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Buffalo Bills News - April 29, 2017

Marker Five things to know about new Bills WR Zay Jones [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How good are his hands? The analytics website Pro Football Focus charged Jones with just six drops on 164 catchable passes last year.'

Marker Zay Jones drafted by Bills ... while wearing O.J. Simpson-inspired T-shirt [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The shirt looks to be inspired by the famous police chase involving former Bills running back O.J. Simpson in the white Ford Bronco. Only in the image on his shirt, it's not the Bronco being followed by police, but rather a bunch of Broncos tailing a police car.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Hot Read: Keep hopes modest for Jones [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So history shows they're not likely to find a legitimate No. 1 wideout that late in the draft, at least for this scouting department. Jones certainly has impressive numbers. He set an FBS record with 158 catches for East Carolina last season and 399 receptions for his career. But he didn't do it against the best competition and he scored only eight TDs last season.'

Marker Bills pick Temple OL Dion Dawkins in 2nd round [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dawkins is expected to compete with Jordan Mills and others for the starting spot at right tackle.'

Marker Five things to know about new Bills OL Dion Dawkins [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dawkins was arrested in March 2015 with teammate Haason Reddick for an assault outside a Philadelphia nightclub. Although he wasn't suspended, he served in a diversionary program. Dawkins and Bills coach Sean McDermott largely sidestepped questions about that incident Friday.'

Marker Bills wheel and deal in second round to address needs [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For Jones, they made a deal with the Los Angeles Rams to jump from the 44th spot in the second round to 37th. The Bills also gave the Rams the 91st overall pick, in the third round, which they acquired from the Kansas City Chiefs to move down from 10th to 27th to grab White Thursday night. Buffalo also picked up the 149th overall selection, in Saturday's fifth round.'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts on second round of NFL Draft: Quarterback doesn't figure in [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDermott simply didn't see anyone at the position that convinced him needed to be on the roster this year, even as a backup. The plan is clearly to allow Tyrod Taylor to function as a bridge for the QB the Bills will likely pursue next year, when they have two first-round picks (including the one they picked up from Kansas City to allow the Chiefs to move up to No. 10 to take Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes).'

Marker Bills' first-round pick White: 'I want to be one of the best' [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"My whole deal, I want to be one of the best to go down and play defensive back," White said during a news conference Friday after arriving at One Bills Drive. "And I feel like, early in my career, for me in my rookie year to match up against those guys is a good stepping stone and it's a good learning curve. I feel like I'm going to come and I'm going to compete well and I'm going to try to make it hard for those guys, I know that.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Tre'Davious White is a character Bills fans can embrace [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I just want to be different," White said. "My mindset is different. Growing up, I had a lot of family members and a lot of my best friends go the wrong route. I didn't want to do that. You'll hear me say over and over again, my purpose is to motivate and inspire.'

Marker What They Said: Bills draft pick Tre'Davious White [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I just feel I can bring some depth to this secondary. We already have some great players, some players that I’ve watched for some time in Micah Hyde – I watched him when he was in Green Bay. I’ve watched a lot of (Ronald) Darby when I was in college and he was at Florida State. He was another guy. And then we have Jordan Poyer here too. There’s definitely some guys that I’ve watched at LSU and I’m looking forward to just coming in and adding to the great players that we already have.'

Marker Bills have retained NFL's fewest draft picks since 2010 [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Recent history suggests not all of them will be around long. According to research from the website spotrac.com, the Bills have relinquished nearly 71 percent of the 55 players who they have drafted since 2010, the most in the NFL. "Relinquished" could mean the player signed as a free agent with another team, or was cut, traded or retired.'

Marker Bills unlikely to pick up 5th-year option on Watkins' contract [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The fifth-year option would cost the Bills $13.258 million, which is guaranteed against injury. The franchise tag is expected to be roughly $3 million more.'

Marker Bills ticket prices to fluctuate based on demand [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Prices for individual game tickets at New Era Field will be categorized into five tiers – platinum, gold, silver, bronze and preseason – based on the Bills' opponent and time of the year.'

Marker Experts praise Bills pick, draft gets big bang in local ratings [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Riddick, who is the brother of former Bill Robb Riddick and my favorite ESPN analyst, had the highest praise: He said White would have been the first corner he would have taken in the draft. That was saying something since Ohio State's Marshon Lattimore was the No. 11 pick by New Orleans, Alabama corner Marlon Humphrey was the 16th pick by Baltimore, USC's Adoree' Jackson was No. 18 by Tennessee and Ohio State's Gareon Conley was picked No. 24 by Oakland. (In his mock draft, Riddick had White being taken with the fifth pick.)'

Marker Needs the Bills can fill on Day Two [1:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills would love to come out of this year's draft with a starting right tackle, No. 2 receiver and weak-side linebacker. With three picks Friday, those positions will undoubtedly be under the microscope. Here is a look at five of the top available players heading into the draft's second day at the Bills' positions of need...'.

Marker Second-round mock draft fills another position of need for Bills [1:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills – Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina. With a couple of teams ahead of them who could use a wide receiver, the Bills will probably have some anxious moments. If Jones gets to them, he fills an obvious need and will compete immediately to be the No. 2 receiver.'

Marker Bills get WR Zay Jones, OT Dion Dawkins in NFL Draft by making deals [1:41 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Thanks to a dizzying flurry of trades across Thursday and Friday night, the Bills addressed all three areas. It was a little crazy, all the flipping of picks, but in the end, the Bills knew exactly what their prime needs were, and they took an aggressive approach to shore them up.'

Marker Buffalo trades up for second, third picks [1:40 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'His dad is Robert Jones, a Cowboys linebacker for 10 seasons, including three that ended in Super Bowl victories, two of them when Dallas beat Buffalo. Zay’s uncle is Jeff Blake who had a 14-year NFL career as a quarterback, making the Pro Bowl as a Bengal.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Buffalo Bills trade up to select East Carolina WR Zay Jones [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In addition to swapping second round picks, the Bills gave the Los Angeles Rams one of their third round picks, No. 91 overall, and received the Rams' fifth round pick, No. 149 overall, in return.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Grading Buffalo Bills' pick of East Carolina WR Zay Jones [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jones fills a huge need for the Bills, who have Sammy Watkins and not much else at wide receiver. Jones will immediately compete with Philly Brown and Andre Holmes to be the No. 2 receiver in Buffalo, and it's not hard to envision him winning the job.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Zay Jones highlights, stats, other info (5 things to know) [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jones clearly knows how to get open on the field. The East Carolina wide receiver finished his career with 399 receptions. His most productive season came in 2016 when he recorded a ridiculous 158 receptions for 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: National media grades Buffalo Bills' selection of WR Zay Jones [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo was praised by the national media for trading down and selecting LSU cornerback Tre'Davious White in the first round. Grades for East Carolina wide receiver Zay Jones have been just as positive.'

Marker Buffalo Bills second-round pick Zay Jones shown wearing O.J. Simpson chase T-shirt [1:35 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As pointed out by SB Nation, Jones was shown wearing a shirt that featured former Bills running back O.J. Simpson. The shirt puts a spin on Simpson's slow-speed car chase from 1994. Instead of the police trailing Simpson, the shirt shows a series of white Ford Broncos trailing a police car. More than likely it was just an odd coincidence, but Jones' shirt certainly had Bills fans talking.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Buffalo Bills trade up to No. 63 to select Temple OL Dion Dawkins [1:34 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo traded three picks to the Atlanta Falcons to move up to No. 63. Atlanta received the 75th, 149th and 156 picks from the Bills.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Grading Buffalo Bills' trade and pick of Temple OL Dion Dawkins [1:33 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As a player, Dawkins has a ton of room to grow, but he had a productive final season in college. According to Pro Football Focus, Dawkins ranked in the top 10 in the country in both run-blocking and pass-blocking efficiency. He allowed just two sacks, two quarterback hits and five hurries this season at Temple.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Dion Dawkins highlights, stats, other info (5 things to know) [1:32 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Head coach Sean McDermott said that Dawkins will get the opportunity to compete for a starting job on Buffalo's offensive line at right tackle. His biggest competitor for the job will be Jordan Mills. The veteran lineman has struggled in his career so Dawkins has a chance to start immediately.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Social media reaction to Tre'Davious White joining Buffalo Bills [1:31 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ed Orgeron, White's coach at LSU, praised the Bills' first pick for being a terrific player and person.'

Marker Will the Buffalo Bills pick up Sammy Watkins' fifth-year option? [1:30 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It's important to note that the Bills wouldn't be giving up on Watkins by declining the fifth-year option. The former No. 4 overall pick would make $13.258 (guaranteed for injury) in 2018 if the Bills picked up the option. If they decline the option, Watkins would be eligible to become a free agent after the 2017 season, but the Bills could still place the franchise tag on Watkins. That would be more expensive than the option, but it gives the Bills the luxury of time to make the decision.'

Marker NFL Mock Draft 2017: Predicting Buffalo Bills' 7 remaining picks [1:29 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If the Bills decide to add a running back during this draft, Wyoming's Brian Hill would be a nice fit. He can do a bit of everything and had over 1,800 rushing yards to go with 22 touchdowns last season. Buffalo has to replace Mike Gillislee somehow.'

Marker Which draft picks do Buffalo Bills have remaining in 2017 and 2018 NFL draft? [1:28 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Heading into the second night of the draft, here's a look at Buffalo's remaining draft picks this year and the team's picks in 2018.'

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