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Buffalo Bills News - April 11, 2017

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.'

Marker Buffalo Bills preseason schedule 2017: Opponents, dates set for exhibition games [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'On Monday afternoon, the NFL released the full preseason schedule. It includes a trip back to Philadelphia, where new Bills coach Sean McDermott grew up. It also includes games against the Vikings, Ravens and Lions.'

Marker Buffalo Bills worked out Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer (report) [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Kizer's mobility and arm strength will make him an appealing target to teams looking for a franchise quarterback, but he may need one season on the sidelines before he's ready to start in the NFL.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB T.J. Yates plans to push Cardale Jones to be Tyrod Taylor's backup [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Yeah, that was one thing that was expressed to me," Yates said Monday. "No matter what, there's going to be competition in the quarterback room and whoever it may be, I'm here to compete and raise the level of play in the quarterback room. Competition is something that I welcome, that I've been a part of my entire career. It makes everybody better, so the more competition the better."'

Marker 3 things to know about new Buffalo Bills QB T.J. Yates [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'While Yates has never exactly been a Joe Montana clone, he was a decent enough backup early in his career. It's unclear what he brings to the table heading into year seven of his NFL career. He hasn't played in a game since he tore his ACL at the end of the 2015 season, so Yates is a bit of an unknown in that regard.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign veteran quarterback T.J. Yates [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo already has Tyrod Taylor, Cardale Jones and Josh Woodrum on their roster, but Woodrum is simply a camp body. Yates will likely get the opportunity to compete against Cardale Jones for the team's No. 2 quarterback job. Even if the veteran loses out to Jones, Buffalo may look to keep three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.'

Marker 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Who will Buffalo Bills, New York Jets pick in top 10? [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jamal Adams, safety, LSU.'

Marker Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott worked out UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky (report) [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Bills worked out North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on Sunday. Head coach Sean McDermott and team owner Terry Pegula were in attendance for the workout.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign DE Ian Seau, nephew of Junior Seau [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'At 6-feet-2-inches tall and 256 pounds, Seau doesn't possess the ideal frame for the defensive end position, but he plays with tremendous energy. Seau quickly became a favorite on the HBO series Hard Knocks when the Rams were featured on the show last summer.'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy calls Miami Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso a 'bum' [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"boy ya dad wish u was as good as me... n ya new contract garbage lol my 2011 money ..."'

Marker Bills QB news: Buffalo signs backup, draft rumors about position swirl [1:43 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The Yates announcement came just hours after Gunter Brewer, the co-offensive coordinator of the University of North Carolina Tarheels tweeted out a picture he snapped with Bills head coach Sean McDermott and owner Terry Pegula.'

Marker Bills sign veteran quarterback T.J. Yates [1:42 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Yates probably is more familiar with new Bills offensive coordinator Rick (Rico) Dennison’s system than Taylor. Yates spent his first three NFL seasons learning it, when Dennison served in the same capacity to then-Houston head coach Gary Kubiak.'

Marker Bills sign quarterback T.J. Yates as backup to Tyrod Taylor [1:41 AM]
AP reports: '"This is obviously Tyrod's team," Yates said. "I'm just here to bring experience to the quarterback room and knowledge in the system and help out any way I can."'

Marker Nephew of late Hall of Famer Junior Seau signs with Bills [1:40 AM]
AP reports: 'Signing with Buffalo represents a second chance for Seau. He signed with Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted rookie free agent last year but was cut before the start of last season.'

Marker Bills ink Yates to bolster QB depth [1:39 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Yates closed out last season on the Miami Dolphins' roster when they needed a backup to Matt Moore after Ryan Tannehill went down to a knee injury.'

Marker LeSean McCoy calls Kiko Alonso a 'bum' in Instagram battle [1:38 AM]
ESPN reports: 'McCoy's verified Instagram account then posted two comments to the post, directed to Alonso, that read, "boy ya dad wish u was as good as me... n ya new contract garbage lol my 2011 money...," followed by "take me off ya page u BUM."'

Marker Bills sign Ian Seau, nephew of Hall of Famer Junior Seau [1:37 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Ian Seau signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent last May from the University of Nevada. His uncle, Junior Seau, was a 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker who played from 1990 through 2009.'

Marker Bills sign playoff-winning quarterback, also add the nephew of Junior Seau [1:36 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Yates is best known for the four seasons he spent in Houston (2011-13, 2015), where he won a playoff game over the Bengals as a rookie in 2011.'

Marker LeSean McCoy calls Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso a ‘bum’ [1:35 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'You can bet there will be some added motivation the first time Miami and Buffalo square off in 2017.'

Marker New Bills QB Yates: 'This is obviously Tyrod’s team' [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yeah, that was one thing that was expressed to me (by the coaches),” he said. “That no matter what, there’s going to be competition in the quarterback room and whoever it may be, I’m here to compete and raise the level of play in the quarterback room. Competition is something that I welcome, that I’ve been a part of my entire career and it makes everybody better. The more competition the better.”'

Marker Reports: Bills owner on hand for Trubisky, Kizer workouts [1:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'But what made both these workouts a bit more interesting is the fat that Bills owner Terry Pegula was reportedly in attendance for both of them.'

Marker Bills sign DE Seau [1:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Seau is the nephew of the late, Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau, who played 20 seasons in the NFL. Junior Seau committed suicide at the age of 43 and an autopsy revealed that he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.).'

Marker Bills sign veteran QB T.J. Yates [1:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Yates will be joining his fourth team in four seasons after spending last year with the Miami Dolphins. The quarterback played under offensive coordinator Rick Dennison for the first three seasons of his career with the Houston Texans. In 2011, Yates started two playoff games for the Texans with a win over the Bengals before losing to the Ravens in the Divisional round. During his six year NFL career, including playoffs, Yates has started in nine games, passed for 1,877 yards, seven touchdowns, and eleven interceptions.'

Marker Bills announce preseason schedule [1:30 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'One thing to watch for at in the preseason will be another extended look at Cardale Jones, who saw the majority of work for the Bills under center in the 2016 preseason.'

Marker Bills sign QB T.J. Yates [1:29 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'And that's only if the Bills do not draft a quarterback at some point in the first few rounds in the 2017 NFL Draft, and now that Yates is signed, it would likely mean that either he or Cardale Jones would be the odd man out. Considering Jones has only been in the NFL for one year so far, the odds would be against the Bills cutting ties with him in favor of a journeyman third stringer that was out of the league for almost the entire season in 2016.'

Marker Report: Bills work out QB Mitchell Trubisky [1:28 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'He has the aforementioned mobility, the ability to keep his eyes downfield while scrambling, and he can really drive the ball outside the numbers on the short-to-intermediate throws. Those touch-and-timing throws are something that likely has NFL types thinking about what he can develop into.'

Marker Bills 2017 preseason schedule revealed [1:27 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'For the Bills, their longstanding tradition of playing the Detroit Lions has continued for a 17th straight season. Dates and times will be revealed at a later time, but here is the Bills preseason schedule in full...'.

Marker Bills to open the 2017 preseason at New Era Field [1:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills will play their first preseason game in Philadelphia since 2000. The Bills-Eagles matchup will be the 10th between the two clubs.'

Marker Bills sign QB T.J. Yates [1:25 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Yates, 29, is a former fifth-round pick of the Houston Texans (2011) and played his first three NFL seasons there. After spending the 2014 season with Atlanta he re-signed with the Texans in 2015 before playing last season with Miami.'

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