Player News - Bills

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Bills coach Sean McDermott said he has "been impressed" by Tyrod Taylor's leadership.

"There’s leadership qualities at that quarterback position that are important to winning football games," McDermott said, "and I think he’s done a nice job in that area." The new coach has pushed Taylor to be more of a vocal leader, and it sounds like he has answered the call. Taylor will be the starter this year, but he needs a strong season to secure his long-term future in Buffalo.
Jun 20 - 9:46 AM

Bills second-year EDGE Shaq Lawson says he feels much more comfortable in Buffalo's new 4-3 defense.

Lawson was actually drafted to play 3-4 outside linebacker by the old Rex Ryan regime, but he was a 4-3 defensive end at Clemson. "I will always have my hand in the dirt," Lawson said of the new defense. "I was always an attack defensive end. You know, not having to stand up and drop into coverage." The Bills need a breakout year from Lawson across from RE Jerry Hughes.
Jun 15 - 1:45 PM

John Kryk of the Toronto Sun reports Sammy Watkins (foot) took "most first-team reps" during team drills Wednesday.

Watkins got in some team snaps during Tuesday's practice, and the Bills apparently felt comfortable enough to bump up his activity on Wednesday. Coach Sean McDermott said the team still plans to take it day-by-day with their No. 1 receiver, but Watkins is clearly trending in the right direction. As long as he avoids setbacks, he should be a full-go for camp.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 15 - 12:45 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott said he expects LT Cordy Glenn (ankle) to be ready for camp.

Glenn has been wearing a walking boot off to the side of minicamp this week, so McDermott's timeline may be optimistic. Still, the Bills do not seem to have any long-term concerns about the injury. Glenn should be ready well before Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Jun 15 - 12:00 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott said RT Jordan Mills "had one heck of an offseason."

Mills was brought back on a cheap, two-year deal following a bad 2016, and the Bills added a potential replacement in second-rounder Dion Dawkins. Mills is not going down without a fight, but he has been a below-average starter for his entire career. Even if he has been great this offseason, he still has a lot to prove.
Jun 15 - 11:57 AM

Bills coach Sean McDermott said 2016 fourth-round QB Cardale Jones is "absolutely in the mix."

The coach cannot say anything else, but Jones looks to be on the outside looking in. Tyrod Taylor is locked in as the starter, T.J. Yates looks like the No. 2, and Nathan Peterman was just drafted this year. With former GM and Jones supporter Doug Whaley out the door, Jones appears likely to be let go at final cuts.
Jun 15 - 11:47 AM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia calls FB/RB Mike Tolbert "more of a pass-blocking option on third downs."

Buscaglia seems to disagree with ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak, who previously suggested Tolbert as an option to back up LeSean McCoy. Buscaglia sees Jonathan Williams as the favorite for the No. 2 tailback role, with Cedric O'Neal, Joe Banyard, and UDFA Jordan Johnson rounding out the depth chart.
Jun 14 - 9:32 PM

Bills MLB Preston Brown has been getting all the first-team reps at minicamp.

It's not a surprise after Reggie Ragland sat out team drills at OTAs. The Bills plan to play their three best linebackers, and could move Ragland to the strong side. Brown has started 46-of-48 games since entering the league in 2014.
Jun 14 - 6:06 PM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak believes Cardale Jones is currently the odd man out on the quarterback depth chart in Buffalo.

Unless there's an injury, we'd guess it's a near-lock Jones is cut. Tyrod Taylor is the starter, T.J. Yates is OC Rick Dennison's guy as the backup, and rookie Nathan Peterman was drafted by the new regime. Jones is ex-GM Doug Whaley's guy, and on top of that has been terrible in spring practices. Jones has mouthwatering size and arm strength but remains a major project/long shot.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 3:14 PM

Andre Holmes has "consistently worked with the first-team offense" at Bills OTAs and minicamp.

Beat writer Joe Buscaglia only acknowledged Holmes is "positioning himself to be a contender for a roster spot," but it's not crazy to think Holmes could indeed win a starting job if he continues to play well. Zay Jones is a rookie out of East Carolina who suffered a knee injury shortly after being drafted, and the Bills whiffed on free agent Jeremy Maclin. Holmes has long been an intriguing physical specimen at 6-foot-4, 210 with 4.45 speed.
Jun 13 - 5:42 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott says the team could open right guard to competition.

2015 third-rounder John Miller started all 16 games at right guard last season, turning in a replacement-level performance. Washed journeyman Vlad Ducasse would be Miller's No. 1 challenger on paper, though second-round OT Dion Dawkins could also end up an option. Dawkins has been manning left tackle in Cordy Glenn's absence, but could eventually kick inside. Miller still seems like the strong favorite to keep his job.
Jun 13 - 2:36 PM

Speaking at minicamp, coach Sean McDermott stated second-year RB Jonathan Williams' "development will be key to our success moving forward."

LeSean McCoy is entering his age-29 season with the highest-cost long-term contract for a running back in football, and no guaranteed money beyond this season. A 2016 fifth-round pick, 23-year-old Williams is currently soaking up first-team minicamp reps with McCoy battling a stomach virus. Fullback/short-yardage specialist Mike Tolbert is the biggest threat to Williams' No. 2 job.
Jun 13 - 2:13 PM

ESPN's Mike Rodak believes Mike Tolbert could emerge as the Bills' No. 2 running back.

Per Rodak, Tolbert has received a "heavy dose" of work in spring practices. Sophomore Jonathan Williams is the favorite to replace Mike Gillislee behind LeSean McCoy, but has hardly clinched the job. Tolbert played for coach Sean McDermott in Carolina. Even were Tolbert to earn No. 2 duties, he would not take over as a bell-cow in the event of a Shady injury.
Jun 13 - 1:29 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) took reps in team drills during Tuesday's practice.

It is a surprise after coach Sean McDermott said the receiver would continue to be limited this week. While he may not be fully back yet, the reps are a great sign for his camp status, although the Bills would be wise to take it easy on their injury-prone No. 1. Watkins comes with massive injury risk, but he has the upside to be a high-end WR1.
Source: ESPN
Jun 13 - 12:36 PM

Bills LT Cordy Glenn (ankle) was spotted wearing a walking boot on his left leg during minicamp.

Glenn is still recovering from an ankle injury which cost him four games last season. He did not participate in OTAs, it does not look like he will get on the field for minicamp, and he appears to be at best questionable for the start of training camp. The lingering injury is concerning, but Glenn should still be ready for Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Jun 13 - 12:07 PM


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