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Buffalo Bills News - May 3, 2015

Marker Jets helped themselves while Bills faltered [1:37 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Giving second chances is one thing, but just how far is General Manager Doug Whaley willing to go with that philosophy? Far enough, apparently, that a player who was wanted for questioning in a domestic violence case and also accused of setting up a drug deal that ended in an armed robbery now has a home in Buffalo.'

Marker A great sports day? By whose measure? [1:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No, and as far as the players and police were concerned, nothing happened that night in December 2012. And Karlos Williams’ pregnant girlfriend got those bruises on her arm when she punched a door.'

Marker Lost camera mystery solved, thanks to social media and a Bills T-shirt [1:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And share people did. By May 2, the image had been shared nearly 18,000 times -- and that's only on Facebook. At least two well-known football-related Twitter accounts -- @TheBillsMafia, with 53,000 followers, and @DraftDiamonds, with 76,000 followers -- sent the plea out to their audiences.'

Marker Bills draft may not yield a 2015 starter [1:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Contrary to Whaley's renewed enthusiasm, there's not a lot to get excited about, but that's the good thing about having upgraded the roster so significantly though free agency and the trade market. The Bills don't have any glaring holes, they have depth at almost every position group, and they didn't need to hit home runs in this draft.'

Marker Deep Bills complete underwhelming NFL Draft [1:33 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Interestingly, Buffalo took Steward at 188 over, six picks before O’Leary, who seemed the more marquee player. They rolled the dice and won.'

Marker Bills build on Tallahassee draft pipeline [1:32 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And it’s not without irony that the best-known of the group was the last Seminole selected by general manager Doug Whaley.'

Marker 2015 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills select Florida State RB Karlos Williams in fifth round [1:31 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think running back is still a position we need to add depth at," Monos said. "I don't think that's a set position at all. We want to make sure all of those guys are competing so we look at that as a position we need."'

Marker Buffalo Bills select Clemson LB Tony Steward in sixth round [1:30 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'After trading Kiko Alonso, the Bills needed some depth at linebacker. Still, Steward may have a tough time making the roster. He says he feels most comfortable at inside linebacker and thinks his special teams prowess could help him stick on the Bills' roster.'

Marker Buffalo Bills select Florida State TE Nick O'Leary in sixth round [1:29 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman has expressed interest in possibly dressing four tight ends on game days, so O'Leary may have a better chance of making the roster than other late-round Bills picks this season. Bills director of player personnel Jim Monos mentioned O'Leary's character and mental makeup when discussing what makes him a good fit with the team. He also feels O'Leary complements newly signed Charles Clay.'

Marker Buffalo Bills pick Central Arkansas WR Dezmin Lewis in round seven [1:28 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Raw receiver who is still learning how to play to his size. His average athleticism won't impress NFL teams, but they were impressed with the way he caught the ball at the combine. Lewis could be a third day target but will need time to grow as a receiver in order to transition from small school prospect to NFL receiver."'

Marker A.J. Tarpley among rookies added [1:27 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Here's an updated list of the Bills' reported signings.'

Marker Menendez graduate Steward drafted by Buffalo Bills [1:26 AM]
Saint Augustine Record reports: '“He handed the phone to the owner,” Steward said Saturday evening from Columbia, S.C., where he enjoyed the draft with his agent and girlfriend, Brittany Burns. “He offered me the position and that’s how it happened. It was an overwhelming feeling of joy and excitement. I can’t fully explain it. It’s amazing.”'

Marker Bills select O’Leary in sixth round, ending tense day [1:25 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'But O’Leary’s toughness, and his ability to find space in the defense and adjust his routes, were in his favor, as were his improved blocking skills. He is often described as a throwback, one reason being he doesn’t wear gloves. O’Leary’s value in the NFL will not be as a down-field receiver but perhaps as an H-back.'

Marker UW’s Andrew Hudson signs free-agent deal with Buffalo Bills [1:24 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Hudson, from Redlands, Calif., was all but off the team after his junior season in 2013. UW’s most productive defensive lineman in 2012, Hudson lost his starting spot in 2013 and finished the season with just two tackles. He was so far down the depth chart that eventually he volunteered to work with the scout team in practice, just so he could get some work in.'

Marker Bills stock up on Florida State Seminoles in NFL draft [1:23 AM]
AP reports: 'Of the four late-round selections, O'Leary has the best chance to make an immediate impact in a tight-end friendly offense being installed by new coordinator Greg Roman.'

Marker Bills brass addresses character issues of draft picks Williams, Darby [1:22 AM]
ESPN reports: '"We do that on any issue be it domestic violence, any indiscretion we're going to dig as deep as we can," he said. "And again sitting down and looking at someone in the eye for me is a telltale sign -- is this guy remorseful, did he do it, does he have a reason why he did it or not do it, does he have a plan in place to not put himself in a situation like that again? That's some of the things that we like to try to figure out."'

Marker Bills select RB Karlos Williams in the fifth round [1:21 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams started ten games at FSU in 2014 and led the team with 12 touchdowns. He is a converted defensive back, playing on the opposite side of the ball his first two years in Tallahassee. In his two years as a running back, Williams totaled 1419 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground to go along with 37 receptions for 328 yards and one touchdown.'

Marker Bills go LB Steward, TE O'Leary in 6th [1:20 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With their two sixth round selections in the 2015 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills slected linebacker Tony Steward from Clemson and tight end Nick O'Leary of Florida State.'

Marker Bills (likely) wrap up draft with WR Lewis [1:19 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Lewis caught 65 passes for 945 yards, and added 9 touchdown receptions last season. NFL.com had rated Lewis as a potential fourth or fifth-round draft pick.'

Marker 6 things to know about RB Karlos Williams [1:18 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Karlos Williams was the number one ranked high school safety prospect in the country in 2011, coming out of Davenport, Florida, in the Orlando area. He spent his first two seasons for the Seminoles playing safety and excelling on special teams. In fact, NFLDraftScout.com says Williams is “a terrific special teams player who consistently beats opponents down the field.”'

Marker 4 things to know about LB Tony Steward [1:17 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Steward was a highly recruited linebacker out of Menendez HS in St Augustine, Florida. He was named an All-State performer there and was considered the #1 outside linebacker prospect in his high school class in 2011.'

Marker 6 things to know about TE Nick O'Leary [1:16 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'You probably already know this. Nick O’Leary’s grandfather is the legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. It’s been mentioned in every pre-draft preview and probably in every FSU game telecast the last four years.'

Marker 5 things to know about WR Dezmin Lewis [1:15 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills were looking to add some stature to their talented WR corps. They’ve got it in Dezmin Lewis. He’s 6-4, 214 pounds, and he’s the tallest receiver on the roster right now. Scouts have noted that Lewis has a knack for using his size to make difficult catches in traffic.'

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May 2, 2015

Marker Bills press the issue on defense [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Needing the tightest coverage possible to implement his aggressive, blitz-oriented defense, Ryan clearly got his way when the Bills used the 50th overall pick in Friday night’s second round to select Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby.'

Marker Addition of a DB fits into new culture [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan didn’t see this draft as a way to add quarterbacks, but to shut them down. He has two main objectives as a defensive mastermind: Sending pass rushers after opposing quarterbacks and having lock-down cornerbacks to hold the fort in the secondary.'

Marker Darby anchored No. 1 Seminoles pass defense [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Darby figures to be a reserve as a rookie. The team has quality veteran depth at cornerback with Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Corey Graham, Nickell Robey, Ron Brooks and Ross Cockrell. The selection of Darby, however, could mean the team moves Graham to safety. Long term, Darby figures to replace McKelvin in the starting lineup, unless the coaching staff determines he is best used in the slot.'

Marker Miller brings toughness up front [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Miller fits the ground-and-pound mentality that coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman want to install. He’s got a powerful upper body and strong hands. He will compete for the team’s starting left guard job immediately.'

Marker Bills give Rex Ryan some help on defense [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We had some talks, got close, but nothing came to fruition," said Whaley. "We were excited to move down, but we're more excited to have Darby. Three things: We said at the beginning of the draft we were going to take the best player; we can take a corner every year; and with the additions the other teams have made in this division, we have to keep up in the arms race. But most importantly, we think this guy is a heck of a football player."'

Marker You can never have enough (yawn here) cornerbacks [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Oregon offensive tackle Jake Fisher, a player with a borderline first-round grade, was available also, as were all the second-tier of quarterbacks (Brett Hundley, Bryce Petty, Garrett Grayson). I would've welcomed a reach on one of them, before a run began.'

Marker Bills stay put to take Darby, Miller [1:53 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We said at the beginning that we were going to take the best player available and he was the highest-rated player on the board,” Whaley said. “And with the additions other teams have made in this draft in our division, we need to keep up with the arms race. Most importantly, we think this guy is a heckuva football player.”'

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