Player News - Bills

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Coach Rex Ryan praised sixth-round CB Kevon Seymour for his work at OTAs and rookie minicamp.

"I am not going to put him in that (Bills CB Ronald Darby) class yet, but we are close," Ryan said. "And so we bumped him up to the first team (Tuesday), and he has done a great job. This kid looks like the real deal and we will see. He certainly looks the part right now." Seymour has been running with the starters opposite Darby at OTAs while contract-year CB Stephon Gilmore skips workouts. Seymour seems to be the early favorite for nickel work.
May 25 - 11:47 AM

Bills RE Jerry Hughes (wrist surgery) is 100 percent healthy, and "full go" in OTAs.

Hughes played through the injury in 2015, where it wasn't a major factor. Headed into the second season of his five-year, $45 million contract, Hughes had only five sacks in 2015, but remained one of the league's more effective pass rushers.
May 24 - 6:05 PM

Jordan Mills opened Bills OTAs as the starter at right tackle.

GM Doug Whaley said Tuesday he would be disappointed if Cyrus Kouandjio did not win the right tackle job, but he is clearly behind Mills right now. A fifth-round pick of the Bears in 2013, Mills struggled in five starts last season.
May 24 - 12:18 PM

Bills signed No. 41 overall pick ILB Reggie Ragland to a four-year contract.

A first-round talent on their board, the Bills traded up in the second round to land the Alabama product. GM Doug Whaley has already tabbed Ragland as a starter, and the two-down stuffer should help shore up a run defense which surprisingly struggled last season.
May 24 - 10:46 AM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said he would be disappointed if Cyrus Kouandjio did not win the right tackle job.

A 2014 second-round pick, Kouandjio entered his first two offseasons as the favorite to start at right tackle, but he lost out both times to Seantrel Henderson. With Henderson battling Crohn's disease, Kouandjio should get another shot this year, but he is second-favorite to Jordan Mills for the job. The Buffalo News has called this a "make-or-break" year for Kouandjio's Bills career.
Source: ESPN
May 24 - 9:30 AM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said he expects Sammy Watkins (foot) to be ready for Week 1.

Watkins underwent surgery to repair a broken foot last month. Despite his optimism about the regular season, Whaley declined to put a timetable on Watkins' return, lending credence to the notion he will not be ready for training camp. The Bills brought free agent Andre Roberts in for a workout last week, and they will likely look to bring in some veteran bodies this summer.
May 24 - 9:25 AM

Bills RCB Stephon Gilmore will be a no-show for OTAs as the sides continue to discuss an extension.

Bills GM Doug Whaley recently said he's "actively" trying to lock up Gilmore, whose $11-plus million salary cap number could be reduced with a long-term deal. Entering a contract year, Gilmore is likely targeting Josh Norman money in the five-year, $75 million range. Gilmore plans to spend the next few weeks training in Charlotte and Miami. Gilmore should not be considered a "holdout" unless he skips the Bills' mandatory minicamp set for June 14-16.
May 22 - 4:37 PM

The Buffalo News suggests 2014 second-round OT Cyrus Kouandjio is entering a "make-or-break" year with the Bills.

The 44th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Kouandjio earned just two starts in his second NFL season, though he did grade out positively at Pro Football Focus. In training camp, Kouandjio will be among the contenders for Buffalo's right tackle vacancy. Jordan Mills is the favorite. Seantrel Henderson projects to be in the mix depending on his recovery from Crohn's disease.
May 22 - 3:48 PM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports the Bills want to get Charles Clay more targets this season.

The coaching staff reportedly identified numerous plays in which Clay was open but not targeted last season, and their goal is to prevent that from happening this year. Clay had a couple big-target games, but he was too often left out of the gameplan. It does not sound like that will happen this season. With Sammy Watkins' health always a question mark, Clay could be in for a big role.
May 21 - 1:54 PM

Tyrod Taylor said Robert Woods has been "explosive" during the offseason program.

Woods underwent groin surgery following the season, but he is back to 100 percent. Taylor also complimented Greg Salas and Leonard Hankerson for coming in "strong." With Sammy Watkins (foot) likely sidelined into training camp, Salas and Hankerson should get plenty of reps with the first-team offense.
May 21 - 12:48 PM

The Buffalo News' Tyler Dunne thinks Greg Salas has an early 'leg up' in the Bills' No. 3 receiver competition.

Dunne qualifies by saying his prediction comes "far, far, far too early" in the offseason, but Salas winning the No. 3 job would make sense. He has good size (6-2, 210), can play in the slot, and is probably the best option currently on the roster. That says more about the depth chart than Salas, however, and it would not be surprising if Buffalo added someone before training camp. The Bills hosted free agent WR Andre Roberts this week.
May 21 - 11:13 AM

Tyrod Taylor does not think the Bills need to "open up" the offense.

He does think the offense can "grow" in OC Greg Roman's second season, but that does not necessarily mean Taylor will see a spike in passing attempts. Buffalo had the most successful running game in the league last season, and if anything they have a stronger running back group this year. Taylor played well off the ground game, so any "growth" in the offense would likely involve getting him more opportunities to push the ball downfield off play action. Taylor posted a top-five adjusted yards per attempt average last season and 14 of his 20 passing touchdowns came from outside the red zone.
May 21 - 9:37 AM

Bills RT Seantrel Henderson's (illness) status is still uncertain.

The Bills have been mum on Henderson's status since he was diagnosed with Crohn's disease late last season. Jordan Mills filled in at right tackle for the final five games of 2015 and would be the favorite to start there again if Henderson remains sidelined.
May 20 - 4:08 PM

Joe Buscaglia of WKBW Buffalo expects Manny Lawson to get the first shot at replacing rookie Shaq Lawson (shoulder) at outside linebacker.

Shaq underwent shoulder surgery on Tuesday and will likely open the season on reserve/PUP. That leaves Manny as the favorite to start opposite Jerry Hughes at outside linebacker. Manny is more of a coverage specialist and edge setter. Losing Shaq is a big blow to the potential of Buffalo's outside pass rush.
May 20 - 3:50 PM

Tyrod Taylor mentioned Leonard Hankerson and Greg Salas as two players who have looked strong in offseason activities.

Both will get more practice reps this summer with Sammy Watkins sidelined by a broken foot. Hankerson joined the Bills at the end of last season after being claimed off waivers from New England. Salas could replace Chris Hogan in the slot. Buffalo led the AFC in rushing attempts last season, rendering the pass-catcher corps hands-off beyond Watkins in fantasy leagues.
Source: bills.com
May 20 - 2:24 PM


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