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Buffalo Bills News - January 29, 2017

Marker Life can't get much better for Andy Levitre right now [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Toughness has been a trait that has defined Levitre’s career, as well. In eight years, he has started every one of his 128 career games. He’s also enjoyed a career renaissance in Atlanta, ranking 14th among all guards in analytics website Pro Football Focus’ grading. He was 12th in pass blocking and 17th in run blocking, according to PFF, while his 1,162 snaps ranked as the eighth most at his position.'

Marker Lorenzo Alexander: Buffalo Bills 'want me to be back' in 2017 [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"[The Bills] have reached out to me," Alexander said. They want me to be back ... I'm waiting to see what all the offers are on the table. My wife and I will sit down and make the best decision for ourselves."'

Marker Andy Reid says David Culley left Chiefs to pursue goal of being a head coach [1:56 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '“He came to me, asked me about it — he knows Sean very well, he knows it’s a good situation,” Reid said. “Listen, he’s 60 years old — it gives him a chance to do what he wants to do. He was my assistant head coach, but most of all, he’s a good friend. Great guy. Very, very loyal. He was my guy.”'

Marker Lorenzo Alexander thanks his high school coach for his humble beginnings [1:55 AM] reports: '“My uncle has been my coach pretty much my entire career—really like a father figure,” said Alexander. “My dad wasn’t initially around when I was younger, so he kind of filled that void for me. [He] instilled in me a lot of character that made me successful today—hard work, being accountable, perseverance [and] sacrifice.”'

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January 28, 2017

Marker Polian 'couldn't be happier' with Bills' choice of McDermott [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When you vet a person, you ask yourself, 'What is his pedigree? Where has he worked? What is his level of experience? What is his level of success? For whom has he worked? What are the influences on his career? Is he organized? Does he have the right approach? What's his teaching philosophy?'" said Polian, who was at the Senior Bowl practices this week for ESPN and SiriusXM NFL Radio.'

Marker Bills not expected to receive any compensatory draft picks [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have three picks inside the top 76 of the draft, in the first round (No. 10), second round (No. 43) and third round (No. 76). They do not have a fourth-round selection, as that pick was traded to Chicago last year in the move up for linebacker Reggie Ragland. Buffalo has two fifth-round draft picks, its own and one acquired from Dallas as part of the 2015 trade of quarterback Matt Cassel, one in the sixth round and does not have a pick in the seventh round, as that went to Dallas as part of the Cassel deal.'

Marker LeSean McCoy voices approval of Sean McDermott's hiring [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's tough, he's honest and he's fair. I think he's the right guy for the job. The guys in Buffalo, we need somebody we can believe in and we can trust. And not to say anything bad about Rex because I love Rex. I was actually behind Rex's staying. I think it's more the players, we need to step up more. But I think that Sean is a guy who will get it done."'

Marker Kyle Williams sounds open to returning in 2017 [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You know, I really haven't thought about it right now. Just been down here and the first few weeks of the offseason I've just tried to reconnect with my family and everything like that," he said. "But I always take a month or so off then I'll get back to preparing like I'm going to be back in Buffalo and I'm going to play.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Mailbag: Overdorf (The Cap Guy) isn't immune from blame [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Does that mean Overdorf is absolved from bad personnel decisions? No, it's his job to say that a player isn't worth the money, or the roster is top-heavy, or a big contract could hurt them with dead money later. The team should have protected itself with a behavior clause in Marcell Dareus's $100 million contract. And the Taylor deal wasn't as team-friendly as it seemed at the time.'

Marker Finding Nittmo: From the NFL kicker who disappeared, finally, some answers [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But with a desire to learn as much as she can about Bjorn so she can pass that insight along to her frazzled children, Mary Lois – prepared only with a few old house numbers culled from her child-support case and a search of public records – invited a Buffalo News reporter to drive across the Southwest last week in hopes of finding Bjorn.'

Marker Morten Andersen recalls meeting Nittmo [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It was normal for kickers to get together to shoot the breeze and talk about the trade,” Andersen said. “I don’t recall it 100 percent, but I remember I enjoyed meeting him.”'

Marker Bills should stay clear of Chad Kelly in draft [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Certainly it would make for a delicious provincial storyline — Chad Kelly, graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, coming home and reprising the role of savior that his uncle performed so remarkably during his Pro Football Hall of Fame career. However, just because his name is Kelly does not mean that young, oft-troubled Chad is the answer to the Bills’ never-ending quest for a franchise quarterback.'

Marker Kyle Williams will prepare like he's heading back to Buffalo Bills in 2017 [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"You know, I really haven't thought about it right now," Williams told Orr. "Just been down here and the first few weeks of the offseason I've just tried to reconnect with my family and everything like that. But I always take a month or so off then I'll get back to preparing like I'm going to be back in Buffalo and I'm going to play."'

Marker Bills RB LeSean McCoy: Seeing Tom Brady win another Super Bowl 'would mean a lot' [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'm actually happy for Tom," McCoy said. "Now, I play for Buffalo, don't get me wrong, same division. But I love a player who is building on his legacy. It would mean a lot to see him win another championship. He's going down as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. You know, to build that legacy is hard, this league is hard. If fans and people only know how hard it is. For that guy to keep going and going back to championships. And after this whole year with the ... I don't want to talk about it, if he were right or wrong or whatever it is, you know they punished him. And he came right back strong. So that's amazing, an accomplishment."'

Marker Buffalo Bills re-sign safety and special teamer Colt Anderson [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Signing Anderson gives the Bills six safeties under contract for 2017. The depth chart now includes Anderson, Corey Graham, Aaron Williams, Shamiel Gary, Phillip Thomas and Joe Powell. Anderson, however, is best known for his work on special teams.'

Marker Why Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy thinks Sean McDermott is 'right man for the job' [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I like Sean," McCoy said. "Even when I played in Philly he was there and he had heart, I liked him. I think kind of back then he had to get the scapegoat. Something is going on, you know how it is, you gotta bring in somebody. He's tough, he's honest and he's fair. I think he's the right guy for the job. The guys in Buffalo, we need somebody we can believe in and trust. And not to say anything bad about Rex because I love Rex. I was actually behind Rex's stay. I think it's more the players, we need to step up more. But I think that Sean is a guy who will get it done."'

Marker McDermott's guys: Latest on the Bills coaching staff additions, part 2 [1:47 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'For a lone year in 2014, Dennis spent time as quarterbacks coach for the Baltimore Ravens. During that season, Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor was Joe Flacco’s backup.'

Marker Q&A: Panthers' Coleman on strengths of new Bills coach McDermott [1:46 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“He has a great blend, because you can’t have a guy that’s just micro-managing everything, who’s always trying to light the fire. Your players must lead. If you don’t have the right players leading, then you need to get new players. So if you have the right leadership, which we’ve had in Carolina, we’ve done a great job of being able to lead ourselves. But you still have those days where your team is just not responding. If his guys are not playing or practising with the enthusiasm that’s needed, Sean’s not afraid to speak up and really get under people.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills re-sign safety Colt Anderson [1:45 AM]
AP reports: 'He missed the first three games with a foot injury, and was then placed on the season-ending injured reserve list after being sidelined by an arm injury in 30-19 win at Los Angeles on Oct. 9.'

Marker Bills re-sign safety Colt Anderson [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Anderson, 31, only played in two games last season before he was placed on injured reserve on October 10. 2017 will be Anderson's eighth season in the NFL and his second with the Bills.'

Marker Bills re-sign S Colt Anderson [1:43 AM] reports: 'Anderson saw action in two games this season before being placed on injured reserve on October 10, 2016. Anderson totaled two special teams tackles with the Bills. Anderson, 31, will enter his eighth NFL season in 2017 and has a total of 55 special teams tackles in his career.'

Marker Bills Today: Panthers LB sees success for McDermott [1:42 AM] reports: '"I expect (the Bills defense) to be phenomenal,” Davis said. “His coaching style, his aggressiveness. When you look at the caliber of athlete they have on that defense, they are going to be really good."'

January 27, 2017

Marker Whaley's biggest lesson as Bills' GM: 'Be light on your feet' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think the biggest thing is you have to have a plan, but you've got to be light on your feet, because you never know what's going to happen," Whaley said while here for the Senior Bowl. "So I've always said this and the biggest thing that I've learned is not only light on your feet but, it's not (only) this move, but how is this move going to affect your next move?'

Marker Bills' Kouandjio undergoes hip surgery [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This is the latest setback in what has been a disappointing career for Kouandjio since he joined the Bills as a second-round draft pick from Alabama in 2014.'

Marker Bills lose WRs coach Sanjay Lal to Colts [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's one guy that I don't want to leave," Watkins said at the end of the 2016 season. "Probably if he leaves, then I don't know how my mindset will be, honestly. That's a guy that kind of groomed me into running routes and doing everything the right way -- mental, physical -- and if he leaves, that'll hurt. Because that's a guy that kind of helped this whole group form a mentality and shape us to professionals. He gave us the whole script of off the field, on the field, and it's helping this wide receiver group and helping the players."'

Marker Before joining Chargers, Lynn thought Buffalo 'was best place for me' [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I love the ownership there in Buffalo. Very familiar with the team. To me, that was the best place for me to be because I knew the personnel, I knew all the people I was working with and I think that was the quickest turnaround."'

Marker Hogan's emergence is crowning insult to the Bills [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A seminar might be useful for Whaley, who somehow constructed the sort of financially bloated roster that you would expect from a team that actually made a Super Bowl run, or at least made it the playoffs.'

Marker Senior Bowl practice standouts at Bills' need positions [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here are some players, at positions of need for the Buffalo Bills, who have stood out during Senior Bowl practices this week...'.

Marker Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: Chad Kelly a bad fit in Buffalo, 'six' Pro Bowlers, d [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On top of all that, Kelly is coming off a second torn ACL in his right knee, and played in an offense at Ole Miss that didn't ask him to read defenses the way he'll have to at the NFL level. Kelly has the arm to be an NFL starter, but has yet to show the decision making to go along with it. He's graded as a sixth-round prospect by CBS Sports, but carries unreasonably high expectations because of his last name. That would be especially true in Buffalo.'

Marker President Trump has Bills' Hall of Famer Jim Kelly's support. Here's why. [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When I was going through my cancer fight ... he provided my family and friends with a place to stay, his apartments. He took care of my whole family," Kelly said of Trump. "Donald did that for my whole family. There were days when I would come to New York City. I'd give him a call, and I'd go up and we'd sit there and shoot the bull, have a little fun."'

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