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Replacing Jairus Byrd: Options on Buffalo Bills Roster, In Free Agency and In Draft

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Second-year safety Duke Williams could be the answer for filling the void opened by Jairus Byrd’s departure. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

After Aaron Williams signed a four-year contract extension Wednesday, every arrow is pointing in the direction of Jairus Byrd not being retained by the Buffalo Bills. With one safety locked up through 2018, the focus shifts to who will fill the shoes of the three-time Pro Bowler, who the team decided to leave untagged earlier this week.

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Buffalo Bills State of the Roster: Defense and Special Teams

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Coming off a career-best season, Marcell Dareus’ adjustment to another new defensive scheme will be critical to Buffalo’s 2014 success. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Glaze

The Buffalo Bills defense is currently in a state of flux as defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has left to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns and subsequently, has pilfered three Bills assistant coaches from last year’s staff, one who had been hired by the Bills earlier this month (Jeff Hafley) and might be on the verge of hiring away defensive line coach Anthony Weaver.

The Bills reacted quickly and hired former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz to replace Pettine. Though his staff isn’t completely solidified yet, it appears likely that Schwartz will bring his “Wide 9,” 4-3 based defense to Buffalo.

The good news for Schwartz is that he’s entering a kitchen with a well-stocked pantry. Buffalo’s defense was its stronger side of the ball last season, and with only one glaring exception, returns all of its key contributors who, for the most part, look to be solid fits for Schwartz’ scheme.

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Under the Radar: Unsung Heroes for the Buffalo Bills This Season

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

You may not have noticed if you haven’t watched him closely, but left tackle Cordy Glenn has been a star this season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

The story of the Buffalo Bills’ 2013 season has been about new beginnings: an entirely new coaching staff under the helm of coach Doug Marrone and a young team with many key rookies including quarterback EJ Manuel, wide receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin and linebacker Kiko Alonso.

The majority of the buzz around Western New York and the entire NFL has focused on these young players or the Bills’ “big names” both positively (Mario Williams, Jairus Byrd, Kyle Williams) and negatively (C.J. Spiller).

While those players deserve the press they get, a few names have slipped under the radar and are having career seasons, all the while going relatively unheard of when compared to their teammates.

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Top 5 Buffalo Bills Plays of 2013 (Through Week 11)

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

EJ Manuel has played a role in two of Buffalo’s top five plays through its first 11 weeks. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Through the first eleven weeks of the season, the Buffalo Bills have made their fair share of big plays. Deciding on just five plays was a difficult task, but some of the “contenders” were eliminated from the list simply due to the fact they occurred in losing efforts.

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Making the Grade: Which Bills Players Rumbled and Stumbled vs. the Dolphins in Week 7?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (No. 99) and slot cornerback Nickell Robey (No. 37) had reasons to celebrate their play Sunday. (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

I’ll never be out when it comes to the Buffalo Bills, but things were looking bleak for the 2013 season going into Week 7. The Bills sat at 2-4 and had three teams with winning records — the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs — on the horizon. Buffalo needed to find a way to beat the Dolphins, who came into the game with a 3-2 record.

It wasn’t pretty, but as Dan Hope pointed out, the defense led the Bills to a 23-21 victory. Due to the team’s defensive performance, this week’s Making the Grade focuses on Buffalo’s defense, as there were few bright spots on the Bills offense.

All grades are courtesy of Pro Football Focus (subscription required). In case you need a refresher, a PFF grade of 0.0 is an average grade.

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