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Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams is listed as the No. 3 receiver on the Bills' first regular season depth chart.
Impact: Williams had been ahead of Robert Woods for a spell, but that was more due to Woods getting in the doghouse briefly with coach Doug Marrone. It sounds like Woods and Sammy Watkins will be the starters, though Williams should see the field nearly as much and is probably the best red-zone target of the three of them. With all three guys having varying skill sets, we can see the team throwing out different combos of two of them during the course of the game, and obviously they'll be out there together in almost every three- and four-wide set.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Woods is back to being listed as a starter on the Bills' first regular season depth chart.
Impact: Woods fell back to No. 3 earlier in the summer after coach Doug Marrone wasn't in love with his practice efforts, but Woods has since really picked up his game, both in practices and the preseason. Mike Williams is now listed as No. 3, though all three of the team's top receivers - Sammy Watkins, Woods, and Williams - should see the field regularly.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With Nigel Bradham suspended for a game, Brown is officially the starter at weak-side linebacker for Week 1 in Chicago, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: This may be short-lived with Bradham returning for Week 2 following an excellent camp, but as we've been saying all along, keep an eye on Brown, the rookie third-rounder from Louisville. He might not be the worst option as a one-week IDP guy either, given the Bears' offensive propensity and the tackles that come with it.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Doug Marrone says McKelvin (hip/groin) is close to 100 percent and should be a go for this week's opener in Chicago, Joe Buscaglia of WGR Radio reports.
Impact: McKelvin, who had offseason hip surgery, was able to play a decent amount in the preseason, and it looks the team's schedule to ramp him up for Week 1 worked out well. He'll likely start at one cornerback spot, while Stephon Gilmore starts across from him and Corey Graham serves as a capable and experienced No. 3 guy.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watkins (ribs) is practicing with the team Monday.
Impact: Watkins was knocked out of the team's final preseason game Thursday after taking a shot to his previously injured rib area. The team claimed it wasn't as serious as it initially looked, and Monday's practice participation is a good sign the rookie might be able to make his pro debut this week in Chicago.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gilmore (groin) is back practicing with the team Monday.
Impact: After a rough preseason, Gilmore appears like he'll be ready to go for the opening week in Chicago, where he's expected to start across from Leodis McKelvin. Corey Graham will be the capable third corner in what looks to be a pretty deep group.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chandler (knee) is back practicing with the team Monday.
Impact: All signs point to Chandler being able to go Week 1 after missing the final preseason game against Detroit. Chandler probably won't get as many catches as the NFL's top tight ends in this offense, but he and receiver Mike Williams are probably the team's top two red zone targets.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Bills reached an injury settlement with Moeaki (hamstring) and have released him, the team's official site reports.
Impact: As a result, Moeaki, who the Bills had placed on IR, will be eligible to catch on with another team, once his health is re-established.
Aug 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tuel was added to the Bills' practice squad Sunday.
Impact: He was cut by the team Saturday after failing to earn the team's trust to be the top backup to EJ Manuel, but the Bills still think enough of him to keep him as a No. 3 option in the pecking order.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | STATS
News: A person familiar with the deal has confirmed the Buffalo Bills have agreed to sign Orton to a one-year contract in addressing a key need behind starter EJ Manuel.
Impact: The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Saturday because the Bills have not announced the deal. ESPN first reported the agreement Friday night.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Easley has survived the final cutdown and appears as if he'll be on the Bills' season-opening 53-man roster.
Impact: Easley, a former fourth-rounder, has a fantastic story as a guy who continues to stick after some major injuries and scary health problems, though for now he looks like the team's fifth or sixth wide receiver whose forte lies in being a special teams ace. That's probably why he made the team over T.J. Graham.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hogan has survived the final cutdown and appears as if he'll be on the Bills' season-opening 53-man roster.
Impact: The question is whether the receiver called "7-11" is the No. 4, 5, or 6 guy in the pecking order, so we'll keep an eye on what the coaching staff has to say in the coming weeks. Hogan's forte is in the slot, and he could show up on deep radars early in the season if Sammy Watkins' rib injury - which the team still considers minor - turns into something that puts him on the shelf.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Bills, who officially signed Orton on Saturday, have released backup quarterback Jeff Tuel.
Impact: Orton has yet to even take a snap with the team obviously, but for now he's the No. 2 guy behind EJ Manuel as the only backup left standing after the team released four quarterbacks this week. We'll see if they bring in another veteran off the scrap heap, though they could just roll with Manuel and Orton and put a young guy on the practice squad. All of a sudden, Orton is at least worth noting in deeper leagues given Manuel's injury struggles in 2013.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tuel has been released by the Bills.
Impact: Coach Doug Marrone was never happy with the backup quarterback situation throughout the preseason, and in the end four guys behind EJ Manuel ended up getting cut. For now the team will go with Manuel followed by veteran Kyle Orton, who has yet to take even one snap with the team.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Spiller finished the preseason with 21 rushes for 73 yards and a 3.5 average. He also caught four passes for 26 yards.
Impact: Most important, Spiller came through the preseason unscathed. The Bills have a pretty crowded backfield, but Spiller is by far the most athletic and has the potential that if he plays like he did two seasons ago - he wasn't healthy last season - the Bills will finally wise up and give him most of the carries between the 20's. The team has also said it plans to use just two carriers most of the time, meaning Spiller and Fred Jackson will carry the mail while Bryce Brown and Boobie Dixon will have limited roles. The one word of caution we have is that Spiller is simply not a touchdown guy unless he breaks a long one. He's got just 12 rushing touchdowns over his four NFL seasons, and all three of his aforementioned teammates might be more suitable for carries inside the 10.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Orton has agreed to a deal with the Bills, ESPN's James Walker reports.
Impact: Rather than roll with Jeff Tuel as the only backup on the roster behind EJ Manuel, the Bills will turn to Orton for an established veteran for the No. 2 role. As long as Manuel remains healthy, Orton seems unlikely to take over as the team's starting quarterback in 2014.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moeaki (hamstring) has been placed on IR by the Bills, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Once again, Moeaki's playing prospects are derailed by injuries, with the release of fellow TE Dominique Jones on Friday leaving the Bills' top options at the position as Scott Chandler, Lee Smith and Chris Gragg.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Roosevelt has been released by the Bills.
Impact: After getting released by the Lions in July, Roosevelt was picked up by his hometown team but failed to earn a long-shot chance.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones has been released by the Bills.
Impact: With all the injuries at tight end, Jones had a legit shot to make the team, but it looks like the Bills will enter the season with Scott Chandler, Lee Smith, and Chris Gragg.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Palmer has been released by the Bills, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.
Impact: He probably could have stayed on had he looked halfway decent during Thursday's debacle against the Lions, where he was 9 of 22 with three interceptions. The Bills will now look for a better option off the scrap heap to go with EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel, while conspiracy theorists will surmise the Bills gave the ex-Bear a tryout suspiciously close to the teams' Week 1 meeting.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watkins, who re-injured his ribs in Thursday's preseason finale aganst the Lions, appears to have avoided a serious injury, NFL.com reports.
Impact: While the rookie wideout's practice participation is worth monitoring in the coming days, the report encouragingly suggests that Watkins should be available for Week 1's contest against the Bears. We'll let you know if that assessment changes.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gilmore sat out Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions due to a groin injury, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: The team had high hopes for Gilmore entering 2014 after he gutted out last season with a hand/wrist injury, but he's been beaten a few times in the preseason while also suffering through a variety of ailments. That said, if he's close to full health he'll still be starting next week against the Bears.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Palmer, who was picked up by the Bills just a few days ago, played the rest of the game Thursday against the Lions after EJ Manuel played the first three series. Palmer was awful, completing just 9 of 22 passes for 73 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions.
Impact: The Bills already dumped Dennis Dixon and Thad Lewis, so it looks like they're stuck with Palmer to start the season unless they make a late pickup once final cuts are made this weekend. Jeff Tuel may be in a better position to be the immediate backup to Manuel for now, given his experience with Doug Marrone's offense and the fact he had an OK summer. That said, Marrone has indicated he's less than thrilled with Tuel, so anything behind Manuel is still up for grabs at this stage.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown picked up the start at weak-side linebacker during Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: Starter Nigel Bradham is suspended for the Week 1 game at Chicago, so it sounds like pretty much a done deal the promising Brown will be starting in his place. It might be a short-lived assignment for Brown, as Bradham has had an excellent summer, but the team is really high on Brown and he's worth keeping an eye on as a future IDPer.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Watkins hurt his ribs after being struck in the side during the first quarter of Buffalo's preseason finale against the Detroit Lions on Thursday night. Watkins was hurt on Buffalo's second possession, when he cut in from the right side on a slant pattern. Quarterback EJ Manuel never looked Watkins off and was a little late on the throw. Watkins reached out to knock down the ball, when he was hit by linebacker Ashlee Palmer.
Impact: The rookie first-round draft pick held his side before making his way to the sideline where he was attended to by Bills doctor John Marzo. Watkins did not play against Tampa Bay on Saturday because of bruised ribs. The Bills said Watkins' return to the game was questionable.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chandler didn't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Lions due to a knee issue, The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: The exact details about Chandler's knee injury haven't been released, but it's likely a minor injury that won't stop him from playing in the regular season opener against the Bears in Chicago. We'll track his status in practice next week, in any case.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manuel completed 3-of-7 passes for 56 yards in Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions.
Impact: Manuel played three drives and took two sacks, failing to produce any points. It was a rather uneventful end to his poor preseason, but the bigger concern is that Sammy Watkins left with an aggravation of his ribs injury. On a more positive note for the Buffalo offense, Manuel gets to open his season against a Chicago defense that struggled badly last year.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Woods caught two passes for 36 yards in Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions.
Impact: Woods put together a strong preseason after his usage in the Hall of Fame Game created some questions about his role in the offense. He now appears to be locked in as one of the Bills' top-three wide receivers, and may see quite a bit of playing time in two-wide formations. His primary competition for snaps is Mike Williams, but both players could end up starting in Week 1, if Sammy Watkins (ribs) is unable to go. Watkins aggravated his ribs during Thursday's game.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watkins (ribs) will not return to Thursday's preseason game against the Lions, the Bills' official site reports.
Impact: Watkins, who had been bouncing back from bruised ribs, absorbed a hit on the Bills' second possession Thursday, with subsequent reports confirming that that wideout had suffered another rib injury. Watkins' status will be worth monitoring closely in the coming days, with Thursday's setback thus clouding his Week 1 status until further information regarding his injury is made available.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watkins is questionable to return Thursday night due to a rib injury, the Bills' official site reports.
Impact: Watkins took a hit to the chest while coming across the middle Thursday night, and as expected, it sounds like he's re-injured the previous ailment in his rib area. This clouds his status a bit for Week 1, but the team should provide further information following the game.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watkins headed to the locker room during Thursday's preseason game against the Lions after appearing to have re-injured his rib area, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
Impact: Watkins' participation in Thursday's contest initially offered encouragement with regard to his Week 1 status, but Thursday's apparent setback is a concerning development for the rookie wideout on that front.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watkins (ribs) drew the start at wideout in Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, wgr550.com's Joe Buscaglia reports.
Impact: The Bills weren't shy about using some of their key healthy players out of the gate Thursday, with Watkins' participation in the contest providing assurance that his previous rib issue won't impact his Week 1 status.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith (foot) will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, Joe Buscaglia of WGR550.com reports.
Impact: The Bills will probably be choosing two among a foursome of Smith, Tony Moeaki, Chris Gragg, and Dominique Jones for two TE spots behind Scott Chandler. With Moeaki also out hurt, the team will have some extra guesswork to put into the decision.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moeaki (hamstring) will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, Joe Buscaglia of WGR550.com reports.
Impact: That means Moeaki, likely on the roster bubble, will go the entire preseason without playing a game. The Bills will probably be choosing two among a foursome of Moeaki, Lee Smith, Chris Gragg, and Dominique Jones for two TE spots behind Scott Chandler. With Smith also out hurt, the team will have some extra guesswork to put into the decision.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manuel is expected to see action during Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: While a number of teams are sitting their top dog for the last preseason contest, Manuel could use the experience more than those guys and, in what's been a poor preseason for the second-year QB, needs to end with some positive vibe before facing a hostile crowd in Chicago for Week 1. The Bills also want to get newcomer Jordan Palmer a good look, and probably Jeff Tuel as well so they can decide who should be Manuel's top backup. Therefore, don't expect Manuel to play much more than a quarter, if that.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wingo has been released by the Bills, democratandchronicle.com reports.
Impact: Wingo -- who played in two games for the Bills last season, recording just one carry - will now look to catch on elsewhere as a depth back.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gay was claimed off waivers by the Bills on Tuesday.
Impact: Though the Bills have awarded the placekicking job to Dan Carpenter, some questions remain about his capabilities on kickoffs. Gay could be the kickoff specialist the Bills are looking for, and he'll also provided some pressure on Brian Moorman for the punting job.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Palmer and veteran punter Brian Moorman were among 10 players released by the Buffalo Bills.
Impact: Palmer was among the Bills cuts announced Friday, a day after he threw three interceptions in a preseason-ending 23-0 loss to Detroit. Buffalo had signed the fifth-year player on Tuesday.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Lewis is out and Jordan Palmer is in following the Buffalo Bills' late preseason shuffle of backup quarterbacks.
Impact: Lewis' release comes as a surprise after he went 2-3 last year while filling in for injured rookie starter EJ Manuel. Acquired in a trade with Detroit last August, Lewis went 93 of 157 for 1,092 yards passing with four touchdowns and three interceptions. Lewis, however, struggled during training camp and fell behind Jeff Tuel in the competition for the No. 2 job.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alonso (knee) was moved to the reserve/non-football-injury list Tuesday, the Bills' team website reports.
Impact: Alonso tore his ACL in July and still isn't expected to play this season. However, since the Bills have avoided putting him on injured reserve, Alonso will be afforded a window between Week 6 and 11 to potentially start practicing, although him doing so is probably unrealistic. The second-year linebacker underwent surgery in mid-July and with ACL rehabs typically spanning seven-to-nine months, the prospect of recovering by October or November is almost a non-starter. In the most likely scenario, Alonso will be shifted to the season-ending reserve/non-football-injury list during the second half of the season.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lewis has been released by the Bills, NFL.com reports.
Impact: Lewis started five games last season while E.J. Manuel nursed a knee injury, but failed to satisfy the Bills' coaching staff with his progress leading up to this season. In a corresponding move, the Bills will sign veteran Jordan Palmer, who was recently released by the Bears. Palmer has a history of mentoring young quarterbacks, which should help both Manuel and backup Jeff Tuel develop further this season.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: After being released by the Bears on Sunday, Palmer is heading to the Bills, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.
Impact: The Bills aren't happy with any of their backups behind EJ Manuel, cutting Dennis Dixon on Monday and putting Jeff Tuel and Thad Lewis on watch, so Palmer could move up quickly if he's able to make an instant impression.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McKelvin (hip/groin) was able to play in his first preseason game Saturday against Tampa Bay and came through fine, BuffaloBills.com reports. The veteran also practiced Monday.
Impact: McKelvin might play a few series in the preseason finale this week against the Lions, and appears set to start at corner to begin the season, opposite Stephon Gilmore.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watkins (ribs) practiced without any limitations Monday, according to coach Doug Marrone, wgr550.com's Joe Buscaglia reports.
Impact: Given that Marrone indicated that some of the Bills' offensive starters will play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, there's a chance we'll see Watkins get some reps in that contest, assuming no setbacks.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hopkins has been released by the Bills, as the team pared down the roster ahead of Tuesday's deadline.
Impact: With Dan Carpenter stepping in for an injured Hopkins last season and doing an excellent job, then getting a large contract extension, Hopkins' best hope was to make the team as a kickoff bomber. But when your franchise hasn't made the playoffs for 14 seasons, there's not a lot of room for extreme niche players. As a draft pick in 2013 -- still rare for a kicker -- Hopkins probably has another NFL opportunity or two coming his way.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dixon has been released by the Bills, as the team pared down the roster ahead of Tuesday's deadline.
Impact: The team isn't happy with its quarterback situation behind EJ Manuel, and Dixon had a very small window the past few weeks to step up to the No. 3 spot. However, Dixon had problems holding onto the football Saturday against Tampa Bay, and with that, may have flubbed away his final chance to make the team.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Branch was released by the Bills on Sunday.
Impact: This comes as no surprise, after Branch was charged for drunken driving in the wee hours of the morning the night before a game, one where he was supposed to be fighting for a roster spot. After Branch skipped voluntary work this offseason and then showed up to camp out of shape, this reaction by the team was pretty much a no-brainer.
Sun. Aug 24, 2014 | STATS
News: The Chicago Bears have cut Palmer.
Impact: The move makes Jimmy Clausen the backup quarterback behind Jay Cutler.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Palmer will be released by the Bears, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: With Palmer no longer in the mix, Jimmy Clausen now slots in as Jay Cutler's top backup, an assignment of some note, given Cutler's injury history over the past few seasons.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tuel completed 8-of-14 passes for 90 yards during Saturday's preseason loss to Tampa Bay. He didn't throw a touchdown or interception. Coach Doug Marrone says he's been the best backup this far, The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Marrone also indicated he's not happy with the quarterback play in general behind EJ Manuel. Thad Lewis didn't even play Saturday, so before we lock in Tuel as the No. 2 to begin the season, we'll see if the Bills look to the waiver wire, in an effort to get someone a little more reliable.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rivers had six combined tackles during Saturday's preseason loss to Tampa Bay, two for a loss.
Impact: Rivers will start at strongside linebacker to begin the season. With Kiko Alonso out for the year and Nigel Bradham suspended for Week 1, he should see the field quite a bit when the Bills take on the Bears to kick off their campaign, and with decent play he'll likely hold the job all season.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams (leg) will not play in Buffalo's preseason game Saturday against the Buccaneers.
Impact: The Bills don't sound too worried about this and Williams is a long-time veteran who probably doesn't need the experience the most important game of the preseason offers to younger players. We'll make sure he practices next week, but he still seems to be on track to start the regular season at close to full health.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moeaki (hamstring) will not play in Buffalo's preseason game Saturday against the Buccaneers.
Impact: Moeaki has been out for almost a month with this, and at this point he's probably at best going to make the team as a third tight end. His skills are still worth something, but given his injury issues and lack of experience with the Buffalo offense, Moeaki should be nowhere near your draft board right now.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watkins (bruised ribs) will not play in Buffalo's preseason game Saturday against the Buccaneers.
Impact: Watkins has been practicing on a limited basis all week, but the team won't take any chances with its prized rookie. That said, the penultimate preseason game is the most important one, so missing this is a small issue given Watkins' need to get game experience.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Goodwin suffered a neck injury during the first half of the preseason loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: Goodwin started in the slot during three-wide sets Saturday, but he's picked up another injury and that's after missing much of the preseason with a hamstring issue. Goodwin also missed four games during his rookie season in 2013.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Branch was benched for Saturday's preseason loss to Tampa Bay after getting arrested for drunken driving early Saturday morning, the Associated Press reports. Police say Branch failed a field sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol content of .14 percent.
Impact: Branch has had a lackluster summer and was running the risk of getting cut before this incident. With several other younger interior linemen stepping up for the Bills lately and coach Doug Marrone's patience starting to wear thin in a week featuring fights in practice and an ugly loss to the Buccaneers, there's a chance Branch may not last past the coming week.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | STATS
News: The Buffalo Bills have released Branch one day after he was arrested for drunk driving.
Impact: The arrest came Saturday in Cheektowaga, N.Y., where police observed Branch vomiting out the side of his car. The Bills reported that he failed a field sobriety test in addition to registering a blood alcohol level of .14, well over the legal limit of .08. Branch was inactive for Saturday's preseason loss to Tampa Bay.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) and not Hogan took the first snaps as the No. 3 wide receiver in Saturday's preseason game against the Buccaneers, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
Impact: Hogan has worked as the slot man in three-wide sets for much of the preseason, but it seems that Goodwin's return from injury could knock him back to fifth on the depth chart, with Sammy Watkins (hamstring), Mike Williams and Robert Woods accounting for the top three spots.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Making his 2014 preseason debut Saturday, Goodwin (hamstring) worked ahead of Chris Hogan in three-wide sets, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
Impact: Goodwin caught his only target for four yards on the first drive of the game, while Hogan had three receptions on eight targets, but with seven of those targets coming in the fourth quarter. It may be that Goodwin is ahead of Hogan for the fourth spot on the depth chart, but Sammy Watkins (hamstring), Mike Williams and Robert Woods are locked in to the first three spots.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams caught three passes for 46 yards and a touchdown on four targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Buccaneers.
Impact: With Sammy Watkins (ribs) not playing, Williams and Robert Woods worked together in two-wide formations. Williams and Watkins were the duo in the first two preseason games, but Woods could challenge the former Buc for snaps. Though his stats haven't been all that impressive, Williams is having an encouraging preseason, as he has frequently commanded EJ Manuel's attention in the red zone. Come Week 1, it will be interesting to see how the snaps are divided between Williams and Woods in two-wide sets. Williams seems to have the edge, but Woods has the advantage of youth and is coming off a solid rookie season.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Woods caught two passes for 39 yards on four targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Buccaneers.
Impact: With Sammy Watkins (ribs) sidelined, Woods and Mike Williams worked together in two-wide sets. Woods is having the more productive preseason, but Williams was better in Saturday's game, after starting across from Watkins in the first two contests. It remains to be seen which of the two will work with Watkins in two-wide formations, and it's possible that the Bills will opt for a rotation.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manuel completed 19-of-28 passes for 198 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in Saturday's preseason game against the Buccaneers.
Impact: While the interception was caused by TE Scott Chandler falling down on a route, Manuel still struggled during a first half which saw the Buffalo offense fail to score. The second-year QB didn't record any rushing attempts in the game, and he was sacked four times, losing one fumble. Things went much better in the second half, as Manuel led the Bills to a pair of third-quarter touchdown drives before being pulled from the game. Although Manuel hasn't been terrible this preseason, the Bills' inability to throw downfield has been a consistent theme. To be fair, Sammy Watkins (ribs) left last week's game early, and didn't suit up Saturday.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Watkins (ribs) was limited for a third straight day Thursday and is questionable for Saturday's game against Tampa Bay, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Impact: As a rookie, it would be good for Watkins to see action in what's normally the most important preseason game, but the Bills certainly won't push it. We still feel pretty good about his Week 1 status, though the more time Watkins misses, the more comfortable EJ Manuel gets with his other receivers.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: While he doesn't have a starting spot, Brown, a third-round rookie out of Louisville, continues to make quite the impression in camp, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said coach Doug Marrone, "Preston Brown is having as good a camp as Kiko (Alonso) had last year.".
Impact: Brown might actually get to start the first week of the season, as starting OLB Nigel Bradham is suspended for one game, and Brown seems to be leading the list of potential candidates for the temporary starting nod. Keep an eye on him this season, as Marrone is right - he's following a similar path to the way Alonso make a quick impression in 2013. Not that he'll be an IDP beast that quickly, but the longer-term upside is there given Brown's skill set.
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.
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.