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Buffalo Bills News - April 29, 2017

Marker Bills snare a catch king in WR Zay Jones [1:06 AM] reports: 'Along with Jones’ undeniable on field talents, Sean McDermott reinforced everything he’s said since taking over as head coach in January with his emphasis on character. Jones was a multi-year captain at East Carolina and was recognized by several national organizations for the work he put forth in the classroom.'

Marker 5 things to know about Zay Jones [1:05 AM] reports: '“I don’t think I’d be standing at this podium if it wasn’t for Coach Phil and the things that’s taught me and the way he’s translated me into being pro-ready,” Jones said at the NFL Combine. “So a great thank you to him. He’s going to be great at the Bills. I loved playing for a person like that and whoever he gets to coach will be lucky in the future.”'

Marker How Bills WRs coach boosted Zay Jones draft stock [1:04 AM] reports: '“For three years I primarily played in the slot at East Carolina,” said Jones. “I wasn’t an outside receiver. And then Coach Phil came to me and said, ‘Hey, if you want to play in the National Football League, you’ve got to play some outside. With your frame, with your size, with your skill set and your ability, we’ve got to get you outside.’”'

Marker Bills make bold move to land OT Dawkins [1:03 AM] reports: 'There are some question marks surrounding the Bills offensive line. Tackle Seantrel Henderson will still be serving a league-imposed suspension for five more games this season. Henderson will be allowed to participate in offseason programs and play in preseason games.'

Marker 5 things to know about OL Dion Dawkins [1:02 AM] reports: 'After suffering a season-ending foot injury midway through his rookie campaign, Dawkins proved just how tough he can be. Coming back better than ever in 2014, Dawkins earned a spot on the starting lineup at left tackle. Making 11 starts that year, Dawkins made a name for himself as one of the most physically and mentally tough players on the squad.'

Marker Bills get aggressive, trade up twice on day two [1:01 AM] reports: '“We looked at it last night when we broke and the ice was getting awful thin, really, at the wide receiver position in general,” said McDermott. “There weren’t quite as many wide receivers, a few of them went early, and then there weren’t many around at this level and we valued Zay and we felt that we wanted to go get him and made sure we got our guy.”'

Marker Added value and opportunity for Bills on day two [1:00 AM] reports: '“To get more picks in the middle rounds of this draft, which is the sweet spot to me, that third, fourth round area you can get a lot of starters there,” NFL draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah told “Second-round caliber players, you’re going to get them in the third, fourth and in some positions maybe even the fifth round this year. You can plug a lot of holes.”'

Marker What they’re saying: Round 1 NFL Draft grades for the Buffalo Bills [12:59 AM] reports: 'Bills general manager Doug Whaley had an excellent first round. He acquired more picks from No. 10 and was still able to find a starting cornerback while dropping all the way back to No. 27. Tre’Davious White isn’t a super athlete, but that’s his only knock. He can play anywhere and can fit in any style. And he’ll come up against the run.'

Marker Bills announce new dynamic ticket pricing structure [12:58 AM] reports: 'As fans purchase tickets, the price of each individual game can rise or fall to better reflect the demand for tickets. Ticket prices may decrease below the initial box office price, but will never fall below season ticket prices. The pricing plan for the 2017 season includes one platinum, three gold, two silver, two bronze and two preseason games. The initial box office price will remain flat from the 2016 season.'

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April 28, 2017

Marker Trading back nets a good haul for Bills [1:21 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I feel real good about the end of the first day … we did our homework and put ourselves in a position to have two first-round picks next year, picked up a third (this year) and picked up Tre’Davious White, so I’ll be able to sleep fairly well tonight,” McDermott said.'

Marker Bills pick CB Tre'Davious White in first round [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We really felt like the value we were looking at, very rarely can you do that, we can cash that into a first-round pick in 2018 and then add a third-round on top of that," coach Sean McDermott said. "A very unique situation for us."'

Marker Bills trade with Chiefs to move down from 10th to 27th pick of NFL Draft [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills now have eight picks to use between now and Saturday. But the key to the deal is that they have the additional first-round choice next year, when the quarterback class is expected to be stronger.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Bills move down, and Whaley moves closer to the door [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A franchise that had made too many decisions for the wrong reasons over the years made a bold but sensible move. It's a low bar, I'll admit, but the Bills did the smart thing, the sort of maneuver the good franchises make, instead of trying to make an immediate splash to dazzle the masses.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Hot Read: Bills make a smart move, for once [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This was the sort of maneuver that you wouldn't have expected from Whaley, especially when he's trying to win in the short term and preserve his job. I'm sure McDermott will claim it was a group decision, but it looks like the move of an empowered coach who has time to build a winner.'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts on first round of NFL Draft: Trade down was smart [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Chiefs used the choice for Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but there was hardly any overwhelming belief among most analysts that he'll be a franchise player. The bottom line is that the Bills had to trust their conclusion that a transformative talent -- which is what the 10th pick has to be -- wasn't going to be there.'

Marker Five things to know about new Bills CB Tre'Davious White [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'White wore jersey No. 18 at LSU as a junior and senior. That number is reserved for players who lead “on and off the field” with a selfless attitude. Bills coach Sean McDermott stressed character during the pre-draft process, and in drafting White lived up to his word.'

Marker What They Said: Transcripts of Sean McDermott and Bills first-round pick Tre’Davious White [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' A solid person, a solid football player, a guy that we had on our board – we felt like if we could get him, it would be a good pick for us and there we saw him at [pick] 27. He’s a guy that wore number 18 at LSU, and we know what that means in terms of the tradition of wearing number 18 at LSU. So you know what type of person we’re getting, what type of football player. He’s versatile – he plays inside, he plays outside, he’s also a returner in terms of the special teams value – so we feel good about it.'

Marker Mock draft roundup IV: A final look at who's being projected to the Bills [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here is our final mock draft roundup...'.

Marker Jay Skurski's final Bills-only seven-round mock draft [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Third round, 75th overall: Jake Butt, TE, Michigan.'

Marker Jay Skurski's 3 Draft thoughts: Reuben Foster at 10 a bad message, a sleeper option & Chad [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That’s because McDermott has preached the importance of character when evaluating college prospects, and Foster comes with some significant off-the-field concerns. He was booted from the NFL Scouting Combine for getting into an altercation with a hospital worker, and apparently had a diluted urine test, which would put him in the NFL’s substance-abuse program and subject him to random drug testing.'

Marker Buffalo Bills pick LSU CB Tre'Davious White in 1st round after trade [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We really felt the value we were looking at, very rarely can you do that when you can cash that in with a 2018 first-round pick and get a third-rounder on top of that, it was a very unique situation for us,” McDermott said of the trade. “We felt good about that, and we felt good about the pick with Tre’Davious White. Solid person, solid football player, we felt like if we could get him it would be a good pick for us and there he was at 27.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills trade down in first round of NFL Draft [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'With this trade, they now have eight picks this year — one each in the first and second rounds, two in the third, none in the fourth, three in the fifth, one in the sixth, and none in the seventh.'

Marker Bills' McDermott finds draft dance partner in mentor Andy Reid [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'You have the new head coach, Sean McDermott, who plays his cards closer than a Texas Hold ‘em champion, ready to put his stamp on a mediocre team caught on a hamster wheel and could be the hero in this story if he can put his words into action.'

Marker Bills fill need with LSU’s White [1:46 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Not bad for Buffalo’s first-year coach Sean McDermott, though he went out of his way to praise the work of general manager Doug Whaley and his scouting staff, all of whom appear to be in severe job jeopardy.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Buffalo Bills select LSU CB Tre'Davious White with No. 27 pick [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Full-time starter for better part of four years and one of the premier mirror-and-match cornerbacks in the game. Has the feet, athleticism and instincts for prolonged coverage responsibilities and his twitch will always have him near the throw. Best suited for all forms of man coverage. Should compete as special teams performer. Lacks run-support physicality to be an every-down corner, but he's talented enough to challenge for slot duties right away.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Grading Buffalo Bills' pick of LSU CB Tre'Davious White [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo managed to turn the No. 10 pick into White, a third-round pick this year and a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. It's tough to argue with the pick, especially after the Bills lost cornerback Stephon Gilmore in free agency. White will come in and compete with Kevon Seymour and Ronald Darby to be a starting cornerback for the Buffalo Bills on day one.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Tre'Davious White highlights, stats, other info (5 things to know) [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'At Green Oaks High, White was the valedictorian of his class. It's safe to say that the cornerback won't have any issues learning Buffalo's playbook.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Buffalo Bills trade 10th overall pick to Kansas City Chiefs [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In exchange for the 10th pick in this year's draft, the Bills received Kansas City's first round pick (No. 27 overall) and third round pick (No. 91 overall) in this year's draft and the Chiefs' first round pick in the 2018 NFL draft.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Grading Buffalo Bills' blockbuster trade with Kansas City Chiefs [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This is an ideal scenario for the Bills, who wanted to get out of the No. 10 pick. Earlier in the night, the Chiefs were aggressively calling teams in the top 10 about a trade. There was a possibility they would move all the way up to No. 5 in a trade with the Tennessee Titans, but they were able to wait and only move up to 10. They still got their guy, picking Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Buffalo Bills get 'tremendous haul' in trade (national media reaction) [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In one of the deepest draft classes in recent memory, the Bills will have a chance to add four impact players by the end of the second day of the draft.'

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