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Buffalo Bills News - February 9, 2017

Marker Bills' brass has met since last week to decide on Taylor's future [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In fact, there was a push for rookie quarterback Cardale Jones to supplant Taylor as the starter for the final three or four games of the season, even though the Bills had yet to be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn were said to have pushed back hard enough for Taylor to remain in the No. 1 role.'

Marker PFF ranks Tyrod Taylor No. 1 available* QB this offseason [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The Bills structured Taylor’s contract in such a way that there is a significant financial incentive not to keep him, because they have to hand him over $25 million in cash if he remains with Buffalo for the 2017 season," Monson wrote. "The deal itself still only averages out at around $16 million per year over the first three seasons of his extension – which Taylor is clearly worth in the current market – but the fact that it’s so heavily weighted in cash terms for this coming season means there’s a decent chance they balk and cut him loose.'

Marker Are Browns a potential landing spot for Taylor? [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One, the Browns are searching for a long-term answer at quarterback. Two, Lee is known to have been a strong advocate for Taylor dating back to the 2015 offseason, when he was signed as a free agent to be part of a three-way competition with EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel for the Bills' starting job. Three, Browns coach Hue Jackson is considered a quarterbacking guru capable of getting the most out of players at the position. Last season, he had another quarterback, Robert Griffin III, who, like Taylor, is known for his mobility.'

Marker Mock Draft Roundup II: A look at who's being projected to the Bills [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Mitch Trubisky or DeShone Kizer could be in play here, depending on what happens with Tyrod Taylor. But the Bills have four WRs hitting free agency and would fill an immediate void with Williams. The Clemson standout has a good size-speed combination and shows the ability to create late separation when the ball is in the air."'

Marker Eagles cut former Bills CB Leodis McKelvin [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cutting McKelvin -- who was ranked 71st among cornerbacks by the analytics website Pro Football Focus -- will save the Eagles $3.2 million. Philadelphia is tight against the salary cap and is expected to make more cap-related cuts soon.'

Marker 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay has Buffalo Bills passing on QB Mitch Trubisky [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Mitch Trubisky or DeShone Kizer could be in play here, depending on what happens with Tyrod Taylor. But the Bills have four WRs hitting free agency and would fill an immediate void with Williams. The Clemson standout has a good size-speed combination and shows the ability to create late separation when the ball is in the air."'

Marker Buffalo Bills named a 'best fit' for Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Mahomes isn't like most Texas Tech QBs. Many quarterbacks produce in Texas Tech's Air Raid system, but Mahomes has the arm strength and athleticism to succeed in the NFL. Mahomes is currently projected as a day two pick in the NFL draft.'

Marker Mock watch 2.0: Mixed bag of options for Bills at 10 [1:52 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Here’s a second look around predominate NFL mock drafts...'.

Marker Top 5 Buffalo Bills players 25-and-under [1:51 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'But plenty of impactful and youthful talent, specifically 25 years old and younger, already populates the Bills roster.'

Marker NFL: Help Bills ‘reverse the curse’ [1:50 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'Seventeen years have come and gone since the last time the Buffalo Bills made the playoffs. It’s also been 17 years since the Bills practiced at SUNY Fredonia.'

Marker Staying or Going? Bills DT Corbin Bryant [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills should bring Bryant back this offseason because he is a known commodity that can work in this scheme as a rotational player at least.'

Marker Bills 2017 slate features matchups with NFL’s top QBs [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The other two quarterbacks on the Bills schedule with top 10 passer ratings also come to Buffalo in Oakland’s Derek Carr, who had a better than 4:1 touchdown to interception ratio last season. Andrew Luck will lead the Colts into Buffalo this coming fall as well after throwing for more than 4,200 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2016.'

Marker Bills Today: Ihedigbo hoping for a return to Buffalo [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I spoke with Sean (McDermott) and my (coordinator) as well,” said Ihedigbo in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. “I would definitely love to be back in Buffalo. I think I meshed well with the guys. This team is a young team and so talented. I think we’re so close to winning. The talent is there. I think we have to continue to solidify that leadership.'

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February 8, 2017

Marker Bills confirm hiring of Gill Byrd as coaching staff nears completion [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In addition to Byrd, the Bills announced the hiring of Bobby Babich as the assistant defensive backs coach. Babich is the son of Bills linebackers coach Bob Babich. They younger Babich spent 2016 as the secondary coach/defensive pass game coordinator for Florida International. Prior to that, he worked as the assistant secondary coach for the Cleveland Browns from 2013-15. He also spent two years on the Carolina Panthers' coaching staff as a defensive assistant while McDermott was the defensive coordinator there.'

Marker With Gill Byrd in the fold, could Jairus Byrd be next? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Safety figures to be a big priority for the Bills this offseason. Aaron Williams' playing future still has not been determined, and fellow starter Corey Graham is heading into the final year of his contract. Playing under his father could have some appeal to Byrd, but if history tells us anything, that decision will come down to money.'

Marker Self-deprecating Rex replaces outrageous Rex in ESPN tryout [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“True to my prediction, I would be in the Super Bowl,” said Ryan. “I guaranteed I’d be there and here it is … I guess it is a little different.”'

Marker Gill Byrd has been hired to coach Bills defensive backs [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Byrd is entering his 13th season as an NFL coach, though he was out of football in 2016. Byrd coached cornerbacks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014-15, and prior to that coached for the Chicago Bears from 2006-2012 and started his coaching career with the St. Louis Rams in 2003.'

Marker Lone Bills fan protests Patriots Super Bowl win [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm just a strong Bills fan and I'm just like disgusted with the Super Bowl," said Brian Holloway, a driver for Rochester Pedal Tours. "I wanted to show up to protest with a lot of other upset Americans. Even though it is only me, one is better than none."'

Marker Bills offseason dates 2017: Stephon Gilmore franchise tag, Tyrod Taylor option, more [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The most important decision, however, concerns quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The Bills have to decide whether to pick up the option on his contract by March 11. Monday marked the first day the Bills could release Taylor, who is currently rehabbing from offseason groin surgery. He started 29 games the last two seasons and would have a cap hit of just under $16 million if the Bills bring him back in 2017.'

Marker Buffalo Bills among league's bottom-dwellers in ESPN's way-too-early power rankings [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The Bills have moved on to their eighth coach since they last made a playoff appearance in 1999," Seifert said. Sean McDermott has a defensive background -- much like Rex Ryan, Dick Jauron, Gregg Williams and Wade Phillips before him -- but what the Bills really need to focus on is their offense. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor has shown some promise, but the front-office decision to bench him in Week 17 suggests the team will commence yet another offseason search for a quarterback. The cycle continues in Buffalo."'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Gill Byrd to coach defensive backs [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills also announced Tuesday they hired Bobby Babich to serve as an assistant defensive backs coach. Babich spent last season as an assistant at Florida International, and previously worked with McDermott on the Carolina Panthers staff.'

Marker Bills season ticket prices won't rise in 2017 [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The entire organization understands this past season was a disappointment and we share in your frustration. While we did not achieve our goals, we remain steadfast in our commitment to bring a championship to Buffalo.'

Marker Staying or Going? Bills WR Robert Woods [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'While the Bills don't have much behind Sammy Watkins, they also don't have much cap room to do all the things that they likely want to do. With so many questions on the defensive side of the ball, and still with some other free agent wide receivers (Marquise Goodwin, Justin Hunter) that can be brought back on lesser deals, it likely makes the most sense for the Bills to initially inquire on Woods, but to ultimately pass if his price tag is going to be in the $8 million per season range.'

Marker Bills add Gill Byrd as defensive backs coach [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Byrd will enter his 13th season as an NFL coach in 2017. Byrd coached cornerbacks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014-15. He coached for the Chicago Bears from 2006-2012 and started his coaching career with the St. Louis Rams in 2003. Prior to coaching, Byrd enjoyed a 10-year NFL career with the San Diego Chargers from 1983-1992. He was named All-Pro in four seasons (1989-92) and is the Chargers all-time leader in interceptions with 42. Byrd was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1998.'

Marker Bills Today: Buffalo second in TV ratings for Super Bowl [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo pulled a giant 57.2 rating, topped only by Pittsburgh with a 57.9.'

February 7, 2017

Marker Bills hire Gill Byrd as defensive backs coach [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bears fired Byrd in 2013. He spent the 2014 season as cornerbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who let him go after the 2015 season.'

Marker Bills' 2017 strength of schedule ranks as fourth-most difficult [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In addition to their AFC East opponents, the Bills will face the AFC West (visiting the Chargers and Chiefs while hosting the Broncos and Raiders) and NFC South (visiting the Falcons and Panthers while hosting the Buccaneers and Saints) teams. Buffalo also will host Indianapolis and visit Cincinnati by way of those teams finishing in third place − like the Bills did in the AFC East − in the AFC South and AFC North, respectively. The Colts have the "easiest" schedule, with an opponent winning percentage of .424.'

Marker Bills' season-ticket prices to remain flat in 2017 [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Last year, a Bills' spokesman told The Buffalo News that the average price of a regular seat for a Bills game was $68.18 in 2016, which ranked in the bottom five of the NFL.'

Marker Bills open with 80-1 odds to win Super Bowl LII [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have 80/1 odds, according to the website. Just six teams have worse odds -- the Jaguars (100/1), Bears (125/1), Rams (150/1), Jets (150/1), Browns (400/1) and 49ers (400/1).'

Marker Bills rank 26th in ESPN's 2017 'way too early' power rankings [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The Bills have moved on to their eighth coach since they last made a playoff appearance in 1999. Sean McDermott has a defensive background -- much like Rex Ryan, Dick Jauron, Gregg Williams and Wade Phillips before him -- but what the Bills really need to focus on is their offense," Seifert wrote. "Quarterback Tyrod Taylor has shown some promise, but the front-office decision to bench him in Week 17 suggests the team will commence yet another offseason search for a quarterback. The cycle continues in Buffalo."'

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