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Can Buffalo Bills Overcome Rushing Offense Issues with C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson Injured?

Friday, October 24th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills must turn to Anthony Dixon (pictured) and Bryce Brown to carry the load with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller sidelined. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills must turn to Anthony Dixon (pictured) and Bryce Brown to carry the load with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller sidelined. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Wegman

The Buffalo Bills were hit with a devastating blow last week in their matchup with the Minnesota Vikings when star running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both went down with injuries.  Jackson suffered a groin injury on a seemingly harmless play, which is expected to sideline him for close to a month, while Spiller had two breaks on one play: breaking a 53-yard run – his longest of the season – before breaking his collarbone on the landing after being tripped up by a Vikings defender.

Spiller, placed on the injured reserve list

with a return designation, cannot return until Week 16 at the earliest.

Neither Jackson nor Spiller are top-tier NFL tailbacks but together they combine to be one of the most productive, consistent and reliable one-two punches in the entire league.  The good news for the Bills is that their third- and fourth-string running backs are better than those of most teams.


Buffalo Bills Right Tackle Chris Hairston Out for Season

Monday, August 26th, 2013

After missing the final four games of last season due to an ankle injury, Hairston will miss the entire 2013 season due to an unspecified lower body injury. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Going into last week, there were already three major position groups of concern for the Buffalo Bills: quarterback, the offensive line and cornerback. The concerns surrounding the Bills at each of those positions have grown in the past three days.

Potential starting quarterback Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion and No. 1 cornerback Stephon Gilmore suffered a fractured wrist in the Bills’ preseason loss to the Washington Redskins on Saturday, and both are expected to miss a significant period of time. Starting right tackle Chris Hairston, however, is officially out for the season.

The Bills placed Hairston on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list Monday, which ends his season. Hairston, who started five games at right tackle and three games at left tackle last season, had not played yet this preseason due to an unspecified lower body injury. He ran into injury issues last season as well, however, missing the final four games of the season due to an ankle injury.


2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Offensive Line

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Following Andy Levitre’s departure, second-year left tackle Cordy Glenn will become a leader of the offensive line this season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

Offensive line isn’t a sexy position in general, but Buffalo’s offensive line has been unheralded in recent seasons. Last season, Pro Football Focus (subscription required) ranked the team fourth in the league in pass blocking with a +45.2 rating and first in the league in 2011 with a +66.3 rating.

Simply put, the Bills have kept their quarterback upright. In 2012, the Bills ranked 10th in the league with 30 sacks allowed and in 2011, they led the NFL with only 23 sacks allowed.

As for run blocking, the Bills didn’t do as well, according to PFF. In 2012 they ranked 21st in the league with -2.3 rating and 15th in 2011 with a -2.7 rating. Bills running backs however have had their fair share of success, so the offensive line is certainly providing C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson with their fair share of opportunities.

For the Bills line to continue being so effective in 2013, the team will have to adequately replace Andy Levitre, their best lineman over the last two seasons, at left guard. Levitre, of course, left via free agency for the Tennessee Titans.

Can the Bills replace Levitre? Will the team continue to thrive in pass protection? It will all depend on the ability of the team’s returning offensive linemen and new additions to step up.

In the following look at the Bills’ roster of offensive linemen, players are listed under their Buffalo Bills roster position. Players listed simply as “OL” can typically play multiple positions.


Grading Out Glenn v. Hairston

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

We watched both Cordy Glenn and Chris Hairston v. the Vikings, so who graded out better?

When the Bills selected OT Cordy Glenn in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft many assumed it was to take over the LT spot and become that franchise player that the Bills sorely lacked. After watching the first preseason game many fans and analysts have begun to raise questions about just how ready Glenn is to take over the LT spot. Is he the best fit or could second year OT Chris Hairston be a better fit? (more…)

Bills Camp Report – Day 13, 8/12

Monday, August 13th, 2012

LB Arthur Moats continued to be the starter at OLB over Kirk Morrison on Sunday at camp. (Photo: US Presswire)

Other than heat, the Bills haven’t had to deal with too extreme of weather conditions. Today, the second half of practice was made a lot tougher with a pretty nasty downpour that forced me and my iPad to find shelter during the last part of camp. (more…)

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