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Buffalo Bills News - August 12, 2017

Marker Blockbusters: Bills trade Watkins, Darby in separate deals [1:09 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills now have two picks in the first, second, and third rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.'

Marker Bills' Beane said both trades came together Thursday night [1:08 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Beane was asked if he still would’ve made one trade had the other fallen through. He said, “It’s hard to say if I wouldn’t have, but with both getting similar traction the last couple of days and once I saw both of them as far down the road as they were getting, I kind of said I want to do them together if I can. If somebody had backed out, I don’t know.”'

Marker McDermott: "Getting the players we were able to get back is important." [1:07 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"The timing is never what you want it to be, but if we wanted to do this it had to be done sooner rather than later."'

Marker Bills trade WR Sammy Watkins to Rams, CB Ronald Darby to Eagles [1:06 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'According to WKBW Sports Director Joe Buscaglia, both Matthews and Gaines have cap hits under $2 million, and both their contracts expire after this year.'

Marker Watkins deal stuns the masses, but it's clear now, the Buffalo Bills are all in on the future [1:05 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills gave us a little hint of what could have been on the horizon with the Watkins and the Darby trades with what they did on draft day by acquiring an additional first round selection for 2018 — perhaps as future ammo — to what their true intentions really were. And with Taylor essentially being on a one-year prove it deal, while both Wood and Kyle Williams are on the final year of their contract, the complete overhaul into the future is also knocking on the door.'

Marker Bills trade Watkins to Rams for CB Gaines & 2nd round pick [1:04 AM] reports: 'Parting with Watkins was certainly a surprise, but the current front office did not draft the Clemson product and clearly has a different direction charted for the team’s receiving corps. Watkins appeared in 37 games for the Bills posting 153 catches, almost 2,500 yards and 17 touchdowns. Injuries have kept him out of 11 of the team’s last 32 games.'

Marker Bills acquire WR Jordan Matthews & 3rd-round pick from Eagles for Darby [1:03 AM] reports: 'Darby, a former second-round pick of the Bills, had two solid seasons for Buffalo, but was seen as an ideal match for a man-cover scheme. With the Bills shifting to more of a zone coverage scheme defensively, Darby’s on field value for Buffalo may not have been as high as it might be for other NFL clubs.'

Marker Short and long term benefits of trades led Bills to pull the trigger [1:02 AM] reports: '“We were not actively shopping either of these guys,” Beane said. “We’re not actively shopping anybody, but L.A. became very serious about Sammy and Philadelphia got very serious about Ronald and the timing worked out. As I realized the timing worked out I was able to acquire Jordan (Matthews) to help fill in for Sammy and add E.J. Gaines to help fill in for Ronald.”'

Marker How WR Jordan Matthews and CB E.J. Gaines fit the Bills roster plans for 2017 [1:01 AM] reports: 'The Eagles were desperate for help at cornerback which made them pull the trigger. And Roseman admitted he was concerned about the Eagles ability to re-sign Matthews after 2017 as he could become a free agent next spring.'

Marker Bills trades leaves club loaded for 2018 NFL draft [1:00 AM] reports: 'The Bills now have a pair of first, second and third-round picks in the 2018 draft. They have Kansas City’s first-round pick next spring in addition to their own. They have the Rams second-round pick and the Eagles third-round pick in addition to their own choices in those respective rounds.'

Marker What they're saying: Bills players react to recent trades [12:59 AM] reports: 'Well, I guess the good thing about it is [they get" target="_blank"> here with three games to play. Learn the offense and get some real, live snaps with the quarterbacks in a live game. I think that helps them out.'

Marker Bills Today: Peterman impresses in debut [12:58 AM] reports: '“It was fun to just get out there and play again,” said Peterman. “It’s been a few months since I’ve seen live action. So, it was good to get out there and play a game I love.”'

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Marker 'We beat ourselves numerous times tonight': Bills open preseason with loss [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"In addition to that, I thought there were a lot of good things on the football field, a lot of good moments. That said, good teams don't beat themselves and we beat ourselves numerous times tonight, and we've got to get that corrected in order to go where we want to go."'

Marker Bills fans should hope all those penalties aren't a red flag for team trying to change its imag [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo committed 13 penalties, with 10 marched off for 106 yards. Two were declined, and another was offset by a Vikings flag.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: A new, improved Tyrod Taylor? I wouldn't bet on it. [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I happen to share that dubious perception, which won't come as any surprise. It starts with quarterback Tyrod Taylor, whom I dismissed long ago as the sort of passer who could not carry an NFL team to the promised land, or anywhere close.'

Marker Insta-Graham: Jonathan Williams shines in Bills' preseason opener [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In that case, the two Bills who stood out against the Minnesota Vikings at New Era Field were running back Jonathan Williams and defensive end Eddie Yarbrough.'

Marker Jay Skurski's Hot Read: Jonathan Williams gives the Bills a good sign Thursday [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the most simple terms, the Bills need Williams to be good this year. When Mike Gillislee signed with New England, the Bills lost a capable, trusted backup. Williams was one of the biggest unknowns coming into training camp. He was barely used as a rookie, and struggled with fumbles when he was called on.'

Marker Bills Notebook: Team plays it safe with Cordy Glenn and Shaq Lawson, Reggie Wayne likes what Anquan [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Now they've got a veteran presence in that receiving room who can help a Sammy Watkins and get him on track," said Wayne, the former Indianapolis Colts' great turned NFL Network analyst. "At the same time, he's going to be one of those guys who can come in on third down, make a tight catch, keep the chains moving. He's not going to be a guy who's going to take the top off the secondary. But he's going to be a guy who can work the inside ... work in between the hash and the numbers. Just his presence on that team, he can kind of lead the way, show these young players how to be a true professional."'

Marker Bills Notebook: Jonathan Williams steps in for LeSean McCoy; linebacker competition heating up [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Just a few minutes later, though, Williams had good news – saying his injury was "not bad at all" and that he "could have kept playing if they needed me to." As it turns out, there was no need for Williams to get back in the lineup. This was the first exhibition game of the season, after all, and the end result – a 17-10 win for the Vikings in front of 60,459 at New Era Field – wasn't all that important.'

Marker Reggie Wayne sees Anquan Boldin as an ideal leader for Bills' young receivers [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I like the signing. I think he can go in and contribute," Wayne said. "I don't see him having an 80-catch year. But if he can get somewhere in the 30s to 50 catches on the year, I think that will be real productive for him."'

Marker Cameron Rehkow, younger brother of Bills rookie Austin who's battling leukemia, attends preseas [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The youngest of four Rehkow boys was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April 2016. Cameron was supposed to attend Austin's Senior Night last December, but an unexpected sickness prevented him from doing so. With Cameron on FaceTime during the Senior Night ceremonies, Austin told his younger brother he'd get to see him play again, not knowing if he'd be able to fulfill his promise.'

Marker Better days ahead? Bills' under-25 talent ranked highly by ESPN [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The Bills have a few under-25 starters in significant roles this season," wrote Scott Kacsmar. "Sammy Watkins is the team's leading receiver and a quality playmaker when he's healthy, though his presence here matters less for his team than most of these young players because the Bills did not pick up his fifth-year option. Cornerback Ronald Darby charted much better in 2015 than he did last year, but he's starter material. Kevon Seymour charted well in limited opportunities as a sixth-round pick last year and should compete for the nickel corner job, vacated by Nickell Robey-Coelman. Right guard John Miller is important to Buffalo's run-heavy offense, and he finished second at his position in snaps per blown block. Linebacker Preston Brown struggles to stop the run, but has a surprising knack for big plays and led the NFL with 31 defeats in 2016."'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts: Looking for organization, Sammy/Anquan sizzle & Eddie' [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'First preseason games present their own sets of challenges. By nature, they're sloppy, with an over-inflated roster loaded with players who not only won't be playing with the Bills, but nowhere else in the NFL after their release. So if the more disciplined and highly structured approach of the new coach is able to show up Thursday night, that will be a reasonably strong sign that the Bills will operate with with a level of efficiency that they didn't have in enough of their games last season. Especially on defense.'

Marker Even for expats, the Bills are as much a way of life as a sport [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The crowds at the stadium whenever the Bills won just rocks your soul," said the Buffalo native. "No place like home."'

Marker The usual follies dominated the preseason opener as Bills lose 17-10 to Vikings [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It continues to boggle the mind that the NFL gets away with charging regular-season prices for these games, but it’s the NFL, and it can do anything it wants because the American sports fan can’t get enough of its sport.'

Marker Pollock: Score not the only gauge for Bills, McDermott in preseason opener [1:46 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We’ve got a long list of things to improve on and that starts with me. There’s a lot to learn from. Good coaches … good teams make the jump (to improve) from Game 1 to Game 2.”'

Marker Tyrod Taylor targets Sammy Watkins early, often in Buffalo Bills' preseason opener [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It felt great," Watkins said after the game. "Just to be getting hit. That was the best feeling to get back on the field. I think that's all it took was getting tackled, a couple of balls. The first game is like flying bullets out there. I just had to get acclimated."'

Marker Bills vs. Vikings: Sammy Watkins, Jonathan Williams shine (11 observations from preseason opener) [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Tyrod Taylor got three series with the first-team offense before the Bills’ pulled the starters out of the game. He briefly got checked by trainers after taking a sack but didn’t miss a play. The Bills mustered only three points on those three drives, but Taylor had some positive moments. He finished 5-for-8 passing for 46 yards and escaped a sack for a gain of two yards. The most encouraging sign from Taylor was how often he was looking Sammy Watkins’ way.'

Marker 10 Buffalo Bills who helped or hurt their causes against the Minnesota Vikings [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Eddie Yarbrough started in place of Shaq Lawson on Thursday night and the defensive end continued his strong play. Yarbrough finished the game with three total tackles, one sack and one near-sack during his time on the field. It seems that the defensive end is well on his way to making the Bills' 53-man roster.'

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