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Buffalo Bills News - April 16, 2016

Marker 27-year-old wideout Harvin retiring after 7 NFL seasons [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'A dynamic playmaker when healthy, Harvin's best season came in 2009 when he caught 87 passes for 967 yards for the Vikings. Harvin's production - and his reputation as a teammate - dwindled from there.'

Marker Bills release T Chandler [1:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Chandler was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and didn't play in any regular-season games.'

Marker Roman looking forward to 2016 on offense [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"God willing and the creeks don't rise and if we stay healthy, I think we're going to be able to have some more continuity," Roman said. "I think everybody's going to have a general idea of what's coming and what's ahead. I don't think they had that last year with being out first year being together. I definitely think we can expand a little bit of what we do and I think we'll be more experienced working together."'

Marker Bills release offensive lineman Tyson Chandler [1:53 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has released T Tyson Chandler with a non-football injury.'

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April 15, 2016

Marker Bills open at Baltimore, play 1st prime-time home game since '12 [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have a second prime-time game on Monday night, Nov. 7, at Seattle, the second of their three trips to the West Coast. Their bye comes the following week.'

Marker Game-by-game thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' 2016 schedule [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A home game in prime time... that is a home opener? Keep your head on a swivel in those tailgates, Bills fans. Western New York just might morph into Bourbon Street.'

Marker Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd visiting Bills Thursday and Friday [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Floyd flashed a burst around the corner in college and, while raw, might be the weapon opposite Jerry Hughes that Buffalo sorely needs. He closes with a vengeance. Ryan and co. have also brought in Oklahoma State end Emmanuel Ogbah for a visit.'

Marker Desperation Thursday in NFL another hint Bills shouldn't be desperate at QB [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Right now, Taylor is by far the best bargain at quarterback in the NFL with one year left on his contract. Buffalo would be smart to postpone its own desperation as long as it can.'

Marker Reports: Former Bills WR Harvin calling it quits after all [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Harvin played in only five games with the Bills before landing on IR. He finished with 19 receptions for 218 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed five times for 31 yards, and returned five kickoffs for 108 yards.'

Marker Buffalo Bills will appear twice in prime-time [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This will be the Bills’ first game in Los Angeles since 1992 when they lost 20-3 to the Los Angeles Raiders at the Coliseum. Buffalo also lost Super Bowl XXVII to the Cowboys in January 1993 at the Rose Bowl in nearby Pasadena. Buffalo hasn’t played the Rams in Los Angeles since 1983. That franchise played in St. Louis from 1995 through 2015.'

Marker Bills going prime time in home opener [1:53 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'That stretch of three straight home games comes at a perfect time, even though Pittsburgh and Cleveland are used to winter weather. The road schedule isn’t bad with only two back-to-back trips, the Patriots and Rams and the Seahawks and Bengals interrupted by the bye.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor gets shot at Ravens in opener [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills have a hell of a home opener on the schedule with a primetime game against the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football. As much as Rex Ryan tried to hide it, he treated the games against the Jets a little differently in 2015. The buzz from playing his former team has probably worn off by now, but having that rivalry under the lights at Ralph Wilson Stadium after the crowd has been tailgating all day will make for quite the atmosphere.'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2016 schedule: Power ranking all 8 road trips for traveling fans [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills are playing in the Los Angeles Coliseum in 2016. My guess is not many Buffalo Bills fans have experienced the Coliseum or maybe even Los Angeles in general. This trip could be the most attractive on the schedule.'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2016 schedule: 2 primetime games, including 1 at The Ralph [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The NFL unveiled the entire regular seasons schedule Thursday night, and the Bills have plenty of compelling matchups, including a pair of primetime games. The Bills will also host a primetime game.'

Marker Reports: Percy Harvin tells Buffalo Bills he's retiring [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills will have to move forward with a wide receiver depth chart of Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, Leonard Hankerson, Greg Little, Marcus Easley, Walt Powell, Dezmin Lewis, Greg Salas and Jarrett Boykin. The Bills already lost Chris Hogan from the wide receiver depth chart earlier this offseason.'

Marker Bills have pair of primetime games [1:48 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'On Nov. 7, the Bills will take on the Seahawks in Seattle on Monday Night Football.'

Marker Report: Harvin tells Bills he's retiring [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Thursday's report still comes as a surprise, with Bills general manager Doug Whaley saying last month that he was informed Harvin did want to play in 2016. Harvin signed a three-year deal last March that included nearly $6 million in guaranteed money, but the final two years of the contract were voided shortly after Super Bowl 50 to reduce his salary cap number. '

Marker Tyrod's return to Baltimore, two primetime games, three December home games highlight Bills sch [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Taylor spent the first four years of his playing career in Baltimore after being drafted by the Ravens in 2011 before joining the Bills last offseason as a free agent. Ryan was an assistant coach there from 1999-2008, including spending the last four years as defensive coordinator. Reed, who was just hired by the team as an assistant defensive backs coach, was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of 2002 then spent eleven years there and is regarded as one of the best players in franchise history.'

Marker Report: Harvin to retire [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In his seven years in the NFL with the Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and the New York Jets, Harvin had over 4,000 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns. His career year came with the Minnesota Vikings in the 2011 season where he had 81 receptions for 967 yards and six touchdown receptions.'

Marker Reports: Harvin informs Bills that he's retiring [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Harvin seemed intent on playing again and let multiple outlets know of his plans to play, but then changed his mind last week, and has now finalized his retirement.'

Marker How the Rams-Titans deal benefits the Bills [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills are taking a long, hard look at the defensive linemen available in the draft, and the longer that Buckner waits in the green room, the better it is for them. All the Rams trade up to the top spot, and the subsequent quarterback craze is doing is pushing the talent the Bills are actually inclined to draft down the board and closer to their selection. It doesn’t even have to be a defensive lineman, it all helps in their search for an impact defensive player.'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2016 schedule [1:42 AM] reports: Week 1 at Baltimore Ravens Week 2 vs. NY Jets (TNF) Week 3 vs. Arizona Cardinals Week 4 at New England Patriots Week 5 at Los Angeles Rams Week 6 vs. San Francisco 49ers Week 7 at Miami Dolphins Week 8 vs. New England Patriots Week 9 at Seattle Seahawks (MNF) Week 10 BYE Week 11 at Cincinnati Bengals Week 12 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Week 13 at Oakland Raiders Week 14 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Week 15 vs. Cleveland Browns Week 16 vs. Miami Dolphins Week 17 at NY Jets

April 14, 2016

Marker Memphis' Paxton Lynch is a long-term project [1:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Should the Bills be interested? Probably, but according to ESPN’s Todd McShay, not if they’re considering using the 19th overall pick on him, particularly when you consider the needs the Bills have on defense.'

Marker 3 reasons Buffalo Bills should consider Memphis QB Paxton Lynch [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If the Bills aren't 100-percent sold on Taylor as a franchise quarterback, as their unwillingness to extend him suggests, what would hold them back from taking a potential franchise quarterback with their first-round pick? A quarterback won't make the immediate impact a defensive player might, and the Bills are under a lot of pressure to win in 2016, but there's nothing wrong with making a long-term investment.'

Marker What round should the Bills draft a QB? [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'These projections and rounds represent where the Bills would most likely have to draft that player, with explanations of why and general thoughts on each QB to follow. The projections are based on a consensus of big boards, mock drafts, and my own educated guess about where each player will be drafted - even if I don't agree he SHOULD be drafted there...'

Marker Bills, NFL schedule to be announced Thursday night [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The NFL has announced it will release the 2016 regular season schedule Thursday night at 8 pm.'

April 13, 2016

Marker Catching up on the Bills and the NFL [7:48 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Bills did make one request of the league. Noting Buffalo faced three West Coast trips — Seahawks, Raiders and Rams — coach Rex Ryan requested none of them to be back-to-back. Many teams prefer to play consecutive games in the Pacific time zone, but Ryan didn’t want his team to go into “vacation mode” and he clearly didn’t want to make four cross-country trips in a span of nine days.'

Marker Bills sign linebacker, safety for special-teams depth [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Alexander was originally an undrafted pickup in 2005 and has lasted this long thanks to his play on special teams. He appeared in all 16 games last season for the Oakland Raiders, was in Arizona the two seasons before that and particularly excelled on special teams for six seasons with the Washington Redskins (2008-12).'

Marker Bills ILB A.J. Tarpley details his decision: 'My happiness is in my hands' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"My vision started to close in on me and I blew a coverage assignment on the next play. I got pulled off the field, and I tried to buy myself some time. When asked about the blown coverage, I told a coach that I made a mistake and it wouldn’t happen again.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign LB Lorenzo Alexander, S Colt Anderson [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Meanwhile, Anderson played the last two seasons for the Indianapolis Colts. He is most well known for being the man who took the snap on what may have been the worst trick play in NFL history.'

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