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WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia considers Anthony Dixon to be the odd man out in the Bills' backfield.

As Buscaglia notes, it's way too early to be doing 53-man roster projections. But readers gobble this stuff up, and it's something to talk about while we await training camp. Buscaglia has rookie Karlos Williams and polarizing Bryce Brown beating out Dixon. Williams plays special teams like Dixon, and Brown has a ton more running talent. Dixon is a plodding 28-year-old short-yardage back.
May 22 - 10:07 AM
Rex Ryan - DT - Bills

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi reports the Bills, Texans, and Redskins are "potential participants" for this summer's season of Hard Knocks on HBO.

The Browns have also been linked to the show, but they emphatically pitched their desire to not be on the show earlier in the offseason, and the NFL is expected to grant them their wish. It's also hard to see the Bills volunteering as tribute, being that coach Rex Ryan has already done it in the past with the Jets. Teams with new head coaches are also eligible to opt out of being considered.
May 22 - 9:04 AM

NFL suspended Bills DT Marcell Dareus one game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Dareus was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana in his native Alabama last May. The ban shouldn't come as a surprise to the Bills, who will be missing Dareus against the Colts. They'll get him back for Week 2 against the Patriots. Going into the final year of his rookie contract, Dareus remains a strong candidate for an extension.
May 21 - 3:47 PM

Bills RBs coach Anthony Lynn conceded Bryce Brown is falling behind.

Brown missed the Bills' April minicamp and this week's workouts for personal reasons. It's trouble for a player on the bubble and meeting a new coaching regime. "I don't know much about him at all," Lynn said of Brown. "I've only met him once. ... Yes, it will set him back. I mean, he's 5-6 weeks behind everyone else. Once he gets here, it's going to be hard to slow down and catch him up."
May 21 - 8:07 AM

Bills RBs coach Anthony Lynn said he would love for LeSean McCoy to lead the league in carries.

McCoy proved he was capable of shouldering massive workloads over the last two seasons, rushing a league-high 626 times. The Rex Ryan regime acquired Shady to be the workhorse in a ground-n-pound scheme that will be trying to hide an ugly quarterback situation (again). In six years under Ryan, the Jets ranked 4th, 5th, 6th, 16th, 2nd and 1st in team rushing attempts. McCoy is an excellent bet for 300-plus carries.
May 21 - 7:58 AM

Bills RBs coach Anthony Lynn said he'd like to see Fred Jackson's snaps cut in half this year.

Jackson played 548 snaps last season, averaging 14.7 touches per game. He finished with a career-low 3.72 YPC. "I think he wore down a little bit at the end of the season," Lynn said. "If we could take half of that off his plate, I think you’re going to see a fresher Fred Jackson and a more explosive Fred Jackson." That statement assumes F-Jax, 34, will even make the final roster out of training camp. The Bills traded for LeSean McCoy and drafted Karlos Williams this offseason, pushing the veteran to the bubble.
May 21 - 7:53 AM

Bills signed No. 50 overall pick CB Ronald Darby to a four-year, $4.6 million contract.

A 23-game starter at Florida State, Darby was rarely tested by opposing passers, but he didn't always stand out on film. He was often outmuscled by bigger wideouts, and struggled against the run. Darby did blow up the Combine, however, and has lots of experience being on an island. He's the kind of talent coach Rex Ryan can mold.
May 19 - 5:23 PM

Bills OC Greg Roman insists E.J. Manuel's roster spot is secure.

"I mean, he's busting his hump every day and doing a very good job," Roman said. "There's a lot of clay to mold there as well, so whatever people are talking about, I don't know where that's coming from." We're not surprised Roman is sticking up for his player, but it's not exactly a secret that the Bills haven't been thrilled with Manuel's progress. We ultimately expect him to keep his roster spot, but his odds of winning the Bills' starting job are no better than 50 percent, and likely worse.
May 19 - 3:54 PM

Bills RB Bryce Brown has not been at voluntary workouts this offseason due to a family commitment.

Brown wasn't at the veteran minicamp last month and isn't at this week's workouts either. It's going to raise eyebrows, especially with a new coaching regime in town and the selection of Karlos Williams in the draft. Brown will enter training camp on the roster bubble.
May 19 - 12:49 PM

Bills signed sixth-round LB Tony Steward to a four-year contract.

Steward made his college living on special teams, and figures to do the same in the pros. He ran 4.64 at 6-foot-1, 241 during the Clemson Tigers' Pro Day.
May 18 - 5:17 PM

Sources tell WKBW Buffalo that the Bills are willing to cut E.J. Manuel if he doesn't show serious progress this summer.

Some will be surprised the Bills are thinking about giving up on a first-round quarterback just two years into his career. Those people haven't seen Manuel play. Although he'll be given a chance to battle Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor for the starting job, we've seen nothing to suggest Manuel will come close to winning it -- especially since he has no ties to the new Rex Ryan regime. Assuming Manuel does end up on the chopping block in August, it's possible the Eagles will be willing to take a flier. Chip Kelly recruited Manuel while at Oregon and has since stated he'd like a chance to coach the Florida State flop. The Bills would clear roughly $2.8M in cap space by trading Manuel.
Source: WKBW.com
May 18 - 9:58 AM

The Bills want to extend NT Marcell Dareus before the start of the season.

Bills GM Doug Whaley said in March that signing Dareus to a long-term deal would be a top priority after the draft. An All-Pro in 2014, Dareus is expected to command in excess of $50 million guaranteed.
May 15 - 7:27 PM

Bills CB Leodis McKelvin (ankle) remains on track for training camp.

McKelvin is expected to miss Buffalo’s entire offseason program. His camp status has never been in doubt. McKelvin's starting job, on the other hand, is questionable after the Bills selected Ronald Darby in the second round.
May 15 - 7:10 PM

Bills third-round LG John Miller reportedly showed good movement skills during rookie camp.

Under new OC Greg Roman, the Bills are installing a running scheme that requires offensive guards to get out in space and pull. Miller disappointed at the Combine with a 5.33 forty and 27-inch vertical, but the Bills don’t view his athleticism as a concern. If Miller can carry his strong start into training camp, he should be a Week 1 starter across from LG Richie Incognito.
May 15 - 5:39 PM

The Buffalo News considers DE Corbin Bryant a candidate to play opposite Kyle Williams.

Bryant will see time at defensive end in Buffalo’s 3-4 base, with Jarius Wynn and Stefan Charles also competing for rotational roles. Left end is a weak spot for the Bills in an otherwise stacked front seven. Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes will get the majority of their snaps at outside linebacker.
May 15 - 4:57 PM


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