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McDermott, Pegula Speak At Owner's Meeting

Friday March 31, 2017

Support Staff Changes: Sean McDermott now controls the support staff and has made changes by relieving four men of their duties according to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. The Bills have dismissed director of player engagement Paul Lancaster, team chaplain James Trapp, athletic trainer Greg McMillen and strength-and-conditioning assistant Dan Liburd. McMillen was with the team for 21 years while Lancaster has been there for 16 years.

Thursday March 30, 2017

Crichton Gone: Scott Crichton we hardly new ya. Two days after being claimed off of waivers from the Vikings, the Bills have let him go after he failed his physical. He had missed the entire 2016 season with an injury and had passed a physical in Minnesota. He was let go with the waived/failed physical designation.

Wednesday March 29, 2017

Pegula Media Scrum: Terry Pegula spoke to the media for about 7 minutes in a media scum yesterday. He said Doug Whaley and Sean McDermott work great together and that the draft picks will be a group effort. He called Jason LaCanfora's report on McDermott bringing in his personnel people erroneus. When hiring a coach they wanted one that would be the face of the organization and that is what McDermott is doing. On the Raiders vote he said it's a difficult issue especially after the hardship fans in Buffalo went through mentally over the fate of their franchise for years. On the stadium issue, Pegula confirmed a Buffalo News report that the team doesn't feel they are in a position to make demands for a new stadium. They have a lease unti 2023 and they just underwent a renovation. They are looking forward to the season and not talking about stadiums. The NFL has not discussed with them about a new stadium as well. They just need to be happy with what they have right now in their stadium and call it home. He called McDermott a hard working, dedicated, people person with high character. He's everything they thought they were getting when they hired him. On Tyrod Taylor's new deal he credited Whaley and McDermott working diligently and the decision was unanimous to bring him back on the new deal. The hardest part of his ownership reign so far is the fans not having a winner. They aren't happy with the play on the field and they need to get better and are working harder to get better.

Tuesday March 28, 2017

McDermott At Owners Meeting: Sean McDermott met with the media during the owners meeting breakfast which every year is an informal gathering with the press and the coaches. Here are snippets from verious media tweets from the event. McDermott said that this is a total team effort and denied the reported friction between him and Doug Whaley calling their relationship "seamless" and added he's comfortable with the situation. He said there is no excuses for the team's salary cap challenges. He accepted the situation when he took the job. He called Tyrod Taylor a nice fit for Rick Dennison's system and the fact that he reached out to the new coach on day 1 spoke volumes about him. McDermott says he sees Reggie Ragland at the starter at the middle linebacker position. He also referenced Preston Brown as a middle linebacker but won't refer to him as a starter. He sees Ramon Humber as a big re-signing and fit at outside linebacker. On his defense, the coach believes in a "less is more" philosophy. An interesting footnote, McDermott likes to do MMA in his free time usually before work in the wee hours of the morning. He also likes to workout with the players. On the wide receiver position he says it will be a fun group to watch but they are looking to add to the position but believes the #2 receiver is on the roster it just isn't known who that is yet. He has spoken to Sammy Watkins who is on schedule in his rehab. The coach says he has an aggressive personality saying calculated aggressivness is needed when going for it on fourth down. He is also a believer in analytics. Rick Dennison has been a guy on McDermott's list for years he has always liked him even though he was a bit under the radar.

Monday March 27, 2017

Bills Claim DE: The Bills have claimed and been awarded DE Scott Crichton off of waivers. He was a third round draft pick of the Vikings in 2014 but has only 10 career tackles. He missed the entire season in 2016 with an injury but recently plassed a physical with Minnesota before being released. Front Office Page.

Thursday March 23, 2017

Offseason Dates: Sal Capaccio is reporting that some offseason dates have been ironed out. The Bills will begin their offseason conditioning program on April 3rd. It is a voluntary program. They will also hold a veteran minicamp beginning April 20th and a rookie minicamp gets underway on May 12th.

Tuesday March 21, 2017

Zach Brown To Visit: Zach Brown is one of the top free agents left on the market and he is apparently unhappy with how things have progressed. He has fired his agent and signed new representation. Ian Rapoport is reporting that he will visit with the Bills after he concludes his visit with the Dolphins. The only other visit he has had was last week with the Raiders.

Bills Lose Out On LB: The Bills reportedly brought in LB Keenan Robinson for a free agent visit yesterday but Mike Garafolo reports he has decided to re-sign with the Giants. In other free agent news, Bills free agent LB Zach Brown left Oakland last week without a deal but he's now visiting with divison rival Miami.

Monday March 20, 2017

Bills Re-Sign Tate: The Bills have announced they are re-signing free agent wide receiver/returner Brandon Tate. He had 8 receptions for 118 yards for the Bills last year but his real value is as a punt and kick returner. He averaged a whopping 11.6 yards on his punt returns. Front Office Page.

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