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Buffalo Bills News - April 30, 2016

Marker Despite drafting QB Cardale Jones, Bills 'very comfortable' with EJ Manuel as backup [11:22 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He's going to come in and be a No. 3, be able to develop, be able to learn under some professionals that have been at their craft for a while with EJ (Manuel) and Tyrod (Taylor)," Whaley said. "We like his skill set. I mean, he's got the talent to possibly be a franchise guy."'

Marker Grading the Buffalo Bills pick of Arkansas' Jonathan Williams [11:21 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo hasn't hesitated to draft players with lingering medical issues in this draft. While the Williams pick is a bit of a luxury, and his health is uncertain, the Bills couldn't pass on the value. Williams may have been a third round pick if not for the injury.'

Marker Grading the Bills pick of Ohio State's Cardale Jones [11:21 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jones' inexperience makes him a mystery for NFL teams. At 6-feet-5-inches tall and 253 pounds, Jones has the prototypical build for the position. It doesn't hurt that he has arguably the strongest arm of any quarterback in the draft. He also failed to show the consistency NFL teams love to see from college prospects at the position.'

Marker Buffalo Bills select Jonathan Williams in fifth round [11:20 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This is the second draft in a row in which the Bills have drafted a running back in the fifth round after taking Karlos Williams from Florida State a year ago.'

Marker Buffalo Bills select Cardale Jones in fourth round [11:19 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Cardale Jones has more upside than any quarterback left on the board. While he was benched during his final season at Ohio State, Jones has all of the physical ability to develop into a starting quarterback. During Ohio State's national championship run in 2014, Jones looked like a future star.'

Marker Bills select Ohio State QB Cardale Jones 139th overall [11:16 PM]
AP reports: '"I'm going to have a tough time believing somebody had a better draft," Ryan said. "But it will be proved out as the years go on ... it just so happened that these landed really great."'

Marker Bills sign Glenn Gronkowski, brother of Pats tight end Rob [11:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Glenn would be the fourth Gronkowski brother with NFL experience. Besides Rob, Chris and Dan also played professionally.'

Marker Bills draft 'piece of clay' at quarterback [11:13 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"This guy has stuff to work on, but he doesn't have any muscle memory already ingrained in him that's bad," said general manager Doug Whaley. "We've got a piece of clay and we can mold him and we have some qualified guys to mold him. This guy's a proven winner, he's driven, he's undefeated. We got a nice guy to work with, with a high upside. We like his skill set, and he has the potential to be a franchise guy. Is he there yet? Absolutely not."'

Marker Bills go quarterback in fourth round [11:10 PM]
WROC-TV reports: 'That's the carrot. If Jones can learn to read NFL defenses, manage a pro offense and smooth out the accuracy issues, his physical traits are almost unmatched.'

Marker Bills get a Gronk, sign FB Glenn Gronkowski [11:07 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The 6-foot-2, 239-pound Gronkowski will be the fourth brother to have gotten some time in the NFL. Besides Rob, his older brothers Dan and Chris also spent some time playing professional football. He'll likely have to make his mark on special teams in order to crack the 53-man roster in Buffalo.'

Marker Bills take a QB, select Cardale Jones in the 4th [11:07 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Jones was the starter for Ohio State when they captured the National Championship after the 2014 season, and after his performance during that run, was thought to be one of the top prospects for the upcoming year. After starting the season for the Buckeyes, Jones was benched in the middle of the season for backup J.T. Barrett.'

Marker Why Bills fans should embrace drafting Cardale Jones [11:06 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Based on some of the reactions to the pick, some would think he's done something to personally wrong some of the fan base.'

Marker Will. South, UB QB Licata gets Bills tryout [11:06 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have extended an invite to Licata to participate in the team's rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, a league source confirmed to 7 ABC. The three-day minicamp takes place this coming weekend, from Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8.'

Marker Bills WR Listenbee ran 4.39 with a double hernia [11:05 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'While there isn't a way to validate his claims, everyone can agree on one thing: he's very, very fast. Listenbee ran a 4.39 40-yard dash, but did so with a double sports hernia. The 4.39 time was the second-best time at the 2016 NFL Combine, and with that injury, it makes it all the more impressive.'

Marker Bills add RB, pick Jonathan Williams in 5th [11:04 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Williams will compete with Mike Gillislee and James Wilder, Jr. to be the third-string running back in 2016.'

Marker With final pick, Bills take USC CB Seymour [11:03 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Seymour ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at the 2016 NFL Combine -- the same time as the Bills' other sixth-round selection, wide receiver Kolby Listenbee. To make the roster, he'll likely need to compete with free agent acquisitions Corey White, Sterling Moore, and Javier Arenas.'

Marker Why Cardale Jones getting benched at OSU helps the Bills [11:02 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"I mean, this guy, he's got some stuff to work on, but he doesn't have any muscle memory already ingrained in him that's bad," general manager Doug Whaley said right after the pick was made. "So we got a piece of clay and we can mold him and with our offensive staff, I'm very, very happy to know that we got some qualified guys to help mold him."'

Marker Williamsville native Glenn Gronkowski agrees to terms with Bills [10:58 PM] reports: 'Gronkowski, the younger brother of New England All-Pro TE Rob Gronkowski, played his college ball at Kansas State where he appeared in 39 games over the last three seasons including 20 starts. He had 15 catches in his college career with five going for touchdowns as he proved to be a good goal line receiving threat.'

Marker Bills add speed with final two picks [10:57 PM] reports: '“It was definitely amazing,” Listenbee said over a conference call after being drafted. “I feel like it was a harmony, you know what I’m saying. The coaches and stuff, Sanjay (Lal) was really cool, I had the president, the GM, the (chief) of personnel, all of them, we had dinner and stuff. I enjoyed myself really. I loved it over there.”'

Marker 5 things to know about CB Kevon Seymour [10:57 PM] reports: 'Seymour sprained his knee in the Trojans game against Idaho and sat out two games after that. Then he sprained it again when USC got ready to play Wisconsin and missed that game. In all, he appeared in 11 games for the Trojans in 2015 and started four of them.'

Marker Yards after contact is RB Jonathan Williams calling card [10:56 PM] reports: '“Oh, he’s downhill, straight ahead, great vision instincts inside the tackles. He’s not a 4.4 blazer; he’s a 220, just downhill back,” said Monos.'

Marker 5 things to know about WR Kolby Listenbee [10:55 PM] reports: 'The Bills sixth-round pick is a speedster who can stretch the field to say the least. A deep threat specialist, Listenbee ran a 4.34 40 time at the TCU pro day. He also had a 35 ½-inch vertical leap with both numbers strong indicators of his explosion. His average of almost 20 yards a reception (19.9) demonstrates his big play ability.'

Marker QB Cardale Jones will have time to grow [10:55 PM] reports: '“He doesn’t have that much experience and he got benched this year,” said Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos. “He’s an easy guy to write off, he really is. We put a lot of work in on him and felt very strongly that he has a chance.”'

Marker 5 things to know about Jonathan Williams [10:54 PM] reports: '“Even though I missed a year,” Williams said in March, “it was more of a break. It wasn’t something that built up a lot of rust.”'

Marker 5 things to know about QB Cardale Jones [10:54 PM] reports: '“I assumed they were very interested based on my visit,” said Jones. “Coach Ryan was extremely honest with me. We had six Ohio State guys up there on the visit. He kind of told us straight to our face, particularly me and Adolphus (Washington), ‘Hey if we get a chance to get both of you guys when our picks are up we’re going to draft you guys.’ Just being around a guy like that from the beginning who is putting it all out on the table and let us know he didn’t bring us up there for no reason was a great showing.”'

Marker Bills expected to pick QB ... but who will it be? [12:49 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Friday night, Whaley said the value just didn’t add up for the Bills with any of the quarterbacks still available when it was Buffalo’s turn to pick in the second and third rounds. I completely agree with him on the second-round assessment, though I did think Michigan State’s Connor Cook would get chosen in that round by someone, and I thought the Bills might take the leap with the 49th overall pick.'

Marker Whaley says Ragland worth moving up for [9:13 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Was the move too expensive? “Not for a caliber of player this high,” Whaley maintained. “For us, for what we need and what he brings to this team and the type of player (he is), a fourth rounder this year, when we have two, and a fourth rounder next year … we thought we made out on it.”'

Marker Bills make loud statement about defensive improvement [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We made a concerted effort last year for offense, we improved it,” General Manager Doug Whaley said. “This year, we made a concerted effort for defense, and we’re looking for improvement.”'

Marker Bills trade up, make Alabama LB Reggie Ragland their second-round pick [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We'll have two guys that our defensive players that play football well," Whaley said. "You've got a guy in Ragland that's 258 and runs in the 4.6s. I think a lot of people think this guy is a true 'Mike,' but we feel he can play 'Will.' And with Preston at 'Mike,' I think we've got two physical linebackers that fit our defensive scheme (that we're trying to build in Buffalo. And that's tough, physical players."'

Marker Bills use third-round pick on Ohio State DT Adolphus Washington [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'General Manager Doug Whaley said Washington would compete for a starting spot. Whaley also said Washington had some pass-rush moves, "which is rare for an inside player," but also said he needs to work on his techniques.'

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