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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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Buffalo Bills Update: Thad Lewis Tabbed as Starting Quarterback for Week 6

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Thad Lewis will be the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback in Week 6 versus the Cincinnati Bengals, head coach Doug Marrone announced Monday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Contrary to coach Doug Marrone’s claim Friday that the Buffalo Bills would look to add a quarterback from “outside the organization,” they are elevating Thad Lewis from their practice squad to start their next game Sunday versus the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced Monday.

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Buffalo Bills Fill 53-Man Roster By Signing Dan Carpenter

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The Buffalo Bills signed Dan Carpenter on Tuesday to fill in for reportedly injured kicker Dustin Hopkins. (Photo: Kelley L. Cox — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills’ 53-man roster will almost certainly have changes from week to week throughout the regular season, but at least for now, the Buffalo Bills have set their first 53-man roster of the season. They made the final move to fill their roster Tuesday with the signing of recently well-traveled kicker Dan Carpenter.

The move to sign Carpenter came as a surprise when initially reported, as rookie sixth-round pick Dustin Hopkins had an impressive preseason to beat out longtime veteran Rian Lindell in training camp. The move came as a necessity, however, after Hopkins suffered a groin injury in practice, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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Buffalo Bills Training Camp Observations, July 30: Tempers Flare at Camp

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

C.J. Spiller was among the standouts of Tuesday’s training camp practice for the Bills. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

I had the opportunity to attend Buffalo Bills training camp today for the first time this season, and I am happy to report that there was no shortage of emotion on the fields of St. John Fisher College. Today saw the first fight of camp, as well as some other less-publicized arguing and smack talk that almost erupted into more violence.

I’ll begin with some basic observations and then try to be more specific with regards to selected players, coaches and schemes. I will also look at some positional battles and give my two cents, all the while fully realizing that we are only three practices into training camp.

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2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Specialists

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Rian Lindell has been the Buffalo Bills’ placekicker since 2003, but he is going to have to fight for his job in training camp. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

Offense and defense have already been covered in my Positional Previews at Buffalo Bills Draft, so there’s just one area left to discuss: specialists. Buffalo actually has some interesting competitions at both kicker and punter to follow at training camp.

Another area to focus on is in the return game. Leodis McKelvin was far and away Buffalo’s best return man last season, but this season he is the team’s second cornerback. Will Buffalo use McKelvin as much in the return game?

Here’s a look at all of Buffalo’s positional battles at specialist positions.

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