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Sophomore Spotlight: Duke Williams

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Second-year safety Duke Williams could be the answer for filling the void opened by Jairus Byrd’s departure. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Duke Williams didn’t play many snaps for the Buffalo Bills in 2013, but that number should rise significantly in 2014. With Jairus Byrd’s departure from Buffalo as a free agent this offseason, there is an opening in the lineup at safety alongside Aaron Williams. Da’Norris Searcy is pegged as the other starter, but Duke Williams is right behind him and could be in line for a much bigger role this season.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Jonathan Meeks

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Rookie strong safety Jonathan Meeks could be on the roster bubble immediately, even as a fifth-round pick. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

A candidate to get playing time at safety, or a candidate to be cut?

That’s the million dollar question with Jonathan Meeks. The Buffalo Bills’ fifth-round pick (No. 143 overall) in the 2013 NFL draft, Meeks didn’t make much of an impact in year one, and with plenty of competition at safety, his roster spot is far from guaranteed.

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Teammates Again: Canisius High School’s Jimmy Gaines, Derek Brim Back Together as Buffalo Bills

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Jimmy Gaines (pictured) and high school teammate Derek Brim are back in Buffalo. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Adjusting to the life in the NFL is a challenge for all rookies, but Buffalo Bills undrafted free-agent signings Jimmy Gaines and Derek Brim have an advantage of familiarity.

The two Western New York natives are not only familiar with the city of Buffalo but also with one another. Gaines and Brim were both 2010 graduates from Canisius High School, a private, all-male secondary institution in Buffalo, where they were football teammates.

Gaines went on to the University of Miami, where he was a three-year starter at linebacker. Brim stayed local at the University at Buffalo, where he began his career as a walk-on but emerged as a starting safety midway through his junior season.

Both players did enough to capture the interest of the Bills, who made room for the local products on their 90-man preseason roster. That doesn’t ensure they’ll be on the Bills’ 53-man regular season roster, but both players are fighting hard to turn their opportunity into a career.

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Scouting the Veteran Additions: What Corey Graham Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Instead of stealing passes from the Bills, Corey Graham will be trying to make plays for Buffalo in 2014, whether it be as an outside cornerback, slot cornerback, safety and/or special teams. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

With prolific passing offenses more prevalent than ever in today’s NFL, securing quality secondary personnel is vital to being able to match up with modern aerial attacks. The Buffalo Bills made multiple additions to their secondary this offseason including Corey Graham, an eight-year NFL veteran who signed a four year, $16 million contract as a free agent.

Graham is tasked with challenging Nickell Robey for the team’s nickel cornerback role, while he can also provide depth on the outside and has the versatility to contribute as a safety.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Dustin Hopkins

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

After missing his entire rookie season due to injury, Dustin Hopkins faces an uphill battle to make the Bills roster this year. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

When the Buffalo Bills drafted Dustin Hopkins in the 6th round (No. 177 overall) of the 2013 NFL draft, it meant that Rian Lindell’s job was in danger. After spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve, however, it’s his job that’s in danger going into the 2014 season.

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