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Bills Daily - Top News Tuesday May 24, 2017

Peterman Signs: The entire draft class is now under contract as 5th rounder Nate Peterman is the final player to sign his deal. He did so today.

Bills Make Roster Moves: The Bills have signed free agent WR Rod Streater and free agent TE Wes Saxton. To make room they released Cyrus Kouandjio and 5th QB Josh Woodrum. Kouandjio has had issues in the offseason including an altercation with police that had him temporarily hospitalized. Woodrum had no chance of making the team and they don't need five quarterbacks for training camp. Streater visited with the team yesterday and was quickly signed. He has 127 catches in his five year career with Oakland for 1,755 receiving yards. He set career highs in 2013 with 60 catches for 888 yards and four touchdowns. Saxton spent time on the Jets and Redskins practice squads. Front Office Page.


Monday May 22, 2017

Bills Host Free Agent LB: The Bills continue to look for upgrades on the roster this late in the offseason. They are hosting free agent linebacker Gerald Hodges today according to Adam Schefter. He started 12 games for the 49ers last year making 83 tackles with three sacks and two interceptions at inside linebacker. This was his fourth free agent visit.


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.


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 2017 Draft
RoundPickPos.Player
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
*-from ATL
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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
DateEvent
5/25Organized Team Activity
6/8Organized Team Activity
6/13-15Mandatory Minicamp

 

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