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2017 Schedule
7-9, 3rd in AFC East
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21hMike Rodak

Bills' best acquisition: Sean McDermott

Time will tell if McDermott is the best pickup for the Bills this offseason, but there is no doubting he was the most important addition to the organization.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Bills GM Doug Whaley for the first time Monday addressed Buffalo's decision to allow RB Mike Gillislee to sign a two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet with New England last month. Whaley told SiriusXM NFL Radio that he believes the Patriots can "overpay" for players like Gillislee because Tom Brady is paid a less than market-value deal.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Doug Whaley still sounded like the Bills' GM on Monday, telling SiriusXM NFL Radio that "we're really excited" with how 2016 first-round pick Shaq Lawson and second-round pick Reggie Ragland will perform in 2017 after injuries last season. On a few other occasions, Whaley used the word "we" to refer to the Bills before correcting himself.

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2dMike Rodak

Ex-Bills GM Whaley takes blame for results

Fired by the Bills a day after the NFL draft ended last month, Doug Whaley praised owners Terry and Kim Pegula and predicts a bright future under new coach Sean McDermott.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills are hosting former 49ers LB Gerald Hodges on a free-agent visit Monday, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Hodges, 26, was a fourth-round pick of the Vikings in 2013 who started 12 games last season for San Francisco. If signed, Hodges would likely be added to a competition at weak-side linebacker for Buffalo that includes Ramon Humber and rookie Matt Milano.

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean McDermott, after throwing out the first pitch Friday night at the AAA Buffalo Bisons' game, jokes his only baseball experience came in the "European League." Who said Rex Ryan was the only Bills coach who could crack jokes?

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills coach Sean McDermott and his family are being welcomed to Buffalo on Friday night as the AAA Bisons' host the Pawtucket Red Sox. McDermott threw out the first pitch.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills have hired former Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey as a senior college scout. They also hired Brian Fisher (Midwest), Doug Majeski (West), Gerald Dixon (pro) and Curtis Rukavina (pro) as scouts. Dixon, Majeski and Fisher were previously with the Bills' scouting staff.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills have signed second-round pick OT Dion Dawkins, their fifth of six draft choices to sign. Only fifth-round pick QB Nathan Peterman remains unsigned.

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Forty of the top NFL rookies from the 2017 NFL Draft learned about the business of football today at the 23rd annual NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Rookie Premiere, presented by Panini America, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The event will continue through Saturday (May 18-20).

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills have signed WR Zay Jones, meaning four of their six draft picks are under contract. Only Dion Dawkins (second round) and Nathan Peterman (fifth round) remain unsigned.

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6dDan Graziano

QB Confidence Index: Buffalo Bills

Tyrod Taylor is clearly a better player than a lot of people want to believe he is, but has he risen to the point where he inspires any level of confidence that he's a franchise guy?

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills have hired Marvin Allen and Brian Adams as national scouts. Allen was most recently the director of college scouting in Kansas City. Adams was a Midwest regional college scout last season for the Cowboys.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills have signed first-round pick CB Tre'Davious White. He said he "never for once thought about a contract ... or holding out." White, who was raised in a tough neighborhood in Shreveport, Louisiana, says his duty is get his mother in a "comfortable situation." White says she has never owned a home.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor says WR Sammy Watkins' "maturation process has definitely sped up" and Watkins' "attention to detail each day has definitely been different than years past."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Time for a scuffle at Bills' OTAs. DE Shaq Lawson and RT Jordan Mills lock up one play after Lawson got taken to ground. Coach Sean McDermott helps break it up.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills have hired Lake Dawson as assistant director of college scouting. He was previously in Browns' scouting department.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

For what it's worth at this point in the process, T.J. Yates is quarterbacking the Bills' second team in OTAs today. Rookie Nathan Peterman is not at practice as he attends the NFLPA's rookie premiere. Josh Woodrum and Cardale Jones took reps with third team.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

With Reggie Ragland (ACL) not participating in team drills at OTA Thursday, Bills' linebackers are Lorenzo Alexander, Preston Brown and Ramon Humber. When Ragland returns, he could push Brown into backup role. Lot to be determined between now and September.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

With Sammy Watkins (foot) and Zay Jones (knee) not practicing Thursday, Bills' first team includes Andre Holmes and Philly Brown. Bills are giving LeSean McCoy a few reps, but it's a lot of Jonathan Williams, Joe Banyard and Cedric O'Neal at running back today.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills are already mixing and matching cornerbacks in OTAs. Kevon Seymour taking reps at both inside and outside cornerback, with rookie Tre'Davious White getting some snaps with first team at cornerback. Veteran Leonard Johnson is also getting some looks at slot cornerback.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills rehabbing/not practicing at Thursday's OTA: WR Sammy Watkins (foot), TE Charles Clay (undisclosed), OT Cordy Glenn, C Eric Wood (leg), OT Cyrus Kouandjio (hip), WR Kolby Listenbee (hip), RB Jordan Johnson, TE Blake Annen.

Team Stats

Passing Yards189.830th
Rushing Yards164.41st
Points For24.910th
Points Against23.6Tied-16th

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