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Shaky Start for the Offense: Buffalo Bills Training Camp Observations, July 22

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Early struggles by Seantrel Henderson (No. 66) and the Buffalo Bills offensive line have forced EJ Manuel and the Bills quarterbacks to escape the pocket often. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Glenn Gifford

Tuesday’s training camp practice for the Buffalo Bills looked eerily similar to Monday’s practice, the only difference being the addition of pads. Some nice plays were made by a handful of players but on the whole, the Bills offense looked horribly out of sync.

While still very early in the whole training camp process, there were a few things I noticed over my two days at St. John Fisher College that should give Bills fans pause for concern. With U2′s classic song “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” as our theme this time, here are my observations from Tuesday’s practice.

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Buffalo Bills Pick-by-Pick 2014 NFL Draft Review

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Sammy Watkins was the most exciting pick of the draft class, but the Bills did a terrific job of finding value throughout the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: Adam Hunger — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills made seven total selections in the 2014 NFL draft. The team wheeled and dealed over the course of the three-day draft and added a wide receiver, three offensive linemen, two linebackers and a cornerback.

Buffalo’s aggressiveness in the first round shows that the team is in a win-now mode. The Bills have a clear objective this season: make the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

The theme going into this draft was getting EJ Manuel help. On paper, the draft was a success. The team added the top wide receiver in the class while bulking up an offensive line that gave up 48 sacks in 2013. In addition to their draft picks, Buffalo also traded for Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown, a player the Bills have coveted for more than a year. Manuel has all the weapons you could ask for.

We take a look at each of the Bills’ selections and assess how well the team did in addressing their needs and maximizing value.

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What Ross Cockrell Brings to the Buffalo BIlls

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell was selected by the Bills in Round 4. (Photo: Mark Dolejs — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The Buffalo Bills added to their secondary depth by utilizing their fourth round selection on Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell. Adding to the defensive backfield was a priority for the Bills after having six of their 29 pre-draft visitors being secondary players. Cockrell makes it four for four in terms of Bills selections that were also pre-draft visitors.

A four-year starter in the ACC, Cockrell had a productive career for the Blue Devils. His best trait is his ability to break on the football as evidenced by his 12 career interceptions and 50 career pass breakups.

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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Ryan Talbot’s Final Buffalo Bills Projections

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

A trade down where the Bills still land a player as talented as C.J. Mosley? Win-win. (Photo: Chuck Cook — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Who will the Buffalo Bills select in this year’s draft?

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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Cornerbacks

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Justin Gilbert is the standout prospect of this year’s cornerback draft class. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

How many times have you heard NFL coaches and executives say that you can never have enough good cornerbacks? This year’s draft class provides a host of intriguing prospects who could satisfy the league’s demand for talented cover cornerbacks.

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