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According to WGR 550 Buffalo, Bills RE Jerry Hughes has been an "overwhelming presence for the majority of camp."

Coming off a 10-sack, breakout campaign, Hughes drew similar plaudits for his play in the offseason program. Headed into the final year of his rookie contract, Hughes is going to make himself a ton of money if he can improve on or repeat his 2013.
Aug 19 - 10:15 PM

The Associated Press reports the sale of the Bills is entering its "final stage."

Per the AP, potential buyers must submit their formal bids in "about two weeks." A new owner is expected to be named by October. The team appears highly likely to remain in Buffalo.
Aug 19 - 9:09 PM

Sammy Watkins (ribs) returned to practice Tuesday on a limited basis.

Watkins' rib "contusion" proved to be minor after all. Much hoopla was raised Monday when the Bills failed to call Watkins' injury merely a bruise, leading some to believe Watkins may be dealing with something more serious. The No. 4 overall pick is progressing after sitting out Monday. It remains to be seen whether he'll suit up for the Bills' regular season dress rehearsal this weekend.
Aug 19 - 2:35 PM

Bills LT Cordy Glenn (illness) has been cleared for team drills.

Glenn battled an unknown illness most of the summer before returning to one-on-one drills last week. He's questionable for Week 1, but the Bills need to get him back. RT Cyrus Kouandjio has been a disaster. If Glenn can get back into game shape, rookie Seantrel Henderson could shift over the right side.
Aug 18 - 6:06 PM

Sammy Watkins (ribs) is sitting out Monday's practice, and coach Doug Marrone is unsure of when he'll return.

"When (Watkins) comes back, I don't know," Marrone said. "Unless I know for sure, I'm not going to comment." Marrone always treats injury information like a state secret, but it's notable nonetheless. The Bills originally called Watkins' injury a "bruise," but were less forthright on Monday. Watkins is still likely nothing more than day to day, but he's in danger of missing this week's regular-season dress rehearsal. Watkins has consistently lit up practice, but has just three grabs through three exhibition games.
Aug 18 - 5:56 PM

Fred Jackson started Saturday night's preseason game against the Steelers and played on 26-of-47 first-team snaps.

Jackson out-snapped C.J. Spiller 26-12 and out-touched him 13-6. More importantly, F-Jax handled all the third-down and red-zone duties for the third straight week. It's becoming increasingly clear that Doug Marrone's staff sees Spiller as merely an early-down change-of-pace option, which is going to mean a lot of work for Jackson. There's value in his eighth-round ADP.
Aug 17 - 9:33 PM

C.J. Spiller received zero third-down or red-zone touches again in Saturday night's preseason game against the Steelers.

E.J. Manuel and the first-team offense played 47 snaps in the game. Starter Fred Jackson handled 26 snaps, Spiller got 12 and Anthony Dixon mixed in late in the second quarter for nine. The amount of snaps isn't as concerning as the way this Doug Marrone regime continues to waste Spiller's unique talent. He's just an early-down change-of-pace back that is being asked to run between the tackles. Spiller's late-third round ADP is too rich considering this usage.
Aug 17 - 9:20 PM

Bills backup QB Thad Lewis is believed to be on the roster bubble.

Lewis was a lock for the 53-man roster a month ago, but has struggled this preseason. He's completed just 17-of-33 passes for 168 yards and two interceptions. The Bills were said to be "very high" on Lewis as their backup to E.J. Manuel in the spring. Jeff Tuel has outperformed Lewis this summer.
Aug 17 - 11:27 AM

Robert Woods had three catches for 49 yards in Saturday night's preseason game against the Steelers.

With Sammy Watkins out, Woods worked with the starters after playing with the second team in the first two exhibition games. He was targeted six times, and showed good YAC ability on a 30-yard pass from E.J. Manuel in the second quarter. Chris Hogan also rotated with the first team, but finished with no catches on two targets. There isn't much more Woods can do to prove he belongs in the Bills' three-wide sets. Woods has at least 30 yards receiving in all three of Buffalo's preseason games.
Aug 16 - 10:09 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Sammy Watkins' ribs are "fine" after Saturday night's preseason scare.

He has a bruise. Bills fans and the organization can breathe a collective sigh of relief, after the franchise traded its 2015 first-round pick to nab the former Clemson star in May's draft. Watkins still has managed only three catches for 21 yards through three preseason games, failing to turn the hype into on-field production. It sounds like he could play in Buffalo's fourth exhibition next week.
Aug 16 - 9:58 PM

Fred Jackson rushed six times for 27 yards in Saturday night's preseason game.

Jackson had a better game than C.J. Spiller, but the Bills' offense struggled to get anything going against the Steelers' first-team defense. F-Jax continued to handle all goal-line work, though his lone red-zone carry came from six yards out. Anthony Dixon saw some time with the starters on third downs and in short-yardage situations, but isn't a real threat to Jackson. Jackson has 13 carries for 43 yards (3.3 YPC) through three preseason games.
Aug 16 - 9:52 PM

C.J. Spiller had six carries for 16 yards in Buffalo's third preseason game Saturday night.

Spiller and Fred Jackson worked with the first team, with Anthony Dixon getting some looks on third downs. The Bills struggled to establish their running game against the Steelers, and both Spiller and Jackson were held in check. Buffalo still doesn't seem to be using Spiller correctly, often failing to get him touches in space. Spiller has 10 carries for 40 yards and no touchdowns through three preseason games.
Aug 16 - 9:41 PM

E.J. Manuel completed 17-of-27 passes for 148 yards and an interception in Saturday night's preseason game.

Manuel wasn't able to build off his strong week of joint practices against the Steelers. He was forced to play the entire first half without Sammy Watkins and mostly checked down, averaging just 8.7 yards per completion. His longest play came on a 30-yard pass to Robert Woods in the second quarter. Manuel has competed 28-of-37 passes for 263 yards (7.11 YPA) though three preseason games, but has yet to throw a touchdown.
Aug 16 - 9:28 PM

Sammy Watkins exited the Bills' third preseason game Saturday night with a rib injury.

He could be seen walking slowly to Buffalo's locker room assisted by trainers following the injury. The extent of Watkins' injury is unclear, but he'll surely be taken for X-rays to determine whether there's a fracture.
Aug 16 - 7:44 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia considers DT Alan Branch a possible release candidate.

Branch opened camp on active/PUP and has struggled with his conditioning. He was the third defensive tackle in the Bills' rotation last year, but isn't a strong fit in Jim Schwartz's 4-3. Landon Cohen has impressed this preseason and could push for snaps. Branch will likely only need to hold off Corbin Bryant or Stefan Charles. Buffalo would net $1.9 million in cap savings by cutting Branch.
Aug 16 - 5:12 PM


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