Jerry Hughes DL BUF 9 Months

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.

Jerry Hughes DL BUF 11 Months 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.

Jerry Hughes DL BUF 12 Months

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.

Jerry Hughes DL BUF Jun 19 '121 Comment

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 making the transition from end to outside linebacker in the Colts' new 3-4 scheme.

Jerry Hughes DL BUF Apr 22 '121 Comment

Jerry Hughes is working as Robert Mathis' backup at strong-side linebacker in Colts pre-draft workouts.

Dwight Freeney is the weak-side pass rusher, and Mathis will be rushing off the strong side as Jarret Johnson did under Chuck Pagano in Baltimore. A colossal bust in his first two NFL seasons, there is some feeling that the Colts' new scheme could spark Hughes' career. We have our doubts, but it looks like the new coaching staff isn't ready to give up on Hughes just yet.

Jerry Hughes DL BUF Feb 14 '12

Jerry Hughes is expected to shift to outside linebacker in new coach Chuck Pagano's 3-4 scheme.

Hughes was a 3-4 pass-rushing specialist at TCU. The conversion suits his skill-set, though the Indianapolis Star's Mike Chappell "wishes" he was more optimistic about Hughes' chances of turning his career around. The No. 31 pick in the 2010 draft has yet to even make an impact on special teams.

Jerry Hughes DL BUF Oct 04 '11

Jerry Hughes recorded his first career sack in Monday night's loss to the Bucs.

Hughes acted childish after the sack, taunting the Bucs' offensive linemen. It was a strange reaction for a former first-round pick that appears on the road to being a bust.

Jerry Hughes DL BUF Sep 11 '11

DE Jerry Hughes is inactive for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Yikes. The 2010 first-rounder is a healthy scratch as he's fallen behind Jamaal Anderson and Tyler Brayton for second-string duties. It's early, but Hughes' career so far has been a bust.

Jerry Hughes DL BUF Sep 06 '11

Jerry Hughes is listed as the third-string right defensive end on the Colts' Week 1 depth chart.

The 2010 first-rounder is behind former Falcons draft bust Jamaal Anderson and Tyler Brayton. Not good. Hughes failed to stand out in preseason action after spending his rookie season on the pine.

Jerry Hughes DL BUF Aug 15 '11

After watching film review of the Colts' preseason opener, Phil B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star noted that the 2010 first-round pick Jerry Hughes "didn't do anything."

Hughes was a total non-factor during his rookie season, and Wilson is already using the term "bust" when describing his performances. "Hughes had better show something soon," Wilson writes. Hughes didn't help himself by getting arrested for public intox during the lockout. We're not saying he's in danger of missing the final cut, but Hughes has a long way to go to earn a role.