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Bills' Ty Nsekhe: Headed for new position
Nsekhe (knee) has been working out at right tackle during OTAs this week, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
Nsekhe has familiarity at both tackle spots, but his usage on the right side suggests the Bills will give Dion Dawkins every opportunity to solidify a himself as the full-time left tackle. Rookie Cody Ford also looms as a threat to both Dawkins and Nsekhe in what will likely be a three-way battle for the two starting roles.... See More ... See Less
Bills' Russell Bodine: Not practicing at OTAs
Bodine (lower leg) hasn't been participating during the first week of OTAs, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
Bodine was placed on injured reserve after suffering a fractured fibula in Week 13 of last season. The 26-year-old is still working his way back from the injury and could be in danger of losing his starting role even if he returns to full health in advance of training camp.... See More ... See Less
Bills' Matt Milano: Looking strong in OTAs
Milano (leg) has been able to practice in full during OTAs this week, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
The team doesn't seem to be taking a cautious approach with the linebacker, who is working his way back from the broken leg he suffered in Week 14. The 24-year-old will still need to shake off some rust after the long layoff from on-field activity, but all signs point to him making a healthy return in 2019 and re-emerging as a pivotal player on defense.... See More ... See Less
Bills' Mik'Quan Deane: Finds new home quickly
The Bills signed Deane on Tuesday.
Buffalo just lost free-agent pickup Tyler Kroft to a broken foot for the next three months, so Deane was picked up to bolster the team's tight-end depth. An undrafted rookie out of Western Kentucky who was just let go by the Seahawks, Deane will start at the bottom of the depth chart in Buffalo and will have a long way to go to work his way toward a permanent roster spot.... See More ... See Less
Bills' Jason Croom: Important summer ahead
Croom's teammate Tyler Kroft broke his foot during Monday's OTA session and will be sidelined for 3-to-4 months following surgery.
Croom actually entered the offseason as the Bills' top tight end, though you could also say he was the only tight end under contract. Then the Bills beefed up their corps by signing Kroft and Lee Smith in free agency, while drafting Dawson Knox in the third round. That may have bumped Croom -- who finished 2018 with a 22/259/1 line -- all the way to fourth, though with Kroft's injury being significant, he'll have extra chances to stake his claim toward meaningful playing time, or at least a roster spot.... See More ... See Less
Bills' David Sills: Dinged up for OTAs
Sills was limited during Tuesday's OTA session due to a hamstring issue, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
The term "limited" isn't much of a concern this far ahead of the season, though as an undrafted free agent, Sills can't afford much missed time, so we'll see how he does as OTAs continue this week. Even though he's a UDFA, Sills has a legit shot to make the team following two big final seasons at West Virginia. If the name looks familiar, Sills was a 13-year-old commit to USC and Lane Kiffin several years ago before a significant hand injury forced him into another position. Sills is difficult to cover and, as a former high-level quarterback, brings extra intangibles to the offense. That all said, he'll have to turn some heads this summer to make the team.... See More ... See Less
Bills' Dawson Knox: Opportunity Knox
Knox's teammate Tyler Kroft broke his foot during Monday's OTA session and will be sidelined for 3-to-4 months following surgery.
In addition to drafting Knox in the third round, the Bills signed Kroft and Lee Smith over the offseason to beef up what had been a lackluster tight end crew. Smith is more of a blocker, however, and Kroft now has a significant injury, meaning the rookie's about to get an opportunity right away. Kroft -- expected to be the clear-cut starter -- could still be ready for the regular season, but for now Knox and Jason Croom are the best healthy receiving options of this position group.... See More ... See Less
Bills' T.J. Yeldon: Nursing groin injruy
Yeldon did not participate in OTAs on Tuesday due to a groin injury, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.
It doesn't look like it's anything serious for Yeldon, who signed a two-year contract with the Bills nearly a month ago. These are voluntary workouts, so there is no reason to rush the 25-year-old into action. He is expected to compete for a role in Buffalo's backfield this offseason with LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore and rookie tailback Devin Singletary.... See More ... See Less
Bills' Mitch Morse: Held out of OTAs
Morse is not practicing at OTAs after undergoing core muscle surgery a few weeks ago, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Morse signed with the Bills this offseason and will be the team's starting center in 2019. Core muscle surgery can take anywhere from six weeks to a few months to recover from, which means Morse could be ready to go before training camp begins.... See More ... See Less
Bills' Tyler Kroft: Out at least three months
Kroft (foot) will be sidelined for 3-to-4 months following surgery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Bills announced Tuesday that Kroft suffered another broken right foot during OTAs on Monday and that the injury requires surgery. With this timetable, Kroft will likely miss all of training camp and potentially the start of the regular season. Additionally, Kroft is now at risk of starting the season on the PUP list, but Buffalo has some time before that decision has to be made. Should Kroft have to miss any time, Lee Smith, who signed a three-year, $9 contract with the Bills just over a week ago would be in line to step in as the top option at tight end. Smith is more of a blocker, however, so more opportunities could open up for Jason Croom and rookie Dawson Knox.... See More ... See Less
Bills' Frank Gore: Starts off on wrong foot
Gore will not practice during Tuesday's OTA sessions due to foot/ankle issues, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
When you sign a 36-year-old running back, these are the type of minor injuries that come with the territory. However, we imagine a veteran like Gore knows his way around summer work and will have plenty of time to get up to speed as the team's main backup to LeSean McCoy, assuming Gore's issues are minor.... See More ... See Less
Bills' Cole Beasley: Not practicing following surgery
Beasley was not participating in OTAs on Tuesday after undergoing core muscle surgery a few weeks ago, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
It's unclear exactly what led to the injury and ultimately surgery for Beasley, and it is also unknown how long the wideout will remain on the sidelines. It's all speculation at this point, so consider Beasley day-to-day until the Bills can provide a more concrete update on his timeline.... See More ... See Less
Bills' Tyler Kroft: Needs surgery on broken foot
Kroft suffered a broken foot during OTAs on Monday and will require surgery, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports.
It's a tough break for Kroft and the Bills, as the 2015 third-round pick of the Bengals is (or was) expected be the team's top tight end this season after signing a three-year, $18.75 million contract back in March. This will also be the second straight year that Kroft has to undergo foot surgery, as he was placed on injured reserve in November of 2018 after undergoing a season-ending procedure on a fracture right foot. More on Kroft's recovery timetable should be released following surgery.... See More ... See Less
Bills' Jerry Hughes: Signs two-year extension
Hughes is signing a two-year extension that includes $19.5 million guaranteed, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The deal is worth up to $23 million and keeps Hughes under contract with Buffalo through 2021. The 30-year-old defensive end hasn't topped seven sacks since 2014, but he has a seven-year streak of playing all 16 games while piling up 32 or more tackles and 10 or more quarterback hits. Hughes is locked in as a starter under coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.... See More ... See Less
Bills' Zay Jones: Bulking up
Jones has added eight to 10 pounds of lean muscle mass to his upper body this offseason, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. "I have been focusing on how I can maximize my frame and my body to be the best I can this year," said the third-year wideout. "I think it'll help in many aspects. My blocking, my play strength, endurance, stamina, prevention of injury. Nothing is guaranteed. Getting bigger and stronger doesn't guarantee anything, but it can only help you and give you a greater opportunity to be successful."
While we try not to pay too much attention to "bigger, stronger and in the best shape of my life" stories that are quite easy to find this time of year, Jones did struggle with lingering injuries entering last season and was far better in the season's second half compared to the first eight games. Also, he's struggled with being able to outmuscle defensive backs for the ball, so the added weight can only help. With the Bills beefing up their receiving corps this offseason -- namely John Brown and Cole Beasley -- there's been talk Jones' roster spot could be in jeopardy, though he did lead the team in receptions and receiving yards last season and seems to be getting the pro game down, not to mention he already has one season in the books with Josh Allen. Jones seems a lot closer to the No. 2 receiving spot than being a cut, though he'll probably have to fight off Robert Foster for looks in the offense, as Brown and Beasley seem set at two of the top three spots.... See More ... See Less
Bills' Matt Milano: Smooth recovery
Milano, who suffered a broken fibula in Week 14 and missed the rest of the season, has been participating in offseason workouts so far and is said to be on schedule to return before the season gets underway John Murphy of the Bills' official site reports.
The team may ease him back during the summer program, which shouldn't be a problem since he has two years in Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier's defense, but it sounds like he's well on track. Milano should be on IDP radars after posting 78 tackles, seven passes defensed, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries in just 13 games.... See More ... See Less
Bills' Duke Williams: Plans to make most of last chance
Williams, signed by Buffalo following a stint with the CFL, has made a good impression on the coaching staff so far. "I like the fact that he seems to have developed some self-awareness in terms of what went on a few years back to where he is now and knowing what he must do, at least off the field, to prove his worth to people in this league at least, in terms of the decision makers around the league and starting with us," coach Sean McDermott told John Murphy of the Bills' official site.
At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds and coming from a troubled college career where he showed all kinds of talent at Auburn before being kicked off the team, Williams has more upside than any receiver vying for the team's open fifth and possibly sixth WR spots. Williams doesn't offer blazing fast speed, but he has all kinds of size, hands and athleticism and is hard to beat on 1-on-1 balls. He'll be competing with Andre Roberts, Ray-Ray McCloud, Isaiah McKenzie, undrafted free agent David Sills and a few others to try and secure a roster spot this summer.... See More ... See Less
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