Inside The Bills

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 “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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