2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Clemson DE/OLB Vic Beasley

October 23rd, 2014
Vic Beasley is one of the top defensive prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

Vic Beasley is one of the top defensive prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

While there were a record number of underclassmen that declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, Vic Beasley was not one of them. Projected as a first-round pick by many, Beasley decided to return for his senior year at Clemson and possibly improve his draft stock even more.

After totaling 13 sacks as a junior, Beasley already has eight this year. Playing mostly as a 4-3 defensive end in Clemson’s defense, Beasley also has played a significant amount of time from a stand up position as an outside linebacker. He has an elite skill-set that allows him to rush the passer from a multitude of positions and alignments.

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This Week in Fantasy Football: 2014 NFL Week 8

October 22nd, 2014
With Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller injured, Bills running back Bryce Brown is worth taking a chance on for fantasy football owners. (Photo: Sam Sharpe — USA Today Sports)

With Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller injured, Bills running back Bryce Brown is worth taking a chance on for fantasy football owners. (Photo: Sam Sharpe — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pick-Ups

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens (Owned in 63% of Yahoo! Leagues): In the past two weeks, Flacco has thrown for seven touchdowns and only two interceptions. Overall, he has 14 passing touchdowns compared to six interceptions and has a good amount of weapons in Steve Smith Sr., Torrey Smith, Owen Daniels, and Justin Forsett. There are not many better quarterbacks on the waiver wire right now, so he’s a recommended pickup if in need of one with bye weeks lurking.

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals (42% Y!): Since coming back from shoulder nerve issue, Palmer has thrown for four touchdowns and only one interception. He continues to use old habits and throw downfield to his deep threats, which only goes further to prove his health is back to normal. Arizona has a very pass-friendly offense and relatively easy schedule the next few weeks, so Palmer could put up good stats.

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C.J. Spiller Out At Least Eight Weeks, Phillip Tanner Added to Buffalo Bills Roster

October 21st, 2014
Phillip Tanner is the newest member of the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

Phillip Tanner is the newest member of the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, who broke his collarbone in Sunday’s win against the Minnesota Vikings, will be out at least eight weeks after being placed on injured reserve with a return designation Tuesday.

The Bills signed another running back, Phillip Tanner, to replace Spiller on the 53-man roster.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 7

October 21st, 2014
The Bills defensive line, including Jerry Hughes and Mario Williams, continued to stand out Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Bills defensive line, including Jerry Hughes and Mario Williams, continued to stand out Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills held a lead for only three minutes and seven seconds in Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, but the 17-16 lead they took with one second left in the game was just enough for them to win and improve their record to 4-3 in the 2014 campaign.

For most of the afternoon it was a sluggish effort from Buffalo, as head coach Doug Marrone alluded to in his postgame press conference.

For this week’s report card, I broke down players’ performances and assigned team grades for the Bills’ Week 7 last-second win over the Vikings. Some players stood out, but others need to step up their games.

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Strong Defense, Next Five Games Hold Key to Playoffs for Buffalo Bills After Win vs. Vikings

October 20th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills are in position to potentially make a playoff run, but coach Doug Marrone knows improvement is necessary. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills are in position to potentially make a playoff run, but coach Doug Marrone knows improvement is necessary. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

After seeing on ESPN Gametracker that the Buffalo Bills had turned the ball over three times in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings—only seeing live the Bills’ fourth turnover when Kyle Orton fumbled on a strip sack—I headed back to my apartment just north of Boston with the radio turned off, hoping as a fan of the Bills that they would somehow mount a miraculous comeback. I snuck a peek at my phone at a rest stop on the Mass Pike and saw the game update “FINAL: MIN 16 – BUF 17.”

It’s almost hard to believe that there were reasons for Bills fans to be happy or even quasi-happy about the outcome of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. While the Bills ended up victorious when Sammy Watkins caught a game-winning touchdown from Kyle Orton with just a tick left on the clock to give Buffalo a 17-16 win, questions remain about the team’s ability to contend for the playoffs this season.

How are the Bills supposed to feel after a game like that? What are the expectations for the final nine games? Have they changed?

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