Bills rookie receiver McCloud ruled out against Colts
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills rookie receiver Ray-Ray McCloud has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Indianapolis for a "non-injury reason."
The Bills did not elaborate in announcing McCloud did not travel Saturday.
McCloud's absence leaves the Bills with four active receivers. They include rookie Cam Phillips, who had just been promoted from the practice squad Thursday after Buffalo released Robert Foster.
Bills rule out Shaq Lawson, Taron Johnson against Chargers
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson and rookie cornerback Taron Johnson have been ruled out of Buffalo's home opener against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Lawson is out due to a hamstring injury, while Johnson will not play after hurting his shoulder in a 47-3 season-opening loss at Baltimore last weekend.
Kyle Williams, Trent Murphy ready to play in Bills’ opener
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams and defensive end Trent Murphy are cleared to play in Buffalo's season opener at Baltimore on Sunday after both missed extensive time with injuries.
Neither was listed on the team's final injury report Friday, and coach Sean McDermott says both have had a good week of practice. Williams missed two weeks after hurting his right knee against Cleveland. Murphy missed a majority of training camp with a groin injury.
Clemson says running back CJ Fuller is transferring
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's one-time starting running back C.J. Fuller is leaving the Tigers.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday Fuller would graduate this spring and then find a new school to finish his football career.
CLEMSON — Junior wide receiver Deon Cain will forego his senior season and enter the 2018 NFL Draft, joining fellow underclassmen Ray-Ray McCloud and Van Smith.
Cain finished the 2017 season with 58 receptions for 734 yards and six touchdowns — giving the Tampa, Florida, native 130 career receptions for 2,040 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Cain is projected to be selected between the second and fifth rounds of the NFL Draft.
Clemson wide receiver Deon Cain declaring for NFL draft
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson receiver Deon Cain is joining the growing list of Tigers' underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft.
The school announced Cain's decision Wednesday. He joins receiver Ray-Ray McCloud, safety Van Smith and offensive lineman Taylor Hearn as Tigers giving up their remaining eligibility to turn pro.
Clemson WR McCloud leaving early for NFL draft
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson receiver Ray-Ray McCloud will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft, becoming the first of several Tiger underclassmen who could go pro.
McCloud announced his decision Sunday on the football team's Twitter account . The 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior from Tampa, Florida, has been a returner and defensive back in his three seasons at Clemson.
On the Beat: Jeff Scott explains WR decision in second half; Dabo Swinney has a plea for Clemson students and fans
CLEMSON — The second half of Clemson's eventual 31-17 victory over Virginia Tech opened and the second-ranked Tigers rolled out a different look for their first offensive series.
No Hunter Renfrow, no Deon Cain, no Ray-Ray McCloud. Instead, the receivers were redshirt junior Trevion Thompson, sophomore Diondre Overton and freshman Amari Rodgers — all reserves.
When it was all said and done, co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers Jeff Scott shed some light on the decision.
Clemson’s Ray-Ray McCloud has Irma worries, “prayers out” for hometown of Tampa
CLEMSON – Ray-Ray McCloud tried hard to block it out from kickoff to quarterback Kelly Bryant’s final kneel down. But thoughts of Hurricane Irma bearing down on his hometown of Tampa were with Clemson’s junior wide receiver Saturday night before and after the Tigers’ 14-6 victory over Auburn.
McCloud’s parents and siblings were safe in Clemson and watching football at Death Valley, but he was worried about his grandparents and other relatives. Plus friends.
Clemson leaning on defense early until offense gets going
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's ascent to a national title was fueled by a dynamic group of skill players on offense like quarterback Deshaun Watson and receiver Mike Williams. If the Tigers hope to climb that mountain again this season, it will likely be on the backs of talented defenders like linemen Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence.
On the beat: Clemson goes live in full pads for first time in fall camp, Tavien Feaster has bold proclamation on running backs
CLEMSON — Ray-Ray McCloud always knew he had a natural knack for multiple positions on the football field, but the wide receiver admits that when Dabo Swinney first approached him about potentially working with the defense some at this year's fall camp, he was stumped.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson receiver Ray-Ray McCloud will be limited when the Tigers start practice as he recovers from an injured wrist.
McCloud needed a pin placed in his wrist this offseason. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said McCloud will be able to practice when the national champions return to the field for fall camp on Aug. 3. But Swinney said McCloud likely will not be full-go for a week or so as he continues to recover.
On the Beat: Clemson WR McCloud pictured Tampa trip before the season
CLEMSON — The most recent entry on Ray-Ray McCloud’s Instagram account is one step away from proving prophetic.
In fall camp, upon finding out his hometown was hosting this season’s national championship, McCloud posted a photo of a brick wall painted with a “City of Tampa” marquee, and McCloud in the forefront dressed in his Clemson uniform with a gleaming look in his eye. In his right hand is a football. In his left hand is the national championship trophy.
CLEMSON — Redshirt freshman defensive end Clelin Ferrell let loose a hearty laugh, once asked how often Clemson coach Dabo Swinney tells his team “prosperity is a terrible teacher.”
“I mean, I wish you guys could sit in the meetings so you could hear him say that every day,” Ferrell said, perhaps unaware Swinney says it quite a bit in press conferences as well.
CLEMSON — With too many instances of what Clemson calls a “BIJ” – that’s “ball in jeopardy” – sophomore Ray-Ray McCloud’s position as punt returner also appears in jeopardy.
McCloud has been charged with a team-high six fumbles this season, all coming on his 21 punt return attempts. With two drops Saturday night in No. 4 Clemson’s 35-13 win at Wake Forest, McCloud was replaced by junior Artavis Scott.
No. 5 Clemson vs. No. 3 Louisville packed with star power
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Receiver Ray-Ray McCloud can't wait to see how teammate Deshaun Watson responds when No. 3 Louisville plays at Clemson on Saturday.
McCloud knows the maddeningly calm and careful Watson will be primed to show the Cardinals and Heisman Trophy front-runner Lamar Jackson who is truly on top of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Coaches try to keep players from tossing back touchdowns
The old saying goes, "When you score a touchdown, act like you've been there before."
Clemson scores 2 TDs in no time. Really!
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — How's this for quick scoring? Two touchdowns with no time off the clock.
That's what happened in the first quarter for No. 5 Clemson in Saturday game against South Carolina State.
After Wayne Gallman ran 3 yards for a score, the ensuing kickoff went to Ahmaad Harris in the end zone. The receiver flipped the ball to the official before taking a knee. That's a fumble! Clemson's Denzel Johnson pounced on the ball for the touchdown.
Clemson overcomes McCloud’s ball flip to hold off Troy 30-24
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — With all the problems, mistakes and numerous errors it's hard to take a lot of positives from Clemson's 2-0 start.
Deshaun Watson threw three touchdowns as the second-ranked Tigers held off Troy 30-24 on Saturday in a game that will mostly be remembered for bad decision making by the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions.
Premature celebration: Clemson’s McCloud drops ball at 1
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson receiver Ray-Ray McCloud had a clear path to the end zone as he sought to give the sluggish second-ranked Tigers the jump start they sorely needed against Troy.
But he dropped the ball in a premature TD celebration. McCloud released the football just before crossing the goal line to wipe out his 75-yard punt return for a touchdown. Clemson leads 13-10 at halftime.