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Eyes on the Competition : Buffalo Bills

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
The hopes and dreams of the Bills rest on their new 40 million dollar man.

The hopes and dreams of the Bills rest on their new 40 million dollar man.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Few teams have reshaped their roster this off-season more than the Buffalo Bills.  It all starts at the top, as a new hard-nosed thorn in the Patriots side mentality will be in full swing as Rex Ryan is the new sheriff in Buffalo.

It now seems like forever ago, but Buffalo made one of the earliest moves of the off-season by signing the highly publicized Richie Incognito.  Incognito’s morals can be questioned, but he should help sure up an offensive line that struggled last season.  It seems even more evident today, as the Bills made the first big blockbuster trade of the off-season.  You may have heard about it.

This off-season is an anomaly.  Big time, big name players simply don’t get swapped for one another.  As far as straight up, player for player moves, I think back to the Clinton Portis – Champ Bailey swap in 2004 (feel old yet?) (more…)

Patriots Defensive Tackle Casey Walker Quietly Making His Name

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
No. 98, defensive tackle Casey Walker, has left a mark in his short stay with the Patriots. (NFL Game Rewind)

No. 98 – defensive tackle Casey Walker – has left a mark in his short stay with the Patriots. (NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Not much was known about Casey Walker when the New England Patriots claimed him off the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad.

He was the corresponding move to defensive tackle Sealver Siliga landing on short-term injured reserve. He was big, listed at 6’1” and 334 pounds. And he was a 2013 undrafted free agent by way of Oklahoma, where he played 33 in games, started 22, and finished with 49 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, two fumbles recoveries and two pass deflections.

For the rest, you’d have to dig a little deeper.

Walker did not have a Wikipedia page, nor did he have an NFL tackle on his resume. The 24-year-old had spent part of the 2013 season on Carolina’s practice squad, and returned for the 2014 preseason. He logged 95 snaps over the course of it, and received the fifth lowest Pro Football Focus grade among the Panthers’ 39 participating defenders.

Walker was waived during 53-man roster cuts on Aug. 30, subsequently rejoining the team’s 10-man roster after clearing waivers the following day. But there were no expectations when the Patriots filled the active roster with him on Sept. 27.

Even so, he has done his part to exceed the status of an enigma since then. (more…)

Jerod Mayo’s Communication Helped Patriots as Much as His Play

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Jerod Mayo's season ended on Sunday. But New England's defense will have to play, think, and communicate as if he is still on the field with them. (NFL Game Rewind)

Jerod Mayo’s season ended on Sunday. But New England’s defense will have to play, think, and communicate as if he is still on the field with them. (NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Anthony Dixon gained three yards before he met Jerod Mayo at the 7:37 mark in the second quarter of Sunday’s game in Orchard Park. Yet for the New England Patriots linebacker, a two-time Pro Bowler and five-time captain, his 53rd tackle of the season would not be like the rest.

It would be his last.

Mayo’s right foot planted and his leg buckled as he halted the Buffalo Bills running back in the left A-gap. His teammate, edge-rusher Chandler Jones, arrived to finish the stop to force 2nd-and-7, only the damage had been done by then. Mayo knew it. The Patriots knew it.

On Monday, the fears were confirmed. Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the lower right leg injury Mayo suffered was indeed season-ending. Yet even on Sunday, it was evident on the field that New England’s defense had lost its communicator, its green dot, its “Mike” linebacker, only six weeks in for the second consecutive season. (more…)

Breaking Down Patriots Wideout Brian Tyms’ 43-Yard TD vs. Bills

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Brian Tyms’ first career regular-season touchdown catch arrived on Sunday. (NFL Game Rewind)

Brian Tyms’ first career regular-season touchdown catch arrived on Sunday. It was a memorable one. (NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots’ offense hurried to the line with a 13-7 lead over the Buffalo Bills. But what happened thenceforth in the Week 6 tilt was not by the numbers. In many ways, it was not what should have happened.

For Brian Tyms, it didn’t matter. (more…)

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills: Ten Keys to Week 1

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Gargantuan left tackle Cordy Glenn will be responsible for blocking Patriots right end Chandler Jones. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

The New England Patriots will begin the season this afternoon with a divisional matchup against the Buffalo Bills, who made sweeping changes to their organization this offseason, with CEO Russ Brandon being promoted to President and effectively assuming complete control of the team. Brandon hired head coach Doug Marrone from the Syracuse Orange, who brought offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett with him; former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was hired for the same position with the Bills. In April, Buffalo drafted quarterback E.J. Manuel to replace 2012 starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, and in May, general manager Buddy Nix announced that he would step down, with assistant general manager Doug Whaley being promoted. Read on for ten keys to New England’s season opener at Buffalo.


Buffalo Bills Plans for Stopping the New England Patriots: Enemy Week

Monday, July 23rd, 2012
Buffalo Bills New England Patriots

The Buffalo Bills will need to do a better job preventing Gronk-spikes in 2012. (Photo: US Presswire)

Guest Editor: Matthew Elder (

UPDATE: Dolphins Enemy Week Post is now up

As we enter the 2012 season the New England Patriots still sit atop the AFC East, the Pats have observed unprecedented dominance winning the division nine times since 2000. Anytime you see individual teams dominate like that it’s time for your opponents to innovate and change the way they are doing things and finally it appears as though the Bills have been able to do that.

When you talk about the New England Patriots two things always come to mind, the first is QB Tom Brady and the other is Head Coach Bill Belichick. These two have become one of the most successful QB-Coach tandems in NFL History having gone 138-40 in games that Brady started. So how do we as Bills fan hope to beat this juggernaut? Well it’s actually quite simple, we just have to do what we do best in three easy steps.

Editor’s Note: This week, we’ll be featuring some articles from the editor’s of our network sites, detailing what they feel they’re teams plan is for taking down the Patriots in 2012.


NEPD Mailbag: Too Long For Twitter

Friday, March 23rd, 2012
Devon Still 2012 NFL Draft

If both fall in the 1st round, who would Doug rather have, Devon Still or Nick Perry?

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

What could the Patriots get for their first two picks? Who’s my dream pick to fall in the first round? Where would Quinton Coples fit with the Patriots?

Those are some of the questions I’ll be answering in my weekly “Too Long For Twitter” Friday mailbag where I take questions from Twitter that warrant, deserve or need answers longer than 140 characters

If you have a question about anything, tweet it to me @DougKyedNEPD, and I’ll try to include it in the column on Friday. If you aren’t on Twitter, feel free to throw in a question in the comments section.


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