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31 Players Participating: The Bills have their first rookie minicamp practice under their belt and 31 players are participating. Besides the seven draftees and the 14 undrafted free agents the team has seven tryout players in the camp and three first year players. The players that were already on the roster that are participating are last year's 7th round draft pick WR Dezmin Lewis, recent free agent signee RB James Wilder Jr., and one undrafted free agent from last year DE Cedric Reed. The seven tryout players are RB Shon Carson, DE Michael Keck, LB Jesse Hayes, S Taj Letman, CB Donnell Lewis, QB Joe Licata, and LB Chima Uzowhie. Licata is a local product who graduated from the University of Buffalo. Frontoffice Page.
Rookie Minicamp Starts: The coaches get a first look at the seven drafted players, 14 undrafted free agent signees, and many tryout players as the mandatory rookie minicamp gets underway at One Bills Drive today. The three day camp goes through the weekend. The team is also busy entertaining their first post draft free agent visit as former Bears and Jets guard Matt Slauson is in town after visiting with San Diego earlier in the week. Slauson played for Rex Ryan in New York and Bills OL Coach Aaron Kromer for two years in Chicago. Even though he has played guard is entire career there are reports the Bills may want to look at him as a right tackle if he signs with the team.
Bills Buy Land: There was a lot of stir on the internet yesterday when it was reported by Ryan Talbot of Buffalo Football Report that the Bills have purchased some land adjacent to Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buzz began that they were buying land to build a new stadium next to the current one. That was not the case however as the land was purchased to build a new grass practice field that was requested by Rex Ryan. The Buffalo News reports the land was bought two weeks ago and construction will begin shortly on the new field. Nothing in the land purchase suggests they will build a new stadium on the site. The Bills campus is smaller than most in the league so buying more land brings them closer to the NFL norm.
Two Bills Listed: The NFL Network started revealing their top 100 players last night as they took a look at players listed #100 to #91. There were two Bills in the 90s list. Richie Incognito came in at #97 followed by Sammy Watkins at #96. The list is voted on by the players themselves. Neither player was on the list last year. The NFL Network will reveal the whole list 10 at a time each Wednesday at 8pm.
Glenn Signs Five Year Deal: The Bills have announced that they have signed Cordy Glenn to a five year contract. The team had placed the franchise tag on him and now get it back to use on another free agent next year if needed. That could come in handy with Stephon Gilmore and Tyrod Taylor in the last year of their deals. Doug Whaley said on WGR yesterday now that the draft is over he would work on getting extensions done with all three of them. Glenn was the most pressing since they only had until July 15th to lock him up. Gilmore and Taylor are tied to the Bills for another year. Adam Schefter reports the deal for Glenn is for 5 years and is worth $65M with $36M guaranteed. $19M in 2016 and $30M in first 2 years. Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News says $26.5 Million is guaranteed. That averages out to $13 Million per year which is slighty under the $13.7 franchise tender he signed. Frontoffice Page.
Bills Release Three: After signing 14 Undrafted Free Agents yesterday the team made room on their 90 man roster by releasing three players. DE Jairus Wynn, CB Bud Noel and OL Ronald Patrick were let go. Wynn is the surprise of the group, after missing last year because of a knee injury he was making the transition to outside linebacker in the Bills new 3-4 scheme. Noel and Patrick were long shots to make the team. In other news, the Bills decided against picking up the option on EJ Manuel. That means he will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. This wasn't a surprise as if the team picked up the option it would have cost them $11.4 Million. This will almost certainly be the former first round draft pick's last year in Buffalo. Depth Chart.
Bills Sign 14 UFAs: The Bills announced the signing of 14 undrafted free agents. They will join the seven members of the rookie draft class and several tryout players at the rookie minicamp this weekend. We had reported many of the names yesterday led by Glenn Gronkowski. They also signed four offensive linemen since they didn't draft any including tackles Marquise Louis and Keith Lumpkin. They also added guard Jamison Lalk and center Robert Kugler who's father used to be the OL coach of the Bills. Undrafted Free Agents.
Rex Gets His Way: Make no mistake about it, the man who's fingerprints are all over this draft is Rex Ryan. Doug Whaley may have been the man in front of the cameras but it was Coach Ryan who got the players he wanted to retool the front seven. They did it without reaching and they got top notch prospects at positions of need. On paper it was a very successful draft. Draft Review Article.
Draft Grade: The Bills drafted for need while staying true to their board as they filled many holes on the depth chart while getting players rated higher than they picked them. That alone has me coming away from the draft with a good feeling that they did very well. Check out our draft page for links to draft websites, scouting report links on the newest Bill, our draft capsules, and our final grade. Final Draft Grade.
Undrafted Free Agent Time: Shortly after the draft ended the Bills began signing undrafted free agents although they have yet to announce any of them publicly. The biggest name on the list is Kansas St. FB Glenn Gronkowski who is a local kid and the brother of Rob Gronkowski. His family, including the Patriots TE, celebrated at the Amherst Ale House after the word came down. Another local boy has been invited for a tryout as UB QB Joe Licata will get a look during the rookie minicamp next weekend. Other reported signings include Ferris St. DT Justin Zimmer, Oklahoma LB Eric Striker, Marshall WR Davonte Allen, Syracuse CB Julian Whigham, Purdue C Robert Kugler, Northwestern St WR Ed Eagan, George K Marshall Morgan, Arizona St WR Gary Chambers, Iowa St OL Jamison Lalk, Rutgers OT Keith Lumpkin, West Virginia OG Marquis Lucas, Iowa State OL Jamison Lalk, & LS Reid Ferguson LSU, Miami (OH) DE Bryson Albright. Final Draft Capsules.
Bills Finish 2016 Draft with Speedy CB: The Bills took another player with blazing speed to wrap up their draft and selected CB Kevon Seymour with the 218th pick in the draft. Seymour has amazing speed and was a 3-year starter at USC but needs to play with more discipline.
WR Kolby Listenbee Selected in 6th Round: The Bills took speedy receiver Kolby Listenbee with their first pick in the 6th round. Listenbee is a track athlete who utilized his blazing speed at TCU. The wiry Listenbee had a limited role in the TCU offense and may need to expand his route tree in Buffalo.
Bills Take Jonathan Williams at RB: The Bills continued to take players on the offensive side of the ball by taking Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams. Williams suffered a foot injury in 2015 that wiped out his season but many consider he would have been one of the top senior running backs last season if he had not been injured.
Bills Select Cardale Jones:Still looking to take a quarterback, the Bills made their move with the last pick of the fourth round by taking Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones. Jones was the third passer selected in the round after Conner Cook and Dak Prescott were selected earlier on day 3. Jones has tremendous physical skills but is considered extremely raw and may need multiple seasons of grooming before he is able to take the reins but if he develops to his potential he could be very good and very exciting to watch.
Draft Day Three: Today the NFL wraps up the draft with the final four rounds in wich right now the Bills have four picks one in the 4th, one in the 5th, two in the 6th, and no seventh round picks. The one pick they have in the 4th round is the 41st pick of the round and is a compensatory pick. They trade their 4th round pick to Chicago yesterday to move up in the 2nd round to get Reggie Ragland. The team added three members to their weak front seven in the first two days of the draft taking edge rusher Shaq Lawson in round one on Thursday then grabbed Ragland to play the weakside linebacker spot and Adolphus Washington to play next to Marcel Dareus on the defensive line in the 3-4 defense. The key to these three guys is flexibility in playing Rex Ryan's hybrid scheme. Today the Bills will go to fill some needs as Doug Whaley admitted they will look at holes in the depth chart when making their selections. That means they will likely go back to offense to fill holes at quarterback, wide receiver, and offensive tackle. Whaley admitted again yesterday that drafting a quarterback is likely. Tony Bogyo will have the website covered today while I will be commenting on twitter.
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