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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: Jermaine Gresham

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Jermaine Gresham is a potential tight end upgrade the Buffalo Bills could pursue in free agency this offseason. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Jermaine Gresham is a potential tight end upgrade the Buffalo Bills could pursue in free agency this offseason. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

This article is a part of a series on potential free-agent targets for the Buffalo Bills this offseason.

The Buffalo Bills have a number of positional needs on their roster and with no first-round pick in this May’s NFL draft, they should be very active when the free agency period begins on March 10. Having already signed controversial veteran guard Richie Incognito to bolster their offensive line, it seems there is no move this front office won’t make to improve its team.

The tight end position in Buffalo has lacked an athletic playmaker at the spot for some time now. This year’s deep crop of free agent talent at the position is interesting. Current Cincinnati Bengals pass-catcher Jermaine Gresham looks to be headed for the open market and would seemingly be in Buffalo’s wheelhouse to make an offer.

An injury replacement in the 2011 and 2012 Pro Bowls, Gresham is a talented tight end who is a good blocker and is familiar with cold weather, having played the first five years of his NFL career in Ohio. He has accumulated at least 50 receptions in four of his five NFL seasons and has good speed for the position.


Making the Grade: Which Bills Players Rumbled and Stumbled vs. the Bengals in Week 6?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Jerry Hughes’ impressive play versus the Bengals was noticed by Pro Football Focus. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills lost another close game on Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-24 in overtime. The Bills currently sit at 2-4, but they’ve been in every game they’ve played this season. A big reason for Buffalo’s competitiveness is the talent on their team.

Starting this week, Making the Grade will take a look at Pro Football Focus‘ weekly ratings of Buffalo Bills players. If you aren’t familiar with Pro Football Focus (PFF for short) the site uses analytics to grade players (subscription required to access the database). A 0.0 weekly grade is considered average, regardless of position. When discussing each player’s performance, a breakdown will be given of the individual categories that make up the player’s overall grade.

Here’s a look at some Bills players who rumbled, or played well, against the Bengals, followed by some who stumbled, or didn’t play well.


First Downs and Flags: Bills Make Comeback But Fall to 2-4 in Overtime Loss to Bengals

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Da’Norris Searcy played a very active role on the Buffalo Bills defense in Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

This past Sunday’s game looked from the beginning like we were going to have a great football game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals, and we did, well… sort of. Cincinnati scored a field goal on their opening drive and Buffalo replied with a touchdown, to which the Bengals answered back with a touchdown of their own.  It had the makings of a great game, and it turned out to be, but we had to wait for the fourth quarter for the true excitement, as the Bills did not score another touchdown between their first drive and the fourth quarter.

This was a game of quarters. After a stunning opening touchdown drive by Bills fill-in quarterback Thad Lewis gave the Bills a 7-3 lead, the Bengals dominated until the fourth quarter, when Lewis threw two touchdown passes to eliminate a 14-point deficit and force overtime.

The Bengals ultimately won in overtime on a 43-yard field goal attempt, but regardless, there were some great takeaways from this game, as well as some areas for the Bills that showed they need improvement.


Buffalo Bills Come Up Short in Overtime after Thad Lewis Leads Fourth-Quarter Comeback

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis threw two touchdown passes to eliminate a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit, but the Bills ultimately lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-24, in overtime. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Bringing back Brian Moorman to replace Shawn Powell at punter paid immediate dividends for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Replacing the punter, however, did not fix the deficiencies of the Bills’ punt coverage unit, which helped cost the Bills a second consecutive game when they allowed a 29-yard punt return to Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon Tate in overtime of Sunday’s 27-24 home loss.

The Bills struggled for the majority of the first three quarters of Sunday’s game versus the Bengals on both offense and defense, but a valiant effort from both the offensive and defensive units pushed Buffalo into its first overtime game of the season.


Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Week 6 Live Game Thread

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Thad Lewis’ debut has been the main storyline for the Buffalo Bills this week, but Jairus Byrd’s season debut should improve Buffalo’s secondary immensely. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

FINAL THOUGHTS: The Bills lost 27-24 to the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime on Sunday to fall to 2-4. Not many people expected the Bills to give the Bengals a game, but Thad Lewis almost helped Buffalo pull off the upset. The Bills came back late in the game with a 40 yard touchdown reception from Lewis to Marquise Goodwin, but in overtime the team couldn’t move the ball deep into their own territory. This led to a nice punt return from the Bengals which effectively put them into field goal range instantly.

It’s always hard to find silver linings in losses, but Buffalo nearly pulled off an upset with a quarterback that was on their practice squad one week ago. Lewis showed excellent touch on his deep passes today. He found T.J. Graham for a 47 yard reception, Marquise Goodwin for 40 yards and placed a ball where it needed to be deep to Goodwin earlier in the game. A blatant pass interference that wasn’t called prevented the catch from being made. Lewis only made one mistake in the game, a fumble as he was scrambling wildly. Overall, Bills fans should be thrilled with Lewis’ performance.

In the run game, C.J. Spiller averaged 5.5 yards per carry but was out for much of the second half with an injury. Fred Jackson was held to 35 yards on ten carries. The Bengals have an impressive defense and being held in check in the run game should not come as a surprise to anyone.

Defensively, the Bills struggled to stop the Bengals early in the game. BenJarvis Green-Ellis had 86 yards on 18 carries and Gio Bernard was effective in the passing game (6 receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown). Buffalo did cause one turnover, a Jim Leonhard interception in the first half. In the second half, Buffalo made adjustments and only held the Bengals to seven points.

The most talked about play this week will be Buffalo going for it on the Bengals one-yard line in the first half. Instead of going for a chip shot field goal, Buffalo attempted to punch it in for a touchdown. The play call was questionable, a Thad Lewis roll out. The play resulted in a sack for a loss of one yard and a big swing in momentum. No one truly knows if a Carpenter kick there would have won the game for Buffalo, but it’s going to be discussed a lot this week in local media.

Keep an eye out for Dan Hope’s thoughts on the game later today!


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