Jerry Hughes
Jerry Hughes
30-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Buffalo Bills
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Still a somewhat productive player, Hughes took another half-step back last year, producing only 44 total tackles and four sacks in 16 games with the Bills. His name recognition likely will provide a little bit of helium in IDP drafts, removing him from any consideration of being a value pick. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $45 million contract with the Bills in March of 2015.
Buffalo's sack leader
DEBuffalo Bills
January 29, 2019
Hughes played in all 16 games for the Bills this season, posting 7.0 sacks, 37 tackles and three forced fumbles.
ANALYSIS
While not his best season, Hughes bounced back from a 4.0-sack season in 2017 and was the best pass rusher on a surprisingly good defense. Hughes was probably better than his IDP numbers indicate, as he was a constant in the backfield and graded out well when you look at the league's top pass rushers. It seems likely the Bills will bring him back for another season. Surprisingly, he's played all 16 games for seven straight seasons.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Measurables Review
How do Jerry Hughes' measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
254 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.65 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.15 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.99 sec
 
Vertical Jump
34.5 in
 
Broad Jump
118 in
 
Bench Press
26 reps
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Jerry Hughes
IDP Analysis: Week 6 Matchups
196 days ago
Jim Coventry analyzes the best IDP matchups for the week, including Jacksonville's Calais Campbell, who could have a big game against the Cowboys.
IDP Analysis: Week 14 Matchups
December 4, 2017
Jim Coventry sees plenty of opportunity for Ezekiel Ansah to thrive against a Tampa Bay offensive line that could be without two regular starters.
Gameday Injuries: Week 11
Gameday Injuries: Week 11
November 19, 2017
November 19, 2017
With the health status of several key fantasy pieces in question in Week 11, Juan Carlos Blanco gives you the latest on who's trending toward suiting up heading into Sunday morning.
Exploiting the Matchups: A New Brett in Titletown
October 19, 2017
Brett Hundley starts his tenure as the Packers' starting quarterback with a favorable matchup against the Saints at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Check out the rest of Luke Hoover's upgrades and downgrades for Week 7.
Matchup Edge: No Escape from LA?
October 6, 2017
For the Seahawks to get past a surging Rams squad, they may need a big game from Jimmy Graham.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Originally a bust first-round pick for Indianapolis, Hughes headed to Buffalo as a reclamation project in 2013 and initially flourished. He posted 10 sacks each of his two first years there, but then Rex Ryan and his 3-4 scheme miscast Hughes the following two years. With the arrival of coach Sean McDermott, though, Buffalo is switching back to the 4-3 scheme, making Hughes a strong buy-low target. After posting just 11 sacks the last two years, Hughes could eclipse that figure this season alone upon returning to his more natural position.
Following back-to-back seasons with double-digit sacks, Hughes dropped back down to five in 2015. A revitalization of Hughes and the rest of the Buffalo front seven will be a requirement to get this defense back to where it was just two years ago.
Re-signed to a lucrative five-year, $45 million contract this spring, Hughes has blossomed since joining the Bills via trade in 2013, as he's posted 19.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Additionally, Hughes has been credited with 99 tackles, five forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery since arriving in Buffalo, evidencing his well-rounded skill set. As the Bills transition to new coach Rex Ryan's new scheme, Hughes figures to occupy an outside pass-rushing position opposite Pro Bowler Mario Williams, continuing a tandem that helped Buffalo finish last season in the NFL lead with 54 total sacks.
Hughes could surprise as an upfield threat in the Jim Schwartz 4-3 scheme. There is real sleeper value here, especially with regard to potential for sacks.
The former first round pick was traded to the Bills in the off-season. Looking to shed the 'bust' label, Hughes has a chance to start in a hybrid right end position in Mike Pettine's defense.
Hughes, a 2010 first-round pick, has been a bust in his career and was almost released last season. However, the change to the 3-4 defense may revitalize him as he has skills as a pass rusher as an outside linebacker that were not utilized in the previous 4-3 scheme.
Hughes is undersized, but has excellent pass-rushing skills. The Colts' will utilize him as a backup, but he could record a couple of sacks.
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Heavy fine
DEBuffalo Bills
December 8, 2018
Hughes has been fined $53,482 for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from his verbal altercation with official Roy Ellison following last week's loss to the Dolphins, Tom Pelissero of NFL.comreports.
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Avoids suspension
DEBuffalo Bills
December 5, 2018
Hughes will not be suspended for a post-game verbal altercation with a referee following the Week 13 game against the Dolphins, Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports.
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Frustrating Week 13
DEBuffalo Bills
December 3, 2018
Hughes tallied just one tackle on 37 snaps in Sunday's loss to Miami. He was also involved in a post-game incident with one of the officials in the tunnel, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
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Best season since 2014
DEBuffalo Bills
November 26, 2018
Hughes logged two tackles and a half-sack in Sunday's win over Jacksonville.
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Tallies sack Sunday
DEBuffalo Bills
November 12, 2018
Hughes recorded four tackles (two solo), including a sack, and a pass defensed in Sunday's win over the Jets.
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