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Buffalo Bills News - May 1, 2016

Marker Transcript of postdraft press conference with Bills GM Doug Whaley and coach Rex Ryan [1:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' We can never envision the board falling the way it did because of the draft but with the way we kind of look ahead, we kind of knew that if we had the cap restrictions with the guys, our guys that we re-signed, not being able to go out and fill through the free agent market, but we knew this was going to be a draft heavy in some of the spots that we might be losing the guys. So it correlated pretty well. Is that always going to happen? No, but it happened this year.'

Marker Bills take Ohio State QB Cardale Jones in fourth round [1:41 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“This guy has stuff to work on, but he doesn’t have any muscle memory already ingrained in him that’s bad,” said Whaley. “We’ve got a piece of clay and we can mold him and we have some qualified guys to mold him. This guy’s a proven winner, he’s driven, he’s undefeated. We got a nice guy to work with, with a high upside.”'

Marker Bills filled several glaring needs in the NFL Draft [1:40 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'After a 2015 season where the defense underachieved tremendously and was probably the main reason why the Bills missed the playoffs for a 16th year in a row, the Bills attacked the first three rounds by picking three players who should be able to step right in and, if not start, certainly contribute to the front seven in Ryan’s scheme.'

Marker Bills take a chance on Ohio State’s Cardale Jones [1:39 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Jones, 6-foot-5, 253 pounds, led the Buckeyes to the national championship after the 2014 season. He began the campaign as the No. 3 QB, but injuries pushed him into the starting job during the playoffs during which he beat Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship Game, Alabama in the national semifinals and Oregon in the championship game … all in impressive fashion.'

Marker Buffalo Bills select Cardale Jones in fourth round [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Cardale Jones has more upside than any quarterback left on the board. While he was benched during his final season at Ohio State, Jones has all of the physical ability to develop into a starting quarterback. During Ohio State's national championship run in 2014, Jones looked like a future star.'

Marker Despite drafting QB Cardale Jones, Bills 'very comfortable' with EJ Manuel as backup [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He's going to come in and be a No. 3, be able to develop, be able to learn under some professionals that have been at their craft for a while with EJ (Manuel) and Tyrod (Taylor)," Whaley said. "We like his skill set. I mean, he's got the talent to possibly be a franchise guy."'

Marker Grading the Bills pick of Ohio State's Cardale Jones [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jones' inexperience makes him a mystery for NFL teams. At 6-feet-5-inches tall and 253 pounds, Jones has the prototypical build for the position. It doesn't hurt that he has arguably the strongest arm of any quarterback in the draft. He also failed to show the consistency NFL teams love to see from college prospects at the position.'

Marker Buffalo Bills select Jonathan Williams in fifth round [1:35 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This is the second draft in a row in which the Bills have drafted a running back in the fifth round after taking Karlos Williams from Florida State a year ago.'

Marker Grading the Buffalo Bills pick of Arkansas' Jonathan Williams [1:34 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo hasn't hesitated to draft players with lingering medical issues in this draft. While the Williams pick is a bit of a luxury, and his health is uncertain, the Bills couldn't pass on the value. Williams may have been a third round pick if not for the injury.'

Marker Buffalo Bills take Kolby Listenbee in sixth round [1:33 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'A former high school quarterback, Listenbee is still polishing his game as a wide receiver. He has the speed to burn the defense deep. Listenbee was a standout track athlete for TCU as well. He ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash and has personal best of 10.09 in the 100 meter dash. Listenbee ran that 40 time with a double sports hernia, which he had surgery to repair in early March.'

Marker New Bills WR Kolby Listenbee: 'I'm the fastest football player probably in the NFL' [1:32 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Listenbee could be an added boost to Buffalo's passing game, which is in need of a No. 3 wide receiver. And while he's sure about his speed, don't mistake him for a track star in football pads.'

Marker Grading the Bills pick of TCU's Kolby Listenbee [1:31 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It's tough to argue with the Bills getting a wide receiver with this much upside so late in the draft. He ran a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash despite a double sports hernia. His personal best in the 100-meter dash is 10.09 seconds. The kid can flat out fly and isn't shy about it. He said he's the fastest player in the NFL and could be in the Olympics if he wanted to.'

Marker Buffalo Bills select Kevon Seymour in sixth round [1:30 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Doug Whaley firmly believes in drafting cornerbacks often, and he stuck to that philosophy with this pick. Seymour had just three interceptions in his college career, but he ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.'

Marker Grading the Bills pick of USC's Kevon Seymour [1:29 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Seymour may be a long shot to make the roster, but he has experience as a return man and as a gunner. The Bills needed to find contributors for special teams, and Seymour has a chance to be just that.'

Marker Glenn Gronkowski signs with Buffalo Bills as undrafted free agent [1:28 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gronkowski faces an uphill battle to make the Bills' roster, but the Williamsville native gets to stay close to home. He had just 15 career catches for the Wildcats and needs to improve as a blocker to stick on the roster.'

Marker Cardale Jones picked by Buffalo in 4th round of NFL draft [1:27 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: '“Prove them wrong,” is the slogan on Jones’ popular Twitter account.'

Marker Cardale Jones selected by Buffalo Bills in fourth round [1:26 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'I might be in the minority in my thinking that Jones can be a good NFL quarterback. He's a project, sure, but give me a project that's 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds every day of the week.'

Marker Williams, Collins lead late selections [1:25 AM]
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports: 'On Saturday, Williams went first, taken by the Buffalo Bills with the 18th pick of the fifth round, No. 156 overall. The Allen, Texas, native, who rushed for 1,190 yards in 2014 before missing all of last year with a torn ligament in his left foot, was the 12th running back taken.'

Marker TCU wide receiver Kolby Listenbee gets drafted by Buffalo Bills in sixth round of NFL draft [1:24 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Listenbee joins a Bills' offense that already features stud receiver Sammy Watkins. But Listenbee should have the chance to compete for playing time as Buffalo has a need for difference makers at the skill positions on offense behind Watkins and running back LeSean McCoy.'

Marker Bills select USC's Kevon Seymour with the 218th pick in NFL draft [1:23 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'Seymour joins former teammates Robert Woods and Nickell Robey in Buffalo.'

Marker Bills select Ohio State QB Cardale Jones 139th overall [1:22 AM]
AP reports: '"I'm going to have a tough time believing somebody had a better draft," Ryan said. "But it will be proved out as the years go on ... it just so happened that these landed really great."'

Marker Bills sign Glenn Gronkowski, brother of Pats tight end Rob [1:21 AM]
AP reports: 'Glenn would be the fourth Gronkowski brother with NFL experience. Besides Rob, Chris and Dan also played professionally.'

Marker Bills draft 'piece of clay' at quarterback [1:20 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"This guy has stuff to work on, but he doesn't have any muscle memory already ingrained in him that's bad," said general manager Doug Whaley. "We've got a piece of clay and we can mold him and we have some qualified guys to mold him. This guy's a proven winner, he's driven, he's undefeated. We got a nice guy to work with, with a high upside. We like his skill set, and he has the potential to be a franchise guy. Is he there yet? Absolutely not."'

Marker Bills Address Offense on Day 3, Highlighted by Jones [1:19 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The year before, Jones' sophomore season, he was forced into the starting job following injuries to Braxton Miller and Barrett. Jones responded, carrying Ohio State to the natoinal title, firing 7 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions with 860 yards along the way. Jones stands tall under center at 6'5" and weighing in at 253 pounds.'

Marker Glenn Gronkowski tweets he's joining the Bills [1:18 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“That would be awesome,” he said in Indianapolis at the time. “Obviously, growing up, we were at all the Bills games. We were cheering for the Bills, all that. Obviously they never had been that good (while he was growing up), but we were always there cheering for them and everything. But yeah, that would be awesome to be there.”'

Marker UB's Licata will get a shot with the Bills [1:17 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 6-2, 210-pounder is a pure pocket passer, but has enough athleticism and quick enough feet to move around and evade the rush when needed.'

Marker Bills take a QB, select Cardale Jones in the 4th [1:16 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Jones was the starter for Ohio State when they captured the National Championship after the 2014 season, and after his performance during that run, was thought to be one of the top prospects for the upcoming year. After starting the season for the Buckeyes, Jones was benched in the middle of the season for backup J.T. Barrett.'

Marker Why Bills fans should embrace drafting Cardale Jones [1:15 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Based on some of the reactions to the pick, some would think he's done something to personally wrong some of the fan base.'

Marker Why Cardale Jones getting benched at OSU helps the Bills [1:14 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"I mean, this guy, he's got some stuff to work on, but he doesn't have any muscle memory already ingrained in him that's bad," general manager Doug Whaley said right after the pick was made. "So we got a piece of clay and we can mold him and with our offensive staff, I'm very, very happy to know that we got some qualified guys to help mold him."'

Marker Bills add RB, pick Jonathan Williams in 5th [1:13 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Williams will compete with Mike Gillislee and James Wilder, Jr. to be the third-string running back in 2016.'

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