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

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.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch: Week One

August 28th, 2014
Every Thursday this college football season, BBD's Joe Marino will provide analysis of some of the nation's top prospects—as well as prospect rankings and other fun features—in his weekly Talent Watch column.

Every Thursday this college football season, BBD’s Joe Marino will provide analysis of some of the nation’s top prospects—as well as prospect rankings and other fun features—in his weekly Talent Watch column.

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

I’ll never forget watching the 2003 NFL Draft. It was my third year of being truly interested in following football in a deeper level and keeping up with college football’s top prospects as they entered the NFL. In 2001, I began evaluating prospects and creating my own rankings and draft boards so by the 2003 draft, I felt like I was on my way to being the next Mel Kiper.

In the fourth round, with the No. 111 overall pick, the Buffalo Bills selected cornerback Terrence McGee out of Northwestern State and I was instantly humbled. Why? I had never heard of McGee. After all of my preparations, I didn’t even know a player who was taken in the fourth round. I took it hard and vowed to make sure this never happened again while taking my studies of players to an even deeper level.

Ten years later, a player here and there gets drafted that wasn’t on my radar but it’s very rare. This passion and drive for evaluating prospects has lead me to this great opportunity to share my work with you on Buffalo Bills Draft and now the debut of this scouting column. As for McGee, he went on to have a stellar 10-year career in the NFL; he holds six Bills franchise records and has been selected as an All-Pro on two occasions.

I have plenty in store for the 2014 season as I introduce a new crop of future NFL players. This column will be a great source to familiarize yourself with the prospects that will be selected next spring. Over the course of the season, I will feature more than 150 prospects for the 2015 draft as I highlight them in their biggest games, provide initial positional rankings, make predictions, and spotlight some of today’s best NFL draft analysts and football minds.

I hope you enjoy the 2014-15 College Football season and stay tuned as I share my thoughts.

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Bills Sign Jordan Palmer to Replace Backup Quarterback Thad Lewis; Kiko Alonso Placed on Reserve List

August 26th, 2014
The Bills signed Jordan Palmer in an effort to remedy their backup quarterback problem. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

The Bills signed Jordan Palmer in an effort to remedy their backup quarterback problem. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has made it clear the past couple weeks that he was unhappy with the Bills’ backup quarterback situation, so it came as no surprise Tuesday when the Bills signed veteran quarterback Jordan Palmer and released Thad Lewis.

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Updated Buffalo Bills 53-Man Roster, Depth Chart and Practice Squad Projection Before Final Preseason Game

August 25th, 2014
Seventh-round pick Seantrel Henderson is set to be a rookie starter at right tackle. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

Seventh-round pick Seantrel Henderson is set to be a rookie starter at right tackle. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills have released 12 players in the past two days, first by cutting veteran defensive lineman Alan Branch then making 11 more roster moves Monday, but the biggest wave of cuts will come later this week.

The Bills play their final preseason game Thursday at 7 p.m. against the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson, and will then have until Saturday at 4 p.m. to trim their active roster to 53 players.

Which players will survive the next round of cuts? Furthermore, how should the team’s depth chart stack up heading into Week 1? And among the players who will be cut, who are the best candidates for the team’s 10-man practice squad?

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Buffalo Bills Complete Roster Cuts to 75-Man Limit

August 25th, 2014
Running back Ronnie Wingo was among 11 players cut by the Buffalo Bills on Monday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Running back Ronnie Wingo was among 11 players cut by the Buffalo Bills on Monday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

One day after releasing Alan Branch—a starter on the defensive line last season—the Buffalo Bills made 11 cuts Monday to bring their roster down to the 75-man limit ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.

There were no surprises among Monday’s cuts.

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