Hughes finished the 2015 season with 52 tackles, five sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He played in all 16 games for the fourth straight season, while seeing action on 92.5 percent of the defensive snaps. Hughes picked up 67 points in standard IDP scoring after putting up 90 the previous season, and that's mostly due to the drop in sacks. If your league counts passes defensed, he closed that gap a bit. In truth, almost every member of the Bills' defensive line struggled with Rex Ryan's new system, and there's little reason Hughes can't get back to double-digit sacks in 2016 as his familiarity in a complex scheme grows. Hughes also took some dumb penalties in 2015, and it won't sit well with the coaching staff if he doesn't clean that up permanently.
Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (wrist) is active Sunday against the Dolphins. Miami will be without tackle Branden Albert and with Hughes on the field, the Bills gain an advantage in their quest to dominate the line of scrimmage.
Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (left wrist) is practicing Thursday, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW reports. Hughes was limited Wednesday and has a pad taped to his wrist, but it looks like the pass-rushing demon will be mostly fine for the game Sunday in Miami.
Rex Ryan has declared that new Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes is wrecking practice. Fortunately for the team, it was a tongue-in-cheek remark. Ryan made the joke because Hughes, who signed a five-year, $45 million contract extension this offseason, has been so dominant in the current sessions. Ryan estimated that Hughes registered five or six sacks before he had to pull him off the field and allow the offense to get its work in uninterrupted. "This just in: I am really happy we signed Jerry Hughes back," Ryan told Syracuse.com. "It's rare that you have to pull a guy from practice because he's ruining your practice. I had to pull him (Wednesday)." Hughes is coming off successive 10-plus sack seasons. Ryan expressed certainty that he will continue to thrive despite a shift in defensive philosophy. "If he keeps rushing the pass like he did (Wednesday), yeah I'd say so," Ryan said. "You can put him anywhere, too. He plays much bigger than his frame. He's like 255 or something, but he plays much bigger. He can play as an end, play as an outside backer. He's definitely a physical player, he's a great athlete."
The Bills announced they've re-signed defensive end Jerry Hughes, who broke out last season with 54 tackles, 13 for loss, 18 quarterback hits, 10.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. While the Bills did not disclose terms of the deal, the Buffalo News said Hughes, 26, got a five-year deal worth $45 million, including $22 million guaranteed. Hughes was hotly coveted on the open market and his signing is another significant move for a team that's already traded for running back LeSean McCoy and quarterback Matt Cassel.