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Buffalo Bills News - May 15, 2017

Marker 6 young Buffalo Bills who could have breakout season in 2017 [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Maybe a rookie shouldn't be considered as a breakout candidate, but Zay Jones has the opportunity to contribute significantly as a rookie. Jones is the odds on favorite to replace Robert Woods as Buffalo's No. 2 receiver.'

Marker Bills poach Dolphins’ director of player personnel [1:52 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins could have blocked the move, but instead allowed Schoen to leave for a job he wanted with a division rival.'

Marker Dolphins lose executive Joe Schoen to Bills [1:51 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: 'During his tenure in Miami, Schoen oversaw both the college and pro scouting departments. He served as a key liaison between Miami’s coaching staff and the personnel department.'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Dolphins' Joe Schoen to be assistant GM [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'His ties to Beane began with the Carolina Panthers, where the two broke into the NFL as interns a few years apart. Schoen spent seven years in Carolina's scouting department, while Beane worked his way up to become the Panthers assistant GM.'

Marker The Bills Begin ... Again [1:49 AM]
SI reports: 'MMQB: Is Buffalo’s quarterback of the future on the roster now? McDermott: He is, in Tyrod Taylor.'

Marker Bills Tab Joe Schoen as Assistant G.M. [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Schoen has been a part of the Dolphins scouting staff for the last nine years, and has served as their Director of Player Personal for the last three. Before joining the Dolphins, Schoen earned his stripes with the Carolina Panthers where he worked as a Scouting Assistant and later promoted to the club's National Football Scouting scout. Schoen first broke into the business as a Ticket Office intern with the Panthers in 2000.'

Marker Bills hire Joe Schoen as assitant GM [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'And yes, you guessed it: There is a Panthers connection.'

Marker Jordan Johnson wraps up first minicamp with Bills [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"It's nothing like playing in it in high school and then playing and practicing on the professional level. It's way more intense," he said. "It's a blessing to be here.'

Marker Familiarity abound for Bills front office, coaches and players [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'And, speaking of connections, they extend to the coaching staff as well. Not just with Beane and head coach Sean McDermott, but with wide receiver coach Phil McGeoghan, who coached Buffalo's second round pick Zay Jones at ECU.'

Marker Bills name Joe Schoen Assistant GM [1:44 AM] reports: 'Schoen had been in the Miami Dolphins front office for the better part of the last decade, serving the last three as Dolphins Director of Player Personnel.'

Marker Tre’Davious White’s newborn motivation [1:43 AM] reports: '“I can tell you this, it’s been sleepless nights,” said White. “You know the week of the draft, I didn’t sleep at all. Then flying to Buffalo that morning, back to Baton Rouge and being in the hospital for two straight days, well four or five – it’s been something I’ll never forget [and] I wouldn’t want it any other way."'

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May 14, 2017

Marker Pollock: McDermott happy to be reunited with GM Beane [11:51 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Just in terms of mutual respect ... that’s key in any relationship,” he said. “I certainly came up one way, he came up in a similar fashion through this business. When you look at his foundation that he’s been able to build for 19 years – coming up through a solid organization in Carolina, he’s been trained the right way, he’s earned everything he’s gotten and those are qualities, to me, that are very attractive.”'

Marker Nathan Peterman tunes out any 'Tom Brady' talk [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t really compare myself to anybody,” he said Friday after the Bills completed their first rookie minicamp practice. “I think I’ve had a good background. I’ve been taught very well, but there’s always things to improve on, so coming in here, it is a new offense. I’m just soaking up every word” quarterbacks coach David Culley and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison “have been saying, and just trying to learn it as fast as I can.”'

Marker Borrrrrrrrring! Botterill and Beane are Buffalo's non-splash brothers [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'We did learn Botterill and Beane likely aren't the types of managers who will sacrifice draft assets for the sake of being bodacious.'

Marker Jay Skurski's Bills Mailbag: Sammy Watkins' injury concerns, the ongoing QB search and mor [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Like with everything else, it has to start at quarterback. Heading into spring practices, the pecking order figures to be Tyrod Taylor, T.J. Yates, Cardale Jones, Nathan Peterman and Josh Woodrum. The two biggest questions to me are, 1. Is Yates solidified as the backup?, and 2. Will Peterman push Jones off the roster?'

Marker Jim Kelly gets special shout-out from President Trump [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Jim, do you have any idea how much money you’d be making today?" the president said Saturday. "They’d hit Jim, it was like tackling a linebacker. They’d hit Jim, four guys, five guys that weighed 320, and they’d just keep going down the field. He was much more than a quarterback. He had tremendous heart, and he knew how to win.'

Marker Roth: Pegula's new GMs both said the right word: 'Collaborate' [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The resumes of Botterill and Beane are interchangeable, two men who worked their way up the sports business food chain starting as coffee-fetching interns. Where many traditional GMs travel the hard-scrabble road of scouting, Botterill and Beane came up in the world of contract negotiations, salary cap management, budgets and logistics, all the office stuff scouts can’t stand once they become GMs.'

Marker MMQB predicts Buffalo Bills to be among league's worst teams in 2017 [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Prognosticators should run away from Buffalo's dysfunction, not to it. With the Pegulas firing Doug Whaley, it's apparently first-year head coach Sean McDermott's club for the time being. His move to take the ping-pong tables out of the locker room sounds good until you realize the Falcons went to the Super Bowl with three tables in their locker room last year. And the Bills don't seem to like or appreciate their above-average quarterback. Prepare for a step back in 2017.'

Marker Buffalo Bills invite Rutgers OL J.J. Denman for rookie tryout [1:53 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'After winning the program's Most Improved Offensive Player award in the spring of 2015, Denman took over as the starting right tackle and kept the job until late in his redshirt senior season, when Rutgers turned to redshirt freshman converted defensive lineman Kamaal Seymour as part of a youth movement in a 2-10 season.'

Marker Filipowski: Stop kicking the Bills while they're down [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Jones writes in his piece McDermott’s "move to take the ping-pong tables out of the locker room sounds good until you realize the falcons went to the super bowl with three tables in their locker room last year."'

Marker President Trump recognizes Jim Kelly in commencement speech [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '" I'd like to recognize a friend, who is here with us today...who can serve as an inspiration. Someone who doesn't know the meaning of the word quit, a real champion," Trump said to a large crowd of family members and students in Lynchburg, Virginia.'

Marker It's about time Bills got it right [1:50 AM]
WHAM-TV reports: 'I don't think the plan going forward is for McDermott to do it all himself. I think he is smart enough to know that when you hire someone you trust (i.e. Leslie Frazier as the Defensive Coordinator) you let the person do the job. Maybe it is just semantics, but I think this organization will finally be more about influence and less about power. I think the plan is for McDermott to bring in people like Beane that have his respect and his trust, and then to watch them go to work.'

Marker Jones impresses at Bills minicamp [1:49 AM]
WNCT-TV reports: 'Many of the Buffalo faithful are excited to see what Jones can bring to the Bills offense this season. But the storyline of the first practice was the matchup of Jones and the Bills first round draft pick, Tre’Davious White a corner out of LSU. The Bills coaching staff decided to match the two up against each other to see how they would fair against strong competition.'

Marker Rookie minicamp notes [1:48 AM] reports: '“I’m a competitor, so I want to go against the best guys that are out there,” White said. “We matched up every rep and both of us got better. If we continue to do that the next couple of days we’ll be ready to roll once the vets get here.”'

May 13, 2017

Marker Beane: Goal is to make Bills 'consistent winner' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Asked about the future of Bills senior vice president of football administration Jim Overdorf, something Pegula said would be up to Beane to decide, the new GM said, "I'm coming in eyes wide open on everybody." Beane said he knew Overdorf, but would get to know him better as they work together.'

Marker Beane, McDermott look to turn bottom-to-top bond into 'sustained success' for Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The long-term vision is to build a consistent winner here," Beane said Friday during his introductory news conference. "I didn’t just achieve a goal or Sean and I didn’t achieve a goal if we make the playoffs once and then we’re out of it two or three years in a row. Sustained success. Year after year, we’re contending to win the division. That’s the first thing we have to do.'

Marker Terry Pegula explains how involved Sean McDermott, Russ Brandon were in GM search [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When we started this process, we -- Kim, myself, Russ was involved, and others -- we put together four or five lists of potential candidates, cross-referenced them, and, you know, Sean was one of the individuals," Terry Pegula said. "Brandon's name showed up on most of the lists, if not all of them. So from that, and from discussions with people outside the organization, we picked the candidates we wanted to interview. But Sean's involvement was no more than writing a name on a piece of paper, which he wrote seven or eight names."'

Marker Tre'Davious White, Zay Jones go one-on-one at first day of rookie minicamp [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's a great route runner, and I'm a guy that can pretty much cover," White said. "If I'm going against the best guy each and every rep, once I get thrown in the fire when the vets get here, I think I'll be pretty much up to speed enough to keep up with those guys."'

Marker Bucky Gleason: Bills GM Brandon Beane makes strong first impression [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Will they get the Bills turned around? I have no idea. Nobody knows for sure if Beane can find the right players or whether McDermott can make the best use of them. But oppressed Bills fans can take comfort knowing that they trust one another. And that's also a shift from previous front offices.'

Marker Bucky Gleason's Hot Read: Beane, Botterill are refreshing changes for Bills, Sabres [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Now that he has people he trusts in place, he can get back to the business of getting out of the way and allowing the people he hired to do their jobs. It's the best part of owning a professional franchise or, in this case, two franchises. If they ever start winning on a regular basis, he'll be able to enjoy them.'

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