The Bills added Oregon State WR Isaiah Hodgins in the 6th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. This is 1 of our favorite sleepers in the 2020 WR class. Hodgins goes 6’4 and 210 pounds with 82nd percentile arm length. He ran a 4.61-second 40-yard dash at the Combine but registered a 64th percentile vertical, 74th percentile broad jump and 74th percentile short shuttle. Hodgins is a long, lanky receiver who wins at the catch point. He also has some of the best hands in this WR class, dropping just 1.7% of his catchable targets over the past 3 seasons. Hodgins broke out as a sophomore in 2018, leading the Beavers with 59 catches and 876 yards. Then he posted a big 86-1,171-13 line this past year, finishing top 18 in the country in all 3 marks. His 2.69 yards per route run ranked 13th among 30 of this year’s top WR prospects. Hodgins joins fellow rookie Gabriel Davis behind Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley on Buffalo’s WR depth chart. Consider him a deep dynasty stash.
The Bills selected Georgia QB Jake Fromm in the 5th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Fromm’s tape won’t ‘wow’ you. He’s 6’2, 219 pounds with a below-average arm and bottom-barrel athleticism (22nd percentile SPARQ score). But all he did was win at Georgia. Fromm replaced the injured Jacob Eason early in his 2017 freshman campaign and never relinquished the starting job. He ended up starting 42 games over the past 3 years, compiling a 35-7 record. Fromm leaves the Bulldogs with a career 63% completion rate, 8.4 yards per attempt and 78-to-18 TD:INT ratio. But the fact that he set career lows in completion rate (60.8%) and yards per attempt (7.4) this past season is troubling. Fromm’s 68% adjusted completion rate ranked just 88th among draft-eligible QBs. He’ll battle for the backup job behind Josh Allen in Buffalo.
The Bills added Central Florida WR Gabriel Davis in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Davis was a downfield dynamo last year, averaging 17.2 yards per catch and ranking 4th among all draft-eligible WRs in receptions (16) and yards (620) on targets 20+ yards downfield. There’s not much else to Davis’ game right now — but he just turned 21 earlier this month and goes 6’2, 216 pounds. He’s an intriguing project for the Bills and could eventually replace John Brown, who’s 30 and signed through 2021.
The Bills added Zack Moss to the backfield in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Moss was the Utes’ lead back for his final 3 years on campus, topping 1,000 rushing yards each season and averaging 5.9 yards per carry. That includes career highs in carries (235), yards (1,416) and TDs (15) this past year. Moss was a tackle-breaking machine, ranking 2nd among draft-eligible backs with 89 missed tackles forced and 8th with 1,042 yards after contact, per Pro Football Focus. He’s also good in the passing game, totaling 65 catches for 681 yards (10.5 YPC) and 3 TDs over the past 3 seasons. He ranked 10th in yards per route run among draft-eligible RBs. Moss looks like a subpar athlete on tape, though, and registered a 28th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. He also carries a lengthy injury history, missing time in college with toe, knee and shoulder issues. We heard one scout compare Moss to a poor man’s Eddie Lacy. He figures to be the ‘thunder’ to Devin Singletary’s ‘lightning’ in Buffalo’s backfield.
The Bills selected Iowa DE A.J. Epenesa in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. Epenesa delivered strong production in college, with 30.5 tackles for loss and 22 sacks over his 2 seasons as a starter -- plus 6 pass deflections and 8 forced fumbles. But then Epenesa went to the Combine and posted a 40 time that would have been unimpressive for a DT. He looks slow on tape as well, winning on power rather than beating tackles around the edge. Epenesa goes to a well-coached defense in Buffalo, though, and might present the versatility to play some DE and DT. Buffalo signed a similar player in free agency: Quinton Jefferson from Seattle. We're not excited about Epenesa's fantasy outlook, but he'll find a place in dynasty rookie drafts.
ESPN's Marcel Louis-Jacques reports that the Bills have agreed to a 3-year deal with DE Mario Addison. The former Panther will turn 33 at the start of the coming season, but he delivered 9+ sacks each of the past 4 years. He joins a D-line that let Shaq Lawson walk for Miami without much edge-rushing firepower remaining. Carolina, meanwhile, has 2019 rookie Brian Burns ready to seek a larger role in Year 2. Burns' playing time tapered off as his debut season wore on.
FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports that the Bills have worked out a trade for WR Stefon Diggs. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero adds that Diggs and a 7th-round pick will go to Buffalo in exchange for 1st-, 5th- and 6th-round picks from the Bills plus a 4th-rounder in 2021. (Buffalo's Round 1 pick is #22.) Diggs won't turn 27 until late November and still has 4 years left on his current contract. He's coming off consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, with a career-best 17.9 yards per catch in 2019. Diggs should challenge John Brown for the role of top WR in Buffalo, but the move isn't likely to help his fantasy outlook. The Bills have ranked among the league's most run-heavy offenses since before HC Sean McDermott arrived in 2017. In addition to Brown, WR Cole Beasley remains to eat up some targets. Add in QB Josh Allen's accuracy issues, and you get a potentially frustrating fantasy outlook for Diggs. The new guy's arrival also dings the fantasy outlooks for Brown and Beasley, though Diggs can only help Allen's upside. Minnesota, meanwhile, finds a gaping hole in its WR corps opposite Adam Thielen. We'll see how the Vikings address that need this offseason.
Bills DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Texans. CB Levi Wallace (ankle) is OUT. Both players entered the day questionable. Wallace's absence leaves Buffalo without its starting outside CB opposite Tre'Davious White. That's good news for Houston WR Kenny Stills (with Will Fuller out).
Bills lead CB Tre'Davious White is inactive for today's game against the Jets. He's a healthy scratch, sitting out a game with no meaning for Buffalo. White's absence boosts the matchup for Jets QB Sam Darnold and WR Robby Anderson.
Bills WR Cole Beasley, WR John Brown, RB Devin Singletary and TE Dawson Knox are all inactive for today’s game against the Jets. Don’t expect to see much of QB Josh Allen or RB Frank Gore. Top CB Tre’Davious White is also inactive for Buffalo.
Here's what Bills HC Sean McDermott said Tuesday about how he'll handle his team's meaningless Sunday finale against the Jets, according to SNY.tv: "We're going to play a majority of the guys. To go into detail will take some time, but the majority of guys will play, not all of them. Josh (Allen) will play. They're not all going to play the same amount in the game. We're going to be smart with that, but it's important that we get work in fundamentally and in terms of execution and we stay as sharp as can be." Translation: Expect most starters to play. Don't expect any key guys to make it past halftime. We'd plan on not using QB Josh Allen, RB Devin Singletary or the WRs, if you can help it.
Panthers EDGE Mario Addison (chest) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday but returned for to limited participation Friday. We'll check Addison's status Sunday morning.
Panthers EDGE Mario Addison missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a chest injury. We'll see about his Friday participation and game status. Brian Burns would likely see starter-level playing time if Addison can't play in the upside matchup with the Seahawks.
The forecast for today's Ravens-Bills game calls for 15-20 mph winds with gusts of 30+. QBs Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen both do a lot of their fantasy damage on the ground, so neither guy is significantly hurt by the weather. We would slightly downgrade WRs John Brown and Marquise Brown with deep passes likely to be impacted.
Panthers EDGE Mario Addison (groin) is active for today's game against the Falcons. Play him for a high-ceiling sack matchup in your IDP lineups.
Panthers DE Mario Addison popped up on the injury report Friday as a limited practice participant with a groin injury. He's questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons. We haven't seen anything else on the injury yet, so we'll look for more on Addison's outlook through the weekend.
Washington CB Josh Norman is active for today's game against the Lions. He's not an injury risk, but there had been reports Washington planned to leave Norman inactive after sitting him late in last week's loss to the Jets. It's tough to know exactly what role Norman will play, but his active status points to him remaining in the starting lineup.
The forecast for today's Broncos-Bills game calls for sustained winds of 20 mph with gusts over 25. Hopefully you're not too invested in these passing games, but the windy conditions downgrade guys like QB Josh Allen and WRs John Brown and Courtland Sutton.
Washington CB Josh Norman (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions. He was limited Friday, but that followed a pair of full workouts and playing through the issue in Week 11. Norman and Washington's other top 2 CBs did get pulled late in last Sunday's loss to the Jets. Interim HC Bill Callahan told the Washington Times afterward that he made the move because "they wanted to look at other players." Washington was down 20-3 entering the 4th quarter of that game and 27-3 less than 2 minutes into the 4th quarter. It would be tougher to justify pulling the starters in a closer game. We'll check Norman's status Sunday morning.
Bills DE Jerry Hughes (groin) is active for today's game against the Dolphins. He reportedly tweaked an existing groin issue in practice this week but still carries big sack upside into the matchup with Miami. Hughes is worth a shot in IDP lineups in most cases where you're considering him.
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