This is an intriguing signing for a couple of reasons. Holmes had a semi-breakout season in 2014 (his third year) with 47 catches for 693 yards and four touchdowns. Then, both Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree joined the team and he even fell behind Seth Roberts on the depth chart. His targets dropped from 99 in '14 to 33 in '15 and then to 25 last year. Still, even with just 58 targets, he caught seven touchdowns in the last two years, so his 6-5 frame is useful around the end zone. The Bills are struggling to put a receiving corps together, so it's feasible that Holmes could ultimately start opposite Sammy Watkins. Warning: his career catch rate (48.3%) is terrible.
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With Kenny Britt out of the picture, there are a ton of (poor quality) targets available with the Rams, and Woods is still just 24 years old. (He's turning 25 in April.) Woods has at least 550 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons and is a solid real-world WR2. His departure leaves a hole in Buffalo, so the Bills have some work to do to surround Tyrod Taylor with capable pass-catchers.
Bills announce that Tyrod Taylor agreed to stay with them on a restructured contract.
HC Sean McDermott: "We are excited about the opportunity to keep Tyrod with the Bills. I've gotten a chance to know Tyrod and study him over the past several weeks and he is both a great person and competitor. Doug and I are confident that this was the best move for the Bills at this time."
Taylor was a 4for4 favorite in 2016 until Sammy Watkins’ injury and he STILL produced top 8 numbers with Watkins in and out of the lineup. He was also a top 8 quarterback on a per game basis in 2015, so he has now produced starter-caliber numbers in two straight seasons. The question in Buffalo is what sort of receiving corps will Taylor have to throw to? If Sammy Watkins can stay healthy it would be a big boost, but the promising Robert Woods is a free agent.
Taylor was a 4for4 favorite in 2016 until Sammy Watkins’ injury and he STILL produced top 8 numbers with Watkins in and out of the lineup. He was a top 10 quarterback on a per game basis in 2015, so he has now produced starter-caliber numbers in two straight seasons. His age 26-27 numbers closely compare to Russell Wilson’s, so we’re very interested to see where he lands this offseason.
Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins underwent a second foot surgery earlier this month, performed by specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, and is expected to be ready for training camp, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.
Frazier has 12 years of experience as a defensive coordinator or head coach. His best years were in Minnesota when he guided the defense to a top eight finish in yards allowed in three straight seasons (2008-2010).
McDermott is expected to bring a 4-3 defensive scheme back to the Bills, who finished fourth in yards allowed in 2014 while using former defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's 4-3 system.
No other details on the procedure were provided.
There's some drama regarding Taylor's contract. If he can't pass a physical on March 11, the Bills are "stuck" with Taylor and a contract number of $27.5 M. Pro Football Talk: "The Buffalo predicament is the direct result of a convoluted contract extension aimed at giving Taylor a bump for 2016 along with the promise of a big payday in 2017, while protecting the Bills against a Kirk Cousins-style franchise tag dilemma after what would have been the last year of Taylor’s contract. If that device blows up on the Bills, with Taylor getting the $27.5 million at a time when the Bills would have liked to pull the plug and move on, the blame will fall on the two men who have managed to work their relationships with ownership into a high degree of job security: G.M. Doug Whaley and team president Russ Brandon." We're very interested to see where Taylor lands. From a fantasy standpoint, he should get out of Buffalo and start fresh elsewhere.
Citing two sources, the Buffalo News' Tim Graham reported Monday that Watkins will need to undergo another surgical procedure on that foot.
This is the opposite of a report we had earlier today that said Watkins was going to avoid foot surgery. Watkins' foot issues began in the offseason when he broke his foot and had surgery to repair it, which was reported in May. He recovered in time for the regular season but was shut down in September. He returned in late November, but eclipsed 100 yards in only one game. It's worth noting that Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn revealed in early December that Watkins was playing despite a broken bone. So, pain tolerance appeared to be the biggest issue.
A year after making the Pro Bowl in 2015, Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor found himself in an unenviable game of organizational ping pong this season, which eventually led to him watching the season finale on the sidelines.
The Bills classified his absence, which gave way to an EJ Manuel / Cardale Jones combination on Sunday against the Jets, as injury-related and a "business decision" before more was known about a potential hernia surgery this offseason. Taylor told reporters on Monday that his job was taken from him.
While it's easy to understand the Bills wanting to see one more performance out of Manuel and a first performance from Jones, they are putting a lot of pressure on general manager Doug Whaley to nail the quarterback position this offseason, the story said. Taylor was not a top 10 quarterback but he was more than replacement level. In two seasons, he completed an average of 62.6 percent of his passes for 6,058 yards, 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also ran for another 1,148 yards and 10 touchdowns.
"As of right now, no," he said after Sunday's season-ending loss to the New York Jets. "I think the biggest thing was finishing the season, and probably Monday when we do physicals or whatever, they'll basically give me the outline on my offseason, whether I should get surgery or not. I'm leaning towards not."
Watkins left for the locker room to be evaluated for a hip injury in the second half of Sunday's finale; he did not return. Watkins said he "got popped pretty hard" earlier in the game and began feeling tight at halftime.
If Watkins can avoid surgery this offseason, it will be his first full offseason in the NFL without undergoing a medical procedure.
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