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T Seantrel Henderson continues to be absent from the team and it's uncertain when he'll be able to return. Henderson missed the last few games of 2015 when it was revealed he was suffering from Crohns disease, and his progress coping with that problem has not been made public, though the Bills do seem to think he's going to find a way to get back on the field.
LB Zach Brown must have been a little disappointed when the Bills selected LB Reggie Ragland in the second round. Brown signed as a free agent from Tennessee thinking he'd be in the mix to start next to Preston Brown, but it now appears he'll be used in a passing down role.
QB Cardale Jones is working on eliminating a footwork issue. Because he wasn't under center very often at Ohio State, he never really had a set way of taking the snap, so in the pre-draft workouts orchestrated by QB guru George Whitfield, Jones was staggering his left foot to avoid having it get stepped on by the center. Bills quarterbacks coach David Lee doesn't like it, and now he's trying to coach it out of him.
A closer look at the Bills' picks (7):
Round 1/19 Shaq Lawson, DE, 6-3, 270, Clemson
The Bills had a very clear need at edge rusher, and Lawson fell into their lap when only three defensive linemen were selected ahead of him. Lawson led the nation with 24.5 tackles for loss in 2015, and he has a variety of pass-rush moves that helped him ring up 12.5 sacks. Stout against the run, but his cover skills are suspect if head coach Rex Ryan asks him to play standup outside linebacker in some sets.
Round 2/41 Reggie Ragland, ILB, 6-1, 247, Alabama
General manager Doug Whaley claimed he would have taken Ragland in the first round if Lawson had not been there. The Bills traded up eight spots with Chicago to make sure they could get Ragland in the second round. A big-body thumper who was strong against the run, Ragland will immediately compete to start alongside either Preston Brown or Zach Brown in the 3-4 scheme.
Round 3/80 Adolphus Washington, DT, 6-3, 301, Ohio State
The Bills are looking for Kyle Williams' replacement and Washington fits the bill as a wide-bodied run stuffer who can also push the pocket. He was suspended for the Fiesta Bowl because he solicited an undercover cop, but the Bills believe the incident is a one-time transgression. He had 4.5 sacks in 2014 when Ohio State won the national championship.
Round 4/139 Cardale Jones, QB, 6-5, 253, Ohio State
The Bills had to draft a quarterback, and when a few names started coming off the board, they took Jones with the final pick of the fourth round, one of the compensatory picks they had been awarded. Jones started only 11 games at Ohio State, but he won all 11 including the 2014 national title game. He was benched in 2015, and that caused several teams to back off because his resume was so thin. The Bills see him as a developmental player who could become their backup in 2017 when EJ Manuel is gone.
Round 5/156 Jonathan Williams, RB, 6-0, 223, Arkansas
Given Karlos Williams' injury history, the Bills decided to take Jonathan Williams to provide depth, and perhaps bump Mike Gillislee off the roster. Williams missed all of 2015 becasue of a foot injury after rushing for 2,090 yards in his previous two seasons at Arkansas, scoring 16 touchdowns. He will contribute right away on special teams.
Round 6/192 Kolby Listenbee, WR, 6-0, 197, Texas Christian
Played in a high-powered passing attack at TCU and started 22 of the 40 games he played for the Horned Frogs. In 2015, he averaged 19.9 yards on his 30 receptions and scored five touchdowns. He's one of the fastest receivers in the draft as he ran a 4.34 at the Combine, and was projected in some circles as a third-round talent. He's mostly a deep threat who will have to learn how to run routes.
Round 6/218 Kevon Seymour, CB, 6-0, 185, Southern Cal
He was a three-year starter for the Trojans who played in zone and man coverage schemes equally well. He finished his career with 126 tackles, 19 pass breakups, and three interceptions. Seymour has great speed as he ran a 4.37 at the Combine, and because of that he could be asked to be a return man despite limited experience in that role in college.
FRANCHISE PLAYER: T Cordy Glenn (tendered at $13.706M; signed tender March 7 followed by long-term deal May 3).
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)
DT Alex Carrington (not tendered as UFA).
LB Ty Powell (not tendered as RFA).
S Bacarri Rambo (not tendered as RFA).
RB Cierre Wood (not tendered as ERFA).
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE-RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.
DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED
LB Reggie Ragland (2/41): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
DT Adolphus Washington (3/80): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
RB Jonathan Williams (5/156): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
WR Kolby Listenbee (6/192): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
CB Kevon Seymour (6/218): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
DT Corbin Bryant: RFA tendered at $1.617M with no compensation; $1.671M/1 yr.
T Cordy Glenn: FFA; $65M/5 yrs, $26.5M guaranteed.
WR Leonard Hankerson: UFA; $840,000/1 yr.
LG Richie Incognito: Potential UFA; $15.75M/3 yrs, $3.45M SB.
T Jordan Mills: RFA tendered at $1.671M with fifth-round pick as compensation); $1.671M/1 yr.
LB Lorenzo Alexander: UFA Raiders; $885,000/1 yr, $75,000 base guarantee.
RB/KR Dri Archer: FA Jets; terms unknown.
CB Javier Arenas: FA; terms unknown.
S Robert Blanton: UFA Vikings; $840,000/1 yr, $80,000 SB.
LB Zach Brown: UFA Titans; $1.25M/1 yr, $450,000 SB.
S Colt Anderson: UFA Colts; $840,000/1 yr, $80,000 SB.
TE Jim Dray: FA Browns; terms unknown.
WR Greg Little: FA; terms unknown.
CB Sterling Moore: UFA Buccaneers; $840,000/1 yr, $80,000 SB.
S Phillip Thomas: FA; terms unknown.
C Fernando Velasco: UFA Panthers; $965,000/1 yr, $80,000 SB.
CB Corey White: UFA Cardinals; $840,000/1 yr, $80,000 SB.
LB Nigel Bradham: UFA Eagles; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
CB Ron Brooks: UFA Eagles; $5.5M/3 yrs, $750,000 SB/$1.55M guaranteed.
DT Stefan Charles: Not tendered as RFA/Lions; terms unknown.
RB Boobie Dixon (released).
TE MarQueis Gray: Not tendered as RFA/Dolphins; terms unknown.
WR Percy Harvin (not tendered as UFA/retired).
WR Chris Hogan: RFA Patriots (tendered as RFA at $1.617M with no compensation); $12M/3 yrs, $4M RB/$7.5M guaranteed; Bills did not match offer.
QB Josh Johnson: Not tendered as UFA/Ravens; terms unknown.
CB Leodis McKelvin (released).
LB Tony Steward (released).
LB A.J. Tarpley (retired)
G Kraig Urbik (released).
DE Mario Williams (released).
DE Jarius Wynn (released).