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  • Offensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    337.2
    295.2
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    198.1
    189.1
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    139.2
    106.2
    Points Per Game
    22.2
    18.1
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    35.1
    33.7
    Time of
    Possession
    27:29
    30:33
    Bills
    Buccaneers

    Defensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    354.1
    352.8
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    232.6
    246.0
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    121.5
    106.8
    Points Per Game
    25.6
    23.8
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    38.8
    39.7
    Bills
    Buccaneers
  • Buffalo Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    04/27/16TECharles ClayBackPROBABLEClay (back) has restructured his contract, BuffaloBills.com reports.

    It doesn't sound like this did much if anything to Clay's total pay, but the offseason math with help the cap-crunched Bills try to re-sign some of their free agents, namely Cordy Glenn and Richie Incognito. We haven't heard much about Clay's back injury either after it forced him to miss the final three games, but it didn't sound like anything serious at the time and the Bills were long out of the playoffs. He'll try to build on his 51/528/3 line now that he has a year of familiarity with Tyrod Taylor and offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

    (Updated 02/26/2016)
    04/27/16WRMarcus EasleyKneeQUESTIONABLEEasley is progressing in his rehabilitation from a broken knee and dislocated knee cap, which he sustained in Week 16 against the Cowboys, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. "It's been nothing but uphill since the end of the season," Easley said Friday. "I'm getting around a lot better now and healing up real well. I'm getting better every day."

    Easley suffered the horrific injuries as he went to the ground while performing in the punt coverage unit. Previously, he relayed that his recovery timetable would be 7-to-9 months, potentially delaying his first game action of the 2016 season. In any case, he'll more than likely miss the Bills' offseason program.

    (Updated 02/19/2016)
    04/27/16DBStephon GilmoreShoulderPROBABLEGilmore (shoulder) has not been cleared to participate in practice, The Buffalo News reports.

    Gilmore missed the last four games of the 2015 season, but he's expected to be healthy for the start of 2016. He'll start at cornerback across from Ronald Darby, with the duo forming one of the league's better CB tandems.

    (Updated 04/18/2016)
    04/27/16WRMarquise GoodwinRibsPROBABLEThe Bills placed Goodwin (ribs) on injured reserve Tuesday.

    Goodwin injured his ribs Sunday for the second time this season, and his placement on injured reserve will prevent him from playing again in 2015. It's not clear how long Goodwin will need to recover from his latest setback, but he is still under contract next season, so he figures to participate in the Bills' offseason activities once he is back at 100 percent.

    (Updated 10/20/2015)
    04/27/16DLJerry HughesUpper bodyQUESTIONABLEHughes finished the 2015 season with 52 tackles, five sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He played in all 16 games for the fourth straight season, while seeing action on 92.5 percent of the defensive snaps.

    Hughes picked up 67 points in standard IDP scoring after putting up 90 the previous season, and that's mostly due to the drop in sacks. If your league counts passes defensed, he closed that gap a bit. In truth, almost every member of the Bills' defensive line struggled with Rex Ryan's new system, and there's little reason Hughes can't get back to double-digit sacks in 2016 as his familiarity in a complex scheme grows. Hughes also took some dumb penalties in 2015, and it won't sit well with the coaching staff if he doesn't clean that up permanently.

    (Updated 01/13/2016)
    04/27/16LBTy PowellKneeQUESTIONABLEThe Bills placed defensive end Jarius Wynn and linebacker Ty Powell on injured reserve Tuesday. Both players recently suffered ACL injuries, which will sideline them for the 2015 season.
    04/27/16RBKarlos WilliamsKneePROBABLERookie fifth-round selection Jonathan Williams will join (Karlos) Williams and LeSean McCoy in the Buffalo backfield, Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News reports.

    Also a fifth-round selection, Karlos Williams enjoyed an efficient rookie season, gaining 517 yards on just 93 carries (5.6 YPC) with nine total touchdowns (two receiving) in 11 games. He's well positioned to serve as LeSean McCoy's top backup again, but Jonathan Williams could also compete for touches. There's been no indication that Karlos is still bothered by the knee injury that held him out in Week 17 last season.

    (Updated 05/03/2016)
    Tampa Bay Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    04/27/16WRKenny BellHamstringPROBABLEBell is eager to to prove himself in 2016 after spending his rookie season on injured reserve, Scott Smith of the Bucs' official site reports.

    A mid-August 2015 hamstring injury completely derailed the Nebraska product's rookie campaign, but he refused to remain out of the loop. Bell continued attending meetings and was involved in as many day-to-day activities as possible. The sophomore wideout was even allowed to travel with the team for road games, allowing him to immerse himself as much as possible into then-offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's system. That experience could pay off for the 24-year-old in the coming months, as he battles for a spot on the roster. "Going through camp and going through everything I was pretty familiar with the offense," said Bell. "So the playbook has never been too big of an issue. What I'm more focused on is the reps. That's where you garner respect in this game. The guys I'm sure enjoy having me around, I like to think I'm a good guy and I like to have fun, but the way you really garner respect from the team, from coaches, from guys that play this game, is playing on Sundays." With veteran receiver Louis Murphy likely out until training camp while he recovers from last year's ACL surgery, Bell will have an opportunity for additional reps at a minimum for the remainder of OTAs and the Bucs' mini-camps. Koetter has also mentioned Bell as a candidate for the Bucs' open kick-returner job, and the former Cornhusker also has gunner experience on punt returns over his four college seasons.

    (Updated 04/27/2016)
    04/27/16WRVincent JacksonKneePROBABLEJackson is excited about the physical and mental progress that Jameis Winston has made this offseason, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports.

    The 33-year-old receiver, entering the final year of his contract, expressed considerable optimism about the progress he sees his sophomore quarterback having made over the last few months. That improvement has been holistic in the eyes of Jackson, who hopes that Winston's expected development helps lead to a resurgent season for himself. "You can tell he actually put in some work, and not just physically but mentally, as well,'' Jackson said Wednesday, the second day of Tampa Bay's voluntary minicamp. "I think he put in a lot of time in the classroom and continued to just clean up his quarterback skills.'' The veteran wideout's streak of four consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns came to a halt last season due to Jackson missing a total of six games due to injury, but he is fully recovered and practicing without restriction at Bucs mini-camp this week. Having scored just five touchdowns over 26 games during the 2014-15 seasons, the 12-year pro will look to join fellow starter Mike Evans in boosting his trips into the end zone in 2016.

    (Updated 04/28/2016)
    04/27/16WRLouis MurphyKneeQUESTIONABLEBucs head coach Dirk Koetter said Murphy (knee) won't be on the field until training camp, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

    Murphy tore his ACL in late October, finishing the 2015 season with a 10-198-0 receiving line (18 targets) in six games. Though he mostly served as Tampa Bay's No. 3 wide receiver prior to the injury, Murphy may have to compete for a roster spot in training camp, if he's even healthy enough to suit up. With 33-year-old Vincent Jackson entering the final year of his contract, the Bucs could target a wide receiver in the early rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft.

    (Updated 04/26/2016)
    04/27/16KPatrick MurrayKneePROBABLEBuccaneers kicker Patrick Murray made his only field goal attempt in Tampa Bay's 20-3 loss to the Packers Sunday.
    04/27/16DBMajor WrightUndisclosedPROBABLEWright (undisclosed) will be placed on injured reserve this week, NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports.

    Wright opened the season as a starter, but his Week 1 injury gave Chris Conte a chance to shine. Hobbled by injuries for much of the year, Wright finished with just 25 tackles and three passes defensed in nine appearances. He is under contract for 2016, whereas Conte's deal expires at the end of the season. The Bucs might also opt to look outside of the organization for a starting safety to pair with Bradley McDougald.

    (Updated 12/29/2015)
 
 
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