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Scouting the Veteran Additions: What Brandon Spikes Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Brandon Spikes could be a much-needed presence in the middle of a run defense that has consistently struggled. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The Buffalo Bills have finished among the NFL’s bottom five in run defense in every season since 2009. As part of their effort to stop that trend, the Bills agreed to terms with former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, who has been rated by Pro Football Focus (subscription required) as the NFL’s No. 1 inside linebacker in run defense in each of the past two seasons, on a one-year deal.

A large factor in the Bills’ inability to stop the run has been their inconsistent play from the linebacker position. Spikes, along with Keith Rivers and two draft picks, were added this offseason to provide consistent play at a position group that has been lacking stability in recent years.

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The 2014 All-Undrafted Team

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Although a knee injury didn’t stop Henry Josey from a productive 2013 season, it did lead to his going undrafted. (Photo: Spruce Derden — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

With a draft class that had been heralded as deep by people both inside and outside the league, we knew all along that there would be talented players to go unselected in the 2014 NFL draft.

Putting together an annual All-Undrafted team can be a challenge some years, as there are typically at least a couple positions where the well of draftable talent had run dry. Not this year. The difficult part of selecting this year’s best undrafted players wasn’t finding players worthy of the recognition, but rather deciding which players to leave off.

The following selections represent the prospects who bring the best skill sets and potential to the next level among the undrafted pool. That doesn’t necessarily mean they have the best chances to make the rosters of the teams who signed team, as some players have entered more favorable depth charts than others, but all of these players have enough ability to build a sustained NFL career.

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2014 Buffalo Bills Undrafted Free Agent Tracker

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Kenny Ladler is among the Buffalo Bills’ undrafted free agent signings following the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills officially announced their undrafted free agent signings on Tuesday. Read more about them here.

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What Cyril Richardson Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

The Bills bolstered their offensive line by selecting Cyril Richardson. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills continued to build their offensive line by selecting Baylor guard Cyril Richardson. Checking in at 6’5” and 329 pounds, Richardson fits the Bills’ prototype for massive offensive linemen.

Richardson has been a starter since his sophomore year and an all-Big 12 selection for the Bears in each of his final three seasons. Additionally, Richardson was named Big 12 offensive lineman of the year in 2012 and 2013. He was a unanimous All-American as a senior and one of the main reasons the Baylor offense was so prolific in 2013.

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What Ross Cockrell Brings to the Buffalo BIlls

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell was selected by the Bills in Round 4. (Photo: Mark Dolejs — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The Buffalo Bills added to their secondary depth by utilizing their fourth round selection on Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell. Adding to the defensive backfield was a priority for the Bills after having six of their 29 pre-draft visitors being secondary players. Cockrell makes it four for four in terms of Bills selections that were also pre-draft visitors.

A four-year starter in the ACC, Cockrell had a productive career for the Blue Devils. His best trait is his ability to break on the football as evidenced by his 12 career interceptions and 50 career pass breakups.

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