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Buffalo Bills News - April 29, 2016

Marker How Bills' first-rounder Shaq Lawson overcame loss of father [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He impacted a lot. He made me a man. He made me the man I was today. I had to step up a lot when he passed away, being a father figure for my little brothers and sisters. I was being there for them. So he impacted me a whole lot."'

Marker ESPN, NFL Network analysts like Bills' pick of Shaq Lawson [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"If you want a visual, think Brian Orakpo, best-case scenario a Tamba Hali. I don't think he's got Tamba's get-off and first step, but he's got heavy hands. He'll fit that scheme because he can play inside or outside, up or down. And you know how Rex likes those chess pieces that he can play with on third down packages."'

Marker Grading the Buffalo Bills pick of Clemson's Shaq Lawson [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The biggest question surrounding Lawson was a shoulder injury that required a medical recheck. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the shoulder will require surgery at some point, likely after the 2016 season. However, the surgery will keep him out 4-6 months whenever he chooses to have it.'

Marker Bills draft Shaq Lawson in first-round [1:44 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The initial belief is that Lawson can play through the injury and have the surgery next offseason.'

Marker Clemson's Lawson becomes latest Bill [1:43 AM]
Greenville News reports: 'Buffalo is in dire need of an edge pass rusher, and Lawson fits that bill. Buffalo ranked 31st out of 32 teams in the NFL last season with only 21 sacks.'

Marker Clemson DE Shaq Lawson drafted by Buffalo Bills in first round [1:42 AM]
Charleston Post and Courier reports: 'Second-year Buffalo head coach Rex Ryan is an avid Clemson fan – his son, Seth, is a walk-on wide receiver for the Tigers.'

Marker Bills select Shaq Lawson to lead off Clemson’s 2016 draft [1:41 AM]
Anderson Independent Mail reports: 'Including Lawson, the Bills have now drafted six Clemson players since 2010, more than any other team in the league. He is the third Bills first-round pick from Clemson in that span, joining 2010 No. 9 overall pick C.J. Spiller and 2014 No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins. Of the previous picks, only Watkins and 2013 fifth-round pick Jonathan Meeks are still on the Bills roster.'

Marker Lawson highest ever draft pick from Daniel [1:40 AM]
Seneca Daily Journal reports: 'He had to wait a little longer to hear his name called than most projected, but Shaq Lawson still made Daniel High School history on Thursday night.'

Marker Rex Ryan's Clemson connection leads to Bills drafting Lawson [1:39 AM]
AP reports: '"It was the best pre-draft meeting I had," Lawson said. "Everybody else's meetings were uptight and asking me who the fourth president was. And when I went in their meeting room, I just felt laidback. They were talking to me about football."'

Marker Bills Grab Lawson at #19 Overall [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 21-year-old is 6'3", 249 pounds and exits Clemson after three years, including his junior season which saw him rack up 12.5 sacks. A consensus All-American and first-team All ACC member, Lawson also finished with 25.5 tackles for loss in 2015.'

Marker In Lawson, Bills match value and need [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Lawson is a very good fit for a Bills team that was near the bottom of the league in getting to the passer last season and then released defensive end Mario Williams. The Bills need someone to play the edge as much, if not more, than any other spot on the field. And Lawson is one of the best in this draft.'

Marker Shaq: ''No truth'' to report of pending shoulder surgery [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In a conference call with the Buffalo media, Lawson said there is “no truth whatsoever” to that report, but did say he’s had a minor right shoulder injury since his freshman year, but that it’s never been something that’s bothered him.'

Marker Bills select DE Shaq Lawson with 19th overall pick [1:35 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The 21-year-old was a star a season ago, setting a new career high with 12.5 sacks and led the country with 25.5 tackles for loss to lead the Tigers to an undefeated regular season, ACC title and trip to the national championship game.'

Marker Bills draft pass rusher Shaq Lawson [1:34 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '"Very few times you can go into a draft and have a really big need and that guy standing out like a sore thumb is the guy you want and the guy that fills that need," Whaley said. "We never thought he would drop to us at 19, and when it got closer and closer, we all said let's keep our mouth shut."'

Marker Shaq Lawson: Buffalo feels like home [1:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It was the best pre-draft meeting I had,” Lawson said. “Everybody else’s meeting was up tight, asking you who the fourth president was. When I went into that meeting room I just felt laid back. Talking to me about football and things like that.”'

Marker 5 things to know about 1st-round pick Shaq Lawson [1:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It taught me some strong values, about being responsible, about having some life structure," Lawson told NFL.com. "The most important lesson I got out of it was time management. You were up early every day for PT (physical training), your face had to be shaved, your shoes had to be shined."'

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April 28, 2016

Marker With holes to fill, Bills need to ace draft [4:11 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'The Bills are likely to go defense when they make the 19th pick tonight, with filling a hole somewhere in the front seven a top priority. The Bills are going all-in on Rex Ryan’s 3-4 scheme this year, but the linebacker corps as it stands today is one of the thinnest positions on the roster. Bradham is an Eagle, A.J. Tarpley retired and Tony Steward was cut. Manny Lawson and Preston Brown are the only returning backers who made any impact in 2015, and Brown’s sophomore season was uneven.'

Marker Draft lottery full of uncertainty [2:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'With 10 minutes allowed between picks, Buffalo’s choice figures to come around 11 p.m.'

Marker Bills enter draft with holes to fill [2:12 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Every draft you’ve got to find difference makers,” Whaley said. “Every draft you’ve got to try and hit on as many guys as possible. The internal pressure to hit on a draft is what drives us. We’re excited about it and we accept that challenge.'

Marker Bills, yet again, wrestle with the QB conundrum [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Not good enough to make the postseason, not bad enough to land a franchise savior. That’s the story for an entire generation of fans. Heck, the year they started 0-8 — and were in love with Cam Newton — they finished a noble 4-4.'

Marker Why this draft is so critical for the win-now Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think it’s certainly a tall order,” former Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM and current ESPN analyst Mark Dominik said of this being a transformative draft for the Bills. “They’re fortunate in the fact that they do have a Sammy Watkins on the football team. It looks like they’re very happy with Tyrod Taylor and they’ve got LeSean McCoy (who received a fat pay raise after being acquired from Philadelphia last year), so it’s not like they don’t have any talent.'

Marker Mixed signals make Bills tough to figure [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Contemplating those two issues, I can see how objective fans might feel a bit conflicted about the state of the team. After spending through the nose to go 8-8 last season, are the Bills a true contender or a team in decline?'

Marker Fan-demonium: Long-time season-ticket holder gets the draft call [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 64-year-old Derringer became the winner of a lottery among Bills’ season-ticket holders, and will be the team’s fan representative at the NFL Draft in Chicago.'

Marker Quick outs by Jay Skurski: Draft tidbits and rarities [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '7: Former first-round picks currently on the Bills’ roster: DE Manny Lawson (’06, Bengals), C Eric Wood (’09), DE Jerry Hughes (’10, Colts), DT Marcell Dareus (2011), CB Stephon Gilmore (’12), QB EJ Manuel (’13) and WR Sammy Watkins (’14).'

Marker The Bills and this year's NFL Draft: What you need to know [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills’ special draft event: Team will host a VIP gathering Saturday at (716) Food and Sport, where Bills coaches and the Bills’ first-round pick will announce selections in Rounds 4-5 that will be streamed live on the team’s website, with select picks being broadcast from the event on various NFL media platforms.'

Marker How the Bills have fared over the last five drafts [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the case of the Bills, the grade for what they’ve done in the draft since 2011 is better than the 20-year snapshot … but not dramatically. Call it a C. The Bills’ 35-45 record through that stretch is below average, although there at least appears to be somewhat of a foundation, provided largely by the last five drafts, on which the team can build.'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts: 'Bama options, QB risks, Brady saga [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Let's face it. The best/smartest/safest thing the Bills can do with the 19th overall pick of the draft is use it on a defensive lineman.'

Marker Five positions Bills need to address [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“The college game and the NFL game … it’s just completely different,” said Bills director of personnel Jim Monos, referring to the styles of play as much as the obvious gap in talent. “It’s every position. So really, it’s just a completely different game and the challenge is, can you be a good evaluator, do your work well enough to know if he can make it for us? If you’re good evaluators, you’re going to find a guy in any round.”'

Marker What teams ahead of the Bills can play spoiler to the player you want? [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'So, what teams do you need to be on the lookout for taking the player you want the Bills to select? Here’s a position-by-position look at what teams selecting 9-18 have the most potential to ruin your evening. Obviously teams are listed multiple times because they have multiple needs.'

Marker Free advice for the Bills brain trust [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I want them to take a quarterback. I don't think they will but I still want one. I don't necessarily have a guy I prefer. Quite honestly, after Jared Goff and Carson Wenz, its a bunch of guys who need time to develop.'

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