Posts Tagged ‘Linebackers’

Buffalo Bills Release Keith Rivers After One Season with Team

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Keith Rivers made little impact in his one-year tenure with the Bills. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

Keith Rivers made little impact in his one-year tenure with the Bills. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Signed to a two-year contract last offseason, veteran linebacker Keith Rivers was released Tuesday after one year with the Buffalo Bills.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Paul Dawson, LB, TCU

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
After a breakout senior season, TCU's Paul Dawson has emerged as one of the 2015 NFL Draft's top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

After a breakout senior season, TCU’s Paul Dawson has emerged as one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

The connotation of the word “linebacker” has changed within the past few years. As more and more teams are using linebackers as pass-rushers and putting them on the line of scrimmage with their hand in the dirt, it has created a need for distinction between edge linebackers and off-the-ball linebackers.

TCU’s Paul Dawson fits the latter category as a traditional, stand-up linebacker. He has the potential to be one of the first off-ball linebackers selected in the 2015 NFL draft.

Listed at 6’2″ and 230 pounds by TCU’s official athletics website, Dawson is a former high school wide receiver and junior college transfer who has made a significant impact on TCU’s defense. He was the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 100 tackles, five sacks, and four interceptions in 2014.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
In the midst of another productive season, UCLA's Eric Kendricks is one of the 2015 NFL Draft's top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Geoff Burke — USA Today Sports)

In the midst of another productive season, UCLA’s Eric Kendricks is one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Geoff Burke — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Eric Kendricks, who led the UCLA Bruins in tackles and the Pac-12 in tackles per game in 2012 and 2013, is the senior leader for a strong defense which has helped the team start 4-0. A honorable mention all-conference selection and UCLA’s co-captain in 2013, the 6’0″, 230-pound middle linebacker is off to a very strong start this year.

Kendricks was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week after a season opener against Virginia in which he totaled 16 tackles, forced a fumble (returned for a touchdown by a teammate) and returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown. In total, Kendricks has already accumulated 47 total tackles this season.

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Nigel Bradham Suspended for One Game; Who Should Replace Him as Buffalo Bills Weakside Linebacker?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Nigel Bradham has been suspended for the Buffalo Bills’ season opener, which opens up the team’s weakside linebacker starting job to competition. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Kiko Alonso and Nigel Bradham were expected to be the top two weakside linebackers of the Buffalo Bills’ depth chart this season. The Bills will have neither of them for their first game of the 2014 season.

The NFL announced Wednesday that Bradham will suspended for one game, Buffalo’s season opener versus the Chicago Bears, for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.

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Sophomore Spotlight: What the Bills Defense Loses with Kiko Alonso Injury

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Kiko Alonso made a big impact in 2013. (Photo: Ron Schwane — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Kiko Alonso had a brilliant rookie season. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed, as the Buffalo Bills linebacker was named Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America. However, the Bills won’t be getting an encore performance in 2014. Alonso tore his left ACL earlier this week while working out in Oregon, and he is likely out for the season.

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