enny of the five-year http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/charles-clay-jersey , $45-million contract ($22 million guaranteed) that he inked with the Buffalo Bills on March 9, 2015. After recording 20 sacks during his first two seasons in Western New York, Hughes signed his contract extension. While his productivity in getting after the quarterback has dropped to 22 sacks over the last four years, much of that is due to the loss of Mario Williams, and also a by-product to the team shifting schemes several times. Now in Leslie Frazier’s 4-3 defense, Hughes has established himself as the best edge rusher on the team, and he has made tremendous strides as a run defender, too. Committing costly penalties used to be a knock on Hughes, but he has gotten better at controlling his emotions on the field, which has led to a decline in personal-foul penalties. (He didn’t register a single of the personal-foul variety during the 2018 season—notching only one unsportsmanlike penalty.) One of the emotional leaders on an up-and-coming Bills defense, Hughes carries a $10.4 million salary cap hit in 2019, the second-highest on the team behind only defensive tackle Star Lotulelei ($11.5 million). Coming off a 2018 season where he logged seven sacks with 18 quarterback hits, 37 total tackles (13 tackles for a loss), and three forced fumbles, Hughes should continue to be a force for Buffalo’s defense. While his sack totals weren’t as great as his first two seasons with the team, Hughes absolutely dominated the opposition and ranked as the eighth-best edge defender in 2018 per Pro Football Focus. But if the team decided to move on from Hughes in 2019, does Buffalo have any internal pieces that could replicate Hughes’ productivity at a lower cost? The answer is yes, and the most logical replacement is another former first-round pick: Shaq Lawson. Lawson struggled to make an impact in Rex Ryan’s 3-4 scheme during his rookie season Womens Star Lotulelei Jersey , and didn’t get much better in 2017—the first season with Sean McDermott as head coach and Frazier as defensive coordinator. But in 2018, Lawson turned a corner and showed why Buffalo selected him with the 19th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Clemson. After appearing in 14 games (six starts) and finishing with four sacks, 12 QB hits, 30 total tackles (five for a loss), five passes defended, and two forced fumbles, Pro Football Focus graded Lawson as the league’s 20th-best edge rusher. The 24-year-old Lawson carries a $3,270,586 million cap hit that is fully-guaranteed in 2019, but one season removed from an even timeshare with veteran defensive end Trent Murphy on the left side of the defensive line, Lawson should be in line for even more action this year. Lawson displayed the same athleticism that made him a standout at Clemson, leading the defensive line in balls batted down at the line of scrimmage, and when he wasn’t sacking the quarterback he was causing chaos in the opposing backfield. When it comes to Lawson’s role with the Bills, the biggest issue isn’t whether he will have a place on Frazier’s defense in 2019—he has proven himself to be a valuable contributor—it’s what the Bills will do about the fifth-year option on Lawson’s rookie contract. Among the rest of the defensive ends under contract for 2019, Murphy will look to improve upon his 2018 season, when he appeared in 13 games (ten starts) with four sacks, nine quarterback hits, 24 tackles (five for a loss) Womens Shaq Lawson Jersey , two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. Murphy, who fought through injuries in 2018, should once again serve as a valuable pass rusher. The Bills have invaluable depth at the defensive end position, with both Eddie Yarbrough (25) and Mike Love (24) serving as rotational pieces. Yarbrough, an exclusive-rights free agent, is coming off a 2018 season where he appeared in 15 games with 29 tackles (four for a loss) with one quarterback hit. Love, a standout at the University of South Florida, played in three games (five tackles) after spending the first 14 weeks on Buffalo’s practice squad. ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills coach Sean McDermott described the reason the team cut Robert Foster last month as being a wakeup call for the rookie receiver.Looking back, Foster fully acknowledges it was a message received loud and clear now that he's back on the roster after two days of being unemployed followed by a two-week stint on the practice squad."I needed it. I needed to be cut because at the end of the day, it helped me," Foster said Wednesday. "It made me work on things that I needed to work on. It made me do a lot more things that I could do to benefit the team." Evidence of how motivated he's become was apparent following the formal end of practice.Rather than head straight to the locker room to pal around with his teammates as he did in the past, Foster, first, spent extra time catching passes from rookie starter Josh Allen. He then worked on running routes against a defensive back, before spending yet another 10 minutes catching one ball after another being spit out by a Jugs machine.It's not that Foster wasn't doing enough post-practice work before he was cut. It's more like he wasn't doing any."That's the thing, I wasn't doing some of the things that I'm doing now Womens Corey Bojorquez Jersey ," he said. "That's why I say I try to embrace it all now."The payoff is showing up on the field.In his first game back on the active roster, Foster caught a 47-yard pass from journeyman backup Matt Barkley on the first play from scrimmage, and finished with three catches for 105 yards in a 41-10 win at the New York Jets on Nov. 11. He became Buffalo's first player to top 100 yards receiving in 13 months.Foster followed that up last weekend with a two-catch, 94-yard outing in a 24-21 win over Jacksonville which he punctuated with a 75-yard touchdown reception from Allen. The completion was the longest by the Bills since Week 2 of the 2016 season, and longest by a rookie quarterback in team history.Having already learned a lesson in humility and enjoying a rare shot at a second chance, Foster deflected a question regarding his level of confidence."I'm a rookie. Anything can happen," he said. "So I'm trying to make sure I'm not comfortable."Foster was undrafted out of Alabama, where he won two national titles while seeing limited playing time in finishing his college career with 35 catches for 389 yards and three touchdowns in 19 games.He had two things going for him when it came to signing with Buffalo.The first was his speed. Foster's time of 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL rookie combine was tied for third with Antonio Callaway, who was drafted in the fourth round by Cleveland.The second was Foster's connection to Buffalo in newly hired offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who spent last season serving in the same role at Alabama."I'm proud of him. It hasn't been easy for him, really, growing up to where he is now," Daboll said. "He's been through a lot, and that's a sign of a mentally tough person to be able to fight through adversity."McDermott didn't mince words when outlining his decision to cut Foster."This is life in the NFL, you're not on scholarship, and some guys need to understand that," he said. "Some players have it. Some players it takes a little bit more time. Some players, unfortunately Authentic Josh Allen Jersey , never get it."McDermott was pleased by how the 24-year-old responded."He's earning the right to get playing time, and he's made the most of his opportunities since coming back," he said.The Bills (4-7), who play at Miami (5-6) on Sunday, have placed an emphasis on speedy young receivers, such as Foster and another newcomer, Isaiah McKenzie, to complement Allen's strong arm.Whereas at Alabama, Foster was mostly asked to simply outrun defenders, he credited Bills position coach Terry Robiskie for helping him learn to become a well-rounded receiver.Though he's back on the roster, Foster pretends he's still on the practice squad to remind himself how close he came to having his career end before it nearly began."Don't take anything for granted," Foster said. "I could've been gone, right?"