Player News - Bills

Date: Team: Pos:

ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon expects Cleveland to target Tyrod Taylor if he's released by the Bills.

Taylor is fully expected to be released by Buffalo, and ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak reiterated it on Tuesday. The Bills brought in new coach Sean McDermott and are overhauling the coaching staff, while GM Doug Whaley has never seemed to be a big fan of Taylor after ex-coach Rex Ryan handpicked him and started him over Whaley's bust, E.J. Manuel. Taylor will have no shortage of suitors once he's free. He'd be a fine match in Cleveland with Hue Jackson.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 8:24 PM

Bills hired ex-Rams OC Rob Boras as TEs coach.

This speaks to the "quality" of Jeff Fisher's offensive — literally and figuratively — staff during his time as head coach in St. Louis/Los Angeles. Aside from his two-year sabbatical coordinating the Rams' offense, Boras has been an NFL TEs coach since 2004.
Jan 17 - 5:20 PM

Bills SS Aaron Williams' father believes his son is "leaning toward coming back."

Williams has been noncommittal about his future in the wake of another serious neck injury. His latest injury occurred on a vicious blind slide hit by Jarvis Landry. The former second-round pick has been limited to just 10 games over the last two seasons.
Jan 15 - 4:34 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott was noncommittal about Tyrod Taylor's future in Buffalo during his introductory press conference.

Taylor was reportedly a favorite of Anthony Lynn, who was expected to land the head job in Buffalo this offseason. But instead the Bills hired McDermott (Lynn is now coaching the Chargers), leaving Taylor in a cloud of uncertainty. McDermott met Taylor for the first time on Friday and said he will evaluate the Bills' quarterback situation "methodically" in the coming weeks. The Bills could address quarterback in the draft if they choose to move on from Taylor this offseason.
Jan 13 - 2:24 PM

Bills hired Ravens DBs coach Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator.

Frazier will be new head coach Sean McDermott's top defensive lieutenant. McDermott is expected to install a 4-3 defense, something Frazier has plenty of experience with, most recently coordinating Lovie Smith's 4-3 in Tampa Bay. McDermott will probably be something of his own boss on defense, but Frazier has the experience and résumé to call plays.
Jan 12 - 8:18 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Ravens DBs coach Leslie Frazier is a candidate for the Bills' defensive coordinator vacancy.

The ex-Vikings coach coordinated the Bucs' defense under Lovie Smith. Frazier has years of experience to go along with a solid reputation and résumé.
Jan 12 - 6:16 PM

According to USA Today's Tom Pelissero, Bills coach Sean McDermott will have "shared say" over the team's 53-man roster.

There have been conflicting reports about how much control the Bills' new coach would have over the team's roster. In the end, it appears like McDermott will have at least some influence alongside GM Doug Whaley. McDermott will also have control of the coaching staff, including hiring and firing assistants. The team's biggest roster decision this offseason is what to do with Tyrod Taylor.
Jan 12 - 2:03 PM

Bills hired Sean McDermott as their new head coach.

While both have defensive backgrounds, McDermott seems to be about the polar opposite of his predecessor, Rex Ryan. McDermott isn't bringing the flash and flare to Buffalo only to see empty promises follow. The 43-year-old (in March) has been a defensive coordinator for the past eight seasons, working under Andy Reid and legendary DC Jim Johnson in Philadelphia before becoming Ron Rivera's right-hand man in Carolina. He's fully expected to switch Buffalo to a 4-3 front, an idea the Bills' players have been clamoring for since Ryan was fired. McDermott has never been a head coach at any level. Nailing his offensive coordinator choice will be important. He's expected to give ex-Chargers coach Mike McCoy a ring.
Jan 11 - 3:35 PM

Panthers DC Sean McDermott will have his second interview for the Bills' head-coaching vacancy on Wednesday.

He's the first candidate to get a second interview regarding any of the five openings, and all signs point to McDermott hammering out a deal to become the Bills' next head coach. Something could happen Wednesday.
Jan 11 - 9:10 AM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports the Bills are "zeroed in" on Panthers DC Sean McDermott as their next head coach.

It was reported earlier Tuesday that the Bills were leaning toward McDermott or interim coach Anthony Lynn as their replacement for Rex Ryan. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora added that owners Terry and Kim Pegula are "very intrigued" by McDermott. Carucci reports something could be done in the next day or two. McDermott, 43 in March, has never been a head coach at any level.
Jan 10 - 9:17 PM

Panthers DC Sean McDermott is interviewing for the 49ers' head coaching vacancy on Tuesday.

McDermott interviewed with the Bills last week and is expected to meet with the Chargers as well. The Bills were reportedly "super impressed" by McDermott, and he could be in a two-horse race with interim coach Anthony Lynn for the Buffalo job. It looks like McDermott has a real shot to finally land a lead job this cycle.
Jan 10 - 11:07 AM

Updating an earlier report, regardless of who the Bills hire as head coach, control of the 53-man roster will stay with GM Doug Whaley.

However, the new coach will have control of his staff, which includes hiring and firing assistant coaches. It was previously reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter that the new head coach in Buffalo would have "more power within the organization," but apparently that doesn't include control of the 53-man roster. As of now, Harold Goodwin, Anthony Lynn and Kris Richard are considered the top candidates to replace Rex Ryan.
Jan 9 - 7:16 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Bills owners "expressed remorse" to interim coach Anthony Lynn for making him bench Tyrod Taylor in Week 17.

The bizarre move to bench Taylor came down from ownership, who deemed it a "business decision." Per Rapoport, Lynn "likes Taylor" and wouldn't have benched him on his own. Most reports have suggested the Bills are ready to move on from Taylor but perhaps they're reevaluating that stance. Taylor will never be an elite downfield passer but his mobility is a huge plus and he's better than any quarterback the Bills have had in recent memory. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Buffalo's next head coach would have more control over the 53-man roster. If Lynn lands the job as many expect, there's a good chance he'll maintain Taylor as the team's starting quarterback.
Jan 8 - 10:30 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bills continue to have no intentions of picking up Tyrod Taylor's $15.5 million option bonus this offseason.

By exercising the option, the Bills would guarantee Taylor $30.75 million over the life of his contract. That's something they seem uncomfortable with, despite Taylor significantly improving the offense in Buffalo the past two seasons. Before Taylor, the Bills were 26th in scoring. The past two years, the Bills have been 10th and 11th. It's unclear why the Bills even handed Taylor this contract in the first place last offseason. He met expectations in 2016 and wasn't the reason Buffalo didn't make the playoffs. If Taylor is let go, he'll have no trouble finding a starting job elsewhere. The Bills could be looking at a full rebuild.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 6 - 11:07 AM

Panthers DC Sean McDermott will interview for the 49ers' head-coaching vacancy on Sunday.

McDermott interviewed with the Bills on Wednesday and is slated to meet with Chargers brass later this week. This could be the year McDermott finally lands a head-coaching job after interviewing for openings in Tampa Bay and Cleveland last offseason. McDermott has been the DC in Carolina since 2011.
Jan 5 - 3:48 PM


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