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The Bills have added Andre Holmes to their ragtag WR group. He joins Philly Brown, Dezmin Lewis, Kolby Listenbee and Walt Powell behind Sammy Watkins. Holmes is probably the most intriguing name of the bunch. He turned in a 47-693-4 line for the Raiders in 2014 before being phased out the past 2 years. He's still only 28 and boasts a 6'4, 210-pound frame. Holmes will be worth keeping an eye on this summer. Buffalo, meanwhile, remains a candidate to use an early-round pick on a WR next month.

The Bills have signed WR Corey "Philly" Brown. The 25-year-old totaled just 79 catches, 1,019 yards and 7 TDs in 3 seasons with the Panthers. He's best-suited as a team's #3 or #4 WR but will have a chance to climb higher than that on Buffalo's depth chart. The Bills now have Brown, Dezmin Lewis, Kolby Listenbee and Walt Powell behind Sammy Watkins. They'll likely add to the position in the draft.

The Bills agreed to a 4-year, $12.4 million deal with K Steven Hauschka. He replaces K Dan Carpenter, who was released earlier this week. Hauschka owns a career 87.2% FG conversion rate and has topped 88% in 4 of the past 5 seasons with the Seahawks. Kicking in Buffalo can be a challenge late in the year, but Hauschka dealt with plenty of inclement weather in Seattle.

The Bills have signed RB Mike Tolbert. The notorious TD vulture has 45 scores on 833 career touches, although just 5 of those TDs have come over the last 3 seasons. Tolbert is 31 now and certainly won't be a 2017 fantasy option in Buffalo. But he could prove frustrating to LeSean McCoy owners.

The Bills and QB Tyrod Taylor have agreed to a restructured contract, the team announced on Wednesday. No word yet on the terms of the deal. The Bills had seemingly been going back and forth over the past couple of months on whether to retain Taylor, with a recent report surfacing that the front office wanted to let him go and the coaching staff wanted to keep him. So it looks like HC Sean McDermott won out here. While Taylor's accuracy comes and goes (62.6% completion rate over the past 2 seasons), he takes care of the ball (just 12 INTs over the last 2 seasons) and threatens defenses on the ground. He's posted back-to-back top 14 finishes in fantasy points per game and is a good bet for similar production in 2017.

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 QB Tyrod Taylor is undergoing surgery on Thursday to address a core muscle injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This is presumably the "severe groin injury" that he played through over the last month of the season. Taylor is expected to need 6 weeks to recover, so it shouldn't impact his offseason much. The big question, of course, is whether he'll remain in Buffalo.

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.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Jets. It's a tough break for those who used him in fantasy lineups -- he finished with just 16 scoreless yards -- but the injury shouldn't impact his 2017 offseason. McCoy was as good as ever this year, averaging a career-best 5.5 yards per carry and scoring 14 total TDs. He turns 29 in July but has shown no signs of slowing down.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy injured his lower right leg in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Jets. Trainers appeared to be looking at his ankle on the sidelines before he was carted back to the locker room. We'll update McCoy's status when we learn more.

Update: McCoy has an ankle injury and has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

Update: McCoy's status has been updated to "possible return."

Bills DE Kyle Williams (back) and LBs Preston Brown (foot) and Zach Brown (illness) are active for today's game against the Jets. All 3 entered the day questionable but are good to go in your IDP lineups.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor played through a "severe groin injury" for the past month, according to the Buffalo News' Vic Carucci. He didn't show any signs of it on the field, averaging 35.3 rushing yards over his last 4 games -- just a slight decrease from his 39.9 over the first 11. Carucci adds that the groin injury "could need more attention in offseason," presumably meaning surgery. Taylor's health and employer will be worth closely monitoring over the next few months.

The Bills will bench QB Tyrod Taylor for Sunday's finale vs. the Jets, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "This is a business decision so the Bills are not at risk for the $30.75 million left on his contract that would become guaranteed if Taylor suffered a significant injury," Schefter reports. The team will need to decide this offseason whether it wants to exercise Taylor's option and sign him through 2021 or release him. He had an up-and-down 2016 campaign, finishing with a 61.7% completion rate, 6.9 yards per attempt, 17 TDs and 6 INTs. QB E.J. Manuel will start against the Jets this weekend. He's just a QB2 flier and is a downgrade for WR Sammy Watkins.

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 LB Preston Brown (foot) and DE Kyle Williams (back) are both active for today's game against the Dolphins. Each is OK to use at his normal level in IDP lineups. Williams carries significant upside for DL slots. The Bills team D also carries upside at home against Matt Moore and a stuttering Miami run game.

Bills LB Preston Brown (foot) and DE Kyle Williams (back) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Both put in limited practices Thursday and Friday. Williams played through a questionable tag last week. We'll check on their statuses Saturday.

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.

Bills TE Charles Clay caught a season-high 7 balls for 72 yards and his 2nd TD in 2 weeks in Sunday's win over the Browns. Clay's score came on a terrific adjustment to an underthrown pass after he broke open behind coverage in the end zone. The 2 straight games of 50+ receiving yards and 6+ targets in 3 of his past 4 games make Clay a solid bet for fantasy football lineups in Week 16 against a Dolphins defense that has allowed 5 TE scores among the past 6 games.

 
 
 

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