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BBD Week in Review: 7/22 – 7/28

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills kicked off their 2013 training camp at St. John Fisher College on Sunday evening. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills are in the midst of a big week: their opening week of their 2013 training camp. The offseason for Bills players and coaches is over; it’s football season now. Monday will mark the second day of practice in this year’s training camp, as the Bills begin preparation for their first preseason game on Aug. 11 and more importantly, their regular-season opener versus the New England Patriots on Sept. 8.

Previewing Training Camp

Here on Buffalo Bills Draft, it was also an important week as we previewed this year’s Bills training camp.

Our Training Camp Preview includes links to all of our content this offseason that has directly looked ahead to the battles and preparation that are taking place over the next few weeks of camp at St. John Fisher College.

That preview includes all nine installments of Ryan Talbot’s Positional Previews series. The series came to a conclusion this past week with Ryan’s comprehensive looks at the team’s Linebackers, Defensive Backs and Specialists.


Addition By Subtraction? How Mike Pettine’s Defense Will Replace Mark Anderson

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Mike Pettine may not need to find a replacement for Mark Anderson, because he may not use any player in the same role Anderson would have played for the Bills. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

When the Bills released defensive end Mark Anderson earlier this week, there was much speculation about who would take his place as Mario Williams’ bookend on the defensive line.

Chris Kelsay and Shawne Merriman had already retired, so there seemed to be no obvious replacement on the roster, although as Buffalo Bills Draft’s own Dan Hope pointed out on Wednesday, there might be a number of possibilities already on the roster. However, in order to truly understand how the Bills plan to fill Mark Anderson’s spot on the roster, it’s important to look at how the defensive end position is used in Mike Pettine’s scheme.


Buffalo Bills Move on from Overpaid Mark Anderson After One Underwhelming Season

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

After an underwhelming, injury-riddled season in 2012, the Buffalo Bills released Mark Anderson prior to their 2013 training camp. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

There was reason to be skeptical when the Buffalo Bills signed pass-rusher Mark Anderson to a four-year, $19.5 million contract last offseason. The skeptics proved correct Tuesday, when the Bills released Anderson after only one season with the team.

Anderson is a gifted pass-rusher who had 12 sacks in his rookie season with the Chicago Bears, and was a coming off of an impressive 10-sack season with the New England Patriots when the Bills signed him last season.

The reason for skepticism, however, was that those seasons came five years apart. In four seasons between them, Anderson had only 11 combined sacks. Additionally, Anderson has never looked like more than a situational pass-rusher, but was paid like a starter even though he is a liability in run defense.


2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Defensive Line

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Defensive end Mario Williams could be in line for a career year if he can stay healthy in 2013. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

With Positional Previews finished for the offensive side of the ball (see the bottom of page 2 for links to all five of them), it’s time to preview the Buffalo Bills’ defensive side of the ball in the next three installments.

The Bills defense was woeful in 2012. The defense under Dave Wannstedt, who lasted only one season as defensive coordinator, was as vanilla as it comes. It showed at the end of the season. For the season, Buffalo gave up 435 total points and 362.9 yards per game.

Expectations are different in 2013, however. Wannstedt has been replaced with Mike Pettine, formerly of the New York Jets. Pettine plans on being far more aggressive than his predecessor and give multiple defensive looks. For Buffalo’s defense to be successful, the defensive line will have to perform much better than last season.

Buffalo currently has 13 defensive linemen on their roster. Some of them are absolute locks to make the team, but there are a few veterans at risk.


BBD Week in Review: 5/20-5/26

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Scott Chandler is the leader in the clubhouse to start atop the Buffalo Bills’ tight end depth chart. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

This week’s look at the best content from Buffalo Bills Draft, the NFL Draft Sites Network and around the web looks forward to the 2013 Bills season and 2014 NFL Draft, but also looks back at some of the draft picks the Bills have made in recent years.

Looking Ahead: 2013 Bills Season

  • Which tight ends will earn roster spots and playing time for the Buffalo Bills this season? Staff writer Eric Samulski projects the team’s tight end depth chart.
  • First-round pick quarterback E.J. Manuel and veteran pass-rusher Mark Anderson are among the Buffalo Bills players with questions to answer this offseason, staff writer Joseph Curtis writes.

Looking Ahead: 2014 NFL Draft

  • UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr could be one of the 2014 NFL Draft’s top picks, but must improve many aspects of his game, staff writer Joe Marino says.
  • Staff writer Evan Sidery broke down Teddy Bridgewater’s top two challengers to be the top quarterback selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and San Jose State’s David Fales.
  • Tennessee defensive tackle Daniel McCullers has huge potential (and size) as a nose tackle. Joe Marino breaks down why the 2014 season will be pivotal in proving whether he is worth a first-round pick.

Looking Back

More on the Bills

  • Cian Fahey of Pre Snap Reads broke down the many various offensive packages that the Buffalo Bills could deploy to form a “chameleon” offense.
  • Mario Williams responded last week to published reports that detailed text messages in which he discussed suicidal thoughts and hydrocodone abuse. Read the transcript from his press conference at WGR.

Around the NFL Draft Sites Network

  • In his AFC East overview of the 2013 NFL Draft, NY Jets Draft staff writer Marc Sluis gave the Bills a B- grade for their draft.
  • Miami Dolphins Draft writer John Blair broke down TCU quarterback Casey Pachall and took an early look at the 2014 tight end draft class among other entries in his “Inside the War Room” piece this week.

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