By Mark Gaughan
Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix thinks newly acquired defender Jerry Hughes can fit a couple of roles on the defense of coordinator Mike Pettine. Hughes spent the past three seasons mostly as a backup for the Indianapolis Colts.
"We think this defense and the way they're going to play him will fit what he does best," Nix said by phone with reporters this afternoon. "He was a defensive end at TCU, played with his hand on the ground, did that at first with the Colts, and then when they went to the 3-4, he played a little bit of both.
"But he played behind Robert [Mathis] and Dwight Freeney, so playing time wasn't a lot. We think this will give him an opportunity to do what he does best."
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By Tim Graham
The Buffalo Bills now have gotten rid of their top three
tacklers from last season.
The Bills announced this afternoon they've traded linebacker
Kelvin Sheppard to the Indianapolis Colts for pass-rusher Jerry Hughes.
Hughes was the 31st overall pick in the 2010 draft, but has
been a disappointment, starting only seven games in his three NFL seasons.
Hughes made 41 tackles and added a career-high four sacks
for the Colts last year.
Sheppard, a 2011 third-round pick, was third on the Bills last year with 77 tackles, three for losses, two sacks and a pass
Bills previously cut leading tackler Nick Barnett and No. 2 tackler George Wilson. The Bills' fourth-leading tackler, safey Jairus Byrd, isn't under contract.
February 14, 2013 - 3:14 PM
By Tim Graham
Pro Football Focus tweeted an amazing stat this afternoon.
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller last season missed one
tackle on 576 passing snaps and one tackle on 339 running snaps. The average
distance downfield that Miller made a tackle was 0.25 yards away from the
line of scrimmage.
With that in mind, I wanted to see who the Buffalo Bills' most
efficient tacklers were in PFF's play-by-play review.
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January 31, 2013 - 12:48 PM
By Tim Graham
-- Kirk Morrison couldn't get on the field for an historically bad defense that
was considered thin at linebacker.
"My knowledge of the game, how many consecutive games
I've started over my career," Morrison said, "not to get a start or
play significant time was frustrating."
Morrison signed a two-year contract with the Bills in 2011
after starting all but one game in his previous six seasons for the Oakland
Raiders, where he was a captain, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
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