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Buffalo Bills News - April 25, 2017

Marker Bills opt not to match offer sheet for free agent Gillislee [1:39 AM]
AP reports: 'Gillislee's addition increases the likelihood unrestricted free agent LeGarrette Blount won't be re-signed after leading New England in rushing last season. The Patriots now have six running backs under contract.'

Marker Bills decline to match Patriots' offer for RB Gillislee [1:38 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'A fifth-round pick in 2013, Gillislee rushed for 577 yards and eight touchdowns on 101 carries last season as LeSean McCoy's backup in Buffalo.'

Marker Mike Gillislee to sign with Pats after Bills decline to match offer [1:37 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Gillislee, 26, was the Bills' No. 2 running back last season behind LeSean McCoy, rushing 101 times for 577 yards and eight touchdowns. Among NFL running backs with a qualifying number of carries, Gillislee led the league in yards per rush (5.71), rushes per touchdown (12.6), first-down rate on rushes (38.6 percent) and third-down conversion rate on rushes (75 percent).'

Marker Breaking: Bills do not match Patriots offer to Gillislee [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Not matching the contract means the Bils will receive the first of the Patriots' two fifth round picks in this week's draft, No. 163 overall. It also means the Bills will clear $1.798 million from their 2017 salary cap, the amount Gillislee was already counting on his RFA tender.'

Marker Bills let RB Gillislee walk to Patriots, get 5th round pick [1:35 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Given that Gillislee's new first-year salary would eat up over 20-percent of the Bills' remaining cap room, that he'll be 28 years old by the end of the deal, and because they'll be getting a much-needed fifth-round pick out of the deal, letting the running back go is the best decision for all parties.'

Marker Bills have RB options on roster and in draft [1:34 AM] reports: '“The best running back group I've seen in a decade,” said NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah. “So it's loaded at that position with high-end talent as well as depth.”'

Marker Bills pass on Gillislee offer sheet; acquire 5th-round pick from Pats [1:33 AM] reports: 'New England’s offer sheet makes Gillislee one of the highest-paid committee running backs in the league. The Patriots also signed RB Rex Burkhead this offseason, who will join Dion Lewis and James White.'

Marker Bills Today: ESPN’s Reiss comments on fate of Gillislee [1:32 AM] reports: '“I think it’s timely to point out the Bills didn’t do that last year when New England signed restricted free-agent receiver Chris Hogan to an offer sheet,” he said. “In that situation, the club was decisive in reporting to the NFL almost immediately that it wouldn’t match Hogan’s offer sheet.”'

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April 24, 2017

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Alabama S Eddie Jackson [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jackson added two touchdowns on punt returns during his Alabama career. What makes that more impressive is it came on just 11 returns, all of which came during his senior year. He averaged a whopping 23 yards on those returns.'

Marker Buffalo Bills should avoid QB in first round [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Most draft experts believe the Bills taking a QB would be a mistake because they do have Taylor in place, none of these four are considered ready to step in and start right away, and Buffalo has several other pressing needs beginning at cornerback and wide receiver.'

Marker BDN mock draft 2.0: Bills stick to offense [1:57 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Mike Williams, WR, Clemson.'

Marker Bills' decision on Gillislee looms Monday afternoon [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'LeSean McCoy will count for $8.875M on the team’s cap this year. New FB Patrick DiMarco, signed as a free agent, is scheduled to count $1.85M. Mike Tolbert and Joe Banyard, both signed to veteran minimum deals, will count $695K and $690K, respectively. Second-year RB Jonathan Williams’ cap number is just over $600K.'

Marker All QB options on the table in draft for Bills [1:55 AM] reports: 'While ruling out the Bills taking a quarterback at 10 cannot be an absolute, trading up to get one with just six picks at their disposal seems unlikely unless they’re willing to part with future picks.'

April 23, 2017

Marker Don’t expect me to criticize Bills, Sabres owners [11:25 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It’s interesting how your perspective changes when the newsmaker is somebody you know.'

Marker Jerry Hughes anxious to see Bills return to 4-3 base defensive scheme [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think for us, we're going to get a lot more fundamentally sound," Hughe said. "That's one thing" defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and coach Sean McDermott "are bringing to our side of the ball. They're really focusing on fundamentals, which is great, and for everybody to understand their job and how to execute it properly, which are two huge points that we've focused on this spring."'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly's off-field issues are only one reason he's expected to last until Day Three of the draft. There is also significant concern about his injury history, which includes tearing the ACL in his right knee twice, and most recently needing wrist surgery upon injuring himself after just 12 throws during the Ole Miss Pro Day. Because of those reasons, it's possible Kelly isn't even drafted.'

Marker Buffalo Bills calling teams in attempt to trade down in first round (report) [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Realistically, the Bills may not be able to find a trade partner until Thursday night. Teams won't be looking to make a deal now as they don't know who will be available at pick 10, but Buffalo could at least be mentioning what they'd be looking for from respective teams ahead of time. In doing so, the Bills would be able to work out a deal quickly on draft night if another team comes calling.'

Marker Report: Bills making calls to trade down & out of 10th spot ahead of draft [1:56 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The more picks you have, the better. However, with the needs the Bills have on both sides of the ball, it only makes sense to trade if they believe they can still get the same value further down the board.'

April 22, 2017

Marker Bills get little national visibility or respect in NFL schedule [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Normally, the Bills-Chargers game would be carried on CBS, but the league recently flexed some games out of its regular network to balance the schedule. The 4:05 p.m. game is the only one at that time on Fox on Nov. 19, which means it will likely give the Bills more national visibility. But even that game isn't on a Fox doubleheader weekend.'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Ohio State CB Gareon Conley [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He is experienced at playing on an island. That was how the Buckeyes liked to used him. Conley might not be the athletic equal of his former teammate at Ohio State and the draft's projected top cornerback, Marshon Lattimore, but he's plenty talented. What Conley does have is considerable instinctiveness and awareness. He does an excellent job of anticipating routes and positioning himself to use the sideline to his advantage.'

Marker WNY sports performance coach breaks down Bills, Sabres woes [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With the Bills, there was a huge lack of discipline. There has been for many seasons. You could see it in the penalties they took, the mindset of the team, the approach they took.'

Marker Seething Salvatore says NFL schedule displaces his annual Bills-Miami bash [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Referring to the many Bills fans who travel to Florida for the game every year, Salvatore also wrote, “The ‘New Year’s Eve Blunder’ will cost the city of Miami a lot of money, disappoint thousands, and for me personally, it has taken the heart right out of me."'

Marker Buffalo Bills should pass on Sammy Watkins' fifth-year option [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The fact that Watkins has battled at least seven different injuries and has been 100 percent healthy on a game day perhaps a handful of times in three years only exacerbates how dumb this move was.'

Marker Buffalo Bills made a debacle in first common draft 50 years ago [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'With Bills fans still stewing about the Lamonica trade, the folly of the draft commenced, and when it was done, the Bills picked 19 players over the course of 17 rounds. Only three would ever wear a Buffalo uniform, and only one — first-round defensive back John Pitts — would contribute in a somewhat meaningful way. The other two players who made the team as rookies in 1967, second-round lineman/tight end Jim Lemoine and fourth-round offensive lineman Gary Bugenhagen from Syracuse, played sparingly and were gone before the 1968 season began.'

Marker Buffalo Bills add Ohio State defensive back in 7-round mock draft [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Conley's draft stock has been on the rise. He has experience at both cornerback spots and could thrive in Sean McDermott's zone defense. The cornerback has good size at six feet tall and showed terrific speed by running a 4.44 40-yard dash at the NFL combine.'

Marker Buffalo Bills pre-draft luncheon: Sean McDermott talks Doug Whaley (5 takeaways) [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"You respect all," McDermott said. "You start off with that in mind. You respect everyone's opinion. That's why they're here. That's what leaders do. At the end of the day, that's a decision that will be made by Doug and I, together. We have to weigh all of the opinions that are in the room, and certainly Doug has great familiarity with the players because he's been looking at these players for a long time. I'm trusting Doug on that, and his staff, in terms of their experience around these players and what's happened on campus with these players over the course of the past one, two years - three years sometimes. That's a big part of it, for us, is making sure we know these players inside and out and then putting the information out there so we can make good, solid decisions."'

Marker Buffalo Bills claim safety Trae Elston off waivers from Cleveland Browns [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Elston went undrafted in the 2016 NFL draft, but was signed shortly after the conclusion of the draft by the New Orleans Saints. Elston made it all the way to the team's final cuts before being released by the team.'

Marker Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula cracks Doug Marrone joke at Sabres press conference [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Pegula cracked a grin when he said, "we all know how that started." Clearly he hasn't forgotten the way Marrone left, but he's also not too bent out of shape about it. Much like the infamous "tank," Marrone's departure is not something anyone in Buffalo will forget anytime soon.'

Marker Buffalo Bills and Sabres owner Terry Pegula seems to have learned from Rex Ryan mess [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Now Pegula has to actually deliver a winner. He's appeared in over his head with both franchises at times. Maybe he's starting to learn some lessons along the way. He's certainly leaning on discipline, structure and communication as his new buzz words.'

Marker Buffalo Bills holding private workout with Alabama safety Eddie Jackson [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jackson is projected to go late on day two by CBS Sports and early on day three by'

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