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Buffalo Bills News - January 22, 2017

Marker Joe Powell's unusual path to the NFL [1:54 AM]
WVEC-TV reports: 'Then he started getting calls from the NFL There were a couple of hits and misses before he landed on practice squad as a safety for the Buffalo Bills. That's where he stands now, hoping to make the team next season.'

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January 21, 2017

Marker Examining what Rick Dennison's hiring might mean for Tyrod Taylor [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The connection to Taylor is obvious, and potentially quite significant. Dennison served as the Baltimore Ravens' quarterbacks coach in 2014, while Taylor was Joe Flacco's backup. The Bills are getting a coach who will be quite familiar with their starting quarterback of the last two seasons.'

Marker Sammy Watkins (foot), Shaq Lawson (knee) undergo offseason surgery [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That is definitely what I’m happy about," he said. "I can go to the facility and work on the things I need. Honestly, for the last three years, I’ve just been getting by with talent and the coaches putting me in situations, but now I get to focus on having a legit offseason. I can train with the top receivers, things like that is what I’m looking forward to.'

Marker Kyle Williams headed to fifth Pro Bowl [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The longest-tenured member of the team, Williams joins Bruce Smith (11) and Fred Smerlas (five) as the only other defensive linemen in franchise history to make five Pro Bowls. For his career, Williams has 40.5 sacks, the most ever among defensive tackles.'

Marker Updating the Bills' coaching staff under Sean McDermott [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills had a whopping 27 assistant coaches last season, a number well above the league average.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Mailbag: Does McCoy fit into a Bills rebuild? [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A lot of teams no longer pay big bucks to running backs, who are easy to find. McCoy is a special talent, but he's on the books for $8.875 million next season, with $6 million of that in base salary. That's a lot for a running back if you're not expecting to contend.'

Marker A site to watch the most depressing Bills performances [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Your chance has arrived. There’s a new podcast, or “DroughtCast,” created by Ryan Nagelhout that is actually churning out a game-by-game recap of the Bills’ 17-season playoff drought.'

Marker Bills Sammy Watkins, Shaq Lawson had recent surgeries [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Lawson had arthroscopic knee surgery, but he’s expected to be cleared to participate in all off-season workouts. Lawson, Buffalo’s first-round draft choice in 2016, had shoulder surgery last May and missed all of the Bills’ off-season program and training camp as well as the first six games. In the 10 games he played, he had minimal impact with just two sacks and 13 tackles, and he actually saw a reduction in his snap counts later in the year.'

Marker Bills hiring Rick Dennison and getting rid of Tyrod Taylor would 'make no sense' [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Rapoport added that he could see Taylor returning to the Bills on a restructured deal that would free up some cap space for Buffalo. Here's a look at everything that Rapoport said about the Bills adding Dennison.'

Marker Buffalo Bills DL Shaq Lawson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery following season [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In his first season with the Bills, Lawson recorded 13 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble in 10 games. He missed Buffalo's first six games of the season after having shoulder surgery shortly after the draft. Upon his return, he was eased into the lineup behind veteran Lorenzo Alexander.'

Marker Buffalo Bills DT Kyle Williams named to 2017 NFL Pro Bowl [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Williams made 15 starts this season and recorded 64 total tackles and five sacks. Pro Football Focus gave Williams a grade of 82.7 this season, good for 17th among all interior defenders. His run defense grade of 84.8 was the fourth highest grade at the position.'

Marker Bills receiver Watkins has 2nd operation on left foot [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo's 2014 first-round draft pick had two screws surgically inserted into his left foot in April after tests discovered a stress fracture. He was cleared to practice a few weeks into training camp before complaining of discomfort and soreness.'

Marker Bills WR Watkins undergoes another foot surgery [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The foot surgery is the second for Watkins. He underwent the first procedure in April but experienced issues after playing in two regular-season games and was placed on injured reserve. He returned to play in the final six games.'

Marker Bills' Sammy Watkins has 2nd foot surgery; Shaq Lawson for knee [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Lawson, the Bills' first-round pick in the 2016 draft, missed the first six games of last season because of shoulder surgery he elected to undergo after joining the team.'

Marker Sources: Watkins has second foot surgery, expected to be ready for camp [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Whether or not Watkins participates in any on-field work prior training camp will depend upon his rehab and recovery, as well as if he is cleared by both Dr. Anderson and team physicians.'

Marker Bills announce surgeries for Watkins, Lawson [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'However, if the Bills do this right with Watkins this offseason and don't allow him to force his way back on the field too prematurely, there are many reasons for optimism to finally get him back to 100-percent health. Both Bryant and Jones have been able to come back and continue their dominant ways in the NFL, and with a similar type of injury, perhaps Watkins can be the third to follow that trend.'

Marker Local NFL Star & Olympian back for autograph session [1:44 AM]
KCBD-TV reports: 'Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin will be back home in Lubbock Saturday for a signing session. Goodwin was born in Lubbock and attended Wester Elementary.'

Marker Watkins and Lawson undergo surgeries [1:43 AM] reports: 'DL Shaq Lawson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery following the season and is projected to be cleared to participate in all offseason activities.'

Marker Bills DT Kyle Williams named to Pro Bowl [1:42 AM] reports: 'This is the fifth time in Williams’ career that he has earned Pro Bowl honors after being named a Pro Bowler in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Williams, the longest tenured Bill, joins Bruce Smith (11) and Fred Smerlas (5) as the only Bills defensive lineman to ever head to five Pro Bowls.'

Marker Bills name Andrew Dees assistant offensive line coach [1:41 AM] reports: 'Dees will be making his return to Buffalo after filling the same role and making his NFL coaching debut with the Bills during the 2012 season. Following his time with the Bills, Dees spent the next three seasons with the San Diego Chargers from 2013 through 2015.'

Marker Bills Today: Super Bowl credentials [1:40 AM] reports: 'Perhaps most important is the fact that he was a three-time AFC champion as a linebacker for the Broncos during a nine-year playing career, and a three-time Super Bowl champion as a coach with Denver, including Super Bowl 50 last year.'

January 20, 2017

Marker Assessing the Bills’ 28 free agents [8:10 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The key free agent is Gilmore, a source of vehement disagreement among Bills fans. Some see him as a near-Pro Bowl talent, others view him as pedestrian and point to the way he and fellow cornerback Ronald Darby were absolutely embarrassed by former Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in a 37-31 nationally-televised loss to the Jets at New Era Field in the season’s second game.'

Marker Bills hire Dennison as offensive coordinator [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In all, Dennison has been on three Super Bowl-winning coaching staffs, also serving as special-teams coach for the Broncos' victories in XXXII, XXXIII.'

Marker Kiper: Bills take Watson at No. 10 [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I'm a believer in franchises with new head coaches starting fresh with new quarterbacks, and it appears likely the Bills move on from Tyrod Taylor after hiring Sean McDermott,” Kiper wrote on “That leaves Buffalo with a huge hole and a top-10 pick to fill it. I wrote last week that I didn't think Watson would get a post-title game draft bounce, but I've heard differently from people around the NFL.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Dennison broke into the NFL as a player in 1982 with the Broncos and played through the 1990 season, mainly as a backup linebacker and special teams player. He did start 52 of the 128 games he appeared in and he had five fumble recoveries and 6.5 sacks. During his time, the Broncos played in three Super Bowls and lost all three.'

Marker Sammy Watkins should be ready for training camp after second surgery (report) [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Other wide receivers dealing with foot injuries have had second surgeries in their respective careers. Julian Edelman, Julio Jones and Dez Bryant are just three examples of players who needed second foot surgeries.'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This hiring could mean good news for Taylor, who is facing an uncertain future. The Broncos were interested in Taylor when he hit free agency in 2015, and he is a strong fit in Kubiak's offensive system. It remains to be seen whether Dennison will use similar concepts or want Taylor as his quarterback, but this is one of the better hires Taylor could have envisioned.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills DC Dennis Thurman interviews for Washington's DC job (report) [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Former Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and former assistant Rob Ryan have both interviewed for Washington's defensive coordinator opening. Dennis Thurman, Buffalo's defensive coordinator from 2015-2016, is the latest coach to reportedly interview for the job.'

Marker 2017 NFL Draft: ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. weighs in on Buffalo Bills' options at 10 [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I don't think it's a foregone conclusion that they would take a quarterback," Kiper said on a conference call with reporters Thursday. "I needed a spot for him, and I needed one that made sense. New coach, new quarterback is always a good scenario."'

Marker Buffalo Bills OLB Lorenzo Alexander named AFC East defensive MVP by ESPN [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"There are not a lot of strong candidates for defensive MVP this season. The best defense in the division -- the New England Patriots -- is more team-oriented with its success. Alexander had the most impressive individual season. He led the Bills and the division with 12.5 sacks in addition to 76 tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception. Alexander, 33, came out of nowhere to produce a Pro Bowl season. He'd been mostly a backup and rotational player but produced the best season of his career after a decade in the NFL. Alexander deserves kudos for that alone."'

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