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Buffalo Bills News - March 29, 2017

Marker Sean McDermott says Buffalo Bills are 'scrambling to catch up' with Patriots [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"You respect that about him and that whole organization in terms of their drive to be the best year after year," McDermott said. "It's one thing to have success. It's another thing to sustain it. That to me starts from leadership. They set the tone really. I'm sure he does a great job in that regard. Obviously, it's out there. They've been able to sustain success and we're all scrambling to try to catch up with them."'

Marker 5 takeaways from Bills head coach Sean McDermott on Tuesday [1:46 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'In other linebacker news, McDermott said he didn’t know why an NFL team hasn’t signed Zach Brown, but the coach didn’t take it off the table, mentioning shortly a “third wave” of signing across the league will take place.'

Marker New Bills head coach Sean McDermott goes into detail about early-morning MMA training [1:45 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“We had a guy at Carolina that agreed to come in. So he and I would kind of go at it in the mornings and do some sparring and what-not. I enjoyed it. It was a heckuva workout. I haven’t found that in Buffalo yet but I’m sure in due time that will open itself up.”'

Marker Bills’ Sean McDermott took Carolina flavor to Buffalo. What he couldn’t take hits hard. [1:44 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Speaking with reporters Tuesday at the owners meeting during an early morning coaches breakfast – not as early as his MMA sessions – McDermott sounded like a teenager turned loose on the new Kong ride at Universal Studios (or a man freed from his first Buffalo winter).'

Marker Safety first for Micah Hyde in Buffalo [1:43 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'McDermott said Hyde will start at safety in the Bills' defensive backfield. He figures to be the Bills' starting strong safety, but eventually Hyde could be used similarly to how he was in Green Bay.'

Marker Bills coach Sean McDermott moved by Penn State's wrestling title [1:42 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '"I had our video guys tape it last weekend, the [NCAA] finals," McDermott said at the AFC Coaches Breakfast today. "I was at the NCAA basketball tournament, so I didn't know if I'd get a chance to watch it. ... And I watched it and I was tearing up, because you know what the young men have put into it with the preparation and dedication to the sport and you look at their bodies and they're warriors, just animals, in terms of what they put themselves through. And they're hugging their coaches.'

Marker Terry Pegula says Sean McDermott, GM Doug Whaley on same page [1:41 AM]
ESPN reports: 'McDermott also dismissed the report at the AFC coaches' breakfast earlier Tuesday, saying, "Like I said at my opening press conference, I'm comfortable with the situation. That hasn't changed at all. I look forward to working together."'

Marker Pegula: report of front office issues is 'erroneous' [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“We just spent the afternoon working together, the three of us,” Pegula said, referring to McDermott, Whaley, and himself. “Those guys get along great. They’ve been making some key decisions, and they work well together.”'

Marker McDermott: Bills #2 WR is already on roster; Ragland/Brown to battle for MLB [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Reggie had the setback last year. I know Reggie from from tape in college and what he can do and we'll start at the middle linebacker position, really, is where we see him,” McDermott said. “And in what innately comes with that position is the leadership skills. I know that his character, really, he possesses those leadership skills - to get us lined up, be the antenna so-to-speak of the defense….and over the years when you look at that position in this system. Guys like Luke Kuechly, guys like Jeremiah Trotter, that can check the defense, get us in and out of bad calls, bad defenses, set us up for success. That's an important part of that position, and Reggie, from what I can tell, what I’ve observed and been told about him, he has that DNA.”'

Marker Bills owner Terry Pegula addresses media at NFL Owners Meetings [1:38 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Among the highlights, the owner touched on the relationship between general manager Doug Whaley and head coach Sean McDermott, new stadium talk, and much more.'

Marker 10 takeaways from Bills HC Sean McDermott at the 2017 NFL Owners Meetings [1:37 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'We have no reason to believe that McDermott would be fibbing about the relationship with the Bills GM at this point in time. While it’s more than likely McDermott has an enhanced “say” in some of the moves that happen with the Bills roster, it seems as though everything actually is fine for the time being. I think we first need to let the draft play out as to who exactly the Bills are targeting to impact their roster. Until then, Doug Whaley is more than likely going to be the general manager of this team, and probably much beyond that as well.'

Marker McDermott discusses early plans for the 2017 campaign [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“That will be a fun battle to watch throughout the offseason, preseason and training camp. Who that is, remains to be seen but I believe he’s on the roster,” McDermott said. “A lot of times when you look at it, the answer is on your roster. That will be the fun part of finding out for me, when you get to phase two and you can get on the field, that’s going to be an interesting three days at voluntary mini-camp for us in evaluating our roster and setting up the draft.”'

Marker Bills Today - Players feel good vibes from coaching staff [1:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s a blessing for me to come back, and I appreciate the organization for having me,” Tate said. “I’m really excited to get to work and I can’t wait for April 3rd. It’s an opportunity that you have to take one day at a time and really work for it.”'

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March 28, 2017

Marker McDermott touts 'healthy, productive' conversations with Whaley [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' "Doug and I worked together on (free agency), we absolutely worked together on all of this."'

Marker Bills claim former Vikings DE Crichton off waivers [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 21 games during the 2014 and 2015 seasons (with no starts), Crichton was credited with only 10 tackles. Late in the 2015 season, he suffered a concussion against the Arizona Cardinals and was placed on IR four days later.'

Marker Bills want to 'have some success' before asking for help to build new stadium [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The source also said the Pegulas told the league they're still early in the process of establishing themselves as owners of the Bills and understanding the dynamics of the franchise's relationship with the community. They bought the team from the trust of the late Ralph Wilson in October 2014.'

Marker Kraft: Brady plans to play six or seven more years [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Meanwhile, the Bills still aren't sure if they have an answer at quarterback for one more year in Tyrod Taylor, signing him to a restructured contract that allows the team an easy out after the 2017 season.'

Marker Raiders' owner says his father would be 'proud' of move to Las Vegas [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"My father used to say the greatness of the Raiders is in the future," Davis said. "This gives us the ability to achieve that."'

Marker NFL: Raiders' move not intended to send message to Bills [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This certainly is not intended to send any message and I don't believe anyone should take any message in it," Grubman told reporters at the league's annual meeting at the Arizona Biltmore. "Buffalo's fans are legendary and ranked right up there with the greatest fans in the NFL. Ownership there is evaluating their options and those options are very long-term in nature.'

Marker The good and the bad of the NFL rule change proposals [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Also from the Competition Committee, there’s a proposal to make permanent the rule that disqualifies a player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls. This rule was used on a trial basis last season, and I have no problem with making it permanent.'

Marker Should Bills owner Terry Pegula replace late Ralph Wilson as 'conscience' of NFL? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Pegula is his own man, and he's his own owner, too. He doesn't have do be Wilson, and that can be a good thing in some ways. But the NFL could always use a conscience, and the last 18 months wouldn't have sat well with the Bills' founder and former conscience of the league.'

Marker Why do NFL owners continue to milk public for tax dollars when building stadiums? [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Davis chased the money, which is what every other owner in his shoes would have done. The $750 million is the most public money ever committed to a U.S. stadium project. Most of that will come in the form of a visitor tax in Las Vegas, a small charge on a hotel bill for tourists. Vegas comes out a winner, as does Davis.'

Marker Buffalo Bills claim DE Scott Crichton off waivers from Minnesota Vikings (report) [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The defensive end played for Oregon State in college and left after a junior year that saw him record 47 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In three seasons with the Beavers, Crichton recorded 165 total tackles, 51 tackles for loss, 23.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.'

Marker Buffalo Bills RBs ranked third-best in the NFL post-free agency by ESPN Insider [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Pittsburgh gets the top spot ahead of Dallas because Le'Veon Bell adds so much value as a receiver," said Schatz. "Atlanta gets a one-two punch out of the multidimensional performance of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, but the lead blocking is important to that scheme, so we moved Buffalo ahead of Atlanta when the Bills grabbed fullback Patrick DiMarco away from the Falcons in free agency. In fact, Buffalo had the NFL's best running game, according to Football Outsiders DVOA ratings, although some of that production came from quarterback Tyrod Taylor."'

Marker Patriots owner Robert Kraft has bad news for Buffalo Bills at NFL owners meetings [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Brady turns 40 in August. Belichick turns 65 in April. But any Bills fans hoping for the legendary quarterback-coach duo to retire in the near future might not be getting their wish. Kraft said at the NFL owners meetings on Monday that he thinks Brady can play another six or seven years and Belichick can coach until he's 80.'

Marker What the NFL had to say about the Buffalo Bills' stadium situation, ownership [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Buffalo's fans are legendary and rank right up there with the greatest fans in the NFL," Grubman said. "Ownership there is evaluating their options, and those options are very long-term in nature. I don't want to speak for them, but I think you can see by virtue of the fact that they're not waiting and have done work on the stadium already that they care about their fans and they care about Buffalo."'

Marker 7 questions facing Buffalo Bills heading into NFL owners meetings [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'A report from Jason La Canfora of CBS cast serious doubt over the future of general manager Doug Whaley in Buffalo. McDermott has been the lone voice for the Bills since he was hired, and it's fair to wonder whether he would want to bring in like-minded personnel people rather than continue with an arranged marriage. This issue will likely be at the forefront of all things Bills this week.'

Marker Teams the Bills could trade down with in the NFL Draft [1:45 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Along with the Bills, the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons only have six draft picks. Buffalo has the highest first pick of those three teams, making them a target for team who’d like to trade up in the draft.'

Marker Another reminder of how lucky Western New York is [1:44 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Along with the Pegula’s, Western New York has the team’s founder, Ralph Wilson Jr., to thank for the team sticking around. Perhaps Ralph didn’t leave fans feeling as good as he could have upon his passing, but the late owner certainly could have moved the team to a more profitable location during his lifetime.'

Marker Sean McDermott, head coach at last, pays tribute to Andy Reid [1:43 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: '"Working with Andy Reid you see that there's a plan and there's a progression, and if you go about things the right way there's a chance, " McDermott said Monday. "And I think Andy modeled [that]. When I got to know Andy, I got to know his story and how he became a head coach. That gave me hope and a vision."'

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