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Buffalo Bills News - April 25, 2017

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] 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.'

Marker Bills decline to match Patriots' offer for RB Gillislee [1:38 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'A fifth-round pick in 2013, Gillislee rushed for 577 yards and eight touchdowns on 101 carries last season as LeSean McCoy's backup in Buffalo.'

Marker Mike Gillislee to sign with Pats after Bills decline to match offer [1:37 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Gillislee, 26, was the Bills' No. 2 running back last season behind LeSean McCoy, rushing 101 times for 577 yards and eight touchdowns. Among NFL running backs with a qualifying number of carries, Gillislee led the league in yards per rush (5.71), rushes per touchdown (12.6), first-down rate on rushes (38.6 percent) and third-down conversion rate on rushes (75 percent).'

Marker Breaking: Bills do not match Patriots offer to Gillislee [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Not matching the contract means the Bils will receive the first of the Patriots' two fifth round picks in this week's draft, No. 163 overall. It also means the Bills will clear $1.798 million from their 2017 salary cap, the amount Gillislee was already counting on his RFA tender.'

Marker Bills let RB Gillislee walk to Patriots, get 5th round pick [1:35 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Given that Gillislee's new first-year salary would eat up over 20-percent of the Bills' remaining cap room, that he'll be 28 years old by the end of the deal, and because they'll be getting a much-needed fifth-round pick out of the deal, letting the running back go is the best decision for all parties.'

Marker Bills have RB options on roster and in draft [1:34 AM] reports: '“The best running back group I've seen in a decade,” said NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah. “So it's loaded at that position with high-end talent as well as depth.”'

Marker Bills pass on Gillislee offer sheet; acquire 5th-round pick from Pats [1:33 AM] reports: 'New England’s offer sheet makes Gillislee one of the highest-paid committee running backs in the league. The Patriots also signed RB Rex Burkhead this offseason, who will join Dion Lewis and James White.'

Marker Bills Today: ESPN’s Reiss comments on fate of Gillislee [1:32 AM] reports: '“I think it’s timely to point out the Bills didn’t do that last year when New England signed restricted free-agent receiver Chris Hogan to an offer sheet,” he said. “In that situation, the club was decisive in reporting to the NFL almost immediately that it wouldn’t match Hogan’s offer sheet.”'

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April 24, 2017

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Alabama S Eddie Jackson [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jackson added two touchdowns on punt returns during his Alabama career. What makes that more impressive is it came on just 11 returns, all of which came during his senior year. He averaged a whopping 23 yards on those returns.'

Marker Buffalo Bills should avoid QB in first round [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Most draft experts believe the Bills taking a QB would be a mistake because they do have Taylor in place, none of these four are considered ready to step in and start right away, and Buffalo has several other pressing needs beginning at cornerback and wide receiver.'

Marker BDN mock draft 2.0: Bills stick to offense [1:57 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Mike Williams, WR, Clemson.'

Marker Bills' decision on Gillislee looms Monday afternoon [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'LeSean McCoy will count for $8.875M on the team’s cap this year. New FB Patrick DiMarco, signed as a free agent, is scheduled to count $1.85M. Mike Tolbert and Joe Banyard, both signed to veteran minimum deals, will count $695K and $690K, respectively. Second-year RB Jonathan Williams’ cap number is just over $600K.'

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