|Ht / Wt:||5'9" / 190 lb.|
|Born:||October 15, 1996|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 6 (187)|
McCloud, a rookie sixth-rounder out of Clemson, caught five of just six targets for 36 yards and no touchdowns over 10 games. He also returned one kickoff for 18 yards and four punts for 20 yards.
Analysis: Given the Bills' wideout woes all season, McCloud had every chance to leap up the depth chart, but that never happened as he struggled with his first taste of the pro game, apparently frustrating the coaching staff along the way. By the end of the season, undrafted rookie Robert Foster and Broncos castaway Isaiah McKenzie passed him on the depth chart, while McCloud became an afterthought for much of the season. With the Bills eyeing up more wide receiver additions given their excessive cast space and array of draft picks, McCloud better get going in his second offseason or he'll be on the outside looking in for a roster spot.
McCloud is active for Sunday's game against the Jets, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: McCloud has been a healthy scratch the last two games, but with Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes getting the heave-ho during the week, the team has decided to give younger players an uncluttered look the rest of the way. Considering McCloud flopped in his first few looks earlier in the season and was only a sixth-round draft choice, any action he sees -- he'll likely be a No. 4 or No. 5 receiver to go with some special-teams looks -- might be more of an audition to stick with the team than anything else.
McCloud could see action in the offense again following the departures of Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes this week, Kyle Silagyi of the Bills' official site reports. "It's an opportunity for me, an opportunity for the team," McCloud said. "Just help us grow the future and develop for future years just to see what we're all about."
Analysis: McCloud hasn't played the last two games after a series of disappointments offensively and on special teams, but the Bills are using the last four games as an audition for next season and it seems likely the sixth-round rookie will get some more looks before season's end. Zay Jones is the clear-cut No. 1, while Robert Foster and Isaiah McKenzie seem to be next in line, so we'll see if the Bills use McCloud or veteran Deonte Thompson more as the next man involved.
McCloud was one of the team's inactives for Sunday's win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: McCloud had a chance to make his mark on a team that's struggled with its receiving corps all season, but he struggled in the return game and failed to make any meaningful catches in limited offensive snaps. The Bills have signed Isaiah McKenzie and made him the team's main return man, while they also brought Robert Foster and Deonte Thompson back into the fold, leaving McCloud as the apparent No. 7 option among wide receivers. It looks like his rookie season will end up being kind of a dud, but he'll also probably have another chance to show some improvement in the coming offseason.
McCloud was unable to haul in his lone target during Sunday's 41-9 loss to Chicago.
Analysis: The rookie has recorded multiple touches just once this season in a Buffalo offense which is hard to find value in. Nathan Peterman threw three more picks Sunday in the comedy of errors that Buffalo has started at quarterback. Derek Anderson (concussion) might be the guy in Week 10, but a trip to a Jets defense among the best in the league at generating turnovers likely makes McCloud a nonfactor.
McCloud (undisclosed) was removed from the injury report and is expected to play Monday against the Patriots.
Analysis: The rookie didn't make the trip to Indianapolis in Week 7 because of an undisclosed reason. It's at least worth noting the Bills pulled the rookie from return duties after he fumbled twice on returns in Week 6 against the Texans. McCloud and the team have seemed to move past the issues, so the Clemson product will most likely be back on the field Monday.
McCloud did not travel with the team and won't play Sunday against the Colts, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: McCloud didn't make the trip for an undisclosed non-injury reason. Specifics of the issue remain unclear as the 22-year-old will hopefully be ready for a return in Week 8 against New England.
Armstrong caught his lone target during Sunday's 20-13 loss to Houston, gaining two yards. He fumbled twice during the contest, losing one.
Analysis: McCloud had two big special-teams snafus early during Sunday's game, fumbling the opening kickoff -- which Buffalo recovered -- and then muffing a punt that set up the Texans to score the game's first touchdown. On offense, he has yet to gain 10 yards in game so far. With Buffalo entering quarterbacking uncertainty for the next few weeks, McCloud's value should drop even lower despite Sunday's matchup against an Indianapolis pass defense that ranks in the bottom third of the league.
McCloud recovered from a knee injury and made his NFL debut in Sunday's upset win over Minnesota, catching his only target for six yards while returning one punt for 13 yards.
Analysis: McCloud saw action on 14 offensive snaps but it's likely special teams where the rookie will make his most immediate mark. Considering McCloud was the only Buffalo player to return a punt Sunday, it looks like that's his job to lose for the foreseeable future.
McCloud (knee) is active Week 3 against Minnesota.
Analysis: McCloud logged a full practice Friday after being limited the first two days of the week, suggesting he would be ready for his pro debut. It's unclear what, if any, role the sixth-round pick will have in the passing game, but the former Clemson wideout could factor in the return game.
McCloud (knee) practiced on a full basis Friday after being limited the first two practices of the week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Minnesota, the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: This is probably the healthiest the rookie has been since the regular season kicked off, so he has a good chance of making his pro debut this week. If that happens, McCloud would likely factor in more on special teams than the passing game, at least until he starts getting his feet wet with the offense.
McCloud (knee) practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day Thursday, the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: Given that McCloud was close to suiting up last week and has resumed practicing in limited fashion, we wouldn't be surprised if the rookie gets to make his NFL debut this week, where he might get a chance to shine in the return game.
McCloud (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chargers, the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: The rookie will have to wait until at least Week 3 to make his pro debut, while the Bills will operate against the Bolts with just four healthy wideouts.
McCloud (knee) returned to a limited practice Friday.
Analysis: That breaks the sixth-rounder's string of five straight absences and led to McCloud being listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers. There's not much short-term fantasy upside here, but given the state of the Bills' passing game it's not out of the question that McCloud could gain modest utility as the season rolls along if he's able to click with Josh Allen, the team's new starting QB.
McCloud (knee) was limited at Friday's practice but has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers, the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: The rookie will have to wait until at least Week 3 to make his pro debut. McCloud isn't expected to have much of a role in the offense unless injuries strike, but the Bills would love to see him contribute in the return game.
McCloud (knee) didn't participate in the Bills' practice Wednesday.
Analysis: McCloud sat out the Bills' season-opening 47-3 loss to the Ravens after failing to practice at any point last week and isn't starting off Week 2 preparations on a positive note. He'll have two more opportunities to prove the knee injury he suffered in the preseason is behind him, but McCloud likely won't have much of a role on offense even if he's cleared to play in Sunday's game against the Chargers.
McCloud missed practice again Friday due to a knee injury and has been ruled out for Sunday's opener in Baltimore, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: The Bills kept five other receivers on the final roster, all of whom are healthy, so the offense won't suffer at all. However, McCloud is expected to have a big role in the return game, so the team will need to look elsewhere for the contest against the Ravens.
McCloud (knee) isn't taking part in drills during Thursday's practice, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
Analysis: Per Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo, McCloud stretched on the field with the team prior to the session, but isn't donning pads and is expected to be listed as a non-participant when the Bills release their practice report later Thursday. The rookie sixth-round pick will have another chance Friday to prove his health, but even if he gains clearance for Sunday's season opener in Baltimore, he's unlikely to draw many snaps on offense.
McCloud (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: McCloud injured his knee on a punt return during Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears. The sixth-round rookie out of Clemson managed to make the Bills' 53-man roster, but will need to recover promptly to hold on to his position as a depth receiver. It remains to be seen what sort of role, if any, McCloud will have in Buffalo's starting offense.
McCloud injured his knee on a punt return during Friday's preseason game against the Bears and will not return to action, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: This could be horrible timing for the sixth-round rookie from Clemson, as he's thought to be in a close fight for one of the final receiving spots.
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