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Bills Daily - Top News Friday May 19, 2017

5 Scouts Added: The Bills continue to fill out their scouting department by hiring two new scouts and re-hiring three scouts that were released with Doug Whaley they day after the draft ended. Dennis Hickey was added as the Senior College Scout. He served as the General Manager of the Dolphins in 2014 and 2015. He spent 18 years scouting for Tampa Bay including beind their Director of Player Personnel from 2011 to 2013. They also hired Curtis Rukavina as a Pro Scout. He was most recently the Director of Player Personnel for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. The three scouts re-hired were Gerald Dixon as a Pro Scout, Brian Fisher as a Midwest college scout and Doug Majeski as a West Area Scout. Majeski will enter his 28th year with the team. Fisher has been with the team for 10 years and Dixon will enter his fourth year with the team.

Dawkins Signs: 3rd round pick Dion Dawkins has signed his rookie contract leaving just 5th rounder Nate Peterman as unsigned. He likely would be under contract too if he wasn't at the NFL Premier event in Los Angeles this week.

Thursday May 18, 2017

Jones Signs: The Bills have now signed second round draft pick Zay Jones leaving just two draft picks unsigned. The top two picks, Tre'Davious White and Jones both signed today leaving just Dion Dawkins and Nate Peterman unsigned.

Bills Hire National Scouts: The Bills continue to fill out their scouting staff by hiring Marvin Allen and Brian Adams as national scouts. Allen comes from Kansas City where he was the director of college scouting. He was with Atlanta and New England before that. Adams was a Midwest regional college scout last season for the Cowboys. He was with Carolina from 2001 to 2010 before going to New Orleans.

White Signs: The Bills have signed top draft pick Tre'Davious White. Half of the draft class is now signed. Left unsigned are second round pick Zay Jones, third rounder Dion Dawkins, and 5th rounder Nate Peterman.

Bills Add Another To Front Office: The Bills announced they have hired Lake Dawson as the Assistant Director of College Scouting. He has 22 years experience in the league and has interviewed for GM jobs in the past. He rose to the position of VP of Player Personnel during his nine years in Tennessee. He was with the Browns last year. Front Office Page.

OTAs Update: Today the media was allowed to talk to the coordinators and watch practice. OC Rick Dennison said that Tyrod Taylor is a natural for their offense while DC Leslie Frazier said the depth chart is fluid at this time and that there is a chance that both Reggie Ragland and Preston Brown end up in the starting lineup. He also said he is working Kevon Seymour inside and outside at corner. Ragland was sitting out practice as he is still limited in getting back from his torn ACL last summer. The team is without Zay Jones who suffered a sprained knee on Tuesday during OTAs and is week to week. Charles Clay was sitting with a maintenance day as they continue to take it easy with him because of his chronic knee issues. Also sitting out while rehabbing injuries were Sammy Watkins, Kolby Listenbee, Cordy Glenn, Eric Wood, Blake Annen, Cyrus Kouandjio, and Jordan Johnson. Nathan Peterman was not in attendance as he is in Los Angeles attending the NFL Rookie Premiere. Mike Tolbert was also sidelined.

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Another Front Office Hire: Brandon Beane continues to fill out the top spots in his front office by hiring Malik Boyd as the Director of Pro Personnel. Beane called him his number one choice for the position and he comes over from Arizona where he won the Fritz Pollard Scout of the Year award in 2014. He has 14 years of scouting experience including 12 with the Cardinals. The last three years he served as the Assistant Director of Pro Scouting. Front Office Page.

Tuesday May 16, 2017

OTAs Begin: Today begins the first of 10 sessions of Organized Team Activities today at One Bills Drive. This is phase three of the offseason program. After the three weeks of OTAs the team will hold the only mandatory minicamp of the offseason from June 13th thru 15th. No contact is allowed during drills in the OTAs. This week the team will be on the field today, tomorrow, and Thursday.

Monday May 15, 2017

Bills Hire VP: The Bills continue to rebuild their front office announcing the hiring of Brian Gaine as the Vice President of Player Personnel. You may know the name as Gaine was one of four people who interviewed for the General Manager position, the Bills have now hired half of the men interviewed for the job. Brandon Beane knows Gaine well and took a shot to hire him after he lost out on the top job. Gaine has 18 years experience in Pro Player Personnel including being the Director of Pro Personnel for Houston most recently. He must have liked what Beane had to say and his experience interviewing for the GM job because the move is largely a lateral move for Gaine. He has also worked with Asst. GM Jim Schoen while with Miami. Front Office Page.

Bills Sign Tryout Players: The Bills signed two of the 25 players that were brought in for tryouts during last weekend's rookie minicamp. They have signed Anthony Harrell and Abner Logan, both players are linebackers. Logan had 96 tackles, two sacks, and a pass breakup with the University of Albany last year. Harrell finished his college career with the University of Florida last season. Two make room the team released LB Junior Sylvestre and S Jeremy Tyler. Depth Chart.

Sunday May 14, 2017

Bills Hire Asst. GM: Brandon Beane has started filling out the front office staff by hiring former Dolphins Director of Player Personnel Joe Schoen as his right hand man naming him Assistant General Manager. Like Beane he got his start as an intern in the Panthers organization. He was a ticket office intern in 2000 and is considered a tireless worker. He was a member of Carolina's scouting department from 2001 through 2007 before joining Miami in 2008. He served in their scouting department before being named assistant director of scouting in 2013 and then to Director of Player Personnel the following year.

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Rd. 1  27***CBTre' Davious White
Rd. 2  37**WR Zay Jones
Rd. 3  63*OL Dion Dawkins
Rd. 5163*****LBMatt Milano
Rd. 5171****QBNathan Peterman
Rd. 6195LBTanner Vallejo
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 2017 Schedule
Sept. 10NY Jets1:00pm
Sept. 17@ Carolina1:00pm
Sept. 24Denver1:00pm
Oct. 1@ Atlanta1:00pm
Oct. 8@ Cincinnati1:00pm
Oct. 15Bye
Oct. 22Tampa Bay1:00pm
Oct. 29Oakland1:00pm
Nov. 2@ NY Jets8:25pm
Nov. 12New Orleans1:00pm
Nov. 19@ LA Chargers4:05pm
Nov. 26@ Kansas City1:00pm
Dec. 3New England1:00pm
Dec. 10Indianapolis1:00pm
Dec. 17Miami1:00pm
Dec. 24@ New England1:00pm
Dec. 31@ Miami1:00pm

 2017 Important Offseason Dates
5/12Rookie Minicamp begins
5/18Organized Team Activity
5/25Organized Team Activity
6/8Organized Team Activity
6/13-15Mandatory Minicamp


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