Earlier today the Buffalo Bills and Doug Marrone continue to make moves to get the team that they want at the start of the season here in Buffalo. Pettine, I am sure had a say on this one, Kelvin Sheppard has been Traded to the Indianapolis Colts for MLB Veteran Jerry Hughes.
Hughes was a 1st round pick for the Colts in 2010 where Sheppard was a 3rd round pick for the Bills in 2011. As a DE in College and playing DE in Indianapolis when they played in 4-3, the Colts moved to a 3-4 when Chuck Pagano took the helm and moved Hughes to OLB. Hughes was able to make the move and demonstrates that he has versatility in either the 3-4 or the 4-3. This will play well into the Buffalo Bills defense and Pettine’s idea of a versatile defense with lots of rushing options.
This moves also shows change that the coaching staff is more that willing to let go players that seemed to do OK last year and were moving forward for another player that may fit into their schemes better.
Hughes did have a career high 6 sacks last season with the Colts. He has only started 6 games and appeared in a total of 40.
Sheppard was ranked third last year in total tackles for the Buffalo Bills but he was not as explosive as I think the Marrone/Pettine combination was hoping for and moving towards.