The Bills made a bold statement during the draft – deal...

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Bills made a bold statement during the draft – dealing away next year's first-round pick – to move up and select the best receiver in the crop, Clemson's Sammy Watkins with the fourth pick overall. Watkins is a dynamic playmaker who has had an impressive rookie camp. They also swung a deal with the Buccaneers to obtain Mike Williams, looking to rebound from a torn hamstring.

With second-year pros Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin in the mix, the Bills have plenty of weapons surrounding E.J. Manuel, who will open the preseason with a few reps Sunday night in Canton, Ohio.

"He is the essential cog," Jackson, the eighth-year vet, told USA TODAY Sports. "We know that. He knows that. We can only go as far as he takes us."

Fantasy Impact: 

Manuel sounds like he could face some pressure to make the playoffs this season, but after missing much of last year he's really still just a rookie in terms of games played. He does have some nice weapons to work with in the passing game but the Bills could end up being a run-first team with C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and newly acquired Bryce Brown in the backfield.

Filed Under: 2014, Preseason

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