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Buffalo Bills news, 4/7: players talk up new defense as they return for workouts

The Buffalo Bills continue to work out players in anticipation of the draft and veterans return, talking up the new defensive scheme.

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

Bills players hoping changes lead to better results - Sports - The Buffalo News

Mike Pettine's new hybrid defense is certainly getting talked up as players return to One Bills Drive. This is Mark Gaughan's piece for the Sunday paper. By the way, if I hear the term "hybrid" one more time, I may have to start dropping Vampire Diaries references.

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