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Buffalo Bills News - August 12, 2017

Marker 5 Bills draft picks who became stars - for other NFL teams [1:39 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'How well will these players do for their new teams? Who knows? However, there are several players over the years who were drafted by the Bills but enjoyed more success after leaving the team either via free agency, trades or just being cut. Here are the top five that I chose in 2016...'.

Marker Buffalo Bills trade Ronald Darby to Philadelphia Eagles for WR Jordan Matthews and 2018 3rd round pi [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Darby was expected to serve as the Bills' No. 1 cornerback this season after Stephon Gilmore left the team in free agency. That job will now likely go to Tre'Davious White, Buffalo's first round pick in the 2017 NFL draft.'

Marker Buffalo Bills trade Sammy Watkins to L.A. Rams for E.J. Gaines, second-round pick [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Watkins now reunites with former teammate Robert Woods in Los Angeles. New Bills general manager Brandon Beane has wasted no time shaping this roster in his image. Hired in May, Beane has already traded 2016 fourth-round pick Cardale Jones, 2014 first-round pick Sammy Watkins and 2015 second-round pick Ronald Darby, all draft picks of Doug Whaley.'

Marker 7 thoughts and grades for Buffalo Bills blockbuster trades of Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills’ new front office has talked about building for now and the future. Today it looks like the future is a bit more important to them than the present day. It seems safe to count out the possibility of the Bills going to the playoffs, but the Bills didn’t completely burn this thing to the ground. They added two quality NFL players to replace the building blocks Whaley left behind. If their evaluations of Watkins and Darby are on point, nobody will miss them a few years down the road. Still, don’t expect the Bills to make a march to the Super Bowl this season.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy once felt Jordan Matthews was best WR in 2014 draft [1:35 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"That rookie we got. (Jordan) Matthews" McCoy said when asked who has caught his eye. "He has done real good. I think there has been a lot of talk about this (past) draft class being deep at wide receiver, but I'm real confident in (Matthews) being the best one out of the class."'

Marker How many draft picks do the Buffalo Bills have in the 2018 NFL draft? [1:34 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The 2018 draft class may have the league's next great quarterback draft class. Quarterbacks who may be selected early in the draft include Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Mason Rudolph, Josh Rosen, Luke Falk and Lamar Jackson. Buffalo could be stockpiling picks for next year's draft as a way to move up into the top of the draft to select their future franchise quarterback.'

Marker Brandon Beane annoyed by those who think Buffalo Bills are 'throwing in the towel' [1:33 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It doesn't say anything," Beane said. "Everybody's forgetting we signed Anquan (Boldin) last week. This is not a 'throw in the towel' thing at all. Somebody mentioned that somebody put that out there. Quite honestly, that's annoying to me. You don't know me if you think I'm throwing in the towel. We can go out there and play ping pong, whatever I'm doing, I'm not throwing in the towel. If we were throwing in the towel, I wouldn't have tried to get a starting receiver back. To your question on Tyrod, it's nothing. We got Anquan who we added. I told you, I honestly believe he is a Hall of Famer and can still play in this league. Jordan Matthews is a starting receiver. You look at those numbers and what he's done, those aren't to be laughed at. Tyrod will get every opportunity to lead this team and we're all rooting for him. It's in our best interest."'

Marker What Brandon Beane, Sean McDermott said about Bills trading Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby [1:32 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Well, I know this. I know we've got - what we're looking at is still a quality group of receivers when you talk about bringing in a guy like Jordan Matthews. You add him to who's already here with Anquan [Boldin], who was not even on the field last night and Zay [Jones] and then the rest of the guys that you saw last night. I know where you're going with that and we're bringing in a corner with this deal that has started games - started a number of games. He's going to blend right in and compete and earn his right to be on this football team and start. I think we're moving in the right direction.'

Marker What Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy and other Buffalo Bills said about Sammy Watkins trade [1:31 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I was actually just talking to somebody about it. You could view it one way from my perspective, if we got a pick this year, two two years from now for both picks. We’re actually getting guys that are coming back to play those positions so I don’t scout and evaluate guys, so we’re actually getting people back and some picks. I know more than anything that my attitude and my leadership and the way that I work cant change because of it changes, guys change and above all that, I trust Sean [McDermott]. I’m going to do what I’ve always done and I’m going to go out there and get ready to win."'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills react to Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby trades [1:30 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Some former Bills players reacted to the deals on Twitter shortly after news broke. Here's a look at how some former Bills reacted to today's deals.'

Marker National media reacts to Buffalo Bills trading Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby [1:29 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Tanking" not an excuse for Bills. Darby is in in Year 3. EJG is older/worse. J-Matt is a downgrade and in a contract year same as Watkins.'

Marker 6 things to know about new Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews [1:28 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In three NFL seasons, Matthews has caught 67 passes, 85 passes and 73 passes. In three seasons, Watkins has caught 65, 60 and 28. Yes, Matthews has stayed on the field for all but two games in his career, while Watkins has missed 13 games in three seasons, but that is part of the appeal. The Bills get a receiver who, while a bit less talented, has a consistent track record of production.'

Marker 6 things to know about new Buffalo Bills CB E.J. Gaines [1:27 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gaines missed the entire 2015 season with a lisfranc injury to his foot. He didn’t look the same in 2016 and took a step back as a result. That’s to be expected with such a major injury, but it’s also something to keep an eye on going forward. If he can’t find his pre-injury form, Gaines may not stick with the Bills beyond 2017.'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott not surprised by Eddie Yarbrough's breakout game [1:26 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He's a young player that has worked extremely hard," Bills coach Sean McDermott said. "This wasn't the first time that he has flashed. He earns it, he really does. That's going to personify or typify our football team. He's one of the first ones in the team meeting every morning. He's got flash cards, he's drilling himself mentally, so his success on the field tonight was not a surprise to those that know him and I'm really happy for him."'

Marker Buffalo Bills 53-man roster projection 2017: Post Vikings preseason game [1:25 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Zay Jones, Anquan Boldin, Jordan Matthews, Andre Holmes, Rod Streater, Brandon Tate.'

Marker 10 Buffalo Bills who helped or hurt their causes against the Minnesota Vikings [1:24 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Eddie Yarbrough started in place of Shaq Lawson on Thursday night and the defensive end continued his strong play. Yarbrough finished the game with three total tackles, one sack and one near-sack during his time on the field. It seems that the defensive end is well on his way to making the Bills' 53-man roster.'

Marker Nick's pick: Bills trade Sammy Watkins, Ron Darby with blockbuster trades [1:23 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'As for Darby, it's a roll of the dice. Can the Bills replace him? Time will tell. But EJ Gaines could be that. As a sixth-rounder, Gaines found a starting job with the Rams his rookie season. He lost it due to injury and hasn't regained form. Darby also wasn't the same last year as he was in his rookie year.'

Marker Bills trade Watkins to Rams; get Matthews from Eagles [1:22 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'After Friday, 28 of the 53 men on the Bills’ final 2016 regular-season roster are gone.'

Marker Bills’ rebuild continues with two-trade Sammy Watkins shocker [1:21 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Watkins’ departure signals another step in owner Terry Pegula’s plan to rebuild his team — which is in the midst of a 17-year playoff drought — practically from scratch. Pegula fired head coach Rex Ryan in the last week of the 2016 season and waited until the day after this year’s draft to send Whaley packing.'

Marker Bills get aggressive off the field with a pair of major preseason trades [1:20 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'The Bills, who haven’t made the playoffs since 1999, are under new management, with first-year Coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane working quickly to leave a fresh imprint on a team that seems to be forever spinning its wheels.'

Marker Fort Myers native Sammy Watkins traded to Los Angeles Rams from Buffalo Bills [1:19 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: '“We kind of had an idea about him trying to rebuild the whole team,” McMiller said of Brandon Beane, the new Bills general manager. “We’re definitely excited about going over to L.A. It’s warm weather. The fans are great. They’re going to be getting a brand new stadium. We’re just looking forward to it.”'

Marker Bills trade Watkins to Rams, get Matthews from Eagles [1:18 AM]
AP reports: 'McDermott acknowledged his most difficult challenge was not merely breaking the news of Watkins' departure to Taylor. "I'll take it a step further: How do you sell it to the entire team?" McDermott said, before outlining his message.'

Marker Bills trade WR Watkins to Rams, acquire WR Matthews [1:17 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Watkins and Matthews will both become unrestricted free agents in March.'

Marker Bills deals show no one is untouchable [1:16 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Definitely surprised," said quarterback Tyrod Taylor. "Being in this league seven years, you know every day you step into the building could be your last day. I wish Sammy the best. I have faith in coach (Sean) McDermott, I have faith in management that they made a decision based on the betterment of this team. Just surprised it happened so fast."'

Marker Five things to know about Friday's swap meet [1:15 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'All of this points to another trade, with possible targets including the Jets, when McDermott's roster makeover resumes.'

Marker Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams, get Jordan Matthews from Eagles [1:14 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bills' decision to trade their top receiver and top cornerback for future draft picks signals that first-year general manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott view the Bills as a long-term rebuilding project.'

Marker LeSean McCoy, Tyrod Taylor maintain trust after Bills' big trades [1:13 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I have faith in our management and I have faith in Coach McDermott that they made a decision based on the betterment of this team. Like I said, definitely just surprised that everything happened. It just happened so fast," Taylor said.'

Marker Winners and losers from Bills, Rams, Eagles mega-trades [1:12 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Speaking of the Bills quarterback, Taylor also finds himself in a make-or-break year, even if that career might not be in western New York. Taylor just lost his top receiver, and while he's getting a viable weapon in Matthews, remember that Matthews was the focal point of a wide receiving corps that was seen as one of the worst in the league in Philadelphia last season. Even if you argue that Matthews has a higher floor than Watkins by virtue of missing a total of just two games over the past three seasons, it should take some time for Taylor to develop a rapport with his new No. 1 wideout.'

Marker Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams for E.J. Gaines and a huge draft pick upgrade [1:11 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'The Bills, meanwhile, added a whole bunch of draft value in these deals. They now own two first-round picks (theirs and the Chiefs', the result of a draft-day deal that saw the Chiefs move up for quarterback Patrick Mahomes), two second-round picks (theirs and the Rams'), and two third-round picks (theirs and the Eagles') in the 2018 draft.'

Marker Sammy Watkins Gets a Fresh Start in L.A., as the Bills Tear It All Down [1:10 AM]
SI reports: 'In a nutshell: The trades are just two more examples of first-year head coach Sean McDermott moving to clear players from the previous regime and shaping the roster in his vision.'

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