NFL Notes: Bills, Giants, Patriots, Redskins



  • Bills HC Sean McDermott told reporters that they’re “concerned” with TE Charles Clay‘s knee and plan to manage it moving forward. (Mike Rodak)
  • In regards to the decision to cut OT Cyrus Koaundjio, McDermott said: “We felt like to was the right thing to do at this time for us and for Cyrus.” (Sal Capaccio)
  • McDermott said second-round WR Zay Jones‘ knee sprain is “progressing well” and he is still week-to-week. (Mike Rodak)


  • The Giants waived LB Ishaq Williams on Thursday to make room for their new additions. (NFLTR)
  • According to Dan Duggan, the Giants actually waived Williams with an injury designation, which means he could end up on their injured reserve list if he passes through waivers unclaimed on Friday.
  • Former Giants WR Victor Cruz mentioned that he believes the team tried to limit his role to make it easier for them to move on from. However, Giants HC Ben McAdoo said there’s “no accuracy” to this notion. (Dan Duggan)


On Thursday, Patriots CB Malcolm Butler told reporters he is fully committed to the Patriots this season.

“I’m here,” Butler said, via the Boston Herald. “This is my team.

During the offseason, Butler visited with the Saints as a restricted free agent and discussed a four-year contract worth around $50 million. However, the Saints never completed a trade with the Patriots for Butler and he will now play out the 2017 season in New England.

“The past is the past,” Butler said. “I’m just here to do a job and do anything to help the team win. Just moving forward. Whatever happens, happens.

“Just got to keep working. Ignore the noise and keep working no matter what. You’ve got a job to do no matter where you’re at. I’m glad to be here to do this job.

Butler added that he isn’t sure what will happen moving forward.

“You never know what’s going to happen,” Butler said. “I would just sit back, patiently waiting just doing what I can do, controlling only what I can control. I’m here now, and that’s what it is.”


Redskins HC Jay Gruden told reporters that second-year WR Josh Doctson has been “impressive” this offseason, as he works his way back from an Achilles injury that affected him last year.

“He’s been impressive,” Gruden said, via “The big thing for him is the confidence in his Achilles, and I think he’s got that right now. The past two days he’s looked better and better. It looks like he can run down the field. He made a good catch down the sideline today and [he has] strong hands, we know that about him.

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