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Buffalo Bills News - May 19, 2017

Marker Bills hire Dawson as Assistant Director of College Scouting [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Dawson, 45, spent last season with the Cleveland Browns as a National Scout, but spent nine years with the Tennessee Titans beforehand in their front office. With the Titans, Dawson climbed the ranks, going from Director of Pro Personnel to Vice President of Football Operations to Vice President of Player Personnel.'

Marker Joe B: 7 observations from Buffalo Bills OTAs - Week 1 (5/18/17) [1:36 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Last year, the glaring weakness along the offensive line was right tackle Jordan Mills. It became a focal point of the offseason to try and fix -- to which the Bills even chased a high-priced free agent in Ricky Wagner to try and solve the problem. They ended up getting Dion Dawkins in the draft in the second round, but because of Cordy Glenn's injury, Dawkins played left tackle and Mills started with the first-team at right tackle... and players were zooming by him.'

Marker Bills sign first-round pick White [1:35 AM] reports: '“I can’t tell you all how grateful I am for the opportunity, how happy I am for myself and my family,” White said. “I’m looking forward to earning all my stripes and earning the respect of the vets and of the guys that are here.”'

Marker Second-round pick Zay Jones signs rookie contract [1:34 AM] reports: 'Jones comes in with high expectations after setting the NCAA record for catches in a season in his last year at East Carolina (158). He also finished his college career with 399 receptions, the most in college football history.'

Marker Bills OTA notes - Week 1 [1:33 AM] reports: '“It felt great just to get back out there on the field, especially this week, just as an individual, to get my legs back up under me,” said Ragland. “We’re going to take it day by day. It just depends on how my knee feels. For the most part, it feels great. What the staff has done for me, has been fantastic. Everyone’s been great. So, I’m thankful for that. To have the type of people around me to help me get back like those guys."'

Marker Bills add Lake Dawson as Assistant Director of College Scouting [1:32 AM] reports: '“He’s had a heck of a career,” said Beane of Dawson. “He rose to a level of VP of Player Personnel. He’s interviewed for multiple GM positions. To have a guy with his experience and leadership… it’s a strong addition.”'

Marker Bills name Marvin Allen and Brian Adams national scouts [1:31 AM] reports: 'Adams has more than 30 years of scouting experience. He spent the 2016 campaign as the Midwest regional scout for the Dallas Cowboys, but spent seven years with the Saints. He also has a working history with Beane, spending seven years in the Panthers scouting department.'

Marker Bills Today: Bills, Pats get top offseason grades [1:30 AM] reports: 'Both clubs received ‘B’ grades from for their offseasons. Here’s an excerpt of their assessment of Buffalo’s dealings since the 2016 campaign ended.'

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May 18, 2017

Marker Bills hire Malik Boyd from Cardinals to be director of pro personnel [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'By acknowledging it was "kind" of the Cardinals to let Boyd interview, Beane means they could've denied the Bills' request, just like the Dolphins could have with Schoen. ProFootballTalk reported that Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum "decided to allow the move in order to foster an atmosphere of upward mobility in Miami, with quality work resulting in a reward — even if the reward comes from a division rival."'

Marker Buffalo Bills earn 'B' grade for offseason from ESPN [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Barnwell was not as kind to two of the Bills' AFC East rivals, giving the Dolphins a D+ and the Jets a C+. The Patriots also earned a B.'

Marker What Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane said about hiring Malik Boyd [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Malik has had experience in college and pro. He also was a former player and he knows the game well. He cut his teeth in college originally. Good versatility. He started with Bill Polian and those guys. He worked his way and ended up in Arizona and really did a nice job. I had seen him on the road, but I called around the league and nothing but great things about his work ethic, his character and he's a good evaluator."'

Marker Wojton: Bills tank could be on as early as Sept. 11 [1:56 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'As previously mentioned, it’s unclear if McDermott, Beane, or whoever, are good hires. What would be clear is that a loss would be potentially devastating to those looking to have fun this season.'

Marker Bills hire Malik Boyd to be their pro personnel director [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Boyd replaces Jim Monos, who was fired along with general manager Doug Whaley and most of Buffalo's scouting staff a day after the NFL draft. Beane took over as GM last week and has since hired Brian Gaine as vice president of player personnel and Joe Schoen as assistant general manager.'

Marker Bills hire Boyd as Director of Pro Personnel [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“He was my number one choice,” said Beane. “The first guy I targeted. I appreciate (Arizona GM) Steve Keim letting him come over here and interview. It was very kind of him because he was under contract. Malik is talented. He won an award in 2014, the Fritz Pollard Scout of the Year. They don’t just throw those out. He earned it. He’s going to be a great influence on our pro staff. He has a high ceiling.”'

Marker Joe B: A way too early Buffalo Bills 53-man roster projection (5/17/17) [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Although I would think long and hard about keeping a fourth quarterback, Cardale Jones has to prove it on the field in order to warrant a roster spot in 2017. Peterman likely isn't going anywhere, though there is some potential for Yates to get cut if both Jones and Peterman show enough this spring and summer. At this point, you have to look at Cardale Jones as a player that the last general manager and head coach wanted, and a lot of times in the NFL, those later round guys have a harder time making it through with the new guys in charge. It'll be an uphill climb for Jones, but we shouldn't count him out just yet.'

Marker Top 5 from Facebook Live with QB Nathan Peterman [1:52 AM] reports: 'Peterman began playing football in fourth grade, but instead of getting to play his preferred position of QB, he was assigned to play center and linebacker. Two years later, he thought about quitting football to concentrate on basketball, but the sixth grade coach gave him a chance to switch positions. His team won a city championship that year, and he’s been playing quarterback ever since.'

Marker Malik Boyd named Bills Director of Pro Personnel [1:51 AM] reports: '“He was my number one choice,” said Beane. “The first guy I targeted. I appreciate (Arizona GM) Steve Keim letting him come over here and interview. It was very kind of him because he was under contract. Malik is talented. He won an award in 2014, the Fritz Pollard Scout of the Year. They don’t just throw those out. He earned it. He’s going to be a great influence on our pro staff. He has a high ceiling.”'

Marker What you need to know about Bills OTAs this week [1:50 AM] reports: 'No pads except protective knee and elbow pads. Helmets are permitted, but there is no live contact. Provided no live contact takes place 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 team periods are allowed during this time.'

Marker Bills Today: Taylor makes NFLPA '2017 Rising 50' [1:49 AM] reports: 'The rankings were put together by evaluating on-field performances during the 2016 season, fantasy football popularity, early demand from NFLPA sponsors and licensees, as well as new faces in strong markets. To be considered for inclusion, players must not have appeared in any previous quarterly or year-end list of the NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales.'

May 17, 2017

Marker Buffalo Bills 90-man depth chart heading into spring practices [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'None of the OTAs or minicamp are open to the public. Media will attend three OTA practices, with the first coming Thursday. After practice, the Bills will make assistant coaches available to the media for the first time since they were hired. Here is The Buffalo News' crack at providing a 90-man depth chart.'

Marker Bills start 'Phase Three' of offseason program Tuesday with OTAs [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Team drills are allowed during OTAs, which means the Bills can hold 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills between the offense and defense. No 1-on-1 drills, like receivers against cornerbacks or offensive lineman against defensive lineman, are permitted under terms of the collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Rex Carr is buying in, yet again, with his Bills and Sabres [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Typical negativity," Rex snarled. "You'd find something bad to say about 70 degrees and sunny. You ran off Whaley and ripped the Pegulas for dysfunction. So they got Brandon Beane for GM, stole Joe Schoen from Miami to be his assistant, and now they get Gaine on top of it. Do you hit the ground unhappy in the morning?"'

Marker Ex-Bills coach Rex Ryan to call MNF opener for ESPN with Beth Mowins [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan, who agreed to a contract with ESPN to serve as an NFL studio analyst after he was fired by the Bills, previously called the Florida State spring game with Mowins, a Syracuse native who graduated from Cicero-North Syracuse High School and earned a master's degree from Syracuse University in 1990. According to a recent article on, she received the Newhouse School of Communications' Marty Glickman Award in 2015 and was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.'

Marker Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: On Brian Gaine, T.J Yates, Kolby Listenbee [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That's not to say that Gaine's hiring will be a guaranteed success. Fellow News Sports Reporter Tim Graham and I had some fun on Twitter pointing out the Bills once acquired Mario Williams AND Mark Anderson or Rex Ryan AND Greg Roman or Derrick Dockery AND Langston Walker (hat tip to Bills Digest editor Mark Ludwiczak for that one). With that being said, though, it's impressive that the Bills were able to hire two of the four candidates they interviewed for general manager.'

Marker 6 free agents the Buffalo Bills should consider signing before training camp [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills didn't address defensive end in the 2017 NFL draft. They have a fine starting duo in Shaq Lawson and Jerry Hughes, but lack depth. Devin Taylor remains on the market and could give Buffalo a solid backup at the position along with Ryan Davis. Taylor, 27, started 16 games with the Lions in 2016 and has recorded 11.5 sacks in the last two seasons.'

Marker 8 things we've learned about Buffalo Bills in Sean McDermott-Brandon Beane era [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Since he walked through the door, McDermott has been able to put his stamp on every aspect of the organization. From how the walls are decorated at the facility to major personnel and roster decisions, this is McDermott's team. He will now be surrounded by people he's comfortable with, making a collaborative approach even easier. That's a lot of trust to put in a first-time head coach, but it also makes accountability that much easier.'

Marker Bills GM Brandon Beane doesn’t rule out coming after Panthers execs to join him in Buffalo [1:52 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Gettleman told the Observer last week that all the Panthers’ scouts and front office personnel are under contract and strongly suggested he’d block any attempt by Beane to bring any of them with him to Buffalo.'

Marker UAlbany football's Logan gets chance with Bills [1:51 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: '"I'm blessed to be in this position," Logan said in a phone interview. "Now that I've got my foot in the door, I can show how multitalented I am and show my work ethic and make a 53-man roster, because that's really the goal. This is just a milestone of my football career, but by no means am I satisfied with where I am right now."'

Marker When it comes to QB, Bills talk - and actions - are calculated [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'But both also know they may very well move on from Taylor following this coming season. And as two young faces putting their names and reputations on the line for the first time for what they hope will be many years, why hitch their wagons to one that may be pulling out of town in less than 12 months?'

Marker Notice what new Bills leaders aren't saying [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Beane and McDermott appear bright and motivated. I like what I see, and hear. But when you're taking stock of what they're saying, also make a note of what they're not.'

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