Player News - Bills

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Bills coach Rex Ryan said fourth-round QB Cardale Jones has a "long way to go."

The Bills were always in on Jones, as CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora said they were "enamored" with him during the draft process. The team hasn't shown Tyrod Taylor much of a commitment while backup E.J. Manuel will be out the door when his rookie deal expires after this season. That leaves Jones in a pretty favorable position, though Ryan correctly views him as a project. Jones has overwhelming arm strength and runs well for his size. His upside is huge but it would probably serve him well to spend a year learning from Taylor.
May 6 - 1:28 PM

Bills coach Rex Ryan said ILB Preston Brown will continue to be the main signal caller on defense.

Second-round pick Reggie Ragland has been calling the plays at rookie minicamp this week. As Buffalo is transitioning to a 3-4 defense, Brown will start next to Ragland in base sets. The Bills struggled in Ryan's "half-pregnant" defense last year. Rex has pledged to get the unit "fully pregnant" in year two.
May 6 - 1:20 PM

Now that LT Cordy Glenn has agreed to a five-year contract, the Bills are expected to pursue long-term deals with Tyrod Taylor and CB Stephon Gilmore.

GM Doug Whaley said he's "supremely confident there's a chance" the Bills will be able to retain both Taylor and Gilmore. That's about as noncommittal as you can get. Locking Taylor and Gilmore into long-term deals is easier said than done and would probably require some serious cap maneuvering on Buffalo's part. Taylor's $1 million salary this year makes him arguably the league's biggest bargain. If Sam Bradford can command upwards of $20 million annually, there's nothing stopping Taylor from pursuing a similar amount. The Bills added some insurance in the draft by taking Ohio State QB Cardale Jones in the fourth round.
May 3 - 9:32 PM

Bills signed franchise player LT Cordy Glenn to a five-year, $65 million contract.

The deal includes $36 million guaranteed, $26.5 million of which is "fully" guaranteed. That's the second most in history for a left tackle. The No. 41 overall pick of the 2012 draft, Glenn has manned the blindside since his rookie year, and developed into one of the league's better left tackles. Headed into his age-27 season, Glenn hasn't missed a game since 2012. Locking Glenn up now allows the Bills to focus on long-term deals for Stephon Gilmore and Tyrod Taylor.
May 3 - 6:22 PM

The Bills declined E.J. Manuel's 2017 fifth-year option.

This was an easy call. Manuel would've been in line for over $11.3 million in 2017 if the Bills had exercised the team option. Rookie Cardale Jones will give Manuel a run for No. 2 duties this season and very likely will take over as the direct backup next year. Manuel is more of a $3-5 million player.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 6:38 PM

Bills signed Purdue C Robert Kugler.

Kugler (6'3/297) converted from tight end to center as a freshman and went on make 43 straight starts, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten as a senior. Kugler's arms (30 1/2") limit him to center only and his Pro Day workout was horrific, running 5.47 with a 26 1/2-inch vertical.
Apr 30 - 8:14 PM

Bills signed Ferris State DL Justin Zimmer.

Zimmer (6'3/302) was a two-time Division II All-American, sprinkling a school-record 26 tackles for loss and 13 sacks across 35 starts. He turned in an eye-popping Pro Day, running 4.91 with a 32-inch vertical and whopping 44-bench press reps. A small-school sleeper, Zimmer is a workout freak with some upside as a three-technique inside rusher.
Apr 30 - 8:06 PM

Bills signed Rutgers OT Keith Lumpkin.

Lumpkin (6'7/320) made 38 starts for Rutgers -- all at left tackle -- and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten as a senior. Despite a decorated high school basketball background, Lumpkin tested out poorly at Rutgers' Pro Day, posting a 28 1/2-inch vertical and 8-foot-7 broad jump, and opting not to run the forty. Lumpkin has a massive frame with 34 3/4" arms but he struggles technically as a run blocker and is a heavy-footed waist bender in pass protection.
Apr 30 - 7:37 PM

Bills signed Oklahoma OLB Eric Striker.

Striker (5'11/227) made 39 starts for Oklahoma, earning second-team All-America as a senior and finishing his career with 46.5 tackles for loss, 23 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Although Striker was extremely productive in college, his athleticism falls short of NFL caliber with 4.80 speed and weak agility scores. Before the draft, NFL scouts debated whether Striker should play on the edge, 4-3 outside linebacker, or strong safety. A classic tweener, Striker may struggle to find an NFL home.
Apr 30 - 7:24 PM

Bills signed Kansas State FB Glenn Gronkowski.

Gronkowski (6'2/239) made 20 starts in three years at K-State, earning second-team All-Big 12 as a fourth-year junior before turning pro. He finished his career with a 15/369/5 (24.6 YPR) receiving line and one rushing score. The youngest Gronk, Glenn's skill level is closer to Chris or Dan's. Glenn has 4.71 speed and wasn't a dominant lead blocker in college. He's a fringe-NFL talent
Apr 30 - 7:11 PM

Bills selected USC CB Kevon Seymour with the No. 218 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Seymour (6'0/186) started as a sophomore and junior before falling into Steve Sarkisian's doghouse and getting benched as a senior. He finished his ho-hum college career with just three interceptions. Seymour reminded of his athletic prowess in Indy, blazing 4.39 with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump. Something of a rehab project after his lost senior year, Seymour could surprise if coached up properly.
Apr 30 - 5:30 PM

Bills selected TCU WR Kolby Listenbee with the No. 192 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Listenbee (6'0/197) bookended alpha receiver Josh Doctson as the Horned Frogs' deep threat, parlaying 74 career catches into 1,432 yards (19.4 YPR) and nine TDs. His explosive athleticism showed up in Indy, blazing 4.39 with a 10-foot-9 broad jump. Listenbee is lanky with small hands (8 1/4") and a one-trick skill set, but his ability to outrun coverage will earn him long looks from NFL coaches. Initially, Listenbee should contribute on special teams after shining as a college gunner. Listenbee had surgery to repair a double sports hernia in March, but he should be ready for training camp.
Apr 30 - 4:21 PM

Bills selected Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams with the No. 156 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Williams (5'11/220) was an emerging star before he missed the entire 2015 season with a foot injury that required surgery, earning second-team All-SEC as a junior and logging a 406-2,321-16 (5.72 YPC) career rushing line with 26 receptions. Williams recovered in time for the Razorbacks' Pro Day, running 4.63 and excelling in agility drills. Quick footed with surprising lateral elusiveness for his size, Williams also flashed passing-game chops before his injury. If he's fully recovered, Williams has the skill set of an NFL feature back.
Apr 30 - 2:45 PM

Bills selected Ohio State QB Cardale Jones with the No. 139 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Jones (6'5/253) played in 23 games at Ohio State, going 11-0 as a starter and finishing his career with a 61.9% completion rate, 8.60 YPA, and 15:7 TD-to-INT ratio. After a dominant 2014 playoff run for the Buckeyes, Jones returned to school to share time with J.T. Barrett. Although Jones was never a full-time college starter, he has a chance to become a better NFL player with a Culpepperian blend of size, athleticism, and arm strength. His deficiencies show up through inexperience-based fundamental flaws after attempting just 270 college passes. Jones' ceiling is high, but he could also flame out quickly. He's a classic boom-bust prospect.
Apr 30 - 2:05 PM

Bills selected Ohio State DT Adolphus Washington with the No. 80 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Washington (6'3/301) made 31 starts on the Buckeyes' defensive line, recording 25 career tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He was voted second-team All-Big Ten as a senior. Washington tested like a plodding offensive guard at the Combine, running 5.17 with an 8-foot-3 broad jump. Although Washington has plus length (34 1/2-inch arms) and was a solid college player, he lacks both the power of a nose tackle and the pass-rush ability of a three technique. He's a bit of a 'tweener as it pertains to the NFL.
Apr 29 - 10:27 PM


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