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Buffalo Bills News - May 1, 2015

Marker History says Ryan’s Bills are thinking defense first [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’m no draft guru, but I know my Bills draft history. If they go offense with their first pick, it will break a drafting pattern that extends all the way back to 1998, before the current 15-year playoff drought began.'

Marker GMs stick to the script [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jets beef up their front: The Bills might no longer have the clear-cut best defensive line in the AFC East. The Jets are at least pushing them for that honor by selecting Williams, who surprisingly fell to them at sixth overall. With standout end Muhammad Wilkerson and disruptive tackle Sheldon Richardson, the Jets now have a potentially dominant trio. How good is Tom Brady feeling right now about the thought of facing the defensive fronts of the Bills, Jets and Dolphins, who have added Ndamukong Suh?'

Marker Bills' plans for 50th pick are anybody's guess [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In all, five tackles and two interior linemen were among the 32 selections made. With so many talented players already off the board, and perhaps a few more set to be picked in the first half of the second round Friday before the Bills finally go on the clock at No. 50, you have to wonder whether it's prudent for Buffalo to address its offensive line in that spot.'

Marker A.J. Cann, Maxx Williams among 8 players Buffalo Bills should target in round two [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Here are some of the players the Bills should have their eye on...'.

Marker Who will be left for the Buffalo Bills at 50? [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Who will still be there when the Bills are on the clock?'

Marker 4 things Buffalo Bills fans should root for in first round [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Even though the Bills won't be on the clock until pick No. 50, though, there are still a few things Bills fans should have their eye on when the 2015 NFL Draft gets underway at 8 p.m. Thursday in Chicago.'

Marker Quarterback EJ Manuel still has plenty to prove with Bills [1:53 AM]
AP reports: '"I don't want to say it's a make-it-or-break-it year, but I know it's definitely a very important spring right now," Manuel said following a voluntary veterans minicamp session this week. "Obviously, the third year is where a lot of NFL quarterbacks that are starters really show that, 'Hey, this guy can be a longtime starter for this team.'"'

Marker Whaley: ''Less sense of urgency'' for Bills this draft [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“We’d like to get some depth for sure, and we’d like to get some guys, at least in the second and third round that, if not contribute, definitely push to start.”'

Marker Sal's Final Mock Through 50 [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'My final mock shows no change for the Bills from my 3rd mock. La'el Collins legal situation has a big impact on the Bills pick at 50. From the sounds of it, it most likely takes an offensive tackle completely off the board, creating one less for any team to take. That may drive up the value of the others at the position. I think the Bills would rather select a tackle over a guard, but at this point, looking at the board, Jackson is the highest-rated player remaining up-front, and one who could fit right in on the Bills line.'

Marker Bills at 50: Use the pick or trade it? [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ultimately, the ideal situation for the Bills would be to trade this selection to a very motivated team less then ten spots behind them, pick up an extra pick this year and one next year, too, and still draft an offensive lineman with their first selection.'

Marker Bills' Harvin expects to be himself again [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In Harvin’s last two seasons in Minnesota he had 71 and 87 catches. Between the Vikings and Seahawks had caught 63 balls, but production has fallen since. Between the Jets and Seahawks last year he had 51 receptions for 483 yards. In his first three seasons he had 17 touchdowns and only four since. Harvin’s confident he can get back to where he was earlier in his career, “I will without a shadow of a doubt. The last couple of years for whatever reason it just felt like I never could get settled in or get my role solidified, but here I’ve been here since day one in the program and everything’s new so I’m able to come in and establish myself.”'

Marker Woods an example of Bills recent 2nd-round success [1:48 AM] reports: '“My agent told me I had a slight, slight chance to be taken at the end of the first round,” Woods recalled. “The Texans took DeAndre Hopkins and I was looking at the draft and I saw a lot of big guys going, so I knew that wasn’t good for me.”'

Marker Duke Williams the early favorite at strong safety [1:47 AM] reports: '“Searcy was an outstanding player, there’s no doubt about that,” said Bills head coach Rex Ryan. “But we feel pretty good about Duke (Williams). And really some other guys. (Jonathan) Meeks was coming on and got hurt, so we’ll see. There’s going to be some opportunities for other guys. Clearly, that’s going to be a spot where when you lose a starter, the next man steps up. I think with Duke Williams in particular, we’re excited to see what he can do.”'

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April 30, 2015

Marker Ryan willing to defer to draft experts [5:41 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Buffalo Bills ... guys that are passionate, love to play the game, and will fit right back in with what we already have here,” he said. “That’s going to be the critical part of it and talent? To target a specific position? We’re not doing that. I think we’ll do a great job ... I really believe in the scouting department. I think our guys have lined it up ... (they’ve) included the coaches so I don’t think we’ll be surprised. I know where the board’s lining up for us. Whatever presents itself, Doug and our crew will be ready.”'

Marker Success can be found from No. 50 spot [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I went out and looked at the second- and third-round guys as starters,” Fisher said. “I don’t look at second- and third-round guys as backup players. My whole philosophy when I’m out looking at guys is, I’m trying to reload our team, not rebuild.”'

Marker Draft may not provide much excitement for Bills [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I get where the question's coming from, but this is going to be … no draft is non-important," said coach Rex Ryan on the eve of his first draft with Buffalo. "(Not) impactful on how many starters we get out of a draft? I can see where that's coming from. We have a deep roster already, so for a guy to have immediate impact as a starter, it might be difficult. Am I saying it's impossible? No. It depends on how the draft falls."'

Marker Rex Ryan says Jerry Hughes is ruining Buffalo Bills' practice, and 5 notes from voluntary minic [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Hughes, who signed a five-year, $45 million contract extension this offseason, already has Bills coach Rex Ryan excited about what he can do. Ryan estimated that Hughes had five or six sacks before he had to pull him from practice to let the offense get some work in.'

Marker History suggests offseason spending is risky, can the Bills be the exception? [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If there is one thing going for the Bills’ acquisitions, it is that they are not reflective of the 2000 Washington team that signed ancient stars, hoping to squeeze whatever was left out of Bruce Smith and Deion Sanders. LeSean McCoy hasn’t reached the age of the running back wall at 26, Clay and Harvin are also 26 years old, putting them in the center of their prime for receivers and tight ends.'

Marker The Bills QB's are comfortable with the competition [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Many quarterbacks don’t want to be known as runners. Taylor can flat out fly and he said, “It’s a plus, maybe guys don’t know about the throwing ability, but that’s something to prove and that’s a challenge I take on. If it’s about throwing, I can throw with anyone, so I look forward to show my arm off, but running is a plus because in this league the defenses are getting faster and you have to be able to string the play out, so whatever you have to do.”'

Marker O-line taking measured approach toward best fits [1:54 AM] reports: '“It’s a case where I want to get my hands on these guys and get out on the grass with them and get a feel for how they learn and how they pick up the things I’m going to teach them,” said Kromer. “I want to make sure that I get a feel for them on how we want to coach them and see what they can do from there. We have a talented room.”'

April 29, 2015

Marker Bills need to be ready for anything as Draft Day unfolds [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“As a general manager, you’ve got to create a sense of urgency among your scouts because there’s the human tendency to say, ‘Ah, we won’t get that guy and we won’t get that guy,’ ” Polian said. “You never know what’s going to happen, and you always want that information in the files anyway in case that guy should become free at another point. Then, the approach during Draft Day is to stay on top of things. You’ve got to make sure that no opportunity to move up or even move back is overlooked. You’ve got to make sure that you cover every base.'

Marker Was trading up for Sammy Watkins worth it? What the numbers & some pundits say [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While Beckham has become the standard to which Watkins will be held, Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans and Carolina’s Kelvin Benjamin had more catches, yards and touchdowns. Philadelphia’s Jordan Matthews, a second-round pick, had more catches and touchdowns, while fellow second-rounder Jarvis Landry had more receptions.'

Marker Bills’ draft spot better than a 50-50 proposition [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t look at second- and third- round guys as backup players,” said Kelvin Fisher, the Bills’ director of college scouting. “The history that I’ve been in this business, they all end up playing, and some of them end up being great starters.'

Marker NFL seeks to be dropped from Jills wage lawsuit [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cooney said Ferrari and the other former Jills didn’t include the NFL in the suit initially because they didn’t learn of Goodell’s signing and approval of the contracts and the provision requiring the Jills to sign the cheerleading agreement until the Bills included copies of the contracts in the team’s unsuccessful bid to have itself dismissed as a defendant.'

Marker It may be early, but Bills QB competition has begun [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I thought it started when we all got back," said Manuel, who watched the Bills trade for Cassel and sign Taylor in free agency, a warning sign that he was about to enter the battle of his football life. "Even in the film room trying to grasp the offense, it's like a race to see who knows it the best and you want to know it the way (offensive coordinator Greg) Roman does."'

Marker Rex Ryan says nobody knows who will win three-man Buffalo Bills QB competition [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I thought it started when we all got back two weeks ago or three weeks ago," Manuel said. "Even in the film room and trying to grasp the offense because it's like a race to see who knows it the best. Obviously you want to know it just like coach (Greg) Roman does."'

Marker Buffalo Bills exercise fifth-year option on CB Stephon Gilmore [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'After an injury riddled 2013 season, Gilmore emerged as the best player in Buffalo's secondary in 2014. He intercepted three passes and allowed 61 percent of the passes thrown his way to be caught, according to Pro Football Focus.'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley reportedly visits Baylor QB Bryce Petty [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Buffalo is obviously in need of a quarterback, and with pick No. 50 being their first selection in the draft, players like Petty are all that will be left. Petty, who turns 24 in May, was one of the most productive quarterbacks in college football over the last few seasons, but he has a few red flags that make him a risky option on day two. He played in a one-read offense and hasn't shown he can make plays when the first read breaks down.'

Marker Jets TE Jace Amaro responds to Rex Ryan’s continuous jabs [1:51 AM]
New York Post reports: '“To be honest with you, I really wasn’t worried about it,” Amaro said. “I had no intention of attacking anybody, especially Rex. I have the utmost respect for the guy. He gave me a chance to play in this league before anybody else. That’s an everlasting thank you to him.”'

Marker Jets' Jace Amaro on Buffalo Bills' Rex Ryan ripping him: 'That's the way he is, [1:50 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"I guess it's just one of those things," Amaro said Tuesday, as the Jets opened a three-day voluntary minicamp. "I'm not really sure what you want me to say. That's the way he is, I guess. I didn't take it as any insult. I really didn't even look at any of them [Ryan's comments], besides the first one. I'm just worried about this team and what we have to do now.'

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