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Buffalo Bills News - May 20, 2017

Marker Bills Today: Tre'Davious White plans to help out mom [1:40 AM] 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.”'

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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.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills rookie WR Zay Jones sidelined by knee injury [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Given all of Sammy Watkins’ injury problems, and the fact that he’ll probably be held out of meaningful practice until training camp, not having Jones could be a setback. If nothing else, it might slow Jones’ adaptation to the NFL by losing on-field reps, not to mention time with quarterback Tyrod Taylor.'

Marker Buffalo Bills OC Rick Dennison thinks Tyrod Taylor is 'a natural fit' for his scheme [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"That's just natural," Dennison said. "Like I said, when we were in Baltimore, he did a good job with anything we did. Dropback, keepers, our play pass, he handles the checks very well. I don't think it's a matter of making anything square pegs and round holes. I think he plays the game well. That's what we're trying to do. Get our guys to play the game well and win some games."'

Marker Buffalo Bills missing draft picks Zay Jones, Nathan Peterman at OTAs [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills were also without Mike Tolbert, left tackle Cordy Glenn (ankle), center Eric Wood (rest) and tight end Charles Clay (rest). With Glenn out, rookie Dion Dawkins was taking reps at left tackle.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor has noticed improvement in Sammy Watkins' work ethic [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"There's not a whole lot we can do about it, setback or not," Dennison said. "So we're giving him every experience we can. I mean, asking him questions in meetings and make sure he's up to task and he has been. I asked him a question today and it was a little obscure. He answered it fine. So he's been studying and working. All we can do is give him all the experience we can on video, let him see some things. If he gets a chance to do everything it would be only in a walk through. When the time comes, we have to get him healthy and get him on the field."'

Marker Buffalo Bills CB Tre'Davious White plans to buy mom a home with rookie contract [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Right now, I feel like it hasn't hit home yet," White said. "Whenever it hits, I know my life changed. I'm able to do some things for my mom that typically a normal guy wouldn't be able to do. Just coming from the background I come from, that's a big deal. I'm very proud of myself.'

Marker Buffalo Bills OTAs 2017: Zay Jones goes down and 10 takeaways [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Any hope that Zay Jones would take advantage of Sammy Watkins' absence this spring needs to be put on hold. Jones went down with a knee injury earlier this week and is considered week-to-week. Luckily, Jones sprained his knee and didn't do major damage, so the Bills dodged a bullet. However, these reps in the spring would have been valuable for him to get a jump start on winning the No. 2 receiver job.'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane adds 3 experienced scouts to his staff [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He's had a heck of a career," Beane said. "He rose to a level of VP of Player Personnel. He's interviewed for multiple GM positions. To have a guy with his experience and leadership and high character, we talked about that in the interview. What type of player are we looking for. Lake understands that it is the guy on the field, but as the assistant college director, we're going to make sure our college scouts are working the background and the character on prospects. What type of man are we getting when we scout these guys?"'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign wide receiver Zay Jones to rookie contract [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jones, the 37th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, is expected to compete for Buffalo's No. 2 wide receiver job this summer. His biggest competition will be veteran Andre Holmes.'

Marker Bills offensive coordinator a big fan of Tyrod but questions remain [1:47 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“Right fit or not fit for the system, he’s a good player. He throws the ball well and he’s athletics so he can do some stuff we want to do when we move him out of the pocket,” Dennison said.'

Marker Bills ST coordinator says team could change punters [1:46 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“I think that Colton is bright enough to realize that everybody’s job is up for grabs, obviously here, and all over the NFL. You have to perform,” Crossman said. “You’re not just competing against the guy who’s there right now; you’re competing against the guy that could be here tomorrow or two months from now.”'

Marker 5 observations from Bills OTAs on Thursday [1:45 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Very early on in the offseason, but there’s already a few shoving battles during practice. Max Valles, who got into it a couple times during last year’s training camp, got into it again this offseason with rookie tight end Keith Towbridge. Next, Shaq Lawson and right tackle Jordan Mills did. After practice, Lawson said it was a no big deal.

Marker Former LSU CB Tre'Davious White agrees to contract with Buffalo [1:44 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'White's deal is worth just short of $10,091,110 million for four years, with a signing bonus of $5,478,989, according to the website Spotrac.'

Marker Bills sign 1st-round pick White as part of eventful day [1:43 AM]
AP reports: '"I never for once thought about a contract or holding out or anything like that," said White, selected 27th overall . "I came here to complete, learn the playbook, get comfortable around the guys and earn everything — earn the right to play."'

Marker Bills rookie receiver Jones sidelined with sprained knee [1:42 AM]
AP reports: 'The injury presents a slight setback for a team overhauling its group of receivers. Jones was a second-round pick out of East Carolina and being counted upon to compete for the No. 2 receiver job opposite starter Sammy Watkins.'

Marker Bills rookie WR Jones idle with knee injury [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The specifics of the injury were not shared by the Bills, but the No. 37 overall pick was hurt in Tuesday's organized team activity session and sat out the next two days. The team described the injury as a sprain.'

Marker The Bills ink their first round pick [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This has been a brand new experience for White and the rest of the rookies. He said, “The first day when I got into the first group, it was like a blur like flash, but now after I got a couple of reps, I feel like I’m comfortable and I know what I’m doing now, I know where my help is, so if I continue on that road, it’ll make my job so much easier.”'

Marker The Bills now have their top two picks in the fold [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Tyrod Taylor congratulated right after he was drafted with a text. Taylor said, “He’s a great player. I watched him compete against Virginia Tech for a couple of years and I actually sat down and watched all the receivers that came out this past year and I was excited about Zay.”'

Marker Zay Jones out week-to-week with knee injury [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was on the field for Thursday's session, but did not participate in any activities as he continues to rehab from offseason foot surgery.'

Marker Bills hire Dawson as Assistant Director of College Scouting [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Dawson, 45, spent last season with the Cleveland Browns as a National Scout, but spent nine years with the Tennessee Titans beforehand in their front office. With the Titans, Dawson climbed the ranks, going from Director of Pro Personnel to Vice President of Football Operations to Vice President of Player Personnel.'

Marker Joe B: 7 observations from Buffalo Bills OTAs - Week 1 (5/18/17) [1:36 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Last year, the glaring weakness along the offensive line was right tackle Jordan Mills. It became a focal point of the offseason to try and fix -- to which the Bills even chased a high-priced free agent in Ricky Wagner to try and solve the problem. They ended up getting Dion Dawkins in the draft in the second round, but because of Cordy Glenn's injury, Dawkins played left tackle and Mills started with the first-team at right tackle... and players were zooming by him.'

Marker Bills sign first-round pick White [1:35 AM] reports: '“I can’t tell you all how grateful I am for the opportunity, how happy I am for myself and my family,” White said. “I’m looking forward to earning all my stripes and earning the respect of the vets and of the guys that are here.”'

Marker Second-round pick Zay Jones signs rookie contract [1:34 AM] reports: 'Jones comes in with high expectations after setting the NCAA record for catches in a season in his last year at East Carolina (158). He also finished his college career with 399 receptions, the most in college football history.'

Marker Bills OTA notes - Week 1 [1:33 AM] reports: '“It felt great just to get back out there on the field, especially this week, just as an individual, to get my legs back up under me,” said Ragland. “We’re going to take it day by day. It just depends on how my knee feels. For the most part, it feels great. What the staff has done for me, has been fantastic. Everyone’s been great. So, I’m thankful for that. To have the type of people around me to help me get back like those guys."'

Marker Bills add Lake Dawson as Assistant Director of College Scouting [1:32 AM] reports: '“He’s had a heck of a career,” said Beane of Dawson. “He rose to a level of VP of Player Personnel. He’s interviewed for multiple GM positions. To have a guy with his experience and leadership… it’s a strong addition.”'

Marker Bills name Marvin Allen and Brian Adams national scouts [1:31 AM] reports: 'Adams has more than 30 years of scouting experience. He spent the 2016 campaign as the Midwest regional scout for the Dallas Cowboys, but spent seven years with the Saints. He also has a working history with Beane, spending seven years in the Panthers scouting department.'

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