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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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OL adjusting to rotating QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on April 29, 2015 – 10:13 am

While the quarterback rotation gets rolling at veteran voluntary minicamp this week, there is an adjustment for the signal callers to get into a rhythm quickly with limited snaps. There is also an adjustment for the offensive linemen, who have four different voices to listen to after they’re down on the line of scrimmage.

“Snap count and cadence, that’s the hardest adjustment there,” said Eric Wood of the adjustment from one to the other. “They’re all kind of going to adjust to us, where they’re putting their hands, taking the snap and whatever. Just getting used to the snap counts will be something, but we’re all learning it together. At this point we’re all learning. It’s not like one quarterback is behind or the center is off.”

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Ryan: We’re not going slow

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2015 – 3:16 pm

It was day one of veteran voluntary minicamp for the Bills Tuesday, and though it’s a new offense and new defense for the players, the coordinators weren’t going slow.

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said with veteran play callers on both sides of the ball, they’ll be operating at a healthy tempo and installing at a good clip, within reason.

“No, I think we have a veteran coaching staff,” said Ryan when asked if they’ll take things slow at the outset. “We’ve been there and done it, from Greg Roman and Dennis Thurman-we’ve implemented defenses before and offenses before and you know the steps it takes. What you’re seeing right now are the proper steps going into it, where you’re not overloading it. Maybe if it’s a first year coordinator or something like that, I could see your point. But not here. And we are excited, there’s no question about it. But we also understand the process.”

The players said the tempo was good and things were run quickly on the first day on the practice field.

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