Buffalo Bills 2013 Breakout Candidate: T.J. Graham

Graham July 10, 2013 3:25 pm EDT by Anthony Blake Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports Coming into the 2013 NFL Draft , many pegged the Buffalo Bills as a team desperate to add another weapon to a relatively lackluster receiving corps. Outside of Stevie Johnson , the Bills were really devoid of another productive wide receiver in the passing game. In fact, the teams second-most productive wideout in 2012, Donald Jones , is now a member of the New England Patriots . To make a long-ish story short, Buffalo could certainly use some help on the outside of its offense in 2013. Currently listed as the second wide receiver on the Bills depth chart heading into the 2013 NFL season, T.J. Graham could be the proverbial knight in shining armor for new head coach Doug Marrone s offense. After Jones, Graham was the teams next in line as far as productivity is concerned at receiver and has reportedly shown nothing but positive signs heading into the 2013 season. Oh, and did I forget to mention that he was just a rookie last season?





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According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, via WGR 550 , the Buffalo Bills dont have any contract talks scheduled with free safety Jarius Byrd. The problem is that earlier this year the Billsslapped the franchise tag on Byrd to prevent him from hitting free agency, but it came with a huge downside. First, its a one year contract that is fully guaranteed. According to a Yahoo Sports article, the franchise tag for a free safety this year is $6.916 million. Secondly, National Football League rules state that a player with the franchise tag can only be signed to a long term contract prior to July 15th, which is only a few days away. After that he can only be signed to a one year contract. Lastly, if the Bills were to franchise him again in 2014, Byrd would have to be paid 120 percent of his 2013 salary.





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A family member who sometimes... Via Buddy Nixon | 3 hours ago Gregg Rosenthal from NFL.com published a story yesterday about Buffalo Bills defensive linemen Marcell Dareus that said the former top draft pick was behind Alex Carrington in 3 man fronts and battling with Jay Ross in 4 man fronts. Silver Alex Carrington linings playbook aside, it goes without saying that this is not great news for the Bills or theirs fans. However,... Via AFC East Daily | 17 hours ago BY DAN BEGNOCHEWhile the Buffalo Bills' defense has been plugging along this offseason without its key playmaker Jairus Byrd, the offensive unit has had ample time together to get acclimated.Except for the crux of the tight end crew, that is.Despite his remarkably fast recovery, first-string tight end Scott Chandler has still missed a legitimate amount of time with his two new... Via Buddy Nixon | 4 hours ago Welcome to DJs Chalk Talk: Off-season Week 3! This week we look at why EJ Manuel was the better draft choice than Geno Smith. Enjoy! Since January we all heard that this years draft was thin in first round quarterback talent to say the least.





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Leach continues to play the waiting game with the Miami Dolphins. The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are interested in him on a low-money deal and Leach wants to see if another team will pony up more dough. Leachs former team, Baltimore, has a standing offer on the table, per Armando Salguero , but not enough to entice Leach to stay. Rookies do not often find their way into the Pittsburgh Steelers starting lineup. The Steelers coaching staff would love it, though, if first-round pick Jarvis Jones bucked that trend in 2013.





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In addition to previewing each team, "Shutdown Corner" will be taking a brief look at each team's salary cap situation heading into the 2013 season and beyond. We continue the series with the Buffalo Bills . 2013 Adjusted Cap Number: $132.674 million (10th-highest in the league) 2013 Cap Room Remaining: $18.665 million (fifth most in the league, as of July 7, 2013) Best Bargain: C.J. Spiller was the Bills' last first-round pick before the 2011 collective bargaining agreement significantly reduced rookie compensation. Spiller's rookie deal contained $20 million in guaranteed money and has a maximum value of $37.127 million, including up to $12.8225 million in base salary escalators in 2013 and 2014. Spiller did not trigger any escalators to his 2013 base salary, which at $1.3 million, places him outside the Top 25 in running back salaries this season and represents outstanding value for a player whose 1,703 yards from scrimmage were the sixth-most in the NFL last season. Potential Camp Casualty: The Bills drafted kicker Dustin Hopkins in the sixth-round of the 2013 draft and the rookie from Florida State could push veteran Rian Lindell off the roster. Lindell had the lowest touchback percentages in the NFL last season (14.9 percent, lowest among kickers with at least three kickoffs) and has just one 50+ yard field goal over the last two seasons. Hopkins was nine of 15 on field-goal attempts from beyond 50 yards and is very strong on kickoffs.





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Few other NFL teams are concerned about regionalization and selling tickets. The other most regional franchises in the league are the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs, but both have no problem selling out games. Green Bay, in fact, has something like a 60-year waiting list for season tickets. The Jacksonville Jaguars have a need to regionalize but doesn't have a market nearby (like Buffalo has with Rochester and Toronto) that is as easy for the team to cultivate. The Jaguars, in fact, are "regionalizing" in the direction of London. The other clubs that will hold camp away from team headquarters are: Pittsburgh, Oakland, the New York Jets, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Carolina, Chicago, Dallas, Green Bay, Minnesota and Washington. All of those teams have camp within two hours of their home base, execpt for the Jets and Cowboys.