Although he's participating in most of OTAs, the Bills remain concerned about Clay's lingering knee troubles, The Buffalo News reports. "We are concerned with Charles' knee situation," said new coach Sean McDermott. "It's something we have to manage moving forward in order to have him on the field for us, which is important moving forward. He's a weapon for us."
Clay made it on the field for 15 games last season, but was a regular on the injury report with issues relating to his knee. While Clay has been a bit of a disappointment since the Bills signed him as a free agent two years ago, he's far better than the next option -- hopefully McDermott means they just need to be proactive in not letting it become a major issue through rest and being smart about it, rather than being concerned it could potentially keep him out of action.
Hodges, an athletic former fourth-rounder, will compete for a spot at outside linebacker in Buffalo after racking up 133 tackles, two interceptions, and a forced fumble in 25 games with the 49ers throughout the past two seasons.
New defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier thinks Ragland (knee) has the skills to play on the outside if he doesn't win the starting middle linebacker job in the team's new 3-4 defense, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said Frazier: "We think he could potentially play outside. We have a limited sample size based on his rookie season and that was just training camp so you have to look at his college tape and project. Based on our projections we think he could play the middle linebacker position and one of the outside positions."
The team seems to want to give Raglund a crack at the middle linebacker job, but Preston Brown has been as solid as they come there through three NFL seasons. Ragland hasn't played a down of pro football yet and is still not 100 percent as he works his way back from a knee injury that killed his 2016 season. Perhaps the better bet is to let Brown man the middle and give Ragland the starting strong-side spot, where the team doesn't have much talent. We'll see how it plays out this summer, but one way or another, the team has big plans for Ragland.