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Bills winning Jerry Hughes trade

By Tim Graham

PITTSBURGH -- Jerry Hughes was considered a bust for the Indianapolis Colts.

The fourth-year pass-rusher has been productive for the Buffalo Bills.

Hughes, acquired in an offseason trade for linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, had two more sacks in today's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Each sack came on third down and forced a punt.

Hughes has more than doubled his career sack total since joining the Bills. He has six this season (second for the Bills behind Mario Williams) and 11 since he entered the NFL as the 31st overall draft choice in 2010.

Hughes also has 31 tackles, two tackles for losses and two forced fumbles this year.

Sheppard has 18 tackles and one sack for the Colts. The Bills drafted him in the third round in 2011.

A quick note about Kiko Alonso's impact on Bills

By Tim Graham

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- How much of an upgrade has Buffalo Bills rookie Kiko Alonso been at middle linebacker?

Alonso leads all NFL rookies with 19 tackles. While impressive, consider that through two games, he already has an interception, a sack, a forced fumble and a recovery.

Alonso's predecessor, Kelvin Sheppard, had two sacks, no interceptions, no forced fumbles and one recovery in 32 games.

Alsonso will make his third career start this afternoon against the New York Jets here at the Meadowlands.

Buddy Nix sees Jerry Hughes as versatile fit for defense

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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Top three tacklers gone: Bills trade Kelvin Sheppard for Jerry Hughes

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 breakup.

The 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.

Hits and whiffs: The best and worst Buffalo Bills tacklers

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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Kirk Morrison wants to return to Bills, prove what he can do

By Tim Graham

NEW ORLEANS -- 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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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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