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Buffalo Bills News - August 12, 2017

Marker Tim Graham's Hot Read: Bills jolt fans, NFL by trading No. 1 WR Sammy Watkins, top CB Ronald Da [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The moves also close the door tighter on the Doug Whaley era. Whaley's biggest blunder was trading the 2015 first-round pick to move up a few spots and take Watkins fourth overall in 2014, a draft that was deep at receiver.'

Marker Mark Gaughan: Long-term good for Bills is still hard to swallow [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Stockpiling draft picks makes perfect sense. Bills fans should be thrilled that the new regime has two No. 1s, two No. 2s and two No. 3s in next year's draft.'

Marker What They Said: Sean McDermott, Brandon Beane, LeSean McCoy and more after trading Watkins, Darby [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This is not easy. I’m an emotional, personal guy and I want to get to know all these guys personally. That’s the hard part of it. Business is business, but when you have to call these young men and it affects their lives, that’s not easy.'

Marker The 7 most memorable moments from Sammy Watkins' time in Buffalo [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I need the ball at least 10 times — I need 10 targets — and I’ll be fine with however many yards I get," Watkins said. "And that’s what I addressed in talking with my agent. We reached out to a couple people and tried to pull some strings like, ‘Hey, I need my targets. You came up to draft me and I’m not getting targets — that’s a problem. You’re making me look bad and you’re making yourself look bad. Why not make both of us look good?’”'

Marker Twitter reacts: Bills fans respond to Watkins, Darby trades [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While Buffalo received starters at both positions, as well as draft picks, in return, local football fans reacted passionately on social media - many negatively, but others were more optimistic about the direction of the franchise.'

Marker What we learned at Bills Camp: Day 12 [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' Zay Jones, Anquan Boldin run with the starting offense. With Watkins out of the picture the Bills went with Jones – a rookie second-round draft pick – and Bolding – a 15-year veteran signed earlier in the week.'

Marker Three up, three down following Bills' first preseason game [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Eddie Yarbrough -- Getting the start in place of Shaq Lawson, Yarbrough showed his strong practice performances haven't been a fluke. He got a third-down sack of Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford to end Minnesota's first possession, and finished the night with three tackles and two quarterback hurries. He has quickly moved into the role of top backup to Lawson and Jerry Hughes at defensive end.'

Marker What They Said: McDermott, Taylor, Watkins, Williams on Bills' loss [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well, number one, it was good to see the fans come out and support the football team. It’s always good to play at home. We look forward to making this a tough place to play and embracing that. After that, or in addition to that, I thought there [were" target="_blank"> a lot of good things on the football field, a lot of good moments. That said, good teams don’t beat themselves and we beat ourselves numerous times tonight and we’ve got to get that corrected in order to go where we want to go.'

Marker Bills game gets strong rating in line with 2016 preseason opener [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The three-hour game in Coach Sean McDermott's debut had a 20.0 rating on WKBW-TV (Channel 7), the local ABC affiliate. That was only slightly down from the 20.3 rating for the 2016 preseason opener.'

Marker Blockbuster: Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams, Ronald Darby dealt to Eagles [1:44 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'After these deals, the Bills now own two picks in each of the first, second and third rounds of 2018, a draft that is expected to be rich in quarterback talent, so naturally, the arm-chair GMs started rolling through possibilities.'

Marker Maiorana: Watkins will be missed, but Bills gain all-important draft currency [1:43 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What Beane did Friday in sending Watkins and a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for cornerback E.J. Gaines and the Rams’ second-round pick in 2018 was a master stroke. And when he traded Darby to Philadelphia for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and the Eagles’ third-round pick in 2018, the double-barrel deal looked even better.'

Marker Six things to know about new Bills receiver Jordan Matthews [1:42 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Matthews is one of only five players in NFL history to record 65-plus receptions and 800-plus receiving yards in each of their first three seasons, joining Odell Beckham Jr. (2014-16), Mike Evans (2014-16), A.J. Green (2011-13) and Randy Moss (1998-2000).'

Marker Six things to know about new Bills cornerback E.J. Gaines [1:41 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Gaines was involved in a couple of skirmishes earlier this week, including one with former Bills defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman when the Rams and Chargers got physical in a combined training camp practice.'

Marker Bills need to stay patient with linebacker Reggie Ragland [1:40 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills are building for the future, and this is not the time to give up on a 23-year-old who is basically still a rookie. The trade whispers surrounding Ragland seemed outrageous to me. Remember, before we make the claim that Ragland might just be another player that Whaley whiffed on, Ragland was the 2015 SEC defensive player of the year, and was projected by most to be a second-round talent, with a few draft sites sneaking him into the bottom of the first round.'

Marker 5 Bills draft picks who became stars - for other NFL teams [1:39 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'How well will these players do for their new teams? Who knows? However, there are several players over the years who were drafted by the Bills but enjoyed more success after leaving the team either via free agency, trades or just being cut. Here are the top five that I chose in 2016...'.

Marker Buffalo Bills trade Ronald Darby to Philadelphia Eagles for WR Jordan Matthews and 2018 3rd round pi [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Darby was expected to serve as the Bills' No. 1 cornerback this season after Stephon Gilmore left the team in free agency. That job will now likely go to Tre'Davious White, Buffalo's first round pick in the 2017 NFL draft.'

Marker Buffalo Bills trade Sammy Watkins to L.A. Rams for E.J. Gaines, second-round pick [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Watkins now reunites with former teammate Robert Woods in Los Angeles. New Bills general manager Brandon Beane has wasted no time shaping this roster in his image. Hired in May, Beane has already traded 2016 fourth-round pick Cardale Jones, 2014 first-round pick Sammy Watkins and 2015 second-round pick Ronald Darby, all draft picks of Doug Whaley.'

Marker 7 thoughts and grades for Buffalo Bills blockbuster trades of Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills’ new front office has talked about building for now and the future. Today it looks like the future is a bit more important to them than the present day. It seems safe to count out the possibility of the Bills going to the playoffs, but the Bills didn’t completely burn this thing to the ground. They added two quality NFL players to replace the building blocks Whaley left behind. If their evaluations of Watkins and Darby are on point, nobody will miss them a few years down the road. Still, don’t expect the Bills to make a march to the Super Bowl this season.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy once felt Jordan Matthews was best WR in 2014 draft [1:35 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"That rookie we got. (Jordan) Matthews" McCoy said when asked who has caught his eye. "He has done real good. I think there has been a lot of talk about this (past) draft class being deep at wide receiver, but I'm real confident in (Matthews) being the best one out of the class."'

Marker How many draft picks do the Buffalo Bills have in the 2018 NFL draft? [1:34 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The 2018 draft class may have the league's next great quarterback draft class. Quarterbacks who may be selected early in the draft include Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Mason Rudolph, Josh Rosen, Luke Falk and Lamar Jackson. Buffalo could be stockpiling picks for next year's draft as a way to move up into the top of the draft to select their future franchise quarterback.'

Marker Brandon Beane annoyed by those who think Buffalo Bills are 'throwing in the towel' [1:33 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It doesn't say anything," Beane said. "Everybody's forgetting we signed Anquan (Boldin) last week. This is not a 'throw in the towel' thing at all. Somebody mentioned that somebody put that out there. Quite honestly, that's annoying to me. You don't know me if you think I'm throwing in the towel. We can go out there and play ping pong, whatever I'm doing, I'm not throwing in the towel. If we were throwing in the towel, I wouldn't have tried to get a starting receiver back. To your question on Tyrod, it's nothing. We got Anquan who we added. I told you, I honestly believe he is a Hall of Famer and can still play in this league. Jordan Matthews is a starting receiver. You look at those numbers and what he's done, those aren't to be laughed at. Tyrod will get every opportunity to lead this team and we're all rooting for him. It's in our best interest."'

Marker What Brandon Beane, Sean McDermott said about Bills trading Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby [1:32 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Well, I know this. I know we've got - what we're looking at is still a quality group of receivers when you talk about bringing in a guy like Jordan Matthews. You add him to who's already here with Anquan [Boldin], who was not even on the field last night and Zay [Jones] and then the rest of the guys that you saw last night. I know where you're going with that and we're bringing in a corner with this deal that has started games - started a number of games. He's going to blend right in and compete and earn his right to be on this football team and start. I think we're moving in the right direction.'

Marker What Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy and other Buffalo Bills said about Sammy Watkins trade [1:31 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I was actually just talking to somebody about it. You could view it one way from my perspective, if we got a pick this year, two two years from now for both picks. We’re actually getting guys that are coming back to play those positions so I don’t scout and evaluate guys, so we’re actually getting people back and some picks. I know more than anything that my attitude and my leadership and the way that I work cant change because of it changes, guys change and above all that, I trust Sean [McDermott]. I’m going to do what I’ve always done and I’m going to go out there and get ready to win."'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills react to Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby trades [1:30 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Some former Bills players reacted to the deals on Twitter shortly after news broke. Here's a look at how some former Bills reacted to today's deals.'

Marker National media reacts to Buffalo Bills trading Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby [1:29 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Tanking" not an excuse for Bills. Darby is in in Year 3. EJG is older/worse. J-Matt is a downgrade and in a contract year same as Watkins.'

Marker 6 things to know about new Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews [1:28 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In three NFL seasons, Matthews has caught 67 passes, 85 passes and 73 passes. In three seasons, Watkins has caught 65, 60 and 28. Yes, Matthews has stayed on the field for all but two games in his career, while Watkins has missed 13 games in three seasons, but that is part of the appeal. The Bills get a receiver who, while a bit less talented, has a consistent track record of production.'

Marker 6 things to know about new Buffalo Bills CB E.J. Gaines [1:27 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gaines missed the entire 2015 season with a lisfranc injury to his foot. He didn’t look the same in 2016 and took a step back as a result. That’s to be expected with such a major injury, but it’s also something to keep an eye on going forward. If he can’t find his pre-injury form, Gaines may not stick with the Bills beyond 2017.'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott not surprised by Eddie Yarbrough's breakout game [1:26 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He's a young player that has worked extremely hard," Bills coach Sean McDermott said. "This wasn't the first time that he has flashed. He earns it, he really does. That's going to personify or typify our football team. He's one of the first ones in the team meeting every morning. He's got flash cards, he's drilling himself mentally, so his success on the field tonight was not a surprise to those that know him and I'm really happy for him."'

Marker Buffalo Bills 53-man roster projection 2017: Post Vikings preseason game [1:25 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Zay Jones, Anquan Boldin, Jordan Matthews, Andre Holmes, Rod Streater, Brandon Tate.'

Marker 10 Buffalo Bills who helped or hurt their causes against the Minnesota Vikings [1:24 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Eddie Yarbrough started in place of Shaq Lawson on Thursday night and the defensive end continued his strong play. Yarbrough finished the game with three total tackles, one sack and one near-sack during his time on the field. It seems that the defensive end is well on his way to making the Bills' 53-man roster.'

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