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Buffalo Bills News - April 22, 2016

Marker Richie Incognito credits Wegmans for his return to Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While Incognito did not elaborate on what he loves about Wegmans -- and some fans gave him grief about the resign vs. re-sign distinction -- his fondness for the supermarket is shared by many.'

Marker When the focus is on football, McCoy can still be dangerous [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But in-between a September hamstring injury and December knee injury that landed him on injured reserve, “Shady” was explosive as any running back in the NFL. He still turned 5-yard losses into 5-yard gains, still possessed a second gear to waste defensive backs at the second level, still was a rare weapon Greg Roman can build a game plan around.'

Marker Bills GM Doug Whaley must keep draft picks [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Whaley can play the game and posture all he wants, and he can create enough smokescreens to get the attention of fire departments from Buffalo to Rochester. But the most prudent plan for the Bills would be to either stay put at No. 19 and pick one of several highly rated defensive linemen who will be available, or trade down and accrue more picks.'

Marker Where does Buffalo rank on Forbes' list of most miserable sports cities? [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'That alone helps makes Buffalo one of the most tortured sports fan bases in the country. The history of the two franchises only adds to their agony. So it's not a huge surprise Forbes named Buffalo the most miserable sports city in the country.'

Marker Every roster move the Bills make is rubber-stamped first by owers: GM [1:55 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“Not at all,” Whaley said. “So far they’ve had implicit trust in us, but we’ve got to still keep producing.”'

Marker Bills go on defensive for Rex Ryan's unit [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'Whaley called it "a very, very good possibility," the Bills will draft a quarterback, though he stressed Tyrod Taylor will be the team's starter entering this season. Taylor's future in Buffalo is uncertain beyond that because he has one year left on his contract.'

Marker Bills' Clay looks for improvement [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Clay joined Howard and Jeremy on Wednesday. Just as most of his teammates were, Clay is happy to be back to work after the team underachieved last year, “There’s no question, after last year’s season where we came in with such high expectations and obviously didn’t meet those goals, I feel like guys want to get back even sooner, so guys are excited.”'

Marker Starting role sits at linebacker for Zach Brown [1:52 AM] reports: '“To tell you the truth, I’m trying to be the best linebacker,” he said. “I’m tired of hearing about these other casting linebackers because now you’re going to hear about the Buffalo Bills and you’re going to be worrying about these linebackers. The D-line is great; the secondary is great. It’s going to be different, the linebackers are solid... I got a lot of goals and I set the bar high.”'

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April 21, 2016

Marker Whaley plays it close to the vest on Bills’ draft plans [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“With our history people in this draft and in the league know we’re open to doing anything,” he said.'

Marker Edge rusher: Why Boise State's Kamalei Correa makes sense for the Bills, Rex's defense [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills need a game-changer, a blood-thirsty pass rusher to zap life into an often-lethargic defense that finished with a franchise-low 21 sacks. And in a draft lacking such weapons — beyond Ohio State’s Joey Bosa, it’s a crapshoot — Correa may make the most sense. The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder racked up 19 sacks and four forced fumbles the last two seasons, lit up his Combine with a 4.69 in the 40, 34-inch vertical leap and scouts were impressed with his positional drills.'

Marker What They Said: Transcript of GM Doug Whaley & staff during Bills predraft luncheon [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'We still have, by sheer numbers, some holes we have to fill. Not only do we have the draft but after the draft there is going to be some other guys, some veteran guys that get let go. So you will have that opportunity to add then as well.'

Marker Whaley: Pegulas bring 'outside, fresh perspective' to Bills' draft [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Let’s put it this way, when they come in a meeting and we have a game plan together, saying this is how we’re going to attack this draft, and that’s when (Terry will) say, ‘Hey, have you thought about this?’” Whaley said during Wednesday’s Bills pre-draft media briefing. “And we like it because they haven’t been around football long enough to be tunnel-visioned like we are, and they bring an outside perspective. There’s been a couple times he’s mentioned stuff that we never talked about and we went, ‘That’s great.’'

Marker Yes, Bills GM Doug Whaley still plans on drafting a QB... but where? [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The good news is the Bills don't need to act out of desperation. Taylor wasn't the chief problem in 2016, throwing for 3,035 yards, rushing for 568 with 24 total touchdowns and a 99.4 passer rating through a Pro Bowl first season.'

Marker Three takeaways from the Bills' pre-draft press conference [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If you can get somebody to call up to 19, we'll definitely entertain it," he said. "To answer your question, yes there's depth and perceived depth in a lot of areas that we need sheer numbers. So that opens up the possibility and it's intriguing to us. To go up would probably be something really special, but again we've done it before. Most likely, with what we're doing, moving down would be a highly more intriguing situation than going up."'

Marker Report: Watkins joins Bills' offseason conditioning program [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sammy Watkins, whose absence from Monday's start of the Buffalo Bills' offseason voluntary conditioning program caused a bit of a stir (especially after he posted a photo on Facebook placing him at a casino), was at One Bills Drive Wednesday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.'

Marker Rex Ryan has simplified Buffalo Bills' defense, according to LB Preston Brown [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Guys are happy hearing that we don't have as many situations and checks on plays, so guys are excited that we're starting to compromise going into the season, just trying to make it simple and as fast as possible."'

Marker Doug Whaley weighs in on Cardale Jones, Reggie Ragland [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"His resume is short, you have to take that into consideration when you're making that decision," Whaley said. "All these picks are a leap of faith, and that's a greater leap of faith than a lot of other guys."'

Marker Doug Whaley: Teams have not called Buffalo Bills about trading for Tyrod Taylor [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Nope, my phone has not rung on Tyrod," Whaley said Wednesday.'

Marker Doug Whaley says Terry and Kim Pegula have final say on Bills' NFL Draft decisions [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's his team," Whaley said. "He can do whatever he wants. Absolutely."'

Marker Report: Sammy Watkins is back in Buffalo for Bills' voluntary workouts [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Watkins doesn't face any punishment for missing voluntary workouts and is not eligible for any workout bonuses, so his absence will go without consequence. The Bills, though, now have one of their best players back in the fold. After Watkins called into question the Bills' leadership late last season, his presence is important, particularly when the team is stressing its "All In" mantra for 2016.'

Marker Bills front office talks NFL Draft [1:47 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'I think the biggest traits that we look for are accuracy, decision making, and ability to make people around him play better, and to lead and have command. Not only of the offense, but of the huddle.'

Marker Whaley: Trading down ''highly more intriguing'' than moving up for Bills [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Everybody says defensive line, and it is (deep),” he said. “But we feel like every position, if you are good evaluators you are going to find a guy in any round. Quarterback gets labeled as a deep position, every team is going to be different. But we do think quarterback and D-line, we do think it is good for those this year.”'

Marker As Bills look to address front-7, Whaley emphasizes need for quick LBs [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“In all. Just look at football in all,” the GM explained. "Those old-school MIKE’s (middle LBs) that take on fullbacks and blow up guards, you’re not finding them in college, because colleges don’t don’t that. And it’s getting fewer and fewer teams here in the pros.”'

Marker Deciphering Doug's code: the 2016 draft luncheon [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills can talk about the best player available strategy, which to a certain point in later rounds is a good one to take. However, it’s a lot more complex than just taking the ‘best player on the board’ in the first round, because more often than not, the grades between prospects at different positions are so similar that you start to bring in other, more team and draft specific factors.'

Marker 5 ways the NFL draft can affect the Bills roster [1:43 AM] reports: 'Whaley didn’t rule out a possible trade, but called the draft the “leader in the clubhouse” in how the Bills will add a signal caller. He also reiterated that no matter what quarterback might be drafted that Tyrod Taylor is the team’s starting quarterback in 2016.'

Marker Drafting a QB likely for Bills, but when? [1:42 AM] reports: '“The reason teams move up for the quarterback position and make moves like this, you could call it desperation, is because that’s the only position really that you could make up for several other weaknesses on your roster, if you’re really good there,” said McShay. “With the salary cap where it is now, it’s very, very difficult to build a complete team on both sides of the ball and no position effects more positions and like I said overcome other weaknesses more so than the quarterbacks. You could understand why teams get desperate and do things like this. The odds don’t point in their favor though. We’ll see.'

April 20, 2016

Marker Incognito despite past, now trusted Bills player [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I found myself looking back on it (Monday) morning,” Incognito said of his 18-month exile from the league stemming from a 2013 bullying scandal with the Miami Dolphins. “I was really excited about getting into the building and being around the guys. Eighteen months ago, I didn’t have that. (For) 18 months, I was sitting on my couch and training on my own and to be back here, where I’m at now, it’s another milestone in this journey and another chapter that begins.'

Marker Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts: Legitimate interest in Lynch? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And the Bills haven't been shy about showing their love for the 6-foot-7, 244-pound Lynch, taking him to dinner before the Memphis Pro Day, which offensive coordinator Greg Roman and assistant coach Chris Palmer attended. "They appear legitimately interested," a source close to Lynch said Monday night. With a big arm and surprising athleticism for his size, there's a lot to like in this potential future franchise QB.'

Marker Bills release linebacker Tony Steward [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Steward's departure leaves the Bills with only three inside linebackers: returning starter Preston Brown, projected starter and recent free-agent signee Zach Brown, who coach Rex Ryan said is the other starter as of now. The third is Kevin Reddick.'

Marker 7 Buffalo Bills off-season workout takeaways [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We need to forget about anybody’s feelings," Watkins said then. "We need to call people out. If I’m doing something wrong, call me out. If the line is doing something wrong or messing up, call them out. If the defense is doing something wrong, the defensive line, the secondary, call it out. Because at the end of the day, we’re doing it to win, not to get on somebody and make them feel bad. We’re grown men. This is our job. We get paid millions and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Forget the money. You’ve got to go out there each week and play for the guy next to you.'

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