Posts Tagged ‘Sophomore Spotlight’

Sophomore Spotlight: EJ Manuel

Monday, July 28th, 2014

EJ Manuel finished his rookie season with a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Playoffs? Not for the Buffalo Bills unless second-year quarterback EJ Manuel improves greatly upon his rookie season.

The Bills talked all offseason about building around Manuel, and they weren’t lying. The team added running back depth in Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon, two new wide receivers in Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams and upgrades to their offensive line.

Manuel has been given the weapons needed for his improvement. Buffalo’s 2014 season depends on his ability to deliver.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Robert Woods

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

The projected production of second-year wide receiver Robert Woods made veteeran Stevie Johnson expendable this offseason. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Expected to be a plug-and-play receiver when the Buffalo Bills drafted him with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Robert Woods had a strong rookie season and developed immediate chemistry with the team’s first-round pick, quarterback EJ Manuel. In his second season, in which he will take over for Stevie Johnson as the Bills’ slot receiver, he has a chance to be an impact player.

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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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Sophomore Spotlight: Nickell Robey

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Cornerback Nickell Robey was one of the most pleasant surprises for the Bills in 2013. (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

No one, including the Buffalo Bills, knew what they getting when they signed Nickell Robey as an undrafted free agent. Generally, an undrafted player making the 53-man roster is a story in itself. Having an undrafted free agent earn playing time in all 16 games? A rare feat.

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