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Shaky Start for the Offense: Buffalo Bills Training Camp Observations, July 22

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Early struggles by Seantrel Henderson (No. 66) and the Buffalo Bills offensive line have forced EJ Manuel and the Bills quarterbacks to escape the pocket often. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Glenn Gifford

Tuesday’s training camp practice for the Buffalo Bills looked eerily similar to Monday’s practice, the only difference being the addition of pads. Some nice plays were made by a handful of players but on the whole, the Bills offense looked horribly out of sync.

While still very early in the whole training camp process, there were a few things I noticed over my two days at St. John Fisher College that should give Bills fans pause for concern. With U2′s classic song “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” as our theme this time, here are my observations from Tuesday’s practice.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Duke Williams

Wednesday, June 18th, 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: Ryan Talbot

Duke Williams didn’t play many snaps for the Buffalo Bills in 2013, but that number should rise significantly in 2014. With Jairus Byrd’s departure from Buffalo as a free agent this offseason, there is an opening in the lineup at safety alongside Aaron Williams. Da’Norris Searcy is pegged as the other starter, but Duke Williams is right behind him and could be in line for a much bigger role this season.

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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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Jairus Byrd Left Untagged by Buffalo Bills: Reactions and Analysis

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Jairus Byrd’s time with the Buffalo Bills has likely come to an end after five seasons. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Jairus Byrd’s career with the Buffalo Bills might be over after five seasons with the team. The Bills announced Monday that they are not using the franchise tag on any of its unrestricted free agents, which the three-time Pro Bowl safety will become next week.

When he was franchise tagged by the Bills last offseason, Byrd ultimately played out 2013 on a one-year, $6.916 million contract, but not before his relationship with the team became tenuous. After the parties failed to strike a long-term contract agreement, Byrd decided to hold out through all of training camp and the preseason, only returning to the team in time for the start of the regular season (though he then went on to miss the team’s first five games with plantar fasciitis).

One would think that last year’s ordeal played a significant part in Buffalo’s decision not to tag him again this offseason.

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5 Up, 5 Down: More Disappointments Than Standouts for Buffalo Bills in Loss in Washington

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Buffalo Bills safety Da’Norris Searcy and the entire Buffalo Bills secondary continued to struggle on Saturday versus the Washington Redskins. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

The river of optimism and hope that ran deep throughout Buffalo Bills training camp and over the course of their first two preseason games dried up early on Saturday evening. In their third preseason game, the Bills were embarrassed by the Washington Redskins in our nation’s capital.

Buffalo Bills fans had very little to be excited about in a 30-7 shellacking by a Washington team led by third-string quarterback Rex Grossman and fourth-string quarterback Pat White.

The few optimists that remain after Saturday’s train wreck will cite that this was just a preseason game and the results do not matter. Sadly, while the results of preseason games do not count, they absolutely matter. In my opinion, Buffalo fans received a bit of a flash forward Saturday evening that gives us a realistic look into the 2013 season. The flash forward was not pretty, leaving Bills fans with more questions than answers.

This installment of “5 Up, 5 Down” was difficult. The down part was easy, but finding 5 players who improved their status with the team Saturday was more problematic.

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