Report: Bills decline 5th-year option on EJ Manuel [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'After beginning his rookie training camp as the backup to Kevin Kolb, Manuel became the starter due to an injury to the veteran. He went into 2014 as the starting QB, but eventually lost his job to Kyle Orton.'
7 things Shaq Lawson brings to the Bills [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Size, speed, and strength are all well and good, but for an edge rusher teams look for a player who will never give up in their pursuit for a quarterback. Here in the national championship against Alabama, you see Lawson do just that. His initial move was thwarted, but he kept his eyes on the quarterback, kept the offensive lineman off of his pads, disengaged and brought down the quarterback.'
Reports: Bills decline 5th year option on Manuel [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'According to CBS Sports' Joel Corry , picking up the option would have cost Buffalo $11.357 million. He's due a guaranteed $2.22 million in base salary this season.'
Bills release three veterans [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills released DE Jarius Wynn, CB Bud Noel and OL Ronald Patrick.'
Bills agree to terms with 14 undrafted rookies [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills agreed to terms with 14 undrafted rookies Monday. Below is a brief description of the newest additions to Buffalo’s roster with some expert assessments from the Bills scouting staff.'
How Hargrave Military Academy helped Lawson fulfill his football dreams [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I was doing summer school to try to avoid it, but the NCAA didn’t count the class I took at summer school so when I found out I had to go to Hargrave I was in tears at first,” admitted Lawson. “I was thinking that this is going to be like boot camp. There were going to be a lot of crazy things I’d have to do.”'
Bills excited about newest additions [8:06 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We are basically lining up in a 5-2, to start with,” he said. “You’re going to have Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson as your outside linebackers (though virtually ends, with Preston Brown and second-round draft pick Reggie Ragland inside). When you have that, you’re going to have three big ones inside. So any way we configure it, we have four guys that will be primarily in there with obviously Corbin, the young kid Washington and then our two studs with Kyle and Marcell.'
Bills add depth with free agents, invite Licata to try out [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As an encore to a draft that provided plenty of promise for immediate impact on defense and intrigue in the potential for a future franchise quarterback, the Buffalo Bills have so far made some interesting undrafted free-agent signings.'
Here is Eric Striker's emotional speech to his family after going undrafted [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He helped lead protests against racism on the Oklahoma campus. He was used in a "Magic Man" role on the field, lining up everywhere. And, for good measure, he draw leadership advice from FDR, Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.'
Ryan's relief, Manuel's survival & O-line neglect [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And that was exactly what Ryan hoped was achieved by finding two and possibly three defensive starters within the first three picks. As usual, he expressed disdain for the media's appearing to forget his long history of successful defenses before he arrived in Buffalo.'
Watch Buffalo Bills LB Eric Striker give emotional speech after going undrafted [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Striker got choked up toward the end of his speech, and it's easy to see why the Bills were so eager to sign him. Not only is he passionate about proving people wrong, but Striker is actually a talented prospect coming out of Oklahoma. He played outside linebacker in the Sooners' 3-4 scheme, but he may project best as a WILL linebacker for Rex Ryan. He's a bit undersized at 227 pounds, but he has range that could come in handy'
Youngest Gronkowski brother signs with Bills [1:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"He's the new-age fullback," Bills general manager Doug Whaley told ESPN last week of Glenn Gronkowski. "A guy that can play a little H-back, play a little fullback, play a little tight end, so that's game-day versatility. That's a guy at 46 on your 46-man roster during game day that can play three different positions and special teams, so I think a guy like that definitely has a chance.'
Bills get two big hits, two boom or bust in first four picks [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Boom or Bust: Both of the team's Ohio State picks fall into this category.'
UB's Licata will get a shot with the Bills [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 6-2, 210-pounder is a pure pocket passer, but has enough athleticism and quick enough feet to move around and evade the rush when needed.'
Former OP standout Robert Kugler signs with Bills as UDFA [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'His dad, Sean, is a Lockport native and served as the Bills offensive line coach from 2008-2009. He is currently the head coach at UTEP.'
Day 3 choices are a roll of the dice for Buffalo [9:32 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But as Monos cautioned, “We’re pretty excited, but I always tell you guys, every team right now loves their draft. You’re all sitting around like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe this guy fell.’ You’re going to hear all the clichés. “I’m excited about the schools we got these guys from, I think there’s something to that. Those schools hold their guys accountable — and that’s what we want our guys to do.”'
Bills head coach Rex Ryan gets what he wants in NFL Draft; now it's up to him [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This Rex Ryan boast may be no exaggeration. After three busy days, he now has a disruptive pass rusher (Shaq Lawson), snarling inside linebacker (Reggie Ragland) and versatile defensive lineman (Adolphus Washington). Now, it's on Ryan. This is a defense that fell from No. 4 to No. 19 overall, one that had 54 sacks under Jim Schwartz and then a franchise-low 21 under Ryan. Going defense-defense-defense absolutely puts more pressure on Ryan to now get it right.'
Why the Bills opted to wait and see with QB Cardale Jones [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We think our situation's good for him," Whaley said. "He's going to come in and be a three, be able to develop, be able to learn under some professionals that have been at their craft for awhile, with EJ and Tyrod. We like his skill set. He's got the talent to possibly be a franchise guy. Is he there yet? Absolutely not. He's got a lot of work and a lot of ways to go.'
Bills select Ohio State QB Cardale Jones in 4th round [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Said Jones, "Playing the waiting game was the longest three days of my life, really. But it was all worth it to be in a position to play for one of the top organizations in the NFL. So I'm just extremely excited."'
Bills 'very comfortable' in taking the EJ Manuel gamble again behind Tyrod Taylor [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When you look around the league, we think he's as good a No. 2 as most out there," Whaley said. "He's a No. 2 for a reason and so are a lot of other guys. But we think he can come in and hold serve if Tyrod ever loses some playing time. And then, he's a consummate professional. He's going to try to get better and better each day. Granted, everybody's going to say 'Look at the Jacksonville game.' But we were leading until that last drive and he came back from a 28-point deficit. If we win the game everybody talks about it being the biggest comeback victory since Frank Reich.'
Five things to know about the Bills' newest quarterback, Ohio State's Cardale Jones [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He really didn't play that poorly this year when you look at his games," Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos said. "He didn't have blow-up games. The guys just wants to be good and he's going to be molded."'
Transcript of Bills' Whaley & Monos and draft picks Cardale Jones & Jonathan Williams [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He’s got a lot of work and a lot of ways to go, but this guy’s driven. This guy’s a proven winner. He’s undefeated. Everybody talks about his accuracy but look at his completion percentage; it’s over 60-percent. He had a 105 quarterback rating against ranked teams. And again, he’s undefeated. All I’m saying is we got a nice guy to work with, with a high upside, so we’re excited to have him.'
Bills choose Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams in 5th round [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 2014, Williams was a second-team all-SEC selection after rushing for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns, even though he split carries with junior Alex Collins. Williams also shared the load with Collins as a sophomore, when he had 900 yards and four touchdowns.'
Bills keep doubling down as a run-first offense with Jonathan Williams pick [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Despite boasting a full convoy of backs, the Bills took Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams, who missed all of the 2015 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his foot. Splitting carries the year before, he rushed for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns. He'll now join a backfield that includes LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams, Mike Gillislee and James Wilder Jr. Last year, this group was hit hard by injuries at various points. In a 14-13 win at Tennessee, Buffalo was forced to start Boobie Dixon (19 yards on seven carries) and Boom Herron, picked up off the streets, even had a team-high nine carries that game.'
Three things to know about the Bills' newest running back, Jonathan Williams [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's downhill, straight ahead. Great vision. Instincts," Monos said, explaining the 6-foot-0, 223-pounder's running style.'
Bills make TCU WR Kolby Listenbee their 6th-round draft pick [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I could go to the Olympics if I wanted to," he said, while declaring himself the fastest player in the NFL.'
Bills hope WR Kolby Listenbee, self-proclaimed fastest player in football, opens up offense [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Armed with a quarterback (Tyrod Taylor) who can throw deep and a wide receiver (Sammy Watkins) who draws double-teams, the Bills hope TCU's Kolby Listenbee provides what Graham and Goodwin could not.'
Three things to know about the Bills' newest wide receiver, Kolby Listenbee [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm playing football," he said. "I'm a football player that happened to be fast – happened to be blessed to be fast."'
Transcripts of interviews with 6th-round picks Kolby Listenbee & Kevon Seymour [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Oh yeah, for sure. I’m the fastest football player probably in the NFL so I bring speed, I got great hands. Right now, I got a chip on my shoulder because I got to go out there and show what I have and I mean, I just work hard. I just need an opportunity to go out there and make it happen.'
Bills use second 6th-round pick on USC CB Kevon Seymour [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 6-foot, 185-pound Seymour had three career interceptions at USC, as well as seven kickoff returns for 92 yards.'
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