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Buffalo Bills News - April 21, 2017

Marker Buffalo Bills 2017 schedule released [1:36 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Week 1: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10.'

Marker 5 things to know about Buffalo Bills 2017 schedule [1:35 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Another 1 p.m. game against the New Orleans Saints will be wedged between the team's lone prime-time contest and the only 4 p.m. game on the schedule.'

Marker How many games will the Buffalo Bills win in 2017? [1:34 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: '9-7."

Marker Buffalo Bills lineman Cyrus Kouandjio scaled electric fence nearly in the buff, taken in for observa [1:33 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Police did not detain the 6-foot-7, 322-pound Kouandjio, but the athlete allegedly shouted “Shoot me!” to a Sheriff’s deputy who approached him.'

Marker Cyrus Kouandjio remains hospitalized after requiring first aid in unexplained incident [1:32 AM]
Birmingham News reports: 'The Bills are involved in Phase I of their offseason program. Buffalo coach Sean McDermott answered in response to a question about Kouandjio: "I know we put out a statement. We're going through the process of gathering information, and that's all I can tell you at this time"'

Marker Bills lineman Cyrus Kouandjio hospitalized after police find him in field [1:31 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Kouandjio has played in 25 games with seven starts for the Bills after they drafted him out of Alabama in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft. Ankle injuries have limited his playing time, and he needed surgery after injuring his hip in January of this year. However, he was expected to be back for training camp.'

Marker Police discover Bills lineman Kouandjio wandering in field [1:30 AM]
AP reports: 'It's unclear what Kouandjio was doing or how he got into the field, located about a 5-minute drive from Bills headquarters. Zylka said the player's car was discovered abandoned on a nearby highway by New York State troopers later in the day.'

Marker Bills OL Cyrus Kouandjio hospitalized after police find him partially clothed in a field [1:29 AM]
ESPN reports: '"We're going through the process right now of gathering the information, and that's all I can tell you at this time," Bills coach Sean McDermott said Thursday.'

Marker Bills player reportedly asked police to shoot him after climbing electric fence [1:28 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Kouandjio, who was Buffalo's second-round pick in 2014 and has started seven games over the past three seasons, missed Thursday's minicamp session due to the incident.'

Marker 3 quick reactions to the Bills schedule [1:27 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Coaches and players are creatures of habit. They love routine and want to do everything the exact same way, every week. That's exactly what this schedule offers, outside of only two weeks.'

Marker Bills OT Cyrus Kouandjio reportedly under observation after strange incident with police [1:27 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Kouandjio, 23, was a second-round pick in 2014 and has started seven of the 25 games he’s played in over three seasons.'

Marker Bills wrap-up 3-day vet minicamp in energetic fashion [1:26 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Now that we have Sean here,” he said, “we’re just out on the field competing, flying around. Practice is fun. I’m tired. It’s been an eventful three days. We’re flying around.....(McDermott) is eager to compete. He is an energetic guy. He brings a lot of energy. He wants energy in the meetings. There’s a lot of energy around the building. We’ve got music playing in the hallways. We’ve got music playing in the lunch room. The juices are flowing…..there were some points I was running and didn’t even know where I was running. I just made sure my butt was in gear.”'

Marker Report: Bills OT Cyrus Kouandjio involved in police incident, not arrested [1:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Kouandjio required hip surgery after falling inside his home in January. He was not present for the media portion of the Bills veteran minicamp Thursday in Orchard Park.'

Marker Report: Bills' Kouandjio yelled 'Shoot me!' to police, taken to ECMC [1:24 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It involves offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, who was taken to Erie County Medical Center for observation following an incident with police. Kouandjio had a run-in with police Tuesday on Route 400, and according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office, the player ran into a field just off the road before being approached by police.'

Marker What you need to know about the Bills 2017 schedule [1:23 AM] reports: 'Bills head coach Sean McDermott will be focused on winning the game, but he’s human too. There will likely be some emotions stirring within him leading up to the Week 2 date against the Carolina Panthers as his former NFC club hosts Buffalo Sept. 17th.'

Marker Cornerback important in McDermott's defensive scheme [1:22 AM] reports: '“Corner is an important position and you talk about affecting quarterbacks, right? I’m a big believer in trying to affect quarterbacks from the defensive side of the football, and cornerbacks are an important part of that in terms of that formula,” said McDermott. “That’s a position we’re looking hard at, just like the other positions. We’re taking a long time to detail our work and make sure we’ve got all the ‘I’s dotted and ‘T’s crossed.”'

Marker Bills Today: Jonathan Williams unfazed by Gillislee offer sheet [1:21 AM] reports: '“I’m just going to continue with my preparation,” said Williams. “Nothing changes. Mike was one of my closest friends on the team last year. I hung out with him just about every day last season. But every day is a competition and I was trying to beat him out. I work every day to be the best I can be. So my preparation isn’t going to change. I’m still going to try to be the best running back I can be.”'

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April 20, 2017

Marker Analysis: Mike Gillislee dilemma starts with Jim Overdorf's mismanagement of salary cap [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The bottom line is, the Bills have the cap space if they want to match Gillislee’s offer, particularly with more breathing room opening up after June 1 following the release of Aaron Williams.'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Albany State DL Grover Stewart [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Playing in Division II means there will be a big learning curve for him, but he showed at the NFLPA Bowl after the 2016 season that he can play at a higher level. Expectations for him shouldn't be too high as a rookie, but he should be a rotational player who could develop into more.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Embarrassment over more Patriot pilfering real issue in possi [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Seeing the Patriots looking to reload for another Super Bowl run with the help of former Bills players is what makes the Gillislee situation harder for a lot of the team's loyalists to stomach. Seeing it happen with a restricted free agent for the second offseason in a row is galling to them.'

Marker 2017 NFL Draft: Mel Kiper Jr. makes his 3 ideal picks for Buffalo Bills [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Peppers would be a fun pick for the Bills at 10. McDermott still needs someone who can play the "big nickel" position in his defense. Peppers might be the only one in this draft who can do it given his experience at both linebacker and safety. He would give the Bills tons of flexibility in the packages they could run with his ability to play outside linebacker and also line up in the slot on passing downs. Will he go as high as 10? He certainly could.'

Marker 2017 NFL Draft: Ranking Mike Williams and top 10 wide receivers for Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Mike Williams is exactly the type of physical receiver the Bills need. Some question Williams' pure athleticism, but even without top-end speed, Williams was dominant in college. He consistently wins the battle for contested catches and would be a huge boost to Buffalo's red-zone offense. The top receivers in this draft could be ranked a few different ways depending on team preference, and the Bills should prefer the physicality of Williams.'

Marker Pats offer sheet Bills' RB Mike Gillislee [1:54 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'If Gillislee departs, Buffalo would grab an approximate $1.2 million cap space along with the fifth-round pick, which would bring the Bills back up to seven draft picks this season.'

Marker BDN NFL mock draft with Buffalo, Rochester contributions [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Buffalo Bills: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina.'

Marker Why such a hubbub about Mike Gillislee? [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills, who don’t have much cap space this off season, must not have been too worried about losing their backup running back. They could have practically guaranteed his return with another 900 thousand dollars. Perhaps they figured they’d much rather have the extra fifth round pick. After all, the Bills only have six picks in this years draft.'

Marker Joe B: NFL Mock Draft No. 5 (4/19/17) [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'As we get closer to the draft, I continue to believe that the Bills primary objective should be to move out of their first round selection at 10th overall.'

Marker Bills Today: Corry weighs in on Gillislee offer sheet [1:50 AM] reports: 'The Bills would add a fifth-round pick to their current lot of six draft choices in the 2017 draft if they ultimately choose not to match. In a draft that is uncommonly deep, including the running back position, perhaps it was Buffalo’s intent to have another team try to sign Gillislee in the hopes of adding another draft choice.'

April 19, 2017

Marker Report: Patriots give Bills' Gillislee $6.4-million offer sheet [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the Bills allow Gillislee to join the Patriots, they will be left with four running backs (LeSean McCoy, Jonathan Williams, Joe Banyard, and Cedric O'Neal) and two fullbacks (Patrick DiMarco and Mike Tolbert).'

Marker One reason why Doug Whaley might push for a first-round quarterback [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In Whaley's case, it might also provide job security -- particularly if that player, be it Watson or another QB picked 10th, sits for a year behind Tyrod Taylor. No matter what happens in 2017, Whaley could point to that quarterback as "the future" and build a case that more time is needed to see if that's indeed true.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: First judgments coming for backup QB, No. 2 receiver competit [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The coaches will see how well Tyrod Taylor, T.J. Yates, Cardale Jones, and Josh Woodrum can throw and how the receivers who are healthy enough to participate -- which is likely everyone except Sammy Watkins -- can catch.'

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