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

Mar 25, 10:03 AM The Philadelphia Eagles traded RB LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills because head coach Chip Kelly desires a one-cut running back, according to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. Lurie praised McCoy as a player, but the move was not financially driven. Kelly felt he could garner more production from a different running back or two. Lurie used the term 'power spread' on multiple occasions to describe Kelly's offense. RBs DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews figure to share the work.
Mar 24, 01:42 PM Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy was acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles March 4, and Bills head coach Rex Ryan said the trade took 30 minutes to wrap up. 'The trade for LeSean happened really quick,' Ryan said at the NFL owners meetings. 'We were all sitting there. We were having organizational meetings. ... And all of the sudden we get this call from Philadelphia and I think that was when the trade started. Probably 30 minutes later, the trade was done.'
Mar 24, 10:32 AM Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy was referred to as the team's 'bellcow' by head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan said that McCoy and RB Fred Jackson could see time on third downs.
Mar 24, 10:32 AM Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy was referred to as the team's 'bellcow' by head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan said that McCoy and RB Fred Jackson could see time on third downs.
Mar 21, 08:52 PM Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy should receive plenty of carries if head coach Rex Ryan has his way. 'We prefer to ground and pound it, we're going to run it 50 times if we can on you,' Ryan said Friday, March 20.
Mar 21, 07:02 PM Buffalo Bills RBs LeSean McCoy and Fred Jackson are expected to receive a lot of carries in head coach Rex Ryan's offense. Ryan went as far as to say: 'we're going to run it 50 times if we can on you.'
Mar 21, 07:02 PM Buffalo Bills RBs LeSean McCoy and Fred Jackson are expected to receive a lot of carries in head coach Rex Ryan's offense. Ryan went as far as to say: 'we're going to run it 50 times if we can on you.'
Mar 21, 01:52 PM Buffalo Bills QBs EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor will compete for the starting quarterback job during offseason workouts and training camp, according to head coach Rex Ryan.
Mar 21, 01:52 PM Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan said the team would prefer to be a running team next season. 'We prefer to ground and pound it, we're going to run it 50 times if we can on you,' Ryan said. Ryan said he knows the offense has to be balance, which is why the team signed TE Charles Clay and WR Percy Harvin this offseason.
Mar 21, 01:52 PM Buffalo Bills QBs EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor will compete for the starting quarterback job during offseason workouts and training camp, according to head coach Rex Ryan.
Mar 21, 01:52 PM Buffalo Bills QBs EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor will compete for the starting quarterback job during offseason workouts and training camp, according to head coach Rex Ryan.
Mar 21, 12:52 AM Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor will be given a chance to start, fighting in a three-way battle with QBs Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel Head coach Rex Ryan said Friday, March 20, that the quarterback competition will be open. 'It's a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy that's out there,' Ryan said. 'We have some talented guys and we'll see what happens.'
Mar 21, 12:52 AM Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel will have a chance to win the starting quarterback job in training camp and the preseason. Head coach Rex Ryan said Friday, March 20, that the quarterback competition will be open. 'It's a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy that's out there,' Ryan said. 'We have some talented guys and we'll see what happens. You bring in a veteran like (QB Matt Cassel). He's done some pretty good things in this league. He's got that veteran presence about him.'
Mar 21, 12:52 AM Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel is not locked in as the starting quarterback. Head coach Rex Ryan said Friday, March 20, that the quarterback competition will be open. 'It's a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy that's out there,' Ryan said. 'We have some talented guys and we'll see what happens. You bring in a veteran like (QB Matt Cassel). He's done some pretty good things in this league. He's got that veteran presence about him. With EJ back there just going into his third year I really believe EJ is going to improve with his fundamentals having (QB coach David Lee) here.'
Mar 19, 03:02 PM Free-agent OT Chris Hairston (Bills) is meeting with the San Diego Chargers Thursday, March 19, according to a source.
Mar 19, 11:32 AM Miami Dolphins transition free-agent TE Charles Clay's five-year, $38 million offer sheet he signed with the Buffalo Bills will not be matched by the Dolphins, according to a source. Clay will now become a member of the Buffalo Bills.

Fantasy Impact: Clay will be the No. 1 tight end for the Bills and could get plenty of targets in this offense. Consider him a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end with his new team.

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 13 1:00PM     at Chicago
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     Miami
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     San Diego
4     Oct 4 1:00PM     at Houston
5     Oct 11 1:00PM     at Detroit
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     New England
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     Minnesota
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     at New York Jets
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 15 1:00PM     Kansas City
11     Nov 19 8:25PM     at Miami
12     Nov 30 7:00PM     New York Jets
13     Dec 6 1:00PM     Cleveland
14     Dec 13 4:05PM     at Denver
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     Green Bay
16     Dec 27 4:25PM     at Oakland
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     at New England
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