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Buffalo Bills News - April 30, 2017

Marker St. Johns County’s Nathan Peterman selected in fifth round by Buffalo Bills [1:20 AM]
Saint Augustine Record reports: '“It was pretty emotional,” Peterman said. “We were riding the roller coaster of the draft. You have expectations going in, hopes and dreams. When that call came in, it was really emotional. It was humbling and we were really thankful for the opportunity they are giving me. I can’t wait to get to work up there.”'

Marker Bills select former Boise State linebacker Tanner Vallejo in sixth round [1:19 AM]
Idaho Statesman reports: 'On ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr. said that Vallejo “has a shot,” while fellow broadcaster Bucky Brooks said the Bills’ draft “is blue collar, top to bottom.”'

Marker Nevada Union graduate selected by Buffalo Bills [1:18 AM]
Wildwood Independent reports: 'Vallejo took his talents from Nevada Union to Boise State. He put up impressive numbers each year there before he injured his wrist his senior year and had to have surgery after nine games. The Bills, however, liked the potential and chose to give Vallejo a closer look.'

Marker Louisville TE Keith Towbridge signs with Buffalo Bills as undrafted free agent [1:17 AM]
Louisville Courier Journal reports: 'The 6-foot-5 Towbridge, whose playing weight was listed at 265 pounds last season, looked trimmer and faster than ever at U of L's recent pro day, and he was said to have run a faster time than fellow tight end Cole Hikutini.'

Marker WSSU's Polite to sign free agent deal with Bills [1:16 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: '“Right after the draft the Bills’ offensive line coach (Juan Castillo) called me and he said all the paperwork and everything they need will be done by Monday,” said Polite, who is 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds and who attended the Wake Forest Pro Day last month.'

Marker Former Cumberland Valley standout Jeremy Salmon gets shot with Buffalo Bills [1:15 AM]
Harrisburg Patriot News reports: '“It was a little strange because I never talked to them,” he said. “They didn’t even know I had an agent, and that’s one of the first things they said, ‘You don’t have an agent do you?’'

Marker Buffalo Bills backtrack on receiver Keevan Lucas; QB Dane Evans signs with Jets [1:14 AM]
Tulsa World reports: '“The Bills withdrew their offer,” Lucas posted on Twitter. “When the opportunity comes along, I will make the most of it.”'

Marker Jets, Bills load up at safety in NFL draft in an effort to slow Patriots offense [1:13 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'A similar theme followed when the Bills’ first pick was Adams’ college teammate Tre’Davious White, the 27th selection. One of the top cornerbacks in the draft, White is more than just a replacement for Stephon Gilmore, the Pats’ new $14 million man who was signed as a restricted free agent. White played on the outside, at nickel corner and even at safety at times in college.'

Marker Bills take methodical draft approach under McDermott [1:12 AM]
AP reports: '"These moves were if our player was there. We were going to look to do something as opposed to sitting around," McDermott said. "We were able to do some things with that first-round pick where we gained some ammunition to be able to move some things around."'

Marker Bills' Sean McDermott: No player will be handed starting QB job [1:11 AM]
ESPN reports: '"They're going to compete, just like the rest of them," McDermott said of Peterman's and Jones' standing on the roster. "Nothing is promised to anyone. We're going to compete every day. [Even] I've got to earn my spot. You guys have heard me say that before."'

Marker 2017 NFL Draft: Bills look for late-round quarterback gem with Nathan Peterman [1:10 AM]
CBS Sports reports: '"I think Buffalo got an incredible steal in Nathan," he said in a statement. "He is a highly intelligent player and leader. There's a reason he was the ACC's pass efficiency (leader) as a senior. He played a major role in orchestrating one of the nation's most explosive scoring offenses. Nathan will be a great asset on and off the field for the Bills."'

Marker Bills coach won't promise Tyrod Taylor the starting job after drafting Peterman [1:09 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Not long after the Bills took Peterman in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Saturday, McDermott said that the rookie will have a chance to do more than just learn from presumed starter. According to McDermott, Peterman will compete with Taylor and second-year backup Cardale Jones for the Bills' starting job.'

Marker La Canfora: It's 'very possible' the Bills front office undergoes 'a major shake [1:08 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Continue to hear a major shake-up of Bills front office is very possible if not probable. Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane top candidate.'

Marker Bills take LB Milano, QB Peterman in fifth round of NFL Draft [1:07 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 6' 0", 225-pound linebacker spent four years with the Eagles totaling 140 career tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss, one interception and 14.0 sacks. The Orlando, Florida native was named the team's most valuable player this past season, and was named as a 2016 first-team All-ACC player from Pro Football Focus.'

Marker Bills close out NFL Draft by taking LB Vallejo [1:06 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Vallejo's best season perhaps came in his sophomore season with a team-high 99 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and an interception. He was also named to the 2014 All-Mountain West Second-Team roster. At the 2014 Vizio Fiesta Bowl, Vallejo registered 14 total tackles and 1.5 sacks in Boise State's 38-30 win over the Arizona Wildcats. With his performance, Vallejo earned the Defensive Most Valuable Player honors.'

Marker McDermott wheels and deals for versatile, experienced draft class [1:05 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Whether Doug Whaley is still in control of the 53-man roster or not, it’s clear McDermott has a big say in what’s happening in the Bills Draft War Room. He even referred to himself in the first person when talking about the first trade made, saying, for example, "I didn't want to" trade all the way out of the first round. So wheteher both have equal power in the process, or McDermott was making the final call, this draft class will forever be attached to him. And that say has been all about wheeling and dealing since the draft kicked off Thursday night.'

Marker Bills fill another need, take LB Matt Milano in 5th round [1:04 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'When watching him play, you could see a player that feels very comfortable in space and moves fairly well, but even though he's a quick mover, he can get caught in coverage with a little bit of tightness. He is, however, an explosive player that can help bridge the gap in some coverage woes he may have.'

Marker Bills get a QB, take Nathan Peterman in Round 5 [1:03 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'This is a great pickup for the Buffalo Bills at this point of the draft for one very important reason. Though you have some concerns with Peterman -- hence, the reason he dropped into the fifth round altogether -- the Bills using the selection on the quarterback signals a changing of the guard in draft philosophy over at One Bills Drive.'

Marker Bills round out draft with LB Tanner Vallejo [1:02 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Vallejo’s 2016 season was mostly defined by injuries. He’s a smaller linebacker at 6-foot-1 and 228-pounds but I believe he has the quickness to likely play either middle linebacker or weakside linebacker in Sean McDermott’s scheme.'

Marker 7 takeaways from Bills HC Sean McDermott (4/29/17) [1:01 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'But when that draft inevitably gets here, no matter who the general manager is at One Bills Drive, the ‘one voice’ approach with McDermott as the front man of the band will continue.'

Marker UB's Jordan Johnson signs with Bills as UDFA [1:00 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Over his career with the Bulls, Johnson rushed for more than 2,200 yards, including 1,040 this past season as a senior. He also ran for six touchdowns.'

Marker Report: Major Bills front office move "very possible if not probable" [12:59 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Beane turns 40 in 2017 and interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers in January for their vacancy at general manager. He was with the Panthers for all six years that new Bills head coach McDermott was the defensive coordinator there.'

Marker Bills take two LBs late for special teams [12:58 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Both Milano, 40 career games at Boston College, and Vallejo, 46 games at Boise State, contributed on defense and on special teams at their respected universities. That is where they are expected to make an immediate impact while also competing for time on defense.'

Marker Bills place value on accuracy with pro-style QB Peterman [12:57 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We visited with Nathan here and the success speaks for itself at the position in terms of what he’s gone through,” said head coach Sean McDermott. “He faced some adversity early on in his career at Tennessee. He showed a tremendous amount of grit and turned that into a positive in terms of his career at Pitt.”'

Marker Bills zero in on players who offer experience and consistency [12:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“That’s huge,” said McDermott of the lengthy resumes of his newest players. “You look at the consistency with that, being on the field, the ability to sustain success. The consistency and the ability to sustain success is all part of it when you’re investing in a player.”'

Marker 5 things to know about Matt Milano [12:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Milano barely came off the field in his last two years, playing more than 94% of their defensive snaps. He totaled 13 snaps in the last two years at BC. Milano found the end zone last November, when he scored on a 19-yard interception against UConn.'

Marker 5 things to know about Nathan Peterman [12:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Playing in 3 different offenses helped,” he said. “Knowing I can learn an offense extremely quick and master an offense quickly is just going to help me. I've been in some pro-style systems as well. I've been under center, I’ve been in the huddle, I’ve been in the no-huddle. I've done it all and I'm ready to do it at the next level."'

Marker 5 things to know about LB Tanner Vallejo [12:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Vallejo earned Most Valuable Player honors in the Mountain West conference championship game after posting 13 tackles and an interception return for a touchdown. He followed that up with 14.5 tackles and 1.5 sacks to garner Fiesta Bowl MVP honors as well.'

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April 29, 2017

Marker Top pick shows character that the Bills valued [1:58 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I was never somebody to hoot and holler and try to motivate people that way,” he said. “I was always sort of a guy to go about my business. The reason why I’m having this success is because I’m working and I’m striving for excellence and it’s all about a process with me."'

Marker Bills make East Carolina WR Zay Jones 2nd-round pick [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 50 career games at East Carolina, Jones caught a staggering 399 passes for 4,279 yards (but averaged only 10.7 yards per catch) and 23 touchdowns.'

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