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Buffalo Bills News - February 7, 2017

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Gill Byrd, father of Jairus Byrd, as secondary coach [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Byrd fills the biggest vacancy remaining on the Bills' coaching staff. The team will likely hire a few more assistants, but Byrd is the last of the primary position coaches that needed to be hired.'

Marker Super Bowl 52 odds: Patriots are favorites, but where do Buffalo Bills stand? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As for the Buffalo Bills, few teams have worse opening odds. After a 7-9 season that led to Rex Ryan getting fired and replaced by Sean McDermott, the Bills have 60-1 odds to win the Super Bowl. They are tied with the Lions, Saints, Chargers and Jaguars with those odds. Meanwhile, the Bears, Rams, Jets, 49ers and Browns are the only five teams with worse odds.'

Marker Bills still weighing options with Taylor, Gilmore [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Gilmore is seeking a deal which would pay him among the top five players in the league at his position, which would be $14 million or more per season. The Bills offered him roughly $10.5 million per year during training camp in August, but did not negotiate after that.'

Marker Top 5 questions facing the Bills this offseason [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Outside of the two men that were just mentioned, the Bills also need to figure out where the rest of the defensive starters fit in McDermott's 4-3, zone-based defensive scheme. Marcell Dareus, Jerry Hughes, and Shaq Lawson should all be fine along the defensive line. The question remains with the back-seven.'

Marker Bills have 6th-worst odds to win Super Bowl 52 [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The website has the Bills odds to win Super Bowl 52 as 66-to-1... a long-shot bet, and a figure that is tied for the sixth-worst in the National Football League. The only teams that have worse odds than the Bills are San Francisco (150-to-1), Cleveland (150-to-1), Chicago (100-to-1), the New York Jets (100-to-1), and the Los Angeles Rams (75-to-1). The Bills also have the same odds as Washington, Jacksonville, and the Los Angeles Chargers.'

Marker Bills Today: Taylor anxious to resume offseason work [1:48 AM] reports: '“Just continue to keep improving my play,” Taylor said. “I just finished up my second year as a starter, going into my seventh in the league, but like I said it sounds crazy, I’m still learning. We’ve been without a couple guys in the lineup for two years now, so the main thing is that we stay healthy, that we get healthy, and that we remain healthy and go out there and play winning football. I know guys are excited.”'

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February 6, 2017

Marker A little more conversation [1:59 AM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: '“I was looking around my house for something to get me on TV. I found a guitar and painted it white and put, “Squish the Fish” on the back. I had a stupid looking white suit, my wife painted sideburns and chest hair on me.”'

February 5, 2017

Marker Local Patriots fans feel your hate, Bills fans [1:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Not my style," says the computer software salesman. "I don't wear a lot of Patriots gear but work is always more fun on Fridays and Mondays (during the season)."'

Marker Tyrod Taylor plays wait-and-see game [1:58 AM] reports: '“Of course,” said Taylor in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. "I know the team very well. I know how close we are as a team. I know the talent that we have on the team. We can be a very special team, especially with the right leadership, and I believe we have some coaches in that are definitely ready to go out there and make us work and get things turned around. So definitely looking forward to seeing what they can bring."'

February 4, 2017

Marker Tyrod Taylor reiterates his desire to remain with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's just a sit-and-wait game right now," said Taylor, who has been in Buffalo this offseason rehabbing from sports hernia surgery that was performed a month ago.'

Marker Rex's ESPN tryout one of many reasons to watch Super Bowl Sunday [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The best-case scenario Sunday is that Ryan will say something outrageous about New England Coach Bill Belichick or quarterback Tom Brady. The worst-case scenario is he pulls a Belichick and just gives out coach speak.'

Marker If Bills will have him, Tyrod Taylor wants to be back [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“My focus is not on the contract situation or what’s gonna happen, it’s more just being healthy,” said Taylor, who underwent groin surgery a few weeks ago. “The thing that keeps my mind off of it is rehabbing. If I didn’t have to rehab, I’d probably be thinking about (the contract situation) all the time.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Jerry Hughes named a top 10 edge rusher using Next Gen Stats [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo is expected to move to a 4-3 defense in 2017 and Hughes will start at defensive end. Hughes thrived as a DE in Jim Schwartz's wide-nine defense and his ability to disrupt the quarterback will make him an important piece to Sean McDermott's defense.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy says he's the NFL's best running back [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Coming off a season in which he had 1,623 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns in 15 games, McCoy certainly can make the case he's the best back in the NFL. McCoy turns 29 in July, however, so the Bills have to hope he can stay among the league's best running backs for a few more years. '

Marker Tyrod Taylor contract: Quarterback would like to return to the Buffalo Bills [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The thing that keeps my mind off of it is rehab," Taylor said. "If I didn't have the rehab it'd probably be on my mind all the time."'

Marker Doug Marrone's new coaching staff with Jaguars has connections to Syracuse, Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Since Tom Coughlin was hired as executive vice president of football operations and Marrone promoted to the full-time post on Jan. 9, the Jaguars had announced several staff moves, including coordinators Nathaniel Hackett (offense), Todd Wash (defense) and Joe DeCamillis (special teams).'

Marker Tyrod Taylor Prefers a Return to Buffalo [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"The conversations isn't about necessarily contracts, it's more so getting to know each other. I've known a couple of the new coaches for a couples years from my time in Baltimore," Taylor said. "For the most part just getting to know guys and if I'm the guy that management chooses to keep around, definitely want to be able to be comfortable around those coaches. That's what I'm doing in the time I see them now."'

Marker Pegula encouraged by early signs from McDermott [1:51 AM] reports: '“Early impression is he’s exactly what we thought when we interviewed him,” said Pegula in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. “He’s very, very thorough and a hard worker. He’s a good person. It’s showing already."'

February 3, 2017

Marker Bills officially hire McGeoghan, four other assistants [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 37-year-old McGeoghan has spent the past two seasons as the wide receivers coach at East Carolina. Prior to that he spent three years with the Miami Dolphins as assistant wide receivers coach.'

Marker McDermott adds five more coaches to his Bills staff [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Lubick is entering his ninth season in the NFL after spending the past two years with the Denver Broncos as the assistant wide receivers coach under Rick Dennison, now the Bills’ offensive coordinator. The 39-year-old Lubick spent four seasons (2010-14) as an offensive assistant with the Texans.'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2017 coaching staff: Sean McDermott makes 5 more hires [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The team now has 15 coaches, but still needs to hire a defensive backs coach. Here's an updated look at the Bills' coaching staff after the Thursday hires.'

Marker Buffalo Bills have 'significant interest' in Cowboys QB Tony Romo (report) [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Romo will turn 37 years old in April and is coming off a season in which he missed the first 10 games with a back injury and conceded his starting job to rookie Dak Prescott. He also missed the final 12 games of the 2015 season with a shoulder injury.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor 'very appealing' to Arizona Cardinals (report) [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"If Carson Palmer retires, Romo could be an option in Arizona, and sources said the Cardinals are very high on Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and could be prepared to trade up to land him this spring. If the Cardinals determine Watson is out of their reach, Tyrod Taylor is very appealing to Arizona and would be a great fit in Bruce Arians' scheme."'

Marker McDermott's guys: Latest on the Bills coaching staff additions, part 3 [1:54 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'McGeoghan joins the Bills from the college ranks, having spent the past two seasons with East Carolina University, coaching receivers.'

Marker Reports: Bills interested in Dallas QB Tony Romo [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Jason La Canfora reported that team and league sources confirmed the interest. The report also states that Romo might be out of reach for the Bills because the 36-year-old quarterback has higher interest in playing for the Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs.'

Marker Tony Romo would be a risky bet for Buffalo Bills [1:52 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'There are many issues with this idea, though. At the top of the list: Would Romo want to come to Buffalo? There's a new coaching staff and a wacky front office situation. The team has some weapons on offense, led by running back LeSean McCoy.'

Marker Bills hire five assistants under new coach [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'McGeoghan takes over a potentially depleted group of wide receivers, with Sammy Watkins coming off a second operation on his left foot, and Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin eligible to become unrestricted free agents next month.'

Marker Bills add five to coaching staff [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Egorugwu was hired to be the Bills' defensive quality control coach after spending the past two seasons as a defensive staff assistant with the Baltimore Ravens. Egorugwu worked with linebackers coach Don Martindale in his time in Baltimore.'

Marker CBS report says Bills have 'significant interest' in Romo [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A report from CBS’ Jason La Canfora, citing both team and league sources, says the Bills have "significant interest" in Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo this offseason, but acknowledges that might be a tough sell because Romo would prefer to go to either the Texans, Broncos, Cardinals, or Chiefs.'

Marker Report: Bills have 'significant interest' in Tony Romo [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Bringing in the soon-to-be 37-year old quarterback is good for the next year or two, but that's more of a band-aid on the franchise. It would afford them the opportunity to take a quarterback in the first two rounds, develop that player, and hope they are the answer for the long-term.'

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