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Bills RT Cyrus Kouandjio has been getting the majority of first-team reps at OTAs.

Kouandjio has a clean slate under Buffalo's new coaching staff after a lost rookie season. The Bills are letting him compete for the right tackle job, where his power-blocking profiles as a better fit in OC Greg Roman's scheme. A 2014 second-round pick, Kouandjio could push incumbent RT Seantrel Henderson to a swing role with a strong training camp.
May 27 - 5:34 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said he's had preliminary talks with contract-year DT Marcell Dareus.

The Bills are working to extend Dareus before training camp. An All-Pro talent, Dareus is expected to command top-three defensive tackle money. Buffalo has a projected $143M committed to the 2016 cap and must get creative to fit Dareus.
May 27 - 5:09 PM

The Bills have opened their right tackle position to competition between Seantrel Henderson and Cyrus Kouandjio.

Although Henderson earned the distinction of starting 16 games as a seventh-round rookie last season, his on-field performance was abysmal. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 82 tackle among 84 qualifiers, and was 83rd in run blocking. Still, Kouandjio is such a deficient athlete that the Bills' best option would likely be to stick with Henderson and simply hope he improves.
May 27 - 3:26 PM

LeSean McCoy was limited in practice Wednesday because of a sore neck.

McCoy was sidelined for most of the team's drills, though head coach Rex Ryan said the injury isn't serious. His absence allowed Fred Jackson and Anthony Dixon to see first-team reps. Bryce Brown and Karlos Williams competed with the second and third units. With Buffalo's quarterback situation in disarray, it's wise for the Bills to be cautious with their franchise running back.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 2:57 PM

Coach Rex Ryan said Corey Graham will see most of his reps at safety.

In an effort to get his best players on the field, Ryan is giving Graham some run at safety next to returning starter Aaron Williams after the Bills lost SS Da'Norris Searcy in free agency. The Bills have some depth at corner with Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Ronald Darby, Nickell Robey, and Ron Brooks.
May 27 - 12:02 PM

Bryce Brown reported to Bills OTAs on Tuesday.

Brown had skipped previous "voluntary" workouts following the birth of his child. It's absurd that a player could draw criticism for skipping supposedly voluntary May practices for the birth of his child, but so is life in the modern NFL. The missed sessions definitely didn't help a back who was already in danger of getting waived. Still only 24, Brown boasts big-time upside, but likely won't tap it in Buffalo.
May 26 - 7:35 PM

Bills coach Rex Ryan expressed frustration Tuesday that OG Chris Williams has not attended the offseason program.

Williams ended last season on I.R. with a back injury, and hasn't even met Rex yet. "I don’t know if he’s going to be planning on coming back or what; I haven’t seen him," Ryan said. "I haven’t talked to him, I haven’t seen him. I don’t even know what he looks like. I know these are voluntary type things, so that’s fine. I don’t know if he’s better than all of the rest of these guys, because all the rest of them are here."
May 26 - 7:34 PM

Mario Williams will play outside linebacker in Rex Ryan's new 3-4 scheme.

Williams played left end under Jim Schwartz last season, but Rex disciple Mike Pettine used him at outside linebacker in 2013. Regardless of whether he lines up in a two- or three-point stance, Williams' role in Ryan's defense will be to rush the quarterback. Williams figures to align at outside linebacker on base downs, and rush from defensive end in sub-packages.
May 24 - 10:49 AM

During an appearance on The Jim Rome Show, Bills GM Doug Whaley said the team's quarterbacks are on "equal footing."

That doesn't do much to clear up Buffalo's foggy quarterback situation. E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel are the frontrunners with Tyrod Taylor as a long-shot dark horse. Coach Rex Ryan has already said the offense will live and die by LeSean McCoy, so whoever wins the job will be little more than a game manager. Obviously, this is a situation fantasy owners will want to avoid.

WGR 550 Buffalo projects third-round pick John Miller to open the season as the starting right guard.

Miller has been working with the first-team during OTAs and is expected to open training camp with the starters. The Bills view Miller’s skill-set as an ideal fit for OC Greg Roman’s scheme. Buffalo is counting on Miller and Richie Incognito to improve their interior line after having one of the worst guard situations in the league last season.
May 23 - 8:08 PM

The Bills want to extend DT Marcell Dareus prior to training camp.

Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Dareus is reportedly asking for at least Gerald McCoy money (7-year, $95.2M). Dareus’s one-game suspension has no impact on long-term talks.
May 23 - 7:49 PM

Bills.com’s Chris Brown considers Duke Williams the "odds on favorite" to start at strong safety.

Williams is expected to replace Da’Norris Searcy in base sets, but isn't locked into an every-down role after splitting time last year. The Bills haven’t ruled out replacing Williams with Corey Graham in sub packages.
May 23 - 7:33 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley confirmed QB Tyrod Taylor will get first-team reps during offseason practices.

"The way they’re structuring practices everyone is getting a run with the ones," said GM Doug Whaley. "So it’s a fair shake. In this system that we’re trying to figure out who is going to be the number one. It’s all about competition. That’s why everybody involved is excited about it." Matt Cassel is the favorite to win the starting job with E.J. Manuel his most likely competition, but it is telling Buffalo is giving reps to a career backup like Taylor. With the quarterback position in disarray, the Bills should lean heavily on LeSean McCoy and the running game.
May 23 - 9:47 AM

Bills.com’s Chris Brown lists Kenny Ladler as a candidate for the No. 3 safety job.

A 2014 undrafted free agent, Ladler was promoted from the practice squad in Week 6 and made two appearances prior to landing on I.R. Buffalo failed to add depth after losing Da’Norris Searcy, leaving Baccari Rambo and Jonathan Meeks as their only backup options unless Corey Graham moves to safety full time.
May 22 - 6:39 PM

Bills coach Rex Ryan "clearly" views Corey Graham as an option at safety.

Graham saw time at safety last year, but played most of his snaps at corner. The addition of second-round CB Ronald Darby suggests the Bills will take Graham more seriously as a safety. Duke Williams is expected to start in base sets.
May 22 - 6:28 PM

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