2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Buffalo Bills
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Bills should make some strides this season but still seem a little ways away from making a run at the playoffs. They'll probably be a few games under .500 but better than last season. It still isn't certain if E.J. Manuel is the franchise quarterback for the team. The progress of this team might hinge on the development of Manuel. The defense is getting better, though, which is a plus. They finally started turning the corner some last season, which is a must because of the division they play.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Receiver Robert Woods had a decent rookie season but didn't post big numbers. He battled some consistency issues but having inconsistent quarterback play didn't help matters for Woods. He should play a big role in the Bills' offense from day on this season. He should be the slot receiver, giving him good potential in PPR formats. We like his reception potential and expect a good spike across the board in receptions, yards and touchdowns. Woods has the talent to do well in this role and should get his targets in this offense.
FANTASY DUD
Running back Fred Jackson just keeps chugging along. He had another very good season last year and has been a great back for the Bills the last several seasons. But we just wonder how much longer he can go at his current pace. He is going to be 33 years old this season. There aren't many backs in the history of football that have produced good numbers at that age. Jackson might have a hard time matching his past production, especially if C.J. Spiller can stay healthy.

Team Notes

Jul 23, 12:23 PM Buffalo Bills FB Evan Rodriguez (cramps) and TE Chris Gragg (cramps) were hospitalized because of complications from cramps and were getting hydrated, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Rodriguez has been released from the hospital, while Gragg is still in the hospital.
Jul 23, 12:20 PM Buffalo Bills PK Dustin Hopkins will have to try to make the roster as a kickoff specialist, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

Fantasy Impact: This gives him no fantasy value for the coming season.
Jul 23, 10:53 AM Buffalo Bills OG Chris Hairston continued to receive first-team repetitions at right guard in the red zone drills Wednesday, July 23. OG Kraig Urbik struggled with first-team the previous day.
Jul 23, 08:43 AM Buffalo Bills TE Chris Gragg (cramps), FB Evan Rodriguez (cramps) and CB Brandon E. Smith (leg) were out of practice Wednesday, July 23. OT Seantrel Henderson (hip) returned to action.
Jul 22, 11:03 PM Buffalo Bills QB Thaddeus Lewis and WR Tori Gurley had miscommunications on three occasions Tuesday, July 22, resulting in two incomplete passes and an interception. Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Sports Radio believes that if Lewis doesn't show better command of the offense that QB Jeff Tuel will land the backup QB job.
Jul 22, 10:53 PM Buffalo Bills QB Thaddeus Lewis and QB Jeff Tuel are in an open competition for the backup quarterback job, head coach Doug Marrone said Tuesday, July 22.
Jul 22, 10:43 PM Buffalo Bills P Brian Moorman was more effective than P Jake Dombrowski on punts in terms of both average hang time and average distance Tuesday, July 22.
Jul 22, 09:43 PM Buffalo Bills DE Mario Williams, DT Marcell Dareus and DT Kyle D. Williams were all rotated out of the lineup at times during team drills Tuesday, July 22. LB Manny Lawson rotated in for Mario Williams, DT Stefan Charles spelled Kyle Williams, and DL Corbin Bryant stepped in for Dareus.
Jul 22, 09:33 PM Buffalo Bills LB Preston Brown saw time in the defense's nickel package and rotated in for LB Brandon Spikes at middle linebacker for the first-team Tuesday, July 22.
Jul 22, 09:23 PM Buffalo Bills LB Nigel Bradham was one of eight players to record sacks during team drills Tuesday, July 22. The team's pass rush has been consistent since camp began, according to Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com.
Jul 22, 09:13 PM Buffalo Bills CB Leodis McKelvin (hip) was spelled by CB Corey Graham at left corner for certain series during practice Tuesday, July 22, in order to allow McKelvin to rest his surgically repaired hip.
Jul 22, 09:13 PM Buffalo Bills CB Nickell Robey was given the first chance at playing slot corner in the defense's nickel package Tuesday, July 22, with CB Ron Brooks and CB Ross Cockrell rotating in.
Jul 22, 09:03 PM Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel said that the passing game took positive steps Tuesday, July 22, but some offensive players said that the execution of the passing game needs to improve.
Jul 22, 08:53 PM Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson and RB Anthony Dixon both reached the second level on runs during team drills Tuesday, July 22, and the team's top four backs all had runs that would have gone for first down yardage.
Jul 22, 06:53 PM Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus returned to training camp Tuesday, July 22, after leaving Monday, July 21, for a court hearing.
Jul 22, 11:03 AM Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus has agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program as he works to have felony drug charges dismissed, according to Rod Giddens, Dareus' attorney. Dareus was given permission to enter the program at a hearing in Calhoun County Court in Alabama Monday, July 21. Charges levied on May 5 of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia will be dismissed and perhaps expunged should he complete the required activities. The NFL could still discipline Dareus, however.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Corey Graham, CB; Brandon Spikes, LB; Mike Williams, WR. 

Losses:
Jairus Byrd, S; Arthur Moats, LB; Alex Carrington, DT; Stevie Johnson, WR. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  4 Sammy WatkinsWR
 # 2  12 Cyrus KouandjioOL
 # 3  9 Preston BrownLB
 # 4  9 Ross CockrellDB
 # 5  13 Cyril RichardsonOL
 # 7  6 Randell JohnsonLB
 # 7  22 Seantrel HendersonOL

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     at Chicago
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     Miami
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     San Diego
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     at Houston
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     at Detroit
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     New England
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     Minnesota
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     at New York Jets
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 9 1:00PM     Kansas City
11     Nov 13 8:25PM     at Miami
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     New York Jets
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     Cleveland
14     Dec 7 4:05PM     at Denver
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     Green Bay
16     Dec 21 4:25PM     at Oakland
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     at New England
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