Buffalo Bills

Stadium: Ralph Wilson Stadium | Coach: Rex Ryan
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense26th92.6 (25th)225.9 (18th)
Defense4th106.4 (11th)205.8 (3rd)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
53Bradham, Nigel OLB6-22419/4/19894Florida State
33Brooks, Ron CB5-1019010/16/19884Louisiana State
52Brown, Preston OLB6-125110/27/19922Louisville
35Brown, Bryce RB6-02205/14/19914Kansas State
15Brown, Justin WR6-32093/10/19912Oklahoma
97Bryant, Corbin DT6-43001/4/19883Northwestern
99Buchanan, Michael DE6-62551/24/19913Illinois
 Burton, Clay TE6-4258//RFlorida
30Butler, Mario DB6-118710/20/19883Georgia Tech
65Campbell, William G6-43117/6/19912Michigan
2Carpenter, Dan K6-222811/25/19858Montana
92Carrington, Alex DE6-53016/19/19876Arkansas State
16Cassel, Matt QB6-42285/17/198211USC
 Chandler, Tyson T6-7345//RNorth Carolina State
96Charles, Stefan DT6-53236/9/19883Regina (Canada)
42Clay, Charles RB6-32552/13/19895Tulsa
29Cockrell, Ross CB6-01908/6/19912Duke
38Conner, John RB5-112456/8/19876Kentucky
0Darby, Ronald CB5-111931/2/1994RFlorida State
99Dareus, Marcell DT6-333111/18/19895Alabama
 Davis, Andre WR6-1205//RSouth Florida
26Dixon, Anthony RB6-12339/24/19876Mississippi State
81Easley, Marcus WR6-221711/2/19875Connecticut
42Felton, Jerome RB6-02487/3/19868Furman
96Fluellen, Andre DT6-23023/7/19857Florida State
45Gaines, Jimmy LB6-32405/11/19931Miami (Fla.)
4Gay, Jordan K6-12003/29/19902Centre
24Gilmore, Stephon CB6-11909/19/19904South Carolina
77Glenn, Cordy T6-63459/18/19894Georgia
88Goodwin, Marquise WR5-917911/19/19903Texas
89Gragg, Chris TE6-32446/30/19903Arkansas
20Graham, Corey CB6-01967/25/19859New Hampshire
48Gray, MarQueis TE6-424211/7/19893Minnesota
 Hamilton, Justin DL6-2311//RLouisiana-Lafayette
16Harvin, Percy WR5-111845/28/19887Florida
66Henderson, Seantrel T6-73311/21/19922Miami (Fla.)
15Hogan, Chris WR6-122010/24/19883Monmouth (N.J.)
86Holley, Caleb WR6-220012/26/19901East Central (OK)
 Hudson, Andrew DE6-3251//RWashington
55Hughes, Jerry DE6-22548/13/19886Texas Christian
68Incognito, Richie C6-33197/5/19839Nebraska
22Jackson, Fred RB6-12162/20/19819Coe
58Johnson, Randell OLB6-42453/23/19912Florida Atlantic
60Johnson, Darryl G6-42952/10/1991RNew Mexico
71Kouandjio, Cyrus T6-73227/21/19932Alabama
62Kupper, Alex G6-32992/14/19901Louisville
31Ladler, Kenny FS6-02076/23/19922Vanderbilt
 Larsen, B.J. DE6-5275//RUtah State
91Lawson, Manny DE6-52407/3/198410North Carolina State
0Lewis, Dezmin WR6-421412/5/1992RCentral Arkansas
 Manhertz, Chris TE6-62354/10/1992RCanisius
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
 Miller, Wesley DB5-10195//RTexas-El Paso
 Miller, John G6-23038/12/1993RLouisville
68Morrell, D.J. G6-63258/19/19911Old Dominion
89Mulligan, Matthew TE6-42671/18/19857Maine
0O'Leary, Nick TE6-32528/31/1992RFlorida State
87Palmer, Tobais WR5-111782/20/19901North Carolina State
57Powell, Ty LB6-22494/27/19883Harding
30Rambo, Bacarri SS6-02116/27/19903Georgia
0Reed, Cedric DE6-5269//RTexas
68Richardson, Cyril G6-534312/27/19902Baylor
37Robey, Nickell DB5-81651/17/19923USC
65Sanborn, Garrison LS6-12407/31/19857Florida State
6Schmidt, Colton P5-1122410/27/19902California-Davis
5Simms, Matt QB6-32109/27/19883Tennessee
 Steward, Tony LB6-12419/19/1992RClemson
38Sweeting, Rod DB6-01879/28/19902Georgia Tech
 Tarpley, A.J. LB6-2241//RStanford
2Taylor, Tyrod QB6-12088/3/19895Virginia Tech
11Thigpen, Marcus RB5-92005/15/19864Indiana
 Thomas, Cam CB6-1190//RWestern Kentucky
80Thompson, Deonte WR6-02032/14/19893Florida
79Towns, Jeremy DT6-42903/9/19891Samford
60Urbik, Kraig G6-53249/23/19857Wisconsin
14Watkins, Sammy WR6-12116/14/19932Clemson
23Williams, Aaron FS6-01994/23/19905Texas
94Williams, Mario DE6-62921/31/198510North Carolina State
95Williams, Kyle DT6-13036/10/198310Louisiana State
27Williams, Duke SS5-1120110/15/19903Nevada
74Williams, Chris G6-63208/26/19858Vanderbilt
0Williams, Karlos RB6-12305/4/1993RFlorida State
 Williams, Erik DE6-32708/28/1991RBethune-Cookman
70Wood, Eric C6-43103/18/19867Louisville
10Woods, Robert WR6-01904/10/19923USC
92Wynn, Jarius DT6-32858/29/19867Georgia
Injured Players
46Broomfield, Deon (IR) DB6-02068/3/19911Iowa State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Buffalo6-5320.86-3288.725.42134
 
 
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MarQueis Gray
News
The Bills received contributions from several pass-catchers during Sunday's win over Green Bay in Week 15.

Robert Woods was targeted five times but only finished with two grabs for 22 yards. Scott Chandler also finished with 22 yards on two receptions but was targeted only twice by Kyle Orton. MarQueis Gray caught his lone target for a gain of 8 yards, while Chris Hogan came down with one catch for 6 yards on two targets. Lee Smith caught both of his targets for only one yard.

Dezmin Lewis
News
The Bills have signed sixth-round draft pick Nick O'Leary and seventh-round pick Dezmin Lewis to their rookie contracts, according to ESPN.com.

O'Leary, a tight end out of Florida State, totaled 618 yards on 48 catches with six touchdowns in his senior season. Lewis, a wide receiver out of Central Arkansas, had 133 receptions for 1,723 yards and 15 touchdowns in 36 games in his college career.

Andre Davis
No Updates
Matthew Mulligan
News
The Bills signed tight end Matthew Mulligan, the team announced Thursday.

Mulligan, 30, has a total of 16 receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns in his seven-year career.

Matt Simms
News
Bills quarterback Matt Simms confirmed Wednesday that he asked for his release from the Jets after not receiving enough practice time in OTAs, ESPN.com reports.

"You never want to quit a job when you don’t really know whether there is a job waiting for you," Simms said Wednesday, "But at the same time, I wasn’t happy, and you have to do what makes you happy, so I was willing to take that chance to be happy. I felt like I wasn’t getting my fair share of the reps and work. Today -- even though it was my first day -- I got more work today than I did my last week with the Jets. Yeah, it was risky, but in the end it paid off and I’m happy to be here now."

Coach Rex Ryan responded cautiously when asked if Simms would be added to a starting-quarterback competition that already involves three players.

"It is what it is right now, three guys are going to be working at it, they’re splitting the reps," Ryan said. "But don’t kid yourself. Matt will be given opportunities. Is he going to get as many as the top three guys? Probably not, but one thing about Matt, is I know he will take advantage of the opportunities he gets, and I’m not saying he can’t make this team."

Aaron Williams
News
The Bills listed kicker Dan Carpenter (right groin) and safety Aaron Williams (hip) were deemed probable for Sunday's season finale at New England. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (knee) were ruled out for the game.   
Alex Kupper
News
In addition to quarterback Case Keenum, who was ruled out earlier in the week with a torn ligament in his thumb, and tight end Garrett Graham, who is out again with a hamstring injury, the Texans' list of inactives for Week 16 against the Broncos includes wide receiver DeVier Posey (ankle), defensive back Jawanza Starling, offensive lineman Alex Kupper, offensive lineman Andrew Gardner and offensive lineman Cody White. Starling, Kupper, Gardner and White are all healthy scratches.
Garrison Sanborn
News
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
News
After missing Wednesday's OTA session due to a non-injury issue, Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was back practicing Thursday, reports ESPN.com. Dareus has been eager to sign a contract extension with the team.
Injury
Suspension - 1-game suspension. Eligible to return Week 2 vs. New England
Anthony Dixon
News
Bills running back Anthony Dixon tweeted a photo of himself indicating he underwent surgery to fix a torn meniscus in his knee, reports ESPN.com. Dixon ran for 432 yards and two touchdowns last season, averaging 4.1 yards per carry.
Ross Cockrell
News
The Bills have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 16 game against the Raiders: running back Bryce Brown, cornerback Ross Cockrell, linebackers Larry Dean and Randell Johnson, tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, wide receiver Deonte Thompson and tight end Chris Gragg (knee).

The only player on the inactive list dealing with an injury is reserve tight end Gragg, who was listed as probable, leaving the Bills as one of the healthier teams in the league heading into Week 16. They are a 6 1/2-point favorite in Sunday's road matchup with the Raiders.

Kraig Urbik
News
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
News
Diminutive Bills wideout Marquise Goodwin believes he can thrive in the NFL if given the opportunity. But he also understands that he can only be given the opportunity if he remains healthy.

And there's the rub.

Goodwin appeared on the team's injury report seven times last year with a myriad of injuries and ailments, including those related to his head, hamstring, ribs and ankle. It's no wonder he caught just one pass and lost his job as the primary kick returner.

When asked what he needs to turn his career around, he told the Buffalo News that he simply requires good health.

"I think that was my biggest nemesis," he said. "Staying out of the training room, staying in the weight room more and just being healthy."

Goodwin showed promise in 2013 by catching 17 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns.

Cedric Reed
No Updates
Ron Brooks
News
Several Bills who were on the injury report are active for Monday's game against the Jets in Detroit. The group includes cornerback Ron Brooks (groin), kicker Dan Carpenter (groin), wideout Chris Hogan (hip), defensive end Manny Lawson (ankle) and guard Kraig Urbik (shoulder).
Preston Brown
News
Bills linebacker Preston Brown is being handed the keys to a brand new Ferrari, in the sense that the second-year player will be in charge of the huddle in Rex Ryan's touted defense.

The Bills and Ryan are confident in Brown, despite him being just 22 years old.

''Oh, gawd, I didn't realize he was 22. I'm a little nervous,'' the Bills new coach said. ''But no. He certainly has more of, I don't know if mature is the right word. But he's been around the game awhile.''

Brown also has a vote of confidence from defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman.

'He's a smart guy, and you very seldom have to repeat things to him,'' Thurman said. ''Usually a coach's kid is going to have that mental aptitude because he's been around the game for a long time. He's taken to the call. He seems very comfortable in the huddle.''

Brown started 14 games last season and led the Bills with 108 tackles.

Jordan Gay
News
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
News
Bills kicker Dan Carpenter nailed his only field goal attempt of the day and two extra points in Buffalo's 17-9 win over New England Sunday. 

Carpenter drilled a 48-yard attempt at the end of the first half. He finishes the year 34 for 38 with a long of 58. He also went 31 for 32 on extra point attempts in 2014. 

Randell Johnson
News
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
News
Bills sackmaster Mario Williams was back on the field Thursday after missing the Wednesday session with an illness. He leads the team in sacks with 12.
Marcus Easley
News
The Bills made it official and announced that they have signed wide receiver and special teams ace Marcus Easley to a multi-year deal. 

Easley is a reserve receiver but is a standout gunner on the Bills' coverage units. He led the NFL in special teams tackles in 2013 but was unable to repeat that mark in 2014 as a knee injury held him out of six games. 

Fred Jackson
News
Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn indicated Tuesday the team will reduce veteran running back Fred Jackson's workload in 2015 to make sure he can stay fresh the entire season, according to the team's official website. The 34-year-old running back is entering his 10th season.

“Fred had over 500 snaps last year and I think he wore down a bit at the end of the season,” Lynn said. “If we can take half of that off his plate I think you’ll see a fresher Fred Jackson and a more explosive Fred Jackson.”

Matt Cassel
News
Bills general manager Doug Whaley denied reports that the team is moving on from quarterback EJ Manuel

The team acquired Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor in the offseason.

In an interview with Jim Rome, Whaley said, "I look at it this way, in this business controversy sells,. The more controversy that you can drum up then the more intereste people are going to be."

"For us we’re excited about the future of all three of those guys," Whaley said. "It’s going to be a great competition. And we can keep three quarterbacks. So I dismiss that as just someone trying to get something stirred during this down time and lack of media stories for the NFL." 

Whaley said all three quarterbacks have an equal shot of winning the starting job. 

"I look for him to come in and compete and try to take the job," he said. "Everybody has got an equal footing. It’s a clean slate for all four of our quarterbacks. We’re not tied to anybody. We just want the best man to start."

Ronald Darby
News
Ronald Darby, who was the Bills' second-round pick in this year's draft, signed his rookie contract Tuesday. The Bills now have all six draft picks under contract.

“Athletic, fast, that’s why we drafted him,” defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman in describing Darby, per the team's official website. “Looks like a pretty good man-to-man cover guy from what we saw in the rookie minicamp, but he hasn’t gone up against the big time NFL receiver. Usually if you can cover, you can cover. It usually doesn’t matter who it is, but he’s been pretty impressive so far.”

Darby's contract is for four years and $4.6 million, a source told NFL.com.

Cyril Richardson
News
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.

Justin Hamilton
No Updates
Eric Wood
News
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
No Updates
Tyrod Taylor
News
The Bills are possibly a quarterback away from being a playoff contender. 

EJ Manuel has been lackluster thus far. Matt Cassel isn't getting any younger. This leaves a potential opportunity for Tyrod Taylor, who signed with Buffalo after spending his first four years as a backup with the Ravens, to be a dark horse to win the job. 

In an interview with Sporting News, Taylor said he's trying to drown out the local noise hyping him up to possibly take the position. 

"I knew coming in here how it was going to be," Taylor said. "My focus is to just prepare for these camps, learn the offense, study and play the best I can.’’

Taylor backed up Joe Flacco during his four years with the Ravens after being selected in the sixth round of the 2011 draft. Flacco proved to be a durable quarterback, which never gave Taylor an opportunity to start. 

Taylor said that Bills coach Rex Ryan told him there would be a quarterback competition during training camp, with the former Virginia Tech star ready for the challenge. 

“He was telling me how excited he was to have a chance to have me there and to have me compete for the job,’’ Taylor said. “Throughout the process, I thought this opportunity was the best for an open competition. That’s what I’d always felt throughout the offseason, and I had confidence in what I could do when I got that chance.’’

Ty Powell
News
Some linebackers move inside out. Some move outside in. Ty Powell has done both.

But Powell, who has performed both outside and in with Seattle and Buffalo, will be strictly handling the latter with the Bills in 2015.

Rex Ryan sees Powell as second on the depth chart behind Preston Brown. But he has impressed the coach.

"The first guy I'll talk about will be Powell," Ryan told the team website. "He's been most impressive to me. Smart, picks things up quick. He was more of a special teams guy, and quite honestly if he doesn't play a snap that's fine with me. That means Preston Brown is fine, but I like Powell. I think he's really jumped up."

Powell is certainly not complaining about playing inside full-time.

"Last year I played (middle linebacker), and this year I'm playing 'mike' but it's in a new scheme," he said. "They had this scheme my first year here but now I'm inside. I really just refer to Nigel (Bradham) because Nigel has been inside on this defense. I'm just learning off him. But I do feel like this is my natural position."

Stephon Gilmore
News
The Bills picked up the fifth year on cornerback Stephon Gilmore's contract, the team announced Tuesday.

Gilmore will make $11 million in 2016 as a result of the team exercising the option. In 14 games last season, Gilmore totaled 46 tackles with three interceptions.

Bryce Brown
News
Bills running back Bryce Brown has been unable to participate in voluntary offseason workouts because of personal reasons, running backs coach Anthony Lynn said Tuesday.

"Bryce is doing what he has to do right now, taking care of his family in the offseason," Lynn said, per ESPN. "But yes, it will set him back. I mean, he's five, six weeks behind everyone else. Once he gets here it's going to be hard to slow down and catch him up. That's one of my biggest concerns.

"But he's got the playbook and hopefully he's taking care of his business and he'll come in in great shape and we'll see what happens."

Although coach Rex Ryan called out Brown in March about his fumbling issues, general manager Doug Whaley has implored the coaching staff to give Brown a "clean slate."

"Rex has a way of motivating guys and getting his point across. I think Bryce got the point," Lynn said. "It's more mental than drills: just helping him know and feel where the ball is, just having an awareness of where the ball is.

"Runners naturally are going to swing the ball, when you try to maintain your balance and fall and all those types of things. But when you have that awareness of where the ball is, then you can protect it more times than not."

Stefan Charles
News
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. 

Kyle Williams
News
The Bills and defensive tackle Kyle Williams agreed on a one-year, $10.5 million extension, meaning Williams is signed through 2017, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Williams, 31, had 42 tackles, five sacks, three passes knocked down and an interception in 15 games last year.
Jerry Hughes
News
Rex Ryan has declared that new Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes is wrecking practice. Fortunately for the team, it was a tongue-in-cheek remark.

Ryan made the joke because Hughes, who signed a five-year, $45 million contract extension this offseason, has been so dominant in the current sessions. Ryan estimated that Hughes registered five or six sacks before he had to pull him off the field and allow the offense to get its work in uninterrupted.

"This just in: I am really happy we signed Jerry Hughes back," Ryan told Syracuse.com. "It's rare that you have to pull a guy from practice because he's ruining your practice. I had to pull him (Wednesday)."

Hughes is coming off successive 10-plus sack seasons. Ryan expressed certainty that he will continue to thrive despite a shift in defensive philosophy.

"If he keeps rushing the pass like he did (Wednesday), yeah I'd say so," Ryan said. "You can put him anywhere, too. He plays much bigger than his frame. He's like 255 or something, but he plays much bigger. He can play as an end, play as an outside backer. He's definitely a physical player, he's a great athlete."

Andre Fluellen
News
The Bills have announced the signing of free agent defensive tackle Andre Fluellen. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 30-year-old Fluellen has spent most of his career as a backup with Detroit. He has played in 77 career games and totaled 65 tackles, including 10 for losses, 4 1/2 sacks and 12 quarterback hits.

Fluellen appeared in eight games last season with the Lions and contributed to 10 tackles while registering a career-high two sacks.

Duke Williams
News
The Bills have an opening at starting safety. Duke Williams appears to be a logical candidate to fill that role. But Rex Ryan is not about to present it to him on a silver platter.

"I think there is going to be competition at that spot," he told ESPN. "We're not handing it to him, that it's set in stone."

The Bills are in a similar position as they were a year ago, after losing Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd and replacing him with Da'Norris Searcy, who took the job and ran with it. Searcy has since hightailed it to Tennessee, leaving the safety spot opposite Aaron Williams open.

Duke Williams, a fourth-round pick in 2013, played 49 percent of the defensive snaps a year ago after barely getting his feet wet as a rookie. He contributed to 53 tackles and added an interception.

"I think Duke is a guy that has the physical traits you look for; he loves to play and is a tough physical guy and he can run," Ryan said. "I think those are obviously some main traits you look for. ... There's probably competition in this building and that will be good for Duke and will be good for our football team."

Tyson Chandler
News
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."

John Conner
News
The Bills on Wednesday signed veteran free agent fullback John Conner, who paid a visit Tuesday. The five-year pro began his NFL career playing for current Bills coach Rex Ryan with the Jets.

Conner has been given infrequent opportunities to run the ball. He has 27 career carries and only six (all in 2014) over the last four seasons.

Sammy Watkins
News
Despite undergoing hip surgery during the offseason, Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins said he will be healthy when training camp begins next month, reports SportingNews.com.

"I'll be there first day of training camp competing," Watkins said Wednesday. "It's all about now, how I'm going to take the offseason, getting in shape and coming back ready to compete."

While Watkins was limited during the offseason because of the hip issue, he said the injury is behind him.

"It feels good," he said. "Just to know I can get on the field and compete and go out there and make a play or two, just to get back there, is a great feeling to me, and just to see coaches confidence in putting me back there and knowing that I'm healthy, it was a great feeling for me."

Injury
Hip - Questionable for start of training camp
Bacarri Rambo
News
The Bills designated the following players as inactive for the game at Denver: wideout Mike Williams (calf), tight end Chris Gragg (knee), defensive end Jarius Wynn (knee), safety Bacarri Rambo (hamstring), fullback Frank Summers, offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio and linebacker Randell Johnson.
Kenny Ladler
News
The Bills placed safety Kenny Ladler on IR with an arm injury, ending his season. Ladler played in two games, making four tackles.
Percy Harvin
News
Labels are hard for athletes to shed. Bills veteran Percy Harvin understands that. He was labeled a gadget player upon his trade from Minnesota to Seattle in 2013 and hasn't been able to shake it since.

Harvin plans to do just that this season. He wants to thrive as strictly a wideout, but must stay healthy and produce on the field to achieve that goal.

The 27-year-old Harvin flashed in his first four seasons with the Vikings, but never reached 1,000 yards receiving. Injuries and migraines limited him with the Seahawks, where he was utilized more as a jack-of-all-trades rather than a featured wide receiver. He has played in just 14 games and caught 52 passes for 500 yards over the last two seasons combined.

Rex Ryan is seeking greater production from Harvin and is planning to line him up extensively on the outside rather than in the slot.

"He's a playmaker and I think Percy now [is] just scratching the surface of what kind of outside receiver he can be," Ryan told the team website. "I'm excited to see how he can elevate his game at that position."

So is Harvin.

"Aside from the first two years I got in the league I've been just a gadget guy," he said. "...I think this year a lot of people are going to see the end result of [playing exclusively wide receiver]."

LeSean McCoy
News
Eagles coach Chip Kelly didn't catch a break when former running back LeSean McCoy didn't reverse course on on Tuesday about his comments that the coach uses race as a determining factor on whether to keep a player.

Kelly is getting support from someone on his own staff though. Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley, who is close to McCoy, stood up for Kelly, per ESPN.com.

"Chip is not a racist at all," Staley said. "Chip and I work well together. I mean, everybody has their own opinion. I'm not here to talk about [Tra Thomas] or to talk about what McCoy is talking about. I know from my relationship with Chip, that's definitely far-fetched. We're all here to do a job, and that's football, so don't take a chapter and make it a book."

After being traded to the Bills, McCoy said in an interview with ESPN The Magazine that Kelly "got rid of all the good black players."

Deon Broomfield
News
The Bills trimmed their active roster down to 53 on Saturday, cutting the following players: LB Xavius Boyd, DT Landon Cohen, TE Dominique Jones, CB Kamaal McIlwain, CB Sam Miller, P Brian Moorman, QB Jordan Palmer, FB Evan Rodriguez, WR Naaman Roosevelt, C Jared Wheeler, QB Jeff Tuel, S Deon Broomfield, LB Jimmy Gaines, WR T.J. Graham, WR Caleb Holley, DE Ikponmwosa Igbinosun, DE Bryan Johnson, S Kenny Ladler, C Doug Legursky and G Antoine McClain.
Injury
Corbin Bryant
News
The Bills extended qualifying offers to exclusive rights free agents Chris Hogan, Justin Brown and Corbin Bryant on Thursday, the team announced.

By extending the offers, the Bills ensure the players will return to the team in 2015 on one-year contracts.

Nick O'Leary
News
The Bills have signed sixth-round draft pick Nick O'Leary and seventh-round pick Dezmin Lewis to their rookie contracts, according to ESPN.com.

O'Leary, a tight end out of Florida State, totaled 618 yards on 48 catches with six touchdowns in his senior season. Lewis, a wide receiver out of Central Arkansas, had 133 receptions for 1,723 yards and 15 touchdowns in 36 games in his college career.

Chris Gragg
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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. 

D.J. Morrell
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The Rams waived cornerback Jarrid Bryant, punter Bobby Cowan, offensive tackles D.J. Morrell and R.J. Dill, receivers T.J. Moe and Jordan Harris, long snapper Jorgen Hus, fullback Kadeem Jones, and linebackers Johnny Millard and Pat Schiller.

Andrew Hudson
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Michael Buchanan
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The Bills have announced the signing of defensive end/linebacker Michael Buchanan, who was waived early last month by New England.

Buchanan has played in 18 NFL games (but only three last season) after being selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2013 draft. He has recorded two sacks and five quarterbacks hits.

 

Cyrus Kouandjio
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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
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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
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New Bills tight end Charles Clay expects to be an every-down player in 2015. "They don’t want me coming off the field," he told the Buffalo News.

"They want to use me in a lot of different positions, moving around a bit, which is something I feel very comfortable doing. Dating back all the way to high school, playing running back and getting to college and playing so many different positions and then coming here to Miami and playing a lot. It’s something I feel very comfortable doing so whatever they ask me to do, I’m willing to do it, I’m going to work at it and try to master it. I’m excited. I can’t wait."

Clay signed a five-year, $38 million contract with Buffalo after spending his first four seasons with the Dolphins.

Tobais Palmer
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The Saints have waived running back Timothy Flanders, wide receiver Tobais Palmer, tight end Je'Ron Hamm and linebacker Chidera Uzo-Diribe.
Nickell Robey
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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
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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.

Darryl Johnson
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The Chargers waived or released these players: running back Kerwynn Williams, offensive tackle Nick Becton, fullback Zach Boren, tight ends Ryan Otten and Jake Byrne, receivers Micah Hatfield and Brelan Chancellor, linebacker Adrian Hamilton, guard Darryl Johnson, cornerback Lowell Rose and punter Chase Tenpenny.
Mario Butler
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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. 

Caleb Holley
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The Bills trimmed their active roster down to 53 on Saturday, cutting the following players: LB Xavius Boyd, DT Landon Cohen, TE Dominique Jones, CB Kamaal McIlwain, CB Sam Miller, P Brian Moorman, QB Jordan Palmer, FB Evan Rodriguez, WR Naaman Roosevelt, C Jared Wheeler, QB Jeff Tuel, S Deon Broomfield, LB Jimmy Gaines, WR T.J. Graham, WR Caleb Holley, DE Ikponmwosa Igbinosun, DE Bryan Johnson, S Kenny Ladler, C Doug Legursky and G Antoine McClain.
Richie Incognito
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Guard Richie Incognito, who reached a deal with the Bills after not playing in 2014, said after the team's voluntary workouts on Monday that the past year has been "humbling" for him, per the team's site. 

Incognito was suspended for the final eight games of the 2013 season for his role in the bullying scandal in the Dolphins' locker room. He met with several teams in 2014 but wound up not playing. 

"At the end of the day, humbling is the best way to describe the past year for me," Incognito said after the workout.

Chris Williams
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Wide receiver and kick returner Chris Williams worked out for the Colts, Buccaneers and Bengals recently, according to nationalfootballpost.com.

Williams, formerly of the CFL, has also spent time with the Dolphins, Browns, Saints and Bears. As a rookie in the CFL, Williams won the league's top rookie award, hauling in 70 receptions for 1,064 yards and six touchdowns.

Colton Schmidt
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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.

Cam Thomas
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Cordy Glenn
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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
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Bills quarterback EJ Manuel is happy to get a fresh start with new coach Rex Ryan. 

"I think God works in mysterious ways," he said, per the Buffalo News. "I’m excited with the coach we have now. I think he’s built a great staff around him. Offensively, I know we have some great guys."

"That’s all I want for myself," Manuel said of the quarterback competition. "I just want to be able to compete, let it be open, and at the end of the day the best man will play."

Manuel spent part of the offseason working on his throwing motion with Steve DeBerg. "We studied a bunch of elite passers in the game, and they all throw the ball, not necessarily the same exact way, but certain types of ways," Manuel said. "I’ve been working on that since January and I think I have it down now."

He also spent time working out with Bills WR Chris Hogan

Tony Steward
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The Bills announced on Monday that they have signed linebacker Tony Steward to his rookie contract. 

Steward was Buffalo's sixth-round pick out of Clemson. 

“It feels awesome,” Steward told the team's website. “Earlier I actually forgot about signing the contract. I was just out there playing football, but it feels good to make it official and put it on paper and it’s awesome to be part of this organization.”

Chris Manhertz
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Alex Carrington
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The Bills are bringing back defensive end Alex Carrington after signing him to a contract Monday, the team announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Carrington played his first four seasons with the Bills, but left after the 2013 season. In 2014, he played for the Rams and registered one tackle in eight games.

Rod Sweeting
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The Dolphins released running back Marcus Thigpen from their practice squad and signed defensive back Rod Sweeting to the squad, reports the Palm Beach Post.
Jeremy Towns
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According to the Baltimore Sun, the Redskins have trimmed down their roster, cutting the following players on Sunday: Stephen Campbell, Cody Hoffman, Jeremy Kimbrough, Ross Madison, Jake McDonough, Adrian Robinson, Jeremy Towns, Rob Jackson.
William Campbell
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The Bills signed guard William Campbell and defensive tackle Jeremy Towns to their practice squad and released tight end Jamie Childers and running back Lonnie Pryor from the squad, the team announced.
Karlos Williams
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Bills rookie running back Karlos Williams has already made a strong impression with offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

"Karlos Williams has been aces," Roman said, per WKBW.com. "This guy is getting it and quickly. He's done nothing but impress in every aspect."

Williams, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, averaged 5.9 yards per carry in his last two seasons at Florida State. He totaled 241 carries for 1,419 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also had 37 catches for 328 yards and one touchdown.

Corey Graham
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The Bills have moved cornerback Corey Graham to safety, the Buffalo News reports.

Graham said that he and the team have discussed the move all offseason and decided to give the position change a try on Tuesday when the team held its first workout of OTAs.

"He’s got that unique ability where he can do both things," coach Rex Ryan said. "So let’s see what we have out there. And this is no slam on Duke or on Rambo or on Meeks or any of those guys, but this is us doing what’s best for the team. And if that means we feel good about [Graham] playing safety, then that’s where he’ll be."

Graham is enthusiastic about playing the safety position full-time.

"I want to try to really learn it and see where it goes, see how much my grasp is, see how I’m playing at it, see where it can take me," he said. "I look forward to it. It’s a challenge for me, but I’m actually very excited about it."

Graham recorded 84 total tackles last season, his first in Buffalo, while intercepting two passes.

Robert Woods
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Bills wide receiver Robert Woods had four catches for 39 yards and a touchdown in Buffalo's 17-9 win over the Patriots Sunday.

Woods was able to score on the opening drive for the Bills when quarterback Kyle Orton connected with him in the end zone from six yards out.

Woods finishes the year with 65 catches for 699 yards and five touchdowns.

Nigel Bradham
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The Bills are interesting in signing linebacker Nigel Bradham to a contract extension, a source told ESPN.com.

Bradham, 25, will be a free agent after the 2015 season and he is coming off a career high in tackles, sacks and interceptions during the 2014 season.

Justin Brown
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The Bills extended qualifying offers to exclusive rights free agents Chris Hogan, Justin Brown and Corbin Bryant on Thursday, the team announced.

By extending the offers, the Bills ensure the players will return to the team in 2015 on one-year contracts.

Wesley Miller
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John Miller
News
Bills rookie guard John Miller has been with the team for just a short period of time since being selected in the third round of the NFL Draft. However, he has already made a strong enough impression that he's putting himself in good position to start in the fall.

“He might be the opening guy there,” Bills coach Rex Ryan told WGR Sportsradio 550 on Tuesday, per the team's official website. “He’s been very impressive. I think right now that’s the most important thing just because we’re not going up against anybody. But this guy has a big, wide, square body and we are hitting bags and his technique is pretty good. He has really been impressive.

“For a kid you just took out of college, he jumps right in and he doesn’t make mistakes. So I think that’s going to give him an opportunity to showcase what he can do physically and I think he has the right makeup to be an outstanding player.”

Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer is also impressed with the 6-foot-2, 303-pound Miller.

“John has shown to adapt the quickest from the group,” Kromer said. “I told them right from the beginning that the guys who block the right guy right now… we’re going against painted spots on the field to simulate a defense. They have to step to the right guy, use their hands correctly and the right footwork. He did that early and more often than other guys so he got the opportunity to be in there with that group.”

B.J. Larsen
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Jarius Wynn
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The Bills announced the signing of defensive end Jarius Wynn on Saturday, per the team's official website.

Wynn, 27, originally signed with the club last offseason. He appeared in 11 games for the Bills in 2014, tallying 18 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks. He has 10 1/2 sacks through his six years in the NFL.

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Jonathan Meeks
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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.

Jimmy Gaines
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The Bills trimmed their active roster down to 53 on Saturday, cutting the following players: LB Xavius Boyd, DT Landon Cohen, TE Dominique Jones, CB Kamaal McIlwain, CB Sam Miller, P Brian Moorman, QB Jordan Palmer, FB Evan Rodriguez, WR Naaman Roosevelt, C Jared Wheeler, QB Jeff Tuel, S Deon Broomfield, LB Jimmy Gaines, WR T.J. Graham, WR Caleb Holley, DE Ikponmwosa Igbinosun, DE Bryan Johnson, S Kenny Ladler, C Doug Legursky and G Antoine McClain.
EJ Manuel
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Bills quarterback EJ Manuel is in the middle of a three-way competition for the starting job in Buffalo, but he's hoping that the weight he added during the offseason will help him get the starting nod, per The Buffalo News.

Manuel estimates he gained eight to 10 pounds of muscle during the offseason with the intention of staying healthy -- he missed six games as a rookie in 2013 due to injury.

“I feel a lot better this way,” Manuel siad. “I still feel like I’m quick and fast and able to move around. I think that’s just about being durable and obviously being able to take a full season.”

With Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel competing alongside him to become the starting quarterback this year, Manuel feels he has a great chance to come out the top guy.

"I feel like I’m right there in the mix, so I’ve just got to go out every day and get better," Manuel said.

Manuel threw for 838 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions in five games last season.

Clay Burton
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Manny Lawson
News
Several Bills who were on the injury report are active for Monday's game against the Jets in Detroit. The group includes cornerback Ron Brooks (groin), kicker Dan Carpenter (groin), wideout Chris Hogan (hip), defensive end Manny Lawson (ankle) and guard Kraig Urbik (shoulder).
Leodis McKelvin
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Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin is expecting to be cleared for organized team activities as he continues to recover from a fractured ankle sustained in a Week 11 game against the Dolphins.

“I should be 100 percent probably in a month or so,” McKelvin said, via the Bills official website. “By the middle of March I should be cleared. I haven’t been cleared by the doctor yet for my ankle.”

McKelvin missed the final six games of the regular season but still finished with 48 tackles and four interceptions. His interception total led Bills defenders in 2014.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for start of training camp
Deonte Thompson
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The Bills have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 16 game against the Raiders: running back Bryce Brown, cornerback Ross Cockrell, linebackers Larry Dean and Randell Johnson, tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, wide receiver Deonte Thompson and tight end Chris Gragg (knee).

The only player on the inactive list dealing with an injury is reserve tight end Gragg, who was listed as probable, leaving the Bills as one of the healthier teams in the league heading into Week 16. They are a 6 1/2-point favorite in Sunday's road matchup with the Raiders.

Erik Williams
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Marcus Thigpen
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Bills running back C.J. Spiller (shoulder) is among the team's players listed as probable who are active for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Spiller is making his return from injured reserve and will be playing in his first game since Week 7. Also active after being listed as probable are safeties Da'Norris Searcy (hamstring) and Duke Williams (concussion), cornerback Stephon Gilmore (shoulder), defensive end Jarius Wynn (knee), running back Anthony Dixon (chest), wide receiver Marcus Thigpen (foot) and kicker Dan Carpenter (groin).

The Bills are a 6 1/2-point favorite for Sunday's road matchup with the Raiders.

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