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Bills coach Sean McDermott Says Team is Moving on Without CB Vontae Davis

Bills coach Sean McDermott told reporters Monday that the Bills are putting cornerback Vontae Davis’ sudden retirement during Sunday’s game behind them.

“His actions have spoken,” McDermott said of Davis, who started Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers before deciding to retire at halftime and leaving the stadium. “He’s retired.”

McDermott added Davis has “had a heckuva career” and wished the 30-year-old the best, but also said the team will soldier on without distraction.

“I got a lot of respect for Vontae,” McDermott said. “He’s a good person. I certainly appreciate the way he worked when he was in here, but we’re moving forward as a football team. …

“There’s no need to address it (with the team). We’re moving on. That’s what a team does. This is not going to become a distraction for us.”

Davis remains on the roster while the team ponders its options, but the Bills received a roster exemption from the league and can add another player if they choose.

Davis, who signed a one-year, $5 million contract in February, released a statement on Twitter after Sunday’s game, which was his first action of the season.

“This isn’t how I pictured retiring from the NFL,” Davis wrote. “… But today on the field, reality hit me fast and hard: I shouldn’t be out there playing anymore.

“I meant no disrespect to my teammates and coaches. But I hold myself to a high standard. Mentally, I always expect myself to play at the highest level. But physically, I know today that isn’t possible, and I had an honest moment with myself. … It’s more important for me and my family to walk away than to willfully embrace the warrior mentality and limp away too late.”

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander called Davis’ decision “completely disrespectful” to the team, but defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier echoed McDermott’s refrain on Monday.

“We wish him nothing but the best,” Frazier said of Davis. “I hope things work out for Vontae, whatever he chooses to do. Hopefully he’ll learn from this experience. I’m not sure what’s going on in his mind right now. I haven’t talked to him since yesterday at this point. But eventually I hope to get a chance to speak to him and wish him nothing but the best.”

Bills at Ravens Wednesday Injury Report

BUFFALO BILLS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Ray-Ray McCloud (knee), LB Julian Stanford (nose)
 
BALTIMORE RAVENS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Willie Henry (abdomen), TE Hayden Hurst (foot)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Maurice Canady (thigh), LB Kenny Young (knee)

Bills Name Nathan Peterman as Their Starting QB to Begin 2018

The Bills will NOT go with rookie Josh Allen in their season opener on Sunday against the Ravens, but instead announced on Monday they will send out Nathan Peterman as their starter at QB.

The decision to name Peterman the starter was expected after he completed 33 of 41 passes this preseason for 431 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

“Nate has earned the right,” Bills coach Sean McDermott told reporters. “I thought his total body of work, all the way back from the spring through the summer and fall camp to this point — he has certainly earned the right.”

Peterman and rookie quarterback Josh Allen were among a large group of core players the Bills held out of Thursday’s preseason finale, suggesting they were being considered for the starting job in Week 1. However, McDermott said after the game that AJ McCarron, who started and played the entire contest, was still in the mix to start the opener.

McCarron was then traded to the Raiders on Saturday.

Bills to Ink Punter Jon Ryan

Pro Football Rumors reports that the Bills are bringing in punter Jon Ryan, inking him to a deal.

Former Seahawks punter Jon Ryan en route to Buffalo and will sign with the Bills when he lands, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Ryan was released by Seattle on Monday, but it didn’t take long for him to find a new gig.

Ryan technically requested his release from Seattle, though it was more of a preemptive measure than anything else. Ryan was very fond of the organization and the city after ten years with the club, but he was inevitably going to lose the punting competition to fifth-round pick Michael Dickson.

Ryan isn’t assured anything with the Bills, either. Ryan will compete with Colton Schmidt for the punting job, meaning that he has a few weeks to unseat someone who has spent the last four seasons in that post.

Bills Starting QB AJ McCarron Suffers Collarbone Fracture Against Browns

For Bills fans that wanted to see rookie QB Josh Allen get meaningful snaps this season, you may already be getting your wish.

That news comes after starter AJ McCarron suffered a fractured collarbone during the Bills 19-17 win over the Browns in Cleveland on Friday night.

“A.J. McCarron has a right shoulder injury but we won’t know more until we get back to Buffalo,” Bills coach Sean McDormett said following the game.

McCarron went 3-6 for 12 yards in the preseason win. He’s thrown six career touchdowns, all coming in 2015.

For now, it’s Allen’s job to lose as it looks like there’s no doubt McCarron is going to miss some time with the injury.

Bills QB A.J. McCarron Getting No Love in Recent QB Rankings

The Bills are going in a different direction at the QB spot this season, giving the ball and the offense for that matter to new QB A.J. McCarron.

Website Newarena.com is ranking all 32 starting QB’s around the NFL, and McCaroon isn’t getting much love, as he’s ranked Last of all QB’s in their latest poll.

Here’s what they said about the new Bills QB.

2017 stats: 7-for-14 (50.0%), 66 passing yards, 0 touchdowns

McCarron’s lack of available game film, coupled with his fifth-round pedigree lands him dead last on this list. He certainly possesses some tools that make him an intriguing prospect moving forward, but he’s nothing more than a place holder for Josh Allen (who would also be last on this list if he were the starter). The Bills’ quarterback battle will dominate Buffalo headlines for much of the year, and all the team can hope for is that it gets settled sooner rather than later. McCarron’s the likely winner given his experience, but it remains to be seen how he’ll perform when given the keys to the offense.

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Bills WR Zay Jones Ranked Second to Last in Terms of Best 2nd WR Options in the NFL

While the Bills will have a new look to their offense with AJ McCarron at the QB spot, but one player who is getting no love is that of wide receiver Zay Jones.

Website NumberFire.com says that Jones, who had 316 yards receiving last season and two scores, is the 31st wide out in the NFL when it comes to second options on teams in the league.

Here’s what they had to say about Jones.

Zay Jones was a prolific college receiver who gobbled up everything in his zip code. However, in 2017 with the Buffalo Bills, Jones posted a 36 percent catch rate, which ranked dead last among all players to see at least 50 targets. Off-field issues, a run-heavy offense, and a quarterback carousel all spell out that Jones is best left undrafted for fantasy football.