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Evaluating the AFC East’s 53-Man Rosters by Draft Picks

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

All four starting quarterbacks in the AFC East were drafted by their current teams, but none at a better value than New England Patriots signal-caller Tom Brady. (Photo: Greg M. Cooper — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

Confession: I’m obsessed with numbers.

Perhaps it’s the Math teacher in me, but numbers intrigue me. Whenever there’s an opportunity to look at things using numbers, count me in.

A few months back here at Buffalo Bills Draft, I examined the draft success of each AFC East team between 2008-2012. Now three weeks into the season, I wanted to evaluate each roster’s 53-man rosters. How many players were actually drafted by their teams or signed by them out of college as undrafted free agents? What’s the breakdown of players by draft round? Which players have provided the most value to their teams?

Let’s take a look at each AFC East team and how their current 53-man roster was built.

Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots: Week 1 Live Game Thread

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

E.J. Manuel will begin his NFL career today against a Patriots defense that was 29th in the league in pass defense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

FINAL SCORE: Patriots 23, Bills 21.

FINAL THOUGHTS: The Buffalo Bills played a tight game against the New England Patriots, but their failure to stop the Patriots on third downs down the stretch is what ultimately cost them the game. With five seconds remaining, Stephen Gostkowski connected on a 35-yard field goal to seal the game for the Patriots.

The Bills themselves have a lot to feel good about, but a loss is a loss. The Bills fall to 0-1 on the season. Next week the Bills play against the Carolina Panthers (0-1).

Searching for Tom Brady: Late Round Quarterback Possibilities

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
2013 NFL Draft QB

You have to look hard to find gems like Tom Brady lurking in the later rounds of the NFL Draft.

BBD Contributor: Peter Bukowksi

Tom Brady is an aberration. New England didn’t think they’d taken the greatest quarterback ever to put on a helmet when they drafted the Michigan senior with the 199th pick in 2000. The Patriots got lucky and they will readily admit that.

You draft a player because you think he will be good for your team, yes, but a guy in the sixth round doesn’t usually turn out to be a Hall of Fame player, particularly not a quarterback.

If you want a franchise quarterback, the first three rounds are where you’re going to likely find them, but then why draft one late?

The reasons are myriad, but there is a better way to look at later round quarterbacks. Usually, they can be separated in one of three categories: projects, system quarterbacks, and career backups.

Of course, there will be some who fall into the last category sort of by default, while others will begin as projects and teams will realize they are really just not that good.

There’s a reason a quarterback gets picked late in the draft: there are some pretty obvious flaws. But in order to more clearly see the delineations, let’s look at the 2013 draft through this lens.

Five Keys to Success – Patriots

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Donald Jones will be one of the players that must step his game up in order to beat the Patriots today (Photo: US Presswire)

By BBD Editor Mike Watkins

To some Bills fans there is no bigger game every year than the two where we take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The Patriots have run rough shot over the division for about as long as the Bills have sat in its basement. In order for the Bills to truly be back they’ll need to be the best and that starts right here in Week 4. Here are the five things the Bills must do in order to beat New England. (more…)

Seven Questions: Bills v. Patriots

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The Bills must find a way to stop Rob Gronkowski on Sunday

By BBD Writer Eric Samulski

After two wins in their last two games the Bills seem to be getting themselves back on track. However, their journey gets a bit tougher when the Patriots come to town. Despite their 1-2 record, New England certainly has more talent than the Chiefs and Browns teams that the Bills easily handled. If the Bills can scrap out a win here, it will give them an early two game lead on the Pats for the division and help cement the notion that a playoff push might be for real. However, in order for the Bills to get that victory, they’re going to have to answer a few questions… (more…)

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