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Buffalo Bills News - March 14, 2017

Marker Ex-Bills player Jones to talk kidney illness [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jones, who returned to Buffalo in August as co-host of “The John Murphy Show” on WGR-AM 550, played three seasons for the Bills. He has battled kidney health problems his entire life, and will talk about what ultimately led to his retirement from football, as well as a subsequent kidney transplant and his current efforts to serve as a kidney health advocate.'

Marker Los Angeles Rams extend two-year offer sheet to Buffalo Bills' Ryan Groy (report) [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Groy, 26, appeared in 16 games with the Bills in 2016 and made seven starts at center after Eric Wood was placed on the injured reserve. He fared well in Buffalo's starting rotation and Pro Football Focus gave Groy a 79.5 overall grade, 23rd among all centers.'

Marker 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Josh Norris has Buffalo Bills selecting RB Alvin Kamara [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Surprise. The NFL likes Kamara more than those of us on the outside. The running game will be critical for the Bills success, as it was last season. I love LeSean McCoy. Love. But some have suggested he is an awkward fit in the new running scheme."'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign former Chargers WR Jeremy Butler [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Last season, Butler, who stands 6-feet-3-inches tall, spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets before latching on with the Chargers. In signing Butler, who turns 26 in April, the Bills now have six wide receivers on the depth chart. They lost Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin in free agency and are left with Sammy Watkins, Dezmin Lewis, Kolby Listenbee, Walt Powell and newly signed Philly Brown along with Butler.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign former Cowboys and Jaguars defensive end Ryan Davis [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In 47 career games, Davis has 11 sacks, including a career-high 6.5 sacks back in 2014 with the Jaguars. Davis joins a defensive line that already features Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson. At 6-feet-2-inches tall and 260 pounds, Davis has the ability to be a situational pass rusher off the edge. He's never started a game in his NFL career.'

Marker Can Buffalo Bills OL Vladimir Ducasse compete at right tackle? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"At the end of the day, in my head, I've mainly played guard being in the NFL," Ducasse said. "Then again, I was in Chicago two years ago in a situation where we didn't know if it was going to be guard or right tackle. So you kind of expect the unexpected, but thank God we had Kyle Long, who is very versatile and all that stuff. But once you have that title of O-line, you know, just be ready for anything. For me, except center."'

Marker Bills free agency update: Bills add, drop multiple players [1:51 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Alexander, 33, had a breakout season in Buffalo last year with 12.5 sacks. The Bills re-signed the former edge rusher despite questions surrounding his fit in the new defensive system under McDermott. Alexander thrived in a 3-4 under former head coach Rex Ryan, but McDermott will run a base 4-3. Along with his sack total, Alexander had 76 tackles and an interception, all career highs.'

Marker Buffalo Bills agree to sign defensive end Ryan Davis [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Overall, Davis has 11 sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles in 47 career games.'

Marker Rams to tender 2-year offer sheet to Bills guard Ryan Groy [1:49 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Buffalo gave Groy an original-round restricted free-agent tender earlier this month, worth $1.8 million. Because Groy was undrafted, the Bills will not receive any draft compensation if they decline to match the Rams' offer.'

Marker Bills sign DE Ryan Davis, meet with three other free agents [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Davis spent last season with the Dallas Cowboys after entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012. The 6-2, 260-pound Bethune-Cookman product has played 47 games in the NFL, recording 30 tackles, 11 sacks, one INT, three passes defensed, 26 QB hits, 12 tackles for loss, three fumbles forced and four fumble recoveries.'

Marker Top 5 remaining Bills needs (3/13/17) [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Sure, the Bills signed Philly Brown to add some much-needed depth -- and he could even factor into the normal rotation at wide receiver as a No. 3 or No. 4 option. However, the Bills are still shockingly thin at the position and would have to rely on the group of Brown, Walt Powell, Kolby Listenbee, and Dez Lewis to take meaningful snaps.'

Marker Bills make second wide receiver addition in free agency [1:46 AM] reports: 'A 6-2, 213-pound Tennessee-Martin product, Butler originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014. During his first three seasons in the NFL, Butler has appeared in 12 games in his NFL career and has totaled 33 receptions for 374 yards. In addition to the Ravens, Butler spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets and San Diego Chargers during the 2016 season. '

Marker Bills add a defensive end in free agency [1:45 AM] reports: 'DE Ryan Davis has agreed to terms with the Buffalo Bills. Davis spent last season with the Dallas Cowboys and entered the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012.'

Marker Bills Today: Pro Bowl week a factor in Tyrod's affinity for new staff [1:44 AM] reports: 'Taylor naturally had some casual conversations at One Bills Drive and other members of the offensive staff during his rehab period in January and February, but seeing how Culley operated as a coach during a “game” week at the Pro Bowl provided him with more insight as to what things would be like during the regular season. It only helped to convince Taylor that if something could be worked out between him and Buffalo concerning his contract that it would be beneficial.'

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March 13, 2017

Marker Versatile Hyde says Bills' coaches relaying 'playoff mentality' message to players [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The proof will be in the playing. For now, no one gets the benefit of the doubt. Not Hyde's intuition. Not the best face McDermott or his assistant coaches can put on the enormous task of turning the Bills into a winner.'

Marker Bills sign receiver Philly Brown [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Brown spent the past three seasons with the Panthers, with whom McDermott spent the past six years as defensive coordinator.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign former Panthers wide receiver Philly Brown [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills now have five wide receivers under contract: Brown, Sammy Watkins, Dezmin Lewis, Kolby Listenbee and Walter Powell. The Bills have more work to do at the position, but adding Brown is a small step in the right direction.'

Marker 14 players the Buffalo Bills could pursue in the second wave of free agency [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This is the time when prices start to drop on players and teams can find great bargains.'

Marker Bills add with receiver Corey 'Philly' Brown [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Brown entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State in 2014. He was originally a restricted free agent this offseason but did not receive a tender from Carolina.'

Marker Bills add wide receiver Brown [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Brown also has some time spent as a kick and punt returner in his rookie season, and had a punt return for a touchdown.'

Marker Buffalo agrees to terms with WR Corey ‘Philly’ Brown [1:53 AM] reports: 'Brown, 25, is a former undrafted rookie signing of the Carolina Panthers and has spent his entire NFL career with the club. The three-year veteran was a restricted free agent, but was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Panthers thereby making him unrestricted.'

March 12, 2017

Marker It’s been one busy week for the Bills’ roster [12:19 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'With Buffalo having lost Gilmore, Woods and Goodwin and bringing back Alexander, Mills, Humber and Anderson, there are still 16 players from last year’s Bills roster who are unrestricted free agents, who have yet to sign, and one other unrestricted FA, safety Jonathan Meeks, who won’t receive an offer.'

Marker Lorenzo Alexander announces he's returning to Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who had a breakout season in 2016 at 33 years old, announced on Twitter that he's re-signing with the team. The deal is for two years and up to $9.1 million, with $4 million in guarantees, The Buffalo News has learned.'

Marker Lorenzo Alexander has no worries about how he'll fit into new defense [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I definitely want to be settled in one spot and Buffalo being the great football city that it is ­– obviously the fan base and the whole community embraced me last year ­– I definitely wanted to come back here,” he said Saturday on a conference call. “I really appreciated the Pegulas, Doug Whaley and Sean McDermott expressing their feelings about me as a player on and off the field. Anytime you have a relationship that you do like that, you definitely want to come back and finish it off.”'

Marker Bills bring back right tackle Jordan Mills [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mills, 26, started every game last season for the Bills, taking 97 percent of the offensive snaps. Although he has plenty of experience, with 50 career starts, he was viewed as the weak link on the Bills' offensive line in 2016. The analytics website Pro Football Focus graded Mills 64th out of 78 qualifying offensive tackles, charging him with nine sacks, six quarterback hits and 44 hurries. The Bills appeared on the verge of handing the right tackle job over to Seantrel Henderson midway through the season, until he was suspended for a second time.'

Marker 10 Bills takeaways from the start of free agency [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' McDermott has made it clear he values versatility, and Hyde brings plenty of that with his ability to play cornerback, both outside and in the slot, as well as safety and returner. Those are all positions of need for the Bills. Hyde’s average annual salary of $6 million isn’t outrageous for a starting safety, and he’s only 26. Hyde figures to step into the starting role that once belonged to Williams, filling one of the biggest holes on the roster.'

Marker Buffalo Bills keep two of their own by re-signing Alexander, Mills [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But they were happy to get Alexander back, and he’s glad to be back. At the scouting combine in Indianapolis, Alexander was there to do some work for the NFLPA, and he said his agent was in regular contact with the Bills and he was hopeful something could be worked out because he really wanted to stay in Buffalo.'

Marker 2 main things attracted FB Patrick DiMarco to Sean McDermott, Buffalo Bills [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He's an awesome dude," DiMarco said. "A great coach, a great man, very genuine. I sat down to talk to him and "tell me about your family" was the first thing he asked me. I thought that was above and beyond the person that he is. It's just the culture that he's bringing here. It brings a lot of excitement, you know? I've been married almost three years with a one-year old so for a coach, as a family man, to say that to me as the first thing sitting down with him, it kind of knocked me off. My wife might be watching this, so she's going to be super thrilled to hear that."'

Marker Buffalo Bills re-sign right tackle Jordan Mills to two-year contract [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'His return to Buffalo does not ensure that he'll be the team's starting right tackle. The position is thin, but Buffalo has also shown interest in veteran free agent Andre Smith and could select a right tackle in the 2017 NFL draft.'

Marker Where does Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander fit in Sean McDermott's defense? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'll probably be off-the-ball playing SAM on under front as I walk up to the line on over front," Alexander said. "I'll be stacked up - which I did, actually, last year in several of our games especially at the end of the season. It was very effective and impactful, still. And then on third down, usually under center - much like how they used Thomas Davis, kind of looking at the way he was used in Carolina. Having that similar role, obviously on the field and in the locker room."'

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