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Buffalo Bills news, 4/30: Kelvin Sheppard traded for Jerry Hughes

The Bills made big roster moves yesterday, signing their undrafted free agent class and trading Kelvin Sheppard for Jerry Hughes.

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Inside The Bills | Hughes trade another versatility move

"Versatility is something we’re looking for and we’d like our linebackers to at least be able to play both outside spots and we’d like our middle backer to have the ability to play WILL or MIKE so that was enticing about Jerry," said Bills GM Buddy Nix.

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Great stuff about Doug Marrone and Nassib/Manuel. Here's my favorite from Marron'e Senior Bowl notebook on Manuel:

"Met at Senior Bowl,'' he began. "Wow. That was impressive. Didn't seem schooled-up. Genuine. Bright-eyed. Willing. If he was in a room, he'd be the kind of guy you'd want to go up and talk to. Yes-sir, no-sir guy. Seemed to be raised correctly. Will follow up to make sure he wasn't schooled-up ...'' and so on. "Very impressive person,'' said Marrone.

Sheppard for Hughes

Bills trade LB Sheppard to Colts for LB Hughes -
"Hughes (6’2" 254) played defensive end in college at TCU and started his pro career with the Colts as a defensive end in their previous 4-3 system. When the Colts switched to a 3-4 system under new head coach Chuck Pagano he moved to outside linebacker and was a subpackage rush player."

Bills swap LBs with Colts for versatility - The Buffalo News
"For sure, we think he can fit at the rush and at Sam linebacker," Nix said. "We think he can swing two positions there and then be a rusher in sub packages. Again, versatility is something we’re looking for. We want our linebackers to at least be able to play both outside spots. We’d like our middle backers to have the ability to play Will or Mike. So that really was enticing about Jerry."

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So the folks over at Stampede Blue really dislike Jerry Hughes.

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"I'm ready to come work. I'm ready to come grind," Rogers said. "Tell the Bills fans they got the steal of the draft. I won't let them down."

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"In fact, the Eagles didn’t draft anyone from Oregon, and the Bills didn’t draft anyone from Syracuse. The familiarity that the coaches had with their old college players didn’t translate to reaching for them in the NFL draft."

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