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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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Heads Up, Seven Up: Buffalo Bills Standouts From Tuesday’s Training Camp Practice

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb was on top of his game during Tuesday’s training camp practice. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

Remember Heads Up, Seven Up? Of course you do. Everyone played this guessing game growing up in elementary school. I use the term guessing lightly, because let’s be honest, a lot of kids peeked and watched who tapped their thumbs.

On Tuesday, I felt like one of those students who peeked, so to speak. During the Buffalo Bills’ morning practice, I saw a glimpse of how the rookies and veterans are performing, players who should stay as depth and which Bills players are on the verge of emerging as superstars. Based on Tuesday’s practice, here are seven players whose stock is going up.

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Buffalo Bills Training Camp Observations, Aug. 12

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Crezdon Butler is working his way up the Buffalo Bills’ cornerback depth chart. (Photo: Mark Kozezny — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

To call Monday afternoon’s practice uneventful would be an understatement. To be fair, Buffalo had a preseason game on Sunday and flew back into Rochester, N.Y. Sunday evening. While the practice was a bit light, there is still plenty to talk about.

Quarterback Rotation

Buffalo’s three quarterbacks took time working with the offense Monday. Of the three, EJ Manuel exhibited the best natural arm. Manuel connected on a deep pass to Chris Hogan early in the practice. The ball was perfectly placed and Hogan caught the ball in stride. Later in the practice, Manuel dialed up another deep pass, this one intended for Robert Woods. Manuel’s throw was on the money, but Crezdon Butler broke up the pass at the last possible second.

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