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Buffalo Bills News - March 11, 2017

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Taylor 'excited' about working with 'Coach Ric [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It has some similarities, but also being in the system one year in Baltimore, (there will) definitely (be) some changes in it as far as the play-action pass and getting on the edge," Taylor said. "Just a very player-friendly system. Definitely a system that LeSean (McCoy) is going to like. Get a chance to move Sammy (Watkins) around into different places.'

Marker Report: Ryan Groy drawing interest from four teams [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Groy received the lowest restricted free agent tender from the Bills, which would pay him $1.797 million on a one-year contract. Another team can offer Groy a contract, which the Bills would have the right to match. Because he was undrafted, the Bills wouldn't be entitled to any compensation if they elected not to do so.'

Marker Bills WR Justin Hunter reportedly visiting Patriots [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hunter, 25, appeared in 12 games and made five starts for the Bills in 2016, catching 10 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 203-pounder is a former second-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2013. He had 68 catches for 1,116 yards and eight touchdowns in Tennessee before eventually landing in Buffalo after a one-game stop in Miami.'

Marker Tolbert reunites with 'Breakfast Club' member on fullback-friendly Bills [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is going on my 10th season, and the fullback has slowly been dying out," Tolbert said during a news conference Friday. "You get a guy like Coach McDermott, who believes in us. He not only brings in myself, but also Patrick DiMarco.'

Marker Bills release Buffalo native Corey Graham [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Graham, who turns 32 in July, has been a remarkably durable player throughout his 10-year career. He missed three games as a rookie in 2007, but since then has played in all 16 games nine years in a row.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release safety Corey Graham, free up salary cap space [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Graham had one year remaining on the four-year, $16 million contract he signed with the Bills back in 2014. The Bills will save $4.05 million on the salary cap by cutting Graham.'

Marker In Micah Hyde, Sean McDermott found a quarterback for Buffalo Bills' secondary [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Versatility, smarts, intangibles, toughness is where you start, McDermott said. "And then you look at the skill set on the field - ball skills, the ability to take the football away and score on defense or set up our offense in scoring position will be big for us moving forward, and just the ability to run the defense and be that quarterback in the secondary was big for us."'

Marker Why Mike Tolbert thinks Sean McDermott is the right man for Buffalo Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Just being around each other we got to know each other a good deal," Tolbert said Thursday after getting signed by the Bills. "He called me and he's like, 'I need you. I want you.' And I'm like, 'I got you.'"'

Marker Buffalo Bills free agency: 10 things we learned from Sean McDermott this week [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ok, so no video games. But what about the fullbacks? The Bills signed Patrick DiMarco and Mike Tolbert, two players who have been Pro Bowlers at the fullback position. What's up with loading up at that position?'

Marker Buffalo Bills could be 'all-in' on Alabama TE O.J. Howard, says Matt Miller [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Could the Bills be all in on O.J. Howard? Yes, according to a scouting contact with the team," said Miller. "Now that Tyrod Taylor is locked up, the team won't be forced to go quarterback early. Howard, according to the scout, is a player the Bills love."'

Marker Lorenzo Alexander and Buffalo Bills 'making progress' towards new deal (report) [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In his first season with the Bills, Alexander started in all 16 games and set career-highs in multiple categories. He recorded 76 total tackles, 12.5 sacks, six passes defensed, one interception and three forced fumbles.'

Marker Tolbert jumps at offer to join coach McDermott with Bills [1:49 AM]
AP reports: '"He called me and he was like, 'I need you. I want you.' And I'm like, 'I got you,'" Tolbert said Friday, two days after signing with the Bills in free agency.'

Marker Corey Graham becomes sixth veteran released by Bills this week [1:48 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bills will save $4.05 million in 2017 salary-cap space by releasing Graham, who was set to earn a $500,000 roster bonus Monday as part of a $5.65 million cap number in the final season of his contract.'

Marker Bills release safety Graham [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The former Turner-Carroll High School product registered 214 tackles and 2.0 sacks with the Bills, along with five interceptions and a defensive touchdown. After a career-year in 2015, Graham slowed down in 2016 with just 58 tackles, nine passes defended, one sack, a recovered fumble, and an interception.'

Marker Another one gone: Bills release S Corey Graham [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Removing Graham from the roster means one thing: Sean McDermott is getting his way with who goes and who stays on the roster. He wants players that can play multiple roles, and while Graham has past experience playing cornerback, he's on the decline of his career and made way too much money to keep on the roster.'

Marker Bills release veteran Corey Graham [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Obviously the free agent acquisitions of Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer changed the veteran dynamic at the safety position for Buffalo.'

Marker What we learned from Bills free agent signees [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Both Mike Tolbert and Micah Hyde referenced respect in their initial comments and how it was instrumental in their decision to sign with Buffalo. For Tolbert it was his personal respect for head coach Sean McDermott having played in Carolina the past five seasons. Even though they were on opposite sides of the ball, he had frequent interaction with McDermott.'

Marker Bills Today: Taylor already has his to-do list [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think I can take steps in every aspect of my game,” said Taylor in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. “I’ve been in the league going on seven years, but I just finished my second year as a starter. I think I’ve taken steps in the right direction each game and I definitely think towards the end of last year that I was playing some of my best ball. So I’ve got to build off that and there are definitely some areas to clean up personally and as a team.'

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March 10, 2017

Marker Report: Bills to sign Hauschka to replace Carpenter [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hauschka has struggled with extra points, missing 10 in the past two seasons. However, he has an extremely strong leg.'

Marker Stephon Gilmore reportedly leaving Bills for rival Patriots [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As arguably the top-ranked cornerback available in free agency, Gilmore is expected to land a monster contract in the neighborhood of $13 million annually. The Patriots have spent big at cornerback before, notably bringing in Darrelle Revis for one year back in 2014.'

Marker This graying Bills fan is glad the team kept Tyrod [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Why, oh why, did they trade Lamonica?'

Marker Robert Woods posts goodbye message to Bills fans, will reportedly sign with Rams [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Appreciate the love over the 4 years @buffalobills and #BillsMafia I loved every bit of playing for the Bills week in and week out. I'm happy I was able to start my career there and was able to call it home. Appreciate everything, thank you Buffalo!"'

Marker Bills release safety Aaron Williams [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He tried coming back in 2016, but suffered a huge setback on a devastating hit from Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Williams only played in seven games last season, with five starts.'

Marker Bills rebuild secondary by signing Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hyde is the big-ticket addition in the secondary. The 26-year-old is a former fifth-round pick of the Packers in 2013 who has appeared in 63 career games with 33 starts. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Hyde received a five-year contract with a potential value of $32.5 million.'

Marker Sean McDermott explains why play time is over in the Bills' locker room [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is a business," he said. "We talk about, and you’ve heard me say this before, earning the right to win. We’ve got to stay focused on the task at hand and I’m all for, as we mentioned, the chemistry and building that chemistry in that locker room.'

Marker Taylor says he wasn't looking to leave Bills [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I mean, this is the place to be," Taylor said. "I said from Day One, my commitment is to this team, to this community, to do whatever it takes to get a winning tradition back and I'm still committed to doing that each and every day."'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign 5, say goodbye to Aaron Williams, Gilmore, Woods [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'As the newcomers were filing into the administration building, exiting were safety Aaron Williams, linebacker Lerentee McCray, cornerback Stephon Gilmore, and wide receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. Williams was released, Gilmore signed a gargantuan contract with the Patriots, Woods signed a surprisingly rich deal with the Rams, Goodwin joined the 49ers, and McCray is going to the Jaguars.'

Marker 5 things to know about new Buffalo Bills kicker Steve Hauschka [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Hauschka should be able to handle Buffalo's weather. The kicker has a strong leg and has shown accuracy on long kicks in the past two seasons. Hauschka is 7-of-7 on kicks of 50+ yards since 2015 and 12-of-14 over the last four seasons.'

Marker Why Sean McDermott removed video games, pool table from Buffalo Bills locker room [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"This is a business," McDermott said Thursday. "We talk about, and you've heard me say this before, earning the right to win. We've got to stay focused on the task at hand and I'm all for, as we mentioned, the chemistry and building that chemistry in that locker room. That's a big part of it, yet we have to make sure we stay focused on the task at hand and that means earn the right to win on a daily basis. I don't believe that playing video games in the locker room is part of earning the right to win. We're going to be a focused, disciplined and accountable football team and I believe you do it one day at a time."'

Marker What Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor said about his relationship with Doug Whaley [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We were able to come together on terms as far as the contract," Taylor said. "What happened happened. We learned from it, put it behind us. If it was a bad relationship, I wouldn't be standing in front of y'all today. Like I said, we got a deal done, so it's good."'

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