2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Louisville DE/OLB Lorenzo Mauldin

November 21st, 2014
Lorenzo Mauldin is one of many talented pass-rushers in the 2015 NFL draft class. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

Lorenzo Mauldin is one of many talented pass-rushers in the 2015 NFL draft class. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

You’ll hear from multiple analysts that the 2015 NFL draft is the year of the pass-rusher, with players projected from the top of the first round to the middle rounds that have the pass-rush skills team might be looking for. While a quarterback is the most important position in the sport of football, pass-rushers are what disrupt them and are a valuable commodity.

Lorenzo Maudlin, a pass-rusher from the University of Louisville, has put on a great showing during his collegiate career and is among that great group of pass-rushers going into the 2015 draft. Playing as an outside linebacker in Louisville’s 3-4 scheme, Mauldin has good measurables for the position, standing at 6’4″ and weighing 252 pounds according to Louisville’s official athletics website. At Louisville he’s totaled 101 tackles, 18.5 which have been for a loss, and 21 sacks.

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Official: Bills vs. Jets Rescheduled for Monday in Detroit

November 20th, 2014
Detroit's Ford Field will host the relocated game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets on Monday night. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Detroit’s Ford Field will host the relocated game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets on Monday night. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Having been forced to move the game from Western New York, the Buffalo Bills’ Week 12 game against the New York Jets—previously scheduled to be a home contest Sunday in Ralph Wilson Stadium—will instead be played at Detroit’s Ford Field at 7 p.m. Monday, the NFL announced Thursday night.

It won’t be much of a home game for the Bills anymore; the drive from Buffalo to Detroit is more than four hours and 250 miles away, according to Google Maps.

That said, the NFL had no choice but to move the game away from Orchard Park, as Ralph Wilson Stadium was filled more than 220,000 tons of snow as of Wednesday, according to Bills vice president of operations and guest experience Andy Major, via BuffaloBills.com.

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Bills vs. Jets to Be Moved Due to Extreme Snowfall; Roster Moves Made

November 20th, 2014
Ralph Wilson Stadium and its surrounding area is buried in snow and will not be ready for Sunday, when the Bills were scheduled to play the New York Jets. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Ralph Wilson Stadium and its surrounding area is buried in snow and will not be ready for Sunday, when the Bills were scheduled to play the New York Jets. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills have been unable to practice all week due to extreme snowfall and travel bans in Western New York, but the team’s staff has still been keeping busy with its preparations for the team’s Week 12 game, both in having to adjust for where the game might be played and in continuing to reshape its active roster.

The NFL announced Thursday that Buffalo’s game against the New York Jets, which was scheduled to be played Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Ralph Wilson Stadium, will not be played at home in Orchard Park.

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This Week in Fantasy Football: Week 12

November 18th, 2014
After a breakout performance Sunday night, Jonas Gray should be a priority addition in fantasy football. (Photo: Thomas J. Russo — USA Today Sports)

After a breakout performance Sunday night, Jonas Gray should be a priority addition in fantasy football. (Photo: Thomas J. Russo — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pickups

Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland Browns (Owned in 14% of Yahoo! Leagues): Despite having a quite pedestrian game on Sunday (20-of-50 passing for 330 yards with one touchdown and one interception), Hoyer finally gets some relief as Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon returns from suspension is fully expected to play Sunday. The No. 1 WR in fantasy football last season will help pad Hoyer’s stats and give him a great target to throw to. Hoyer is definitely worth consideration as a high-end QB2 going forward.

Mark Sanchez, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (53% Y!): Throwing for 346 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, Sanchez’s stats from Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers look better than they really are. Most of it came in garbage time and the whole Eagles team did poorly overall. But because of the offensive scheme and the talent around him, Sanchez is still a low-end QB1 in fantasy football. He has a great matchup in Week 12 against the Titans that could put him right back on track.

Jonas Gray, RB, New England Patriots (19% Y!): The floodgates opened up last night as Gray ran for 199 yards and four TDs against the Indianapolis Colts. He ran on 38 attempts and absolutely controlled the touches in the New England backfield. The obvious replacement for Stevan Ridley (who is he again?) going forward, Gray has high-end RB3 appeal every week and makes for a great flex play as the top RB for the Patriots. He would be great to have with fantasy playoffs happening soon.

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Buffalo Bills Place Leodis McKelvin on Injured Reserve, Sign Bacarri Rambo

November 17th, 2014
Cornerback/punt returner Leodis McKelvin's 2014 season is over due to an ankle injury. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Cornerback/punt returner Leodis McKelvin’s 2014 season is over due to an ankle injury. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills officially lost one of their starters for the rest of the season when they placed cornerback Leodis McKelvin, who fractured his ankle against the Miami Dolphins, on injured reserve Monday.

McKelvin, a seventh-year cornerback who has spent entire career in Buffalo, played in each of the Bills’ first 10 games this season and started nine of them. He had 48 total tackles and held the team lead with four interceptions.

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