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Buffalo Bills State of the Roster: Offense

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The progression of the Buffalo Bills offense going into 2014 will revolve largely around quarterback EJ Manuel. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Glaze

After a six-win season in 2013, the Buffalo Bills’ brain trust of general manager Doug Whaley, head coach Doug Marrone and team president Russ Brandon will look to lead the team to improvement in 2014. A major part of that process will play out this offseason as the Bills look to add talent to their roster through the NFL draft, free agency and possibly trades.

The Bills especially need to improve the talent of their offense, which ranked 19th in the NFL in total yards (338.1 per game) and 22nd in points scored (21.2 per game). Still, from quarterback EJ Manuel to left tackle Cordy Glenn and others in between, the Bills have some core pieces to continue building around this offseason.

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First Downs and Flags: Key Takeaways Lead to Buffalo Bills Win over Jacksonville Jaguars

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Rookie wideout Robert Woods set a career-high with 82 receiving yards Sunday. (Photo: Phil Sears — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

The Buffalo Bills traveled to Florida for the second time in as many weeks to face a Jacksonville Jaguars team who came in on a three-game winning streak after starting the season with eight straight losses.

The Bills came into the game on a two-game losing streak, while rookie quarterback EJ Manuel was coming off a dreadful, four-interception performance in Buffalo’s Week 14 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  This game was a good day for Manuel to rebuild his confidence, however, as the Jaguars came into the game ranked 29th in total defense and 30th in points allowed.

Due to key takeaways by the defense and three Manuel touchdowns, the Bills (5-9) pulled out a 27-20 win against Jacksonville (4-10) Sunday.

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Baby Steps for Buffalo Bills in Week 15 Win vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

EJ Manuel had three total touchdowns and led the Bills to their first win since the bye week against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills (5-9) are not going to get any overwhelming praise for winning against the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10) Sunday. Their win came against a team that still ranks among the league’s worst, and even so it didn’t come easily, requiring two late holds by the Buffalo defense to preserve a 27-20 advantage.

Nonetheless, any win is a good win at this point in the season for the Buffalo Bills.
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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.

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The Fight for Win No. 1: Previewing Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills will be expecting running back C.J. Spiller to play better against the Carolina Panthers than he did in Week 1 versus the New England Patriots. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

With the NFL season only 16 games long, every week matters in a team’s push towards the playoffs. Although the Buffalo Bills played the New England Patriots tough in week one, they ultimately fell short, placing themselves “behind the eight ball” going into Week 2.

The average NFL team needs 10 wins to make the playoffs, so the Bills need to beat the Carolina Panthers on Sunday to avoid a situation where they’d need to go 10-4 over the final 14 weeks of the season to enter the playoff discussion. Avoiding an 0-2 start might not seem like a big deal, but with a fan base that hasn’t seen a competitive season in more than a decade, the Bills should feel more pressure than most teams to hang around and give their fans something to cheer for.

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