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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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Making the Grade: Which Bills Players Rumbled and Stumbled vs. the Bengals in Week 6?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Jerry Hughes’ impressive play versus the Bengals was noticed by Pro Football Focus. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills lost another close game on Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-24 in overtime. The Bills currently sit at 2-4, but they’ve been in every game they’ve played this season. A big reason for Buffalo’s competitiveness is the talent on their team.

Starting this week, Making the Grade will take a look at Pro Football Focus‘ weekly ratings of Buffalo Bills players. If you aren’t familiar with Pro Football Focus (PFF for short) the site uses analytics to grade players (subscription required to access the database). A 0.0 weekly grade is considered average, regardless of position. When discussing each player’s performance, a breakdown will be given of the individual categories that make up the player’s overall grade.

Here’s a look at some Bills players who rumbled, or played well, against the Bengals, followed by some who stumbled, or didn’t play well.

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5 Up, 5 Down: More Disappointments Than Standouts for Buffalo Bills in Loss in Washington

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Buffalo Bills safety Da’Norris Searcy and the entire Buffalo Bills secondary continued to struggle on Saturday versus the Washington Redskins. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

The river of optimism and hope that ran deep throughout Buffalo Bills training camp and over the course of their first two preseason games dried up early on Saturday evening. In their third preseason game, the Bills were embarrassed by the Washington Redskins in our nation’s capital.

Buffalo Bills fans had very little to be excited about in a 30-7 shellacking by a Washington team led by third-string quarterback Rex Grossman and fourth-string quarterback Pat White.

The few optimists that remain after Saturday’s train wreck will cite that this was just a preseason game and the results do not matter. Sadly, while the results of preseason games do not count, they absolutely matter. In my opinion, Buffalo fans received a bit of a flash forward Saturday evening that gives us a realistic look into the 2013 season. The flash forward was not pretty, leaving Bills fans with more questions than answers.

This installment of “5 Up, 5 Down” was difficult. The down part was easy, but finding 5 players who improved their status with the team Saturday was more problematic.

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5 Up, 5 Down: Who Broke Bad for the Buffalo Bills In Preseason Opener vs. Colts?

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Marquise Goodwin may have already locked up the kickoff returner job with his performance on Sunday. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

Sunday night marked the long-awaited return of the AMC television hit Breaking Bad. While the world awaits the fate of Walter White, Buffalo Bills fans received a brief glimpse into their possible 2013 fate on Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis.

A film review of Sunday’s game has given Buffalo their own version of players who decided, in their season debut with the Bills, to “break bad.” In an effort to remain positive, we will also look at some players who broke bad habits and had a positive debut on Sunday.

Our first installment of “5 Up, 5 Down” for the Bills’ 2013 preseason looks at players who helped or hurt their case to make the Buffalo Bills roster and/or earn greater playing time, although I tried to keep my focus on rookies and players on the bubble to make the team.

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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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