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Colts, Bills exchange linebackers

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The Colts traded outside linebacker Jerry Hughes to the Bills for inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, the clubs announced Monday.

The move comes after Indianapolis drafted Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner in Round One and Buffalo took Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso in Round Two. Werner will play outside linebacker in the Colts’ 3-4 scheme. while Alonso primarily figures to play inside in the Bills’ defense, which could employ 3-4 and 4-3 looks.

A 201o first-round pick, Hughes (6-2, 254) notched just five sacks in three seasons for Indianapolis. He’s likely to get a look at an edge rusher in the Bills’ scheme and bolsters the club’s OLB depth.

The 6-2, 244-pound Sheppard started 24 games in two seasons with the Bills, recording 150 tackles. At the least, he adds another proven performer at the ILB position and has experience in a “30″ front. Indianapolis already has Jerrell Freeman, Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner inside.

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21 Responses to “Colts, Bills exchange linebackers”
  1. jpb12 says: Apr 29, 2013 2:01 PM

    Rodger Saffold, Rob Gronkowski… a few good players in that 2nd round…

  2. urlacherbacker says: Apr 29, 2013 2:01 PM

    With a picture of Tebow busting open a hole in a Jets uniform. Gotta love it!

  3. terripet says: Apr 29, 2013 2:01 PM

    Great move for the Colts it’s about time Hughes is gone.

  4. jvseahawk says: Apr 29, 2013 2:02 PM

    Somehow even on a non-Tebow post, there is a need to have a picture of him…

  5. gadzod says: Apr 29, 2013 2:03 PM

    Championship

    -Sarcastic Bills fan….

  6. buddysguys says: Apr 29, 2013 2:08 PM

    Shepps tackles would have been even higher….if he could tackle.

  7. peytonneckk18 says: Apr 29, 2013 2:10 PM

    Another bad move from this joke team!

  8. dioalice says: Apr 29, 2013 2:13 PM

    When I’d heard the Hughes was no longer a Colt, I assumed he was released. To get a player for him is a positive development.

    Maybe it’s a wakeup for Hughes: he needs to bulk up and get serious about football or he’ll be out of the league in a year or so.

  9. EJ says: Apr 29, 2013 2:19 PM

    KS is a more consistent tackler than Hughes, but has major problems in coverage. Hughes will probably end up backing up Mario Williams and or Manny Lawson.

  10. gd2483 says: Apr 29, 2013 2:21 PM

    Sheppard never really impressed me. He is so unreliable in the run game. A lot of Bills fans loved him, but I didn’t. Way too many missed tackles.

  11. rabidbillsfan says: Apr 29, 2013 2:25 PM

    People from both teams are going to be like “Atleast we got something”, but in reality, both players needed to move on from their respective teams. Only diffrence is Hughes was a 1st round pick. Shep is a great sideline to sideline “runner”, but he struggles to fill the gaps on the LOS, is extremely poor at the point of attack and isn’t exactly a great coverage guy in the middle. Look at what the Jest D did with Maybin, and Hughes is a bit larger. Good luck Shep, you will nto be missed.

  12. coltzfan166 says: Apr 29, 2013 2:26 PM

    Another reason to justify the Bill Polian firing. His last five first round selections were all wastes. We were basically surviving with the actual intelligent picks from the late 90s to early 2000s.

  13. yeevie13 says: Apr 29, 2013 2:39 PM

    Solid trade for both teams. Neither really fit into what was trying to be done on defense and were probably gonna be cut anyways. Maybe they’ll fit better into their new defenses and if not no harm done

  14. 6ball says: Apr 29, 2013 2:42 PM

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    Hughes is another example of the difficulties faced by all GM’s when drafting edge rushers. Many are DE in college and face a new position with new responsibilities in the NFL.

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  15. pynflfan says: Apr 29, 2013 2:42 PM

    Sheppard is awful. That’s really the bottom line

  16. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 29, 2013 2:44 PM

    We have a imposter on this board peytonsneckk18..nice try

  17. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 29, 2013 2:49 PM

    Good trade, one under achiever for another, i would rather have sheppard, hes cheaper n fills ILB needs for my colts, plus he’s better iƱ a 3-4Danyway, Sheppard is, hughes was just over drafted

  18. obsession55 says: Apr 29, 2013 2:57 PM

    So long Jerry!! You will not be missed in Indy. Glad hes finally someone elses problem. Guy cant even contribute on special teams – I still remember his missed tackle on Cromartie’s return that helped knock us out in 2011

  19. radioactivechimp says: Apr 29, 2013 3:06 PM

    I’m a Bills fan and I think this is a good move for both sides. Hughes didn’t produce much of a pass-rush in Indy, and Sheppard likely would have been cut considering Buffalo drafted a MLB in the 2nd round and are in contract talks with Karlos Dansby.

  20. peytonneckk18 says: Apr 29, 2013 3:09 PM

    The Bills will get so much more of of Hughes than the Colts did. Glad to see his is going to a first class organization!

  21. turtlehut says: Apr 29, 2013 4:51 PM

    During Colt’s games we would always play “There has been a Jerry Hughes Sighting” whenever he would happen to have his name called by the PA announcer – often for a penalty and rarely for a tackle.

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