Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio believes that Bills running back LeSean McCoy could wind up on the Commissioner Exempt List regardless of the legal outcome of his domestic abuse allegations. He believes that the nature of the attacks on Delicia Cordon and possible P.R. backlash could compel the league to keep McCoy off the field.
It is still too early to jump to conclusions on what could happen to McCoy legally, but there is a real threat that he misses time regardless of his guilt or innocence. Last season, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended six games for a domestic violence issue he was not ever charged with in court. Chris Ivory would be the lead running back if McCoy were to miss time, but the Bills may also look to a veteran such as DeMarco Murray or Adrian Peterson in free agency.
A disturbing post was submitted to Instagram on Tuesday morning which accuses Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy of allegedly taking part in domestic violence and the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
The post was submitted by an account which appears to be a friend of a loved one in McCoy’s life. The post alleges that McCoy has also used violence against his child and dog.
If true, McCoy is in serious trouble. It's difficult to focus on the fantasy implications in situations like these, but depending on the validity of the accusations and the league's response, McCoy's 2018 season is in jeopardy. Chris Ivory and Travaris Cadet are next up on the Bills' depth chart.
Speaking to reporters at his hometown football camp, McCoy said he’s motivated to reach 12,000 yards, after topping 10,000 last season.
“I have more to prove,” he said, via PennLive.com. “It’s just like, ‘How long can he do it? How long can he keep being productive?’ And that drives me. It really does.”
McCoy said he still has a few pounds to lose and has tightened up his diet.
The Bills wide receiver corps is one of the league’s thinner ones heading into training camp, which would seem to bode well for 2017 second-round pick Zay Jones‘ chances of seeing a lot of playing time once September rolls around.
While that may be the case, General Manager Brandon Beane made it clear last week that Jones won’t be guaranteed anything this season.
“He’s not just going to necessarily go right to the top of the line,” Beane said during an appearance on WGR 550, via NewYorkUpstate.com. “He’ll have to earn his way. Part of that will just be just getting his feel. He’s only played with Nathan Peterman. He has not got to play with Josh Allen or AJ McCarron yet. So that bond there will just have to form.”
Jones had a quiet rookie season dealing with a shoulder injury. As the story pointed out, it's not an overwhelming list of WRs, so Jones certainly has a chance to make his mark and earn a key role in the offense.
On Tuesday, head coach Sean McDermott said Allen will get first-team reps at this week’s mandatory minicamp.
Related players: AJ McCarron
The story pointed out this seems to be a clear indication the Bills will give him every chance to win the starting job as of Week 1. McCarron had hoped to get a chance to play at least part of the season, and that may still happen. But he’s going to have to earn his playing time by showing he’s better than Allen, the story added.
It is not terribly uncommon for rookie quarterbacks to start the offseason program at the bottom of the depth chart, but it is still somewhat notable given the true disaster the rest of the quarterback depth chart is for Buffalo. Perhaps most notable is that Peterman and McCarron are splitting first-team reps, indicating that Peterman could be in line to open the year as the starter should he play well.
With not much depth at the receiver position in Buffalo, Kerley could etch out a role for himself either as the team's No. 2 wideout or in the slot. If it does turn out he has earned a significant role, you might want to consider him in the very late round of fantasy drafts. But temper expectations as he has never caught more than 64 passes in a season and he might be catching passes from A.J. McCarron.
The Patriots recently shipped out WR Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams, and have now added Matthews as a depth chart signing. He will join a somewhat crowded receiver corps that features Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson, Phillip Dorsett, and Kenny Britt.
Matthews has yet to play a full 16-game season and appeared in only 10 games in his first season as a Bill. With all the mouths to feed in New England's passing game, Matthews shouldn't be on your fantasy radar at the moment.
The Buffalo Bills are trading OT Cordy Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals will also receive the Bills' No. 21 overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, while the Bills obtain the Bengals' No. 12 overall first-round draft pick. A swap of later round picks is also a part of the deal.
The Browns were expected to target a quarterback in free agency but instead have landed the dynamic Taylor, who will likely take over as Cleveland starter. The Browns are still expected to take a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft.
Earlier, the Browns worked out a trade with Miami for three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry. The Miami Dolphins have agreed to trade the Pro Bowl receiver to the Browns for two draft picks, a person familiar with the deal said Friday.
Likely out of the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes, the Browns have elected to trade for a solid starter in Taylor and will likely pick a quarterback early in the 2018 NFL Draft. Taylor's presence will allow the Browns to be patient with their young quarterback, whoever it is. The Landry trade hurts his fantasy stock since his role was well defined in Miami, though he should still be a fantasy starter, especially in PPR formats. The Browns now have a receiving corps of Landry, Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman to go along with athletic tight end David Njoku. In Miami, Landry's departure opens up 161 targets, so depending on what the Dolphins do in free agency and the Draft, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills could see a big uptick in usage.
Chris Ivory will sign a two-year deal with the Bills with a base value of $5.5 million and a maximum value of $6 million, a source confirmed to ESPN. Ivory will be guaranteed $3.25 million. NFL Network first reported Ivory’s compensation.
Since Ivory was released recently, he's able to sign with a team immediately. He'll likely serve as the backup to LeSean McCoy.
The Buffalo Bills have relieved Rick Dennison of his offensive coordinator duties.
According to a follow-up tweet by Carucci, they have yet to hire a replacement.
Mike McCarthy’s search to fill his vacant defensive coordinator’s job ended suddenly after nine days when the Green Bay Packers coach chose former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine to succeed Dom Capers.
McCarthy had interest in Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, but it appears Fangio is going to stick with the Bears. He also asked for permission to speak with Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, but never got to interview him. Bradley agreed to return to the Chargers Tuesday night.
Along the way to his head-coaching job, Pettine was part of some of the NFL’s top defenses. From ’09-12, the Jets ranked 1st, 3rd, 5th and 8th in overall defense. Ryan received most of the credit for the Jets’ great defenses, but a Cleveland.com story said that Ryan turned over much of the responsibility of the defense to Pettine after the 2009 season.
In 2013, after Pettine went to Buffalo, the Bills ranked 10th in defense.
As the story mentioned, Pettine's defenses in New York and Buffalo all ranked top 10 in yards allowed, though they were 20th in points allowed in three straight seasons (two in New York and one in Buffalo). There may be some growing pains along the way, but this looks like a good hire for Green Bay.
McCoy may not be 100% but he'll be out there against the Jaguars.
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