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Buffalo Bills News - March 28, 2017

Marker NFL: Raiders' move not intended to send message to Bills [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This certainly is not intended to send any message and I don't believe anyone should take any message in it," Grubman told reporters at the league's annual meeting at the Arizona Biltmore. "Buffalo's fans are legendary and ranked right up there with the greatest fans in the NFL. Ownership there is evaluating their options and those options are very long-term in nature.'

Marker The good and the bad of the NFL rule change proposals [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Also from the Competition Committee, there’s a proposal to make permanent the rule that disqualifies a player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls. This rule was used on a trial basis last season, and I have no problem with making it permanent.'

Marker Should Bills owner Terry Pegula replace late Ralph Wilson as 'conscience' of NFL? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Pegula is his own man, and he's his own owner, too. He doesn't have do be Wilson, and that can be a good thing in some ways. But the NFL could always use a conscience, and the last 18 months wouldn't have sat well with the Bills' founder and former conscience of the league.'

Marker Why do NFL owners continue to milk public for tax dollars when building stadiums? [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Davis chased the money, which is what every other owner in his shoes would have done. The $750 million is the most public money ever committed to a U.S. stadium project. Most of that will come in the form of a visitor tax in Las Vegas, a small charge on a hotel bill for tourists. Vegas comes out a winner, as does Davis.'

Marker Buffalo Bills claim DE Scott Crichton off waivers from Minnesota Vikings (report) [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The defensive end played for Oregon State in college and left after a junior year that saw him record 47 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In three seasons with the Beavers, Crichton recorded 165 total tackles, 51 tackles for loss, 23.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.'

Marker Buffalo Bills RBs ranked third-best in the NFL post-free agency by ESPN Insider [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Pittsburgh gets the top spot ahead of Dallas because Le'Veon Bell adds so much value as a receiver," said Schatz. "Atlanta gets a one-two punch out of the multidimensional performance of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, but the lead blocking is important to that scheme, so we moved Buffalo ahead of Atlanta when the Bills grabbed fullback Patrick DiMarco away from the Falcons in free agency. In fact, Buffalo had the NFL's best running game, according to Football Outsiders DVOA ratings, although some of that production came from quarterback Tyrod Taylor."'

Marker Patriots owner Robert Kraft has bad news for Buffalo Bills at NFL owners meetings [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Brady turns 40 in August. Belichick turns 65 in April. But any Bills fans hoping for the legendary quarterback-coach duo to retire in the near future might not be getting their wish. Kraft said at the NFL owners meetings on Monday that he thinks Brady can play another six or seven years and Belichick can coach until he's 80.'

Marker What the NFL had to say about the Buffalo Bills' stadium situation, ownership [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Buffalo's fans are legendary and rank right up there with the greatest fans in the NFL," Grubman said. "Ownership there is evaluating their options, and those options are very long-term in nature. I don't want to speak for them, but I think you can see by virtue of the fact that they're not waiting and have done work on the stadium already that they care about their fans and they care about Buffalo."'

Marker 7 questions facing Buffalo Bills heading into NFL owners meetings [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'A report from Jason La Canfora of CBS cast serious doubt over the future of general manager Doug Whaley in Buffalo. McDermott has been the lone voice for the Bills since he was hired, and it's fair to wonder whether he would want to bring in like-minded personnel people rather than continue with an arranged marriage. This issue will likely be at the forefront of all things Bills this week.'

Marker Teams the Bills could trade down with in the NFL Draft [1:45 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Along with the Bills, the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons only have six draft picks. Buffalo has the highest first pick of those three teams, making them a target for team who’d like to trade up in the draft.'

Marker Another reminder of how lucky Western New York is [1:44 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Along with the Pegula’s, Western New York has the team’s founder, Ralph Wilson Jr., to thank for the team sticking around. Perhaps Ralph didn’t leave fans feeling as good as he could have upon his passing, but the late owner certainly could have moved the team to a more profitable location during his lifetime.'

Marker Sean McDermott, head coach at last, pays tribute to Andy Reid [1:43 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: '"Working with Andy Reid you see that there's a plan and there's a progression, and if you go about things the right way there's a chance, " McDermott said Monday. "And I think Andy modeled [that]. When I got to know Andy, I got to know his story and how he became a head coach. That gave me hope and a vision."'

Marker Bills claim defensive lineman Crichton off waivers [1:42 AM]
AP reports: 'Crichton appeared sparingly over 21 games during his first two seasons and missed all of last season because of an injury. He's listed at 6-foot-3 and 273 pounds.'

Marker Bills hire talent consultant to improve their public image [1:41 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The move is significant for the Bills after the organization came under public scrutiny late last season, which Buffalo finished with a record of 7-9. A pair of news conferences -- interim coach Anthony Lynn's first news conference on Dec. 28 and Whaley's season-ending news conference on Jan. 2 -- created more questions than answers about how decisions involving the team were being made.'

Marker Bills claim defensive end off waivers [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Crichton spent the entire 2016 season on injured reserve after suffering a season-ending concussion / neck injury during the preseason.'

Marker Examining the Bills current salary cap situation [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Even though 90 players will be on the training camp roster, only the top-51 salaries count against the salary cap during the offseason. Once teams cut down to their final 53-man roster all 53 players will count against the cap;'

Marker Bills claim DE Scott Crichton from waivers [1:38 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Crichton hasn’t done much of anything in the NFL but still remains a definitive candidate to make the 53-man roster as it stands today just because of the lack of depth at the position. Crichton is a little bit of a stiffer player that didn’t show a lot getting after the quarterback in college.'

Marker Bills turn to former ESPN talent coach to boost image [1:37 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The organization was criticized both locally and nationally for sending then interim head coach Anthony Lynn to answer questions regarding the firing of Rex Ryan and the benching of quarterback Tyrod Taylor.'

Marker 5 Bills things to watch at NFL Owners Meetings (3/27/17) [1:36 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Pegula will speak with the media while at the Owner’s Meetings, but if there was a time and a place for it to happen, it would be in Phoenix with all of the who’s who in the NFL in one place.'

Marker Bills add another defensive end [1:35 AM] reports: 'Crichton joins the Bills after spending the previous three seasons with Minnesota. He saw action in 21 games in 2014 and 2015 and spent the 2016 season on injured reserve.'

Marker Bills Today: Seymour eyes big opportunity as offseason workouts approach [1:34 AM] reports: '“Last year I had a nice opportunity to get my feet wet and get the understanding of what being a starter felt like,” Seymour said. “Now, the opportunity is here and I’m going to take full advantage of it as much as I can and I’m definitely excited about that.”'

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March 27, 2017

Marker McDermott, not Whaley, as 'Bills voice' [1:03 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'On Thursday, April 20, the last day of voluntary veteran mini-camp, McDermott is scheduled to talk about those workouts … AND the draft. There’s no mention of Whaley, who has been the lead voice in the Bills pre-draft luncheon for the past six years. Normally, Jim Monos, the Director of Player Personnel, also takes part as well as a scout or two.'

Marker Bucky Gleason: Sabres, Bills still waiting for lifeboats [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Nobody should blame Terry and Kim Pegula for that much misery, but nobody should absolve them, either. They contributed their share after purchasing the Sabres and later assuming command over the Bills. They inherited problems with both teams, added more layers and offered few solutions.'

Marker Lorenzo Alexander: Using courage to defy the odds [1:58 AM] reports: ' “…[it dates] back to my mother who is a single parent, raising a young man in the inner city of Oakland, Calif. during the ‘80s and ‘90s when the gang and drug violence was at perhaps its highest,” said Alexander. “Building that great foundation, sacrificing for me, showing me what it meant to work hard and provide. Providing me with my uncle, Steven Moore, who showed me what it looked like to raise a family, [to be] a great husband [and to] give back by coaching…”'

March 26, 2017

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Bills should fire Doug Whaley and be done with it [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They should fire Whaley right now and be done with it. Stop the charade that he's still empowered. Put him out of his misery. If this goes on much longer, it'll make their decision to fire Darcy Regier seem hasty and impulsive by comparison.'

March 25, 2017

Marker Bills not projected to land any 2018 compensatory draft picks [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There is still time for that to change, but it would take a run on former Bills signing elsewhere to make that happen. If players like Zach Brown, Corbin Bryant, Robert Blanton, Leger Douzable, Brandon Spikes, Corey White and Jerome Felton sign elsewhere, it could impact the Bills' chances. Those players would have to sign with a new team by May 9 -- any signings after that do not impact the compensatory formula, which sometimes means teams will wait to improve their chances of landing additional draft picks.'

Marker Jay Skurski's Mock Draft II: Bills fill a big need at No. 10 [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan. Note to self: There are A LOT of O.J. Howard fans on Twitter, and one can easily spend an afternoon debating the merits of drafting a tight end. In this exercise, Howard is gone, so the debate doesn’t exist. While a new head coach usually gets a pick on his side of the ball, it’s hard to argue that receiver isn’t the biggest need on this team. The Bills are one Sammy Watkins rolled ankle away from Andre Holmes being the No. 1 receiver. Davis checks all the boxes and would be a nice pairing with Watkins, while also providing some insurance if the team’s franchise receiver can’t make it through another season because of injury.'

Marker Wade Phillips 'disappointed' Bills sold his gift to Ralph Wilson [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wednesday night, for example, the former Buffalo Bills' head coach and current defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams tweeted out his "disappointment" that his former team sold a gift he gave to late founding owner Ralph Wilson Jr.'

Marker Sully's Mailbag: Taylor deal a mild show of faith by Bills' coach [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But from what I can see, that's what happened. McDermott decided Taylor was his best chance to win games in the short term, so they brought Tyrod back with a revised deal. It's more favorable to the team, essentially giving Taylor a $10 million pay cut and slashing the potential cap hit if they walk away from him after 2017.'

Marker Editorial: Tax break for Bills is hardly worth the ill will [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yes, there is a risk of appearing to “nickel-and-dime” the Pegulas, as Erie County Legislature Chairman John J. Mills, R-Orchard Park, worried. But the reverse is also true as the billionaire Pegulas appear to some to be nickel-and-diming county taxpayers.'

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