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5 Up, 5 Down: Who Broke Bad for the Buffalo Bills In Preseason Opener vs. Colts?

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Marquise Goodwin may have already locked up the kickoff returner job with his performance on Sunday. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

Sunday night marked the long-awaited return of the AMC television hit Breaking Bad. While the world awaits the fate of Walter White, Buffalo Bills fans received a brief glimpse into their possible 2013 fate on Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis.

A film review of Sunday’s game has given Buffalo their own version of players who decided, in their season debut with the Bills, to “break bad.” In an effort to remain positive, we will also look at some players who broke bad habits and had a positive debut on Sunday.

Our first installment of “5 Up, 5 Down” for the Bills’ 2013 preseason looks at players who helped or hurt their case to make the Buffalo Bills roster and/or earn greater playing time, although I tried to keep my focus on rookies and players on the bubble to make the team.

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Across the AFC East: Observations from Opening Day of New England Patriots Training Camp

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Will Tim Tebow be on the New England Patriots roster when they play the Buffalo Bills in Week 1? He was unimpressive in his first training camp practice Friday. (Photo: Stew Milne — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills don’t have their first training camp practice until Sunday, but training camps are already underway for the other three AFC East teams. The dominant team in the division, the New England Patriots, began their practice schedule at 9 a.m. Friday.

A Massachusetts resident myself, I made the trip to Foxborough, Mass. to observe the opening day of Patriots practice. The practice was inundated by rain and cool weather, and was not fully padded, but it provided a first glimpse to the 2013 season for Patriots players, coaches and fans.

While it’s never a good idea to make major conclusions off of one practice, here are some observations I noted from the first day at Gillette Stadium.

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Potential Bills in 2014 NFL Draft: Notre Dame OL Zack Martin

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Zack Martin is a candidate to move inside to guard at the next level, and could be a second-round target of the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

When the Buffalo Bills opted not to select a single offensive lineman in the seven-round NFL draft last April, it signaled to many that the Bills may be content with their current offensive line situation despite the loss of guards Andy Levitre and Chad Rinehart.

Since the draft, however, the Bills have signed free-agent Doug Legursky from the Pittsburgh Steelers to compete for the starting left guard job, a position where the Bills have an open competition for the starting job. With the offensive line in a state of transition, I feel that the Bills are poised to select an offensive lineman as early as Day 2 of the 2014 NFL draft.

One 2014 draft prospect to keep an eye on this upcoming season is Notre Dame’s offensive tackle Zack Martin. Martin plays left tackle at Notre Dame, but projects better as a guard in the NFL. He has several qualities that make him an ideal fit for Buffalo.

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Evaluating Buffalo Bills Quarterback Kevin Kolb Through the Years

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Kevin Kolb has had an inconsistent, injury-prone career as a starting quarterback, but could be the right man for the job in Buffalo in 2013. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

There is a strong possibility that Kevin Kolb will be the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback in 2014, at least to begin the season. While EJ Manuel is clearly the quarterback of the future, he is widely considered as raw coming out of Florida State and may need more time to develop before being put in to face NFL defenses.

The best attribute Kolb brings to the table while Manuel develops is that he has NFL starting experience on a team that needs it. In all likelihood, the Bills will feature 3-5 rookie or first-year wide receivers. Inserting a rookie quarterback with that much inexperience at wide receiver could be a recipe for disaster.

Kolb has started 21 NFL games and appeared in 32 total games. He carries at 9-12 career record as a starter. He has thrown for 5,206 yards in his career with 28 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. He has a 78.9 career passer rating and has completed 59.5 percent of his passes. He has averaged 6.9 yards per attempt.

There has been much stated about Kolb being sacked 57 times in his 15 games with the Arizona Cardinals. Considering Kolb was only sacked 20 times in 19 games with the Eagles, that looks to be more of an indicator of lackluster pass protection from the Cardinals offensive line. The Bills should offer Kolb solid protection after only allowing 23 sacks in 2011 (1st) and 30 on 2012 (10th).

It has been said that the best predictor of future performance is to evaluate past performance. By examining Kolb’s career from his college days as a Houston Cougar, and evaluating his career as a pro, we can have some idea as to what we can expect in 2013 from the 6 year pro.

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Biggest Summer Questions for AFC East Defenses

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

The Patriots will be counting on a leap in production from Chandler Jones in his sophomore season. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Last week, I looked at the biggest questions facing AFC East offenses. This week, it’s time to turn our attention to the biggest questions on the defensive side of the ball.

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