Shark Bites

Bills WR Robert Foster was unsteady in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Colts. He hauled in just 1 of 4 targets for 14 yards and had a bad drop. It's only preseason game 1, but it was an extension of what has been a shaky camp for Foster. That, combined with the solid play behind him on the depth chart, has some of those covering the Bills questioning whether Foster's roster spot may be in jeopardy. It's unlikely he gets cut, but there's enough concern here to give you pause if you were considering taking a flier based on his big finish last season -- at least until he shows some sign of a turnaround.

The Draft Sharks crew attended Bills training camp on Thursday morning and came away encouraged by RB Devin Singletary's usage. RB LeSean McCoy was 1st up with the starters, but Singletary mixed in early and ended up with about the same number of 1st-team reps as McCoy. RB T.J. Yeldon worked exclusively with the 2nd and 3rd teams, while RB Frank Gore got the day off. It's also worth noting that Singletary was split out wide on a bunch of his reps. The rookie appears set to play a significant role right out of the gate. He's a nice pick at his current 13th-round ADP.

Sirius XM's Adam Caplan said Sunday that Bills WR Robert Foster "will play as a rotational deep threat" and that the team's WR depth chart is "pretty much set in stone." That would mean John Brown and Zay Jones as the outside starters, Cole Beasley in the slot and Foster seeing limited time. All Bills wideouts are going late enough in drafts that you can take a shot on your favorite at low risk. But it's tough to see a path to true fantasy relevance for Foster after his intriguing 2018 rookie campaign.

Bills WR Robert Foster has been working with the backups early in training camp, according to the Buffalo News. The 1st-team offense has featured John Brown and Zay Jones as the outside WRs, with Cole Beasley in the slot. There's obviously plenty of time for Foster to make a move up the depth chart. But until we hear that he's running with the starters, he shouldn't be drafted as more than a late-round flier.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy spent spring sharing 1st-team reps with Frank Gore and rookie Devin Singletary, according to Nate Mendelson of the team website. That's not a surprising development, given the quick signing of Gore and the fairly significant draft investment in Singletary. We'll see how the work gets split in training camp. This backfield looks likely to be frustrating for fantasy owners.

Bills WR Robert Foster sustained a foot injury late last week that has him sidelined, reports Joe Buscaglia of WKBW in Buffalo. HC Sean McDermott said Tuesday he doesn't expect it to be a long-term issue but that it's also still early in the evaluation process. We'll see where this goes.

Bills WR Cole Beasley had core-muscle surgery "a few weeks ago," HC Sean McDermott said Tuesday. McDermott didn't give a timetable for Beasley's return, but he figures to be ready by the time training camp rolls around. We'll keep an eye on him. Beasley looks like a low-upside PPR option for 2019.

Bills TE Tyler Kroft broke his foot in Monday's OTA session and will undergo surgery, HC Sean McDermott said. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Kroft is expected to be sidelined 3-4 months. That'd have him back right around the start of the season -- although foot injuries come with an elevated risk of setbacks. We'll track Kroft's progress this summer, but he wasn't much of a fantasy option to begin with. Rookie Dawson Knox and Jason Croom are behind Kroft on the depth chart and will now get extended run in August.

The Bills kept Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson in town, signing him as an undrafted free agent. Jackson has some exciting tools. He goes 6’7 and 249 pounds with a rocket arm and a 95th percentile SPARQ score. But he struggles with accuracy, completing just 55.8% of his passes over the past 3 seasons at Buffalo. He’s a poor man’s Josh Allen — the guy he’ll attempt to back up with the Bills this year.

The Bills added Ole Miss TE Dawson Knox in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Knox is all projection after totaling just 39 catches across 4 college seasons. The 6'4, 254-pounder blew up his Pro Day, though, clocking a 4.59-second 40 time and earning an 84th percentile SPARQ score. Knox joins Tyler Kroft and Jason Croom in Buffalo's TE room.

The Bills added Florida Atlantic RB Devin Singletary in the 3rd round. The 5’8, 203-pounder disappointed with an ugly 8th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. But he was a tackle-breaking machine at Florida Atlantic, ranking 3rd in this draft class in Pro Football Focus’ 2018 Elusive Rating. Singletary checks the production box, too, racking up 4,287 yards and 66 TDs on 6.0 yards per carry over the past 3 years. He added another 397 yards on 51 catches. There’s plenty of long-term opportunity for Singletary in a Buffalo backfield with old guys LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore, plus free-agent addition T.J. Yeldon.

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The Bills spent the 9th overall pick in the NFL Draft on DT Ed Oliver. The former Houston DT could fight for a starting job next to Star Lotulelei or at least join a rotation right away. Oliver enjoyed a wildly productive college career, starting with 22 tackles for loss in his freshman season. He tallied another 16.5 and 14.5 tackles for loss the past 2 years. Oliver also tallied 11 career passes defensed and 192 total tackles. He'll be a high-upside selection for dynasty fantasy football leagues with DT slots.

The Bills have reached a 2-year deal with RB T.J. Yeldon, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That puts Yeldon in a backfield with soon-to-be-36 Frank Gore and soon-to-be-31 LeSean McCoy, who is coming off the most inefficient rushing season of his career. Yeldon caught 30+ passes in each of his 4 seasons with the Jaguars, averaging 3.4 per game over his time there. He stands a shot at a decent receiving role there, but it's also a tough situation for touch volume. Yeldon's no more than a late-round flier/handcuff in fantasy football drafts.

The Bills have added Cole Beasley to their WR corps on a 4-year, $29 million deal. He's quietly averaged 57 catches on a 70.6% catch rate over the past 4 seasons. But Beasley has averaged just 10.3 yards per catch during that span with 17 total TDs. He's a pure slot receiver who will run most of his routes near the line of scrimmage. That makes him an awkward fit with QB Josh Allen. Beasley's addition spells trouble for WR Zay Jones, who's posted an abysmal 47.2% catch rate over his first 2 NFL seasons. Jones ran 48% of his routes from the slot last year.

The Bills will be signing WR John Brown for 3 years at $27 million, according to multiple reports. Brown will join Robert Foster and Zay Jones in the top 3. He and Foster look best suited on the outside, with Jones' skills seeming to fit nicely in the slot. Of course, all will deal with the limited accuracy of QB Josh Allen. The move doesn't bode well for Brown's fantasy football consistency. There is upside, however. Allen led all qualifying QBs last year with 19.7% of his pass attempts traveling 20+ yards downfield (according to Pro Football Focus) -- an area in which Brown excels. Allen also ranked just 20th out of 24, however, in deep-ball accuracy (36.5%).

The Bills have signed C Mitch Morse. He'll get over $11 million per year, according to NFL Network's Mike Garofolo, making Morse the league's highest-paid C. The former Chief missed 14 games over the last 2 seasons with a foot injury and concussion but ranked 13th among 38 Cs in Pro Football Focus' 2019 grades.

The Bills have signed TE Tyler Kroft to a 3-year, $18.75 million deal. It (laughably) makes Kroft the league's 15th highest-paid TE in average annual salary. The 2015 3rd-rounder caught 42 balls and scored 7 TDs back in 2017 but has totaled just 25 grabs and 1 score in his other 37 career games. He tested as a 37th percentile athlete at the 2015 Combine. We were hoping the Bills would give WR-turned-TE Jason Croom a shot to win the lead job, but Kroft's contract makes him the heavy favorite. He remains an unexciting fantasy option.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Bills have reached a 1-year, $2 million deal with RB Frank Gore. The 35-year-old (until May) lost the final 2 games of last season to a foot injury but posted 4.6 yards per cary before that -- his best mark since 2012 with the Niners. Gore joins a backfield that looks like it'll still be led by LeSean McCoy, but McCoy managed the 2nd-fewest carries of his career in 2018, tallying the fewest rushing yards (514) and yards per carry (3.2) of his career. It's an upside spot for Gore as a fantasy handcuff. Buffalo also still has veteran RB Chris Ivory around, though he sports a cuttable contract. We'll see what else the Bills do with their backfield this offseason.

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (ankle) and TE Blake Jarwin (ankle) are active for tonight's game against the Rams. Both guys figure to be at far less than 100% after missing practice all week.

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (ankle) missed practice all week and is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Rams. If he suits up, he'll be at far less than 100%. If not, Dallas will be down to WRs Tavon Austin and Noah Brown behind Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup.

 
 
 

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