Bills Fantasy News
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:40pm
On a day with few surprises relating to the signing of free agents, here’s a fairly big one.
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"I don't know that anybody felt on the staff thought that they could effectively get in his head, relate to him, know what he was feeling, thinking all the time" Brown said of Johnson on Jan. 3, after the team fired receivers coach Ike Hilliard. "I think it's because Stevie's just a different breed of cat.
"I don't think it's any reflection on this coaching staff. I think this coaching staff did a really good job of kind of aligning themselves with the players, where they felt they were all in this thing together and they were all allies. ...
"But I think Stevie's a hard guy to reach, and when you're trying to build a thing where it's all for one and one for all, and it's hard to reel a guy into that, it makes you wonder just where they feel they're going with him."
The article discusses how HC Doug Marrone has since reached out to Johnson to clear the air. This is a situation to keep an eye on this offseason. Johnson was the #56 WR in 2013.
Jordan Todman is an exclusive rights free agent
Monday, February 10, 2014, 11:28am
Via NFLPA records, Todman’s contract expired after the 2013 season. Via NFL.com’s player page, Todman has only one accrued season, despite being in the league for three total years. All players with fewer than three accrued seasons are exclusive-rights free agents when their contracts expire.
As an exclusive-rights free agent, Todman has two options: Play for the Jaguars or play for no one. While he’s not subject to fines if he doesn’t accept his exclusive-rights tender, Todman can’t join another team. Which means he’s not really a free agent at all.
If the Jaguars let Maurice Jones-Drew walk, they could turn to Todman as their RB1. His YPC (3.4) wasn’t impressive, but it was the same as MJD’s indicating that the offensive line was more of a problem than either of the running backs. As a starter, he did have a nice game against the Bills in Week 15 (29 touches, 153 yards), showing that he can carry the load if necessary.
Jaguars confirm Maurice Jones-Drew will hit free agency
Friday, January 31, 2014, 7:08pm
Owner Shad Khan supported GM Dave Caldwell’s decision to publicly announce the Jaguars would let running back Maurice Jones-Drew hit the free agent market on March 11. But he hopes a new contract agreement can be reached.
Jordan Todman is a restricted free agent and is currently atop the Jaguars' depth chart at running back. His YPC (3.4) wasn’t impressive, but it was the same as MJD’s indicating that the offensive line was more of a problem than either of the running backs. As a starter, he did have a nice game against the Bills in Week 15 (29 touches, 153 yards), showing that he can carry the load if necessary.
Friday, January 31, 2014, 11:21am
Bills hire Jim Schwartz as DC
Friday, January 24, 2014, 9:22pm
Jim Schwartz has agreed to terms to become the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator.
Schwartz, 47, will enter his 21st year in the NFL coaching ranks and ninth as a defensive coordinator. He served in the same capacity with the Tennessee Titans from 2001-08 overseeing a defense that finished in the top 10 in both rushing yards allowed per game (5th-103.5) and third down conversion rate (6th-36.1%) during his tenure.
While the Lions never had an elite defense under Schwartz, he did break a streak of three consecutive last place finishes by the franchise in most points allowed during his second season, and the team improved to 15th in points allowed in his fifth season as head coach. Schwartz replaces Mike Pettine, who left to become the head coach of the Browns.
Browns hire Bills DC Mike Pettine as new head coach
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6:14pm
Deciding not to wait until after the Super Bowl to hire their man, the Browns on Thursday afternoon reached a deal and named fiery former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine their seventh full-time head coach in the new era.
Monday, January 20, 2014, 7:32pm
HC Doug Marrone said today he would like to add a quarterbacks coach to his staff of offensive assistants.
The QB coach would be a new addition to the staff. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett doubled as the QB coach during the 2013 season. But Marrone said that was a lot to put on Hackett's plate, especially when injuries hit the QB position.
"We’re looking at quarterback coaches," Marrone said. "One of the things that happened when we had those injuries was trying to get three quarterbacks ready. And having just Nathaniel was a very difficult situation, one that we didn’t foresee, but it was the situation we were in. We have a young stable of quarterbacks right now. We want to make sure we add people."
"Not that Nathaniel can’t handle it," Marrone said. "But we want to make sure his role as a leader and coordinator is to make sure everything’s going right. When you put three quarterbacks that are playing only one game of experience between the three, that’s not a situation you would wish on even your enemies in this profession."
Fred Jackson wants to play 3-4 more years
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 2:22pm
Fred Jackson is a 32-year old running back, but he’s one of the more productive ones in NFL history at that age. It’s part of the reason why he’s convinced he can play another three or four seasons.
Appearing on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Jackson was asked how much longer he feels he can maintain his level of play in the league. Jackson believes he can and had some good reasons why.
“I want to get three or four more years in,” he said. “I confidently believe I can do that. Especially with the workload being split between [C.J. Spiller] and I. That definitely gives me the opportunity to be out here three or four more years and competing with these guys and getting this thing turned around. That’s the number one goal, getting this thing turned around and giving this city something to be excited about and that’s what I want to do before I’m out of here.”
We keep expecting Jackson to hit the wall and the guy just keeps grinding out productive seasons. With C.J. Spiller dealing with an ankle injury for much of the year, F-Jax finished as the #11 RB in fantasy. As long as he's around, Spiller's upside is somewhat limited.
Friday, January 10, 2014, 10:59am
Dolphins fire OC Mike Sherman, Joe Philbin 'safe'
Monday, January 6, 2014, 2:21pm
Coach Joe Philbin announced through the team on Monday that OC Mike Sherman has been relieved of his duties.
The Miami Herald says that HC Joe Philbin is "definitely safe."
Thursday, January 2, 2014, 11:12am
Bills RB C.J. Spiller was touted as the focal point of Buffalo’s offense heading into the first year under head coach Doug Marrone. But a high-ankle sprain suffered in Week 4 by the dynamic back played a large role in compromising those plans. As a result Spiller fell well short of his personal goals as well as his primary team goal, which was to reach the postseason for the first time in his four-year career. Walking out the door this week at the conclusion of the 2013 campaign Spiller is very clear on his role in Buffalo’s offense and optimistic about 2014.
“I don’t have any concerns or any doubts what my role will be,” said Spiller. “I think we just had an obstacle in the road when I got injured in Week 4. It kind of hindered some of the things that we were able to do with me. When you keep coming in and out of games, it’s hard to really get a guy going like that.”
Spiller said he didn’t really feel like himself until late in the season with his trademark burst and ‘cut on a dime’ elusiveness due to the ankle injury that he tried to play through as the season unfolded. Nevertheless he still led the team in rushing with 927 yards and had a 4.6 yards per carry average.
Spiller averaged 3.5 YPC through the first four games, but finished with a 4.6 YPC even though he played through the ankle injury the rest of the way. He will be a high risk/high reward pick in the early rounds pending the status of Fred Jackson, who doesn't hit free agency until 2015. Jackson's presence puts a cap on Spiller's upside.
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