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Buffalo Bills News - March 22, 2017

Marker Ryan Groy ready to tackle whatever Bills throw at him [8:47 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m super excited to be back. My wife and I love Buffalo,” Groy said during a conference call with the Western New York media this week. “People have always been super welcoming, reminds us a lot of back home in Wisconsin, midwestern people.”'

Marker Mock Draft Roundup III: A look at who's being projected to the Bills [8:47 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here is our second mock draft roundup of 2017...'.

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Power Take: Zach's stats don't move the market [8:46 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Brown was second in the NFL with 149 tackles. He was a nice pickup for Doug Whaley at $1.25 million. But defensive stats can be misleading. They don't tell you how many tackles he missed. The Bills' defensive record against potent offenses tells you why he wasn't rated higher among free agents.'

Marker Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: A TE at 10? A Fitz Reunion? What's left of the free agents [8:45 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While Howard's athleticism gives talent evaluators hope that he can be used as a receiver, that's still a projection because of how much time he spent blocking at Alabama. While he's an excellent prospect, Howard makes more sense for a team that utilizes the tight end more and hasn't already committed such a big salary to a player at the position, like the Bills have done with Clay.'

Marker New Buffalo Bills receiver Andre Holmes early favorite to start [8:41 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It was a great opportunity to come to Buffalo and compete, the opportunity to compete to make a big impact on a team that is definitely on its way up,” Holmes said the other day after signing a three-year, $6.5 million contract. “Especially with the new coaching staff and everything and then also the security of having a long-term deal, helps out with that, too. That is kind of where my mindset was at as far as agreeing to terms with Buffalo. I can help the team a little bit more than maybe I had in the past two years. Every player feels that way and I’m no different.”'

Marker 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper Jr. gives Buffalo Bills top-ranked receiver [8:38 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"After losing Robert Woods to the Rams in free agency, the Bills have a clear need at receiver. And if Williams falls to No. 10, Buffalo would be getting a guy with a much higher ceiling than Woods, not to mention another Clemson wideout to go alongside Sammy Watkins. Williams' pro day moved him back to being my top-ranked receiver. His 40-yard dash was the question, and he ran right around 4.50, which is what he needed. Production wasn't the issue -- Williams (6-4, 218) had 98 catches for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns. Quarterback could still be in play here, too, with the Bills committing to Tyrod Taylor with limited guaranteed money."'

Marker NFL Mock Draft No. 2 (3/22/17) [8:29 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: '10) **TRADE (from BUF) - RB Leonard Fournette, LSU.'

Marker Bills want tax break on new practice field [8:28 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Taxes on the property are $1,600 per year.'

Marker Bills pool table fetches $8K at auction [8:27 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The name of the buyer is not being released, but TMZ says they are a "huge Bills fan" from New York City.'

Marker Bills Today: Zach Brown visiting Bills [8:23 PM] reports: 'Bills linebacker Zach Brown has met with the Raiders and Dolphins on free agent visits over the past week. Today he’s meeting with the team he played for last season. has confirmed that Brown is in town and meeting with Buffalo’s new coaching staff.'

Marker After false start, Andre Holmes embracing opportunity with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Whether it was paperwork, or mishandled paperwork, I'm not really sure," Holmes said. "I'll just kind of leave that to the NFLPA" to explain "what exactly happened. As far as my side, I just saw that there was a report that I signed and I just wanted to put out there nothing had happened yet, because my phone was ringing and that kind of stuff.'

Marker Zach Brown changes agents, is scheduled to visit Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's unusual to see a player "visit" his former team in free agency, although it makes a little more sense in this case since the Bills have a new coaching staff under Sean McDermott.'

Marker Should Erie County own a Buffalo Bills practice field? [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You're taking three acres of property off the tax rolls and giving the Buffalo Bills another tax break," said Legislature Majority Leader Joseph C. Lorigo, C-West Seneca. "The point isn't the dollar amount. It's the principle. We shouldn't be giving additional tax breaks to NFL teams."'

Marker Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: WR at No. 10, Groy a RT option, plenty of roster spots open [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Given the state of free agency, the draft is the best avenue left for the Bills to find that player. It's a toss up between wide receiver and cornerback as to which position is the biggest remaining area of need on the roster, but given the perceived depth of the defensive backs in this year's class, I'd lean toward making wide receiver the choice at 10th overall. In fact, I don't think it can afford to be anything else. Teams always say they want the "best player available" and don't draft for need, but I've never bought into that.'

Marker Buffalo Bills named AFC East's 'top contender' to make a run in 2017 by [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Before Dolphins fans go nuts, it was close," Schein said. "And it's March. And I still wanna see Ryan Tannehill take the next step. But I love that Buffalo retained Tyrod Taylor. He's a good quarterback who will get even better now that he's no longer a pawn in a corrosive game between the coach, GM and owner. New head coach Sean McDermott is a gem, a buttoned-up guy who's a true workaholic. He's just the kind of guy this organization needed: the antithesis of Rex Ryan. The defense will take a major step forward. And the penalties will go down."'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Andre Holmes explains NFLPA confusion during free agency [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Yeah it was pretty crazy," Holmes said. "All of sudden my phone, I was getting a lot of text messages and then my twitter was going crazy. It was weird I was just kind of sitting down watching The Office and not understanding what was going on, because I didn't any pen to paper or anything. It was pretty crazy, you know it was pretty hectic."'

Marker Ryan Groy willing to play tackle given uncertain role with Buffalo Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"You know I really don't know my role right now," Groy said Monday. "Obviously last year was fill in wherever I was needed, maybe blocking tight end, or do this or that. I am not really sure, I haven't talked to the coaches enough to understand to know where I am going to be at. Obviously they have something in mind, I just don't know what that. I am going to do whatever they want me to, whatever I can do to help this team." '

Marker EJ Manuel says Buffalo Bills never allowed him 'opportunity' to grow [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It was very surprising," Manuel said. "You know, obviously being 2-2 and after losing to Houston, coach Marrone made the change and it was something I never dealt with as a competitor, as an athlete. So, it was definitely one of those things that I had to humble myself and understand that this could happen to anybody, you know what I mean?'

Marker Bills’ new WR Holmes discusses signing mishap [1:51 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“Basically from my perspective I know my agent was kind of discussing some terms with the Bills personnel, nothing finalized or anything just kind of negotiating,” Holmes said. “The way it works is the agent is supposed to send any type of proposal to the NFLPA and somehow, somewhere in there I don’t know exactly how it came out someone thought that I had signed.'

Marker Former Bills QB EJ Manuel: Buffalo didn’t give enough opportunity [1:50 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“Sometimes young guys continue to get a chance to grow and fight through those growing pains and I just wasn't afforded that opportunity. I just kind of had to roll with it, and just keep rolling,” Manuel said.'

Marker LB Zach Brown to visit with Bills [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Brown, 27, led the Bills last season with 149 combined tackles, and finished with the second most tackles in the league. Brown also finished the season with four sacks, four passes defended, an interception and an invitation to his first career Pro Bowl.'

Marker A reunion in the works? Bills having LB Zach Brown in for a visit [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'According to a league source, Brown will visit with the Bills on Wednesday, and it comes after the linebacker fired his prior agency representation.'

Marker Bills Today: Tate feels great to be back with the Bills [1:47 AM] reports: '“Oh man it is a blessing to be where I am at,” said Tate. “Just hard work, dedication and one day at a time. Tradition man I am going to try get a couple touchdowns out there for the Bills fans and give them something to cheer about.”'

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Marker Bills bring back wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Tate [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's a blessing to be where I am, but it's not where I want to be," he said. "I'm going to try to get a couple touchdowns on there for the Bills fans, and give them something to cheer about."'

Marker Linebacker updates: Keenan Robinson visits Bills; Zach Brown visits Dolphins [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Robinson, 27, played in all 16 games last season fro the New York Giants, making six starts. He finished with 83 tackles and seven passes defensed. Robinson's specialty is in pass coverage. The analytics website Pro Football Focus gave him a 76.5 coverage grade, which ranked 33rd among all linebackers. His run-coverage grade, however, was just 38.0, which dropped his overall grade to 43.4, which ranked 78th among all linebackers.'

Marker EJ Manuel signs with Raiders; Bills have nothing* left to show from '13 draft [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If there is a saving grace for the 2013 class, it's that Alonso turned into running back LeSean McCoy. The Bills traded the linebacker to Philadelphia before the 2015 season, and McCoy has been Buffalo's best offensive player the past two years, racking up 2,162 rushing yards, 82 catches for 648 receiving yards and 19 total touchdowns over the past two years. That explains the asterisk when saying the 2013 class has nothing left to show for it.'

Marker Bucky Gleason's Power Take: VCU hoops star belongs on Bills' radar [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This dude is a beast with all the qualities you see in NFL tight ends: agility, speed, great hands, leaping ability and a very strong base. Given his size and athleticism, he would be a mismatch for most linebackers and defensive backs.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills LB Zach Brown begins visit with Miami Dolphins [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Brown joined the Bills in 2016 on a one-year, $1.25 million contract. He was originally signed as depth by the team, but moved into the starting lineup after 2016 second round pick Reggie Ragland tore his ACL.'

Marker Buffalo Bills host linebacker Keenan Robinson on free agent visit (report) [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Robinson appeared in 16 games with the Giants and recorded six starts. In New York, Robinson was primarily used as a nickel linebacker. In addition to recording 83 tackles, Robinson also had seven passes defensed with the Giants.'

Marker Buffalo Bills re-sign wide receiver Brandon Tate [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In his first season with the Bills, Tate served as Buffalo's primary return man. Tate recorded 662 yards on 29 kick returns, a 22.8 yard per kick return average, with the Bills last season. His longest return went for 45 yards. He also had 26 punt returns that went for 301 yards. His punt return average of 11.6 yards was second in the AFC according to the team.'

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