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Evaluating the AFC East’s 53-Man Rosters by Draft Picks

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

All four starting quarterbacks in the AFC East were drafted by their current teams, but none at a better value than New England Patriots signal-caller Tom Brady. (Photo: Greg M. Cooper — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

Confession: I’m obsessed with numbers.

Perhaps it’s the Math teacher in me, but numbers intrigue me. Whenever there’s an opportunity to look at things using numbers, count me in.

A few months back here at Buffalo Bills Draft, I examined the draft success of each AFC East team between 2008-2012. Now three weeks into the season, I wanted to evaluate each roster’s 53-man rosters. How many players were actually drafted by their teams or signed by them out of college as undrafted free agents? What’s the breakdown of players by draft round? Which players have provided the most value to their teams?

Let’s take a look at each AFC East team and how their current 53-man roster was built.
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AFC East Writers Predict the Division’s Best and Worst

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

The AFC East writers have made some bold predictions, but Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are expected to continue dominating their divisional competition in 2013. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

The NFL season may have begun on Thursday night, but the AFC East season begins Sunday. The Buffalo Bills will play the New England Patriots, while the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets will play out-of-conference games (against the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, respectively). To get ready for the season, writers from multiple AFC East sites within the NFL Draft Sites Network took the time to predict how teams and players will fare in 2013.

The respondents are as follows:
Ryan Talbot (Staff Writer, Buffalo Bills Draft) — Poll Writer
Dan Hope (Editor, Buffalo Bills Draft)
Joe Marino (Staff Writer, Buffalo Bills Draft)
Joseph Curtis (Staff Writer, Buffalo Bills Draft)
Glenn Gifford (Staff Writer, Buffalo Bills Draft)
Chad Pullen (Assistant Editor, Miami Dolphins Draft)
Garrett Baker (Assistant Editor, Miami Dolphins Draft)

Which teams and players in the AFC East will thrive? Who will disappoint? Here are our takes on the AFC East in 2013.

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Roster Move Rundown: Buffalo Bills Trim Roster To 50 Players With 5 Cuts

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

The Bills released Thad Lewis on Saturday. Currently, rookies Jeff Tuel and E.J. Manuel are the only two quarterbacks on Buffalo’s roster.

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills have been busy over the last two days. Dan Hope covered Buffalo’s first 18 cuts from Friday, and today the Bills cut an additional five players to trim their roster to 50 players. Buffalo cutting its roster below 53 players should not be considered a surprise, as the team will add recently released players in an attempt to upgrade its roster. Buffalo could use depth at cornerback and along the offensive line.

Saturday’s cuts provided a few surprises that Dan Hope and I missed on our final 53-man roster projections. It’ll be interesting to see which players the Bills add to their roster in the coming days as the team prepares for their Week 1 matchup against the New England Patriots. Without any further ado, here are Buffalo’s five cuts.

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Monday, August 26th, 2013

C.J. Spiller could be a popular selection for Week 1 in DraftStreet fantasy football, especially with the Buffalo Bills’ uncertainty at quarterback. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

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Buffalo Bills vs. Minnesota Vikings: Preseason Week 2 Live Game Thread

Friday, August 16th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills improved to 2-0 this preseason with a 20-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

Final Thoughts:

Buffalo moved to 2-0 on Friday night in a game that became closely contested late over the Vikings 20-16.

Kevin Kolb finished well for the Bills, but his rough start cannot be ignored. Manuel came in and played well immediately against the Vikings but was playing against the team’s second and third string players. Buffalo should give Manuel the start next week against the Washington Redskins. If Manuel performs well, the starting quarterback job should belong to the rookie.

For a second consecutive game, Buffalo’s offensive line played well enough to keep their quarterbacks standing and open lanes for the team’s running backs. The team still has a question mark at left guard, but it’s good to see the line playing well.

Many wide receivers played well for Buffalo on Friday night. I don’t envy the coaching staff that needs to cut this group down to six players. The Bills are going to have to let a lot of talent walk away.

On defense, Jerry Hughes continued to build on his strong training camp with two sacks and a forced fumble. Hughes looks like a great fit in Mike Pettine’s defense. Buffalo had four sacks against the Vikings with Marcus Dowtin and Marcell Dareus each getting a sack.

In the preseason you should take everything with a grain of salt, but it certainly appears that Buffalo’s defense is going to be much improved in 2013.

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