Player News - Bills

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Bills hired ex-Alabama OC Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator.

Daboll is fresh off a national championship with the Crimson Tide, but his roots are solidly in the NFL. Aside from his 11 seasons on New England's staff, he has coordinated for the Browns, Dolphins, and Chiefs. He did not have success at any of those stops, however, and his two-year run in Cleveland was his longest stay. He can blame the talent, especially at quarterback, for those failures, but the situation in Buffalo is not much better. Even coming off a good season at Bama, Daboll is not a slam-dunk hire.
Jan 14 - 4:36 PM

Zay Jones will undergo shoulder surgery on Tuesday.

The news was announced by Jones' father, former NFL linebacker Robert Jones. According to his father, the second-round rookie played most of the season with a torn labrum. That may explain why Jones caught just 27-of-74 targets while earning PFF's No. 107 grade among wide receivers. Jones should be healthier in 2018, though he'll be working under a new offensive coordinator and may have a new quarterback as well.
Source: Bills Wire
Jan 14 - 12:03 PM

The Denver Post considers the Broncos a landing spot for Tyrod Taylor.

The Broncos made a run at Taylor in 2015 free agency, but he signed with Buffalo for less money. The Bills are expected to move on from him this offseason, and the Broncos could be a strong fit given their quarterback situation and Taylor's ties to Gary Kubiak. With Paxton Lynch and a top-five pick this year, Taylor wouldn't be more than a placeholder in Denver.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 12 - 6:02 PM

Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander does not plan to retire.

"I definitely want to get one more in," Alexander said. "I really love this organization, love what we were able to build here and I definitely want to continue to be a part of helping this organization take that next step." Alexander took an expected step back following his breakout season in 2016, but he had his best game of the year in the Wild Card loss to the Jaguars, recording 10 tackles including two for loss and a sack. Owed just $2.45 million in the final year of his deal, the Bills likely will bring the veteran back.
Jan 9 - 10:27 AM

Bills can save $3.35 million against the salary cap by releasing LT Cordy Glenn this offseason.

They can save $4.85 million by trading him, but they are unlikely to get much for a tackle with lingering foot and ankle issues who has played 17 games total the last two seasons. Glenn remains a quality tackle when healthy, however, so the minimal cap savings may not be worth it if Buffalo thinks he can return to full health. Second-round rookie Dion Dawkins performed well in Glenn's place.
Source: ESPN
Jan 9 - 10:21 AM

Bills signed RB Aaron Green, WR Quan Bray, TE Jason Croom, OT De'Ondre Wesley, OT Josh James, C Adam Redmond, DT Marquavius Lewis, S Dean Marlowe, and P Cory Carter to reserve/future contracts.

This was almost all of the Bills' practice squad. Reserve/future players are carried into the offseason and have the opportunity to go to OTAs with the club.
Jan 8 - 4:37 PM

Nick O'Leary caught 2-of-6 targets for 22 yards in the Bills' Wild Card loss to the Jaguars.

With Charles Clay missing three games with knee issues and the Bills having a stunning lack of pass catchers, third-year sixth-rounder O'Leary caught 22 balls for 322 yards and a pair of scores. He had three 50-yard games. An exclusive rights free agent, O'Leary should have an inside track on a 2018 53-man roster spot.
Jan 7 - 5:14 PM

Mike Tolbert rushed four times for 15 yards in the Bills' Wild Card loss to the Jaguars, adding a 10-yard reception.

The 32-year-old fullback somehow made it the entire season as LeSean McCoy's direct backup. Tolbert averaged 3.74 yards on his 66 carries, finding the end zone once. The 10-year veteran is now headed back to free agency. The Bills need to think bigger behind McCoy for 2018.
Jan 7 - 5:03 PM

Deonte Thompson caught 2-of-6 targets for 23 yards in the Bills' Wild Card loss to the Jaguars.

At times the Bills' No. 1 receiver after he was signed following his release from the Bears, Thompson caught 27 passes for 430 yards in 11 games in Buffalo. He was a needed live body for one of the league's thinnest receiver corps but not much more. One month shy of his 29th birthday, Thompson is headed back to free agency.
Jan 7 - 4:59 PM

Charles Clay caught 3-of-5 targets for 15 yards in the Bills' Wild Card loss to the Jaguars.

Clay briefly checked out with a hamstring issue, but was back after a few plays. Clay's 558 yards this season were his most as a Bill, though just six more than he posted in 2016 and 30 more than 2015. Although always battling through knee issues, Clay has been a perfectly fine pass-catching tight end, but hardly befitting of the five-year, $38 million contract it took to lure him away from the Dolphins. With the Bills needing to comprehensively overhaul their passing attack, Clay's release would clear $4.5 million in cap space if designated a post-June 1 cut. It's not a guarantee, but probably something new(ish) GM Brandon Beane will consider.
Jan 7 - 4:53 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught 1-of-2 targets for nine yards in the Bills' Wild Card loss to the Jaguars.

Playing through a knee injury for almost the entirety of his six games as a Bill, Benjamin was a comprehensive bust in Buffalo, while the Panthers' offense improved without him. Benjamin is supposed to be a jump ball winner, but playing on one leg, he found himself routinely blanketed with no other Bills wideout capable of commanding defensive attention. The Bills can retain Benjamin for the $8.459 million club option the Panthers exercised last spring, but can also cut him without penalty (if he passes his physical). With zero wide receiver depth to speak of, the Bills will probably give Benjamin a do-over in 2018.
Jan 7 - 4:44 PM

Zay Jones caught 2-of-4 targets for 20 yards in the Bills' Wild Card loss to the Jaguars.

One of Jones' missed connections was an awful third down drop. The game was in many ways a microcosm of Jones' disappointing rookie season. The No. 37 overall pick was wildly inefficient, catching just 27-of-74 targets. He briefly appeared to be getting on track in early November, but a (minor) Week 9 knee injury immediately derailed his progress. Jones is still only 23 (in March) but will have everything to prove in 2018. He would be helped by improved talent around him.
Jan 7 - 4:38 PM

LeSean McCoy rushed 19 times for 75 yards in the Bills' Wild Card loss to the Jaguars, adding a team-leading six receptions for 44 yards.

Gutting through an ankle injury, Shady seemed to have his usual spring in his step. With the Bills presenting zero passing threat, it's a miracle McCoy tallied the yards that he did. Although his 4.0 yards per carry was a new career low, McCoy showed very little drop-off during his age-29 season. He was the sun, the moon and the stars of the Bills' offense, leading the team in rushing and finishing second in receiving. Despite a number of injuries, McCoy also appeared in all 16 games for the first time since 2014. Although McCoy turns 30 in the summer and running backs can fall off at any given moment, he is a safe bet to be back at his scheduled $6.075 million.
Jan 7 - 4:33 PM

Tyrod Taylor completed 17-of-38 passes for 134 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception in the Bills' 10-3, Wild Card loss to the Jaguars before departing with a head injury.

Struggling mightily all afternoon, Taylor was then driven into the turf in the game's waning moments, slamming his head. He appeared out cold for several moments. He has since been placed in the concussion protocol. Nathan Peterman came in to finish the game, and threw a season-sealing pick to Jalen Ramsey. Peterman almost certainly isn't going to be the player to displace Taylor in 2018, but the Bills seem likely to move on. Taylor's game hasn't progressed, and coach Sean McDermott has telegraphed he wants to go in a different direction. Although it had something to do with an embarrassingly limited supporting cast, Taylor's 2017 didn't feature his usual peaks to go along with his valleys. The Bills made stunningly few big plays. Taylor's $6 million roster bonus is all but guaranteed to be declined, making him a free agent. 2018 will be Taylor's age-29 season.
Jan 7 - 4:21 PM

LeSean McCoy (ankle) is active for Sunday's Wild Card game against Jacksonville.

McCoy was expected to play, but his status went down to pre-game warmups. It's possible Buffalo scales back his workload at less than 100 percent. Marcus Murphy and Mike Tolbert are Buffalo's backups behind McCoy. The Bills inactives are LB Matt Milano, WR Brandon Reilly, WR Malachi Dupre, TE Khari Lee, OT Conor McDermott, OG John Miller, and CB Shareece Wright.
Jan 7 - 11:28 AM

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