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Buffalo Bills News - February 1, 2016

Marker 16 offensive tackles to know for Bills, Part 4 [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: ' Just a few months older than Laremy Tunsil, Ronnie Stanley also is the prototype for the position. He’s big, long, technically trained, and athletic enough to stay with any and all defenders. He mirrors his opponent well, can drive through defenders in the run game, and also fires off the snap to get position. If there are some critiques that separate Tunsil from him, it’s that he bends at the waist occasionally, and he’s not fully advanced on dealing with the bull rush just yet. Even with that, Stanley is still a top 10-15 selection in this year’s draft.'

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January 31, 2016

Marker Hey, Rex, send us a postcard [1:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There must have been a good reason for Ryan to be sipping mai tais in Honolulu, instead of evaluating players in Alabama. Maybe he was there to cheer for Tyrod Taylor, or to convince guard Richie Incognito to give the Bills a hometown discount in free agency.'

Marker Lack of faith in Robert Woods, Charles Clay's contract and new stadium talk [1:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Woods' frustration was evident during the season when he referred to himself as a "blocking receiver," but even in a down year, his numbers were comparable to his first two seasons in the league. It's understandable that the Bills would want more out of their No. 2 receiver opposite Sammy Watkins, but as it stands, Woods is their best option in that role. Until they find a better one, it doesn't make much sense why they're so public about their desire to do so.'

Marker Rock Island's Lingner was part of four Super Bowls with Bills [1:34 AM]
Quad City Times reports: 'Lingner lived in Buffalo for many years after his career was over but now works for Whole Foods in Minneapolis. He had a heart-related scare of his own about four years ago when he was discovered to have an 80-percent blockage in an artery. He has since adopted a vegan diet and lost 45 to 50 pounds, getting down to his old Alleman playing weight of 205 pounds.'

Marker 16 offensive tackles to know for Bills, Part 3 [1:33 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'There isn’t much to dislike about Laremy Tunsil, who appears to be as good of a college prospect as you’ll find in this year’s draft.'

January 30, 2016

Marker BYU’s Kaufusi has a football IQ that could benefit Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sure, Kaufusi’s size makes him stand out. The long-limbed end had 64 tackles (20 for loss) with 11 sacks and four blocked kicks last season and he played on BYU’s basketball team in the 2012-13 season, too. But it’s his intellect that’ll appeal most to Buffalo. In Bronco Mendenhall’s defense, Kaufusi was used up, down, on the three technique, the five technique. He blitzed from middle linebacker; he rushed off the edge.'

Marker Ranking the Bills' top eight draft needs, position by position [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Technically, Mario Williams is still a member of the team, but it's only a matter of time until he's sent on his way. That will open a big hole on Buffalo's defensive line. Ideally, the player who replaces Williams will be able to both provide a pass rush and be stout against the run. Those types of players are valuable commodities, which is why it would make sense if the Bills were to use their first-round draft pick, No. 19 overall, on the position.'

Marker The Carson Wentz hype train, speculation on Demario Davis, Aaron Williams' future [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The idea of Wentz to the Bills is intriguing. I’ve maintained for years Buffalo has to keep taking swings at the position until they hit a home run, but with Tyrod Taylor giving them a good season in his first year as a starter, spending their most valuable offseason commodity on a quarterback would be a gamble. It’s clear the defense needs several new parts to operate Rex Ryan’s scheme successfully, so it would be a surprise if the player the Bills picked didn’t line up on that side of the ball. During Ryan’s five seasons with the New York Jets, only once did they take an offensive player in the first round – quarterback Mark Sanchez in 2009. Even last year with the Bills, cornerback Ronald Darby was the team’s first selection in the second round.'

Marker Aaron Williams injury: Future of Bills' safety still hinges on first hit [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"No doubt in my mind," Williams said. "There's never been a question. The thing was do I feel comfortable enough to come back? I told myself we'll figure it out after next year's training camp. After that first hit, if you feel like you can sustain those hits week in and week out, then continue to keep playing. But if it's one of those where I hit it and it's just like, 'Man, this doesn't look good,' then I'll have to reconsider."'

Marker 16 offensive tackles to know for Bills, Part 2 [1:55 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'A lot of times NFL teams are looking for players with loads of potential, and that’s exactly what Jason Spriggs is.'

January 29, 2016

Marker Is Carson Wentz a solution for the Bills? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I was just talking to one of our video coordinators,” said North Dakota State quarterbacks coach Randy Hedberg by phone Thursday, “and I said, ‘What teams would you think?’ And one of the teams that was here the most was the Bills. They’ve been in our building quite a bit and in our practices."'

Marker Wade Phillips headlines list of Super Bowl participants with ties to the Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Phillips isn't the only member of the Broncos' coaching staff with ties to the Bills. Defensive line coach Bill Kollar was with Buffalo in the same role from 2006-08, while assistant defensive backs coach Samson Brown had the same role from 2013- 14 on the staff of former Bills coach Doug Marrone. Outside linebackers coach Fred Pagac also was with the Bills in 2014 as a linebackers coach.'

Marker Brandon, touting stability for Bills, warns of threat posed by stadium [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It needs to make sense for our community and it has to have a macro appeal to our fan base,” he said. “We also have to be practical as we move forward.”'

Marker Florida’s Morrison could be the answer at linebacker [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Florida’s Antonio Morrison, 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, could be one potential fit. Known for playing through a whistle – having an edgy temperament – Morrison had 96 tackles (11 for loss) on a very stingy Gators defense last season. In a rout against Chad Kelly’s prolific Ole Miss offense, he had 16 tackles (3.5 for loss).'

Marker Senior Bowl: With uncertainty at safety, Bills have watchful eyes [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Duke Williams struggled mightily in Rex Ryan’s scheme and will have to fight for a roster spot next season, while Jonathan Meeks provides the team some special teams value and serviceable depth, but isn’t considered a viable option to start.'

Marker Playing the Game [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills are in no position to feel pressure here. If Taylor wants to ride it out, fine. They’ll have another 16 games to judge, another year in Greg Roman’s system (who knows if he’d be around for a 3rd year), and a franchise tag to use at their discretion. The tag on a QB is approximately 19 million dollars for one season. Is that crazy for Taylor? Probably not. If you’re going to ride it out, and he plays well enough, 19 isn’t tough to justify. Sam Bradford is currently asking for 25 million per season.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor: 'I want to be long-term guy' in Buffalo [1:53 AM] reports: '"Of course I want to be the long-term guy," Taylor told Around The NFL on Wednesday night at the Pro Bowl draft. "I love playing for the organization, I love playing for the coaches, I love being around the guys. Like I said, I want to be the long-term guy for them. Ultimately that's up to them. I know I'm under contract for another year, but right now I'm out here just taking it all in."'

Marker Adding defensive playmakers a priority for Bills [1:52 AM] reports: '“This is why we’re so excited, we could go at any position, and that opens the board for us and makes it a lot more exciting where we’re not narrowing our focus,” he said. “So this is going to be a really good offseason and I think we’ll be up to the challenge to add some playmakers to this team.”'

January 28, 2016

Marker Ohio State’s Miller could be versatile fit for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Can’t you just see the multi-faceted, former Ohio State star lining up at his current position, wide receiver, as well as his former position, quarterback? Or in the backfield? Or in other packages that emerge from the creative mind of offensive coordinator Greg Roman?'

Marker Baylor’s mighty Oakman may intrigue Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And, heck yeah, Oakman would want to play for Rex Ryan.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor, Eric Wood, Richie Incognito sticking together for Pro Bowl [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The league held its fantasy-style draft Wednesday – broadcasting the event on ESPN2 (of course) – and Buffalo Bills teammates Richie Incognito, Eric Wood and Tyrod Taylor were all drafted to the team led by NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.'

Marker Bills' QB draft talk could be part of their posturing with Taylor [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor, who has one year left on his contract, is in the process of putting the finishing touch on a surprisingly strong first season as an NFL starter with his selection, as an alternate, to the Pro Bowl. He and his representation undoubtedly want the Bills to get off the fence and demonstrate that they do, in fact, believe the best quarterback they have had in a long time is their franchise QB.'

Marker Glenn, Incognito may command top dollar from Bills [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Why? This is a perfect storm for the left tackle. He plays a premium position, he's still young at 26 years old, there isn't much else available at all in free agency and the transition from college to the pros for rookie tackles has been particularly brutal the last few years. Buffalo can either pay up long term or pay up short term with the franchise tag. That number is expected to be north of $10 million. Last season's projected tag for offensive linemen was $12.9 million.'

Marker Bills leaving black media out in the cold [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Despite the number of African-American players on the Bills roster and football’s popularity across demographic lines, Buffalo’s black media outlets say they get virtually no advertising or promotional business from the team despite reaching out to the franchise.'

Marker Bills’ Kathryn Smith deserves the job—not the fuss [1:53 AM]
Sportsnet reports: 'So when Kathryn Smith is covered in a celebratory fashion and these powerful women remain in the shadows, what does it say about how we really feel about women working in sports? Does it mean we want to feel like we are evolved, as if it is a badge of honour? Do we want to be first to favourite a tweet and re-post on Facebook in order to wave the flag of women’s rights as if to say, “Hey look at me, women’s inclusion is part of my personal brand!” Does it mean we want to fight so hard against the uneducated Kevin Kileys of the world that we unintentionally advocate the opposite just to spite him? What does it say about what we expect women to accomplish?'

Marker Website calculates Tyrod's current market value over $19 million per year [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Spotrac has been fairly accurate on other extension-projections and value calculations. Before defensive tackle Marcell Dareus signed his new contract, it forecast the deal would be 6-years, $101.4 million, with an average annual value of $16.9 million. The actual numbers landed at 6-years, $96.5 million, with an average of just over $16 million.'

Marker Bills hoping to sign Incognito 'for a couple more years' [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I know this much,” the Bills GM said. “He played better than I remember him playing when I used to scout him years past. That’s a testament to him, the work he put in, that year he was off, and buying in to just trying to be the best he can.”'

Marker Bills seeking developmental depth at QB [1:50 AM] reports: 'The only exception to that assessment in Mobile this week might be North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz. Blessed with prototype size at 6-5 and 230 pounds, Wentz has all the physical tools and is forecast as a first-round pick. His task this week is to prove that he can hang with the power five conference talent at the FBS level after playing his entire college career in the FCS.'

January 27, 2016

Marker Bills’ Whaley asserting himself [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And yet, there’s a threat of honest urgency in his voice, too. Continuity has its limits – the Bills are not prepared to invest long term in quarterback Tyrod Taylor quite yet. As Taylor gears up for his first Pro Bowl appearance in Hawaii, Whaley is in Mobile after all. He’s still searching for a franchise quarterback, still keeping all options open.'

Marker Bills will be looking to gain an edge at draft [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“For us, it all just depends on how we see them, meaning how do they do what they do,” Whaley said. “Some guys are going to be more 3-4 outside-linebacker pass-rushers and there are some guys that are going to be 4-3 defensive-end outside pass-rushers. And the best thing about Rex and his staff is they just say, ‘Get us the best players and we’ll make sure we can fit them in with what we do.’'

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