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Buffalo Bills News - March 28, 2017

Marker Bills coach Sean McDermott moved by Penn State's wrestling title [9:00 PM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '"I had our video guys tape it last weekend, the [NCAA] finals," McDermott said at the AFC Coaches Breakfast today. "I was at the NCAA basketball tournament, so I didn't know if I'd get a chance to watch it. ... And I watched it and I was tearing up, because you know what the young men have put into it with the preparation and dedication to the sport and you look at their bodies and they're warriors, just animals, in terms of what they put themselves through. And they're hugging their coaches.'

Marker Safety first for Micah Hyde in Buffalo [8:56 PM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'McDermott said Hyde will start at safety in the Bills' defensive backfield. He figures to be the Bills' starting strong safety, but eventually Hyde could be used similarly to how he was in Green Bay.'

Marker Bills’ Sean McDermott took Carolina flavor to Buffalo. What he couldn’t take hits hard. [8:53 PM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Speaking with reporters Tuesday at the owners meeting during an early morning coaches breakfast – not as early as his MMA sessions – McDermott sounded like a teenager turned loose on the new Kong ride at Universal Studios (or a man freed from his first Buffalo winter).'

Marker Bills coach McDermott: 'If we're going down, we're going down all guns blazing' [8:49 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're not going to make excuses," he said. "We are where we are and we feel good about what we've done. Everything we're about is moving forward, and we feel good about the players that were on the roster and then we were able to add critical pieces in free agency. And so we're going to continue to try and do that through every avenue, whether it's the draft, continue to look at free agency, whatever it might be. We're going to try to improve this roster every way possible.'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Pitt QB Nathan Peterman [8:49 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Peterman led the Panthers’ highest-scoring offense in program history as a senior in 2016, an attack that put up 40.9 points per game. He also led the ACC in passer efficiency (163.4 rating), starting all 13 games while completing 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,855 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions.'

Marker NFL does away with under-the-hood reviews [8:49 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The biggest that pertains to speeding up games is eliminating referees going under the hood to review plays. Beginning with the 2017 season, officials will view replays on the field using portable tablets, with final decisions made by the league's head of officiating, Dean Blandino, and his staff from NFL headquarters in New York.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Sean McDermott claims he's on good terms with Doug Whaley [8:46 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I don’t even know,” McDermott said. “We focus on ourselves and getting ourselves better. That’s it. That’s a day-to-day process. Our focus right now is improving this football team in every way we can and that speaks to the communication that happens between Doug and myself and our staffs and really the entire building. It’s what we’re doing going forward. This is a new era of Bills football and we’re excited about it.”'

Marker Texas Tech QB Mahomes an intriguing draft prospect for Bills [8:45 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'By his and several unbiased accounts, Mahomes lit up the combine, and the Bills were probably one of many quarterback-seeking teams who took notice. He performed athletically in all the requisite drills that really shouldn’t matter — does anyone care how quickly he did the three-cone drill or how far his broad jump was? — and then he took the field and showed off that cannon of a right arm.'

Marker Where Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula stands on key stadium questions [8:44 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"That hasn't been discussed in any detail," Pegula said. "Everybody knows we're new owners. We're a smaller market in the league, so we just need to be happy with what we have right now with our stadium and call it home."'

Marker 5 Buffalo Bills wide receivers with the best chance to win the No. 2 job [8:43 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Andre Holmes: Why he could emerge as the team's No. 2 receiver: Holmes signed the most lucrative deal among the free agent receivers signed by the Bills. Before the Raiders drafted Amari Cooper and signed Michael Crabtree, Holmes showed he could be a contributor by catching 47 passes for 693 yards and four touchdowns in 2014. Although it could change based on the 2017 NFL draft, Holmes seems like the likeliest option to start across from Watkins.'

Marker NFL owners meetings: 10 interesting quotes from Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott [8:43 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'm a big believer in analytics and technology," McDermott said. "Again, just to try and gain that competitive advantage. I think to ignore that is irresponsible. That's going to guide us in our decisions at the end of the day. You combine that with your gut instinct and you put yourself in a position to make those sound decisions."'

Marker What Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said about his relationship with Doug Whaley [8:42 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's really been seamless," McDermott said. "Doug and his staff laid a nice foundation for us in terms of free agency and really you kind of rewind and look at the roster first. We were able to get in. Doug and his staff went to the Senior Bowl and we stayed back so we could get a handle on our roster, which is key. We have to understand our situation first and then look to improve our situation. We did that, I believe, exponentially. Through free agency and then at the Combine they laid a nice foundation again with who we were going to look at. We had those nightly meetings where we were able to meet some of the young men, and it's been seamless so far."'

Marker Sean McDermott says Buffalo Bills are 'scrambling to catch up' with Patriots [8:42 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"You respect that about him and that whole organization in terms of their drive to be the best year after year," McDermott said. "It's one thing to have success. It's another thing to sustain it. That to me starts from leadership. They set the tone really. I'm sure he does a great job in that regard. Obviously, it's out there. They've been able to sustain success and we're all scrambling to try to catch up with them."'

Marker New Bills head coach Sean McDermott goes into detail about early-morning MMA training [8:39 PM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“We had a guy at Carolina that agreed to come in. So he and I would kind of go at it in the mornings and do some sparring and what-not. I enjoyed it. It was a heckuva workout. I haven’t found that in Buffalo yet but I’m sure in due time that will open itself up.”'

Marker McDermott: Bills #2 WR is already on roster; Ragland/Brown to battle for MLB [8:36 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Reggie had the setback last year. I know Reggie from from tape in college and what he can do and we'll start at the middle linebacker position, really, is where we see him,” McDermott said. “And in what innately comes with that position is the leadership skills. I know that his character, really, he possesses those leadership skills - to get us lined up, be the antenna so-to-speak of the defense….and over the years when you look at that position in this system. Guys like Luke Kuechly, guys like Jeremiah Trotter, that can check the defense, get us in and out of bad calls, bad defenses, set us up for success. That's an important part of that position, and Reggie, from what I can tell, what I’ve observed and been told about him, he has that DNA.”'

Marker 10 takeaways from Bills HC Sean McDermott at the 2017 NFL Owners Meetings [8:34 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'We have no reason to believe that McDermott would be fibbing about the relationship with the Bills GM at this point in time. While it’s more than likely McDermott has an enhanced “say” in some of the moves that happen with the Bills roster, it seems as though everything actually is fine for the time being. I think we first need to let the draft play out as to who exactly the Bills are targeting to impact their roster. Until then, Doug Whaley is more than likely going to be the general manager of this team, and probably much beyond that as well.'

Marker McDermott discusses early plans for the 2017 campaign [8:33 PM] reports: '“That will be a fun battle to watch throughout the offseason, preseason and training camp. Who that is, remains to be seen but I believe he’s on the roster,” McDermott said. “A lot of times when you look at it, the answer is on your roster. That will be the fun part of finding out for me, when you get to phase two and you can get on the field, that’s going to be an interesting three days at voluntary mini-camp for us in evaluating our roster and setting up the draft.”'

Marker Bills Today - Players feel good vibes from coaching staff [8:32 PM] reports: '“It’s a blessing for me to come back, and I appreciate the organization for having me,” Tate said. “I’m really excited to get to work and I can’t wait for April 3rd. It’s an opportunity that you have to take one day at a time and really work for it.”'

Marker McDermott touts 'healthy, productive' conversations with Whaley [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' "Doug and I worked together on (free agency), we absolutely worked together on all of this."'

Marker Bills claim former Vikings DE Crichton off waivers [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 21 games during the 2014 and 2015 seasons (with no starts), Crichton was credited with only 10 tackles. Late in the 2015 season, he suffered a concussion against the Arizona Cardinals and was placed on IR four days later.'

Marker Bills want to 'have some success' before asking for help to build new stadium [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The source also said the Pegulas told the league they're still early in the process of establishing themselves as owners of the Bills and understanding the dynamics of the franchise's relationship with the community. They bought the team from the trust of the late Ralph Wilson in October 2014.'

Marker Kraft: Brady plans to play six or seven more years [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Meanwhile, the Bills still aren't sure if they have an answer at quarterback for one more year in Tyrod Taylor, signing him to a restructured contract that allows the team an easy out after the 2017 season.'

Marker Raiders' owner says his father would be 'proud' of move to Las Vegas [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"My father used to say the greatness of the Raiders is in the future," Davis said. "This gives us the ability to achieve that."'

Marker NFL: Raiders' move not intended to send message to Bills [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This certainly is not intended to send any message and I don't believe anyone should take any message in it," Grubman told reporters at the league's annual meeting at the Arizona Biltmore. "Buffalo's fans are legendary and ranked right up there with the greatest fans in the NFL. Ownership there is evaluating their options and those options are very long-term in nature.'

Marker The good and the bad of the NFL rule change proposals [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Also from the Competition Committee, there’s a proposal to make permanent the rule that disqualifies a player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls. This rule was used on a trial basis last season, and I have no problem with making it permanent.'

Marker Should Bills owner Terry Pegula replace late Ralph Wilson as 'conscience' of NFL? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Pegula is his own man, and he's his own owner, too. He doesn't have do be Wilson, and that can be a good thing in some ways. But the NFL could always use a conscience, and the last 18 months wouldn't have sat well with the Bills' founder and former conscience of the league.'

Marker Why do NFL owners continue to milk public for tax dollars when building stadiums? [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Davis chased the money, which is what every other owner in his shoes would have done. The $750 million is the most public money ever committed to a U.S. stadium project. Most of that will come in the form of a visitor tax in Las Vegas, a small charge on a hotel bill for tourists. Vegas comes out a winner, as does Davis.'

Marker Buffalo Bills claim DE Scott Crichton off waivers from Minnesota Vikings (report) [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The defensive end played for Oregon State in college and left after a junior year that saw him record 47 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In three seasons with the Beavers, Crichton recorded 165 total tackles, 51 tackles for loss, 23.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.'

Marker Buffalo Bills RBs ranked third-best in the NFL post-free agency by ESPN Insider [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Pittsburgh gets the top spot ahead of Dallas because Le'Veon Bell adds so much value as a receiver," said Schatz. "Atlanta gets a one-two punch out of the multidimensional performance of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, but the lead blocking is important to that scheme, so we moved Buffalo ahead of Atlanta when the Bills grabbed fullback Patrick DiMarco away from the Falcons in free agency. In fact, Buffalo had the NFL's best running game, according to Football Outsiders DVOA ratings, although some of that production came from quarterback Tyrod Taylor."'

Marker Patriots owner Robert Kraft has bad news for Buffalo Bills at NFL owners meetings [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Brady turns 40 in August. Belichick turns 65 in April. But any Bills fans hoping for the legendary quarterback-coach duo to retire in the near future might not be getting their wish. Kraft said at the NFL owners meetings on Monday that he thinks Brady can play another six or seven years and Belichick can coach until he's 80.'

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