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Brian Spurlock - USA TODAY Sports
May 19, 2017 - 3:12 pm
Joe DiBiase reporting @DiBiaseWGR The Buffalo Bills have announced they've signed their second of their second round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, Dion Dawkins, to his rookie contract. The offensive lineman out of Temple was drafted 63rd overall by the Bills. Buffalo traded back into the second...
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Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - Right after the Bills wrapped up this week of OTAs, they signed their first round pick. Tre White was the 27th overall pick in this April’s draft. White said, “Right now, it hasn’t hit home yet, but I know my life has changed, I’m able to do some things for my mom that a normal guy wouldn’t be able to do and I’m very proud of myself.”

The Bills opened up their rookie minicamp in a unique place.  On the New Era Stadium turf.  In a departure from at least the last two head coaches, and possibly even further back than that, Sean McDermott had his drafted and undrafted rookies, tryout guys, and select first-year players inside the stadium all of them hope to play a real game in this season.

The Bills will hold their three-day rookie minicamp in Orchard Park Friday through Sunday.  Rookie draft picks, undrafted free agents, tryout players, and select first-year players will be on the field for what’s considered part of Phase Two of the team’s offseason workout program.

Under the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, Phase Two consists of on-field workouts which may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. So no live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.

The Bills will hold a three-day rookie minicamp Friday through Sunday. While undrafted free agents, tryout players, and even some players who were on the practice squad last year will be a part of it, most eyes will be on the team’s six draft picks.

Here are what I believe to be reasonable expectations for each of those players this coming season:

Round 1 - Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

The Bills have announced the addition of 13 Undrafted Free Agents, including a University at Buffalo running back:

TE Jason Croom - Tennessee 
TE Keith Towbridge - Louisville
WR Brandon Reilly - Nebraska
WR Daikiel Shorts - West Virginia
RB Jordan Johnson - Buffalo
G Greg Pyke - Georgia
G - Zach Voytek - New Haven
DE Marquavius Lewis - South Carolina
DT - Nigel Williams - Virginia Tech
CB Marcus Sayles - West Georgia 
S B.T. Sanders - Nicholls State
S Jeremy Tyler - West Virginia
P Austin Rehkow - Idaho

I’m getting married in about a month in a ceremony that my fiance and I plan on having outdoors. It certainly won’t ruin everything if we get rain, but we’ll have to adjust our plan. As anyone would, I’m crossing my fingers that Mother Nature cooperates.

After coaching conservatively for several years, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera earned the nickname “Riverboat Ron” after suddenly adopting a more aggressive, risky nature.

We’ve yet to see his former defensive coordinator coach a football game, but if the 2017 draft is any indication, we may be referring to new Bills head coach Sean McDermott as “Dealin’ McDermott.”