Which Bill Is Going To Have A Breakout Season?

Dec. 2, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Nigel Bradham (53) runs up the field on a kick off during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The likes of CJ Spiller, Stevie Johnson and Stephon Gilmore have all recently had a season or two now where they have broken out and proved they can play at a high level. From the lack of success this organization has had the fans have looked to these guys for a positive mindset to lead them in the future. This year I believe the player to join these guys will be Nigel Bradham.

Bradham joined the Bills last season after being drafted in the 4th round (105 overall) from Florida State. He played in all 16 games last year and also had the chance to start 11 of them. Stat wise he really didn’t do anything that would blow anyone away but in my eyes got some great experience. The defense last year for the Bills didn’t really do anything right but letting this guy play was one of the things I agreed with. I think he will flourish in Mike Pettine’s defense and have more chances to attack instead of being on the defensive all the time. One big reason he didn’t really contribute as well as the rest of the defense was because of the lack of pressure to the quarterback. Giving whoever it was that much more time will basically wear anyone out. Bradham managed 57 tackles and one forced fumble last year.

Along with Bradham there will be certainly more guys that can fit this prediction but I’ll stick with Nigel. Others that came to mind were: Kiko Alonso, EJ Manuel (hopefully), Robert Woods and with any luck maybe something from Marcell Dareus. Agree / Disagree? Thoughts on the player you think will breakout this upcoming season.

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  • knightindentedarmor

    While I think that Gilmour will demonstrate that he truly is a shutdown corner this season, I also believe that Bradham indeed has a chance to have a breakout season as well.

    Bradham primarily played SLB in Wannstedt’s 4-3 defense last season. This season he will likely be playing the “Will” LB in Pettine’s hybrid 3-4.

    Bradham showed excellent mobility and, as the season progress, became pretty decent in pass coverage. Playing inside in the “Will” position will force him to use his mobility even more, but will also free him up to make more plays, especially in the 4-3 looks that the Bills will use. That alone should make Bradham more of a factor in the Bills’ defense this season.

    If Kiko Alonzo can take better angles to the ball than Kelvin Sheppard against the run (something that shouldn’t be that hard for him to do considering how often Sheppard ran straight into blockers rather than “shooting the gap”, when it was there, to tackle the ball-carrier or make him alter his route, Bradham should be able to use his size and speed to not only become more of a factor against the run, but also to make more game-altering plays.

    As the season progressed last year, Bradham showed that he has the size and speed to become the kind of play-maker that the Bills desperately need at LB. Coaches always say that players make the biggest jump in their development between their rookie and second seasons. If Bradham, in fact, makes that jump, he could, indeed, have a breakout season with the change of defensive scheme and position change that he will be making this season.

    If Bradham can begin to maximize his use of his physical talents this season, he has the potential to become the kind of play-maker that the Bills need. The talent is there. So are the flashes of performance. Now it is up to him to take that step up. Depending on how much of a step up he takes, Bradham could have the biggest breakout season of any of the Bills and become a real star.

  • thefootballexpert

    Tom Brady. I think he is going to have a monster season. He’s the best and getting better every year.

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