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Buffalo Bills Players With Most to Prove In Preseason Finale vs. Detroit Lions

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Rookie outside linebacker Keith Pough has to prove himself Thursday to earn a spot on the Bills’ regular-season roster. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

A lot has changed for the Buffalo Bills as they head into their final preseason showdown versus the Detroit Lions on Thursday night.

In the course of one week, the Bills have seen the return of arguably their best defender (free safety Jairus Byrd), lost their best cornerback (Stephon Gilmore) to injury, released a once-heralded potential sleeper (wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers) and with quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Kevin Kolb both injured, could become the first team to start an undrafted rookie quarterback in their season opener in the common draft era.

Amidst all of those changes, the team still has some tough decisions to make in regards to who will make their regular-season roster. With starting jobs still on the line, valuable reserve spots up for grabs and injuries suddenly opening new opportunities, the final preseason game is truly important for many players on the roster.

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Buffalo Bills Players With Most to Prove vs. Indianapolis Colts

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Aaron Williams is listed as the Bills’ starting strong safety going into Sunday’s preseason opener, but he still has to prove he belongs in the starting lineup. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The Buffalo Bills head into their preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts with more at stake than most would expect for an early August scrimmage.

With a new coaching staff and organizational philosophy intact, there are many players who are looking to prove that they belong on the new-look Bills. The first game will be an opportunity for some players brought in by the new regime to warm themselves to the Buffalo faithful, while many returning players will need to prove that they can change with the times and fit into the new schemes.

With the starters set to only play a few possessions, Bills fans will need to turn their eyes to the reserves in order to find the most intriguing story lines. For the following players, the pressure on Sunday might be the most palpable.

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2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Linebackers

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Nigel Bradham is the Bills’ only returning starter at linebacker. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills overhauled numerous positions this offseason. The wide receiver changes seem to be getting the most attention, but the linebacker corps looks vastly different from the 2012 squad. Seven of the 11 players listed as linebackers on Buffalo’s roster are entering their first season with the Bills.

When the Bills’ 53-man roster was announced last season, seven linebackers made the cut. Linebackers on the Bills may be in for some good news however if Mike Pettine, the team’s defensive coordinator, has a say. In 2011 and 2012, the Jets carried nine linebackers on their opening 53-man rosters. It seems as though depth at the linebacker position was valued by Pettine and Rex Ryan in New York.

Let’s take a look at the 11 linebackers currently on the Bills’ roster, with each listed according to their position on the Bills’ official team roster.

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BBD Week in Review: 7/1-7/7

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Keith Pough told Buffalo Bills Draft last week that his rookie season goals are to start on the Bills defense and to win Defensive Rookie of the Year. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The countdown to the beginning of Buffalo Bills training camp is within three weeks. Here at Buffalo Bills Draft, we continued strong with the countdown process over the course of this past week, looking ahead to the season in a variety of ways.

From Undrafted Rookie to Defensive Rookie of the Year?

Buffalo Bills linebacker Keith Pough may have gone undrafted, but he is setting high goals for his rookie season: to earn a starting spot on the Bills’ defense and to win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. Find out what else Pough told me in his exclusive interview with Buffalo Bills Draft.

Could the Bills Challenge The New England Patriots for the AFC East Division Title?

With a new coach and new quarterbacks in Buffalo, many Bills fans are feeling optimistic about their team going into the 2013 season. Combining that optimism with a tumultuous offseason in New England, some Bills fans have gone as far to consider that the Bills could challenge the New England Patriots for the AFC East division championship this season.

Is challenging the Patriots for a division title a realistic possibility, or ridiculous hope for a still-rebuilding team? Glenn Gifford, Eric Samulski and I weighed in on whether problems in New England are opening the door for the Bills.

Positional Previews

In his new offseason series here at BBD, Ryan Talbot is breaking down the Buffalo Bills’ roster position-by-position, and previewing what we should expect from each position group in the 2013 season. Ryan started out this week with two marquee offensive skill positions: quarterback and running back.

What will the Bills get from new quarterback additions E.J. Manuel and Kevin Kolb? Will C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson form one of the NFL’s best running back tandems this season? You can see Ryan’s analysis on both of those questions and much more at the links above.

If you’re looking for even more quarterback analysis, you should also take a look at Joe Marino’s breakdown of Kolb’s career through the years.

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Buffalo Bills Interview: Rookie LB Keith Pough Setting High Goals for His Rookie Season

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Keith Pough hopes to make the leap from undrafted free agent to rookie starter for the Buffalo Bills this season. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Going undrafted out of Howard hasn’t shaken the confidence of Buffalo Bills rookie Keith Pough.

In an interview with Buffalo Bills Draft on Tuesday, Pough told me he has two goals for his rookie season: to earn a starting spot on the Bills’ defense and to win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.

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