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Buffalo Bills News - April 28, 2016

Marker Bills, yet again, wrestle with the QB conundrum [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Not good enough to make the postseason, not bad enough to land a franchise savior. That’s the story for an entire generation of fans. Heck, the year they started 0-8 — and were in love with Cam Newton — they finished a noble 4-4.'

Marker Why this draft is so critical for the win-now Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think it’s certainly a tall order,” former Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM and current ESPN analyst Mark Dominik said of this being a transformative draft for the Bills. “They’re fortunate in the fact that they do have a Sammy Watkins on the football team. It looks like they’re very happy with Tyrod Taylor and they’ve got LeSean McCoy (who received a fat pay raise after being acquired from Philadelphia last year), so it’s not like they don’t have any talent.'

Marker Mixed signals make Bills tough to figure [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Contemplating those two issues, I can see how objective fans might feel a bit conflicted about the state of the team. After spending through the nose to go 8-8 last season, are the Bills a true contender or a team in decline?'

Marker Fan-demonium: Long-time season-ticket holder gets the draft call [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 64-year-old Derringer became the winner of a lottery among Bills’ season-ticket holders, and will be the team’s fan representative at the NFL Draft in Chicago.'

Marker Quick outs by Jay Skurski: Draft tidbits and rarities [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '7: Former first-round picks currently on the Bills’ roster: DE Manny Lawson (’06, Bengals), C Eric Wood (’09), DE Jerry Hughes (’10, Colts), DT Marcell Dareus (2011), CB Stephon Gilmore (’12), QB EJ Manuel (’13) and WR Sammy Watkins (’14).'

Marker The Bills and this year's NFL Draft: What you need to know [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills’ special draft event: Team will host a VIP gathering Saturday at (716) Food and Sport, where Bills coaches and the Bills’ first-round pick will announce selections in Rounds 4-5 that will be streamed live on the team’s website, with select picks being broadcast from the event on various NFL media platforms.'

Marker How the Bills have fared over the last five drafts [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the case of the Bills, the grade for what they’ve done in the draft since 2011 is better than the 20-year snapshot … but not dramatically. Call it a C. The Bills’ 35-45 record through that stretch is below average, although there at least appears to be somewhat of a foundation, provided largely by the last five drafts, on which the team can build.'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts: 'Bama options, QB risks, Brady saga [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Let's face it. The best/smartest/safest thing the Bills can do with the 19th overall pick of the draft is use it on a defensive lineman.'

Marker Five positions Bills need to address [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“The college game and the NFL game … it’s just completely different,” said Bills director of personnel Jim Monos, referring to the styles of play as much as the obvious gap in talent. “It’s every position. So really, it’s just a completely different game and the challenge is, can you be a good evaluator, do your work well enough to know if he can make it for us? If you’re good evaluators, you’re going to find a guy in any round.”'

Marker What teams ahead of the Bills can play spoiler to the player you want? [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'So, what teams do you need to be on the lookout for taking the player you want the Bills to select? Here’s a position-by-position look at what teams selecting 9-18 have the most potential to ruin your evening. Obviously teams are listed multiple times because they have multiple needs.'

Marker Free advice for the Bills brain trust [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I want them to take a quarterback. I don't think they will but I still want one. I don't necessarily have a guy I prefer. Quite honestly, after Jared Goff and Carson Wenz, its a bunch of guys who need time to develop.'

Marker 5 things Bills fans should root for in Round One [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Paxton Lynch goes early, like, Top 10 early.'

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April 27, 2016

Marker Jay Skurski’s Mock Draft 3.0: Bills in good position to land starters [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson.'

Marker Bills fan donates 100,000 items to Buffalo History Museum [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In simple terms, the collection includes more than 6,000 three-dimensional items, including game-worn jerseys, helmets, shoes, mugs, pennants and buttons, along with more than 100,000 archival items, such as tickets, programs, posters, schedules, football cards and autographs.'

Marker A selection of some of the best Bills collectibles donated by a fan [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The game-day programs of every Bills game ever played, more than 1,100 in total, including home, away and neutral-site games.'

Marker Should Bills consider Robert Nkemdiche in first round? [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Nkemdiche is the guy who fell off the balcony of a hotel outside Atlanta in mid-December and was hospitalized with minor injuries. In his room, police found marijuana, though Nkemdiche denied having smoked it, saying only that he was drunk. Still, because the pot was found in his room, he was charged for possession.'

Marker Bills draft most important in years [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Logic says that maintaining the status quo in some areas and dumping salary in others — on a .500 team mind you — doesn’t improve a roster. If anything, Buffalo’s roster now has the depth of a conversation at 4 a.m. at Mighty Taco.'

Marker Doug Whaley explains how Andrew Luck cost Buffalo Bills a shot at Cam Newton [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"When we first started the draft process, we thought we'd have a good shot at Newton," Whaley told Sports Illustrated. "Andrew Luck, had he come out, would have been the first pick. Denver was at No. 2, and they didn't need a QB. So we thought, We'll get Cam at No. 3."'

Marker The most realistic Bills options at 19 [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'These are the positions that I believe the Bills are interested in going after in the first round, along with 16 players that I think are in consideration for the team’s top pick.'

April 26, 2016

Marker Who is Robert Nkemdiche? HS coach says he's a 'worker,' good fit with Rex Ryan [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Then there's a personnel director telling The Journal Sentinel "The guy has disaster written all over him" ... another saying "he’d be a guy you give a big contract to and he’d be happy" ... and a scout adding "He doesn’t just think football, football, football 24/7."'

Marker Alabama defensive lineman sees Bills as perfect fit [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Scouts dub this one of the best defensive line draft classes in history. It could prove foolish to take zero swings at the plate. Buffalo released the lethargic, overpaid Mario Williams and are currently very thin up front. A large Bills contingent was on hand to see Reed light up position drills at Alabama’s pro day. When Reed needed to nix his flight to Buffalo due to the birth of his second child, the Bills took matters into their own hands.'

Marker Buffalo Bills considering Christian Hackenberg in round 1 [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Some in the NFL" might not be anyone in Buffalo, but the note is interesting. Hackenberg would be a reach at No. 19, but he seems to have done some rehabilitation of his draft stock in the last few months. After a standout freshman season at Penn State, Hackenberg floundered the last two seasons after Bill O'Brien left and was replaced by James Franklin.'

Marker Ex-Syracuse and Bills WR Mike Williams reportedly signs with Kansas City Chiefs [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Chiefs have Jeremy Maclin in place as the No. 1 wide receiver, but Williams should compete with Albert Wilson, Rod Streater and Chris Conley for targets opposite Maclin.'

Marker Addressing Bills 1st round QB rumors, and Taylor's contract quandary [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Unless Hackenberg’s draft stock is suddenly skyrocketing in war rooms around the league, he should be able to be grabbed by the Bills at least at pick-49 when they select in the second round, and possibly even a round after that.'

Marker Jim Kelly: 'In Super Bowl, I had no clue where I was' [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Maybe I should have got hit up side the head earlier in the game... I probably would have played better cause I think I threw two touchdowns when I had a concussion...I had no clue where I was"'

Marker Draft analysts: What Bills should do at 19 in 2016 NFL draft [1:53 AM] reports: 'Just about everyone that cares about the Buffalo Bills has an opinion on what the club should do with their first-round pick and on day two of the draft for that matter. Early round picks typically are, or become a team’s starters and core of the roster. Here is a collection of opinions from some of the noteworthy NFL draft analysts on the direction the Bills should take early in this week’s draft.'

April 25, 2016

Marker Thurman Thomas tells concussion summit he's suffering from uncontrollable mood swings and an in [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When I started playing football as a little kid, the last thing on my mind was, ‘Will I be able to walk when I’m 50?' " he said, according to the newspaper. "Will I be able to keep a train of thought when I’m 45? When I’m 50, will I suffer from uncontrollable mood swings? And even worse, will someday I be so depressed that I would take my own life?"'

Marker Down on drafting wide receiver or offensive tackle early; the draft's most interesting question [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A case can be made for the Buffalo Bills taking a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL Draft, but I won't make it.'

Marker Hall of Fame RB Thomas struggling with concussion effects [1:57 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Thomas said the doctor told him after an MRI that the frontal lobe of his brain was "similar to someone who has fallen off the top of a house, on to the front of his head, or going through a windshield of a car several times. He said decent ... for an NFL football player who had just played in the National Football League for 13 years. Not great, but decent." '

Marker Thurman Thomas says he struggles with effects from concussions [1:56 AM]
ESPN reports: ' "On so many days, I have to apologize to my family for them. I thank God that I have a family that understands the things that I've been through over my 13-year [professional] career, and even after my 14 or 15 years that I've been retired. They all understand that with my mood swings, sometimes I just can't help it."'

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