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Potential Buffalo Bills Targets in the 2015 NFL Draft: Running Backs

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Melvin Gordon projects as one of the top running back prospects in the 2015 NFL draft. (Photo: Jesse Johnson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Josh Cornwall

One season into the Doug Marrone/Doug Whaley era in Buffalo, a foundation has been laid to finally get the floundering Buffalo Bills franchise out of the AFC East basement and into the playoff picture. The excitement surrounding the franchise now is different than it has been in recent years because of the quality of youthful talent littered across the depth chart.

Still, two dilemmas face the current Bills’ regime on the not-so-distant horizon that could hinder their long-term plans.

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Buffalo Bills Trade for Running Back Bryce Brown

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills continued to be aggressive by trading a future conditional pick, and swapping seventh-round picks, with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday to acquire running back Bryce Brown. (Photo: Howard Smith — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

During the Buffalo Bills’ predraft luncheon, general manager Doug Whaley was asked about the concern of the team “mortgaging its future” to be aggressive in this year’s draft.

“Depends on what you mean by mortgaging the future,” Whaley replied. “We give up our whole draft? You’re mortgaging our future. If we give up a second round or a pick next year, again it’s a calculated decision. I would say it all depends on the deal.”

If you read between the lines on that answer, Whaley was clearly thinking about giving up future assets to make moves in this year’s draft.

The Bills made their first “calculated decision” in Round 1 of the draft when they gave up 2015 first- and fourth-round picks to move up from the No. 9 overall pick to the fourth spot and secure Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. They made another during Day 3 of the draft, when they traded a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick for Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown.

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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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Ranking Every Player on the Buffalo Bills Roster: 2013 Postseason Edition

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Was Kyle Williams the Buffalo Bills’ best player this season? (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Going into the season, BBD editors Dan Hope and Ryan Talbot ranked the Buffalo Bills’ training camp roster from top to bottom, and at the midseason mark, they went back over the 53-man roster at the time to evaluate the first half of the season. With the 2013 Bills season now completely in the books, it was time to take one more look at the 2013 roster and determine which players were the most, or least, productive this year.

The 53 players ranked are based on the team’s final roster with the exception of wide receiver Cordell Roberson, who was signed prior to the team’s last game to replace strong safety Aaron Williams, who was placed on injured reserve for the final game only. These rankings were intended to evaluate the players only on their performance in the 2013 season, and not to predict which players will be back with the Bills or make the biggest impact on the team in 2014.

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First Downs and Flags: LeGarrette Blount Bashes Buffalo Bills in Season Finale

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills was the LeGarrette Blount show for the New England Patriots. (Photo: Winslow Townson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

The Buffalo Bills (6-10) traveled to Foxborough to try and defeat the New England Patriots (12-4) for the first time ever in Gillette Stadium, with the hope of ending the season on a high note.  Though the Bills were guaranteed a losing season, they had the chance to have a winning record in the AFC East, but they came up short.

Despite Bills head coach Doug Marrone saying he was “110 percent confident” during Week 16 that Manuel would play in the season finale, Manuel did not make enough progress in his recovery to start in Week 17, and backup quarterback Thad Lewis started his fifth game of the season.

Lewis and the Bills lost to the Patriots, 34-20, on a rainy day where the story was Patriots running back LeGarette Blount netting a whopping 334 all-purpose yards for the game. The Bills defense and special teams had no answer for Blount, and that resulted in a loss.

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