BBD Week in Review: 7/29 – 8/4

Kevin Kolb’s unfortunate knee injury was the biggest Buffalo Bills headline of the week. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The NFL preseason is underway and training camps are rolling along quickly. The Buffalo Bills’ own training camp is more than one week underway at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y., and Buffalo Bills Draft staff writer Glenn Gifford has been at two of those practices to observe and report back to us on the latest developments as the Bills prepare for the upcoming NFL season.

You can check out both of Glenn’s training camp reports, plus the rest of our original content from the past week, by following along the links in our Week in Review.

Glenn Gifford’s Training Camp Observations

Kolb Slips, Manuel Shines: Buffalo Bills Training Camp Observations, Aug. 3

Buffalo Bills Training Camp Observations, July 30: Tempers Flare at Camp

After checking out his reports, follow Glenn on Twitter, as he also sends out live updates via Twitter when he attends practice. He will be returning to Fisher College for practices on Aug. 14 and 20.

Training Camp Injuries

Stevie Johnson — The Bills are expected to be without their No. 1 wide receiver for the rest of the preseason after he suffered a strained hamstring in training camp last week. This injury could be a setback for Johnson, who is moving inside to play slot receiver, going into the season. Click on the link to check out Eric Samulski’s analysis on the impact of Johnson’s move inside to the slot along with his injury.

Kevin Kolb — A wrench was thrown into the Bills’ quarterback competition Saturday when Kevin Kolb slipped on a wet rubber mat and suffered a knee injury. Bills head coach Doug Marrone is hoping Kolb can return for the team’s intrasquad scrimmage Monday, according to the team’s official Twittter account, but every day Kolb misses could be a significant one in his competition to start with rookie EJ Manuel. Click on the link for more of my analysis on how Kolb’s injury could propel Manuel into the starting job.

Ranking Every Player on the Bills Roster

Ryan Talbot and I took on that task last week, assembling a complete list of the then-89 players on the Bills’ roster and ranking them from No. 1 to No. 89, along with categorizing each prospect based upon roster/playing time expectations. Check out the link above to see our rankings.

Note: The rankings were published prior to the signings of tight end Nick Provo and wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield, and the release of offensive lineman Hutch Eckerson. Those three roster moves are not reflected in the rankings.

Looking Ahead to the 2014 NFL Draft

Joseph Curtis’ series on 2014 NFL draft sleepers continued this past week with a look at sleepers who play in the Mountain West Conference or for independent FBS programs.

Joe Marino grades BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman as a “third-to-fourth round” prospect. Check out Marino’s scouting report of Hoffman in his latest “Prospect to Watch.”

Tags: Cody Hoffman, Injuries, Kevin Kolb, Mountain West Conference, Prospects to Watch, Rankings, Roster Projections, Sleepers, Stevie Johnson, Training Camp, Training Camp Observations

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