Monos says Bills need another WR, leaves door open for Harvin return [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Percy Harvin was supposed to be a big help for us and we're still not sure what's going on. He's got to make some decisions here coming up. But we need to get somebody opposite of Sammy to be a real threat to that defense. I think that's a big key for our offense, to take one more step, and obviously Tyrod (Taylor), more experience, hopefully the better he gets.“'
NFL history: Bills hire full-time female coach [1:38 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“Kathryn has been working in a football administrative role and assisted the assistant coaches for years. She has proven that she’s ready for the next step, so I’m excited and proud for her with this opportunity. She will work with Danny Crossman and Eric Smith involving a number of responsibilities.”'
RB James Wilder Jr. signed by the Bills [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Wilder (6-2, 227) is a back who is considered strong in short yardage and good at getting extra yards after initial contact. Primarily an inside runner, Wilder spent the past two seasons on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad after the Bengals signed him as an undrafted rookie in 2014.'
Bills name Smith quality control-special teams [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I consulted with Bruce Arians on this since he was really the first NFL head coach to make this kind of move when he hired a female linebackers coach through the summer. You can see the success some of these young ladies are having in the coaching profession, such as the young lady that is an assistant to Coach (Gregg) Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs, and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization.”'
Woods looks to his future, on and off the field [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’ve just got to do things, working on myself, to be more dangerous and add to this offense,” Woods said on Jan. 4, when he and his teammates cleaned out their lockers after the end of the 2015 season.'
Bills GM Doug Whaley's '15 rookie class produced; now he needs another [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The performance of the 2015 class does suggest the Bills are in good hands — and surely served as one reason Whaley was extended as G.M. The way the Bills see it, they found three starting-caliber players in cornerback Ronald Darby (50th overall), guard John Miller (81st overall) and running back Karlos Williams (155th overall).'
Buffalo Bills unrestricted free agents: Who's most likely to get re-signed, and why [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The focus on the offseason would probably be on retaining most of everything that we have. We have some guys coming up that we think will be core to what we need to go forward, so I think that’s going to be the focus. … Our free agency is going to be signing our own guys and that’s again a complement to our scouting staff. We’ve drafted well enough that these guys are coming up and we want to retain them.”'
Give Gilmore an extension, but be reasonable about it [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A fair comparison is Denver’s Chris Harris, a two-time Pro Bowler who got a five-year, $42.5 million deal last year with $25 million guaranteed. An extension in the five-year, $40 million range sounds about right for Stephon.'
Draft is a prime mining area for Bills to get quarterbacks [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s mind-blowing how much this front office has overlooked the position. Since Jim Kelly retired after the 1996 season, Buffalo has drafted four quarterbacks. Yes, four.'
Bills LB report card: Dark hole in the middle [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We all learn at a different level so I mean with the checks, everybody wasn't on the same page at all the times,” said Brown. “That's why you see the big plays in the run and in the pass, it's just something that we needed to iron out and it just continued to happen … it's my job to make sure everybody knows what's going on so I definitely have to take some of the blame for that.”'
First Super Season: An epic blowout of the Raiders [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills turned in one of the most stunning performances in team history, embarrassing the Raiders in the AFC Championship Game and earning a trip to Super Bowl XXV in Tampa, Florida, to play the Giants.'
LeSean McCoy: Bills' Rex Ryan more 'laid back' than Chip Kelly [1:52 AM]
ESPN reports: '"Chip is ... he wants to win. He's very, very intelligent," McCoy said. "The offense, they'll find ways to get big numbers. They'll find ways to put stats up offensively. You just got to, I think, with him coming in there, no matter how good of a player or lower of a player you are, if you just automatically believe him -- no matter if it sounds crazy and you're like, 'What is he talking about?' -- if you just automatically believe and buy in, I think you'll be fine."'
McCoy: 'We can do a lot better, especially myself' [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I think this next year, with Tyrod, the way he played, he had a great year,” Shady said as he sat live on set. “I think the second year under his belt, when he’s more confident, you know, he’s running the show for sure. And actually another year of Greg Roman. I love his offense. And I think the pieces we have there we can get it together. For sure. And also Rex Ryan. He’s going to control the defense and make it work, with his brother.”'
20 draft pass rushers to know for Bills, Part 1 [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Each week, 7 ABC will go through and outline some of the players you should know in this year’s draft process. This week, it’s all about the players that put heat on the quarterback — the edge rushers.'
Ronald Darby named to PFWA All-Rookie team [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s hard to play corner in this league. There isn’t any doubt about that, but this guy’s up for the task,” said head coach Rex Ryan of Darby. “This young guy has it in here (pointing to heart). It takes a rare individual to be able to go out there on the corner, especially playing as much man coverage as we do. It’s him going up against whoever he’s up against, and that’s it. He’s up for that challenge week-in and week-out.”'
Draft prep intensifies as Doug Whaley and his staff hit the road [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We like to say, is this guy a starter? Is this a guy we can win with? Or are we just getting by with him as a starter? That’s the type of discussions we have,” Monos says. “You really need to step up, whether it’s Doug or Rex or whoever, you really have to step up and have conviction as far as who we have on the field.”'
WR Jarrett Boykin heads to Buffalo with a 'last-shot mentality' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I always tell people," Boykin said, "I went from four minutes away from playing for a Super Bowl last year against Seattle to not even playing a snap this year. So it just lets you know to never take anything for granted. And once it’s taken from you, you miss it a whole lot more.”'
In annual special teams rankings, Bills finished 16th overall [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How did they do it? Despite Carpenter's malaise and no stability returning punts/kicks themselves, the Bills forced opponents to start deep in their own end most of the season.'
Death of Jimmy Nydahl stirs memories of a lifelong Bills fan like none other [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Over the Bills’ first 54 seasons, through snowstorms and subzero temperatures, through painful 1-13 and 2-14 seasons, through his own honeymoon and the birth of his children, Jimmy Nydahl missed only two Bills home games, one because of a serious back injury in 2008, and the other as a teenager when his family couldn’t afford the price of American Football League championship game tickets.'
Bills DL report card: Discontent, disappointment [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In his first season in Buffalo, it didn’t work. In fact, it failed miserably, mainly because the Bills never seemed to buy in, led by the disgruntled defensive line that collectively felt that Ryan’s defense sapped them of their ability to perform at peak efficiency.'
Ranking the Bills draft needs [1:55 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The strange thing, though, is that for a team with as much talent as they have, they also have some glaring holes on the roster that will need filling ahead of the season. There still needs to be answers to multiple questions in the offseason before their draft needs are finalized, but, with the deadline passing, it’s time to take a preliminary look at what they could be targeting come April.'
Bills RB stable looks strong for 2016 [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think that was one of the main reasons we led the league in rushing,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “It was the talent that we had a running back. We draft Karlos Williams in the fifth round, we pick up Mike Gillislee, ‘Touchdown Mike’ as a free agent. Then you add a Greg Roman system with tremendous coaches that we have and it just works.”'
Remembering Marchibroda as one of the football’s ‘good guys’ [8:22 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Ted was beloved not only by the players and coaches, but also everyone in the administrative building, from executives to cafeteria workers.'
Special teams proved a liability for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Of their NFL-leading 143 accepted penalties this season, 25 were on special teams for 228 yards.'
Today’s NFL a reflection of Marchibroda [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was Marchibroda, as a first-year head coach in Baltimore, who gave Belichick his first NFL job in 1975 at age 22.'
St. Louis tale is cautionary for Bills fans [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the basic economic arguments that Rams owner Stan Kroenke used against St. Louis in a pitch to his fellow NFL owners are realities that Buffalo hasn’t escaped.'
Tyler Dunne's three Bills thoughts: Billick on QB's, Gannon on leadership, Brunell on Tayl [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As Billick said, it might not be Taylor's fault that he rarely risked throws over the middle of the field. He's running the plays called. But he'd want to see more out of the quarterback before committing long term.'
Bills OL report card: Progress, and now retention [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Continuity is key amongst offensive linemen and to have us back would be a huge step in the right direction for this team,” said Incognito. “We played well together and built that cohesiveness and we started dominating games at the end of the year.”'
Hurt, and across the Atlantic, Taylor and Watkins' chemistry began to form [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Taylor heads into next season knowing he will be the starting QB. Watkins knows, too. They’ll have the entire offseason to work - and talk - together and get on the same page a lot more quickly. And they won’t have to be on the other side of the Atlantic to start that process.'
With Marrone shut out of coaching gigs, should we still be mad? [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He’s being called a guy that “isn’t a player’s coach.” Which, again, is carefully crafted language. It implies that he’s going to be the new sheriff in town – he’s going to clean up all that nonsense ya’ll been havin’ here in these parts. Imagine if they said, “he’s a tyrant that constantly ticked off every leader on the team and belittled everyone around him.”'
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