NFL gathers in Indy for combine [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“From my perspective, this is the deepest and best draft class I’ve seen in probably 10 years. That’s been reinforced by most of the general managers and scouts I’ve talked to throughout the league,” said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock, one of the most respected national talent evaluators. “I had one GM tell me the other day that having a top-20 pick this year is very similar to having a top 10 pick last year.'
5 Bills things to watch at the NFL Combine [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Buffalo Bills come into the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine with a much different mentality than they did in 2013, but the importance to get it right is as high as ever.'
Bills may be able to wait on offensive tackle [1:57 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“There's more quality at the top end of this draft than I've seen in a long time and from a position standpoint,” Mayock said. “I think offensive tackle is particularly deep. You can go three rounds, four rounds deep this year, and get a starting offensive tackle.”'
Marrone and staff ahead of game in Year Two [4:12 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“You have a better feel for the players,” Marrone told Buffalobills.com. “We have a lot of players that are coming back on this team. I got a chance to know quite a few of them at all different levels not just what you see on the field. I think in turn they got a chance to know me. Everyone knows the direction we want to head and what the challenges are and where we have to go. We’re excited we’re now working for 2014.”'
Will Byrd receive yet another franchise tag? [11:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Although being deemed your team’s “franchise” player sounds like an honor, players don’t view it that way. Franchise tags take away a player’s chance — many players consider it a right — to discover what their value is on the open market.'
Admar Supply inks deal with the Bills [3:26 AM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: 'Admar will offer the subcontractors on the renovation project access to necessary construction equipment, including aerial lifts, light towers, generators and earth movers, officials said. The company already has lifts, light towers and generators onsite during the season.'
Pagac has ties to top linebackers [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’ve had a lot of good players,” said Pagac. “I think the things the majority of them have in common are: No. 1, they were good people. No. 2, they loved football. And No. 3, they all thought football. They were very football intelligent. That’s very important.”'
Downing knows Manuel very well [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m excited about it, because he’s so hungry to be great,” Downing said this week of Manuel, in his introduction to the Western New York media. “He wants to do the little things well. He wants to prepare better than any quarterback in the league. He really has that drive and that motivation to be great.”'
Can Buffalo afford a new stadium for Bills? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The most realistic solution to keeping the Bills in Buffalo, some say, could be a major renovation or rebuild of Ralph Wilson Stadium, probably costing half of the $800 million or more needed to build a new stadium.'
Bills assistant Hostler will try to keep offense a step ahead [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’re going to use Jim in this role,” explained Bills head coach Doug Marrone. “Here’s someone who’s always working ahead for us, a day ahead, schematically during the year. He’s someone who has experience at all the skill positions. He has coached receivers, coached quarterbacks. He will have his input in helping young players progress in those groups.”'
Bills blending new voices in offensive room [1:58 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Both of them have a great background in football knowledge,” Marrone told Buffalobills.com. “It’s great for us because you bring in two people who are very bright and very smart. They’ve been around for a while and both have had success. So you bring them in and you’re talking about teaching them a system, and who better to evaluate a system than two guys coming in. What are the weaknesses of the system? What are the strengths of the system? What can we do to make it better? That’s the process we’re going through right now.”'
Receivers coach Moore says time was right to join Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I was going through some personal issues, and I didn’t think it would be fair to Doug or the Buffalo Bills to even consider it at that point,” Moore said. “I had to get some things in my personal life together, so that’s really primarily why. That was probably the biggest sticking point. … It just wasn’t the right time and it wasn’t the best situation.”'
Bills group part of a winning game plan [1:58 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Cuomo’s new stadium working group raises the bar when it comes to dialogue surrounding the team’s future. It also represents a welcome opportunity to carefully and thoughtfully develop viable options for maintaining the franchise’s presence in the community.'
Despite emergence of Alonso, Bills need more help [1:57 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Here are the Bills top areas of need as they prepare for the draft...'
Pepper Johnson ready to spice up Bills defense [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t really want to talk about that as much,” Johnson said of the Pats. “I don’t want to say that I forgot those years. That really made up Pepper Johnson. But in order for me to move on, I have to start that process. I can’t keep going back to my relationship or my career with the Patriots. We can just move on. Hey, it’s all built up. It’s in this big old belly. ... I have a lot to offer, and I’m definitely going to do it.”'
Bills president issues statement on stadium group [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Our primary current operations focus is, as it must be, on the modernization process that is occurring presently here at the Ralph Wilson Stadium campus. We have to bring it home safely, on time, on budget and with a level of quality we can all be proud of. We are confident our fans will be excited about the numerous changes taking place on our stadium campus and we look forward to being near completion by the start of the 2014 season.'
Rob Moore's decision to leave Syracuse football for NFL was a matter of when, not if, for Bills WR c [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's no different than being a player," Moore said. "I don't know how you can play that game and not want to play at the top level. It's the same with coaching. I knew at some point I would coach at this level, I just didn't know when."'
Buffalo Bills CEO to be honored by East Syracuse Minoa district [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The pair will be honored March 8 at Justin's Grill in East Syracuse.'
Bills introduce new assistant coaches [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Knowing Schwartz from his time in Cleveland, the Bills' new defensive line coach Pepper Johnson was eager to get a fresh start with a new coaching staff. He had spent the past 14 seasons as a member of Bill Belichick's staff in a number of different capacities.'
Bills' Brandon issues statement regarding new stadium group [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“We are very appreciative of the continued support of New York State and Erie County for the Buffalo Bills franchise.'
Bond already formed between Downing and Manuel [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“As I was walking down to morning meetings he was already in there watching film from practice the day before,” Downing recalled. “He was also staying late watching film. He’s kind of a film junkie. I think that’s going to be what propels EJ to the next level. He wants to do all those things. Now you’ve got to give him a little direction and tell him what to look for and teach him to watch tape, but EJ has that in him to want to be great. Him doing all those extra things was the first alert to me that you’ve got something special here.”'
Team statement from Russ Brandon [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We look forward to reengaging with Lt. Governor Bob Duffy and Empire State Development President Kenneth Adams as well as County Executive Mark Poloncarz and his staff, all of whom were instrumental in securing the current modernization project. We also welcome Mayors Byron Brown and Paul Dyster as well as Dottie Gallagher-Cohen of Buffalo Niagara Partnership to the effort.”'
Buffalo Bills 2014 NFL offseason preview [10:52 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Assuming the team likes Manuel and wants to build the offense around him, the Bills could use a top-notch receiver. That could be Steve Johnson, or the Bills could look outside at a player like Eric Decker, Emmanuel Sanders or Andre Roberts -- somebody who possibly could be a No. 1 receiver type but wouldn't cost them that much money.'
NY panel to eye potential new site for NFL's Bills [10:51 AM]
AP reports: 'Three of Cuomo's five appointees include Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.'
Cuomo names first members to group tasked with exploring new Bills stadium [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All three parties – New York State, Erie County and the Bills – can each appoint seven members to the board, which thus could have up to 21 members.'
Dyster appointed to Buffalo Bills stadium committee [1:58 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '"The purpose of this is not to have communities fighting over where a stadium gets located," Dyster said. "Wherever it is that keeps the Bills in Western New York, that's what I'm in favor of."'
NFL player to speak April 4 at annual chamber dinner [1:57 AM]
Beckley Register Herald reports: 'This year’s guest speaker will be Doug Legursky, an NFL player for the Buffalo Bills. Legursky is originally from Beckley and played at Woodrow Wilson High School and Marshall University.'
Use Bills box for inner-city kids [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Among other things, this assumes that exposing people you want to impress to a chronically crummy team, and to outbreaks of drunken mayhem in the stands, is somehow more of an enticement than a deterrent.'
Reed Was Overdue For Hall Of Fame Induction [1:58 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'His most enduring trait was toughness. Reed was fearless going over the middle — a willingness lacking in all too many current NFL wideouts — and once catching the ball, he did something with it.'
Who got tickets to watch the Buffalo Bills from taxpayer-paid-for luxury suite? [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Here's what the group said about each game...'
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