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Bills sign undrafted QB Jeff Tuel and WR Brandon Kaufman

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix declared he wanted another quarterback, and his staff didn't waste time locating one after the draft.

The Bills already have signed undrafted Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel as well as Eastern Washington receiver Brandon Kaufman.

Those signings were confirmed for The Buffalo News by their agent, Cameron Foster.

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Report: Bills to sign notable UFA in ex-Tennessee WR Da'Rick Rogers

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills have reportedly nabbed one of the higher-profile undrafted free agents on the market.

According to a tweet from Mike Garafolo of USA Today, the Bills have signed former Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers.

Rogers has ideal size (6-foot-2, 217 pounds) and speed (4.44 40 time), but comes with significant baggage. He was kicked out of Tennesseee after failing multiple drug tests. He played last season at Tennessee Tech, where he had 78 receptions for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"Tremendous talent. He has great body control and a lot of strength in his body and really strong hands," Bills director of college scouting Chuck Cook said last week at the team's pre-draft luncheon. "We've been tracking him and doing our due diligence with his intangibles."

Rogers was a second-team All-SEC selection with the volunteers in 2011 when he had 67 catches for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns. ESPN ranked Rogers as the best available undrafted free agent receiver.

Bills 'very seriously' considered drafting another quarterback

By Tim Graham

Even though the Buffalo Bills made EJ Manuel the only quarterback taken in the first round Thursday night, they didn't come away from the draft satisfied with their quarterback depth.

Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said the Bills "very seriously" considered drafting another one and indicated they would be on the prowl for an undrafted rookie to join the competition.

"We'll try to get another one in free agency," Nix said.

Top quarterbacks who weren't drafted include Tennessee's Tyler Bray, Washington State's Jeff Tuel, Arizona's Matt Scott, Kansas State's Collin Klein and Vanderbilt's Jordan Rodgers.

Bray, Tuel and Scott made pre-draft visits to One Bills Drive this month.

Russ Brandon says Buddy Nix will be Bills GM 'for a long time'

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills contend the persistent rumors about Buddy Nix's imminent departure have been inaccurate.

Many insiders expect this draft to be Nix's last as Buffalo's general manager, that he will step aside for heir apparent Doug Whaley.

After the Bills made their eighth and final draft choice today, there was no indication a transfer of power would happen any time soon.

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Video: Nix, Marrone on drafted players

Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix and head coach Doug Marrone discuss importance in drafting fast, versatile players:

Video: Day Three of NFL Draft

News Sports Reporters Tim Graham, Jay Skurski and Mark Gaughan discuss rounds four through seven of the draft:

Bills 'not concerned' about Jairus Byrd, but preparing anyway

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills President Russ Brandon said he's "not concerned" star safety Jairus Byrd remains unsigned.

But by all appearances the club is getting ready for life without him just in case.

The Bills today drafted safeties Duke Williams and Jonathan Meeks in the fourth and fifth rounds.

"Obviously, we will be prepared for whatever happens," Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said.

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Bills snag Arkansas TE Chris Gragg in the seventh round

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills rounded out their draft -- unless they trade other assets to get back into the seventh round -- by selecting Arkansas tight end Chris Gragg in the seventh round.

Gragg projects as an H-back in the NFL. He entered college as a receiver and was switched as a sophomore. He left as a 6-foot-3, 244-pound go-to target for quarterback Tyler Wilson.

Gragg caught 72 passes for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns in 43 games. He sat out the 2009 season as a medical redshirt because of a knee injury and was hampered by a leg injury last year.

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Interest by Packers catches J.C. Tretter by surprise

By Jay Skurski

J.C. Tretter saw the ‘920’ Wisconsin area code pop up on his phone and figured the moment had arrived.

It had.

The Green Bay Packers were calling this afternoon to inform Tretter they were drafting him into the NFL, using the 122nd overall selection in the fourth round.

"It was wild," Tretter said. "I talked to a bunch of people in the organization, and it started to well up inside me. I think back to all those times doing all the hard work and putting everything you can into and knowing what you've dreamed of is finally coming true, I'm just extremely excited about it."

Tretter didn’t have the Packers on his radar coming into the draft. He had met with them informally at the combine, but didn’t make a pre-draft visit or work out for them.

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Selection of sixth-round kicker a bad sign for Rian Lindell

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills have a matching set of kicking specialists after drafting Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins with their sixth-round pick.

Bills punter Shawn Powell was Hopkins' holder at Florida State. Long snapper Garrison Sanborn is a former Seminole.

The Hopkins addition doesn't bode well for incumbent kicker Rian Lindell, who former head coach Chan Gailey didn't feel comfortable with on field-goal attempts over 50 yards. Lindell is the Bills' longest-tenured player.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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