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Buffalo Bills News - April 5, 2016

Marker Bills sign three: LB Brown, WR Hankerson, CB White [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'White joins the Bills after spending his first four seasons of his career with the New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. He has played in 51 games and made 20 starts. White has recorded one sack, four interceptions, three tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.'

Marker Bills RB McCoy won't face charges for bar fight [1:43 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Philadelphia District Attorney's office was expected to announce its decision not to pursue charges later Monday.'

Marker Bills sign free agents Brown, White; re-sign Hankerson [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills also announced that they have re-signed wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, after Hankerson played for only the last game of the Bills season last year. Details of Hankersons contract were not disclosed.'

Marker McCoy will not face charges [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The D.A.'s office has investigated this case for nine weeks, saying it did not want to rush to a conclusions. Over those nine weeks, the D.A.'s office has received various versions of what happened inside Recess Lounge. Each of these versions have not given the district attorney discrete evidence, which has not allowed for any prosecution to be brought forward.'

Marker Bills sign LB Zach Brown, two others [1:40 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The most intriguing signing of the free agent visitors is Zach Brown, mostly because he could push to start. Brown has always been known as an incredibly athletic linebacker, and would slot in -- at the very least -- as competition to be the weakside inside linebacker next to Preston Brown.'

Marker Official: No charges for Bills RB LeSean McCoy [1:39 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'As far as the NFL is concerned, any form of discipline for McCoy still needs to be decided upon. The league has said the case is under review in the Personal Conduct Policy, and that there is no timetable on a decision at this time.'

Marker Draft fit for Bills? QB Paxton Lynch [1:38 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills have shown that they can adapt their offense to the quarterback, but with Paxton Lynch, they wouldn’t have to do that. Lynch has the size, mobility, and arm strength teams covet. With a simple flick of the wrist, Lynch can heave it down the field and take advantage of a speed threat like Sammy Watkins. He also has the ability to keep plays alive, and like Tyrod Taylor, keeps his eyes down the field when he does so. With Taylor already in line to be the 2016 starter, there wouldn’t be any rush to get Lynch on the field this season — which is what the quarterback needs.'

Marker Draft fit for Bills? DL Chris Jones [1:37 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'With the uncertainty of Kyle Williams both this season and beyond, a versatile defensive lineman like Chris Jones could be just what the Bills need to help keep their defensive line fresh as the season wears on. Jones is one of those players that just look imposing in pads, and it’s hard to ignore the potential. He’s a long and powerful player that has great reaction time off the snap, and can disengage from defenders easily. It looks as though he’s also able to play both five-technique defensive end, as well as nose tackle in a 3-4 defense — which would give the Bills flexibility with Marcell Dareus not always having to play the nose.'

Marker Draft fit for Bills? DE/OLB Kamalei Correa [1:36 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'With rushing the passer being his biggest asset as a prospect, Kamalei Correa is a more natural fit for a 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker than he would be for an even-man front. A few things stand out about Correa: his reaction time at the snap, his speed and explosiveness, and a good initial punch against the blocker. Since the Bills run a 3-4 and are in need of a complementary option to Jerry Hughes, Correa is someone to keep an eye on.'

Marker Bills re-sign WR Leonard Hankerson [1:35 AM] reports: 'Hankerson originally joined the Bills on December 26, 2015 and played in the team’s final game against the New York Jets. He did not record a reception in the game. The 6-2, 211-pound Miami (Fl.) product entered the NFL in 2011 as a third round pick (79th overall) with the Washington Redskins. Hankerson has played in 40 career games, starting 14, catching 107 passes for 1,408 yards and nine touchdowns.'

Marker LB Zach Brown, CB Corey White sign with Bills [1:34 AM] reports: 'The Samford product has played in 51 career games with 20 starts, totaling 123 tackles, one sack, four interceptions, 18 passes defensed, five quarterback hits, three tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.'

Marker Bills host LB Zach Brown, CB Corey White [1:33 AM] reports: 'White, 25, is a former fifth-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2012. The cornerback split last season between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals appearing in a combined 10 games with limited time on defense.'

Marker Bills legend Thurman Thomas participates in Amerks ''Chalk Talk'' [1:32 AM] reports: '“It’s a great experience to see some of the fans that you don’t normally get a chance to interact with,” said Thomas. “So to come out and to answer their questions about the Buffalo Bills and even about the Buffalo Sabres—I’m a big hockey fan also—just come here...and let them know that we’re still doing well and we appreciate all the support that you give us.”'

Marker Draft value tough to peg for QB Cardale Jones [1:31 AM] reports: 'Part of the problem is his lack of college game experience. He threw just 269 career passes for the Buckeyes completing almost 62 percent of his attempts. His touchdown to interception ratio is almost 2:1, but Jones had just 15 touchdown passes against seven interceptions in his college career. For NFL scouts it’s far from the volume of work that they typically get to see.'

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April 4, 2016

Marker There’s immediate defensive help to be had when Bills pick 19th [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With coach Rex Ryan admitting recently that the team lacks depth, and some fairly obvious holes in the front seven of the defense, can the Bills afford to select a player at a position they feel has a solid starter in place? That’s a question Whaley will have to wrestle with.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor talks about contract at his youth football camp [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I definitely think I showed what I can do, and I definitely think that I showed that I'm going to continue to get better. I improved each game. ... I would love to be the long-term answer but I understand the business side of it. If something happens (with the contract) this year, I'm happy for it, but if not, we'll wait it out and see what happens."'

Marker Taylor: ''I'd love to be the long-term answer'' for Bills [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I’m not necessarily into the contract stuff,” he said. “I let my agent handle that. I know I’m under contract for another year. Whether they choose to extend me or not, that’s out of my reach right now. Like I said, I’m just focused on things I can control, and that’s preparing like I’ve always prepared.”'

Marker List of Bills pre-draft college visitors [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Since the 2010 offseason, every player the Bills have drafted in the first round has made a pre-draft visit to Orchard Park. So, while it’s certainly not guaranteed, it’s likely that the player they select 19th overall on the night of April 28 will, at some point before the draft, be at One Bills Drive.'

Marker Thurman talks Tyrod contract, McCoy future [1:55 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Thomas said McCoy is "doing great" and has been working out in preparation of the season, despite not knowing if he'll be suiting up in Week 1 when the season kicks off.'

April 3, 2016

Marker Former Bills star Thurman Thomas speaks at annual Chamber dinner [4:23 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We moved back here about eight years ago, and we could live anywhere we wanted to … but we choose Buffalo, we choose Western New York,” he said. “The love that the community has in Western New York … that’s what we’ve been about all our lives. It’s all been about helping people and helping them to really see what life is all about.”'

Marker Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce presents Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas with a [4:21 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '“We’re trying to show people that there is more to the state than New York City; there’s Western New York,” she said.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor talks to young people about football, life [1:59 AM]
Newport News Daily Press reports: '“I definitely think I showed what I can do, and I definitely think that I showed that I’m going to continue to get better. I improved each game. … I would love to be the long-term answer but … I understand the business side of it. If something happens (with the contract) this year, I’m happy for it, but if not, we’ll wait it out and see what happens.”

Marker Bills WR says tweet was joke, not leaving team [1:58 AM]
AP reports: 'Goodwin created a stir when he tweeted a photo in his Bills uniform with a message about his "last time" wearing it. That led to speculation he was leaving the team to train full-time for the Rio Olympics this summer.'

Marker Taylor not focused on contract, ready to get back to work [1:57 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"In previous years, I've been the one going into compete and continue to prove that I belong," he said. "That's going to still be the case. You have to keep proving yourself. But, I'm excited to get back and work out with the guys. I can't wait to get back."'

April 2, 2016

Marker Bills getting to know Buckeyes’ Lee [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The instinctive Lee, an agile, yet punchy 6-foot-1, 232 pounds, fits the mold of a 2016 NFL linebacker. Lee initially took over for 2014 first-round pick Ryan Shazier as a redshirt freshman to start 15 games. That season, Lee finished with 81 tackles (16.5 for loss) and 7.5 sacks as Ohio State won the national title. In the Sugar Bowl semifinal win against Alabama, Lee wreaked havoc with seven tackles (three for loss) and two sacks.'

Marker Bills host six Ohio State prospects, including four on defense [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lee would fit a need in the Bills defense as an athletic, rangy complement to Preston Brown but he might not be available at No. 19 overall. Apple, a second-team All Big Ten selection, projects as a first-rounder after taking on the opposition's No. 1 wideout each week in finishing with 33 tackles (two for loss), one interception and eight pass breakups last season. He had 53 stops (5.5 for loss), three picks and 10 break-ups in 2014.'

Marker Bills announce all offseason dates [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mandatory Minicamp Tuesday, June 14 – Thursday, June 16.'

Marker Bills visiting with free-agent linebacker Bruce Carter [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He proved to be a disappointment with the Buccaneers, who after signing him to a four-year contract, relegated him to backup duty when he was surpassed on the depth chart by rookie Kwon Alexander. Carter wound up starting three games last season. He was credited with 47 tackles, two sacks and two passes defensed.'

Marker Bills 30 for 30 film gets Emmy nod [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The film was nominated in the “Outstanding Long Sports Documentary’’ category, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced. The winners will be announced at the 37th annual Sports Emmy Awards on Tuesday, May 10 at the Time Warner Center in New York City.'

Marker Which free agents, draft prospects are Buffalo Bills hosting? [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Here's a roundup of the news this week, including which draft prospects and free agents the Bills have met with.'

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