Teammates Again: Canisius High School’s Jimmy Gaines, Derek Brim Back Together as Buffalo Bills

June 9th, 2014

Jimmy Gaines (pictured) and high school teammate Derek Brim are back in Buffalo. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Adjusting to the life in the NFL is a challenge for all rookies, but Buffalo Bills undrafted free-agent signings Jimmy Gaines and Derek Brim have an advantage of familiarity.

The two Western New York natives are not only familiar with the city of Buffalo but also with one another. Gaines and Brim were both 2010 graduates from Canisius High School, a private, all-male secondary institution in Buffalo, where they were football teammates.

Gaines went on to the University of Miami, where he was a three-year starter at linebacker. Brim stayed local at the University at Buffalo, where he began his career as a walk-on but emerged as a starting safety midway through his junior season.

Both players did enough to capture the interest of the Bills, who made room for the local products on their 90-man preseason roster. That doesn’t ensure they’ll be on the Bills’ 53-man regular season roster, but both players are fighting hard to turn their opportunity into a career.

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Scouting the Veteran Additions: What Corey Graham Brings to the Buffalo Bills

June 6th, 2014

Instead of stealing passes from the Bills, Corey Graham will be trying to make plays for Buffalo in 2014, whether it be as an outside cornerback, slot cornerback, safety and/or special teams. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

With prolific passing offenses more prevalent than ever in today’s NFL, securing quality secondary personnel is vital to being able to match up with modern aerial attacks. The Buffalo Bills made multiple additions to their secondary this offseason including Corey Graham, an eight-year NFL veteran who signed a four year, $16 million contract as a free agent.

Graham is tasked with challenging Nickell Robey for the team’s nickel cornerback role, while he can also provide depth on the outside and has the versatility to contribute as a safety.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Dustin Hopkins

June 5th, 2014

After missing his entire rookie season due to injury, Dustin Hopkins faces an uphill battle to make the Bills roster this year. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

When the Buffalo Bills drafted Dustin Hopkins in the 6th round (No. 177 overall) of the 2013 NFL draft, it meant that Rian Lindell’s job was in danger. After spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve, however, it’s his job that’s in danger going into the 2014 season.

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Buffalo Bills Training Camp Schedule Announced

June 4th, 2014

EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills will return to St. John Fisher College for training camp this summer. The team’s first practice is scheduled for July 20. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

As of the time of this post, the beginning of Buffalo Bills training camp is just 46 days away. We know that now as the team announced its schedule for this year’s camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y.

Because the Bills have the privilege of opening the preseason schedule in this year’s Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 3, they will also be one of the first two teams in the NFL to begin their training camp. Buffalo’s first training camp practice is set for July 20, 14 days before the Bills are scheduled take the field against the New York Giants in Canton, Ohio.

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What Should the Buffalo Bills Do with Marcell Dareus?

June 4th, 2014

Has Marcell Dareus become more trouble than he is worth? (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Fourteen games into the 2013 NFL season, the story of Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was that the 2011 No. 3 overall draft pick had emerged as one of the NFL’s best defensive tackles. The massive, powerful yet athletic presence had proven to be a great fit for the middle of Mike Pettine’s defense, and Bills fans started to clamor for the team to sign Dareus to a long-term contract extension.

Since then, Dareus’ success story has become blemished with embarrassing, disappointing incidents that have cast not only his long-term future, but perhaps his immediate future, into question.

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