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Scouting the Veteran Additions: What Bryce Brown Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

The Buffalo Bills made running back a priority by trading a 2015 draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for Bryce Brown. (Photo: Howard Smith — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Despite having an excellent running back tandem in Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, the Bills have question marks at the position beyond the 2014 season. Both Spiller and Jackson can become free agents at the end of the 2014 season. Jackson will be 34 years old at season’s end and Spiller might command more money than the Bills will have the appetite to pay for a running back on his second contract

That made the need to address the running back position a priority this offseason because in all likelihood, either Jackson and/or Spiller will not be on the team beyond this season.

After they utilized six of their 29 predraft visits on running backs, the Bills tried to trade back up into the second round of the draft to select Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, according to Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com. After the San Francisco 49ers struck a deal to move up and take Hyde off the board, the Bills struck a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire Bryce Brown—a player Buffalo had been negotiating to land for a year-and-a-half, according to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News—in exchange for a conditional 2015 fourth-round draft pick.

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Scouting the Veteran Additions: What Keith Rivers Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Keith Rivers hasn’t lived up to expectations in the NFL, but he gives the Bills a solid starter at strongside linebacker. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

As part of an overhaul to the Buffalo Bills’ linebacker depth chart that included two free agent signings and two draft picks, Keith Rivers signed a two-year, $4 million contract to help improve a position at which the Bills have had very little consistency in recent years.

While Rivers has not lived up to the billing of his selection as a top-10 draft pick, he is a useful player who can bring stability to the defense on a modest contract.

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Scouting the Veteran Additions: What Mike Williams Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

If Mike Williams can stay healthy and out of off-field trouble, he can bring an impressive skill set to the Bills offense. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

One year after signing Mike Williams to a contract extension that would have kept him on the team through the 2018 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded Williams to the Buffalo Bills for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The most experienced and proven receiver on the roster, Williams figures to be one of Buffalo’s most targeted weapons during the 2014 season.

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Buffalo Bills Pick-by-Pick 2014 NFL Draft Review

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Sammy Watkins was the most exciting pick of the draft class, but the Bills did a terrific job of finding value throughout the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: Adam Hunger — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills made seven total selections in the 2014 NFL draft. The team wheeled and dealed over the course of the three-day draft and added a wide receiver, three offensive linemen, two linebackers and a cornerback.

Buffalo’s aggressiveness in the first round shows that the team is in a win-now mode. The Bills have a clear objective this season: make the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

The theme going into this draft was getting EJ Manuel help. On paper, the draft was a success. The team added the top wide receiver in the class while bulking up an offensive line that gave up 48 sacks in 2013. In addition to their draft picks, Buffalo also traded for Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown, a player the Bills have coveted for more than a year. Manuel has all the weapons you could ask for.

We take a look at each of the Bills’ selections and assess how well the team did in addressing their needs and maximizing value.

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Buffalo Bills Trade for Running Back Bryce Brown

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills continued to be aggressive by trading a future conditional pick, and swapping seventh-round picks, with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday to acquire running back Bryce Brown. (Photo: Howard Smith — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

During the Buffalo Bills’ predraft luncheon, general manager Doug Whaley was asked about the concern of the team “mortgaging its future” to be aggressive in this year’s draft.

“Depends on what you mean by mortgaging the future,” Whaley replied. “We give up our whole draft? You’re mortgaging our future. If we give up a second round or a pick next year, again it’s a calculated decision. I would say it all depends on the deal.”

If you read between the lines on that answer, Whaley was clearly thinking about giving up future assets to make moves in this year’s draft.

The Bills made their first “calculated decision” in Round 1 of the draft when they gave up 2015 first- and fourth-round picks to move up from the No. 9 overall pick to the fourth spot and secure Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. They made another during Day 3 of the draft, when they traded a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick for Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown.

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