Player News - Bills

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The Buffalo News reports Sammy Watkins (foot) "should be close to 100 percent" when training camp starts.

Watkins is on track to be fully cleared after a limited OTAs. He's not going to get many preseason reps, but there's been nothing but positive reports since his option was declined. Entering a contract year, Watkins has the makings of a post-hype blowup if he stays healthy, though Buffalo projects to remain run heavy in 2017.
Jul 22 - 7:15 PM

According to the Bills' official website, second-round WR Zay Jones "looked the part of a top three wideout" in the offseason program.

Per in-house reporter Jake Hamilton, Jones' "air of confidence impressed the coaching staff." Looking like a top-three is great, but the Bills need Jones to be a top-two behind brittle Sammy Watkins. Jones is this year's Sterling Shepard from a projected usage perspective.
Jul 20 - 8:19 PM

The Bills' official website expects only "subtle changes" to the team's running scheme under new OC Rick Dennison.

Dennison is a zone disciple of Mike Shanahan and Gary Kubiak, but the Bills were employing plenty of zone runs under ex-OCs Anthony Lynn and Greg Roman. Dennison has insisted he plans to "carry over' many of the successful principles from the Bills' dominant rushing attacks of the past two seasons. For his part, LeSean McCoy expects to catch more passes. Even with Shady headed into his age-29 season, he remains a high-end RB1 bet.
Jul 13 - 3:49 PM

Bills MLB Reggie Ragland could be moved to the strong side.

Bills DC Leslie Frazier hinted at this earlier in the offseason. The Bills want someone other than Lorenzo Alexander on the strong side, and Ragland is easily one of Buffalo's most talented three linebackers. Still, Ragland won't have more than a two-down role wherever he lines up.
Jul 12 - 5:31 PM

Canio Marasco of buffalobills.com believes the Bills want someone other than Lorenzo Alexander to win the strong-side linebacker job.

Marasco writes someone else winning the job would allow Alexander to float around to multiple positions while continuing to stand out on special teams, and the most likely usurper is Gerald Hodges. In reality, the Bills will spend most of their time in sub packages anyway, meaning where he starts matters very little in the grand scheme of things. After he recorded 12.5 sacks in a breakout 2016, Buffalo should look to get Alexander rushing the passer as much as possible.
Jul 11 - 9:12 AM

Bills DT Adolphus Washington was arrested Sunday on weapons charges.

Without warning, Washington allegedly reached for and displayed a gun to police while officers were clearing out a water park in Cincinnati. As an Ohio State senior in 2015, Washington was arrested for soliciting a prostitute. Washington started 11-of-15 games as a rookie last season, recording 2.5 sacks. Pending court resolution, he is now at risk of league discipline.
Jul 10 - 10:37 PM

The Bills' official website didn't include Mike Tolbert when breaking down the backfield behind LeSean McCoy.

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak mentioned Tolbert as a candidate for No. 2 duties in mid-June, but the Bills' own site isn't lumping him in with Jonathan Williams, Cedric O'Neal and Joe Banyard behind Shady. The site admits Williams is "most likely" to earn the backup job. Ace Bills reporter Joe Buscaglia has called Tolbert "more of a pass-blocking option on third downs."
Jul 8 - 9:55 AM

Lorenzo Alexander will play strong-side linebacker this season.

Alexander broke out for 12.5 sacks at age 33 in Rex Ryan's 3-4 scheme last season. He will now play the Shaq Thompson role under 4-3 defensive mind Sean McDermott. Alexander stands to lose a ton of pass-rush opportunities, but he should remain a deeper IDP-league asset as a probable every-down linebacker whose tackle count will inevitably rise.
Jul 2 - 2:01 PM

Sammy Watkins believes the draft class of 2014 will "change the market."

"We gotta get paid more," Watkins said in a tweet Sunday morning. He also shared a retweet stating that NFL players "get the smallest piece of the pie" compared to other leagues like the NBA. Watkins himself will earn a modest $3,138,491 in the final year of his rookie deal. As a point of reference, the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver, Antonio Brown, will pull in $17 million in 2017. That salary would rank 53rd in the NBA.
Jul 2 - 11:00 AM

The Bills plan to manage TE Charles Clay's (knee) practice reps this season.

Clay is still dealing with his 2016 knee issues. He rarely practiced last year, but only missed one game. With Buffalo not adding depth at tight end, Clay is in line for heavy snaps if he can stay healthy.
Jul 1 - 2:51 PM

Bills rookie Dion Dawkins is in the mix for the starting right tackle job.

Dawkins got the majority of his OTA reps at left tackle. He'll move to the right side with Cordy Glenn on track for training camp. Dawkins will need to beat out Jordan Mills to start.
Jul 1 - 2:44 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Bills RB Jonathan Williams will not face league discipline after being found not guilty in his 2016 DUI case.

Williams was arrested in Arkansas a year ago, but he was found not guilty earlier this month. With both the legal and league issues behind him, Williams can focus on winning the No. 2 job behind LeSean McCoy. Mike Gillislee rode that role to 627 total yards and nine touchdowns last season.
Jun 29 - 11:36 AM

Bills C Eric Wood (leg) expects to be 100 percent for training camp.

Wood got in limited work at OTAs. There’s no concern over his status. Coming off an injury-shortened 2016, Wood needs to stay healthy in a contract year.
Jun 28 - 7:04 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott said he has "been impressed" by Tyrod Taylor's leadership.

"There’s leadership qualities at that quarterback position that are important to winning football games," McDermott said, "and I think he’s done a nice job in that area." The new coach has pushed Taylor to be more of a vocal leader, and it sounds like he has answered the call. Taylor will be the starter this year, but he needs a strong season to secure his long-term future in Buffalo.
Jun 20 - 9:46 AM

Bills second-year EDGE Shaq Lawson says he feels much more comfortable in Buffalo's new 4-3 defense.

Lawson was actually drafted to play 3-4 outside linebacker by the old Rex Ryan regime, but he was a 4-3 defensive end at Clemson. "I will always have my hand in the dirt," Lawson said of the new defense. "I was always an attack defensive end. You know, not having to stand up and drop into coverage." The Bills need a breakout year from Lawson across from RE Jerry Hughes.
Jun 15 - 1:45 PM


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