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Buffalo Bills News - May 5, 2015

Marker La'el Collins meets with police; now making moves to get his football career back on track [1:53 AM]
Baton Rouge Advocate reports: 'Collins, now an undrafted free agent, had meetings scheduled with officials from the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins for Monday night and Tuesday morning, a source close to Collins told The Advocate. Collins has received interest from “almost every” NFL team over the past few days and will likely meet with several teams over the next few days, the source said.'

Marker Bills sign free agent defensive lineman Alex Carrington [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'The signing gives the Bills added depth and experience on the defensive line as the team transitions to a 3-4 scheme under coach Rex Ryan. The Bills did not select any defensive linemen in the draft.'

Marker Bills sign DL Carrington [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Carrington has 53 tackles, 4.0 sacks and 14 tackles for loss in five NFL seasons, but he had just one tackle in eight games in 2014. His four blocked kicks during the 2012 season still stands as a Bills single-season team record.'

Marker Rex Ryan meets with La'el Collins in Baton Rouge [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: ' has reported that the Dolphins and Cowboys are also interested in Collins, who many believed would be drafted in the first-round before news of the investigation. He can now sign a three-year contract with any team. Since Collins went undrafted, he cannot re-enter the 2016 draft.'

Marker Bills sign 13 undrafted free agents [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 2015 drafted and undrafted Bills rookie class will be on the field for the first time when the team holds a rookie minicamp this coming Friday through Sunday.'

Marker Bills sign DL Alex Carrington [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Carrington signed a one-year free agent deal with the St. Louis Rams last offseason where he played in eight games and registered one tackle.'

Marker It was a low key Bills draft [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills might also feel they have a "let's see if this kid has anything" quarterback on the roster already in Tyrod Taylor. With just 14 pro starts, we can probably still put EJ Manuel in that category too.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with 13 undrafted free agents [1:46 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has agreed to terms with 13 undrafted free agents.'

Marker DL Alex Carrington re-signs with Buffalo [1:45 AM] reports: 'Carrington was a special teams force during his first stint with the Bills, blocking six kicks (four field goals, two extra point attempts). His four blocked kicks during the 2012 season (three field goals, one extra point attempt) still stands as a team-record. In addition to his kick blocking prowess, Carrington has recorded 53 tackles, four sacks and 14 tackles for loss during his five NFL seasons.'

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May 4, 2015

Marker Whaley not too clear on Bills’ odd draft picks [3:08 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'When asked if he was concerned about the public perception of the Bills with the addition of the likes of Incognito, Karlos Williams and Darby, Whaley said, “The optics of it: we’ll let you guys debate that. But for us, the support system we have in place not only in the locker room, but the options we have outside that we provide as an organization and the lack of any incidents that have occurred here since people have joined the Buffalo Bills ... We’re pretty excited and happy that we can foster an environment to make sure things like that are not a topic once they get to Buffalo.”'

Marker Bills look to fill out roster [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here is a look at the players who reportedly have or will be signing with the Bills shortly, with the disclaimer that sometimes these deals fall through...'.

Marker Kiper says Bills needed to draft QB [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I thought Bryce Petty was a guy, maybe you bring him into the fold,” Kiper said. “He’s got the arm to deal with the weather conditions up in Buffalo, in New York, in New England, when you’re in that division. But they didn’t.”'

Marker AFC is talking playoffs [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Four months from the start of the new season, the AFC East is shaping up as the most improved division, and maybe the best, in the NFL. When you consider all the star power that’s come into the division recently, it is certainly the most interesting.'

Marker Helping grieving parents is only sure thing for Moorman [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t know which direction I’m going yet, but I do know this is one that’ll be a constant,” Moorman said. “A constant in my life and a constant connection to Buffalo.”'

Marker Character questions hang over Buffalo Bills' draft class, and 5 observations from 2015 NFL Draf [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills at least brought Williams in for a pre-draft visit at the facility before taking him off the board in the fifth round with new owners Terry and Kim Pegula in the draft room. General manager Doug Whaley said the Bills were wary of the situation given how big an issue domestic violence has become in sports.'

Marker eMel Kiper Jr. says Buffalo Bills had worst draft, and other experts' thoughts [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'He also thought the Bills reached a bit on Darby and didn't need to add a running back in the fifth round the way they did. That was enough to keep the Bills at the bottom of his draft rankings.'

Marker Ryan says Bills' QB job open competition [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I'd rather have, in a perfect world, 'this is our guy,' but I'm excited about the competition," Ryan said. "You don't know how it's going to shake out. There's not anybody who knows how it's going to shake out. We're going to give them a platform that will showcase what they can all do, and let's see what happens. Is it a perfect situation? No, I'm not saying it is, but when we end it, it'll be a clear guy who will be No. 1. There are three guys in my opinion, who can be NFL quarterbacks."'

Marker Now that the draft is over, what's next for the Bills? [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Once again these workouts are voluntary. Players are not required to attend.'

Marker How are draft experts ranking the Bills picks? [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“It’s nice they got a lot of depth players all-around, but given they went 9-7 last season and are trying to break that playoff drought right away with Rex Ryan, there’s not much here that gets them there. They got docked a little for not addressing defensive line, but this terrible grade comes from the fact they didn’t bother to draft a much-needed third quarterback option.”'

Marker Bills draft class is diverse group [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“We gave it tremendous consideration,” Whaley said. “Obviously, we talked to some guys and then we went to see Bryce Petty. It just didn’t fall the way we wanted it to. We were a little (hamstrung) without some of the picks, with the ammo to move around, and get some guys or have some guys fall to us, and compared to the value we put on them.”'

Marker Tony Steward fills LB, special teams needs for Bills [1:49 AM] reports: '“That’s what we were looking for with this last day,” said Whaley. “Finding guys that will give us special teams help and some (positional) depth that will be in the system and contribute a year or two from now at a higher level.”'

Marker Karlos Williams, special teams ace, now a Buffallo Bill [1:48 AM] reports: '“That’s the exciting thing about him right away because he is so fast and he is physical,” said Monos. “He’s 230 pounds, ran 4.46 and he used to play defense. That’s the whole mentality even as a runner so he will find a way.”'

Marker Bills acquire champion bloodlines, draft Nick O’Leary [1:47 AM] reports: '“He’s been productive his whole career,” said Monos. “Everybody tells you that he’s not the fastest, not the tallest, or most athletic but then you watch him and all he does is make plays for one of the best teams in the country.”'

May 3, 2015

Marker Bills put their trust in talent scouting [1:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In general, the Bills’ six picks from Friday night’s second round through Saturday’s seventh were guided by the grading of the player-personnel department. “We factor position in, but highest guy on our board,” Monos said of Williams. “I know you” reporters “laugh when I say it, but he was.”'

Marker Jets helped themselves while Bills faltered [1:37 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Giving second chances is one thing, but just how far is General Manager Doug Whaley willing to go with that philosophy? Far enough, apparently, that a player who was wanted for questioning in a domestic violence case and also accused of setting up a drug deal that ended in an armed robbery now has a home in Buffalo.'

Marker A great sports day? By whose measure? [1:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No, and as far as the players and police were concerned, nothing happened that night in December 2012. And Karlos Williams’ pregnant girlfriend got those bruises on her arm when she punched a door.'

Marker Lost camera mystery solved, thanks to social media and a Bills T-shirt [1:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And share people did. By May 2, the image had been shared nearly 18,000 times -- and that's only on Facebook. At least two well-known football-related Twitter accounts -- @TheBillsMafia, with 53,000 followers, and @DraftDiamonds, with 76,000 followers -- sent the plea out to their audiences.'

Marker Bills draft may not yield a 2015 starter [1:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Contrary to Whaley's renewed enthusiasm, there's not a lot to get excited about, but that's the good thing about having upgraded the roster so significantly though free agency and the trade market. The Bills don't have any glaring holes, they have depth at almost every position group, and they didn't need to hit home runs in this draft.'

Marker Deep Bills complete underwhelming NFL Draft [1:33 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Interestingly, Buffalo took Steward at 188 over, six picks before O’Leary, who seemed the more marquee player. They rolled the dice and won.'

Marker Bills build on Tallahassee draft pipeline [1:32 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And it’s not without irony that the best-known of the group was the last Seminole selected by general manager Doug Whaley.'

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