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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Bills GM: ‘Open competition’ at every position, including quarterback

Tyrod Taylor

The Buffalo Bills may have kept quarterback Tyrod Taylor on board, but that doesn’t guarantee him the starting job.

New Bills general manager Brandon Beane told WGR 550 on Monday that, while Taylor would be the starter right now, everyone has to earn their position through preseason work.

“If we walked out there today I would say Tyrod is probably the starter, but we haven’t even gone through OTAs,” Beane said, via Kevin Patra of NFL.com. “We got the young guy (fifth-round pick Nathan) Peterman, I thought he did some nice things this weekend at the minicamp. Cardale Jones has a huge arm and talent, I don’t know anything about him personally. T.J. Yates has done some starting in his career. So there are some guys on this roster.

“I’m for open competition. (Coach) Sean (McDermott) is. Earn the right, from whatever job you have, whatever position you’re trying to get. I’m not in the business of handing out positions on May the 15th. We’ve got a long way to go. It’s going to be fun. I’m excited about the challenge. That’s what I’m saying. I’ve got a lot of belief in Tyrod, but we’ve got other guys that are going to challenge for that as well.”

The Bills opted not to part ways with Taylor this offseason when they had the chance, but the rumor mill has indicated that it may not necessarily mean they see him as the long-term solution. They’re going to make him work for the starting job, though he will probably win it.

Bills have funny message for Panthers after hiring Brandon Beane as GM

The Buffalo Bills are well aware that their team is beginning to look like Carolina Panthers North.

After announcing the hiring of ex-Panthers assistant general manager Brandon Beane as their new general manager on Tuesday, the Bills tweeted this funny message to their NFC counterparts.

Of course, the Bills hired this former Panthers defensive coordinator as their head coach back in January. They also signed another trio of ex-Carolina players (fullback Mike Tolbert, cornerback Leonard Johnson, and wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown) in free agency this offseason.

The Bills are scheduled to visit the Panthers in Week 2 of the 2017 season, so it’s probably a good idea to get your Spider-Man Pointing At Spider-Man memes ready for that one.

Report: Doug Whaley rumors led to ‘the weirdest three days’ during NFL Draft

Doug Whaley

The writing had been on the wall for former Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley for a while now, and that made it extremely awkward as he tried to run the NFL Draft.

While ostensibly in charge of the Bills draft, Whaley was marginalized during the three-day process, according to Albert Breer of the MMQB. Rumors flew with reckless abandon, and it was unclear who was actually in charge of the operation. One source called it “the weirdest three days.”

Whaley was shifted aside in part by new coach Sean McDermott, who grew in power heading up to the draft. While he was not formally running the process, he had veto power over virtually all decisions, and was allowed to pull prospects from the team’s draft board if he did not want them.

Whaley had been on the chopping block for some time leading up to the draft. The decision to fire him really couldn’t have come as a huge surprise.

Terry Pegula declines to give reason for Doug Whaley firing

Doug Whaley

Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula is remaining tight-lipped as to why he fired general manager Doug Whaley just a day after the conclusion of the NFL Draft.

Despite his opinion that the draft “went pretty well” and crediting Whaley for leading the draft effort, Pegula abruptly fired Whaley and much of the team’s scouting staff on Sunday morning, saying that the move was part of a “process.”

“We ran a process after the season ended and made the decision at this time,” Pegula said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN. “We ran a process, and as a result of that process, after the draft we made the decision.”

If Pegula is telling the truth, then he’s indicating that he made the decision about Whaley’s future in about a twelve hour window following the conclusion of the draft. He was tight-lipped when asked what, exactly, led to that decision.

“We have certain aspects we need to get a little better in,” Pegula said.

Pressed further on what those aspects were, the owner stated that his reasons were private and would remain so.

“I need to keep that private,” Pegula said. “I don’t want to discuss that publicly.”

While the public isn’t entitled to an answer, not offering one after such an oddly-timed firing looks bad, and adds to the Bills’ reputation as a somewhat dysfunctional organization — a reputation Pegula railed against earlier in the offseason.

Scot McCloughan a possible candidate to replace Doug Whaley?

Scot McCloughan

The Buffalo Bills announced on Sunday that they have dismissed general manager Doug Whaley. Owners Terry and Kim Pegula said in a statement that the decision was theirs alone and that they are looking forward to hiring their first GM since they took over the team.

Would Scot McCloughan make sense as a replacement? NFL reporter Benjamin Albright said the rumors are already popping up.

According to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, the Bills have also fired their entire scouting staff. That’s why the McCloughan rumor makes some sense.

McCloughan was fired by Washington earlier this offseason amid rumors that he was struggling with alcohol relapses. However, one of McCloughan’s former players said a few weeks back that alcohol is no longer an issue. McCloughan is widely regarded as a fantastic evaluator of talent, and he has even resumed running his scouting service and has been providing information to NFL teams since being fired.

If his affairs are truly in order outside of work, McCloughan would be a great addition in Buffalo.

Report: Major front office changes expected for Buffalo Bills

Doug Whaley

Major changes in the Buffalo Bills’ front office are expected to come, possibly on Sunday, according to a report.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported on Saturday that he hears a major shakeup with the Bills could be coming.

This report should not come as a surprise to those who have been following the situation.

Last month a Bills reporter said it was only a matter of time before GM Doug Whaley was fired. The word then was that new head coach Sean McDermott has the personnel control.

The Ringer’s Michael Lombardi said as much on Friday when he said it was McDermott running the draft:

In addition to Whaley’s job being on the line, Pro Football Talk recently reported that many Bills scouts could get fired.

When new leadership takes over an organization, the threat of them bringing in their own people always exists. It seems that may be the case in Buffalo.

Report: Bills decline to match Patriots’ offer to Mike Gillislee

The New England Patriots have successfully signed another key offensive player away from a division rival.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Buffalo Bills have informed running back Mike Gillislee that they will not be matching the two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet he signed with the Patriots.

Gillislee rushed for 577 yards and scored eight touchdowns on just 101 carries in 2016. That’s an impressive 5.7 yards per carry, and the 26-year-old did it while playing a clear backup role behind LeSean McCoy. In New England, Gillislee will likely replace LeGarrette Blount as the early-down back.

The Patriots now have seemingly great depth at running back, as they also signed former Cincinnati Bengals back Rex Burkhead this offseason. Super Bowl hero James White and Dion Lewis will continue with their passing-down work, though it would not be a surprise if the latter ends up getting cut during training camp.

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