Vic Carucci's Bills Mailbag: McDermott to have a major say in Tyrod call [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Entering his first season as a head coach, it would behoove him to want to maximize his ability to start off on the right foot, which means doing all he can to avoid a worse finish than 8-8. Taylor, at the minimum, gives you a better chance of holding the fort than Jones or a rookie. And perhaps coordinator Rick Dennison and the rest of the new offensive staff will find ways to improve Taylor's game, which has yet to reach the level of indisputable franchise quality.'
Free agency focus: What to do with DE Leger Douzable [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There is no reason to break the bank for Douzable. Provided the new coaching staff sees him as a good fit, he should be offered a one-year contract near the veteran minimum for a player with his experience. If he's after a bigger deal for a longer term, the Bills shouldn't sweat letting him go. Adolphus Washington, a third-round draft pick in 2016, should be ready to step into the role Douzable would be asked to play. At 284 pounds, Douzable might be undersized to play tackle, but not quick enough to rush the passer from the edge as a defensive end.'
Five Buffalo Bills who could be salary cap casualties [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Still, two weeks to go, so here’s something else to think about: If the Bills decide to bring Taylor back and absorb his $15.9 million salary cap hit for 2017, where should they look to gain some much-needed cap space? I’ll offer up five players as cap casualties.'
Buffalo Bills receive no compensatory picks in 2017 NFL draft [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo was not expected to receive any compensatory picks this year. Compensatory picks are issued based on the amount of free agents you lose compared to the number you gain, as well as the type of deals departing free agents sign. Buffalo opted to sign many free agents to one-year, low-cost deals which outnumbered the free agents they lost last offseason.'
Sammy Watkins named Buffalo Bills' most underrated player [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Usually these spots would be reserved for lesser-known players," Williamson said. "But because he has missed so much time with injury, the general public doesn't fully appreciate what a difference maker Watkins is when he is not only on the field, but at 100 percent, something we just haven't seen nearly enough of thus far. The Bills need Watkins ... badly."'
Bills receive no compensatory draft picks [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Last year, the Bills received two picks where they selected quarterback Cardale Jones in the fourth round and cornerback Kevon Seymour in the sixth round.'
Top 5 most intriguing Bills under 25 [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Miller was recently named the NFL’s most-improved second-year guard by Pro Football Focus after his solid 2016 campaign. He was much improved as both a pass and run blocker from his rookie year and was 29th among all guards in the league. Miller was drafted by the Bills in the third round of the 2015 draft from Louisville and has started 28 games with the team, including all 16 and 98 percent of the offensive snaps in 2016.'
Bills Today: Woods prepares for the next chapter [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We have to be prepared to go,” Woods said. “Hopefully it’s with Buffalo, just because we’ve been there, we’ve been throwing together and we are ready to be a complete unit with Sammy Watkins coming back, as well. It’s hard because we’re training and working out, but we haven’t heard anything as of yet. Who knows what’s going on upstairs in the offices, but we’re preparing and working and I know Tyrod is as well to have a better season than he did even over the last two years.”'
Bills could find help in intriguing free-agent receiver crop [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The NFL Draft could and probably should be one avenue, but it would also make sense for the Bills to utilize the free-agent market as well.'
Jay Skurski is Bills GM for a Day: Bye Tyrod, hello Romo? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Admittedly, the decision on what to do isn’t an easy one, which is why it’s been so polarizing for fans. The Bills are at a crossroads. Do they part with Taylor, which would signify the beginning of a rebuild? Or do they retain him and try, again, to make things work with a roster that has some talent, but has fallen short of its goals?'
Scott Berchtold no longer Bills' VP of communications; Kenmore native Boyko named to post [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills’ have taken several black eyes in the public-relations department recently, including a widely mocked media policy that was rolled out before the 2016 season and viewed as overly restrictive. The season-ending press conference of General Manager Doug Whaley in January also was looked at as a disaster from a public-relations standpoint.'
Free agency focus: What to do with TE Chris Gragg [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coming off a serious injury, Gragg won't command a big salary. Maybe it says more about the players he was competing against, but before he got hurt in training camp, it was clear he should be the No. 2 tight end. If the Bills want to bring him back to compete for a reserve role, they shouldn't have any trouble getting him re-signed. It would not be a huge loss if he were to sign elsewhere, though. Given the lack of draft picks to add depth, keeping Gragg around isn't a bad idea.'
Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Taylor grievance seems unlikely [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That's because there's ample reason to believe Taylor has no desire to go that route. Consider the following...'.
Buffalo Bills' Zach Brown named second best LB available in free agency by PFF [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"A player that started the 2016 on fire, Brown struggled down the stretch as he graded positively in just two of his final eight games after doing so in all of his first eight games. Brown has posted back to back above-average-graded seasons in coverage and graded well against the run for the first time in his career in 2016. Fourth amongst all ILBs with 38 run stops, Brown showed potential for becoming a complete LB but considering his late-season decline and never doing so in any other season, there will be concern, which could lower his market value."'
Show him the money! Ex-Bills coach wants more credit for 'Jerry Maguire' movie [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills defensive backs coach Tim McDonald tells the Daily Mail that he said the catchphrase that appeared in the 1996 movie "Jerry Maguire" when writer-director Cameron Crowe was following him. At the time, McDonald was a defensive back for the Phoenix (now Arizona) Cardinals, the same NFL team that Cuba Gooding Jr.'s character Rod Tidwell plays for in the film.'
5 free agents the Buffalo Bills should target [1:52 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Tyrod Taylor isn’t certain to be back as the Bills may choose to decline his option and free up cap space for an outside quarterback, considering they only have an estimated $26 million in cap room for 2017. That will be enough to bring in a handful of free agents, and possibly a big name to help a defense that has struggled in recent years.'
Rapoport- Seems far fetched Taylor wouldn't be back in 2017 [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Rapoport also believes the relationship between the Bills and Taylor has improved, "The fact that the relationship between him and the team seems to be good... New coach, new coordinator who he's very familiar with."'
Bills name Derek Boyko Vice President of Communications [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Derek brings a wealth of NFL experience to the Bills organization and will be a very valuable addition as the leader of our communications department,” Brandon said. “On behalf of the Bills organization, I would like to thank Scott for his class and dignity while steering our communications efforts for close to three decades. As we welcome Derek and his successful track record to the organization, we also look forward to the continued benefit of Scott’s experience, as he will oversee a number of important projects in his new position.”'
Bills Today: Decision to return to Bills an easy one for Humber [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“You can fit into any scheme, it’s all about the want to,” Humber said. “I don’t think size matters. Schemes do matter for certain players, but it’s the want and will to beat a block, to even get open. I like the 4-3 system a lot better than the 3-4, but I think you have to understand your players and what they’re capable of doing.”'
Odds on Taylor; Bona women to play at La Salle [8:35 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'His odds are as follows: Buffalo 1/1, Cleveland 7/2, Chicago 4/1, San Francisco 4/1 and the N.Y. Jets 6/1.'
Report: Taylor medically cleared from surgery [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'An injury clause in Taylor's contract means, if he can't pass a physical examination by the March 11 deadline the Bills have to decide whether to pick up the option on extending his deal, the team would automatically owe him his $27.5 million guarantee.'
Free agency focus: What to do with RT Jordan Mills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One of Mills' biggest supporters was Aaron Kromer, the team's former offensive line coach who is now with the L.A. Rams. While it's unclear what the new coaching staff, including offensive line coach Juan Castillo, thinks about Mills, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the team try and upgrade at the position. If Mills is willing to come back on a cheap, one-year contract, he would provide solid depth up front. If he's looking for a longer deal with starting money, however, it's time for him to move on.'
Vic Carucci's Power Take: McDermott keeps info flow below a trickle [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDermott’s input carries substantial weight, because what the Bills do with the quarterback’s contract extension will reveal whether he feels the urgency to try to win now or build long-term. His ability to keep something as big as that under wraps is telling about the new way business is being conducted at One Bills Drive.'
Deshaun Watson predicted to be Buffalo Bills' 2017 starting QB by ESPN Insider [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The feeling here is that Clemson's Watson is the first quarterback taken in the draft, to the Bills at No. 10 overall. It could also be North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky, but we're giving the edge to Watson. The Bills are reluctant to pay Tyrod Taylor $18 million per year, so he's likely to play elsewhere in 2017. Some in the organization believe Cardale Jones could start, but Watson has a better body of work."'
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor medically cleared from groin surgery (report) [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Buffalo Bills recently received good news on quarterback Tyrod Taylor according to a report. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday that Taylor has been medically cleared from groin surgery.'
Mock watch 3.0: Bills pulling the trigger on a QB? [1:54 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'With that, here’s a third look around the NFL mock draft scene ahead of April’s draft...'.
Bills must decide what to do with QB Taylor [1:53 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'At this point, the only certainty on the Bills quarterback depth chart is that 2016 fourth-round pick Cardale Jones will be in the mix in one form or another in 2017.'
Report: Taylor medically cleared from surgery [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Buffalo has a decision to make on Taylor and his contract for the upcoming season. The Bills have until March 11 to decide whether or not to exercise the contract extension he signed during training camp, which would kick in the remaining five years of the deal.'
NFL Network report: 'Probably a better chance' Bills keep Tyrod Taylor [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With less than three weeks until that deadline, reports can be expected with increased frequency. One of those came Tuesday morning from one of the league's most plugged-in reporters, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.'
Free agency focus: What to do with DT Corbin Bryant [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He won't come with a big price tag, so keeping Bryant on a short-term, low-money deal should be a priority.'
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