Posts Tagged ‘2013 NFL Draft’

Sophomore Spotlight: EJ Manuel

Monday, July 28th, 2014

EJ Manuel finished his rookie season with a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Playoffs? Not for the Buffalo Bills unless second-year quarterback EJ Manuel improves greatly upon his rookie season.

The Bills talked all offseason about building around Manuel, and they weren’t lying. The team added running back depth in Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon, two new wide receivers in Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams and upgrades to their offensive line.

Manuel has been given the weapons needed for his improvement. Buffalo’s 2014 season depends on his ability to deliver.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Robert Woods

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

The projected production of second-year wide receiver Robert Woods made veteeran Stevie Johnson expendable this offseason. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Expected to be a plug-and-play receiver when the Buffalo Bills drafted him with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Robert Woods had a strong rookie season and developed immediate chemistry with the team’s first-round pick, quarterback EJ Manuel. In his second season, in which he will take over for Stevie Johnson as the Bills’ slot receiver, he has a chance to be an impact player.

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Sophomore Spotlight: What the Bills Defense Loses with Kiko Alonso Injury

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Kiko Alonso made a big impact in 2013. (Photo: Ron Schwane — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Kiko Alonso had a brilliant rookie season. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed, as the Buffalo Bills linebacker was named Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America. However, the Bills won’t be getting an encore performance in 2014. Alonso tore his left ACL earlier this week while working out in Oregon, and he is likely out for the season.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Marquise Goodwin

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Marquise Goodwin made his share of big plays as a rookie wide receiver. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Put the ball in Marquise Goodwin’s hands and big things can happen. The speedy wide receiver only made receptions in seven Buffalo Bills games as a rookie, but five of those games included a receiving play of more than 20 yards. There are certainly a few defensive backs that tried to cover Goodwin in 2013 who would attest that speed kills.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Duke Williams

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Second-year safety Duke Williams could be the answer for filling the void opened by Jairus Byrd’s departure. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Duke Williams didn’t play many snaps for the Buffalo Bills in 2013, but that number should rise significantly in 2014. With Jairus Byrd’s departure from Buffalo as a free agent this offseason, there is an opening in the lineup at safety alongside Aaron Williams. Da’Norris Searcy is pegged as the other starter, but Duke Williams is right behind him and could be in line for a much bigger role this season.

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