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DE Jerry Hughes - Buffalo Bills

6-2, 255Born: 8-13-1988College: TCUDrafted: Round 1, pick 31

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Summary

Hughes has proven himself as one of the league's more underrated players over the past two years. He posted very similar numbers during his two years in Buffalo despite playing primarily as a 3-4 OLB in 2013 and a 4-3 DE in 2014. After a slow start, he made a successful transition to playing up on the line and held up surprisingly well against the run despite being undersized at 255 pounds. The hiring of Ryan figures to push him back to more of an OLB role but he will still get plenty of opportunities to rush the passer. With player like Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus drawing most of the attention from blockers, Hughes is often faced with favorable matchups. If he was allowed to leave in free agency, that would have left a huge hole in the Bills defense so he was a key player to re-sign. With their front intact and a solid group of corners, look for Hughest to remain a solid DE2 with upside provided he doesn't lose his DE eligibility (which is a concern). (May 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

DE Redraft - 11, 3, 10, 11, 11, 13, 13
Overall Redraft - 19, 7, 18, 21, 26, 33, 57
DE Dynasty - 8, 3, 9, 12, 13
Overall Dynasty - 21, 15, 17, 32

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2012 IND 16 29 12 4 0 0 0 1 0
2013 BUF 16 30 12 9.5 2 0 0 2 0
2014 BUF 16 36 17 9.5 3 1 0 0 1
2015 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 36 * * * * * * *
2015 PROJ-Norton 16 38 * * * * * * *

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