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Buffalo Bills News, 1/24: Senior Bowl Notes And Wide Receiver Numbers

Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix says the team is eyeing wide receivers and quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl and Pro Football Focus gives you a good reason as to why in today's links.

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Tom Szczerbowski

Signature Stats: Yards Per Route Run |

Donald Jones ran 402 routes, gaining just 443 yards while T.J. Graham ran 416 for 322 yards. Their average yards per route were two of the ten worst in the NFL this past season.

As Michael Renner points out today in his analysis, this stat has a lot to do with mediocre quarterback play. Larry Fitzgerald is no slouch, but ended up just three spots ahead of Jones due to Arizona's quarterback situation. It's also clearly evident that the Bills employed a short passing game (duh) and got their running backs involved a lot. Jones was targeted on just one of every six routes. Graham was targeted on one of every seven. That's a lot of downfield running, especially for Graham, for little return. You'll have to sign up for Premium service to get Stevie Johnson's number, which ranked between Nos. 16 and 60.

Nix and staff eyeing LBs, QBs and WRs -

"Nix validated to that linebacker, quarterback and wide receiver are the top priority positions for Buffalo."

Nix also explains how they bring in the coaches during early February to see what kind of ideal guys they are looking for. With the focus being on these three position, one would hope they are intent on re-signing Andy Levitre and Jairus Byrd so as not to add two more holes to this list.

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Bills Focus: Buddy Nix 1 on 1 Interview - VIDEO -
"John Murphy catches up with the Bills general manager at the Senior Bowl to talk about how important this week can be, Buffalo's biggest areas of need, and some of the top Senior QB's."

Significant Bills records set in 2012 - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
There were some good records set in 2012 in addition to defensive futility.

Doug Marrone's assistants set to meet the media - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
The assistants will have a press conference on Thursday and Friday this week, so expect some coverage.

McShay: Nassib’s arm 'vastly overrated' - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Nassib's arm vastly overrated," McShay tweeted Wednesday. "Short/intermediate throws MPHs but struggles driving ball vertically on tape and see same at Senior Bowl."

Signature Stats: Drop Rate - Running Backs |
On 44 catchable balls, C.J. Spiller dropped one in 2012. How did this guy not get the ball more?

32 Observations: Pro Bowl |
"Buffalo Bills: Safety Jairus Byrd had five interceptions and didn’t allow a single touchdown. No other safety put together a stat line of 350 or more coverage snaps, zero touchdowns allowed and more than two interceptions."

Bills looking at life without Fitzpatrick as QB | Toronto Sun
Bill Lankhof does a good job synthesizing the last couple days of Nassib and Fitzpatrick talk into a short article.

Evolution of the Bills colors - NFL Videos
"Check out the evolution of the Buffalo Bills' blue and red colors, and how they represent the storied franchise."