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Buffalo Bills News - August 12, 2017

Marker 10 Buffalo Bills who helped or hurt their causes against the Minnesota Vikings [1:24 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Eddie Yarbrough started in place of Shaq Lawson on Thursday night and the defensive end continued his strong play. Yarbrough finished the game with three total tackles, one sack and one near-sack during his time on the field. It seems that the defensive end is well on his way to making the Bills' 53-man roster.'

Marker Nick's pick: Bills trade Sammy Watkins, Ron Darby with blockbuster trades [1:23 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'As for Darby, it's a roll of the dice. Can the Bills replace him? Time will tell. But EJ Gaines could be that. As a sixth-rounder, Gaines found a starting job with the Rams his rookie season. He lost it due to injury and hasn't regained form. Darby also wasn't the same last year as he was in his rookie year.'

Marker Bills trade Watkins to Rams; get Matthews from Eagles [1:22 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'After Friday, 28 of the 53 men on the Bills’ final 2016 regular-season roster are gone.'

Marker Bills’ rebuild continues with two-trade Sammy Watkins shocker [1:21 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Watkins’ departure signals another step in owner Terry Pegula’s plan to rebuild his team — which is in the midst of a 17-year playoff drought — practically from scratch. Pegula fired head coach Rex Ryan in the last week of the 2016 season and waited until the day after this year’s draft to send Whaley packing.'

Marker Bills get aggressive off the field with a pair of major preseason trades [1:20 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'The Bills, who haven’t made the playoffs since 1999, are under new management, with first-year Coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane working quickly to leave a fresh imprint on a team that seems to be forever spinning its wheels.'

Marker Fort Myers native Sammy Watkins traded to Los Angeles Rams from Buffalo Bills [1:19 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: '“We kind of had an idea about him trying to rebuild the whole team,” McMiller said of Brandon Beane, the new Bills general manager. “We’re definitely excited about going over to L.A. It’s warm weather. The fans are great. They’re going to be getting a brand new stadium. We’re just looking forward to it.”'

Marker Bills trade Watkins to Rams, get Matthews from Eagles [1:18 AM]
AP reports: 'McDermott acknowledged his most difficult challenge was not merely breaking the news of Watkins' departure to Taylor. "I'll take it a step further: How do you sell it to the entire team?" McDermott said, before outlining his message.'

Marker Bills trade WR Watkins to Rams, acquire WR Matthews [1:17 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Watkins and Matthews will both become unrestricted free agents in March.'

Marker Bills deals show no one is untouchable [1:16 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Definitely surprised," said quarterback Tyrod Taylor. "Being in this league seven years, you know every day you step into the building could be your last day. I wish Sammy the best. I have faith in coach (Sean) McDermott, I have faith in management that they made a decision based on the betterment of this team. Just surprised it happened so fast."'

Marker Five things to know about Friday's swap meet [1:15 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'All of this points to another trade, with possible targets including the Jets, when McDermott's roster makeover resumes.'

Marker Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams, get Jordan Matthews from Eagles [1:14 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bills' decision to trade their top receiver and top cornerback for future draft picks signals that first-year general manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott view the Bills as a long-term rebuilding project.'

Marker LeSean McCoy, Tyrod Taylor maintain trust after Bills' big trades [1:13 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I have faith in our management and I have faith in Coach McDermott that they made a decision based on the betterment of this team. Like I said, definitely just surprised that everything happened. It just happened so fast," Taylor said.'

Marker Winners and losers from Bills, Rams, Eagles mega-trades [1:12 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Speaking of the Bills quarterback, Taylor also finds himself in a make-or-break year, even if that career might not be in western New York. Taylor just lost his top receiver, and while he's getting a viable weapon in Matthews, remember that Matthews was the focal point of a wide receiving corps that was seen as one of the worst in the league in Philadelphia last season. Even if you argue that Matthews has a higher floor than Watkins by virtue of missing a total of just two games over the past three seasons, it should take some time for Taylor to develop a rapport with his new No. 1 wideout.'

Marker Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams for E.J. Gaines and a huge draft pick upgrade [1:11 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'The Bills, meanwhile, added a whole bunch of draft value in these deals. They now own two first-round picks (theirs and the Chiefs', the result of a draft-day deal that saw the Chiefs move up for quarterback Patrick Mahomes), two second-round picks (theirs and the Rams'), and two third-round picks (theirs and the Eagles') in the 2018 draft.'

Marker Sammy Watkins Gets a Fresh Start in L.A., as the Bills Tear It All Down [1:10 AM]
SI reports: 'In a nutshell: The trades are just two more examples of first-year head coach Sean McDermott moving to clear players from the previous regime and shaping the roster in his vision.'

Marker Blockbusters: Bills trade Watkins, Darby in separate deals [1:09 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills now have two picks in the first, second, and third rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.'

Marker Bills' Beane said both trades came together Thursday night [1:08 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Beane was asked if he still would’ve made one trade had the other fallen through. He said, “It’s hard to say if I wouldn’t have, but with both getting similar traction the last couple of days and once I saw both of them as far down the road as they were getting, I kind of said I want to do them together if I can. If somebody had backed out, I don’t know.”'

Marker McDermott: "Getting the players we were able to get back is important." [1:07 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"The timing is never what you want it to be, but if we wanted to do this it had to be done sooner rather than later."'

Marker Bills trade WR Sammy Watkins to Rams, CB Ronald Darby to Eagles [1:06 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'According to WKBW Sports Director Joe Buscaglia, both Matthews and Gaines have cap hits under $2 million, and both their contracts expire after this year.'

Marker Watkins deal stuns the masses, but it's clear now, the Buffalo Bills are all in on the future [1:05 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills gave us a little hint of what could have been on the horizon with the Watkins and the Darby trades with what they did on draft day by acquiring an additional first round selection for 2018 — perhaps as future ammo — to what their true intentions really were. And with Taylor essentially being on a one-year prove it deal, while both Wood and Kyle Williams are on the final year of their contract, the complete overhaul into the future is also knocking on the door.'

Marker Bills trade Watkins to Rams for CB Gaines & 2nd round pick [1:04 AM] reports: 'Parting with Watkins was certainly a surprise, but the current front office did not draft the Clemson product and clearly has a different direction charted for the team’s receiving corps. Watkins appeared in 37 games for the Bills posting 153 catches, almost 2,500 yards and 17 touchdowns. Injuries have kept him out of 11 of the team’s last 32 games.'

Marker Bills acquire WR Jordan Matthews & 3rd-round pick from Eagles for Darby [1:03 AM] reports: 'Darby, a former second-round pick of the Bills, had two solid seasons for Buffalo, but was seen as an ideal match for a man-cover scheme. With the Bills shifting to more of a zone coverage scheme defensively, Darby’s on field value for Buffalo may not have been as high as it might be for other NFL clubs.'

Marker Short and long term benefits of trades led Bills to pull the trigger [1:02 AM] reports: '“We were not actively shopping either of these guys,” Beane said. “We’re not actively shopping anybody, but L.A. became very serious about Sammy and Philadelphia got very serious about Ronald and the timing worked out. As I realized the timing worked out I was able to acquire Jordan (Matthews) to help fill in for Sammy and add E.J. Gaines to help fill in for Ronald.”'

Marker How WR Jordan Matthews and CB E.J. Gaines fit the Bills roster plans for 2017 [1:01 AM] reports: 'The Eagles were desperate for help at cornerback which made them pull the trigger. And Roseman admitted he was concerned about the Eagles ability to re-sign Matthews after 2017 as he could become a free agent next spring.'

Marker Bills trades leaves club loaded for 2018 NFL draft [1:00 AM] reports: 'The Bills now have a pair of first, second and third-round picks in the 2018 draft. They have Kansas City’s first-round pick next spring in addition to their own. They have the Rams second-round pick and the Eagles third-round pick in addition to their own choices in those respective rounds.'

Marker What they're saying: Bills players react to recent trades [12:59 AM] reports: 'Well, I guess the good thing about it is [they get" target="_blank"> here with three games to play. Learn the offense and get some real, live snaps with the quarterbacks in a live game. I think that helps them out.'

Marker Bills Today: Peterman impresses in debut [12:58 AM] reports: '“It was fun to just get out there and play again,” said Peterman. “It’s been a few months since I’ve seen live action. So, it was good to get out there and play a game I love.”'

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Marker 'We beat ourselves numerous times tonight': Bills open preseason with loss [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"In addition to that, I thought there were a lot of good things on the football field, a lot of good moments. That said, good teams don't beat themselves and we beat ourselves numerous times tonight, and we've got to get that corrected in order to go where we want to go."'

Marker Bills fans should hope all those penalties aren't a red flag for team trying to change its imag [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo committed 13 penalties, with 10 marched off for 106 yards. Two were declined, and another was offset by a Vikings flag.'

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