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Buffalo Bills News - May 17, 2016

Marker Bills' top pick Lawson to undergo shoulder surgery [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Immediately after the Bills picked Lawson, Whaley told reporters, "Medical staff cleared him, said he can play. Now, if something happens, it’s going to happen, but it’s nothing that we’re real worried about or we wouldn’t have taken him. We got complete faith in our medical staff and they signed off on him, so we’re excited to have him."'

Marker Fans shouldn't scout, speed obsession & a smart hire [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the Bills followed the advice of fans in 1985, they wouldn't have had the chance to retire Bruce Smith's jersey.'

Marker Bills' Lawson needs surgery, Watkins has broken foot [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He had an occurrence of the condition last week, but that would not preclude him from participating in the offseason program. Shaq is scheduled for surgery tomorrow on his shoulder with a rehabilitation program to follow. A timetable for his return is still being established.”'

Marker Report: Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins has broken foot, should be ready for camp [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This foot injury isn't putting his 2016 season in jeopardy, but the Bills were hoping he and quarterback Tyrod Taylor to use this offseason to continue to build chemistry. Any time Watkins spends away from the field is not ideal for Buffalo.'

Marker Sammy Watkins played through stress fracture in 2015; injury history piling up [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'While Watkins is expected to be ready for the start of training camp and has only missed two games in his NFL career, he's dealt with his fair share of injuries. Here's the rundown.'

Marker Buffalo Bills first-round pick Shaq Lawson will have shoulder surgery [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Now the Bills may be without their first-round pick to start the season. The Bills rolled the dice on a player who received a medical red flag from a few teams, and the worst-case scenario is playing out.'

Marker Bills' Lawson to have shoulder surgery; Watkins' foot hurt [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills say Lawson, the 19th pick in last month's NFL draft, tweaked the shoulder last week and would undergo a procedure on Tuesday.'

Marker Injuries hit Bills WR Watkins, DE Lawson [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Lawson was a dominant defensive end while at Clemson, but questions surrounding the health of his shoulder pushed his stock value down.'

Marker Shaq Lawson to have surgery; Sammy Watkins breaks foot [1:50 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Lawson was making a swim move on a tackling dummy in a non-contact drill when he aggravated his shoulder injury, sources told Schefter.'

Marker Watkins has broken foot [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo is reporting that Watkins' timetable for recovery is six-to-eight weeks.'

Marker Lawson to have shoulder surgery [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I want to take this opportunity to commend Shaq Lawson and his representatives for putting the team first by having this surgery on his shoulder done now," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said in the statement released by the team. "By doing so, he’s forsaking personal goals to be 100 percent healthy when we will need him most during the regular season. Fans constantly hear us say that we want players with tremendous character who keep team goals ahead of personal ones and Shaq is a great example of this.”'

Marker Bills' Lawson to have shoulder surgery, no timetable just yet [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The initial report said that some teams believed Lawson would be sidelined anywhere from four-to-six months. If that timetable is the correct one, that would keep Lawson away from the field for the start of the regular season, with a return date somewhere between mid-September and mid-November.'

Marker Bills 53-man roster projection (5/16) [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It’s going to be challenging for both IK Enemkpali and Randell Johnson to make the roster this summer.'

Marker Sammy Watkins responds to fans, Bills announce star WR had foot surgery [1:45 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Officials say Watkins did have foot surgery in the offseason. According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the surgery consisted of a screw being placed into his foot to repair a small bone fracture.'

Marker Shaq Lawson to undergo shoulder surgery [1:44 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Representatives said they’re working to establish a timetable for his return, however shoulder surgeries of the nature can take up to six months to heal, potentially impacting the rookie into November.'

Marker Bills take pre-emptive measure: Shaq Lawson to undergo shoulder surgery [1:43 AM] reports: '“The Buffalo Bills are taking measures to prevent the possibility of Shaq Lawson aggravating a pre-existing shoulder condition during the season. While he could continue to play, the Bills medical staff has determined that surgery is the best course of action for the overall health of his shoulder moving forward. He had an occurrence of the condition last week, but that would not preclude him from participating in the offseason program. Shaq is scheduled for surgery tomorrow on his shoulder with a rehabilitation program to follow. A timetable for his return is still being established.”'

Marker Robert Woods on USC graduation: 'It's worth it' [1:42 AM] reports: '“It will mean a whole lot, I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. I know everybody is going to be happy just to be finishing up, and just the whole process, the work that we all put in to get here and achieve what we wanted—it comes to a culmination.”'

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May 16, 2016

Marker How straight talk helped Adolphus Washington turn the corner [1:59 AM] reports: '“He would not let me do it,” said the younger Washington. “He told me if I came home I wasn’t going to be staying with him. He said, ‘I’m not going to take care of a grown man. You’re either playing football or get a job on your own because you’re not going to stay with me and do nothing.’”'

May 15, 2016

Marker Bills have speed to burn, everywhere, but how will OC Greg Roman use it? [1:29 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There’s speed here but it’s extremely under-cooked, untapped speed for now. Maybe you “can’t coach speed” as General Manager Doug Whaley said after the draft. But from now to September, the Bills must figure out how to use it all effectively.'

Marker Jonathan Martin on Richie Incognito: 'I have no desire to ever see or talk to him' [1:28 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Part of me thinks he just is because he’s allowed to be in the realm he occupies. It’s weird because we still have mutual friends. I have no desire to ever see or talk to him. I’ll get nothing from it. That’s in the past. I don’t know what his thoughts are and I don’t really care, honestly.”

Marker On the team's regression this offseason, the trade for Reggie Ragland, the case for No. 61 to b [1:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' In particular, Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland should step right into the starting lineup from Day One. But overall, does that mean the Bills have improved? ESPN's John Clayton does not see it that way. In fact, Clayton ranks the Bills fifth on a list of teams that have regressed this offseason, pointing to the departures of Mario Williams, Nigel Bradham, Leodis McKelvin and Percy Harvin from the defense as the main reason.'

Marker Jay Skurski's way-too-early 53-man roster projection [1:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But that leaves about 45 players competing for eight or so jobs. With that in mind, here is The Buffalo News' first projection of the 2016 season, with more to follow as the offseason progresses...'.

May 14, 2016

Marker Bills ink RB Jonathan Williams to a rookie deal, will compete for No. 3 spot [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 6-foot, 223-pound Williams missed all of 2015 with a torn ligament in his foot. He hasn’t carried the ball in a game since Dec. 29, 2014, the primary reason he fell to the 156th overall pick.'

Marker Fitzstalemate continues, Tom Brady's weapons, Tannehill turnaround? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's been a quiet week in the NFL with another quiet one coming up. OTA's are still a ways away. So while we've talked plenty about the Bills in this space, let's check in on the other teams in the AFC East and where they stand at quarterback.'

Marker Bills Taylor, Gilmore likely to wait [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills could conceivably sign both Gilmore and Taylor before the season, pushing a lot of bonus forward as they did with Glenn, but it’s highly unlikely. Their first priority is Gilmore, who has a $11.08 million cap hit this season. But he’s looking for a bigger number than they’re willing to pay.'

Marker Cardale Jones' first boat ride among 4 highlights of Buffalo Bills rookie tour [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Quarterback Cardale Jones hasn't wasn't any time letting his personality shine through since coming to Buffalo. But one thing that made Jones shy was jumping on a boat at Canalside. As he stepped on the boat to get the river tour of Buffalo, the Titanic was running through Jones' mind. He had never been on a boat before Friday.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign 5th-round draft pick, Jonathan Williams [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Williams joins a Bills offense that led the NFL with 2,432 yards rushing last season. He will be given an opportunity to compete for a job behind starter LeSean McCoy and backup Karlos Williams.'

Marker Bills sign fifth-round RB Williams [1:54 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The 6-foot, 223-pound Williams joins the Bills after four seasons at Arkansas. He was a dual-threat as a rusher and receiver in his first three seasons with the Razorbacks, playing in 36 games (24 starts). He racked up 2,321 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns, while also catching 26 passes for 345 yards and six scores.'

Marker Bills' Taylor and Watkins had a defining moment [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“When it was time to get back on the field for both of us, we had talked about a lot of things. I remember coming off the bye week and just throwing with him. It was just getting on the same page and understanding that he’s one of the top receivers in this league and I need to get him the ball because he can be very dynamic when he gets the ball in his hands.” '

Marker How London changed everything and brought Bills' Taylor, Watkins together [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"We spent some time talking a lot in London. We were actually getting treatment at the same time, so we actually spent a lot of time talking and getting on the same page," Taylor told WGR. "When it was time to come back on the field for both of us, we would talk through a lot of things. I remember coming off the bye week and actually throwing some with him and just trying to get on the same page, and understanding that he’s one of the top receivers in this league and I have to get him the ball."'

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