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Nigel Bradham | Linebacker

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 241
College: Florida State
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NFL suspended Bills LB Nigel Bradham one game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
It arises from his 2013 marijuana arrest, so the Bills knew this was coming. Being counted on as a starter in new DC Jim Schwartz's 4-3 defense, Bradham has emerged as the favorite to replace Kiko Alonso in the DeAndre Levy role. He figures to be replaced by rookie Preston Brown on passing downs. When Bradham returns in Week 2, he'll be a candidate to lead the Bills in tackles. Levy had 119 of them last year, and six interceptions. Jul 30 - 1:53 PM

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The Bills opened camp with Nigel Bradham and Keith Rivers as their starting outside linebackers.

Former Patriot Brandon Spikes is the middle linebacker. It's been the expected alignment ever since stud WLB Kiko Alonso tore his ACL. Although DC Jim Schwartz considers Bradham and Rivers "interchangeable," Bradham is the preferred IDP sleeper because he's likely to be part of the nickel package. He's also playing on the weak side primarily, which is Alonso's old position. Bradham just has to hold off third-round rookie Preston Brown through camp.
Jul 21 - 9:29 AM

Bills third-year LB Nigel Bradham is expected to step into the starting lineup following the season-ending ACL tear to WLB Kiko Alonso.

It's unclear whether Bradham or current SLB Keith Rivers will play the weak side. Rivers has a ton of experience as a WILL, while Bradham ran mostly as the second-team strong-side linebacker in the spring. Bradham has a chance to break out as a sideline-to-sideline linebacker in DC Jim Schwartz's 4-3 scheme. He ran a 4.56 forty at the 2012 Combine and is nails versus the run.
Jul 2 - 1:18 PM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak considers LB Nigel Bradham to be on the roster bubble.

Bradham has appeared in all 32 games (starting 13) since being taken with the 105th overall pick in the 2012 draft. The Bills signed Keith Rivers and Brandon Spikes in free agency and added Preston Brown and Randell Johnson via the draft. Bradham is a speed 'backer who will have to make his mark on special teams and in sub-packages as the fifth linebacker in order to crack the roster.
Jun 17 - 8:57 AM

Marijuana charges against Bills LB Nigel Bradham have been dropped stemming from his August citation.

The charge will be completely expunged if Bradham stays out of trouble for the next six months. Bradham was only ticketed during a traffic stop because he turned over to police a very small bag of marijuana, and officers were not concerned he'd been using before driving. A 2012 fourth-round pick, Bradham is competing for snaps with Arthur Moats behind starting ILB Kiko Alonso.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 09:24:00 PM

The Buffalo News considers Nigel Bradham a candidate for nickel linebacker duties.

The Bills released Bryan Scott on Sunday, leaving Bradham and SS Da'Norris Searcy as the favorites to replace his role in their nickel defense. Second-round pick Kiko Alonso has the other linebacker spot locked down and will be featured as a three-down player.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 11:57:00 AM

Per the Tonawanda News, Bills LB Nigel Bradham was charged with possession of marijuana following a traffic stop early Saturday morning.

Bradham was pulled over at 2 A.M. in the town of Tonawanda (NY) for a window tint violation following Friday night's preseason game. Officer Howard Scholl smelled an odor of marijuana, and Bradham handed over a baggy of pot. The amount was too small to arrest Bradham, but he'll have a court date shortly. Even though he wasn't arrested, Bradham could still face league discipline.
Mon, Aug 19, 2013 06:37:00 PM

Bills WLB Nigel Bradham is being asked to do more blitzing this season.

Bradham is expected to be a three-down linebacker in DC Mike Pettine's blitz-heavy scheme and should benefit from the Bills transition to a 3-4 defense. "I see myself fitting in well," Bradham told "I feel like [this] is really good for me, as far as where I can use my speed and my ability to make plays. Pretty much everything is different."
Sat, Apr 20, 2013 09:02:00 PM

GM Buddy Nix confirmed that Nigel Bradham will be a three-down linebacker this season.

Although Bradham made 11 starts last year, he finished with just 47 tackles, no interceptions and no forced fumbles. The Bills are counting on him to take a leap forward this year as an outside linebacker in new DC Mike Pettine's scheme. "I think he's a great fit for what we're doing because he can fly. He can run," Nix said of Bradham. "He's a guy that the closer he gets to the ball, the faster he gets."
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 09:04:00 AM "would almost anticipate" SLB Nigel Bradham moving inside and being a three-down linebacker this season.

New DC Mike Pettine has been noncommittal on the scheme he's going to implement in Buffalo, but the Jets mostly lined up in the 3-4 under Pettine. Bradham, the No. 105 overall pick in last year's draft, helped solidify Buffalo's porous run defense once he stepped into the starting lineup in Week 6.
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 04:47:00 PM

Beat writer Joe Buscaglia believes the Bills have to be "jumping through hoops" at the emergence of rookie SLB Nigel Bradham in the second half of the season.

The Bills' run defense showed considerable improvement once Bradham replaced Arthur Moats as the starter in Week 6. The fourth-rounder closed out the season in strong fashion, racking up 11 tackles in the win over the Jets. Bradham joins CB Stephen Gilmore and LT Cordy Glenn as encouraging building blocks from the 2012 draft class.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 01:20:00 PM

Bills SLB Nigel Bradham will start in Week 6 against the Cardinals.

Bradham replaces Arthur Moats in the Bills' base defense. The fourth-round pick out of Florida State took most of the snaps in Buffalo's Week 5 loss to the 49ers, and recorded six tackles in the process. Bradham is not expected to see nickel snaps, so he's not on the IDP radar just yet, though owners in dynasty leagues will want to take notice of this shift.
Sat, Oct 13, 2012 10:19:00 AM

The Bills are considering replacing SLB Arthur Moats with rookie LB Nigel Bradham.

Moats is a pass rusher -- not a 4-3 outside linebacker -- and first-year DC Dave Wannstedt has been unable to figure out a way to play to his strengths. It's been a common theme throughout Buffalo's 2012 defense. Bradham earned the top reserve linebacker position in camp and has been playing on special teams. Unfortunately, there's no IDP value to be found here.
Mon, Oct 8, 2012 07:07:00 PM expects fourth-round LB Nigel Bradham to be mostly limited to special teams as a rookie.

Top Bills beat writer Joe Buscaglia believes Bradham has a chance to emerge as Buffalo's No. 4 linebacker, but the team is taking care not to pump him up heading into camp. Bradham says he's focused on special teams. "Yes, most definitely I am sure hoping I will be able to get out there and contribute on special teams anyway I can."
Sat, Jun 30, 2012 09:49:00 AM

Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Buffalo suggests fourth-round pick Nigel Bradham has already emerged as the Bills' No. 4 linebacker.

Buscaglia believes Bradham would become a starter if any of Buffalo's top three linebackers went down. For instance, if MLB Kelvin Sheppard got hurt, WLB Nick Barnett would take over at middle linebacker with Bradham patrolling the weak side. Bradham practiced at both outside positions during spring workouts.
Fri, Jun 22, 2012 03:06:00 PM

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