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

Jan 28, 03:13 PM Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon (knee) underwent surgery for a partially torn meniscus in his knee Tuesday, Jan. 27.
Jan 27, 03:33 PM Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel will have a clean slate next season, according to new offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Roman said that Manuel has shown some good things but that his level of consistency needs to be higher.
Jan 20, 05:33 PM Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said the team is committed to remaining a zone-blocking team. However, new assistant coach and offensive line coach Doug Marrone didn't use a zone-blocking scheme while with the Buffalo Bills, and he has preferred bigger offensive linemen. Buffalo had the league's heaviest offensive line in his two seasons as head coach. Regardless, Bradley wants his offense committed to the run to take the pressure off QB Blake Bortles.
Jan 16, 07:12 PM Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller, who will be a free agent this offseason, could be eyeing a move to the New York Jets, where he could be reunited with his former offensive coordinator in Chan Gailey. Spiller could be targeted if Gailey gets the job in New York after Spiller had 1,703 total yards, eight touchdowns and 43 catches in 2012 with Gailey. There is that familiarity between me and him in that offense, Spiller said. So that would be a perfect match. Who knows what can happen, but I'd be foolish not to have those guys on my list. I had my best years in the league with Chan. So it'd be dumb not to give it serious thought.
Jan 16, 03:52 PM Free-agent head coach Doug Marrone has canceled his interview with the Denver Broncos. Marrone want's to see what happens with Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak first.
Jan 16, 11:52 AM The Denver Broncos will interview free-agent head coach Doug Marrone for their vacant head coaching position Saturday, Jan. 16, according to a league source.
Jan 15, 06:22 PM Buffalo Bills CB Jonte Green and OG Darryl Johnson signed Reserve/Futures contracts Thursday, Jan. 15.
Jan 15, 04:42 PM Former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone is expected to be a candidate for the Denver Broncos' head-coaching position.
Jan 15, 03:32 PM Buffalo Bills impending free-agent RB C.J. Spiller is a player the Bills will try to re-sign this offseason, according to general manager Doug Whaley.
Jan 15, 02:52 PM Buffalo Bills impending free-agent DE Jerry Hughes has started contract talks with the team, according to general manager Doug Whaley.
Jan 14, 10:43 PM Free-agent head coach Doug Marrone (Bills) was spotted at EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Wednesday, Jan. 14. The Jaguars are looking to fill their offensive coordinator position after firing Jedd Fisch Dec. 30.
Jan 14, 12:53 PM Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel will receive the opportunity to compete for the starting quarterback job but will not be given the job, according to head coach Rex Ryan.

Fantasy Impact: We doubt he wins that job but you never know.
Jan 12, 04:43 PM Buffalo Bills impending free-agent RB C.J. Spiller said he likes the team's hiring of head coach Rex Ryan, because Ryan likes to run the ball and have a physical offense.
Jan 09, 02:52 PM Buffalo Bills impending free-agent DE Jerry Hughes said he is interested in re-signing with the Bills but is not willing to take a discount in order to return. General manager Doug Whaley said the team will try to re-sign Hughes in the offseason.
Jan 07, 12:43 PM Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel's struggles this past season were related to coaching issues, according to general manager Doug Whaley. Whaley has been telling this to head coaching candidates and has talked in glowing terms about Manuel during interviews, according to a source.
Jan 05, 07:23 PM Former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone's interview for the New York Jets' head coaching position reportedly didn't go very well, which could leave Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as the leading candidate.

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
 Undrafted Chris ManhertzTE

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 24 7:00PM     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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