Buffalo Bills

Stadium: New Era Field | Coach: Sean McDermott
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense29th126.1 (7th)176.6 (31st)
Defense25th124.6 (28th)230.5 (20th)
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57Alexander, Lorenzo LB6-12455/31/198312California
17Allen, Josh QB6-52375/21/1996RWyoming
33Anderson, Colt (FA) DB5-1019510/25/19859Montana
13Benjamin, Kelvin WR6-52452/5/19915Florida State
66Bodine, Russell C6-33086/30/19925North Carolina
43Boesen, Mat DE6-42381/31/1995RTCU
65Boettger, Ike T6-631310/5/1994RIowa
41Borders, Breon CB6-01897/22/19951Duke
19Bray, Quan WR5-101834/28/19934Auburn
20Bush, Rafael DB5-112035/12/19878South Carolina State
17Butler, Jeremy (FA) WR6-22134/22/19914Tennessee-Martin
39Cadet, Travaris RB6-12102/1/19897Appalachian State
7Carter, Cory P5-112203/5/19941Texas Southern
15Clay, Kaelin WR5-101951/2/19924Utah
85Clay, Charles RB6-32552/13/19898Tulsa
80Croom, Jason TE6-42462/28/19941Tennessee
56Davis, Ryan (FA) DE6-22602/24/19897Bethune-Cookman
9Davis, Tyler K5-101929/29/1994RPenn State
22Davis, Vontae DB5-112075/27/198810Illinois
73Dawkins, Dion T6-53204/26/19942Temple
42DiMarco, Patrick RB6-12344/30/19897South Carolina
62Ducasse, Vladimir T6-532910/15/19879Massachusetts
16Dupre, Malachi WR6-219610/12/19951LSU
49Edmunds, Tremaine LB6-52505/2/1998RVirginia Tech
96Fede, Terrence DE6-426711/19/19915Marist
69Ferguson, Reid LS6-22443/24/19942LSU
35Ford, Keith RB5-102194/18/1994RTexas A&M
8Foster, Robert WR6-21965/7/1994RAlabama
28Gaines, Phillip DB6-01934/4/19915Rice
72Groy, Ryan G6-53209/30/19905Wisconsin
94Hatley, Rickey DT6-43103/29/19941Missouri
4Hauschka, Stephen K6-42106/29/198511NC State
18Holmes, Andre WR6-42106/16/19887Hillsdale
55Hughes, Jerry DE6-22548/13/19889TCU
50Humber, Ramon LB5-112328/10/198710North Dakota State
23Hyde, Micah DB6-019712/31/19906Iowa
33Ivory, Chris RB6-02233/22/19889Tiffin University
61James, Josh T6-53145/9/19931Carroll (Mont.)
24Johnson, Leonard (FA) DB5-101943/30/19907Iowa State
24Johnson, Taron CB5-111927/27/1996RWeber State
11Jones, Zay WR6-22003/30/19952East Carolina
26Jones, Taiwan RB6-01957/26/19888Eastern Washington
14Kerley, Jeremy WR5-918811/8/19888TCU
44Lacey, Deon LB6-32357/18/19902West Alabama
90Lawson, Shaq DE6-32676/17/19943Clemson
88Lee, Khari TE6-42531/16/19924Bowie State
97Lewis, Marquavius DE6-327010/11/19921South Carolina
98Lotulelei, Star DT6-231512/20/19896Utah
56Love, Mike DE6-32551/22/1994RSouth Florida
31Marlowe, Dean SAF6-12087/25/19923James Madison
10McCarron, AJ QB6-32159/13/19904Alabama
3McCloud, Ray-Ray WR5-1019010/15/1996RClemson
25McCoy, LeSean RB5-112107/12/198810Pittsburgh
37McCray, Kelcie DB6-22029/21/19886Arkansas State
38McCray, L.J. DB6-02046/18/19913Catawba
68McDermott, Conor T6-830510/19/19922UCLA
58Milano, Matt LB6-02237/28/19942Boston College
76Miller, John G6-33158/12/19934Louisville
79Mills, Jordan T6-531612/24/19906Louisiana Tech
45Murphy, Marcus RB5-819310/3/19913Missouri
93Murphy, Trent DE6-625912/22/19905Stanford
29Neal, Siran SAF6-02068/4/1994RJacksonville State
71Newhouse, Marshall G6-43309/29/19889TCU
84O'Leary, Nick TE6-32528/31/19923Florida State
59Odighizuwa, Owa DE6-42644/1/19923UCLA
48Olstad, Zach FB5-1124512/6/1993RWinona State
91Palepoi, Tenny DT6-129812/19/19905Utah
2Peterman, Nathan QB6-22255/4/19942Pittsburgh
5Phillips, Cam WR6-020112/16/1995RVirginia Tech
99Phillips, Harrison DT6-33071/25/1996RStanford
30Pitts, Lafayette CB5-111959/24/19923Pittsburgh
77Porter, Mo T6-53053/29/1995RBaylor
21Poyer, Jordan DB6-01914/25/19916Oregon State
87Proehl, Austin WR5-101756/17/1996RNorth Carolina
60Redmond, Adam C6-63005/19/19931Harvard
89Reilly, Brandon WR6-22009/24/19931Nebraska
6Schmidt, Colton P5-1122410/27/19905California-Davis
51Stanford, Julian LB6-12309/2/19905Wagner
81Streater, Rod WR6-32002/9/19886Temple
15Tate, Brandon (FA) WR6-119510/5/198710North Carolina
75Teller, Wyatt G6-431411/21/1994RVirginia Tech
82Thomas, Logan TE6-62507/1/19914Virginia Tech
29Thomas, Shamarko (FA) DB5-92052/23/19916Syracuse
52Thompson, Corey LB6-122212/23/1993RLouisiana State University - S
91Thornton, Cedric (FA) DT6-42906/21/19887Southern Arkansas
35Tolbert, Mike (FA) RB5-925011/23/198511Coastal Carolina
86Towbridge, Keith TE6-52625/21/19952Louisville
40Vallejo, Tanner LB6-122812/16/19942Boise State
47Wallace, Levi DB6-01796/12/1995RAlabama
92Washington, Adolphus DT6-429511/24/19923Ohio State
74Wesley, De'Ondre T6-63317/28/19923Brigham Young
27White, Tre'Davious CB5-111921/16/19952LSU
95Williams, Kyle DT6-13036/10/198313LSU
70Wood, Eric (FA) C6-43103/18/198610Louisville
53Woodson-Luster, Xavier LB6-12198/6/19952Arkansas State
54Yarbrough, Eddie DE6-32594/24/19932Wyoming
67de Beer, Gerhard T6-63127/5/1994RArizona
Injured Players
 Green, Aaron (IR) RB5-1120610/15/19921TCU
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Position Listing
Mike Love
No Updates
Phillip Gaines
Gaines, signed as a free agent after spending his first four seasons with the Chiefs, has been the main No. 3 nickel corner during OTA practices, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

The Bills play a style of defense where the nickel corner sees the field often, illustrated by last year's No. 3 guy, Leonard Johnson, (who wasn't re-signed) seeing the field for 61 percent of the defensive snaps. Gaines has never logged more than 44 tackles in a season, but he's also spent his entire career in a much different defense. Johnson totaled 53 tackles in the system in 2017.

Kelcie McCray
The Bills signed McCray to a reserve/future contract Wednesday.

McCray is a sixth-year safety who last spent time with Seattle during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He saw some playing time at safety when Kam Chancellor couldn't play but, other than that, has worked almost exclusively as a special-teams player. He's likely competing for a similar role with the Bills.

Khari Lee
The Bills have claimed Lee off waivers from the Lions, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.

Lee didn't do enough in the preseason to convince the Lions to keep around a fourth tight end, but the 2015 undrafted free agent from Bowie State will do just that with the Bills, where he apparently sits behind Charles Clay, Nick O'Leary and Logan Thomas.

Vladimir Ducasse
No Updates
Levi Wallace
No Updates
Keith Towbridge
Towbridge faces an uphill battle to win the No. 3 job at tight end, Ryan Talbot of NewYorkUpstate.com reports.

Towbridge went undrafted out of Lousiville last spring and then spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. He's since returned to the practice field, but Towbridge is buried on the depth chart and will need to be very impressive on special teams to stick around in Buffalo.

Kaelin Clay
The Bills will sign Clay, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.

Clay, who was with the Bills for a portion of last season before landing with the Panthers, returns to Buffalo to provide the team's wideout corps with added depth behind Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones and Andre Holmes. Moreover, Clay can also contribute on special teams after returning 17 punts for 147 yards and a TD in nine games for Carolina in 2017.

Leonard Johnson
Johnson finished his first year in Buffalo with 53 tackles -- the second most of his career -- seven passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. "I told my mom and my coach, I've been in the league six years, by far it has been the best year of my career," Johnson told Jadon Ceravolo of BuffaloBills.com.

Johnson is now an unrestricted free agent, though he's indicated he wants to stay with Buffalo and coach Sean McDermott, whom he played for when McDermott was the defensive coordinator in Carolina. Johnson served as an occasional starter when E.J. Gaines was working through various injuries, though at 28 and with an average skill set he's probably best suited as a No. 3 or No. 4 corner. That said, he's proven valuable to the Bills in that role.

Ramon Humber
The Bills re-signed Humber to a one-year deal on Tuesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Humber has spent the past two seasons in Buffalo, contributing on defense and special teams. Last season the veteran recorded nine starts, the most in a single season so far in his career, but eventually lost his starting role to rookie Matt Milano. Still, Humber managed to record a career-high 89 tackles (60 solo) to go along with one sack, one pass defensed and one forced fumble. Look for him to once again compete for a starting role during training camp, though for now Milano is the guy.

Matt Milano
Milano missed Tuesday's OTA session as he is "dealing with a little bit of a hamstring," coach Sean McDermott told The Buffalo News.

We'll see if the second-year player is able to get out on the field by the end of the practice week. Even with the Bills drafting Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds in the first round, Milano is expected to have a starting role in 2018, with Edmunds the most likely 'Mike' candidate while Milano should start on the outside.

Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
Ike Boettger
No Updates
Owa Odighizuwa
Odighizuwa signed a one-year deal with the Bills on Thursday.

Odighizuwa, who the Giants took in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, was released by New York in August of 2017 after being handed a four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy. The third-year defensive end recorded only six combined tackles during his two seasons with the Giants, but could benefit from the change of scenery Buffalo presents.

Cam Phillips
No Updates
Breon Borders
The Bills signed Borders from the Raiders' practice squad Saturday, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.

Borders has spent the season on the Raiders' practice squad, but he won't make his NFL debut with the Bills on Sunday given the limited time to prepare. If he does suit up in the last two games, the rookie figures to primarily play a special teams role with the club, while also providing depth in the secondary.

Josh James
No Updates
Kelvin Benjamin
Coach Sean McDermott says Benjamin has looked healthy throughout OTAs, appearing leaner, stronger and faster than in 2017, when he was injured for much of the campaign, Dominic LoVallo of the Bills' official site reports.

Benjamin burst onto the scene as a first-round rookie in 2014, catching 73 balls for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns, but it's been one injury after another since then. Even though he showed signs of promise following his trade from the Panthers last season, Benjamin struggled to gain separation from cornerbacks and only hit the 70-yard mark once in seven games with the Bills, including the team's playoff loss, where he was held to just nine yards. Benjamin's size and strength are right up there with any receiver in the league, so it'll be worth watching to see if he truly does have a burst back. While the Bills have a new offense without much talent and a major question mark as to who will be the starting quarterback, Benjamin will be the clear No. 1 wideout and could prove to be a sneaky source of value if the rest of our league is too spooked by his recent disappointments.

Zay Jones
Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Thursday that he expects Jones (knee/shoulder) will be ready for the start of training camp, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.

Jones has been sidelined for the final three weeks of the Bills' offseason program after requiring knee surgery in May, but McDermott's comments suggest the wideout is progressing from that procedure as anticipated. Jones also underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in January, but that appears to be the lesser concern of the two injuries, given the longer amount of time he has had to recover from that setback. Assuming Jones is reasonably healthy by the time camp gets underway, he'll likely be the frontrunner to claim the starting wideout role opposite Kelvin Benjamin, given the underwhelming pool of challengers the Bills have on hand to push the 2017 second-round pick for snaps.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Taron Johnson
No Updates
Jason Croom
No Updates
Malachi Dupre
Dupre was sidelined at Thursday's OTA practice due to a hamstring injury, Matt Milano of ESPN reports.

Dupre was drafted by the Packers in the seventh round last season but spent most of his time on the Bills' practice squad. His hamstring injury won't help his case for making the roster in 2018, but it doesn't appear to be severe and shouldn't keep him down for long.

Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
Julian Stanford
Stanford agreed Wednesday with the Bills on a two-year, $3 million contract, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.

Stanford served mainly as a reserve linebacker and special teams player for the Jets last season, logging only 92 snaps on defense. He'll likely fill a similar role for the Jets' division rivals in 2018.

Deon Lacey
Lacey signed a contract with the Bills on Thursday, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.

The Bills cut Lacey just one day earlier to make room on the roster for waiver claim Tyrell Adams, but the team ended up reversing the transaction after Adams failed his physical. Lacey will thus stick around for the Bills as Sunday's matchup with the Buccaneers approaches, but he'll be limited to nothing more than a special teams role if he's active for that contest.

Ryan Davis
Davis was released by the Bills on Friday, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

Davis played in all 16 games for the Bills in 2017, registering 26 tackles, including three sacks. Despite being reasonably productive with limited snaps, he was little more than a backup for the team and was slated to maintain that role in 2018. Now a free agent, he'll look to catch on elsewhere, although he'll likely be hard-pressed to find a starting opportunity.

Taiwan Jones
Jones (arm) is re-signing with the Bills.

Jones played 128 snaps on special teams and only three on offense in eight games for the Bills last season before a broken arm landed him on injured reserve. While unlikely to be part of the equation in the backfield, his contributions on special teams could help him stick around the roster as the No. 4 running back. Jones figures to recover from the broken arm before training camp, if he hasn't already.

Arm - Questionable for the start of training camp
Tenny Palepoi
Palepoi signed a one-year contract with the Bills on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Palepoi was suspended for Week 1 of last season before serving as a depth option on the Chargers' defensive line for the remaining 15 games. He racked up just 24 total tackles in Los Angeles in 2017 and will likely take on a limited defensive role once again in Buffalo this year.

Travaris Cadet
Cadet (ankle) is re-signing with the Bills.

Per ESPN.com's Adam Schefter, Cadet is recovering from the dislocated ankle he suffered on Christmas Eve faster than expected, and is already back to running at full speed. He'll likely still be limited at the offseason program, but it sounds as if he could reach full strength before training camp. Cadet will compete for a depth spot in a backfield that recently added Chris Ivory, potentially spelling LeSean McCoy on some passing downs. Cadet had 22 carries for 93 yards and 13 receptions for 93 yards on 16 targets in six games with the Bills last season.

Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Eric Wood
Wood (neck) was released by the Bills with an injury settlement on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Wood announced his intention to retire due to a neck injury earlier in the offseason, but he still remained on the Bills roster until Thursday as he continued with rehab. Now a free agent, the veteran center could sign with another club, though that would be a shocking turn of events.

Rickey Hatley
No Updates
Josh Allen
No Updates
Quan Bray
Bray signed a reserve/future contract with the Bills on Monday.

Bray played in 24 games with the Colts over the past three seasons, primarily serving as a kick and punt returner. The 26-year-old is likely to see that area as his chance to make the Bills as he enters the team's offseason program.

Brandon Tate
Tate finished the 2017 campaign with a 19.6-yard average on 28 kickoff returns and a 9.7-yard average on 20 punt returns. He also caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown while occasionally chipping in on offense.

The punt return average put Tate sixth in the NFL, but the kickoff return work was lacking and his worst per-return average in his lengthy NFL career. The latter ranked him last among the 12 NFL players with enough attempts to qualify on the league's special teams leaderboard. Tate, who's been in the league since 2009, is now an unrestricted free agent and there's talk the Bills will let him go and look for something a little more youthful with more upside in the return game. The receiver-needy Bills could also use someone that fills the spot as a return specialist while also offering a better potential than Tate for offensive duty.

Austin Proehl
No Updates
De'Ondre Wesley
No Updates
Stephen Hauschka
Hauschka made his only field-goal attempt, a 31-yarder, in Sunday's wild-card loss to the Jaguars. He did not attempt an extra point as the Bills were held to just three points on the day.

Considering the difficult location he kicks in, Hausch Money was exactly that all season, making 29 of 33 field-goal attempts and all 29 of his extra-point tries while setting the team record for most 50-plus yard makes (seven) in a season. That accuracy led him to the No. 15 spot among fantasy kickers for the campaign with 116 points, impressive considering the Bills struggled offensively all season. While the team will be undergoing some changes this offseason in an attempt to get its offense, and more specifically their passing game, up to snuff, Buffalo is thrilled with Hauschka's first campaign and his job as about as secure as they come in his field.

Kyle Williams
Williams (groin) will be limited at practice Friday and listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Williams is enough of a veteran that he could probably go the entire week without practicing and still play capably Sunday. With his career winding down and without a single playoff game on his fine resume, there's no way Williams is missing Week 16.

Jerry Hughes
Hughes logged five tackles during Sunday's win over his former team, the Colts.

Hughes played 48 of 71 defensive snaps, which has become roughly the norm as the Bills take him off the field in certain run situations. The five-tackle game represents Hughes' season high, and while his 37 tackles over 13 games is decent for a defensive end, the 3.0 sacks is disappointing for a guy who many assumed would make a run at double digits.

Cedric Thornton
Thornton signed a contract with the Bills on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old was on the open market for only a few days after the Cowboys cut ties with him when a hamstring injury sidelined him for much of training camp. Buffalo's decision to bring Thornton aboard suggests he's reasonably healthy now, but it's not expected that he'll see many snaps this season behind the dominant defensive tackle tandem of Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams.

Dean Marlowe
Marlowe (hamstring) was waived with an injury settlement Tuesday, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.

Marlowe is now free from injured reserve and can sign with another team.

Mo Porter
No Updates
Tyler Davis
No Updates
Micah Hyde
Hyde (concussion) said Tuesday that he didn't play in the Pro Bowl due to "another injury," Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. "But I'm 100 percent now," Hyde added.

During the Bills' wild-card loss at Jacksonville, Hyde entered the concussion protocol, but a head injury wasn't the reason he didn't appear in his first potential Pro Bowl. Since joining the Bills in March 2017, he tended to a hip issue in training camp and a knee concern at times during the regular season, so an array of injuries may have been the impetus for the absence. With his health restored, Hyde will aim to build upon a career campaign in which he posted 82 tackles and five interceptions while playing 96.1 percent of the team's defensive snaps.

Corey Thompson
No Updates
LeSean McCoy
McCoy's teammates haven't seen any signs of decline from the running back during offseason workouts, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports. "If you prepare yourself the right way, you can play as long as you want to," offensive tackle Jordan Mills said of McCoy. "He eats right, he trains right, he's always studying, he's always trying to get better. And he's always looking at 'Well, I'm the best, but how can I get better?' He's never complacent at what he does, and that's what makes him Shady. He's a great player and he improves every year."

McCoy, who participated in minicamp last week after missing part of OTAs with an illness, will turn 30 years old in July and currently ranks fourth in career carries among active running backs. Critics point to his career-low 4.0 YPC from 2017 as the beginning of the end for McCoy, but one needs to keep in mind that he also handled the third-heaviest workload of his career last season as the centerpiece of a Buffalo offense that finished second-to-last in passing yards per game. Along the way, McCoy continued to display his trademark burst with 12 carries of 20-plus yards, the second-most he has recorded in nine NFL seasons. With Buffalo skipping on drafting a running back in a loaded rookie class, all signs point to McCoy continuing as a workhorse in 2018, with only the newly signed Chris Ivory a legitimate threat to steal carries. With that said, McCoy's efficiency probably won't see much improvement given the questionable state of the team's passing attack and offensive line.

Robert Foster
No Updates
Nick O'Leary
The Bills re-signed O'Leary -- an exclusive rights free agent -- this week, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Starter Charles Clay is almost certain to be back for another season as well, so that leaves the pecking order pretty much the same as last season, with Clay, O'Leary and Logan Thomas as the top three guys heading into summer. The Bills are expected to address other needs instead of taking a top tight end in the upcoming draft, though it also wouldn't be a surprise if they added one in the middle or late rounds.

Jeremy Butler
Butler (concussion) was reverted back to the Bills' injured reserve after being waived/injured Saturday, per the Official NFL Media site transaction log

Butler's concussion he suffered early in the preseason essentially cost him any shot at making the Bills' final roster.

Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
Rafael Bush
Bush signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Bills on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Bush was rarely summoned on defense in 2017, as he made most of his contributions on special teams. The 30-year-old safety will likely have a similar role with the Bills since Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer are both established in the secondary.

Nathan Peterman
Bills head coach Sean McDermott indicated Thursday that he plans on having Peterman and AJ McCarron share most of the reps with the first-team offense once training camp gets underway, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.

The Bills have already been using McCarron and Peterman as the primary signal-callers for the first-team offense during OTAs and minicamp, with rookie first-round pick Josh Allen seeing only mixing in occasionally with the top group. Given Buffalo's decision to trade up to the seventh overall pick to select Allen, it would be surprising if he didn't see the field at some point in 2018, but for the time being, it appears McCarron and Peterman have the edge on entering Week 1 under center. According to Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com, Peterman has impressed during the spring and has outplayed McCarron in minicamp, but Peterman's dismal showing in five appearances as a rookie -- including one in relief of the since-departed Tyrod Taylor in the Bills' playoff loss to the Jaguars -- probably carries more weight with the Buffalo brass than his solid offseason program.

L.J. McCray
The Panthers signed McCray to a reserve/future contract.

McCray didn't play in 2016 after playing with the 49ers in 2015. He'll compete for a role on special teams and as a depth safety with Carolina in 2017.

Charles Clay
Clay brought in three of five targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 10-3 AFC wild-card loss to the Jaguars.

Clay was able to overcome an in-game hamstring injury and finish out the contest. His catch total was a team high, but his middling 5.0 YPC spoke to the minimal impact he had overall. The modest numbers represent an underwhelming finish to a strong season for Clay, one that saw him bring in 49 of 74 targets for 558 yards and two touchdowns while fumbling once over 13 games.

Adolphus Washington
Washington was found not guilty of July allegations for improperly carrying a concealed firearm, Mike Rodak of ESPN reports.

It's unlikely Washington receives any punishment from the league office either.

Rod Streater
Streater, who missed all of last season due to a dislocated big toe suffered in the preseason, is healthy again and has been practicing with the second unit, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Streater hasn't been on the fantasy radar since 2013, when he tallied 888 yards and four touchdowns with the Raiders. The Bills really liked him last summer, where he had a shot at a starting job until the injury did him in. With Kelvin Benjamin the only sure thing in the Buffalo receiving corps, Streater has a good shot at landing one of the 3-4-5 spots, and he could work his way up to as high as No. 2 if Zay Jones continues to disappoint.

Shaq Lawson
Lawson (ankle) has been cleared of his injury, Josh Reed of WIVB.com reports. "Since I got cleared with the ankle injury I'm doing everything right," Lawson noted. "I took care of my body, I'm eating right and doing everything a pro does to be successful."

It's make or break for Lawson in year three, as the defensive end has struggled to stay on the field the past two seasons. He enters this year with a new mindset, as he is on the bubble to secure a spot on the 53-man roster. The former first-round pick has six sacks across his first two years in the league.

Star Lotulelei
Lotulelei is slated to ink a five-year deal with the Bills, ESPN.com reports.

Lotulelei, the No. 14 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, played under current Bills head coach Sean McDermott from 2013 through 2016, while McDermott was the Panthers' defensive coordinator. While Lotulelei isn't much of an IDP factor, having logged 25 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 16 starts for Carolina last season, the 6-foot-2, 315-pounder is a capable run-stuffer, who will provide the Bills defense with a needed upgrade in that area.

Logan Thomas
Thomas underwent knee surgery and has been ruled out for the rest of the spring, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.

While there is no specific timetable on the surgery Thomas was forced to undergo, the Bills likely won't be looking to force him back into action any time soon. Thomas is expected to enter the 2018 season as a depth option at tight end after posting seven receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown across 12 games in Buffalo last year.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Conor McDermott
McDermott (chest) wasn't on Wednesday's injury report and is in line to play Sunday against the Colts.

McDermott missed Week 13's game against the Patriots, but he's a depth asset and doesn't directly affect the Bills' offensive dynamic.

Brandon Reilly
No Updates
Adam Redmond
Redmond was waived Friday by the Colts, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

With regular starter Ryan Kelly (foot) set to make his season debut Sunday against the 49ers and reenter the starting lineup, the Colts no longer had a need for an extra center on the roster. Redmond will be eligible to sign with any team or practice squad upon clearing waivers.

Mike Tolbert
Tolbert indicated this week that he'd like to continue his playing career, Jadon Ceravolo of the Bills' official site reports. "I definitely have. I've got a lot of good football left in me, so we'll see what happens," said the veteran. "Obviously, I was on a one-year deal here and my contract is up."

Tolbert is a backup at best at this stage of his career, and even though his career traces back with coach Sean McDermott to Carolina, his production may have lacked enough (247 rushing yards, 3.7 yards per carry, one touchdown) that the Bills might be looking for more in the No. 2 and No. 3 running back spots, especially with starter LeSean McCoy soon crossing over the other side of 30. We'll see if the team gives him one more go-round, or if Tolbert is forced to find a specialty role with another franchise.

Colton Schmidt
No Updates
Marcus Murphy
Murphy's teammate LeSean McCoy (ankle) is active for Sunday's playoff game in Jacksonville.

McCoy is far from 100 percent, so there's still a chance he can't gut it through the entire game and a number of carries and short catches end up falling to Murphy, who totaled 48 yards from scrimmage in Week 17. However, given that Mike Tolbert is also in the mix and that McCoy plans to give it a full go, Murphy's role is more likely to be minimal.

Eddie Yarbrough
Yarbrough, who missed Wednesday's practice due to a chest injury, practiced fully Thursday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

With Shaq Lawson placed on injured reserve, Yarbrough is in line to start at defensive tackle along with veteran Kyle Williams, though Ryan Davis will be sprinkled in for certain packages.

Trent Murphy
Murphy (knee) was limited during OTA sessions this week, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Murphy missed the entire 2017 season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee in August, so this isn't a surprise. The free-agent signee is expected to boost the Bills' pass rush in 2018, an area that became an eyesore in 2017 amid some otherwise good things on an improved defense. The team is big on rotating defenders, so the plan seems to be to use a combination of Murphy, Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson as the main outside pass rushers. Murphy did log nine sacks on top of 47 tackles in 16 games with Washington in 2016, though those type of numbers might be tough to reproduce given that he's likely to sit in certain packages and is also coming off a major injury.

Knee - ACL + MCL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Tremaine Edmunds
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Jordan Poyer
Poyer recorded six tackles (four solo), two pass defensed and one interception in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.

Poyer tied a season-high with 75 defensive snaps Sunday and recorded his first interception since Week 5. He now has 87 tackles (61 solo) through 13 games this season, which is easily a career-high. He'll look to add to his season-total Sunday against the Patriots.

Cory Carter
Carter (undisclosed) was waived/injured by the Texans on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans brought Carter in for added competition, but they opted for veteran Shane Lechler as their starter.

Marshall Newhouse
Newhouse signed with the Bills on Monday, Chris Brown of the team's official site reports.

As part of the Bills' initiative to revamp its offensive line, the team has agreed to a one-year deal with Newhouse. The 29-year-old will bring with him a tremendous amount of NFL experience and could be a starter at one of the tackle spots for the season opener.

Jeremy Kerley
Kerley, who signed with the Bills as a free agent in April, could be a leading candidate for the No. 3 slot job, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.

The only sure thing in Buffalo's receiving corps is that Kelvin Benjamin is top dog; after that anything can happen in Brian Daboll's new offense. Zay Jones is presumably in line to earn the No. 2 job if he can get past his rookie and offseason struggles. The two other veterans in the mix -- Rod Streater and Andre Holmes -- would likely have greater benefit in an outside role, leaving Kerley as the leading candidate for now unless the Bills decide to try Jones in more of a slot role. Kerley's chances of making the team appear strong with all that in mind, especially once you factor in his return skills, something else the Bills have a need for.

Tre'Davious White
White, taken in the first round by the Bills in the 2017 NFL Draft, finished his first season with 69 tackles, 18 passes defensed, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown.

The Bills really made out in trading down with Kansas City and still getting a guy who looks like he could be an elite corner for years to come. White has a legitimate case for both Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year, though the competition for both will be pretty close. The secondary was the Bills' best overall unit on both sides of the ball in 2017, and three or all four starters should be back next season. White will assume his spot as the No. 1 corner no matter what else the Bills do this offseason.

Harrison Phillips
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Chris Ivory
Ivory agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Bills on Tuesday.

Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the contract is worth a maximum of $6 million, including $3.25 million guaranteed in the first year. Ivory was released by the Jaguars in February after two seasons of a five-year, $32 million contract. He averaged only 3.6 yards on 229 carries and lost five fumbles in his two seasons in Jacksonville, ultimately finishing his tenure as a healthy scratch for Week 17 and the playoffs. Ivory did at least display some ability to contribute on passing downs, something that wasn't a major part of his repertoire in New Orleans or New York. Set to turn 30 later in March, he should have the inside track for the top backup job behind LeSean McCoy. The Bills now seem less likely to re-sign Mike Tolbert.

Vontae Davis
Davis said this week he has no limitations in his recovery from groin surgery ahead of voluntary offseason workouts later this month, Nick Veronica of The Buffalo News reports. "Everything is good, man," Davis said. "I'm making tremendous strides, tremendous progress. I'm on schedule to go, we're going into OTAs next week. There's no limitation, I'm able to do everything."

Davis, one of Buffalo's bigger offseason signings, is expected to start at cornerback across from Tre'Davious White.

Andre Holmes
Holmes (neck) participated with the first-team offense at mandatory minicamp this week, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

During preseason 2017, Holmes endured neck spasms in the latter stages but didn't miss time until the stretch run of the campaign. Before his placement on injured reserve Dec. 26 due to a "stiff" neck, he only corralled one of four targets while averaging 17.3 offensive snaps per game across his final six appearances. Even so, Holmes' season-ending stat line of 13-120-3 on 23 targets was uninspiring, to say the least. Beyond Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones and Jeremy Kerley are better bets than Holmes to earn consistent reps in 2018, when the Bills likely will be trotting out AJ McCarron under center for the bulk of the year.

Ryan Groy
Groy (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Groy will be ready to provide depth to the Bills' offensive line in a game that could clinch a playoff appearance.

Shamarko Thomas
Thomas signed with the Bills on Tuesday, Joe Buscaglia of 7 ABC Buffalo reports.

The Bills have done some roster shuffling in the defensive backfield, with Colt Anderson being moved to IR and Robert Blanton being released, while Thomas and fellow Tuesday signee Trae Elston will apparently compete for depth looks or special teams action.

AJ McCarron
McCarron is likely to have more competition for the starting quarterback spot after the Bills traded up to select Josh Allen with the seventh overall selection in Thursday's first round.

Allen is perhaps a little less pro ready than Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen, so it's just as likely the Bills let McCarron steer the ship for a while while the big-armed Wyoming product learns the NFL game. However, Bills GM Branden Beane clearly expects Allen to be the team's long-term answer at quarterback, while McCarron never seemed to be that guy when the Bills signed him to a modest two-year, $10 million deal in the later stages of free agency. At the very least, coach Sean McDermott is a big believer in open competition, and McCarron has the leg up on experience and running a pro offense. If McCarron doesn't win the starting job, it'll be a first in the modern football era -- no team has ever drafted a quarterback in the first round following a playoff appearance and started the new guy in Week 1.

Colt Anderson
Anderson injured his shoulder during Sunday's game against the Jaguars and is considered questionable to return.

Anderson appeared in just five contests throughout the regular season with the Bills, so his potential absence wouldn't have much of an impact on the team's defense.

Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Dion Dawkins
Dawkins (illness) is not listed on the injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Dawkins did not practice Wednesday due to an illness, but it looks like he's put that behind him and should be a full go for Sunday's matchup in Kansas City.

Terrence Fede
Fede agreed to a contract with the Bills on Wednesday, Chris Brown of the team's official site reports.

Fede, a 2014 seventh-round pick, has spent the past four years as a rotational pass rusher with the Dolphins. He'll presumably serve in a similar role in Buffalo and remains far off the IDP radar. Fede has only one career sack to his name and has never topped 16 tackles in any season.

Jordan Mills
Mills (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com reports.

Mills was able to log a full practice Friday after appearing in limited fashion earlier this week, so he'll be good to start at right tackle in the wild-card round.

Tanner Vallejo
Vallejo (knee) practiced without limitations Friday and is expected to be ready for Sunday's matchup with the Panthers.

Even though he's healthy, the rookie linebacker will be hard-pressed to find playing time behind Lorenzo Alexander and Ramon Humber, who combined for 18 tackles in Week 1. Expect to see Vallejo on special teams and select defensive packages.

John Miller
Miller (ankle) is not present on the Bills' Wednesday injury report.

Miller hasn't seen game action since Week 4 but appears to be clear of the lingering ankle injury. The 24-year-old started the first four games of the season, but it's unclear what role he'll return to since he has not seen the field in almost three months.

Patrick DiMarco
DiMarco (ankle) will be active for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

DiMarco's availability comes as no surprise as he was deemed likely to play heading into the weekend. He could see a slight uptick in snaps with Mike Tolbert (hamstring) sidelined, though LeSean McCoy and Travaris Cadet figure to lead the backfield in touches.

Lorenzo Alexander
Alexander said Monday that he intends to keep playing in 2018, Jadon Ceravolo of the Bills' official site reports. "I mean, that's the plan for me," Alexander said. "Obviously, the organization has to make a decision on whether or not they want to keep me. Then once that happens, I have to earn my right back on this team."

After coming out of nowhere to produce 12.5 sacks in his first season with the Bills in 2016 at age 33, Alexander took a step back in 2017 as he was used more in run defense under a new scheme compared to his pass-rushing ways in 2016. However, he was still an effective contributor with 74 tackles (59 solo), three sacks and three forced fumbles in 16 games. The linebacker remains under contract through the 2018 season, and given his reasonable $3.4 million cap hit, it would be surprising if the Bills cut him during the offseason. That being said, Alexander could end up ceding more frequent snaps to the team's younger reserve linebackers as the Bills -- assuming they want him back -- try to keep him as fresh and effective as possible.

Reid Ferguson
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Xavier Woodson-Luster
Woodson-Luster signed a contract with the Raiders on Tuesday.

Woodson-Luster, an undrafted rookie out of Arkansas State, originally signed with the Raiders in May, but didn't survive roster cuts this past weekend. However, the team has since placed two players on injured reserve, creating an opening for Woodson-Luster to join the 53-man roster.

Keith Ford
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Siran Neal
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Mat Boesen
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Ray-Ray McCloud
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Russell Bodine
Bodine signed with the Bills on Monday.

Bodine has started every game since coming into the league back in 2014. While he's got a long way to go before he can catch up to Joe Thomas, the 25-year-old's durability provides the Bills with a replacement for retired center Eric Wood (neck).

Zach Olstad
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Marquavius Lewis
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Wyatt Teller
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Aaron Green
Green (undisclosed) agreed to an injury settlement and was waived from the Bills' injured reserve list Tuesday.

It still isn't clear what sort of injury Green is dealing with. In any case, he'll now become a free agent, assuming he passes through waivers unclaimed.

Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Gerhard de Beer
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Lafayette Pitts
Pitts was claimed off waivers by the Bills on Wednesday.

Pitts spent the first seven weeks of the season as a special teams contributor for the Jaguars prior to being waived Tuesday. The 25-year-old will likely take on a similar role in Buffalo.