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What Will Fred Pagac Bring to Buffalo from Minnesota? Q&A with Vikings Writer Arif Hasan

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Fred Pagac will coach Buffalo’s linebackers in 2014. (Photo: Bruce Kluckohn — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Arif Hasan, who covers the Minnesota Vikings for the Daily Norseman and Bleacher Report, recently took the time to share his thoughts with Buffalo Bills Draft on new Buffalo linebackers coach Fred Pagac. Pagac spent the past eight years on Minnesota’s coaching staff as linebackers coach and for one year, defensive coordinator (2011).

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BBD Week in Review: 8/12 – 8/18

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Kevin Kolb was in the news often this past week, as he made his first preseason appearance and start for the Buffalo Bills while rookie quarterback EJ Manuel suffered a knee injury. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills are coming off of a busy week at Bills Drive in Orchard Park, N.Y., as training camp continued to roll along while the Bills also played their first home game of the preseason versus the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. The Bills are now halfway through this year’s preseason, and less than three full weeks away from their regular-season opener versus the New England Patriots.

Over the course of the past week here at Buffalo Bills Draft, we’ve had reports from people on the scene at both training camp and the Bills’ clash with the Vikings, along with full coverage of all the latest Bills news, including a major shift in the quarterback competition. Here’s a look at back at what Buffalo Bills Draft’s best have had to say in the past week.

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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 Grades: Preseason Week 2 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

EJ Manuel continued to take the lead in the quarterback competition Friday night. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

Which players shined and which players struggled during the Buffalo Bills’ 20-16 preseason win over the Minnesota Vikings on Friday? Some positions performed much better than others, so let’s take a position-by-position look at how each unit grades out.

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Buffalo Bills Players With Most to Prove vs. Minnesota Vikings

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Bills wide receiver Brad Smith needs to get on the field this week and perform well to prove himself worthy of a roster spot (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The Buffalo Bills put their best foot forward Sunday, opening the 2013 NFL preseason with a 44-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts and setting a franchise record for preseason points. Rookie quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel each played one half, throwing for 315 combined yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Overall, it was an impressive performance for Buffalo and head coach Doug Marrone, but there is still a lot of change on the horizon.

Although many players impressed in their first game action, some were less than stellar. For every player who tried to lay claim to a starting job or a spot on the 53-man roster, there were an equal amount that saw their chances worsen after the first game action.

With that in mind, here are a few players who will come into the second preseason game against Minnesota with even more pressure on their shoulders.

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