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Buffalo Bills News - April 30, 2017

Marker Sweet Home, UB product Jordan Johnson tops list of Bills' UDFA signings [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson, a Sweet Home graduate, rushed for 1,040 yards and six touchdowns on 200 carries for a 5.2 yards-per-carry average as a senior. He was named All-Mid-American Conference third team. Johnson had the best game by a running back in UB history when he rushed for a school-record 282 yards against Akron last October.'

Marker LeSean McCoy continues feud with Kiko Alonso: 'His dad probably wishes I was his son' [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For what it's worth, McCoy rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown against the Dolphins on Christmas Eve. But that shouldn't get in the way of this feud, which is adding some spice to an old rivalry. McCoy also touches on the Bills' first-round draft pick and the rivalry with the Patriots in the video above.'

Marker New Bills coach Sean McDermott makes his mark in NFL Draft [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Perhaps a change is taking place before our eyes, though. In a bold, well-calculated, and wonderfully prosperous move, the Bills traded down from No. 10 to No. 27 in the first round Thursday and picked up a third-round pick in this draft plus, drum roll please, Kansas City’s first-round choice in 2018. And, while we all had to wait a couple hours 17 spots down the board, the Bills were still able to fill a glaring need at cornerback by selecting LSU’s Tre’Davious White.'

Marker Good weekend for Buffalo Bills at NFL Draft? On the surface, yes [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills believe Peterman possesses those intangible qualities, so it will be up to him to write his story. The Bills have given him a chance, and he said Saturday that that’s all he wanted, an opportunity to prove that he can play and succeed in the NFL. He will compete with veteran T.J. Yates and Buffalo’s fourth-round pick in 2016, Cardale Jones, for the backup job behind Tyrod Taylor.'

Marker Bills take much-needed swing at QB, draft Peterman in fifth round [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Since 2000, the year the 17-year playoff drought began, the Bills had drafted only four quarterbacks - J.P. Losman (2004), Trent Edwards (2007), Levi Brown (2010), and E.J. Manuel (2013) – before they picked Cardale Jones in the fourth round last year, and Peterman this year.'

Marker Buffalo Bills McDermott leaves no doubt there's new sheriff in town [1:45 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But who will get the credit? Whaley, the GM of record, or McDermott, the coach who would be king? I think we know the answer.'

Marker Picking Pitt QB leaves fans buzzing [1:44 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'One analyst called Peterman, whose father is a pastor, “the most NFL-ready quarterback in the draft.”'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Buffalo Bills select Boston College LB Matt Milano [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Milano may be undersized, but he has the opportunity to contribute immediately in Buffalo. He could compete for playing time at weakside linebacker against Ramon Humber. He's also likely to play on special teams with the Bills.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Grading Buffalo Bills' pick of Boston College LB Matt Milano [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Right now, the Bills have Ramon Humber penciled in as a starter as weak-side linebacker. It's not completely out of the realm of possibility that Milano could come in and compete for snaps on defense. NFL.com considered Milano a sixth or seventh-round prospect, but it's tough to call anyone a reach on the third day of the draft.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Matt Milano stats, highlights, other info (5 things to know) [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Milano played on special teams at Boston College and recorded three blocked punts in his career. His ability to play on special teams will help him when it comes to fighting for a roster spot.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Buffalo Bills select Pitt QB Nathan Peterman with 171st pick [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Peterman's experience in a pro-style passing attack gives him a head start headed into the league. His physical attributes are just average, but his accuracy, composure and anticipation are what sets him apart from some of the more physically gifted quarterbacks in this year's draft. Peterman's tape is sure to catch the eye of at least a few teams in need of a quarterback and he should come off the board by day two with a chance to become a solid starting quarterback in the future."'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Grading Buffalo Bills' pick of Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As for Peterman, he may not have the strongest arm in this draft but he impresses with his accuracy and anticipation. He makes a lot of sense in Rick Dennison's offense, which relies on play action and rollout passes.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Nathan Peterman highlights, stats, other info (5 things to know) [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Nathan Peterman was the only quarterback to defeat the Clemson Tigers in 2016. In a shootout against the eventual National Champions, Peterman completed 22-of-37 passes for 308 yards and five touchdowns.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Buffalo Bills select OLB Tanner Vallejo with 195th overall pick [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Vallejo's outstanding production his sophomore season is one of the things keeping him alive in scouting circles. From a physical standpoint, he's an undersized inside linebacker who lacks the long levers needed to keep offensive linemen off of him. His instincts and third-down ability are plusses, but he'll need to find the right 3-4 fit or attempt to move to an outside linebacker role in a 4-3. Vallejo has NFL backup potential."'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Grading Buffalo Bills' pick of Boise State LB Tanner Vallejo [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Vallejo is an interesting prospect. He didn't play much in 2016 because he had braces on both of his arms. He had surgery on his right wrist in November.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Tanner Vallejo stats, highlights, other info (5 things to know) [1:35 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills sent their linebackers coach to Boise State's pro day and he apparently liked what he saw from Vallejo.'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2017 draft class recap: Grades, analysis, things to know [1:34 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo traded down to late in the first round and still landed one of the best cornerback prospects in the entire draft class. Tre'Davious White has experience on the outside and in the slot. White will compete for the team's No. 2 cornerback job against Kevon Seymour. Whoever loses the competition will likely be the team's starting slot cornerback.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Grades for all 6 Buffalo Bills' picks in Sean McDermott's first draft [1:33 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If the Bills want to make a run at a quarterback in the 2018 draft, they now have the ammunition to do so. Gaining a future first-round pick is always a great move, and McDermott was able to pull it off in his first draft as a head coach. Not bad at all.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Buffalo Bills given 'A' grade through two days by Chad Reuter [1:32 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Buffalo certainly required help at the receiver position, and Zay Jones was the best value at the spot," said Reuter. "In fact, they thought enough of Jones to swap a third- for a fifth-round pick in the process. They found excellent value in guard/tackle Dion Dawkins, who deserved to be picked higher. Instead of taking Patrick Mahomes as the quarterback of the future, they moved down 17 spots in the first round, allowing Kansas City to make the pick. They received a third-round pick this year and a future first-rounder for the move down. Buffalo selected a good corner in White with the 27th pick to take over for Stephon Gilmore, meeting a dire need. Well done."'

Marker Undrafted free agent tracker: Who did Buffalo Bills sign after 2017 NFL Draft? [1:31 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'We know the six players the Buffalo Bills picked in the 2017 NFL Draft. But they're not done. We'll update this undrafted free agent tracker as the Bills make additions to the team.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor a day two 2017 NFL draft winner, says NFL.com [1:30 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Buffalo was in desperate need of another wideout and nabbed ultra-productive East Carolina product Zay Jones in the second round," said Rosenthal. "Temple's Dion Dawkins could wind up filling Buffalo's empty right tackle spot. It should be encouraging for Taylor that new coach Sean McDermott wasn't only focused on defense and didn't try to draft a quarterback to replace Taylor."'

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.”'

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