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Buffalo Bills News - May 2, 2015

Marker Bills press the issue on defense [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Needing the tightest coverage possible to implement his aggressive, blitz-oriented defense, Ryan clearly got his way when the Bills used the 50th overall pick in Friday night’s second round to select Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby.'

Marker Addition of a DB fits into new culture [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan didn’t see this draft as a way to add quarterbacks, but to shut them down. He has two main objectives as a defensive mastermind: Sending pass rushers after opposing quarterbacks and having lock-down cornerbacks to hold the fort in the secondary.'

Marker Darby anchored No. 1 Seminoles pass defense [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Darby figures to be a reserve as a rookie. The team has quality veteran depth at cornerback with Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Corey Graham, Nickell Robey, Ron Brooks and Ross Cockrell. The selection of Darby, however, could mean the team moves Graham to safety. Long term, Darby figures to replace McKelvin in the starting lineup, unless the coaching staff determines he is best used in the slot.'

Marker Miller brings toughness up front [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Miller fits the ground-and-pound mentality that coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman want to install. He’s got a powerful upper body and strong hands. He will compete for the team’s starting left guard job immediately.'

Marker Bills give Rex Ryan some help on defense [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We had some talks, got close, but nothing came to fruition," said Whaley. "We were excited to move down, but we're more excited to have Darby. Three things: We said at the beginning of the draft we were going to take the best player; we can take a corner every year; and with the additions the other teams have made in this division, we have to keep up in the arms race. But most importantly, we think this guy is a heck of a football player."'

Marker You can never have enough (yawn here) cornerbacks [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Oregon offensive tackle Jake Fisher, a player with a borderline first-round grade, was available also, as were all the second-tier of quarterbacks (Brett Hundley, Bryce Petty, Garrett Grayson). I would've welcomed a reach on one of them, before a run began.'

Marker Bills stay put to take Darby, Miller [1:53 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We said at the beginning that we were going to take the best player available and he was the highest-rated player on the board,” Whaley said. “And with the additions other teams have made in this draft in our division, we need to keep up with the arms race. Most importantly, we think this guy is a heckuva football player.”'

Marker Bills corner need with Darby at 50 [1:52 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Darby becomes the ninth cornerback on Buffalo’s roster.'

Marker Grading the Buffalo Bills' pick of Louisville guard John Miller [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Miller addresses a huge need for the Bills on the interior of the offensive line. He's a powerful run blocker with the strength to contribute from day one in Buffalo. General manager Doug Whaley called Miller a "mauler" in the running game and expects him to come in and compete for a starting job.'

Marker Jim Kelly gets standing ovation announcing Buffalo Bills pick in Chicago [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Kelly took a few minutes to thank everyone in his NFL family for their support during his recover. His wife and daughter Erin stood off to the side as he fought through his emotions. The Bills may not have had a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but Kelly made sure the draft will be a memorable one for Buffalo.'

Marker 5 things to know about Buffalo Bills' pick Ronald Darby [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Darby has a bit of a questionable past off the field. He was part of the rape investigation involving teammate and No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston. He refused to testify in Winston's student conduct hearing but signed an affidavit saying he Winston and a woman having consensual sex. Darby and another teammate were accused of "conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment." All of the players involved avoided criminal charges.'

Marker Buffalo Bills select Florida State CB Ronald Darby with 2nd-round pick [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Darby's speed may be his most valuable asset. He was a member of the gold medal-winning USA medley relay at the 2011 World Youth Championships in France as well as a standout sprinter at Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) High School.'

Marker Bills QB Matt Cassel heading to the Kentucky Derby with Tom Brady, other New England Patriots [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills fans can let this slide for now. After all, Cassel did enter the league with the Patriots and played his first four seasons in New England. Plus, who better to party with at the Kentucky Derby than a bunch of Super Bowl champions?'

Marker Buffalo Bills doing 'due diligence' on LSU OT La'el Collins [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Now NFL teams are wondering what to do about this talented player with a potentially serious legal incident following him into the NFL. The Buffalo Bills are a team in desperate need of some help on the offensive line. At the end of the first round, general manager Doug Whaley addressed the media but was non-committal about where the team stands on Collins.'

Marker Za'Darius Smith, Blake Bell among 10 sleepers Buffalo Bills should target on day three [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'In no particular order, here are some potential Bills' targets that are a bit more realistic for the third day of the draft.'

Marker Bills fill needs at cornerback and O-line in NFL draft [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"Corners, you can never have too much," general manager Doug Whaley said, referring to Darby.'

Marker Bills not ruling out possibility of drafting QB on Saturday [1:44 AM]
AP reports: 'Whaley raised that possibility after saying the expected run on quarterbacks failed to materialize during the second and third rounds of the draft Friday night. Only four quarterbacks have been selected so far.'

Marker Kelly, Butkus, Woods steal show for 2nd round of draft [1:43 AM]
AP reports: '"I want to thank everyone all over the world, especially my NFL family, for all of your prayers," Kelly said before announcing Buffalo's first pick in this draft, Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby at No. 50 overall. "Last year I was in the hospital not knowing if I would be here this year."'

Marker Bills Take CB Darby in 2nd Round [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Darby comes to Buffalo by way of Florida State, where he started all 14 games last season and registered 43 tackles on the to go along with four pass break-ups and a forced fumble.'

Marker Bills Use 3rd Round Pick On Louisville Guard [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Miller made 47 career starts for the Cardinals, all at left guard, but saw plenty of action on the right side, as well. A Justice Administration major at Louisville, Miller figres to compete right away for a starting spot on the Bills opposite Richie Incognito.'

Marker Bills bolster secondary, select Ronald Darby [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Well three factors: one we said at the beginning of this thing we were going to take the best player and he was the highest rated player on the board,” said Whaley. “Two, yes the fact that we can take a corner every year. Three, with the additions that the other teams have made this draft in our division, we need to keep up with the arms race, but most importantly we think this guy is a heck of a football player.”'

Marker 5 things to know about Ronald Darby [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Darby is also a world class sprinter, having won medals at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics.'

Marker John Miller a 'perfect fit' for Bills offense [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We set the board strictly on talent,” said Bills general manager Doug Whaley. “If everything is equal we will go with a need and it just happened this year, the corner (Darby) we didn’t see as a perceived need as much as the other people, we looked at it more as depth. Once you get down to the third, we were actually looking up and Mr. Miller and we had our fingers crossed that he would slide to us. We’re excited and to have a need and to have a good player that you have at the top of the board is a double bonus.”'

Marker 6 things to know about John Miller [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“From a technical standpoint, Miller exhibits good bend in his lower half and is rarely overwhelmed as he keeps his feet moving, resets without wasted motion, and establishes good extension to keep defenders out of his frame. Another mid-round type of prospect who's durability and consistency could make him a terrific pro.” - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com'

Marker Bills stay true to their draft grades [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We set the board strictly on talent and if everything’s equal, we’ll go with the need,” Whaley said Friday night, after the Bills third round selection. “It just happened this year that the corner (we didn’t see it as a perceived need as much as some other people) we looked at it more as depth. But once we got down to the third we were looking up at Mr. Miller and we kept our fingers crossed that he would slide to us.”'

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May 1, 2015

Marker Bills watch, plan as NFL draft unfolds [11:59 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'All Thursday’s session did for the Bills was eliminate 32 names from their draft board and left them to sweat out 17 picks tonight before they get their first choice ... if they stay put at 50.'

Marker History says Ryan’s Bills are thinking defense first [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’m no draft guru, but I know my Bills draft history. If they go offense with their first pick, it will break a drafting pattern that extends all the way back to 1998, before the current 15-year playoff drought began.'

Marker GMs stick to the script [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jets beef up their front: The Bills might no longer have the clear-cut best defensive line in the AFC East. The Jets are at least pushing them for that honor by selecting Williams, who surprisingly fell to them at sixth overall. With standout end Muhammad Wilkerson and disruptive tackle Sheldon Richardson, the Jets now have a potentially dominant trio. How good is Tom Brady feeling right now about the thought of facing the defensive fronts of the Bills, Jets and Dolphins, who have added Ndamukong Suh?'

Marker Bills' plans for 50th pick are anybody's guess [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In all, five tackles and two interior linemen were among the 32 selections made. With so many talented players already off the board, and perhaps a few more set to be picked in the first half of the second round Friday before the Bills finally go on the clock at No. 50, you have to wonder whether it's prudent for Buffalo to address its offensive line in that spot.'

Marker A.J. Cann, Maxx Williams among 8 players Buffalo Bills should target in round two [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Here are some of the players the Bills should have their eye on...'.

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