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Buffalo Bills News - May 12, 2016

Marker Bills to retire Bruce Smith's jersey No. 78 [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“On behalf of Terry and Kim Pegula and the entire Bills organization, we feel this is a tremendous opportunity to honor Bruce and his Hall of Fame career," Bills managing partner and team president Russ Brandon said via the team's official press release. "We believe it’s going to be a great night for Bruce, his family and Bills fans everywhere.”'

Marker What took so long to retire Bruce's jersey? [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"It’s something that… it’s a tough question to answer. We have a lot of different honors here. The ultimate honor is to be on the Bills Wall of Fame, something that we take very seriously with our committee. It was really something… once the sale went down, it was on my list of things to discuss with Terry and Kim [Pegula" target="_blank">, and also the organization. It really wasn’t about time, it was about being the right time — and the right time is now."'

Marker How an 'overweight, self-indulgent' Bruce Smith turned it all around [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"Two people had quite an impact on turning him around. One was his coveted teammate as it turns out, Darryl Talley, who really sort of gave him that proverbial kick in the butt to get going," Levy started.'

Marker Bills’ Bruce Smith to have jersey number retired at 2016 home opener [1:41 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: '“I want people to remember the effort and dedication and commitment that I put into playing this game, trying to make the fans feel proud and give them a source of entertainment for three hours every week and just that things will to continue to get better,” he said. “To be a champion, to be the best and bring that energy that was one of the missing pieces to a great and historical sports town for so many years.”'

Marker Bills sign sixth-round pick CB Kevon Seymour [1:40 AM] reports: '“It feels good,” Seymour told “It’s definitely a dream come true, so now that I’ve got this out of the way and can focus now on doing what I really love. I’m just blessed to be here and thankful.”'

Marker Bills to retire Hall of Famer Bruce Smith's No. 78 [1:39 AM] reports: '"We will be honoring Bruce Smith, one of the greatest players in Bills history, during our Thursday night home opener in a special halftime ceremony in which we'll retired his jersey number. On behalf of Kim and Terry Pegula and the entire Bills organization, we feel this is a tremendous opportunity to honor Bruce and his Hall of Fame career. We believe it's going to be a great night for Bruce and his family and Bills fans everywhere."'

Marker Evaluating the Bills 2016 roster reconstruction [1:38 AM] reports: 'With each of Buffalo’s top two draft choices set to line up at the second level in the Bills front seven on defense it’s hard to argue that the linebacker position has experienced the greatest influx of talent.'

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May 11, 2016

Marker For once, there's real direction with the Bills' offense but will it pay off? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Will it work? Maybe not. But for once it's refreshing to see Bills invest in resources they should instead of chase at QB (see: Philadelphia, Los Angeles) or get entangled in another identity crisis. It's as if Doug Whaley, Rex Ryan, Greg Roman, Jim Monos and the gang collectively said "We don't know if Taylor is the long-term answer 14 starts in but we do know we ranked No. 1 in rushing," and they made every decision on offense through that lens from January to May.'

Marker Bills continue quest to add speed, claim RB Dri Archer off waivers [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All of Archer's offensive touches came in his rookie season. He returned 14 kicks in eight games with the Steelers in 2015 before being released in November. The Jets signed him as a future free agent in January before placing him on waivers Monday.'

Marker Team's new PR campaign, battle at right tackle, who should get paid next? [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'First it was "all in," the hokey, uninspired new slogan of the Buffalo Bills that was force-fed to fans as a way of showing them "this year will be different, we promise."'

Marker 3 things Buffalo Bills fans should know about new return man Dri Archer [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If Archer hopes to stick with the Bills, he's going to have to do so as a return man. The Bills already added TCU's Kolby Listenbee through the draft to provide speed at receiver, and the running back depth chart is deep. However, the Bills don't have a set return man, so Archer could make his mark there. That said, in a season-and-a-half in Pittsburgh, Archer's longest return was 38 yards. He'll have to find the magic he showed in college to prolong his NFL career.'

Marker Buffalo Bills claim return man Dri Archer off waivers from New York Jets [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills could use some competition at the return specialist spot. They don't have a set starter at that spot with Robert Woods, Walt Powell, Marquise Goodwin, Mike Gillislee and rookies Kolby Listenbee and Kevon Seymour all possible candidates for the job.'

Marker NFLPA expects Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor to be a top NFL merchandise seller [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'A year ago, Bills running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver Sammy Watkins ranked No. 47 and No. 49 respectively on the NFLPA's list of the top 50 sellers. Taylor could join them with another strong season in 2016. Bills fans have been waiting for a quarterback for a long time and will likely be scrambling to the team store to buy Taylor's jersey the more he proves himself.'

Marker Buffalo Bills claim running back Dri Archer off waivers [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'Archer was a multiple threat at Kent State, where he was used as a running back, receiver and kickoff returner. In four years at college, he combined to score 24 touchdowns rushing, 12 receiving, four on kickoff returns and even had one passing.'

Marker Bills awarded RB Archer [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'In 20 games, Archer has totaled 10 rush attempts for 40 yards and seven receptions for 23 yards. Archer has also returned 23 kicks for 515 yards.'

Marker Bills claim speedster Archer off waivers [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The addition of Archer now puts the Bills roster at the maximum of 90 they can bring to training camp.'

Marker Bills claim lightning quick RB Dri Archer [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'With the top two spots at running back already well established with LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams, and with two other promising young players behind them, Archer's best chance at cracking the roster is to take advantage of the opportunity as a kickoff and punt returner.'

Marker 5 takeaways from the Bills brass at MQC [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Perhaps it was just a slip of the mind, but they made no mention of Kouandjio as someone that could push for the starting job this summer -- which isn't exactly the strongest endorsement for his short-term outlook. Entering his third season, Kouandjio has made only two starts for the Bills since entering the league, and could be in jeopardy of making the roster if the Bills add additional depth at offensive tackle.'

Marker Bills awarded claim for RB Dri Archer [1:48 AM] reports: 'Archer, 24, was signed by the Jets as a future free agent this past January. He was waived by the Steelers last November after serving as a multi-faceted offensive weapon and kick returner.'

May 10, 2016

Marker Why Dezmin Lewis thinks he’s better prepared to make leap onto Bills’ roster [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’s definitely going to be competing and he’ll be up for some of those jobs,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said of Lewis. “His work ethic in the weight room, all that – he’s a small-college kid – but he’s really, really taken off. He’s definitely here to compete for one of those jobs.”'

Marker Bart Scott on 'confrontation,' winning with defense, his convo with Bills LB Reggie Raglan [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lawson, Ragland and Washington are three handpicked saviors of sorts by Ryan and GM Doug Whaley. For a peak at that thinking, here's more from Bart Scott...'.

Marker Brian Billick: HC Rex Ryan now has the pieces to turn Bills' defense around [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It doesn’t matter what bravado or what you want to say or whatever mantra you want to have," he said, "at some point you have to deliver to back it up. And that’s where it comes from, as opposed to the personality of the individual players. By nature, defensive players are going to be aggressive and confident and want to get after you. But to take it to the level we had there in Baltimore, you’ve got to follow it up with the productivity.”'

Marker Meet Justin Zimmer, the biggest sleeper of the Buffalo Bills' 2016 rookie class [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Zimmer, a defensive tackle out of Division II Ferris State, had to fight for every bit of attention he got coming from a small school. He had to contact his own agent to help get interest out there. He wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, so he had to attend the NFL Regional Combine, where he impressed in nearly every drill. From there, he had to compete at Michigan's pro day because Ferris State didn't have one.'

Marker Bills Striker’s chicken wing comments don’t fly in Buffalo [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Heck, the Bills might well be the NFL's only team with an official chicken-wing sponsor: Duff's.'

Marker After Taylor and Gilmore, what other Bills will be free agents in 2017? [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'But at some point, paying big money for your own players will cost you others down the road. The Bills had to let go of Mario Williams and Leodis McKelvin this offseason, and allowed Nigel Bradham to leave as a free agent.'

Marker 5 Bills that could be in 2016 roster danger [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Just as we did last year, a list of five players currently on the Bills roster that will likely need either a big summer in training camp and preseason, or a change in circumstances to crack the 53-man team...'.

Marker Two young Bills ranked in PFF's Top 101 [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The team's top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, cornerback and second-round selection Ronald Darby, was ranked as the 82nd best player in the NFL by PFF. Among some of the standout statistics according to the website, Darby held the eighth-highest grade in pass coverage, and surrendered only 11.6 yards per reception last season.'

Marker Patience a necessity with QB Cardale Jones [1:51 AM] reports: '“At Ohio State I didn’t really have a stance under center because I was never under center,” said Jones, who has a clear respect for Buffalo’s quarterbacks coach and wants the coaching. “I talked to him after practice and he showed me two things I was doing, which was showing up every once in a while. Those things were dropping my elbow and staggering my feet.”'

Marker Sammy Watkins excited to host youth football ProCamp [1:50 AM] reports: '“I’m very excited about my camp to just to see the young guys out there participating and having fun, and learning other guy’s names, learning how to play with other players and just giving back—I think that’s the most important part,” said Watkins. “Us athletes here, playing the game and these kids seeing us, we need to give back not only on the field but they need to see our faces and see us interact. Just to see the joy on the kid’s faces, they’re dancing, they’re having fun, they’re joking with me—I mean I get a kick out of it just having fun with the guys.”'

Marker Winning the common thread carried by Bills top 3 picks [1:49 AM] reports: '“We think we’ve added some pieces that will help us get to where we need to go,” said GM Doug Whaley. “Just because of how we see them as football players and what they bring to this team. They love football and they come from winning programs. That an infusion of something that we need.”'

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