Head coach Rex Ryan said Tyrod Taylor has taken over the team, and that he is going to do great things in his second year as the starting quarterback.
On Friday, Taylor's said he is eager to get this season underway with the first practice at training camp beginning Saturday morning at St. John Fisher College.
"Going into my second year as the starter, I'm definitely excited," Taylor said. "This is a big year for me, and a big year for the team."
Last year at training camp, Taylor was in a competition for the starting role along with E.J. Manual and Matt Cassel. Taylor won the battle for the starting role, and went 8-6 in his first year with the Bills. Now he's in search of a new deal as well. Taylor has crept into the QB1 talk this season and is ranked 11th on our list. We project him third among QBs in rushing which can obviously boost a QB's fantasy production. He's a low-end QB1 to high-end QB2 option heading into drafts, yet has an ADP of just the 12th round so he presents value.
According to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, the possibility of a deal for Tyrod Taylor before the start of the season is real.
A source said the team and Taylor’s reps were talking “relatively frequently,” as they pursue a contract.
As the story said, it's an interesting turn of events because of the short time Taylor has produced as well as the hot seat those above him seem to be on.
Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins said recently that everything is right where it needs to be in regard to his recovery from left foot surgery, although that doesn’t mean that he feels 100 percent comfortable doing everything on the football field.
Watkins said that he feels like his foot is “healed” and that he’s doing plenty of things at full speed during his workouts with the team’s strength and conditioning staff. He’s taking his time with the rest in order to avoid a setback that could put his availability for the start of the season into question.
He added certain things are full speed and certain things aren't, mostly meaning cutting off his left foot. He said he expects to be limited in his workload when camp starts before any restrictions come off. His final nine games of last season (5.4-100-0.78) gives him WR1 potential in 2016 provided he can stay healthy.
The Buffalo Bills experienced a shortage at running back due to injury last summer in training camp. On Friday the club learned they’ll be short a ball carrier due to a league-imposed suspension come the regular season.
Running back Karlos Williams was served with a four-game suspension for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. The team issued the following statement in the wake of the discipline handed down by the NFL.
While this certainly puts a damper on his season-long outlook, Williams played well enough as a rookie to have the inside track on the backup job when he returns in October. Last year, Williams found the end zone in eight of his 11 games, but only averaged 6.9 touches in the eight games he played alongside LeSean McCoy. He averaged 15.1 FP (PPR) in the three games that McCoy missed, so he’s a high-upside handcuff provided he doesn't lose the job while sidelined.
Buffalo Bills rookie running back Jonathan Williams was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated by Fayetteville (Arkansas) police early Thursday morning, according to a police report obtained by NFL Media.
There was some concern about Karlos Williams showing up to camp overweight, but Williams' arrest is a setback/distraction that might keep him from overtaking Williams, who played terrific as a rookie. Williams' ADP has been slipping, but he looks like one of the best attrition plays in the league if he can lose the extra weight quickly.
This was the last outstanding piece of information about this situation -- would the NFL take any action? It appears that they won't. 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.
Bills RB Karlos Williams showed up overweight in minicamp, maybe by 20-25 pounds. Even Rex Ryan said the Bills would need to set a realistic weight-loss goal for Williams by Day One of training camp, which probably means he’ll be starting practice conditioning on the sideline.
We're not worried about Williams' RB2 role being secure. He averaged 5.56 YPC and found the end zone nine times on 104 touches. He has weekly flex appeal and could post RB1-type numbers if anything were to happen to LeSean McCoy.
4for4 injury expert Russell Manalastas: "Definitely a nice sight to see but his timetable doesn't seem to be changed much, running in straight line should be happening at three months, cutting is when we'll get a better idea but he's definitely trending in the right direction. Cutting should start to occur after able to sprint in straight line with minimal to no issues."
It looks like McCoy is in the clear. Last year, he 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 didn’t tell a soul outside Buffalo’s locker room, but Robert Woods had no explosiveness to his game in 2015 after tearing his groin on both the left and right side. The fact that he played through that injury for about half the season is hard to fathom knowing the demands of his position when it comes to cutting, twisting, changing direction and leaping.
Following offseason surgery and a length rehab process, Woods is a different player, a unique player.
Woods has always been a solid receiver off the line. Though not a physically imposing receiver at 6-0 and 190 pounds, Woods is crafty at getting clean releases at the start of his routes. What was demonstrably different about his game in the spring practices was how quick and sudden he was off the line of scrimmage at the snap. It is a dramatic step up in explosiveness for Woods and it’s a significant enhancement to his personal game.
“His drive phase is one of the best on the team,” said Lal. “He comes off every ball like he’s running a go route. He’s really gotten a good job of holding that longer in his routes at break, he’s in and out of his cuts. The best I’ve seen him. Again, I’m proud of him because he had the surgery, and I said, ‘Promise me you’ll go run with a track coach. Go on the track and run.’ And he did, and it’s showing here.”
“Being back at USC I got back on the track just to get back to my playing speed,” Woods said. “Speed is the most important part of this game. I’m getting my stride back and I’m feeling very explosive. I felt like I lacked that last year with the injury and I didn’t want it impact me again this year. So I wanted to try to open back up and be an explosive receiver.”
In the 21 games over the past two years where Woods has seen five-plus targets, he has played at a 70-755-3.8 pace, which are solid WR4 numbers in PPR formats. Now that he's fully healthy, he could be primed for a mini-breakout (especially if Sammy Watkins' foot injury lingers longer than expected). Remember, at 24 years-old, he's quite young for a fourth-year receiver.
Sunday, July 3, 2016, 4:13pm
When it comes to NFL quarterback contracts, a rising tide doesn’t necessarily lift all boats. Just ask Ryan Fitzpatrick, who gained no leverage from contracts given to players like Sam Bradford (two years, $35 million) and Brock Osweiler (four years, $72 million). Ultimately, a quarterback’s value is driven not by what others have gotten, but by what anyone will pay this specific player.
Fitzpatrick, despite the Bradford, Osweiler, and now Andrew Luck deals, can’t get eight figures per year from the Jets, or anything close to that from anyone else. Next year, that same problem could apply to Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
The story went on to say Taylor is due to earn $3 million this year, which when it comes to quarterbacks isn’t peanuts but pressed peanut sweepings. For Taylor, his value next year likely will be driven by the market for mid-level quarterbacks, if anyone out there chooses to pay him a mid-level contract, which currently is in the range of $15 million per year. Luck’s new contract doesn’t change that.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure that though he “feels good,” he doesn’t know when he’ll be cleared and hopes to be able to participate in training camp.
“If not, then cool,” Watkins said. “Get ready for the first game.”
That takes his timetable for a projected return from early August to any time from August to early September. Watkins last week told TSN.ca that he’d “definitely be available” and might only miss two or three days of camp, which begins in late July.
The Bills won’t rush Watkins back from surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot, and Watkins sounded like he’s fine waiting if that’s what it takes, too. He said he hasn’t run in the last three or four weeks.
Watkins had offseason foot surgery, which has put his preseason (and Week 1) availability into question. However, with the way he finished the season -- 5.4-100-0.78 over the final nine games -- he has WR1 potential in 2016 provided he can stay healthy.
Watkins, who is recovering from surgery to repair stress fractures in his left foot, admits he will have to be cautious in his return to the field.
“For training camp, I think I’ll definitely be available,” Watkins told TSN.ca. “I might sit out two or three days. It’s all about how I feel within those days. The goal is to come back and be prepared for training camp.”
Watkins underwent surgery on his foot in April and graduated from crutches to a walking boot before arriving without any visible sign of an injury in Toronto late last week.
The assumption is that he'll be ready for Week 1, but time will tell if he's fully healthy by then. With the way he finished the season -- 5.4-100-0.78 over the final nine games -- he has WR1 potential in 2016 provided he can stay healthy.
Ravens WR Steve L Smith opened up about why he returned for another season.
"A thousand receptions, to be honest," Smith said after the Ravens finished their second day of a three-day minicamp in Owings Mills. "You've got to have something to strive for."
"I may catch that, in my uniform, get in my car and go home," Smith said with a smile. "Straight from there. Drive all the way from M&T Bank [Stadium] straight to Charlotte [N.C.] in one shot."
While Ravens coach John Harbaugh has always encouraged players returning from an injury the previous season to try to get live competition in the preseason, it's likely the coach will let Smith decide if he'd rather play or rest.
For now, it appears Smith would vote against coming back before the Sept. 11 opener against the Buffalo Bills.
"I've been very comfortable throughout my career not playing in the preseason," Smith said. "I don't have any problem with that. Just four games that don't count and the liability of injury at the senior citizen age that I am, I think probably staying out will be good."
Through eight weeks, Smith was the #10 WR in PPR formats before tearing his Achilles. He’s 37, and doesn’t plan to play in the preseason, though he expects to be ready for Week 1. He’s still the best receiver on the team when healthy, but that’s a big caveat at this point in his career.
This is a good sign since we're still around six weeks from the start of training camp and there's two and a half months until Week 1. With the way he finished the season -- 5.4-100-0.78 over the final nine games -- he has WR1 potential in 2016 provided he's fully healthy, but that's far from certain. Our injury expert, Russell Manalastas recommends caution, saying "I still think it's going to be an uphill battle for him to be effective early on in the regular season...and he needs at least five to six months with no setbacks to feel confident that he's fully healthy." If he had the surgery in mid-April, then five to six months puts a full recovery in mid-September to mid-October.
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