C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 3/26/15 5:07pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller received some praise from head coach Sean Payton after the team was surprised to be able to land him in free agency. 'His cutup is unbelievable,' Payton said of Spiller. 'And I'm not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel.'
Huddle Up: Spiller will be a nice fit in the Big Easy as a complement to lead back Mark Ingram, and should easily see his biggest improvement as a pass catcher after averaging a modest 31.6 receptions per season during his five years in Buffalo.
EJ Manuel - QBPosted 3/21/15 10:45am ET
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel is not locked in as the starting quarterback. Head coach Rex Ryan said Friday, March 20, that the quarterback competition will be open. 'It's a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy that's out there,' Ryan said. 'We have some talented guys and we'll see what happens. You bring in a veteran like (QB Matt Cassel). He's done some pretty good things in this league. He's got that veteran presence about him. With EJ back there just going into his third year I really believe EJ is going to improve with his fundamentals having (QB coach David Lee) here.'
Huddle Up: The uncertainty, coupled with Manual's performance in limited action to date, makes this quarterback situation one to generally avoid fantasy-wise--and drives the fantasy value of Sammy Watkins down as well.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 3/13/15 1:40pm ET
Free-agent RB C.J. Spiller (Bills) agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints Friday, March 13.
Huddle Up: Spiller, who had only 668 rushes in his first five seasons, is an upgrade over the recently released Pierre Thomas and will be a strong complement for the recently re-signed Mark Ingram. That said, it's shaping up as the usual RBBC in NOLA with Khiry Robinson also in the mix.
Scott Chandler - TEPosted 3/13/15 7:12pm ET
Updating a previous report, free-agent TE Scott Chandler (Bills) has reached an agreement with the New England Patriots Friday, March 13, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Another AFC East free agent signs within the division as Chandler -- who averaged 48 receptions and 574 yards while reeling in 11 TD catches over the past three seasons in Buffalo -- joins the TE mix in N.E. Don't expect too much out of him fantasy-wise, though, unless Gronk gets hurt.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 3/12/15 11:42am ET
Free-agent RB C.J. Spiller (Bills) is scheduled to meet with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, March 12, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Two things to keep in mind here: The Saints are not exactly brimming with cap cash, and they just re-upped with Mark Ingram on a new deal. That said, an Ingram-Spiller tandem would be a good all-around fit if the Saints can make it work financially.
Scott Chandler - TEPosted 3/11/15 8:55pm ET
Buffalo Bills TE Scott Chandler was released Wednesday, March 11. The Bills are preparing to make an offer to free-agent TE Charles Clay (Dolphins).
Huddle Up: Chandler had brief spurts of fantasy relevance, but the new regime wants an upgrade at tight end and will go hard after the transition-tagged Clay.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 3/9/15 6:14pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson 'isn't going anywhere,' according to a team source.
Huddle Up: Fred is also unlikely to see anything resembling the workload he's used to with LeSean McCoy in town. Rex runs enough that there will still be carries, but McCoy will be the primary and Jackson the afterthought.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 3/3/15 8:41pm ET
Buffalo Bills free-agent RB C.J. Spiller said Tuesday, March 3, that the Bills called him and thanked him for his services. In summary, Spiller won't be coming back to the Bills next season, as if the impending acquisition of RB LeSean McCoy wasn't enough proof.
Huddle Up: Spiller is only 27 and still has a good amount of tread left on his tires with just 668 carries in five seasons. Still, at 5-11 and 194 pounds, he may be best suited for a complementary, change-of-pace role instead of a full-time starting No. 1 RB gig, and it'll be interesting to see where he lands given the overloaded free-agent RB market and the well-stocked 2015 RB draft class.
EJ Manuel - QBPosted 3/1/15 10:19pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel still seems to be the No. 1 option at quarterback, for now, with Josh McCown heading to the Cleveland Browns. Buffalo could still add a quarterback in free agency or the draft.
Huddle Up: Manuel, who's 6-8 in 14 starts over two seasons in Buffalo, and the undrafted Jeff Tuel are the only two QBs currently on the Bills' roster so definitely expect a free-agent signing or a draft pick to be used on a QB -- and possibly both.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 2/25/15 12:49am ET
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent RB C.J. Spiller made it very clear that he's a fan of Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. Gailey coached Spiller from 2010 to 2012 with the Bills. 'His offense is going to be very creative,' Spiller said. 'He's going put his players in the best situations to win matchups. Just a humble guy. First class. Goes about his business the right way. He's going to treat his men like men.' The Jets have a hole at running back with RBs Chris Johnson and Bilal Powell poised to leave.
Huddle Up: A Spiller-Gailey reunion is seemingly one of the more plausible rumored free-agency pairings, and in the least could fulfill the Bills' obligations in the Rex Ryan trade.
EJ Manuel - QBPosted 2/19/15 4:32pm ET
Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan said finding a quarterback is easier said than done. Shortly after Ryan was hired, he said there were no guarantees at the quarterback position, simply saying that QB EJ Manuel would get a chance to compete. Ryan told reporters Manuel 'has some potential', but the club is still looking for a long-term signal caller.
Huddle Up: Manuel has only started 14 career games in two seasons -- throwing for 16 TDs and 12 interceptions -- and the coaching change in Buffalo gives him another chance to state his starting case.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 2/8/15 4:27pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller has had his 2015 contract year voided. Assuming no franchise or transition tag, Spiller hits free agency on Tuesday, March 10, when the league year opens.
Huddle Up: Spiller almost certainly will be allowed to test free agency, and while the RB $$$ aren't what they used to be, Spiller will still only be 28 by the time next season rolls around and hasn't had too much wear and tear, averaging only 133.6 rushes over his five seasons.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 1/16/15 11:00pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller, who will be a free agent this offseason, could be eyeing a move to the New York Jets, where he could be reunited with his former offensive coordinator in Chan Gailey. Spiller could be targeted if Gailey gets the job in New York after Spiller had 1,703 total yards, eight touchdowns and 43 catches in 2012 with Gailey. "There is that familiarity between me and him in that offense," Spiller said. "So that would be a perfect match. Who knows what can happen, but I'd be foolish not to have those guys on my list. I had my best years in the league with Chan. So it'd be dumb not to give it serious thought."
Huddle Up: N.Y. is only one of several possible landing spots for Spiller, a versatile back who is coming off an injury-shortened season will still only be 28 by the time next season rolls around. Stay tuned ...
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 1/15/15 11:20pm ET
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent RB C.J. Spiller is a player the Bills will try to re-sign this offseason, according to general manager Doug Whaley.
Huddle Up: Spiller was limited to nine games and a career-low 97 touches this past season due to injury, and with Fred Jackson not getting any younger, it would behoove the Bills to have as much proven RB help around as possible with Rex Ryan bringing what figures to be a ground-heavy scheme to Orchard Park.
EJ Manuel - QBPosted 1/14/15 6:48pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel will receive the opportunity to compete for the starting quarterback job but will not be given the job, according to head coach Rex Ryan.
Huddle Up: Manuel lost a valuable season of development with the Bills opted to go with Kyle Orton at quarterback this season. But at present he's the only quarterback on the Buffalo roster, so he'll have the inside track on picking up Greg Roman's offense and being the Bills' opening day starter.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 1/12/15 5:58pm ET
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent RB C.J. Spiller said he likes the team's hiring of head coach Rex Ryan, because Ryan likes to run the ball and have a physical offense.
Huddle Up: If that's the case Spiller should also like Ryan's decision to bring aboard Greg Roman as the team's offensive coordinator. However, the most important guy in Spiller's career thus far has been the team doctor; that will need to change for CJ to have any fantasy relevance regardless of coach.
Greg Roman - OCPosted 1/12/15 5:58pm ET
San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman has agreed to become the Buffalo Bills new offensive coordinator, according to a source. Roman is expected to travel to Buffalo Monday, Jan. 12, and sign a contract.
Huddle Up: Roman's work with the run-first 49ers should serve him well in Buffalo, where quarterback questions abound but the ground game has been solid. For better or for worse, don't expect much to change with the Bills' attack.
Rex Ryan - HCPosted 1/11/15 3:32pm ET
Free-agent head coach Rex Ryan (Jets) signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Jan. 11.
Huddle Up: The more things change, the more the stay the same for Ryan who remains in the AFC East to coach a team with big question marks at the QB position. Ryan and the Bills' defensive talent, though, should prove to be a great match.
Kyle Orton - QBPosted 12/30/14 1:45am ET
Buffalo Bills QB Kyle Orton has announced his retirement Monday, Dec. 29.
Huddle Up: Orton's retirement leaves the Bills with EJ Manuel as the only quarterback on their current roster--and without a first-round pick to address the need due to the trade for Sammy Watkins last year. Maybe they'll be shopping in the free agent market, where names like Ryan Mallett and Mark Sanchez could become available.
Kyle Orton - QBPosted 12/25/14 6:47pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel will not play at all in Week 17 against the New England Patriots, even though the Bills have been eliminated from the playoffs. QB Kyle Orton will remain the starter for the season finale because he continues 'giving the team the best chance to win,' according to head coach Doug Marrone. Marrone said he hasn't had any talks with the team brass about the future of the quarterback position for the team. Manuel is due to count $2.4 million against the salary cap next year, and releasing him would create $5.25 million in dead money.
Huddle Up: Orton's fantasy prospects are higher than usual as he ould be facing the Patriots' backups for half or most of Sunday's game. He's topped 325 passing yards in two of the last three contests.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 12/24/14 1:13am ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller has just a 30% chance to re-sign with the team as an unrestricted free agent during the offseason, according to Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News. 'The writing was on the wall for Spiller the moment the Bills traded for running back Bryce Brown in May, and nothing that has happened this season makes it any more likely the team's 2010 first-round pick would return for a sixth season,' Skurski wrote.
Huddle Up: Spiller certainly appears to have run his course in Buffalo, but he's only 27 and should find a fairly decent market for his services in the offseason.
Kyle Orton - QBPosted 12/23/14 7:45pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB Kyle Orton will start Week 17, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Marrone said he'll play the players who give the team the best chance to win.
Huddle Up: Orton has two 300-yard games and has tossed four TD passes over the last three weeks and could be facing a New England defense which sits a number of regulars for all or part of the game with the AFC's No. 1 seed already sewn up.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 12/19/14 3:46pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder) has been added to the active roster and is probable for Week 16 against the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: Spiller looks like he'll play for the first time since Week 7, but he's certainly a fantasy gamble at best as it's unlikely he'll assume a usable workload right off the bat. Fred Jackson still should receive the bulk of the touches, but they figure to be down as well given the extra backfield mouth to feed.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 12/17/14 4:33pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: Spiller has returned to the 53-man roster following his 2-month injury absence, but he's likely going to need to be a full-practice participant before he's declared active and cleared to play Sunday in Oakland.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 12/17/14 9:08pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) has not yet been added to the active roster from the short-term Reserve/Injured list. The Bills must add him by Dec. 24, but they must make that move by Saturday, Dec. 20, if they want him to be eligible to play in Week 16 against the Oakland Raiders. Spiller was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, and he said he's feeling good. The team hasn't made a decision on whether he'll play against the Raiders.
Huddle Up: Even if Spiller plays he'll be hard to trust in Fantasy Super Bowls. Spiller enters a crowded Bills backfield and he's going to be on a snap count in his first game back. Only owners really struggling for a Flex option should turn to Spiller if he's active.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 12/15/14 3:57pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder) will reclaim a roster spot this week, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Spiller has been cleared and it will be decided if he plays based on how he practices, Marrone added.
Huddle Up: If Spiller plays, he won't have much fantasy value even in a good matchup against the Raiders. Spiller joins a crowded backfield and will likely be on a snap count. He'll be much too risky for owners to insert into lineups for Fantasy Super Bowls.
Kyle Orton - QBPosted 12/12/14 12:15am ET
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel will not start again this season if head coach Doug Marrone has the final say. When asked if his decision to stick with QB Kyle Orton as the starter would change if the team fell out of playoff contention, Marrone said,"No. Not for me, unless it changes for somebody else."
Huddle Up: Orton has been better in fantasy than reality, particularly last week when threw for 355 yards and a TD and ran for another score -- mainly in garbage time -- in a 24-17 loss in Denver. He has the chance to put up some more junk-time points this week if the Bills fall behind early against the visiting Packers.
Kyle Orton - QBPosted 12/11/14 9:58am ET
The Buffalo Bills will stick with QB Kyle Orton as the signal caller as they attempt to sneak into postseason play.
Huddle Up: Orton isn't flashy; he's a competent game manager who'll keep the Bills in games--which isn't all bad, considering their defense is playing so well. However, he isn't necessarily their quarterback of the future so it's still a position of concern for the franchise going forward.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 12/8/14 8:22pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Mike Williams (calf) and the team have reportedly reached a deal for the injured receiver to be waived Monday, Dec. 8.
Huddle Up: The trade for Williams didn't exactly work out as planned as the WR finished his run with the Bills with eight catches for 142 yards and one TD.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 12/5/14 6:19pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (hip) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 4, and is listed as probable for Week 14.
Huddle Up: Watkins will be out there Sunday if you're banking on a breakout game following his 13-105-0 slump over the last 4 outings.
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