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.
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.
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