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  1. If things go according to plan, and unfortunately that’s a big ‘if’ for Buffalo, tight end Tyler Kroft will make his debut in a Bills uniform in Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins. On Thursday, Kroft told reporters that he would have played last week if the Bills weren’t on their bye. “If we had a game last week, I would’ve been able to go,” Kroft said. Sounds like Kroft is playing. Of course, pending another injury. Kroft suffered two ankle injuries since joining the Bills. Early in the offseason, he suffered his first which held him out the entire offseason training and preseason. Slated to make his Bills debut in Week 3 against his former team, the Bengals, Kroft had a setback on the injury. “Obviously this isn’t how I was picturing the beginning of my season going coming up here to Buffalo,” Kroft said. “At the end of the day, it is what it is. No one is going to feel sorry for me that I got hurt again or anything like that. I just have to plug each day, keep stacking them, and get back out there.” Below the surface, the concerning news with the lack of reps is because of Josh Allen. Kroft and Allen haven’t had time to build chemistry at all. Kroft acknowledged the two have kept that in mind. “I was in every meeting, all the extra meetings, I was in there with Josh, with guys, to make sure were seeing everything the same way,” Kroft said. “When we hit the ground, the bullets are going to be live. We’re in the regular season now. No preseason, no camp, to get it right.” Despite the lack of reps together over the offseason, Allen said earlier this month he’s anxious to get Kroft in the lineup. “The way he can run routes, the way he catches the football, that’s an added plus for us,” Allen said. Without Kroft in the lineup, the Bills have had rookie Dawson Knox starting in his place. Its been a mixed bag with Knox, but more good than bad. He has 10 catches for 156 yards and a score this year. Kroft comes to the Bills with 67 catches, 661 yards and eight touchdowns to his name. Almost all of that came in 2017 when he became the Bengals’ starter due to injury. He hauled in 42 catches for 404 yards and seven touchdowns that year. RelatedBills opponent outlook: Dolphins history, statistics and moreBills select RB D'Andre Swift in PFF 2020 mock draft2019 Bills opponents: Eagles likely without Jason Peters vs. Bills2020 NFL draft: CBS Sports mock has Bills taking first-round RB Email Sign up Like this article? Sign up for the Bills Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning An error has occured Please re-enter your email address. Thanks for signing up! You'll now receive the top Bills Wire stories each day directly in your inbox. View the full article
  2. Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports The Buffalo Bills return to action this Sunday, refreshed from their bye week, and confident at 4-1. They have a classic rivalry as old as the AFL ahead of them on Sunday, and although it has been a long time since these two teams have battled for the top of the AFC East, the games have always provided memorable moments. Here’s everything that you need to know about the history between the Dolphins and Bills from over the years: When Ralph Wilson Jr. was offered a chance to buy a franchise into the AFL, his original choice city was Miami. It was declined by the city, and in turn, Wilson put his franchise in Buffalo. Their first encounter took place in Buffalo, on September 18, 1966. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 58-24. Miami never lost to Buffalo in the 1970’s, winning 20-straight games. It was the longest streak of the series. Despite the vast geographical distance between the two teams, when the divisions were realigned in 2002, Ralph Wilson pushed to be in the same division as Miami, to maintain the classic rivalry. Miami was placed in the AFC East, instead of the more geographically appropriate Indianapolis Colts. Out of 110 total games between the two teams, the Bills are 27-26 at home against the Dolphins. They also hold one post season victory at home. Their last encounter was on December 30, 2018. It was Kyle Williams’ final game, a meaningless 42-17 victory in Week 17. It was highlighted by Williams’ first career reception, a nine yard catch. 2018 Season Miami failed to reach the postseason for the second straight year in 2018. Finishing second in the AFC East with a 7-9 record, after a 3-0 start, there wasn’t much to be excited about by season’s end. Adam Gase was relieved of his duties, Ryan Tannehill was eventually traded to Tennessee, and the team breakdown had truly begun. The 2018 season was highlighted by victories over eventual NFC North champions, the Chicago Bears, while led by Brock Osweiler, as well as a last second victory over the New England Patriots, dubbed the Miami Miracle. It was a year of ups and downs, but management in Miami clearly knew, that what they were doing wasn’t working. Tannehill, their anticipated franchise quarterback, and first-round pick in 2012, couldn’t get them where every team wanted to be….regular playoff contenders. In a division with the New England Patriots, who have caused much dysfunction amongst the rest of the AFC East by winning repeatedly, Tannehill was the second longest tenured QB in the division until he was sent to Tennessee. Sadly for Miami fans and management, Tannehill’s performance never matched his salary, and the last three years of his tenure were marred by injuries, including an ACL injury before the 2017 season. It wasn’t sustainable. Tannehill finished 2018 as the 33rd ranked QB in passing yards, with 1,979, playing in eleven games on the season. His backup, who filled in for each of the five games, Osweiler, finished 36th in passing yards with 1,247. Tannehill was 25th in passing touchdowns, and Osweiler was 37th. Miami sported two quality running backs, including current Bills’ RB1, Frank Gore. Gore led the team in rushing yards, coming in at 25th in the NFL in rushing yards, with 722, but no rushing touchdowns. Leading in rushing touchdowns for the team, was Kenyan Drake, who had only four on the season. Drake finished 37th in rushing yards across the NFL with 535. Miami didn’t have a great statistical season for receivers, although sported talented individuals. Their leading receiver was the former Ram and Patriot, Danny Amendola, who is currently in Detroit. Amendola only had one touchdown on the season. He ranked 75th in receiving yards with 575. Kenny Stills was next up, at 82nd with 553, and Kenyan Drake at 101st with 477. As a unit, the Miami Dolphins were the second-worst total offense, finishing well ahead of last place Arizona Cardinals, but amassing only 4,638 yards. They finished just behind Buffalo, who finished 30th. As a passing offense, Miami finished 30th, with 2,900 yards in the air. Miami was a stronger rushing team in 2018, finishing 18th with 1,738 yards on the ground. Miami lacked a quality defense as well, giving up 6,257 yards in total defense. They were the 29th ranked defense in 2018, despite having some studs in Minkah Fitzpatrick, now in Pittsburgh, and Xavien Howard. Those two played a big part in the slightly more regarded passing defense that Miami had, coming in at 21st with 3,932 yard given up by air. As a rushing defense, Miami was 31st with 2,325 yards allowed on the ground. 2019 Outlook Email Sign up Like this article? Sign up for the Bills Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning An error has occured Please re-enter your email address. Thanks for signing up! You'll now receive the top Bills Wire stories each day directly in your inbox. 1 2View the full article
  3. Pro Football Focus looked ahead to the 2020 NFL draft and released an early mock draft. In it, the Bills select a surprising player in Georgia running back D’Andre Swift. The all-around elusive and strong between-the-tackles rusher goes No. 26 overall to the Bills in the mock. Here’s why PFF thinks the Bills should go with Swift: Someone will, unfortunately, pull the trigger on a running back in all likelihood and with the Bills commitment to getting Josh Allen some receiving help, they are the lucky ones. Swift is comfortably the best receiver of the top group of running backs. He’s racked up 61 catches for his career (only three drops) with 18 broken tackles after the catch. With the word “unfortunately” above, PFF is hinting at the NFL’s feelings toward selecting running backs early at the draft. Most believe value can be found on running backs in later rounds unless its a talent as good as Saquon Barkley. In this mock, Swift is the only back taken in the first round. He would provide Allen another playmaker, but with Zay Jones’ recent trade and John Brown and Cole Beasley not getting any younger, if the Bills go offensive playmaker, is should much rather be a receiver, not back. Plus there’s current Bill Devin Singletary to consider. But PFF often uses its own rankings to consider where players should be drafted, above all else. The interesting mock has the Dolphins passing on a quarterback in the top-10 twice, and has LSU QB Joe Burrow being selected first overall. RelatedBills add WR Ray-Ray McCloud to practice squad2019 Bills opponents: Steelers' Mason Rudolph returnsRyan Fitzpatrick on facing Bills: 'The fans are so into it'2019 Bills opponents: Ravens, Browns make trades with Rams Email Sign up Like this article? Sign up for the Bills Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning An error has occured Please re-enter your email address. Thanks for signing up! You'll now receive the top Bills Wire stories each day directly in your inbox. View the full article
  4. Former Bills left tackle Jason Peters is still kicking around with the Eagles. Those two teams will meet in Week 8, but Peters is likely to sit out the festivities. Peters sustained a knee injury in the Eagles’ loss to the Vikings last week and Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said this week that Peters is listed as “week-to-week” with his latest injury, per Eagles Wire. Peters started his career in Buffalo from 2004-2008 and has since been on the Eagles. Without the 37-year-old, the Eagles will has first-round rookie Andre Dillard start at left tackle. The Eagles traded up three slots at the draft to grab Dillard. It will be Dillard’s first-career stat. Per Pro Football Focus, Dillard gave up a sack, and allowed nine QB hurries last week in relief, the most allowed by anyone in Week 6. In other related injury news with the Eagles, cornerback Jalen Mills returned to practice this week, along with another former Bills player and cornerback in Ronald Darby. But the Eagles did have a lengthy injury report along with their former-Bills player news. Six other players did not participate in Wednesday’s session: Fletcher Cox, DeSean Jackson, Nigel Bradham, Avonte Maddox, Timmy Jernigan, and Darren Sproles. Bradham also is a former Bills player, but is only day-to-day and could be ready in two weeks. The Eagles also previously employed former Bills linebacker Zach Brown until he was released earlier this week. Related2019 Bills opponents: Steelers' Mason Rudolph returnsRyan Fitzpatrick on facing Bills: 'The fans are so into it'2019 Bills opponents: Ravens, Browns make trades with RamsESPN tabs Bills' Leslie Frazier as potential head coach candidate Email Sign up Like this article? Sign up for the Bills Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning An error has occured Please re-enter your email address. Thanks for signing up! You'll now receive the top Bills Wire stories each day directly in your inbox. View the full article
  5. The Bills invested in running back Devin Singletary in the third round of the most recent NFL draft. Could the team go for a rusher ever higher at the 2020 NFL draft? One outlet says yes. CBS Sports looked ahead to the 2020 draft and in it the Bills take a running back. Not in the third round or second round, but No. 27 overall in the first round. Here’s how CBS explains the move: Frank Gore can’t play forever (we think) and Devin Singletary, while explosive, is a complementary back. Swift is an elite runner but he also excels at catching passes coming out of the backfield, which will provide Josh Allen with yet another weapon. First and foremost, let’s thank these guys. The No. 27 pick? That’d be a hell of a season for the Bills. But aside from that, running back seems like an unlikely move. Gore is aging, but Singletary looks like the future of the Bills’ backfield. Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane said after the 2019 draft that Singletary could make defenders “miss in a phone booth.” While this front office has said one thing and done another on several occasions, the Bills have much more pressing needs than a running back with their first-round pick next offseason. The Bills won’t have a look at wideouts Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb, but the upcoming receiver class is touted as a deep one. The Bills could use a receiver at this pick, or even help on either side of the trenches as opposed to the running back position. If the draft did fall the way CBS Sports predicts, Swift would be the first running back off the board and the only one in Round 1. Swift is an elusive back that can make tacklers miss with ease, but he’s very as a bit of a two-way back that can get yards between the tackles as well with his 5-foot-9, 215-pound frame. Also: Swift is an elite name for a running back. RelatedRyan Fitzpatrick on facing Bills: 'The fans are so into it'2019 Bills opponents: Ravens, Browns make trades with RamsESPN tabs Bills' Leslie Frazier as potential head coach candidatePFF stat shows Ed Oliver's promise Email Sign up Like this article? Sign up for the Bills Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning An error has occured Please re-enter your email address. Thanks for signing up! You'll now receive the top Bills Wire stories each day directly in your inbox. View the full article
  6. The Buffalo Bills have signed wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud to their practice squad, the team announced Thursday morning. To make room on the practice squad, the Bills released wide receiver Jordan Veasy. Signed WR Ray-Ray McCloud to the team's practice squad and released WR Jordan Veasy. — Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) October 17, 2019 The move serves as a homecoming for McCloud, who was drafted by the Bills in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The former Clemson playmaker was underwhelming in his rookie campaign, catching just five passes for 36 yards in 10 appearances. He showed up to his second training camp with a renewed sense of confidence, impressing Buffalo’s coaching staff with flashes of ability and a maturity he lacked in his rookie season. The sophomore shined in the 2019 preseason, catching nine passes for 97 yards. Five of his receptions came in the Bills’ preseason finale. Despite a strong offseason, McCloud failed to crack Buffalo’s 53-man roster and was released as part of the team’s final cut down. The Bills had hoped to add him to their 10-man practice squad, but that opportunity never arose. McCloud was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers. McCloud was used as a kick and punt returner in Carolina, tallying 18 total returns throughout his short stint with the team. Fumble issues haunted McCloud in Carolina, as he fumbled the ball on three of his touches. The Panthers waived McCloud on Oct. 15. Now back with the team that initially saw something in him, McCloud has the opportunity to resurrect his promising career. Though consistency has been an issue of McCloud’s, his talent is undeniable. Should he reach his ceiling, he could be a reliable offensive playmaker. Buffalo once again has the opportunity to turn McCloud into this type of player. Related2019 Bills opponents: Steelers' Mason Rudolph returnsRyan Fitzpatrick on facing Bills: 'The fans are so into it'2019 Bills opponents: Ravens, Browns make trades with Rams Email Sign up Like this article? Sign up for the Bills Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning An error has occured Please re-enter your email address. Thanks for signing up! You'll now receive the top Bills Wire stories each day directly in your inbox. View the full article
  7. The Bills and Steelers faceoff in Week 15. It’s an AFC matchup and it could have huge playoff implications that late in the year. Per usual, the quarterback position has a say on the outcome of every game and the Steelers have an update with that position this week. Quarterback Mason Rudolph will return to the lineup after taking a brutal looking hit that knocked him out cold and put him into the concussion protocol. Pittsburgh doesn’t face anyone this weekend with their bye en route, but they’ll play the Dolphins next. So Rudolph only will miss one game for the Steelers as head coach Mike Tomlin, per Steelers Wire, said rookie Devlin Hodges will be replaced by Rudolph when he’s ready. First and foremost, Rudolph would’ve likely been playing against Buffalo. By Week 15 if he was still n the protocol, something very seriously would have been wrong. While still a ways away from seeing the Steelers, this is still a worthwhile mention for the Bills. As a second-year pro, Rudolph is getting his first sniffs of game action in the NFL. Starter Ben Roethlisberger is out for the year, so it’s Rudolph’s rodeo now. Translation: The more experience Rudolph gets prior to facing the Bills, the better off for the Steelers. That, of course, does not guarantee a win for the Steelers as the NFL is a “week-to-week” league, but it’s still a note worth mentioning that he’s back in the lineup so soon after taking that ugly hit. So far Rudolph has made three starts for the Steelers and is 1-2 overall. He’s doing pretty well, though. He has a 67 percent completion rate, seven touchdowns, two interceptions and 646 passing yards. RelatedRyan Fitzpatrick on facing Bills: 'The fans are so into it'2019 Bills opponents: Ravens, Browns make trades with RamsESPN tabs Bills' Leslie Frazier as potential head coach candidatePFF stat shows Ed Oliver's promise Email Sign up Like this article? Sign up for the Bills Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning An error has occured Please re-enter your email address. Thanks for signing up! You'll now receive the top Bills Wire stories each day directly in your inbox. View the full article
  8. The Bills and NFL got a bit of a shock from the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday. Second-year quarterback Josh Rosen had the plug pulled on him after three starts. He was yanked from their 17-16 loss to the Washington Redskins last week, but after that game, Miami head coach Brian Flores said Rosen would be back in Week 7 against the Bills. On Wednesday, “Flo” changed his mind, naming backup and former Bills starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter. Fitzpatrick has always held a place in the hearts of Bills fans. Vis versa is the same, too. FitzMagic discussed playing in another game against the Bills and in Buffalo as a foe. “It’s an awesome place to play, whether you’re there as a player with the support of the fans or going there as an opponent, a hostile environment,” Fitzpatrick said Wednesday. “You walk in there and there’s not a whole lot of jerseys for your team. It’s all Buffalo jerseys.” Of course Fitzpatrick had his cheeky way of adding that Fitz touch to his thoughts, as well. “There’ll be some No. 14 [jerseys in the crowd], but they’re probably Sammy Watkins, not Fitzpatrick,” he said. “I have a lot of good friends from there, a lot of good memories.” “It is fun to go and play in a game like this that is going to be in a great environment,” Fitzpatrick added. “This one is unique in that you have all these new stadiums that are enormous, it’s almost like the game is secondary to some of the other stuff going on. In Buffalo, it is all about the game. The fans are so into it — after the tailgating, of course — as an opponent you enjoy going in there and getting that feeling as well.” Good vibes aside, Fitzpatrick also acknowledged the task at-hand as well. “They’re a great defense,” Fitzpatrick said. “Again, tough environment like we said. Very aggressive. Everybody seems to know their role. It’ll be a tough challenge for us.” During his career, Fitzpatrick has had a knack for lighting a spark under teams. Clearly with this made by Flores, the team feels Fitzpatrick, not Rosen, gives them their best chance to beat the Bills and brush aside the “tanking” cloud surrounding the franchise after an offeseaon that saw the Dolphins deconstruct their roster. Fitzpatrick actually beat out Rosen for the starting job, but then things were turned over to Rosen after losses to the Ravens and Patriots. Rosen faced the Cowboys, Chargers and Redskins. Fitzpatrick has faced the Bills as a starting quarterback five times in his career, with all five coming after his tenure as Buffalo’s starter. He’s 3-2 overall against the Bills. Related2019 Bills opponents: Ravens, Browns make trades with RamsESPN tabs Bills' Leslie Frazier as potential head coach candidatePFF stat shows Ed Oliver's promiseWhat Sean McDermott said about Zay Jones trade Email Sign up Like this article? Sign up for the Bills Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning An error has occured Please re-enter your email address. Thanks for signing up! You'll now receive the top Bills Wire stories each day directly in your inbox. View the full article
  9. There were a flurry of trades mad in the NFL early this week, and it’s not even the Oct. 29 trade deadline yet. All of the moves center around former Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey. The All-Pro is now a member of the Rams. Having mentioned Ramsey, his deal does not affect the Bills much at all. But from that deal, the Bills will feel the impact. The deal directly connected to the Bills and Ramsey is the trade the Ravens made with the Rams. Essentially to make room for Ramsey on their roster as the No. 1 corner, the Rams shipped out former All-Pro corner Marcus Peters to the Ravens, who will now face the Bills in Week 14 when the Ravens visit New Era Field. Ravens Wire says that Peters will jump near the top of Baltimore’s depth chart to help assist a pass defense ranked No. 25 (269.5 yards allowed per game). While both former All-Pros, Ramsey is certainly the one players at a higher level currently. In that deal, the Ravens sent linebacker Kenny Young and a fifth-round pick to the Rams to make room him. In a second move for the Rams, they sent another fifth-round pick to the Browns for center Austin Corbett. Corbett was a former No. 33 overall pick, the first pick in the second round. He underwhelmed in his career, but was a key depth piece for the Browns on the interior of their offensive line, according to Browns Wire. The Bills face the Browns in Week 10 in Cleveland. RelatedESPN tabs Bills' Leslie Frazier as potential head coach candidatePFF stat shows Ed Oliver's promiseWhat Sean McDermott said about Zay Jones tradeBills vs. Dolphins: Wednesday injury reports Email Sign up Like this article? Sign up for the Bills Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning An error has occured Please re-enter your email address. Thanks for signing up! You'll now receive the top Bills Wire stories each day directly in your inbox. View the full article
  10. The Bills defense has dominate in 2019, and has lead the team to any of the successes it’s had under head coach Sean McDermott. Could defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier reap the benefits of that? ESPN said it’s possible. ESPN named 13 NFL assistants that could be considered for future openings, such as the currently vacant Redskins gig. Frazier was tabbed as one of the 13. Here’s what the outlet thinks Frazier brings to the table: The 4-1 Bills are one of the big surprises of the early season, but their defensive performance shouldn’t be shocking. Buffalo has the league’s fifth-best defense by yards per game allowed (317.9) and third-best defense by yards per play allowed (5.0) since Frazier became defensive coordinator in 2017. Since the start of the 2018 season, Buffalo ranks first (289.6 YPG) and second (4.8 YPP) in those categories. Frazier was head coach of the Vikings from 2011 to 2013 and interviewed for the Colts’ job in 2018 after McDaniels bailed and before it went to Reich. Sure, coach Sean McDermott has a defensive background and obviously a major role in Buffalo’s defense, but if all those Sean McVay offensive assistants can get jobs, why not McDermott’s top defensive lieutenant? Of course, the defense is McDermott’s baby. But Frazier does his part and that could rise him to the ranks of a head coach once again. With the Vikings, he put together a 21-32-1 overall record and was 0-1 in the playoffs. Frazier would certainly be a loss for the Bills if he moved on, but the team would support his efforts. When first hired by the Bills, Frazier was viewed as a coach that could provide a “veteran” presence to McDermott. As mentioned, Frazier had experience as a head coach. McDermott was a first-time hire. In that regard, McDermott is now a seasoned bench boss himself, so considering that, it would lighten the blow of losing Frazier, if that were to happen. View the full article
  11. In his first five games of his NFL career, Bills defensive end Ed Oliver has 11 combined tackles and a pass defended. No sacks. The rookie first-round defender came to Buffalo advertised as the next Aaron Donald. A pass-rushing menace in the middle. So what gives? Nothing, according to Pro Football Focus. Oliver said a few weeks ago he’s looking forward to getting his first NFL sack. It’ll come eventually, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been productive. Per the analytics outlet, Oliver is the fourth-best interior defensive lineman at rushing the passer in the NFL. His pass-rush win rate is listed at 10.6 percent. Overall, PFF puts Oliver’s pass rushing grade at a 68.3. That’s listed in their “average” category. Once Oliver does get to opposing QBs, anticipate that grade improving. The Bills are currently led by Jordan Phillips’ four sacks. He had three of those in one going against the Titans before their bye week. RelatedDolphins to start Ryan Fitzpatrick, not Josh Rosen, vs. Bills5 storylines to watch during Bills vs. DolphinsXFL Recap: Where former Bills players landed in draftB/R says Bills should trade TE Tyler Kroft Email Sign up Like this article? Sign up for the Bills Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning An error has occured Please re-enter your email address. Thanks for signing up! You'll now receive the top Bills Wire stories each day directly in your inbox. View the full article
  12. We already know Zay Jones was shocked by the Bills’ decision to trade him. We even know Duke Williams, who essentially replaced Jones’ stop in the lineup, received a text from the departed player after the news broke. Buffalo head coach and spokesperson for the team, Sean McDermott, now also dished his thoughts on the move as of Wednesday. While mostly being coy and complimentary of Jones, McDermott did admit that the time was right to move the third-year wideout. “Zay is a good player and a tremendous person, so we wish him the best. We know he’s going to do good things out there in Oakland. Sometimes a change of scenery is good,” McDermott said. “For us, it’s us moving forward and we felt like it was the right time for us.” To McDermott’s credit, the timing was perfect. The more time Jones didn’t get game action, the less his value would be. Jones saw one snap on offense in his final game with the Bills. If that trend continued, the Bills would likely get nothing for him instead of a fifth-round pick from the Raiders. Jones only had seven catches in five games with the Bills this season. RelatedBills vs. Dolphins: Wednesday injury reportsFantasy football: 5 sleepers to start, 5 starters to sit in Week 75 storylines to watch during Bills vs. Dolphins Email Sign up Like this article? Sign up for the Bills Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning An error has occured Please re-enter your email address. Thanks for signing up! You'll now receive the top Bills Wire stories each day directly in your inbox. View the full article
  13. The Bills are fresh off the bye and host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at New Era Field. Here are the Wednesday injury reports for both teams ahead of their Week 7 contest: Buffalo Bills (4-1) Limited WR John Brown (groin) LB Matt Milano (hamstring) LB Corey Thompson (ankle) Notes: John Brown did not have a catch in the second half of Buffalo’s last game two weeks ago against the Titans. … Per The Athletic, Matt Milano and Maurice Alexander split reps with the first-team defense during his limited practice. … TE Tyler Kroft (ankle) was a full participant, he has not played yet this season. … Other full participants include RB Devin Singletary (hamstring), DE Trent Murphy (concussion), OL Cody Ford (concussion), OL Mitch Morse (ankle), WR John Brown (groin), CB Taron Johnson (hamstring). Miami Dolphins (0-5) Did not practice S Reshad Jones (chest) C Daniel Kilgore (knee) DE Avery Moss (ankle) Limited OL Jesse Davis (elbow) WR Jakeen Grant (hamstring) CB Xavien Howard (knee) LB Trent Harris (foot) CB Chris Lammons (ankle/ toe) S Bobby McCain (hamstring/ shoulder) RB Mark Walton (thumb) WR Albert Wilson (calf/ hip) Notes: Evan Boehm would start for Dolphins in place of C Daniel Kilgore vs. Bills, Miami coach Brian Flores said it will be “tough” for him to play. … Reshad Jones was listed as questionable heading into the Dolphins’ Week 6 game vs. Redskins but played. … Flores said he is “hopeful” Xavien Howard will play vs. Bills. … Bobby McCain did play last week as well. RelatedGMFB host: Bills 'are a playoff team,' should acquire Melvin GordonFantasy football: 5 sleepers to start, 5 starters to sit in Week 7Dolphins to start Ryan Fitzpatrick, not Josh Rosen, vs. Bills5 storylines to watch during Bills vs. Dolphins Email Sign up Like this article? Sign up for the Bills Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning An error has occured Please re-enter your email address. Thanks for signing up! You'll now receive the top Bills Wire stories each day directly in your inbox. View the full article
  14. The Buffalo Bills are in an incredibly advantageous position. Through the first six weeks of the 2019 NFL season, the beloved franchise from western New York sits at 4-1, good for second place in the AFC. Their defense has been nothing short of incredible, allowing an average of just 275.0 yards per game. The team’s remaining schedule is favorable, as well, as just four of Buffalo’s remaining opponents currently sit at or above .500. Barring a monumental collapse, the Bills will make the playoffs. Though Buffalo has looked strong through the first few weeks of the 2019 season, settling for being ‘good enough’ in a progressively aggressive may prove to be costly. Good Morning Football host Kyle Brandt would like to see the Bills improve their roster through trade, their potential x-factor coming in the form of Melvin Gordon. “I’d like to see the Buffalo Bills make a move,” Brandt said on Wednesday’s show. “This is a team that is going to win 10 or 11 games. I’m going to say it – the Bills are going to the playoffs. Short of a crazy collapse or a rash of injuries, I think they’re going . . . I would love to see some offense, and I wouldn’t hate it, if I’m just going to mash buttons on the trade machine, I would love to see Melvin Gordon go to Buffalo. “I really would. The defense is fantastic. Even if you take him for the rest of this year and then you’re done with him after this year. I love Devin Singletary, he’s been hurt. Frank Gore is Frank Gore. Melvin Gordon would be a huge difference and is exactly the type of player that Sean McDermott wants – run the ball and play defense. That would blow me away.” As Brandt alluded to, the Los Angeles Chargers running back would add a new dynamic to the Bills’ offense. Though Frank Gore and rookie Devin Singletary have played well this season, Buffalo lacks a difference-maker on offense, a player who can single-handedly take over a game. Though he hasn’t shown it in limited action this season, Gordon fits that bill. He’s rushed for 3,677 yards throughout his five-year NFL career. The Chargers have also taken advantage of his versatility in the passing game, as he’s tallied at least 400 receiving yards in each of the past three seasons. He’s a well-rounded back who fits into the Bills’ offensive philosophy; he would undoubtedly be impactful should the team bring him to Western New York. Circumstances beyond Gordon’s control may prevent Buffalo, or any other NFL team, from ultimately pulling the trigger on a trade, however. The 26-year-old is currently in the final year of his rookie deal, set to hit free agency this spring. Though any team would likely negotiate a new deal with Gordon before acquiring his services, his contract demands may be a bit steep for some. Gordon reportedly wants more than $13 million per year, a substantial price for a player at a position that teams are often hesitant to invest significant money into. Combine this with Gordon’s injury history – he’s only played in all 16 games once in his professional career – and you have a situation that some teams may look to avoid entirely. The Bills’ backfield has been impactful without a player of Gordon’s caliber this season, as Buffalo is currently ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing offense. The Bills’ front office also feels they have a gem in Devin Singletary, as the 22-year-old’s ability gave general manager Brandon Beane the confidence to move on from LeSean McCoy in the offseason. But adding talent is never a bad idea. Gordon would prove to be a useful weapon for quarterback Josh Allen, a player who could make an impact both on the ground and through the air. Money is not an issue for the team, either, as the Bills are set to have more than $85 million in cap space in the 2020 offseason. Buffalo is widely considered to be a fringe wild-card team, a squad that could sneak into the postseason before faltering in the first round. Perhaps Gordon could be the piece that makes the team a true playoff contender. RelatedXFL Recap: Where former Bills players landed in draftB/R says Bills should trade TE Tyler Kroft2019 Bills opponents: Jets' Leonard Williams could be on trade block Email Sign up Like this article? Sign up for the Bills Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning An error has occured Please re-enter your email address. Thanks for signing up! You'll now receive the top Bills Wire stories each day directly in your inbox. View the full article
  15. New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate. Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports Midway through the 2019 fantasy football season and playoff seeding is starting to come into the picture. Or perhaps you need a miracle to comeback. A little pre-game scouting could be the difference between leaving that huge game on the bench and accidentally starting a bust. We’re here to provide a little insight. Here are five potential sleepers from your bench to start and five starters to sit during Week 7 of fantasy football: Starts RB Frank Gore This could just as easily be rookie rusher Devin Singletary. He’s potentially returning from a hamstring injury with the Bills coming off a bye, but even when he was in the lineup, Frank Gore was taking the the higher number of touches. Plus there’s proof in the veteran-rusher pudding. Last week the Dolphins’ woeful run defense, and overall team, allowed 118 yards to the Redkins’ Adrian Peterson. WR Golden Tate The Giants have a good matchup against the Cardinals this week. Daniel Jones is not facing a defense as good as the Patriots’ secondary in Arizona, so he should be able to get Golden Tate, who still had 102 yards and a score against the Pats, the ball more. But also factoring in is the potential returns of running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Evan Engram. One or both of them will take attention away from Tate, giving him easier opportunities, one would think. Email Sign up Like this article? Sign up for the Bills Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning An error has occured Please re-enter your email address. Thanks for signing up! You'll now receive the top Bills Wire stories each day directly in your inbox. 1 2 …3View the full article
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