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Should the Buffalo Bills Move On from Stevie Johnson?

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have publicly backed wide receiver Stevie Johnson, but should they keep him and his $8.5 million contract around for 2014? (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Glaze

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Stevie Johnson has been the Buffalo Bills’ leading wide receiver for each of the past four seasons, and is under contract with the Bills for three more seasons, but a disappointing 2013 season has led some Bills supporters to sour on Johnson heading into the 2014 season.

Some even believe the Bills should move on from Johnson through a trade or release.

Despite his past production, Johnson has consistently been somewhat of an enigma, a player known as well for his antics and costly drops as he has been for his key role in Buffalo’s passing offense. By catching just 52 passes for 597 yards and three touchdowns last season, Johnson no longer had the production to overshadow his perceived flaws.

Additionally, the Bills could consider Johnson a potential cap casualty, a decision that would likely be made by March because as ESPN’s Mike Rodak explained, he is set to receive a $1.75 million roster bonus in March.

Should this offseason be the time for the Bills move on from Johnson and escalating contract? Ryan Glaze thinks it is. Dan Hope, however, thinks the Bills should remain fully committed to Johnson for at least the 2014 season.

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Five Under-the-Radar Free Agent Targets for the Buffalo Bills

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Kenny Britt has the size the Bills need at wide receiver — and should come cheap. (Photo: Don McPeak — USA TODAY Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The NFL’s free agency period doesn’t begin until March 11, but it’s where the Buffalo Bills’ focus will quickly shift following the NFL Scouting Combine.

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What Will 2014 Buffalo Bills Defense Look Like with New Coaches, Existing Personnel?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

What will the Buffalo Bills defense look like under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in 2014? We can take a look back at 2013 for some ideas. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Outside of a few key players, the only constant for the Buffalo Bills defense since 2011 has been its inconstancy. As the Bills go into the 2014 season with their fourth defensive coordinator in as many seasons, that will continue to be the case.

Unlike the previous two seasons, however, this year’s change came not because the Bills defense needed it, but because it was really good. Mike Pettine was hired as Cleveland Browns head coach after just one seasons as Bills defensive coordinator, in which the Buffalo defense ranked second in the NFL in sacks, tied for sixth in the league in takeaways, 10th in total defense and as the league’s fourth-most efficient defense by Football Outsiders.

In total, the Bills lost five members of last year’s defensive coaching staff to the Browns, but they did a great job restacking the deck. In new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, defensive line coach Pepper Johnson and linebackers coach Fred Pagac, the Bills added three highly-respected defensive minds with a combined 48 years of NFL coaching experience.

With the coaching shuffle finally complete in Buffalo (at least it seems to be), the new Bills coaching staff should already be at work constructing Buffalo’s defensive scheme for 2014.

What will that defense ultimately look like?

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Ryan Talbot’s Buffalo Bills Seven-Round Mock Draft: Version 2.0

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

If Jake Matthews is on the board at nine, the Bills would be foolish to pass on him.  (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

With version 1.0 of my Buffalo Bills mock draft being more than one month old, it’s time for another look at how Buffalo’s draft could stack up. It’s early February, so it’s safe to say there’s still plenty of uncertainty when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. In general, teams will have a better ideas of how their draft boards stack up after some of their roster holes get filled via free agency.

For the sake of this mock draft, I’ll make a few free agency predictions. First, I think the Bills will resign Jairus Byrd long-term or replace him with a fellow free agent (T.J. Ward and Chris Clemons are two solid options that come to mind). Buffalo could also add a left guard in free agency along with a veteran defensive lineman.

If they can address those needs with veteran signings, here’s one way they could continue building their roster with their seven picks in this year’s draft.
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Buffalo Bills Hire Rob Moore as Wide Receivers Coach

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Robert Woods and the Buffalo Bills wide receivers will have a new position coach, Rob Moore, this season. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Turned out the Buffalo Bills weren’t yet done making additions to their coaching staff. The Bills made their sixth assistant coach hire of the offseason Thursday when they announced the selection of Rob Moore as wide receivers coach.

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