Bills: Hughes re-signs with Buffalo

| 2 years ago

Bills: Hughes re-signs with Buffalo

PFF-headlinesThe edge defender market took one of its first hits overnight, as the Buffalo Bills agreed to terms on a five year contract with Jerry Hughes. Acquired via a trade with the Colts in April 2013, Hughes has shown the kind of first round talent with the Bills that he only rarely flashed during his time in Indianapolis. Keeping him in Buffalo ensures that Rex Ryan has the high caliber pass rushers to deploy off both edges that he lacked during his time in New York.

In two seasons in Buffalo, Hughes has racked up 120 pressures (23 Sk, 18 Ht, 79 Hu), 13th best among all 3-4 outside linebackers and 4-3 defensive ends since the start of the 2013 season. That places him alongside the likes of Tamba Hali, Jared Allen and Elvis Dumervil in terms of total production. In terms of a rate of production he fares even better, with his 12.5 Pass Rushing Productivity rating placing him eighth among all edge defenders with at least 150 pass rushes in the last two seasons.

In 2013 Hughes played under Rex Ryan’s former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine giving him recent experience of Rex Ryan’s scheme, that familiarity should help him continue his fine performances from the last two seasons. Performances which haven’t been as a one dimensional pass rusher either. Last season his +9.7 run defense grade was eighth highest among all 4-3 defensive ends, and included a particularly impressive display (+3.0) against the Browns and Joe Thomas, which certainly caught the eye and bodes well for the Bills.

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  • Elroy Jenkins

    Nice job OBD! Awesome deal, keep the front 4 together. Bills pass rusher is going to be brutal to go against!

  • davathon

    Bills and Dolphins have the best two front 4’s in the NFL. Sucks to be a Jets or Cheatriots O-lineman.

    • NAJ

      Rams not exist anymore? (not even a Rams fan)

  • NWBill

    The Bills’ D will be even more frightening if Buffalo can find a multidimensional safety to replace the run-support Da’Norris Searcy. Having two safeties that can cover AND support the run, means that Rex will be able to blitz his corners more ….something we all know he likes to do, when he has the talent. Since our corners all have the speed necessary to get into the backfield, THIS YEAR’S defense, with the Ryan trick bag, would be even harder to game plan for. Offenses will almost literally have less than 2 seconds to process their plays from the snap; cause SOMEONE from the Bills will be in the backfield in that span of time.