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Jerry Hughes | Defensive Lineman | #55

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/13/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 254
College: TCU
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (31) / IND
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Bills DE Jerry Hughes believes coach Sean McDermott's new 4-3 scheme will play to the team's strengths.
"He wants us to go out there and play fast and play physical," said Hughes. "That’s the two main focal points that they’re bringing." The Bills thrived in a 4-3 scheme under DC Jim Schwartz, but Rex Ryan installed a 3-4 defense when he took over as head coach in 2015. Shoring up the defense will be a point of emphasis under McDermott and new DC Leslie Frazier. Apr 23 - 9:46 AM

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The Bills are moving Jerry Hughes to left outside linebacker this season.

He's replacing Mario Williams, who preferred LOLB to ROLB in the Bills' 3-4 defense. Now Hughes will be able to create more havoc lining up against less athletic right tackles after squaring off with premium athletes at left tackle. Using top pass rushers on the left side has become a more common theme around the NFL. Von Miller, Khalil Mack, and J.J. Watt all play on the defensive left.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 04:08:00 PM

Jerry Hughes said it is "more fun" to play outside linebacker.

As the Bills begin to play more 3-4, Hughes will play all of his base snaps at linebacker. "I’m really just not that traditional down-in, down-out defensive end," Hughes said. "You can have a lot more fun I’ll say when you’re out in coverage, when you’re out coming off the edge, really just playing with that look to kind of just mess with offenses’ heads." Hughes excelled as a full-time linebacker his first year in Buffalo and should be looking at a bounce-back campaign.
Mon, May 30, 2016 09:28:00 AM

Bills RE Jerry Hughes (wrist surgery) is 100 percent healthy, and "full go" in OTAs.

Hughes played through the injury in 2015, where it wasn't a major factor. Headed into the second season of his five-year, $45 million contract, Hughes had only five sacks in 2015, but remained one of the league's more effective pass rushers.
Tue, May 24, 2016 06:05:00 PM

Bills RE Jerry Hughes is recovering from wrist surgery, and has yet to be cleared for the offseason program.

Hughes missed only a handful of snaps last season, so it's clearly an issue he played through. Hughes registered just five sacks, but still graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 11 4-3 defensive end. We'd expect he'll be back to 100 percent health well before training camp.
Mon, Apr 18, 2016 01:29:00 PM

Bills agreed to terms with DE/OLB Jerry Hughes on a five-year, $45 million contract with $22 million in guarantees.

Rex Ryan's Jets defenses were annually among the league's best, even though they lacked elite edge-rushing talent. That won't be a problem in Buffalo. Hughes has quickly shed the silly "bust" label placed on him in Indy, breaking out for 19.5 sacks over his two seasons as a Bill and standing tall against the run. Now entering his age-27 season with Rex at the controls, the best is yet to come from our No. 2 free agent edge defender (behind only franchise tagged Justin Houston). Hughes and Mario Williams will form an intimidating duo off the edge. Buffalo is the early favorite to be fantasy football's No. 1 defense.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 07:14:00 AM

Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports the Bills are "closing in" on a deal to keep free agent OLB Jerry Hughes.

As we just passed along, this deal is likely to pay Hughes in the range of $8.5 million to $10 million annually. Rex Ryan perennially lacked outside pass rushers during his time with the Jets. He hasn't had a dominant once since coordinating the Ravens' defense and coaching Terrell Suggs. Hughes and Mario Williams excelled in a Rex-style defense in 2013 under Mike Pettine, and would be more dangerous than ever in Rex's aggressive scheme.
Sun, Mar 8, 2015 08:23:00 PM

The Bills reportedly have an offer on the table that would pay free agent DE/OLB Jerry Hughes $8.5 million per year.

As Hughes is only 26 years old and one of the top-five overall free agents left, Buffalo may have to up the ante to $10 million annually to secure him. Hughes has shown the ability to harass quarterbacks as both a 3-4 rush 'backer and 4-3 end. His "multiplicity" should be very attractive to Rex Ryan.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Mar 8, 2015 08:21:00 PM

The Buffalo News reports the Bills' negotiations with free agent Jerry Hughes are expected to come to a head on Sunday.

In other words, it's the moment of truth in the sides' talks. Yahoo's Charles Robinson has reported that Hughes is expected to remain in Buffalo, but perhaps he'll be ready to test the open market come hell or high water if the sides can't bridge their differences by Sunday. With Ndamukong Suh, Justin Houston and Jason Pierre-Paul all already spoken for, Hughes would be in for a pretty penny in free agency.
Sun, Mar 8, 2015 02:20:00 PM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports the Bills are expected to keep free agent DE/OLB Jerry Hughes.

Keeping together one of the NFL's premier front sevens should be a no-brainer for Buffalo, which has plenty of cap room. Hughes is only 26 years old and has developed into an elite outside-edge pass rusher the past two seasons. We suspect Hughes will command north of $10 million annually to retain.
Sun, Mar 8, 2015 12:35:00 PM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports the Bills are working to keep free agent DE Jerry Hughes, but "it's looking like a bidding situation."

With Justin Houston and Jason Pierre-Paul off the market, Hughes is locked in as this year's premier edge rusher. At this point, it would take a huge offer from Buffalo to keep him from reaching free agency. The Bills will move to a 3-4 under Rex Ryan, leaving Manny Lawson as the in-house favorite to replace Hughes.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 04:32:00 PM

The Bills opted not to use the franchise or transition tag on free agent DE Jerry Hughes.

With Justin Houston and Jason Pierre-Paul both franchise tagged on Monday, Hughes heads to free agency as this year's premier edge rusher. Hughes and the Bills have been engaged in near-constant talks since the end of the season, but with free agency now only eight days away, there's little reason for Hughes to re-sign unless the Bills knock his socks off.
Mon, Mar 2, 2015 04:10:00 PM

BuffaloBills.com reports the team has been "working hard to hammer out a deal" with free agent DE Jerry Hughes.

The sides have been engaged in intense talks at the Combine. GM Doug Whaley says the team is focused on a long-term deal, and not the franchise tag. Hughes has said he wants to remain in Buffalo, but it would take a huge offer to keep him off the market. He's Rotoworld's No. 2 free agent edge rusher. Hughes would make roughly $14.8 million under the tag.
Thu, Feb 19, 2015 04:08:00 PM

The Bills' website expects free agent DE Jerry Hughes to command $10 million annually.

With the Chiefs expected to franchise Justin Houston, Hughes is in line for a massive contract as the top free-agent edge rusher available. The Bills want to keep Hughes, but re-signing him could be difficult with Buffalo already heavily invested in Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus in the final year of his deal. Bills.com's Chris Brown doesn't consider Hughes a realistic option for the franchise tag, which would pay him around $14.8 million.
Fri, Feb 13, 2015 06:39:00 PM

Free agent DE Jerry Hughes told SiriusXM NFL Radio his first choice is to re-sign with the Bills.

"Absolutely just because they gave me the opportunity," Hughes said. "The group of guys we had, to be so close, you definitely want to come back and take another shot at it." The Bills are unlikely to franchise tag Hughes at $14.8 million, but have publicly stated they want to extend him. Hughes is Rotoworld's No. 2 free-agent edge rusher, behind only Justin Houston.
Wed, Feb 11, 2015 04:24:00 PM

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