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Buffalo Bills News - August 13, 2017

Marker Sammy Watkins meets with L.A. media for first time since trade from Buffalo Bills [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I just thought I was catching it hot," Watkins told the Los Angeles media. "I mean, they was targeting me pretty quick, and after the game, I was... 'Oh, I probably was out there auditioning.'"'

Marker Bills' leaders react to Watkins, Darby deals [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Being in the league for almost seven years, you know that every day that you step into a building, it could be your last day. Things happen around the league. It’s definitely, like I said, just surprised. I wish Sammy the best. I haven’t gotten a chance to talk to him. I will call him today. It’s been a fast day, but definitely surprised.”'

Marker Bills with a summer shocker [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If I were the GM of the Bills I would not have traded away Watkins. I thought the Bills made the right decision in deciding not to pick up the 2018 option year on his contract. The best course of action was to see if Watkins could stay healthy this season and then decide his future. I think Sammy is an extremely talented receiver who can bring explosive plays to the field. If he stayed healthy and was productive, the Bills could have then pursued a multi year contract or at the very least used the franchise tag.'

Marker Watkins has no ill will towards the Bills [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"It was fast," Darby told reporters at Philadelphia Eagles practice Saturday morning. "I just heard I was being traded, like closed my eyes, opened them, I'm on a plane, closed my eyes, opened them, I'm laying down in the hotel and now I'm out here, everything has just been moving really fast."'

Marker Bills sign CB Jumal Rolle [1:48 AM] reports: 'Rolle, who began his NFL career with the Bills as a undrafted rookie free agent now rejoins the team after spending parts of two seasons (2014-2015) with the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens.'

Marker Zay Jones’ NFL debut against his brother is a dream come true [1:47 AM] reports: '“It’s an awesome feeling,” said Robert. “To have two of your sons, we actually have three, to make it to this level, it’s a wonderful opportunity. Just the ride over here – the nervousness that you feel, you just want both to do well. Someone has to win, someone has to lose. But, I love the fact that both of them have worked their butts off and have gotten to this point. I am just excited to see how they do on the field.”'

Marker Bills Today: Buffalo has NFL’s most productive slot WR [1:46 AM] reports: 'PFF has Matthews with a total of 2,389 receiving yards out of the slot the last three seasons to lead the league. Behind him are names like Randall Cobb, Jarvis Landry, Doug Baldwin and Larry Fitzgerald.'

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Marker Bills' double trade distances them from Whaley era [2:33 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Of course, dealing no worse than the second-best offensive player and a quality starting cornerback, has left some Bills’ fans wondering whether it signifies Tank City … that is to say accept losing this year to improve draft position. After all, Gaines and Matthews were deemed expendable by the Rams and Eagles, respectively, yet are likely to move into starting roles with Buffalo almost immediately.'

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Marker Blockbusters: Bills trade Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Rosters change over. It’s a new regime, so to speak," Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said. "We’re trying to do everything that we can to build the right team the right way. Sustained success is the word I used the day I took this job and that’s where I’m at today."'

Marker Bills trades distance team from Doug Whaley, pivot roster squarely in Brandon Beane's direction [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Regardless, these are the men who are on the harpoon for the Bills' past drafts. They were the general managers, and here's what's left of their legacies on the 2017 Buffalo Bills roster after Friday's trades of 2014 first-round pick Sammy Watkins and 2015 second-rounder Ronald Darby.'

Marker LeSean McCoy can relate to Sammy Watkins getting traded for 'a guy that he's probably bett [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've been there," he said Friday after practice. "It's a business. He has to understand that. I can understand the type of way he feels right now, getting traded for a guy that he's probably better than. So I understand. But he'll be all right.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Make no mistake, Watkins trade a nod to the future [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The trades, which I applaud, made them worse in the short term. You don't deal a starting cornerback and potential superstar wide receiver and get better.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Hot Read: Trading Sammy Watkins a wise move in the long run [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So this isn't a tank, like the Sabres three and four years ago, or the Browns and Jets the last two seasons. In typical fashion, the Bills are middling it this season, looking to win in the short term while looking to get better down the road.'

Marker Tim Graham: Bills leaders admit they'll need to sell trades to team, fans [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But throughout their news conferences at One Bills Drive, McDermott and Beane acknowledged they hurt their chances of winning this year.'

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.'

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