Gameday Inactives: Cordy Glenn, Kevon Seymour, Jordan Matthes, Jeremy Butler, and Bacarri Rambo will not play tonight. The starters are expected to play until about halfway through the 2nd quarter and then the second team will take their place with the offense led by Nathaniel Peterman. He should play into the fourth quarter. Anquan Boldin will make his Bills debut along with E.J. Gaines. Shareece White and Kevon Seymour will both play coming off of injuries and it will be interesting to watch them as they battle for the starting right cornerback spot vacated by Ronald Darby who will be lined up against their offense today.
Tuesday August 15, 2017
Injury Update: Today is the last day of the St. Johns Fisher College portion of training camp. It was a little shorter than past years. Sean McDermott addressed the media before the practice and announced that Jeremy Butler, Jordan Matthews, and Cordy Glenn have been ruled out for Thursday night's game with Philadelphia thanks to their injuries. The coach said that Glenn flew to Wisconsin and had an injection in his foot and they are hopeful but he's still week to week. They have decided not to move Dion Dawkins over to left tackle at this point as they want him to get comfortable on the right side and they are happy taht he got a lot of time on the left side in the spring. Michael Ola, Shareece Wright, Adolphus Washington, and Kevon Seymour are questionable for the game. As expected Nathaniel Peterman will be with the second unit against the Eagles. Injury Page.
Monday August 14, 2017
Day 14 Camp Notes: Besides being without Jordan Matthews the Bills continue to be without Cordy Glenn who was not on the field this morning. Kevon Seymour did return and didn't seem limited after missing over a week with a foot injury. He took his spot with the first team. Nathaniel Peterman remained with the twos today. Sean McDermott didn't seem happy with today's practice as he stopped it once and gathered the team together and was not happy. Tensions also boiling over as there were a few skirmishes in a camp that has been pretty much fight free. Charles Clay did not practice as he got one of his maintenance days.
Matthews Week To Week: Jordan Matthews suffered a chip fracture in his sternum during his first practice as a Bill yesterday and is week to week. He will have time to learn the terminology and the playbook but won't be able to build chemistry with Tyrod Taylor as it appears there is a danger of him missing the start of the season just days after coming to Buffalo. This is definitely a blow to the team. NFL injury expert Dr. David Chao says it's just a pain tolerance thing but it is a very painful one to play with. Injury Page.
Sunday August 13, 2017
Matthews Hurt: Jordan Matthews was suppose to address the media after his first practice as a Bill today but that didn't happen. Matthews suffered a chest injury during practice and was getting treatment forcing the Bills to cancel the media session. Matthews is being evaluated but he did finish practice. Injury Page.
Day 13 Camp Notes: The concern over the foot of Cordy Glenn is growing again. He sat out the preseason game and then sat out today's practice as well. This was not a scheduled rest day for him and Sean McDermott said he's concerned and they are looking at a few things with him. He said he's hopeful he will be ready for the start of the season but it seems to be going in the wrong direction. Kevon Seymour remains sidelined but is out of his walking boot. Colt Anderson was activated off the PUP and practiced for the first time today. Michael Ola, Bacarri Rambo, and Jeremy Butler were sidelined today. As expected Jordan Matthews, E.J. Gaines, and Jumal Rolle were on the practice field. McDermott wants to get them acclimated with the terminology quickly and expects the new players to be on the field Thursday night when they travel to Philadelphia to take on Ronald Darby and the Eagles. Matthews worked with the ones while Gaines worked with the twos. Nathaniel Peterman got just about all the second team reps today and had a good day by all accounts. Shareece White was once again getting reps with the ones but left practice early with a right thumb injury and is being evaluated. Injury Page.
Back At Fisher: The Bills are back on the campus of St. Johns Fisher College for an afternoon practice today. They will wrap up training camp with morning practices Monday and Tuesday before heading back to One Bills Drive to finish preparing for the season. We should get our first look at Jordan Matthews and E.J. Gaines in Bills uniforms along with recently signed CB Jumal Rolle. Front Office Page.
Saturday August 12, 2017
Cornerback Swap: The Bills swapped backup cornerbacks releasing Charles James and signing Jumal Rolle. He began his career with the Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2013 but didn't make the team. He spent time on the practice squads of the Saints and Packers before appearing in 18 games over two years for the Texans. He was with Baltimore last year but tore his Achilles tendon and missed the entire season. He was released last month by the Cardinals. Depth Chart.
Friday August 11, 2017
Day 12 Camp Notes: The Bills held a closed practice on the two new grass fields outside of New Era Field. After the trades and before the arrivals of Jordan Matthews and E.J. Gaines the team was a little shorthanded with the ones. Kevon Seymour remains sidelined as well so Shareece White was with Tre'Davious White on the outside with ones. At Wide Receiver, it was Zay Jones and Andre Holmes on the outside and Anquan Boldin in the slot. Jonathan Williams was practicing after suffering a hamstring strain last night. Ryan Davis returned after missing a week with a concussion. Injury Page.
McDermott Presser: Sean McDermott spoke to the media today and said they still have a quality group of receivers after trading Sammy Watkins. E.J. Gaines has started a lot of games and will have a chance to compete to earn a chance to start for this team. The coach said it was a tough decision and Sammy is a heck of a football player. These conversations happened late into the night after the game. They spent a lot of time discussing but it is the type of conversations that they have to have. The players they got back in the deals were very important. Jordan Matthews has had a ton of production and Gaines will be a nice addition the mix. The draft picks were a big part in planning for the future they believe in building through the draft to gain and sustain success. The first thing they need to do is get the new players used to the terminology in Buffalo. He said the doctors are comfortable with Matthews despite a report of a knee issue. All four players still need to pass physicals. He believes in clear and concise communication and they will work their tails off to put the team in position to win and sustain success. He already addressed the team on the trades and acknowledged the human element of the transactions. He has a lot of respect for the two players leaving as players and people. They are continuing to move forward. He is protective of his players and it had to be the right situation to do this deal. He has the ultimate trust in Brandon and his staff. He's invested like the fans and they are building a football team for the short and longterm and that makes for some tough decisions and that is why he didn't sleep well last night. They are going to compete like crazy and focus on every game and this next practice. On the injuries, Bacarri Rambo is added to the injury report with a hamstring tweak and is week to week.
Beane Presser: Brandon Beane said this wasn't an easy decision since Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby are fine young man but it is a business. He said he wasn't actively shopping them or anyone but the Rams wanted Sammy and the Eagles wanted Darby. As the two deals were getting closer he went to get the receiver and corner so it is hard to say if he would have done one trade without the other. He takes it personally when someone says they are throwing in the towel on this season because they got two players that can help them win. He said it's not an indictment on Tyrod Taylor they have the weapons for him and are rooting from him to succeed.
Two Blockbuster Trades! Not one but two major trades by the Bills today in a league that doesn't do trades. They have sent Sammy Watkins and a sixth round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for CB E.J. Gaines and a 2nd round pick in next year's draft. Like Sammy, he is in his contract year. The Bills then traded Ronald Darby to the Eagles for WR Jordan Matthews and a third round pick. Matthews is also in his contract year while Darby has another year left. The Bills are definitely in rebuilding mode now, even though they got starters back, they are short term solutions. The team now has two picks in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rounds next year. Matthews is a quality receiver who came out the same year as Watkins and played really well in the West Coast offense. It will be interesting to see how that translates into the Bills offensive scheme. Gaines started as a rookie but missed the 2015 season with a Lisfranc injury. While Matthews stats stack up well with Watkins he isn't nearly as dynamic. Darby is also a more talented corner than Gaines but may not have been a good fit for Sean McDermott's defense. Depth Chart.