Bills Fantasy News

Stevie Johnson didn't work out last offseason
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:50am

Buffalo News - [Full Article]

Bills WR Steve Johnson was slowed by back, groin and hamstring injuries last season after admitting he didn't work out in the previous offseason. He said Tuesday that he recovered from the injuries and felt good. He sounded like he was making a stronger commitment to conditioning this year, but only he really knows.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson's per game targets in Buffalo's run-heavy offense may take a hit with the arrival of Mike Williams.

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E.J. Manuel (knee) full participant at offseason workouts
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 11:31am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills began their offseason program Tuesday morning, with quarterback EJ Manuel, wide receiver Stevie Johnson, and linebacker Brandon Spikes among those taking part in the voluntary workout.

After missing the final two games of last season with a sprained LCL in his left knee, Manuel underwent knee surgery in January. He took part in the entire portion of Tuesday's workout open to reporters.

Tight end Scott Chandler did not participate in the portion of the workout open to reporters. He worked on a stationary bike and did extra stretching with a member of the training staff.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a good sign for Manuel that the knee is not an issue at this point in the offseason. At best, he looks like a low-end QB2 in the Bills' run-heavy system.

Mike Williams: 'I do have to grow up.'
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 10:48am

Tampa Tribune - [Full Article]

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams believes he has some growing up to do.

Williams, who was traded Friday to the Buffalo Bills for a 2014 sixth-round draft pick, admitted as much during an introductory press conference in Buffalo on Monday.

“Yes, I think I do need to grow up a little bit more,” Williams, 26, told The Buffalo News. “I think with me having a son, it made me realize things a little bit more and how important it is, and what type of future I have for him and my family. A lot of people are depending on me, so you’re right, I do have to grow up.”

Williams, who averaged 65 catches for 910 yards and seven touchdowns during his first three years in the league, was traded during what has been a problematic offseason for the 2010 fourth-round draft pick. His name surfaced three times in connection with off-field incidents.

Fantasy Impact:

It's good to hear Williams admit that he has some work to do in the maturity department. From a fantasy standpoint, he's not entering a good situation in Buffalo. The Bills were very run-oriented in 2013 and Steve Johnson is still the team's WR1, but things could change quickly if the rumors are true and the team parts ways with Johnson.

Bills trade for Mike Williams
Friday, April 4, 2014, 11:38am

James Walker, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills trade a sixth-round pick to Buccaneers in exchange for WR Mike Williams, according to a league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Williams was born in Buffalo and played (briefly) for Bills HC Doug Marrone while at Syracuse in 2009 before leaving the team to avoid a possible suspension due to his involvement in a car accident with teammates. Marrone clearly feels that Williams' talent is worth a 6th round pick. He's penciled in as the Bills' WR2 or WR3, depending on the status of Steve Johnson.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:38pm

Albert Breer on Twitter - [Full Article]

My guess is if Texas A&M WR Mike Evans lands in Buffalo, current WR Stevie Johnson could be moved.

Fantasy Impact:

Buffalo is also said to be interested in DeSean Jackson however, it looks like a deal with Washington is more likely. Either way, it seems like the Bills are trying to change their WRs for QB E.J. Manuel.

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 7:53pm

ESPN New York - [Full Article]

Unless they pull a 180, the Jets won't be a factor in the DeSean Jackson sweepstakes -- a smart move. He's not a fit for them.

They held internal discussions on Jackson, with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg giving his blessing. Mornhinweg, who coached him with the Philadelphia Eagles, told people in the organization that Jackson -- known for his bad-boy reputation -- wouldn't be a problem in the locker room. That apparently wasn't enough to sway Idzik, who reportedly hadn't reached out to Jackson's agent as of Saturday.

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson is scheduled to visit Monday with the Washington Redskins. The Oakland Raiders might be interested as well. It's also been reported Sunday that the Bills are looking into Jackson. In another update, the Chiefs are reportedly out of the sweepstakes. Interesting that those with perhaps the closest ties to Jackson, like the Chiefs with Andy Reid and Jets with Michael Vick and Mornhinweg, seem to have distanced themselves from the WR...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:29pm

buffalobills.com - [Full Article]

Bills RB C.J. Spiller is optimistic about how his ankle has come around since the end of the 2013 season.

“The ankle has been responding pretty well since the offseason started being able to plant and cut so I definitely feel that explosion coming back to how I was in 2012,” he said.

Fantasy Impact:

Spiller, of course, dealt with a high ankle sprain for most of last season and lacked his trademark burst and elusiveness. He turned out to be a big disappointment for where he was likely drafted in fantasy leagues. Spiller's value is down compared to last year and we have him 15th in our early season rankings.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:26am

Tim Graham on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills HC Doug Marrone says QB EJ Manuel's knee will be ready to go for all offseason workouts.

Bills sign TE Scott Chandler to a two-year deal
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6:44pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Free-agent TE Scott Chandler is re-signing a two-year deal with the Buffalo Bills.

Fantasy Impact:

Chandler is a fantasy TE2. He has finished in the #13 to #22 range in three consecutive seasons.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:40pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

On a day with few surprises relating to the signing of free agents, here’s a fairly big one.

The Saints have announced that former Bills safety Jairus Byrd has signed a six-year deal.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 4:50pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills announced they have re-signed K Dan Carpenter.

Friday, February 21, 2014, 12:13pm

Buffalo News - [Full Article]

After the season, BuffaloBills.com writer Chris Brown said on WGR 550 the coaching staff was unable to convince Steve Johnson to buy into the team concept.

"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."

Fantasy Impact:

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

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

According to the Jaguars, RB Jordan Todman an exclusive-rights free agent (not a restricted free agent).

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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

Jacksonville.com - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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

Tim Graham, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills QB E.J. Manuel had a procedure on his left knee. He called it a minor "in-and-out" to clean up the injury. He's still rehabbing.