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Kiko Alonso vs. Sheldon Richardson: Who Should Be NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Kiko Alonso’s production and constancy on the Buffalo Bills defense could earn him Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Associated Press’ NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting is projected to be a tight race between two AFC East impact players, Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Kiko Alonso and New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson.

The ballots have already been cast, but the winner will not be revealed until this year’s NFL Honors on Feb. 1. Who deserves to win this year’s award? Below, staff writer Ryan Glaze argues Alonso’s case to be the first Buffalo Bill to win the award since Shane Conlan in 1987, while editor Dan Hope explains why his vote would go to Richardson.

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EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills Rookies Take a Step Back in Loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

There was reason for EJ Manuel to hang his head after a poor performance Sunday. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone at least publicly stated Friday that he believed his team was still in the playoff hunt, but that became a serious long shot after Buffalo lost to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13. That led to the suggestion from some media members and Bills fans that the team should turn their focus away from making a playoff run, and toward developing its young talent as much as possible in preparation for 2014.

But regardless of what the Bills’ goal was Sunday, it wasn’t accomplished, unless that goal was to tank for better draft position.

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UDFA Profile: TE Zack Pianalto

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

With the Bills desperate for TE help, can Pianalto make a difference?

TE Zack Pianalto-North Carolina

6’3, 255 lbs.

Pianalto is part of a new breed of TE’s that excel in the passing game, but are still learning the finer points of blocking and positioining as a TE. He is seen by many to be one of the most versatile options available having the ability to play the TE both on the line or flexed out into the slot, as well as being a capable H-Back who can line up in the backfield.

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