Player News - Bills

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Bills coach Sean McDermott believes the team's No. 2 receiver is on the roster right now.

"Who that is remains to be seen," McDermott added. Considering how difficult it was to find someone other than Sammy Watkins to put this comment under, "who that is" is certainly a mystery. Buffalo did add Andre Holmes and Corey Brown in free agency, but neither is a real No. 2 on a quality offense. The Bills have to find more weapons for Tyrod Taylor in the draft.
Mar 28 - 12:30 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott said new DB Micah Hyde will start out at safety.

Signed to a five-year, $30-million contract this month, Hyde is a do it all defensive back who worked as a slot corner at times in Green Bay. McDermott said Hyde will start to move around more as he becomes comfortable in the new defense, but for now he will stick at safety. Buffalo could use some help at corner.
Mar 28 - 12:24 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott said he has a good relationship with GM Doug Whaley.

McDermott said his transition to working with Whaley has been "seamless" and the pair have "healthy conversations." Reports suggest otherwise, with Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News saying it is "only a matter of time" until Whaley is fired. Even if Whaley sticks around, Tyrod Taylor's presence on the roster suggests the coach carries more clout than the general manager at this point.
Source: ESPN
Mar 28 - 12:21 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott said he envisions Reggie Ragland as his starting middle linebacker.

A second-round pick last year, McDermott thinks Ragland can play a role similar to former pupils Luke Kuechly and Jeremiah Trotter. Limited athletically even before he missed his rookie season with a torn ACL, Ragland is not in the same class as those two, but he should be able to do a job on early downs. Preston Brown is also an option at middle linebacker.
Source: ESPN
Mar 28 - 11:02 AM

Bills claimed DE Scott Crichton off waivers from the Vikings.

A 2014 third-round pick out of Oregon State, Crichton is a once-promising prospect who spent all of last season on injured reserve. At 6-foot-3, 273, Crichton profiles as a 4-3 base end. The Bills are transitioning to a 4-3 defense.
Mar 27 - 5:27 PM

Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News believes it's "only a matter of time" until the Bills fire GM Doug Whaley.

Whaley has been at odds with new coach Sean McDermott seemingly since the day McDermott was hired. Sullivan believes Whaley has already lost the power struggle, with McDermott emerging as the team's "voice." We saw this play out early in the month when Buffalo kept Tyrod Taylor on a restructured deal, a decision that was heavily influenced by McDermott. Sullivan believes Whaley's exodus could occur after the draft. At that point, McDermott would likely bring in a GM of his choosing. Sullivan mentioned Panthers director of player personnel Don Gregory as a possible replacement for Whaley.
Mar 26 - 8:37 AM

Vikings waived DE Scott Crichton.

Crichton was waived last summer and placed on injured reserve after clearing waivers. The 2014 third-round pick never panned out in Minnesota, logging just 147 snaps over 21 appearances.
Mar 24 - 2:01 PM

Bills re-signed WR/KR Brandon Tate.

A hyped prospect early in his career with New England, Tate never did quite learn how to play wide receiver. Tate has settled in as a special teams dynamo, and last year averaged a career-best 11.6 yards on 26 punt returns.
Mar 20 - 3:41 PM

Bills signed WR Andre Holmes a three-year, $6.5 million contract.

It's $2 million higher than the deal reported earlier this week. Holmes is coming off consecutive nondescript seasons as Oakland's No. 4 receiver behind Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and Seth Roberts. He lands in a good spot with Buffalo as a veteran flyer. Holmes adds depth in a red-zone/deep threat role.
Mar 18 - 2:14 PM

Bills signed CB Leonard Johnson, formerly of the Panthers.

Johnson logged 436 underwhelming snaps for the Panthers in 2016. The Bills' secondary has been gutted following the losses of Stephon Gilmore (signed with New England) and Nickell Robey-Coleman (released). New Bills coach Sean McDermott was Johnson's defensive coordinator in Carolina last season.
Mar 17 - 4:23 PM

Bills signed WR Corey Washington.

Washington spent a month on the Bills' practice squad last season. The Bills don't have much receiver depth but the 25-year-old is probably just a camp body.
Mar 17 - 4:18 PM

Bills signed RB Joe Banyard, formerly of the Jaguars.

Banyard appeared in one game for Jacksonville last season, recording two carries for seven yards. With LeSean McCoy and Mike Gillislee hogging most of the carries in Buffalo, there won't be much work for Banyard if he makes the team.
Mar 17 - 4:15 PM

Bills signed G/C Ryan Groy to a two-year, $5 million contract.

Groy was a restricted free agent. The Bills matched an offer sheet from the Rams. Los Angeles was interested in Groy as its starting center. ESPN's Mike Rodak expects Groy to return as the Bills' "top interior backup lineman." There's been speculation Groy could replace 33-year-old LG Richie Incognito in 2018. Groy is excellent insurance on 31-year-old C Eric Wood, who broke his leg last season.
Mar 16 - 4:42 PM

The Bills have offered WR Andre Holmes a three-year, $4.5 million contract.

The deal was reported as done, but it's not official yet. Holmes should sign with Buffalo unless another team offers him more money. The Bills would be a nice landing spot with a wide open depth chart behind Sammy Watkins. Holmes is coming off a nondescript 2016, but he is a solid flyer on a cheap contract.
Mar 15 - 4:09 PM

Bills restricted free agent G/C Ryan Groy has officially signed his two-year, $5 million offer sheet with the Rams.

The Bills now have five days to match. If they decline, they will receive no draft pick compensation, as Groy is a former undrafted free agent tendered at the original-round level. Groy would presumably replace the recently-released Tim Barnes as the Rams' starting center.
Mar 14 - 1:53 PM


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