Player News - Bills

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The Buffalo News believes Bills WR Greg Salas is "on the short list" for the No. 3 job.

Salas looked to be the favorite earlier this offseason, but Dez Lewis earned nothing but praise for his performance during OTAs and minicamp. Unless sixth-rounder Kolby Listenbee (hernia surgery) shows extremely well in camp, the No. 3 job should come down to those two. Even if he does not win an offensive role, Salas' punt-return ability could earn him a roster spot.
Jul 23 - 8:57 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Bills' contract talks with walk-year CB Stephon Gilmore "haven't progressed," and he's likely to play out the final year of his deal.

Gilmore had previously hinted he'd consider holding out of training camp, but he'd then be subject to heavy fines. The expectation is he'll report when camp opens next week. Gilmore will be a candidate for the franchise tag next year.
Jul 22 - 12:56 PM

The Buffalo News suggests Robert Blanton would be the backup plan at safety if Aaron Williams (neck) suffers a setback.

Williams has been fully cleared, but he has admitted he will not know he is ready for sure until after the first big hit. Signed to a one-year deal in March, Blanton is expected to have a role in sub packages regardless, but he would have the first crack at the starting job if something happened to Williams. Blanton started 17 games in his four years with the Vikings.
Jul 21 - 12:06 PM

Bills rookie RB Jonathan Williams is still in the mix for the backup job.

Williams was arrested for DWI earlier this month, but he is not expected to face league discipline until next year. With Karlos Williams both out of shape and suspended, there is a big opening on the depth chart. The rookie will need to beat out Mike Gillislee and perhaps a veteran addition for the job.
Jul 21 - 9:24 AM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia expects Mike Gillislee to be the Bills' No. 2 running back during Karlos Williams' four-game suspension.

And Gillislee could be the Bills' No. 2 back even longer than that if Williams doesn't come back in shape. Even if Buffalo signs a veteran like Reggie Bush, Buscaglia thinks Gillislee is the handcuff to LeSean McCoy. In such a run-heavy offense, it isn't out of the question that Gillislee could have some early-season flex value. Last year's Bills averaged nearly 32 rushing attempts per game.
Jul 20 - 9:37 PM

Bills DT Kyle Williams (knee) could be limited for the start of training camp.

Williams missed OTAs recovering from November meniscus surgery. He remains on track for Week 1, but Buffalo isn't going to rush him back. Stephon Gilmore (holdout), RT Seantrel Henderson (illness), and WR Kolby Listenbee (thigh) are also questionable for camp.
Source: ESPN
Jul 20 - 6:41 PM

Appearing on WGR 550 Buffalo, ESPN's Louis Riddick said he's hearing Bills first-rounder Shaq Lawson (shoulder) "could miss at least half the season and maybe the whole season."

Riddick certainly has connections inside the league, but WGR 550 Buffalo's Sal Capaccio later heard from a source close to the team that the Bills aren't expecting Lawson to miss nearly that much time as he recovers from May shoulder surgery. His initial timetable was set at 5-6 months. Missing the first month to month-and-a-half of the season seems like a reasonable expectation. Anything more than eight games would be major disappointment.
Jul 20 - 10:11 AM

Sammy Watkins said he is "right where [he] needs to be" in his recovery from offseason foot surgery.

Watkins does not know when he will get back on the field or how much work he will do in training camp, but it has been clear for several weeks his recovery is trending in the right direction. The Bills will likely take it slow with their playmaker, but it is possible he sees action in the preseason. Unless he suffers a setback, Watkins should be good to go for Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Jul 19 - 11:47 AM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia reports fourth-round pick Cardale Jones poses "no immediate threat" to E.J. Manuel's backup job.

Buscaglia observed "inaccuracy and uncomfortability" from Jones during spring practices, and it sounds like Jones was too far behind Manuel to make up significant ground in training camp. Buscaglia predicts Jones will spend his rookie season "redshirting" as a healthy scratch on game days.
Jul 18 - 11:31 PM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak expects rookie RB Jonathan Williams to avoid a 2016 suspension for his DUI arrest.

Williams will likely face a suspension in 2017, but the NFL has recently been letting DUI cases play out rather than taking action before a judgment is handed down. Following Karlos Williams' offseason weight balloon and four-game suspension, Jonathan has an outside chance to open the season as LeSean McCoy's primary backup. At present time, Mike Gillislee is the favorite for that role.
Jul 18 - 11:00 PM

Bills DL Jerel Worthy could open training camp with the starters.

Worthy got offseason reps as a five technique in base sets. He has a chance to open the year opposite Kyle Williams if third-rounder Adolphus Washington isn’t ready. Corbin Bryant and Leger Douzable are also competing for spots.
Jul 16 - 4:16 PM

NFL suspended Bills RB Karlos Williams four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Williams' offseason just keeps getting worse. The second-year back was held out of minicamp after showing up 20-25 pounds overweight, and this suspension won't help him get out of Rex Ryan's doghouse. "As an organization, we are disappointed that Karlos has put himself in this situation," said the Bills in a statement. "Poor decisions such as this affect not only the individual, but the entire Bills organization." Williams is eligible to return against the Rams in Week 5. Following rookie Jonathan Williams' DUI arrest, Mike Gillislee is now the heavy favorite to open the season as LeSean McCoy's top backup.
Jul 15 - 2:14 PM

According to WKBW's Joe Buscaglia, Karlos Williams' conditioning drills off to the side of Bills minicamp practices were "ugly."

After spending the spring overeating with his pregnant fiancée "at all hours of the day," Buscaglia says Williams was "visibly exhausted by the workouts." Williams did not practice at minicamp. As Buscaglia also notes, whether Williams will be permitted to resume practicing at training camp will depend on his "weigh-in and the subsequent conditioning test." Based on Twitter pictures we've seen of Williams, we'd be a bit surprised if he were cleared to practice on day one.
Jul 14 - 9:07 PM

ABC Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia expects contract-year CB Stephon Gilmore to report for training camp.

Buscaglia is just going by his gut, and not passing along a sourced report. Speaking last month, Gilmore said "we'll see" when asked if he'll report on time. Making $11 million this season, Gilmore would be risking upwards of $3 million in fines by holding out. We'd consider it unlikely.
Source: ABC Buffalo
Jul 14 - 5:55 PM

Bills rookie RB Jonathan Williams was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated Thursday morning in Arkansas.

It has not been a good offseason for Bills running backs. With Karlos Williams likely to start training camp on the sidelines due to conditioning problems, Jonathan Williams had a great shot to carve out a role early in his career. Now the fifth-round pick's future is considerably murkier. Williams will almost certainly face league discipline once this case runs its course.
Source: KATV
Jul 14 - 9:47 AM


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