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Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watkins (ribs) was limited again in Wednesday's practice and the Bills are still unsure of his status for Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay, ESPN.com reports. Said coach Doug Marrone, "They told me they have not made a decision on him yet."
Impact: The injury sounds like it's minor but also of the nagging variety, and one good shot could put the promising rookie out for a spell. Right now he's Buffalo's best fantasy bet from the wideout spot, while Mike Williams, Robert Woods, and Chris Hogan would all see more footballs coming their way if for some reason Watkins' issue did extend into the regular season. For now, we'll still consider him probable for Week 1 in Chicago.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lewis saw no meaningful action in team drills during Wednesday's practice, the second straight day that's happened, The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: It's been a lackluster summer for Lewis, and after completing just 1-of-6 passes for 18 yards with an interception during Saturday's preseason loss in Pittsburgh, it looks like Jeff Tuel may have officially passed him for the No. 2 job behind EJ Manuel.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Sylvester has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.
Impact: Sylvester missed the past two practices at training camp because of a knee injury.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McKelvin (hip) left Wednesday practice with a groin injury, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: McKelvin has missed both of the Bills' preseason games thus far, as he gradually returns from offseason hip surgery. The cornerback competed in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills in practice earlier this week, but apparently needed to exit Wednesday's session early with a groin issue. With McKelvin previously slated to see minimal action in Buffalo's remaining two exhibition contests, news of another ailment could limit him further.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Saying he's "a grown man," Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus intends to focus on putting his best foot forward to straighten around a career that was nearly derailed by an offseason string of troubles.
Impact: Dareus spoke during an impromptu gathering with reporters following practice at the Bills' training camp facility in suburban Rochester. It marked the first time he's spoken publicly since late May, when the 2011 first-round draft pick's on- and off-field problems began to grow. Dareus was arrested twice in the span of four weeks in May.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watkins (ribs) returned to practice Tuesday, NFL.com reports.
Impact: Watkins sustained an injury to his ribs during Saturday's preseason game and consequently was held out of Monday's practice. With the rookie's ailment not considered serious, Watkins was back on the field Tuesday, though he was held out of team drills. At the moment, it's unclear if he will be ready to play in Saturday's fourth preseason outing, but his status will be updated as the week unfolds.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Although Watkins (ribs) returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday, coach Doug Marrone is unsure about his availability for Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said Marrone, "Obviously, he wasn't fully cleared (Tuesday). I'm going to watch the tape and see what we see. I think we'll go from there. That's normally what we do for anyone."
Impact: Although Watkins didn't do all that much Tuesday, the fact that he was out there just three days after getting injured makes us feel pretty good about his Week 1 availability.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Bills released Elliott on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Elliott needed to beat out several players in order to even have a shot at a roster spot, but he could not. He will seek work elsewhere.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Woods, who leads the team in preseason receiving with 80 yards on eight catches, had a good night of practice Monday with Sammy Watkins sitting out due to a rib injury, the Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Woods has the most to gain in the fantasy world if Watkins would have to miss any time in the regular season, though right now that doesn't seem to be too great a probability. Woods has yet to start a preseason game, though since a talking-to by coach Doug Marrone about his practice habits, he's possibly been the best receiver on the field. The Bills have three good wideouts in Watkins, Woods, and Mike Williams, but it's definitely worth monitoring which of Williams and Woods is predominantly out there when the Bills go to two-receiver sets.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McKelvin (hip), who did not play in Saturday's preseason loss at Pittsburgh, was able to participate in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills during Monday's practice, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: He'll probably play a little over the last two preseason games, and there seems to be little chance that McKelvin would be at risk for Week 1 of the regular season, where he'll start at corner opposite Stephon Gilmore.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tuel was 5-of-9 for 48 yards in Saturday's preseason loss at Pittsburgh. He didn't throw a touchdown or an interception.
Impact: Tuel's 70.6 rating, while not great, was a heck of a lot better than the guy he's competing with for the No. 2 job behind starter EJ Manuel, as Thad Lewis tossed out a 0.0 rating dud in the contest. Consider the battle a dead heat right now.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lewis, who played part of the second half in Saturday's preseason loss to Pittsburgh, was awful in the contest, completing just 1-of-6 passes for 18 yards with an interception.
Impact: Jeff Tuel was a bit better. Even though Lewis was supposed to be the clear-cut No. 2 entering the season, he's done pretty much nothing throughout training camp and isn't doing much in the games to make Tuel go away. As it seems right now, this might be a dead heat for the No. 2 role behind EJ Manuel.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Glenn, who has struggled with an undisclosed illness all summer, has been cleared to participate in team drills and practice fully for the first time since mid-June, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said coach Doug Marrone, "He's cleared to be out there in team periods and progress during team. I'm going to see how he does during the week. I think we have to be smart. I don't think we should just throw him right in there. A lot of it will depend on how he's doing during the week."
Impact: It sounds like the Bills are ramping up their starting tackle to be ready for Week 1 against the Bears. Glenn is a big upgrade from anyone else the Bills have behind him.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watkins (ribs) won't practice Monday, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
Impact: Meanwhile, wgr550.com's Joe Buscaglia indicates that coach Doug Marrone isn't inclined to provide a timetable for Watkins at this stage, with the wideout's issue now being referred to by the team as a non-specific "ribs" injury, as opposed to the initial report of a rib contusion.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manuel completed 17-of-27 passes for 148 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Steelers. He didn't throw a touchdown and had one interception, averaging 5.5 yards per attempt to go with a 62.0 rating.
Impact: It was a so-so outing for Manuel, though the dinking and dunking we've seen lately isn't going to cut it, if the Bills are serious about being a playoff team this season. He's moved the ball for the most part during three preseason games, though the first-team offense is having a hard time generating points, something that plagued the unit last season, especially in the red zone.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dixon scored the Bills' only touchdown in Saturday's preseason loss at Pittsburgh on a one-yard plunge. He rushed for 26 yards on 10 carries and caught one pass for five yards.
Impact: It's starting to look like Dixon might be the team's main goal and short yardage back. This could curtail the overall value of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, the later of which has only has 12 rushing touchdowns in four NFL seasons. Buffalo's red-zone offense is worth tracking going into the regular season.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson gained 27 yards on six carries and 28 yards on seven receptions in Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers.
Impact: This might be the only time we see a running back catch seven passes in the first half of a preseason game, but the odd stat line really has no significance. Jackson and C.J. Spiller figure to split the workload, and with Spiller believed to be at full health, the 33-year-old Jackson will likely have the lesser share. Both backs are active in the passing game, and Jackson figures to get most of the goal-line carries. Bryce Brown, who struggled in Saturday's game, may be a threat to poach a bit of work from both running backs.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Goodwin (hamstring) did not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers, ESPN's Mike Rodak
Impact: The longer Goodwin sits out, the more likely it seems that he'll merely be the No. 5 wide receiver. On the flip side, Chris Hogan had no receptions on two targets Saturday night, so it's not as if Goodwin lost much more ground.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams and Sammy Watkins (ribs) started Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
Impact: Once again getting the nod ahead of Robert Woods, Williams managed just one catch for 10 yards on one target. While his preseason hasn't been particularly impressive, Williams also hasn't done anything to hurt his standing among the Bills' wideouts. He's still the favorite to get most of the playing time across from Sammy Watkins in two-wide formations, although Woods looks like a viable threat to eat into Williams' snaps. Once you also account for surprising slot man Chris Hogan, the Bills have quite a few receiving threats for a team that doesn't figure to have a ton of success in the passing game.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Woods did not start Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers, but he finished the night with three receptions for 49 yards, doing all of his damage in the first half.
Impact: Per ESPN's Mike Rodak, Sammy Watkins (ribs) and Mike Williams opened as the starters. Woods is competing with Chris Hogan for the No. 3 wideout role, but he's also a threat to push Williams for snaps in two-wide sets. While it seems that at one point, Woods' practice performance wasn't up to par, he's looked just fine through three preseason games. He'll likely have a bigger role than Hogan, and should still be viewed as a viable threat to Williams. That said, Woods is facing stiffer competition than he did last season, and the Bills still don't figure to be a good passing team.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watkins sustained an injury to his ribs during Saturday's preseason game with the Steelers, but it's apparently nothing serious, Ian Rapoport of ESPN reports.
Impact: It was a bit scary for a moment, but the Bills' prized rookie doesn't seem to be in any long-term danger. He entered Saturday as one of the more enticing rookie skill players, and he'll maintain that status with this positive injury news.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Watkins is day to day after tests confirmed a diagnosis of bruised ribs.
Impact: Watkins was hurt in a 19-16 preseason loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday. Coach Doug Marrone would only say Watkins would not practice Monday. Watkins' agent Tory Dandy described the injury as being "just a bruise." He added Watkins could have returned during the game after being hurt on the opening drive.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watkins left Saturday night's game against the Steelers with a rib injury, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Following a hit from a Pittsburgh defender, the report notes that Watkins immediately grabbed for his side. After being checked out on the sideline, the rookie wideout headed to the locker room under his own power. More on his injury as it becomes available, but we suspect Watkins will sit out the remainder of Saturday's tilt.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watkins left Saturday's preseason game with an apparent injury to his midsection, ESPN reports.
Impact: Watkins is likely done for the night as he'll go to the locker room to be evaluated further. An impending update on his status will reveal how serious of an injury he's dealing with.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Goodwin missed Thursday's joint practice with the Steelers as he continues to work through a hamstring issue, The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Goodwin played in last week's preseason game against the Panthers, and with an early start to training camp this season, the Bills have been taking it easy on a number of their players. Still, an appearance in this week's preseason game against the Steelers would affirm that there's been no setback and the speedster will be good for the regular season. Goodwin still seems to be a safe bet for a spot among the Bills' top five wideouts, but there's enough talent ahead of him that he's still probably avoidable in anything but return-vested leagues.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: GM Doug Whaley indicated Wednesday that the Bills have not been contacted by any other teams about Spiller, the Buffalo News reports.
Impact: In reference to media speculation that the Bills may have been approached about Spiller's availability, Whaley noted "these rumors are news to me." Said speculation was presumably fueled by the fact that the running back is entering the final year of his contract and the Bills did add depth behind Spiller and Fred Jackson (Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown) this offseason.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McKelvin, coming back from offseason hip surgery, is starting to do some team work and continues to be eased back into action, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: The plan is to ramp up McKelvin for the regular season, where he's expected to start across from Stephon Gilmore as the second cornerback. When and if he needs a breather, Corey Graham looks to be the third corner, plus the Bills have a pretty capable group behind the top three.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moeki continues to miss practice time due to a hamstring issue, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: Meanwhile, Scott Chandler is back healthy and Moeaki has still never had an extended stretch where he's been able to learn the Buffalo offense as a healthy player. At best he can get back quickly and win the No. 2 job, but there's a chance the Bills could cut bait and go with healthier options in Lee Smith and Chris Gragg behind Chandler.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Through two preseason games, Graham has three catches for 34 yards on seven targets.
Impact: Graham has been nowhere near seeing reps with the first unit throughout training camp, and right now he might be on the outside looking in for a roster spot. Sammy Watkins, Mike Williams, Robert Woods, and Marquise Goodwin appear to be locks, so that leaves Chris Hogan, Marcus Easley, and Goodwin for one or two final spots. Hogan appears to be well ahead of the other two in that race based on an excellent summer and slot potential.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams and quarterback EJ Manuel have been developing a nice rapport in the red zone, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said the veteran receiver, "I always tell them there's a 96-percent chance–the other 4-percent is their fault. I always tell them, throw it to the clouds, I'm going to find a way to bring it down."
Impact: Williams has never had more than 65 catches in a season and if the Buffalo receiving group stays in modestly good health, there may not be enough footballs to go around to approach that number. That said, the Bills were awful in the red zone last season and Williams and Scott Chandler may be the only natural threats they have in close range, so perhaps Williams, who has 25 receiving touchdowns in four NFL seasons, can become Manuel's go-to guy in those situations.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Glenn, who had been on the Non-Football Illness list for all of training camp with an undisclosed illness, has passed his physical was cleared to practice Saturday, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: Rookie seventh-round pick Seantrel Henderson had proven to be a nice surprise at left tackle filling in for Glenn, but we'll assume the Bills will feel much more comfortable heading into the regular season with perhaps one of the NFL's top dozen left tackles. It's worth noting that coach Doug Marrone says Glenn won't be fully back for quite some time, and may practice on a limited basis for a few weeks.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dixon rushed nine times for 28 yards with a score in Friday's preseason win at Carolina. He also caught one pass for six yards.
Impact: Dixon is having a great camp, though the star of the backfield Friday was Bryce Brown, who's competing with Dixon for the top backup role behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Unfortunately, Bills coach Doug Marrone says he'll typically use just two backs in regular season action. One way it could shake out, with everyone healthy, is that Brown serves as the insurance to the top two, but Dixon ends up being the goal-line back, something he has a knack for given his aggressive style and strong, 233-pound build.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Glenn returned to his familiar spot at left tackle during Monday's team drills after missing the first three weeks of training camp with an undisclosed illness.
Impact: Glenn returned to practice a little over a week after he passed his physical and was activated off the active/non-football injury list. Rookie Seantrel Henderson, who filled in for Glenn at left tackle, took over at the right tackle in place of Erik Pears. Pears then shifted to right guard in place of Kraig Urbik, who took snaps as the backup center. And Chris Williams regained his spot at left guard after Doug Legursky started in his place at Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watkins hauled in three catches for 21 yards in Friday's preseason win in Carolina. These were his first catches as a pro after being shut out in last week's Hall of Fame Game.
Impact: Watkins has been lighting it up practice after practice, but it's good to see him productive in a game situation with the starters, and the Clemson-heavy crowd probably enjoyed the same. Watkins should enter the season as the Bills' top receiver. He's got all the talent in the world, but the warnings of "rookie wideout" and a decent amount of other skill players on offense should also apply.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown had a nice night in Friday's preseason win over Carolina, carrying 11 times for 64 yards and a 5.8 average. Brown also added two receptions for 18 yards.
Impact: Brown is competing with Anthony Dixon for the third role behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Dixon also had a good game, while we'll note coach Doug Marrone has been saying he only plans on using two main ball carriers once the real games get going.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Goodwin (hamstring) caught one pass for 18 yards on two targets in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: Goodwin was in line to serve as the Bills' fourth receiver, but Chris Hogan seems to be putting up a challenge. It's unclear whether Hogan's activity with the first-team offense will carry over to the regular season, but the Bills should still find some use for the speedy Goodwin, even if he doesn't handle many snaps.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chandler (groin) made his 2014 preseason debut Friday against the Carolina Panthers
Impact: Chandler failed to haul in his only target, but the important thing is that he got back on the field. He's still locked in as the Bills' top tight end, with the guys behind him either hurt and/or unimpressive. Chandler had a minor knee procedure in the offseason, and then dealt with a groin injury in late July and early August.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams started Friday's preseason game against the Panthers and caught one pass for 28 yards on his only target.
Impact: Though Robert Woods is listed No. 2 on the depth chart, Williams again got the start across from Sammy Watkins. With Chris Hogan also drawing first-team looks this preseason, the competition for targets behind Watkins may be fierce.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hogan caught both of his targets for 43 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: Hogan has made a surprising amount of noise this preseason, working as the No. 3 wide receiver with the first-team offense. He was previously believed to be nothing more than a fourth or fifth receiver, but Hogan may have a shot to cut into the targets of Mike Williams and Robert Woods. Williams and Sammy Watkins have started both preseason games, but Woods is listed No. 2 on the depth chart. With Marquise Goodwin also a candidate to earn a role in the offense, the Bills have quite a few receiving options for a team that isn't expected to do a ton of throwing.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manuel completed 9-of-13 passes for 96 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, adding three yards on a lone carry.
Impact: Manuel produced just three points on three drives, but the Bills did an excellent job of moving the ball, and were stuffed inside the Carolina five-yard line on the game's opening series. While Manuel did miss an open Robert Woods on a deep pass, this was a clear step up from the Hall of Fame Game, when three of his seven pass attempts were knocked down.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Woods worked with both the first-team and second-team offenses in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, finishing his night with four receptions for 31 yards on eight targets.
Impact: Mike Williams got the start while Chris Hogan was the first to come in for three-wide sets, but Woods saw a bunch of playing time with the first-team offense, and then stayed in to work with the second team. Woods has seemingly drawn the ire of head coach Doug Marrone, who recently implied that the second-year wideout hasn't been trying hard enough in practice. Woods has looked just fine in the preseason games, as he led the team in receiving last week, and was one EJ Manuel overthrow away from a big performance Friday. Woods figures to have a significant role in the offense, but it's concerning that the team is so intrigued by both Williams and Hogan. With Sammy Watkins likely to lead the way, and the Buffalo passing game unlikely to be prolific, Woods may have some quiet weeks this season.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McKelvin will miss Friday's preseason opener against the Panthers, Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 reports.
Impact: McKelvin is still recovering from offseason hip surgery, and will skip the first preseason game as a result. It's unclear how long the team plans to sit McKelvin, but the injury shouldn't prevent him from playing at the start of the regular season.
Wed. Aug 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dareus suffered a hamstring injury during Wednesday's practice, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Dareus' status for Friday's second preseason game is now in question, while the team still hasn't heard anything about a possible suspension from the league stemming from his off-the-field troubles.
Wed. Aug 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Doug Marrone implied Wednesday that he was sending Woods a message by not starting him in Sunday's preseason opener, ESPN.com reports. Said the coach, "We know Robert can play three positions for us. We're just trying to figure out what's the best combination that we have out there. When Robert first came to camp, he didn't do that. Not to say he was complacent or not, but I told Robert today, when he plays with that little chip on his shoulder, he's a darn good football player. I said, we need to see you play more with a chip on your shoulder every single day, and I think you'll see that same result as you saw in the game and today."
Impact: Woods played well in the preseason game and reportedly during Wednesday's practice, and we wouldn't be surprised to see him in his usual starter's role in one of the next two preseason games. That said, the competition around him is a little bit stiffer this season, with Sammy Watkins almost assuredly getting a starting spot ... then there's Mike Williams, Chris Hogan, Marquise Goodwin and others.