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[BN] Blitz Bills newsletter: What to know for Thursday, Sept. 7

We know the Jets might be tanking this season, but are the Bills? Don't tell that to Kyle Williams.

The Bills' most veteran player raises a good point: "I'm 34 years old," he told Jerry Sullivan. "The way the NFL trends, if they were ready to turn the ship in, I would have been a cap hit. Right?"

So, what would have to happen for the Bills to make the playoffs? In short, a lot. But if it were to happen, the Bills would need these things to go right.

Feed the man: Coach Sean McDermott says running back LeSean McCoy's workload will be "whatever it takes to win the game."

First time's the charm: The Bills are in a unique spot with their secondary, starting all newcomers. Cornerback E.J. Gaines, acquired in the Sammy Watkins trade, has earned a starting spot across from rookie Tre'Davious White.

Bills-Jets scouting report: How do the Bills match up with their Week One opponent? Jay Skurski breaks down the matchups.

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The Bills announced team captains: The Bills have five team captains this year – permanent ones! Ones who haven't punched out their own quarterback.

Power rankings: How does the national media view the Bills in their power rankings? Find out.

McDermott ready to shape a new identity: The new coach wants to redefine what it means to be a Bill, Kimberley A. Martin writes. That starts Sunday by establishing New Era Field as a tough place to play.

Get to know Nathan Peterman: Bucky Gleason takes you inside the upbringing of the Bills rookie quarterback.

Chris Hogan conspiracy theorists may have been on to something: I mean, if you believe Rex Ryan, that is.

Watch: Jay Skurski and Vic Carucci shared their thoughts on Wednesday's happenings at One Bills Drive.

Listen: The Daily Drive podcast discusses whether or not you should believe in Tyrod Taylor.

Around the NFL: Dolphins-Bucs game postponed; Bennett says he was assaulted by police; Elliot to play Week One

Tyrod talks pay: Why is Tyrod Taylor making less this season than last season? What caused him to go backwards financially?

"Like my mom tells me every day, stay focused on the vision that I had going into the season, the vision that I've always had as a player," Taylor said. "And focus on the things that I can control. Everything that happens around me, players retiring or players getting traded, is really out of my control. It's a test of this team as far as character, a test to myself – faith and character – just to see how we're able to stay focused during the midst of all this."

Turning your thoughts to 2018? Mark Gaughan ranks the top quarterbacks available in the upcoming draft.

Will Rex Ryan watch his former teams play Sunday? "Hell no," Ryan said.

All about the big play: The Bills ranked highly in explosive plays by their offense last year, but the defense gave up far too many. McDermott's defense will have to fix that this year.

Quotes: Read what McDermott, Taylor, McCoy, Richie Incognito, Zay Jones and Tre’Davious White had to say during interviews Wednesday.

It starts tonight: The Bills don't play until Sunday, but the NFL kicks off the regular season at 8:30 tonight with the Chiefs at the Patriots. The game will be shown on NBC.

McDermott's expectation of Taylor: 'Do your job, be one-eleventh'

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