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BillsWire: Jerry Hughes primed for monster season

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On Friday, June 30th Chris Brown and Thurman Thomas hosted the John Murphy Show and discussed this poll asking fans to identify the player who “needed the most” to have a rebound year in 2018. While the question might be a little confusing given the wording (I thought from the radio discussion the poll was asking who would have the biggest rebound from last season, not quite the same thing)… but it’s still a worthy discussion.

In terms of who I believe is poised to have the biggest rebound, there’s no doubt in my mind it will be defensive end Jerry Hughes. Here’s what I wrote for BillsWire about why I believe Hughes is poised to rip the face off opponents in 2017.

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29 thoughts on “BillsWire: Jerry Hughes primed for monster season

  1. Happy 4th of July…

    Didn’t Hughes have a leg injury last year (a pulled groin or hammy)… The more that comes out about the Ryan’s and their defense the more they stopped the growth of players such as Hughes…

    All players mentioned could have a great bounce back year but Dareus will win hands down… He was so awful last year that an average season will boost him to the top !!

    Darby was a disappointment but so was the defensive backfield as a whole. Gilmour was brutal to watch as he regressed during the season to the point he wouldn’t tackle and I think it rubbed off on Darby.

    Sammy needs to stay healthy but if he can he has so much to offer. Some are writing him off as a bust but many said the same about Eric Moulds before he blossomed into a star WR.

  2. I think it was a mistake not to give Watkins the fifth year option. Unless he and Taylor have a big year and the Bills bring Tyrod back, what incentive does Sammy have to stay with the Bills? He can get paid wherever he goes if he’s earned it. The Bills can use the franchise tag on him next year… Well, Tyrod’s replacement better show a helluva lot of promise next year so Sammy buys in. Whereas if they picked up the option, they’d have two years (three if we’re counting this year) to sell to Watkins that they’re on the right track.

  3. not picking up the option seems like a message to sammy to stay healthy and produce- period. he is a dynamic player but does not have the recent history of staying healthy enough to command the kind of money otherwise could. he cannot afford to tank this year like gimmemore did last year. solid move by the bills, but they may need to pony up big time if he does come through.

  4. Disagree that it was a solid move. If he gets hurt or doesn’t comeback healthy it might look smart…otherwise it was bad move. They’ll have to pay him more, pay him sooner, and very well risk losing him altogether. They only way they win is if they lose and he’s just a disappointment that they move on from. Otherwise they should have picked up the option.

  5. Good morning…

    It’s a roll of the dice with Sammy, the Bills will look smart if he is injured and doesn’t produce but if he has a break-out year it will be another talented player leaving the Bills. I can see him taking less money an signing with the Pats so he would have a chance to win a SB. The Pats aren’t stock-piling draft picks anymore they are going after vets that will help them win now..

  6. How was everyone’s 4th? We went to Hershey Park and Philly over the weekend. On the 4th, we grilled out and had Sahlen hotdogs and blew off fireworks. We had a good crowd watching our display in my subdivision. I’m glad there were no issues and everything went good.

    McDermott has four key buzz words that he’s been preaching since he’s been here “accountability, durability, reliability and availability.” By not giving Watkins his fifth year option, McDermott is sending a message to him to take care of his body as well as produce on the field. Once McDermott sees that Watkins can stay healthy, the Bills will try to either extend him or they could franchise tag him next year.

    Hate to say it, but I think the Cheatriots are going to repeat as SB champs (barring any major injuries). The Bills have no realistic chance of beating them until they get a real franchise QB.

  7. “the Bills will try to either extend him or they could franchise tag him next year.”

    ‘Try’ being the key word. I’m sure they’ll franchise him (assuming he produces) and it will cost them 3 mil more than it would have and he’ll be good and clear to hit the highway the following year after the Bills have another sub-mediocre year with their new rookie QB. And the whole thing is…the 5th year option isn’t a flat out commitment…it’s only guaranteed for injury. They could cut him and be off the hook if he just doesn’t produce.
    So either they think/know Sammy is jacked up still…which he doesn’t sound to be, or…there’s not really another good reason. Because McHardass wants to make him an example? Nice example…here’s how you too can escape the Bills and their mediocrity!

    • We’ll see if McHardass’ theories will work. He’s already become the new favorite toy of the Pegula’s.

  8. steve,
    glad you had a great 4th!
    i drove to wisconsin to get some fireworks and they were really fun- seems like they have added some new features in some of them- different sounds and sequences of colors / sounds than the usual flash / boom.

    the house in a neighborhood behind our house who look for any excuse to blow off fireworks- cubs wins, blackhawk wins, new years eve, first of july, second of july, etc. went completely crazy on the night of the 4th. tey had stuff blowing off constantly- it sounded like a 24hr drum solo with lights. i do not know where they get the money to do all this. no one complains because they are at the end of an isolated block that backs up to wooded land. sounded like the gaza strip.
    next year i have to make sure i have the day off after the 4th.

    • That’s good to hear. I went to Phantom fireworks in PA. I was pleasantly surprised with all the “freebies” I got as they did different stuff (sounds like the one’s you got).

      It must be nice to either have the money to dish out for that amount of fireworks or having a bunch of people to go in and get a big order. When I went in to get fireworks, they had a sign which had the highest amount purchased for that day which was over $3,400. That’s crazy! I’ll admit, if I had the land and had a bunch of people to chip in, I would get a ton of stuff as well.

  9. “We’ll see if McHardass’ theories will work. He’s already become the new favorite toy of the Pegula’s.”

    If he finds a QB worth a damn, it’ll ‘work’. If he doesn’t, it won’t.

    • I’m betting he’ll use both first round draft picks next year to move up and take a QB. I still think Tyrod will be on the team next year, but only as a transitional QB until the new QB looks ready. Hopefully McHardass won’t draft a Losman/Edwards/Manuel type.

  10. I can’t imagine they’ll pay Tyrod 18 mil if they draft a QB next year…not unless they win 9 or 10 games and still draft a QB.

  11. i see different levels of “working out” happening for the bills and McD (steve with the insulting nickname already! ) even with tyrod.
    if the defense was half as good as ryan bragged about they would have made the playoffs last year.
    as long as the offense doesn’t lose anything and the defense starts resembling an NFL defense (which it should) then McD has lots of breathing room until a franchise QB emerges.

      • that makes more sense.
        but this is early eve by joma standards.

        what has McD done to earn it weeks before his first training camp as a head coach?

  12. Is he not a hardass? It’s not like I called him McSuck…

    My only issue with McD is he’s all “Everyone has to earn everything they get, no exceptions!”…which isn’t exactly the worst message or anything. I just take issue in the fact that the guy making the rule IS the exception! He hasn’t done jack to earn being handed all control of the team! I find it a little hard to take serious someone’s entire philosophy when somehow they are exempt from it. Practice what you preach, buddy…

    • good points but as long as he is living by example his players should buy in and respect his mission and “process”. they should be highly motivated as long as he remains true to his words.
      living by example means putting full trust in your defensive coordinator that the players listen to and not hiring your brother to undermine him.
      it means trusting your players and setting bold goals without bragging to the media every chance you get.
      it means focusing on the players development, training and learning the system and not on making yourself a circus clown after repeatedly leaving the facility early.
      so yeah, if he can do all that and be hard on himself he has the right to be a McHardass.

  13. Good Morning….

    I’m amazed at the contracts the NBA players continue to receive, it is unbelievable!

    Camp opens on 7/27, less than 3 weeks a way with the first exhibition game 8/10 against the Vikings… It will be here before you know it–:)

    Ne w coach, new front office it will still take a couple of seasons to adjust.

    All the negative talk about Tyrod continues but he is a solid starter. The news out of 1 Bills place is that the new system will be a good match for him… He still needs to be able to see the field better and check to his other receivers QUICKLY !!

  14. “All the negative talk about Tyrod continues but he is a solid starter.”

    By who?

    Tyrod is what he is. He’s not bad, but he’s not particularly good either. If everything is going well, he’ll add to what’s going well. But if you need him to step up and take over a game or lead you in a 4th quarter comeback…good luck. My biggest issue with Tyrod is he seems the type of guy that will keep your team floating around .500 every year…and as far as I’m concerned, that’s the worst possible place to be in sports. It’s not so bad as a transition year…going from bad, to improving, to legit good…or even being good and then your team passes its window and it’s the indicator it’s time to rebuild. But it’s the absolute worst place to live…and that’s pretty much been the case for the Bills for 17 years and counting now.

    • “Tyrod is he seems the type of guy that will keep your team floating around .500 every year…and as far as I’m concerned, that’s the worst possible place to be in sports. It’s not so bad as a transition year…going from bad, to improving, to legit good…or even being good and then your team passes its window and it’s the indicator it’s time to rebuild. But it’s the absolute worst place to live…and that’s pretty much been the case for the Bills for 17 years and counting now.”

      Amen! Joma, what happens when the Bills finish between 7-9 and 9-7 is that fans think “just another good offseason with the draft and FA and we’re almost there.” Almost there?! Just making it to the playoffs is the promised land to this starving fan base?! My, how our standards have gone down the tubes! The goal should be to win championships, not “just make it to the playoffs.” The AFC East has the toughest task in the NFL and that is compete with the Patriots. In order to do that, the Bills need an elite QB to battle against arguably the best coach and QB in the league [Belichek and Brady] and an elite defense. Sorry, but Tyrod is not elite and the Bills need better to win the division.

  15. Good morning

    By Who–read some of the negative press Tyrod gets as well as the you guys on here… Yet there are some positive press out there.

    Is he elite no not at this point but if it was easy to find an elite QB 26 other teams like the Bills would have one.

    9-7 or 7-9 not were I would want to see the Bills but if they go 9-7 and follow up with a 10-6 the an 11-5 at least you can see progress. Will it happen hell I don’t now but I’d rather see that then the wheels coming off and 3-13 with the hope & prayer the timing is right to land a so called elite QB coming out of college.

    • I would much rather prefer having a shot at a QB type like Luck, Newton, Winston and Mariota at the top of the draft (by going 3-13) than continually going 6-10/7-9 every single year.

  16. Goose, I don’t see people trashing Tyrod. I see people being realistic about him and talking about his limitations, but what do you want? Your options are honesty, rah rah BS, or not talk about him at all.

    Steve, agreed. People act like there’s a difference between winning 3 games and winning 7… Know what the only difference is? The draft pick! Let’s do something different for a change! If it’s not going to be winning and making the playoffs, then at least go the friggin’ other way.

  17. Good morning…

    Tyrod has his limitations but he is getting blasted on many of the Bills sights… We all agree that he isn’t an elite QB but how many elite QB’s are out there. If he is solid while they continue to hunt and who knows they may end up being contenders as they get the pieces in place.

    9-7 or 7-9 is purgatory but there is still a chance to get over the hump.

    I don’t know what to expect this year except a team that hustles and plays aggressive defense and once again tries building for the future.

  18. “9-7 or 7-9 is purgatory but there is still a chance to get over the hump.”

    And there’s a chance at landing an elite QB having a crappy year. Way I see it, they’ve had numerous shots at doing it the 6, 7, 8 win way and have failed miserably. They haven’t tried rebuilding in a decade and a half…I’m up for trying something different for a change. But hey, they’re going to try it your way…again. So big yay…

    • Gotta agree Joma, Bills have been trying the same things for how many years without actually rebuilding and it’s gotten them nowhere.

  19. Good morning…

    Never go Crappy never go Crappy Never go Crappy–Compete-Compete-Compete…

    Camp opens in a couple of weeks–Yee haw.

    It seems like the off seasons are getting longer. Plus, we are in the week of summer were there is nothing going on.

  20. The rules are set up for being crappy sometimes being the best way to compete. The Bills have been trying to compete this whole time and have been a joke as a result. Had they purposefully been crappy a couple times the last 15 years, they quite possibly wouldn’t be in a 17 year and counting drought.