Buffalo Bills news, 1/4: Stephon Gilmore ends 2013 on high note

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Stephon Gilmore improved as he recovered from his wrist injury, per Pro Football Focus. That and more in today's links.

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 1-3

Marcell Dareus' future leads off this week's Q&A with team writer Chris Brown. He heads into Jairus Byrd and whether the upcoming gauntlet of great quarterbacks in 2014 will matter to the front office's attempts, 2014 free agents, and injured players' offseason rehab.

Stock Report: AFC - ProFootballFocus

Stephon Gilmore ended his year nicely, per PFF, while Doug Legursky regressed, especially in run blocking. Gilmore even made honorable mention on PFF's team of the month in December.

NFL.com - Pepsi Next Rookie of the Year voting
Kiko Alonso is the only defensive rookie on the list.

Moats ties to community could impact future - BuffaloBills.com
"The Virginia native played on average in 25 percent of the defense’s snaps, but in the last four games he only played in a combined three snaps, and didn’t play outside of special teams in the final two games."

Inside The Bills | The plan for tempo offense moving forward
Marrone: "That’s what we’re going to take a good look at in terms of what we need to do tempo-wise. Slow it down, speed it up, we want the different ways to do it to keep the defense off balance."

Inside The Bills | Marrone thinks Pro Bowl not far off for Wood
Winning brings recognition, as Doug Marrone pointed out with Eric Wood.

Nine Bills players could hit the open market - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Including Byrd, there are nine players set to become unrestricted free agents when the 2014 NFL league year begins at 4 p.m. March 11." Jay Skurski runs through each and what the future might hold.

Who Made the Leap in 2013? - NFL.com
Jerry Hughes gets an honorable mention on this list of players emerging as impact players.

Falcons, Texans lead worst-to-first candidates for 2014 season - NFL.com
"Buffalo, which has the ninth overall pick in the draft, has a relatively easy road schedule on tap next season. I think the Bills have the potential to win more than they lose. Still, will they be able to elbow aside the New England Patriots in the AFC East? That's doubtful."

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