Player News - Bills

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NFL.com's Mike Garofolo reports Sammy Watkins will test out his injured foot on Wednesday or Thursday, and that it will determine his Week 4 availability.

Per Garofolo, "there are no structural issues" with Watkins' foot, and it remains "an issue of pain tolerance." Watkins tried to play through the injury on short rest in Week 2, but had a sub-par night against the Jets' leaky secondary. It sounds like Watkins will probably be listed as "DNP" on Wednesday. Even a limited session Thursday would have him tentatively on track to return against the Patriots.
Sep 27 - 5:46 PM

Reggie Bush has played two snaps since Week 1.

With Marcell Dareus and Seantrel Henderson both coming off suspension next week, ESPN's Mike Rodak believes Bush's roster spot is in danger. Bush has had a long, productive career, but he's just about out of gas.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 27 - 4:32 PM

Coach Rex Ryan said Monday he "can't say" whether Sammy Watkins (foot) will be ready for Week 4 at New England.

Ryan said the Bills are still in "wait-and-see" mode regarding Watkins' playing availability week to week. The Bills will see how Watkins is feeling later in the week and make a decision thereafter. Watkins' injured foot was stepped on by a teammate last week. He may come down to a game-time decision.
Sep 26 - 5:08 PM

Marquise Goodwin caught 1-of-5 targets for six yards in the Bills' Week 3 win over the Cardinals.

Goodwin was shadowed by Patrick Peterson when he was in the game, and he also appeared to miss snaps with an undisclosed injury. Purely a vertical streaker, Goodwin lacks fantasy value even in games where Sammy Watkins (foot) is inactive.
Sep 25 - 5:29 PM

Charles Clay was held catch-less on two targets in the Bills' Week 3 loss to the Cardinals.

It was a majorly disappointing effort from Clay in a game where Sammy Watkins (foot) was inactive. Clay is low-floor, low-ceiling waiver-wire fodder.
Sep 25 - 5:26 PM

Robert Woods caught 6-of-8 targets for 51 yards in the Bills' Week 3 win over the Cardinals.

Patrick Peterson primarily matched up with Marquise Goodwin, giving Woods beneficial matchups on his possession routes. Even with Sammy Watkins (foot) out of the lineup, however, Woods has minimal fantasy value. That will remain the case when the Bills visit the Patriots in Week 4.
Sep 25 - 5:25 PM

Tyrod Taylor completed 14-of-25 passes for 119 yards and an interception in the Bills' Week 3 win over the Cardinals, adding nine rushes for 76 yards and a touchdown.

The Sammy Watkins-less Bills predictably got nothing going in the air against Patrick Peterson's Cardinals, but there were huge gaps available for LeSean McCoy and Taylor to run through. Taylor was un-touched on his scoring run and also broke off a 49-yarder on the ground. Taylor will continue to be a volatile QB1 streamer when the Bills face the Patriots in Week 4. Taylor had one big fantasy day and one big clunker when Buffalo played New England last year.
Sep 25 - 5:21 PM

LeSean McCoy rushed 17 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns and caught 3-of-4 targets for six yards in the Bills' Week 3 upset of the Cardinals.

The Cardinals played run-tough defense in their first two games, but they were gashed in the first half of Sunday's contest. McCoy broke off a 24-yard touchdown run to open the TD scoring, and later got in from a shorter distance to give Buffalo what would prove an insurmountable 17-0 lead. McCoy did slow down in the second half, but it was a promising performance in a so-far underwhelming Buffalo offense. The Bills head to Foxboro for Week 4, where McCoy will continue to be a high-volume workhorse and fantasy RB1.
Sep 25 - 5:18 PM

Charles Clay (knee) is active for Week 3 against the Cardinals.

His status was never in doubt. With Sammy Watkins (foot) inactive and Patrick Peterson locking down the perimeter duo of Marquise Goodwin and Robert Woods, Clay has some sneaky attractiveness as a Week 3 tight end streamer.
Sep 25 - 12:15 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) is inactive for Week 3 against the Cardinals.

Saving fantasy owners from trying to play him against Patrick Peterson. Beyond Watkins, the Bills' Week 3 inactives list is CB Ronald Darby, WR Greg Salas, LT Cordy Glenn, OL Patrick Lewis, S Colt Anderson, and QB Cardale Jones.
Sep 25 - 11:32 AM

With Sammy Watkins (foot) out, Marquise Goodwin is expected to be the Bills' featured receiver against the Cardinals in Week 3.

Good luck with that. Goodwin torched washed-up Darrelle Revis for an 84-yard touchdown in Week 2 but was useless otherwise, connecting on just one-of-four targets for 28 yards the rest of the night. Though Goodwin is set up for an increased workload with Watkins out and Charles Clay (knee) banged up, he has a nightmare matchup waiting against Arizona's elite secondary. It's possible he'll draw coverage from All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson. Goodwin won't be a recommended fantasy play in Week 3.
Sep 25 - 9:01 AM

The Bills will be without No. 2 CB Ronald Darby (hamstring) Sunday versus Arizona.

Darby is one of the best young corners in the league. His absence will force the Bills to lean more heavily on slot CB Nickell Robey-Coleman and sixth-round rookie Kevon Seymour opposite Stephon Gilmore. It's a huge concern versus Carson Palmer. Darby couldn't get his hamstring right with a ten-day layoff, suggesting the injury may cost him more than one game.
Sep 25 - 8:44 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Sammy Watkins (foot) will not play Sunday against the Cardinals.

Watkins tweeted something Saturday night suggesting he was planning on playing, but it sounds like he failed to receive medical clearance. Schefter reports the Bills will turn to one-trick speedster Marquise Goodwin opposite Robert Woods. Losing Watkins is a huge downgrade to Tyrod Taylor's outlook in an already-tough matchup. Watkins can only be considered week to week. Battling a recurring foot injury, he'll likely be week to week for the rest of the year.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 25 - 7:51 AM

A Saturday night tweet from Sammy Watkins (foot, questionable) indicated he plans to play Sunday against Arizona.

The tweet -- linked below -- reads, "Ready to go out there and compete at the highest level." CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported earlier in the day the Bills were "still holding out some hope" Watkins would give it a go against the Cardinals, despite Rex Ryan's Friday statement that chances were "not real good" Watkins would be able to play. If Watkins does play, he'll be a low-floor WR3 option against Patrick Peterson. The Bills' offense matches up poorly with the Cardinals' defense, which can shut down No. 1 receivers and the running game. Buffalo doesn't have much beyond that.
Sep 24 - 8:58 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Bills are "still holding out some hope" Sammy Watkins (questionable, foot) can play Sunday.

It's not much of an update. Watkins will go through pre-game warmups, but signs point to him sitting out. Marquise Goodwin will start in base sets if Watkins doesn't play, with Charles Clay the favorite to lead Buffalo in targets.
Sep 24 - 5:21 PM


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