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Buffalo Bills News - May 5, 2016

Marker Report: Veteran OL Slauson to visit Bills [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Slauson played the first three years of his career for Rex Ryan while with the New York Jets. He started all 16 games each season at left guard. He’s spent his last three years in Chicago with the Bears, where he played and started another 37 games. He also played for current Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer for two years in Chicago. Kromer was the Bears offensive coordinator 2013-14.'

Marker Bills into Phase Two of workouts, rookie minicamp begins Friday [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Phase II - Individual player instruction and drills are allowed. The offense and defense are allowed to work as separate units, but no live contact or team offense vs. team defense is permitted, including any drills. No 1-on-1 drills are allowed (for example, no offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass rush or pass protection drills; no wide receivers vs. defensive backs bump-and-run drills).'

Marker Report: Bills to bring in OL Slauson for visit [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The trouble with Slauson, outside of lacking experience at tackle in the NFL, is something he can't control. He has the required size for the position 6-foot-5 and 320-pounds. He even started quite a few games at right tackle during the 2007 season while he was still enrolled at Nebraska. However, his arm length (331/8-inch) has forced his move inside in the NFL.'

Marker Commitment to continuity has Cordy Glenn encouraged [1:46 AM] reports: '“It’s tremendous for me and Richie both,” Glenn told after signing his multi-year extension with the club Wednesday. “Obviously playing one year and jelling like we did and having a lot of years to just play together and get better and grow together. I’m excited for that.”'

Marker Incognito, Watkins first Bills to appear on NFL's Top 100 [1:45 AM] reports: 'Watkins led the Bills in receptions (60), receiving yards (1,047) and receiving touchdowns (9). Over the last nine weeks of the 2015 season, Watkins was third in the league in receiving yards with 900, trailing only Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown (1,116) and Atlanta’s Julio Jones (979). Buffalo’s top wideout also had seven of his nine touchdowns over those final nine games.'

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May 4, 2016

Marker Bills sign Glenn to 5-year, $65-million deal [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are also working to lock up two players with one season left on their respective contracts to long-term contracts: cornerback Stephon Gilmore and quarterback Tyrod Taylor.'

Marker Bills LB Eric Striker on his draft-day fall: This is a moment that will never be forgotten [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“They gave me a shot and put me in a position," Striker said. "And in two-a-day’s in practice, I was everywhere. I made all kinds of plays and never looked back. Once I started, I remained humble. I remained hungry. ... I don’t need something to push me to want to be my best. It’s naturally in me. It’s second nature — my hunger. It remains the same.'

Marker Taking stock of some veteran Bills after the draft [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I told you guys all the time when the value meets where we think his ability is, that's when we will pick the guy," Whaley said. It just didn’t work out that we were in a position where we thought the value of Paxton was for us. You guys can surmise what you want from that. But that's how we attack the draft at every position, not just at quarterback."'

Marker Lame duck backup Manuel being propped up once again [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whaley says Manuel is a top NFL backup. That’s laughable. I doubt there are five teams that would entrust the No. 2 job to a guy who melted down against a bad Jags team in London.'

Marker Bills, Cordy Glenn agree on new five-year contract [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Since joining the Bills, Glenn has started at left tackle in all 61 games he has appeared in. In 2015, Glenn helped pave the way to the Bills having both the top rushing attack in the NFL in yards (2,432) and yards per carry (4.78). The Bills also had three rushers surpass the 500-yard mark (LeSean McCoy, 895, Tyrod Taylor, 568, Karlos Williams, 517) for the first time since 1962.'

Marker Cordy Glenn contract: Full details and grade for Buffalo Bills' re-signing the LT [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Yes, Glenn is now the second highest paid offensive tackle in the NFL. But it's tough to argue with the Bills signing Glenn, one of their most important offensive players, to a deal at fair market value. Is this a player friendly deal? Yes, but Glenn earned it. He's been one of the rocks of the team's offensive line over the past few seasons and would have commanded a contract of at least this value had he hit the open market in the spring. Glenn is just 26 years old and should maintain his strong play for the life of the contract.'

Marker Buffalo Bills decline 5th year option on EJ Manuel, release DE Jarius Wynn [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'After the season Tyrod Taylor had in 2015, Manuel had been relegated to permanent backup duty. Heading into 2016, even his backup job might be up for grabs, as the Bills drafted Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.'

Marker UNCP’s Keck invited to Bills minicamp [1:52 AM]
Laurinburg Exchange reports: 'Keck, a product of Grays Creek High School, played in 36 games for the Braves over the last four years and registered 114 career tackles (61 solo), including 31 tackles for loss (-151 yards). He shattered UNCP’s single season sack record with 11 quarterback drops last season, and also established a new program mark with 13 quarterback hurries.'

Marker Bills left tackle Glenn agrees to 5-year contract extension [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'Glenn was selected in the second round of the 2012 draft out of Georgia, and has started 61 games for Buffalo. Last year, he was part of a line that helped Buffalo lead the league with 2,432 yards rushing.'

Marker Bills LT Glenn secures new five-year deal [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Without a new contract, Glenn would have made $13.706 million this season while playing under the franchise tag.'

Marker Bills ink Glenn to 5-year extension [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports the new deal is for five years and worth a total of $65 million.'

Marker Glenn signs on with Bills for 5 more years [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The two sides had until July 15 to work out a long-term extension, but the deadline wasn't a necessary motivator. Glenn signed on the dotted line well in advance, and now he is no longer a question mark at the end of the 2016 season.'

Marker Bills agree to terms on multi-year extension with Cordy Glenn [1:47 AM] reports: 'Set to turn 27 in September, Glenn was designated Buffalo’s franchise player earlier this offseason, and soon after the offensive tackle signed his franchise tender locking him in for the 2016 season. But both he and the Bills had the opportunity to pursue a long term contract extension with a deadline of July 15th.'

May 3, 2016

Marker Bills clearly found more answers in draft than AFC East rivals [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s fair to say the Bills found at least two, and possibly three, quality rookie starters with their first three picks (Clemson outside linebacker Shaq Lawson, Alabama inside linebacker Reggie Ragland, and Ohio State defensive tackle Adolphus Washington). They also just might have come up with a long-term solution at quarterback in Ohio State’s Cardale Jones.'

Marker Originator of the oversized name, Shaquille O'Neal eager to see what Shaq Lawson can do for Bil [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I stick to my principles, and one of them very simply is to have fun," O'Neal said. "I just wanted to do the right thing, play with a passion, be involved in the communities where I lived and leave a good impression.'

Marker Bills add 14 undrafted free agents [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills also are bringing in former Williamsville South and University at Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata to throw passes, on a tryout basis, during this week's rookie minicamp.'

Marker Reports: Bills won't pick Manuel's 5th-year option [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The decision is hardly a surprise as the option would have cost the Bills about $11.4 million.'

Marker Bills cut Wynn, sign 14 undrafted rookie free agents [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Wynn’s spot on the roster was in peril once the Bills used their first-round draft pick last weekend to select edge rusher Shaq Lawson, then took another defensive lineman, Adolphus Washington, in the third round.The defensive end, who played for Buffalo in 2014 but then missed all of 2015 after suffering a knee injury in training camp, was waived along with cornerback Merrill Noel and center Ronald Patrick.'

Marker After NFL Draft, ball is in Rex Ryan's court [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The offense got better after all that, but Buffalo’s No. 4 defense slipped like stock in Staples, finishing 19th in yards and 15th in points allowed last season. Worse, the pass rush went from accumulating an NFL-best 54 sacks to 21, which is like Pavarotti getting laryngitis.'

Marker Grades for Buffalo Bills nearly all positive [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It's tough to find too many analysts who took issue with the Bills picking Shaq Lawson or Reggie Ragland with their first two picks in the NFL Draft. Beyond that, opinions were mixed, but the consensus seems to be the Bills did well for themselves this weekend.'

Marker Harding's Buffalo Bills draft grades: Bills bolster defense, nab QB [1:52 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Lawson can have an immediate impact on defense. He'll have some help on a defensive line that already has Jerry Hughes at defensive end and Marcell Dareus at defensive tackle. He could be a solid option at outside linebacker in Rex Ryan's scheme.'

Marker Why Hall of Famer Andre Reed is high on Buffalo Bills' selection of TCU receiver Kolby Listenbe [1:51 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Listenbee brings another deep threat opposite Sammy so they can slide coverage to one side....Great pick! Looking forward to this combo..'

Marker Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer signs with Buffalo Bills [1:50 AM]
Greenville News reports: '“Obviously, it was pretty stressful yesterday (Saturday) just waiting,” Zimmer said. “After it’s all said and done, I get a chance and that’s all you can really ask for.”'

Marker Bills agree to sign 14 undrafted rookies, including Striker [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'At 6-feet and 221 pounds, Striker went undrafted despite being a three-year starter, and finishing with 46 1/2 tackles for a loss and 23 sacks. He was also noted for his leadership abilities in earning Oklahoma's Bob Kalsu Award last year.'

Marker Bills add FB Gronkowski, LB Striker; waive three [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The youngest of five Gronkowski brothers, Glenn follows in the footsteps of his older All-Pro brother Rob, as well as brothers Dan and Chris, both former NFL players.'

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