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Buffalo Bills News - April 29, 2017

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Grading Buffalo Bills' trade and pick of Temple OL Dion Dawkins [1:33 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As a player, Dawkins has a ton of room to grow, but he had a productive final season in college. According to Pro Football Focus, Dawkins ranked in the top 10 in the country in both run-blocking and pass-blocking efficiency. He allowed just two sacks, two quarterback hits and five hurries this season at Temple.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Dion Dawkins highlights, stats, other info (5 things to know) [1:32 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Head coach Sean McDermott said that Dawkins will get the opportunity to compete for a starting job on Buffalo's offensive line at right tackle. His biggest competitor for the job will be Jordan Mills. The veteran lineman has struggled in his career so Dawkins has a chance to start immediately.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Social media reaction to Tre'Davious White joining Buffalo Bills [1:31 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ed Orgeron, White's coach at LSU, praised the Bills' first pick for being a terrific player and person.'

Marker Will the Buffalo Bills pick up Sammy Watkins' fifth-year option? [1:30 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It's important to note that the Bills wouldn't be giving up on Watkins by declining the fifth-year option. The former No. 4 overall pick would make $13.258 (guaranteed for injury) in 2018 if the Bills picked up the option. If they decline the option, Watkins would be eligible to become a free agent after the 2017 season, but the Bills could still place the franchise tag on Watkins. That would be more expensive than the option, but it gives the Bills the luxury of time to make the decision.'

Marker NFL Mock Draft 2017: Predicting Buffalo Bills' 7 remaining picks [1:29 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If the Bills decide to add a running back during this draft, Wyoming's Brian Hill would be a nice fit. He can do a bit of everything and had over 1,800 rushing yards to go with 22 touchdowns last season. Buffalo has to replace Mike Gillislee somehow.'

Marker Which draft picks do Buffalo Bills have remaining in 2017 and 2018 NFL draft? [1:28 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Heading into the second night of the draft, here's a look at Buffalo's remaining draft picks this year and the team's picks in 2018.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: 10 sleepers Buffalo Bills should consider on day 3 [1:27 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Eddie Jackson, safety, Alabama.'

Marker 2017 NFL Draft: Who were the winners and losers of Round 1? [1:26 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'By the way, that was the first time that three different teams traded up to get a QB in the first round on draft day.'

Marker NFL Draft 2018: Sam Darnold among 10 QBs Buffalo Bills fans should know next year [1:25 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'ampaign with a nine-game stretch in which he threw for 2,833 yards and 31 touchdowns and completed nearly 70-percent of his passes.'

Marker Bills trade up, take WR Zay Jones in 2nd; Jones highlights [1:24 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Jones certainly doesn’t lack confidence in his catching ability. “I have the best hands in this draft,” Jones said.'

Marker Bills recap from Day 2 of NFL Draft; pick highlights, McDermott pressers [1:23 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'With Jones, like White, McDermott raved about their character off the field. With Dawkins, the Bills disregarded off field issues.'

Marker Bills introduce first-round pick Tre’Davious White [1:22 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“I can bring some depth in this secondary, we already have some great guys,” White said. “I’m looking forward to adding to the great players we already have.”'

Marker Temple lineman Dion Dawkins drafted in the second round by Buffalo [1:21 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'Dawkins will be joining a coaching staff that is well aware of Temple and the players the Owls produce. New coach Sean McDermott, the former Eagles defensive coordinator has former Eagles long-time offensive line coach Juan Castillo as his offensive line coach.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Buffalo Bills select Temple OL Dion Dawkins in second round [1:20 AM]
Harrisburg Patriot News reports: 'Like Reddick, Dawkins significantly boosted his draft stock with his performance at the Senior Bowl in late January.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Buffalo Bills select N.J. alum Dion Dawkins in Rd. 2, 63rd overall [1:19 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Earned a Senior Bowl invitation after this season, when he was an All-American Athletic Conference First Team selection by Phil Steele. Was also a ECAC First Team All-Star. Named a Fourth Team All-American by Phil Steele in 2015. Was one of four true freshman offensive lineman to start at left tackle in 2013. He spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy between his time at Rahway and Temple.'

Marker Bills wheel and deal to draft Zay Jones and Dion Dawkins [1:18 AM]
AP reports: 'McDermott began to chuckle when informed Buffalo selected Dawkins one spot ahead of the Panthers, who were also in need of an offensive lineman. "Well said," the Panthers former defensive coordinator said with a laugh, when asked if he might have had some inside information.'

Marker Bills acquire picks and cornerback they targeted [1:17 AM]
The Sports Xchange 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," head coach Sean 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 2017 NFL Draft: Bills trade up to take Zay Jones, addressing a need at receiver [1:16 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'The Bills lost a ton of their pass-catching talent this offseason and have health questions surrounding No. 1 wideout Sammy Watkins. Jones comes in and should help right away. He has great size (6-foot-2, 201 pounds) and speed (4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash) and put up some absolute monster numbers at East Carolina, increasing his catch and yards totals with each passing season. That all culminated in a 158-catch, 1,746-yard, eight-touchdown campaign during his senior season. He should give Tyrod Taylor another reliable target on the outside right away, and though he's not a huge big-play threat, he will help move the chains consistently.'

Marker Bills trade up with Rams, take WR Jones in second round [1:15 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Jones, 22, is a long, physical receiver who put up some impressive numbers at East Carolina. The 6' 1", 197-pound receiver is the all-time receptions leader in FBS history with 399 receptions in four years, including 158 catches in his senior season. The numbers get better for Jones as he put up 1,746 yards in receiving this past year with eight touchdowns. For his career, Jones put up 4,279 total receiving yards and 23 touchdowns.'

Marker Bills trade back into second round, take OL Dawkins [1:14 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Dawkins was a second-team All-ACC player at Temple in 2015, and earned first-team honors in 2016. Dawkins is regarded as a strong run-blocking offensive lineman with a 35-inch arm length.'

Marker REPORT: Bills unlikely to pick up fifth-year option on Watkins [1:13 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Watkins, 23, is about the enter his fourth season in the National Football League after being selected by the Bills with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. In his three seasons with the Bills, Watkins has 153 receptions for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns in 37 games played.'

Marker CAPACCIO: Bills possible day two draft targets [1:12 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Here are some of the best available players who are still on the board, by position of need...'.

Marker Bills trade up, nab WR Zay Jones [1:11 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'This was a huge need for the Bills, and Jones was the best of the prospects remaining at the position. At 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, the Bills are adding a wideout that brings size to the position -- and a player that head coach Sean McDermott believes can work both inside as a slot receiver and outside.'

Marker Bills trade up again, select OT Dion Dawkins [1:10 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Three picks for one is a steep price to pay to move up only 12 slots at that point in the draft, but the Bills' hand was likely forced by three separate factors: their thoughts on Dion Dawkins about his potential to start right away for the team, the lack of offensive line depth remaining in the 2017 NFL Draft, and Sean McDermott's intimate knowledge of what the Carolina Panthers needed and were possibly inclined to address at 64th overall.'

Marker Fans are buzzing about Bills draft pick's tshirt [1:09 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"Thinking Zay Jones getting picked by Bills in OJ Car Chase shirt easily tops the Jack Link's Sasquatch yesterday," ESPN sports reporter Darren Rovell tweeted.'

Marker Report: Bills 'unlikely' to pick up 5th year on Watkins [1:08 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Though the Bills haven't made the official decision on Watkins just yet, the move to not pick up his option would be perplexing, to say the least.'

Marker 7 possible Bills targets on Day Three (4/29/17) [1:07 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The hit rate in the later rounds go down considerably, but there are always gems found at that point of the draft. Who might the Bills be looking at that fit the schemes they're trying to play?'

Marker Bills snare a catch king in WR Zay Jones [1:06 AM]
BuffaloBills.com 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]
BuffaloBills.com 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]
BuffaloBills.com 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.’”'

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