: 'Maybe these QB trips were just a smokescreen?' [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“It's kind of like hiding your gifts, the presents, from the kids. You kind of put them in different spots. It’s a big mystery at this point. No one ever really knows because you never know who's going to be there at number ten where we pick. So you’ve we just gotta go you gotta do the homework and study it up.”'

Marker 5 WRs Bills should consider on Day Two (4/12/17) [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'I’ll start this off by saying my first post-season exposure to Josh Reynolds, before digging into his work at A&M, was the Senior Bowl. To put it lightly, I was not impressed.'

Marker Bills Today: Cromartie up for the challenge [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I control my work ethic, I control my attitude,” Cromartie said. “I took the situation and I made the best out of it. The journey has been long, but I’m still here. I take pride in that.”'

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April 12, 2017

Marker T.J. Yates' addition could provide a big lift to Bills' QB room [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yates instantly becomes the one player they have with a thorough understanding of the scheme of new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. Yates learned it during the three seasons (2011-2013) they spent together with the Houston Texans when Dennison was their offensive coordinator.'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He is built like a classic pocket passer, but has excellent mobility. His solid frame and strong arm are enough to make him attractive to any team seeking a long-term starter. It's the added bonus of his tremendous athleticism that sets him apart from other quarterback prospects. Trubisky's raw talent is immense, as is his confidence as a passer. No part of the field is ignored when he throws.'

Marker Buffalo Bills OL coach worked out Kutztown guard Jordan Morgan (report) [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Four-year starter at left tackle who was able to physically overwhelm much smaller opponents across from him. Morgan is a good athlete with the nastiness as a run blocker that is necessary to transition inside to guard, but he could be headed for early struggles mirroring NFL rushers in pass protection. Morgan could become a solid NFL backup with eventual starter potential if he improves his balance and stops lunging."'

Marker Buffalo Bills reach out to Chad Kelly to be part of local combine, says agent [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Although Kelly won't be able to throw for the next three months, the Buffalo Bills have expressed interest in having the quarterback attend the team's local pro day according to Kelly's agent.'

Marker 2017 NFL Mock Draft: PFF has Buffalo Bills landing Alabama DL Jonathan Allen [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Although it'd be tough to pass on Allen, the Bills would likely look to trade down if McGuinness' mock draft came to fruition. In addition to Allen, prospects such as Malik Hooker, Jamal Adams, O.J. Howard, Corey Davis and Solomon Thomas were all available at pick 10. Buffalo could move down a few spots and still land one of these prospects while also adding additional draft picks.'

Marker 2017 NFL Draft: Should the Buffalo Bills draft a quarterback at 10? [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'However, the Bills are obviously doing their homework. Dismiss it as a smokescreen if you want to, but McDermott has said from day one that he's going to be thorough and methodical in every aspect of running this team. He wouldn't be doing his job if he didn't get a close look at the best quarterbacks in this class. What if he's enamored with one or more of the quarterbacks in this draft? That quarterback could sit behind Taylor and take over in 2017 if the team cuts Taylor loose.'

Marker Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes works out for Bills' owner, coach [1:53 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"Mahomes throws the best deep ball, is the most accurate deep passer in this class and made some throws from launch points that I honestly can never remember seeing, like almost submarine throws and sidearms and body 100 mph falling off balance to the right throwing back to the left. Bad decisions, but great throws. So, his tape was a roller-coaster ride.'

Marker Since Bills are getting to know college QBs, so should you [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'So, who are each of these QBs? Here’s a brief overview with one randomly selected game from last season for each...'.

Marker Report: Bills have a 'substantial interest' in UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'In his latest mock draft for TheSportingNews.com, draft analyst Eric Galko paired Trubisky with the Bills. Normally it's just another mock draft to throw on the ever-growing pile of them, but the explanation for the Bills pick of Trubisky is what raised a few eyebrows.'

Marker Hall of Famer Jim Kelly Speaks at FCA Event Kelly Speaks at FCA Event in Brookings [1:50 AM]
KSFY-TV reports: '"My faith is number one - that's why I'm still hear. Number two is my family. My family helped me get to where I'm at today - through good times and bad times. My friends, I have so many great buddies who have been there from start to finish when I couldn't do things, they were there for me. And finally, the fans. Not only in Western New York and Buffalo, but even Miami dolphins fans and New England Patriots fans saying that they prey for me."'

Marker Bills Today: T.J. Yates adds experience to the quarterback room [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“With experience comes a lot of different things and knowledge of different situations and being in different situations,” Yates said in a conference call with the local media on Monday. “I’ve been in all types of them, from being the backup, to being the guy, to playoff games, to when stuff’s going bad. Just try to help whoever I can as much as I can. It’s always good to have as many veteran guys on the team as possible in my opinion because the more experiences you have in the league, I think it’s better.”'

April 11, 2017

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Trading down best option [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For those who wish to believe the Bills' woeful passing game mainly resulted from an absence of great targets, there's an equally strong (if not stronger) argument that quarterback Tyrod Taylor didn't consistently get the most out of the ones at his disposal -- especially tight end Charles Clay. Picking Williams or Howard would, in many ways, resemble the thinking behind moving up to land Sammy Watkins in 2014 for the sake of helping to prop up former Bills QB EJ Manuel.'

Marker Bills sign DE Ian Seau, nephew of Junior Seau [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Rams released him in September, and he did not join another NFL team through the rest of the 2016 season. The Bills are looking for him to help provide much needed defensive-line depth, and Seau no doubt received an endorsement from new Bills defensive line coach Mike Waufle, who previously served in the same capacity with the Rams.'

Marker Bills add experienced QB depth in T.J. Yates [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Texans made the University of North Carolina product a fifth-round draft pick in 2011. As a rookie, he led the Texans to a 31-10 wild-card playoff victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. Yates became only the fifth rookie quarterback to win a postseason game. He had previously led the Texans to a win over the Bengals to clinch a playoff berth.'

Marker Bills-Dolphins rivalry stays hot as LeSean McCoy comes at Kiko Alonso in Instagram comments [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Former Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin also jumped into the comments, seeming to back McCoy.'

Marker Bills work out QB prospects Mitchell Trubisky, DeShone Kizer [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills representatives held a private workout for Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer on Saturday at South Bend, Ind., and North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky on Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C., the Buffalo News confirmed.'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Western Michigan WR Corey Davis [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That Davis didn't face many NFL-caliber opponents could be held against him, but the fact he consistently overwhelmed his mid-major competition makes it less relevant. So, too, is the fact he performed well against Big Ten schools. Teams have tried double- and even triple-teaming him, and he still is able to make plays. He appears to have all of the physical qualities that would allow him to either assume a No. 1 role as a rookie or move into that spot no later than his second season.'

Marker Bills open preseason at home vs. Vikings [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills and Lions are meeting for the 16th consecutive preseason, and after back-to-back trips to Detroit, are hosing the Lions for the first time since 2014.'

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