Watkins answered "of course" when asked on Twitter if he would be ready for the preseason. Still, the offseason foot surgery is reason to be concerned about his overall health heading into the 2016 season. However, with the way he finished the season -- 5.4-100-0.78 over the final nine games -- he has WR1 potential provided he can get (and stay) healthy.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that Sammy Watkins suffered a broken small bone in his foot and had a screw inserted, per a source informed of the situation. The silver lining for Bills brass is that Watkins is expected to be available for training camp.
Watkins' availability for training camp figures to be an optimistic timeline for the star wideout. Doctors usually proceed with caution when it involves foot injuries, especially for a skill position like wide receiver. The pass catcher's injury shouldn't ring alarms in Buffalo, but it's not a positive start to the Bills' offseason progRams.
Subsequent reports state that Watkins will miss the preseason but should be ready for Week 1. This is obviously not an ideal situation, but it's reasonable that Watkins goes on to have a great year. The possibility that suffers a setback and misses games should be taken into account when drafting Watkins (or QB Tyrod Taylor).
Pennsylvania Solicitor General Bruce Castor said the attorney general's office will take another look into Bills running back LeSean McCoy's alleged involvement in a bar fight with two off-duty police officers in February.
“I think it’s completely accurate to say LeSean McCoy and anyone else allegedly involved in this incident are not totally cleared,” Castor said to CBS Philly.
The Philadelphia district attorney declined to prosecute, but the state attorney general will take another look at the case. McCoy is not completely out of the woods at this point.
The Bills were holding out some hope that Harvin would return in 2016, but it looks like the soon-to-be 28-year-old has other plans.
Related players: Karlos Williams
This is obviously great news for McCoy owners (not so much for Karlos Williams owners), as McCoy should be fully available for the 2016 season. Last year, McCoy finished #17 in standard formats and #19 in PPR, but was a low-end RB1 in both formats on a per game basis since he only played 12 games. He averaged 19.6 touches for 98.9 total yards per game, and should continue to see that type of workload as he enters his age 28 season. He's been going in the early 4th round in recent drafts, but his ADP should climb into the 3rd if he manages to avoid charges and suspension this summer.
Monday, April 4, 2016, 9:13pm
Hankerson originally joined the Bills on December 26, 2015 and played in the team’s final game against the New York Jets. He did not record a reception in the game. The 6-2, 211-pound Miami (Fl.) product entered the NFL in 2011 as a third round pick (79th overall) with the Washington Redskins. Hankerson has played in 40 career games, starting 14, catching 107 passes for 1,408 yards and nine touchdowns.
Prior to joining the Bills, Hankerson played for the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in 2015. He spent his first four NFL seasons with the Washington Redskins. His most productive season came in 2012 when he had 38 catches for 543 yards and three touchdowns for Washington.
Monday, April 4, 2016, 9:07pm
The Philadelphia district attorney is expected to announce McCoy will face no charges related to the brawl, which took place in a Philadelphia nightclub on Feb. 7, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane.
The story went on to say Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams defended the ongoing investigation back at one point, saying "My only goal is to get it right, not fast. The last thing we need is a rush to judgment." According to FOX Sports NFL insider Mike Garafolo, the decision will leave some people notably displeased as several off-duty police officers suffered multiple injuries in the altercation. McCoy could still suffer some sort of punishment from the NFL for the incident, but this is going about as well as could be expected for McCoy owners at this point.
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 8:19pm
Mike Vick had to wait until the end of August before landing a job last year. The veteran quarterback seems to understand he may be lucky if his phone rings again.
Speaking to reporters at Tyrod Taylor's annual youth camp, Vick expressed a desire to extend his pro career, but said he was content if this is the end.
"I'm 35, about to turn 36," Vick said, according to the Newport News Daily Press. "I've got one more dedicated season in my blood, if somebody needs me to come in. But I'm kind of happy where I am right now.
"I've got my health, I've got my kids, I've got my family. The game has done so much for me in terms of relationships, opportunities to take care of myself and my family. I'm just thankful. I give all the credit to God."
Vick appeared in five games and made three starts for the Steelers last season. He completed 40 of 66 passes for 371 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He suffered a hamstring injury in Week 6 and was eventually supplanted by Landry Jones for the backup job behind Ben Roethlisberger.
Chandler was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2007 draft. He spent 2007 and 2008 with San Diego (though he was on IR for the '08 season) before landing with the Dallas Cowboys in 2009, spending two seasons bouncing back and forth between the practice squads and active rosters of the Cowboys and Giants before ultimately landing with the Buffalo Bills late in the 2010 season.
He wound up spending four more years with the Bills, ultimately catching 181 passes for 2,112 yards and 17 touchdowns during that stint. He then landed with the New England Patriots for the 2015 season, playing No. 2 to Rob Gronkowski for most of the year and filling in for Gronk as the No. 1 tight end when he missed time. He caught 23 passes for 259 yards and four scores.
Chandler wound up needing knee surgery at the end of the season, though, and according to this Twitter post from his wife, Alissa, that surgery may end his career.
Friday, April 1, 2016, 12:52pm
Not since the 2007 season have the Bills had a player make the switch from one side of the ball to the other. In 2016 however, Aaron Williams will be doing just that. After much discussion with the coaching staff and the front office, the free safety will be transitioning to the wide receiver position this fall for the Bills.
“The coaches and I talked about this idea late last season after I took reps at receiver on scout team,” Williams told Buffalobills.com. “After some thought I really think I can help us win as a wideout. At the end of the day that’s what it’s all about.”
Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:28pm
Journeyman Thad Lewis is joining the 49ers’ ever-curious quarterback corps, agreeing to a one-year contract, the NFL Network reported.
Still in that quarterback unit, for now, is Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers’ deposed starter who’s requested a trade through his agents last month. Blaine Gabbert is the presumed incumbent starter, while their other quarterback is Dylan Thompson, an undrafted rookie last year who got called up from the practice squad Nov. 21, upon Kaepernick getting placed on injured reserve.
Lewis, 28, has been with six teams and played sparingly since entering the league in 2010 as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis Rams. He’s 2-4 all-time as a starter, including a 2-3 mark in 2013 with the Buffalo Bills. He’s also been with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Houston Texans.
Lewis spent time with the Eagles last year as well when Chip Kelly was the coach.
A statement released Monday by Philadelphia police said that two off-duty officers, both 40-year-old black men and members of the city's police department, were injured in a fight with four black men, aged 26 through 30, around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.
Police did not identify the four suspects, but a man familiar with the investigation confirmed to ESPN's Mark Schwarz and The Associated Press that McCoy, who played six seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles, is one of the men under investigation. The man spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to publicly discuss the case.
Related players: Karlos Williams
McCoy's offseason is not off to a good start. Depending on how this plays out, he could be suspended for part of the 2016 season. Karlos Williams is waiting in the wings.
We had a news story earlier in the day that Mike McCoy's job as head coach was safe but other changes were expected. The Chargers were beat up on offense with injuries at WR and didn't have much of a running game all year.
Monday, January 4, 2016, 11:56am
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods revealed Monday that he played 14 games this season with a torn groin after injuring himself in a training camp joint practice with the Cleveland Browns last August.
"I battled through it pretty much all year, and then it finally went out," he said.
Asked how much it limited his performance this season, Woods responded, "I think a lot. I wasn't able to really run too much or open up."
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