C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 10/17/14 10:14am ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller is pressing, which presents part of his problems right now, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Spiller is looking to hit the proverbial home run with every play.
Huddle Up: Spiller is a home-run back whose opportunities have been cut dramatically; what did you expect him to do? Unless Spiller is dealt before the upcoming deadline or there's a reshuffling of duties in the Bills' backfield, it's difficult to see anything changing in Buffalo--and until Spiller actually starts hitting some home runs, that's bad news for his fantasy prospects.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 10/17/14 10:14am ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins is getting better each week, according to head coach Doug Marrone. The team made a concerted effort to get him the ball in the second half of the Week 6 game. Watkins was shut out in the first half and finished with three catches for 27 yards.
Huddle Up: Plenty of learning for the rookie to do, but he's proven to be a dynamic playmaker and the Bills--from the coaching staff down through the quarterback--remain focused on getting him the football.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 10/16/14 9:58am ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller said he's not worried at all about playing just 12 snaps in Week 6. "I always said you take advantage when you're in there, do everything you possibly can to make plays for your team," Spiller said. "So I'm not caught up in how many snaps I get. Obviously you want to play more, but certain things happen throughout the game, and you have to go to different packages. I'm not concerned."
Huddle Up: Spiller is doing a fine job of toeing the company line, but the reduction in touches is taking a big bite out of his fantasy value.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 10/13/14 10:42am ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller played just 12 offensive snaps Sunday, Oct. 12, and had six rushes for 19 yards.
Huddle Up: A banged up Fred Jackson didn't see a whole lot more work, with 10 carries and four receptions, but he was clearly on the field much more frequently than Spiller. Spiller is still a home run threat, but right now he's basically a pinch hitter with limited opportunities.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 10/10/14 4:28pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (ankle, illness) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 10, and is listed as questionable for Week 6.
Huddle Up: Jackson got in limited work Wednesday and Thursday before a fever kept him out Friday, and he's expected to play Sunday against the Pats. Of course, check back in before kickoff with the Huddle's Game-Day Inactives, Injury and Weather report to get the final word.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 10/9/14 4:37pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins said he's prepared to be shadowed by New England Patriots CB Darrelle Revis in Week 6. 'We actually found he's gonna be following me around the field, so I'm gonna have to be prepared for his jams,' Watkins said. 'He's very smart. I have to be very competitive and smart off the ball.'
Huddle Up: The rookie has been targeted 21 times over the last 2 weeks and has come through with 11 catches for 117 yards and a TD. He'll definitely find the going, though, a little tougher against Revis, who did a good job on Cincy's A.J. Green in Week 5.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 10/9/14 10:38pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (ankle, knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 9.
Huddle Up: Jackson, who tweaked his ankle in the Week 5 win over the Lions, been limited in both of the Bills' practices this week, but much to the chagrin of C.J. Spiller owners, he's not believed to be in any real danger of missing Sunday's clash with the Patriots.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 10/7/14 9:31pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller managed just four yards on six first-down carries in Week 5. For the year, he has nine negative runs and is averaging a career-low 3.5 yards per carry.
Huddle Up: Spiller only has 1 TD so far and has been outgained, in terms of total yards, in 4 of 5 games this season by veteran backfield mate Fred Jackson, who is averaging 4.7 yards a carry. Keep your fantasy expectations lowered until you start to see Spiller's stats start trending in the other direction.
Fred Jackson - RBPosted 10/6/14 10:36am ET
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (ankle) left the Week 5 game against the Detroit Lions due to a sprained right ankle. He said Sunday, Oct. 5, that he should be fine.
Huddle Up: If Jackson is at all limited the Bills could give more work to CJ Spiller. It's a situation that bears watching.
Kyle Orton - QBPosted 9/29/14 4:02pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB Kyle Orton will start Week 5 in place of QB EJ Manuel, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Huddle Up: The ineffective E.J. Manuel has benched just four games into his second season after a miserable performance in Houston. Orton will be asked to lead an offense that relies heavily on the run and to not turn the ball over. At 32, Orton is a game manager who starts out as a low end QB2 for fantasy purposes.
EJ Manuel - QBPosted 9/22/14 10:36pm ET
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel struggled with deeper passes in Week 3, completing just three of his 12 attempts. He didn't have a completion for more than 16 yards. Prior to Week 3, just 17 percent of Manuel's pass attempts had traveled more than 10 yards.
Huddle Up: Despite his struggles, Manuel had his best passing-yards outing (238) of the season Sunday and still ranks as a high-end QB2 (13th with 54 fantasy points) coming out of the weekend. The bottom line is that Manuel might be a better fantasy QB than real-life one at this point.
Robert Woods - WRPosted 9/19/14 6:01pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Robert Woods (ankle) is listed as probable, and he'll be available for Week 3 against the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: Woods, the Bills' second-leading receiver, has shown late-week improvement and will be available for starting consideration in deeper leagues.
Robert Woods - WRPosted 9/18/14 11:01pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Robert Woods (ankle) would not be able to play in Week 3 at this point because of his injury, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Huddle Up: Woods is the Bills' 2nd-leading receiver with 5 catches for 83 yards but it looks like Mike Williams and Marquise Goodwin might be in for some extra work this Sunday against the visiting Chargers.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 9/22/14 9:18am ET
Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) will be available to practice Friday, Sept. 5, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Marrone said there is no verdict on whether Watkins will play in Week 1.
Huddle Up: The injury, his quarterback, the NFL learning curve... lots of factors working against Watkins as he (maybe) makes his NFL debut this weekend. Keep all of that in mind as you're setting your lineups; perhaps the best course of action is let Watkins get his feet wet before plugging him into your fantasy lineup.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 9/5/14 2:11pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) will be available to play in Week 1, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Huddle Up: Having the rookie available doesn't mean you need to start him by any means. His snaps and targets figure to be limited, so weigh your roster options carefully.
Kyle Orton - QBPosted 9/5/14 9:21pm ET
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone recently had a testy exchange with team officials within earshot of players, and it apparently stemmed from his unhappiness with the decision to sign QB Kyle Orton so late in the calendar, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: This report could mean a longer leash for E.J. Manuel. That's not great news for Sammy Watkins owners. It sounds like things could unravel in Buffalo if the team gets off to a slow start this season.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 9/4/14 2:09pm ET
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller is the team's primary kickoff returner.
Huddle Up: This likely isn't what Spiller owners had in mind when hoping for an increased workload this season. Spiller last returned kicks full time in his rookie season of 2010, and -- make of it what you will -- had a career-low 98 offensive touches that season.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 9/4/14 6:14pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 4.
Huddle Up: It's the second-straight full-participation day for Watkins, but be wary of counting on him Sunday given the recency of the injury and the limited work he had in the preseason.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 9/3/14 3:27pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Huddle Up: Encouraging sign for Watkins, who's on track to play Sunday in Chicago, but the rookie is a risky fantasy start if you have other options given that the WR is one solid hit from re-aggravating the issue.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/29/14 10:14am ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) suffered an injury to his ribs in the same area as his previous one, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Watkins has already missed time with the rib injury, and aggravating the injury in the same spot isn't going to help. The rookie already has an uphill battle for fantasy relevancy given the struggles of EJ Manuel and the typical adjustment curve for a first-year wideout; throw a nagging injury into the mix and his immediate fantasy future becomes even more bleak.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/29/14 4:53pm ET
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins did not suffer a serious rib injury in the team's final preseason game, and reportedly will be good to go for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Good news for the first-round pick, but still be very wary as the another hit in the wrong place could send Watkins right back to the sideline. In the meantime, the team's QB situation hasn't gotten any better, either, with second-year QB EJ Manuel now taking his struggles into the regular season.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/28/14 6:36pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) could play in the team's final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, though it likely wouldn't be for long.
Huddle Up: Watkins sat out last week's preseason game, but the Bills would like to get the rookie some more work with only 3 catches for 21 yards on 7 targets so far this preseason.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/28/14 10:54pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins has now been ruled out for the remainder of Thursday night's game with a rib injury after originally being ruled as questionable.
Huddle Up: Watkins needed the work with EJ Manuel and Co. after entering the game with only 3 preseason receptions, but then here's the flip side: Possibly re-aggravating the injury. Not good with the season opener only 10 days away.
Jordan Palmer - QBPosted 8/26/14 2:34pm ET
The Buffalo Bills signed free-agent QB Jordan Palmer (Bears) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: The Bills released Thaddeus Lewis and signed the well-travelled Palmer who will add some experience to Buffalo's young QB corps headed by second-year players EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/25/14 8:01pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) fully participated in practice Monday, Aug. 25. Watkins said he will be able to play in the final preseason game if needed.
Huddle Up: Even though the Bills have already played 4 games, some extra work definitely wouldn't hurt Watkins and the rest of the Buffalo passing-game components as the highly touted rookie only has 3 receptions for 21 yards in 7 targets to show for the preseason so far.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 9/22/14 9:18am ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) did not take part in practice in routes against defenders Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: The Bills aren't providing a timetable for Watkins' return to full contact, but he's been back at practice so the injury doesn't seem to be one that would cause him to miss the start of the regular season.
Stevenson Sylvester - LBPosted 8/20/14 5:51pm ET
The Buffalo Bills have placed LB Stevenson Sylvester (undisclosed) on the Reserve/Injured list.
Huddle Up: The free agent was line in get some snaps with Kiko Alonzo's season-ending injury, but the good-health gods certainly haven't been beneficiaries to the Bills' LB corps this summer
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/19/14 11:35pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday, Aug. 19. Watkins said he could play in a game, but head coach Doug Marrone said he hasn't decided if Watkins will play in the team's next preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: The preseason hasn't gone as hoped for the fourth overall pick who has only 3 catches for 21 yards on 7 targets. Yet he's going into the season as the Bills' clear No. 1 WR and currently owns the 25th-best ADP among all wideouts.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 8/18/14 6:57pm ET
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) did not practice Monday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: The prize rookie just has bruised ribs from a hit Saturday night in Pittsburgh, but they're obviously sore enough to keep him sidelined for the time being. Coach Doug Marrone doesn't know -- or at least isn't saying -- when he'll return, but there's no need to adjust your WR draft board in the meantime.
Thaddeus Lewis - QBPosted 8/17/14 11:35pm ET
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said he was not happy with the play of QBs Thaddeus Lewis and Jeff Tuel during the second preseason game. Lewis went 1-for-6 for 18 yards and an interception, while Tuel went 5-for-9 for 48 yards and a fumble. The competition for the No. 2 quarterback job is still considered open.
Huddle Up: Not a good situation for the Bills' pass-catchers if starter EJ Manuel underperforms or gets hurt again this season.
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