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Buffalo Bills

Stadium: Ralph Wilson Stadium | Coach: Doug Marrone
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense18th144.2 (5th)193.9 (26th)
Defense10th128.9 (23rd)204.4 (6th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
50Alonso, Kiko MLB6-32388/14/19902Oregon
33Brooks, Ron CB5-1019010/16/19883Louisiana State
52Brown, Preston ILB6-125110/27/1992RLouisville
35Brown, Bryce RB6-02205/14/19913Kansas State
97Bryant, Corbin DT6-43001/4/19882Northwestern
2Carpenter, Dan K6-222811/25/19857Montana
84Chandler, Scott TE6-72607/23/19858Iowa
96Charles, Stefan DT6-53236/9/19882Regina (Canada)
29Cockrell, Ross CB6-01908/6/1991RDuke
99Dareus, Marcell DT6-33313/13/19904Alabama
26Dixon, Anthony RB6-12339/24/19875Mississippi State
81Easley, Marcus WR6-221711/2/19874Connecticut
4Gay, Jordan P6-12003/29/19901Centre
24Gilmore, Stephon CB6-11909/19/19903South Carolina
77Glenn, Cordy T6-63459/18/19893Georgia
88Goodwin, Marquise WR5-917911/19/19902Texas
89Gragg, Chris TE6-32446/30/19902Arkansas
20Graham, Corey CB6-01967/25/19858New Hampshire
75Hairston, Chris T6-63304/26/19893Clemson
66Henderson, Seantrel T6-73311/21/1992RMiami (Fla.)
15Hogan, Chris WR6-122010/24/19882Monmouth (N.J.)
55Hughes, Jerry DE6-22548/13/19885Texas Christian
22Jackson, Fred RB6-12162/20/19818Coe
93Johnson, Randell OLB6-42453/23/1991RFlorida Atlantic
71Kouandjio, Cyrus T6-73227/21/1993RAlabama
91Lawson, Manny DE6-52407/13/19849North Carolina State
3Manuel, EJ QB6-42373/19/19902Florida State
21McKelvin, Leodis CB5-101859/4/19857Troy
36Meeks, Jonathan DB6-020911/8/19892Clemson
18Orton, Kyle QB6-422811/14/198210Purdue
79Pears, Erik T6-83166/25/19829Colorado State
57Powell, Ty LB6-22494/27/19882Harding
68Richardson, Cyril G6-534312/27/1990RBaylor
56Rivers, Keith OLB6-22355/5/19866USC
37Robey, Nickell DB5-81651/17/19922USC
65Sanborn, Garrison LS6-12407/31/19856Florida State
6Schmidt, Colton P5-1122010/27/19901California-Davis
25Searcy, Da'Norris SS5-1121611/16/19884North Carolina
85Smith, Lee TE6-626511/21/19874Marshall
54Smith, Jacquies LB6-22603/18/19901Missouri
51Spikes, Brandon MLB6-22559/3/19875Florida
28Spiller, C.J. RB5-112008/5/19875Clemson
38Summers, Frank FB5-92489/6/19852Nevada-Las Vegas
60Urbik, Kraig G6-53249/23/19856Wisconsin
14Watkins, Sammy WR6-12116/14/1993RClemson
23Williams, Aaron FS6-01994/23/19904Texas
74Williams, Chris G6-63208/26/19857Vanderbilt
94Williams, Mario DE6-62921/31/19859North Carolina State
95Williams, Kyle DT6-13036/10/19839Louisiana State
27Williams, Duke FS5-1120110/15/19902Nevada
19Williams, Mike WR6-22125/18/19875Syracuse
70Wood, Eric C6-43103/18/19866Louisville
10Woods, Robert WR6-01904/10/19922USC
92Wynn, Jarius DE6-32858/29/19866Georgia
Injured Players
30Butler, Mario (IR) DB6-118710/20/19882Georgia Tech
39Felder, Bobby (IR) DB5-112009/23/19902Nicholls State
82Moeaki, Tony (IR) TE6-32526/8/19875Iowa
58Sylvester, Stevenson (IR) LB6-22317/18/19885Utah
Suspended Players
53Bradham, Nigel OLB6-22419/4/19893Florida State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Buffalo6-6328.96-3291.025.72133
 
 
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Position Listing
Corbin Bryant
News
Among the players inactive for the Bills Week 1 vs. New England are kicker Dustin Hopkins (groin), cornerback Stephon Gilmore (wrist), center Doug Legursky (knee), defensive tackle Jay Ross, tight end Chris Gragg and defensive tackle Corbin Bryant.
Lee Smith
News
None of those listed as injured for the Bills is on their inactive list for their Thursday clash against visiting Detroit.

The inactives are cornerbacks Bobby Felder, Corey Graham, Mario Butler and Stephon Gilmore, safety Jonathan Meeks and tight ends Garrick Williams , Scott Chandler, Lee Smith and Tony Moeaki.

Da'Norris Searcy
News
Speaking on WGR 550 AM in Buffalo on Friday, Bills general manager Doug Whaley said that the safety who will start in Jarius Byrd's old spot will come off the existing roster. Whaley expects a competition between Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks and Da'Norris Searcy, ESPN says. 
Aaron Williams
News
Bills safety Aaron Williams missed practice Monday with an illness, ESPN.com reports.

Williams has practiced sporadically since camp began and had his shoulder checked out at one point. He is coming back from shoulder surgery this offseason.

Garrison Sanborn
News
Long snapper Garrison Sanborn finalized a three-year extension with the Buffalo Bills, according to WGR 550 AM Radio in Buffalo. The deal will keep him in Buffalo through 2017.
Marcell Dareus
News
Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus issued a statement Wednesday morning announcing his return to training camp after "dealing with a personal matter in Alabama." Dareus thanks the Bills for their support and pledged to focus on earning the trust of his coaches and teammates. 

"I have a passion for this game and I want to be here to help this organization achieve its goals," Dareus said. "There are things I need to work on professionally and personally to make sure I can be accountable to myself, my family, this team and this community.  My focus will remain on achieving that goal one day at a time."

Chris Hairston
News
The Bills put right tackle Chris Hairston on the reserve/Non-Football Illness list.

Chris Gragg
News
Bills tight end Chris Gragg caught one pass Week 15 against the Jaguars.

Gragg caught his only target of the day, picking up 28 yards on the play. He'll take on the Dolphins Week 16.

Anthony Dixon
News
Former 49ers backup running back Anthony Dixon tweeted Friday that he'll sign a deal with the Bills Saturday morning, per The Buffalo News. Dixon, a free agent, visited the team on Friday before reaching an agreement.

He rushed for 56 yards and two touchdown behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter with the Niners.
Brandon Spikes
News
With the No. 73 pick in the NFL Draft, the Bills selected linebacker Preston Brown from Louisville.

Brown moved to middle linebacker for the Cardinals in 2012. He was the Cardinals' leading tackler for the second straight season in 2013, amassing 98 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks with a pass breakup, three forced fumbles and a 48-yard fumble return touchdown.

He will likely see time on special teams in 2014, but he could eventually replace Brandon Spikes in 2015 since Spikes is on a one-year deal.

Ross Cockrell
News
On Thursday the Bills signed three members of their 2014 draft class to rookie deals. Those players are Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell , Florida Atlantic linebacker Randell Johnson and Miami (Fla.) offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson .

All three players will battle for roster spots in training camp, with Cockrell specifically contending for playing time as a nickel or dime cornerback.
Cyrus Kouandjio
News
With the No. 44 pick in the NFL Draft, the Bills selected offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio from Alabama.

Kouandjio is 6-foot-7, 322 pounds. He made 26 starts for the Crimson Tide, but there are some concerns over his knee after he tore his ACL in 2011, which caused him to be red-flagged at the NFL Combine for an arthritic knee, later flunking multiple team physicals.

Despite the knee issues, Kouandjio has the chance to start at right tackle for the Bills this year if he wins the job in training camp.

Scott Chandler
News
None of those listed as injured for the Bills is on their inactive list for their Thursday clash against visiting Detroit.

The inactives are cornerbacks Bobby Felder, Corey Graham, Mario Butler and Stephon Gilmore, safety Jonathan Meeks and tight ends Garrick Williams , Scott Chandler, Lee Smith and Tony Moeaki.

Nickell Robey
News
The Bills used rookie defensive back Nickell Robey in pass-rushing situations again in Week 16, and he got to the quarterback for the second straight game. Robey racked up two sacks in a 19-0 win over the Dolphins, one week after picking up his first career sack. Robey added four tackles Sunday. 
Seantrel Henderson
News
On Thursday the Bills signed three members of their 2014 draft class to rookie deals. Those players are Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell , Florida Atlantic linebacker Randell Johnson and Miami (Fla.) offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson .

All three players will battle for roster spots in training camp, with Cockrell specifically contending for playing time as a nickel or dime cornerback.
Kraig Urbik
News
Bills LB Kiko Alonso and OL Kraig Urbik are active Week 15 against the Jaguars.

Alonso is dealing with a knee injury, and was limited in practice this week. Urbik has a foot issue. He did not practice early in the week, but improved to limited practice Friday.

Kiko Alonso
News
Steve Caric, the agent for Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, posted on Twitter that his client had successful surgery to repair his torn ACL. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews. 

Alonso is fully expected to miss the entire season. 

Injury
Knee - NFI. Out for season
Mario Butler
News
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. 

Injury
Marquise Goodwin
News
Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was active for Saturday's preseason game against the Buccaneers, but was forced to leave in the second half due to a neck injury, the team announced. The extent of the injury is not yet known.  
Chris Williams
News
The Bears trimmed down their roster to 53 on Saturday, cutting the following players: WR Armanti Edwards, RB Jordan Lynch, TE Jeron Mastrud, OL Dennis Roland, OL Robert Turner, WR Josh Bellamy, C Taylor Boggs, DT Brandon Dunn, LB Jerry Franklin, G Ryan Groy, LB DeDe Lattimore, CB Al Louis-Jean, WR Dale Moss, DT Lee Pegues, DT Tracy Robertson, S Marcus Trice, WR Chris Williams, CB C.J. Wilson, OT Eben Britton, CB Kelvin Hayden, DE Austen Lane and S M.D. Jennings.
Colton Schmidt
News
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.

Cordy Glenn
News
Bills tackle Cordy Glenn has been cleared to return to team drills, the team announced Monday. He will be evaluated later in the week after dealing with an illness during training camp.
Ron Brooks
News
The Bills defense is in good shape in Week 7 against the Dolphins, as every player listed on the official injury report was able to take the field Sunday. Defensive linemen Mario Williams (hip) and Kyle Williams (Achilles, illness), defensive back Ron Brooks (foot) and linebacker Manny Lawson (hamstring) were all able to take the field for Sunday's game despite their injuries. 
Chris Hogan
News
During OTAs the Bills had receiver Chris Hogan line up in the slot with the first-team offense, ESPN reports. The plan for now might be for Hogan to play there with Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods primarily working on the outside. 

Hogan caught 10 passes for 83 yards last season with the Bills, his first regular-season action in the NFL despite being in the league since 2011. 

Preston Brown
News
With linebacker Kiko Alonso (ACL) likely done for the year, Bills third-round rookie Preston Brown could win a starting job, reports the Buffalo News. Brown "was outstanding at the team’s voluntary workouts and minicamp," the paper said, and "coaches raved behind the scenes about how well Brown practiced."

Brown led Louisville in tackles in 2013 for the second straight year as he made 98 stops, 12.5 for loss, while adding 4.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He'll vie with Keith Rivers and Nigel Bradham to replace Alonso.

Jordan Gay
News
The Panthers waived or released nine players: receivers Toney Clemons, Kealoha Pilares and Marvin McNutt, linebacker Anthony Morales, defensive ends Alex Hall and Craig Roh, punter Jordan Gay, offensive tackle Oscar Johnson and defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh.
Keith Rivers
News
Despite a successful first season in the middle of the Bills defense, Kiko Alonso won't play there in 2014. That's according to Bills GM Doug Whaley, who said on WGR 550 AM that Alonso will move to weak-side linebacker in 2014 with new linebacker Keith Rivers playing at the strong side. 

So who will man the middle? The Bills are hosting free-agent candidates but Whaley seems to think that "guys on campus" will get a crack at it first. Ty Powell was someone Whaley named specifically

As for linebacker Manny Lawson, Whaley said he'd like to see him become a "hybrid" player, which ESPN believes is code for a diminishing role

Dan Carpenter
News
The Bills could decide to keep two kickers this season with Dan Carpenter and Dustin Hopkins, reports the Buffalo News.

Last year, the Bills drafted Hopkins in the sixth round, but he hurt his groin right before the season began, and Carpenter signed and had a great season. The Bills last month re-signed Carpenter to a four-year contract worth $9.95 million, and Hopkins still is on the roster.

The report says Carpenter could continue to handle field goal and extra point attempts, and Hopkins will be used for kickoffs. 

"Would you like to have one guy that can do both? No doubt about it," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said. "But this is a situation where if it makes our team better, we're going to do it. ... Is keeping Dustin Hopkins better for the team that keeping an extra receiver, an extra DB? You juggle that."

Randell Johnson
News
The Bills released tight end Mike Caussin and placed linebacker Randell Johnson and defensive back Leodis McKelvin on the Active/PUP list. Buffalo put linebacker Kiko Alonso on the Active/Non-Football Injury list, while offensive tackle Cordy Glenn and defensive tackle Alan Branch were sent to the Active/Non-Football Illness list.
Injury
Undisclosed - PUP. Questionable for start of regular season
Mario Williams
News
Bills defensive end Mario Williams is working his way back into shape following offseason hip surgery, coach Doug Marrone told reporters. Williams had 13 sacks, 38 tackles and a forced fumble last season.
Marcus Easley
News
The Bills have deemed five players as probable for Sunday at New England, including quarterback Thad Lewis (shoulder), who has replaced doubtful EJ Manuel (knee) as the starter, and running back Fred Jackson (ribs).

The others are wideouts Marcus Easley and Marquise Goodwin with knee injuries and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (Achilles).

Fred Jackson
News
Bills running back Fred Jackson will face a Bears team in Week 1 that did a terrible job at defending the run last season. However, his Week 1 success may not be as pre-ordained as that of running mate, C.J. Spiller.

Unlike Spiller, Jackson does much of his work without the benefit of big plays, grinding out his numbers by taking what the defense gives rather than providing a home-run threat on any down. While most of the members of the Bears back seven that was responsible for surrendering so many big plays has returned, the team has overhauled the defense line, signing three new defensive ends and drafting two rotational defensive tackles.

Two of those free-agent additions are Lamarr Houston and Willie Young, the two players that graded out as the best 4-3 defensive ends in run stop percentage last season, per Pro Football Focus. With those two players in tow and second-round draft pick Ego Ferguson taking up space in the middle, Jackson could have difficulty converting on short-yardage or goal-line situations.

It's also fair to wonder how many long scoring drives the Bills will be able to put together if Jackson and the offensive line can't stymie the line's potentially improved rush defense. EJ Manuel hasn't done enough at this point in his career to trust his ability to pick defenses apart with his arm. If the Bills have trouble finding the red zone, Jackson could wind up being a Week 1 Flex option Fantasy owners come to regret.

Cyril Richardson
News
The Bills signed offensive lineman Cyril Richardson to a rookie deal, the team announced Friday. Richardson, who is 6-foot-5 and 343 pounds, was Baylor's top offensive lineman last year and was the Bills' fifth-round pick in the draft. He'll compete for playing time this summer. 
Kyle Orton
News
Bills quarterback EJ Manuel was not among six captains voted by the team, another sign he might not be the longterm starter, reports NFL.com. After Manuel had an uneven preseason, Buffalo signed veteran quarterback Kyle Orton to a two-year deal.

Manuel remains the starter, but if he continues to struggle, Orton will get his chance.

Eric Wood
News
Strong safety T.J. Ward warned the Bills that the Browns were targeting quarterback EJ Manuel, according to Buffalo center Eric Wood. Manuel injured his knee on a low hit by secondary mate Tashaun Gipson in the second half of the Cleveland victory on Thursday night.

Bills center Eric Wood told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle that Ward yelled to him, "I told you to warn him we were going to get him" after the hit. It is unknown if Ward was referring to injuring Manuel or merely getting a hard hit on the rookie quarterback.

Jacquies Smith
News
The Bills signed their entire practice squad to reserve/futures contracts: cornerback Mario Butler, offensive tackle Edawn Coughman, quarterback Dennis Dixon, defensive end Ikponmwosa Igbinosun, offensive tackle Jamaal Johnson-Webb, receiver Brandon Kaufman and outside linebacker Jacquies Smith.
Corey Graham
News
None of those listed as injured for the Bills is on their inactive list for their Thursday clash against visiting Detroit.

The inactives are cornerbacks Bobby Felder, Corey Graham, Mario Butler and Stephon Gilmore, safety Jonathan Meeks and tight ends Garrick Williams , Scott Chandler, Lee Smith and Tony Moeaki.

Robert Woods
News
Bills wide receiver Robert Woods stepped in for an injured Sammy Watkins and earned a fair share of targets during Saturday's preseason game in Pittsburgh.

Woods came down with a 30-yard reception early in the second quarter. On that same drive, EJ Manuel found him for a 16-yard completion. Woods played the first half and was targeted six times and finished with three receptions for 49 yards.

If Watkins misses any time moving forward with a rib injury, the Bills will look to Woods as one of Manuel's primary targets.
Ty Powell
News
The following Bills were ruled as inactive for Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers: Guard Chris Williams, tight end Tony Moeaki, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, linebacker Ty Powell, safety Jonathan Meeks and kicker Dustin Hopkins.
Nigel Bradham
News
Bills outside linebacker Nigel Bradham was suspended for the season opener for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He remains eligible to participate in training camp and preseason games.
Injury
Suspension - 1-game suspension. Eligible to return Week 2 vs. Miami
Jarius Wynn
News
Unless the Bills draft a defensive end, Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes could play 90 percent of the snaps in the team's 4-3 scheme, reports ESPN.com. The current third option is Jarius Wynn, a 285-pounder who might be better suited inside.
Jonathan Meeks
News
None of those listed as injured for the Bills is on their inactive list for their Thursday clash against visiting Detroit.

The inactives are cornerbacks Bobby Felder, Corey Graham, Mario Butler and Stephon Gilmore, safety Jonathan Meeks and tight ends Garrick Williams , Scott Chandler, Lee Smith and Tony Moeaki.

Stephon Gilmore
News
None of those listed as injured for the Bills is on their inactive list for their Thursday clash against visiting Detroit.

The inactives are cornerbacks Bobby Felder, Corey Graham, Mario Butler and Stephon Gilmore, safety Jonathan Meeks and tight ends Garrick Williams , Scott Chandler, Lee Smith and Tony Moeaki.

Bryce Brown
News
Bills coach Doug Marrone said he prefers to use two running backs, not three. That's presumably bad news for newly-acquired Bryce Brown, who's behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.

"I don’t know if I want to get it down to three. I’ve never been a guy that has three backs playing in the game," Marrone told ESPN.com. "I’ve always believed, and you guys know, in the two backs. It’ll come down to two backs; the two backs going in there."

Stefan Charles
News
The Bills have signed defensive tackle Stefan Charles off the Tennessee practice squad, the Buffalo News has reported. Charles had been waived by the Titans in their last cuts, but was signed to the practice squad. He has yet to play in an NFL regular season game.
Erik Pears
News
First-year Bills head coach has been impressed with starting right tackle Erik Pears during the preseason.

"Outstanding. He really has (progressed)," Marrone said at his Tuesday press conference. "I’ve seen him really make a jump, especially recent days. He gets a lot of great work. Obviously going against Mario (Williams) and the defensive ends on our team, I think that he’s really upped his production from what you’ve seen when he’s played here in the past. I really think he’s going about it as a pro, he works extremely hard. I work with that group, and I really see him. The funny thing is people look and they’ll say ‘gosh, this guy has been here six years or eight years and he is what he is.’ A lot of times, those players, they can continue to get better. I see him as a guy, even though he’s a veteran, he’s really got a lot better, especially in these past couple of days."

C.J. Spiller
News
Bills running back C.J. Spiller has feasted on big plays ever since emerging as a Fantasy weapon. In 2012, he was third in the league in breakaway percentage, a statistic tracked by Pro Football Focus that determines how much of a player's rushing yardage total is accrued on plays of at least 15 yards. Spiller topped the league in the category last season. Clearly, if he can find a seam, he has the ability to wrea havoc on a defense.

Spiller will be squaring off with the Bears on Sunday. Last season, the Bears turned in by far the worst run defense performance in the league. They surrendered 2,583 rushing yards and 5.3 yards per rush, both marks placing them last in the league. They overhauled the defensive line in the offseason as a result, drafting two rotational defensive tackles and signing three defensive ends.

But if those players can't keep Spiller bottled up at the line all game, he's a threat to break a long touchdown or two. While the Bears run defense was obviously porous as a unit, the back seven was particularly offensive, ranking last in Football Outsiders' second-level yardage and open-field yardage statistics. The Bears didn't do much to upgrade those two levels of the defense either, meaning plenty of broken tackles and long gains are there for the taking if Spiller can find a little daylight. He's a trustworthy RB2 in Week 1 and a must-use in any Flex conversations.

Tony Moeaki
News
The Bills reached an injury settlement with tight end Tony Moeaki and released him from their injured reserve list. He was placed on IR last week with a hamstring injury.
Injury
Kyle Williams
News
The Chiefs have announced their final round of cuts and other moves to reach the league-mandated roster of 53 players.

Among the offensive players let go are fullback Jordan Campbell, wide receivers Fred Williams and Mark Harrison, guard Ricky Henry, tackle J'Marcus Webb and running back Charcandrick West.

The defensive players gone from the roster are safeties Jonathon Amaya and Malcolm Bronson, linemen Dominique Hamilton, Kyle Love and Kona Schwenke, linebackers Alonzo Highsmith, Devan Walker and Nico Johnson and cornerbacks Justin Rogers and DeMarcus Van Dyke .

The Chiefs have also placed Tyler Bray and Kyle Williams on IR and Mike Catapano on the non-football injury list.

Jerry Hughes
News
Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes earned the wrath of Doug Marrone in Thursday practice. The coach also lambasted his entire team.

"You don't have to play on this team," Marrone told Hughes, per the Buffalo News. He then told all the players to "get your (stuff) together."

EJ Manuel
News
Bills quarterback EJ Manuel endured what could at best be described as an uneven rookie season last year. Going 4-6 as a starter, Manuel particularly struggled on the road, where he turned in poor performances against the Jets, Browns, Steelers and Buccaneers before turning in a quality performance against the Jaguars in Week 14, his last game of the season.

Manuel opens this season on the road as well, heading to Soldier Field to take on the Bears Sunday. He'll be facing a new-look Chicago defensive line, rebuilt after the Bears defense struggled to generate a pass rush last season. Whether that pass rush can be effective could be the key to Manuel's success; the quarterback averaged 6.9 yards per attempt when under no pressure last season, but just 5.0 yards per attempt when faced with pressure.

Is there a good reason to start Manuel in Week 1? Not really. Every Fantasy team should be looking at a healthy roster heading into the beginning of the season, and there are anywhere from 14 to 20 QBs worth using over Manuel no matter the matchup. But a good performance in an unfavorable environment against a potentially improved pass rush would go a long way towards making the second-year player Fantasy relevant in 2014.

Duke Williams
News
Speaking on WGR 550 AM in Buffalo on Friday, Bills general manager Doug Whaley said that the safety who will start in Jarius Byrd's old spot will come off the existing roster. Whaley expects a competition between Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks and Da'Norris Searcy, ESPN says. 
Mike Williams
News
Bills receiver Mike Williams found the end zone during Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay. Williams came down with a 14-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. He was targeted four times and finished with three catches for 46 yards and a touchdown. 
Frank Summers
News
The Bills have signed receiver Chris Hogan, O-lineman Antoine McClain and fullback Frank Summers to exclusive-rights free-agent deals. 
Stevenson Sylvester
News
The Bills put linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.
Injury
Manny Lawson
News
Despite a successful first season in the middle of the Bills defense, Kiko Alonso won't play there in 2014. That's according to Bills GM Doug Whaley, who said on WGR 550 AM that Alonso will move to weak-side linebacker in 2014 with new linebacker Keith Rivers playing at the strong side. 

So who will man the middle? The Bills are hosting free-agent candidates but Whaley seems to think that "guys on campus" will get a crack at it first. Ty Powell was someone Whaley named specifically

As for linebacker Manny Lawson, Whaley said he'd like to see him become a "hybrid" player, which ESPN believes is code for a diminishing role

Bobby Felder
News
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. 

Injury
Leodis McKelvin
News
Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin left practice with a groin injury and might not play Saturday against the Buccaneers, reports the Buffalo News. McKelvin did not play in the first two preseason games after coming back from offseason hip surgery.

Last year he had 72 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in 15 games.

Sammy Watkins
News
The Bills haven't had a bonafide No. 1 receiver since the days of Jim Kelly to Andre Reed, but rookie Sammy Watkins has the talent to be their best wide receiver since the franchise's Super Bowl era. Sure, Eric Moulds, Lee Evans and Stevie Johnson were fine, but with the right quarterback, Watkins can be special.

Unfortunately, Watkins will be catching passes from second-year signal caller EJ Manuel. The team seems to have little confidence in Manuel being the answer at quarterback just one year after drafting him in the first round last year. Kyle Orton was pulled out of retirement and handed a pricy one-year deal, and one can easily picture the scenario where he's starting games for the team in November and December.

Will Manuel respond to the job-security threat with elevated play? His best shot is to feed his star rookie early and often. Bears cornerback Charles Tillman has made a career off shutting down No. 1 receivers, but he's not the same player at 33 as he was at 25. While he was a plus in coverage as recently as 2012, Tillman struggled on the field between injuries last year. If Watkins had a top-16 quarterback delivering the ball, I'd like him for a big game in Week 1. As it is, Fantasy owners would be best holding off on starting Watkins until the quarterback situation plays itself out for better or for worse.

Injury
Rib - Questionable for Week 1 at Chicago
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