Buffalo Bills

AFC East

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    BUF @ CHI

    09/07/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    MIA @ BUF

    09/14/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    SD @ BUF

    09/21/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    BUF @ HOU

    09/28/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    BUF @ DET

    10/05/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    NE @ BUF

    10/12/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    MIN @ BUF

    10/19/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    BUF @ NYJ

    10/26/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    bye

  • Week 10

    KC @ BUF

    11/09/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 11

    BUF @ MIA

    11/13/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 12

    NYJ @ BUF

    11/23/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    CLE @ BUF

    11/30/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    BUF @ DEN

    12/07/14

    4:00 pm

  • Week 15

    GB @ BUF

    12/14/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    BUF @ OAK

    12/21/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 17

    BUF @ NE

    12/28/14

    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

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Finally Andre Reed Gets His Respect

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ANDRE REED FINALLY GETS HIS RESPECT


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Andre Reed is the Rodney Dangerfield of NFL wide receivers...he gets no respect. Reed spent 15 of his 16 seasons in Buffalo and posted some amazing numbers for the Bills, yet he is not mentioned enough as one of the best receivers of his era. It took until now, 2014, for Andre Reed to get his due and make it into the Hall of Fame. Congratulations! I will examine his career and demonstrate why he was one of the best receivers of his era, and why it is travesty it took this long for him to get the honor he deserved. 


Andre Reed and his no respect goes all the way back to his college days. Reed did not attend one of the college football factories, and instead played for the University of Pennsylvania at Kutztown. He was a dominant force in college, demonstrating great speed and the ability to make a tough catch in traffic. Although, he fell to the fourth round in the 1985 draft, where he was selected 86th overall by the Bills. This was due to the college he went to, as well as the fact that he did not have the prototypical size for what general managers were looking for in receivers, at 6’2” and 190 pounds.


Rodney Dangerfield: With my dog I don't get no respect. He keeps barking at the front door. He don't want to go out. He wants me to leave.


When Andre got to Buffalo he became the best receiver in Bills history. The most impressive feat Reed had was that he was so durable and consistent during his 15 years as a Bills receiver, most of which was spent in the slot. #83 lived over the middle and was not afraid to stick his nose into traffic to make a catch. The era in which Reed played was one that favored running attacks over passing games. When Andre Reed played the NFL looked very different than it does today, and Jim Kelly provides the perfect evidence.


Kelly was the leader of the Bills K-Gun offense, and was known as one of the best passing quarterbacks of his day. Although, you would not know that if you went back and looked at Kelly’s stats. Jim Kelly never had a season with more than 4,000 yards passing and only two seasons with more than 3,500 yards. Kelly did throw for more than 3,000 yards eight times in his career. If Kelly had played into today’s era, he would definitely have been a candidate to throw for over 5,000 yards.


Rodney Dangerfield: A girl phoned me and said, "Come on over. There's nobody home." I went over. Nobody was home!


Not only did Andre play in an era where the passing game was dwarfed by the running attack, he played with a ton of other talented players on the offensive side of the ball that limited his overall touches. The Bills had one of the greatest running backs of the day in Thurman “Thurmal” Thomas who was an absolute dual threat running back. Thomas had over 40 catches in a season six times, and more than 25 catches ten times. Then there all the other receivers that Reed had to fight against for attention.


 The Bills were one of the most dominating teams in the NFL during Reed’s time there. A big reason for this was the fact that Reed never had to do it alone. The Bills had plenty of other receivers that Jim Kelly could spread the ball around to: James Lofton, Quinn Early, Chris Burkett, Bill Brooks, Don Beebe, Pete Metzelaars and Eric Moulds. Even with all of these receivers stealing catches from Reed, he was still able to post great and consistent numbers.


Rodney Dangerfield: I remember I was so depressed I was going to jump out a window on the tenth floor. They sent a priest up to talk to me. He said, "On your mark..."


Reed had four 1,000-yard receiving seasons in his Bills career, but had more than 739 receiving yards 12 times. Andre was just as consistent with receptions having 90 catches once, but more than 60 catches nine times and more than 50 grabs 13 times. Reed was a consistent source of production throughout his entire 15-year career with the Bills, and showed just how durable and great he was.


When you compare Reed’s numbers versus the rivals of his day his numbers do stack up. Of the receivers that played in his era that have made the Hall of Fame, Reed’s numbers are very comparable to James Lofton, Art Monk and Steve Largent. His yearly consistency was just as good as all of these players with seven seasons over 900 yards receiving, which was more than Monk, the same as Lofton and two less than Largent. Reed was a more prolific in his receptions than both Largent and Lofton, both of whom never had 80 or more catches in a season, which Reed did three times. When it comes to ability to score touchdowns, Reed was better than Monk (79) and Lofton (75) with 87 scores in his career. Largent bested him with 100, but Largent did not have many other receivers to steal targets away from him as Reed did.


Rodney Dangerfield:  When I was a kid I got no respect. The time I was kidnapped, and the kidnappers sent my parents a note they said, "We want five thousand dollars or you'll see your kid again."


Andre finished his career with 951 catches for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns. Those numbers rank him 11th all-time in receptions, 12th in touchdowns, and 13th in yardage. In terms of receptions Reed finished in the top 25 amongst receivers eight times, top 10 five times and top five twice. As for yardage he finished top 25 nine times, top 10 three times and top five twice. Reed may have played in the slot, but he scored touchdowns with frequency, and finished top 25 eight times, top 10 four times, and top five once. What he did for the Bills during his 15 years was even more amazing.


With all the talent the Bills had on their roster during Reed’s time, he still led the team in touchdowns and catches 10 times and in receiving yards nine times during his 15 years with the team. While Reed dominated for the Bills, he still gets no respect as one of the greatest receivers of his day. Reed was the leading receiver on a team that went to four straight Super Bowls. He also made seven Pro Bowls and was named an All-Conference player four times in his career.


Rodney Dangerfield: I was making love to this girl and she started crying. I said, "Are you going to hate yourself in the morning?" She said, "No, I hate myself now."


There is no doubt in my mind that Andre Reed was one of the greatest receivers of his generation. If Reed did not have all the other great complimentary players around him he would have posted bigger individual numbers, but Reed was never about individual accomplishment. He was a consummate team player and team leader in that regard. The reason the Bills were as successful as they were, was due to the unselfish nature of the guys on offense, and that started with Andre Reed. So when you go back and think about Reed, don’t you think it is time to give him credit as a player that posted awesome numbers while also being a great team player, on a great team? Give the man his RESPECT!!!  HOF!!!  Worthy!!! Worthy!!! Worthy!!!          


 


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Eric Moulds was A Beast with bad quarterbacks

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Eric Moulds will always be one of my favorite wide receivers ever!!!  Moulds was a fantastic receiver for the Buffalo Bills from 1996-2005 and was their big play threat.  Moulds did not have the benefit of a great quarterback throughout his career, but was a dominant receiver and helped me win a fantasy title with his 1998 season. 

Moulds was a player that was seldom used in his first 2 seasons, sitting behind Andre Reed and Quinn Early, but he made a splash in 1998.  Moulds made the mystical third year wide receiver jump and had a breakout season.  Moulds finally got playing time and showed his big play ability with a monster 20.4 yards per reception. Rob Johnson was his quarterback to start the season, but after a 1-3 start he was lifted for Doug Flutie.  Flutie was just what Moulds needed to show how dominant he could be. 

With Rob Johnson under center he had 18 receptions for 314 yard and 1 TD in 5 games.  That was still an impressive 17.44 yards per catch, but there was still a lack of TD production.  Doug Flutie was the starter the next 11 games and Moulds exploded.  Moulds had 49 receptions for 1,054 yards and 8 TD, for an amazing 21.51 yards per reception and nearly 100 yards a game. In a week 7 win at Carolina, Flutie hooked up with Moulds for 2 TD bombs in a 145-yard performance.  Moulds was then held under 100 yards for the next 4 games and scored only 1 TD, but starting in week 12 went on a mad run. 

Moulds had 8 receptions for 177 yards and a TD in a week 12 loss to New England, and followed it up with his best performance of the regular season.  The next week, against the Cincinnati Bengals, Moulds caught 6 passes for 196 yards, including 2 big TD bombs from Flutie, the signature of their on-field chemistry.  Moulds showed his long catch ability again in the final game of the regular season with 2 receptions for 90 yards and a TD.  Moulds, though, would save his best for last.  

The Bills would have to travel to division foe Miami for a playoff match-up, and while Moulds had scored a TD in each of the 2 games they played that season, the Dolphins had held him to 140 total yards in those games.  Moulds showed early that he was the only receiver on the Bills that was ready to play this game and Doug Flutie looked to him early and often.  The two finally hooked up on a 32-yard TD pass early in the 3rd quarter to answer a quick Miami score and tie the game at 14.  Moulds would continue to find big holes in the Dolphins secondary on the way to an NFL post-season receiving yard record.   Moulds would finish a brilliant performance with 9 receptions for 240 yards and 1 TD in a tough 24-17 loss. 

Moulds would have trouble getting continuity with the constant quarterback controversy between Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson through the 2000 season.  It did not get much better for Moulds in 2001 when Alex Van Pelt tried his hand at quarterbacking.  Finally, for Moulds, Drew Bledsoe arrived in 2003 and remained his starter for the rest of his time in Buffalo.  Moulds was never able to put up great back to back seasons, but from 1998-2005 Moulds would put up a great season every other year.  

Moulds had his best season in 2002, when Drew Bledsoe arrived.  Moulds had 100 receptions for 1,292 yards and his career best 10 TD.  Moulds had become a more consistent receiver that year, but this season was also the first season he averaged less than 13 yards a catch (12.9 YPC) since his second season in the league and he would never top that mark again in his career. 

Moulds was a pure excitement player to watch and to have on your fantasy team (if you bet on a breakout or a comeback season).  It would have been interesting to see what kind of stats Moulds would have put up with Jim Kelly as his quarterback.  As it stands Moulds was one of the most exciting players of his era and the fact that he was able to produce with inconsistent play from the quarterback position is a testament to his skill and ability.


 







 


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Frank Reich and the Comeback

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Frank Reich is not a name that comes to mind when you think of great quarterbacks.  Frank Reich was a player who had lightning strike twice. Reich was the quarterback responsible for orchestrating the biggest comeback in college football and NFL post-season history.  If Frank Reich were in the old west his name would have been “The Comeback Kid”.  



Frank Reich was the backup to quarterback Jim Kelly for the Bills in 1992.  Reich had to take over for the Playoff run after Kelly was injured in the final game of the season.  The Bills were a team known for their K-Gun offense, although they would be without the K for their wildcard matchup with the Houston Oilers, another high-powered offensive team. 

Hall of Famer Warren Moon and a trio of deadly receivers, Haywood Jeffires, Ernest Givens and Curtis Duncan led the Oilers.  The Oilers would have to leave the comfort of the Astrodome and head to Rich Stadium and play in the nasty elements.  The moment the game started it looked like the Bills were the dome team, while the Oilers looked quite comfortable in the cold.  Moon was nearly flawless; completing 19 of 22 passes for 220 yards and 4 TD.  The Oilers had a commanding 28-3 lead at the half.

The second half did not start out any better for Reich and the Bills.  On the Bills first drive of the second half Reich was intercepted when his pass went off his tight end, Keith McKeller’s, hands and Bubba McDowell returned the interception 58 yards to pay dirt.  Thurman Thomas was also injured on this drive and would not return to the game: Oilers 35 Bills 3. Reich was starring down a 32-point deficit with just under a half of football to play, but he had been here before.    

In college Reich was the backup to quarterback Stan Gelbaugh for the Maryland Terrapins.  The Terps were playing the unbeaten Miami Hurricanes, led by quarterback Bernie Kosar.  Kosar and the Canes jumped all over the Terps and led 31-0 at the half.  Reich came in to relieve Gelbaugh and preceded to lead the Terps back to a 42-40 victory.  This was the largest comeback in college football history at the time.  Reich was now in a similar situation facing a 32-point deficit and team that had all the momentum in the game. 

The Bills would get good field position on their next possession and drove 10 plays for a TD run by Kenny Davis.  Half of the third quarter was now gone and the Bills were still down 25 points.  The Bills needed a spark, and Steve Christie kicked and recovered an onside kick.  Four plays later Reich hit Don Beebe on a 38-yard TD cutting the deficit to 18 and taking less than a minute off the clock.  Reich had Rich stadium rocking and believing and now it was the defenses turn to step up. 

On the next drive the Bills defense finally stood strong and forced the Oilers to punt for the first time in the game.  The Oilers had dominated the time of possession in the first half, but with the defensive TD to start the second half their starters stood on the sidelines in the cold for over 30 minutes before getting onto the field, and starting to look like a dome team out in the cold. 

The Bills took over at their own 41-yard line and Reich completed big passes to James Lofton and Kenny Davis before connecting with Andre Reed for a 26-yard TD.  The Bills now trailed the Oilers 35-24 with all the momentum of the crowd and a quarter left to play. 

Houston started on their next drive and disaster struck.  Moon threw a pass intended for Webster Slaughter that went off his hands and was intercepted by Henry Jones and returned to the Houston 23-yard line.  Reich was not able to get a first down and the Bills decided to go for it on 4th and 5.  Reich showed his “Comeback Kid” savvy as he hit Andre Reed for a TD.  Reich had just cut a 32-point deficit down to 4 in 6:52 of game clock: Oilers 35 Bills 31.  The Bills had stormed back into the game. 

The pace of the game slowed down in the fourth quarter, but the magic was still behind the Bills.  The Oilers had finally put together an offensive drive and were going for a field goal to extend their lead, but the snap was fumbled and recovered by Darryl Talley.  Reich began to orchestrate a beautiful drive down field with a nice combination of pass and run plays.  Reich finished the drive hitting Andre Reed on a 17-yard TD pass: Oilers 35 Bills 38.  The Bills had taken their first lead of the game with 3:08 left in the game.  Reich was happy, but there was still a lot of time and Warren Moon on the other side.

Moon responded and drove the Oilers 63 yards downfield to put them in field goal range.  Al Del Greco nailed a 26-yard field goal to tie the game and send it to overtime.   The Oilers got the kick and on their first drive of overtime Warren Moon threw a pass to Ernest Givens, but was intercepted by Nate Odomes and after a penalty on the Oilers, during the return, the Bills had the ball at the Oilers 20-yard line.  Reich then ran 2 running plays and held the ball as Steve Christie kicked the game winning field goal to advance the Bills to the AFC championship. 

Reich had just completed the greatest comeback in NFL post-season history.  Reich is one of those players in the history of sports that was able to catch lightning in a bottle.  Reich was not a great quarterback and would never have a moment in his career that would come close to this one.  The amazing feat for Reich is that he did in college as well, under just as strange circumstances as a backup quarterback.  So in my mind he will never be a backup, instead he will always be “The Comeback Kid”. 



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Oilers    7    21    7    3    0     38
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Troubles

EJ Manuel in the first half, was at a 50% completion rate 9-of-18 for 67 yards, one pick and one fumble. In the second half, he was perfect as he 10-for-10 for 131 yards and a touchdown. Perfect against Tampa Bay second team defense.

Pyro's take: A complete bust in the first half against the first team, and perfect against the second team defense, does not give chills of excitement to Manuel fantasy owners.

This is EJ Manuel as a quarterback. The Bills led the league in rushing, to avoid him throwing the ball. He tried to work on his completion rate in camp and in the off-season, but just does not look like he has that in him.

Avoid him if possible in your leagues, as his ADP indicates that he would be more valuable in the free-agency market, and could allow you to take a risk on somebody else.

08/24/14, 01:08 PM CDT by Vaaal verde
Source: www.buffalorumblings.com

Watkins has a rib injury

Buffalo Bills rookie Sammy Watkins has a rib injury that kept him out of practice Monday night.

As far as concrete information goes about the injury to the team’s first-round draft pick, that’s all there is to offer.

While announcing that he wouldn’t comment on injuries, Marrone did explain the nature of Watkins’ injury can sometimes vary greatly.

“You can practice the next day sometimes. You can come back into a game,” the coach said. “Sometimes on the X-ray it shows that it’s a crack. Sometimes it shows that it’s not and then you take a better X-ray and there is a crack. Sometimes, depending on the player, you can be out two weeks, four weeks, six weeks or two months.

“I’m not going to get into that stuff this year. I appreciate everyone understanding that. Scott is going to handle that. I’ll do my best and tell you who is going to step up in that position and what we’re preparing to do and all those things.”

Watkins rode a stationary bike during a part of the team’s practice

Pyro's take: This is a bad start for the top rookie wide receiver. Not only did he suffer this rib injury against the Steelers, he also has an unimpressive three catches for 21 yards on eight targets trough two and a partial preseason games.

The talk has been about how impressive the rookie has been in camp, but when it comes to the games he has failed to live up to the hype. Now he is dealing with an injury, which is not being disclosed. This is a very inauspicious start for Sammy.

08/19/14, 10:28 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: bills.buffalonews.com

Manuel finally has a good practice

After the Steelers' defense set the tone on Wednesday, Manuel came out a day later and carved up Pittsburgh's defense. During 11-on-11 work going up against a mixture of the Steelers' first- and second-team defenses, Manuel went 17-for-22 and looked as confident as he has during training camp. Wide receiver Mike Williams has never seen Manuel look as good as he did on Thursday.

"I told EJ, to be honest, my exact words were this is the best I've ever seen him," Williams said. "I don't think he incompleted a pass today. Everything was on time, we got everything we wanted. It was perfect. Coming out of our breaks and the ball is right there. It's just the best I've seen him. If he keeps going like this, we're going to be something to play with."

Pyro's take: E.J has not looked good out of the gate, so this performance in a joint practice is encouraging. The Bills are a young team, and Manuel's development is the key to their success. Practice is one thing, but E.J. needs to show it when it matters. Those who were thinking this could be the year for Manuel to step up, I will count myself in this group, need to reevaluate that position. I still believe in the kid, but this is not the breakout fantasy year for him.

08/15/14, 05:42 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.syracuse.com

Pre-season falter

Yesterday's Hall of Fame game was backed by a lot of emotion. The game was the top off of seeing for the first time in history a punter, Ray Guy, get enshrined. Also, in attendance was cancer-stricken Jim Kelly was there to back former teammate Andre Reed. What lacked emotion was the performance of E.J. Manuel.

Manuel completed only 2 of 7 passes for 19 yards and had two batted down at the line and one other nearly intercepted. Manuel commented about his performance "I'm a lot more confident. That's the biggest thing, having confidence in myself and my teammates having confidence in me that I can get the job done. We've had 10, 11 good practices up to this game, so we just have to continue to build."

What may make this situation even worse it that Jeff Tuel outperformed E.J. Manuel. When Tuel took over Manuel he promptly drove the Bills on a 15-play, 80-yard drive, hitting Robert Woods with a two-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-goal. Tuel completed 6 of 8 passes on that drive for 22 yards.

Pyro's take: E.J. Manuel is picked to be the starting quarterback for the long-haul, but when he gets outperformed easily by a back-up quarterback, it becomes a frustrating aspect for all those involved. It is still way to early to base what Manuel is capable of, but it is never to early to watch how the next few games unfold.

Keep Manuel where you have him on your tier sheet rankings, but dont be hesitant to drop him lower if he continues to perform as he did.

08/04/14, 11:38 AM CDT by Vaaal verde
Source: www.sportsmanias.com

Spiller looking for new contract and a rebound season

The Bills now have three proven NFL running backs – Jackson, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon – under contract for at least the next two seasons. So where does Spiller fit in that equation?

“Right now, I really haven’t given it any thought,” he said this week. “I’ve just been focusing on trying to get better at my craft. We’ve got time. Hopefully both sides will be able to get something done, and we can keep 28 and 22 together.”

A high-ankle sprain in 2013 robbed him of much of his explosiveness, resulting in significant drops in yards per carry (from 6.0 to 4.6), receiving yards (from 459 to 185) and total touchdowns (from eight to two) from 2012.

The injury, though, is fully healed.

“He doesn’t look hampered now. He looks more explosive than he did during the season last year,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. “We just have to do a good job in the preseason with the amount of carries we give him and how much work he needs to get to get ready for the season.”

Pyro's take: Spiller is one of the bigger question marks at the running back position. He has the ability to be a top 10 back, but he made such a bad impression on fantasy owners last season that his ADP has dropped dramatically. The Bills extended the contract of the 33 year old Fred Jackson, while the 26 year old Spiller is still playing to get a new contract. C.J. could be one of this year's great values at the running back position, especially if he has that explosion back in his game.

08/02/14, 11:20 AM CDT by Houdini
Source: bills.buffalonews.com

EJ diggin' on a a Sammy

Rookie Sammy Watkins is making a splash, and E.J. Manuel has nothing but praise for the fourth pick of the NFL draft. "I don't know if you saw him out there, on a slant, stop on a dime -- and he just turned the other way, on Gilmore, who I think could be an All-Pro corner," Manuel said, "and he made the play. The kid is special. I have thought that way since 2010."

Pyro's take: Watkins is truly talented, he stands at 6-0 and weighs 211 pounds, his physical gifts come through being an explosive play-maker who can score on any touch from any place on the field. A deep threat who will stretch a defense vertically. Watkins can burn double coverage over the top and is able to take a short swing pass the distance. He has the size and strength to operate in the short to intermediate part of the field with the toughness to pick up yards after contact, and also has been impressive as a blocker.

He has shown all of this during camp and this could be the making of something special, between Watkins and Manuel, as they both can grow together. Need proof? Check this: https://vine.co/u/1026896794380087296

07/23/14, 11:54 AM CDT by Vaaal verde
Source: www.nfl.com

EJ work in progress

Chris Brown from Bills Insider noted how E.J. Manuel can be a difference maker this season. Items on the list is better decision making, accuracy, and a trust in what he sees on the field. “I think I’ve done a lot of work preparing for (coverages), even seeing it pre-snap and obviously recognizing what they do after the ball is snapped,” Manuel told Buffalobills.com. “I think I’ve had a ton of progress moving forward. The biggest thing is just relaxing. Everybody else is moving fast around you, but as a quarterback you almost have to be that relaxed force and not try to do too much and I think I’ve made a lot of progress.”

Pyro's take: One of the biggest issues for Manuel was his completion percentage, which directly correlates to his field vision. In his rookie season Manuel’s completion percentage was a pedestrian 58.8 percent. Among NFL quarterbacks who played in at least 10 games in 2013 he ranked 23rd.

News from camp has E.J. Manuel striving to better himself in that area. "To aid Manuel in making more completions more often the offensive staff has tied the footwork of the quarterback position to that of the receiver routes. The link is expected to improve the timing and precision between the two ends of the passing game."

Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett stated that “We want everybody to know right where everybody is going to be every time and how we create that spacing across the field to create a more efficient passing game.”

Manuel only made 10 starts, but will need to make more clutch plays during the regular season. E.J. went on to say about his performance at the end of regulation time: “I think the biggest thing is taking what the defense gives you,” said Manuel. “If it’s not there throw it away and be smart, especially when you’re in the red zone and you’re working on special situations. There’s no reason to force it. As I grow as a quarterback with this team as well as the offense that we run I know better play will come.”

Manuel could become a solid quarterback for years to come, if he makes these strides to be a more fluid quarter back. He should be on the radar for all leagues, and definitely on the watch-list if he is not drafted in your leagues.

07/18/14, 10:09 PM CDT by Vaaal verde
Source: www.buffalobills.com

Spiller spinning?

C.J. Spiller has stated he feels great, and there is no pain in his ankle. “I don’t feel nothing, I feel great,” said Spiller. “This is the best I’ve felt since 2012 when I had that great year. The ankle feels wonderful. I just have to keep doing what I need to do to stay healthy this whole season and try to go out there and make plays.”

Pyro's take: Spiller's ankle was the main cause for his unproductive year, even though he averaged 4.6 yards per carry. There is little doubt that he under performed last year and if it wasn't for Trent Richardson, he could have easily been the bust of the fantasy season. The other side is that he can perform at All-Pro levels in rushing and receiving, which makes him very dangerous on the field, and very explosive for your fantasy team. The negative side is his injuries, and that he still faces a never aging Fred Jackson and newly acquired Bryce Brown. Can you trust him for a great 2014 season? I say "no."

05/30/14, 07:44 PM CDT by Vaaal verde
Source: blogs.buffalobills.com

Williams wants to prove Bucs made a mistake

Saying he wants to prove the Bucs made a mistake by trading him to the Buffalo Bills, receiver Mike Williams admitted he has to ‘grow up a little bit more.’’

Despite that acknowledgement at his introductory press conference with the Bills Monday, Williams insisted that he was guilty mostly of having a big heart and said two stories about his off-field problems weren’t factual. He refused to specify but claimed some of the charges against him were unfounded.

The spate of trouble surrounding Williams prompted the Bucs to trade their No. 2 receiver to the Bills Friday for a sixth-round pick in the NFL draft next month.

“I’m going to go out and prove they made a mistake and this is a great decision for the Buffalo Bills,’’ Williams said.

Pyro's take: Lovie Smith has quickly put his stamp on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by sending their second best receiver packing. Instead of trying to work with Williams, Smith figured it was better to send him to Buffalo for a sixth round draft pick.

This is a nice score for the Bills, as it cost them nothing for a player with a chip on his shoulder. Williams will definitely help E.J. Manuel in his second season. As for the Bucs, I am not sure what they are going to look like on offense, but it will most likely look bad.

04/12/14, 01:16 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.tampabay.com

Bills trade for Buc's Williams

The Buffalo Bills have worked out a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for wide receiver Mike Williams, it was announced Friday.

The Bills will send a sixth-round pick in next month's draft to Tampa Bay in exchange for the four-year veteran, pending a physical.

"Mike Williams is a competitive, tough wide receiver who has the size and athleticism to add competition to our receiver position group," Bills coach Doug Marrone said in a release.

Pyro's take: Williams fantasy prospects have took a dive since a good year in 2012. Williams burst unto the scene as a rookie in 2010 posting double digit touchdowns and also scored 9 in 2012. Williams will now be finding a new home after a tumultuous offseason which ultimately led to his trade out of Tampa.

Depending on how his leg heals up from his stab wound, Williams could be a good buy low option for the Bills at just the price of a sixth round pick. The Bills now have what seems like a well balanced receiving corps with the 6'2" Stevie Johnson and 6'2" Mike Williams on the outside, the polished Robert Woods in one slot, and the speedster Marquise Goodwin as a situational deep threat.

Williams' fantasy prospects for next season are a bit murkier as of now with an inconsistent quarterback at the helm, and numerous other weapons around him. Keep an eye out to see if the Bills make any other moves with their wide receiving corps to see if anyone will be worth owning for your starting lineup.

04/04/14, 11:15 AM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: www.espn.com

Bills solid with Manuel

Q: Michael Vick. Did you have any conversations with his agent before he signed with the Jets. Was there anything there?

A: “No. We’re secure with our quarterback position. Obviously we’re all in with EJ (Manuel), and with Thad (Lewis) and Dennis Dixon and Jeff Tuel. We’re really excited with what we bring to the table at that position. We didn’t venture into that subject.”

Q: Regarding EJ, in considering upgrading at backup quarterback, do you consider if that might unsettle your starter?

A: “We wouldn’t do it unless they knew they were coming in as a backup and a mentor to EJ, so it would have to be the right fit. And they would have to come in knowing their slot.”

Pyro's take: This makes perfect sense to us, as Vick would not have been an answer for the Bills, rather only more questions. E.J. Manuel showed plenty of promise in his first season, and with the wealth of young talent around him the Bills are wise to stay the course.

The Bills are a team on the rise, and if they are able to add a solid draft class it may only be a year or two away from having a fantasy powerhouse at quarterback. The Bills have plenty of talent with Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin at receiver, and Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller at running back to be able to make a splash in fantasy this season.

Manuel has the backing of the organization, and is the Bills franchise quarterback. He is also someone who has a good chance to be a major riser in fantasy football this season. Don't sleep on E.J.

03/24/14, 10:25 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: blogs.canoe.ca

Williams stabbed by his brother

Troubled Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Williams had another 911 call to yet another lavish home he is renting Sunday evening. This time, he was the one who needed help.

Williams, 26, was hospitalized briefly after witnesses said his brother stabbed him in the thigh while roughhousing, according to the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office.

He was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital and released after what was described as a relatively minor laceration.

Before Sunday's stabbing, Williams' future with the Bucs was in question, eight months after he signed a six-year, $40 million extension.

"There's a pattern here and it's disturbing," Lovie Smith said at the NFL combine in Indianapolis last month. "No one is bigger than this football team. He has to understand that.

"Have I been disappointed in Mike Williams? Of course," said Smith, who acknowledged that the team had worked to help resolve the situation. "There's a standard. We're just not going to put up with it, no matter who it is. You have to be good on the field and off the field. Simple as that. And if you're not doing what you need to do, one or the other, you have problems and that's where Mike has to take care of a few things."

Pyro's take: HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

WELCOME TO TAMPA LOVIE!!!

03/24/14, 09:47 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.tampabay.com

Best Fantasy Fit for Sammy Watkins in the Top 10

While many have agreed that Sammy Watkins is the top wide receiver in this years draft class and a number of teams in the top 10 need a player of his caliber but who is the best fit for his fantasy football future?

Watkins has good size at 6'1" 205 pounds but many draftniks are waiting to see how he measures out at the combine. Watkins does possess elite speed and game breaking ability and could post the fastest 40 time at this season's combine. With his ability to score from anywhere on the field Watkins will be a hot fantasy commodity if he finds himself in the right situation.

Pyro's take: 1 - Houston Texans - A number of talented receivers and a glaring hole at quarterback make Watkins an unlikely pick and it wouldn't be the best fantasy situation in his rookie season but could progress as Andre Johnson eventually slows down.

2- Saint Louis Rams - Armed with the second pick in the draft from the RGIII trade the Rams are in position to take whoever they want. While they might prefer a big receiver in the A.J. Green mold Watkins could provide this offense with a top notch wide receiver for Bradford to throw to upon his return. This might be the best situation for Watkins fantasy wise.

3- Jacksonville Jaguars - A terrible quarterback situation and the recent picks at wide receiver make this situation unlikely.

4- Cleveland Browns - Watkins would make an incredible complement to Josh Gordon but the turmoil at quarterback makes sustaining two top receivers unlikely.

5 - Oakland Raiders - Watkins would walk into the complex as the teams no. 1 receiver from day one but the lack of a long term starter at quarterback make this situation less than ideal.

6 - Atlanta Falcons - Watkins would be a deadly third option in the passing game but this would truly be a luxury pick for the Falcons who have other needs, especially in the trenches.

7 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Watkins would be a fit across from Vincent Jackson but the uncertainty at quarterback along with Lovie Smith's ground based offensive scheme make this match less than ideal.

8 - Minnesota Vikings - The quarterback situation and the development of last season's first round pick Patterson make this a less than desirable destination. Also the ground based scheme with Adrian Peterson powering the offense would limit his opportunities.

9 - Buffalo Bills - The Bills have spent a number of picks in recent seasons on wide receivers and just don't seem like a logical destination. Second year Quarterback EJ Manuel also hasn't shown the ability to support even a single wide receiver fantasy wise.

10 - Detroit Lions - The Lions have Megatron to attract coverage and a number of other talented players on the offensive side of the ball. What they lack is a true number 2 option and Watkins would be the perfect fit. with Stafford throwing the rock Watkins could have a huge season as the number 2 guy in Detroit while also perfecting his craft under the best in the business, Calvin Johnson. This is one fantasy dream that makes just as much sense on paper as it does in the clouds. For Watkins' fantasy future he should be hoping that he lasts until the Lions are on the clock.

02/16/14, 02:32 PM CST by Stagg Party
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

F-Jax completes rare feat in 2013

One of the more unexpected surprises of 2013 came in the form of Buffalo Bills running back, Fred Jackson, who put up a combined 10 touchdowns (9 rush, 1 rec) despite carrying the ball just 206 times and starting only six games.

In doing so, Jackson became just the 11th RB in NFL history to amass double-digit TDs at the age of 32 or older.

Pyro's take: Do I expect this sort of output to happen again?
NO

Would I be surprised if it did?
NO

The Bills will likely head into 2014 looking to unleash C.J. Spiller once again, but after the disastrous attempt to do so in 2013, my confidence in it's fulfillment has waned more than a smidgen.

I'm not saying I would draft F-Jax as an RB2 next season, but I wouldn't let him fall to the 128th pick (last year's ADP) either, especially since he'll be in a contract year and still wants to play 3-4 more seasons.

01/27/14, 07:15 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Goodwin is getting better each week

Goodwin finished as the Bills’ leading receiver, with six catches for 81 yards. He once again showed off his Olympic speed on his touchdown catch, blowing by Jets Pro Bowl cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

The play was the same one called in Week Nine against Kansas City, when he scored on a 30-yard catch.

“That exhilarating feeling after scoring a touchdown ... I like it too much,” Goodwin said.

All three of Goodwin’s touchdowns this season have covered 40 or more yards. He’s the first Bills player with at least three touchdown receptions of that length in a single season since Terrell Owens had four in 2009.

“I knew what I had to do,” Goodwin said of the opportunity that came with making his first career start. “It feels good to help my team win and do whatever I can.”

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said after Goodwin’s touchdown catch against the Chiefs that the rookie “probably doesn’t even know how good he can be.”

Pyro's take: Goodwin was an afterthought in fantasy drafts, and it seems nobody has been paying attention to the fact that I have had him as a waiver wire pick up since week 9. The dude has amazing speed, and with E.J. Manuel back for the Bills there should be even more chances for Goodwin from Manuel's cannon arm.

If you are in a league that rewards for long touchdowns this kid is a potential difference maker, and a great dynasty stash. Marquise has as good if not better speed than Tavon Austin, and with touchdowns of over 40 yards this season he is blowing by defenders. Those three touchdowns have all come since week 6.

11/18/13, 06:38 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.buffalonews.com

Manuel has been cleared to play, but will he?

Wednesday was the first day that Bills head coach Doug Marrone watched his starting quarterback in the full practice setting since he sustained an LCL knee injury in Week 5. Though EJ Manuel was able to practice fully, Marrone wants to see more before cementing him as the starting quarterback Sunday.

Manuel maintained that he was not restricted in any way in practice coming off the injury.

“It felt pretty good,” he said. “I was able to get out there and get with the ones on a lot of reps. It felt good overall. I definitely feel like I can go. That’s still up to coach Marrone as far as what we do as a team, but I definitely feel confident going into Sunday.”

“He wasn’t limping or anything,” said Marrone. “From a standpoint of being healthy he’s fine, now it’s just a point of trying to get him back. Last week we did a good job of getting him out there and working, same with Thad.”

Pyro's take: It is my belief that Manuel will be the starter for the Bills on Sunday. Manuel was showing nice development, in this his rookie season, before getting injured in week 5. E.J. is the future for the Bills, so they will want to make sure he is 100% before throwing him out there. Although, they would not have cut Matt Flynn if they did not expect him to play.

Robert Woods may not be able to go this week, but Manuel will get his first chance to throw some deep passes to fellow rookie, and speedster, Marquise Goodwin. It will be nice to see the rookie back out there.

11/06/13, 06:16 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.buffalobills.com

Spiller disagrees with Marrone about his injury

For the second year in a row, C.J. Spiller disagrees with
his coach regarding the running back's body.

Last season, Spiller took exception with Chan Gailey's
opinion that Spiller got "winded" and needed to be removed from
games.

Now Spiller disagrees with Bills coach Doug Marrone.

Marrone said this afternoon Spiller's sprained ankle "probably is not as well" than at this time last week and indicated Spiller might be well-served
to rest Sunday rather than play against the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome.

Pyro's take: This is never a good sign when a star player is not on the same page as his head coach. It will be interesting to see how this progresses throughout the week, but it is a cause for concern. If Spiller does play, Marrone could still limit his touches on Sunday. Stay tuned.

10/23/13, 07:09 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: bills.buffalonews.com

Manuel still 4-6 weeks away

Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel will be out four to six more weeks, Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday.

“The earliest will be four and the latest will be six weeks, without any setbacks,” Marrone said. “That’s how we feel, and he’s doing well and he’s in rehab working hard.”

Manuel suffered a sprained knee in the game at Cleveland two weeks ago.
Marrone said he’s not about to dwell on Manuel’s absence and he’s glad the rookie will be back at some point.

“Am I disappointed? No,” Marrone said. “I want to make sure he’s healthy when he comes back. … Where he is in the rehabilitation process, I’m happy that we’re going to get him back out there.”
Just how much practice time Manuel will need before he goes back to game action is uncertain.

“I think when he returns to practice I’ll be able to tell you exactly where he’s at,” Marrone said.


Pyro's take: This news keeps the original timetable for Manuel’s return intact. It also means that Thad Lewis is going to get a few more chances. Even though the Bills signed Matt Flynn, are you kidding me, Lewis was leading the Bills first team at practice on Wednesday, even with his sprained foot.

The Bills offense will continue to be a run focused offense, which does not bode well for Stevie Johnson or Robert Woods. The only bright spot for an uptick in fantasy production in the passing game would come from Scott Chandler. Lewis is not worth adding to your roster, and that will be proven, as he will be on the run from the Dolphins defense this weekend.

10/17/13, 06:41 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.buffalonews.com

Spiller is questionable, but should play

C.J. Spiller (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 6 versus Cincinnati.

Spiller was spotted with a bit of a limp Wednesday, but he's been practicing. Coach Doug Marrone said Spiller has been "progressing much better."

Pyro's take: This is a tough matchup for Spiller and it may not be a good fantasy week for him. The Bills are going to have to lean on the running game with Thaddius Lewis starting at quarterback, but Cincinnati is going stack the box and force the Lewis to beat them.

10/12/13, 05:17 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.rotoworld.com

E.J. Manuel has an LCL sprain

Bills quarterback EJ Manuel suffered an LCL sprain in his right knee that won't need surgery, coach Doug Marrone said on Friday. The LCL sprain is expected to keep Manuel sidelined for a few weeks.

Pyro's take: Manuel is going to most likely miss at least the next 4 weeks (maybe up to 8), as the Bills don't want to risk bringing him back early and risking further injury. It was a stupid play that he got injured on, as he was running down the sideline and did not need to stay in bounds to take the hit he did. When are these running quarterbacks going to learn that getting down or out of bounds and staying healthy is worth so much more than taking brutal hits.

10/05/13, 11:56 AM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.cbssports.com

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