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Buffalo Bills News - April 30, 2016

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.'

Marker Buffalo Bills pick Adolphus Washington in third round [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Barring a trade, the Bills' next pick won't be until the No. 139 overall pick in the fourth round. They traded their other fourth round pick as part of a trade to move up and select Ragland in round two.'

Marker New Bills LB Reggie Ragland thinks he can be just like Ray Lewis for Rex Ryan [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It was laid back getting to know coach and having him get to understand me and the type of person I am," Ragland said moments after the Bills drafted him No. 41 overall. "It was an awesome time being around coach Ryan. He's a laid back guy, but I know once we hit the field it will be all business. I'm used to that with coach (Nick) Saban. Off the field, laid back. On the field, it's a grind."'

Marker Bills draft pick Adolphus Washington discusses arrest for soliciting oral sex [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Washington pleaded guilty and completed "John School," which teaches men arrested for prostitution about the mistreatment of the women involved as well as the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases. Upon completing the program, Washington's charges were dropped.'

Marker Grading the Buffalo Bills pick of Alabama's Reggie Ragland [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills project Ragland as a weak-side inside linebacker who will play alongside Brown in base sets. Ragland certainly has the upside to be a three-down linebacker and could eventually overtake Brown for the Bills' job of MIKE linebacker.'

Marker Grading the Bills pick of Ohio State's Adolphus Washington [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As a player, Washington is a work in progress. During his career at Ohio State, Washington showed off the dominant physical traits that made him a five-star recruit coming out of high school. However, Washington tends to be a streaky player. When he's motivated and playing focused, Washington is tough to block. The Bills are hoping to get that version of Washington more often than the Buckeyes did.'

Marker How does Shaq Lawson fit into Rex Ryan's Buffalo Bills defense? [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He walks in, day one, starter opposite Jerry Hughes," Whaley said. "So he can set the edge from the outside, he can rush with speed and power and that gives us two nice rushers off the edge. And then you got the push in the middle with our defensive tackles, so I think this is, again, a guy that has the versatility like you said too. Also, when we go nickel or sub, he can go inside and use his quickness on those interior offensive linemen. So I know coach is ecstatic about it just because of what he brings. First day, coming in off the bus, he's starting and (Rex's) mind's going crazy on different ways he can use him."'

Marker Bills love them some Southern bawl players [1:35 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Of the team’s 40 draft selections since 2011 -- the first full draft cycle for Whaley, after the Bills hired him as assistant GM in February 2010 -- 35 played college ball in a traditional Southeast or Southwest state:'

Marker Buffalo Bills draft Reggie Ragland in second round [1:34 AM]
Birmingham News reports: '"He's a garbage man in the run game," Dane Brugler, an NFL Draft analyst for, told "He does a lot of dirty work, has quick eyes, can diagnose and can attack. (His) recognition skills are already at an NFL level. He has outstanding timing over the middle as a striker. There's a lot to like about Reggie Ragland as a middle linebacker."'

Marker Reggie Ragland just knew who to call at 1 a.m. after draft snub [1:33 AM]
Birmingham News reports: '"It was a little stressful," Ragland said. "But my family kept me calm. Most of all I kept my dad calm. It was a humbling experience. You think you're going to go somewhere but God has another plan for you. I'm a firm believer of that. That's why I'm going to the Bills."'

Marker Taft High School and Ohio State DT Adolphus Washington drafted by Bills [1:32 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'If it’s possible for an Ohio State player eligible for the NFL Draft to slide under the radar, let alone one who started for three years, that’s the space Adolphus Washington is occupying.'

Marker Bills continue focus on revamping Ryan's defense in draft [1:31 AM]
AP reports: 'Ragland is listed at 6-foot-1 and 247 pounds and was a consensus All-American after he had a team-leading 102 tackles, including 6 1/2 for a loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles. He was also a finalist to win the Bednarik Award (linebacker of the year) and Nagurski Trophy (defensive player of the year).'

Marker Bills turning attention to other draft needs, including QB [1:30 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills also lack depth, with former starter EJ Manuel the only other quarterback on their roster.'

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