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Buffalo Bills News - May 20, 2017

Marker New Buffalo Bills OC Rick Dennison has solid base to build on [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I tried not to be critical,” Dennison said in his first remarks to the media since being hired by Sean McDermott back in January. “I was looking at personnel only: What do we need to do, who do we need to keep on this team that I think can make some plays?”'

Marker Buffalo Bills seem to be sending mixed message on Tyrod Taylor [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I know it’s a whole new world over there at One Bills Drive, but everyone needs to get on board right now with the fact that Taylor is the starting quarterback for 2017. Barring an injury between now and Sept. 10 when the New York Jets come to New Era Field, there is no way that won’t be the case, not when your depth chart includes middling veteran T.J. Yates, raw as ever Cardale Jones, and rookie fifth-round draft pick Nathan Peterman.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign offensive lineman Dion Dawkins to rookie contract [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Dawkins lined up at left tackle during the team's OTAs this week, but he's expected to compete for the right tackle job during training camp. Buffalo's current starter at right tackle, Jordan Mills, has struggled for the Bills. If Dawkins can show consistency during the summer, he has a legitimate chance to win the starting job.'

Marker Reggie Ragland back at practice after knee injury, but where will he play for Buffalo Bills in 2017? [1:50 AM]
Birmingham News reports: '"It's very tough," Ragland said, "because I'm a competitor and then coming from Bama, playing at the highest level you can play in college football and then coming to the pros and playing with some great guys like LeSean McCoy and Richie (Incognito), then the GM and everybody has you pegged to start and you get out there and you're playing and that happens, it's very tough. It's very tough, but I know it happened for a reason and I know I've just got to keep getting strong and keep coming back mentally stronger also."'

Marker Bills sign 2nd-round pick, offensive lineman Dion Dawkins [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo has now signed five of its six draft selections, leaving fifth-round pick, quarterback Nathan Peterman, not yet under contract.'

Marker Dennison: Tyrod will 'have enough freedom to make plays' [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I always thought he had a lot of talent when we had him in Baltimore," said Dennison on WGR. "I knew he had a chance to be a really good player in the NFL, and I'm just looking forward to working with him right now."'

Marker Bills' Frazier ready to move the defense forward [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Shaq Lawson has noticed a big difference from last year. He said McDermott moved forward right away, “Just a change in culture, soon as he came in, day one. It’s something that we needed here and it’s been great ever since day one. He’s holding everybody accountable, making sure everybody do what they have to do.”'

Marker Bills sign second round OL Dawkins [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Dawkins was a second-team All-ACC player at Temple in 2015, and earned first-team honors in 2016. Dawkins is regarded as a strong run-blocking offensive lineman with a 35-inch arm length. He is 6' 4", 314-pounds.'

Marker What does Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane want at QB? 'You have to be able to throw from the poc [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'You know, all these guys have some different qualities... there's not one thing, but, at the end of the day, quarterbacks in the NFL must be able to throw from the pocket.'

Marker Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott throws out first pitch [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"A little high, the velocity was decent," McDermott joked after. "Very little (baseball background). I played in the European League for a while and then just out here.'

Marker Dennison ready to rely on Taylor as his offensive engineer [1:43 AM] reports: '“I’ve always liked his offense, his style of coaching,” said Taylor. “It’s very detailed in terms of what he expects from the quarterback position. Just continue to keep grinding away, using the time that we have available for us to meet to soak up that knowledge. He’s coached Peyton (Manning) in the last two years, so being around a guy like that, one of the greatest to play the game. Maybe he got some input from Peyton on his offense and watch some of the film when they were in Denver.”'

Marker Bills sign second-round pick Dion Dawkins [1:42 AM] reports: '“If they’re on this roster and they’re in that meeting room, we think they can play,” Dennison said. “Obviously we thought pretty highly of those guys to draft them, but we’re going to have them go out there and compete and like I said, once they show that they can handle the material, they’ll work for playing time and they’ll work for more playing time the better they get.”'

Marker Bills make more additions to their scouting department [1:41 AM] reports: 'Dennis Hickey, a former general manager of the Miami Dolphins (2014-2015), was brought on board as a Senior College Scout. Prior to his time with Miami, Hickey spent 18 years in scouting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he last served as Director of Player Personnel (2011-2013).'

Marker Bills Today: Tre'Davious White plans to help out mom [1:40 AM] reports: '“Honestly, my mom has been renting homes my whole life. She’s never once had a mortgage or paid to buy. It’s always rent,” White said. “So, I feel like my duty is to get her in a comfortable situation where she can call something her own. I feel like that is my job as her child. I feel like I owe that to her for all the sacrifices that she’s made for my little sister and my two brothers and I.”'

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Marker Rick Dennison breaks down what he learned in a year with Tyrod Taylor [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’s doing what I expected when I worked with him in Baltimore,” he said. “I think he knows what he’s doing, he knows where everybody is; he’s a good leader in the huddle. I think he’s doing a good job. Obviously, his work habits are just as great as they were back then. I mean, he’s working his tail off at it. He’s watching film, he’s doing work outside of the building.”'

Marker Bills lose out on free agent because sign from above told him to play for Chargers [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"At the end of the day, God told me to come here," Boston said, via ESPN's Chargers reporter Eric D. Williams. "And I'm a man of faith, so I couldn't go against his word."'

Marker Bills notebook: Tre'Davious White, Zay Jones sign deals; GM Brandon Berne's staff takes sh [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Honestly, my mom, she's been renting homes my whole life," he said. "My duty is to get her in a comfortable situation, where she can call something her own. I feel like that's my job as her child – I owe it to her for all the sacrifices she made for my little sister and two brothers."'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign first-round draft pick Tre'Davious White [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“My job is to focus on football,” White said. “I see guys when contracts aren’t done, they hold out, but I’m all about competing. My calling here is to play football and I came in to compete, learn the playbook and get comfortable with all the guys. Earn everything, and earn the right to play alongside guys like Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus and the other guys in our secondary. I never for once thought about the contract, it’s not done, holding out, anything like that. I love the game so I’m going to do that before anything.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills rookie WR Zay Jones sidelined by knee injury [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Given all of Sammy Watkins’ injury problems, and the fact that he’ll probably be held out of meaningful practice until training camp, not having Jones could be a setback. If nothing else, it might slow Jones’ adaptation to the NFL by losing on-field reps, not to mention time with quarterback Tyrod Taylor.'

Marker Buffalo Bills OC Rick Dennison thinks Tyrod Taylor is 'a natural fit' for his scheme [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"That's just natural," Dennison said. "Like I said, when we were in Baltimore, he did a good job with anything we did. Dropback, keepers, our play pass, he handles the checks very well. I don't think it's a matter of making anything square pegs and round holes. I think he plays the game well. That's what we're trying to do. Get our guys to play the game well and win some games."'

Marker Buffalo Bills missing draft picks Zay Jones, Nathan Peterman at OTAs [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills were also without Mike Tolbert, left tackle Cordy Glenn (ankle), center Eric Wood (rest) and tight end Charles Clay (rest). With Glenn out, rookie Dion Dawkins was taking reps at left tackle.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor has noticed improvement in Sammy Watkins' work ethic [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"There's not a whole lot we can do about it, setback or not," Dennison said. "So we're giving him every experience we can. I mean, asking him questions in meetings and make sure he's up to task and he has been. I asked him a question today and it was a little obscure. He answered it fine. So he's been studying and working. All we can do is give him all the experience we can on video, let him see some things. If he gets a chance to do everything it would be only in a walk through. When the time comes, we have to get him healthy and get him on the field."'

Marker Buffalo Bills CB Tre'Davious White plans to buy mom a home with rookie contract [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Right now, I feel like it hasn't hit home yet," White said. "Whenever it hits, I know my life changed. I'm able to do some things for my mom that typically a normal guy wouldn't be able to do. Just coming from the background I come from, that's a big deal. I'm very proud of myself.'

Marker Buffalo Bills OTAs 2017: Zay Jones goes down and 10 takeaways [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Any hope that Zay Jones would take advantage of Sammy Watkins' absence this spring needs to be put on hold. Jones went down with a knee injury earlier this week and is considered week-to-week. Luckily, Jones sprained his knee and didn't do major damage, so the Bills dodged a bullet. However, these reps in the spring would have been valuable for him to get a jump start on winning the No. 2 receiver job.'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane adds 3 experienced scouts to his staff [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He's had a heck of a career," Beane said. "He rose to a level of VP of Player Personnel. He's interviewed for multiple GM positions. To have a guy with his experience and leadership and high character, we talked about that in the interview. What type of player are we looking for. Lake understands that it is the guy on the field, but as the assistant college director, we're going to make sure our college scouts are working the background and the character on prospects. What type of man are we getting when we scout these guys?"'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign wide receiver Zay Jones to rookie contract [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jones, the 37th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, is expected to compete for Buffalo's No. 2 wide receiver job this summer. His biggest competition will be veteran Andre Holmes.'

Marker Bills offensive coordinator a big fan of Tyrod but questions remain [1:47 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“Right fit or not fit for the system, he’s a good player. He throws the ball well and he’s athletics so he can do some stuff we want to do when we move him out of the pocket,” Dennison said.'

Marker Bills ST coordinator says team could change punters [1:46 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“I think that Colton is bright enough to realize that everybody’s job is up for grabs, obviously here, and all over the NFL. You have to perform,” Crossman said. “You’re not just competing against the guy who’s there right now; you’re competing against the guy that could be here tomorrow or two months from now.”'

Marker 5 observations from Bills OTAs on Thursday [1:45 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Very early on in the offseason, but there’s already a few shoving battles during practice. Max Valles, who got into it a couple times during last year’s training camp, got into it again this offseason with rookie tight end Keith Towbridge. Next, Shaq Lawson and right tackle Jordan Mills did. After practice, Lawson said it was a no big deal.

Marker Former LSU CB Tre'Davious White agrees to contract with Buffalo [1:44 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'White's deal is worth just short of $10,091,110 million for four years, with a signing bonus of $5,478,989, according to the website Spotrac.'

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