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Takeaways: Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers, 2014 NFL Preseason Week 1

Friday, August 8th, 2014
Sammy Watkins made his first three catches as a Buffalo Bill on Friday night as the Bills passing offense made progress. (Photo: Jeremy Brevard — USA Today Sports)

Sammy Watkins made his first three catches as a Buffalo Bill on Friday night as the Bills passing offense made progress. (Photo: Jeremy Brevard — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills went into Friday night’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers with one distinct advantage: while the contest was the first game action of the year for the Panthers, the Bills had already strapped on the pads Sunday night for the Hall of Fame Game against the New York Giants. The Bills parlayed that advantage into a 20-18 victory.

The team can some pride in its win, but it shouldn’t take any time to celebrate. Preseason victories, though better than losses, are essentially meaningless. There are still many things the Bills need to be doing better to consistently win games in the regular season. However, there were some promising areas of progress in Friday’s game, especially in the play of quarterback EJ Manuel and the Bills offense.

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Standouts and Disappointments from the 2014 Hall of Fame Game

Monday, August 4th, 2014

EJ Manuel’s performance in the Hall of Fame Game left much to be desired. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

An exciting weekend in Canton for the Buffalo Bills, highlighted by Andre Reed’s enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has come to an end.

Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game wasn’t quite as enthusing for the Bills, who lost 17-13 to the New York Giants, but the first preseason game should always come with its ups and downs. The good news for the Bills is that the loss, even though they tried to win, won’t matter at all when the regular-season games begin.

It’s important to remember that just one game into the preseason—there’s still four more exhibition games to go but the games that matter begin—it’s still way too early to jump to conclusions about any players. Young, inexperienced players are expected to have some hiccups early in the preseason.

With that being said, there were members of the Bills whose performances from Sunday night deserve praise, while there were others who need to be better to make positive contributions his fall.

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Buffalo Bills Players With Most to Prove In Preseason Finale vs. Detroit Lions

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Rookie outside linebacker Keith Pough has to prove himself Thursday to earn a spot on the Bills’ regular-season roster. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

A lot has changed for the Buffalo Bills as they head into their final preseason showdown versus the Detroit Lions on Thursday night.

In the course of one week, the Bills have seen the return of arguably their best defender (free safety Jairus Byrd), lost their best cornerback (Stephon Gilmore) to injury, released a once-heralded potential sleeper (wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers) and with quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Kevin Kolb both injured, could become the first team to start an undrafted rookie quarterback in their season opener in the common draft era.

Amidst all of those changes, the team still has some tough decisions to make in regards to who will make their regular-season roster. With starting jobs still on the line, valuable reserve spots up for grabs and injuries suddenly opening new opportunities, the final preseason game is truly important for many players on the roster.

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Roster Projections: 6 Buffalo Bills on the Bubble

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Fourth-year defensive tackle Torell Troup is on the Bills’ roster bubble as roster cuts near. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The preseason is halfway over and the Buffalo Bills have some important roster decisions to make in the near future. On Aug. 31, the Bills and all other NFL teams must cut their rosters down to 53 players. While some cuts will be easy, there are plenty of Bills who are currently on the bubble.

Just in case you aren’t familiar with the term, a bubble player is someone on the edge of making the Bills’ regular season roster. Take a look at some of Buffalo’s bubble players, and where I think they currently stand in terms of a final roster spot.

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5 Up, 5 Down: Buffalo Bills Defense Cruises, Kolb Sputters vs. Minnesota Vikings

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

With a two-sack performance on Friday night, Jerry Hughes continued to stand out for the Bills’ defense. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

The 1982 classic album Combat Rock by The Clash had numerous hits. One of my favorites was the classic song “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” I found myself thinking about this chorus as I walked back to my car following the Buffalo Bills’ 20-16 preseason victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night.

Roster decisions for the Bills coaching staff will be difficult. Coaches may be echoing the chorus of the Clash hit as they try to cut their roster down to 53 men. Many players improved their status with the team on Friday; others did not fare as well.

In our second installment of “5 Up, 5 Down,” we will again look at players who both improved and hurt their status with the Buffalo Bills during the most recent preseason games . With two preseason games left, the roster picture for the Buffalo Bills is starting to become a little clearer.

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