Posts Tagged ‘Safeties’

Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 9: Devin Funchess Takes on Michigan State

Friday, October 24th, 2014
Michigan pass-catcher Devin Funchess will be a player to watch as the Wolverines take on Michigan State on Saturday. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Michigan pass-catcher Devin Funchess will be a player to watch as the Wolverines take on Michigan State on Saturday. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Can you believe the season is entering week nine? Time really flies when you are having fun and football season is truly the most fun time of the year.

The upcoming week’s slate of games lacks the marquee matchups of previous weeks, but plenty of rivalry games and key conference contests await. Teams with playoff aspirations will want to avoid letdowns and the picture is becoming more and more clear as to what the nation’s top prospects’ tools and traits have developed to be. The time to iron out deficiencies is winding down. Putting out solid performances is a must with so much at stake down the stretch for teams and prospects alike.

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Buffalo Bills Place Chris Williams on Injured Reserve, Add Kenny Ladler to 53-Man Roster

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Chris Williams' first season with the Bills lasted just three games. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Chris Williams’ first season with the Bills lasted just three games. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

In an offseason where the Buffalo Bills went for mid-level veteran bargains over big-ticket signings in free agency, their most scrutinized move was their decision to sign left guard Chris Williams to a four-year, $13.15 million deal.

That deal already looks like a mistake after the oft-injured guard was placed on season-ending injured reserve Saturday due to a lingering back injury.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Duke Williams

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Second-year safety Duke Williams could be the answer for filling the void opened by Jairus Byrd’s departure. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Duke Williams didn’t play many snaps for the Buffalo Bills in 2013, but that number should rise significantly in 2014. With Jairus Byrd’s departure from Buffalo as a free agent this offseason, there is an opening in the lineup at safety alongside Aaron Williams. Da’Norris Searcy is pegged as the other starter, but Duke Williams is right behind him and could be in line for a much bigger role this season.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Jonathan Meeks

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Rookie strong safety Jonathan Meeks could be on the roster bubble immediately, even as a fifth-round pick. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

A candidate to get playing time at safety, or a candidate to be cut?

That’s the million dollar question with Jonathan Meeks. The Buffalo Bills’ fifth-round pick (No. 143 overall) in the 2013 NFL draft, Meeks didn’t make much of an impact in year one, and with plenty of competition at safety, his roster spot is far from guaranteed.

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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Safeties

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the most complete safety prospect in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The need to be able to stop the run out of nickel and dime defensive packages to match up with spread offensive formations has put the safety position in high demand. Having a safety who can come up and play near the line of scrimmage, but also has the range and instincts to play in single-high looks, goes a long way in being able to field an aggressive defensive scheme.

Two prospects in the 2014 NFL draft in particular offer the ability to perform well in both area, and they received first-round grades as a result.

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