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5 Up, 5 Down: Buffalo Bills Defense Cruises, Kolb Sputters vs. Minnesota Vikings

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

With a two-sack performance on Friday night, Jerry Hughes continued to stand out for the Bills’ defense. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

The 1982 classic album Combat Rock by The Clash had numerous hits. One of my favorites was the classic song “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” I found myself thinking about this chorus as I walked back to my car following the Buffalo Bills’ 20-16 preseason victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night.

Roster decisions for the Bills coaching staff will be difficult. Coaches may be echoing the chorus of the Clash hit as they try to cut their roster down to 53 men. Many players improved their status with the team on Friday; others did not fare as well.

In our second installment of “5 Up, 5 Down,” we will again look at players who both improved and hurt their status with the Buffalo Bills during the most recent preseason games . With two preseason games left, the roster picture for the Buffalo Bills is starting to become a little clearer.

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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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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: 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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