Player News - Bills

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Coach Sean McDermott said Jordan Matthews (thumb) hasn't taken as many team reps this week as the Bills would have liked.

Matthews is back practicing after undergoing thumb surgery a couple of weeks ago but it sounds like he isn't as far along as McDermott was hoping he'd be. The Bills are dangerously thin on pass-catchers right now with Matthews and Charles Clay (knee) both injured and second-round rookie Zay Jones playing poorly. Tyrod Taylor has a good on-paper matchup against the Bucs this week but it's hard to envision him having a big game with Clay out and Matthews (if he plays) at much less than 100 percent.
Oct 19 - 2:30 PM

Jordan Matthews (thumb) is practicing Thursday.

He was limited during Wednesday's practice, and he likely will be again Thursday. Matthews appears to be trending toward playing this week, but he had still yet to catch passes with his surgically-repaired right hand on Monday. He looks truly questionable. Matthews playing would be a big boost for Tyrod Taylor.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Since 2016, the Bills have averaged 29.3 points at the Ralph, 11.4 points more than on the road. As expected, QB Tyrod Taylor's numbers jump in Buffalo as well. He averages 24.1 PPR points at home compared to 16.5 on the road in large part due to increased TD production - 1.6 per game at home, 0.7 away. With Charles Clay out and the rest of the receivers under-performing, Matthews would have a good shot at coming down with a TD vs. a Tampa D allowing the 6th-most passing scores per game (2.0). It's possible he's limited if he suits up though, so he'll be worth tracking into Sunday
Oct 19 - 11:57 AM

Jordan Matthews (thumb) was officially limited at Wednesday's practice.

It's a step in the right direction for Matthews, though it's far from a guarantee that he'll be ready to play Sunday against the Bucs after undergoing thumb surgery earlier this month. The Bills are dangerously thin on pass-catchers with Matthews and Charles Clay (knee) both hurt.
Oct 18 - 4:31 PM

Jordan Matthews (thumb) has been cleared to practice Wednesday.

He is officially limited as he works his way back from thumb surgery earlier this month. Through four games this season, Matthews has 10 catches for 162 yards and a score. He could play a bigger role with Charles Clay (knee) out. It remains to be seen if Matthews will suit up for Week 7 vs. Tampa Bay.
Oct 18 - 9:37 AM

Bills signed WR Deonte Thompson.

RB Joe Banyard was released in a corresponding roster move. Cut by the Bears last Wednesday, Thompson has 11 receptions in five games this season. He should see immediate snaps for the Bills' laughably-thin receiver corps.
Oct 17 - 6:33 PM

Bills activated OT Seantrel Henderson from the reserve/suspended list.

They cut CB Greg Mabin to make room. Henderson is capable of playing both left and right tackle and should eventually take over as the Bills' swing tackle.
Oct 16 - 4:11 PM

Jordan Matthews (thumb) said he has yet to catch passes with his surgically-repaired hand.

Matthews underwent thumb surgery on his right hand at the beginning of this month. He was spotted making one-handed grabs after practice on Monday, but he has yet to catch the ball with his injured hand. He has been doing some work with tennis balls. Coach Sean McDermott called Matthews day-to-day, but it does not seem likely he is able to suit up this week.
Oct 16 - 12:24 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott said Jordan Matthews (thumb) is day to day.

It is a surprise considering he was expected to miss "at least a month" after undergoing thumb surgery at the start of October. McDermott said the receiver "made tremendous progress" over the bye week, however, and it looks like he could suit up this week, although he did not practice on Monday. The Bills could certainly use the help after losing Charles Clay to a knee injury.
Oct 16 - 10:16 AM

Bills.com's Chris Brown suggests LT Cordy Glenn isn't guaranteed to keep his starting role.

Glenn returned from his two-game absence last week, but didn't start. Benching him would be another questionable move from a regime that's traded away Sammy Watkins and reduced Marcell Dareus to a part-time role. Glenn is making $12M annually and clearly Buffalo's best tackle. It's possible the Bills keep rookie Dion Dawkins at left tackle coming out of their Week 6 bye, with Glenn moving to the right side.
Oct 13 - 7:17 PM

Bears released WR Deonte Thompson.

Thompson's snaps were dialed all the way back in Week 5, playing just eight snaps after being in on 53-of-68 plays in Week 4. He caught 11 balls for 125 yards and a score in five games. WR Tanner Gentry takes his roster spot.
Oct 11 - 11:25 AM

Speaking Monday, Bills coach Sean McDermott insisted he has "all the confidence in the world" in Tyrod Taylor.

This is becoming the weekly ritual in Buffalo, especially after road games. Taylor has produced only six touchdowns in five starts, but has laughably few weapons. McDermott knows fifth-rounder Nathan Peterman isn't a better option. The Bills have little choice but to ride out Taylor's peaks and valleys.
Oct 9 - 1:33 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott said Charles Clay underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee Monday morning and will miss multiple weeks.

Pro Football Talk reports Clay is dealing with a torn meniscus and sprained MCL. The timeline McDermott mentioned suggests Clay had his meniscus trimmed rather than repaired, but he still is likely to miss around a month. It is terrible news for an offense bereft of pass-catching weapons. Perhaps Jordan Matthews will return after the bye, but right now this looks like an offense to stay away from outside of LeSean McCoy.
Oct 9 - 1:05 PM

Tyrod Taylor completed 20-of-37 passes for 166 yards, one touchdown, and an interception in Week 5 against the Bengals.

The Bills had a pass-heavy gamescript despite playing without both Jordan Matthews and Charles Clay. Taylor had 25 first-half pass attempts, the second highest of his career. He threw a late game-sealing pick that sunk Buffalo's chances at a comeback. Taylor has now been held under 200 yards in 3-of-5 games. He'll get a matchup with the Bucs after a Week 6 bye.
Oct 8 - 11:46 PM

Zay Jones caught 1-of-6 targets for nine yards in Week 5 against the Bengals.

Even with Jordan Matthews sidelined and Charles Clay leaving with a knee injury, Jones continued to be a non-factor. Despite starting every game, Jones has just five catches.
Oct 8 - 5:12 PM

LeSean McCoy had 19 carries for 63 yards and caught six passes for 26 yards in Week 5 against the Bengals.

It was another high volume, low output game from McCoy. He was targeted nine times and continued to see a heavy workload, but didn't have any splash plays. McCoy was also held out of the end-zone for the fifth straight week. There hasn't been much dropoff from McCoy on film this year, but he's only averaging 3.2 YPC. With Buffalo on their bye this week, McCoy is a buy-low candidate.
Oct 8 - 4:44 PM


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