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Buffalo Bills News - May 14, 2017

Marker Jay Skurski's Bills Mailbag: Sammy Watkins' injury concerns, the ongoing QB search and mor [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Like with everything else, it has to start at quarterback. Heading into spring practices, the pecking order figures to be Tyrod Taylor, T.J. Yates, Cardale Jones, Nathan Peterman and Josh Woodrum. The two biggest questions to me are, 1. Is Yates solidified as the backup?, and 2. Will Peterman push Jones off the roster?'

Marker Jim Kelly gets special shout-out from President Trump [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Jim, do you have any idea how much money you’d be making today?" the president said Saturday. "They’d hit Jim, it was like tackling a linebacker. They’d hit Jim, four guys, five guys that weighed 320, and they’d just keep going down the field. He was much more than a quarterback. He had tremendous heart, and he knew how to win.'

Marker Roth: Pegula's new GMs both said the right word: 'Collaborate' [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The resumes of Botterill and Beane are interchangeable, two men who worked their way up the sports business food chain starting as coffee-fetching interns. Where many traditional GMs travel the hard-scrabble road of scouting, Botterill and Beane came up in the world of contract negotiations, salary cap management, budgets and logistics, all the office stuff scouts can’t stand once they become GMs.'

Marker MMQB predicts Buffalo Bills to be among league's worst teams in 2017 [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Prognosticators should run away from Buffalo's dysfunction, not to it. With the Pegulas firing Doug Whaley, it's apparently first-year head coach Sean McDermott's club for the time being. His move to take the ping-pong tables out of the locker room sounds good until you realize the Falcons went to the Super Bowl with three tables in their locker room last year. And the Bills don't seem to like or appreciate their above-average quarterback. Prepare for a step back in 2017.'

Marker Buffalo Bills invite Rutgers OL J.J. Denman for rookie tryout [1:53 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'After winning the program's Most Improved Offensive Player award in the spring of 2015, Denman took over as the starting right tackle and kept the job until late in his redshirt senior season, when Rutgers turned to redshirt freshman converted defensive lineman Kamaal Seymour as part of a youth movement in a 2-10 season.'

Marker Filipowski: Stop kicking the Bills while they're down [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Jones writes in his piece McDermott’s "move to take the ping-pong tables out of the locker room sounds good until you realize the falcons went to the super bowl with three tables in their locker room last year."'

Marker President Trump recognizes Jim Kelly in commencement speech [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '" I'd like to recognize a friend, who is here with us today...who can serve as an inspiration. Someone who doesn't know the meaning of the word quit, a real champion," Trump said to a large crowd of family members and students in Lynchburg, Virginia.'

Marker It's about time Bills got it right [1:50 AM]
WHAM-TV reports: 'I don't think the plan going forward is for McDermott to do it all himself. I think he is smart enough to know that when you hire someone you trust (i.e. Leslie Frazier as the Defensive Coordinator) you let the person do the job. Maybe it is just semantics, but I think this organization will finally be more about influence and less about power. I think the plan is for McDermott to bring in people like Beane that have his respect and his trust, and then to watch them go to work.'

Marker Jones impresses at Bills minicamp [1:49 AM]
WNCT-TV reports: 'Many of the Buffalo faithful are excited to see what Jones can bring to the Bills offense this season. But the storyline of the first practice was the matchup of Jones and the Bills first round draft pick, Tre’Davious White a corner out of LSU. The Bills coaching staff decided to match the two up against each other to see how they would fair against strong competition.'

Marker Rookie minicamp notes [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’m a competitor, so I want to go against the best guys that are out there,” White said. “We matched up every rep and both of us got better. If we continue to do that the next couple of days we’ll be ready to roll once the vets get here.”'

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May 13, 2017

Marker Beane: Goal is to make Bills 'consistent winner' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Asked about the future of Bills senior vice president of football administration Jim Overdorf, something Pegula said would be up to Beane to decide, the new GM said, "I'm coming in eyes wide open on everybody." Beane said he knew Overdorf, but would get to know him better as they work together.'

Marker Beane, McDermott look to turn bottom-to-top bond into 'sustained success' for Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The long-term vision is to build a consistent winner here," Beane said Friday during his introductory news conference. "I didn’t just achieve a goal or Sean and I didn’t achieve a goal if we make the playoffs once and then we’re out of it two or three years in a row. Sustained success. Year after year, we’re contending to win the division. That’s the first thing we have to do.'

Marker Terry Pegula explains how involved Sean McDermott, Russ Brandon were in GM search [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When we started this process, we -- Kim, myself, Russ was involved, and others -- we put together four or five lists of potential candidates, cross-referenced them, and, you know, Sean was one of the individuals," Terry Pegula said. "Brandon's name showed up on most of the lists, if not all of them. So from that, and from discussions with people outside the organization, we picked the candidates we wanted to interview. But Sean's involvement was no more than writing a name on a piece of paper, which he wrote seven or eight names."'

Marker Tre'Davious White, Zay Jones go one-on-one at first day of rookie minicamp [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's a great route runner, and I'm a guy that can pretty much cover," White said. "If I'm going against the best guy each and every rep, once I get thrown in the fire when the vets get here, I think I'll be pretty much up to speed enough to keep up with those guys."'

Marker Bucky Gleason: Bills GM Brandon Beane makes strong first impression [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Will they get the Bills turned around? I have no idea. Nobody knows for sure if Beane can find the right players or whether McDermott can make the best use of them. But oppressed Bills fans can take comfort knowing that they trust one another. And that's also a shift from previous front offices.'

Marker Bucky Gleason's Hot Read: Beane, Botterill are refreshing changes for Bills, Sabres [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Now that he has people he trusts in place, he can get back to the business of getting out of the way and allowing the people he hired to do their jobs. It's the best part of owning a professional franchise or, in this case, two franchises. If they ever start winning on a regular basis, he'll be able to enjoy them.'

Marker Insta-Graham: This isn't the Brandon Beane opinion you were looking for [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hopes always are high for the new guy. Beane didn't throw up on his tie, drop an F-bomb or deliver a treatise about the benefits of communism. No red flags Friday, at least.'

Marker How will Sean McDermott, Brandon Beane settle their differences? The wrestling mat, of course [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I knew Sean was this big wrestler," Beane said. "Little did I know he had a wrestling mat in his house. He says, 'bring him over. We'll wrestle.' He's got a whole, almost a WWF setup over there.' ... When he left, I was like, 'thanks a lot. There goes my wrestling coach.' "'

Marker Thurman Thomas will judge craft beers at inaugural New York contest [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“#perfectjob,” the NFL Hall of Famer tweeted after it was announced he would join a panel in New York City on May 17. Celebrity chef Mario Batali is another one of the judges.'

Marker New Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane says collaboration is key to success [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He’s a great man,” Beane said of McDermott. “We built a good, trusting relationship in Carolina. You can never predict the future, it’s not like Sean and I said, ‘Hey, we’re going to leave the same year.’ I trust Sean and I think Sean trusts me and I think you’re going to see a heck of a partnership between the two of us.”'

Marker Safety Tre Boston chooses to sign with Los Angeles Chargers over Buffalo Bills [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'A reunion in Buffalo with McDermott would have made plenty of sense. The Bills signed safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer in free agency, but did not add any additional depth during the draft. Boston could have competed for a starting role in Buffalo against Poyer.'

Marker 8 highlights from Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane's introduction [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I went through the interview process with the Pegulas and I had never met them," Beane said. "That's the first thing you do is figure out, who's the owners? Who's leading this ship? I was blown away. You go into something you're kind of like 'I don't know what it's going to be like.' When I left the interview, I wanted to be a Buffalo Bill. When i got the call for the second interview, Haley and I had already talked about it and it was just a dream come true. They undoubtedly will do anything they can to help me and Sean and the rest of this team to build a winner to what this team used to have back in the 90s." '

Marker Bradley Sylve's journey to Buffalo Bills includes Katrina, devastating injury [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Laying up in that hospital bed on pro day, man, with a torn Achilles and having surgery, words can't even describe how I was feeling, man," Sylve said. "Words can't even describe, bro. All I remember doing was just laying down and crying. Just like, why? Why this?"'

Marker Wojton: Pump the brakes, WNY sports fans [1:46 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Beane and Botterill (40) are younger in terms of their peers in their respective leagues. They’re young, but that doesn’t mean their innovative and winners. They have to show and prove those, not be handed these descriptive words.'

Marker 'There’s not a czar around here': New Bills GM, coach promise collaboration [1:45 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'To hear Beane talk, and then McDermott a few hours later at his own post-practice presser, one can’t help but come away convinced these men were close in Charlotte, both inside and away from Panthers headquarters. And that they share so much mutual personal and professional respect as to make whatever compromises are necessary to make this thing work.'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach gives update on Cyrus Kouandjio [1:44 AM]
Birmingham News reports: '"He's on track," McDermott said. "He's doing a nice job, and I like the look in his eye. And again a credit to Cyrus and our medical team. He's rehabbing similar to (wide receiver) Kolby (Listenbee) and doing a nice job with it."'

Marker Air Force's Jalen Robinette lands in NFL rookie mini-camp with Buffalo Bills [1:43 AM]
Colorado Springs Gazette reports: 'Robinette expected to be drafted, but the Department of Defense altered its position to require service academy graduates to serve at least two years on active duty before pursuing professional sports full-time. The previous rule, in effect for just one year, had allowed athletes to immediately apply to serve on reserve status and play right away.'

Marker Beane foresees smooth transition in taking over as Bills GM [1:42 AM]
AP reports: '"I would bounce ideas of him of where we could get players. We were always talking about how to make our defense better," Beane said. "And now, instead of just talking about the defense with him, I'm going to talk about the whole team with him."'

Marker Beane era officially starts in Buffalo [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We feel his vast understanding and experience in many facets of football operations will be invaluable to our club moving forward. We also believe his vision for the Buffalo Bills, combined with his detailed approach, will help build a foundation for sustained success."'

Marker Beane: 'This was an opportunity I couldn't pass up' [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I went through the interview process with the Pegulas and I had never met them, and so that’s the first thing you do – you’re trying to figure out, alright, who’s the owners, who’s leading this ship? And I was blown away. You go into something, you’re kind of like, eh, I don’t know what it’s going to be like. When I left the interview, I wanted to be a Buffalo Bill. So when I got the call for the second interview, Hayley and I had already talked about it and it was just a dream come true and they (Terry and Kim) undoubtedly are going to do anything they can to help me and Sean and the rest of this team build a winner to what this team used to have back in the ‘90s."'

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