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Buffalo Bills News - February 16, 2017

Marker NFL's Gregg Rosenthal believes Buffalo Bills could release RB LeSean McCoy [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The Bills have a number of high-priced players who may no longer work with the new coaching staff. Tight end Charles Clay is paid like a superstar for role-player production, although his contract makes him difficult to cut. Defensive end Jerry Hughes and defensive tackle Kyle Williams are also questionable fits with new coach Sean McDermott. GM Doug Whaley may be loath to blow this team up because of the dead money involved, but there's a case to be made to start clearing the decks."'

Marker 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Why Mel Kiper Jr. picked Deshaun Watson for Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"This is obviously based on the idea that Tyrod Taylor would be playing somewhere else. We'll be able to say that definitively, one way or the other, in March. If there's a big question here, it's whether Watson is any more ready to start in year one than a quarterback who's currently on the roster. I think the Bills will go a different direction if they're able to bring in a veteran QB in March."'

Marker NFL free agency 2017: 5 quarterbacks Buffalo Bills could target [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ryan Fitzpatrick has a history with Bills and an affinity for the Buffalo area. If he would come at a reasonable price and with a willingness to accept a backup role, Fitzpatrick could be a fit with the Bills.'

Marker In or out? Upcoming Buffalo Bills free agents on offense [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Starting with the offensive side of the ball, here’s what the Bills should consider in regard to their upcoming free agents...'.

Marker If LeSean McCoy is cut by Bills, could he return to Eagles? [1:52 AM]
South Jersey Times reports: 'The Eagles need a running back if they say goodbye to Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. Even if Sproles is back, the Eagles can't use him as their feature back. Second-year player Wendell Smallwood doesn't appear ready to become the top back.'

Marker Bills UFAs - Linebackers [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Let’s face it. If Alexander had been signed for the vet minimum by the Patriots then had the season he did, he’d be the poster child as another example of how they’re the greatest ever at finding talent at cheap rates.'

Marker Bills spend Valentine’s Day visiting local heroes [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think it’s a great day for us to come in and show our appreciation and spread love to the guys that make things possible,” said Kouandjio. “It’s important for everybody to come out and support our warriors. We all understand that our freedom isn’t free.”'

Marker Bills Today: Bounce back year predicted for Bills in 2017 [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Much like the Chargers, the injury bug got Buffalo early on this season,” Danny Kelly wrote. “Their top pick in last year’s draft, defensive end Shaq Lawson, missed the first six games recovering from offseason shoulder surgery; and their second-round pick, projected starting inside linebacker Reggie Ragland, tore his ACL in training camp. Dealing with complications from offseason foot surgery, Sammy Watkins spent half of the season on the injured reserve, and in the eight games he did play, he was a shadow of himself. To top it all off, the Bills lost Pro Bowl center Eric Wood to a broken leg in Week 9.”'

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February 15, 2017

Marker Bills’ future still hinges on decision with Taylor [8:24 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If Taylor is waived, it means a full-scale rebuild is in the offing, and this team will get worse before it even starts to improve. Small wonder there was no raise in season ticket prices.'

Marker Bills next-to-last in ESPN's NFL continuity ranking [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Not surprisingly, the Patriots are first on the list. The Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, and Minnesota Vikings round out the top 10.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Do what the Pats would do and let Gilmore walk [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'New England paid the four members of its starting secondary, one of the best in the NFL, a combined $10.6 million last season. That's a shade less than the $11 million that Stephon Gilmore commanded in the final year of his original contract.'

Marker Life of Thurman Thomas will be told on stage [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Road Less Traveled Productions has been interviewing Thomas in depth in order to create a multi-faceted view of the man. It describes the production, which is still being developed, as "full of comedy, music, romance and NFL triumph."'

Marker Agent of Lorenzo Alexander expects Bills OLB to make $5 to $10 million per year [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Schaffer told CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora that he expects Alexander to make between $5-$10 million per year on a short-term deal.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills OC Greg Roman: Who wins big with 'ground and pound?' [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I wouldn't try to pigeonhole us just yet that we're going to try to be ground and pound," Roman said, via the Ravens' website. "Who really wins big doing that? I think you have to have balance. But that doesn't mean we're not going to make people respect us in that phase of the game."'

Marker Bills UFAs - OL/DL [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bryant made roughly $1.7 million last season after being kept as a Restricted Free Agent. A 2-3 year deal starting at $2 million/year and bumping up slightly each year could work for both sides.'

Marker Staying or Going? Bills CB Stephon Gilmore [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Normally, the decision to keep Gilmore around wouldn't be that much to think about, but given the Bills' poor management of the salary cap over the last few years, it doesn't lend itself to keeping both... unless a lot of restructuring and/or the cutting of unexpected players with a high cap number, gets them some more room under the cap.'

Marker 6 potential free agent fits for the Bills [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Cooper was Kansas City’s rookie of the year in 2013 when he made four interceptions, but was squeezed out of their rotation. The fourth-year pro made the most of his opportunity in Arizona as he led the team pass breakups (11) and interceptions (4) despite being a frequent target with Peterson on the other side. Cooper also finished fourth on the team in tackles.'

Marker Bills Today: PFF explains McCoy snub [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“McCoy was kept in to block 92 times this season, and earned a pass-blocking grade of 37.1 — the worst mark of any running back in the NFL. On those 92 snaps, he allowed 13 total QB pressures,” Monson wrote. “McCoy was certainly in the conversation in the latter stages of the list, and would be among the next few names to go on it, but was ultimately kept off by his blocking performance.”'

February 14, 2017

Marker Bills look to have plenty of opportunity to clear cap space [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus sits at the top of the payroll, one spot above Taylor, with a $16.4-million cap number. Given his less-than-stellar production the past two seasons, and off-field conduct/injuries that resulted him missing more than half of the 2016 campaign, Dareus is one player whose deal would figure to offer ample opportunity for restructuring.'

Marker Buffalo Bills LeSean McCoy calls out PFF 'nerds' who left him off top players list [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'McCoy has a right to be angry about not being recognized as one of the league's best players, but calling the graders "nerds" won't help his cause.'

Marker 2017 NFL Draft: Here are the last 10 players picked in Buffalo Bills' No. 10 spot [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Here's a look at the last 10 drafts to get an idea for the type of player the Bills could land and the standard they have to live up to.'

Marker Why Lorenzo Alexander is the NFL's most intriguing free agent in a lousy market [1:56 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Of course, finding a comparable player -- to have this kind of signature pass rush season at this stage of his career -- isn't particularly easy. Alexander's agent, Peter Schaffer, surmised his client will land "between $5 million and $10 million per year" on a short-term free agent deal, understanding this is a unique case which explains that wide range.'

Marker Bills UFAs - Offensive skill positions [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Make Woods an offer of $5-6 million per year knowing full well he will most likely get much more elsewhere. Then don't match.'

Marker Catching up with Kelly [1:54 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'These days Kelly is busier than ever. He is deeply involved in his charitable foundations, he travels the country as a motivational speaker and has his own company handling his appearances and other ventures.'

Marker Bills Today: QB coach Culley a solid teacher [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think you don’t have to play the position to be a good coach at it, but when you played the position, you get a lot more respect a lot quicker from your players,” Mitchell said. “And when you get that respect a lot quicker, you can get past a lot of the silly things early.".

February 13, 2017

Marker McDermott faces a familiar situation with Gilmore [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A year ago, when he was defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, his top cornerback, Josh Norman, was about to enter free agency. Now, as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, his current top cornerback, Stephon Gilmore, is also about to become a free agent.'

Marker Pro Football Focus explains why Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy missed top 101 list [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"McCoy was kept in to block 92 times this season, and earned a pass-blocking grade of 37.1 -- the worst mark of any running back in the NFL. On those 92 snaps, he allowed 13 total QB pressures. McCoy was certainly in the conversation in the latter stages of the list, and would be among the next few names to go on it, but was ultimately kept off by his blocking performance."'

February 12, 2017

Marker Sports Illustrated: Tyrod Taylor 'not the solution' for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Until this team finds its quarterback, management will keep making shortsighted head-coaching hires every two or three years. Tyrod Taylor is not the solution," Benoit writes. "He's mobile — and that's it. He doesn't have the anticipatory instincts or accuracy to compensate for mediocre throwing velocity. Taylor's also not comfortable in the pocket, which leads to his breaking down before the pressure even arrives and renders him unable to see open receivers. If the Bills wind up riding Taylor one more year — unlikely, given they'd save $13 million in cap space by cutting him — then he'll need weapons. Every receiver except Sammy Watkins is now a free agent."'

Marker LeSean McCoy not among PFF's top 101 graded NFL players [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He had without a doubt an excellent season, but fell short of the 101 list by a narrow margin," PFF's Sam Monson wrote in an article explaining 10 notable snubs. "The single biggest thing that kept McCoy out was his performance as a blocker. This may seem like an insignificant thing for a running back, but in today’s league, backs need to be able to pass block, or their quarterbacks are in trouble. That’s why rookie runners often don’t see the field in passing situations, and it’s why complete backs are still such a valuable commodity — they can be trusted to keep their QBs upright.'

Marker No Bills stadium discussions occurring, Zemsky says [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"A lot of work and money have been invested in the stadium in recent years," said Zemsky, a Buffalo resident who also heads Empire State Development, the state's development arm. " I think there would be a partnership if there ever were a new stadium led by the team, the state and the county. "That isn't an item of keen conversation this year.'

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