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Buffalo Bills Sign Stevenson Sylvester, Release Mike Caussin, Place Five on Non-Participation Lists

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Former Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Stevenson Sylvester was signed by the Bills four days prior to the start of training camp. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

With the first practice of training camp just four days away, the Buffalo Bills had a busy afternoon of transactions Wednesday.

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Buffalo Bills State of the Roster: Defense and Special Teams

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Coming off a career-best season, Marcell Dareus’ adjustment to another new defensive scheme will be critical to Buffalo’s 2014 success. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Glaze

The Buffalo Bills defense is currently in a state of flux as defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has left to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns and subsequently, has pilfered three Bills assistant coaches from last year’s staff, one who had been hired by the Bills earlier this month (Jeff Hafley) and might be on the verge of hiring away defensive line coach Anthony Weaver.

The Bills reacted quickly and hired former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz to replace Pettine. Though his staff isn’t completely solidified yet, it appears likely that Schwartz will bring his “Wide 9,” 4-3 based defense to Buffalo.

The good news for Schwartz is that he’s entering a kitchen with a well-stocked pantry. Buffalo’s defense was its stronger side of the ball last season, and with only one glaring exception, returns all of its key contributors who, for the most part, look to be solid fits for Schwartz’ scheme.

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Buffalo Bills Sign Alan Branch to Three-Year Contract Extension

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

A contract extension signed Monday ensured Alan Branch’s first season on the Buffalo Bills defensive line will not be his last. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

With seven sacks in Sunday’s shutout win against the Miami Dolphins and an NFL-leading 56 sacks this season, the Buffalo Bills’ pass-rush is on a roll. The franchise made a move to keep that pass-rush in tact by signing defensive lineman Alan Branch to a contract extension.

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Alex Carrington Out for Season After Injury-Riddled Buffalo Bills Week 3 Loss

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Buffalo Bills defensive end Alex Carrington suffered a season-ending quadriceps tear Sunday versus the New York Jets. (Photo: Anthony Gruppuso — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills had a rough game in many ways in their 27-20 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, including on the injury front. Five Bills starters — cornerback Leodis McKelvin, running back C.J. Spiller and defensive linemen Mario Williams, Marcell Dareus and Alex Carrington — all left Sunday’s game early with injuries, while wide receiver Stevie Johnson also appeared to jam his wrist in the first quarter, but played the rest of the game.

Carrington, who had to be carted off the field, took the worst of the injury bug. Carrington suffered a quadriceps tear and was placed on season-ending injured reserve, the team announced Monday.

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5 Up, 5 Down: Who Broke Bad for the Buffalo Bills In Preseason Opener vs. Colts?

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Marquise Goodwin may have already locked up the kickoff returner job with his performance on Sunday. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

Sunday night marked the long-awaited return of the AMC television hit Breaking Bad. While the world awaits the fate of Walter White, Buffalo Bills fans received a brief glimpse into their possible 2013 fate on Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis.

A film review of Sunday’s game has given Buffalo their own version of players who decided, in their season debut with the Bills, to “break bad.” In an effort to remain positive, we will also look at some players who broke bad habits and had a positive debut on Sunday.

Our first installment of “5 Up, 5 Down” for the Bills’ 2013 preseason looks at players who helped or hurt their case to make the Buffalo Bills roster and/or earn greater playing time, although I tried to keep my focus on rookies and players on the bubble to make the team.

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