Here's the Bills news of note for Sept. 7th.
1 - Clay confident with weapons on offense
Bills tight end Charles Clay led the team in receptions (57) last season, going into his third year with the team he feels he can still raise the bar. The Bills have completely transformed their corps of wide receivers this offseason, adding Jordan Matthews via trade and Zay Jones via the draft. Nonetheless Clay is convinced with these weapons.
"There's no doubt about it, especially in my mind I think the sky's the limit. Not only for me, but guys, other tight ends like Nick O'Leary a guy who works hard and has all the talent in the world… then you have Zay, you have Jordan, I mean that's a lot of weapons," Clay said on The John Murphy Show.
Clay, 28, has recorded over 50 receptions in both of his seasons with the Bills. Though he has been one of Tyrod Taylor's favorite targets, he thinks new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison can utilize him better.
"From the time that I've spent with this coordinator and this staff I kind of feel like they feel the same way, you know getting me in space to where you can catch the ball and run with it, which is kind of my strong suit," Clay said.
With completely new coaches and receivers it's going to be intriguing to see who gets the bulk of the targets in Buffalo.
2 - Tolbert ready for bigger role**
Some surprising transactions occurred over the weekend at One Bills Drive, leaving some players without a job and others with an increased role. Mike Tolbert is one of those guys who might be asked to do more come game day.
Tolbert, 31, has spent the past five seasons with the Carolina Panthers serving as their fullback.
"My whole career my role has pretty much been the same. Playing goal line, short-yardage back, spelling guys when they need to be spelled, playing fullback, special teams," Tolbert said.
The 5-9, 250-pound wrecking ball isn't your stereotypical running back. He's slated as the second RB on the depth chart, behind LeSean McCoy.
"I'm always in shape ready to go, to do whatever I need to help the team win… it is an opportunity for me to show what I can do, not only as a fullback but as a running back now," said Tolbert.
With the New York Jets coming to town Sunday, we'll see how the touches divvy out between McCoy, Tolbert, Joe Banyard, and Taiwan Jones.
3 - Right guard spot continues to be evaluated**
In his press conference this week head coach Sean McDermott confirmed John Miller will start at RG, though, he noted that the position is still under evaluation leading up to Sunday's game.
"We're going to continue to evaluate that. It's still early in the week… right now it's Wednesday so we still have three to four good practice days ahead of us," McDermott said.
With his efforts in training camp and the preseason Miller won the starting job at RG. That doesn't necessarily mean he'll see 100 percent of the snaps on Sunday, guys like Vladimir Ducasse and Ryan Groy are valuable on the interior. You may see a combination of guys rotating at RG against the New York Jets.
"I feel good about John at this point… we have got to look at numbers in terms of active and inactive, that will work itself out throughout the week. But right now John is that starter at right guard," said McDermott.
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