2014 Buffalo Bills Draft Projections: “3 for 3″ Post-Combine Mock

March 4th, 2014

Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews fell to the Buffalo Bills’ No. 9 overall selection in the first of Pro Football Focus’ “3 for 3″ mock drafts. (Photo: Thomas Campbell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

As the name would suggest, Pro Football Focus’ “3 For 3” mock draft series is to consist of three projections, each three rounds, of the 2014 NFL draft. In a more accurate and realistic simulation than one person writing a mock draft on his own, the selections are made by 32 football writers, one representing each team, who select each of their respective team’s picks in the first three rounds.

I have the privilege of selecting for the Bills in each of the three mocks, the first of which was held over the past week following this year’s NFL Scouting Combine. Personally, I came away thrilled with all three of my selections for Buffalo, as I feel as though I got terrific value on all of them, but I’ll have to let you the reader be the judge.

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Jairus Byrd Left Untagged by Buffalo Bills: Reactions and Analysis

March 3rd, 2014

Jairus Byrd’s time with the Buffalo Bills has likely come to an end after five seasons. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Jairus Byrd’s career with the Buffalo Bills might be over after five seasons with the team. The Bills announced Monday that they are not using the franchise tag on any of its unrestricted free agents, which the three-time Pro Bowl safety will become next week.

When he was franchise tagged by the Bills last offseason, Byrd ultimately played out 2013 on a one-year, $6.916 million contract, but not before his relationship with the team became tenuous. After the parties failed to strike a long-term contract agreement, Byrd decided to hold out through all of training camp and the preseason, only returning to the team in time for the start of the regular season (though he then went on to miss the team’s first five games with plantar fasciitis).

One would think that last year’s ordeal played a significant part in Buffalo’s decision not to tag him again this offseason.

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Is Franchise Tagging Jairus Byrd The Right Move for Buffalo Bills?

February 28th, 2014

The Bills have until Monday to make a decision on whether to place a franchise tag on free safety Jairus Byrd. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

With Monday’s franchise tag deadline fast approaching, the Buffalo Bills have a major decision on one of their team’s best players, free safety Jairus Byrd. While the Bills and Byrd are reportedly involved in “pleasant” contract discussions, according to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, Buffalo might be forced into the choice of either franchise Byrd for a second consecutive season, or letting Byrd walk, if no resolution is made by the weekend.

Typically, franchising a player of Byrd’s caliber would be an easy decision, as he is one of the NFL’s best players at his position and should receive top dollars if he does reach the open market. In this situation, that decision is not as obvious.

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Should the Buffalo Bills Move On from Stevie Johnson?

February 28th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have publicly backed wide receiver Stevie Johnson, but should they keep him and his $8.5 million contract around for 2014? (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Glaze

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Stevie Johnson has been the Buffalo Bills’ leading wide receiver for each of the past four seasons, and is under contract with the Bills for three more seasons, but a disappointing 2013 season has led some Bills supporters to sour on Johnson heading into the 2014 season.

Some even believe the Bills should move on from Johnson through a trade or release.

Despite his past production, Johnson has consistently been somewhat of an enigma, a player known as well for his antics and costly drops as he has been for his key role in Buffalo’s passing offense. By catching just 52 passes for 597 yards and three touchdowns last season, Johnson no longer had the production to overshadow his perceived flaws.

Additionally, the Bills could consider Johnson a potential cap casualty, a decision that would likely be made by March because as ESPN’s Mike Rodak explained, he is set to receive a $1.75 million roster bonus in March.

Should this offseason be the time for the Bills move on from Johnson and escalating contract? Ryan Glaze thinks it is. Dan Hope, however, thinks the Bills should remain fully committed to Johnson for at least the 2014 season.

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NFL Draft Sites Network Post-Combine Hangout (2/27)

February 27th, 2014

Watch and listen as Dan Hope and Joe Marino of Buffalo Bills Draft joined Jeff Risdon and Darren Page of Detroit Lions Draft, and Mike Loyko of NEPatriotsDraft, to wrap-up the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine and continue to look ahead to this year’s NFL draft on the NFL Draft Sites Network’s post-combine Google Hangout.



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