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Buffalo Bills 2014 Schedule Gets Released

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Buffalo will finish their 2014 season against the New England Patriots. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Bills versus Packers on Monday Night Football? Nope.

Okay, how about the rumored Thanksgiving matchup with the Detroit Lions? Not happening. In fact, the new scheduling allowed the Lions to get around playing the Bills or Miami Dolphins.

Buffalo’s schedule was released (a bit early) over at the team’s official website, and the Bills only have one primetime game: A week 11 Thursday Night Football game with the Dolphins.

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2014 Buffalo Bills Pre-Draft Visit Tracker

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Sammy Watkins became the latest potential first-round pass-catcher to visit the Bills when he was hosted by the team Wednesday. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

As the Buffalo Bills prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft, they are allowed to bring up to 30 players to One Bills Drive for on-site pre-draft visits. Though it’s dangerous to read too much into those visits for projections, they can be a good indicator into not only what prospects the Bills want to get to know better, but also what schools, positions or types of players the team might be keeping a close eye on.

The Buffalo Bills could target a pass-catcher and offensive lineman in the early rounds of this year’s draft, as evidenced by their pre-draft visits. On Wednesday, the team hosted two potential first-round picks—Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin—along with one of the draft’s most intriguing sleeper prospects, offensive tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from Canada’s McGill University.

The Bills currently stand at 26 official visits, and will likely use their remaining four by the end of this week.

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

Friday, April 11th, 2014

If the Bills have a shot to draft Jake Matthews with the No. 9 overall pick, they shouldn’t pass it up. (Photo: Thomas Campbell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Though it took a little longer than the first installment of the series, the second edition of Pro Football Focus’ “3 For 3” mock draft series recently took place over the course of a couple weeks. Like the first mock, which was held just following the NFL Scouting Combine in early March, I continued to act as the drafter in charge of the Buffalo Bills.

There was no need to do anything different with the No. 9 overall pick, as a player who fills one of Buffalo’s biggest needs—and just might be the best all-around player in the draft—was still available as a right tackle upgrade.

On Day 2, the Bills were forced to change course. While BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy and Stanford guard David Yankey might have been the selections once again as they represent great values in the draft’s second and third rounds, both were rightfully selected earlier this time around.

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Buffalo Bills’ Best, Worst First-Round NFL Draft Picks in Team History

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have made 48 first-round picks, including C.J. Spiller in 2010, since joining the NFL in 1970. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Since joining the National Football League in 1970, the Buffalo Bills have had 48 first-round picks. Much like every other team in the league, there have been some colossal hits and misses and some quality players in between.

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Bills Acquire Mike Williams: How Trade Could Impact Offense, Affect Draft Plans

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills added much-needed size at wide receiver by acquiring Mike Williams from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills finally landed the veteran wide receiver help they were looking for when they traded a sixth-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Mike Williams on Friday.

The trade seems like a win-win move for both teams. The Buccaneers were ready to move on from Williams, who comes in with a history of off-field trouble and was recently stabbed in the thigh, and likely would have released him if unable to secure a trade partner. If he can keep himself on the right path, however, the Bills acquired a starting-caliber wideout at a low cost.

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