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Buffalo Bills News - May 10, 2016

Marker Winning the common thread carried by Bills top 3 picks [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We think we’ve added some pieces that will help us get to where we need to go,” said GM Doug Whaley. “Just because of how we see them as football players and what they bring to this team. They love football and they come from winning programs. That an infusion of something that we need.”'

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May 9, 2016

Marker What to do with cap room? All in on Taylor? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Remember, the market for cornerbacks has skyrocketed, thanks largely to Josh Norman’s free-agent contract with Washington. And it hasn’t gotten any cheaper to sign quarterbacks, either, thanks largely to the $18-million-per-year deal to which Houston signed Brock Osweiler.'

Marker A mother's support, a small linebacker's big dream, a teammate's prediction [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The bottom line is that, at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, he wasn't built to be the classic, read-option quarterback for whom Ohio State's offense is designed. Jones is built to work from the pocket, and the fact Urban Meyer never could envision him as a good fit for his scheme was the main reason Jones was removed as a starter after the Buckeyes' 7-0 start last season.'

Marker Talley talks Bills draft, fans, ups and downs [1:57 AM]
Hornell Evening Tribune reports: '“It’s one of the lessons that football teaches you, how to get back up off the ground. Right now I’m having to find myself, picking myself off the ground and moving forward.”'

Marker Despite appearances, Bills have plenty of receivers [1:56 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Second, with Sammy Watkins, LeSean McCoy and Charles Clay the top three targets for Taylor, and with Karlos Williams a versatile receiving option, the Bills might decide they can't provide enough touches to justify adding another receiver beyond No. 2 wideout Robert Woods.'

Marker Final product may take a couple years, but Bills start Cardale Jones in QB Lab right away [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Jones heads into the NFL with only eleven career starts under his belt, which creates quite the dichotomy. He’s accomplished more than almost any of his 2016 QB draft classmates. But he’s also more raw than any of them. '

May 8, 2016

Marker Attitude adjustment: Bills HC Rex Ryan counting on top three picks bringing the pain on defense [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'These are the three forces of nature Rex Ryan handpicked to reignite his defense. Politically correct, they are not. When Ryan’s defenses in Baltimore and New York were at their punishing best — finishing in the top 10 nine of 10 seasons as a coordinator/head coach — they were driven by such brutal punishers.'

Marker NFL Draft talk is always the same [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This has nothing to do with Lawson. What do you want me to say, that he looked fabulous while running around in his first practice with the Bills? Sorry, but Friday wasn’t my first rookie camp. I’m inclined to kick back and watch a season of careers unfold before fawning over the Bills’ draft performance.'

Marker Signing Glenn now could put Bills in cash crunch in 2017 [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills can’t afford to extend both Taylor and Gilmore now, and they can’t franchise both next season. They’d like to extend Gilmore, who will make $11 million this year. But he’d rather wait, knowing he can test the waters next summer if the Bills are forced to tag Taylor.'

Marker An infusion of personality at rookie camp, patience with Cardale Jones, UDFAs pushing for the 53 [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He’s got the physical gifts you look for, there’s no question about that," Ryan said. "You notice the stature and he’s got a big arm and all that, but you also notice that he’s just going through everything, like, it’s spinning right now. He’s throwing behind guys – he doesn’t know where he’s going with it right now. He’s got a long way to go."'

Marker Buffalo Bills lose out on free-agent OL Matt Slauson, who signs with Chargers [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Instead, Buffalo has to move forward with Jordan Mills, Seantrel Henderson and Cyrus Kouandjio at right tackle. The three will compete for the starting job unless Buffalo manages to add someone else to the mix between now and the start of the season.'

Marker How Cordy Glenn's contract impacts Buffalo Bills salary cap in 2016 and beyond [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills have just over $14 million in cap space heading into the 2016. They still need to sign their draft picks and use some of that space to make signings during the season. However, they have some flexibility to sign another free agent or extend the contract of cornerback Stephon Gilmore or quarterback Tyrod Taylor, as both players are entering the final year of their respective contract.'

Marker Bills take step-at-a-time approach to groom QB Cardale Jones [1:53 AM]
AP reports: '"I'm used to staggering my left foot and then taking a fall step, and that's even worse," Jones added Friday, when the Bills opened a three-day rookie camp. "Just trying to break the habit. It shouldn't be too hard just because I learned the habit three months ago."'

Marker Bills rookie camp offers some local appeal [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills is, obviously, a football organization, but to some it’s their hometown team. This season, the team has brought in two local players. Glenn Gronkowski from Kansas State, who signed as an undrafted rookie, and Joe Licata from University at Buffalo, who is participating on a tryout basis this weekend during rookie training camp.'

May 7, 2016

Marker Very bold Bills LB Eric Striker asks, 'What else can you do to a chicken wing?' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"What I knew about Buffalo is that it's really cold," Striker said. "That's just from the start. And then I saw the '30 for 30' and I'm sure a lot of you reporters are from here and lived here with the whole four times in a row thing. I didn't know about that. That was like, 'Wow.' But that was a great team. To make it four times in a row to the Super Bowl in the NFL... they didn't get the job done in the Super Bowl but that was still a great team. That's what I took from it. A lot of history here. A lot of great players have been through here."'

Marker Ryan after Jones' 1st day of Bills rookie minicamp: 'He's got a long way to go' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Obviously, he’s got the physical gifts you look for, there’s no question about that,” Ryan said. “You notice the stature and he’s got a big arm and all that … but you also notice that he's just going through everything. It’s spinning right now. He’s throwing behind guys. He doesn’t know where he’s going right now with it.'

Marker Glenn Gronkowski says he's 'a little more tame, a little more intelligent' than broth [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think a lot of people have already realized that I’m not as crazy as him," Gronkowski said. "It’s not easy to be that crazy and wild but I think people are already starting to realize that. I’m a little more tame, a little more intelligent probably so I would say people are already starting to recognize that."'

Marker Who is Bills long-snapper Reid Ferguson? Seriously, Rex Ryan would like to know [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You're going to have one of those brain freeze things," Ryan said. "If I have to repeat it, like, twice, then you know I have no idea who you're talking about."'

Marker 'It's not a dream anymore' for Joe Licata after first practice with Bills [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was cool being out there," he said. "Walking through this field house, I've been in here hundreds of times throughout high school and then in college, but once you put the helmet on, it's football. It's not a dream anymore, it's reality. It's getting to work, and really studying the playbook and getting out there with the guys."'

Marker Transcript of Rex Ryan and rookies Gronkowski, Jones, Lawson, Licata, Ragland, Striker and Washingto [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What you do though is you try to feed them probably more than they’ve had, then they’ve put in all season at their schools. So you try to give them a lot of volume just to see what guys can handle. The guys that can, you make note of it. You don’t expect them to pick it up, you expect them to ask questions and all that, but every now and then you get some guys that, boom, they just get it. So we’ll see.'

Marker Tyler Dunne's 3 Bills Thoughts: Joe Licata's chance, Listenbee's speed, Lawson/Lynch [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Licata isn’t the biggest, the most mobile, nor does he have a cannon arm — but he wins with his mind. This is a player who sincerely believes in his abilities, who loves the underdog story of Kurt Warner and worked with Chad Pennington. Be it on the field or the meeting rooms, he’ll need to make a strong first impression at One Bills Drive. As he detailed, Licata is “certain” in his abilities.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Glenn Gronkowski explains why he's different from Rob Gronkowski [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think a lot of people already realize that I'm not really as crazy as him," Glenn said. "It's not easy to be that crazy and wild. I'm a little more tame, a little more intelligent probably. I would say I think people are already starting to recognize that."'

Marker Jim Kelly among those coaching up QB Cardale Jones at Buffalo Bills rookie camp [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"They gave us a lot to know on the first day," Jones said. "They are helping us along with things we're not picking up as fast as they thought we would be. Overall, I think I'm keeping my head above water."'

Marker Why Cardale Jones thinks Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan might be his long lost dad [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He's a great guy, already. When I got to visit here in Buffalo he just had some pretty honest remarks. He told a couple of (Ohio State) players, 'Dude, we're not going to freaking draft you guys. You guys are going to be gone before we can draft you.''

Marker Buffalo Bills rookie Eric Striker said the wrong thing about Buffalo wings [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I guess the Buffalo wings, but in my mind, I've tasted a great chicken wing," Striker said. "How much better can it be? I don't know. I felt like I've had some great chicken wings. What else can you do to a chicken wing?"'

Marker Buffalo Bills rookie class displays Rex-like exuberance [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"It's not easy to be that crazy and wild," the fullback out of Kansas State said of his far more outgoing sibling. "But I think people are already starting to realize that ... I'm a little more tame, a little more intelligent."'

Marker Bills rookies hit the ground running on first day [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I think this time of year you’re putting in drills, you’re doing different things and they’ve never done them before,” he said after the session. “And it’s like, wow, how the heck do you ever get to the end where guys know what they’re doing? It’s like, wow, they’ve got a long way to go, to say the least.”'

Marker Rookie minicamp notes [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’m here to do my job,” Lawson said. “They drafted me to get after the passer and because I’m the player I am. I don’t really think about Mario Williams. He was a great player here, but I’m going to come in and do what I do best.”'

May 6, 2016

Marker Defense, QB in draft adress Bills' needs [1:02 PM]
Salamanca Press reports: 'Tyrod Taylor may progress into the franchise quarterback Buffalo has been seeking for decades now, but there’s nothing precluded the Bills from taking more shots at the dartboard in the meantime.'

Marker Bills rookie Kolby Listenbee may be the NFL's fastest player... but why? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The speed. The swagger. It's not rooted in bluster. Two days after the draft, Listenbee starts a conversation by repeating he's not arrogant. Rather, he was being honest. A lot of work was put in, a lot of work lies ahead and it all feeds an inner-belief that he can roast any defensive back any play any day.'

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