Player News - Bills

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In an interview with WGR 550 Buffalo, Bills GM Brandon Beane said Zay Jones will have to "earn his way" following a disappointing rookie season in 2017.

"He’s not just going to necessarily go right to the top of the line," said Beane. "He’ll have to earn his way." The 23-year-old sat out OTAs while recovering from knee surgery, meaning he has yet to catch passes from newcomers A.J. McCarron and Josh Allen. Jones won't face much competition at receiver in Buffalo, but it will be hard for fantasy owners to trust him after hauling in just 41.5 percent of his targets last year.
Source: WGR 550
Jun 17 - 11:20 AM

According to ESPN's Mike Rodak, Nathan Peterman is a "serious contender" for the Bills' starting quarterback job.

He impressed while rotating first-team reps with A.J. McCarron at Bills' minicamp, completing 10-of-13 passes with a touchdown during 11-on-11 drills at Tuesday's session. Peterman struggled mightily in his lone start last year—he threw five picks against the Chargers before coming out at halftime—but has cleaned up his mechanics after spending the offseason training with QB guru Tom House. The Bills traded up to draft Josh Allen seventh overall in April, but he mostly worked with the third team during spring practices.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 17 - 8:25 AM

Bills OLB Trent Murphy (knee) has yet to be fully cleared.

Murphy was limited to individual drills at OTAs/minicamp. The Bills are counting on him returning to his pre-2017 form after giving Murphy a three-year, $21 million deal this offseason. Murphy will be almost a full year removed from ACL surgery for training camp.
Jun 16 - 9:37 AM

Bills coach Sean McDermott said Zay Jones (knee surgery) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Jones underwent shoulder surgery in January, but the bigger concern is the knee procedure he needed last month. McDermott's confidence suggests that operation was just a scope. Coming off a dreadful rookie season, Jones could use a full training camp.
Jun 14 - 12:23 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott said No. 7 overall pick Josh Allen will open training camp as the third-team quarterback.

Allen got some first-team reps during minicamp this week, but he mostly worked as the third-team quarterback throughout the offseason program. That will also be the case when camp opens, but it is likely Allen quickly climbs the depth chart in August. A.J. McCarron and Nathan Peterman have been splitting reps with the first-team offense.
Jun 14 - 12:14 PM

According to ABC Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia, A.J. McCarron has been outplayed by Nathan Peterman this offseason.

McCarron has been splitting first-team reps with Peterman and Josh Allen. The Bills' quarterback competition is going to go deep into the preseason, but it's not a good sign McCarron is struggling at minicamp. McCarron's contract ($6M guaranteed; $2.9M dead money) should secure his roster spot.
Jun 13 - 5:49 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott said No. 7 overall pick Josh Allen will get some first-team reps during this week's minicamp.

It will be a first for the rookie, who has been working behind A.J. McCarron and Nathan Peterman to this point in the offseason program. The coach did say Allen will still mostly work with the third-team, but this is a step in the correct direction. The Bills seemingly want to make Allen earn it, but it would be a surprise if he does not seriously compete for the starting job in camp.
Jun 12 - 11:46 AM

Bills coach Sean McDermott wouldn't rule out Josh Allen getting first-team reps at minicamp.

Allen has been practicing with third-stringers behind A.J. McCarron and Nathan Peterman. He's in the early stages of learning Buffalo's scheme. The Bills want to fast track Allen and could get him some time with the starters before the end of next week's minicamp.
Source: ESPN
Jun 8 - 5:11 PM

ABC Buffalo reports Jeremy Kerley has been locked in as the Bills' slot receiver during offseason workouts.

Per reporter Joe Buscaglia, Kerley has been the Bills'' No. 2 presence at receiver behind Kelvin Benjamin. Zay Jones (knee) is sidelined, while the rest of the depth chart consists of also-rans and day-three rookies. There's a real chance Kerley sees serious targets this season. He's two years removed from catching 64 passes for Chip Kelly's 49ers.
Source: ABC Buffalo
Jun 7 - 6:36 PM

Bills TE Logan Thomas (knee) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Thomas has already been ruled out for the offseason program, but it sounds like he's only dealing with a knee scope. When healthy, he'll compete with Nick O'Leary and Khari Lee for the No. 2 tight end role behind Charles Clay.
Jun 1 - 5:12 PM

Bills DE Shaq Lawson said he's committed to getting into better shape, and that he has lost 12 pounds.

Lawson is now tipping the scales at 263. He wants to get down to 260. "I knew what I had to do," Lawson said after again struggling with injury last season. "(Sitting) back and watching our playoff game I was like, ‘I’ve got to stay on the field. Whatever I have to do to stay on the field I’m going to do it.’ I’ve got to be the best I can be and what they drafted me to be." Lawson claims he's faster, and that he feels "more fluid." 2018 is shaping up as a make-or-break year for the 2016 first-rounder after he tallied just six sacks between 21 2016-17 appearances.
May 31 - 5:31 PM

Bills released C Eric Wood with an injury settlement.

Wood was diagnosed with a career-ending neck injury in January. His formal release was held up by paperwork issues. Russell Bodine and Ryan Groy are competing to replace Wood at the pivot. Whomever wins will be a significant downgrade.
May 31 - 5:01 PM

Bills TE Logan Thomas underwent knee surgery.

It is not clear if it was a major operation or just a scope, but he has already been ruled out for the rest of the offseason program. The former quarterback showed potential in 155 snaps at tight end last year, but missing time during the offseason is a blow to his development.
May 31 - 11:47 AM

Bills signed third round DT Harrison Phillips to a four-year contract.

Phillips was only a two-year starter at Stanford, but had a breakout senior season — leading Stanford in tackles and earning All-Pac 12 honors. An underrated athlete (62nd-percentile SPARQ), Phillips has the run-stopping traits to make a rookie year impact. He should rotate behind Kyle Williams and Star Lotulelei.
May 30 - 6:04 PM

Charles Clay changed his diet this offseason in an effort to stay healthy.

Clay has never missed more than three games in a season, but he has been a regular on the injury report for most of his career. He hopes his new diet will change that. "It was something I looked into all offseason, trying to keep as much inflammation out of my body as I can and eating has a lot to do with that," Clay said. "I feel awesome right now." With something resembling a black hole at receiver, the Bills need Clay healthy and effective this season.
May 29 - 9:56 AM


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