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By Jay Skurski » Sunday, May 1, 2016

Repeat it with me: Grading NFL draft classes a day after they've been formulated is silly. I understand why people do it (page views!), but the reality is it will take two or three years before we truly know which teams hit it rich in the 2016 NFL Draft and which teams struck out. However, it's natural to have a... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, April 30, 2016

A pair of University at Buffalo football players with local ties will get an opportunity to continue their careers at the next level. Quarterback Joe Licata has accepted an invitation from the Buffalo Bills to participate in a tryout at the team’s upcoming rookie minicamp, while left tackle John Kling will sign as an... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Buffalo Bills hid their intentions well when it came to Southern California cornerback Kevon Seymour. Outside of a meeting at USC's Pro Day, Seymour didn't get the impression the Bills were that interested in him. As it turns out, though, the Bills liked what they saw, so much so that the team used its... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, April 30, 2016

Kolby Listenbee is really fast. Just ask him. The Buffalo Bills' newest wide receiver, taken in the sixth round, 192nd overall, called himself the "the fastest football player, probably, in the NFL," during a conference call with the Western New York media shortly after being selected. So, he's not lacking for... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Buffalo Bills continued to address their offense in the later rounds of the NFL Draft on Saturday. In the fifth round, the team took Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams. He missed the entire 2015 season because of a torn ligament in is his foot that required surgery, but Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Buffalo Bills made good on their promise to add a quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft. They did so by using a compensatory fourth-round draft pick Saturday on one of the draft's more polarizing figures – Ohio State's Cardale Jones. A 6-foot-5, 253-pounder, Jones made only 11 starts for the Buckeyes. He just... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Saturday, April 30, 2016

Defense, defense, defense. That's how the Buffalo Bills have approached the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. With the final four rounds getting underway at noon Saturday, it's a good bet that the Bills turn their attention to the offensive side of the ball at some point. General Manager Doug Whaley said Friday... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Friday, April 29, 2016

The Buffalo Bills continued to rebuild their defensive front seven in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday night. Ohio State defensive tackle Adolphus Washington continued the trend of the draft so far, which is going to work on fixing a defense that slipped to 19th overall in 2015. “Defense again,” General... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Friday, April 29, 2016

The Buffalo Bills were prepared to take Reggie Ragland with the 19th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. So when he was still there at the end of the first round Thursday night, General Manager Doug Whaley got to work, calling each team at the top of the second round looking to move up to make sure the Alabama... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Friday, April 29, 2016

Several national publications believe the Buffalo Bills will turn their attention to the quarterback position in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday night. In particular, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook is projected to the Bills by three separate national publications. Others have the Bills addressing... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Friday, April 29, 2016

Available talent and need blended perfectly for the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. In taking Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson, the Bills drafted a player who General Manager Doug Whaley says will step into the lineup from Day One as a starter in the team's defensive front seven. The... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, April 28, 2016

The NFL Draft is a time for unbridled optimism. Every team will profess they "got their guy" – particularly in the first round. History, of course, shows us it won't turn out that way. About half the players drafted Thursday night will end up being busts. While it will take years to know which of the 31 players... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, April 28, 2016

I get it. You're tired of mock drafts. I hear you. The buildup to the NFL Draft can be exhausting. By the time it arrives at 8 p.m. Thursday, most people have likely had all the talk of hand size, wing span and catch radius that they can handle. So, instead of subjecting you to one final mock draft – cheap... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Thursday, April 28, 2016

There are no fewer than a dozen players who would make sense for the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night. With clear needs in the front seven of their defense and cases to be made at quarterback, safety, wide receiver and offensive tackle, the Bills should be able to fill one of those... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, April 27, 2016

2016 NFL Draft Where: Auditorium Theatre, Roosevelt University, Chicago. Round 1: 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 minutes per selection. Rounds 2-3: 7 p.m. Friday, 7 minutes per selection in Round 2, 5 minutes per selection in Round 3. Rounds 4-7: Noon Saturday, 5 minutes per selection. Note: A total of 253 selections... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Exactly one tight end in all of major college football had more catches last season than the University at Buffalo’s Matt Weiser.Just three of them had more receiving yards.By any statistical measure, Weiser had one of the best seasons of any player at his position in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, which... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Position: Outside linebacker School: Notre Dame Combine measurables: 6-foot-2, 223 pounds. Combine stats: Did not participate (knee injury). Career stats: 38 games, 284 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 10 passes defense, 3 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries. Draft projection: First-sixth... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Position: Defensive tackle. School: Louisiana Tech. Combine measurables: 6-foot-4, 323 pounds. Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 5.33 seconds. Bench press: 26 reps. Vertical: 29.5 inches. Broad jump: 8 feet, 8 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.82 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.76 seconds. Career stats: 49 games, 170 tackles,... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A good sign of the perceived depth in the 2016 draft class can be found in the mock drafts of those brave souls who take on more than just the first round in their projections. Take, for example, the recent mock draft co-authored by ESPN draft gurus Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. In it, they rotate picks, with the Bills... Read More

By Jay Skurski » Monday, April 25, 2016

The NFL story that just won't die is back in the news again. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in the "Deflategate" scandal was reinstated Monday by the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. As a result, Brady will not face the Buffalo Bills in Week Four. He'll... Read More

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