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Hughes makes USA Today All-Joe team

Posted by Chris Brown on January 24, 2014 – 11:26 am

It’s not the Pro Bowl or All-Pro, but Bills pass rusher Jerry Hughes did get some measure of national recognition Friday for his 10-sack season in 2013.

Hughes was listed as a member of USA Today’s Larry Weisman’s All-Joe team. For those not familiar with the All-Joe team here’s a brief description.

All-Joe team was created in 1992 by longtime NFL writer Larry Weisman as a tribute to Joe Phillips, a 14-year defensive lineman who did yeoman’s work for the Kansas City Chiefs that season. Phillips’ effort in the trenches didn’t lead to much glory … unless you point to the 29 combined sacks of Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith, Kansas City’s fifth-ranked defense or the team’s wild-card run. USA TODAY Sports has honored the unsung Joes ever since and compiles them in a 53-man roster that has at least one representative from every NFL team. Only players who have never been named to the Pro Bowl are eligible.

Weisman wrote the following on Hughes.

Jerry Hughes (Bills): A former first rounder cast off by the Colts, Hughes emerged as quite the sub package QB hunter (he only started once in 2013) in Buffalo with 10 sacks. 


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Kyle among most productive interior rushers

Posted by Chris Brown on January 17, 2014 – 8:57 am

Bills Pro Bowl DT Kyle Williams set a career high in 2013 with 10.5 sacks. He also had 17 QB hits and 39 QB hurries in earning his third career Pro Bowl nod according to Pro Football Focus. PFF also had him as the highest rated defensive player on Buffalo’s roster for the 2013 campaign. So it’s not surprising to see that when it came to pass rush productivity among interior defenders, Williams ranked in the top five in the NFL.

PFF recently put together their pass rush productivity for their edge rushers and Buffalo’s Jerry Hughes topped the list. Now they’ve done the same with interior defenders and Williams ranks fifth in the league. Here’s a look at the chart put together by the stat crunchers at PFF.

For those who don’t know, Vinny Curry is a situational pass rusher for the Eagles. Just about everyone else on this list is a regular starter, though I question the Saints Cameron Jordan being on here knowing he rushed from an outside position a good deal of the time this past season.

#

Name

Team

Pass Rush Snaps

Total Pressure

PRP

1

J.J. Watt

HST

518

85

12.8

2

Vinny Curry

PHI

217

32

11.6

3

Cameron Jordan

NO

525

76

11.5

4

Gerald McCoy

TB

561

80

11.1

5

Kyle D. Williams

BUF

533

69

10.3

6

Ndamukong Suh

DET

543

72

10.2

7

Brandon Mebane

SEA

240

32

10

8

Justin Smith

SF

462

56

9.5

9

Geno Atkins

CIN

290

34

9.3

9

Malik Jackson

DEN

364

43

9.3

 


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Hughes’ big year left him far from satisfied

Posted by Chris Brown on January 15, 2014 – 9:45 am

As we profiled on Buffalobills.com today, the addition of Jerry Hughes via trade proved to be one of the best moves not only for Buffalo, but perhaps in the entire NFL in 2013. And though Hughes was very happy to be able to contribute to the Bills’ defensive success in a way he had not been able to at the NFL level before, he was still far from satisfied.

That’s because Hughes wanted his productivity to result in more victories than losses.

“It was fun,” said Hughes of the season he had. “But it’s tough to say (I proved the Bills right) because it was just six wins and we were not getting ready for another game (at the end of the regular season). I think for the most part we’re all judged on wins and losses. Individual performances are good to look at in the offseason, but I definitely want to win football games. That’s what we’re here for. The individual stats are cool, but the ‘W’ at the end of the day that’s all that matters.”


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Hughes tops pass rush productivity list

Posted by Chris Brown on January 15, 2014 – 8:30 am

He wasn’t a full time starter on defense, but when it came to pass rush effectiveness per snap played, there was no one better in 2013 than Buffalo’s Jerry Hughes.

That according to Pro Football Focus, which had Hughes as their top rated player for pass rush productivity in 2013. As we profiled on Buffalobills.com today, the Bills acquisition of Hughes may be one of the more significant trades of the 2013 league year.

Here’s their chart for the top rated players in that category.

Rank

Name

Team

Pass Rush Snaps

Total Pressure

PRP

1

Jerry Hughes

BUF

305

59

15.4

2

Robert Quinn

SL

477

91

15.3

3

Aldon Smith

SF

289

55

15.1

3

Elvis Dumervil

BLT

319

61

15.1

3

Justin Houston

KC

332

59

14.1

6

Cameron Wake

MIA

397

71

14.0

7

Michael Bennett

SEA

379

65

13.5

8

Von Miller

DEN

234

38

12.8

9

Tamba Hali

KC

500

77

12.2

10

Greg Hardy

CAR

536

82

12.1


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Bills surprised Fins didn’t run more

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2013 – 5:56 pm

Facing the number one sack team in the league on the road, and having given up a league-leading 51 sacks on the season, Buffalo figured that Miami would make a concerted effort to run the ball. They didn’t, which surprised a lot of Buffalo’s defenders.

“We really thought they were going to come in here and run the ball, given the elements and everything like that,” said Jerry Hughes, who had one of the Bills’ seven sacks of Ryan Tannehill Sunday. “We really thought they’d try to test our run game early. They kind of did, but we kind of shut it down. The rush is kind of what they tried to do and we kind of stopped them.”

If the Dolphins tried to run the ball they didn’t try very long. Granted their lack of success may have been a deterrent, but it was a 10-point game until the fourth quarter.

Miami had nine carries for just nine yards in the first half. They ran it just three more times in the second half for just five more yards for a total of 14 in the game.


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Hughes in top 10 territory

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2013 – 1:10 pm

It’s been a productive season for Jerry Hughes in his first year with the Bills, and ProFootballFocus is taking notice. The stat crunchers and film reviewers of every play of every game, have Hughes ranked in their top 10 at the 3-4 OLB position.

Hughes is rated tied for seventh overall among 3-4 OLBs this season. As you’ll see in the PFF chart below, only five of the players listed above him have a higher combination number of sacks, QB hits and QB hurries than Hughes (48). His pass rush rating of 13.9 is also only bested by three other players in the top 10 as well (Houston, Dumervil, Mathis).

Mario Williams and Manny Lawson rank 13th and 22nd overall on this chart.

 

Ratings

Coverage

#

Name

Team

Snaps

Overall

Rush

Cov.

Run

Pen.

# of Pen

QB Sk

QB Ht

QB Hu

BP

Tks

Ass

MT

St

1  Justin   Houston KC 724 31.8 17.9 3.7 7.6 2.6 0-0 11 8 42 4 32 2 12 38
2  Elvis   Dumervil BLT 479 23.6 23.9 1.2 4.7 -6.2 8-2 10 9 34 1 13 6 0 19
3  Brian   Orakpo WAS 735 23.1 9.3 2.6 9.5 1.7 1-0 9 11 26 2 30 11 5 30
4  Trent   Cole PHI 764 21.2 10.9 -1.9 9.6 2.6 0-0 6 10 26 2 33 4 4 33
5  Tamba   Hali KC 830 21.1 12.6 2.7 4.8 1.0 2-0 12 7 52 0 20 8 7 25
6  Robert   Mathis IND 719 20.3 14.9 -0.3 4.2 1.5 2-0 15 3 33 2 26 2 6 33
7  Aldon   Smith SF 407 13.9 9.8 -0.2 5.7 -1.4 3-0 7 5 22 0 16 2 2 19
7  Jerry   Hughes BUF 529 13.9 13.6 -1.5 4.9 -3.1 6-2 9 5 34 1 22 1 4 19
9  Terrell   Suggs BLT 764 13.8 1.8 0.4 10.9 0.7 3-1 9 13 32 0 48 7 4 46
10  Junior   Galette NO 689 12.8 11.0 0.1 1.7 0.0 3-1 9 11 30 0 23 7 3 26

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Hughes ranked 5th among edge rushers

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2013 – 4:59 pm

Bills LB Jerry Hughes already has a career high eight sacks this season, but he’s also got a ton of QB hits and hurries. The Monday Morning Quarterback site measures pressure a bit differently than just straight sacks. Among edge rushers Hughes ranks in the top 10 in the league.

MMQB has Hughes ranked fifth in the league among edge rushers this season in their unique ranking of pressure points. See chart below.

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Past intel on Hughes sold Bills that he’d fit

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2013 – 12:19 pm

The Bills were presented with an opportunity to trade for Jerry Hughes shortly after the NFL draft. When defensive coordinator Mike Pettine heard the name mentioned he instantly became a lobbyist to make the deal happen.

Appearing on the Sirius XM NFL Radio ‘No Huddle’ show with Steve Tasker, Pettine revealed the prior knowledge he had acquired on Hughes when he was a college prospect.

“He didn’t surprise us (here) because in New York, the year he came out he was very high on our draft board. We knew he was going to probably going to fall right around where we were picking late in the first,” said Pettine. “I had gone down to TCU to work him out so when Doug (Marrone) mentioned the possibility of trading for him I couldn’t jump up on the table fast enough. He’s a special talent. The key thing there is he can run. There’s no substitute for that.

“I thought he’d be a perfect complement to line up opposite Mario. He’s benefited from people sliding protection to Mario. He’s benefited from some of those exposed edges.”


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Hughes rated Bills most efficient pass rusher

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2013 – 9:55 am

The folks at ProFootballFocus watch and grade every play of the season, and for the Bills the player they have at the top of their pass rushing efficiency chart might not be who you think it is.

It’s Jerry Hughes, who doesn’t play quite as many snaps as Mario Williams or Kyle Williams or Marcell Dareus, but has been every bit as effective against the pass. Hughes has six sacks, four QB hits and 29 QB pressures. As we covered in a feature story on Hughes last week, he often creates pressure opportunities for his teammates with the way he flushes quarterbacks from the pocket.

Here’s how the folks at PFF rank the club’s top pass rushers through 11 games.

Pos.

Name

Total
Plays

Run Def.

Pass Rush

Pass Cov.

Overall

Run Def.

Pass Rush

QB Sk

QB Ht

QB Hu

BP

Tks

Ass

MT

Stops

 LB  Jerry Hughes

473

164

222

87

11.4

4.0

10.2

7

4

29

1

19

1

4

14

 DL  Kyle D. Williams

665

273

387

5

24.9

16.9

10.1

8

10

26

1

23

8

3

28

 DL  Marcell Dareus

595

262

327

6

22.2

11.1

9.5

6

3

21

1

40

6

2

37

 LB  Mario Williams

710

293

406

11

7.0

-0.1

5.2

12

5

32

1

10

3

1

17


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Time on field benefiting Hughes’ game most

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2013 – 4:27 pm

Bills pass rusher Jerry Hughes doesn’t deny that he learned a lot in his three years playing behind Pro Bowl ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, but he’s seen his game progress more in 10 games this season than in the previous three.

“It’s helping out tremendously,” Hughes told Buffalobills.com. “It’s always great to sit on the sideline and learn the game from two established vets like those two guys were, but to actually be out on the field with your teammates and playing a full game, playing with the guys, those things you really can’t practice for or hold into account how valuable it is and you get more of a feel for the speed of the game versus watching it on the sideline.”

Hughes said playing behind Freeney and Mathis was a pass rush education, but the impact he’s been able to make for the Bills this season is his most rewarding accomplishment to this point in his career. His teammates also have quickly developed a respect for the way Hughes goes about his business.

“I think just knowing him the way I do a simple mindset, just come in be the best that we can be and try to make a difference here,” said Manny Lawson. “We hear a lot of talk about what the Bills used to be and our mantra is we’re just going to be who we are. Jerry is a very competitive guy. He’s not afraid to ask questions and learn from the coaches and myself just what’s going on. We talk and communicate well on the field and just generally he wants to learn the game and be better at the game and that’s all you can really ask for from a player.”


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Bills ‘D’ had the clamps on

Posted by Chris Brown on November 3, 2013 – 10:13 pm

Buffalo’s defense had been susceptible to giving up the big play through the first half of the season. That disappeared on Sunday.

The Bills allowed a total of 210 net yards to the Chiefs, the fewest in a loss since they gave up just 193 in the infamous 6-3 loss to Cleveland back on Oct. 11, 2009.

The longest play surrendered by the Bills was a 20-yard pass play from Alex Smith to Anthony Fasano. No other play went for more than 12 yards in the game.

On 10 total possessions, the Chiefs gained more than 35 yards on a drive, just once, their 42-yard field goal drive in the third quarter. That was also the only Kansas City drive that reached the red zone.

“I think we’ve got a good defense,” said Stephon Gilmore. “One thing their defense did, they got turnovers and scored. That’s what we needed as a defense. I just feel like we needed a play on defense to turn the game around for the offense. But we never got that.”

The closest they came was on Jerry Hughes strip sack, but Leodis McKelvin was unable to come up with the loose ball.


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Jerry Hughes to start

Posted by Chris Brown on October 27, 2013 – 11:52 am

Bills LB Manny Lawson is inactive with a hamstring injury today. He’s going to be replaced in the lineup by another veteran linebacker.

Jerry Hughes will start in Lawson’s place. Look for Nigel Bradham to fill Lawson’s role as well in certain packages.


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PFF honors Bills D-line in Wk 7

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2013 – 1:05 pm

It’s probably no surprise that ProFootballFocus made Mario Williams a part of their Top Performers of Week 7, but he wasn’t the only Bills defender to be recognized.

PFF named Williams one of their top two edge rushers last week in the NFL as he his two sacks were only part of the story. Here’s what they wrote about his performance against Miami.

Edge Rushers: Robert Mathis, IND (+6.5) and Mario Williams, BUF (+4.5)

And so continues the extremely impressive year of Mathis. He made game changing plays as he finished with two sacks, two hits and a hurry, while his work in the run game was eye-catching as well. For Williams, he’ll be happy to not only have ended with seven quarterback disruptions (as he picked up his highest grade of the year) but also the game changing play.

Honorable Mention: Von Miller (DEN) and Jerry Hughes (BUF)

Hughes according to PFF had six quarterback hurries in the Miami game. Marcell Dareus also earned honorable mention honors for best defensive interior players in Week 7. He had four tackles and a QB hit.


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Bills offseason pickups producing on ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2013 – 1:16 pm

The Bills free agent additions of Alan Branch and Manny Lawson were not headline grabbers nationally. Neither was the trade Buffalo made to acquire Jerry Hughes. But through the first six games all three have been significant contributors for the Bills defense.

That production is getting some attention. ProFootballFocus highlighted the performances of both Branch and Hughes this past week against Cincinnati. Lawson left the game early with a hamstring injury. PFF in reviewing the game praised both Branch and Hughes for their efforts. Here’s their synopsis.

Hughes’ Redemption Continues in Buffalo
After failing to make his impact in Indianapolis, Jerry Hughes has got a second chance in Buffalo and, aside from one performance, he is grasping that opportunity with both hands. Featuring in a career high 76 snaps off the bench, Hughes had an impact as both a pass rusher and run defender, overcoming his early missed tackle on Marvin Jones’ long gain on a reverse. He recorded three pressures as a pass rusher against the Bengals’ tackle pairing, one of the better in the league, while also drawing a holding penalty from Andrew Whitworth on a spin move that would have negated a key third-down conversion for the Bengals had A.J. Green’s left foot landed just infield. The theme with all of Hughes’ pressure was working to the inside of Whitworth and Andre Smith. It can be easy for pass rushers who come in as speed rushers to get too concerned with trying to tear past opposing tackles every play, but Hughes used that speed to set up his inside work this week. Hughes also added a batted pass and three stops in probably the most complete performance of his career to date.
Branch Maximizes his Run Snaps
He may be a fairly one dimensional defender but when he plays that one dimension as well as he did yesterday and the Bills can juggle his snaps as they did to exploit that strength you can always find room on your defense for a player like Alan Branch. Of his 48 defensive snaps Branch was defending the run on 31 of them (64.6%) and responded with five stops against the run, his most since Week 15 of the 2011 season in Chicago. Branch worked on both sides of the line getting the better of every member of the Bengals’ line except for Andrew Whitworth. This is Branch’s second “impact” game as a run defender having matched his +2.0 run defense grade against the Jets in Week 3, if he can provide more consistent displays like this then the Bills will be much tougher to run on.
 

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New Bills liking fan decibel level

Posted by Chris Brown on August 17, 2013 – 12:58 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone and some of the newer players to the team’s roster were pretty impressed with the energy of the home crowd at Ralph Wilson Stadium Friday night.

“It was fun. The crowd brought great energy,” said Jerry Hughes, who logged a pair of sacks in the game. “The fans throughout the entire game were rowdy and really helped us feed off that. So we started feeding off that. We just wanted to go out there and play for them.”

Coach Marrone even credited the botched snaps between the centers and the quarterbacks of the Vikings to the crowd noise.

“Well they had some miscues with the snaps, credit to the fans. I’m excited about that. I played in some tough venues and I really think that has a lot to do with it. Hopefully we can keep that up.”

Knowing there were only 60 thousand fans at Friday’s game an additional 19-thousand will make it even louder.

 


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Hughes to start for Mario

Posted by Chris Brown on August 16, 2013 – 6:21 pm

Jerry Hughes is getting the start at RDE in place of Mario Williams, who is sitting tonight.

Hughes played well last week rushing off the edge and even in coverage.

Hughes didn’t have sacks last week, but moved the quarterback off his spot frequently and created playmaking opportunities for teammates.


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Irony for Hughes in preseason opener

Posted by Chris Brown on August 10, 2013 – 1:02 pm

For the first time in his NFL career Jerry Hughes won’t be wearing an Indianapolis Colts uniform. Ironically, in his first game in a Bills uniform will be against the team he was traded from this offseason. When the Bills and the Colts kick off Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium, Hughes said it’s just another game.

“We’re going there to handle business and get the win,” Hughes told Buffalobills.com Contributing Correspondent Nate West. “We’re all close, we all stayed in touch, but at the end of the day when you step on that field, it’s a football game.”

He still has friends on the team, but said his focus is on minimizing the mental mistakes and becoming better as a team.

Hughes stayed late after their night practice Saturday with some of the offensive linemen. He said he’s been doing that for the past few practices.

“That’s something I’ve been doing so they can give me some looks, I can give them some looks,” Hughes said. “Really, we’ve just been practicing hard. It’s just us working on our craft.”


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Whaley confident in pass rushing depth

Posted by Chris Brown on July 28, 2013 – 3:47 pm

Just days before training camp the Bills released veteran DE Mark Anderson. It leaves the Bills with just one proven pass rusher in Mario Williams at the DE/OLB spot depending on exactly what Manny Lawson’s role will be in the defense. But GM Doug Whaley is very confident in the young talent he has on the roster to flourish now that they’ll have the opportunity to grow on the field.

“I feel pretty good about it,” Whaley said. “We think the competition will make people better and it makes people, let the cream rise to the crop and before Mario was in the league he didn’t have any sacks so this is going to give an opportunity for guys to show what they have and maybe become the next Mario.”

Bills head coach Doug Marrone echoed Whaley’s comments.

“We feel we have some good young players there. Jerry Hughes, (Jamie) Blatnick, (Kourtnei) Brown,” said Marrone. “We feel very comfortable about how that position is going to develop and we’re excited for all those guys.”

Blatnick was certainly a player that flashed ability in the spring camps. That will have to naturally continue with the pads on here at camp. Hughes however, is the player that the Bills are likely banking on the most knowing he’s had time on the field the last three seasons as a rotational reserve behind top flight pass rushers like Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.

“We’re very excited about Jerry,” said Whaley. “He was a high pick and we think that this fresh start will be good for him and actually be a bonus for us.”


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Newcomers now primary options at OLB/DE

Posted by Chris Brown on July 23, 2013 – 3:58 pm

With the release of Mark Anderson the pool of competition got smaller at the all important outside linebacker/defensive end position for the Bills. Yes, Mario Williams is the obvious starter for one of the roles, but suddenly it’s a position whose prime candidates to land the other starting job are newcomers.

Free agent signee Manny Lawson and Jerry Hughes, acquired in a trade with Indianapolis, are now the prime candidates competing for the role opposite Williams.

Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine had this to say about each of the new acquisitions.

“Manny is a veteran player so we got a good chance to study him on tape. A lot of good reps on tape from when he was
at Cincinnati and also dating back to San Fran,” said Pettine. “He’s a professional and we’re looking forward to taking advantage of his skill set. He’s not just one of the smartest players on the team, but one of the smartest players in the NFL.”

“I think what’s helped him is a lot of their system has the same roots,” said Pettine of Hughes’ time with Indianapolis. “Chuck Pagano coming from Baltimore brought a system with him where a lot of the terminology that was similar so there was a lot of carry over. And he’s another one of those guys that’s been coachable. Coach O’Neil has done a nice job with him spending extra time studying tape and making sure he got in the playbook. I think he’s excited because he sees a role for himself on the team as do we.”

Another option who flashed at those edge positions was first-year player Jamie Blatnick,


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Fan Friday 5-31

Posted by Chris Brown on May 31, 2013 – 4:31 pm

Time for the latest edition of your questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - Hey Chris

Concerned that the offensive line went unaddressed so far in this off season. Seems we lost 2 of our 3 best guards to free agency. Do you know of any plans to address this?  If not I sure hope EJ can run as fast as reported as he might be running for his well being.

Ray
The only bills fan in New Hampshire

CB: I think there will still be time to address the offensive line in the summer if the Bills personnel department and coaching staff feels it needs to be addressed. I believe with the team not playing real football yet with pads on, it’s been difficult for the staff to assess whether or not an addition needs to be made. I believe the team is in good shape at the tackle position. Obviously the guard position saw two players that played an awful lot of football walk out the door. I’m confident if a position needs to be addressed it will be by this front office.

 

2 – Chris,

We need our receivers to be at top speed by opening day. We need them working with someone like Jerry Rice right now. Like Eric Moulds did on the offseason. Remember the difference that made with Eric?

CB: The receiving corps is young agreed. The comments from the coaches are that this offense caters to aiding younger receivers so they can contribute sooner. You talked about the team needing someone that’s been successful in the league. The Bills already have that in receivers coach Ike Hilliard. In fact Coach Marrone tipped his hat to Hilliard based on how the young receivers performed during OTAs.

“I think a lot of the credit goes to Ike Hilliard and knows what it takes for a young player to make a team because he’s been through it before,” said Marrone. “Those types of experiences with some of our coaches that have an NFL background, we talk to our players all the time about it. But I think it means a little bit more when it comes from a coach that has already done it.”

 

3 - Hi Chris,
Now moving forward to the 2013 season, I have a few questions: why did the bills swap linebackers with Indy, and pick up Jerry Hughes? Is Hughes better than Kelvin Sheppard? As far as the coaching staff, do you feel that the Marrone regime will hold players more accountable than the Gailey regime did? Do you anticipate EJ Manuel being the starter when the regular season commences?

As always, looking forward to your input.

Tony, Ormond Beach, FL

CB: The Bills made the trade I believe for one major reason. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has said the strength of his defense is its versatility. Jerry Hughes is a more versatile player than Kelvin Sheppard. Sheppard in this kind of defense would probably have been just a two-down linebacker. Hughes is a better athlete that can line up at more than one position and might be more effective in the impact he can make for this defense than Sheppard would have been.

Marrone has been all about accountability since he got here, not only with the players being accountable to one another, but he wants the players to hold him and his coaches accountable too.

Projecting EJ Manuel as the starter is a bit premature. Though he has coach Marrone encouraged, I think we really won’t know how ready Manuel is until we see how he performs in the preseason games.

 

4 - Hey CB

How is Pears looking in practice!!, I here he is getting healthy and should be in good shape by pre-season!!

clickrjp – a fan

CB: Pears over the past week or so has slowly worked his way in to the team portions of practice. It’s been a long road back for Pears after injuries slowed him in 2012, but he saw his most extensive work in team portions of practice Friday. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come for the right tackle come the mandatory minicamp next month.

 

5 – Chris,

First off you & John Murphy are my only means of Bills info(all the way in Memphis). Keep up the good work guys. My question is with the acquisitions of 2nd rd Robert Woods,3rd rd Marquise Goodwin,& Undrafted FA Da’rick Rodgers, which I’m excited about especially Woods & Rodgers, so with us getting Goodwin to possibly be the slot guy. Where does that leave T.J. Graham?

He’s a layover from the last coaching staff & not Marrone’s guy. Where does he fit? & throw a talented a Brad Smith in the mix. How are they get all of this talent on the field with Stevie? Is it gonna be a rotation or what? Man I really wanna know.

Draper Jackson
Patiently waiting in Memphis,Tn

CB: I think T.J. Graham has been the most consistent receiver in the OTA practices. He looks like a player that’s ready to take a sizable jump in performance this year despite the new offense. Brad Smith was another consistent performer with Stevie Johnson missing most of the OTAs, it afforded them a good deal of snaps in practice.

I would tend to believe that the Bills keep six receivers on the roster. All of the aforementioned wideouts are firmly in that mix. It’s not going to be an easy call when it comes to picking the fifth and sixth receivers, but Graham is not one you need to worry about. Heading into the mandatory minicamp he’s positioned himself well for a notable role in the offense.


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