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Buffalo Bills News - January 20, 2017

Marker Sammy Watkins should be ready for training camp after second surgery (report) [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Other wide receivers dealing with foot injuries have had second surgeries in their respective careers. Julian Edelman, Julio Jones and Dez Bryant are just three examples of players who needed second foot surgeries.'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This hiring could mean good news for Taylor, who is facing an uncertain future. The Broncos were interested in Taylor when he hit free agency in 2015, and he is a strong fit in Kubiak's offensive system. It remains to be seen whether Dennison will use similar concepts or want Taylor as his quarterback, but this is one of the better hires Taylor could have envisioned.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills DC Dennis Thurman interviews for Washington's DC job (report) [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Former Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and former assistant Rob Ryan have both interviewed for Washington's defensive coordinator opening. Dennis Thurman, Buffalo's defensive coordinator from 2015-2016, is the latest coach to reportedly interview for the job.'

Marker 2017 NFL Draft: ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. weighs in on Buffalo Bills' options at 10 [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I don't think it's a foregone conclusion that they would take a quarterback," Kiper said on a conference call with reporters Thursday. "I needed a spot for him, and I needed one that made sense. New coach, new quarterback is always a good scenario."'

Marker Buffalo Bills OLB Lorenzo Alexander named AFC East defensive MVP by ESPN [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"There are not a lot of strong candidates for defensive MVP this season. The best defense in the division -- the New England Patriots -- is more team-oriented with its success. Alexander had the most impressive individual season. He led the Bills and the division with 12.5 sacks in addition to 76 tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception. Alexander, 33, came out of nowhere to produce a Pro Bowl season. He'd been mostly a backup and rotational player but produced the best season of his career after a decade in the NFL. Alexander deserves kudos for that alone."'

Marker Bills hire former Denver OC Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator [1:51 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The offensive assistant’s first coaching stint with Denver lasted until 2009 in various roles including special teams, offensive line coach, and offensive coordinator. From 2010 until 2013, Dennison was the Houston Texans offensive coordinator.'

Marker Bills agree to hire Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Dennison was the Ravens' quarterbacks coach in 2014 when Taylor completed his fourth and final season in Baltimore as Joe Flacco's backup. Taylor signed with Buffalo the following offseason and has a 15-14 record as the team's two-year starter.'

Marker Bills turn to Rick Dennison to revive moribund offense [1:49 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Broncos did not retain Dennison this month after Kubiak retired and was replaced by former Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. Denver hired former Chargers coach Mike McCoy to replace Dennison as offensive coordinator.'

Marker Sources: Watkins has second foot surgery, should be ready for camp [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins underwent a second foot surgery earlier this month, performed by specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, and is expected to be ready for training camp, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.'

Marker Bills hire Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Making matters even more interesting, there is a history with current Bills starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor -- albeit a brief one. Taylor was the backup to Joe Flacco in Baltimore when Dennison was the quarterback coach in 2014, and the Broncos also tried to sign Taylor as a free agent in 2015 -- when Kubiak and Dennison went to Denver the same offseason.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with Rick Dennison to become offensive coordinator [1:46 AM] reports: 'Dennison comes to Buffalo after spending the past two seasons as the Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator. A 22-year NFL coaching veteran, Dennison began his coaching career in 1995 with the Broncos--going on to fill a multitude of roles including an initial stint as the team's offensive coordinator from 2006-2008. In addition to the Broncos (1995-2009, 2015-2016), Dennison has spent time with the Houston Texans (2010-2013) and Baltimore Ravens (2014).'

Marker Bills Today: Bills earn 'A' grade for McDermott hire [1:45 AM] reports: 'There has been plenty of opinion written about Buffalo’s hire of Sean McDermott as their new head coach. On the whole they’ve been favorable, including a review of it from Chris Burke. Here was Burke’s assessment of Buffalo’s head coaching call of McDermott.'

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January 19, 2017

Marker Olson pulls out of consideration for Bills OC job to join Rams [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to sources close to the situation, Olson's decision mainly came down to a lifestyle preference. He lives in Northern California, and he and his wife have teenage children in school there.'

Marker Stephon Gilmore, Zach Brown, Robert Woods among ESPN's top 50 free agents [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gilmore checks in at No. 13 and as the top-available cornerback, in Clayton's estimation.'

Marker Bills hire running backs coach from Jaguars [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After nine years of coaching at the collegiate level, he broke into the NFL as a tight ends coach with the Oakland Raiders in 2007. Skipper remained in that role through the 2008 season before moving to running backs coach from 2009 to 2014. He spent the next two seasons coaching running backs in Jacksonville.'

Marker Bills to carry over $2.8 million in salary-cap space [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The National Football League Players' Association on Wednesday released the amount of unused salary-cap space from 2016 that each team will carry over for the upcoming season. For the Bills, that figure checks in at $2,837,222, the 10th-smallest amount. The Cleveland Browns will carry over a whopping $50 million in space, by far the most in the league, while the Los Angeles Chargers will carry over the least at just $113,693.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: The other Rex checks out emotionally [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Yeah, and how many times does this make it that you've sworn never to let your heart get broken by these teams again? It has to be double figures."'

Marker Rex Ryan's Orchard Park home is up for sale for $1.1 million [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We decorated this one differently that we have our other homes. I really wanted everything to be casual and Peter (Balistreri from Ethan Allen) has done a beautiful job with the house. I think it’s beautiful,” Michelle Ryan told Buffalo Magazine.'

Marker Buffalo Bills interview Panthers QBs coach Ken Dorsey for OC job (report) [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'McDermott knows Dorsey well from their time together in Carolina. Dorsey has served as Carolina's quarterbacks coach since 2013 and has been with the Panthers organization since 2011. Following his playing career, Dorsey became a scout for the Panthers organization before moving onto the coaching staff.'

Marker Greg Olson no longer a candidate for Buffalo Bills OC job (report) [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo has not been linked to any other candidates, but they could be waiting to hire a candidate that is still coaching in the NFL playoffs.'

Marker Bills Q&A: What to expect from new defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier [1:51 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Position coaches aren't talked about too much once the season gets underway, but Frazier's hiring last year seemed to be regarded as a good move. He has head coaching experience, and what NFL defensive back wouldn't want to be coached by the man who led the 1985 Chicago Bears' defense in interceptions?'

Marker McDermott's guys: Latest on the Bills coaching staff additions [1:50 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Waufle is known as an intense, strict coach, having a past in the U.S. Marines. From 2004-09, Waufle coached the New York Giants defensive line and won the 2007 Super Bowl.'

Marker Bills interview Panthers QBs coach Ken Dorsey [1:49 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Dorsey, 35, just finished his fourth season in Charlotte, where he worked with Cam Newton during his MVP season of 2015. Newton took a step back this past season with career lows in several passing categories, prompting Panthers coach Ron Rivera to say the team needs to evolve its offense this offseason with Newton's future in mind.'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Kelly Skipper to coach running backs [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Skipper will work with Juan Castillo, who was hired last week to serve as offensive line coach and run-game coordinator.'

Marker Bills hire Skipper as RB coach [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Skipper will be tasked with keeping LeSean McCoy and Buffalo's top-ranked rushing attack headed in the right direction. The Bills averaged 164.4 yards on the ground per game last season and 5.3 yards per attempt.'

Marker Van Pelt a long way removed from first stint as Bills OC [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If unfamiliar with the first time around for Van Pelt as Bills OC, that’s probably because it lasted just one season, and he was actually hired the week leading up to the team’s opening game after Turk Schonert was fired after the preseason. Van Pelt had already been on the Bills staff for a couple years, serving as the team’s offensive quality control coach from 2006-07, then QB coach for the 2008 season.'

Marker Bills tab Skipper as RB coach [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Skipper also coached in college at UCLA, where he went from running backs coach to offensive coordinator and Washington State, where he was the special teams coach on top of coaching the running backs.'

Marker Imagining the Bills as open [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I just think as hard as it is to find a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback, you've got to find one or you're wasting your time. I'm going to be 66 in March. I didn't buy this team to make the wild card. I want to make history.'

Marker Report: Bills interview Ken Dorsey for O.C. [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Dorsey has long been viewed as a bright young mind in the NFL, which helped pave the way for his interview with the Bills. He spent six seasons in the NFL as a quarterback, following one of the most decorated careers in college football history with Miami.'

Marker Report: Bills 'may be inclined' to pursue Van Pelt for O.C. [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The latest report from CBS'son LaCanfora says that the Bills "may be inclined" to pursue Green Bay quarterback coach Alex Van Pelt. A longtime member as a player with the Bills as a quarterback, Van Pelt also got his NFL start in coaching with the Bills back in 2006.'

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