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Bills Today: Bills front office already working the roster

Posted May 16, 2017

GM Brandon Beane hasn't been at his desk long at One Bills Drive, but he's hit the ground running with head coach Sean McDermott.


Here’s the Bills news of note for May 16th.

1 - Bills front office already working the roster
As encouraging as all the hirings have been for Buffalo’s front office, one thing that is not on their side is time. The NFL waits for no one so new GM Brandon Beane has had to hit the ground running with head coach Sean McDermott. Beane hasn’t wasted anytime. He hired his Assistant GM in Joe Schoen less than two days after being introduced as the new general manager. He’s also had a pair of personnel meetings with McDermott and his coaching staff.

“Sean and I have had two preliminary meetings already with him and his coaching staff about the roster and where they think they have needs,” Beane said in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550. “I have my idea of a couple of places I see needs. That’s fluid right now.

“My first priority is to get the personnel staff hired. I got Joe Schoen hired and he’s going to be a great asset for everyone here. That’ll be priority number one until I get the staff set. But we’ll always be looking. If there are guys on the waiver wire this week, we’ll pay attention to it. If we can move a guy… if a team calls us about a guy that would help them and we think it’s helpful to us, we’ll definitely consider it.”

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2 - Beane & McDermott address future at QB
It was a dual interview with SI.com’s Peter King for his Monday Morning QB column. Bills GM Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott were asked by King if the quarterback of the future was currently on the roster.

Both men answered as follows.

McDermott: He is, in Tyrod Taylor. And then when you look at the competition we have behind him. We’ve drafted Nathan Peterman, we’ve added T.J. Yates, and then Cardale Jones in the draft a year ago. I’m not sure there is a team out there that has the depth that we do at the quarterback position. So we feel good about that. We’re anxious to see how Tyrod develops in his third year as a starter in a new system, a system that he has some familiarity with in terms of [new Buffalo offensive coordinator] Rick Dennison’s system in Baltimore a few years back with Gary Kubiak.

Beane: We have open competition everywhere. Obviously it is a quarterback league, but with Tyrod … He has some tools, his speed, he is tough to game-plan for. He has some strengths and he is still a young starter in this league. It is going to be a competition for every position, to let them fight it out and earn the right to start on this team.

McDermott: I think that’s the key. Going back to your question, Can we guarantee he is on our roster right now? That remains to be seen and that is true at a lot of positions on our roster.


3 - More All-Rookie team predictions for White and Jones
It certainly isn’t the first time and hopefully won’t be the last. Buffalo’s top two draft choices were among those predicted to be members of the 2017 NFL All-Rookie team.

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks had the following on his predictions for Bills CB Tre’Davious White and WR Zay Jones.

Cornerback: Tre'Davious White, Buffalo Bills
Sean McDermott's No. 1 pick has a blue-collar game that's ideally suited for the Bills' zone-based scheme. White's combination of athleticism, instincts and intelligence could make the rookie corner one of the best first-year ball-hawks in the game.

Wide receiver: Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills

Jones has all of the tools to emerge as a 1,000-yard receiver opposite Sammy Watkins in Buffalo. As a polished route runner with exceptional hands and ball skills, the WR2 could become QB Tyrod Taylor's favorite target in critical situations.

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