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Per Bills HC Sean McDermott, RB Zack Moss won’t practice on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury suffered in Tuesday’s practice. The team will approach Moss’ injury “one day at a time.” The missed time will give more first-time reps to Devin Singletary and Matt Breida. We’ll let you know when Moss returns to the practice field.

Bills WR Emmanuel Sanders returned to practice on Monday. He missed just a few days of practice with a foot injury. With rave reviews coming out of Bills camp, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Sanders supply sporadic WR3 value this fall.

Bills RB Zack Moss has "consistently been the best running back at training camp," according to The Athletic's Matthew Fairburn. "From what we’ve seen, Moss should have a path to a bigger role this season. But [OC] Brian Daboll is intent on dividing carries and riding the hot hand, so it’s too soon to push the panic button on [Devin] Singletary." This will be a committee backfield in 1 of the league's pass-heaviest offense, so there's not a ton of fantasy production to be mined here. But Moss continues to look like a better bet than Singletary.

The Bills signed QB Josh Allen to a 6-year extension through the 2027 season, per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. The deal carries a total value of $258 million and gives Allen more guaranteed cash ($150 million) than Patrick Mahomes ($141 million). It’s only striking because Allen has just 1 season of high-end production to his name. Of course, Buffalo’s all-in on the 25-year-old — and fantasy drafters are, too. He’s coming off the board 2nd among QBs in all FFPC formats.

Bills WR Emmanuel Sanders missed practiced on Thursday with a foot injury. No word yet on the severity. Sanders has a history of foot issues — including fractures in both feet — but they came early in his career (2011). We’ll provide an update when we learn more.

Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic believes Bills TE Dawson Knox is “quickly speeding away” with the starting job. Free agent addition Jacob Hollister has missed most of training camp with a back injury. Per Buscaglia, Knox has “looked impressive” outside of 1 drop. Perhaps his development is why Buffalo hasn’t made a move for Zach Ertz. Knox, only 24, is currently coming off the board at TE28 in FFPC best balls.

Sal Maiorana of the (Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle says his “hunch is that [Zack] Moss is going to become the No. 1 back, but his snap count will remain pretty close with [Devin] Singletary.” That seems to be the general feeling and lines up with where their ADPs have run. Singletary might be the better best-ball value in the later rounds, but we tend to prefer Moss’ ceiling. Don’t target either too early in your drafts

Bills RB Zack Moss has worn a red, non-contact jersey throughout offseason practices, per team beat writer Matt Parrino. It’s a reminder that he’s still working back from January ankle surgery. If he’s a full-go for training camp, Moss will be in a good spot to lead this backfield in touches ahead of Devin Singletary and Matt Breida.

Update: Per Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic, Bills HC Sean McDermott said the team is "looking forward to getting Moss back for training camp for drill work." McDermott added that Moss has done a "phenomenal job" with rehab.

The Bills added Houston WR Marquez Stevenson in the 6th round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Stevenson tore his ACL in 2017 but then broke out as a redshirt sophomore the following year, leading the Cougars with 75 catches and 1,019 yards. He took a step back in 2019, though, finishing with a 52-907-9 line. And then he caught just 20 balls in 6 games last year, missing 2 with a left ankle injury. Stevenson is undersized at 5’10, 180 pounds but did run a 4.48-second 40 with solid agility scores at his Pro Day. He has a shot to make it as a slot receiver but is unlikely to become a real asset for fantasy squads. He’ll battle for a roster spot in Buffalo behind Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, Emmanuel Sanders and Gabriel Davis.

The Bills selected DE Carlos Basham Jr. in the 2nd round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Basham ranks 2nd in this edge class in speed score and 2nd in final-year solo tackles per game. That senior season included just 6 games. Basham racked up 29 tackles for loss in 25 games over the prior 2 seasons, though, including 10 sacks in 2019 alone. He also forced 7 fumbles over his final 2 college campaigns -- including 4 in last season’s 6 contests. Basham is the 2nd edge defender drafted by the Bills this year, following Gregory Rousseau. We'd bet on Basham seeing more playing time early after Rousseau opted out of 2020 and played just 1 college season.

The Bills have selected DE Gregory Rousseau 30th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. Rousseau took a medical redshirt as a 2018 freshman after fracturing his right ankle but then exploded in his 2nd season. He racked up 15.5 sacks among 19.5 total tackles for loss, leading the conference in both categories and earning 2nd-team All-America honors. Rousseau opted out for 2020, though. He may need to add strength and refine his technique before earning consistently strong playing time in the NFL. Rousseau played multiple spots along the line in 2019 but likely lacks the bulk to hold up as an inside rusher early in the pros. In Buffalo, he lands in a great situation for developing his natural ability.

The Bills “aren’t giving up on Dawson Knox,” per Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic. “Dawson, going into Year 3, we have big expectations for him,” GM Brandon Beane said. “It’s a big offseason for him. He’s already told us that he plans to link up with Josh (Allen) out in California, which will be good for those guys to continue to get more reps.” Drops (13 on 94 career targets) have been Knox’s biggest issue thus far. Buffalo has yet to sign an impact free-agent, though, instead adding former Seahawk Jacob Hollister. If the depth chart remains favorable, Knox should have some streaming value in 2021. Just keep in mind that Buffalo ranked 2nd league-wide last year in percentage of 4-WR sets. With Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, Emmanuel Sanders and Gabe Davis, the position remains one of strength.

The Bills have agreed to a 1-year deal with RB Matt Breida. The 26-year-old collected just 59 carries and 10 targets for the Dolphins last year, after Miami traded a 5th-round pick to get him from the 49ers. This signing provides nice insurance -- an improvement over T.J. Yeldon -- but doesn't necessarily preclude Buffalo from drafting a RB early. If the Bills head toward the season with Breida, Zack Moss and Devin Singletary still the most prominent names in the backfield, then Breida could present intriguing upside late in fantasy football drafts.

The Bills inked QB Mitchell Trubisky to a 1-year deal. He goes from #2 overall pick to backup in the span of 4 years. Trubisky is obviously off the redraft radar, while his dynasty value continues to dwindle. He'll be 27 when he hits free agency again next offseason.

Dan Fetes of 13 WHAM in Rochester reports that WR Emmanuel Sanders has agreed to a deal with the Bills. Sanders caught 61 balls for 726 yards and 5 TDs over 14 games with the Saints last season. He heads into his age-34 season with a Bills offense that released John Brown after the season. Sanders figures to battle Gabriel Davis for the 3rd WR spot alongside Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley. Whoever wins will carry some late-round, week-to-week upside in fantasy football drafts.

The Bills have agreed to a 4-year, $44 million extension with LB Matt Milano, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The deal includes $24 million guaranteed. It obviously locks Milano in as a full-timer for at least the next couple of seasons. Milano struggled through hamstring and pectoral injuries last season that limited him to just 3 games of at least 50% playing time. It's particularly telling that Buffalo paid up in spite of that. Milano carries top-20 IDP scoring upside at his position.

New Orleans released WR Emmanuel Sanders. It saves the cash-strapped Saints $4 million against the 2021 salary cap. Sanders saw 82 targets -- a 15.7% share -- last year, so his departure leaves behind significant opportunity. We'll see what else New Orleans does at the position, but WR Tre'Quan Smith is currently in line for #2 WR duties.

Bills WR Cole Beasley revealed that he broke his fibula in Week 16. He sat out the regular-season finale but returned for the playoffs, catching 7 of 11 targets in 2 games. “Take a few meds and suck it up," Beasley said. “There was no way I was gonna miss a playoff game.” It's unclear if he'll need surgery, but the injury shouldn't impact his 2021. Beasley has posted 67-778-6 and 82-967-4 lines in 2 years with the Bills, finishing 34th and then 27th among WRs in PPR points. He'll probably be undervalued again in 2021 fantasy drafts.

Bills WR Gabriel Davis (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend's AFC Championship vs. the Chiefs. The rookie only got in a limited practice on Friday and will be at less than 100% if he suits up. Davis' absence would open up more snaps for WR Isaiah McKenzie and/or TE Dawson Knox.

Bills WR Gabriel Davis (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. The rookie seems to be in danger of missing this weekend's AFC Championship. Even operating as Buffalo's #4 WR, Davis has seen 8 targets over the past 2 weeks. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

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