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Buffalo Bills News - May 2, 2016

Marker Youngest Gronkowski brother signs with Bills [1:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"He's the new-age fullback," Bills general manager Doug Whaley told ESPN last week of Glenn Gronkowski. "A guy that can play a little H-back, play a little fullback, play a little tight end, so that's game-day versatility. That's a guy at 46 on your 46-man roster during game day that can play three different positions and special teams, so I think a guy like that definitely has a chance.'

Marker Bills get two big hits, two boom or bust in first four picks [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Boom or Bust: Both of the team's Ohio State picks fall into this category.'

Marker UB's Licata will get a shot with the Bills [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 6-2, 210-pounder is a pure pocket passer, but has enough athleticism and quick enough feet to move around and evade the rush when needed.'

Marker Former OP standout Robert Kugler signs with Bills as UDFA [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'His dad, Sean, is a Lockport native and served as the Bills offensive line coach from 2008-2009. He is currently the head coach at UTEP.'

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Marker Day 3 choices are a roll of the dice for Buffalo [9:32 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But as Monos cautioned, “We’re pretty excited, but I always tell you guys, every team right now loves their draft. You’re all sitting around like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe this guy fell.’ You’re going to hear all the clichés. “I’m excited about the schools we got these guys from, I think there’s something to that. Those schools hold their guys accountable — and that’s what we want our guys to do.”'

Marker Bills head coach Rex Ryan gets what he wants in NFL Draft; now it's up to him [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This Rex Ryan boast may be no exaggeration. After three busy days, he now has a disruptive pass rusher (Shaq Lawson), snarling inside linebacker (Reggie Ragland) and versatile defensive lineman (Adolphus Washington). Now, it's on Ryan. This is a defense that fell from No. 4 to No. 19 overall, one that had 54 sacks under Jim Schwartz and then a franchise-low 21 under Ryan. Going defense-defense-defense absolutely puts more pressure on Ryan to now get it right.'

Marker Why the Bills opted to wait and see with QB Cardale Jones [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We think our situation's good for him," Whaley said. "He's going to come in and be a three, be able to develop, be able to learn under some professionals that have been at their craft for awhile, with EJ and Tyrod. We like his skill set. He's got the talent to possibly be a franchise guy. Is he there yet? Absolutely not. He's got a lot of work and a lot of ways to go.'

Marker Bills select Ohio State QB Cardale Jones in 4th round [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Said Jones, "Playing the waiting game was the longest three days of my life, really. But it was all worth it to be in a position to play for one of the top organizations in the NFL. So I'm just extremely excited."'

Marker Bills 'very comfortable' in taking the EJ Manuel gamble again behind Tyrod Taylor [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When you look around the league, we think he's as good a No. 2 as most out there," Whaley said. "He's a No. 2 for a reason and so are a lot of other guys. But we think he can come in and hold serve if Tyrod ever loses some playing time. And then, he's a consummate professional. He's going to try to get better and better each day. Granted, everybody's going to say 'Look at the Jacksonville game.' But we were leading until that last drive and he came back from a 28-point deficit. If we win the game everybody talks about it being the biggest comeback victory since Frank Reich.'

Marker Five things to know about the Bills' newest quarterback, Ohio State's Cardale Jones [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He really didn't play that poorly this year when you look at his games," Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos said. "He didn't have blow-up games. The guys just wants to be good and he's going to be molded."'

Marker Transcript of Bills' Whaley & Monos and draft picks Cardale Jones & Jonathan Williams [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He’s got a lot of work and a lot of ways to go, but this guy’s driven. This guy’s a proven winner. He’s undefeated. Everybody talks about his accuracy but look at his completion percentage; it’s over 60-percent. He had a 105 quarterback rating against ranked teams. And again, he’s undefeated. All I’m saying is we got a nice guy to work with, with a high upside, so we’re excited to have him.'

Marker Bills choose Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams in 5th round [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 2014, Williams was a second-team all-SEC selection after rushing for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns, even though he split carries with junior Alex Collins. Williams also shared the load with Collins as a sophomore, when he had 900 yards and four touchdowns.'

Marker Bills keep doubling down as a run-first offense with Jonathan Williams pick [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Despite boasting a full convoy of backs, the Bills took Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams, who missed all of the 2015 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his foot. Splitting carries the year before, he rushed for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns. He'll now join a backfield that includes LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams, Mike Gillislee and James Wilder Jr. Last year, this group was hit hard by injuries at various points. In a 14-13 win at Tennessee, Buffalo was forced to start Boobie Dixon (19 yards on seven carries) and Boom Herron, picked up off the streets, even had a team-high nine carries that game.'

Marker Three things to know about the Bills' newest running back, Jonathan Williams [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's downhill, straight ahead. Great vision. Instincts," Monos said, explaining the 6-foot-0, 223-pounder's running style.'

Marker Bills make TCU WR Kolby Listenbee their 6th-round draft pick [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I could go to the Olympics if I wanted to," he said, while declaring himself the fastest player in the NFL.'

Marker Bills hope WR Kolby Listenbee, self-proclaimed fastest player in football, opens up offense [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Armed with a quarterback (Tyrod Taylor) who can throw deep and a wide receiver (Sammy Watkins) who draws double-teams, the Bills hope TCU's Kolby Listenbee provides what Graham and Goodwin could not.'

Marker Three things to know about the Bills' newest wide receiver, Kolby Listenbee [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm playing football," he said. "I'm a football player that happened to be fast – happened to be blessed to be fast."'

Marker Transcripts of interviews with 6th-round picks Kolby Listenbee & Kevon Seymour [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Oh yeah, for sure. I’m the fastest football player probably in the NFL so I bring speed, I got great hands. Right now, I got a chip on my shoulder because I got to go out there and show what I have and I mean, I just work hard. I just need an opportunity to go out there and make it happen.'

Marker Bills use second 6th-round pick on USC CB Kevon Seymour [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 6-foot, 185-pound Seymour had three career interceptions at USC, as well as seven kickoff returns for 92 yards.'

Marker Three things to know about the Bills' newest cornerback, Kevon Seymour [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills General Manager Doug Whaley has said he likes to take a cornerback every year, and he lived up to that with the selection of Seymour.'

Marker Gronkowski party rolls on as ‘Goose’ signs with Bills [1:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He called and said he wanted me,” Gronkowski said at a post-draft party at Amherst Pizza & Ale House. “He made it very clear he wanted me. A couple of teams had called earlier than that. I sat down with my agent and my family and decided to go to Buffalo.”'

Marker UB left tackle John Kling signs as undrafted free agent with Bears; QB Joe Licata, TE Matt Weiser la [1:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Quarterback Joe Licata has accepted an invitation from the Buffalo Bills to participate in a tryout at the team’s upcoming rookie minicamp, while left tackle John Kling will sign as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears.'

Marker Transcript of postdraft press conference with Bills GM Doug Whaley and coach Rex Ryan [1:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' We can never envision the board falling the way it did because of the draft but with the way we kind of look ahead, we kind of knew that if we had the cap restrictions with the guys, our guys that we re-signed, not being able to go out and fill through the free agent market, but we knew this was going to be a draft heavy in some of the spots that we might be losing the guys. So it correlated pretty well. Is that always going to happen? No, but it happened this year.'

Marker Bills take Ohio State QB Cardale Jones in fourth round [1:41 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“This guy has stuff to work on, but he doesn’t have any muscle memory already ingrained in him that’s bad,” said Whaley. “We’ve got a piece of clay and we can mold him and we have some qualified guys to mold him. This guy’s a proven winner, he’s driven, he’s undefeated. We got a nice guy to work with, with a high upside.”'

Marker Bills filled several glaring needs in the NFL Draft [1:40 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'After a 2015 season where the defense underachieved tremendously and was probably the main reason why the Bills missed the playoffs for a 16th year in a row, the Bills attacked the first three rounds by picking three players who should be able to step right in and, if not start, certainly contribute to the front seven in Ryan’s scheme.'

Marker Bills take a chance on Ohio State’s Cardale Jones [1:39 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Jones, 6-foot-5, 253 pounds, led the Buckeyes to the national championship after the 2014 season. He began the campaign as the No. 3 QB, but injuries pushed him into the starting job during the playoffs during which he beat Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship Game, Alabama in the national semifinals and Oregon in the championship game … all in impressive fashion.'

Marker Buffalo Bills select Cardale Jones in fourth round [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Cardale Jones has more upside than any quarterback left on the board. While he was benched during his final season at Ohio State, Jones has all of the physical ability to develop into a starting quarterback. During Ohio State's national championship run in 2014, Jones looked like a future star.'

Marker Despite drafting QB Cardale Jones, Bills 'very comfortable' with EJ Manuel as backup [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He's going to come in and be a No. 3, be able to develop, be able to learn under some professionals that have been at their craft for a while with EJ (Manuel) and Tyrod (Taylor)," Whaley said. "We like his skill set. I mean, he's got the talent to possibly be a franchise guy."'

Marker Grading the Bills pick of Ohio State's Cardale Jones [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jones' inexperience makes him a mystery for NFL teams. At 6-feet-5-inches tall and 253 pounds, Jones has the prototypical build for the position. It doesn't hurt that he has arguably the strongest arm of any quarterback in the draft. He also failed to show the consistency NFL teams love to see from college prospects at the position.'

Marker Buffalo Bills select Jonathan Williams in fifth round [1:35 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This is the second draft in a row in which the Bills have drafted a running back in the fifth round after taking Karlos Williams from Florida State a year ago.'

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