Here's the Bills news of note for August 4th.
**1 - Sammy and Tyrod pleased with their chemistry
**They haven't made a lot of plays through the first week of training camp, but Sammy Watkins and Tyrod Taylor feel their on-field rapport is solid right now.
"I think our communication is way better (than last year)," said Taylor. "We had a situation (Thursday) where there was a miscommunication. That's been one of maybe two mistakes. We've mostly been on the same page. Getting some reps with him this spring definitely helped. I want to keep building out chemistry going forward."
Taylor has always trusted Watkins in almost any kind of matchup in the passing game, but being on the field day after day has them back in a comfort zone with one another.
2 - Logan Thomas recruited to Bills by former Hokie teammateHe's done well in his transition to the tight end position in training camp, but the opportunity that Logan Thomas currently has in Buffalo might not have happened were it not for a former college teammate's phone call.
Thomas had just been released by the New York Giants last November where he was still trying to make it in the league as a quarterback he made a phone call to the quarterback he succeeded at Virginia Tech, Tyrod Taylor.
"I got a call from him last year when he was trying to decide whether to transition into a new position," said Taylor. "Logan and I have always had a very good relationship. Since day one, we've spent a lot of time together, especially in the QB room at VT. We're like a family. Hokies always stay in touch. The next day I called him and said we could use him here (in Buffalo). We were able to make that happen, and I'm happy for him. He just has to continue to keep working."
At 6-6 and 250 pounds he is one of the tallest offensive players on the roster. It's helping him now, but back at Tech he was ribbed for his unusual size.
"He's always had a size advantage. I think he wears a size seventeen shoe, and he would always trip, and I would tell him those shoes are too big," Taylor joked. "He's a big target going down the middle of the field. He made a strong catch the other day."
3 - Maurice Jones Drew: Taylor ready to take Bills to next levelIt's the prognostication season with a month to go before the 2017 NFL campaign, and NFL Network's Maurice Jones-Drew believes Tyrod Taylor is a quarterback capable of lifting the Bills into playoff contention.
"I feel like a lot of teams wants Tom Brady, Peyton Manning," Jones-Drew said. "Well there are only two of those guys. You have to find a guy that fits your system and then develop him and put pieces around him.
"Tyrod has been a successful guy in this league. He's not a high turnover guy. He uses his legs when he needs to. He was able to lead that team last year with all those injuries on offense to 7-9. I know Shady McCoy did a great job running the ball, even though Tyrod helped with that too.
"When you don't turn the ball over you have a chance. I got a chance to watch him work out this offseason. He's dedicated and works out hard. He makes sure he knows everything about the playbook. He was studying that throughout the summer. He is that guy if you allow him to be."