While Watkins is out, door is open for several Bills WRs to step up [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Tyrod Taylor’s former college teammate at Virginia Tech, Boykin really stepped up his second year in the league in 2013 after coming in as an undrafted free-agent in 2012. He caught 49 passes for 681 yards with the Packers that season, but hasn’t done much since. He didn’t play last season after being released by the Carolina Panthers right before the season started. Boykin has a lot of special teams experience and is seen as a good contributor there. But, with Watkins out, he will also have a chance to make an even bigger impression at wideout.'
Bills place RB Dri Archer on Reserve/Did Not Report list [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The designation opens up a spot on Buffalo’s 90-man offseason roster. The Bills will retain the rights to Archer until a resolution to his status with the club takes place.'
Depth is biggest worry for Bills at QB position [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Better, worse or the same?: It would be easy to say the Bills stayed the same, because the top two spots haven’t changed. But it would be more accurate to say they’re a little bit worse.'
Bills sign third-round draft pick Washington [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'General Manager Doug Whaley initially told reporters covering the Bills that Williams would compete for a starting job, but in a later interview with NFL Network, he said Williams would be a starter "right off the bus," along with Lawson and Ragland.'
The day after: Questions about Shaq, rest a must for Sammy [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Right now, it sounds like Watkins may have suffered a Jones fracture, common in sports. NFL Network reported Watkins had surgery in Charlotte with Dr. Robert Anderson. The bone he broke was the fifth metatarsal, the same as Dez Bryant and Julian Edelman before him. The injury itself isn't too catastrophic. Watkins was quick to tell the world he's absolutely fine on Twitter by tweeting a photo of his feet. But problems do arise when athletes try to rush back too soon. Dallas' Bryant hurried back from his Jones fracture in 2015 and ended up needing a second surgery. The year prior, in the NBA, Kevin Durant did the same and was shut down for the season.'
Power Take: Three simple rules for following the Bills [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rule No. 1: Stop listening to them. What they say means nothing and often isn’t the truth, so it would be wise to disregard whatever comes from their mouths. It’s not just ignoring Rex Ryan, which is a given. It’s muting anyone in the front office who claims better days are ahead before providing evidence.'
Injuries make for tough Monday in Buffalo [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Watkins' broken foot was operated on three weeks ago, according to multiple reports, but it's an injury that may have plagued him last year. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Watkins played through a stress fracture in the foot last year. Even if Watkins' injuries are adding up, it's tough to question his toughness considering the production he put up in 2015 despite battling, calf, ankle and foot injuries.'
Dez Bryant, Kevin Durant can teach us about Bills WR Sammy Watkins' foot injury [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The key to such an injury is not rushing back. So while the Bills are hopeful Watkins can return for training camp and preseason, Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting Watkins could miss the preseason with the injury. That may be the smarter move. According to Chao, the injury requires a second surgery 20 percent of the time. For Bryant, Durant and Edelman that was the case.'
DT Washington signs with Bills [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Last season, Washington totaled a career-high 49 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and four sacks. The Cincinnati native was named first-team All-America by The Sporting News.'
Lawson surgery 'very successful' [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The team also said that Lawson had tweaked his condition last week, but it was not enough for him to not participate in the offseason program. The medical staff deemed surgery to be the best way to go for Lawson to be fully healthy down the road.'
Bills sign 3rd round pick Washington [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bills head coach Rex Ryan said Washington's athleticism will allow him to do much more as he works with the team's defensive coaches and alongside his new teammates. "This young man will be ready to play all," Ryan said immediately following the draft. "The run, pass, whatever. I think the thing that jumps at you, yes his pass rush is unique for an inside defensive lineman. You know the guy was a Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year. This guy has unusual talent. But he is going to play a physical brand of football, our brand of football, I think he is going to benefit from it playing alongside Marcell [Dareus" target="_blank">, playing alongside those Jerry Hughes', all these guys.'
Third-round pick Washington signs with Bills [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Washington is seen as the odds on favorite to land the team’s starting left defensive end job, which was left vacant by the departure of Mario Williams. The Ohio State product has played up and down the line during his time in college, and his ability to penetrate up field could make him a valuable addition on the edge. But Washington is not assuming anything heading into his first set of OTA practices next week.'
Bills’ spin control on Lawson is insulting [4:38 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Worse, is the team administration’s effort to present this as no big deal as if Bills fans are collective cretins?'
Sources: Bills WR Sammy Watkins breaks his foot, Bills hopeful he'll be ready for camp [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills cannot afford to have him miss games. Beyond Watkins at wide receiver, the Bills return starter Robert Woods, drafted Kolby Listenbee in the sixth round and have a host of other veterans cut by other teams vying for roster spots. A healthy Watkins is needed to make this offense go.'
Bills' top pick Lawson to undergo shoulder surgery [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Immediately after the Bills picked Lawson, Whaley told reporters, "Medical staff cleared him, said he can play. Now, if something happens, it’s going to happen, but it’s nothing that we’re real worried about or we wouldn’t have taken him. We got complete faith in our medical staff and they signed off on him, so we’re excited to have him."'
Fans shouldn't scout, speed obsession & a smart hire [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the Bills followed the advice of fans in 1985, they wouldn't have had the chance to retire Bruce Smith's jersey.'
Bills' Lawson needs surgery, Watkins has broken foot [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He had an occurrence of the condition last week, but that would not preclude him from participating in the offseason program. Shaq is scheduled for surgery tomorrow on his shoulder with a rehabilitation program to follow. A timetable for his return is still being established.”'
Report: Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins has broken foot, should be ready for camp [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This foot injury isn't putting his 2016 season in jeopardy, but the Bills were hoping he and quarterback Tyrod Taylor to use this offseason to continue to build chemistry. Any time Watkins spends away from the field is not ideal for Buffalo.'
Sammy Watkins played through stress fracture in 2015; injury history piling up [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'While Watkins is expected to be ready for the start of training camp and has only missed two games in his NFL career, he's dealt with his fair share of injuries. Here's the rundown.'
Buffalo Bills first-round pick Shaq Lawson will have shoulder surgery [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Now the Bills may be without their first-round pick to start the season. The Bills rolled the dice on a player who received a medical red flag from a few teams, and the worst-case scenario is playing out.'
Bills' Lawson to have shoulder surgery; Watkins' foot hurt [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills say Lawson, the 19th pick in last month's NFL draft, tweaked the shoulder last week and would undergo a procedure on Tuesday.'
Injuries hit Bills WR Watkins, DE Lawson [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Lawson was a dominant defensive end while at Clemson, but questions surrounding the health of his shoulder pushed his stock value down.'
Shaq Lawson to have surgery; Sammy Watkins breaks foot [1:50 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Lawson was making a swim move on a tackling dummy in a non-contact drill when he aggravated his shoulder injury, sources told Schefter.'
Watkins has broken foot [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo is reporting that Watkins' timetable for recovery is six-to-eight weeks.'
Lawson to have shoulder surgery [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I want to take this opportunity to commend Shaq Lawson and his representatives for putting the team first by having this surgery on his shoulder done now," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said in the statement released by the team. "By doing so, he’s forsaking personal goals to be 100 percent healthy when we will need him most during the regular season. Fans constantly hear us say that we want players with tremendous character who keep team goals ahead of personal ones and Shaq is a great example of this.”'
Bills' Lawson to have shoulder surgery, no timetable just yet [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The initial report said that some teams believed Lawson would be sidelined anywhere from four-to-six months. If that timetable is the correct one, that would keep Lawson away from the field for the start of the regular season, with a return date somewhere between mid-September and mid-November.'
Bills 53-man roster projection (5/16) [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It’s going to be challenging for both IK Enemkpali and Randell Johnson to make the roster this summer.'
Sammy Watkins responds to fans, Bills announce star WR had foot surgery [1:45 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Officials say Watkins did have foot surgery in the offseason. According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the surgery consisted of a screw being placed into his foot to repair a small bone fracture.'
Shaq Lawson to undergo shoulder surgery [1:44 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Representatives said they’re working to establish a timetable for his return, however shoulder surgeries of the nature can take up to six months to heal, potentially impacting the rookie into November.'
Bills take pre-emptive measure: Shaq Lawson to undergo shoulder surgery [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The Buffalo Bills are taking measures to prevent the possibility of Shaq Lawson aggravating a pre-existing shoulder condition during the season. While he could continue to play, the Bills medical staff has determined that surgery is the best course of action for the overall health of his shoulder moving forward. He had an occurrence of the condition last week, but that would not preclude him from participating in the offseason program. Shaq is scheduled for surgery tomorrow on his shoulder with a rehabilitation program to follow. A timetable for his return is still being established.”'
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