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Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) made his offseason practice debut on Thursday, taking part in individual drills. (Here's a video clip of him in action.) "It's one day at a time at this point," HC Sean McDermott said of Watkins' status. He underwent a 2nd foot surgery in January after reportedly playing through a broken foot last season. It at least looks like he's on track to be ready for the start of training camp. Watkins' health will be worth monitoring closely this summer.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor told the team website that he has noticed the "maturation process" speeding up for WR Sammy Watkins this offseason. "His attention to detail each day has definitely been different than the years past that I’ve been around him," Taylor said. "He’s always been a hard worker, but you can definitely tell that he’s out there with the right mindset and with the positive attitude, trying to help the guys that are around him.” The QB specifically mentioned aspects such as eating right, which is often a lesson young players need to learn -- in various sports. Watkins' big problem has obviously been staying on the field, and eating a salad or some salmon isn't going to keep his foot from breaking. But preparing his body better could certainly affect Watkins' health and durability. In any event, increased focus -- and the motivation of a contract year -- can't hurt a player who has always flashed the talent.

The Bills have declined the 5th-year option on WR Sammy Watkins' contract. That year -- along with the $13 or so million it would have paid him -- is guaranteed for injury only prior to the start of the 2018 league year. So Buffalo is (perhaps rightfully) worried that Watkins will suffer another serious injury. He's now set to become a free agent next offseason. Getting out of run-heavy Buffalo might help Watkins' fantasy stock. Rookie Zay Jones, meanwhile, could find himself as the Bills' #1 WR as soon as next year.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor has been medically cleared from his January groin surgery, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Buffalo has until March 11 to decide whether to pick up Taylor's $27.5M option bonus. Reports on whether they'll do so have been all over the board. If they don't, it'd start another rebuilding process at the position for the Bills. That'd be bad news for WR Sammy Watkins.

The Bills have hired Rick Dennison as OC. Dennison spent the past 2 years as Denver's OC under Gary Kubiak -- and also coordinated Kubiak's Texans offenses from 2010 to 2013. It's notable that Dennison worked with Tyrod Taylor as Baltimore's QB coach in 2014. We'll see if Taylor is Dennison's QB in Buffalo in 2017 and beyond.

The Bills have hired Sean McDermott as their HC. He's spent the past 8 seasons as a defensive coordinator -- 1st in Philadelphia, then in Carolina -- but has no HC experience. McDermott and the Bills should make an OC hire within the next couple of weeks.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins will undergo another foot surgery this week, according to the Buffalo News' Tim Graham. Watkins went under the knife to repair his fractured foot back in April and was reportedly playing through a still-broken foot when he returned in Week 12. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined this go-around, but Watkins will be 1 of the biggest injury risks in 2017 fantasy drafts. On top of the foot, he's dealt with rib, groin, hip, calf and ankle issues through his first 3 NFL seasons.

The Bills have fired HC Rex Ryan and DC Rob Ryan. The news is only surprising in that it came before this weekend's season finale. Ryan finishes his 2-year Bills tenure with a 15-16 record. OC Anthony Lynn will take over as interim HC and reportedly has a shot to earn the full-time gig next season.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins managed just 1 reception for 10 yards among 4 targets in Sunday's win over the Browns. Tyrod Taylor attempted just 24 throws in the game (plus 1 more from EJ Manuel), but Watkins still saw WR Marquise Goodwin match his target count and TE Charles Clay beat it by 3. Watkins also saw his playing time dip to 63% of the offensive snaps after he topped 90% the week before. He remains in play for a Week 16 battle with Miami, but keep the risk in mind as you weigh Watkins against your other options.

The forecast for today's Browns-Bills game calls for a slight chance of snow but winds of 20-30 mph. That's certainly enough to impact the passing games. Hopefully you're not relying on any part of Cleveland's passing attack. Downgrade Bills QB Tyrod Taylor and WR Sammy Watkins a tad, but both are still fine fantasy starters. Expect a heavy dose of RB LeSean McCoy today.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins saw just 6 targets but caught 4 for 54 yards and 1 TD vs. Pittsburgh. Watkins scored on a pass over the middle on 3rd and goal. Game flow set up favorably here — Buffalo played from behind in the 2nd half — but Tyrod Taylor labored through another shaky outing. Watkins does retain major fantasy upside next week against the lowly Browns.

The forecast for today's Steelers-Bills game calls for 1-3 inches of snow and winds of 10-15 mph. Those certainly aren't ideal conditions for the passing and kicking games, but it's also not enough for us to lower the projections for anyone involved. Use the weather as a tiebreaker if deciding between 2 similarly ranked guys.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins feels healthier this week than he did last. “I feel great for this week,” Watkins said after Thursday's practice. “I think it’s just the routine and the reps and things. I’m more comfortable running routes full speed. It’s more a game plan thing now, not a foot issue or body issue I can’t just go out there and play. No limitations. My body had to get used to the workload. Now I’m out there during practice I’m running 30 to 40 plays. So I’m feeling good.” After playing just 45.5% of the snaps in Week 12, Watkins was out there for 68.1% this past Sunday and saw 9 targets. The foot and Buffalo's low passing volume add risk, but Watkins has breakout potential in a home game against the Steelers this weekend.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is active for today’s game against the Raiders. He dealt with soreness in that foot early this week and figures to be on a snap count again today. Of course, Watkins racked up 80 yards on limited snaps last week. He’s a risk/reward WR3.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. But HC Rex Ryan said Friday that his #1 WR will play. The question now becomes exactly how much Watkins will play. He was limited to 45% of the snaps last week and then dealt with soreness in that troublesome foot on Wednesday. OC Anthony Lynn revealed that Watkins is playing through a broken bone in the foot. He's obviously a risky Week 13 fantasy play -- although there's a decent ceiling vs. a burnable Raiders secondary.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) returned to a limited practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's workout. HC Rex Ryan said afterward that he expects Watkins to play against the Raiders this weekend. OC Anthony Lynn was less optimistic. "I don't know if he's gonna play 1 play or 20 plays," Lynn said. Watkins is shaping up as an extremely risky Week 13 fantasy starter.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins did not practice on Wednesday after experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired foot. He, of course, just returned last week after missing the previous 8 games. We'll see whether this is just regular early-week soreness or a real setback. Check back tomorrow for another update.

11:32am EST 11/27/16

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is officially active for today’s game against the Jaguars. He’s expected to be limited in his 1st action since Week 2 — insider Joe Buscaglia guesses 50-60% of the snaps — and Jacksonville has been tough against the pass all year. But Watkins has the raw talent to do damage on just a few targets. He’s a risk/reward WR3.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins' playing time against the Jets today "will depend on how his foot feels," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Rapoport adds that Watkins will start, which doesn't necessarily mean much for his playing time. We'd still try to avoid using Watkins in fantasy lineups in his 1st action since Week 2, but he's capable of posting nice fantasy numbers on limited snaps.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He practiced all week, though, and HC Rex Ryan said Friday that Watkins is "good to go." Ryan said earlier in the week that Watkins will be on a pitch count in his 1st action since Week 2. That, plus a matchup with the league's 8th-ranked WR defense, makes Watkins just a WR3 flier for Week 12.


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