Draft Gives Bills Fans Plenty To Talk About [11:20 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But, to me, there’s plenty to be excited about.'
Bills Stick With Need Picks On Draft’s Last Day [11:19 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If you weren’t sure what the Bills assessed as their areas of need, this year’s draft gave a strong indication.'
Bills Fill Needs With Two Wideouts, LB [11:18 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'You can’t say the Buffalo Bills didn’t draft for need.'
Bills take a chance on Rogers [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s frustrating, but I did it to myself,” Rogers said of his draft stock two months ago at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. “And I realize how hard I have to work now that I’m behind the 8-ball. It’s going to make me work that much harder.”'
The voice of the fans [1:58 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'One thing was clear: Felser loved football, the way Buffalo fans do — not just for the dazzling one-handed catches or the thrilling touchdown drives, but for the hard-fought goal line stances and the gritty 3-yard struggles that so often make the difference between a win and a loss."
Hopewell's Turnley signs with Bills [1:57 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: 'Turnley chatted with the Bills throughout the day Saturday and the conversations with the Bills were strong enough that it eliminated any drama. He added that several other teams contacted his agent, but Buffalo was always the frontrunner. It’s a little odd, because the Bills hadn’t been in touch with Turnley prior to the draft.'
Tennessee Tech WR Rogers agrees to sign with Bills [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'Aside from Rogers, the Bills also reached deals with two more undrafted rookie free agents. Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel and Eastern Washington receiver Brandon Kaufman agreed to sign with Buffalo, the players' agent, Cameron Foster, said.'
Nix likes Bills' draft, I think, and more [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Anyway, as usual the Bills like all the teams drafted a bunch of guys I've never seen before. Maybe it will work out. It usually doesn't but you never know.'
Bills draft assessment [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I'm intrigued by one of the players signed after the draft was completed. The Bills agreed to a deal with Da'Rick Rogers, wide receiver from Tennessee Tech. He has good size at 6-2 and 217 pounds and he led the SEC in receiving in 2011 while playing for Tennessee. But Rogers was kicked off the team last August after failing multiple drug tests. The Bills pride themselves on having character players so this is out of character for them but if he's cleaned up his act, Rogers could turn out to be a steal.'
Time will tell if Bills finally got the QB position straightenned out with EJ Manuel [1:53 AM]
ScottPitoniak.com reports: 'My first impression of Manuel is that he has the charisma and confidence you like to see in such a leadership position. Of course, none of this will matter unless he delivers the ball on-time to the right receiver and finds the end zone often on game day.'
Secrecy helps Bills land E.J. Manuel, perhaps long-awaited return to postseason [11:03 AM]
Yahoo! Sports reports: 'From Brandon's perspective, the plan implemented by general manager Buddy Nix couldn't have played out more perfectly. And in an era of increasingly intrusive probes for information – just ask Nix, who last month was tricked into having a phone conversation with Tampa Bay Buccaneers counterpart Mark Dominik that ended up on a popular sports website – Brandon's commitment to clandestineness hit particularly close to home.'
Evaluating the rest of Buffalo’s draft class [11:02 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'My only issue is that they didn’t address the cornerback position. I like Leodis McKelvin and Stephon Gilmore, but Ron Brooks didn’t play much last year and Justin Rogers was awful at times. Maybe a new defense will help them out.'
Bills add speed on offense, pick up defensive help [11:01 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Woods can come in and compete for the No. 2 receiver spot opposite Stevie Johnson. He's not a Calvin Johnson-type receiver, but he should put up solid numbers for the Bills. And as he showed last year, he doesn't mind sharing touches with another receiver.'
Bills think safety first at draft’s end [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The picks of Williams and Meeks add to a position that has Da’Norris Searcy penciled in as a starter, and also features recently converted cornerback Aaron Williams.'
Bills’ draft reflects Marrone’s need for speed [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s something to sell. This franchise needs to restore public faith in the product after a dreary, discouraging decade. Fans like it when you talk about playing fast. Every new basketball coach says he’s going to play more uptempo. If you’re going to lose, you might as well put on a show, right?'
Passing of GM torch not likely in near future [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Doug is a vital cog to the process, but when it comes to football decisions in this organization, one person and one person only makes those decisions, and that’s Buddy Nix.”'
Writer of uncommon grace connected with a common touch [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He understood you. And because he did, because he bled Buffalo, his connection to people was far easier to understand than it was to define. You knew what he meant when he said Western New York was an attitude more than anything else. He knew what people were thinking in the steel mills and corporate offices and school cafeterias and dinner tables.'
Felser showed what it meant to be a pro [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Even though they feuded over the years, Larry and Ralph Wilson were friends. They used to meet for breakfast when Ralph was in town at his condominium in Williamsville, within walking distance of the Felser home on Cayuga Road. Larry was a confidant of some of sports’ most powerful people – Pete Rozelle, Al Davis, George Steinbrenner, Vince Lombardi – as well as top management at The Buffalo News. His endorsement or recommendation were valuable in getting hired or promoted.'
Speaking of Larry Felser [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He made such a profound impact on me first as a person and second as a journalist. I used Larry as the model for how you should be in this business. A man’s man, a friend to so many. I always knew that Larry was in my corner and that he cared about me as a person and did everything he could to make you better. He would challenge you and advise you in ways that if you took that advice, you couldn’t miss.”'
Tasker and Kelly pass chemistry test on Sirius [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tasker and Kelly had some really good chemistry in the opening episode, which bodes well for “No Huddle.”'
Buffalo Bills add the 'wow' in draft [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But I do know this: the Buffalo Bills just got a lot more entertaining with the potential to be better with the selection of a big, fast quarterback, two really fast wide receivers, a linebacker and two safeties to fortify the middle of their defense and a couple guys with a rap sheet to assist with any attitude adjustment new coach Doug Marrone has in mind.'
Bills draft a step in the right direction [1:51 AM]
Lockport Union Sun & Journal reports: 'What the team did well, though, was putting itself in a position to draft targeted players. Obviously, Manuel was Buffalo’s guy. But by trading down and picking up an additional second-round pick, management was able to fill three needs.'
Bills had good gut feelings about 2 troubled draft picks [1:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Is it fair to write off anyone for a dumb thing, or things, they might have done at age 19 or 20 or 21? There is no one-word answer. All depends on the circumstances, and, as Bills GM Buddy Nix once told me, your "gut feeling."'
Pack's Williams, Wooten picked in Draft [1:49 AM]
Reno Gazette Journal reports: '“I met with them twice,” he said. “My first time meeting with the Bills was at the East-West Shrine Game. I had an interview with the scout. He was real impressed with my film. He loved me as a player. That was the first time I met with them. I think I had a brief sit-down with the Bills also. It was one of the teams that they told me if I’m up on the board they were going to take a chance on me, so they did.”'
Meeks is stalking, not waiting [1:48 AM]
Greenville News reports: '“Nothing was ever given to me,” Meeks said. “No five stars. No red carpet. No true freshman starting role. I always worked. So, coming into this same process, I was like, ‘Here we go again.’"'
Zack Chibane heads to Buffalo Bills for opportunity, chance to re-join Doug Marrone [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I was trying to be proactive," Chibane said. "Every time a pick was made, I was making notes. It kept my mind off things. It was a long day, sitting there from noon to 6:30. I want to burn them now."'
Smith, Morgan signed to deals [1:46 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: '"Obviously, he's got to make the team," said his agent, JR Rickert of Niskayuna. "But they're giving him a signing bonus. He's signing a contract. He's going to be on the 80-man roster and now he's going to have to try to make either the 53 (man regular-season roster) or make practice squad."'
Undrafted Tyler Bray, Da'Rick Rogers sign as free agents [1:45 AM]
Chattanooga Times Free Press reports: 'Projected as a fourth-round pick by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Rogers was All-SEC as a Tennessee sophomore in 2011, but failed drug tests and other disciplinary problems ultimately led to his dismissal. He caught 61 passes for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for Tech.'
Da'Rick Rogers, Bills reach contract after NFL draft [1:44 AM]
USA Today reports: 'But Rogers was suspended before the start of this past season and later admitted it was due to repeatedly failing drug tests. (He was also arrested in 2010 and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest following a brawl in a Knoxville bar. The charges were later dropped when Rogers completed 16 hours of community service.)'
Bills turn to defensive need on final draft day [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo selected safeties with back-to-back picks on Saturday, selecting Nevada's Michael 'Duke' Williams 105th overall and Clemson's Jonathan Meeks 143rd overall. The Bills had a need for help on the back end due to the departure of veteran safety George Wilson, who joined the Tennessee Titans, and the uncertain future of standout Jairus Byrd. Byrd, one of Buffalo's top defenders, is unsigned after receiving the franchise tag on March 1.'
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