Player News - Bills

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Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 Buffalo said fifth-round RB Jonathan Williams "looked very steady" during OTAs.

Rookies often have a tough time adjusting to the speed of the NFL but Capaccio said Williams never looked "out of place" at OTAs. It might be hard for Williams to carve a role for himself with LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams ahead of him on the depth chart. Head coach Rex Ryan also praised the performances of Mike Gillislee and James Wilder during OTAs. Running back is going to be a position to watch at Bills camp this summer.
Jun 24 - 7:08 PM

Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 Buffalo believes third-round DL Adolphus Washington might see limited playing time on early downs this season.

GM Doug Whaley committed to Washington as a Week 1 starter earlier this offseason but Capaccio still needs convincing. Capaccio complimented Washington's athleticism but feels he still needs to work on "gap-responsibility and going down the line of scrimmage to make plays." That makes Washington somewhat of a liability in base sets. At least Washington has seen plenty of reps this offseason with Kyle Williams still recovering from offseason knee injury.
Jun 24 - 5:42 PM

WGR550 Buffalo's Sal Capaccio said it is "not unrealistic" to project second-round ILB Reggie Ragland as the Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The DROY award tends to go to flashier players than Ragland, but that does not mean he won't make an impact. He is expected to start right out of the gate next to Preston Brown, and he has the downhill style to put up plenty of counting stats behind a strong defensive line. Even as a two-down player, Ragland could be an IDP asset as a rookie.
Jun 24 - 9:35 AM

Bills SS Corey Graham says the defense will be more on the same page in 2016.

"Things have slowed down," Graham said of the second year in coach Rex Ryan's scheme. "Everybody knows what they’re doing. And we’ve got some new pieces in there that are looking really good." Graham's play fell off last season, but not to an unacceptable level. One of the most durable players in the league, Graham turns 31 next month.
Jun 23 - 3:44 PM

Bills owner Kim Pegula said the team is in "fact-finding mode" regarding a new stadium.

Terry and Kim Pegula bought the Bills back in October 2014 and recently dumped $130 million into renovating Ralph Wilson Stadium. But commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this month that the Pegulas need to look at the stadium situation to ensure the Bills remain in Buffalo long-term. The Pegulas have said all along the team will remain in Western New York. They're in the infant stages of this process, but a new stadium could be coming to Buffalo soon.
Jun 22 - 11:18 AM

WGR 550 Buffalo's Sal Capaccio reports both the Bills and contract-year QB Tyrod Taylor are open to an in-season extension.

The two sides continue to negotiate and could still strike a deal ahead of Week 1, but the Bills likely want to see if Taylor can carry his 2015 over into a second-straight season to prove it wasn't an outlier year. By all accounts, the Bills are preparing to loosen up the offense and Taylor looked improved in the spring. If he starts the season on fire, Taylor's price tag will only rise.
Jun 22 - 9:34 AM

The Buffalo News' Tyler Dunne said the Bills' right tackle job is "Jordan Mills' to lose."

With Seantrel Henderson's (Crohn's) future still in limbo and Cyrus Kouandjio terrible, Mills is basically the only option. Still, offensive line coach Aaron Kromer said Mills has done "a solid job" during the offseason program. The left side of the offensive line is set with LT Cordy Glenn and LG Richie Incognito, but the Bills need to see some dramatic improvement on the right side this season.
Jun 21 - 10:22 AM

The Buffalo News' Tyler Dunne named second-year WR Dezmin Lewis the Bills' "minicamp MVP."

This is our fourth blurb on Lewis this month, so he's been one of the more hyped players of the spring. With Sammy Watkins (foot) on the shelf, Lewis worked across all three offensive groupings, seeing a ton of reps. Jobs behind Watkins and Robert Woods are up for grabs. Lewis appears to be leading the pack heading into the summer. Lewis (6'4/214) was a 2015 seventh-rounder.
Jun 20 - 8:06 PM

The Buffalo News' Tyler Dunne said Bills OLB/DE IK Enemkpali was "impressive all week" at minicamp when he ran with the first-team defense.

Enemkpali is famous for jacking Geno Smith in the jaw last year when with the Jets, but Dunne calls Enemkpali the potential "key" to the defense with first-rounder Shaq Lawson on the shelf after shoulder surgery. Enemkpali is expected to push Manny Lawson for the starting job opposite Jerry Hughes.
Jun 20 - 8:01 PM

Sammy Watkins said he is staying in Buffalo all summer to rehab his surgically-repaired foot.

Over the weekend, Watkins said he plans to be ready early in training camp, and he appears to be doing everything in his power to make good on that promise. He also is focusing on staying healthy after being constantly limited his first two seasons. "The important part is getting on the field and staying healthy," Watkins said. "Once I figure my body out and do the assessment I need to do, I’ll figure out what type of food, everything I need to do to keep myself on the field." The fourth-best fantasy receiver over the final nine weeks last year, Watkins will be a huge value if he is able to get and stay healthy.
Jun 20 - 11:00 AM

Sammy Watkins (foot surgery) told TSN in Canada that he expects to be ready early in training camp.

Watkins stated in early June that "nobody knows" when he'll be healed following surgery to repair stress fractures in his left foot. Now out of his walking boot, Watkins is changing his tune. "For training camp, I think I’ll definitely be available," he said. "I might sit out 2-3 days. ... The goal is to come back and be prepared for training camp." Watkins did reiterate that "there's really no timetable." Despite the concerning injury and subsequent surgery, Watkins' Average Draft Position hasn't moved much. He's a third-round pick pretty much across the board.
Source: TSN Canada
Jun 19 - 7:21 PM

Bills waived/injured S Phillip Thomas.

The Bills waived Thomas to make room for OT Justin Renfrow. Thomas joined the Bills' practice squad late last season and signed a futures contract in January. He logged 27 tackles in eight games for Washington in 2014 but didn't see the field last season.
Jun 17 - 4:24 PM

Fourth-round QB Cardale Jones has looked "hesitant" at Bills OTAs.

Per WKBW's Joe Buscaglia, Jones "isn't trusting what he's seeing" and "the game still has to slow down for him." The Bills have known from day one that Jones would be a project, so early struggles shouldn't come as a surprise. Jones should improve with more reps, but he's going to ride the bench as a rookie.
Jun 17 - 3:44 PM

Joe Buscaglia of WBKO Buffalo expects the Bills to move on from WR Marquise Goodwin if he qualifies for the Olympics.

It's an issue of timing. The long jump, which is Goodwin's main event, takes place on August 13. Even if Goodwin makes it back quickly, he'll have already missed half of training camp. Goodwin is undersized (5'9/179) and might be even slimmer after Olympic training all summer. Even if Goodwin had passed on the Olympics, he would have faced long odds to make the Bills' 53-man roster.
Jun 17 - 3:19 PM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports the Bills have "no intention" of giving contract-year CB Stephon Gilmore $15 million per season on a new deal.

That's Josh Norman money after the Redskins handed Norman a five-year, $75 million pact this offseason. Gilmore is a rising star but is coming off shoulder surgery. According to Carucci, the Bills will go as high as $12.5 or $13 million per year on an extension. They'll have the franchise tag as an option next year, but Gilmore has threatened to hold out of training camp this summer.
Jun 17 - 10:09 AM


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