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Buffalo Bills Acquire Bryce Brown from Philadelphia Eagles

May 10th, 2014 at 1:47 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

One term that can be used to describe the Buffalo Bills during this year's NFL draft is active.

'Fred Jackson open over the middle' photo (c) 2013, Alan Kotok - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Bills have remained active during day three of the draft, by acquiring running back Bryce Brown from the Philadelphia Eagles.

With CJ Spiller entering the final year of his contract this season, fans may view this move as Buffalo getting ready to move on from the speedy back. However, NFL.com is reporting that this move is strictly for depth, for the time being anyway. Both Spiller and Fred Jackson were hindered by injuries last season, and Brown has shown that he is able to fill in for an injured starting back in his limited time with the Eagles.

In two seasons with the Eagles, Brown racked up 878 yards and six touchdowns, while only starting five games. His role in Philadelphia was primarily to backup star running back LeSean McCoy. 

If anything, the Bills are making a statement this offseason that they are serious about turning things around. The team has missed the playoffs for the last 14 years, but the atmosphere at One Bills Drive has heightened. Buffalo raised eyebrows during the first round of the draft by trading up to the No. 4 spot to select explosive receiver Sammy Watkins. They continued to make headlines by trading Stevie Johnson less than 24 hours later to the San Francisco 49ers. 

Buffalo's acquisition of Brown is just the latest of moves that the organization believes will help them end their devastating playoff drought. Though the move seems to be strictly for depth, and can be viewed as insignificant, Buffalo was smart enough to realize that their two feature backs in Spiller and Jackson are not immune to injury.  

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