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Buffalo Bills News - May 21, 2017

Marker Jay Skurski's Bills Mailbag: What to make of the QB coach, positions to 'worry' about [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Starting at tight end, Nick O'Leary figures to be the second option behind Charles Clay. That is definitely a position I thought the Bills could have addressed in the draft, but with only six picks, it didn't work out. The team did kick the tires on free agent Gary Barnidge recently, which shows they are looking at the possibility of adding to the position. Project Logan Thomas, who was acquired late last season, is ingriguing, but it's tough to know how much he's progressed without seeing him in practice and a preseason game, at least.'

Marker Which Buffalo Bills rookies will have biggest roles in 2017? [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Despite trading down to the end of the first round, the Bills still found a replacement for Stephon Gilmore. Tre'Davious White, a four-year starter at LSU, is expected to compete with Kevon Seymour for the team's No. 2 cornerback job.'

Marker Once up for the same job in Miami, Hickey and Gaine now colleagues in Buffalo [1:56 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Hickey had one year with complete control of the Dolphins' personnel department: 2014. His moves that year included signing left tackle Branden Albert, who made the Pro Bowl once during his time with the Dolphins, and drafting star receiver Jarvis Landry.'

Marker Jonathan Meeks hopes his NFL status can help Haiti [1:55 AM]
Rock Hill Herald reports: 'Meeks plans to donate to the group based on his statistics during the 2017 season. He’s an unrestricted free agent at the moment, but has faith that he’ll find a spot where he can contribute to a team - and the Haitian people - this fall.'

Marker Beane up for challenge in Buffalo [1:54 AM]
Stanly News and Press reports: '“The people are real nice just like you have in the Carolinas,” he said. “Family is very important in Buffalo. People don’t leave Buffalo once you get to Buffalo.”'

Marker Seven things we learned from Bills OTAs this week [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Sean is a detailed guy,” he continued. “He’s going to want everything regimented out. We’re going to be ‘bam-bam.’ We’re not going to be walking around the field. We’re going to run from this drill to this drill. From this period to this period. You’re going to see that. That’s how he’s wired and that’s what he used to.”'

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May 20, 2017

Marker Tyrod Taylor says Sammy Watkins' 'maturation process has definitely sped up' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We’re giving him every experience we can," offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. "Asking him questions in the meeting, making sure he’s on task, and he has been. Asked him a question today that was a little obscure and he answered it fine. He’s been studying, he’s been working out, so all we can do is give him all the experience we can on video – let him see some things, if we get a chance to do anything only in a walk-thru, and when the time comes he goes out to compete we’ve got to get him healthy and get him on the field."'

Marker Danny Crossman has staying power as Bills' special teams coordinator [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Maybe the only time it was ever odd to me was when I went in to the locker room and mine was the only name tag still on the locker,” Crossman said Thursday of being the lone post-Rex survivor. “I never looked at it that way. In my mind, and the way I approach my job is, I’m going to do the best job I possibly can, I’m not going to worry about anything else and something good’s going to happen.'

Marker Ex-Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey among five new scouts hired by Bills [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills also brought back three members of their personnel department who were not retained last month after the NFL Draft. Veteran scout Doug Majeski, who has been with the team for 28 years, was hired as West Area Scout. Brian Fisher, who joined the team in 2007, returns as a Midwest college scout. Gerald Dixon is back in the same role as a Pro Scout which he was originally hired for in 2014.'

Marker Bills sign second-round pick Dion Dawkins to rookie contract [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I’m happy to be employed and have a job," Dawkins told the Bills' website. "I’m just going to work my tail off and whatever needs to be done, I’m willing to do it."'

Marker Sully's Mailbag: Bills are on right track, but hold the Kool-Aid [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Time will tell how good they are at finding players, which is the real issue. The Bills have a weak roster; they're paying for the excesses of the previous regime, much as Tom Donahoe and Gregg Williams did when they took over as seemingly competent men a generation ago.'

Marker For Jills, something to cheer about: Judge rules they were employees [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The decision means the cheerleaders' 2005 agreements that they were required to sign as a condition of their participation on the team are unenforceable and that the plaintiffs were non-exempt employees mis-classified as independent contractors, wrote State Supreme Court Justice Mark A. Montour.'

Marker New Buffalo Bills OC Rick Dennison has solid base to build on [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I tried not to be critical,” Dennison said in his first remarks to the media since being hired by Sean McDermott back in January. “I was looking at personnel only: What do we need to do, who do we need to keep on this team that I think can make some plays?”'

Marker Buffalo Bills seem to be sending mixed message on Tyrod Taylor [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I know it’s a whole new world over there at One Bills Drive, but everyone needs to get on board right now with the fact that Taylor is the starting quarterback for 2017. Barring an injury between now and Sept. 10 when the New York Jets come to New Era Field, there is no way that won’t be the case, not when your depth chart includes middling veteran T.J. Yates, raw as ever Cardale Jones, and rookie fifth-round draft pick Nathan Peterman.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign offensive lineman Dion Dawkins to rookie contract [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Dawkins lined up at left tackle during the team's OTAs this week, but he's expected to compete for the right tackle job during training camp. Buffalo's current starter at right tackle, Jordan Mills, has struggled for the Bills. If Dawkins can show consistency during the summer, he has a legitimate chance to win the starting job.'

Marker Reggie Ragland back at practice after knee injury, but where will he play for Buffalo Bills in 2017? [1:50 AM]
Birmingham News reports: '"It's very tough," Ragland said, "because I'm a competitor and then coming from Bama, playing at the highest level you can play in college football and then coming to the pros and playing with some great guys like LeSean McCoy and Richie (Incognito), then the GM and everybody has you pegged to start and you get out there and you're playing and that happens, it's very tough. It's very tough, but I know it happened for a reason and I know I've just got to keep getting strong and keep coming back mentally stronger also."'

Marker Bills sign 2nd-round pick, offensive lineman Dion Dawkins [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo has now signed five of its six draft selections, leaving fifth-round pick, quarterback Nathan Peterman, not yet under contract.'

Marker Dennison: Tyrod will 'have enough freedom to make plays' [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I always thought he had a lot of talent when we had him in Baltimore," said Dennison on WGR. "I knew he had a chance to be a really good player in the NFL, and I'm just looking forward to working with him right now."'

Marker Bills' Frazier ready to move the defense forward [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Shaq Lawson has noticed a big difference from last year. He said McDermott moved forward right away, “Just a change in culture, soon as he came in, day one. It’s something that we needed here and it’s been great ever since day one. He’s holding everybody accountable, making sure everybody do what they have to do.”'

Marker Bills sign second round OL Dawkins [1:46 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. He is 6' 4", 314-pounds.'

Marker What does Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane want at QB? 'You have to be able to throw from the poc [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'You know, all these guys have some different qualities... there's not one thing, but, at the end of the day, quarterbacks in the NFL must be able to throw from the pocket.'

Marker Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott throws out first pitch [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"A little high, the velocity was decent," McDermott joked after. "Very little (baseball background). I played in the European League for a while and then just out here.'

Marker Dennison ready to rely on Taylor as his offensive engineer [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’ve always liked his offense, his style of coaching,” said Taylor. “It’s very detailed in terms of what he expects from the quarterback position. Just continue to keep grinding away, using the time that we have available for us to meet to soak up that knowledge. He’s coached Peyton (Manning) in the last two years, so being around a guy like that, one of the greatest to play the game. Maybe he got some input from Peyton on his offense and watch some of the film when they were in Denver.”'

Marker Bills sign second-round pick Dion Dawkins [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“If they’re on this roster and they’re in that meeting room, we think they can play,” Dennison said. “Obviously we thought pretty highly of those guys to draft them, but we’re going to have them go out there and compete and like I said, once they show that they can handle the material, they’ll work for playing time and they’ll work for more playing time the better they get.”'

Marker Bills make more additions to their scouting department [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Dennis Hickey, a former general manager of the Miami Dolphins (2014-2015), was brought on board as a Senior College Scout. Prior to his time with Miami, Hickey spent 18 years in scouting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he last served as Director of Player Personnel (2011-2013).'

Marker Bills Today: Tre'Davious White plans to help out mom [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Honestly, my mom has been renting homes my whole life. She’s never once had a mortgage or paid to buy. It’s always rent,” White said. “So, I feel like my duty is to get her in a comfortable situation where she can call something her own. I feel like that is my job as her child. I feel like I owe that to her for all the sacrifices that she’s made for my little sister and my two brothers and I.”'

May 19, 2017

Marker Rick Dennison breaks down what he learned in a year with Tyrod Taylor [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’s doing what I expected when I worked with him in Baltimore,” he said. “I think he knows what he’s doing, he knows where everybody is; he’s a good leader in the huddle. I think he’s doing a good job. Obviously, his work habits are just as great as they were back then. I mean, he’s working his tail off at it. He’s watching film, he’s doing work outside of the building.”'

Marker Bills lose out on free agent because sign from above told him to play for Chargers [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"At the end of the day, God told me to come here," Boston said, via ESPN's Chargers reporter Eric D. Williams. "And I'm a man of faith, so I couldn't go against his word."'

Marker Bills notebook: Tre'Davious White, Zay Jones sign deals; GM Brandon Berne's staff takes sh [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Honestly, my mom, she's been renting homes my whole life," he said. "My duty is to get her in a comfortable situation, where she can call something her own. I feel like that's my job as her child – I owe it to her for all the sacrifices she made for my little sister and two brothers."'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign first-round draft pick Tre'Davious White [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“My job is to focus on football,” White said. “I see guys when contracts aren’t done, they hold out, but I’m all about competing. My calling here is to play football and I came in to compete, learn the playbook and get comfortable with all the guys. Earn everything, and earn the right to play alongside guys like Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus and the other guys in our secondary. I never for once thought about the contract, it’s not done, holding out, anything like that. I love the game so I’m going to do that before anything.”'

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