Inside The Bills

Hughes trade another versatility move

Posted by Chris Brown on April 29, 2013 – 5:07 pm

The Bills acquisition of DE/OLB Jerry Hughes from the Colts follows the trail of examples of the demand for player versatility and speed.

Hughes had 4.65 speed coming out of TCU and without a lot of miles on his tires playing behind Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, Hughes figures to still be that fast. But his ability to play strong side LB and a rush end, including some subpackage rush looks is what made him the kind of versatile fit defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and head coach Doug Marrone are looking for.

“Versatility is something we’re looking for and we’d like our linebackers to at least be able to play both outside spots and we’d like our middle backer to have the ability to play WILL or MIKE so that was enticing about Jerry,” said Bills GM Buddy Nix.


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