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Buffalo Bills News - April 19, 2017

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Temple QB Phillip Walker [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After not getting invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, Walker needed to impress when the Owls' held their Pro Day. He did just that, with a 40 time (4.73 seconds) that put him among the leaders at his position. Additionally, those in attendance reported that Walker looked good going through quarterback throwing drills.'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB Mike Gillislee may be joining Patriots [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'On the positive side, the Patriots would owe Buffalo a fifth-round pick in the 2017 draft because the Bills gave Gillislee an original-round tender. Currently the Bills have only six picks at their disposal. Also, the Bills would get about $1.2 million in salary cap space. If the Bills were to retain Gillislee, they’d have to absorb a $4 million cap hit in 2017 which would drop them below $10 million in available cap space.'

Marker New England Patriots working over 'poorly run' Buffalo Bills, says Colin Cowherd [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"New England's completely, as a franchise, working Buffalo over," said Cowherd. "Two teams that New England has gone after: Cleveland's players and Buffalo's. Poor run franchises. Poorly run franchises. This is what the rich guys do. This is what the rich guys do. This is what the rich people in America do. They find the crevices. They find the weak spots and they go at it, at it, at it. Belichick keeps going right after the poorly run franchises, Buffalo and Cleveland, and cherry picking their players that are undervalued or underused or overpaid or underpaid at Cleveland and Buffalo and it's worked."'

Marker 2017 NFL Draft: 10 sleeper RBs Buffalo Bills could draft to replace Mike Gillislee [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If the Bills lose Gillislee, they will end up with a need at running back. Second-year pro Jonathan Williams didn't do much as a rookie, and the team's depth chart looks a bit thin behind LeSean McCoy. Gillislee may seem like a huge loss after he burst onto the scene with 577 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in 2016. But the Bills could replace him. After all, they claimed Gillislee off waivers, and he was originally a fifth-round pick himself.'

Marker Patriots extend offer sheet to Buffalo Bills RFA RB Mike Gillislee (report) [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Patriots signed Rex Burkhead in free agency, but have still been active in the free agent market at the position. LeGarrette Blount remains unsigned and the Patriots also with with Adrian Peterson.'

Marker Syracuse WR and kick returner Brisly Estime worked out for Buffalo Bills [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Estime, who stands 5-feet-8-inches tall and 186 pounds, made a name for himself at Syracuse with his blazing speed. He was one of the most productive return men in the country over the last two seasons. Estime led the ACC in punt return yardage for a second consecutive season, returning 16 punts for 283 yards. He also led the NCAA in punt return average with 17.7 yards per return. Estime also holds the ACC career record for punt return average with 18 yards per return.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Doug Whaley listed as worst GM in league by Rotoworld [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Considering the reports surrounding Whaley and Buffalo's inability to get over the hump during his tenure, it's no surprise that one site views him as the league's worst general manager. Rotoworld published their best general managers list and Whaley came in dead last among returning general managers.'

Marker Buffalo Bills projected 2017 schedule: Who will the Bills face in season opener? [1:48 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'We also don't know when the Bills' bye week will be. Last year, the Bills had a Week 10 bye week. It'd be a safe bet to say it will be earlier in 2017.'

Marker AP Source: Patriots sign Bills RB Gillislee to offer sheet [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills lack experienced depth behind Gillislee, though veteran fullback Mike Tolbert could fill that role. Buffalo signed Tolbert and fullback Patrick DiMarco in free agency last month.'

Marker Patriots sign Bills RB Mike Gillislee to two-year offer sheet [1:46 AM]
ESPN reports: 'If the Bills decline to match Gillislee's offer, it is unlikely the Patriots will re-sign free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount, who led the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns, which was the highest total in the NFL since Adrian Peterson had 18 in 2009. He was the Patriots' top power running back, totaling 1,161 yards on 299 carries in the regular season.'

Marker Everything you need to know about the Mike Gillislee situation [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Right now, Gillislee is counting $1.8 million against the Bills salary cap for 2017. If they match, it will cost them roughly $2.2 million more, leaving them with approximately $8.6 million in cap space. They’ll need to have about $3.5 million available for drafted rookies, leaving about $5 million to sign veteran free agents for the rest of the offseason.'

Marker Bills plan to reveal if they have plan [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills should be able to find an immediate good starter at either wide receiver, tight end, tackle, defensive line, linebacker, cornerback or safety. These are all positions where they could use help.'

Marker Report: Patriots offer RFA Gillislee two-year deal [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'By loading money into the first year, New England could be looking to put the Bills into a predicament in the salary cap. Buffalo has around $10.8 million in cap space, which included their RFA tender for Gillislee. An entire rookie class would need about $6 million to be signed, which would leave Buffalo in a tough spot in the event they match the Gillislee offer sheet.'

Marker Why such a hubbub about Mike Gillislee? [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I just don’t feel the need to pay a backup running back an average of $3.2 million a year while paying my starter, LeSean McCoy $8 million next season. In addition, we’re talking about a running back. Unless we’re discussing McCoy, who is a special breed of player, the running back position can be filled easily. Even more so when you’re talking about a backup running back who will probably get about 100 carries next season.'

Marker Bills RB Gillislee signs offer sheet with Patriots [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills now have five days to match the Gillislee offer sheet. If they do not, due to the restricted free agent tender the Bills issued to the running back, the Patriots would owe them a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Patriots currently have two fifth-round picks, possessing 163rd and 183rd overall in this year's draft.'

Marker 5 OTs Bills should consider on Day Two [1:40 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'So, who are some names to know if the Bills do end up passing on a right tackle in the first round? Five of my favorites in this year’s class past Utah’s Garrett Bolles, Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk, and Alabama’s Cam Robinson...'.

Marker Six things to watch for at Bills voluntary veteran minicamp this week [1:39 AM] reports: '“These first two weeks were just lifting, running and learning,” Thomas said last week, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show. “This week is when you touch the field and that intensity will go up a couple of decibels. And the coaching staff will really get the first look at what you do. Especially in veteran minicamp with a first time coaching staff.”'

Marker Bills Today: Cardale gets a grip [1:38 AM] reports: '“Cardale the biggest change we made was this year,” said Christensen. “I put up with it last year with him because I saw he would fight it. There were times when he would miss and he would miss ugly. The problems was he was gripping the ball wrong, and I showed him how to grip the ball properly and explained why. And he told me, ‘Oh I’ve been gripping the ball like that my whole life. I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.’'

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April 18, 2017

Marker Bills bring in Chad Kelly for pre-draft visit [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly recently underwent surgery to repair an acute rupture of a ligament between two bones in his right (throwing) wrist, USA Today reported. He is expected to be unable to throw for three months.'

Marker Bills host Temple QB Walker for pre-draft visit [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 49 career games for the Owls, Walker has completed 830 of 1,458 passes for 10,688 yards and 74 touchdowns, with 44 interceptions. His passer rating was 129.1.'

Marker Bucky Gleason's Power Take: Bills' other needs shouldn't hinder search for QB [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Does that mean they should target a QB in the first round? No. It means they shouldn’t suspend their search for one in any round. Taylor could be gone a year from now. Teams win consistently because they unload and reload better than others. The Bills first need to load, particularly at QB.'

Marker Tim Graham's Power Take: Bills legends warm to new coach, not so much to incumbent GM [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whether being paid to be ambassadors and speak well of the club or not, their unfiltered views have an impact in the Bills community. Their first impression of McDermott is the polar opposite of what some think of Whaley.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: No need to compound risk with Watkins [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDermott also knows that Watkins is under contract for the 2017 season, which provides another year of gauging whether he finally has fully recovered from the foot problem that dates to last offseason. It offers ample time to see whether he can, in fact, remain healthy for an entire season while also figuring out if their woeful passing game makes the sort of strides that would inspire greater investment at receiver or quarterback, for that matter.'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Scouts love the body control Humphrey shows, beginning with the ability to quickly get out of his backpedal and effortlessly turn and run with receivers. He's able to play man or zone equally well, has great explosiveness and closing speed, and terrific ball skills. Humphrey first put himself on the athletic map by winning the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles at the 2013 World Youth Track & Field Trials.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Buffalo Bills 'very serious' about drafting QB at 10 (report) [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"What Cleveland's going to have to do now if they want Mitch Trubisky, I think they're going to have to hop over Buffalo," Breer said. "If Tyrod (Taylor) proves to be the long term answer there, you've got a great commodity sitting on your bench. It's like the Ron Wolf theory - when the (Packers) had Brett Favre, they kept drafting QBs - they'd draft one every year - Matt Hasslebeck, Aaron Brooks, Mark Brunell, Ty Detmer - they flipped all those guys for draft picks.'

Marker USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster not a fan of Buffalo Bills' winter weather [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As it turns out, Smith-Schuster has thought about playing for the Bills. The receiver started a Madden franchise and went to Buffalo. He told Sport Illustrated's Lindsey Schnell that he likes Buffalo's jerseys, quarterback and wide receiver. Unfortunately, Smith-Schuster was not a fan of Buffalo's weather. He eventually demanded a release from Buffalo due to the conditions.'

Marker 2017 NFL Draft: Could the Buffalo Bills trade up for UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky? [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Let's talk through this. A billionaire businessman does not spend his weekends or free time traveling to college campuses to meet with 20 and 21 year olds for fun. This is for business and goes beyond being thorough. The Bills are taking the blueprint the Eagles laid out last year when trading up for a quarterback."'

Marker Buffalo Bills named best fit for UNC quarterback Mitchell Trubisky by MMQB [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"With Trubisky, the system will be especially crucial," said Benoit. "He is a better out-of-pocket talent than Cousins, but he still must be an offense's cog instead of its fulcrum. The complicating factor is that Trubisky is utterly inexperienced playing from under center; every snap he took at North Carolina was from shotgun. In today's NFL, about 60 percent of snaps are from shotgun. But teams whose systems tend to incorporate a quarterback rather than feature one do so by building their passing game off their running game. Which means their quarterback must play from under center."'

Marker Rumor Mill: Bills have 'strong interest' in Trubisky [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Trubisky has only started 1 year at North Carolina, so the sample size is small making him a risky pick so early. He also, does not have great awareness in the pocket or consistency throwing deep. However, physically and athletically he has the tools needed to be a quality NFL starting quarterback.'

Marker Why I don't buy the ‘Bills QB at 10' hype [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Lastly, think about the information going out there… and why it’s going out there. Why would McDermott, who is running the show over in Orchard Park, suddenly soften his stance on information getting out there about his team, albeit two weeks before the most important event of their offseason? And when it comes to the most important position in the sport?'

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