Player News - Bills

Date: Team: Pos:

Bills OLB Shaq Lawson underwent knee surgery after the season.

It sounds like a routine scope. The 19th overall pick in last April's draft, Lawson's rookie season began slowly due to a shoulder injury he suffered at Clemson. Lawson wound up with two sacks in ten games. The Bills should be looking to Lawson for a much bigger role in his sophomore campaign.
Jan 20 - 4:22 PM

Sammy Watkins underwent foot surgery on Friday, January 20.

The Buffalo News previously reported Watkins needed more surgery, so this note is just for bookkeeping purposes. The Bills announced the procedure and claimed Watkins should be ready for training camp in 2017. Watkins has now undergone two surgeries to address a Jones fracture in his foot. Not yet 24 years old, Watkins will need to overcome repeated early-career injury setbacks in order to realize his immense NFL ceiling.
Jan 20 - 4:19 PM

Bills hired Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator.

Dennison was the Broncos' coordinator the past two seasons, but wasn't retained following Gary Kubiak's resignation. Dennison also coordinated the Texans' offense under Kubiak from 2010-13. It's a decent, if unimaginative, hire for a Bills team that isn't setting the world ablaze with its new coaching staff. Dennison's addition doesn't really speak to Tyrod Taylor's future one way or the other, though he was Taylor's QBs coach for the Ravens in 2014 when Taylor was still a backup. Like Kubiak, Dennison is a run-first, play-action oriented play-caller.
Jan 19 - 6:32 PM

ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon expects Cleveland to target Tyrod Taylor if he's released by the Bills.

Taylor is fully expected to be released by Buffalo, and ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak reiterated it on Tuesday. The Bills brought in new coach Sean McDermott and are overhauling the coaching staff, while GM Doug Whaley has never seemed to be a big fan of Taylor after ex-coach Rex Ryan handpicked him and started him over Whaley's bust, E.J. Manuel. Taylor will have no shortage of suitors once he's free. He'd be a fine match in Cleveland with Hue Jackson.
Jan 17 - 8:24 PM

Bills hired ex-Rams OC Rob Boras as TEs coach.

This speaks to the "quality" of Jeff Fisher's offensive — literally and figuratively — staff during his time as head coach in St. Louis/Los Angeles. Aside from his two-year sabbatical coordinating the Rams' offense, Boras has been an NFL TEs coach since 2004.
Jan 17 - 5:20 PM

Bills SS Aaron Williams' father believes his son is "leaning toward coming back."

Williams has been noncommittal about his future in the wake of another serious neck injury. His latest injury occurred on a vicious blind slide hit by Jarvis Landry. The former second-round pick has been limited to just 10 games over the last two seasons.
Jan 15 - 4:34 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott was noncommittal about Tyrod Taylor's future in Buffalo during his introductory press conference.

Taylor was reportedly a favorite of Anthony Lynn, who was expected to land the head job in Buffalo this offseason. But instead the Bills hired McDermott (Lynn is now coaching the Chargers), leaving Taylor in a cloud of uncertainty. McDermott met Taylor for the first time on Friday and said he will evaluate the Bills' quarterback situation "methodically" in the coming weeks. The Bills could address quarterback in the draft if they choose to move on from Taylor this offseason.
Jan 13 - 2:24 PM

Broncos fired OC Rick Dennison, OL coach Clancy Barone, and TEs coach Brian Pariani.

New coach Vance Joseph will hire his own OC, who will then pick his assistants. Dennison has long been Gary Kubiak's right-hand man, and with Kubiak now stepping away from the game, it's unclear what Dennison will do. It's possible he could join Kyle Shanahan's staff if Shanahan gets the 49ers' job.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 13 - 11:27 AM

Bills hired Ravens DBs coach Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator.

Frazier will be new head coach Sean McDermott's top defensive lieutenant. McDermott is expected to install a 4-3 defense, something Frazier has plenty of experience with, most recently coordinating Lovie Smith's 4-3 in Tampa Bay. McDermott will probably be something of his own boss on defense, but Frazier has the experience and résumé to call plays.
Jan 12 - 8:18 PM's Ian Rapoport reports Ravens DBs coach Leslie Frazier is a candidate for the Bills' defensive coordinator vacancy.

The ex-Vikings coach coordinated the Bucs' defense under Lovie Smith. Frazier has years of experience to go along with a solid reputation and résumé.
Jan 12 - 6:16 PM

According to USA Today's Tom Pelissero, Bills coach Sean McDermott will have "shared say" over the team's 53-man roster.

There have been conflicting reports about how much control the Bills' new coach would have over the team's roster. In the end, it appears like McDermott will have at least some influence alongside GM Doug Whaley. McDermott will also have control of the coaching staff, including hiring and firing assistants. The team's biggest roster decision this offseason is what to do with Tyrod Taylor.
Jan 12 - 2:03 PM

Bills hired Sean McDermott as their new head coach.

While both have defensive backgrounds, McDermott seems to be about the polar opposite of his predecessor, Rex Ryan. McDermott isn't bringing the flash and flare to Buffalo only to see empty promises follow. The 43-year-old (in March) has been a defensive coordinator for the past eight seasons, working under Andy Reid and legendary DC Jim Johnson in Philadelphia before becoming Ron Rivera's right-hand man in Carolina. He's fully expected to switch Buffalo to a 4-3 front, an idea the Bills' players have been clamoring for since Ryan was fired. McDermott has never been a head coach at any level. Nailing his offensive coordinator choice will be important. He's expected to give ex-Chargers coach Mike McCoy a ring.
Jan 11 - 3:35 PM

Panthers DC Sean McDermott will have his second interview for the Bills' head-coaching vacancy on Wednesday.

He's the first candidate to get a second interview regarding any of the five openings, and all signs point to McDermott hammering out a deal to become the Bills' next head coach. Something could happen Wednesday.
Jan 11 - 9:10 AM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports the Bills are "zeroed in" on Panthers DC Sean McDermott as their next head coach.

It was reported earlier Tuesday that the Bills were leaning toward McDermott or interim coach Anthony Lynn as their replacement for Rex Ryan. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora added that owners Terry and Kim Pegula are "very intrigued" by McDermott. Carucci reports something could be done in the next day or two. McDermott, 43 in March, has never been a head coach at any level.
Jan 10 - 9:17 PM

Panthers DC Sean McDermott is interviewing for the 49ers' head coaching vacancy on Tuesday.

McDermott interviewed with the Bills last week and is expected to meet with the Chargers as well. The Bills were reportedly "super impressed" by McDermott, and he could be in a two-horse race with interim coach Anthony Lynn for the Buffalo job. It looks like McDermott has a real shot to finally land a lead job this cycle.
Jan 10 - 11:07 AM

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