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Buffalo Bills News - April 21, 2016

Marker What They Said: Transcript of GM Doug Whaley & staff during Bills predraft luncheon [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'We still have, by sheer numbers, some holes we have to fill. Not only do we have the draft but after the draft there is going to be some other guys, some veteran guys that get let go. So you will have that opportunity to add then as well.'

Marker Whaley: Pegulas bring 'outside, fresh perspective' to Bills' draft [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Let’s put it this way, when they come in a meeting and we have a game plan together, saying this is how we’re going to attack this draft, and that’s when (Terry will) say, ‘Hey, have you thought about this?’” Whaley said during Wednesday’s Bills pre-draft media briefing. “And we like it because they haven’t been around football long enough to be tunnel-visioned like we are, and they bring an outside perspective. There’s been a couple times he’s mentioned stuff that we never talked about and we went, ‘That’s great.’'

Marker Yes, Bills GM Doug Whaley still plans on drafting a QB... but where? [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The good news is the Bills don't need to act out of desperation. Taylor wasn't the chief problem in 2016, throwing for 3,035 yards, rushing for 568 with 24 total touchdowns and a 99.4 passer rating through a Pro Bowl first season.'

Marker Three takeaways from the Bills' pre-draft press conference [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If you can get somebody to call up to 19, we'll definitely entertain it," he said. "To answer your question, yes there's depth and perceived depth in a lot of areas that we need sheer numbers. So that opens up the possibility and it's intriguing to us. To go up would probably be something really special, but again we've done it before. Most likely, with what we're doing, moving down would be a highly more intriguing situation than going up."'

Marker Report: Watkins joins Bills' offseason conditioning program [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sammy Watkins, whose absence from Monday's start of the Buffalo Bills' offseason voluntary conditioning program caused a bit of a stir (especially after he posted a photo on Facebook placing him at a casino), was at One Bills Drive Wednesday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.'

Marker Rex Ryan has simplified Buffalo Bills' defense, according to LB Preston Brown [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Guys are happy hearing that we don't have as many situations and checks on plays, so guys are excited that we're starting to compromise going into the season, just trying to make it simple and as fast as possible."'

Marker Doug Whaley weighs in on Cardale Jones, Reggie Ragland [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"His resume is short, you have to take that into consideration when you're making that decision," Whaley said. "All these picks are a leap of faith, and that's a greater leap of faith than a lot of other guys."'

Marker Doug Whaley: Teams have not called Buffalo Bills about trading for Tyrod Taylor [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Nope, my phone has not rung on Tyrod," Whaley said Wednesday.'

Marker Doug Whaley says Terry and Kim Pegula have final say on Bills' NFL Draft decisions [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's his team," Whaley said. "He can do whatever he wants. Absolutely."'

Marker Report: Sammy Watkins is back in Buffalo for Bills' voluntary workouts [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Watkins doesn't face any punishment for missing voluntary workouts and is not eligible for any workout bonuses, so his absence will go without consequence. The Bills, though, now have one of their best players back in the fold. After Watkins called into question the Bills' leadership late last season, his presence is important, particularly when the team is stressing its "All In" mantra for 2016.'

Marker Bills front office talks NFL Draft [1:47 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'I think the biggest traits that we look for are accuracy, decision making, and ability to make people around him play better, and to lead and have command. Not only of the offense, but of the huddle.'

Marker Whaley: Trading down ''highly more intriguing'' than moving up for Bills [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Everybody says defensive line, and it is (deep),” he said. “But we feel like every position, if you are good evaluators you are going to find a guy in any round. Quarterback gets labeled as a deep position, every team is going to be different. But we do think quarterback and D-line, we do think it is good for those this year.”'

Marker As Bills look to address front-7, Whaley emphasizes need for quick LBs [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“In all. Just look at football in all,” the GM explained. "Those old-school MIKE’s (middle LBs) that take on fullbacks and blow up guards, you’re not finding them in college, because colleges don’t don’t that. And it’s getting fewer and fewer teams here in the pros.”'

Marker Deciphering Doug's code: the 2016 draft luncheon [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills can talk about the best player available strategy, which to a certain point in later rounds is a good one to take. However, it’s a lot more complex than just taking the ‘best player on the board’ in the first round, because more often than not, the grades between prospects at different positions are so similar that you start to bring in other, more team and draft specific factors.'

Marker 5 ways the NFL draft can affect the Bills roster [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Whaley didn’t rule out a possible trade, but called the draft the “leader in the clubhouse” in how the Bills will add a signal caller. He also reiterated that no matter what quarterback might be drafted that Tyrod Taylor is the team’s starting quarterback in 2016.'

Marker Drafting a QB likely for Bills, but when? [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The reason teams move up for the quarterback position and make moves like this, you could call it desperation, is because that’s the only position really that you could make up for several other weaknesses on your roster, if you’re really good there,” said McShay. “With the salary cap where it is now, it’s very, very difficult to build a complete team on both sides of the ball and no position effects more positions and like I said overcome other weaknesses more so than the quarterbacks. You could understand why teams get desperate and do things like this. The odds don’t point in their favor though. We’ll see.'

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Marker Incognito despite past, now trusted Bills player [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I found myself looking back on it (Monday) morning,” Incognito said of his 18-month exile from the league stemming from a 2013 bullying scandal with the Miami Dolphins. “I was really excited about getting into the building and being around the guys. Eighteen months ago, I didn’t have that. (For) 18 months, I was sitting on my couch and training on my own and to be back here, where I’m at now, it’s another milestone in this journey and another chapter that begins.'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts: Legitimate interest in Lynch? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And the Bills haven't been shy about showing their love for the 6-foot-7, 244-pound Lynch, taking him to dinner before the Memphis Pro Day, which offensive coordinator Greg Roman and assistant coach Chris Palmer attended. "They appear legitimately interested," a source close to Lynch said Monday night. With a big arm and surprising athleticism for his size, there's a lot to like in this potential future franchise QB.'

Marker Bills release linebacker Tony Steward [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Steward's departure leaves the Bills with only three inside linebackers: returning starter Preston Brown, projected starter and recent free-agent signee Zach Brown, who coach Rex Ryan said is the other starter as of now. The third is Kevin Reddick.'

Marker 7 Buffalo Bills off-season workout takeaways [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We need to forget about anybody’s feelings," Watkins said then. "We need to call people out. If I’m doing something wrong, call me out. If the line is doing something wrong or messing up, call them out. If the defense is doing something wrong, the defensive line, the secondary, call it out. Because at the end of the day, we’re doing it to win, not to get on somebody and make them feel bad. We’re grown men. This is our job. We get paid millions and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Forget the money. You’ve got to go out there each week and play for the guy next to you.'

Marker At rally, Ryan and Trump were great comedic duo [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Of all the people Trump figured would add to his credibility in Buffalo, he chose … Rex Ryan? Trump called Ryan a “great, great football coach” while ignoring a sub-.500 record for his career. If you can’t rile the masses, you might as well humor them. It’s only politics, right?'

Marker Bills safety Aaron Williams says he's healthy, ready to go [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Looking back I definitely did go back too early,” he admitted. “But at that time I was young and trying to prove something; prove that I’m strong and that nothing can really faze me, but at the end of the day I’ve got to look at my health.”'

Marker Rex Ryan's stumping for Donald Trump troubling [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But hey, maybe Ryan was inspired listening to Trump on Monday night. Maybe he will get a wall built around Ralph Wilson Stadium to keep Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots out.'

Marker Sammy Watkins went to a casino in N.C. while Bills began voluntary workouts [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If Watkins is serious about being a leader, it's probably best for him to report to One Bills Drive sooner rather than later.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release LB Tony Steward, further depleting depth [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Steward was a sixth-round draft pick of the Bills a year ago. With his release and A.J. Tarpley's retirement, the Bills now have just three inside linebackers on the depth chart. Preston Brown, the newly signed Zach Brown and Kevin Reddick will be tasked with manning the middle of the defense.'

Marker Bills safety Williams bracing for 1st hit after neck surgery [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"We can do as many strength tests and as many mental tests as we can, but it's all going to come down to when we put the pads on," Williams said, after the Bills opened their offseason voluntary conditioning program on Monday.'

Marker Bills cut Tony Steward, further depleting linebacker depth [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'A sixth-round pick out of Clemson last year, Steward had difficulty getting any playing time as a rookie. He was used primarily in a special teams role and appeared in just five games before being placed on season-ending injured reserve as a result of a back injury.'

Marker Bills release LB Steward two months after fiancee's death [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Wow, life's curveballs are unreal! Haha on to the next.," Steward tweeted. "Extremely grateful to the Bills organization for the opportunity they gave me. Looking forward to the next chapter."'

Marker Fast-rising OT Conklin visits Bills [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Some see Conklin as a guard early-on in the NFL. If the Bills do, they probably wouldn’t invest the nineteenth pick in him. But I think most teams – including the Bills - will view him as a right tackle who may be able to move to the left side as he gets more experience in the league. He played both sides at some point of his college career.'

Marker If Bills have pick of Alabama trio in first round, who fits best? [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'All three show up in the first round of many mocks. And linebacker Reggie Ragland and defensive tackles Jarran Reed and A’Shawn Robinson could help Rex Ryan’s defense, all in different ways.'

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