EJ Manuel - QBPosted 8/27/15 5:43pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel will start the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: Manuel will be the third of the three starting candidates to get a preseason start, but he owns the best stats (117.2 rating & the team's only 2 passing TDs) of the trio having played mainly against backups. That will change Saturday against the Steelers in what amounts to the 2013 first-round pick's last chance to overtake Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel who are thought to be running ahead
LeSean McCoy - RBPosted 8/27/15 5:58pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is doing conditioning drills on the side at practice Thursday, Aug. 27.
Huddle Up: The Bills are still anticipating McCoy to be back in time to play in the Sept. 13 regular-season opener, and they have a legion of McCoy owners hoping they're on the mark with the RB owning the 10th-best ADP among RBs and 19th overall at 16.7.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/27/15 6:10pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (gluteus) won't play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: The second-year wideout -- whom some have called the MVP of Bills' training camp -- isn't thought to have a serious issue, but the team will play it safe, keeping him out along with fellow WRs Robert Woods and Percy Harvin. Watkins saw limited action in Buffalo's preseason opener, catching a pass for 6 yards, but sat out Week 2.
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 8/25/15 3:31pm ET
Buffalo Bills QBs Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel may each be rotated in with the starting unit Saturday, Aug. 29, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Joe Buscaglia of WGR Sports Radio 550. All three quarterbacks have received first-team repetitions the last two practices.
Huddle Up: The Buffalo QB race is coming down to the wire, and while Manuel currently owns the highest QB rating (117.2) out of the trio, the starting gig is expected to be decided between Taylor and Cassel. QB rotations rarely work, but let's see how Saturday night pans out.
Charles Clay - TEPosted 8/25/15 7:57pm ET
Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay left practice early Tuesday, Aug. 25, with a right knee injury. Afterwards, Clay said he is fine and that he was pulled out for precautionary reasons.
Huddle Up: Sounds like the Bills are simply playing it safe with one of their prize offseason additions, but the bigger problem for Clay is becoming more involved in the offense as he's only garnered two targets so far in the Bills' two exhibition games.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 8/22/15 11:12am ET
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (hamstring) is participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 22.
Huddle Up: It's great news for a Bills' team is desperate need of healthy bodies. Jackson is battling rookie Karlos Williams for touches behind LeSean McCoy.
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 8/22/15 12:30pm ET
Buffalo Bills QBs Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel have all received snaps with the first-team offense during team drills Saturday, Aug. 22. Cassel was the first quarterback in the drills.
Huddle Up: The Bills are still giving all three quarterbacks an opportunity but Tyrod Taylor appears to be the clear leader heading into the third preseason game. Taylor's ability to run and throw gives Buffalo a different dynamic than Cassel or Manuel. The smart money is on Taylor being the Week 1 starter and he'll have high-end QB2 fantasy value.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 8/22/15 6:30pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (hamstring) and WRs Sammy Watkins (glute), Robert Woods (hip) and Marcus Easley (knee) all returned to practice Saturday, Aug. 22.
Huddle Up: The Bills are finally getting some healthy bodies back at practice after being decimated by injuries. Watkins and Jackson are expected to be ready for Week 1 and could play in the Bills' third preseason game.
Percy Harvin - WRPosted 8/22/15 6:30pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin (hip) will be ready for the regular season opener, according to head coach Rex Ryan.
Huddle Up: Harvin got a pain-killing injection in his hip. Harvin missed almost all of 2013 with a hip injury but the Bills insist he'll be ready for the opener. Harvin currently has an ADP of Round 13.
LeSean McCoy - RBPosted 8/21/15 2:55pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) injured his hamstring in practice earlier this week, but head coach Rex Ryan is 'cautiously optimistic' that the running back will return in time for Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts. The team didn't reveal the results of McCoy's MRI exam, but Ryan said that McCoy's hamstring was intact and hadn't separated from the bone.
Huddle Up: There's still a full 3 weeks for McCoy to heal and get ready for the games that count. Meanwhile, he currently owns the fifth-highest ADP among RBs at 20.78, and his fantasy owners likely will just have to have faith that Rex Ryan and the Bills are correct in their assessment.
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 8/21/15 6:15pm ET
Buffalo Bills QBs Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel are still competing for the starting quarterback job, but head coach Rex Ryan said the team may not announce the starter until Week 1. 'This will probably play out,' Ryan said. 'Indianapolis might not know who the quarterback is until we play them. We may know, but they may not know.'
Huddle Up: Manuel, who has two TD passes so far this preseason -- two more than Taylor and Cassel combined -- but Taylor, the former Ravens backup, has been impressive in his own right, completing 12 of his 18 passes so far and is leading the team in rushing so far with 88 yards on 10 carries. The veteran Cassel may be the safer pick, but don't be surprised if Taylor gets the starting call against Indy.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 8/20/15 7:52pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel will be in uniform but is not expected to play Thursday, Aug. 20, against the Cleveland Browns, according to head coach Rex Ryan.
Huddle Up: Fellow offseason acquisition Tyrod Taylor gets the start tonight after Cassel started the Bills' exhibition opener and completed 7-of-8 passes for 45 yards. 2013 first-round pick EJ Manuel will play in the second half, and might be in line to start the team's third preseason contest if Buffalo follows its rotation.
LeSean McCoy - RBPosted 8/19/15 9:55am ET
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) will be ready for Week 1, a source said after McCoy had an MRI.
Huddle Up: It's less than ideal for the lead back on a team that intends to lean heavily on the ground game to head into the season with a balky hamstring. That said, McCoy is a veteran who should be able to hit the ground running even without significant preseason reps.
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 8/18/15 9:33am ET
Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel appears to be out of the competition for starting quarterback with QB Matt Cassel and QB Tyrod Taylor. Cassel has shown good decision-making and command on offense. Taylor has had some accuracy issues.
Huddle Up: Cassel remains the favorite in this race, though the fantasy upside to any of Buffalo's quarterbacks is minimal at best.
LeSean McCoy - RBPosted 8/18/15 7:41pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (leg) limped off the field Tuesday, Aug. 17, as he grabbed the back of his left leg. McCoy was looked at by team trainers and was then helped into the locker room.
Huddle Up: Certainly not the best of news for McCoy owners, but at least the Bills' prize offseason acquisition wasn't carted off the field. It sounds like a possible hamstring issue, but there's been no official word as of yet. Stay tuned ...
LeSean McCoy - RBPosted 8/18/15 9:49pm ET
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy will have an MRI on the hamstring injury that caused him to leave practice Tuesday, Aug. 18. The hamstring is not off the bone, however.
Huddle Up: Another day, another practice, another ailing preseason hamstring. This hammy, however, is under more scrutiny than most others as McCoy is the Bills' prize offseason acquisition and The Huddle's ninth-ranked RB. Stay tuned ...
Percy Harvin - WRPosted 8/18/15 10:02pm ET
Updating a previous story, Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin (hip) received a platelet-rich plasma injection Tuesday, Aug. 18, according to head coach Rex Ryan. The team hopes Harvin will be able to return for the third preseason game Aug. 29 or for the finale Sept. 3.
Huddle Up: Ailing hips are never good, especially for a player who underwent hip surgery 2 years ago which caused him to miss a combined 22 games bridging the 2012 and 2013 seasons. This is definitely a situation to closely monitor if you've drafted Harvin or have him relatively high on your draft board.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 8/18/15 10:02pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson is dealing with a "major" hamstring injury, according to head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan hopes Jackson will be able to return for their third preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: "Major" hammy issues and 34-year-old RBs aren't exactly a good mix, although the major part certainly can be questioned if Jackson actually has a chance to play in Week 3 of the preseason. In the meantime, Bryce Brown and rookie fifth-rounder Karlos Williams are serving as the team's primary reserve backs -- a role that may take on even more importance with starter LeSean MCoy now dealing with his own hammy issue.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 8/17/15 9:53am ET
Buffalo Bills RB Karlos Williams has a legitimate shot to be the backup running back with RB Fred Jackson (hamstring) and RB Bryce Brown (hamstring) banged up. He has run decisively and been explosive with 63 total yards and a touchdown in the first preseason game.
Huddle Up: The Bills are going to run the ball plenty, and LeSean McCoy isn't going to handle the entire workload. With Jackson and Brown out of the lineup, Williams is taking advantage of his opportunity. Of course, it's just one preseason game.
EJ Manuel - QBPosted 8/17/15 4:44pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel received second-team repetitions Monday, Aug. 17.
Huddle Up: It's probably a good sign that Manuel received second-team reps at this point. Reports out of Buffalo suggest the race for the starting quarterback job is between Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor, with Manuel a distant third.
Bryce Brown - RBPosted 8/17/15 5:20pm ET
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB Bryce Brown (hamstring) left practice Sunday, Aug. 16, because of a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: With Fred Jackson and Karlos Williams both out, Brown had a chance to get more reps but he went down as well. The extent of the injury isn't known yet but so far, this has been a camp to forget for Brown.
Percy Harvin - WRPosted 8/16/15 2:39pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin has been pushing WR Robert Woods for the No. 2 wide receiver job during training camp.
Huddle Up: The situation certainly isn't ideal given the Bills' new plethora of weapons and the much-discussed QB situation, but for all his versatility and talent, Harvin has value with his current 15th-round ADP, ranking 54th among WRs.
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 8/15/15 12:06am ET
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor will start against the Cleveland Browns in the preseason, head coach Rex Ryan said Friday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: The Bills are rotating their quarterbacks but the fact is Taylor rushed for 47 yards against Carolina and led Buffalo on two scoring drives. He'll have a chance to make a strong statement next week versus Cleveland.
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 8/15/15 10:28pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel has fallen behind QB Matt Cassel and QB Tyrod Taylor in the battle for the starting quarterback job because of poor accuracy.
Huddle Up: It will be interesting to see if Manuel gets released should he end up the Bills' No. 3 quarterback. For now, the starting job appears to be a two-man race between Cassel and Taylor.
LeSean McCoy - RBPosted 8/12/15 6:42pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy has the ability to record 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards this season, according to head coach Rex Ryan. 'LeSean McCoy is a special back, a very talented guy. His merits stand up for themselves, hes led the league in rushing, but he's a multi-dimensional guy,' Ryan said. 'He can dominate a game in the passing game and the running game, so that's what we're going to use him for, that Marshall Faulk - does he have 1,000 receiving and 1,000 rushing? That's a real possibility.'
Huddle Up: Last season, McCoy had a career-low 28 receptions in Philly, and that number should improve, but it will need to shoot up to 131 to reach 1,000 yards given his career yards-per-reception average of 7.6. His season-high for receiving yards came in his second season (2010) when he logged a career-most 78 catches.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 8/10/15 11:59pm ET
Buffalo Bills QBs Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel are all listed as the starting quarterback on the team's depth chart. Cassel, however, will start in the preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Yeah, the well-traveled Cassel is getting the first starting nod, but that only means he has the first chance to lose ground in this tight battle that's expected to last most of the preseason.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 8/9/15 1:39pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel is expected to be the starting quarterback for the team's first preseason game against the Carolina Panthers on Friday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: The veteran acquired in a trade with the Vikings, was penciled in atop the Bills' depth chart following OTAs and none of the other three contenders has been able to unseat him -- so far. The quarterbacks' play in the first few preseason games, though, will likely be more of an accurate barometer.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/8/15 10:05pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (hip) returned to practice Saturday, Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: Watkins' injury wasn't expected to be serious and he's back practicing. Despite quarterback issues in Buffalo, Watkins has an ADP of Round 5.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 8/7/15 5:39pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson left practice Friday, Aug. 7, with a hamstring injury that could keep him out a couple of weeks.
Huddle Up: The Bills are suddenly thin at RB with fellow backup Anthony Dixon expected to miss a month with a strained calf. That leaves Bryce Brown and fifth-round rookie Karlos Williams in back of starter LeSean McCoy, who doesn't figure to need or get that many preseason touches.
Charles Clay - TEPosted 8/7/15 6:24pm ET
Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay, who signed a five-year, $38 million deal in the offseason, has been mostly invisible so far at training camp, according to sources. The tight end group led by TEs Clay, Chris Gragg, Nick O'Leary and Matthew Mulligan hasn't been blocking very well, either, leading head coach Rex Ryan to try DT Kyle D. Williams as a tight end for better blocking.
Huddle Up: If it's a third straight 58-catch-plus receiving season you'e expecting from the tight end, Clay could be headed toward a disappointing debut in western N.Y. as the Bills are expected to be one of the more run-heavy teams in the league, particularly given the uncertainty at QB.
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