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Buffalo Bills News - March 25, 2017

Marker Bills not projected to land any 2018 compensatory draft picks [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There is still time for that to change, but it would take a run on former Bills signing elsewhere to make that happen. If players like Zach Brown, Corbin Bryant, Robert Blanton, Leger Douzable, Brandon Spikes, Corey White and Jerome Felton sign elsewhere, it could impact the Bills' chances. Those players would have to sign with a new team by May 9 -- any signings after that do not impact the compensatory formula, which sometimes means teams will wait to improve their chances of landing additional draft picks.'

Marker Jay Skurski's Mock Draft II: Bills fill a big need at No. 10 [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan. Note to self: There are A LOT of O.J. Howard fans on Twitter, and one can easily spend an afternoon debating the merits of drafting a tight end. In this exercise, Howard is gone, so the debate doesn’t exist. While a new head coach usually gets a pick on his side of the ball, it’s hard to argue that receiver isn’t the biggest need on this team. The Bills are one Sammy Watkins rolled ankle away from Andre Holmes being the No. 1 receiver. Davis checks all the boxes and would be a nice pairing with Watkins, while also providing some insurance if the team’s franchise receiver can’t make it through another season because of injury.'

Marker Wade Phillips 'disappointed' Bills sold his gift to Ralph Wilson [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wednesday night, for example, the former Buffalo Bills' head coach and current defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams tweeted out his "disappointment" that his former team sold a gift he gave to late founding owner Ralph Wilson Jr.'

Marker Sully's Mailbag: Taylor deal a mild show of faith by Bills' coach [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But from what I can see, that's what happened. McDermott decided Taylor was his best chance to win games in the short term, so they brought Tyrod back with a revised deal. It's more favorable to the team, essentially giving Taylor a $10 million pay cut and slashing the potential cap hit if they walk away from him after 2017.'

Marker Editorial: Tax break for Bills is hardly worth the ill will [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yes, there is a risk of appearing to “nickel-and-dime” the Pegulas, as Erie County Legislature Chairman John J. Mills, R-Orchard Park, worried. But the reverse is also true as the billionaire Pegulas appear to some to be nickel-and-diming county taxpayers.'

Marker Buffalo Bills replay proposal among 24 proposed rule, bylaw changes on docket [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills proposed a similar rule change a year ago. Here's a full list of the proposed changes as announced by the league.'

Marker Chad Hall, former Air Force star, takes his defiant will to Buffalo Bills coaching staff [1:53 AM]
Colorado Springs Gazette reports: '"I think I can offer these kids a lot," said Hall. "Help them with developing and growing. Sometimes these players are growing up in the NFL after just getting out of college. I can help with any issues, and I can help off the field. I want to be a very positive limelight to these kids and their lives."'

Marker Here are the proposed rules and bylaw changes at NFL meetings next week [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'By Buffalo and Seattle; Permits a coach to challenge any officials’ decision except scoring plays and turnovers.'

Marker Inside the Bills' proposed rule change [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Each review will be a maximum of 60 seconds in length, timed from when the Referee begins review of the replay at the field-level monitor.'

Marker Bills Today: Taylor makes list of free agent winners [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I was so thrilled for Taylor when the Bills and his agent found a way to rework his deal to keep him in lovely Western New York. Taylor has been a good quarterback -- completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 6,058 yards, a 94.2 passer rating and a TD-to-INT ratio of 37:12 in two seasons as the Bills starter -- and a legit leader. I think he can elevate his game even more now that former coach Rex Ryan is gone and discipline will be restored in Buffalo -- the team won't be penalized like it was last year, when it racked up 127 penalties costing a total of 960 yards. Sean McDermott is a worker, and it goes noted he rightly wantedTaylor back. Taylor won't have to worry about being used as a pawn in a mind-numbing and unfair game between Ryan and GM Doug Whaley.'

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March 24, 2017

Marker Leonard Johnson brings a working knowledge of Sean McDermott's defense to Buffalo [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I just love being able to go out and play with confidence in my strengths," Johnson said in a conference call with the Western New York media this week. "Any time you can go out and play without thinking, you’re playing fast and you enjoy playing the game. When coach introduced the defense to me, it was almost like ‘man, it’s simple,’ but at the same time it can be a little bit challenging learning the terminology and just knowing where to be at the right time, but it eliminates all the thinking of it.

Marker CBS report suggests all is not well with Sean McDermott-Doug Whaley pairing [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I continue to hear that new Bills coach Sean McDermott has growing cache with ownership and that team could be bringing in vice presidents and/or personnel figures with ties to the coach in the near future,” La Canfora writes. “Panthers director of player personnel is someone particularly well thought of who could end up in Buffalo after the draft in one capacity or another. There are already rumblings that the marriage of McDermott and Bills Gm Doug Whaley likely isn’t built to last.”'

Marker Bills announce offseason workout schedule [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills announced Thursday that their offseason program will indeed start that day. The rest of the team's offseason program is as follows, with the dates listed being those open to the media. There is no public viewing during spring practices – typically one of the sessions per week is open to reporters...'.

Marker New practice field for Bills will be on Erie County land [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The property will now be rolled into the 197-acre stadium complex already owned by Erie County, which includes New Era Field, the Bills' Field House and other practice facilities.'

Marker Buffalo Bills set private workout for Pittsburgh Panthers QB Nathan Peterman [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Peterman's experience in a pro-style passing attack gives him a head start headed into the league. His physical attributes are just average, but his accuracy, composure and anticipation are what sets him apart from some of the more physically gifted quarterbacks in this year's draft. Peterman's tape is sure to catch the eye of at least a few teams in need of a quarterback and he should come off the board by day two with a chance to become a solid starting quarterback in the future."'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor among 9 players who won free agency, says NFL.com [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Taylor has been a good quarterback -- completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 6,058 yards, a 94.2 passer rating and a TD-to-INT ratio of 37:12 in two seasons as the Bills starter -- and a legit leader. I think he can elevate his game even more now that former coach Rex Ryan is gone and discipline will be restored in Buffalo -- the team won't be penalized like it was last year, when it racked up 127 penalties costing a total of 960 yards. Sean McDermott is a worker, and it goes noted he rightly wanted Taylor back. Taylor won't have to worry about being used as a pawn in a mind-numbing and unfair game between Ryan and GM Doug Whaley.'

Marker Report: Bills not done making changes [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The 43-year-old first time head coach has since become the face of the organization in regard to public relations. CBS also states that McDermott and Whaley’s relationship “likely isn’t built to last,” suggesting McDermott has the upper hand within the organization.'

Marker Bills, Seahawks propose radical rule to allow coaches to challenge anything, including non-calls [1:52 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“(The) significant change in the Buffalo/Seattle proposal would be allowing a coach to challenge any officiating decision, which would include a foul that is called or a foul that is not called,” Blandino said, in answer to a question from Postmedia.'

Marker Bills begin offseason workouts April 3 [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The exact dates of all the team's offseason workouts will be announced at a later date, but along with knowing the first date players will begin work, the team announced media availability for players and coaches for...'.

Marker Changes coming to Bills front office? [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'As for Whaley, he survived even though Rex Ryan did not. Plus, he was not the man that hired McDermott (that was Terry and Kim Pegula), so there are no obvious ties that are keeping him to see out the entire McDermott era.'

Marker Lifelong Bills fan takes home a piece of Bills history [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Well, we’ve got three or four ideas,” said Brandt. “But the main thing is the Bills cave. I’ve got all sorts of Bills memorabilia from over the years, including some things from the ‘60s. We thought [about" target="_blank"> designing a whole bar around it—my daughter is very creative so she is going to design one and sketch one out…So until we get him home and see where he is comfortable…we are going to have to play it by ear.”'

March 23, 2017

Marker Ryan Groy ready to tackle whatever Bills throw at him [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m super excited to be back. My wife and I love Buffalo,” Groy said during a conference call with the Western New York media this week. “People have always been super welcoming, reminds us a lot of back home in Wisconsin, midwestern people.”'

Marker Mock Draft Roundup III: A look at who's being projected to the Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here is our second mock draft roundup of 2017...'.

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Power Take: Zach's stats don't move the market [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Brown was second in the NFL with 149 tackles. He was a nice pickup for Doug Whaley at $1.25 million. But defensive stats can be misleading. They don't tell you how many tackles he missed. The Bills' defensive record against potent offenses tells you why he wasn't rated higher among free agents.'

Marker Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: A TE at 10? A Fitz Reunion? What's left of the free agents [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While Howard's athleticism gives talent evaluators hope that he can be used as a receiver, that's still a projection because of how much time he spent blocking at Alabama. While he's an excellent prospect, Howard makes more sense for a team that utilizes the tight end more and hasn't already committed such a big salary to a player at the position, like the Bills have done with Clay.'

Marker New Buffalo Bills receiver Andre Holmes early favorite to start [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It was a great opportunity to come to Buffalo and compete, the opportunity to compete to make a big impact on a team that is definitely on its way up,” Holmes said the other day after signing a three-year, $6.5 million contract. “Especially with the new coaching staff and everything and then also the security of having a long-term deal, helps out with that, too. That is kind of where my mindset was at as far as agreeing to terms with Buffalo. I can help the team a little bit more than maybe I had in the past two years. Every player feels that way and I’m no different.”'

Marker 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper Jr. gives Buffalo Bills top-ranked receiver [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"After losing Robert Woods to the Rams in free agency, the Bills have a clear need at receiver. And if Williams falls to No. 10, Buffalo would be getting a guy with a much higher ceiling than Woods, not to mention another Clemson wideout to go alongside Sammy Watkins. Williams' pro day moved him back to being my top-ranked receiver. His 40-yard dash was the question, and he ran right around 4.50, which is what he needed. Production wasn't the issue -- Williams (6-4, 218) had 98 catches for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns. Quarterback could still be in play here, too, with the Bills committing to Tyrod Taylor with limited guaranteed money."'

Marker EJ Manuel looks back on Buffalo benching: 'I had to humble myself' [1:53 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'It’s pretty rare to see a first-round quarterback benched as definitively as Manuel was, so it’s understandable that he had a fairly difficult time dealing with it, especially given that he was still only 24 years old at the time. A few years removed from the decision, Manuel appears to have gained some perspective on it, and that’s pretty healthy. He’s certainly kept rolling, to use his phrasing, and he’s still in the league as a backup. Maybe he’ll get another opportunity at some point.'

Marker NFL Mock Draft No. 2 (3/22/17) [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '10) **TRADE (from BUF) - RB Leonard Fournette, LSU.'

Marker Bills want tax break on new practice field [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Taxes on the property are $1,600 per year.'

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