Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 7/5/15 1:25pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (hip) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp after he was limited during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Watkins brings a wealth of second-year talent and potential to the table but there's suddenly a lot more competition for offensive touches in Buffalo -- LeSean McCoy, Percy Harvin and Charles Clay -- and the QB situation still remains far from ideal so regard him as a low-end WR2 at best right now.
EJ Manuel - QBPosted 7/5/15 1:25pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel was called 'timid' by former FS Ronde Barber. He holds the ball,' Barber said. 'He's scared to deliver it when he needs to.'
Huddle Up: After a 6-8 record and a 78.5 rating in 14 starts over his first two seasons, it's time for the 2013 first-round pick to stand up and deliver as he's in a three-way battle to start in Buffalo. And even with all the added weapons in Buffalo, though, whomever the Bills' starting QB is, they're bottom-of-the-NFL-barrel fantasy material.
Percy Harvin - WRPosted 6/28/15 5:18pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin said he has been working with wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal this offseason in hopes of becoming a more complete wide receiver. 'I feel that it's time for me to put it all together,' Harvin said. 'I feel like I have the coaching staff and support here in Buffalo to get that done. The owners here are unbelievable. Everything here spells success for me. The world has yet to see me explode like I'm about to.'
Huddle Up: Harvin has been the king of short routes and swing passes, and his fantasy production has been bolstered greatly by his standout rushing numbers (140-885-5) over his six-year career. The skill and ability are certainly there, but the key will be branching out on his route tree, and his fantasy numbers will almost assuredly follow.
Charles Clay - TEPosted 6/26/15 12:04am ET
Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay will play on all three downs.
Huddle Up: Clay has averaged 93 targets and 63.5 receptions for 682 yards and 4.5 TDs in the past two seasons with the Dolphins, and he gives both coach Rex Ryan and the Bills their best tight-end target in some time with not a whole lot (second-year Chris Gragg and sixth-round rookie Nick O'Leary) behind him on the TE depth chart.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 6/24/15 1:08am ET
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson said he expects to compete for a roster spot during training camp. 'We'll see what happens with me getting cut or not,' Jackson said. 'I'll go out and do whatever I can to make sure that doesn't happen. We've got to compete every year. This year is no different than any other year. I've got to go out and compete for my job.'
Huddle Up: Jackson, who turned 34 in February, has logged at least 149 touches in every season since 2008, but he's never had to compete for carries with a back like LeSean McCoy, either, during his eight-year run in Buffalo, either, and he might be deemed expendable given the younger and cheaper options the Bills can fill out the RB depth chart with.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 6/21/15 4:22pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel could be on the roster bubble if he struggles during training camp. The team would save $4.15 million in salary cap space if he is released.
Huddle Up: It's beginning to look and sound like a winner-take-all QB race in Buffalo as there also has been speculation that former first-round pick EJ Manuel will be released or traded if he doesn't win the job. Stay tuned ...
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 6/9/15 11:17pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (hip) will likely see a reduction from his team-leading 128 targets last season.
Huddle Up: Between the additions of new passing-game weapons such as Charles Clay, Percy Harvin and RB LeSean McCoy and Rex Ryan's expected run-first approach, Watkins could certainly see his looks diminish. Then again, some better health luck could balance things out, keeping him slotted as a borderline WR2 draft option.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 6/4/15 2:36pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (hip) said he is mentally taking repetitions in practice while he is limited. He joins the huddle and then simulates lining up to run a pass route by going to his designated side of the formation but remaining behind the line of scrimmage. 'Mentally, I've got to get my reps,' Watkins said. 'I'm behind. I'm not there every day with the guys running routes. So, mentally, I've got to watch the defense, the coverages, watch how things move because I'm going to be coming back soon. And everything's got to be fast and I've got to pick it up.'
Huddle Up: Watkins started strong as a rookie last season before health issues slowed him down over the second half of the season. Youth is still very much on his side with his 22nd birthday arriving later this month, but hip issues can be tricky so monitor his progress over the summer.
Percy Harvin - WRPosted 6/3/15 3:13pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, June 3. Head coach Rex Ryan said Harvin's absence was not injured-related.
Huddle Up: At this point we're more used to Harvin being off of the field than on it. If he does eventually find his way to the field Harvin will find it difficult to carve out fantasy value on Ryan's run-first Bills.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 6/3/15 3:13pm ET
Buffalo Bills QBs Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel both worked with the first-team offense during organized team activities Wednesday, June 3.
Huddle Up: due respect to Tyrod Taylor, this is your quarterback competition in Buffalo. Enjoy.
LeSean McCoy - RBPosted 6/2/15 8:24pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy is expected to receive 300 carries this season, according to teammate RB Fred Jackson. 'I don't know exactly what my role is going to be, Jackson said. 'They say that they want Shady (McCoy) to get 300-plus carries next year. So that's a guy you're feeding the ball all the time. So I'll be ready when my number is called.'
Huddle Up: McCoy averaged 275.3 rushes and 320 total touches during his final three seasons in Philly, and it's looking like his dynasty and keeper-league owners won't have much to worry about with his move to Buffalo. It's another story, though, for the 34-year-old Jackson, who averaged 203 touches over the last three seasons splitting work with C.J. Spiller.
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 5/31/15 4:24pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is in the competition to be the starting quarterback as much as anyone else, according to quarterback coach David Lee. Lee added, 'I think he has a beautiful throwing motion, and I just have to think we've got to see how accurate he is.' Head coach Rex Ryan provided Taylor first-team repetitions along with QBs EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel through the first four workouts. 'He is an unknown, never played a whole lot in Baltimore,' Ryan said. 'I think the ability is hard to ignore, some of the things that he has.'
Huddle Up: Taylor, a 2011 sixth-round pick with only 35 career pass attempts in four NFL seasons, is a true wild card in the western N.Y. QB derby. Taylor also ran FOR 2,196 yards and 23 TDs in four seasons at Virginia Tech so he's certainly the most athletic out of the Bills' contingent. We'll see if he can add any momentum leading into the preseason.
EJ Manuel - QBPosted 5/24/15 8:38pm ET
Buffalo Bills QBs EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel will all have a chance to win the starting job, according to general manager Doug Whaley.
Huddle Up: Another summer, another QB circus for a Rex Ryan-coached AFC East team, and newcomer Cassel and the incumbent Manuel -- likely in that order -- are the favorites.
EJ Manuel - QBPosted 5/21/15 7:18pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel has a firm believer in offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who has said Manuel will not be cut in camp if he doesn't show progress.
Huddle Up: With a 6-8 record as a starter and a 78.5 career passer rating after two seasons, Manuel certainly is facing a critical year with a new coaching regime. And if he can't beat out newcomer Matt Cassel for the starting job, expect the Bills to at least test the trade winds to see what they could get for the 2013 first-round pick.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 5/15/15 9:12pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel is likely to enter Week 1 of the season as the team's backup quarterback, in the opinion of The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci. He also thinks head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman are open-minded about QB EJ Manuel and will give him a fair shot to compete for a starting job this summer. If Cassel or QB Tyrod Taylor win the starting job, the Bills would be expected to trade Manuel before outright cutting him.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins, with Ryan Tannehill, likely will have the most stable AFC East QB situation entering the regular season with Tom Brady's expected suspension and the Bills and Jets staging preseason competitions.
EJ Manuel - QBPosted 5/14/15 2:13pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel said he likes the new offense that offensive coordinator Greg Roman is bringing to the team. 'I just think the dynamics that we have and the personnel that we have, you look at the receivers, running backs and the tight ends we have at the skill positions and the O-linemen getting better, getting stronger, getting nastier,' Manuel said. 'But with the shifts and motions and the things we'll do to mix it up for a defense is going to be really good. Instead of just being vanilla we'll have a whole lot of different looks for opponents to prepare for.'
Huddle Up: The Bills' offense will be much improved, but will the team's starting QB be usable fantasy material? The third-year Manuel posted an ugly 19.77 QBR in five games last season, and is trying to beat out newcomer Matt Cassel for the No. 1 gig. It'll be interesting to see how the competition plays out over the summer.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 5/12/15 6:21pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson may not make the final roster if the Bills end up keeping only three running backs, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. RB LeSean McCoy is a lock for the final roster, while RBs Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown will also compete for a spot.
Huddle Up: Crazy to think that after splitting touches and vulturing reps from each other for the last four years that Jackson and current Saints RB C.J. Spiller may both be gone by the time the season opener rolls around in September. One key determining factor may be if fifth-round pick Karlos Wiliams can put his off-field issues and disappointing final season at Florida State behind him and make a compelling case for a spot on the final roster.
EJ Manuel - QBPosted 4/28/15 11:24pm ET
Buffalo Bills QBs Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor each took an equal amount of snaps Tuesday, April 28, at the team's voluntary minicamp. Head coach Rex Ryan didn't name a favorite, saying all three could be (starting) NFL quarterbacks.
Huddle Up: Cassel is the slight favorite to win the job while Manuel -- the team's first-round pick in 2013 and the only incumbent of the group -- clearly is facing the most pressure after starting only 14 games over his first two injury-addled seasons leaving Ryan with another QB conundrum. Stay tuned ...
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 4/16/15 3:54pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (hip) is able to work out in some capacity during the team's offseason program, although head coach Rex Ryan indicated Wednesday, April 15, that he doesn't expect Watkins to do many football-related activities until training camp. "My understanding is Sammy is doing really well," Ryan said. "We're not going to see him out there until training camp. But he should be full go when we get to training camp."
Huddle Up: Watkins didn't miss a start last season in finishing with 65 receptions for 982 yards and six TDs, but he was slowed by minor ailments at times during his rookie campaign. That's something to keep an eye on with the talented wideout amid all the high offensive hopes brewing in Buffalo.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 4/14/15 11:56pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel believes the talent in Buffalo exceeds that of the 2010 Kansas City Chiefs squad he was a part of. "We've got all the pieces to the puzzle here to be a successful football team," he said. "Our offense has the best skill players in all the league in my opinion."
Huddle Up: LeSean McCoy. Sammy Watkins. Percy Harvin. Charles Clay. Cassel does have a case, but he left unsaid that it's going to take strong and solid play from the QB position -- something the Bills haven't had in many a season -- to make it all work.
Tyrod Taylor - QBPosted 4/13/15 11:07pm ET
Buffalo Bills QBs EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, Jeff Tuel and Tyrod Taylor will all receive first-team repetitions in workouts, according to offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
Huddle Up: It'll be an ugly battle, with the winner single-handedly torpedoing Sammy Watkins' fantasy value.
Robert Woods - WRPosted 4/10/15 10:41pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Robert Woods could see a notable drop in targets in 2015 after the additions of RB LeSean McCoy, WR Percy Harvin and TE Charles Clay. Woods was targeted 104 times in 2014 and had 699 yards. However, Woods thinks he'll still have plenty of opportunities to make an impact in the passing game. He'll be playing for new offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and Woods already believes Roman's scheme will create more chances for the offense to make big plays.
Huddle Up: Also don't forget about stud wideout Sammy Watkins, who is sure to be more involved after seeing only 24 more targets than Woods as a rookie last season. Woods, meanwhile, finished in low-end WR4 territory with 100 fantasy points and will be fortunate to approach that area code again given the Bills' lingering QB question marks.
Percy Harvin - WRPosted 4/7/15 1:38pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin said his best football hasn't been played yet. "The world has yet to see me really explode like I'm about to [in Buffalo]," said Harvin, who added that he was excited to come to the Bills because of head coach Rex Ryan and Harvin's counterparts. "Coming here was so important to me. When I look at the running game and I looked at Sammy Watkins on the other side, me on the other side with Robert Woods, it spelled nothing but success for me."
Huddle Up: Harvin undoubtedly adds punch to the Bills' offense, but don't go expecting huge fantasy numbers as he only averaged 6.4 touches per game in eight contests with Ryan and the Jets last season and now joins a Buffalo team with more weapons/mouths to feed.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 4/7/15 1:58pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson underwent undisclosed surgery this offseason and has not been cleared for full practice participation. Jackson is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: It doesn't sound to be anything too major, but it's a continuation of the not-so-good-news theme this offseason for the 34-year-old Jackson, whose workload already was projected to dip with the acquisition of LeSean McCoy.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 4/3/15 4:14pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (hip) will be able to do some things during offseason workouts but should be ready for the start of training camp after having hip surgery earlier this offseason.
Huddle Up: Hip issues are certainly tricky, but youth -- he's still only 21 -- is on Watkins' side. We'll monitor his progress throughout the offseason and should have a clearer picture of his status as training camp draws closer.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 4/3/15 9:44pm ET
Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (hip) underwent surgery to repair a slight tear of the labrum in his hip, according to a source. Watkins had the surgery around the time of the Super Bowl.
Huddle Up: It wasn't the best off-season update on Watkins, but it could've been worse, and the Bills' most productive pass-catcher (65-982-6) who started all 16 games, is expected to be at full health or close to it by the time the preseason rolls around.
Marquise Goodwin - WRPosted 4/2/15 12:41pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin's roster spot could be in jeopardy this summer, according to beat writer Joe Buscaglia.
Huddle Up: The speedy Goodwin, a third-round pick in 2013, showed some flashes as a rookie but wasn't a part of the offense last season with nine targets, one reception and and three rushing attempts. And now the Bills have added Percy Harvin so Goodwin is most definitely facing a summer fight for his job.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 3/31/15 7:32pm ET
Buffalo Bills RBs LeSean McCoy and Fred Jackson could split third-down snaps. Head coach Rex Ryan said Jackson wouldn't be in on all of the third-down plays and that Anthony Dixon would also get some playing time.
Huddle Up: Unlike C.J. Spiller, McCoy is durable, missing only eight starts over the last five seasons. He's also more dynamic and talented, meaning the veteran Jackson won't see nearly as much work as he's accustomed to after averaging 219 touches per season over the last five years.
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.
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