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Buffalo Bills News - May 1, 2016

Marker Bills go quarterback in fourth round [1:08 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'That's the carrot. If Jones can learn to read NFL defenses, manage a pro offense and smooth out the accuracy issues, his physical traits are almost unmatched.'

Marker 5 things to know about QB Cardale Jones [1:07 AM] reports: '“I assumed they were very interested based on my visit,” said Jones. “Coach Ryan was extremely honest with me. We had six Ohio State guys up there on the visit. He kind of told us straight to our face, particularly me and Adolphus (Washington), ‘Hey if we get a chance to get both of you guys when our picks are up we’re going to draft you guys.’ Just being around a guy like that from the beginning who is putting it all out on the table and let us know he didn’t bring us up there for no reason was a great showing.”'

Marker QB Cardale Jones will have time to grow [1:06 AM] reports: '“He doesn’t have that much experience and he got benched this year,” said Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos. “He’s an easy guy to write off, he really is. We put a lot of work in on him and felt very strongly that he has a chance.”'

Marker 5 things to know about Jonathan Williams [1:05 AM] reports: '“Even though I missed a year,” Williams said in March, “it was more of a break. It wasn’t something that built up a lot of rust.”'

Marker Yards after contact is RB Jonathan Williams calling card [1:04 AM] reports: '“Oh, he’s downhill, straight ahead, great vision instincts inside the tackles. He’s not a 4.4 blazer; he’s a 220, just downhill back,” said Monos.'

Marker 5 things to know about WR Kolby Listenbee [1:03 AM] reports: 'The Bills sixth-round pick is a speedster who can stretch the field to say the least. A deep threat specialist, Listenbee ran a 4.34 40 time at the TCU pro day. He also had a 35 ½-inch vertical leap with both numbers strong indicators of his explosion. His average of almost 20 yards a reception (19.9) demonstrates his big play ability.'

Marker Bills add speed with final two picks [1:02 AM] reports: '“It was definitely amazing,” Listenbee said over a conference call after being drafted. “I feel like it was a harmony, you know what I’m saying. The coaches and stuff, Sanjay (Lal) was really cool, I had the president, the GM, the (chief) of personnel, all of them, we had dinner and stuff. I enjoyed myself really. I loved it over there.”'

Marker 5 things to know about CB Kevon Seymour [1:01 AM] reports: 'Seymour sprained his knee in the Trojans game against Idaho and sat out two games after that. Then he sprained it again when USC got ready to play Wisconsin and missed that game. In all, he appeared in 11 games for the Trojans in 2015 and started four of them.'

Marker Williamsville native Glenn Gronkowski agrees to terms with Bills [1:00 AM] reports: 'Gronkowski, the younger brother of New England All-Pro TE Rob Gronkowski, played his college ball at Kansas State where he appeared in 39 games over the last three seasons including 20 starts. He had 15 catches in his college career with five going for touchdowns as he proved to be a good goal line receiving threat.'

Marker Draft wrap-up: Bills landed the defensive talent they needed [12:59 AM] reports: '“Last year for offense, we improved it,” said Bills GM Doug Whaley. “We made a concerted effort to improve the defense and I think we did it.”'

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Marker Bills expected to pick QB ... but who will it be? [12:49 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Friday night, Whaley said the value just didn’t add up for the Bills with any of the quarterbacks still available when it was Buffalo’s turn to pick in the second and third rounds. I completely agree with him on the second-round assessment, though I did think Michigan State’s Connor Cook would get chosen in that round by someone, and I thought the Bills might take the leap with the 49th overall pick.'

Marker Whaley says Ragland worth moving up for [9:13 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Was the move too expensive? “Not for a caliber of player this high,” Whaley maintained. “For us, for what we need and what he brings to this team and the type of player (he is), a fourth rounder this year, when we have two, and a fourth rounder next year … we thought we made out on it.”'

Marker Bills make loud statement about defensive improvement [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We made a concerted effort last year for offense, we improved it,” General Manager Doug Whaley said. “This year, we made a concerted effort for defense, and we’re looking for improvement.”'

Marker Bills trade up, make Alabama LB Reggie Ragland their second-round pick [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We'll have two guys that our defensive players that play football well," Whaley said. "You've got a guy in Ragland that's 258 and runs in the 4.6s. I think a lot of people think this guy is a true 'Mike,' but we feel he can play 'Will.' And with Preston at 'Mike,' I think we've got two physical linebackers that fit our defensive scheme (that we're trying to build in Buffalo. And that's tough, physical players."'

Marker Bills use third-round pick on Ohio State DT Adolphus Washington [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'General Manager Doug Whaley said Washington would compete for a starting spot. Whaley also said Washington had some pass-rush moves, "which is rare for an inside player," but also said he needs to work on his techniques.'

Marker There’s reason to be giddy as Rex’s defense gets talent infusion [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But if there was any doubt about whose vision is driving the operation at One Bills Drive, it was put to rest in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night. Rex Ryan is the head man, the face of the franchise and a man whose defensive chops took a serious hit in his first season in Buffalo.'

Marker Bills banking on throwback Reggie Ragland adding Ray Lewis-like bite to defense [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's a winner and he's a leader," Whaley said. "He's going to come in and bring something to this defense that we need and that's knowing how to win.'

Marker Bills roll the character dice again, this time on Ohio State DE Adolphus Washington [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Per court documents, Washington answered an ad for an escort service in December that police posted on Once he arrived, Washington told the officer he wanted a “short stay” at the hotel and was told that a short stay would cost him $60. Washington took cash out of his pocket, per the documents, and said he had $100.'

Marker Five things to know about Buffalo's newest linebacker, Reggie Ragland [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ragland was flagged for having an enlarged aorta, according to a report from the NFL Network. Whaley made it clear the Bills had no concerns about the condition. “We were taking him at 19,” he said. “No concern at all.”'

Marker Five things to know about the Bills' newest defensive tackle, Adolphus Washington [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Washington was arrested for soliciting an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute for oral sex. The charges were eventually dropped, but Washington was suspended from Ohio State’s bowl game against Notre Dame.'

Marker Lawson's history with Ryan makes joining Bills feel natural [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The connection was instant. Shaq Lawson was a freshman defensive end at Clemson, moving into his dormitory with one of his new teammates, Seth Ryan. Seth’s father, Rex, was coaching the New York Jets at the time. The elder Ryan made an unforgettable comment about Lawson graduating from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.'

Marker What They Said: Bills GM Doug Whaley & Reggie Ragland on Alabama LB's second-round selectio [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'We liked him. Like I said, we would have taken him at 19. So, when he was still there, we made a concerted effort to try to go up to get him and lucky for us, we found a trade partner with Chicago and I think, like I said, we got two of our guys. We would have taken both of them at 19.'

Marker What They Said: Transcript of GM Doug Whaley following the Bills' second- and third-round picks [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He’s going to come in and compete to start, for sure. If you look at it, we got some holes and we got some guys that need to be pushed or asked to push other people, and that’s what we’re getting this collection of guys to do, and Adolphus is going to be one of those guys. Throw him in there and see who wins the job.'

Marker What They Said: Transcript of Shaq Lawson's introductory Bills press conference [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When I first met Rex Ryan was my freshman year at Clemson. Me and Seth were both moving into the freshman dorms and he was just talking about how he had two first-round picks that attended Hargrave and he said maybe that can be you one day and that was the first thing that he said to me when I first met Rex.'

Marker Keeping it simple, defensive definition & competition does well [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' But this was a situation that called for the Bills to simply allow the draft to come to them rather than force something that, at least on the surface, figured to be less certain.'

Marker Buffalo Bills trade up for Reggie Ragland [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We would have taken him at 19, and lucky for us we found a trade partner in Chicago,” Whaley said. “We got two guys that we would have taken at 19.”'

Marker Bills pick Ohio State DT Washington in third round [1:45 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We had some holes, we had to make it over,” Whaley said of the defense. “We’re very excited with how we filled those holes, better than we thought we might.”'

Marker Good job Bills ... now what's next? [1:44 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'So, good job Buffalo. This is a pick most of us can get on board with. I say most because there are always going to be detractors, and I saw several on various message boards Thursday night and Friday morning. Tuning out the lunatic fringe, the Bills took a very good player who can come in and start immediately. Now, if he turns out to be Aaron Maybin, then all the naysayers can come back at me as hard as they want, and I know they will, but this looks like a sound decision to me. And, I actually nailed the pick.'

Marker Bills continue retooling defense with Ragland, Washington [1:43 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Whaley maintained, “We think we’ve added some pieces that should help get us where we need to go. On paper we think (our defense) has improved tremendously but paper doesn’t win you games, you’ve got to got out on the field and show it.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills trade up to select Reggie Ragland in second round [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills had to give up pick No. 117 in the 2016 NFL Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.'

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