Bills still waiting on Maclin

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One day after Jeremy Maclin left the Bills facility without a contract, not much was said about Maclin’s future with the team.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott seemed pleased with Maclin’s two day meeting.

“We had a nice visit. Jeremy’s a very good person and a good football player,” McDermott said. “That’s all I’m going to say at this point. I don’t want to get into the other parts of it.”

McDermott also touched on the team’s familiarity with Maclin. McDermott was the defensive coordinator for the Eagles during Maclin’s first two years. LeSean McCoy and Maclin played together for six years in Philadelphia. 

McCoy led the recruiting effort, along with Tyrod Taylor. “I appreciate the fact that those guys know and respect Jeremy in this case” says McDermott. 

McDermott was asked if McCoy and Taylor openly campaigning to add Maclin puts pressure on GM Brandon Beane and Bills management. 

“We don’t look at it that way,” McDermott said. “I appreciate the fact that those guys know and respect [Maclin] That’s a healthy dynamic that we have with a lot of our players. They’ve got to know that they have a voice too and there’s ownership. That said, we’ve got to do what we feel is in the best interest of this team.”

McDermott also said that he discussed Maclin with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.

Maclin was Baltimore on Thursday meeting with the Ravens, but left without a contract. Reportedly, he’ll now consider his options.  

Maclin would be a welcomed addition to an offense that is in need of pass catchers.

Rookie Zay Jones is currently positioned to be the team’s number two receiver. Sammy Watkins has still not returned to full team drills after his foot injury last season forced him to miss eight games. 

Both were on the field for OTA’s on Thursday. Jones was at full speed, but Watkins did only individual drills. 

The Bills also announced Thursday that wideout Walter Powell will be suspended the first four games of 2017 for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. 

Powell issued a statement saying he “mistakenly” used a substance that caused a positive test. He has accepted the result and apologized to his teammates and coaches. 

Powell was likely already on the bubble to keep his roster spot. This news won’t help. 

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