Bills Fantasy News
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:50am
A Patriots free-agent signing from the Buffalo Bills, WR Donald Jones hasn’t been able to break through for first-unit repetitions, as 10-year veteran Michael Jenkins, third-year man Kamar Aiken and rookie free agent Kenbrell Thompkins served as the primary outside receivers.
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Rob Gronkowski to have surgery on Tuesday
Friday, June 14, 2013, 10:44pm
Recovery time has been predicted to be 10-12 weeks. Ten weeks would make him available for Week 1, but they play the Bills, so the team may not feel the need to rush him back for a winnable game. If he's available early in the season, he's going to be a great value in the 3rd or 4th round. There is also speculation that he could end up on PUP and miss the first six weeks of the season. Complicating matters, he plays for the most tight-lipped organization in the league, so his availability could remain a mystery right up until kickoff of Week 1.
Stevie Johnson had a fractured L-5 vertebra
Friday, June 14, 2013, 11:06am
It has been a delicate offseason for the Bills WR Steve Johnson. He's recovering from a twisted left ankle and revealed for the first time his previous back injury wasn't merely a strain. He broke it.
Johnson told me this morning he fractured his L-5 vertebra in March while filming a workout session for BuffaloBills.com.
"It got to the point where, 'It's got to be something more than a strain or something' because every time I sit down it's hurting," Johnson said. "Every time I stand up it's hurting. I lay down, it's hurting. I went through rehab and it wasn't helping.
"So I got the MRI, and it was a slight fracture."
Johnson said he was given a cortisone shot and an epidural as part of his recovery.
Johnson has finished as the #21 WR and the #20 WR in the last two seasons and would be a good bet to finish in the same range if not for Buffalo's QB situation. Johnson's fantasy value will be directly correlated with rookie E.J. Manuel's progress. As for the back, since he's practicing we're assuming that it's completely healed. It doesn't sound like a structural problem that will linger all season.
Friday, June 14, 2013, 10:46am
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 9:55am
HC Pete Carroll talked about signing QBs that were similar in style to Russell Wilson. This may be part of that plan.
Bills won't pull C.J. Spiller at goal line
Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 7:02pm
"My philosophy's always been if someone starts off and they're running well, keep feeding them the ball," Marrone said.
Asked if he has any reservations about using Spiller in certain spots, Marrone shook his head.
"I've really seen him as well as Fred work on the things that make them both complete backs," Marrone said. "Our goal, when we put a back back there, is to make sure they're complete backs."
Spiller is one of the most explosive backs in the league, but saw inconsistent touches when both he and Fred Jackson were healthy in years past. It sounds as if Marrone plans to feed Spiller the ball early and often.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 10:46am
The Bills have been waiting to see Steve Johnson as a part of the team practice setting. After being limited to just individual position drills in his initial return to practice last week, Johnson’s workload was expanded to team work as he got some plays in Tuesday.
Johnson after going through individual position drills as he had last week, was rotated in for some team work during both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11. The best catch of the day by the Bills wideout was the twisting grab he made during red zone work over the middle despite tight coverage from Bryan Scott.
It appears as though Johnson is recovered from his back injury that kept him sidelined as he was not shy about turning and contorting his body to adjust to passes.
Friday, May 24, 2013, 10:01am
Bills TE Scott Chandler is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the penultimate game of the 2012 season, but five months to the day Chandler was on the practice field following the team’s OTA workout, running routes and catching passes. It’s an encouraging sign for Buffalo’s passing game as Chandler’s production largely flew under the radar.
This is a very quick recovery for a torn ACL, but it's a great sign that he's running routes.
Stevie Johnson (back) returns to practice
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 10:12am
"It definitely feels good to just be out there on the field, even through the little pains I have," Johnson said.
"It's getting better every week. They gave me a six- to eight-week thing to even get on the field, and it's only been about three, so I feel good."
While it's certainly good news that Johnson's back issue appears to be clearing up, he still has a very unsettled QB situation. Buyer beware.
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 11:19am
“I’m getting better,” said Johnson. ”It’s just frustrating seeing the guys running around, but it’s getting better.”
Johnson has no idea when he’ll be cleared.
“I don’t know it’s just a timing thing,” he said. ”I’m just doing everything that they’re telling me to. I’m doing the weight room stuff. Of course I’m inside the playbook and when they give me the green light I’ll be ready to go.”
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 6:32pm
Bills second-year receiver T.J. Graham has been taking advantage of the extra reps he’s received in the practice setting in both the voluntary veteran minicamp last month and the current OTA sessions. With Steve Johnson still sidelined by a strained back and rookies Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin not able to participate until their college graduation dates (league rule), Graham has been a frequent target of Bills quarterbacks.
“I did a lot of preparation in the offseason so I’ve got to pick up where I left off,” Graham told Buffalobills.com.
The interesting thing to note here is that Johnson is dealing with a back issue. He is often nicked up, but always seems to play through the pain. Graham has a chance for a breakout season, but will have to fend off Woods and Goodwin (and Da'Rick Rodgers) for snaps.
Sunday, May 12, 2013, 10:28am
There are rather lofty expectations for Bills WR Robert Woods, who at one time in the pre-draft process was thought to be a first-round pick. The Bills have said publicly how NFL ready Woods is, which leads some to believe he factors firmly in to the conversation to be the starter opposite Stevie Johnson.
Woods stood out in his first day of work with his overall polish and route-running.
Monday, April 29, 2013, 10:07pm
Once the team landed QB E.J. Manuel, the Bills had accomplished a prime objective. "Our goal coming in was to bring in another bell-cow quarterback to compete for the job [with newly signed Kevin Kolb and holdover Tarvaris Jackson], and we did that with E.J.," CEO Russ Brandon said. "Then we added some new tools in the toolbox."
It sounds as if Manuel will compete to start for the Bills.
Arians targeting 100 receptions, 10-15 TDs for Larry Ftzgerald
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:34pm
“It was a down year, and it’s nice to see him on a mission right now to get back to where he was, and rightfully so. He’s a premier player and we need to have him back up over 100 catches and 10-15 touchdowns.”
Under Arians, Colts WR Reggie Wayne finished 2012 with 106-1355-5, but Wayne was also helped by the arrival of QB Andrew Luck. Fitzgerald should also see an improvement in QB with Carson Palmer under center. Palmer is no savior, but he should provide at least mediocre play at QB which will be a big improvement from the three-headed monster of Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley. We're expecting a bounce-back season for Fitzy, who still is among the most-talented WRs in the NFL.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 9:55am
“Oh yeah, I love it,” Graham said of the new coaching staff and fast pace. “Not that I didn’t love the old staff. I just happened to be fortunate to get a really good staff in here that can teach me and other receivers [to be better]. It’s a really good system and I like it. It’s wide open.”
If Buffalo can find someone to provide decent play at QB, Graham will be a deep sleeper heading into the 2013 season provided he starts opposite Steve Johnson.