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Bills Daily - Top News Tuesday April 25, 2017

Draft Preview: We have released our draft preview article and talk about what we think the Bills philosophy should be during the draft. The Bills need to fill many holes with their seven picks in the draft so trading down would be ideal if possible to add more picks to fill out the depth chart. They have to fill holes at wide receiver, cornerback, right tackle, linebacker, and tight end along with the newly added opening at running back. Complete Story.

Monday April 24, 2017

Gillislee A Patriot: The Bills took all the time they had before announcing they have not matched the offer sheet for Mike Gillislee and he now joins the New England Patriots. The Bills get back $1.7M in cap space and a fifth round draft pick, the 163rd overall that the Patriots originally got from Denver. The Bills now can add running back as an area of need behind LeSean McCoy on the depth chart. They now have three picks in the 5th round within 15 spots of each other. Draft Page.

Gillislee Deadline Looming: The Bills have until 4pm to match the offer on restricted free agent Mike Gillislee. If they match it, he will count nearly $4 Million against the salary cap instead of the $1.7 M tender. If they let him go, they will receive the 163rd overall pick in the draft from the Patriots which is a 5th rounder. It will give them a 7th draft pick to fill holes.

Saturday April 22, 2017

First Round Mock: We have released our 1st round mock draft, look for some possible updates throughout the week. Our Draft Page is your one stop shopping for everything draft related including links to our articles, scouting reports, and web links. In correspondent Rich Orefice's first round mock he has the Bills going with Ohio State CB Gareon Conley. In his mock the top two wide receivers are gone at this point but no quarterbacks are off the board yet. There is still a good chance the Bills try to trade down as there is a report that four teams, including Buffalo, are trying to trade out of the top 10. 1st Round Mock Draft.

Friday April 21, 2017

Bills Claim Safety: The Bills have claimed, and been awarded, safety Trae Elston off of waivers from Cleveland. He was released by the Browns yesterday. He was originally an undrafted free agent signed by New Orleans before last season and was a four year starter at Mississippi. Front Office Page.

Thursday April 20, 2017

The Schedule Is Out! Make your fall plans, the schedule is out! The Bills will open at home against the Jets before traveling to Carolina in week 2 so Sean McDermott can play against his former team in their home opener. The Bills will host Denver week 3 and head to Atlanta week 4. The bye week is week 6 on October 15th. In a wierd schedule quirk they will close with four of their final five games against Miami and New England including the final two in New England and then Miami to close out the season. They are playing the last two on the road because the World Juniors tournament will have an outdoor game at New Era Field on December 29th. They also have three straight home games earlier in December with the Colts coming to town along with the Pats and Dolphins. The schedule also gives them back to back road games three times and three out of four on the road early in the season. Ralph Wilson would have loved that 14 of the 16 games are currently schedule for 1pm. The lone 4:00 start is in Los Angeles. The lone primetime game is against the Jets at the Meadowlands. This schedule is on the right side of the homepage and also available on our Schedule Page.

Schedule Rumors: The schedule rumors have begun and there is a rumor the Bills will open the season at home against the Jets according to Brian Costello of the New York Post. He also says the Jets will host the Bills in a primetime matchup on a Thursday night. Nick Wojton reports the Bills will host the Broncos on September 24th that is week 3. If this pans out a road game is almost assured for week 2. Other rumors compiled by Buffalo Rumblings includes the Bills going to Atlanta Oct. 1st during week 4 and the Bills would go to Miami to close out the season since the Jets are rumored to close it out the Patriots and the Bills need to be on the road because of the World Juniors.

McDermott Presser: Sean McDermott met with the media after today's minicamp practice in the team's annual draft day luncheon. He stuck to the team's statement regarding Cyrus Kouandjo saying there isn't much to add. On Mike Gillislee, he said they are still evaluating the contract and will make a decision within a couple of days whether or not to match it. He stuck with the team line on Doug Whaley saying it's a team effort and the GM is in charge of the 53 man roster. On the draft, McDermott said character is very important and they will look at every position with their top pick. He said the draft is deep at corner so that may mean they don't feel they need to take one right away. The coach said that Terry Pegula has a vote in the draft room but at the end of the day the decision on who they pick is his and Whaley's. On Sammy Watkins he said he's going through rehab very well and they are evaluating whether or not to pick up his option. McDermott acknowledged again that it is a quarterback driven league and that is why they have paid so much attention to that position in pre draft visits. He also said he likes the work the quarterbacks they have are doing. He said he's not concerned how it would effect Tyrod Taylor if they draft one. When asked about flashy draft picks, McDermott says he drives a truck he's not flashy. He said he's a big believer in the undrafted free agent pool.

Bizzare Incident: Cyrus Kouandjio was not at minicamp today after a bizarre incident yesterday that had him taken to Erie County Medical Center for observation. He was found on Tuesday near the stadium not fully clothed and trying to hop an electric fence while yelling "shoot me". He was not charged with anything and the team released a statement saying, "We are aware of the matter involving Cyrus and are carefully monitoring his condition and gathering more information. We don't have all of the details, so we won't have any further comment at this time."

Veteran Minicamp: Today the media was allowed to witness the veteran voluntary minicamp at the fieldhouse at One Bills Drive. Attendance was good. Sammy Watkins was there but still rehabbing so he is not working out. Kolby Listenbee remains sidelined as well and of course Mike Gillislee and Cyrus Kouandjio were not there.

Busy Day Today: While the Sabres are firing their GM and Coach it's a busy day for the Pegulas' other team. The Bills continue their 2nd phase of organized team activities today at One Bills Drive. Sean McDermott will address the media in the annual draft day luncheon where nothing of significance or truth will be said. Tonight fans can begin to make the fall plans as the NFL Schedule will be released at 8pm. We will have the complete schedule on the right side of this homepage and on our schedule page shortly after it is released. Leaks will run rampant later today, Sal Cappaccio is reporting that it is likely the team will be on the road the final two weeks of the season as the World Juniors Hockey tournament will play an outdoor game at New Era Field on December 29th. Keep it here all day for more!

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