Hughes is now healthy, so it should come as no surprise to hear that he's dominating OTA practices. According to Joe Buscaglia of WKBW-TV, Hughes 'dominated the practice off the edge' and collected many 'would-be sacks.'
Whether it was Jordan Mills, today's second-team right tackle T.J. Barnes, or whichever player drew the assignment to try and block him, Jerry Hughes dominated the practice off the edge on Wednesday. Lining up at left outside linebacker for a portion of practice, Hughes was against the right tackle -- which is usually a position that doesn't boast the most athletic players. The first step from Hughes was on display all practice long, often breaking into the backfield and collecting a would-be sack. Granted, these are "non-contact" and non-padded practices, but no one even stood a chance against Hughes today. Hughes mostly lined up against the left tackle over the last two seasons, but with Mario Williams now out of the picture, perhaps the Bills know the best place for the quick edge rusher to make an impact could be coming off the left side of the defense. Time will tell on that front, but Hughes looked the part on Wednesday.
Buscaglia points out that Hughes may line up on the left side of the defense, a spot previously occupied by Mario Williams. In doing so, Hughes would go against the opposition's right tackle, a matchup that should generally favor Hughes.
At 100 percent, Hughes can be a matchup nightmare for opposing teams. Don't be surprised if Hughes goes back to racking up double-digit sack totals like he did in his first two seasons with the Bills.