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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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Buffalo Bills State of the Roster: Offense

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The progression of the Buffalo Bills offense going into 2014 will revolve largely around quarterback EJ Manuel. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Glaze

After a six-win season in 2013, the Buffalo Bills’ brain trust of general manager Doug Whaley, head coach Doug Marrone and team president Russ Brandon will look to lead the team to improvement in 2014. A major part of that process will play out this offseason as the Bills look to add talent to their roster through the NFL draft, free agency and possibly trades.

The Bills especially need to improve the talent of their offense, which ranked 19th in the NFL in total yards (338.1 per game) and 22nd in points scored (21.2 per game). Still, from quarterback EJ Manuel to left tackle Cordy Glenn and others in between, the Bills have some core pieces to continue building around this offseason.

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First Downs and Flags: LeGarrette Blount Bashes Buffalo Bills in Season Finale

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills was the LeGarrette Blount show for the New England Patriots. (Photo: Winslow Townson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

The Buffalo Bills (6-10) traveled to Foxborough to try and defeat the New England Patriots (12-4) for the first time ever in Gillette Stadium, with the hope of ending the season on a high note.  Though the Bills were guaranteed a losing season, they had the chance to have a winning record in the AFC East, but they came up short.

Despite Bills head coach Doug Marrone saying he was “110 percent confident” during Week 16 that Manuel would play in the season finale, Manuel did not make enough progress in his recovery to start in Week 17, and backup quarterback Thad Lewis started his fifth game of the season.

Lewis and the Bills lost to the Patriots, 34-20, on a rainy day where the story was Patriots running back LeGarette Blount netting a whopping 334 all-purpose yards for the game. The Bills defense and special teams had no answer for Blount, and that resulted in a loss.

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First Downs and Flags: Key Takeaways Lead to Buffalo Bills Win over Jacksonville Jaguars

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Rookie wideout Robert Woods set a career-high with 82 receiving yards Sunday. (Photo: Phil Sears — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

The Buffalo Bills traveled to Florida for the second time in as many weeks to face a Jacksonville Jaguars team who came in on a three-game winning streak after starting the season with eight straight losses.

The Bills came into the game on a two-game losing streak, while rookie quarterback EJ Manuel was coming off a dreadful, four-interception performance in Buffalo’s Week 14 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  This game was a good day for Manuel to rebuild his confidence, however, as the Jaguars came into the game ranked 29th in total defense and 30th in points allowed.

Due to key takeaways by the defense and three Manuel touchdowns, the Bills (5-9) pulled out a 27-20 win against Jacksonville (4-10) Sunday.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Week 15 Live Game Thread

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

EJ Manuel only has two more opportunities to win a road game. Sunday’s game against Jacksonville may be his best chance. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The proverbial monkey is off of EJ Manuel’s back. Manuel won his first road game of the season, leading the Bills to a 27-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Bills moved to 5-9 on the season with two divisional games remaining.

Manuel looked bad in the first quarter, but improved as the game wore on. He finished the game going 17/24 for 193 yards two passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and one interception. Manuel also added 37 yards on the ground.

Buffalo’s running game was also solid today against the Jaguars. Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller combined for 30 carries for 147 yards and fullback Frank Summers added 4 carries for 14 yards.

In the receiving game, Robert Woods was the star of the day catching five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. Scott Chandler was the second leading receiver with 54 yards on five receptions. The aforementioned Summers added a 1 yard touchdown reception late for the Bills.

Stevie Johnson was noticeably absent as he caught one pass for four yards.

Defensively, the Bills made another no name running back look great as Jordan Todman rushed the ball 25 times for 109 yards. Todman also added 44 yards on four receptions.

Chad Henne had an up and down game going 21 of 36 for 237 yards while throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions. With 3:21 remaining in the game, Henne threw an interception to Stephon Gilmore in the end zone.

Buffalo added five sacks and forced three fumbles, one of which came as Denard Robinson was approaching the end zone.

While the victory means little in the grand scheme of things, it was nice to see Manuel get his first road win of the season. His quarterback play has more twists and turns than a roller-coaster, but today Manuel played well enough for the Bills to get the victory.
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