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Buffalo Bills News - February 21, 2017

Marker NFL Network report: 'Probably a better chance' Bills keep Tyrod Taylor [8:39 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With less than three weeks until that deadline, reports can be expected with increased frequency. One of those came Tuesday morning from one of the league's most plugged-in reporters, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.'

Marker Free agency focus: What to do with DT Corbin Bryant [8:38 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He won't come with a big price tag, so keeping Bryant on a short-term, low-money deal should be a priority.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Stephon Gilmore among 5 free agents who will be overpaid, says PFF [8:33 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gilmore allowed 60.3 percent of passes thrown his way to be caught this past season for 15.6 yards per catch, and while he has often been seen as a shutdown corner for the Bills, he has allowed 16 touchdowns over his career, and 12 over the past three seasons. The lack of other true No. 1 options will likely still see Gilmore's value pushed up because of the ceiling he has shown at times."'

Marker Safety Tony Jefferson named a 'fun' free agent addition for the Buffalo Bills [8:32 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jefferson, 25, made 14 starts in 2016 with the Arizona Cardinals. He registered 96 total tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and five passes defensed. Jefferson would be a great fit in Sean McDermott's defense, but Buffalo's ability to add a top safety in free agency will come down to cap space.'

Marker 'Better chance' the Buffalo Bills keep Tyrod Taylor, says Ian Rapoport [8:32 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"For Tyrod Taylor, who some people assume is gone from Buffalo, this is pretty good news," Rapoport said. "This was the quarterbacks coach in Baltimore when Tyrod Taylor was the back up to Joe Flacco in Baltimore, so there's a lot of familiarity here. It would make no sense if the Bills hired Rick Dennison and then get rid of Tyrod Taylor, one of the reasons he signed there."'

Marker Report: Bills to keep Tyrod Taylor [8:30 PM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'On Good Morning Football, Rapoport said the Bills are an unlikely landing spot for Tony Romo while adding “from my understanding, it’s probably a better chance they keep Tyrod now than actually cutting him.”'

Marker Drama building on Taylor's future [8:26 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I really don't know what's going on with this. I'd like to think it's possible Whaley is telling different reporters different things, just to have fun with them, but I don't think he's quite swift enough for that. Maybe it's always been decided, decided since Miami came back and won here in Week 16, decided since Oakland came back and won from 24-9. Maybe it's not been decided. Maybe their third choice for offensive coordinator (at least) will decide whether the Bills will pay Taylor 30 million dollars, or more.'

Marker An early swing at the draft's top 10 [8:17 PM] reports: 'Here’s a look at where each of the team’s in the top 10 of the draft have holes they’ll be looking to fill, and which prospect could be most strongly considered by those respective clubs.'

Marker Bills Today: A 'fun' prediction for the Bills in free agency [8:16 PM] reports: '“New Bills coach Sean McDermott has a terrific track record with safeties who can do a little bit of everything. (He tutored relative unknown Eagles safety Quintin Mikell to make second-team All-Pro and helped castoff Kurt Coleman earn big coin in Carolina.) Jefferson can be deployed in a variety of ways, making big plays near the line of scrimmage or in coverage,” Rosenthal wrote. “He makes a lot of sense for a team that could be starting from scratch at safety.”'

Marker DeSean Jackson named best free-agent fit for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Without Watkins for half the year (and him playing hurt the other half), the Bills finished with just 35 catches of 20-plus yards in 2016. Only Houston had fewer, with 34.'

Marker Free agency focus: What to do with LB Brandon Spikes [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the team needs Spikes again as the 2017 season draws near, they should be able to sign him to a low-cost, one-year contract.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Stephon Gilmore named top CB set to hit free agency by PFF [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Among this year's cornerback class, Gilmore is the closest thing there is to a sure thing. As a rookie, he was the Bills' starting right cornerback in Week 1. Since then, he has either been their right cornerback or tracked opposing No. 1 wide receivers. He has 48 combined interceptions and pass breakups since entering the league in 2012, tied for ninth-most. He allows a few too many big plays to be an elite cornerback, but the good plays he makes against the competition he faces far outweigh the bad. While he earned a lower grade in the 2016 season than most other CBs on this list, his larger body of work elevates him to the top of the ranking."'

Marker Marcell Dareus joins efforts to help father's homeland recover from natural disasters [1:56 AM]
Birmingham News reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has gone to Haiti, following up on a recent donation to the Hope for Haiti charity with a first-hand look at conditions in the country.'

Marker Bills' free agency, draft shopping list [1:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills believe Cardale Jones has a chance to compete for the starting job, but if Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel leave in free agency, the Bills have big problems here.'

Marker Bills RFAs - breakdowns and verdicts [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'All Gillislee has done for his one-plus season in Buffalo is lead the league in yards per carry and score bunch of touchdowns, earning him the nickname “Touchdown Mike” in the locker room.'

Marker A five-step plan: What might the Bills do with Tyrod Taylor? [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'By picking up the option, the relationship becomes a marriage between player, team, and GM. And if it's Whaley making the final call, I think he'd be strongly inclined to have the Bills move on. If McDermott has more of a say than most head coaches would, then hope remains for bringing Taylor back.'

Marker Bills Today: Dareus making his big presence felt away from the gridiron [1:52 AM] reports: '"I love giving back, especially to kids in need, but this is extra special because I've never been on a trip like this before,” Dareus said. “The Haitian people have seen hardship after hardship, with the earthquake and then the hurricane. Being able to meet with them and show them that I care about them is really important to me."'

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February 20, 2017

Marker Bills finish 24th in special teams rankings [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo's kicking game shoulders most of the blame for the low ranking. The Bills ranked tied for 28th in made field goals (19) and 30th in field-goal percentage (76 percent), as well as 27th in extra-point percentage (88.9 percent).'

Marker Marv Levy pens children's book to celebrate Cubs' championship [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Of the Bills’ firing of Rex Ryan, Levy knew nothing of the particulars, but did say that at some point, the organization has to stop starting over. “There has to be a degree of patience,” said Levy, who coached the Bills for 11 ½ years and won six AFC East division crowns and four AFC championships before retiring after the 1997 season. “I used to say ‘Don’t keep shaking up the coke bottle, it’ll spray all over the place.’”'

Marker Buffalo Bills' John Miller named most improved second-year guard by PFF [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'From year one to year two, no guard improved more than Miller. Pro Football Focus shared that Miller and Patriots guard Shaq Mason were the most improved second year guards in 2016.'

Marker In or out? Upcoming Buffalo Bills RFAs [1:56 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Gillislee is the Bills most talented RFA of the lot. Gillslee rushed for 577 yards, 5.7 yards per carry and eight touchdowns behind starter LeSean McCoy. Gillslee's downhill running style is a change-of-pace from the elusive McCoy.'

February 19, 2017

Marker Free agency focus: What to do with RB Reggie Bush [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This is an easy call – there is no reason to bring Bush back. Running back is a young man's position, and he's on the wrong side of 30. It's surprising the team kept him on the 53-man roster the entire year. The Bills can find a younger, cheaper option to serve as their third running back, and may even have that player on the roster in second-year Jonathan Williams. Bush's NFL days are likely done.'

Marker Free agency focus: What to do with WR Brandon Tate [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The veteran minimum for a player with eight years of experience next year is $900,000. If the Bills want to re-sign Tate to a one-year contract, they can take advantage of the minimum salary benefit that would mean Tate earns that amount, but counts just $615,000 agains the salary cap – the amount of a player with two years of experience. Given the Bills' cap situation, that's the offer they should make to Tate. If he's beaten out for the job at training camp, the Bills can move on with minimal impact to the salary cap.'

Marker If Buffalo Bills cut Tyrod Taylor, is QB Jay Cutler an option? [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The mere fact that I would even pose the following question should tell you all you need to know about the desperate situation the Buffalo Bills are in regarding the quarterback position, but here goes: If they move on from Tyrod Taylor, is Jay Cutler a viable option as a replacement?'

Marker Buffalo Bills ranked among NFL's least stable franchises by The Ringer [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Put all three areas together and you can understand why Danny Kelly of The Ringer ranked Buffalo as one of the least stable franchises in the NFL. Kelly ranked Buffalo second-to-last in his NFL stability rankings. The 49ers were the only team to finish behind the Bills in Kelly's stability rankings.'

February 18, 2017

Marker Free agency focus: What to do with QB EJ Manuel [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Manuel’s time with the Bills should be over. His legacy will be that of a first-round draft bust, even if it’s not his fault the Bills reached for him. Some may argue that Manuel was never given a fair shake, but two separate coaching staffs agreed he wasn’t good enough. Now on his third agent as a pro, his best hope is to compete for a backup job somewhere, but it shouldn’t be in Buffalo.'

Marker Marv Levy, Bruce Smith join Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The annual Sports Collectors Expo runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19, at 8315 Park Road, Batavia.'

Marker Buffalo Bills should sign wide receiver DeSean Jackson, says Pro Football Focus [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jackson makes plenty of sense for the Bills if the team picks up Tyrod Taylor's contract. Taylor displayed one of the league's best deep balls in 2015 and a combination of Jackson and Watkins could challenge any secondary deep. If Taylor isn't Buffalo's starting quarterback next season, Jackson suddenly isn't as great of a fit with the Bills. Jackson is coming off of a season in which he caught 56 passes for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns with Washington.'

Marker 1990 Buffalo Bills named among best offenses of all-time by NFL's Gil Brandt [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The reason the 1990 Bills offense only ran 931 plays is because the K-Gun offense was able to put up points quickly. In addition to the Hall of Fame players mentioned, the offense also featured important contributors such as Kenneth Davis, Jamie Mueller, Keith McKeller, Don Beebe and Pete Metzelaars.'

Marker Former Bills GM Bill Polian says Chad Kelly is most talented QB in 2017 NFL Draft [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The psychological testing is really, really important," Polian said on ESPN's Mike and Mike this week. "The background goes without saying. By the way, the most talented quarterback in the draft is probably Chad Kelly, but he has a ton of baggage," Polian said. "So you get that out of the way immediately."'

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