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Buffalo Bills News - May 4, 2015

Marker Bills look to fill out roster [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here is a look at the players who reportedly have or will be signing with the Bills shortly, with the disclaimer that sometimes these deals fall through...'.

Marker Kiper says Bills needed to draft QB [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I thought Bryce Petty was a guy, maybe you bring him into the fold,” Kiper said. “He’s got the arm to deal with the weather conditions up in Buffalo, in New York, in New England, when you’re in that division. But they didn’t.”'

Marker AFC is talking playoffs [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Four months from the start of the new season, the AFC East is shaping up as the most improved division, and maybe the best, in the NFL. When you consider all the star power that’s come into the division recently, it is certainly the most interesting.'

Marker Helping grieving parents is only sure thing for Moorman [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t know which direction I’m going yet, but I do know this is one that’ll be a constant,” Moorman said. “A constant in my life and a constant connection to Buffalo.”'

Marker Character questions hang over Buffalo Bills' draft class, and 5 observations from 2015 NFL Draf [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills at least brought Williams in for a pre-draft visit at the facility before taking him off the board in the fifth round with new owners Terry and Kim Pegula in the draft room. General manager Doug Whaley said the Bills were wary of the situation given how big an issue domestic violence has become in sports.'

Marker eMel Kiper Jr. says Buffalo Bills had worst draft, and other experts' thoughts [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'He also thought the Bills reached a bit on Darby and didn't need to add a running back in the fifth round the way they did. That was enough to keep the Bills at the bottom of his draft rankings.'

Marker Ryan says Bills' QB job open competition [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I'd rather have, in a perfect world, 'this is our guy,' but I'm excited about the competition," Ryan said. "You don't know how it's going to shake out. There's not anybody who knows how it's going to shake out. We're going to give them a platform that will showcase what they can all do, and let's see what happens. Is it a perfect situation? No, I'm not saying it is, but when we end it, it'll be a clear guy who will be No. 1. There are three guys in my opinion, who can be NFL quarterbacks."'

Marker Now that the draft is over, what's next for the Bills? [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Once again these workouts are voluntary. Players are not required to attend.'

Marker How are draft experts ranking the Bills picks? [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“It’s nice they got a lot of depth players all-around, but given they went 9-7 last season and are trying to break that playoff drought right away with Rex Ryan, there’s not much here that gets them there. They got docked a little for not addressing defensive line, but this terrible grade comes from the fact they didn’t bother to draft a much-needed third quarterback option.”'

Marker Bills draft class is diverse group [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“We gave it tremendous consideration,” Whaley said. “Obviously, we talked to some guys and then we went to see Bryce Petty. It just didn’t fall the way we wanted it to. We were a little (hamstrung) without some of the picks, with the ammo to move around, and get some guys or have some guys fall to us, and compared to the value we put on them.”'

Marker Tony Steward fills LB, special teams needs for Bills [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“That’s what we were looking for with this last day,” said Whaley. “Finding guys that will give us special teams help and some (positional) depth that will be in the system and contribute a year or two from now at a higher level.”'

Marker Karlos Williams, special teams ace, now a Buffallo Bill [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“That’s the exciting thing about him right away because he is so fast and he is physical,” said Monos. “He’s 230 pounds, ran 4.46 and he used to play defense. That’s the whole mentality even as a runner so he will find a way.”'

Marker Bills acquire champion bloodlines, draft Nick O’Leary [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He’s been productive his whole career,” said Monos. “Everybody tells you that he’s not the fastest, not the tallest, or most athletic but then you watch him and all he does is make plays for one of the best teams in the country.”'

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May 3, 2015

Marker Bills put their trust in talent scouting [1:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In general, the Bills’ six picks from Friday night’s second round through Saturday’s seventh were guided by the grading of the player-personnel department. “We factor position in, but highest guy on our board,” Monos said of Williams. “I know you” reporters “laugh when I say it, but he was.”'

Marker Jets helped themselves while Bills faltered [1:37 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Giving second chances is one thing, but just how far is General Manager Doug Whaley willing to go with that philosophy? Far enough, apparently, that a player who was wanted for questioning in a domestic violence case and also accused of setting up a drug deal that ended in an armed robbery now has a home in Buffalo.'

Marker A great sports day? By whose measure? [1:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No, and as far as the players and police were concerned, nothing happened that night in December 2012. And Karlos Williams’ pregnant girlfriend got those bruises on her arm when she punched a door.'

Marker Lost camera mystery solved, thanks to social media and a Bills T-shirt [1:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And share people did. By May 2, the image had been shared nearly 18,000 times -- and that's only on Facebook. At least two well-known football-related Twitter accounts -- @TheBillsMafia, with 53,000 followers, and @DraftDiamonds, with 76,000 followers -- sent the plea out to their audiences.'

Marker Bills draft may not yield a 2015 starter [1:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Contrary to Whaley's renewed enthusiasm, there's not a lot to get excited about, but that's the good thing about having upgraded the roster so significantly though free agency and the trade market. The Bills don't have any glaring holes, they have depth at almost every position group, and they didn't need to hit home runs in this draft.'

Marker Deep Bills complete underwhelming NFL Draft [1:33 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Interestingly, Buffalo took Steward at 188 over, six picks before O’Leary, who seemed the more marquee player. They rolled the dice and won.'

Marker Bills build on Tallahassee draft pipeline [1:32 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And it’s not without irony that the best-known of the group was the last Seminole selected by general manager Doug Whaley.'

Marker 2015 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills select Florida State RB Karlos Williams in fifth round [1:31 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think running back is still a position we need to add depth at," Monos said. "I don't think that's a set position at all. We want to make sure all of those guys are competing so we look at that as a position we need."'

Marker Buffalo Bills select Clemson LB Tony Steward in sixth round [1:30 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'After trading Kiko Alonso, the Bills needed some depth at linebacker. Still, Steward may have a tough time making the roster. He says he feels most comfortable at inside linebacker and thinks his special teams prowess could help him stick on the Bills' roster.'

Marker Buffalo Bills select Florida State TE Nick O'Leary in sixth round [1:29 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman has expressed interest in possibly dressing four tight ends on game days, so O'Leary may have a better chance of making the roster than other late-round Bills picks this season. Bills director of player personnel Jim Monos mentioned O'Leary's character and mental makeup when discussing what makes him a good fit with the team. He also feels O'Leary complements newly signed Charles Clay.'

Marker Buffalo Bills pick Central Arkansas WR Dezmin Lewis in round seven [1:28 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Raw receiver who is still learning how to play to his size. His average athleticism won't impress NFL teams, but they were impressed with the way he caught the ball at the combine. Lewis could be a third day target but will need time to grow as a receiver in order to transition from small school prospect to NFL receiver."'

Marker A.J. Tarpley among rookies added [1:27 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Here's an updated list of the Bills' reported signings.'

Marker Menendez graduate Steward drafted by Buffalo Bills [1:26 AM]
Saint Augustine Record reports: '“He handed the phone to the owner,” Steward said Saturday evening from Columbia, S.C., where he enjoyed the draft with his agent and girlfriend, Brittany Burns. “He offered me the position and that’s how it happened. It was an overwhelming feeling of joy and excitement. I can’t fully explain it. It’s amazing.”'

Marker Bills select O’Leary in sixth round, ending tense day [1:25 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'But O’Leary’s toughness, and his ability to find space in the defense and adjust his routes, were in his favor, as were his improved blocking skills. He is often described as a throwback, one reason being he doesn’t wear gloves. O’Leary’s value in the NFL will not be as a down-field receiver but perhaps as an H-back.'

Marker UW’s Andrew Hudson signs free-agent deal with Buffalo Bills [1:24 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Hudson, from Redlands, Calif., was all but off the team after his junior season in 2013. UW’s most productive defensive lineman in 2012, Hudson lost his starting spot in 2013 and finished the season with just two tackles. He was so far down the depth chart that eventually he volunteered to work with the scout team in practice, just so he could get some work in.'

Marker Bills stock up on Florida State Seminoles in NFL draft [1:23 AM]
AP reports: 'Of the four late-round selections, O'Leary has the best chance to make an immediate impact in a tight-end friendly offense being installed by new coordinator Greg Roman.'

Marker Bills brass addresses character issues of draft picks Williams, Darby [1:22 AM]
ESPN reports: '"We do that on any issue be it domestic violence, any indiscretion we're going to dig as deep as we can," he said. "And again sitting down and looking at someone in the eye for me is a telltale sign -- is this guy remorseful, did he do it, does he have a reason why he did it or not do it, does he have a plan in place to not put himself in a situation like that again? That's some of the things that we like to try to figure out."'

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