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Buffalo Bills News - April 30, 2016

Marker Bills trade efforts rewarded with prized LB Reggie Ragland [1:11 AM] reports: '“During the day we contacted every team starting with Cleveland,” said GM Doug Whaley of the team holding the first pick in round two Friday. “We worked our way down until we found a partner in Chicago. As soon as that happened and he was on the board it was a no brainer.”'

Marker DT Washington another brick in Bills defensive wall [1:10 AM] reports: '“We wanted to see (who had what) role,” Whaley said. “Adolphus was one of the guys that when he spoke a lot of people listened. He didn’t dominate the conversation, but when he said something, all the guys that were with us paid attention. It taught us, it showed us that he has respect of his teammates.”'

Marker Ragland expected to fill LB role next to Preston Brown [1:09 AM] reports: '“I don’t worry about (the critics) because I know I am athletic and the Buffalo Bills decided to draft me because they thought I was athletic,” he said. “So that is the only thing that matters to me… What another guy sitting there talking about me (says) doesn’t matter to me, because I can show the I can play.”'

Marker 5 things to know about LB Reggie Ragland [1:08 AM] reports: '"He's like the Ray Lewis of our defense," Harrison said. "He keeps everybody in line. He makes all the checks, all the calls. He makes sure everybody's on the same page. He really keeps us in line.”'

Marker 5 thing to know about DT Adolphus Washington [1:07 AM] reports: '"I would've much rather had the season I had this year early on in my career, my sophomore year,” Washington told “I just didn't have all my stuff together. I feel like everything finally came together."'

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April 29, 2016

Marker Cliche aside, the Bills get their guy [11:51 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“In Buffalo, we’re the lead recruiters of Clemson (players) and one way to do it is to draft their guys high,” Whaley said with a laugh, the quickly added, “they won a national championship because they have good players. You don’t want to draft a Clemson player, or any player that isn’t worthy of the value that you put on him.”'

Marker Bills select Clemson DE Shaq Lawson with No. 19 pick [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Scouts view the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Lawson is exceptionally quick and athletic. They also see him as being strong at the point of attack, and using his hands well to separate from blockers.'

Marker Bills take their cue from the Super Bowl champions with Shaq Lawson pick [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lawson, the 19th overall pick on Friday night, may be precisely the chess piece Buffalo needs to make offensive coordinators shudder. Too often last season, they weren't.'

Marker Bills play the need card with Lawson [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The draft board fell right for the Bills. When they picked at No. 19, three of the most talented defensive players were still available: Lawson, Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed and UCLA linebacker Myles Jack. Paxton Lynch, the third-rated quarterback, was also on the board.'

Marker Transcript of Bills GM Doug Whaley following drafting of Shaq Lawson [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Medical staff cleared him, said he can play. Now, if something happens, it’s going to happen, but it’s nothing that we’re real worried about or we wouldn’t have taken him. We got complete faith in our medical staff and they signed off on him, so we’re excited to have him.'

Marker Transcript of Shaq Lawson's comments after being drafted by the Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I got a lot of experience as a standup guy. I played standup linebacker in high school, played standup at Clemson. Man I am comfortable with it, I am going to be ready to go.'

Marker Clemson's co-DC Marion Hobby on Shaq Lawson: 'He’s an every-down player' [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t want to label that guy as a pass rusher. He’s an every-down player. The guy I’m familiar with that he reminds me of is Shaun Ellis. Shaun Ellis has that great size and great twitch. He played a long time in the NFL. Could’ve played 4-3, could’ve played 3-4. And Charles Grant. He’s another guy who had pass-rush ability but he could play the run and was just a big, physical end.”'

Marker 5 Things to know about first-round pick Shaq Lawson [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There is a red flag here. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that after next season, Lawson would need shoulder surgery that'd sideline him "4-6 months" at some point. The Bills aren't concerned. Whaley said that the team's medical staff cleared Lawson and that they aren't worried at all. "It's nothing that we're really worried about," the GM said, "or we wouldn't have taken him." Buffalo must keep an eye on it, of course.'

Marker Buffalo Bills take Clemson's Shaq Lawson in first round [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Lawson was projected to be a mid-round pick, and it was a dicey proposition whether he would get to the Bills, but in a draft that has been said to be deep in defensive linemen, only three went before Lawson.'

Marker Shaq Lawson to Bills? That was easy [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Very few times can you go into a draft and have a really big need and the guy standing out like sore thumb is the guy you want and it fills that need,’’ said Whaley, who repeated the sore thumb line later on. “We’re extremely excited.’’'

Marker Bills select Lawson with 19th pick [1:50 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“He only had one college season as a full-time starter, but played a significant role in a rotation his first two years. Lawson can play end in a 3-4, or 4-3 but needs to get a little bigger to play in a 3-4. He has excellent overall athleticism and a tremendous upside.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills pick Shaq Lawson in 1st round [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Some think Lawson is best suited for a 4-3 scheme, but Lawson should be able to stay productive as a 3-4 pass rusher. The question is where the Bills will play him. With Jerry Hughes as one edge rusher and Manny Lawson playing strong-side linebacker, Lawson may be asked to move around the formation a bit. He may not have the size to play as a down lineman in the 3-4, but Ryan likes to find different ways to use players.'

Marker Will Bills' first-round pick Shaq Lawson need shoulder surgery? [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"No, there's no truth to Adam Schefter's report about me having surgery. I don't know where that comes from. I guess he just wanted to put something out there. If I didn't have surgery my freshman year, why would I have surgery now?"'

Marker How Bills' first-rounder Shaq Lawson overcame loss of father [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He impacted a lot. He made me a man. He made me the man I was today. I had to step up a lot when he passed away, being a father figure for my little brothers and sisters. I was being there for them. So he impacted me a whole lot."'

Marker ESPN, NFL Network analysts like Bills' pick of Shaq Lawson [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"If you want a visual, think Brian Orakpo, best-case scenario a Tamba Hali. I don't think he's got Tamba's get-off and first step, but he's got heavy hands. He'll fit that scheme because he can play inside or outside, up or down. And you know how Rex likes those chess pieces that he can play with on third down packages."'

Marker Grading the Buffalo Bills pick of Clemson's Shaq Lawson [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The biggest question surrounding Lawson was a shoulder injury that required a medical recheck. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the shoulder will require surgery at some point, likely after the 2016 season. However, the surgery will keep him out 4-6 months whenever he chooses to have it.'

Marker Bills draft Shaq Lawson in first-round [1:44 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The initial belief is that Lawson can play through the injury and have the surgery next offseason.'

Marker Clemson's Lawson becomes latest Bill [1:43 AM]
Greenville News reports: 'Buffalo is in dire need of an edge pass rusher, and Lawson fits that bill. Buffalo ranked 31st out of 32 teams in the NFL last season with only 21 sacks.'

Marker Clemson DE Shaq Lawson drafted by Buffalo Bills in first round [1:42 AM]
Charleston Post and Courier reports: 'Second-year Buffalo head coach Rex Ryan is an avid Clemson fan – his son, Seth, is a walk-on wide receiver for the Tigers.'

Marker Bills select Shaq Lawson to lead off Clemson’s 2016 draft [1:41 AM]
Anderson Independent Mail reports: 'Including Lawson, the Bills have now drafted six Clemson players since 2010, more than any other team in the league. He is the third Bills first-round pick from Clemson in that span, joining 2010 No. 9 overall pick C.J. Spiller and 2014 No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins. Of the previous picks, only Watkins and 2013 fifth-round pick Jonathan Meeks are still on the Bills roster.'

Marker Lawson highest ever draft pick from Daniel [1:40 AM]
Seneca Daily Journal reports: 'He had to wait a little longer to hear his name called than most projected, but Shaq Lawson still made Daniel High School history on Thursday night.'

Marker Rex Ryan's Clemson connection leads to Bills drafting Lawson [1:39 AM]
AP reports: '"It was the best pre-draft meeting I had," Lawson said. "Everybody else's meetings were uptight and asking me who the fourth president was. And when I went in their meeting room, I just felt laidback. They were talking to me about football."'

Marker Bills Grab Lawson at #19 Overall [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 21-year-old is 6'3", 249 pounds and exits Clemson after three years, including his junior season which saw him rack up 12.5 sacks. A consensus All-American and first-team All ACC member, Lawson also finished with 25.5 tackles for loss in 2015.'

Marker In Lawson, Bills match value and need [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Lawson is a very good fit for a Bills team that was near the bottom of the league in getting to the passer last season and then released defensive end Mario Williams. The Bills need someone to play the edge as much, if not more, than any other spot on the field. And Lawson is one of the best in this draft.'

Marker Shaq: ''No truth'' to report of pending shoulder surgery [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In a conference call with the Buffalo media, Lawson said there is “no truth whatsoever” to that report, but did say he’s had a minor right shoulder injury since his freshman year, but that it’s never been something that’s bothered him.'

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