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Buffalo Bills News - February 14, 2017

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] 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.".

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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.'

Marker Lease adjusted for new Buffalo Bills practice field [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills will deed the land to Erie County, which owns New Era Field.'

Marker Herm Edwards believes Buffalo Bills are a good fit for Cowboys QB Tony Romo [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's real simple," Edwards said. "(Jerry Jones) mentioned it. He said this Dallas Cowboy team is built for Tony Romo. Well if it's built for Tony Romo a couple of things come into mind. What team is similar to this that needs help? Buffalo Bills."'

February 11, 2017

Marker Bills' quarterback options beyond Taylor look slim [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The bottom line is that the Bills are likely to think longer and harder than a lot of people suspect before deciding if it makes sense to say goodbye to Taylor.'

Marker Sully's Mailbag: Bottoming out is best for the Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They should bottom out. They're bound to get worse before they get better with this roster, so they'll be spinning their wheels if Doug Whaley makes more desperate short-term moves in his latest attempt to "win now" and justify his dubious run.'

Marker Rival GM expects Buffalo Bills to draft QB in first two rounds, says Matt Miller [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If Taylor departs, Buffalo could opt to add a veteran to compete against Cardale Jones or select a quarterback in the 2017 NFL draft. One rival GM believes that Buffalo will not only opt to draft a quarterback, but they expect the Bills to add a QB in the first two rounds of the draft.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor unwilling to agree to restructured contract (report) [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Based on everything I've been told, Taylor is unwilling to agree to a restructured contract that would reduce his pay," said Carucci. "He and his agent, Adisa Bakari, are firmly convinced they would receive every bit as much as the Bills would have to pay in accordance with the extension -- if not more -- in the open market."'

Marker Richie Incognito only Buffalo Bills player on PFF's top 101 players of 2016 [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"In 2015, Richie Incognito's return to the game saw him post the best season of his career, and while he didn't quite match it in 2016, he did back it up with another excellent season, and was a clear top-10 guard in the NFL. Incognito was a key part of the Buffalo running game, which was one of the best in the league, buoyed by QB Tyrod Taylor's ability to make plays with his legs. Incognito also allowed 23 total QB pressures all season."'

Marker Buffalo Bills ranked as 7th most attractive team in the NFL according to Fanatics [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Fanatics surveyed 400 people to rank players' headshots on a scale of 1-10. No information on the player was given with the headshot.'

Marker Bills Today: QB Mahomes the best fit? [1:53 AM] reports: ' draft analyst Chad Reuter believes the best fit for Buffalo’s new offensive system under OC Rick Dennison is Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes.'

February 10, 2017

Marker Sean McDermott's first coaching staff is set [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The team announced the following hires Thursday, thus completing the staff of Sean McDermott: Chad Hall (offensive assistant), Jim Salgado (defensive assistant). Additionally, Matt Worswick and Laura Young were named assistants to the head coach.'

Marker Bills' chances of landing Tony Romo deemed 'long shot' -- but are they? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On the flip side, under the "why this couldn't" work, it says "with the Bills likely to part ways with the quarterback who elevated the offense, ranking ninth in Total QBR in 2016 and seventh in 2015, it's hard to imagine they would then go for Romo: an older quarterback with a history of injuries who hasn't played a full season since 2014."'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Mailbag: With Taylor, it's an either-or proposition [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's fair to say that, with no clear-cut better alternative at quarterback, Taylor does give the Bills their best immediate chance to be a playoff contender.'

Marker Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: Why would Tyrod restructure? Trade up, again? A link to a WR? [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If Taylor hits the open market, he will have suitors. As pointed out Wednesday, Pro Football Focus recently ranked Taylor as the top available quarterback on the open market (provided, of course, he gets there), ahead of Dallas' Tony Romo and New England's Jimmy Garoppolo.'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Kolby Listenbee ready for 'clean slate' after lost rookie season [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"For sure," Listenbee said. "I feel like I bring a lot of things to the field and to the team also. I jsut know I just have to work on small things like route running. Well that's a really big thing, and just confidence. Just knowing the whole entire scheme so I can go out there and make plays."'

Marker Buffalo Bills receive 'D' grade for 2016 NFL draft class from [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"In many ways," Orr said, "the 2016 draft followed the Rex Ryan playbook closely: defense, defense, defense and a raw, athletic quarterback who entertained Ryan in the lead up to the draft (but one the Bills will never spend the time or effort to develop). In the nicest of possible ways, the Bills could earn a grade of incomplete for their 2016 picks because first-round pick Shaq Lawson made it fewer than 300 snaps with a lingering shoulder issue (he finished with two sacks in 10 games), while second-round pick Reggie Ragland partially tore his ACL and missed the entire season.'

Marker Friday Feels: Five thoughts on the Buffalo Bills [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The more the merrier is the way I roll when it comes to the NFL Draft. I’m also a fan of drafting quarterbacks. Trading back, grabbing a QB at some point and outside play makers for both sides of the ball would make me happy. But that’s in a perfect world, and the NFL Draft is rarely that.'

Marker Six quarterbacks who could start for the Buffalo Bills in 2017 [1:52 AM]
Sportsnet reports: 'Should they opt to take a pass on the 2017 QB draft class — or even draft a quarterback and set about bringing him along slowly — here are some veteran options Buffalo could turn to...'.

Marker Staying or Going? Bills OT Jordan Mills [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'I believe it's best for the Bills to move on from Mills as the starter at right tackle. If they'd like to bring him back to compete to be a depth player on the roster, that isn't out of the question.'

Marker Bills Today: Coaching staff is complete [1:50 AM] reports: 'The coaching staff numbers 26 in all counting the strength and conditioning staff. That’s about a half dozen fewer than the previous staff. Special teams coordinator Danny Crossman is the only coach retained from the previous coaching regime.'

February 9, 2017

Marker Bills' brass has met since last week to decide on Taylor's future [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In fact, there was a push for rookie quarterback Cardale Jones to supplant Taylor as the starter for the final three or four games of the season, even though the Bills had yet to be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn were said to have pushed back hard enough for Taylor to remain in the No. 1 role.'

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