Bills sign rookie 7th-round pick, TE Gragg [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'He was chosen 222nd overall out of Arkansas, and becomes the first of Buffalo's eight draft picks to sign with the team. Gragg had 72 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns in 43 career games, including 20 starts.'
Bills sign seventh-round pick [1:54 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Gragg finished his career at Arkansas with 72 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns. Last season, he caught 22 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns after a career-high 43 receptions for 518 yards in 2011.'
Bills ink 7th round pick Gragg to rookie deal [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Gragg and the rest of the Bills rookie class -- including the undrafted free agents -- will be on the field at One Bills Drive on Friday for the start of rookie minicamp.'
Former player suggests Bills and Byrd are $2M apart [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I got a comment on Jairus Byrd: sign the dang contract and get in to camp," Kelso started. "He's the leader on the defense, you've got to be leader on the defense or the defense is going nowhere. So sign a contract in get in to camp. I mean we're talking'… we're quibbling over $2 million here. I mean I know $2 million is a lot of money but not when you're making $6 [million] or $7 [million]."'
Bills' cap casualty candidates [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Here is a list of five veterans that could be in their last few months with the team.'
Bills sign seventh-round TE Chris Gragg [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It feels like the entire draft process is finally over,” Gragg told Buffalobills.com. “I’m back to being a football player now. I’ve been talking to the coaches and they seem very excited for me to be here and I’m ready to get to work.”'
Competition, camaraderie the results of Bills conditioning program [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“They want to do everything they can right now to help us,” said Jackson. “That’s why the program that we’re in is so strenuous. They know that coming back we’re going to hit the ground running and they want us prepared for that so they’re pushing us hard right now.”'
How the Bills fit in to the new NFL: Defense [9:13 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As it's currently constructed, how have the Bills attempted to adapt their roster to the way the NFL is trending? Here's a look...'.
Professional football player charged, fundraising Tradition Field celebrity softball game canceled [9:05 PM]
Port Saint Lucie Times reports: 'McIntyre, 34, of the 100 block of Southwest Hidden Cove Way, was charged by Port St. Lucie police after they interviewed him and a woman at his home about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. McIntyre has played for the Buffalo Bills the last few years but is a free agent.'
Mario Williams’ Limited Engagement [6:41 PM]
WFAN-AM reports: 'And Mario Williams doesn’t get a pass simply because he can afford, as F. Scott Fitzgerald would say, A Diamond as Big as the Ritz. But fair is indeed fair. And though the numbers are never incidental, the principle should stand no matter the money involved.'
Bills hope Tuel is part of the QB mix [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s exciting for the organization to bring in a guy like EJ and bring that first-round potential. My first thought is that’s a great deal for the team most importantly,” he said. “As far as my side, it’s still my job to go in there and compete and push him – or whoever – for the starting job and just try to do my best out there. We’re all coming in there to compete, so if I can make any of the quarterbacks in front of me better by doing anything, then I will.”'
Report: Lions tried to trade Bills the No. 5 pick in draft [1:58 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'Bills general manager Buddy Nix told the team’s website that the Lions approached him about trading up to the No. 5 spot but that he had no interest in doing so. “Not at all,” Nix told the website. “You’ve got to give up too much to move up. We had guys that we thought would be there and had our favorite there, so we weren’t interested in moving up.”'
Bills star Williams sues to get $785,000 engagement ring back [4:31 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Texas is not a no-fault state for such a conditional gift. The person giving the ring can recover it “on breach of the marriage engagement by the donee,” according to a 2003 Texas Court of Appeals ruling.'
Mario Williams sues to get his engagement ring back [4:30 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Williams’ attorneys are seeking a temporary restraining order and a permanent injunction preventing Marzouki or her associates from selling or damaging the ring or keeping any proceeds from the sale of the ring. Williams is entitled to recovery of the ring, they say, under a “conditional gift rule” recognized by Texas courts.'
Former Texan sues ex-fiancee to get ring back [1:17 PM]
KTRK-TV reports: 'Under a rule that is recognized by Texas courts, Williams may be entitled to get the ring back because it was given as a gift with the intention of getting married, and Marzouki reportedly ended the engagement.'
Bills $100 million man Mario Williams suing ex-fiance over 10-carat diamond [12:33 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Williams filed a lawsuit against his former finance, Erin Marzouki, seeking the return of a 10-carat diamond engagement ring that the stud defensive end bought her with some of his Houston Texan cash. How much cash, you might be wondering? Try a cool $785,000. No, that isn’t a typo. Williams thought it a good idea to pony up more than three-quarters of a million dollars on a single ring for a girl he thought he might marry. MC Hammer thinks that’s extravagant.'
Nix, Marrone look back at Buffalo draft [10:12 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“It really, at first, kind of shocked me a little bit,” Nix admitted. “But when you think about it, people were worried about this quarterback class. The hype or the lack of it got people concerned and they went out and tried to give themselves some insurance, bringing in veteran quarterbacks. It made that not be a priority in the first few picks.'
Smart money’s on keeping Byrd [3:40 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills shouldn’t let it come to that. I’m not privy to negotiations, but it would be imprudent to play hardball with Byrd and risk alienating one of the top players and good guys on the team. It’s only May, but drafting safeties in consecutive rounds was a troubling sign that this could get ugly.'
Alonso could star as QB of Bills' defense [3:39 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Alonso is a highly athletic, tenacious defender with a history of making big plays in big games. His agility, speed and instincts make him a legitimate three-down defender -- critical when taking into consideration that if the Bills have plans to jump in the AFC East standings they'll have to not only improve against the run but slow down Tom Brady's quick-hitting passes over the middle.'
Bills will be on the lookout for missing puzzle pieces [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Players will be released. There’s still some cap work that needs to be done on a lot of teams so there will be good players popping up. You just have to be ready, and we track them,” said Tom Gibbons, the Bills’ director of pro personnel. “If there were to be a player come available, I don’t think there’d be any question that we’d sign him ... up until camp if we felt the player could help us.”'
Grading drafts in the AFC East [1:58 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The first scout gave the Bills’ draft a C grade, the second a B to B-minus.'
Ken Mastrole coaches FSU QB E.J. Manuel into NFL Draft [7:18 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'What Mastrole did was come in and put the gifted passer through every test imaginable. By last week’s NFL Draft, many had felt that his improvement and ability was worthy of a first-round pick. When the Buffalo Bills made the selection, Manuel and his instructor were center stage.'
Buffalo Bills post-draft depth chart [8:37 PM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Losing Andy Levitre is bad enough, but they also lost a valuable backup in Chad Rinehart. David Snow was an undrafted free-agent in 2012, and ended up starting two games due to injury, as well. Maybe Chris Hairston or Zebrie Sanders slides over to guard, but this is just a hairy situation overall that the Bills didn't do anything about.'
Hopkins’ selection kickstarts battle [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills – and many draft analysts – rated him the top place-kicker in college. In four full seasons as the Seminoles’ kicker he set NCAA records for scoring (466 points) and field goals (88).'
Hard work to reach NFL nothing new for Rock Hill’s Meeks [1:58 AM]
Rock Hill Herald reports: '“I feel I can do a lot for (the Bills),” he said. “There were abilities and talents I had that were not tapped into at Clemson. I was only scratching the surface at Clemson. The things I can do from a safety standpoint, I think I will fit in well using my aggression, size and speed.”'
This year's NFL Draft unusual, in Buffalo for sure [1:57 AM]
Huntington Herald Dispatch reports: 'But regardless of the outcome -- good or bad or something in between -- this was a poorly conceived decision because Buffalo burned a first round pick on a player they could have gotten much later. You mean to tell me Buffalo couldn't have drafted Manuel in the second round with the 41st or 46th overall picks, or in the third round with the 68th overall pick, and filled another need (one of their many) with their first pick instead? Please!'
Chan Gailey talks God, football at Northeast Alabama FCA banquet [1:56 AM]
Birmingham News reports: '"I stand before you because of that," Gailey told the audience at the Northeast Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes Home Team Celebration and Fundraising Banquet on Thursday night at First Baptist Church. "I stand before you today not as a coach who professed Christianity, but as a Christian who happened to coach for a living. And there's a big difference in those two."'
How the Bills fit in to the new NFL: Offense [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The trend of the new NFL is unmistakable, and teams all over the league are attempting to adapt as the years pass by. Gone are the years where teams depend on the downhill, road-grading run games that dictate the tempo.'
The Bills get a quarterback, gain speed in draft [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Manuel seems excited to come to Buffalo and work with the Bills. He appears to be intelligent on and off the field. He received All-ACC academic honors and has even begun taking master’s level courses at FSU as a fifth-year senior. Manuel respects coaches and teachers, and is a very humble player as evidenced by his presence during interviews with the media.'
Estero's Mastrole happy to see protege plucked early during NFL draft [1:58 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: '“It was a big process,” Manuel said. “He’s someone who has been through the process. He knew what to expect. I could learn from some of the mistakes that he made. He’s just a good guy. We worked out hard, but we had fun doing it. He was living vicariously through me.”'
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