John Miller a 'perfect fit' for Bills offense [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We set the board strictly on talent,” said Bills general manager Doug Whaley. “If everything is equal we will go with a need and it just happened this year, the corner (Darby) we didn’t see as a perceived need as much as the other people, we looked at it more as depth. Once you get down to the third, we were actually looking up and Mr. Miller and we had our fingers crossed that he would slide to us. We’re excited and to have a need and to have a good player that you have at the top of the board is a double bonus.”'
6 things to know about John Miller [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“From a technical standpoint, Miller exhibits good bend in his lower half and is rarely overwhelmed as he keeps his feet moving, resets without wasted motion, and establishes good extension to keep defenders out of his frame. Another mid-round type of prospect who's durability and consistency could make him a terrific pro.” - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com'
Bills stay true to their draft grades [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We set the board strictly on talent and if everything’s equal, we’ll go with the need,” Whaley said Friday night, after the Bills third round selection. “It just happened this year that the corner (we didn’t see it as a perceived need as much as some other people) we looked at it more as depth. But once we got down to the third we were looking up at Mr. Miller and we kept our fingers crossed that he would slide to us.”'
Bills watch, plan as NFL draft unfolds [11:59 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'All Thursday’s session did for the Bills was eliminate 32 names from their draft board and left them to sweat out 17 picks tonight before they get their first choice ... if they stay put at 50.'
History says Ryan’s Bills are thinking defense first [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’m no draft guru, but I know my Bills draft history. If they go offense with their first pick, it will break a drafting pattern that extends all the way back to 1998, before the current 15-year playoff drought began.'
GMs stick to the script [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jets beef up their front: The Bills might no longer have the clear-cut best defensive line in the AFC East. The Jets are at least pushing them for that honor by selecting Williams, who surprisingly fell to them at sixth overall. With standout end Muhammad Wilkerson and disruptive tackle Sheldon Richardson, the Jets now have a potentially dominant trio. How good is Tom Brady feeling right now about the thought of facing the defensive fronts of the Bills, Jets and Dolphins, who have added Ndamukong Suh?'
Bills' plans for 50th pick are anybody's guess [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In all, five tackles and two interior linemen were among the 32 selections made. With so many talented players already off the board, and perhaps a few more set to be picked in the first half of the second round Friday before the Bills finally go on the clock at No. 50, you have to wonder whether it's prudent for Buffalo to address its offensive line in that spot.'
A.J. Cann, Maxx Williams among 8 players Buffalo Bills should target in round two [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Here are some of the players the Bills should have their eye on...'.
Who will be left for the Buffalo Bills at 50? [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Who will still be there when the Bills are on the clock?'
4 things Buffalo Bills fans should root for in first round [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Even though the Bills won't be on the clock until pick No. 50, though, there are still a few things Bills fans should have their eye on when the 2015 NFL Draft gets underway at 8 p.m. Thursday in Chicago.'
Quarterback EJ Manuel still has plenty to prove with Bills [1:53 AM]
AP reports: '"I don't want to say it's a make-it-or-break-it year, but I know it's definitely a very important spring right now," Manuel said following a voluntary veterans minicamp session this week. "Obviously, the third year is where a lot of NFL quarterbacks that are starters really show that, 'Hey, this guy can be a longtime starter for this team.'"'
Whaley: ''Less sense of urgency'' for Bills this draft [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“We’d like to get some depth for sure, and we’d like to get some guys, at least in the second and third round that, if not contribute, definitely push to start.”'
Sal's Final Mock Through 50 [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'My final mock shows no change for the Bills from my 3rd mock. La'el Collins legal situation has a big impact on the Bills pick at 50. From the sounds of it, it most likely takes an offensive tackle completely off the board, creating one less for any team to take. That may drive up the value of the others at the position. I think the Bills would rather select a tackle over a guard, but at this point, looking at the board, Jackson is the highest-rated player remaining up-front, and one who could fit right in on the Bills line.'
Bills at 50: Use the pick or trade it? [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ultimately, the ideal situation for the Bills would be to trade this selection to a very motivated team less then ten spots behind them, pick up an extra pick this year and one next year, too, and still draft an offensive lineman with their first selection.'
Bills' Harvin expects to be himself again [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In Harvin’s last two seasons in Minnesota he had 71 and 87 catches. Between the Vikings and Seahawks had caught 63 balls, but production has fallen since. Between the Jets and Seahawks last year he had 51 receptions for 483 yards. In his first three seasons he had 17 touchdowns and only four since. Harvin’s confident he can get back to where he was earlier in his career, “I will without a shadow of a doubt. The last couple of years for whatever reason it just felt like I never could get settled in or get my role solidified, but here I’ve been here since day one in the program and everything’s new so I’m able to come in and establish myself.”'
Woods an example of Bills recent 2nd-round success [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“My agent told me I had a slight, slight chance to be taken at the end of the first round,” Woods recalled. “The Texans took DeAndre Hopkins and I was looking at the draft and I saw a lot of big guys going, so I knew that wasn’t good for me.”'
Duke Williams the early favorite at strong safety [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Searcy was an outstanding player, there’s no doubt about that,” said Bills head coach Rex Ryan. “But we feel pretty good about Duke (Williams). And really some other guys. (Jonathan) Meeks was coming on and got hurt, so we’ll see. There’s going to be some opportunities for other guys. Clearly, that’s going to be a spot where when you lose a starter, the next man steps up. I think with Duke Williams in particular, we’re excited to see what he can do.”'
Ryan willing to defer to draft experts [5:41 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Buffalo Bills ... guys that are passionate, love to play the game, and will fit right back in with what we already have here,” he said. “That’s going to be the critical part of it and talent? To target a specific position? We’re not doing that. I think we’ll do a great job ... I really believe in the scouting department. I think our guys have lined it up ... (they’ve) included the coaches so I don’t think we’ll be surprised. I know where the board’s lining up for us. Whatever presents itself, Doug and our crew will be ready.”'
Success can be found from No. 50 spot [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I went out and looked at the second- and third-round guys as starters,” Fisher said. “I don’t look at second- and third-round guys as backup players. My whole philosophy when I’m out looking at guys is, I’m trying to reload our team, not rebuild.”'
Draft may not provide much excitement for Bills [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I get where the question's coming from, but this is going to be … no draft is non-important," said coach Rex Ryan on the eve of his first draft with Buffalo. "(Not) impactful on how many starters we get out of a draft? I can see where that's coming from. We have a deep roster already, so for a guy to have immediate impact as a starter, it might be difficult. Am I saying it's impossible? No. It depends on how the draft falls."'
Rex Ryan says Jerry Hughes is ruining Buffalo Bills' practice, and 5 notes from voluntary minic [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Hughes, who signed a five-year, $45 million contract extension this offseason, already has Bills coach Rex Ryan excited about what he can do. Ryan estimated that Hughes had five or six sacks before he had to pull him from practice to let the offense get some work in.'
History suggests offseason spending is risky, can the Bills be the exception? [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If there is one thing going for the Bills’ acquisitions, it is that they are not reflective of the 2000 Washington team that signed ancient stars, hoping to squeeze whatever was left out of Bruce Smith and Deion Sanders. LeSean McCoy hasn’t reached the age of the running back wall at 26, Clay and Harvin are also 26 years old, putting them in the center of their prime for receivers and tight ends.'
The Bills QB's are comfortable with the competition [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Many quarterbacks don’t want to be known as runners. Taylor can flat out fly and he said, “It’s a plus, maybe guys don’t know about the throwing ability, but that’s something to prove and that’s a challenge I take on. If it’s about throwing, I can throw with anyone, so I look forward to show my arm off, but running is a plus because in this league the defenses are getting faster and you have to be able to string the play out, so whatever you have to do.”'
O-line taking measured approach toward best fits [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s a case where I want to get my hands on these guys and get out on the grass with them and get a feel for how they learn and how they pick up the things I’m going to teach them,” said Kromer. “I want to make sure that I get a feel for them on how we want to coach them and see what they can do from there. We have a talented room.”'
Bills need to be ready for anything as Draft Day unfolds [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“As a general manager, you’ve got to create a sense of urgency among your scouts because there’s the human tendency to say, ‘Ah, we won’t get that guy and we won’t get that guy,’ ” Polian said. “You never know what’s going to happen, and you always want that information in the files anyway in case that guy should become free at another point. Then, the approach during Draft Day is to stay on top of things. You’ve got to make sure that no opportunity to move up or even move back is overlooked. You’ve got to make sure that you cover every base.'
Was trading up for Sammy Watkins worth it? What the numbers & some pundits say [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While Beckham has become the standard to which Watkins will be held, Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans and Carolina’s Kelvin Benjamin had more catches, yards and touchdowns. Philadelphia’s Jordan Matthews, a second-round pick, had more catches and touchdowns, while fellow second-rounder Jarvis Landry had more receptions.'
Bills’ draft spot better than a 50-50 proposition [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t look at second- and third- round guys as backup players,” said Kelvin Fisher, the Bills’ director of college scouting. “The history that I’ve been in this business, they all end up playing, and some of them end up being great starters.'
NFL seeks to be dropped from Jills wage lawsuit [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cooney said Ferrari and the other former Jills didn’t include the NFL in the suit initially because they didn’t learn of Goodell’s signing and approval of the contracts and the provision requiring the Jills to sign the cheerleading agreement until the Bills included copies of the contracts in the team’s unsuccessful bid to have itself dismissed as a defendant.'
It may be early, but Bills QB competition has begun [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I thought it started when we all got back," said Manuel, who watched the Bills trade for Cassel and sign Taylor in free agency, a warning sign that he was about to enter the battle of his football life. "Even in the film room trying to grasp the offense, it's like a race to see who knows it the best and you want to know it the way (offensive coordinator Greg) Roman does."'
Rex Ryan says nobody knows who will win three-man Buffalo Bills QB competition [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I thought it started when we all got back two weeks ago or three weeks ago," Manuel said. "Even in the film room and trying to grasp the offense because it's like a race to see who knows it the best. Obviously you want to know it just like coach (Greg) Roman does."'
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