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Buffalo Bills News - May 23, 2017

Marker Buffalo Bills hosting former 49ers LB Gerald Hodges on free-agent visit [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Hodges would add some competition to the linebacker room. While defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said the Bills have linebackers to fit the 4-3 scheme, it appears to be one of the weaker positions on the roster in terms of depth.'

Marker Former GM Doug Whaley predicts bright future for Bills [1:48 AM]
ESPN reports: '"[McDermott] is methodical. The one thing that impressed us throughout the interview process was how detailed he is and how methodical he is in his approach to everything he does. The one thing I feel very confident is that the Buffalo Bills, he will have them in position to win a lot of games. They won't be beating themselves. He will have them prepared as well as any coach in the NFL. The game won't be determined on them beating themselves, because he will have them prepared."'

Marker Whaley not bitter in departure from Bills [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Whaley added "As a parting gift, we left them with two first round picks next year."'

Marker Report: Buffalo Bills to host free agent linebacker Gerald Hodges [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Adding a player like Gerald Hodges at this point of free agency -- and with how big of a need the linebacker position continues to be for the Bills -- would be a humongous addition for them.'

Marker Bills Today: Lawson's first swing at OTAs [1:45 AM] reports: '“It feels great to be in everything: OTA’s, off-season workouts. I feel like last year I was just, it feels like it was going by slow because I was hurt and trying to determine when I’m getting back on the field,” Lawson said. “I’m making sure every day I’m taking care of my body a lot more so I can continue to be on the field. But it’s been great going out here with OTA’s, getting to know the new rookies, getting to know schemes, new coaches and things like that so it’s been great!”'

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May 22, 2017

Marker Reggie Ragland easing his way back into practice for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Coming from Alabama, being able to play at the highest level you can play of college football and then coming to the pros and playing with some great guys like LeSean McCoy and Richie Incognito," Ragland said. "And then, the GM and everybody has you pegged as starting and you get out there and you’re playing and it happens – it’s very tough. But I know it happened for a reason and I know that I’ve got to keep getting stronger and keep coming back mentally stronger also."'

Marker 8 Buffalo Bills who could be named to the team's Wall of Fame [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Stamdard reports: 'Longevity is the only case against Gilchrist, but he was a special player during his three seasons in Buffalo. He led the AFL in rushing yards in two of his three seasons in Buffalo and rushed for 122 yards to help Buffalo win their first AFL Championship in 1964.'

Marker Bills QB Nate Peterman helps create first rookie card [1:57 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Peterman was one of 40 rookies making the rounds at LA Memorial Coliseum, wearing his Bills gear the first time. He said it's a dream come true to have his first trading card, but so would earning a starting job in the NFL.'

Marker Dion Dawkins: Transition into the NFL [1:56 AM] reports: '“Once I got to the regular OTAs, I can see that the game is extremely fast and I have to be sharp every play.” Dawkins said.'

May 21, 2017

Marker 'Keep it simple' is a good rallying cry for the Bills' 2017 defense [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The 3-4, there's a lot to learn with it. The 4-3, it's simple. Put your hand in the dirt, go get the quarterback and set the edge in the run game.”'

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] 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.”'

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.'

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