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2014 NFL Preseason Week 4: Live Analysis of Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Jim Schwartz's defense has gotten the better of Nathaniel Hackett's offense in the first few days of training camp. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and the Buffalo Bills faced off against his former team, the Detroit Lions, on Thursday night. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The final week of the preseason is rarely exciting, but the Buffalo Bills’ preseason finale gave plenty of reasons for fans of the team to be discouraged going into the regular season. Despite playing starters on both offense and defense in the first quarter, the Bills lost, 23-0, to finish the preseason with a 1-4 record.

The score and record will be long forgotten when the Bills play their regular-season opener 10 days from Thursday, but they certainly didn’t want to end the exhibition season by being shut out.

The story of the Bills’ struggles throughout the month of August was the first-team offense’s inability to put together even one touchdown drive against a starting defense. Manuel and the group around him continued to struggle Thursday, and have to play much better for the Bills to stand any chance in their regular season opener versus the Chicago Bears.


The Buffalo Bills Release Alan Branch

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
A contract extension signed Monday ensured Alan Branch's first season on the Buffalo Bills defensive line will not be his last. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Alan Branch was released by the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills have released defensive tackle Alan Branch.

Branch was arrested Saturday morning and charged with a DWI after police saw him vomiting out of the driver side door of his car. He failed a sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol content of .14. Branch was inactive from yesterday’s game against the Buccaneers and wasn’t on the sidelines during the game.

Branch had signed a three-year extension on December 23rd to remain with the Bills. He was a strong fit in Mike Pettine’s defense, but didn’t fit as well into Jim Schwartz’s defense.

This season, Branch didn’t endear himself to his new defensive coaches. Branch did not report to voluntary OTAs. At the time, Doug Marrone said he had not heard from Branch or Manny Lawson, another veteran who did not report.

I haven’t talked to them. It’s voluntary. We all know that,” coach Doug Marrone said. “I tend to not worry about the things that I can’t control, and obviously I can’t control that.

When Branch reported to training camp, he was placed on the non-football illness list after failing his conditioning test. With Branch off the field, players such as Corbin Bryant, Stefan Charles and Landon Cohen gained valuable reps. In the preseason, all three performed well and Branch was pushed further and further down the depth chart.

In the team’s third preseason game against the Steelers, Branch didn’t enter the game until late in the second half. Speculation began that Branch was at risk of being released. His DWI was most certainly the final nail in the coffin.


2014 NFL Preseason Week 3: Live Analysis of Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
EJ Manuel only has two more opportunities to win his first road game in 2013. Today's game against Jacksonville may be his best chance. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

EJ Manuel struggled against the Buccaneers in 2013. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills played better on both sides of the ball in the second half, but they were unable to recover from a 24-0 first half, and lost, 27-14, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their fourth game of the preseason. With one more exhibition to go, the Bills hold a 1-3 record.


Andre Reed Ready for Emotional Hall of Fame Enshrinement

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Andre Reed met with reporters Friday to discuss his upcoming Hall of Fame enshrinement. (Photo: Dan Hope — Buffalo Bills Draft)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

“My dad was a construction worker and my mom worked in a factory and I was just a little kid that never combed his hair that loved to play football and play sports.”

Andre Reed never dreamed as a kid that he would make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. An Allentown, Pa. native who played his college football at Kutztown University in Division II, Reed wasn’t supposed to become one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history. But he always strived to make the most of his opportunities.


Want to Write for Buffalo Bills Draft?

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

As the 2014 NFL season draws nearer and early 2015 NFL draft talk is already underway, Buffalo Bills Draft hopes to continue providing insightful, interesting analysis on the Buffalo Bills’ season and the top prospects in college football. In order to do that more successfully, we are looking to add some contributing writers to our team.

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