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Buffalo Bills

Stadium: Ralph Wilson Stadium | Coach: Rex Ryan
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense13th152.0 (1st)208.9 (27th)
Defense19th108.1 (15th)248.2 (18th)
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90Barnes, T.J. DT6-73646/14/19902Georgia Tech
53Bradham, Nigel OLB6-22419/4/19894Florida State
52Brown, Preston MLB6-125110/27/19922Louisville
97Bryant, Corbin DT6-43001/4/19883Northwestern
39Butler, Mario CB6-118710/20/19882Georgia Tech
2Carpenter, Dan K6-222811/25/19858Montana
96Charles, Stefan DT6-53236/9/19883Regina (Canada)
28Darby, Ronald CB5-111931/2/1994RFlorida State
99Dareus, Marcell DT6-333111/18/19895Alabama
26Dixon, Anthony RB6-12339/24/19876Mississippi State
93Edwards, Lavar DE6-42754/29/19903Louisiana State
75Enemkpali, IK LB6-12617/3/19912Louisiana Tech
42Felton, Jerome FB6-02487/3/19868Furman
4Gay, Jordan K6-12003/29/19902Centre
35Gillislee, Mike RB5-1121911/1/19903Florida
77Glenn, Cordy T6-63459/18/19894Georgia
89Gragg, Chris TE6-32446/30/19903Arkansas
20Graham, Corey FS6-01967/25/19859New Hampshire
72Groy, Ryan G6-53209/30/19902Wisconsin
80Hankerson, Leonard WR6-22111/30/19895Miami (Fla.)
66Henderson, Seantrel T6-73311/21/19922Miami (Fla.)
15Hogan, Chris WR6-122010/24/19883Monmouth (N.J.)
55Hughes, Jerry DE6-22548/13/19886Texas Christian
64Incognito, Richie G6-33197/5/19839Nebraska
8Johnson, Josh QB6-32055/15/19867San Diego
71Kouandjio, Cyrus T6-73227/21/19932Alabama
91Lawson, Manny OLB6-52407/3/198410North Carolina State
13Lewis, Dezmin WR6-421412/5/1992RCentral Arkansas
3Manuel, EJ QB6-42373/19/19903Florida State
25McCoy, LeSean RB5-112087/12/19887Pittsburgh
21McKelvin, Leodis CB5-101859/1/19858Troy
36Meeks, Jonathan DB6-020911/8/19893Clemson
76Miller, John G6-23038/12/1993RLouisville
79Mills, Jordan T6-531612/24/19903Louisiana Tech
46Noel, Merrill CB5-101759/10/1991RWake Forest
84O'Leary, Nick TE6-32528/31/1992RFlorida State
19Powell, Walt WR5-1118911/23/19912Murray State
30Rambo, Bacarri SS6-02116/27/19903Georgia
51Reddick, Kevin LB6-124012/28/19892North Carolina
37Robey, Nickell DB5-81651/17/19923USC
17Salas, Greg WR6-22108/25/19885Hawaii
65Sanborn, Garrison LS6-12407/31/19857Florida State
6Schmidt, Colton P5-1122410/27/19902California-Davis
44Seamster, Sammy DB6-02052/5/19912Middle Tennessee State
59Tarpley, A.J. OLB6-02324/30/1992RStanford
5Taylor, Tyrod QB6-12158/3/19895Virginia Tech
41Thomas, Cam CB6-12005/5/1991RWestern Kentucky
60Urbik, Kraig G6-53249/23/19857Wisconsin
54Valles, Max OLB6-42508/5/1994RVirginia
14Watkins, Sammy WR6-12116/14/19932Clemson
23Williams, Aaron SS6-01994/23/19905Texas
94Williams, Mario DE6-62921/31/198510North Carolina State
27Williams, Duke SS5-1120110/15/19903Nevada
29Williams, Karlos RB6-12305/4/1993RFlorida State
70Wood, Eric C6-43103/18/19867Louisville
69Worthy, Jerel DT6-23084/28/19903Michigan State
Injured Players
33Brooks, Ron (IR) CB5-1019010/16/19884Louisiana State
98Carrington, Alex (IR) DE6-53016/19/19876Arkansas State
79Chandler, Tyson (IR) T6-63312/2/1991RNorth Carolina State
85Clay, Charles (IR) TE6-32552/13/19895Tulsa
81Easley, Marcus (IR) WR6-221711/2/19875Connecticut
24Gilmore, Stephon (IR) CB6-11909/19/19904South Carolina
88Goodwin, Marquise (IR) WR5-917911/19/19903Texas
48Gray, MarQueis (IR) TE6-424211/7/19893Minnesota
18Harvin, Percy (IR) WR5-111845/28/19887Florida
58Johnson, Randell (IR) OLB6-42453/23/19912Florida Atlantic
57Powell, Ty (IR) LB6-22494/27/19883Harding
50Steward, Tony (IR) LB6-024112/19/1992RClemson
95Williams, Kyle (IR) DT6-13036/10/198310Louisiana State
41Wood, Cierre (IR) RB5-112262/21/19912Notre Dame
10Woods, Robert (IR) WR6-01904/10/19923USC
92Wynn, Jarius (IR) DT6-32858/29/19867Georgia
Practice Squad
 Annen, Blake TE6-42475/28/19911Cincinnati
 Dowling, Jonathan DB6-319012/8/19912Western Kentucky
 Dysert, Zac QB6-32212/8/19902Miami (Ohio)
 Garner, Manasseh TE6-22203/11/1992RPittsburgh
 Maxwell, Jacob TE6-42401/4/19911Louisiana-Lafayette
 Patrick, Ronald G6-131011/1/19911South Carolina
 Reed, Cedric DE6-526910/9/1992RTexas
68Richardson, Cyril G6-534312/27/19902Baylor
 Thomas, Phillip DB6-02233/1/19893Fresno State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
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Position Listing
MarQueis Gray
Bills tight end MarQueis Gray (broken forearm) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ESPN reports.

With Gray ruled out for the season, Chris Gragg and Matthew Mulligan will provide depth at tight end behind Charles Clay. Gray, a former college quarterback, saw just one target in four games this season.

Forearm - IR. Out for season
Dezmin Lewis
Lewis was elevated from the practice squad this week, BuffaloBills.com reports, and could see some action this week against the Cowboys. "Probably a good chance of that," said coach Rex Ryan. "The young man's done a nice job on our practice squad so I think that would be a real possibility."

Lewis provided some excitement in training camp, and while it's too early to throw a dart at him, the Bills simply don't have any no-brainer long-term talents once you get past Sammy Watkins. It's at least worth seeing what type of playing time he gets this week, and there's room for him to see some action with Robert Woods getting placed on IR.

Merrill Noel
No Updates
Max Valles
Guard/center Jon Feliciano, a fourth-rounder who is set to battle for a starting job, and sixth-round defensive end Max Valles have signed their rookie contracts, the Raiders have announced.

Valles recorded 78 tackles and 13 sacks over two seasons at Virginia.

Cierre Wood
Wood has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL during Sunday's game against the Titans, ESPN reports.

Wood's season-ending injury further depletes the Bills' banged-up backfield, as starting running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and rookie backup Karlos Williams (concussion) were already both inactive Sunday. With those absentees, Anthony Dixon and Dan Herron represent the only healthy tailbacks on Buffalo's current roster ahead of Sunday's Week 6 game against the Bengals.

Knee - IR. Out for season
Aaron Williams
Bills general manager Doug Whaley said Williams (neck) is healthy, Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News reports.

A neck injury limited Williams to three appearances in 2015, with his most recent outing coming on Oct. 11. The Bills placed him on IR/designated to return, but he was later ruled out for the remainder of the season once a playoff appearance was out of the question. Williams also dealt with a neck injury the previous season, so while he's seemingly on track to jump back in as the starting free safety, there are still some serious questions about his long-term future in football.

Neck - IR. Designated for return
Garrison Sanborn
The Bills have ruled out wide receivers Marcus Easley (knee) and Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) for their Week 7 battle against the visiting Vikings. Also out is linebacker Ty Powell (ankle).

The team is otherwise healthy - the rest of those on its injury report Friday are probable. They are long snapper Garrison Sanborn (knee), safeties Aaron Williams (wrist/neck) and Da'Norris Searcy (knee), linebacker Brandon Spikes (ribs) and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee).

Marcell Dareus
Dareus suffered a broken foot during Sunday's win over the Jets.

Dareus finished this season with a career-low two sacks under new coach Rex Ryan, hurting his IDP value significantly. As the defensive tackle now enters the offseason, he'll mend a broken foot and hope to return to his previously dominant form once healthy.

Anthony Dixon
Dixon (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

Though LeSean McCoy is sidelined Sunday, Dixon remains a fantasy dart in Week 16, with both Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee ahead of him in the Bills' running back pecking order.

Greg Salas
The Lions placed wide receiver Greg Salas and defensive tackle Corey Wootton on injured reserve Saturday, reports the team's official website. Salas was dealing with a knee injury while Wootton had a torn pectoral.
IK Enemkpali
Ikemefuna Enemkpali has been added to the Bills' active roster now that his four-game suspensions for violating the league's personal conduct policy has ended, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

Rex Ryan likes Enemkpali and thinks he's a good kid even though the linebacker has a history of violent actions, including a punch to Geno Smith's jaw that may have ruined the quarterback's entire 2015 season. Enemkpali will slot in as a special teams guy and linebacker, as the Bills moved running back Cierre Wood to injured reserve in order to make room.

Kraig Urbik
Bills left guard Kraig Urbik took a pay cut of $1.5 million this year and $1.7 million next year, reports ESPN.com. Urbik, who is signed through 2016, played in every game last year, starting nine.
Marquise Goodwin
The 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.

Ribs - IR. Out for season
Jerel Worthy
The Lions have claimed defensive tackle Jerel Worthy off of waivers from the Chiefs, the team announced on Tuesday. Worthy was waived by Kansas City on Monday. Worthy has been burdened with injuries early on in his career, playing just 16 games in his first three seasons in the league. He has 2 1/2 sacks and 15 tackles in his brief career.
Cedric Reed
No Updates
Ron Brooks
Brooks (neck) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Neck and shoulder issues cost Brooks time recently, even forcing him into the concussion protocol, though it's not entirely clear whether his placement on IR is related or due to a new injury. Brooks played primarily on special teams this season, recording 12 total tackles (11 solo).

Preston Brown
Brown finished the 2015 season with 120 tackles, two interceptions (one for a touchdown), four passes defensed, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

Brown probably raised more eyebrows with less stats in his rookie 2014 season (109 tackles, one pick, two passes defensed, and one fumble recovery), as the Buffalo defense was quite the force under Jim Schwartz, but the unit suffered a big drop this year with Schwartz out and Rex Ryan overseeing the defense with Dennis Thurman as his coordinator. Still, Brown quietly ended up with even better numbers, as he avoided empty games and was a little more aggressive on the football. He hasn't missed a game in two seasons while playing pretty much every defensive snap, and will be a great bet to hit 100 tackles again next season for the third time.

Jordan Gay
The Bills announced that they've signed kickoff specialist Jordan Gay to a contract extension. 

Gay was an exclusive-rights free agent for the Bills. 

Dan Carpenter
Carpenter finished the season with 103 points, connecting on 23 of his 27 field-goal attempts and going 34 of 40 on extra point attempts.

Carpenter had the fewest field-goal attempts (27) and worst field-goal percentage (85.2) this season in his three-year stint with the Bills. He also missed six extra point attempts, giving him the second worst percentage in the league. He is under contract through the 2017 season.

Randell Johnson
The following players have been deemed inactive for the Bills in Week 17 against the Patriots: Stephon Gilmore, Bryce Brown, Randell Johnson, Cyrus Kouandjio, Marquise Goodwin, Chris Gragg and Marcell Dareus.

Dareus was listed as out after Friday's practice. He finishes his season with 48 total tackles and 10 sacks for the Bills. 

Mario Williams
Williams (hand) is active Sunday against the Jets.

Williams has been a major fantasy disappointment this season, as he heads into Sunday's game with just 17 tackles and four sacks, including one sack in his last seven games.

Marcus Easley
Easley, who suffered a dislocated knee cap that was also broken in three places, has begun his offseason rehab, BuffaloBills.com reports. "Seven to nine months," Easley said. "They say I should make a full recovery."

Easley is the type of guy that will work as hard as possible to keep that window on the short side, but no matter what it starts to push him up against training camp or even the regular season. It'll be interesting to see what the Bills do with him, as Easley takes up a roster spot normally given to a player with better offensive skills, but at the same time he's one of the league's top special teams players when healthy. And yes, he's that good playing the gunner role, among other things.

Blake Annen
The Bears have listed Jordan Mills, Josh Morgan, Terrance Mitchell, Darryl Sharpton, Eben Britton, Trevor Scott and Blake Annen as inactive Week 11 against the Vikings.

Both Scott and Sharpton had been ruled out prior to Sunday's game. Mills was considered doubtful due to a rib injury, while Morgan was questionable with a shoulder issue. Mitchell was probable due to an illness, but will not go. 

Ronald Darby
Darby, who missed the Week 16 game and part of Week 17 due to a groin injury, is already feeling better now that the season has ended, BuffaloBills.com reports. "It was an abductor injury," said Darby. "Overuse, I was probably straining. I hit my rookie wall. I was trying to avoid that rookie wall. I'm just resting now. It's going good."

Darby finished his rookie season with 68 tackles, two interceptions, and a whopping 21 passes defensed, and generally made every all-rookie team list at season's end. With him and Stephon Gilmore back in the fold for 2016, the Bills should have one of the league's better starting cornerback duos.

Cyril Richardson
The Bills declared wideouts Mike Williams and Marcus Easley (knee), cornerback Ron Brooks (groin), linebacker Randell Johnson, running back Phillip Tanner, guard Cyril Richardson and safety Jerome Couplin inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Eric Wood
The Bills starting offensive line will see its first playing time together in a game Sunday against the Bears, with Cordy Glenn, Chris Williams, Eric Wood, Erik Pears and Seantrel Henderson lining up left to right, the Buffalo News reports.

The Bills are walking into a hostile environment in Chicago, and the fact that the starting five on the offensive line didn't see any time together could make things difficult on running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson if the linemen suffer a communications breakdown. It also bodes well for the Chicago defense, providing an increased opportunity that a pass rusher breaks through unblocked on a missed assignment.

A.J. Tarpley
Tarpley, an undrafted rookie out of Stanford, was elevated from the practice squad Thursday, BuffaloBills.com reports.

With Tony Steward moved to IR, starter Nigel Bradham battling an ankle injury, and Ty Powell already lost for the season, either Tarpley or Kevin Roddick could be heavily relied upon this week against the Eagles should Bradham not make it back from his high-ankle sprain.

Tyrod Taylor
Bills general manager Doug Whaley said Taylor did enough in 2015 for the team to "continue down the road to see if he can be the franchise guy of the future", The Buffalo News reports.

Whaley seemingly intended for his comment to be taken as praise, but it's still a bit perplexing how hesitant the Bills have been to commit to Taylor as their quarterback of the future, perhaps because acknowledging the extent of his success would illuminate just how disappointing the rest of the organization was this season. In addition to his obvious running prowess, Taylor overcame a mediocre receiving corps to complete 63.7 percent of his passes for 8.0 yards per attempt, with a 20:6 TD:INT ratio. Even with the Bills sporting a potent rushing attack, it was odd to see how conservative the team typically played on offense in the first half of games, seemingly unaware that it had an effective quarterback and a lousy defense. Buffalo still managed to go 8-6 in the games Taylor played, and with slightly better health and coaching, the team likely would've contended for a playoff spot. In any case, Taylor probably won't face any competition for the starting job next season, but it does seem the Bills are hesitant to extended his contract beyond 2016.

Phillip Thomas
The Dolphins have signed strong safety and Redskins castoff Phillip Thomas.

Thomas was drafted in the fourth round by Washington in 2013, but proved disappointing after losing his rookie season to a foot injury. He played in eight games a year ago and contributed to 27 tackles.

Ty Powell
The 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.
Knee - IR. Out for season
Jacob Maxwell
The Lions signed tight end Jacob Maxwell on Monday, the team announced. Maxwell has never appeared in an NFL game.
Zac Dysert
Stephon Gilmore
Gilmore (shoulder) has been placed on IR by the Bills.

With Gilmore out for the season, look for Leodis McKelvin and Ronald Darby -- who both played all 77 of the Bills' defensive snaps in Week 14 -- to continue to head the team's cornerback corps down the stretch. Gilmore finishes up the 2015 campaign with 36 tackles and three picks in 12 games.

Shoulder - IR. Out for season
Stefan Charles
The Bills listed tight end Chris Gragg (knee), safety Da'Norris Searcy (hamstring), and Mike Williams as out for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Searcy, who left Week 14 against the Broncos and was unable to return, has 47 tackles and three interceptions this year in Buffalo. 

Defensive end Jarius Wynn (knee) is listed as questionable while kicker Dan Carpenter (groin) and defensive tackle Stefan Charles (quad) are probable. 

T.J. Barnes
Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin has been declared inactive for Week 17’s game against the Dolphins.

Harvin is nursing a rib injury he suffered during Week 16’s game against the Patriots.

Also listed as inactive are T.J. Barnes, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Wesley Johnson, Nick Mangold, Walt Powell and Matt Simms.

Kyle Williams
The Bills placed Williams (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.

Williams will miss the season due to a surgical procedure on his knee, so the Bills decided to place him on injured reserve to open up a roster spot, which was filled by fellow defensive tackle T.J. Barnes. It remains to be seen if Williams will play for the Bills again next season, as the team could opt to cut him to save some cap space.

Knee - IR. Out for season
Jerry Hughes
Hughes 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.

Duke Williams
A year after recording 52 tackles, Williams finished the season with just 28 tackles, one sack, and one touchdown while being active for all 16 games.

At one point, Williams was in line to start at free safety following the injury to Aaron Williams, but others ended up impressing more and by the end of the season Duke Williams was barely getting off the bench. We'll see if coach Rex Ryan wants to keep him around, but Williams clearly hasn't taken the leap forward the previous regime - the group that drafted him in the fourth round out of Nevad in 2013 - was hoping for.

Tyson Chandler
The second-most famous Tyson Chandler in sports behind the NBA standout is attempting to make a bigger name for himself. So far, so good.

The undrafted free agent offensive lineman is opening some eyes on the Bills. He received attention from several teams, but deemed Buffalo the best fit since it boasted just three other tackles on the roster.

At a massive 6-foot-7, 354 pounds, Chandler has an arm length of just over three feet. He has shown excellent quickness for his size. He realizes the transition from North Carolina State to the NFL will take plenty of work and dedication, but he doesn't want to be overwhelmed by the level of talent.

"It doesn't get much better than Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes," he told the team website. "When I first got here I was a bit starstruck but now it's simply all about going out there and blocking them."

Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn has been impressed with Chandler's work ethic and ability to take what he has learned in the classroom onto the field.

"He's been doing very well," Glenn said. "He's catching onto everything. Being a rookie the biggest thing for him is just playing fast and now slowing down because of mental confusion. From everything that I've seen, he's continued to do his job over and over."

Mike Gillislee
Gillislee signed a contract extension Monday, BuffaloBills.com reports.

Gillislee came out of nowhere to play in the final five games of the season, scoring three times and averaging a slick 5.68 yards per carry. However, we imagine the team is eyeing him for the No. 3 role next season, given that LeSean McCoy will be healthy again and Karlos Williams fits the bill of a strong No. 2.

Lavar Edwards
The Cowboys activated defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence from injured reserve Saturday, waiving defensive end Lavar Edwards in a corresponding move.

Lawrence suffered a fractured foot in late July and started the season on short-term injured reserve, placing Week 9 as his earliest possible return date. The rookie defensive end returned to practice in mid-October and should be available for Sunday's matchup with the Cardinals.

Sammy Watkins
Watkins caught 11 of 15 targets for 136 yards during Sunday's 22-17 win over the Jets.

Often lined up against Darrelle Revis, Watkins had his way with the Jets' cornerback, who was beaten early and often, though Watkins was unable to score a touchdown. The second-year wideout passed the 1,000-yard mark during the game, and he finishes the season with 60 catches on 96 targets for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games. He'll head into next season as the unquestioned top wideout on the depth chart, though the Bills could certainly work on getting him some help on the outside.

Leonard Hankerson
The Bills have claimed Hankerson off waivers from the Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Hankerson bolsters the Bills' depth at wideout in advance of Week 17, but it remains to be seen how much of a role he might have in Sunday's season finale against the Jets, considering that he needs to absorb the Bills' offense on the fly.

Jonathan Dowling
The Raiders announced a couple of roster moves prior to Sunday's game against the 49ers. The team placed safety Jonathan Dowling on injured reserve with a back injury and added tight end Scott Simonson to the 53-man active roster, per the San Francisco Chronicle.
Bacarri Rambo
Rambo (knee) is active Sunday against the Jets.

Rambo has had a few games this season with at least seven tackles, though he usually doesn't get up to that level and is a fairly weak fantasy IDP option.

Kevin Reddick
The Chargers have waived linebacker Kevin Reddick, U-T San Diego reports. Riddick filled a special-teams role after joining the active roster in late September.
Percy Harvin
The Bills sill are unsure whether Harvin, placed on injured reserve in early November due to knee and hip injuries, is planning on returning for another season, NFL.com reports. "Percy Harvin was supposed to be a big help for us and we're still not sure what's going on," Jim Monos, the team's director of player personnel, told WGR-AM on Tuesday, per ESPN.com's Mike Rodak. "He's got to make some decisions here coming up. We need to get somebody opposite of (wideout) Sammy (Watkins) to be a real threat to that defense. I think that's a big key for our offense, to take one more step."

Harvin was reportedly leaning toward playing for the Bills again back in December, but apparently the team hasn't heard much since. The team is thought to be looking for an upgrade at No. 2 wideout to go with budding star Sammy Watkins, though we're not sure Harvin fits that bill given his inconsistency and long injury history. Things will have to play out soon as the Bills get ready for the draft.

Knee - IR. Out for season
LeSean McCoy
McCoy is one of four people being investigated for an alleged assault of two off-duty police officers at a nightclub in Philadelphia early Sunday morning, The Buffalo News reports.

Details are still emerging from the incident, but McCoy's agent Drew Rosenhaus did not immediately return a call from The Buffalo News seeking comment. The Bills issued a statement Monday morning: "We are aware of the reports regarding LeSean McCoy and in the process of gathering more information. We will not provide any further comment at this time."

Corbin Bryant
With Kyle Williams expected to miss to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, Bryant is in line for more playing time.

Bryant logged 45 defensive plays Monday against the Patriots - logging two total tackles - and stands to play even more this week in Kansas City with Alex Carrington being needed to sub in for an injured Mario Williams. Bryant is still looking for his first sack of the season and the true IDP plays on this line are Marcell Dareus and Jerry Hughes. But we'll at least keep an eye on Bryant should the Bills remain down two of their defensive line starters, as the coaching staff seems happy with Bryant's play.

Nick O'Leary
O'Leary will draw the start at tight end for the Bills on Sunday against the Cowboys in place of the inactive Charles Clay.

Selected by the Bills in the sixth round of the 2015 draft, O'Leary ended up working on the team's practice squad before a promotion to the active roster earlier this month. He's a fantasy dart in Week 16, but he'll draw the start at TE for the Bills on Sunday over Chris Gragg, which makes O'Leary an option for those scrambling to replace Clay this week.

Walt Powell
Powell was waived on Tuesday.

Powell didn't stay with the Raiders long as the 23-year-old receiver was waived after spending just under a month with the club. He has yet to record a catch in the NFL.

Chris Gragg
Gragg's teammate Charles Clay (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Washington.

That makes Gragg the starter for this week's game in Washington, and with only the unproven Nick O'Leary behind him, Gragg should see the field most of the afternoon. That said, other than a 5-54-0 game earlier this season, Gragg has only caught more than one pass on one other occasion, and is yet to find the end zone. Keep an eye on him to see if the Bills want to see what he can do down the stretch, but he'd be a deep reach for Week 15.

Cyrus Kouandjio
Bills tackle Cyrus Kouandjio was beaten out for a starting spot last season by Seantrel Henderson. He is poised to turn the tables this year, per the team website.

Kouandijo is currently ahead of his fellow 2014 draftee. He has improved markedly since the end of his rookie campaign, according to Rex Ryan.

"I think the work that Cyrus has done overall in the offseason probably puts him ahead right now," Ryan said. "But again, the race isn't over by a long shot, so we'll see."

Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer concurs, but he also cautions that it's early in the process. "He's been working really hard at learning the techniques and learning the plays," he said. "When we got pads on that's when things are really going to show up for the line."

That Henderson beat out Kouandjio last season was a surprise. The former was taken in the seventh round while the latter was selected five rounds earlier.

Jerome Felton
The Bills announced Wednesday that the team has signed fullback Jerome Felton. The signing comes on the heels of the Bills' acquisition of LeSean McCoy to serve as the team's lead running back.

"I got to meet LeSean Tuesday and we hit it off right off the bat," Felton said, per the team's website. "We’re going to have a good year and I told him life is going to get easier for him. We’re both excited about it. I played with another great running back in Minnesota and LeSean is cut from the same cloth so I’m looking forward to it."

Felton's four-year deal is set to pay him $9.2 million, and the fullback will receive $4 million in guaranteed money, per ESPN.com. He'll count $1.75 million against the cap in 2015.

Charles Clay
Clay (back) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Coach Rex Ryan was pessimistic when discussing a possible Week 17 return for Clay on Monday, but this move officially ends the tight end's 2015 campaign. While Clay seemed to be developing a strong rapport with quarterback Tyrod Taylor early on, he did little down the stretch, catching just one touchdown and averaging 38.4 yards in his final 10 games.

Back - IR. Out for season
Ronald Patrick
The Cowboys have sliced their roster down to 53 with a slew of moves on Saturday.

The have released the following offensive players: wide receivers Jamar Newsome, LaRon Byrd and Dezmon Briscoe, guards Stephen Goodin and Uche Nwaneri, running backs Ryan Williams, Phillip Tanner and D.J. Adams, tackle Josh Aladenoye, center Ronald Patrick and tight end Asa Watson.

Among the defenders they let go are linemen Kenneth Boatright, Dartwan Bush and Caesar Rayford, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, safety Ryan Smithl and linebackers Dontravis Sapp, Will Smith and Keith Smith.

The Cowboys also waived/injured linebacker Orie Lemon and defensive tackle Zach Minter while placing safety Jakar Hamilton and cornerback Orlando Scandrick on the reserve/suspended list.

Josh Johnson
With EJ Manuel inactive for Thursday's game at the Jets, Johnson will serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Tyrod Taylor.

We're not sure if the Bills are just about done with Manuel and his inconsistent play or if Johnson - signed as a free agent a month ago - has started showing enough in practices that the Bills decided to make a change in the pecking order. For now, if your league goes deep enough to where backup quarterbacks matter, Johnson looks like the direct insurance behind the surprisingly capable Taylor.

Nickell Robey
Robby finished the 2015 season, his third in the NFL, with 46 tackles, four passes defensed, and one sack.

Robey will be back with the Bills next season, but the team is pretty set at corner and it's hard to see him getting anything more than a nickel-type role. He played in 61.8 percent of the team's defensive snaps this season, up slightly from the 58.9 percent he saw the previous season.

Seantrel Henderson
The Bills starting offensive line will see its first playing time together in a game Sunday against the Bears, with Cordy Glenn, Chris Williams, Eric Wood, Erik Pears and Seantrel Henderson lining up left to right, the Buffalo News reports.

The Bills are walking into a hostile environment in Chicago, and the fact that the starting five on the offensive line didn't see any time together could make things difficult on running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson if the linemen suffer a communications breakdown. It also bodes well for the Chicago defense, providing an increased opportunity that a pass rusher breaks through unblocked on a missed assignment.

Mario Butler
The Bills have placed three players on injured reserve Friday.

Tight end Tony Moeaki, cornerback Mario Butler and cornerback Bobby Felder were all put on IR. Moeaki started 29 games for the Chiefs from 2010 to 2012. He was active for two games last season with the Bills, but failed to record any offensive stats. 

Richie Incognito
Bills coach Rex Ryan has been happy with what he's seen from offensive lineman Richie Incognito, so much so that he has named the veteran the starter at left guard, per the Associated Press

Incognito, who saw his career halted due to his role in a bullying scandal while a member of the Dolphins, signed with the Bills in February for a second chance.

"One thing's for sure, Richie's a starter," Ryan said. "He looks about as good as any of them. He really does."

Manasseh Garner
The Chiefs announced Tuesday they signed running back Keshawn Hill, guard Melvin Meggs, center Dan Munyer and tackle Kevin Palmer.

The Chiefs also released fullback Manasseh Garner, tight end Earnest Pettway and tackle Charles Sweeton.

Colton Schmidt
The 49ers made several moves to trim the roster to 75 players Monday.

The team waived quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, safety D.J. Campbell, tight end Kevin Greene, running back Jewel Hampton, punt Colton Schmidt, linebacker Kion Wilson and wide receiver Devon Wylie, while also releasing wide receiver David Reed.

The team placed running back Marcus Lattimore, fullback Trey Millard, cornerback Keith Reaser and guard Brandon Thomas on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List and linebacker NaVorro Bowman, tight end Garrett Celek and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey were placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List. Linebacker Blake Costanzo was released from the Injured Reserve list.

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Cordy Glenn
Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn has a knee injury and will not return to Sunday's game against the Patriots. Glenn injured his knee early in the fourth quarter and was able to limp off the field. 

Chris Hogan
Hogan caught just one pass on three targets for two yards in Sunday's win over the Jets.

Hogan finishes the 2015 season with a career-high 450 yards, but he saw the end zone just twice, not really acceptable for a guy with good hands and a decent frame. In fact, Hogan went through some drops issues during the season and never really seemed to gain a rapport with Tyrod Taylor. In fact, he received his most targets by far in a game quarterbacked by EJ Manuel. Hogan is a good blocker and the team seems to like him, so he might be brought back next season. However, a fourth or fifth wideout role seems to be where he's most valuable, with the Bills or anyone else.

Tony Steward
Steward has been placed on injured reserve due to a back injury suffered in Sunday's win over Houston, BuffaloBills.com reports.

Starter Nigel Bradham may not be able to make it back from his ankle injury this week. If that doesn't happen, the Bills would be down their top two guys at the inside linebacker spot next to Preston Brown.

Back - IR. Out for season
Alex Carrington
Carrington tore his quad tendon during Sunday's loss to the Chiefs and now requires season-ending surgery, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Carrington surprisingly found himself in the Bills' starting lineup Sunday in wake of injuries to teammates, but it appears he's suffered the same fate, as his quad ailment will cost him the rest of this season. Knowing that, Carrington finishes the campaign with eight tackles in seven appearances.

Ryan Groy
The Bears have traded offensive guard Ryan Groy to the Patriots, sources told NFL Network.

Groy, a two-year veteran, appeared in four games for Chicago last season.

Jordan Mills
The Cowboys claimed right tackle Jordan Mills off waivers from the Bears on Monday. To clear a roster spot, linebacker Jasper Brinkley was waived.
Sammy Seamster
The Dolphins placed defensive back Sammy Seamster on injured reserve Monday due to a shoulder injury, the Miami Herald reports. 
Karlos Williams
Williams was forced out of Sunday's game against the Jets with a knee injury.

With LeSean McCoy out, look for Mike Gillislee to see added work in the Bills' backfield while Williams is sidelined. Prior to his exit from Sunday's contest, Williams carried six times for 24 yards with a TD.

Corey Graham
Graham led the Bills with 12 tackles during Sunday's win over Dallas.

An underachieving defense and a bunch of injuries elsewhere at the safety spot has made this a banner environment for the veteran Graham to post high tackle totals every week. He's up to 121 on the season to go along with two interceptions and a sack. In standard IDP scoring, Graham is the second-ranked defensive back behind Miami's Reshad Jones.

Robert Woods
Woods (groin) was placed on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday, Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News reports.

Woods was removed from Sunday's loss to Washington in the second half, with post-game reports suggesting that he was unlikely to play again this season. He finishes the year with 47 catches for 552 yards and three touchdowns on 81 targets, having served as the No. 2 wide receiver in a run-heavy offense. Woods should have plenty of time to recover before training camp, but the Bills may have interest in adding a more explosive athlete to team with Sammy Watkins, as Woods profiles as more of a No. 3 wideout than a No. 2.

Groin - IR. Out for season
Nigel Bradham
Bradham (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Dallas after missing practice for the second straight day Friday.

Jason Witten owners should take notice, as the Bills have had trouble covering the opposing tight end - among other things - in Bradham's absence.

John Miller
Bills rookie guard John Miller left practice early on Saturday after suffering a bruised ankle. 

"Nothing serious at all," coach Rex Ryan said, per the Buffalo News. "He'll probably be a day, maybe two days max."

Miller was a third-round draft pick out of Georgia. 

Jarius Wynn
The 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.
Knee - IR. Out for season
Jonathan Meeks
Rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins has been deemed probable by the Bills for the Sunday game against San Diego. He has practiced in full all week with a rib injury.

Also probable are defensive tackle Stefan Charles (hip), tight end Lee Smith (toe), guard Chris Williams (back) and wide receiver Robert Woods (ankle).

Linebacker Randell Johnson (knee) and safety Jonathan Meeks (neck) have been ruled out while linebacker Keith Rivers (groin) has been deemed doubtful.

EJ Manuel
Manuel started two games in 2015 when Tyrod Taylor was injured, both losses as the Bills fell to the Bengals and Jaguars in back-to-back weeks. He finished the season 52-of-84 for 561 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions.

The performances on paper were actually better than what took place on the field, as Manuel pretty much single-handedly lost the Jags game in London, which derailed a somewhat promising season at the time for Rex Ryan's boys. He never tossed a pass after that, and while the team speaks highly of his work ethic and attitude, it remains to be seen if the former first-rounder can capably lead an NFL offense. We'll see if GM Doug Whaley sticks by his guy for one more season, though Taylor is the clear starter entering the 2016 season.

Manny Lawson
Lawson finished the 2015 season with 47 tackles, one sack, one interception, and five passes defensed.

Lawson played 64.4 percent of the defensive snaps, third among linebackers behind Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham. Lawson saw just 31.3 percent snaps the previous season, so it's clear he's curried more favor with the new coaching staff. Coach Rex Ryan raved about Lawson's smarts on the field, so he would appear to be in line for a regular role again next season. That said, Brown - with two 100-plus tackle seasons in his first two NFL season - is the linebacker to own in this defense from a fantasy perspective.

Leodis McKelvin
McKelvin, who missed the first seven games of the season as he recovered from a broken ankle the previous season, ended up playing in nine games for the Bills in 2015. He logged 32 tackles and two interceptions.

McKelvin didn't seem to miss a beat when he returned. Even though rookie Ronald Darby had taken over the No. 2 cornerback spot across from Stephon Gilmore by then - quite capably, mind you - McKelvin was an important midseason addition given that he was able to serve as a safety given all kinds of injuries to that group. McKelvin also started at cornerback once Gilmore was lost for the final four weeks with a shoulder injury. With Gilmore and Darby back for another season, McKelvin - assuming the Bills keep him and his high salary around - may have to serve as the versatile backup in 2016.

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