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Bills RB Jonathan Williams likes how he fits in new OC Rick Dennison's zone-blocking scheme. “There’s a lot of room for you to use your instincts,” Williams said. “It’s that stretch, one step, downhill cut and I think that fits my game just because that’s the type of back I am. A lot of people think I’m a big bruiser, but I feel I’m more of a slasher and I feel like slashing fits this offense.” Williams will head to training camp as the favorite for the #2 RB job. That spot has produced a pair of top-31 non-PPR RBs (and top 40 in PPR) over the last 2 seasons in Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee. Williams could present some standalone fantasy value in 2017 -- and be a weekly starter if LeSean McCoy goes down.

The Bills declined to match the Patriots' 2-year, $6.4 million contract offer to restricted free agent RB Mike Gillislee. So he's off to New England, while Buffalo receives a 5th-round pick as compensation. Gillislee joins an extremely crowded backfield that includes Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis. Gillislee and Burkhead figure to be battling mostly for early-down, ball-carrying duties. And, most importantly, the goal-line role. Patriots RBs have averaged 16.4 rushing scores over the past 5 seasons, with 18+ in 3 of those. In Buffalo, meanwhile, talented 2nd-year RB Jonathan Williams now has a big opportunity to step in as LeSean McCoy's backup.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (thumb) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He was limited in practice all week and was still sporting a "huge wrap" on that injured thumb on Friday, per insider Joe Buscaglia. McCoy is expected to play vs. Jacksonville, but the thumb issue certainly adds some risk. For what it’s worth, HC Rex Ryan said Friday that McCoy should be “ready to get the majority of the reps.” RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring) is out for Week 12, leaving Reggie Bush and Jonathan Williams as McCoy's backups.

The Bills will use a RB rotation vs. New England today and ride the "hot hand," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Mike Gillislee still figures to get the 1st crack and remains the preferred fantasy play. But he could lose touches to Reggie Bush and/or Jonathan Williams. The Patriots rank 8th in fantasy points allowed to RBs and are giving up just 3.6 yards per carry.

The Bills have listed RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Patriots. He didn't practice all week, and HC Rex Ryan essentially confirmed on Friday that McCoy won't play. (In a very Rex-ish way.) RB Mike Gillislee figures to operate as Buffalo's lead back, with Reggie Bush and Jonathan Williams backing him up. New England ranks 8th in fantasy points allowed to RBs, but volume puts Gillislee on the RB2 map.

Reggie Bush is "considered the favorite" for the Bills' #2 RB job, according to ESPN's Mike Rodak. Bush was the 2nd RB into Saturday's preseason game, losing a yard on his 1 carry. RB Mike Gillislee later suffered a concussion. Buffalo's run-heavy offense figures to grant Bush a handful of carries per game, and we'll see how much passing-down work he steals from LeSean McCoy. But Bush is 31 now and has been ineffective the past 2 seasons. We're not very interested in him in fantasy drafts. Rookie Jonathan Williams could make a push for the #2 job later this year.

The Bills have released RB Karlos Williams. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the move was performance-based, rather than off-field. Williams reported to the team overweight this offseason and was behind LeSean McCoy, Mike Gillislee, Jonathan Williams and possibly Reggie Bush on the depth chart. It still seems like a short-sighted move by Buffalo, though. Williams wasn't costing much and flashed big-time ability as a rookie. It shouldn't take him long to find a new home. We'd hang on to Williams in dynasty leagues.

The Bills and RB Reggie Bush are finalizing a 1-year contract, according to insider Jason La Canfora. Bush's 2015 season with the 49ers ended on November 1 with a torn MCL. He's 31 now and has averaged just 3.9 yards per carry and 6.2 yards per catch over the past 2 years. Bush is no more than a change-of-pace option at this point -- and it's unclear whether he'll be effective even in that role. He's no threat to RB LeSean McCoy's workload and will need to beat out Mike Gillislee and Jonathan Williams for the #2 RB job while Karlos Williams serves his 4-game suspension.

Turns out Bills RB Karlos Williams was doing more than stuffing his face this offseason. He's been suspended 4 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. With rookie RB Jonathan Williams also facing a potential ban for his recent DWI arrest, Buffalo could be down to LeSean McCoy, Mike Gillislee and James Wilder in the backfield for the first month. McCoy's stock gets a slight boost with the recent news. Karlos Williams is now tough to like as more than a late-round flier. There are obvious dedication issues here.

Bills RB Jonathan Williams was arrested and charged with DWI early Thursday morning. The rookie reportedly had a strong spring, while RB Karlos Williams dealt with his big belly. We'll see if Jonathan's legal issue draws a suspension from the league, but it certainly won't help his chances of carving out a role behind starter LeSean McCoy.

The Buffalo News' Tyler Dunne believes Karlos Williams is not guaranteed the #2 RB job this season. He averaged a whopping 5.6 yards per carry and totaled 9 TDs on 104 touches as a rookie last year. But he also missed time with a concussion and a shoulder injury. Then he reported to spring workouts overweight. Buffalo added RB Jonathan Williams in the 5th round of this year's draft, returns RB Mike Gillislee and was reportedly impressed by RB James Wilder's work this spring. Karlos Williams remains the favorite for the #2 spot on the depth chart, but it'll be a situation worth monitoring this summer. The Bills' run-heavy offense creates plenty of fantasy potential behind starter LeSean McCoy.

The Bills added RB Jonathan Williams in the 5th round of the 2016 draft. Williams missed the entire 2015 season with a foot injury, which likely dropped him a round or 2. Healthy the previous year, he ripped off 1,190 yards and 12 TDs on 211 totes (5.6 YPC) for Arkansas. He’s a rocked-up 5’11, 220-pounder with nifty feet and surprising burst. Williams totaled just 26 catches over 3 college seasons, though, and might be pigeon-holed as a 2-down back. Buffalo isn’t a great landing spot, with LeSean McCoy as the lead dog and Karlos Williams coming off an uber-impressive rookie season.
 
 
 

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