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Buffalo Bills News - April 30, 2017

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Sean McDermott finds dream fits in Tre White, Zay Jones for Buffalo Bills [1:29 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As a coach, McDermott has displayed a savage work ethic. He rises early and stays late. He wants the same out of his players. He talks about "the process" and "earning the right to win." He backed up his words with actions on Thursday night and again on Friday night, selecting East Carolina wide receiver Zay Jones, who has a dogged work ethic of his own.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Zay Jones named 2017 NFL draft fantasy football sleeper by Matthew Berry [1:28 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills are still expected to be a run-first team in 2017, but it's hard to argue with Berry's logic. Jones has a legitimate chance to step in immediately as Buffalo's No. 2 wide receiver. With 399 career receptions at East Carolina, it's safe to think that Jones will find ways to get open against NFL defensive backs.'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley could be fired as soon as Sunday (report) [1:27 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'According to Jason LaCanfora of CBS, Buffalo Bills scouts and personnel people have been told to be in the office in the morning. The report adds that news of a change at general managed could be revealed at that meeting, and Carolina Panthers assistant general manager Brandon Beane is thought to be a potential replacement for Whaley.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy on Kiko Alonso: 'His dad probably wishes I'm his son' [1:26 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It was more just, you know, you put me on your page like you made a big tackle. If you look at the stats I had like two touchdowns for a buck-fifty. It didn't make sense to me. You know? I didn't like that. Don't put me on your page. Like, c'mon."'

Marker BC linebacker Matt Milano drafted by Bills [1:25 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Milano, drafted with the 19th pick of the third round and 163rd overall, played in 50 games for BC. He ranks ninth in program history with 31½ tackles for losses, 11 of which came in his senior season. Milano was second on the team in 2016 with 6½ sacks while earning all-ACC honorable mention'

Marker Bills take Orlando's Matt Milano in 5th round of NFL Draft [1:24 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'Milano, the 163rd player chosen overall, was projected as a likely seventh-round pick and the Orlando native had even prepared himself for a possible venture into NFL free agency. He won’t have to go that route now.'

Marker Nathan Peterman, Dorian Johnson among five Pitt players drafted [1:23 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '“I’ve compared him to Trent Green, I’ve heard Kirk Cousins; he could be that type of quarterback in the NFL if his arm continues to get stronger,” ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper said Monday. “He’s got all the other attributes you need.”'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Pitt QB Nathan Peterman goes to Buffalo Bills in the fifth round [1:22 AM]
Harrisburg Patriot News reports: 'Heading into the NFL draft, CBS Sports had Peterman ranked as the No. 6 quarterback and predicted he would get drafted in the third round. Instead, Peterman fell to the fifth round and was the eighth quarterback off the board.'

Marker Bartram Trail’s Nate Peterman a fifth-round pick of Bills [1:21 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: '“Everyone dreams of being the No. 1 pick in the draft,” Peterman said. “…I’m really extremely thankful for the opportunity. It’s just about getting to the NFL. It’s about proving myself. I have always done that. I enjoy the chance to do that again and it seems like God is setting it up for me to do that again.”'

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.'

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