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Jerry Hughes | Defensive Lineman

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/13/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 254
College: TCU
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The Bills have started talks with impending free agent DE Jerry Hughes.
"We’re excited and we want him back," were the words of GM Doug Whaley. "He’s a great part of our defense and hopefully we can get it done sooner rather than later." The 26-year-old defensive end started all 16 games for the Bills this season, and finished tied for second on the team with 10 sacks. Hughes graded out as PFF's No. 14 defensive end. Jan 15 - 2:55 PM

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Impending free agent DE Jerry Hughes said he "definitely" wants to re-sign with the Bills.

But that doesn't mean he'll be interested in taking any kind of discount. Hughes has posted back-to-back 10-sack seasons opposite Mario Williams and will be looking to cash in. The Bills may have to use the franchise tag on Hughes.
Jan 2 - 10:21 AM

GM Doug Whaley says the Bills will do "everything we can" to re-sign impending free agent DE Jerry Hughes.

Hughes was unblockable for large chunks of 2014, ringing up 9.5 sacks one year after tallying 10. Still only 26, Hughes is likely champing at the bit to reach the open market, but the Bills could apply the franchise tag to give themselves time in long-term talks.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 03:26:00 PM

The Bills are expected to prioritize an extension with contract-year DE Jerry Hughes.

Hughes has been one of the best 4-3 ends in the league this year, and is on pace for his second straight double-digit sack campaign. The problem is Buffalo has already invested big contracts in Mario Williams and Kyle Williams, and will need to re-sign Marcell Dareus after next season. Hughes should be seeking at least Everson Griffen money (five-years, $42.5 million). The Bills have a projected $18.03 million in 2015 cap space.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 07:19:00 PM

According to WGR 550 Buffalo, Bills RE Jerry Hughes has been an "overwhelming presence for the majority of camp."

Coming off a 10-sack, breakout campaign, Hughes drew similar plaudits for his play in the offseason program. Headed into the final year of his rookie contract, Hughes is going to make himself a ton of money if he can improve on or repeat his 2013.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:15:00 PM

Bills RE Jerry Hughes was "borderline unblockable" during spring practices.

There's been concern over Hughes moving to defensive end this season. He's in a rotation with Manny Lawson and has struggled in 4-3 schemes, but none of the media covering the Bills expect his sack totals to go down under Jim Schwartz. Entering a contract year, Hughes is set to make just $1.1 million. Hughes will draw heavy free-agent interest next offseason if he can put together another double-digit sack campaign.
Sat, Jul 12, 2014 07:48:00 PM

Bills RE Jerry Hughes routinely got to the quarterback and was the team's "standout player" during spring practices.

With former DC Mike Pettine in Cleveland, there was some concern Hughes would regress from his breakout 2013 under new DC Jim Schwartz. Hughes has put those concerns to bed with his stellar practice play. Hughes will not be a full-time player in Schwartz' 4-3, but he remains a double-digit sack threat as a pass-rush specialist. Manny Lawson is expected to play right end on early downs.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 10:53:00 AM

The Bills are expected to use a rotation at right defensive end of Jerry Hughes and Manny Lawson.

Mario Williams will be an every-down player at left end.'s Chris Brown projects Lawson as Buffalo's early-down right end, with superior pass-rusher Hughes replacing him in sub-packages. Hughes should continue to be a threat for 8-11 sacks, but his IDP value would be limited on this usage.
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 02:13:00 PM

The Buffalo News reports the Hamburg Town police is investigating Bills DE Jerry Hughes as the second driver in the suspected drag racing crash that involved teammate DT Marcell Dareus last Friday.

Dareus, in his white Jaguar, was allegedly racing Hughes, in his black Camaro, on Friday afternoon when Dareus wrecked his car into a tree. Dareus was arrested on three misdemeanor charges and traffic violations. Coach Doug Marrone said Tuesday that he knew the identity of the other driver, while Hughes refused to "elaborate" on the incident. Hughes has yet to face charges -- ones that are by no means major -- but it's not a good look for a player entering the final year of his deal who's eyeing a contract extension after a breakout 2013.
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 01:41:00 PM

With the Bills switching to a 4-3 defense, Jerry Hughes is making the transition to full-time defensive end.

Hughes played 4-3 end his first two seasons in the NFL in 2010 and 2011, recording just one sack across 24 games. The past two seasons, Hughes has racked up 14 sacks as a 3-4 outside linebacker and graded out as a top-three pass rusher at his position at Pro Football Focus in 2013. He'll bookend Mario Williams in DC Jim Schwartz's aggressive "Wide 9" scheme.
Sun, Jun 1, 2014 12:15:00 PM

The Bills are expected to prioritize a long-term deal for DE/OLB Jerry Hughes.

Hughes resurrected his career in Buffalo last year, recording 10 sacks and 46 tackles as an edge player opposite Mario Williams. The Bills are moving to a more traditional 4-3 scheme under DC Jim Schwartz, which should allow Hughes to focus strictly on pass rushing as a defensive end. Hughes, 25, is set to make just $1.1 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 08:05:00 PM

The Bills' website mentions April trade acquisition Jerry Hughes as a candidate to start at right defensive end following Mark Anderson's release.

Manny Lawson is also mentioned, although he's more of a strong-side linebacker. The "right end" position in new coordinator Mike Pettine's scheme is actually an end-'backer type role, and will line up opposite LE Mario Williams. The Bills will likely continue to struggle to generate consistent pass rush this year, which will necessitate blitzing. Pettine is a Rex Ryan disciple.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 07:33:00 PM expects Jerry Hughes to get looks as both a strong-side linebacker and rush end.

The Bills are going to use Hughes in multiple spots as they attempt to salvage him from "bust" status. Not in line for a starting job, the majority of Hughes' snaps will likely come as a sub-package rusher.
Mon, May 20, 2013 10:38:00 AM

Bills acquired OLB Jerry Hughes from the Colts in exchange for ILB Kelvin Sheppard.

Ex-Colts GM Bill Polian's first-round picks from 2005 through 2010: DB Marlin Jackson, RB Joseph Addai, WR Anthony Gonzalez, RB Donald Brown, and OLB Hughes. Three are out of the league. Only Brown is still on the Colts, and he isn't any good. Hughes, the 31st overall pick in the 2010 draft, has five sacks through 40 NFL games with seven starts. Sheppard was a disappointment in Buffalo, so the teams are simply swapping players they no longer wanted.
Mon, Apr 29, 2013 01:29:00 PM

The Colts would take a bigger cap hit cutting OLB Jerry Hughes than keeping him.

Hughes' base salary is just $635,000, but prorated bonuses would make the cap hit bigger were he to be cut. It means the No. 31 pick of the 2010 draft should get another chance to prove himself even if he doesn't show well in camp. Hughes is transitioning from end to outside linebacker in the Colts' new 3-4 scheme.
Tue, Jun 19, 2012 10:50:00 AM