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Buffalo Bills News - April 11, 2017

Marker Bills sign DE Seau [1:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Seau is the nephew of the late, Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau, who played 20 seasons in the NFL. Junior Seau committed suicide at the age of 43 and an autopsy revealed that he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.).'

Marker Bills sign veteran QB T.J. Yates [1:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Yates will be joining his fourth team in four seasons after spending last year with the Miami Dolphins. The quarterback played under offensive coordinator Rick Dennison for the first three seasons of his career with the Houston Texans. In 2011, Yates started two playoff games for the Texans with a win over the Bengals before losing to the Ravens in the Divisional round. During his six year NFL career, including playoffs, Yates has started in nine games, passed for 1,877 yards, seven touchdowns, and eleven interceptions.'

Marker Bills announce preseason schedule [1:30 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'One thing to watch for at in the preseason will be another extended look at Cardale Jones, who saw the majority of work for the Bills under center in the 2016 preseason.'

Marker Bills sign QB T.J. Yates [1:29 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'And that's only if the Bills do not draft a quarterback at some point in the first few rounds in the 2017 NFL Draft, and now that Yates is signed, it would likely mean that either he or Cardale Jones would be the odd man out. Considering Jones has only been in the NFL for one year so far, the odds would be against the Bills cutting ties with him in favor of a journeyman third stringer that was out of the league for almost the entire season in 2016.'

Marker Report: Bills work out QB Mitchell Trubisky [1:28 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'He has the aforementioned mobility, the ability to keep his eyes downfield while scrambling, and he can really drive the ball outside the numbers on the short-to-intermediate throws. Those touch-and-timing throws are something that likely has NFL types thinking about what he can develop into.'

Marker Bills 2017 preseason schedule revealed [1:27 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'For the Bills, their longstanding tradition of playing the Detroit Lions has continued for a 17th straight season. Dates and times will be revealed at a later time, but here is the Bills preseason schedule in full...'.

Marker Bills to open the 2017 preseason at New Era Field [1:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills will play their first preseason game in Philadelphia since 2000. The Bills-Eagles matchup will be the 10th between the two clubs.'

Marker Bills sign QB T.J. Yates [1:25 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Yates, 29, is a former fifth-round pick of the Houston Texans (2011) and played his first three NFL seasons there. After spending the 2014 season with Atlanta he re-signed with the Texans in 2015 before playing last season with Miami.'

Marker Healthy number of culture makers for McDermott [1:24 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The big thing this year is being more boisterous in reiterating his message constantly to guys whether it’s in the team meeting setting, going out to dinner with guys, in our locker room,” Alexander said. “Just trying to reinforce that and make sure that guys are accountable to the message and the goals we set for ourselves, which ultimately is winning a championship, getting to the playoffs and all the little things that fall in line so you can accomplish those goals.”'

Marker Bills sign DE Ian Seau [1:23 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Seau, 24, joined the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2016 with the Los Angeles Rams where he played for current Bills defensive line coach Mike Waufle. He was released by the Rams on September 3, 2016. Seau is the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau. Ian Seau played his college football at Nevada where he tallied 100 tackles, 31.0 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles. At Nevada, Seau played for current Bills assistant defensive line coach Bill Teerlinck.'

Marker Bills Today: Eric Wood likes what he sees from the 2017 Bills so far [1:22 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I appreciate Sean’s work ethic and I appreciate how he has held guys accountable through one week with what I perceive as an ability to relate to guys and truly care about them but get across to them 'if I truly care about you I want you to be a better football player',” Wood said. “There’s a lot of energy around the stadium still, but it’s fairly tight as well. Guys know that there’s a lot expected of them.”'

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April 10, 2017

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Michigan LB Jabrill Peppers [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Peppers won the Paul Hornug Award winner as the nation's most versatile player in 2016 – for good reason. As the stats above suggest, he can truly play anywhere on the field. During his time at Michigan, Peppers played cornerback, safety, linebacker, running back, kick returner and punt returner. He also won the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which is awarded to the defensive best in character and performance, and was a consensus All-American.'

Marker Consensus No. 1 pick Myles Garrett studied Buffalo Bills legend Bruce Smith [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Yeah, if I want to be the best, it has to start there," said Garrett. "When they put me at end, my D-line coach, Gonzo, told me to start studying those guys. So I did, from LT to Deacon Jones to Bruce Smith to Reggie White to DeMarcus Ware to J.J. Watt, then to all the big-time players across the line to the linebackers. From the very beginning, I wanted to be the best, whether it was sports or poetry."'

Marker Pro Football Focus' 2016 draft do-over has Buffalo Bills landing Michael Thomas [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'When it came to the Buffalo Bills, PFF's do-over came in the second round. Instead of Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland, PFF had the Bills select Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas.'

Marker Report: Rex Ryan gave brother Rob 'run of the place' during Bills' disastrous 2016 [1:56 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'According to Myers, Rex “basically dedicated” last year to “resurrecting the reputation” of Rob and gave him the “run of the place.”'

April 9, 2017

Marker Seven-round Bills-only mock draft addresses areas of need [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' list of needs runs longer than the amount of picks they have. Wide receiver, cornerback, right tackle, tight end, linebacker and quarterback are all positions that could use reinforcements. That doesn't leave much room for "best player available," if that's the route the Bills want to take.'

Marker Mock draft roundup IV: A look at who's being projected to the Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"With significant losses to both position groups in recent weeks, this selection is likely to be spent on either a wide receiver or a cornerback. Given the commitment made to resigned quarterback Tyrod Taylor and the depth at cornerback this year, GM Doug Whaley may like the idea of pairing the 6-foot-4, 218-pound Williams with his former Clemson teammate Watkins to give Taylor a pair of playmakers on the outside."'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: QB Patrick Mahomes [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mahomes played in the Air Raid offense, which has not translated well to the NFL for quarterbacks. It's full of quick passes and predetermined reads, but Mahomes said he practiced taking snaps under center every day, while also running some play action. "We ran some NFL stuff," he said.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' deal with Lorenzo Alexander considered a best value by ESPN Insider [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Alexander had 12.5 sacks last season," Sando said, "his second as a full-time starter. But he is 33 years old and had only nine sacks in 10 previous NFL seasons. Alexander also will be playing in a different scheme under a new coaching staff. That helped the Bills keep him at a reasonable price."'

Marker 2017 NFL Mock Draft: 7 rounds of Buffalo Bills predictions (version 4.0) [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Round 1, pick 10: Reuben Foster, linebacker, Alabama.'

Marker Leonard Johnson trying to cook up TV show [1:54 AM]
Des Moines Register reports: 'Johnson is hoping to turn his passion of cooking into a television show. He has an idea for the show, a name for it and has even shot some bits that he’s pitching to the Food Network and others.'

April 8, 2017

Marker Bills host QB T.J. Yates on free agent visit; sign eight free agents to roster [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yates started two playoff games for the Texans as a rookie, beating the Bengals in the wild-card round before losing to Baltimore. He also played for the Dolphins in their playoff loss to the Steelers in January. In 18 career games, he's thrown for 1,352 yards, six touchdowns and eight interceptions, with a passer rating of 72.8.'

Marker Bills reportedly sign CB Bradley Sylve, DE Jake Metz [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Metz, 26, played for the Qingdao Clipper of the China Arena Football League after he was drafted in the third round of the league's inaugural draft. As Colton alluded to, he also played for the Arena Football League's Philadelphia Soul. A 6-foot-7, 265-pounder, Metz played at Div. II Shippensbugh University before going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft.'

Marker Former Bills CB Nickell Robey-Coleman signs with Rams [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A former undrafted free agent, Robey-Coleman played in all 64 games for the Bills over the past four seasons, with 15 starts. He has five sacks and three interceptions in his career, two of which he has returned for touchdowns. One of those came against the Rams in 2016, helping the Bills to a win in Week Five.'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Grambling State WR Chad Williams [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams' scouting profile on nfl.com says his "early route speed is below average. Takes too long to get to the top of his routes." A 4.43-second 40-yard dash at Grambling's Pro Day, however, showed he has the speed needed to play at the next level. That time was even lower on some other stopwatches, too.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills CB Nickell Robey-Coleman signs with Los Angeles Rams [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Robey-Coleman will reunite with former Bills and Trojan teammate Robert Woods in Los Angeles. They'll both get to play their home games in their college stadium, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 2017.

Marker Buffalo Bills host veteran QB T.J. Yates on free agent visit [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Yates, 29, spent the 2016 season in the AFC East with the Miami Dolphins. He did not record any stats in Miami. The majority of Yates' career has been with the Houston Texans. He spent his first three seasons with the team after being selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft and returned to Houston after a one-year stint in Atlanta.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign Marcus Cromartie, Bradley Sylve and 6 other free agents [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The two defensive backs the Bills brought in both have a shot to compete. Cromartie spent the last three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers after entering the league as an undrafted free agent. Sylve spent last season out of football with a torn achilles tendon he suffered at Alabama's pro day.'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley 'in love' with Clemson QB Deshaun Watson (report) [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo has many needs they could address at pick 10, but if Whaley and new head coach Sean McDermott view Deshaun Watson as a franchise quarterback, it may be difficult for the team to pass on the Clemson signal-caller.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign China Arena League defensive end Jake Metz [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'At this point in the offseason, Metz appears to be a longshot to make the 53-man roster. The Bills need bodies to hold a minicamp in a few weeks before the draft. With the signing of Metz, the Bills now have 62 players under contract, which is still the lowest amount in the NFL.'

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