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Buffalo Bills News - May 17, 2017

Marker Ex-Bills coach Rex Ryan to call MNF opener for ESPN with Beth Mowins [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan, who agreed to a contract with ESPN to serve as an NFL studio analyst after he was fired by the Bills, previously called the Florida State spring game with Mowins, a Syracuse native who graduated from Cicero-North Syracuse High School and earned a master's degree from Syracuse University in 1990. According to a recent article on, she received the Newhouse School of Communications' Marty Glickman Award in 2015 and was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.'

Marker Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: On Brian Gaine, T.J Yates, Kolby Listenbee [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That's not to say that Gaine's hiring will be a guaranteed success. Fellow News Sports Reporter Tim Graham and I had some fun on Twitter pointing out the Bills once acquired Mario Williams AND Mark Anderson or Rex Ryan AND Greg Roman or Derrick Dockery AND Langston Walker (hat tip to Bills Digest editor Mark Ludwiczak for that one). With that being said, though, it's impressive that the Bills were able to hire two of the four candidates they interviewed for general manager.'

Marker 6 free agents the Buffalo Bills should consider signing before training camp [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills didn't address defensive end in the 2017 NFL draft. They have a fine starting duo in Shaq Lawson and Jerry Hughes, but lack depth. Devin Taylor remains on the market and could give Buffalo a solid backup at the position along with Ryan Davis. Taylor, 27, started 16 games with the Lions in 2016 and has recorded 11.5 sacks in the last two seasons.'

Marker 8 things we've learned about Buffalo Bills in Sean McDermott-Brandon Beane era [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Since he walked through the door, McDermott has been able to put his stamp on every aspect of the organization. From how the walls are decorated at the facility to major personnel and roster decisions, this is McDermott's team. He will now be surrounded by people he's comfortable with, making a collaborative approach even easier. That's a lot of trust to put in a first-time head coach, but it also makes accountability that much easier.'

Marker Bills GM Brandon Beane doesn’t rule out coming after Panthers execs to join him in Buffalo [1:52 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Gettleman told the Observer last week that all the Panthers’ scouts and front office personnel are under contract and strongly suggested he’d block any attempt by Beane to bring any of them with him to Buffalo.'

Marker UAlbany football's Logan gets chance with Bills [1:51 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: '"I'm blessed to be in this position," Logan said in a phone interview. "Now that I've got my foot in the door, I can show how multitalented I am and show my work ethic and make a 53-man roster, because that's really the goal. This is just a milestone of my football career, but by no means am I satisfied with where I am right now."'

Marker When it comes to QB, Bills talk - and actions - are calculated [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'But both also know they may very well move on from Taylor following this coming season. And as two young faces putting their names and reputations on the line for the first time for what they hope will be many years, why hitch their wagons to one that may be pulling out of town in less than 12 months?'

Marker Notice what new Bills leaders aren't saying [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Beane and McDermott appear bright and motivated. I like what I see, and hear. But when you're taking stock of what they're saying, also make a note of what they're not.'

Marker Beane quickly assembling powerhouse front office [1:48 AM] reports: '“I took a shot in the dark that he would want to do this because it’s generally a pretty lateral move, but Brian was excited about building this and starting this. I think partnering with me and Joe was attractive. I know Brian and who he is to the core and trust that he’s going to be a big time asset.”'

Marker Bills Today: Bills front office already working the roster [1:47 AM] reports: '“My first priority is to get the personnel staff hired. I got Joe Schoen hired and he’s going to be a great asset for everyone here. That’ll be priority number one until I get the staff set. But we’ll always be looking. If there are guys on the waiver wire this week, we’ll pay attention to it. If we can move a guy… if a team calls us about a guy that would help them and we think it’s helpful to us, we’ll definitely consider it.”'

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Marker Analysis: Bills in a good spot to find a quarterback going forward [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The real question, however, is what will happen after this upcoming season. It’s clear by now that the Bills aren’t yet convinced Taylor can be the starter here for the long term.'

Marker Bills hire GM candidate Brian Gaine as VP of Player Personnel [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It’s generally a pretty lateral move, but Brian was excited about building this and starting this,” he said in an article posted to “I think partnering with me and Joe was attractive. I know Brian and who he is to the core and trust that he’s going to be a big time asset."'

Marker Bills sign tryout linebackers Anthony Harrell and Abner Logan, release a pair [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Logan is 6-1, 235 and played for Albany in 2016, registering 96 tackles, including six for losses, and two sacks. Prior to that, he played for Maryland, appearing in 19 games with four starts and making 42 tackles for the Terrapins. The Bills this week with begin organized team activities.'

Marker Bills coach Sean McDermott to throw out first pitch for the Bisons [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Friday's first pitch will be at 7:05 p.m. The fridaynightbash! promotion begins at 5 p.m. when gates open for happy hour with $3 craft beers.'

Marker Tim Graham's Power Take: Rex Ryan will need some TV coaching [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Where he'll likely struggle in the beginning is when criticizing players and coaching decisions. When Ryan provided commentary for Florida State's spring game, he pulled punches and provided low-quality insight on the action.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bill Fred Jackson the guest speaker for fourth annual Prep Talk Awards [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills star Fred Jackson will be the guest speaker for the 2017 Prep Talk Awards on Wednesday, June 14 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center.'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Brian Gaine as VP of player personnel [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I had hoped to get one of these two guys and I got them both,” said Beane. “It was no guarantee I could get either one of them … I’m floating as much as when I got the job. I’m happy for them, it’s going to be big for both guys. We’re going to build this thing right and I see both of these guys getting the opportunity to sit in the seat I’m in.”'

Marker National media reacts to Buffalo Bills hiring Brian Gaine as VP of Player Personnel [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Shortly after the news of the hire broke, many national media personalities reacted to the news. Here's a look at what they're saying about Buffalo adding Gaine.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign tryout linebackers Anthony Harrell and Abner Logan [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Harrell played three seasons at Georgia Tech (2012-2014). He recorded 54 total tackles, four tackles for loss and one forced fumble during that span of time. He transferred to Florida for his senior season and served as a reserve linebacker and special teams contributor. Harrell finished with three total tackles.'

Marker What Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane said about Tyrod Taylor, quarterback situation [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"There's some other guys on the roster," he added. "I've only watched Tyrod from afar. We had a quarterback in Carolina so we weren't in the market a lot to be overly researching these guys. I actually got to meet Tyrod on my tour. Great young man. He's done a lot of good things on tape and look forward to getting to know him and see how he leads this team and it's just going to be an open competition at every position, not just quarterback."'

Marker Bills add two more to front office [1:49 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '"I had hoped to get one of these two guys and I got them both," Beane said in a statement released by the team. "It was not guarantee I could get either one of them. I'm floating as much as when I got the job. I'm happy for them. It's going to be big for both of those guys. We're going to build this thing right and I see both of these guys getting the opportunity to sit in the seat I'm in."'

Marker Texans' director of player personnel Brian Gaine takes Bills' job [1:49 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'The Texans gave Gaine permission to accept the job because it's a promotion in title and a raise and places him closer to his family in Pearl River, N.Y.'

Marker Bills hire Texans' Brian Gaine to be VP of player personnel [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Gaine's responsibilities in Houston included supervising pro player evaluations. He previously worked in various scouting and personnel roles with the Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.'

Marker Bills call Tyrod Taylor the quarterback of the future -- but with caveats [1:47 AM]
CBS Sports reports: '"He is, in Tyrod Taylor," McDermott said. "And then when you look at the competition we have behind him. We've drafted Nathan Peterman, we've added T.J. Yates, and then Cardale Jones in the draft a year ago. I'm not sure there is a team out there that has the depth that we do at the quarterback position. So we feel good about that. We're anxious to see how Tyrod develops in his third year as a starter in a new system, a system that he has some familiarity with in terms of [new Buffalo offensive coordinator] Rick Dennison's system in Baltimore a few years back with Gary Kubiak."'

Marker The Buffalo Bills have no idea what they’re doing at quarterback [1:46 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'However, to say Taylor isn’t the starter is blasphemous. During his introductory press conference, Beane said “obviously Tyrod’s going to be the starter.” One week later, the Bills are going to hold an open competition for the job.'

Marker Bills hire GM candidate Gaine as VP of Player Personnel [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Brian Gaine reportedly interviewed with the Bills for the GM job over the past weeks. Prior to that he has interviewed with the Eagles, Bears, and Jets for GM openings in the past. Gaine has 18 years of personnel experience in the NFL.'

Marker Just like McDermott, Beane won't fully commit to Taylor as Bills' starting QB [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Obviously I’ve seen Tyrod on film. If we walked out there today I would say Tyrod’s probably the starter. But we haven’t even gone through OTAs. You know we got the young guy (Nathan) Peterman, I thought he did some nice things this weekend at the minicamp. Cardale Jones has huge arm and talent. I don't know anything about him personally. TJ Yates has done some starting in his career, so there are some guys on the roster. I am for open competition.'

Marker Bills begin OTAs, final step before training camp [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills will hold their ten sessions over the next four weeks before wrapping up with a three-day mandatory minicamp June 13-15. OTAs are voluntary. Players cannot be fined or suspended by the team or league for failing to show up.'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane noncommittal on QB Tyrod Taylor [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"I'm open for competition. Sean is. Earn the right for whatever job you have, for whatever position you're trying to get. I'm not in the business of handing out positions on May the 15th," the GM said.'

Marker Bills Head Coach to throw First Pitch in Friday's game against Pawtucket [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bisons’ fridaynightbash! game kicks off with the Resurgence Brewing Company's “Happy Hour”, with $3 craft beers from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. “Happy Hour” also includes live entertainment and food specials leading up to the ceremonial first pitch.'

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