Thaddeus Lewis - #9 - Quarterback - 6'2" - 219lbs
News: Lewis' teammate Jeff Tuel will be given a full shot at competing for the No. 2 quarterback job throughout training camp, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said coach Doug Marrone, "Sure, we have a battle for the second team quarterback. We're trying to find out who it's going to be and Jeff did a nice job in OTAs and he's earned himself some more reps."
Impact: Lewis outplayed Tuel by a decent margin last season as both were thrown into action due to EJ Manuel's injury troubles, but in fairness Lewis did come in with more experience. The Bills seem to like what they've seen from Tuel during the offseason, and it's not like Lewis is the next coming of Nick Foles. Consider Lewis a slight favorite right now following a season where he appeared in six games while completing 59.2 percent of his passes, four TD passes, and three interceptions, but for those in deep enough leagues this battle merits watching.
Jeff Tuel - #7 - Quarterback - 6'3" - 221lbs
News: Tuel will be given a full shot at competing for the No. 2 quarterback job with Thad Lewis throughout training camp, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said coach Doug Marrone, "Sure, we have a battle for the second team quarterback. We're trying to find out who it's going to be and Jeff did a nice job in OTAs and he's earned himself some more reps."
Impact: Lewis outplayed Tuel by a decent margin last season as both were thrown into action due to EJ Manuel's injury troubles, but in fairness Lewis did come in with more experience. The Bills seem to like what they've seen from Tuel during the offseason, and it's not like Lewis is the next coming of Nick Foles. Consider Lewis a slight favorite right now, but for those in deep enough leagues this battle merits watching.
Dan Carpenter - #2 - Kicker - 6'2" - 228lbs
News: Carpenter's teammate Hopkins is only taking kickoffs during training camp so far and coach Doug Marrone has stated that's the way Hopkins will have a chance to make the team, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: Hopkins has a huge leg, but Carpenter is coming off a successful season where he made 33 of 36 field goals and finished with 131 points, then was signed to a four-year deal in the offseason. In other words, the field goal and extra point job is his, and he'll run unopposed.
Dustin Hopkins - #5 - Kicker - 6'2" - 193lbs
News: Hopkins is only taking kickoffs during training camp so far and coach Doug Marrone has stated that's the way he'll have a chance to make the team, not as a field goal kicker, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: Dan Carpenter took the job and ran with it last season after Hopkins injured his groin in training camp and ended up on IR; then the Bills signed Carpenter to a sizable deal in the offseason. So there's no competition to see here, and even though Hopkins can boom it you'll want to scratch his name off any lists for the coming season.
News: Dareus' attorney says the lineman has agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Completing such a program would allow to Dareus' felony charges on possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia to be potentially dropped. Dareus was away from the Bills on Monday to deal with this issue, and though he's back with the team now he still needs to complete his conditioning test later in the week (he's already flunked in once) in order to get back on the practice field. The league hasn't said anything yet about a possible suspension for the troubled lineman.
Brandon Spikes - #51 - Linebacker - 6'2" - 255lbs
News: Spikes left Monday's training camp practice due to muscle cramps and coach Doug Marrone isn't sure if he'll be able to return for Tuesday's session, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: The issue was likely due to the heat, as a few other Bills seemed to have the same difficulties. Spikes, a newcomer who played for the Patriots his first four years in the league, is expected to improve Buffalo's run defense, which has been abysmal for the last few seasons.
News: Dareus has been excused from training camp to deal with what coach Doug Marrone called personal matters. Marrone provided the update after practice Monday, in the latest twist in Dareus' troubled offseason. Dareus was scheduled to return to camp in suburban Rochester later in the day.
Impact: Dareus reported to camp on Friday, but was placed on the active/non-football injury list after failing a conditioning test on Saturday. Dareus must pass the test before he can be cleared for practice. It's the latest setback for the 2011 first-round draft pick. He faces drug possession charges in Alabama after being arrested in May. Four weeks later, Dareus was charged with reckless endangerment after crashing his 2012 Jaguar during an alleged car race outside Buffal
Nathan Williams - #58 - Linebacker - 6'3" - 249lbs
News: The Bills have released linebacker Nathan Williams.
Impact: Williams is now a free agent.
Ramses Barden - #13 - Wide Receiver - 6'6" - 224lbs
News: The Bills have released receiver Ramses Barden.
Impact: Barden was previously a bust with the Giants.
News: The Buffalo Bills have shuffled their roster by signing Roosevelt and defensive tackle Landon Cohen.
Impact: Roosevelt rejoins the Bills after spending the 2010 and 2011 seasons in Buffalo. He's a University at Buffalo product and split the past two seasons on the Lions and Cleveland Browns practice squads.
Landon Cohen - #76 - Defensive Tackle - 6'1" - 300lbs
News: The Buffalo Bills have shuffled their roster by signing Cohen and receiver Naaman Roosevelt.
Impact: Cohen has five years of NFL experience, dividing last season between Dallas and Chicago. He was drafted by Detroit in the seventh round in 2008. Cohen reunites with former Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who is in his first season as Buffalo's defensive coordinator.
News: Roosevelt signed with the Bills on Monday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Impact: Roosevelt was released by the Lions last Friday but will now turn to the Bills to fight for a roster spot. He's a long shot to have a fantasy impact this season, as he'll likely be buried on the depth chart to start the year. Roosevelt has 25 receptions for 396 yards and a touchdown over 16 career games played.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Dareus has been excused from training camp to deal with what coach Doug Marrone called personal matters.
Impact: Marrone provided the update after practice Monday, in the latest twist in Dareus' troubled offseason. Dareus was scheduled to return to camp in suburban Rochester later in the day. Dareus reported to camp on Friday, but was placed on the active/non-football injury list after failing a conditioning test on Saturday. Dareus must pass the test before he can be cleared for practice.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dareus' inclusion on the Bills' non-football injury lists comes as a result of a failed conditioning test, NFL.com reports.
Impact: Dareus' offseason has been marred by disappointments, as he was arrested in both May and June, and has now reported for training camp out of shape. Although a league-imposed suspension could delay the beginning of his regular season, Dareus blossomed into an elite defensive tackle last season, registering 71 tackles and 7.5 sacks, en route to his first Pro-Bowl appearance. An instrumental part of the Bills' defense, Dareus' timetable to start practicing is unclear right now, but at least he's back under team supervision.
Corey Graham - #20 - Cornerback - 6'0" - 196lbs
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Graham is expected to play cornerback to start the season and will not be tried out at safety, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said GM Doug Whaley, "Corey brings us depth, so he helps us outside and nickel and I think in a pinch we would put him at safety, but I think we're going to concentrate on him in the corner position right now."
Impact: The Bills will go with a younger, less proven group at safety to start the season, though things could change if injuries strike or that group struggles. For now, with Graham focusing at the corner spot, the Bills have a pretty deep group with Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Graham, Nicell Robey, Ron Brooks, and rookie Russ Cockrell.
News: Dareus opened training camp on the Active/Non-Football Injury List on Saturday.
Impact: The Bills provided no reason for Dareus' inclusion on the list, but no injuries have been linked to Dareus of late. The Bills conducted their conditioning clearance test Saturday, so it's possible that Dareus did not gain that clearance for Sunday's practice. No matter the specifics, Dareus presumably won't stay on the list for long, as the Bills have a major interest in preparing their highly talented lineman for the upcoming season.
News: McKelvin was cleared for Bills practice.
Impact: McKelvin is coming off hip surgery.
News: Dareus won't be ready for the start of training camp after he was placed on the active/non-football injury list.
Impact: The move was made Saturday, a day before the Bills hold their first practice in suburban Rochester. The team did not say why he was placed on the list. It's the latest setback for Dareus, who is already dealing with two off-field legal matters. In early May, Dareus was arrested in Alabama and charged with possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Four weeks later, he crashed his 2012 Jaguar into a tree and was charged with reckless endangerment.
News: McKelvin (hip) was activated from the Active/PUP list and cleared for practice Saturday.
Impact: McKelvin was placed on the list Wednesday, so his inclusion at that point was evidently of a very precautionary nature. Although he'll be given a limited workload to start with in Buffalo's training camp practices, beginning Sunday, his regular season availability seems safe at this point.
Kamaal McIlwain - #41 - Cornerback - 5'10" - 175lbs
News: The Buffalo Bills have signed receiver Tori Gurley and McIlwan.
Impact: McIlwan has yet to play in an NFL game since breaking into the league in 2011. He was cut by Kansas City before the start of last season. Both players participated on a tryout basis in Buffalo's mandatory minicamp last month.
Tori Gurley - #17 - Wide Receiver - 6'4" - 230lbs
News: The Buffalo Bills have signed Gurley and defensive back Kamaal McIlwan.
Impact: The free agent signings were announced Saturday, a day before the Bills open training camp in suburban Rochester. The 6-foot-4 Gurley had one catch in three games with the Cleveland Browns last season. He has spent time with several teams since breaking into the NFL in 2011 as an undrafted free agent with Green Bay.
Mike Williams - #19 - Wide Receiver - 6'2" - 212lbs
News: Williams claims his hamstring is at 100 percent health for training camp, The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Williams referred to the health of his hamstring as "A-plus," which gives reason to hope for smooth sailing in training camp as he attempts to master the nuances of Buffalo's EJ Manuel-led passing game. Even in a run-heavy offense that will likely be no more than modest in terms of passing efficiency, Williams has depth wideout appeal in some fantasy leagues thanks to his above average skills as a red-zone target.
Keith Rivers - #56 - Linebacker - 6'2" - 235lbs
News: GM Doug Whaley implied Rivers will have a key role in the defense this season, the Bills' official site reports. "I think he's actually a four-down player," GM Doug Whaley said "I don't know which one is going to play Sam and Will, but he's going to have to step up and take the lead between him and [Brandon] Spikes and whoever takes the other one. I think he can play on special teams and passing downs and nickel situations."
Impact: With Kiko Alonso out for presumably the entire season due to a torn ACL, it sounds like Spikes will start at MLB while Rivers will start at weak-side linebacker or strong-side linebacker. Assuming he secures that spot in training camp, Preston Brown, Nigel Bradham and Ty Powell are likely to vie for the third and final starting spot.
News: GM Doug Whaley said Friday that Alonso's surgery to repair a torn left ACL went well, according to team's official site. "He had his surgery, and from all the reports we're getting, it was a successful surgery," GM Doug Whaley said, "We're expecting him to be back after camp, let his swelling go down and do some rehab there. But he'll be back in Buffalo when we break camp."
Impact: Alonso is still expected to miss the entire 2014 season, but given that the injury happened so early in the summer and the surgery's out of the way, he should have plenty of time to hit the ground running for the 2015 campaign.
Cordy Glenn - #77 - Tackle - 6'6" - 345lbs
News: Glenn has been suffering from an undisclosed illness during the offseason, though the Bills don't believe it will cost him the season, WGR 550 reports. Said GM Doug Whaley: "We don't think so at this time. It's just gonna have to see on how he progresses. We hope not. We're still waiting on some reports on him, but it looks like it's gonna be one of those day-to-day things and we'll see how it progresses."
Impact: That's somewhat promising news, though obviously Glenn is dealing with more than just a flu bug. Hopefully, he'll get better as the summer wears on, as he's quickly become one of the NFL's better young left tackles. There would be a pretty big drop-off for the Bills at that position if he were forced to miss any time.
News: GM Doug Whaley said the Bills have not heard anything from the NFL yet regarding a possible suspension for Dareus, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.
Impact: Dareus has been arrested twice this offseason -- once in Alabama for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and once in New York for reckless endangerment in the second degree, reckless driving, participating in an illegal speed contest and other traffic violations. It sounds like it'd be a major break if he didn't get at least two games from the league, though the further the team gets into training camp, the better his chances of getting off with a sharp warning. If the Bills do lose the key interior lineman for the start of the season, they'll have some issues up front with Kiko Alonso already being ruled out for the year.
News: Roosevelt was released by the Lions on Friday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Roosevelt was a long shot to make the Lions' roster out of camp, and it appears the team has decided to look elsewhere for depth at wide receiver, claiming Reese Wiggins off waivers from the Patriots.
Stevenson Sylvester - #42 - Linebacker - 6'2" - 231lbs
News: Buffalo signed Sylvester on Wednesday.
Impact: The linebacker played in 50 games over two seasons with the Steelers, including two starts.
News: Alonso won't be ready for the start of training camp after being put on the active/non-football injury list Wednesday.
Impact: Alonso tore a ligament in his left knee while working out two weeks ago.
Cordy Glenn - #77 - Tackle - 6'6" - 345lbs
News: Glenn is not expected to be ready for the start of Bills training camp after being placed on the non-football illness list.
Impact: Buffalo didn't specify Glenn's illness.
Alan Branch - #90 - Defensive Tackle - 6'6" - 325lbs
News: Branch isn't expected to be ready for the start of Bills camp as he was placed on the non-football illness list.
Impact: Buffalo didn't specify Branch's illness.
Randell Johnson - #93 - Linebacker - 6'2" - 245lbs
News: Johnson isn't expected to be ready for the start of training camp Sunday after being placed on the physically unable to perform list Wednesday.
Impact: The rookie recorded 41 total tackles for Florida Atlantic in 2013, including 7 1/2 for a loss.
News: McKelvin is among five Buffalo Bills players who aren't expected to be ready for the start of training camp Sunday.
Impact: McKelvin and linebacker Randell Johnson were placed on the active/physically unable to perform list Wednesday. McKelvin is coming off hip surgery.
News: McKelvin (hip) was placed on the active/PUP list on Wednesday, ESPN reports.
Impact: McKelvin was limited during OTAs after undergoing a minor hip procedure this offseason. Nonetheless, he's not expected to miss much of training camp and can be activated at any time. Once healthy, McKelvin figures to start opposite Stephon Gilmore (hip) at cornerback this season.
Stevenson Sylvester - #42 - Linebacker - 6'2" - 231lbs
News: Sylvester was signed by the Bills on Wednesday, ESPN reports.
Impact: Sylvester has spent each of his four professional seasons with the Steelers, accounting for 34 career tackles (25 solo) thus far. The linebacker features primarily on special teams, but will also be able to provide depth to the Bills' linebacker rotation this season.
News: Alonso (knee) was placed on the active/non-football injury list on Wednesday, ESPN reports.
Impact: Alonso suffered a torn left ACL during a workout this month and is now slated to miss the entirety of this season. As a rookie last year, Alonso ranked third in the league with 159 tackles. As such, his absence creates a significant void at weakside linebacker in Buffalo's defense. Linebackers Nigel Bradham and Keith Rivers are expected to fill Alonso's role this season, while former Steeler Stevenson Sylvester was also signed by the Bills on Wednesday.
EJ Manuel - #3 - Quarterback - 6'4" - 237lbs
July 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manuel, who suffered through knee injuries that derailed his rookie season, said on an interview with "NFL's Total Access" that he's at full health entering his second NFL training camp. "Obviously, I didn't want to go down with an injury because I'm a competitive player. I go hard each and every time I step on the field. It just so happened that I had to come down with an injury. I moved past it. Thankfully, I am 100 percent healthy right now. I feel like I'm stronger than I was last year, so I'm looking forward to moving on."
Impact: The Bills have given Manuel a number of weapons for his second season, such as newcomers Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams to go with returnees in C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Robert Woods, Scott Chandler, and Marquise Goodwin. Manuel's success in running that group likely makes him the most crucial piece to the Bills' success this campaign. Will he continue to get better and can he prove he stay on the field?
Tony Moeaki - #82 - Tight End - 6'3" - 252lbs
Thu. July 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: While he isn't assured of a roster spot, Moeaki has a better chance than both Chris Gragg and Lee Smith to make the team, according to wgr550.com.
Impact: With Scott Chandler apparently the only sure thing to make the roster among the Bills' tight ends, Moeaki has an excellent chance to stick. His struggles to stay healthy are well documented, but Moeaki has enough talent to carve out a role in the Buffalo passing game.
Wed. July 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Alonso has torn a ligament in his left knee and is expected to miss the entire season.
Impact: Alonso will be scheduled to have surgery, general manager Doug Whaley says in a statement released by the team Wednesday, a day after Alonso was hurt while working out in Oregon. The injury to Alonso is a significant blow to the Bills before they even open training camp on July 20.