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Buffalo Bills News - January 23, 2017

Marker With questions abound at receiver, Marquise Goodwin has a career year [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Along the way, he produced the best season of his four-year career – 29 catches for 431 yards and three touchdowns. The timing couldn’t have been better, either. He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March.'

Marker Lorenzo Alexander named AFC East Defensive Player of the Year by ESPN [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Alexander is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March.'

Marker Bucky Gleason: Plan for Bills? Take a wild guess. [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fans deserve to know Buffalo’s plan, too, before deciding whether to renew season tickets. Are the Bills pushing for a playoff spot and clinging to the far-fetched notion anything can happen in the postseason? Have they accepted the reality that they’re nowhere close to a Super Bowl and require an overhaul? Are the Pegulas leaning toward another tank at your expense? I have no idea.'

Marker Mock Draft Roundup I: A look at who's being projected to the Bills [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Reasoning: "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. 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 Former S Duke Williams takes shot at Buffalo Bills during AFC Championship Game [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As for Duke Williams, the safety sat unsigned for close to a month before joining the Indianapolis Colts in December. He appeared in the Colts' season finale, but did not record any stats.'

Marker Bills Q&A: Break down of Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison from Denver [1:54 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: ' Dennison prefers to fit players into his scheme, rather than scheming to fit the talent on the roster. The good news for Buffalo Bills fans is that Tyrod Taylor knows and played in Dennison's scheme in Baltimore, so the learning curve won't be quite as steep for him. If the Bills keep Taylor, that is.'

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January 22, 2017

Marker How accountable are Bills players about accountability? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But how much of that is the responsibility of the head coach and how much of that should fall on the collective shoulders of the players? If too many members of the roster aren't self-motivated or willing to take it upon themselves to make sure they and their teammates pay close attention to detail and take it upon themselves to make sure they're fully invested in everything necessary to succeed, does the coach's style matter?'

Marker Five quarterbacks with connections to Bills' OC Rick Dennison [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the Bills do, however, decide not to exercise Taylor’s contract option and decide to walk away, here are some of the other quarterbacks Dennison has worked with in his career who could be available either through free agency or a trade. Keep in mind that the Bills will also need a veteran backup quarterback if EJ Manuel leaves as a free agent, which is expected.'

Marker Mel Kiper Jr. suggests Bills could look at O-line or secondary early in draft [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There are a variety of positions they could go," Kiper said on a conference call Thursday. "Garett Bolles, the offensive tackle at Utah or Ryan Ramczyk, the offensive tackle at Wisconsin would help out the offensive line. There's going to be plenty of cornerbacks available in this draft that can help. This is a strong draft at a variety of positions. It's a strong defensive draft. Twenty-one of the 32 players in the first round are defensive players. There is a lot of depth at a variety of spots in this draft.'

Marker Buffalo Bills already have their quarterback, says NFL's Gil Brandt [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Whether the team agrees with me is another matter, of course, but I happen to think the Bills already have their quarterback, which is why they fall so low on this list," said Brandt. "I know the Bills have a new coach in Sean McDermott, so their direction might not be defined. But if I were them, I'd exercise the option on the rest of the contract extension Taylor signed in August."'

Marker Lubbock native, NFL receiver signs autographs in Hub City [1:55 AM]
KCBD-TV reports: 'The NFL wide receiver went on to say, "Being an Olympian and being in the NFL coming from a small town like Lubbock show a lot of promise and it shows it doesn’t matter where you come from, the demographics, or your background, you can make it. You can push through it and I’m just trying to spread greatness all across the country and we can start right at home."'

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.'

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.'

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