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Sophomore Spotlight: Nickell Robey

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Cornerback Nickell Robey was one of the most pleasant surprises for the Bills in 2013. (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

No one, including the Buffalo Bills, knew what they getting when they signed Nickell Robey as an undrafted free agent. Generally, an undrafted player making the 53-man roster is a story in itself. Having an undrafted free agent earn playing time in all 16 games? A rare feat.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Jeff Tuel

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Jeff Tuel isn’t likely to see the field in 2014, but his roster spot is safe. (Photo: Derick E. Hingle — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Every year after the NFL draft, discussions often revolve around what rookies can bring to their respective teams. It’s certainly a worthy conversation, but just as important can be the development of the players entering their sophomore seasons.

That is very true for the Bills, who have eight 2013 draft picks returning to the team along with two key undrafted free agents, Jeff Tuel and Nickell Robey.

This year’s look at the Bills’ second-year players begins with Tuel, who was signed by the team out of Washington State and went on to start a game last year.

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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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