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Buffalo Bills News - May 9, 2017

Marker Pollock: Bills made right move declining Watkins’ option [11:20 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Bills last week demurred on that option year, mostly because of Watkins injury history. If they picked up Year No. 5 they would owe him nearly $13.3 million, a figure he would earn even if he couldn’t pass his 2018 physical. That’s an expensive commitment for a player who might miss all or part of the season.'

Marker Bills interview four GM candidates, Beane twice [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Monday was the busiest day yet in the Buffalo Bills' search for a new general manager, with a second interview and a new name added to the list of candidates.'

Marker Bills are bottom-dwellers in early power rankings [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A sampling of offseason power rankings shows little is expected of the team in 2017. ESPN debuted its rankings Monday, with the Bills coming in at No. 26.'

Marker Tim Graham's Power Take: Bills GM and coach searches have history of not going 'as expecte [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Beane has been an assistant GM the past two seasons and has been relatively limited when it comes to actual scouting experience. The other candidates so far -- Texans assistant GM Brian Gaine, Eagles college scouting director Trey Brown and Packers player personnel chief Brian Gutekunst -- have significantly more credentials for evaluating prospects and free agents and overseeing a crew.'

Marker Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: Don't rush on GM, Barnidge would be good catch, undrafted [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are one of only two NFL teams without a GM (or equivalent job title) after firing Doug Whaley last month, but the other team with an opening, Washington, is expected to reconfigure its front office without filling the role. That means the Bills have no competition for whoever it is they want to hire.'

Marker Brandon Beane gets second interview for Buffalo Bills' GM job (report) [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Carolina Panthers assistant general manager Brandon Beane is heading to Buffalo for a second interview. Beane was one of three candidates to get an interview in the first round of interviews. Terry and Kim Pegula interviewed Beane, Houston Texans director of player personnel Brian Gaine and Philadelphia Eagles director of college scouting Trey Brown down in Boca Raton, Fla.'

Marker Tight end named Buffalo Bills' biggest roster hole following 2017 NFL draft [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'ESPN Insider and Football Outsiders looked at every NFL roster and picked the biggest weakness on each team. Scott Kacsmar selected tight end for the Bills. He noted that the Bills addressed many needs in the draft, but failed to find a tight end.'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM search tracker: Beane slated for 2nd interview, Gutekunst added [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Rapoport’s report also indicated that Gutekunst was a finalist for the San Francisco 49ers general manager hiring in January until he re-signed with the Packers '

Marker Report: Bills interviewing Packers executive Gutekunst for general manager opening [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Gutekunst, 43, has spent the last 18 years in the Packers' player personnel department. Gutekunst was promoted to the Director of Player Personnel in March of 2016 after serving as the director of college scouting for three years.'

Marker Report: Beane to get second interview with Bills [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Beane has been with the Panthers organization for 20 years spending the past two years as the team's assistant general manager. This is the second time Beane has interviewed for an open general manager position in the National Football League. He interviewed for San Francisco's job in January before losing out to John Lynch.'

Marker Report: Bills to bring in Beane for second GM interview [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Beane was Buffalo's first interview and had to come with an incredibly strong recommendation from head coach Sean McDermott, otherwise, this pairing would have had no shot of happening. Beane, very much in the mold of the Pegula's reported search for a Buffalo Sabres GM, fits the mold of someone with "new blood" that has plenty of league experience but has never held the permanent title of general manager before.'

Marker Bills Today: Milano wants to make an immediate impression [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Whatever you do right now is the impression that will last throughout the season. So make the impression you want to make right now when you come into minicamp” Milano said of the advice he received from Carter.'

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May 8, 2017

Marker Our 53-man roster projection for Bills following draft, free agent signings [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The troubling details of Kouandjio’s recent incident police, when he was found in a field partially clothed, is concerning. It remains to be seen if he’s physically and mentally well enough to play. Henderson still has to serve five games of a 10-game suspension. He doesn’t count against the 53-man roster during that time, so the Bills don’t lose anything by keeping him around, and then seeing how he looks after the suspension is over.'

Marker Cardale Jones posts photo from college graduation [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's safe to say the Buffalo Bills' quarterback has changed his stance, though. Jones posted a photo of himself at Ohio State's graduation Sunday, dressed in his cap and gown. He earned a bachelor's degree in African-American Studies. Graduating from college is an accomplishment anyone can be proud of, but it comes with an interesting side story for Jones.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Cardale Jones pokes fun at himself during Ohio State graduation [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'All things considered, Jones' spot on the roster is far from safe. He'll have to show that he's worth keeping on the roster over Yates during training camp and the preseason. If Jones doesn't stand out, Buffalo could try to stash him on their practice squad. A quarterback needy team, however, may be inclined to take a flier on Jones.'

Marker Ex-Buckeyes QB Cardale Jones graduates from Ohio State [1:56 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Last week, Jones tweeted a screenshot of his 2012 tweet as he prepared to graduate...'

Marker Cardale Jones, who once said, 'We ain't come here to play SCHOOL,' graduates [1:55 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'A year ago, Jones was drafted in the fourth round by the Bills, and he spent the 2016 season playing behind Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel. Jones attempted only 11 passes all year, but he heads into training camp as Taylor's backup and -- more important -- a college graduate.'

Marker Cardale Jones mocks himself with brilliant cap at Ohio State graduation [1:54 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Jones, 24, completed his goal of becoming the first member of his family to graduate college, earning his degree in African-American and African studies with his former OSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (now Texas head coach) Tom Herman in attendance.'

Marker Bills interview third candidate for general manager [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Brown, 32, has been serving as the Eagles' Director of College Scouting since he was promoted from the Assistant Director of College Scouting last year. Brown originally joined the Eagles as a west coast area college scout in 2013, and spent three years in the college scouting department with the New England Patriots.'

Marker Cardale Jones graduates from Ohio State [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Not only does he have a sense of humor, but now he has his college degree.'

May 7, 2017

Marker Bills buses a sign of Buffalo fans’ passion [11:05 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Bills buses, the ultimate combination of game day travel and tailgating party spot, seem to be surfacing in greater numbers these days. At least three of those are based in this area, two in Olean and one — Jenny’s Bus — that was seen parked at a local restaurant last week.'

Marker Bills interview Trey Brown for vacant GM post [1:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As Rapoport pointed out, members of the Patriots' scouting tree have had success in recent years. Jon Robinson of Tennessee, Thomas Dimitroff of Atlanta and Jason Licht of Tampa Bay are all current GMs with New England roots.'

Marker Bills to host free agent safety Tre Boston on visit [1:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Boston played in 42 games the past three years with the Panthers, making 77 tackles, 10 passes defensed, three interceptions and two sacks. He started 16 games over that time, including 10 in the 2016 season. The Bills are woefully thin behind projected starters Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer at safety. Colt Anderson was re-signed, but he's primarily a contributor on special teams. After that, Jonathan Dowling, Trae Elston, Shamiel Gary, Joe Powell and expected undrafted free agents B.T. Sanders Jeremy Tyler will compete for one or two jobs.'

Marker Buffalo Bills interviewing Eagles' Trey Brown for GM position (report) [12:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Brown is the third candidate to interview with the Pegulas at their home in Boca Raton, Fla, following Panthers' assistant general manager Brandon Beane and Texans director of player personnel Brian Gaine. To this point, Bills coach Sean McDermott hasn't sat in on interviews, according to Rapoport, but he is expected to for the second round of interviews.'

Marker Buffalo Bills to host former Carolina Panthers S Tre Boston on free agent visit [12:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It's no surprise that the Bills are interested in Boston. He has spent the first three years of his NFL career playing for Bills head coach Sean McDermott. During that time, Boston has appeared in 42 games (16 starts) with the Panthers and recorded 77 total tackles, 10 passes defensed, three interceptions and two sacks.'

Marker Buffalo Bills interview Eagles' college scouting director [12:53 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Trey Brown, the Eagles’ director of college scouting, interviewed with Bills ownership on Saturday. Brown was named to the position last May after one year as the assistant director of college scouting and two years as the team’s west coast scout. He also worked for the New England Patriots.'

Marker Bills interview Trey Brown for GM post [12:34 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Brown's meeting would fulfill the Bills' obligation under the Rooney Rule to interview a minority candidate.'

Marker Eagles director of college scouting interviews for Bills GM job [12:33 AM]
CSN Philadelphia reports: 'With Joe Douglas in control of the personnel department, those changes aren't very surprising. But now it looks like the Eagles could lose another big piece of their scouting department whether they want to or not.'

Marker Bills interivew Eagles' Trey Brown for GM [12:24 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Brown has spent the last four seasons with the Eagles and was promoted to his current role in the scouting department less than a year ago.'

Marker Safety Tre Boston to meet with Bills on free agent visit [12:23 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Having played in McDermott's scheme, the move would make sense. However, according to Pro Football Focus Boston ranked 47th out of 90 at the position.'

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