Sammy Watkins responds to fans, Bills announce star WR had foot surgery [1:45 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Officials say Watkins did have foot surgery in the offseason. According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the surgery consisted of a screw being placed into his foot to repair a small bone fracture.'
Shaq Lawson to undergo shoulder surgery [1:44 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Representatives said they’re working to establish a timetable for his return, however shoulder surgeries of the nature can take up to six months to heal, potentially impacting the rookie into November.'
Bills take pre-emptive measure: Shaq Lawson to undergo shoulder surgery [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The Buffalo Bills are taking measures to prevent the possibility of Shaq Lawson aggravating a pre-existing shoulder condition during the season. While he could continue to play, the Bills medical staff has determined that surgery is the best course of action for the overall health of his shoulder moving forward. He had an occurrence of the condition last week, but that would not preclude him from participating in the offseason program. Shaq is scheduled for surgery tomorrow on his shoulder with a rehabilitation program to follow. A timetable for his return is still being established.”'
Robert Woods on USC graduation: 'It's worth it' [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It will mean a whole lot, I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. I know everybody is going to be happy just to be finishing up, and just the whole process, the work that we all put in to get here and achieve what we wanted—it comes to a culmination.”'
How straight talk helped Adolphus Washington turn the corner [1:59 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He would not let me do it,” said the younger Washington. “He told me if I came home I wasn’t going to be staying with him. He said, ‘I’m not going to take care of a grown man. You’re either playing football or get a job on your own because you’re not going to stay with me and do nothing.’”'
Bills have speed to burn, everywhere, but how will OC Greg Roman use it? [1:29 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There’s speed here but it’s extremely under-cooked, untapped speed for now. Maybe you “can’t coach speed” as General Manager Doug Whaley said after the draft. But from now to September, the Bills must figure out how to use it all effectively.'
Jonathan Martin on Richie Incognito: 'I have no desire to ever see or talk to him' [1:28 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Part of me thinks he just is because he’s allowed to be in the realm he occupies. It’s weird because we still have mutual friends. I have no desire to ever see or talk to him. I’ll get nothing from it. That’s in the past. I don’t know what his thoughts are and I don’t really care, honestly.”
On the team's regression this offseason, the trade for Reggie Ragland, the case for No. 61 to b [1:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' In particular, Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland should step right into the starting lineup from Day One. But overall, does that mean the Bills have improved? ESPN's John Clayton does not see it that way. In fact, Clayton ranks the Bills fifth on a list of teams that have regressed this offseason, pointing to the departures of Mario Williams, Nigel Bradham, Leodis McKelvin and Percy Harvin from the defense as the main reason.'
Jay Skurski's way-too-early 53-man roster projection [1:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But that leaves about 45 players competing for eight or so jobs. With that in mind, here is The Buffalo News' first projection of the 2016 season, with more to follow as the offseason progresses...'.
Bills ink RB Jonathan Williams to a rookie deal, will compete for No. 3 spot [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 6-foot, 223-pound Williams missed all of 2015 with a torn ligament in his foot. He hasn’t carried the ball in a game since Dec. 29, 2014, the primary reason he fell to the 156th overall pick.'
Fitzstalemate continues, Tom Brady's weapons, Tannehill turnaround? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's been a quiet week in the NFL with another quiet one coming up. OTA's are still a ways away. So while we've talked plenty about the Bills in this space, let's check in on the other teams in the AFC East and where they stand at quarterback.'
Bills Taylor, Gilmore likely to wait [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills could conceivably sign both Gilmore and Taylor before the season, pushing a lot of bonus forward as they did with Glenn, but it’s highly unlikely. Their first priority is Gilmore, who has a $11.08 million cap hit this season. But he’s looking for a bigger number than they’re willing to pay.'
Cardale Jones' first boat ride among 4 highlights of Buffalo Bills rookie tour [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Quarterback Cardale Jones hasn't wasn't any time letting his personality shine through since coming to Buffalo. But one thing that made Jones shy was jumping on a boat at Canalside. As he stepped on the boat to get the river tour of Buffalo, the Titanic was running through Jones' mind. He had never been on a boat before Friday.'
Buffalo Bills sign 5th-round draft pick, Jonathan Williams [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Williams joins a Bills offense that led the NFL with 2,432 yards rushing last season. He will be given an opportunity to compete for a job behind starter LeSean McCoy and backup Karlos Williams.'
Bills sign fifth-round RB Williams [1:54 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The 6-foot, 223-pound Williams joins the Bills after four seasons at Arkansas. He was a dual-threat as a rusher and receiver in his first three seasons with the Razorbacks, playing in 36 games (24 starts). He racked up 2,321 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns, while also catching 26 passes for 345 yards and six scores.'
Bills' Taylor and Watkins had a defining moment [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“When it was time to get back on the field for both of us, we had talked about a lot of things. I remember coming off the bye week and just throwing with him. It was just getting on the same page and understanding that he’s one of the top receivers in this league and I need to get him the ball because he can be very dynamic when he gets the ball in his hands.” '
How London changed everything and brought Bills' Taylor, Watkins together [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"We spent some time talking a lot in London. We were actually getting treatment at the same time, so we actually spent a lot of time talking and getting on the same page," Taylor told WGR. "When it was time to come back on the field for both of us, we would talk through a lot of things. I remember coming off the bye week and actually throwing some with him and just trying to get on the same page, and understanding that he’s one of the top receivers in this league and I have to get him the ball."'
Bills rookies tour Buffalo [1:51 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: '“It just a blessing to see God’s graces…to be with these little kids fighting,” wide receiver Kolby Listenbee said. “It kind of inspires you.”'
Bills sign fifth-round pick RB Jonathan Williams [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I'm here to play football and I'm glad my contract is out of the way," Williams told Buffalobills.com. "So now I can focus on the playbook and helping my teammates and get better."'
A much clearer outlook for CB Kevon Seymour [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Seymour was recruited to USC as both a receiver and a cornerback, so he had good hands. He was a good-sized corner at six-foot and he could outleap most wideouts with his 35-inch vertical. His elite skill set said NFL prospect, but his lack of production earned him a seat on the bench as a rotational defensive back despite being an upperclassman.'
The forgotten man, Bills RB Mike Gillislee, is ready for another fight [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“My opportunities were always limited,” Gillislee said. “So I always kept that in mind — whenever I touch the ball, I’m trying to score and do what I have to do with it.”'
Bills continue signing their picks, ink TCU WR Kolby Listenbee [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However you slice it, he'll have every opportunity to be the receiver taking advantage of one-on-one coverage opposite Sammy Watkins. It just may take a little time and a lot of coaching --- Listenbee himself admits he only ran three or four routes in college.'
Who is the greatest Bill of all time, vets will hear their GM, Archer's role [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Then, on NFL Network last night, Whaley called Lawson, Ragland and defensive end Adolphus Washington all starters "off the bus."'
Bills using tiered individual game ticket pricing [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There are four gold games that range from $140 to $80, one silver game at $118 to $66, two bronze games from $98 to $54, and two preseason games that range from $80 to $44. All of those prices are for regular individual tickets; group rates are slightly less per ticket across the board'
Buffalo Bills sign 6th-round draft pick, receiver Listenbee [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Listed at 6-feet and 197 pounds, Listenbee is a speedy receiver who played much of his senior season at TCU last year despite a double hernia. He had surgery in March, and is expected to be cleared for practice in time for the start of training camp this summer.'
WR Listenbee signs rookie contract with Bills [1:54 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'In four years at TCU, Listenbee collected 74 receptions for 1,432 yards and nine touchdowns while starting 22 of 40 career games. He also ran track for the Horned Frogs and was a four-time All-American as a sprinter.'
Bills sign Listenbee [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'On Thursday, the Bills have signed wide receiver Kolby Listenbee to his first pro-contract. Listenbee tweeted out a picture of him signing his first contract in Buffalo shortly before 1 p.m.'
Bills announce individual game pricing [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills also announcing today that there are still season tickets remaining for the 2016 season. The team saying that there have been more than 55,000 season tickets purchased, and that the renewal rate has surpassed 90-percent for a third straight year.'
5 Bills that can help them get to the playoffs [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'There’s a lot of reason for optimism at One Bills Drive, and it just comes down to execution. A list of five players that, if they get more from than what they did a year ago, can help change the year for the better...'.
Bills get speedster WR Listenbee under contract [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'He has since had surgery to repair the injury, and believes he'll be fully cleared and ready for the start of training camp at the end of July. Listenbee joins fellow sixth-round pick and cornerback Kevon Seymour as the only two Bills players to sign their rookie contracts.'
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