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Buffalo Bills News - April 24, 2017

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Alabama S Eddie Jackson [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jackson added two touchdowns on punt returns during his Alabama career. What makes that more impressive is it came on just 11 returns, all of which came during his senior year. He averaged a whopping 23 yards on those returns.'

Marker Buffalo Bills should avoid QB in first round [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Most draft experts believe the Bills taking a QB would be a mistake because they do have Taylor in place, none of these four are considered ready to step in and start right away, and Buffalo has several other pressing needs beginning at cornerback and wide receiver.'

Marker BDN mock draft 2.0: Bills stick to offense [1:57 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Mike Williams, WR, Clemson.'

Marker Bills' decision on Gillislee looms Monday afternoon [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'LeSean McCoy will count for $8.875M on the team’s cap this year. New FB Patrick DiMarco, signed as a free agent, is scheduled to count $1.85M. Mike Tolbert and Joe Banyard, both signed to veteran minimum deals, will count $695K and $690K, respectively. Second-year RB Jonathan Williams’ cap number is just over $600K.'

Marker All QB options on the table in draft for Bills [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'While ruling out the Bills taking a quarterback at 10 cannot be an absolute, trading up to get one with just six picks at their disposal seems unlikely unless they’re willing to part with future picks.'

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April 23, 2017

Marker Don’t expect me to criticize Bills, Sabres owners [11:25 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It’s interesting how your perspective changes when the newsmaker is somebody you know.'

Marker Jerry Hughes anxious to see Bills return to 4-3 base defensive scheme [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think for us, we're going to get a lot more fundamentally sound," Hughe said. "That's one thing" defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and coach Sean McDermott "are bringing to our side of the ball. They're really focusing on fundamentals, which is great, and for everybody to understand their job and how to execute it properly, which are two huge points that we've focused on this spring."'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly's off-field issues are only one reason he's expected to last until Day Three of the draft. There is also significant concern about his injury history, which includes tearing the ACL in his right knee twice, and most recently needing wrist surgery upon injuring himself after just 12 throws during the Ole Miss Pro Day. Because of those reasons, it's possible Kelly isn't even drafted.'

Marker Buffalo Bills calling teams in attempt to trade down in first round (report) [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Realistically, the Bills may not be able to find a trade partner until Thursday night. Teams won't be looking to make a deal now as they don't know who will be available at pick 10, but Buffalo could at least be mentioning what they'd be looking for from respective teams ahead of time. In doing so, the Bills would be able to work out a deal quickly on draft night if another team comes calling.'

Marker Report: Bills making calls to trade down & out of 10th spot ahead of draft [1:56 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The more picks you have, the better. However, with the needs the Bills have on both sides of the ball, it only makes sense to trade if they believe they can still get the same value further down the board.'

April 22, 2017

Marker Bills get little national visibility or respect in NFL schedule [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Normally, the Bills-Chargers game would be carried on CBS, but the league recently flexed some games out of its regular network to balance the schedule. The 4:05 p.m. game is the only one at that time on Fox on Nov. 19, which means it will likely give the Bills more national visibility. But even that game isn't on a Fox doubleheader weekend.'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Ohio State CB Gareon Conley [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He is experienced at playing on an island. That was how the Buckeyes liked to used him. Conley might not be the athletic equal of his former teammate at Ohio State and the draft's projected top cornerback, Marshon Lattimore, but he's plenty talented. What Conley does have is considerable instinctiveness and awareness. He does an excellent job of anticipating routes and positioning himself to use the sideline to his advantage.'

Marker WNY sports performance coach breaks down Bills, Sabres woes [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With the Bills, there was a huge lack of discipline. There has been for many seasons. You could see it in the penalties they took, the mindset of the team, the approach they took.'

Marker Seething Salvatore says NFL schedule displaces his annual Bills-Miami bash [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Referring to the many Bills fans who travel to Florida for the game every year, Salvatore also wrote, “The ‘New Year’s Eve Blunder’ will cost the city of Miami a lot of money, disappoint thousands, and for me personally, it has taken the heart right out of me."'

Marker Buffalo Bills should pass on Sammy Watkins' fifth-year option [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The fact that Watkins has battled at least seven different injuries and has been 100 percent healthy on a game day perhaps a handful of times in three years only exacerbates how dumb this move was.'

Marker Buffalo Bills made a debacle in first common draft 50 years ago [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'With Bills fans still stewing about the Lamonica trade, the folly of the draft commenced, and when it was done, the Bills picked 19 players over the course of 17 rounds. Only three would ever wear a Buffalo uniform, and only one — first-round defensive back John Pitts — would contribute in a somewhat meaningful way. The other two players who made the team as rookies in 1967, second-round lineman/tight end Jim Lemoine and fourth-round offensive lineman Gary Bugenhagen from Syracuse, played sparingly and were gone before the 1968 season began.'

Marker Buffalo Bills add Ohio State defensive back in NFL.com 7-round mock draft [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Conley's draft stock has been on the rise. He has experience at both cornerback spots and could thrive in Sean McDermott's zone defense. The cornerback has good size at six feet tall and showed terrific speed by running a 4.44 40-yard dash at the NFL combine.'

Marker Buffalo Bills pre-draft luncheon: Sean McDermott talks Doug Whaley (5 takeaways) [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"You respect all," McDermott said. "You start off with that in mind. You respect everyone's opinion. That's why they're here. That's what leaders do. At the end of the day, that's a decision that will be made by Doug and I, together. We have to weigh all of the opinions that are in the room, and certainly Doug has great familiarity with the players because he's been looking at these players for a long time. I'm trusting Doug on that, and his staff, in terms of their experience around these players and what's happened on campus with these players over the course of the past one, two years - three years sometimes. That's a big part of it, for us, is making sure we know these players inside and out and then putting the information out there so we can make good, solid decisions."'

Marker Buffalo Bills claim safety Trae Elston off waivers from Cleveland Browns [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Elston went undrafted in the 2016 NFL draft, but was signed shortly after the conclusion of the draft by the New Orleans Saints. Elston made it all the way to the team's final cuts before being released by the team.'

Marker Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula cracks Doug Marrone joke at Sabres press conference [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Pegula cracked a grin when he said, "we all know how that started." Clearly he hasn't forgotten the way Marrone left, but he's also not too bent out of shape about it. Much like the infamous "tank," Marrone's departure is not something anyone in Buffalo will forget anytime soon.'

Marker Buffalo Bills and Sabres owner Terry Pegula seems to have learned from Rex Ryan mess [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Now Pegula has to actually deliver a winner. He's appeared in over his head with both franchises at times. Maybe he's starting to learn some lessons along the way. He's certainly leaning on discipline, structure and communication as his new buzz words.'

Marker Buffalo Bills holding private workout with Alabama safety Eddie Jackson [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jackson is projected to go late on day two by CBS Sports and early on day three by NFL.com.'

Marker Optimism crumbles easily for Bills fans [1:48 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'This carousel wheel of coaching changes isn’t doing the players any favors, nor any good for the team. Besides, wouldn’t a playoff berth this coming season be a nice high school graduation gift for the fans who were born in the same year the Bills last made the playoffs?'

Marker Bills claim safety Elston a day after being waived by Browns [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'He has yet to play in an NFL game. Elston initially signed with New Orleans last year as an undrafted rookie free agent, after being a four-year starter at Mississippi.'

Marker Bills awarded waiver claim for S Elston [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'After being released a month later he signed to Cleveland’s active roster. Waived by the Browns in Week 15, the club signed him to their practice squad and then signed him in January as a reserve/future free agent.'

Marker On the Clock: Tapping into cornerback preferences [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Cornerback looks like an obvious positional need with Stephone Gilmore, Nickell Robey-Coleman and Corey White no longer on the roster from last year’s squad.'

Marker Bills Today: McDermott sees progress at veteran minicamp [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“They’ve been very receptive to it. More so honestly than I would’ve thought,” McDermott admitted. “It doesn’t happen everywhere like that. We’ve got a lot of work to do and there will be days that are tougher than the last one and that’s really what professional sports is all about. Having a group of men and women that can hang together through the tough times."'

April 21, 2017

Marker Schedule says NFL isn’t optimistic about Bills [2:18 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Dallas Cowboys, one of the NFL’s marquee teams, play only two games with 1 o’clock Sunday starts. The other 14 are either Thursday, Sunday or Monday nights or in the late Sunday afternoon national television time slot. Buffalo is just the opposite, playing 14 games at 1 p.m. Sunday … including all eight at New Era Field.'

Marker Bills, Sabres media endure a bizarre day [2:17 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But the idea that the general manager, who’s closest to the scouting department and would seemingly be the de facto expert on college talent, isn’t part of a press conference dealing with the draft, was an unmistakeable snub of Whaley.'

Marker McDermott's solo act sets tone for different Bills draft [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We have to weigh all the opinions that are in the room and, certainly, Doug has great familiarity with the players because he's been looking at these players for a long time," McDermott said. "So I'm trusting Doug on that and his staff in terms of their experience around these players and what's happening on campus with these players over the course of the last one, two years, three years sometimes.'

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