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Buffalo Bills News - March 30, 2017

Marker Bills' acquisitions of former Panthers reinforce McDermott's 'up-tempo' style [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You have to do everything fast in practice. Move with urgency in each drill and between drills. No coasting. Ever.'

Marker Bills waive DE two days after claiming him off waivers [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They didn't specifics his health issue, but Crichton hasn't played since suffering a concussion late in the 2015 season.'

Marker Vic Carucci's top NFL meeting takeaways: With Whaley, perception of being silenced still sugges [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But putting Whaley in the shadows (he was seen, but not heard here) is awkward, especially when he won't be part of the annual pre-draft media briefing, the one time each year that every GM who has worked for the Bills is always heard. It's standard operating procedure throughout the NFL, despite the fact the GMs say almost nothing of substance.'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Alabama OT Cam Robinson [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Reasons: 1. He's highly decorated.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Power Take: Bills should value their brand loyalty [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have it darn good in Buffalo. It's worth reminding them of that fact on a week when the NFL moved the Raiders to Las Vegas.'

Marker Terry Pegula: McDermott and Whaley get along; new stadium can wait [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Pushing further the agenda of unity at One Bills Drive, Pegula said when it comes time to pick players in the draft, “It's going to be a group effort. It's just like everything else most businesses do in their life. If somebody feels more strongly about something than somebody else, then maybe you lean in that direction.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills receive 'B' grade in free agency from ESPN Insider [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The Bills took much heat early in the offseason for their indifference toward Taylor, but they kept him in the end," said Sando. "They arguably overpaid for DiMarco at $2.1 million a year. Of course, who besides salary-cap managers should lose sleep over a four-year, $8.4 million deal for a good player, even if he's a fullback? New coach Sean McDermott got great production in Carolina from S Kurt Coleman. Imagine what he'll be able to get from the more talented Hyde. It's understandable why a new regime wouldn't be all-in for Gilmore, although watching the talented corner land in New England was not optimal."'

Marker How Panthers' Ron Rivera rubbed off on new Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Yes, I think I did," Rivera said at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. "But Sean and I talked a lot about those things. That's one of the things I'll give to Sean's credit is that every now and then Sean would want to come in and say, 'Hey, let's talk about this coach and let's debrief about that.' He's seen a lot of things I've looked at. I know Sean has done a lot of analytics in terms of studying things on his own as well. I really do think you guys are going to get an aggressive play caller.''

Marker What NFC coaches said about Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott and his defense [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'm glad that Sean is not in Carolina anymore, although we have to play Buffalo," Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said. "Sean is an excellent football coach in general. He was always going to try to exploit your weaknesses. He did a great job of attacking your protections with his blitzes. Very, very sound defense. Rarely out of position. Tough to get big plays on. I've been going against him twice a year for five years and have a lot of respect for him. I'm happy for him getting a job and I'm glad he's out of our division."'

Marker Pegula speaks with media for first time since 2015 [1:50 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“Well, it's a lot simpler to have one spokesperson for the organization. And when we sat in our coaching interviews this last go around, we talked to all of the candidates, and Doug was in those meetings, is we wanted a coach who could be the face of our organization and that could step into that role,” Pegula said.'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach thinks Reggie Ragland has All-Pro DNA [1:49 AM]
Birmingham News reports: '"Reggie had the setback last year," McDermott said, "but I know Reggie from tape in college and what he can do. We'll start with the middle-linebacker position, really, is where we see him, and 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. 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, from what I've observed and been told about him, he has that DNA."'

Marker Bills waive defensive lineman Crichton for failing physical [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'The move was announced on Wednesday, two days since the Bills claimed Crichton after he had been placed on waivers by the Minnesota Vikings.'

Marker Four still unsigned UFAs the Bills should pursue [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'That stated, who is still left on the market from other teams? Who are some players the Bills could target to help round out the roster? Here are four candidates I've identified as possible fits.'

Marker Bills place Crichton on waivers after failing physical [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Crichton spent the entire 2016 season on injured reserve after suffering a season-ending concussion / neck injury during the preseason.'

Marker Bills owner Terry Pegula downplays new stadium talk [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“The state just got through with a rather expensive renovation on the stadium. I don’t think it’s our place to make demands and ask for things right now," Pegula said. "We have a lease on our stadium until 2023, and we’re looking forward to the football season and not talking about stadiums."'

Marker Bills waive DE Scott Crichton [1:44 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has designated DE Scott Crichton as waived/failed physical.'

Marker Bills owner Terry Pegula delivers a unifying message [1:43 AM] reports: '“Obviously when I say it’s a group effort, it’s just like everything else I think most businesses do in their life. If somebody feels more strongly about something than somebody else then maybe you lean in that direction,” Pegula said.'

Marker Bills Today: Terry Pegula on Raiders relocation and stadium talk [1:42 AM] reports: '“I didn’t vote against it, so I guess you know where I stood,” he said. “It’s a difficult issue because I know that the fans in Buffalo went through some hardship, mentally, wondering what was going to happen to their franchise, but these things happen.”'

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March 29, 2017

Marker Pegula: Report of McDermott-Whaley rift 'erroneous,' coach & GM get along great [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know where that report came from, it's erroneous" Pegula told a group of Western New York reporters covering the NFL meeting here, adding that McDermott and Whaley "get along great" and gave no indication that a change at GM was forthcoming.'

Marker Bills coach McDermott: 'If we're going down, we're going down all guns blazing' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're not going to make excuses," he said. "We are where we are and we feel good about what we've done. Everything we're about is moving forward, and we feel good about the players that were on the roster and then we were able to add critical pieces in free agency. And so we're going to continue to try and do that through every avenue, whether it's the draft, continue to look at free agency, whatever it might be. We're going to try to improve this roster every way possible.'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Pitt QB Nathan Peterman [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Peterman led the Panthers’ highest-scoring offense in program history as a senior in 2016, an attack that put up 40.9 points per game. He also led the ACC in passer efficiency (163.4 rating), starting all 13 games while completing 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,855 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions.'

Marker NFL does away with under-the-hood reviews [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The biggest that pertains to speeding up games is eliminating referees going under the hood to review plays. Beginning with the 2017 season, officials will view replays on the field using portable tablets, with final decisions made by the league's head of officiating, Dean Blandino, and his staff from NFL headquarters in New York.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Sean McDermott claims he's on good terms with Doug Whaley [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I don’t even know,” McDermott said. “We focus on ourselves and getting ourselves better. That’s it. That’s a day-to-day process. Our focus right now is improving this football team in every way we can and that speaks to the communication that happens between Doug and myself and our staffs and really the entire building. It’s what we’re doing going forward. This is a new era of Bills football and we’re excited about it.”'

Marker Texas Tech QB Mahomes an intriguing draft prospect for Bills [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'By his and several unbiased accounts, Mahomes lit up the combine, and the Bills were probably one of many quarterback-seeking teams who took notice. He performed athletically in all the requisite drills that really shouldn’t matter — does anyone care how quickly he did the three-cone drill or how far his broad jump was? — and then he took the field and showed off that cannon of a right arm.'

Marker Terry Pegula discusses Doug Whaley, Buffalo Bills stadium, more at NFL owners meetings [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'I think the answer I just gave you. Obviously when I say it's a group effort. It's just like everything else most businesses do in their life. If somebody feels more strongly about something than somebody else than maybe you lean in that direction.'

Marker Terry Pegula describes the hardest part of being Buffalo Bills' owner [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think the hardest part has been our fans not having a winner," Pegula said. "It's very difficult. We're not happy with what we've been doing on the field. We need to get better. We're going to work harder, and the whole organization is behind that philosophy: work harder, day by day, week by week, Sunday by Sunday and just try to get better."'

Marker Where Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula stands on key stadium questions [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"That hasn't been discussed in any detail," Pegula said. "Everybody knows we're new owners. We're a smaller market in the league, so we just need to be happy with what we have right now with our stadium and call it home."'

Marker 5 Buffalo Bills wide receivers with the best chance to win the No. 2 job [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Andre Holmes: Why he could emerge as the team's No. 2 receiver: Holmes signed the most lucrative deal among the free agent receivers signed by the Bills. Before the Raiders drafted Amari Cooper and signed Michael Crabtree, Holmes showed he could be a contributor by catching 47 passes for 693 yards and four touchdowns in 2014. Although it could change based on the 2017 NFL draft, Holmes seems like the likeliest option to start across from Watkins.'

Marker NFL owners meetings: 10 interesting quotes from Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'm a big believer in analytics and technology," McDermott said. "Again, just to try and gain that competitive advantage. I think to ignore that is irresponsible. That's going to guide us in our decisions at the end of the day. You combine that with your gut instinct and you put yourself in a position to make those sound decisions."'

Marker What Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said about his relationship with Doug Whaley [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's really been seamless," McDermott said. "Doug and his staff laid a nice foundation for us in terms of free agency and really you kind of rewind and look at the roster first. We were able to get in. Doug and his staff went to the Senior Bowl and we stayed back so we could get a handle on our roster, which is key. We have to understand our situation first and then look to improve our situation. We did that, I believe, exponentially. Through free agency and then at the Combine they laid a nice foundation again with who we were going to look at. We had those nightly meetings where we were able to meet some of the young men, and it's been seamless so far."'

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