Player News - Bills

Date: Team: Pos:

Sammy Watkins (foot) is not practicing Wednesday.

It's not viewed as a setback. According to coach Rex Ryan, Watkins came out of Week 13 feeling better than he did after his Week 12 return. Look for him to return to practice Thursday before playing Sunday.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 7 - 11:53 AM

Robert Woods (knee) returned to a limited practice Wednesday.

He's missed the past two games after spraining his knee in Week 11. Woods' return will be a boost to the offense with the Bills is must-win mode on the outside looking in at the playoffs. This puts Woods on track for Week 14.
Dec 7 - 11:49 AM

Bills placed WR Percy Harvin (migraines) on the reserve/NFI list.

He's done for the year. The Bills talked Harvin out of retirement in early November, only for Harvin to appear in just two games and eventually suffer another bout of migraines. At age 28, Harvin's career is once again in doubt.
Dec 5 - 4:41 PM

Speaking about Tyrod Taylor's play following Sunday's loss, Bills coach Rex Ryan said "look, let's just let this play out."

"We feel pretty comfortable with Tyrod," Ryan said. "There's a lot of factors that go into everything." Taylor had a strong first quarter Sunday, but then melted down as the Bills blew a big lead. Taylor's play has really started to ebb in recent weeks after a more consistent middle stretch of the season. Writing about the performance on Monday, respected Bills beat writer Joe Buscaglia said "if it’s me, as of right now, I would be moving on from Taylor." The Bills will owe Taylor $27.5 million if he remains on the roster through the fourth day of the 2017 league year.
Dec 5 - 2:39 PM

Marquise Goodwin caught 4-of-8 targets for 35 yards in the Bills' Week 13 loss to the Raiders.

Goodwin entered this one with a minor wrist issue, but he ended up leading all Bills receivers in snaps with Robert Woods (knee) and Percy Harvin (illness) out. His eight targets were second-most to Sammy Watkins' nine. Goodwin hasn't done much in recent weeks. He'll be a WR4 next week against the Steelers.
Dec 4 - 8:07 PM

Sammy Watkins caught 3-of-9 targets for 38 yards in the Bills' Week 13 loss to the Raiders.

After playing just 25-of-55 snaps in his Week 12 return, Watkins was in on 49-of-72 snaps in this one. He's obviously still not 100 percent coming off a broken foot, but the Bills need Watkins to be out there with Robert Woods (knee) and Percy Harvin (illness) out. Watkins' nine targets were a team-high, but he wasn't able to make much happen against Oakland's physical cornerbacks. Watkins will be an upside WR2/3 next week against the Steelers.
Dec 4 - 8:01 PM

Mike Gillislee rushed eight times for 49 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills' Week 13 loss to the Raiders.

He wasn't involved in the pass game. Both of Gillislee's touchdowns were of the short-yardage variety, one from one yard away and the other from three yards out. One came on the heels of a long LeSean McCoy run to open the third quarter. McCoy's owners surely would have preferred McCoy get at least one of the touchdowns. Gillislee has scored four touchdowns in his past three games. He has some standalone flex value in this run-dominant offense.
Dec 4 - 7:55 PM

Tyrod Taylor completed 18-of-35 passes for 191 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in the Bills' Week 13 loss to the Raiders.

He added 30 yards rushing and one touchdown on three attempts. The touchdown run was a great read-option keeper where Khalil Mack crashed hard and didn't hold the edge, letting Taylor walk in easily. Mack later got his revenge, though, getting to Taylor to tip a pass, causing his interception deep in Buffalo territory, and then recording a strip-sack and recovering the fumble. Buffalo held a 24-9 lead at one point, but allowed 29 unanswered points to fall to 6-6. They need wins from here on out. Taylor will be a borderline QB1 next week against the Steelers.
Dec 4 - 7:49 PM

LeSean McCoy rushed 17 times for 130 yards in the Bills' 38-24, Week 13 loss to the Raiders.

McCoy wasn't just a threat on the ground; he also led the Bills with seven catches for 61 yards on seven targets. With Robert Woods, Charles Clay, and Percy Harvin all missing this one, McCoy had to take on a bigger pass-game role behind a less-than-100-percent Sammy Watkins and Marquise Goodwin. McCoy's fantasy owners surely would have preferred he score at least one of the two touchdowns backup Mike Gillislee scored one and two yards out. McCoy was still able to get "his" and again opened the third quarter with a monster 54-yard run after coming out of halftime with a 75-yard touchdown run last week. McCoy will be an elite RB1 next week against the Steelers.
Dec 4 - 7:34 PM

Bills declared TE Logan Thomas, TE Charles Clay, WR Robert Woods, WR Percy Harvin, CB Ronald Darby, and DL Jerel Worthy inactive for Week 13 against the Raiders.

Thomas was signed merely as a project. Clay is back in Buffalo awaiting the birth of a child, Woods has a knee issue, and Harvin continues to battle migraines. Darby's (concussion) absence boosts Michael Crabtree.
Dec 4 - 2:40 PM

Marquise Goodwin (wrist) is active for Week 13 against the Raiders.

Goodwin will probably lead this receiver group in snaps with Sammy Watkins (foot) still not 100 percent and Percy Harvin (illness) and Robert Woods (knee) out. Goodwin is a dart-throw WR4 against a leaky defense.
Dec 4 - 2:38 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) is active for Week 13 against the Raiders.

Marquise Goodwin (wrist) is also active after both players were listed questionable. They figure to be the Bills' top two receivers in this one with Percy Harvin (illness) and Robert Woods (knee) out. Watkins is a WR2.
Dec 4 - 2:36 PM

Charles Clay will not play Week 13 against the Raiders due to the expected birth of his child.

Clay did not travel with the team to Oakland on Saturday, and it does not look like he will make the trip on his own. Clay has not contributed much this year, but the Bills are dangerously short of pass catchers. Sammy Watkins may be forced into more snaps than Buffalo would otherwise like to see.
Dec 4 - 2:13 PM

Charles Clay (knee, questionable) did not travel with the team to Oakland because of the expected birth of his child.

Clay was listed as questionable with a knee injury as he has been most of the season, but it looks like he has a real chance to sit out this week because of the birth of his child. The Bills only said, "His game status remains questionable." Buffalo promoted TE Gerald Christian on Saturday, suggesting there is at least a chance Clay will sit, but he could certainly join his teammates in Oakland Saturday night or Sunday morning. Either way, he is not a viable fantasy play.
Dec 3 - 1:19 PM

The Buffalo Bills will rely on rookie CB Kevon Seymour to fill-in for CB Ronald Darby (concussion) in Week 13.

"It's a big step," Seymour said. "Big responsibility, filling in for Darby and being that corner the team is relying on. I'm excited for it." It will be a downgrade for Buffalo's eighth-ranked pass defense, a group that has allowed just two 300 yard passing performances this season. The Bills D/ST will be a mid-range fantasy option on the road against the Raiders, who have allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL.
Dec 2 - 2:55 PM


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