The Bills made their 2nd move up in the 1st round of the NFL Draft to take LB Tremaine Edmunds with the 16th pick. Edmunds will be just 20 when his rookie season begins, sporting elite speed and athleticism in a 6'5, 250-pound frame. He should slot in at MLB right away in a defense that let 2017 starter Preston Brown walk in free agency. That should mean quick IDP value even if Edmunds goes through some real-life growing pains.
The Bills traded up from #12 to #7 to select Wyoming QB Josh Allen. Allen looks the part. He’s 6’5, 237 pounds with a bazooka arm. He also has boasts plus athleticism, running for 727 yards and 12 scores over the past 2 seasons and registering an 86th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. The problem: Allen can’t hit the ocean when he’s standing on the beach. He completed 56.0% and 56.3% of his passes the last 2 years against subpar competition at Wyoming. And he mustered just a 49.0% completion rate at freakin’ Reedley Community College. Allen also comes with a worrisome history of throwing-arm problems, breaking his right clavicle in 2011 and 2015 and spraining his right A/C joint this past year. Allen now heads to Buffalo, where he’ll at least be familiar with the weather. He won’t have much to work with out of the gate, though. Buffalo currently boasts a WR corps of Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones, Jeremy Kerley, Andre Holmes and Rod Streater. Allen will duke it out with A.J. McCarron for the Week 1 starting job.
The Bills have signed WR Jeremy Kerley to a 1-year deal. Kerley, who will turn 30 in November, has reached 50 catches twice in his 7 seasons, most recently in a 64-667-3 season with the Niners in 2016. He lost half of last year to injury and a 4-game PED suspension. We're not betting on fantasy relevance from the veteran in an ugly-looking Bills pass offense, but he should at least get a chance to compete for targets. Only Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones look like roster locks among the current WR corps.
The Bills have signed QB A.J. McCarron to a 2-year deal, according to NFL Network. We don't know the financial terms yet, but we have to assume Buffalo will at least give McCarron a chance to start in 2018. The Bills, of course, also recently moved up in Round 1 via a trade with the Bengals and have the ammo to move up further if they fancy a particular QB. McCarron started 3 games late in 2015 after Andy Dalton suffered a thumb injury but has yet to show anything special in general. Don't consider him much of a fantasy football factor.
The Bills are set to sign RB Chris Ivory to a 2-year, $5.5 million deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Ivory struggled to just 3.6 yards per carry in Jacksonville over the past 2 seasons and turns 30 later this month. He's no threat to RB LeSean McCoy's starting job and will be no more than a late-round handcuff pick in 2018 fantasy drafts.
Bills HC Sean McDermott said at the Combine Wednesday that WR Kelvin Benjamin is recovering from surgery. It was presumably on the torn right meniscus he suffered on November 19. Benjamin missed the next 2 weeks and was noticeably slowed the rest of the way. McDermott expects him to be ready for the start of the offseason conditioning program in April.
The Jaguars released RB Chris Ivory. This move was anticipated, as it saves the team over $3 million in cap space. Following a 1,000-yard season, Leonard Fournette remains Jacksonville's clear workhorse.
Bengals QB A.J. McCarron won a grievance he filed against the team and will become an unrestricted free agent in March. The QB contested that Cincinnati should have activated him from the non-football injury list during training camp in his 2014 rookie season. Instead, the Bengals kept him deactivated on the NFI until December, which kept McCarron from accruing credit for that season. He has started just 3 games in his 4-year career, all in 2015 after Andy Dalton suffered a thumb injury. We see little reason to believe McCarron will carry much fantasy intrigue, but the generally weak QB market will likely at least provide him a shot at fighting for a 2018 starting job somewhere.
Bills C Eric Wood announced Friday that his season-ending physical revealed a neck injury that will end his career. Wood said doctors told him no surgery or further treatment could get him cleared to return. The 31-year-old arrived as a 1st-round pick in 2009, began at RG and then settled in at C in 2010. Wood has started there for Buffalo since, playing 97 of 113 possible games since the start of 2011 (including all 17 this past year). RB LeSean McCoy faces the biggest immediate impact on the fantasy football front. We'll see how the Bills address the sudden need.
The Bills have named Brian Daboll their new OC. He spent this past year as OC for the national-champion Alabama Crimson Tide but also has 17 seasons of NFL experience. That includes 4 as an OC -- 2 with the Browns, 1 with the Dolphins and 1 with the Chiefs. None of Daboll's units ranked better than 22nd in yards or 20th in points. He's leaned heavily toward the run as a play-caller so far, with 3 of those 4 teams finishing inside the top 6 in rushing attempts and top 11 in rushing yards.
Bills WR Zay Jones is scheduled for surgery this coming week to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. Jones reportedly played the majority of the season with the injury -- although it's unclear exactly when it occurred. It might help explain his woefully inefficient rookie campaign. Jones caught just 27 of 74 targets -- a hideous 36.5% catch rate -- for 316 yards and 2 TDs. The 2nd-rounder still has an inside track for a 2018 starting job, but he won't be more than a late-round flier in fantasy drafts.
Jaguars RB Chris Ivory is a healthy scratch for today's game against the Steelers. Jacksonville will roll with T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant behind workhorse Leonard Fournette.
The Bills have fired OC Rick Dennison. He lasted just 1 season in Buffalo, leading his unit to bottom-11 finishes in both total yards and points. The Bills will have a new OC -- and very likely a new QB -- when the 2018 season kicks off.
Bills LB Matt Milano (hamstring) is out for today's game against the Jaguars. That should leave Ramon Humber returning to the OLB job he occupied to begin the season.
Bills RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) is active for today's game against the Jaguars. He put in only a limited practice Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday and is clearly a long way from 100%. But Buffalo will also likely need him to play his usual central role against a stifling Jacksonville pass defense.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Bills RB LeSean McCoy is expected to play in today’s playoff game against the Jaguars, despite an ankle injury that got him farted off the field last Sunday and cost him practice time all week. There’s obvious re-injury risk here, but McCoy also figures to get as many touches as he can handle in a weak Buffal offense.
Bills RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Jaguars. He got in a limited practice on Friday, reportedly taking part in individual drills. McCoy seems to be trending toward giving it a go, but a final decision probably won't be made until pregame warmups. We'll have his official status around noon ET on Sunday. RBs Mike Tolbert and Marcus Murphy will share backfield duties if McCoy ends up inactive -- and might see expanded roles even if McCoy plays.
Bills LB Matt Milano missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a hamstring injury and isn't expected to practice Friday, according to Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News. "Sounds like it will be tough for him to play" against the Jaguars on Sunday, Skurski tweeted. Add that to the Bills entering the game as 8- to 8.5-point underdogs, and we've removed Milano from the bottom of our playoff IDP rankings.
Bills HC Sean McDermott said after Thursday's practice that RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) is "headed in the right direction. But McDermott also remained non-committal on McCoy's availability for Sunday's game vs. Jacksonville. "Will we be able to get there in time? We'll see," said McDermott. McCoy did some stretching ahead of Thursday's practice but didn't participate in any drills. We're unlikely to know his status until inactives are announced 90 minutes before game time.
A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Bills RB LeSean McCoy is expected to be a game-time decision for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Jaguars. It's still early in the week, but it doesn't sound like McCoy will get any practice reps this week. And if he does suit up, he won't be anywhere close to 100%. Mike Tolbert and Marcus Murphy figure to share backfield duties if McCoy can't go.
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