Buffalo Bills news, 5/15: rookies pick their numbers

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 draft class picked their numbers yesterday plus updates from the Jills' lawsuit and Jim Kelly in today's links.

Chris Brown takes us inside the Bills Draft Room - AUDIO - BuffaloBills.com

"Bills Insider Chris Brown calls in to The John Murphy Show to discuss his recent post on buffalobills.com, "On The Clock: Whaley's Decisive Deal Making""

Despite feeding tube and constant pain, Kelly toughs it out - City & Region - The Buffalo News

'The treatments should be done by the end of the month. Then Kelly will have to wait about two months, probably into August, to see how well the treatments worked." This long piece by Mark Gaughan is great and includes tidbits on the sale of the team, as well. Videos available.

2014 NFL Draft

Sammy Watkins Journey From NYC to Buffalo - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"Take a behind the scenes look at the journey of Sammy Watkins, from being selected fourth overall in the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall, to his arrival at One Bills Drive."

Rookies pick their numbers, Watkins to wear 14 - BuffaloBills.com
"I can make that my own, and make it a known number," said Watkins of his decision. "Hopefully I’ll have some history with it."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Kouandjio Provides Early Rallying Cry
Joe Buscaglia really loves the fact that the rookie is pushing winning. Kouandjio has only lost seven games in his football career.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Common Bond Links New Bills LBs Spikes, Brown
"Coach Strong was the first guy who called me after I got drafted," Brown said. "So he told me all about Spikes growing up down there in Louisville. I've always watched his game when I was back in high school watching him at Florida. I've always been a fan of Spikes, so, to actually play along side and actually learn from him is gonna be a great experience."

NFL Nation Buzz: Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Bills Blog - ESPN
"ESPN.com Bills reporter Mike Rodak says this year’s draft class will be judged by how much Sammy Watkins and Cyrus Kouandjio are able to help second-year quarterback EJ Manuel."

Breaking down the Buffalo Bills’ draft picks - NeXt - The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Bills selected seven new players in the 2014 NFL Draft last week. Here is a little background on each player and a prediction on how well his collegiate play will transition to the professional level." From The News' NeXt Correspondent, a high school student from North Tonawanda.

Buffalo Bills' move for Sammy Watkins came at huge cost - NFL.com
"I look at it and say what was the alternative?" NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. "You sit at No. 9 and you get Odell Beckham. Maybe you take him a little early, but you still have a one and a four next year. I'd rather have that package than pay it to get Sammy Watkins. I do admire their coverage and conviction."

Did Buffalo Bills give up too much for Sammy Watkins? - NFL Videos
"01:35 – Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis debate whether or not the Buffalo Bills gave up too many valuable draft picks in order to move up and select wide receiver Sammy Watkins in the 2014 NFL Draft."

Jills' lawsuit

Bills file motion to dismiss cheerleader lawsuit | ProFootballTalk
"In English, this means that the Bills hope to avoid potential liability by claiming that they have no responsibility for the cheerleaders, and that in turn the Bills have no responsibility for any potential violations of the law committed against the cheerleaders."

Team statement on the Buffalo Jills - BuffaloBills.com
From the statement: "For decades the Buffalo Jills trademark has been licensed to independent third parties who have assumed the responsibility for the selection, management, training, scheduling and compensation of the cheerleaders."

More clicks

Kiko Alonso named to NFL's Top 100 - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills LB Kiko Alonso was ranked 84th among the top 100 NFL players in the Top 100 countdown on NFL Network." Watch the video here.

Where Bills could add veteran depth - ESPN
I'm not a big fan of the first position on Mike Rodak's list - defensive tackle.

Double Coverage: Bills trade Stevie Johnson to 49ers - ESPN
"During the draft, the San Francisco 49ers acquired receiver Stevie Johnson from the Buffalo Bills for a conditional fourth-round pick. NFL Nation 49ers reporter Bill Williamson and Buffalo Bills reporter Mike Rodak discuss what the trade means for both teams."

PFT’s 2014 All-Unemployed Team | ProFootballTalk
Several former Bills on the squad.

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