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Buffalo Bills News - May 18, 2017

Marker Top 5 from Facebook Live with QB Nathan Peterman [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com 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]
BuffaloBills.com 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]
BuffaloBills.com 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]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'

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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 syracuse.com, 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.'

Marker Beane quickly assembling powerhouse front office [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I took a shot in the dark that he would want to do this because it’s generally a pretty lateral move, but Brian was excited about building this and starting this. I think partnering with me and Joe was attractive. I know Brian and who he is to the core and trust that he’s going to be a big time asset.”'

Marker Bills Today: Bills front office already working the roster [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“My first priority is to get the personnel staff hired. I got Joe Schoen hired and he’s going to be a great asset for everyone here. That’ll be priority number one until I get the staff set. But we’ll always be looking. If there are guys on the waiver wire this week, we’ll pay attention to it. If we can move a guy… if a team calls us about a guy that would help them and we think it’s helpful to us, we’ll definitely consider it.”'

May 16, 2017

Marker Analysis: Bills in a good spot to find a quarterback going forward [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The real question, however, is what will happen after this upcoming season. It’s clear by now that the Bills aren’t yet convinced Taylor can be the starter here for the long term.'

Marker Bills hire GM candidate Brian Gaine as VP of Player Personnel [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It’s generally a pretty lateral move, but Brian was excited about building this and starting this,” he said in an article posted to buffalobills.com. “I think partnering with me and Joe was attractive. I know Brian and who he is to the core and trust that he’s going to be a big time asset."'

Marker Bills sign tryout linebackers Anthony Harrell and Abner Logan, release a pair [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Logan is 6-1, 235 and played for Albany in 2016, registering 96 tackles, including six for losses, and two sacks. Prior to that, he played for Maryland, appearing in 19 games with four starts and making 42 tackles for the Terrapins. The Bills this week with begin organized team activities.'

Marker Bills coach Sean McDermott to throw out first pitch for the Bisons [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Friday's first pitch will be at 7:05 p.m. The fridaynightbash! promotion begins at 5 p.m. when gates open for happy hour with $3 craft beers.'

Marker Tim Graham's Power Take: Rex Ryan will need some TV coaching [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Where he'll likely struggle in the beginning is when criticizing players and coaching decisions. When Ryan provided commentary for Florida State's spring game, he pulled punches and provided low-quality insight on the action.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bill Fred Jackson the guest speaker for fourth annual Prep Talk Awards [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills star Fred Jackson will be the guest speaker for the 2017 Prep Talk Awards on Wednesday, June 14 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center.'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Brian Gaine as VP of player personnel [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I had hoped to get one of these two guys and I got them both,” said Beane. “It was no guarantee I could get either one of them … I’m floating as much as when I got the job. I’m happy for them, it’s going to be big for both guys. We’re going to build this thing right and I see both of these guys getting the opportunity to sit in the seat I’m in.”'

Marker National media reacts to Buffalo Bills hiring Brian Gaine as VP of Player Personnel [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Shortly after the news of the hire broke, many national media personalities reacted to the news. Here's a look at what they're saying about Buffalo adding Gaine.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign tryout linebackers Anthony Harrell and Abner Logan [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Harrell played three seasons at Georgia Tech (2012-2014). He recorded 54 total tackles, four tackles for loss and one forced fumble during that span of time. He transferred to Florida for his senior season and served as a reserve linebacker and special teams contributor. Harrell finished with three total tackles.'

Marker What Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane said about Tyrod Taylor, quarterback situation [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"There's some other guys on the roster," he added. "I've only watched Tyrod from afar. We had a quarterback in Carolina so we weren't in the market a lot to be overly researching these guys. I actually got to meet Tyrod on my tour. Great young man. He's done a lot of good things on tape and look forward to getting to know him and see how he leads this team and it's just going to be an open competition at every position, not just quarterback."'

Marker Bills add two more to front office [1:49 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '"I had hoped to get one of these two guys and I got them both," Beane said in a statement released by the team. "It was not guarantee I could get either one of them. I'm floating as much as when I got the job. I'm happy for them. It's going to be big for both of those guys. We're going to build this thing right and I see both of these guys getting the opportunity to sit in the seat I'm in."'

Marker Texans' director of player personnel Brian Gaine takes Bills' job [1:49 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'The Texans gave Gaine permission to accept the job because it's a promotion in title and a raise and places him closer to his family in Pearl River, N.Y.'

Marker Bills hire Texans' Brian Gaine to be VP of player personnel [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Gaine's responsibilities in Houston included supervising pro player evaluations. He previously worked in various scouting and personnel roles with the Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.'

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