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Buffalo Bills News - January 31, 2017

Marker Rex Ryan to join ESPN as Super Bowl analyst [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Rex is a great personality and has a unique perspective," ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman told Sports Business Daily. "He knows the Patriots really well. He's raring to go."'

Marker Outspoken former coach Rex Ryan to join Sunday NFL Countdown for Super Bowl [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Sports Business Daily reports that CBS, Fox and NFL Network also reached out to Ryan to serve as an analyst following his firing in December. It is unclear if Ryan will seek a long-term analyst role or return to coaching.'

Marker Jim Kelly draws from own experience for cancer campaign [1:46 AM]
Fox News reports: '“Especially with men, there are so many guys that are stubborn and say ‘Oh I’ll be fine,’ and you keep putting it off and putting it off,” Kelly said. “If you feel that there is something that is not right, get it checked. I mean, what’s it going to hurt to get it checked? It’s either yes or no.”'

Marker McDermott executes plan to hire experienced staff [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Turning 43 in March, McDermott will enter 2017 as the fourth youngest head coach in the league. It will be his first head coaching job at any level. So, he and the Bills were smart to surround him with coaches who’ve been around the game, in the league, and through a lot of different situations that he has yet to face as the man in charge. The next step will be for McDermott to strike the right balance of leaning on those assistants when he has to, but making sure they and the players in the locker room understand he’s their leader, and earns that respect.'

Marker The long build [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Days after telling the assembled media that he believed the Bills to be “close”, Whaley changed his tune and sounded like a pre-tank Sabres employee talking about championships. Plural.'

Marker Alexander Defensive MVP, Brown, Gilmore plays roles in AFC Pro Bowl win [1:43 AM] reports: 'Zach Brown was the second leading tackler in the game and made a goal line stop of Cowboys RB Zeke Elliott on fourth-and-goal from the one. Stephon Gilmore thwarted another scoring attempt intercepting a pass in the end zone that was intended for Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. And Lorenzo Alexander led the AFC in tackles with eight and had an interception en route to being named Defensive MVP of the game.'

Marker Bills Today: Bills reach out to Alexander [1:42 AM] reports: '“[The Bills] have reached out to me,” Alexander said. “They want me to be back ... I’m waiting to see what all the offers are on the table. My wife and I will sit down and make the best decision for ourselves.”'

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January 30, 2017

Marker Jay Skurski's Mock Draft I: Bills opt for defensive help at No. 10 [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jamal Adams, S, LSU. The biggest question here is what happens at quarterback. If the Bills bring back Tyrod Taylor, it means they’re not entering into a total rebuild and should try and find an immediate contributor. Adams would be just that in the secondary. Another option would be to add another wide receiver to pair with Sammy Watkins – either Western Michigan’s Corey Davis or Clemson’s Mike Williams would fit that bill. Adams looks to be a complete prospect, with solid intangibles, an ability to play against the run and the explosiveness teams look for in a top-10 pick.'

Marker Bills' defenders come up big for AFC squad at Pro Bowl [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The decisive play was turned in by Alexander, the former journeyman who had a career season with 12.5 sacks. He intercepted Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins with just over a minute to go in the fourth quarter. Cousins' pass bounced off the hands of Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham and into the arms of Alexander, who returned it 20 yards before throwing a lateral to Denver's Aqib Talib, who then raced inside the NFC 10-yard line before getting stripped by Cousins.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Richie Incognito races Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'An offensive lineman racing against a wide receiver isn't a fair contest, so Landry evened the odds by donning a sumo wrestling suit. Incognito and Landry took part in two races. Incognito shared the video on Twitter while adding that he still has wheels.'

January 29, 2017

Marker Stephon Gilmore weighs in on pending free agency [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I talked to him on the phone, then I got a call from Leslie Frazier, those guys called me," Gilmore said. "It's all up to them. They seem like they're going to turn it around out there but, like I said, I don't know what's going to happen. They got a decision to make."'

Marker Life can't get much better for Andy Levitre right now [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Toughness has been a trait that has defined Levitre’s career, as well. In eight years, he has started every one of his 128 career games. He’s also enjoyed a career renaissance in Atlanta, ranking 14th among all guards in analytics website Pro Football Focus’ grading. He was 12th in pass blocking and 17th in run blocking, according to PFF, while his 1,162 snaps ranked as the eighth most at his position.'

Marker Lorenzo Alexander: Buffalo Bills 'want me to be back' in 2017 [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"[The Bills] have reached out to me," Alexander said. They want me to be back ... I'm waiting to see what all the offers are on the table. My wife and I will sit down and make the best decision for ourselves."'

Marker Andy Reid says David Culley left Chiefs to pursue goal of being a head coach [1:56 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '“He came to me, asked me about it — he knows Sean very well, he knows it’s a good situation,” Reid said. “Listen, he’s 60 years old — it gives him a chance to do what he wants to do. He was my assistant head coach, but most of all, he’s a good friend. Great guy. Very, very loyal. He was my guy.”'

Marker Lorenzo Alexander thanks his high school coach for his humble beginnings [1:55 AM] reports: '“My uncle has been my coach pretty much my entire career—really like a father figure,” said Alexander. “My dad wasn’t initially around when I was younger, so he kind of filled that void for me. [He] instilled in me a lot of character that made me successful today—hard work, being accountable, perseverance [and] sacrifice.”'

January 28, 2017

Marker Polian 'couldn't be happier' with Bills' choice of McDermott [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When you vet a person, you ask yourself, 'What is his pedigree? Where has he worked? What is his level of experience? What is his level of success? For whom has he worked? What are the influences on his career? Is he organized? Does he have the right approach? What's his teaching philosophy?'" said Polian, who was at the Senior Bowl practices this week for ESPN and SiriusXM NFL Radio.'

Marker Bills not expected to receive any compensatory draft picks [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have three picks inside the top 76 of the draft, in the first round (No. 10), second round (No. 43) and third round (No. 76). They do not have a fourth-round selection, as that pick was traded to Chicago last year in the move up for linebacker Reggie Ragland. Buffalo has two fifth-round draft picks, its own and one acquired from Dallas as part of the 2015 trade of quarterback Matt Cassel, one in the sixth round and does not have a pick in the seventh round, as that went to Dallas as part of the Cassel deal.'

Marker LeSean McCoy voices approval of Sean McDermott's hiring [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's tough, he's honest and he's fair. I think he's the right guy for the job. The guys in Buffalo, we need somebody we can believe in and we can trust. And not to say anything bad about Rex because I love Rex. I was actually behind Rex's staying. I think it's more the players, we need to step up more. But I think that Sean is a guy who will get it done."'

Marker Kyle Williams sounds open to returning in 2017 [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You know, I really haven't thought about it right now. Just been down here and the first few weeks of the offseason I've just tried to reconnect with my family and everything like that," he said. "But I always take a month or so off then I'll get back to preparing like I'm going to be back in Buffalo and I'm going to play.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Mailbag: Overdorf (The Cap Guy) isn't immune from blame [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Does that mean Overdorf is absolved from bad personnel decisions? No, it's his job to say that a player isn't worth the money, or the roster is top-heavy, or a big contract could hurt them with dead money later. The team should have protected itself with a behavior clause in Marcell Dareus's $100 million contract. And the Taylor deal wasn't as team-friendly as it seemed at the time.'

Marker Finding Nittmo: From the NFL kicker who disappeared, finally, some answers [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But with a desire to learn as much as she can about Bjorn so she can pass that insight along to her frazzled children, Mary Lois – prepared only with a few old house numbers culled from her child-support case and a search of public records – invited a Buffalo News reporter to drive across the Southwest last week in hopes of finding Bjorn.'

Marker Morten Andersen recalls meeting Nittmo [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It was normal for kickers to get together to shoot the breeze and talk about the trade,” Andersen said. “I don’t recall it 100 percent, but I remember I enjoyed meeting him.”'

Marker Bills should stay clear of Chad Kelly in draft [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Certainly it would make for a delicious provincial storyline — Chad Kelly, graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, coming home and reprising the role of savior that his uncle performed so remarkably during his Pro Football Hall of Fame career. However, just because his name is Kelly does not mean that young, oft-troubled Chad is the answer to the Bills’ never-ending quest for a franchise quarterback.'

Marker Kyle Williams will prepare like he's heading back to Buffalo Bills in 2017 [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"You know, I really haven't thought about it right now," Williams told Orr. "Just been down here and the first few weeks of the offseason I've just tried to reconnect with my family and everything like that. But I always take a month or so off then I'll get back to preparing like I'm going to be back in Buffalo and I'm going to play."'

Marker Bills RB LeSean McCoy: Seeing Tom Brady win another Super Bowl 'would mean a lot' [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'm actually happy for Tom," McCoy said. "Now, I play for Buffalo, don't get me wrong, same division. But I love a player who is building on his legacy. It would mean a lot to see him win another championship. He's going down as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. You know, to build that legacy is hard, this league is hard. If fans and people only know how hard it is. For that guy to keep going and going back to championships. And after this whole year with the ... I don't want to talk about it, if he were right or wrong or whatever it is, you know they punished him. And he came right back strong. So that's amazing, an accomplishment."'

Marker Buffalo Bills re-sign safety and special teamer Colt Anderson [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Signing Anderson gives the Bills six safeties under contract for 2017. The depth chart now includes Anderson, Corey Graham, Aaron Williams, Shamiel Gary, Phillip Thomas and Joe Powell. Anderson, however, is best known for his work on special teams.'

Marker Why Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy thinks Sean McDermott is 'right man for the job' [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I like Sean," McCoy said. "Even when I played in Philly he was there and he had heart, I liked him. I think kind of back then he had to get the scapegoat. Something is going on, you know how it is, you gotta bring in somebody. He's tough, he's honest and he's fair. I think he's the right guy for the job. The guys in Buffalo, we need somebody we can believe in and trust. And not to say anything bad about Rex because I love Rex. I was actually behind Rex's stay. I think it's more the players, we need to step up more. But I think that Sean is a guy who will get it done."'

Marker McDermott's guys: Latest on the Bills coaching staff additions, part 2 [1:47 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'For a lone year in 2014, Dennis spent time as quarterbacks coach for the Baltimore Ravens. During that season, Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor was Joe Flacco’s backup.'

Marker Q&A: Panthers' Coleman on strengths of new Bills coach McDermott [1:46 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“He has a great blend, because you can’t have a guy that’s just micro-managing everything, who’s always trying to light the fire. Your players must lead. If you don’t have the right players leading, then you need to get new players. So if you have the right leadership, which we’ve had in Carolina, we’ve done a great job of being able to lead ourselves. But you still have those days where your team is just not responding. If his guys are not playing or practising with the enthusiasm that’s needed, Sean’s not afraid to speak up and really get under people.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills re-sign safety Colt Anderson [1:45 AM]
AP reports: 'He missed the first three games with a foot injury, and was then placed on the season-ending injured reserve list after being sidelined by an arm injury in 30-19 win at Los Angeles on Oct. 9.'

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