Player News - Bills

Date: Team: Pos:

Bills selected LSU CB Tre'Davious White with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

White (5’11/192) made a whopping 47 starts at LSU’s perennially-loaded cornerback factory, tallying 11 tackles for loss and six interceptions and earning first-team All-SEC as a senior. White offers plus versatility with experience at both slot and boundary corner. PFF College charged White with nine TD passes allowed over his final two seasons, however, and he disappointed in Indy with 12th-percentile athletic results, especially struggling in the vertical (32") and broad (9’11") jumps. More a physical technician than size-skill dominator, it’s certainly possible White’s game struggles to translate. He isn’t truly exceptional in any area.
Apr 27 - 11:17 PM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak calls sophomore Jonathan Williams the team's "most likely" replacement for Mike Gillislee behind LeSean McCoy.

A fifth-round pick last year, Williams is in a quietly terrific spot at the moment. The Bills' offense is naturally rushing friendly, and McCoy has battled injuries to both of his hamstrings the past two seasons. McCoy turns 29 in July. The Bills may add a running back in this week's draft, although it seems unlikely to be with a high pick. Williams' Dynasty value is rising, and he has a chance to become a 2017 re-draft factor, as well.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 24 - 5:33 PM

Bills DE Jerry Hughes believes coach Sean McDermott's new 4-3 scheme will play to the team's strengths.

"He wants us to go out there and play fast and play physical," said Hughes. "That’s the two main focal points that they’re bringing." The Bills thrived in a 4-3 scheme under DC Jim Schwartz, but Rex Ryan installed a 3-4 defense when he took over as head coach in 2015. Shoring up the defense will be a point of emphasis under McDermott and new DC Leslie Frazier.
Apr 23 - 9:46 AM

Bills claimed S Trae Elston off waivers from the Browns.

Elston was a four-year starter at Ole Miss but went undrafted last season. He split 2016 between Cleveland and Tampa Bay's practice squads. Elston gives Buffalo another versatile CB/S project for Sean McDermott's defense.
Apr 21 - 5:06 PM

The Bills remain undecided on Sammy Watkins' fifth-year team option.

The Bills mortgaged the farm for Watkins in 2014, so we're guessing they're going to give him a fifth year. The problem is that option years are guaranteed for injury only, and Watkins has certainly established he's prone to missing time. Still somehow only 24 (in June), Watkins' youth will probably seal the deal in his favor.
Apr 20 - 2:29 PM

Bills OT Cyrus Kouandjio had a Tuesday run-in with police where he was not arrested.

Skipping voluntary workouts, Kouandjio was found "not fully clothed" in a field after "climbing over an electric fence." When approached by police, Kouandjio yelled "shoot me!" Clearly, he was not in his right mind. He was held for observation then released without incident. Recovering from surgery after a bizarre January accident in his home, Kouandjio is the Bills' swing tackle/potential right tackle.
Apr 20 - 1:16 PM

Logan Thomas said his switch to tight end is "going very smoothly."

A fourth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2014 as a quarterback, Thomas decided to make the switch to tight end after the Lions approached him last November. 6-foot-6, 258 pounds with 4.61 wheels, Thomas has the physical tools to be a tight end, but he obviously has a lot to learn. He is still a roster long shot.
Apr 17 - 9:19 PM

The Bills "consider themselves set" with Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer as their starting safeties.

Buffalo views corner as a more pressing need after losing Stephon Gilmore to New England. Hyde and Poyer have been mostly part-time starters, but have cover skills to fit Sean McDermott’s Cover-3 scheme. The Bills may still look to add safety depth in the middle rounds of the draft.
Apr 15 - 6:20 PM

Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 Buffalo reports the Bills have yet to decide whether to pick up Sammy Watkins' fifth-year option.

The hesitation reportedly revolves around the receiver's lengthy injury history. Watkins has played 21 games total the last two seasons and has undergone surgery on the same foot twice. With the option year guaranteed for injury, the Bills could find themselves on the hook for just over $13 million for a player who is not on the field if Watkins reinjures his foot or suffers another significant injury. That is the risk any team takes in picking up the option, however, and Buffalo is not in a position to lose a talented receiver whom they gave up two first-round picks and a fourth to land. It will be surprising if they do not pick up the option.
Apr 15 - 9:58 AM

LeSean McCoy was pictured working out with his teammates this week.

McCoy made a bit of noise by skipping the first week of voluntary workouts, but the Bills never seemed concerned about the absence. McCoy should remain the focal point of the offense moving forward.
Apr 13 - 11:48 AM

Bills signed QB T.J. Yates, formerly of the Dolphins.

Yates spent most of last season out of the league before latching on with the Dolphins in December following Ryan Tannehill's ACL tear. Yates has a history with new Bills OC Rick Dennison and will help teach the offense.
Apr 10 - 11:58 AM

Free agent QB T.J. Yates visited the Bills.

Yates spent most of 2016 out of the league before signing with Miami in December. He has ties to Bills OC Rick Dennison from their time in Houston. With Buffalo expected to draft a quarterback, Yates wouldn't be more than a fallback behind Tyrod Taylor and Cardale Jones.
Apr 7 - 5:04 PM

Bills signed DB Marcus Cromartie, T Cameron Jefferson, LB Jacob Lindsey, OL Jordan Mudge, DB Bradley Sylve, LB Junior Sylvestre and LB Eddie Yarbrough.

Cromartie spent his previous three years playing as a special teamer in San Francisco. The Bills are mostly just gathering camp bodies. Cromartie is far from a lock to make the 53-man roster.
Apr 7 - 4:22 PM

Bills signed DE Jake Metz.

The 26-year-old made a name for himself in Arena Football, earning first-team All-Arena honors with the Philadelphia Soul last season. Metz spent time with the Eagles in training camp last summer but didn't make the team.
Apr 7 - 1:48 PM

Free agent DB Marcus Cromartie will visit the Bills this week.

Cromartie has mostly been a special teamer the last three years in San Francisco. Buffalo views him as another potential corner/safety depth option. Cromartie had some interest from Detroit back in March, but left without a deal.
Apr 5 - 5:31 PM


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