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  • Buffalo Bills’ OTA 2019 53-man roster prediction
    by Matt Warren on May 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    It’s our way-too-early look at the Bills’ 53-man roster. The Buffalo Bills began OTAs this week. With several players injured and others just learning the ropes, this 53-man roster prediction is way too early. Treat it as a discussion-starter instead of an ironclad prediction, and we’ll be fine. Quarterback (2) Josh AllenMatt Barkley Tyree Jackson is cut and they hope they can land him on the practice squad. They could keep him on the roster for the first week of the season and then try and stash him or try and put him through in the big wave and hope he gets lost in the shuffle. Make no mistake: they are hitching their wagon to Josh Allen, so the third QB spot isn’t as important. Speaking of which, the Bills don’t seem to value keeping three QBs. They began 2018 with Allen and Nathan Peterman. They began 2017 with Tyrod Taylor and Peterman. Running Back (5) Patrick DiMarcoFrank GoreLeSean McCoyDevin SingletaryT.J. Yeldon A pretty packed room could mean one of them gets traded in August. It wouldn’t shock me to see LeSean McCoy named a captain, traded, or released. I kept DiMarco even though I don’t see how they’re going to use him. He doesn’t play enough to warrant his roster spot, in my opinion. Yeldon would be my first running back released, but they have old and young, and he provides that middle age range that I’d like to keep moving forward. Wide Receiver (5) Cole BeasleyJohn BrownRobert FosterZay JonesAndre Roberts I’d prefer to keep six here, but the injury at tight end limits my options. They kept six receivers last year, but were throwing stuff against the wall to see what could stick. There are more known commodities this year. David Sills V and Nick Easley are both practice-squad candidates but the Bills will move on from Ray-Ray McCloud III, Isaiah McKenzie, Cam Phillips, Da’Mari Scott, and Dhaquille Williams. They are all replacement-level players. Roberts makes the team as the returner. Tight End (4) Jason CroomDawson KnoxTyler KroftLee Smith I’d prefer to keep three at this position, releasing Croom, but with the injury to Kroft taking him out of the lineup until the end of August, I don’t expect him to be full-go for a while. Tommy Sweeney is a practice-squad candidate with a chance to make the roster in 2020. Offensive Line (8) Dion DawkinsJon FelicianoCody FordSpencer LongMitch MorseTy NsehkeQuinton SpainLaAdrian Waddle Morse is the only guy we have a locked-down role for. The rest of these pieces are moving parts. With positional flexibility everywhere else, it’s going to come down to roles more than anything else. Feliciano cross-training at center right now bodes well for his chances. Waddle is my last guy in. Defensive End (5) Jerry HughesShaq LawsonMike LoveTrent MurphyEddie Yarbrough Yarbrough and Love are far from locks. Both could make the team and both could be cut. The top three are set, but will they keep four or five? Darryl Johnson is a PS candidate while he fills out in an NFL nutrition program. Defensive Tackle (4) Star LotuleleiEd OliverHarrison PhillipsJordan Phillips What a solid-looking group, huh? There will be a PSer at DT, too. Linebacker (7) Lorenzo AlexanderMaurice AlexanderTremaine EdmundsVosean JosephDeon LaceyMatt MilanoJulian Stanford Joseph and Maurice Alexander are my last players in, and they take the place of an extra defensive back. Special teams and coverage ability give them a leg up. This is a fun group to watch this offseason as we see where Leslie Frazier develops sub-packages. Cornerback (5) E.J. GainesKevin JohnsonTaron JohnsonLevi WallaceTre’Davious White Three injury concerns in my top five doesn’t exactly thrill me, but there is a ton of talent and starting experience in this group. Safety (5) Rafael BushMicah HydeJaquan JosephDean MarloweJordan Poyer Joseph beats our Siran Neal for the fifth safety spot. Marlowe and Bush add experience and sub-package ability. Specialists (3) Cory Carter (Punter)Reid Ferguson (Snapper)Stephen Hauschka (Kicker) Hauschka survives a challenge from the UDFA, Chase McLaughlin. Carter easily beats out Corey Bojorquez. Practice-squad priorities from roster cuts: QB Tyree Jackson RB Christian WadeWR Nick Easley WR David Sills V TE Tommy SweeneyDE Darryl JohnsonDT Quinadarius ThagardCB Cam Lewis […]

  • Buffalo Bills 2019 free agent rumor, signing, trades, news tracker
    by Matt Warren on May 24, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Everything you need to follow free agency for the Bills, constantly updated. It is time! The 2019 free-agent market has already kicked off, and we’re here to keep you up to date on all the comings and going of the Buffalo Bills, new and old. In this article we will track where every Bills free agent visits and signs as well as all the players whom the Bills bring in for a visit, and where they ultimately sign. You will want to bookmark this post and we will constantly update it through the free-agency period. Announced agreements and roster moves WR Duke Williams Signed / One year, veteran minimum / Film breakdown OL Spencer Long Agreed to contract / Contract breakdown / Film breakdown CB Kevin Johnson Agreed to contract / Contract breakdown / Film breakdown / Injury analysis RB Frank Gore Agreed to contract / Contract breakdown / Film breakdown TE Tyler Kroft Agreed to contract / Contract breakdown / Film Breakdown OC Mitch Morse Agreed to contract / Contract breakdown / Film breakdown / Injury Analysis WR John Brown Agreed to contract / Contract breakdown / Film breakdown WR Cole Beasley Agreed to contract / Contract breakdown / Film breakdown OT Ty Nsekhe Agreed to contract / Contract breakdown / Film breakdown OG Jon Feliciano Agreed to contract / Contract breakdown / Film breakdown KR Andre Roberts Agreed to contract / Contract breakdown / Film breakdown OT LaAdrian Waddle Agreed to contract / Contract breakdown / Film breakdown TE/OT Jake Fisher Agreed to contract / Contract breakdown / Film breakdown / Health analysis LB/ST Maurice Alexander Agreed to contract / Contract breakdown / Film breakdown Part I & Part 2 CB E.J. Gaines Agreed to contract / Contract breakdown / Film breakdown RB/ST Senorise Perry Agreed to contract / Contract breakdown / Film breakdown OG Quinton Spain Rumored visit 3/22 / Agreed to contract / Film breakdown DE Eli Harold Agreed to contract / One year, veteran minimum / Film breakdown RB T.J. Yeldon Agreed to contract / Contract breakdown / Film breakdown TE Lee Smith Agreed to contract / Contract breakdown / Film breakdown Rumored interest P Marquette King Conflicting interest reports 4/8 Rumored interest but went elsewhere TE Dwayne Allen Rumored visit 3/6 / Signed with Miami Dolphins TE Jesse James Rumored interest 2/28 / Signing with Detroit Lions DE Trey Flowers Rumored interest 3/11 / Signing with Detroit Lions DE Dee Ford Rumored trade interest 3/9 / Traded to San Francisco 49ers RB Le’Veon Bell Rumored interest 3/12 / Signing with New York Jets WR Odell Beckham, Jr. Rumored interest 3/12 / Traded to Cleveland Browns ST/LB Mark Nzeocha Rumored visit 3/14 / Re-signing with San Francisco 49ers ST/CB Neiko Thorpe Rumored visit 3/22 / Re-signing with Seattle Seahawks DE Frank Clark Conflicting trade interest reports 3/7 / Traded to Kansas City Chiefs DE Ziggy Ansah Confirmed visit 3/14 / Rumored visit with Saints 3/15 / Waiting on April medical check / Signing with Seattle Seahawks TE Ben Watson Reported interest 5/9 / Signed with New England Patriots Antonio Brown trade dead Report: Antonio Brown traded to the Buffalo Bills Additional sources cast doubt on Brown to Bills trade One possible reason for trade/no-trade reports around Brown Brandon Beane: Antonio Brown is not coming to Buffalo Brown traded to Raiders, agrees to massive contract So Antonio Brown isn't coming to Buffalo. Commemorate those few hours of breathless reports with this shirt from @breakingtco.https://t.co/nzOl2F9Wzk pic.twitter.com/Ww1RZkoMXm— Buffalo Rumblings (@BuffRumblings) March 8, 2019 Bills 2019 free agents UFAs Returning LB Lorenzo Alexander Re-signed / One year, $3 to $4.55 million QB Matt Barkley Re-signed / Two years, $3.8 million plus incentives QB Derek Anderson Re-signed / One year, veteran minimum LB Deon Lacey Re-signed / One year, veteran minimum OG Jeremiah Sirles Re-signed / One year, veteran minimum DT Jordan Phillips Re-signed / One year, $4.5 million UFAs Unsigned or Leaving TE Charles Clay Released / Signed with Arizona Cardinals OG John Miller Signed with Cincinnati Bengals: three years, $14.8 million C Ryan Groy OT Jordan Mills Visiting Houston Texans 3/18 / Visiting Cincinnati Bengals 4/1 RB Taiwan Jones Signed with Houston Texans WR Deonte Thompson Signed by New York Jets RB Chris Ivory Released 3/26 RFAs CB Lafayette Pitts Re-signed / One year, veteran minimum P Matt Darr Officially not tendered / Signed with New York Jets TE Logan Thomas Officially not tendered / Signed with Detroit Lions ERFAs LS Reid Ferguson Re-signed / Three years, $2.745 million DE Eddie Yarbrough Officially tendered Reserve/Future DT Kyle Peko Signed WR Cam Phillips Signed DT Robert Thomas Signed […]

  • Contract details for tight end Lee Smith
    by Matt Warren on May 24, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    We have final contract numbers. The Buffalo Bills added tight end Lee Smith after the 2019 NFL Draft while looking to further solidify the position. Smith brings experience to the table and Buffalo is paying him a yearly average similar to what he made when he left for the Oakland Raiders a couple years ago. Via Mike Rodak, we have the full breakdown. While Smith didn’t get a signing bonus, he received a roster bonus of $1.5 million following signing and a fully guaranteed $1 million in 2020. This allowed the Bills to spread out the bonus money over two years, but not the entire three years of the contract. It has a very similar effect to a pro-rated signing bonus on the salary cap. The deal is front-loaded, and the money goes down in each subsequent year. With the guarantees, Smith is a roster lock in 2019 but not beyond. 2019 Roster bonus: $1.5 million (guaranteed)Workout bonus: $100,000Salary: $1.9 million (guaranteed) Cap hit: $3.5 million 2020 Roster bonus: $500,000Workout bonus: $100,000Salary: $2.65 million ($1 million fully guaranteed) Cap hit: $3.25 millionDead money: $1 millionSavings if cut at start of league year: $2.25 millionSavings if cut at roster cuts: $1.65 million 2021 Roster bonus: $250,000Workout bonus: $100,000Salary: $1.9 million Cap hit: $2.25 millionSavings if cut at start of league year: $2.25 millionSavings if cut at roster cuts: $1.9 million […]

  • Bills Links, 5/24: A closer look at Josh Allen’s friendship with Sam Darnold
    by Anthony Marino on May 24, 2019 at 11:00 am

    The second-year quarterbacks train and play together The relationship between Josh Allen and Sam Darnold has been well documented since the 2018 NFL Combine. In today’s links, WGR 550 AM’s Sal Capaccio takes a closer look at the relationship between the second-year quarterbacks. There are also updates from the Buffalo Bills’ first week of OTAs, Jadaveon Clowney, and much more. Friends Allen and Darnold hope offseason training made each other better | WGR 550 SportsRadioThe two quarterbacks trained together again this offseason. The Jerry Hughes & Tyler Kroft Ripple Effects - The Bills Beat with Joe B. and Matthew FairburnThe Buffalo Bills are through their first week of OTAs, so Joe Buscaglia and Matthew Fairburn discuss what they saw during the first practice that the media could attend. Bills awarded waiver claim for T De’Ondre Wesley, sign TE Mik’Quan Deane - BuffaloBills.com The Bills made a pair of roster moves on Wednesday in claiming tackle De’Ondre Wesley off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts and signing tight end Mik'Quan Deane. Should Buffalo Bills explore Kyle Rudolph trade after Tyler Kroft injury? - Cover 1Buffalo Bills tight end Tyler Kroft suffered a broken foot during the first day of OTA's. Should the team explore a trade for Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph to ensure productivity at the position for the 2019 NFL season? Five potential trade partners for the Texans if they move Jadeveon Clowney – The AthleticClowney did not participate in OTAs this week. Coach Bill O'Brien said he has "no idea" when the franchise-tagged player will show up. (Subscription required.) As the Bills grapple with a growing injury list, what we learned on the field during Week 1 of OTAs – The AthleticThree of the Bills' biggest signings on offense won’t have the benefit of learning the system in OTAs due to injuries. (Subscription required.) Jim Kelly gets good news on latest scans – The Buffalo News"Jim Kelly’s latest cancer scans have come back clean, according to his wife Jill’s Instagram account." Featured on Buffalo Rumblings Buffalo Bills add tackle and tight end in four-man roster shuffle - Buffalo RumblingsOn Wednesday the Buffalo Bills added tackle De’Ondre Wesley and tight end Mik’Quan Deane in a roster shuffle. All-22 film analysis: Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes - Buffalo Rumblings(Mostly) randomly selected plays are tossed into the GIF maker and used for analysis of Jerry Hughes. Breaking Buffalo Rumblings: Tyler Kroft injury, offensive line units, and Eric Wood’s new job - Buffalo RumblingsIt was a busy day at One Bills Drive. Q&A Mailbag: Buffalo Bills issue O.J. Simpson’s number 32, Brian Daboll’s play calling - Buffalo RumblingsNumber 32 was issued, Brian Daboll’s play calling, wide receiver numbers, and much more in today’s Q&A. Buffalo Bills dealing with injuries early in 2019 offseason - Buffalo RumblingsSean McDermott had a lot to say on Tuesday. 2019 Buffalo Bills scouting report: wide receiver John Brown - Buffalo RumblingsBuffalo added the speedy veteran on its second attempted pursuit of the wideout. […]

  • Plays that defined the 2018 Buffalo Bills: at Miami Dolphins
    by Skarekrow on May 23, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    We look at the plays that defined the Buffalo Bills heart-breaker against the Miami Dolphins With the 2018 NFL season in the books, we look back at the year and our beloved Buffalo Bills. Every week is a story, and we bring this to you through the lens of key plays that defined each game. Your Week 13 match-up: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins The Bills had just completed their first two-game win streak of the season and were looking to extend it to three. The Dolphins had lost their last two and certainly looked beatable. The Bills more than doubled Miami’s yardage (415 to 175) and won the time of possession battle by nearly six minutes. Despite the skewed statistical output, key errors cost the Bills the game. Jordan Phillips tipped pass (Q1, 2:09) After allowing the Dolphins to score a touchdown on their opening possession, the Buffalo defense became stingy. This tipped pass by Jordan Phillips helped create the second 3-and-out after the Dolphins early score. The Bills scored on the ensuing drive (see below). The narrative to this game easily could have been the defense. The Dolphins only scraped together 60 rushing yards, 115 net passing, 15 first downs and only two third-down conversions all game. Josh Allen to Zay Jones touchdown (Q2, 11:53) Instead of the defense dominating the story, it was gaffes. A bad penalty day for both teams was especially so for the Bills. This clutch play from Josh Allen to Zay Jones should have been an immediate celebration for fans. On the play before however, a penalty on Wyatt Teller negated their first touchdown. A yellow flag on this play as well was cause for alarm. Luckily it was on the Dolphins and the play stood. Isaiah McKenzie muffed punt (Q2, 3:51) In the middle of the second quarter the Dolphins finally found another first down. A penalty-plagued drive resulted in a punt from their own side of the field. Miscommunication on special teams resulted in this muffed punt by Isaiah McKenzie. Recovered by Senorise Perry, it gave Miami excellent field position, which led to their second score of the game. This and two interceptions thrown by Josh Allen gave the Dolphins enough extra opportunities to come out with the win. Matt Milano defensive pass interference (Q4, 10:34) Did I mention that penalties were a problem? Buffalo had 13 penalties for 120 yards, including this defensive pass interference called on Matt Milano. Despite the flags and turnovers, the Buffalo Bills had pulled ahead by three points. Milano’s flag flipped the field, leading to the Dolphins’ winning score. Josh Allen incomplete to Charles Clay (Q4, 1:05) The Bills got the ball back and continued to shoot themselves in the foot. Working their way to medium-range field goal, two sacks led to a 55-yard attempt from Stephen Hauschka. He missed (there was a couple things working against him). Despite this and all the earlier troubles, the Bills were able to put the victory literally in their hands at the end of the game. Josh Allen heaved an incredibly long pass toward Charles Clay and...well maybe I don’t need to explain every play. […]

 

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