Manny Lawson vs. Jerry Hughes: With the news coming down that the Bills have released defensive end Mark Anderson, there’s a wide-open job at outside linebacker. The competition should consist primarily of edge defenders Manny Lawson (pictured) and Jerry Hughes.
Lawson has played outside linebacker in both the 3-4 and the 4-3 defense. His best season came in 2009 in the 49ers 3-4 defense, when he logged 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.
Hughes has underperformed to this point, logging just five sacks in his three-year career. He doesn’t have quite the versatility or experience that Lawson has, but the Bills saw some potential in him to generate pressure off the edge and traded for the former first-round pick.
Neither player was on the Bills roster last season. Now, they will likely compete for major playing time.