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

Oct 25, 12:42 PM Buffalo Bills WR Marcus Easley (knee) will work out before the team's Week 8 game to see if he will be able to play, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Easley is listed as questionable because of a knee injury.
Oct 25, 05:12 AM Free-agent DL Alan Branch (Bills) was spotted in the New England Patriots' locker room but still has not signed his contract with the team. An additional report by Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston suggests the team may wait an additional week to sign Branch.
Oct 24, 01:52 PM Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) and LB Ty Powell (ankle) both did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 24, and have been ruled out. WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) did not practice and is doubtful. WR Marcus Easley (knee) and S Aaron Williams (neck) both were limited and are questionable. CB Ron Brooks (groin) was limited in practice and is probable. LB Brandon Spikes (ribs) and DE Mario Williams (thumb) both fully practiced and are probable.
Oct 24, 01:52 PM Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (groin) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 24, and is probable for Week 8.
Oct 23, 04:22 PM Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) and LB Ty Powell (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 23. WR Marcus Easley (knee) and FS Aaron Williams (neck) were limited during practice, while LB Brandon Spikes (ribs) and DE Mario Williams (thumb) fully participated in practice.
Oct 23, 04:12 PM Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
Oct 23, 04:12 PM Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (groin) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
Oct 22, 04:13 PM Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) and LB Ty Powell (ankle) both did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. WR Marcus Easley (knee) and S Aaron Williams (neck) were both limited in practice. LB Brandon Spikes (ribs) and DE Mario Williams (thumb) both fully practiced.
Oct 22, 04:13 PM Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (groin) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Oct 22, 02:03 PM Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon is working with the starters in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. RB Bryce Brown is working with the second-string offense.

Fantasy Impact: This sounds about right but it is a fluid situation. Things could change once the games start but we like Dixon out of the two for fantasy purposes right now.
Oct 22, 10:33 AM The Buffalo Bills love RB Anthony Dixon, and he's likely to lead the way at running back over RB Bryce Brown.

Fantasy Impact: This isn't a huge surprise because Dixon has been ahead of him on the depth chart all season.
Oct 21, 02:13 PM The Buffalo Bills placed RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) on short-term Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Oct 21, 01:13 PM The Buffalo Bills are signing free-agent RB Phillip Tanner (Cowboys) Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Fantasy Impact: He gives the Bills a little more depth at running back.
Oct 20, 03:23 PM Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) underwent surgery Monday, Oct. 20, to repair his broken collarbone. Head coach Doug Marrone said he will have to wait to hear from the doctors about a timetable.
Oct 20, 01:43 PM Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) said he hopes to be able to return from his injury quicker than expected four-week time frame.
Oct 20, 10:13 AM Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) said his adductor longus pulled off the bone about a centimeter, and he felt a pop. The injury is typically a four-week injury, but surgery not required.

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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