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Hughes a fan of division games

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2015 – 12:44 pm

Jerry Hughes has been a pretty productive player the last two seasons for Buffalo, registering a pair of 10 sack campaigns. He’s been particularly effective of late against AFC East opponents.

In Hughes’ past five games against division opponents, Hughes has 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Sacking Ryan Fitzpatrick might prove difficult as he gets the ball out quick, but for Hughes there has been something about playing division opponents.

“(Thursday night) is a division game for us so it’s important in its entirety there,” said Hughes. “We have to beat the Jets to move up in our division so that’s what we’re focused on.”

Of course Jets DT Sheldon Richardson enjoys facing division opponents as well. He has 6.5 sacks and a forced fumble in his last four games against the AFC East.

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Penalty count still too high

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2015 – 1:05 pm

The players know it, the coaches are aware of it, but even in Sunday’s victory penalties were a readily apparent problem. Buffalo committed a whopping 13 for 94 yards in the win over Miami.

“We did have too many penalties again,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “We’ve got to be careful grabbing guys too much down the field. We’ve got to get better at that for sure.”

The one particularly disappointing penalty was committed by Jerry Hughes when he got flagged for shoulder bumping Miami QB Ryan Tannehill after he was already out of bounds on a scramble run. Hughes got flagged for unnecessary roughness. The defensive end lead the team with eight penalties on the season and also leads in penalty yardage as he’s handed opponents 77 yards, which has also translated to four first downs.

“The one was disappointing with Jerry because he had been doing a great job from probably Week 2 on,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “But it’s something we’re still not there. We can’t assume that we’ve figured it out. That’s something where Jerry has got to be smarter than that. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him, and he knew he messed up, but I’ll remind him. He knows better than that. He’s got to dial in.”

When asked about the late hit on Tannehill, Hughes offered the following explanation.

“I was just running to the ball and I think we both ran out of bounds at the same time,” Hughes said.

Buffalo’s opponent this week the Jets have the fourth-fewest penalties this season (49), which averages to about six per game. The Bills are committing an average of better than 10 and a half penalties a game (10.6).

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Hughes flip to the left pays dividends

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2015 – 11:03 pm

He hadn’t lined up at left defensive end since his college days at TCU, but on Sunday flipping from his customary right defensive end spot to the left proved valuable for Jerry Hughes and Buffalo’s defense.

Hughes made the defensive play of the game when he forced the only turnover in the contest. Using an inside spin move on right tackle Jason Fox, Hughes rolled into the pocket grabbed a retreating Ryan Tannehill, stripped him of the football and recovered the loose ball off the bounce for the fumble recovery while he sacked the Dolphins quarterback.

It was third and long, I think at that time we’re up maybe by seven points, we need to just get to the ball,” said Hughes. “Our secondary there, they did what they needed to do. The quarterback held the ball, I’ve got to find a way. The defensive line has to get there so we found a way to get there and it was a lot of fun.”

Fox was Miami’s backup offensive tackle, who was filling in for starting RT Ju’Wuan James, out with a toe injury. Back in Week 3 he faced Hughes on the other side of the formation as he stepped in for injured left tackle Branden Albert. But that wasn’t why Rex Ryan and his defensive staff chose to flip Hughes to the left side.

“It quite honestly started with Mario (Williams),” said Ryan. “Looking at Mario I thought we had a mismatch sliding him inside against that guard (Billy Turner) and they knew it too because (Mike) Pouncey is a great center and they had to slide him over to help double Mario, but the time they didn’t Mario was getting great penetration and he caused a lot of problems.

“I don’t know if he had any sacks, but he caused a lot of disruption. But Jerry I liked the matchup with Jerry on that kid. I also wanted to get IK (Enemkpali) going a little bit. Put him over there on (Branden) Albert. Albert is a good player, but I thought IK could be physical with him and I thought IK did a nice job.”

Hughes had two sacks in the game and a pair of quarterback hits.

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Suh holds Bills D-line in high regard

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2015 – 10:08 am

Miami’s biggest offseason acquisition both physically and financially was Pro Bowl DT Ndamukong Suh. After a slow start Suh has begun to hit his stride, and though he’s focused on his own job each and every week, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t notice the talents of players on opposing defensive lines. That’s why he holds Buffalo’s defensive front in high regard.

“I respect every last one of those guys,” said Suh of Buffalo’s defensive line. “I know Mario (Williams) personally, I know Kyle (Williams), I’ve had some good interactions with him, young guy is ninety nine (DT Marcell Dareus) is playing at a high level well deserved contract, (DE) Jerry Hughes I know personally, all great guys, all high level defensive linemen and I have a lot of respect for them.”

Suh had four tackles including two for loss in Miami’s first meeting with Buffalo in Week 3.

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Brown on where Bills ‘D’ is different

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2015 – 11:39 am

Most Bills fans who have watched the games at Ralph Wilson Stadium can see it for themselves. For fans who watch the team mainly on TV it might not be so readily apparent. LB Preston Brown took the time to explain how Buffalo’s defensive front is playing things differently than they did last season.

“I mean, they see it on film where we’re not always rushing our four like we always used to, a lot of guys are dropping nowadays, so it’s different now,” Brown said. “They have more time when they see certain blitzes coming, they know they have a little more time with somebody dropping out, so they’re doing their due diligence and making plays.”

This was Brown’s explanation for why the pass rush doesn’t appear to be as fierce as it was last season through the first six games. DE Jerry Hughes would only say that they can only execute the plays that are called.


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Hughes two huge plays

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2015 – 9:38 pm

They certainly weren’t the only plays turned in by Jerry Hughes on Sunday, but his two most important came on back-to-back plays in crunch time when the defense needed a stop to try and let their offense kill the clock.

Buffalo had just gone up 14-13 with 5:25 left in the game. The Bills defense thought they had the stop they were looking for when Corey Graham separated Justin Hunter from the football on a pass over the middle. But a flag came in late charging Graham with unnecessary roughness.

Suddenly the Titans were in a 1st-and-10 at their own 33 and just 35 yards from a long field goal to win it. Jerry Hughes took his turn on defense to make things happen.

Marcus Mariota on a read option tried to fool Hughes into thinking he had the ball on a run to the Titans left flank, but Hughes held his ground spotted Bishop Sankey with the ball trying to run toward the line of scrimmage and arrived quickly to wrap him up and drop him with Kyle Williams for a one-yard loss.

On the next play Mariota tried to set up a screen pass to the Titans right side to Dexter McCluster. The flow of the play went completely away from Hughes, but he ran the play down all the way from the back side ultimately taking Sankey down shy of the sideline to keep the clocking ticking.

“You’ve got to go out there and play football,” said Hughes. “There will be days when the offense picks us up and there will be days like this. We just go out there and execute the game plan. It’s a team sport. When it came down to it, our offense did what they needed to do. They outscored them so we walk away with the win.”

Nickell Robey followed up with a third down stop on Delanie Walker and the Titans were punting.

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Rex on discipline for emotional penalties

Posted by Chris Brown on October 5, 2015 – 5:59 pm

The Bills have a total of 14 penalties that fall under the category of personal foul, unsportsmanlike conduct, taunting, etc. It represents nearly 30 percent of the penalties assessed against Buffalo this season. For those players that continue to let their emotions get the best of them and draw infractions like this could face team discipline per head coach Rex Ryan.

Ryan was asked if he would consider benching players that can’t keep their emotions in check.

“Yes,” said Ryan. “Now will we bench him permanently and all that stuff. No, sometimes I think it is more appropriate to sit a guy down if the emotions are getting the better of him. You know, but you can’t have, you can’t let a situation and we did earlier in the year with Aaron [Williams], but when you think it is crossing the line or something like that you have got to get a guy back and let him focus on the job at hand. Our job is not to try to correct an issue that we see. We think and fix it ourselves we can’t do it. You have to line up the next play and do your job.”

When asked by the media specifically about Jerry Hughes four personal foul penalties on the season, Ryan acknowledged it has to be rectified.

“That is something that you know can’t happen,” Ryan said. “You can’t let a play for instances, and not just Jerry [Hughes] but anybody. Maybe there is a hypothetical you think you are getting held or tackled or something like that, and they don’t give you a flag. You can’t now step over the line and do something yourself. You know have justice, it doesn’t work in this league. You know vigilante, we don’t need that. And Jerry is a great football player, but if there is a negative about Jerry we have to get that curtailed. He doesn’t need to get a personal foul player, he is too good a player.”


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Jerry Hughes limited Wednesday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2015 – 3:42 pm

UBNS imageBills DE Jerry Hughes was a new addition to the team’s injury report Wednesday. He was limited in practice with a wrist injury. Meanwhile WR Marquise Goodwin and LB Tony Steward, who missed the first two weeks of the season were back practicing for the first time Wednesday.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Percy Harvin WR Hip DNP
LeSean McCoy RB Hamstring DNP
Aaron Williams S Neck DNP
Jerry Hughes DE Wrist LP
Marquise Goodwin WR Ribs LP
Tony Steward LB Knee LP
Dan Carpenter K Abdomen FP
Colton Schmidt P Right hip FP
Tyrod Taylor QB Chest FP

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Hughes: Colts don’t add to motivation

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2015 – 11:31 am

He was traded to the Bills in the 2013 offseason and when given a playing opportunity he flourished. Two years and a couple of 10-sack seasons later Jerry Hughes is facing the team that made him a first-round pick, but rarely let him get on the field. So is there added motivation going against the Colts?

“No, not at all,” Hughes said. “It’s Week 1 in the NFL and I’m just excited to be back on the field playing football so it doesn’t matter who it was, they were going to get me full speed no matter what.”

Hughes spent his first three seasons in the NFL buried on a depth chart at defensive end behind Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. When asked what kept him from getting his career off the ground sooner, Hughes had a one word answer.

“Opportunity,” he said.

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Hughes: Dareus extension means bright future

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2015 – 2:33 pm

Bills DE Jerry Hughes signed a new long-term contract of his own this past offseason as an impending free agent. Now his fellow linemate has been locked up long term as well in Marcell Dareus, who signed a multi-year contract extension Thursday. For Hughes it says a lot about what ownership is striving for by keeping important core pieces of a top flight defense together.

“It just shows that the future is very bright. For them to come out and extend Marcell the way they did it’s tremendous for him, the ownership, the Bills organization. So we’re just happy to have him back in the building.”

Naturally head coach Rex Ryan is excited to know he’ll have Dareus at the front of his defense for years to come.

“I’ve had some great ones during my time. I’ve been blessed to really coach some fantastic players and he certainly be on top of that list,” said Ryan. “So to have somebody like that obviously is a great comfort level. You can do so much and when you combine him with what we have, with Kyle Williams as smart as he is, as talented as he is and Mario (Williams) and Jerry (Hughes) and all the guys…Man no wonder I came to Buffalo, that’s a heck of a deal.”

“I think you get a young, great player like that, a guy that’s been around us for a while that you have a good comfort zone with I’m glad he’s here,” said Kyle Williams. “I never expected him to leave. I’m happy for him most of all and now we go into football games.”


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Hughes: Iron sharpens iron

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2015 – 9:31 am

Most observers have commented on how both Seantrel Henderson and Cyrus Kouandjio are only going to benefit by going against Mario Williams every day in practice. But what about a veteran like Jerry Hughes going against another vet like Cordy Glenn?

As Hughes sees it the benefits are mutual.

“Cordy is a tremendous athlete,” said Hughes. “I’ve always said he’s one of the top tackles in the game, just on his size and his patience, and how well he can move with how big he is. It’s always fun going against him in practice. Iron sharpens iron.”

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Hughes gives back, helps former teammate

Posted by Chris Brown on July 9, 2015 – 3:32 pm

Bills DE Jerry Hughes has some deeper pockets nowadays following his long term contract extension with Buffalo this offseason. But Hughes is making use of his raise to benefit his local Texas community and help a former college teammate in the process.

Hughes is making an annual donation of $15K to the Fort Worth North Side high school football program. This is the first year he’s committed funds to the program in the wake of the school naming Joseph Turner their head coach. Previously an offensive coordinator for the Steers, Turner was named head coach at the behest of his players.

Turner was also a former college teammate of Hughes at TCU. While Hughes was earning All-American honors as a pass rushing defensive end, Turner was the Horned Frogs running back.

Hughes’ donation this year will go toward game day uniforms, weight room equipment, practice equipment and cleats among other items.

“I’m happy [Hughes] is one of my best friends,” Turner told the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.

Hughes also stopped by the school to meet the players this week.

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How Mario & Jerry work off each other

Posted by Chris Brown on July 7, 2015 – 12:59 pm

Pro Football Focus has put together a wonderful in depth look at the effectiveness of Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes as a pass rushing tandem. Suffice to say the two work off one another extraordinarily well, not dismissing how much Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams assist in that effort too.

Here’s a look at some of the main points the PFF’s extensive analysis revealed.

1 – Hughes and Williams combined for no less than five QB pressures in all by three games last season.
2 – Both were more effective pass rushers in blitz situations last season with Hughes seeing close to a five percent increase in pass rush effectiveness.
3 – Mario was most effective on pass rushes in which the center slid away from Williams in the protection.
4 – Hughes was most effective on pass rushes in which the center stayed home in the protection.
5 – Hughes was at his best as a pass rusher on first and second down, while Williams was most effective on third down.











Perhaps most encouraging is knowing that Rex Ryan and Dennis Thurman will be blitzing a whole lot more than Jim Schwartz did last season, both Hughes and Williams figure to see their production increase even more when it comes to bringing the heat.

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Hughes makes All-Underrated team

Posted by Chris Brown on June 3, 2015 – 9:43 am

The Bills made a giant investment in DE Jerry Hughes this offseason, but around the league Hughes is still not a household name. That’s why had him as a member of their All-Underrated team.

Hughes was chosen as one of the two defensive ends for’s All-Underrated team. Here’s what they wrote about the sixth-year pro.

Defensive end: Jerry Hughes, Buffalo Bills
Hughes received his net worth in a new deal this offseason, and he earned it as a member of the best defensive line in football. Perhaps only the Jets can claim their unit is equal to the group in Buffalo, and Hughes’ 20 sacks over the last two seasons have played a big part in that success.

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Hughes creating havoc in practice

Posted by Chris Brown on April 29, 2015 – 3:37 pm

Bills pass rusher Jerry Hughes knows only one speed when it comes to playing football. It’s called full tilt. His speed off the edge was so good in minicamp practice Wednesday that head coach Rex Ryan had to pull him out of the lineup.

“This just in—I am really happy we signed Jerry Hughes,” said Ryan with a grin. “It’s rare that you have to pull a guy from practice because he’s ruining your practice. But I had to pull him today. If we were keeping track he might have had five-six sacks. It’s one of those deals, it’s like, ‘OK, let’s pull him out. Let’s get a pass off or something like that.’ He really did have that kind of day today.”

“He’s just got a tremendous motor and physical set and he really understands what they’re trying to get accomplished with their rush lanes,” said Matt Cassel. “Again when you come out and see it in person it’s pretty impressive.”

Ryan believes Hughes’ effectiveness comes from his ability to play bigger than his stature would indicate.

“He plays bigger than his frame. He’s like 255 or something, but he plays much bigger,” Ryan said. “You can put him anywhere too. He plays an end, plays outside backer. But he’s definitely a physical player. He’s a good athlete. Your great pass rushers have a feel for it, when do go inside, when to set up guys and all that—and he has it.  He’s kind of like a pitcher,  a starting pitcher, with about four or five pitches. He’s one of those nightmares to go up against.”

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Other NFL teams tried to get to Hughes

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2015 – 2:18 pm

The Bills still did not have free agent Jerry Hughes signed, sealed and delivered when the league’s three-day negotiating window opened on March 7th, three days prior to the start of free agency. The three-day period allows NFL clubs to contact prospective free agents of other teams to express their interest and gauge a player’s willingness to consider moving on to another club. Here’s where things stood as the negotiations with Buffalo and the Hughes camp carried into the weekend.

There were a handful of teams that got in touch with the Hughes camp, but it was evident that enough progress had been made between Hughes and the Bills according to GM Doug Whaley.

“I think they were so close (with us) that we felt very good about it,” Whaley told “But in this business until that contract is signed you’re always going to have a bit of nervousness to you, but (Bills Senior VP of Football Administration) Jim Overdorf kept us abreast of the negotiations and he felt real strongly about getting the deal done.”

Hughes admitted there were other teams that contacted him.

“Yeah there (were other teams calling), but we were still listening to Buffalo,” Hughes told “I made it clear to them especially from my point of view I made it clear to my camp that this was the place I wanted to be.

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Bills fans had role in Hughes decision

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2015 – 1:12 pm

While there were some bigger factors in Jerry Hughes’ decision to re-sign with the Bills, he didn’t deny that the fan support the team gets on Sundays at Ralph Wilson Stadium was a plus too.

“It was huge. The fans were great here,” said Hughes. “I think that was another key thing for me as far as coming back—the fan support that I have always been getting. All of the love and all of the respect. I think that was another part.”

Of course the opportunity just to get on the field on defense was a major factor as well after not seeing much playing time his first three NFL seasons with the Colts.

“Just the playing time aspect—that had a lot to do with it,” he said. “Anytime someone gives you an opportunity to play in the NFL and the way that they gave it to me here, it was great. You don’t want to leave that.

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Bills trade for Hughes not lost on pass rusher

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2015 – 1:06 pm

Money is what usually does all the talking for NFL free agents, but for Jerry Hughes, though well compensated by the Bills, there was another key factor – his opportunity to finally play after he was acquired by the Bills.

Hughes toiled in Indianapolis his first three NFL seasons as a backup who rarely saw the field on defense. His work ethic never wavered, but he did wonder if he’d ever be able to prove himself as a professional.

Then Buffalo GM Doug Whaley swung the trade that sent LB Kelvin Sheppard to the Colts for Hughes. Despite not having much NFL game tape to go on the fact that the Bills wanted him meant something to Hughes and he never forgot it. It was a major reason Hughes wanted to continue his career in Buffalo.

“Doug Whaley to kind of come about me in the way he did in that trade, showed that someone wanted me,” Hughes said. “When someone wants you, you want to come back. You want to put your best out there and give it your all. Want to go out and win a couple championships and make it memorable. When someone goes about a trade like that, I definitely want to give it back in full.”

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Hughes: Bills were impossible to walk away from

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2015 – 11:37 am

When the window for NFL clubs to talk with prospective free agents from other teams opened on March 7th, Jerry Hughes was a popular target. And though Hughes acknowledged that his representatives listened, they knew where their client stood in terms of where he wanted to play in 2015 and beyond.

In an interview with shortly after re-signing with Buffalo, Jerry Hughes admitted that other teams were in contact with his camp during the three-day contact window, but that his agent knew his preference from the start.

“Yeah there (were other teams calling), but we were still listening to Buffalo,” Hughes said. “I made it clear to them especially from my point of view I made it clear to my camp that (Buffalo) was the place I wanted to be.”

Hughes also said that the hiring of Rex Ryan only added to his desire to return to the Bills.

“Playing on a defense now where Rex Ryan is taking over and he’s the head coach and you hear all the great things from the players all over the league about how much they respect him and love him and how great of a coach he is. With someone like that who is now leading the team you don’t want to miss any type of involvement in that because you know he’s going to bring us all along the right way,” he said. “He’ll get us all moving as one unit. For us to be so close (to the playoffs) I feel like with him taking over, Terry and Kim (Pegula) did a fabulous job adding a couple more guys to the mix it made the team impossible to walk away from.”

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What Hughes said to Terry Pegula

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2015 – 11:33 am

Not long after he signed his new contract with the Bills Monday morning, he got on the phone to speak with owner Terry Pegula. In a sit down interview that will appear on later today (Monday) he talked about his exchange with his owner.

“Nothing but pleasantries. I told him I’m excited and very thankful for the opportunity that he’s given me, but now it’s time to get back to work,” Hughes told “We have goals, an AFC East title. We want to get that banner hanging up in this building so we know we’ve got to get ready to work for that and that starts now. So we’re putting our effort into that. Super Bowl too, but first we’ve got to take care of our division so we can get into the playoffs and let the rest take care of itself.”

The self-motivated Hughes said knowing he had teammates in Buffalo who were just as motivated to complete the team’s turnaround and reach the postseason was a factor in his return.

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