Player News - Bills

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Bills K Dan Carpenter missed his third field-goal attempt of the exhibition season in Thursday night's preseason finale.

Carpenter also missed an extra point in Buffalo's third preseason game. Coach Rex Ryan reiterated that Carpenter could be on the chopping block. "We'll certainly be looking (at kickers)," Ryan said. "Nobody earns this job by default." Carpenter did nail 34 of his 38 field-goal attempts last season.
Sep 3 - 10:40 PM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia believes sixth-round TE Nick O'Leary "would likely have been released by now" if he wasn't a draft pick.

Per Buscaglia, O'Leary "could be confused with any of the undrafted free agents on the roster" at Bills camp. He's currently behind Charles Clay, MarQuies Gray, Matthew Mulligan, and Chris Gragg on the depth chart. Small, short armed, and slow, O'Leary might not even make it onto Buffalo's practice squad.
Sep 2 - 9:51 PM

Coach Rex Ryan expressed some doubt whether LeSean McCoy (hamstring) will be ready Week 1.

"I hope," Ryan said. "If not then the next man has to step up. So we will see. If he is not ready to go, he won’t be in there." According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, McCoy is dealing with a "small tear" in the hamstring and "it tore in a spot where it couldn't have been any better." McCoy has done next to nothing at practice the past two weeks, as he's only able to perform light footwork, agility, and cardio. If McCoy can't suit up Week 1, it'll be Karlos Williams, Bryce Brown, and Anthony Dixon, though Williams is recovering from an injury of his own.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 2 - 12:27 PM

E.J. Manuel is expected to open the season as the Bills' No. 2 quarterback.

He's earned it with a phenomenal preseason. Manuel has completed 20-of-30 passes (66.7 percent) for 358 yards (11.9 YPA) and a 4:0 TD:INT ratio. GM Doug Whaley still "strongly supports" Manuel, whom Whaley picked 16th overall in 2013. Matt Cassel is expected to be released by Saturday afternoon.
Sep 2 - 10:58 AM

WGR 550 Buffalo's Sal Cappacio reports the Bills are "having internal debate" on whether or not to release QB Matt Cassel.

Cassel has had an up-and-down six months in Buffalo, going from struggling badly to having a so-so training camp and preseason. Meanwhile, Tyrod Taylor has lit Buffalo on fire with his legs and earned the starting job. E.J. Manuel has performed in the preseason with a 146.9 passer rating, giving him the edge over Cassel. Releasing Cassel would save the Bills $4.75 million against the cap.
Sep 2 - 8:54 AM

Speaking Tuesday, Bills coach Rex Ryan said K Dan Carpenter "needs to kick better."

Carpenter converted 34-of-38 field goal attempts in 2014, but is just 2-of-4 this summer. He's also missed an extra point. Carpenter's Week 1 roster spot is secure, but he can't afford a slow start. The Bills are keeping Jordan Gay as a kickoff specialist.
Sep 1 - 2:00 PM

Seantrel Henderson has won the Bills' right tackle job.

Henderson is coming off a shaky rookie season, but quickly dispatched Cyrus Kouandijo in camp. OC Greg Roman believes Henderson has improved by "leaps and bounds." Henderson has elite physical tools, he just needs to translate them to NFL consistency.
Sep 1 - 1:51 PM

Bills RCB Stephon Gilmore (shoulder) is expected to be ready for Week 1.

Gilmore tweaked his shoulder in Saturday's preseason game. The No. 10 overall pick of the 2012 draft is expected to play some shadow coverage for coach Rex Ryan this season.
Aug 31 - 3:29 PM

Sammy Watkins (glute) has resumed practicing.

Watkins will be ready to go in 13 days against the Colts. Watkins is an explosive playmaker, but for now is only on the WR2 fringes.
Aug 31 - 3:27 PM

The Bills have confirmed Tyrod Taylor will be their starting quarterback.

"It all comes down to the explosiveness Tyrod brings to us," were the words of coach Rex Ryan. Taylor is certainly explosive, but has lacked passing finesse going back to his days at Virginia Tech. He'll be someone the Bills try to hide, hoping for rushing yards and big plays. Taylor's legs put him on the QB2 radar, and leave him as an intriguing early-season possibility in daily leagues.
Aug 31 - 3:22 PM

Bills CB Leodis McKelvin (ankle) remains in a walking boot.

McKelvin is looking more and more likely to revert to the reserve/NFI list, which would cost him the first six games of the season.
Aug 31 - 1:26 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport expects the Bills to cut a quarterback after naming Tyrod Taylor their starter.

Coach Rex Ryan has said the team would probably keep three quarterbacks, but he has been anything but forthcoming about his quarterbacks during the last month. E.J. Manuel seems like the obvious choice if Buffalo decides to release someone, but Matt Cassel's $4.75 million cap charge could earn him the boot. The Bills would get all of that $4.75 million off the cap by releasing Cassel.
Aug 31 - 12:15 PM

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports the Bills have decided Tyrod Taylor will be their starting quarterback.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hinted at this possibility earlier Monday. Taylor only attempted 35 regular season passes as Joe Flacco's backup in Baltimore for four seasons, but he offers the Bills a rushing dimension veteran Matt Cassel cannot match. That rushing ability should land Tyrod Taylor on the streaming radar as long as he holds the job. He has 108 yards and a touchdown on the ground this preseason.
Aug 31 - 11:35 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Bills coach Rex Ryan has not told any of his quarterbacks who will start Week 1.

Ryan said he planned to make his decision on Sunday, but at this point he has yet to tell whomever won the competition they will be starting. Schefter said Tyrod Taylor has "mounting support" because Ryan knows how difficult it is to defend a dual-threat quarterback.
Aug 31 - 9:45 AM

Bills contract-year LB Nigel Bradham said he has yet to open contract talks with the Bills.

Buffalo would probably like to extend Bradham, but Bradham is third in line behind Marcell Dareus and Cordy Glenn. Bradham is scheduled to make $1.542 million in the final year of his rookie deal. He recorded 104 tackles in 14 starts last season.
Aug 31 - 8:29 AM


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