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Bills RE Jerry Hughes was "borderline unblockable" during spring practices.

There's been concern over Hughes moving to defensive end this season. He's in a rotation with Manny Lawson and has struggled in 4-3 schemes, but none of the media covering the Bills expect his sack totals to go down under Jim Schwartz. Entering a contract year, Hughes is set to make just $1.1 million. Hughes will draw heavy free-agent interest next offseason if he can put together another double-digit sack campaign.
Jul 12 - 7:48 PM

Corbin Bryant and Stefan Charles are competing for the Bills' No. 4 defensive tackle job.

Normally this would be a non-story, but the possible suspension of Marcell Dareus means either Bryant or Charles could see significant snaps over the first several weeks of the season. The Bills see Charles as a player with upside, so he would seem to have the early edge in the competition.
Jul 12 - 12:18 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo reports "there isn't much clarification" on if DT Marcell Dareus will be suspended for the start of the season.

Dareus was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana in May and is also dealing with misdemeanor charges stemming from a drag-racing incident. The NFL is expected to wait for the cases to play out before making a decision on whether to take disciplinary action. Dareus' Week 1 availability has potential to impact the roster spots of DTs Corbin Bryant and Stefan Charles. The Bills could keep five defensive tackles even if Dareus isn't suspended.
Jul 11 - 5:27 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia suggests Fred Jackson could lose snaps this season to Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon.

We see Dixon more as a special teamer, but the Bills gave up significant compensation for Brown (a conditional fourth-round pick that could improve to a third-rounder), and will probably want to carve out a role for him. While Jackson should remain heavily involved due to his pass-protection prowess, his touches are a virtual lock to sink. Jackson will be 33 1/2 years old in Week 1.
Jul 11 - 4:19 PM

The Bills aren't expected to release RG Kraig Urbik.

Urbik is being pushed by Chris Hairston for the starting job, but his roster spot appears safe because of money. Urbik inked a four-year, $15 million extension in December of 2012 and is set to count over $3 million against the cap. The Bills would have to eat $2.1 million of that by cutting him. Urbik and RT Erik Pears were a weak pair on the right side of Buffalo's line last season. Pears' job is in grave danger. Unlike Urbik, he can be released without a dead money hit.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 11 - 11:15 AM

WGR 550 Buffalo considers Bills TE Tony Moeaki on the roster bubble.

This puts reporter Joe Buscaglia in accord with ESPN's Mike Rodak, though Buscaglia also believes Moeaki could carve out a nice role in camp. Moeaki ran with the first-team offense for the majority of the offseason as Scott Chandler missed time. As always with Moeaki, his roster spot will ultimately come down to his health. Either way, he's unlikely to make a fantasy impact in 2014.
Jul 10 - 4:25 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo believes third-year Bills WR T.J. Graham will have to prove he can "chip in on special teams" to secure a spot on the 53-man roster.

That means Graham will have to learn a new skill, as he's been a non-factor on special teams through his first two years in the league. Graham has combined for one career kick/punt return. Graham's ceiling on offense is No. 5 receiver.
Jul 9 - 10:15 AM

WGR 550 Buffalo considers Mike Williams a lock for the Bills' 53-man roster.

That's provided Williams stays out of trouble between now and Week 1. That's not a given, of course, but Williams isn't entering camp on the bubble. He's the favorite to join Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods in three-wide sets, splitting out wide and providing a big target in the red zone. Williams could come into WR4 appeal in re-draft leagues.
Jul 9 - 10:10 AM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak believes the team "would like" Bryce Brown to "develop into one of their lead backs."

The Bills gave up a 2015 fourth-rounder that can become a third-rounder for Brown, a relatively high price to pay for a running back. Both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson are entering the final years of their contracts. Spiller has injury red flags and may never become a true No. 1, while Jackson is 33 1/2 years old. Brown is 23, has a boatload of running talent, and is entering the league's run-heaviest offense. His Dynasty arrow is pointing straight up.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 8 - 9:11 AM

The Bills' official website called LG Chris Williams a "lock" to start.

Williams received a head-scratching four-year, $13.5 million contract from the Bills this offseason. The contract almost guarantees he is the Week 1 starter at left guard. Williams graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 74 guard out of 81 qualifiers last season.
Jul 7 - 11:47 AM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak lists LB Ty Powell on the roster bubble.

Powell's roster chances were increased by Kiko Alonso's season-ending knee injury, but his spot should be safe regardless. Rodak puts Powell's odds of making the team at 75 percent. Powell is a candidate for a role as a cover linebacker in sub packages.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 5 - 6:36 PM

Bills.com's Chris Brown believes A.J. Green is a good indicator for what Sammy Watkins can be in his rookie season.

Like Green, Watkins was drafted fourth overall and will be featured as a true No. 1 receiver. Green posted a 65/1,057/7 line in 15 games his first season. He was a top-15 fantasy wideout despite playing with fellow rookie Andy Dalton, who was unproven at the time. Brown "[doesn't] think those are unrealistic numbers for Watkins" and expects the Bills to use him in a similar role. Watkins is currently the No. 36 wideout in Rotoworld's pre-training camp rankings.
Jul 4 - 5:19 PM

The Bills' financial advisers have begun distributing the organization's financial information to prospective buyers.

The information is being distributed through a "virtual data room" that only prospective bidders will be able to access. The financial information will allow potential buyers to gauge the organization's financial position and prepare bids. Donald Trump's camp already confirmed they received the information. Sabers owner Terry Pegula, ex-Sabers owner Tom Golisano, and a consortium led by rocker Jon Bon Jovi have also been linked with the organization.
Jul 3 - 3:45 PM

Sources tell the Buffalo News that the Bills are looking to third-round LB Preston Brown to replace WLB Kiko Alonso.

"[Keith] Rivers and [Nigel] Bradham are not who the Bills think can help the most," writes Tim Graham. Brown, the 73rd pick in May's draft, ran with the first-team nickel defense during the spring alongside Alonso, and coaches "raved behind the scenes" about how well he practiced. Brown is between 250-260 pounds and runs a 4.86 forty. He's a downhill, thumping, tackle machine.
Jul 2 - 4:01 PM

Bills third-year LB Nigel Bradham is expected to step into the starting lineup following the season-ending ACL tear to WLB Kiko Alonso.

It's unclear whether Bradham or current SLB Keith Rivers will play the weak side. Rivers has a ton of experience as a WILL, while Bradham ran mostly as the second-team strong-side linebacker in the spring. Bradham has a chance to break out as a sideline-to-sideline linebacker in DC Jim Schwartz's 4-3 scheme. He ran a 4.56 forty at the 2012 Combine and is nails versus the run.
Jul 2 - 1:18 PM


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