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Buffalo Bills News - April 26, 2017

Marker Bucky Gleason: Gillislee the latest example of Bills' loss becoming Pats' gain [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills fans must be shuddering at the notion of Gillislee playing against them twice a year, knowing the Pats rarely make mistakes in evaluation and don't compound them when they do. Bill Belichick has a specific role waiting for Gillislee. It's only a matter of time before the Bills' loss becomes the Patriots' gain.'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: East Carolina WR Zay Jones [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jones' college stats jump off the page – he set the NCAA record for most receptions in a career (399) and the single-season record with 158 catches in 2016, which went for 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns. A first- or second-team All-American by most media outlets, he was also a first-team American Athletic Conference selection.'

Marker Jim Kelly honored at New York gala [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jim Kelly received the "Leadership in Health Award" for his for his courageous battles with cancer and his work with his two foundations, Hunter’s Hope, which aims to raise awareness of Krabbe Leukodystrophy and search for a cure, and Kelly for Kids, which serves disadvantaged and disabled youth in Buffalo, New York.'

Marker Bills should find an ace in a deep draft for cornerbacks [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I certainly understand where you’re coming from on that, but we’re going to look at every position to improve this football team,” said coach Sean McDermott, honoring the long-standing NFL tradition of being as vanilla as possible, especially at this time of the year.'

Marker Rookie coach McDermott's voice gains prominence with Bills [1:54 AM]
AP reports: '"I think if you go out into the parking lot and you look at my car and the type of car I drive, I think you'd see that I'm not into flash. I drive a pickup truck," McDermott said. "We're going to do the right thing for this organization. If it's a flashy guy, it's a flashy guy for the right reasons. If it's not, so be it."'

Marker Bills best/worst-case draft scenarios [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Two quarterbacks and two running backs go in the first nine picks. Then within the other four there is one surprise (a player not listed above). That would leave four picks before the Bills selection and Garrett, Thomas, Adams, Hooker, Lattimore, and Howard all still available.'

Marker The McDermott prototype? 5 cornerbacks Bills could target on Day Two [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'When it comes to the boundary cornerbacks, it’s clear what McDermott looks for in his cornerbacks. They need the height, they need the weight, they need to be able to tackle well, they don’t have to necessarily run all that fast in the 40-yard dash, and they have to be long-limbed.'

Marker Cornerback or safety for Bills at 10? History suggests you think again [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Out of 25 defensive backs over the last 18 years, how many were a first round pick? One.'

Marker Top 6 from Facebook Live with G Richie Incognito [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'To prove his best friend wrong, Richie demonstrated on Facebook that he can bend down and not only touch his toes while keeping his legs straight, but also place his entire palms flat on the turf. (watch around the 6:50 mark to see for yourself) He credits his high school football coach, who was also the school’s track coach, for inspiring his passion for staying flexible.'

Marker Bills Today: Jonathan Williams primed for opportunity [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s not going to change my preparation just because he’s not here,” said Williams. “My preparation already had being the best I can be in mind. I’m just excited for the opportunity.”'

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April 25, 2017

Marker Bills don't match offer sheet, lose Gillislee to Patriots [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Last season was Gillislee's best in the NFL since the Miami Dolphins made him a fifth-round choice from Florida in 2013. He rushed for 577 yards and eight touchdowns while backing up LeSean McCoy.'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Troy OT Antonio Garcia [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Garcia played basketball in high school, and scouting reports suggest his footwork is strong as a result. His quickness helps him get to the outside to prevent rushers from getting around the edge. He also has the desired arm length for NFL offensive tackles at 33 3/8-inches.'

Marker Tim Graham's Power Take: Thank you, Russ Brandon [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But for a moment, with three NFL teams relocating over the past 14 months, consider the job Brandon did to keep the Bills in Western New York. Brandon maintained the Bills while Ralph Wilson was an absentee owner.'

Marker Buffalo Bills lose Mike Gillislee to New England Patriots [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It’s true that Gillislee has been a solid player in Buffalo since he joined the team late in the 2015 season. That season he broke touchdown runs of 50 yards and 60 yards and averaged 5.68 yards per carry. Last season, Gillislee was the premier backup running back in the NFL. He gained 577 yards and scored nine total touchdowns, while his 5.7-yard per carry average led the league.'

Marker Bills' disastrous 2013 draft: It's like it never happened [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'These days, you simply can’t screw up a draft like the Bills did with this one. At a time when at least a few of those players should be furthering their careers in Buffalo and playing key roles for new coach Sean McDermott, instead, the Bills have nothing. It’s as if they skipped the 2013 draft altogether.'

Marker 4 reasons why the Buffalo Bills decided to decline Mike Gillislee's offer sheet [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Yes, the Bills have Mike Tolbert, Joe Banyard and Cedric O'Neal behind LeSean McCoy, but letting Gillislee go to the Patriots may speak to the confidence the team has second year running back Jonathan Williams. Williams only had 24 carries in his rookie season, but it wasn't long ago that Williams was among the best running backs in the SEC. A foot injury sidelined Williams in his final season at Arkansas, but in 2014 he rushed for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns while forcing 44 missed tackles.'

Marker 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Predicting all 7 Buffalo Bills picks (version 5.0) [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'With the Bills' added pick and the draft just a few days away, here is our latest crack at guessing which NFL Draft prospects will become Buffalo Bills this weekend.'

Marker Buffalo Bills decline offer sheet on RB Mike Gillislee; RB is now a Patriot [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Without Gillislee, the Bills now have a need for depth at running back. LeSean McCoy is one of the best running backs in the league, but the depth chart is thin behind him. Veteran Mike Tolbert will get some time at running back as will Jonathan Williams, a fifth-round pick in 2016. Behind them, Joe Banyard and Cedric O'Neil are the only two running backs on the roster.'

Marker 2017 NFL Draft: Why the Buffalo Bills should avoid Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Sean McDermott has preached character early on in his tenure as Bills head coach. He wants to change the culture by bringing in the right type of people. Kelly doesn't fit.'

Marker Running back Mike Gillislee officially a Patriot [1:50 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Buffalo will receive a fifth-round pick from the Patriots, the 163d overall, in this week’s draft as compensation for the 26-year-old Gillislee.'

Marker Wait is over for new Patriots RB Gillislee [1:49 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Gillislee signed his offer sheet last Tuesday, and the deal includes $4 million for the 2017 season. Shortly thereafter, a source told the Herald the Bills indicated they wouldn’t match the offer, but they held off until yesterday’s deadline before informing Gillislee of their final decision. It was almost certainly a tactic to prevent Gillislee from joining the Patriots as quickly as possible, especially a year after the Bills immediately declined to match wide receiver Chris Hogan’s offer sheet.'

Marker Mike Gillislee officially signs with Patriots after Bills fail to match offer (Report) [1:48 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: 'In Gillislee, the Patriots land one of the most efficient running backs (success on a per-carry basis) last season, completing a now-crowded backfield that consists of Dion Lewis, James White and free agent signing Rex Burkhead.'

Marker Patriots add RB Mike Gillislee after Bills decline offer [1:47 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Patriots structured this deal in a way that made it tough for the Bills to match. Buffalo has around $10.7 million in cap space and since the Patriots’ offer gives Gillislee $4 million this season, it would’ve left their division foes with little cap space heading into the draft.'

Marker Gillislee is newest Patriot [1:46 AM]
Brockton Enterprise reports: 'The bulk of Gillislee’s production came last season when he appeared in 15 games, starting one, gaining 577 yards on 101 carries (a 5.7-yard average) and eight touchdowns, and caught nine passes for 50 yards and one TD as a complement to LeSean McCoy.'

Marker Pats' addition of Gillislee spells end for Blount [1:44 AM]
Atttleboro Sun Chronicle reports: 'This marks the second straight year that the Patriots have plucked a talented player away from Buffalo. Last March, the Patriots signed restricted free agent Chris Hogan away from the Bills with an offer that would have been salary-cap poison in Orchard Park.'

Marker Patriots Punk Bills, Bolster Loaded Offense With Mike Gillislee Signing [1:43 AM]
NESN reports: 'Those poor Bills. Buffalo declined to match the Patriots’ offer to Gillislee (two years, $6.4 million), making him the latest in an ever-growing line of players to change sides in the AFC East rivalry. Wide receiver Chris Hogan swapped Bills Mafia for Patriots Nation when he signed with New England last offseason, and highly touted cornerback Stephon Gilmore followed suit when he inked a five-year, $65 million contract last month. Hogan, like Gillislee, was a restricted free agent, while Gilmore was unrestricted.'

Marker Bills decline to match Patriots offer to RB Mike Gillislee [1:42 AM]
CSN New England reports: 'Gillislee was reportedly extended an offer sheet by the Patriots that is worth $6.4 million and $4 million in the first year. The Bills had the cap space to match the offer, but with LeSean McCoy already atop their depth chart, the price tag may have been too rich for them to choose to hold onto the 26-year-old.'

Marker RB Mike Gillislee now member of Patriots with Bills refusing to match offer [1:41 AM]
WEEI-FM reports: 'Gillislee is the only true in between the tackles back and figures to get most of the carries in obvious running situations.'

Marker Patriots sign restricted free agent RB Mike Gillislee [1:40 AM]
Patriots.com reports: 'Overall, Gillislee has played in 23 NFL games with two starts and has 154 rushing attempts for 865 yards and 11 touchdowns and 15 receptions for 79 yards with one touchdown.'

Marker Bills opt not to match offer sheet for free agent Gillislee [1:39 AM]
AP reports: 'Gillislee's addition increases the likelihood unrestricted free agent LeGarrette Blount won't be re-signed after leading New England in rushing last season. The Patriots now have six running backs under contract.'

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