Player News - Bills

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Bills DE Shaq Lawson said there's "no truth" to a report that his right shoulder will require surgery.

That report came from ESPN's Adam Schefter. Lawson said he's been dealing with the shoulder issue since his freshman year but doesn't anticipate it affecting his pro career. For what it's worth, Lawson suited up for 39 of a possible 41 games during his three years at Clemson.
Apr 28 - 11:11 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Bills DE Shaq Lawson will need shoulder surgery at some point.

Lawson's right shoulder was flagged during his Combine medical exam so the Bills were aware of the situation before they drafted him. Schefter believes the surgery will take place after 2016. The operation carries a 4-6 month timetable. It's something to watch for as Lawson begins his first NFL season.
Apr 28 - 10:30 PM

Bills selected Clemson DE Shaq Lawson with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Lawson (6'3/269) served as a situational pass rusher before breaking out as a starter in 2015, tallying 25.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks en route to first-team All-American honors. A plus athlete for his size, Lawson ran 4.70 at the Combine with a 30-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Although he lacks an elite get-off and isn't quite flexible enough to bend the edge, Lawson showed the ability to convert speed into power in college and was a dominant run defender. An Ahmad Brooks type, Lawson projects as a three-down player who could flirt with 8-10 sacks in his best years but will probably settle in as a 5-8 sack guy.
Apr 28 - 10:18 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said he’s "actively" trying to extend contract-year RCB Stephon Gilmore.

Gilmore’s fifth-year option is set to count $11 million against the cap. The Bills haven’t made any progress to this point, but talks could pick up after the draft. Gilmore was PFF’s No. 22 corner last year before missing the final four weeks.
Apr 23 - 9:09 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said there is a "very, very good possibility" they draft a quarterback this year.

The move makes sense. Both Tyrod Taylor and E.J. Manuel are entering the final year of their deals, and Whaley does not appear convinced in Taylor as the long-term answer. The Bills have been linked with Memphis' Paxton Lynch, but the flurry of activity at the top of the draft has made it less likely he slips to them at No. 19 overall. Ohio State's Cardale Jones, Michigan State's Connor Cook or Penn State's Christian Hackenberg could be options on Day 2. Even if they draft a quarterback, Taylor is fully expected to open the season as the starter.
Apr 21 - 9:01 AM

Bills ILB Preston Brown said coach Rex Ryan has simplified his defensive scheme this offseason.

"With Rex, we've already installed, like, 50 plays," Brown said. "A whole bunch of simpler plays, though. Our checks are limited. There's not as many as there were." The Bills struggled throughout last season to get the correct defensive packages on the field and the correct checks made at the line. Simplifying the process should allow Buffalo's talented defenders to play more quickly and more aggressively. Brown is expected to "quarterback" the defense this season.
Apr 21 - 8:13 AM

Bills GM Doug Whaley acknowledged he's "actively" trying to get a long-term deal done with franchise player LT Cordy Glenn.

The Bills slapped Glenn with the franchise tag back in March, and Glenn quickly signed the dotted line for a guaranteed $13.706 million this season. He's occupying a large chunk of the Bills' salary cap, and signing him to an extension where the money can be spread out over a number of years will give Buffalo some relief. Glenn is expected to command $11 million-plus per year.
Apr 20 - 12:37 PM

Jarius Wynn said he's moving to outside linebacker.

The seven-year veteran has played defensive end his entire career. Wynn prepared for the move by shedding 20 pounds. The Bills' linebacker depth chart is the thinnest in football. Wynn missed all of last season with a torn ACL.
Apr 19 - 7:15 PM

Tyrod Taylor said he is not focused on his contract situation.

"The business side handles itself, whether it gets done or not," were Taylor's words at the beginning of Buffalo's offseason program. It is good Taylor is not worried about an extension because both coach Rex Ryan and GM Doug Whaley have made it clear he is not getting one this offseason. The decision makes sense from the Bills' perspective. Taylor has just one season of starting experience and did not prove particularly durable during that run. Still, if Taylor puts together another solid season, he could easily be priced out of Buffalo's range. That is a risk they appear willing to take. Taylor is set to make $1 million in the final year of his deal.
Apr 19 - 8:18 AM

Speaking Monday, Bills coach Rex Ryan claimed free addition Robert Blanton will compete for a starting job at safety.

It's just hot spring air, as Blanton has proven to be a core special teamer best limited to reserve duties on defense. FS Aaron Williams and SS Corey Graham are the Bills' likely starters.
Apr 18 - 2:46 PM

Speaking Monday, Bills coach Rex Ryan confirmed free agent addition Zach Brown is currently the team's starter at weak-side linebacker.

In typically colorful Ryan language, he also said Brown is the backup because "there's nobody else there." That's not entirely true, as Preston Brown is an option. Brown could also face competition in the form of a draft pick.
Apr 18 - 2:21 PM

Robert Woods underwent groin surgery after the season, but has been cleared for OTAs.

He missed the final two games. Against all odds, Woods has thus far survived the offseason intact as the Bills' No. 2 receiver. Competition could be added in the draft, but starting status will be Woods' to lose opposite Sammy Watkins.
Apr 18 - 1:32 PM

Bills RE Jerry Hughes is recovering from wrist surgery, and has yet to be cleared for the offseason program.

Hughes missed only a handful of snaps last season, so it's clearly an issue he played through. Hughes registered just five sacks, but still graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 11 4-3 defensive end. We'd expect he'll be back to 100 percent health well before training camp.
Apr 18 - 1:29 PM

Bills RCB Stephon Gilmore (shoulder surgery) has yet to be cleared for the offseason program.

The Bills have zero reason to rush their contract-year cornerback. Gilmore will likely be cleared by the time June's minicamp rolls around.
Apr 18 - 1:24 PM

Bills NT Marcell Dareus underwent surgery on his broken foot, but has been cleared for OTAs.

The fact that Dareus has been cleared just three months after going under the knife means he avoided Lisfranc or "Jones" issues. Still only 26, Dareus had another beastly campaign in 2015.
Apr 18 - 1:21 PM


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