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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Marcell Dareus pens letter to Bills fans

Marcell Dareus was traded to the Jaguars last week. He seemed a bit shaken up by the news when Tim Graham went to Jacksonville for his introductory press conference.

On Wednesday, Dareus sent The News a goodbye letter to Bills fans.

"Through the seven years I lived and played for you, and even through the tough times, I always felt your love, kindness and encouragement," he wrote. "For this I can’t thank you enough."

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers: One of the Bills' keys to victory has been the turnover battle. At the start of nearly every team meeting, Jay Skurski wrote, players are shown a video from the day before that shows “respect for the football,” either good or bad. Sean McDermott makes sure to hammer that idea home.

Benjamin passes physical: Could new receiver Kelvin Benjamin actually play for the Bills Thursday night? He passed his physical Wednesday. "We'll see," GM Brandon Beane said. "Our guys are looking at it. If they think they can get this done and get him out there to play well and not hinder anything, then he would play tomorrow night. It is a short timeline, so no promises there."

Can Tyrod mesh with Benjamin? Tyrod Taylor ranks near the bottom of the league in throwing to tightly covered receivers. Benjamin ranks near the bottom of the league is getting separation. Beane touted Benjamin's ability to be open even when he's covered, but how much work will it take with Taylor before he's comfortable making those throws?

Deadline winners: ESPN picked the Bills among their trade deadline winners thanks to the Benjamin trade.

Panthers players say Benjamin trade took them by surprise: “It surprised everyone in this building," WR Russell Shepard said. "It surprised some of the people on the coaching staff. It just shows you that as much of a game this is, it’s also a business and some decisions come from left field."

The Tim Graham Show: Kelvin Benjamin's arrival means this for Tyrod Taylor.

Jay Skurski's Bills-Jets Scouting Report: The injury report favors Buffalo on a short week.

Jets injury report: Skrine returns; Clairborne and Wilkerson are listed as questionable.

O.J. went as himself for Halloween: Of course he did.

A Football Life: Jim Kelly's roller-coaster story gets an epic NFL Network treatment Friday at 9 p.m.

What They Said: Taylor, McCoy, Williams, Poyer, Wood, Jones

Jerry Sullivan: The Bills need a typical Shady Show on Thursday against the Jets.

Vic Carucci's Take Five: Primetime is no time for Bills to do any toe-stubbing.

Mark Gaughan's Xs and Os: Jerry Hughes is setting the edge with force this season.

Mark Gaughan's Big-Play Breakdown: The Jets used this play against the Patriots for a big gain against a Cover 3 defense, which is the favored scheme of the Bills.

Mark Gaughan's Matchup Watch: Look for Jets' safety Jamal Adams on the blitz.

Tyrod Watch: Here's the passing heat map update for the Bills' QB through seven games.

Uniform Watch: ColorRush is back, but the Bills will wear all white this time against the Jets.

Bills rookies getting acclimated on the field and in the community: “We want to show the rookies how important the Western New York community is to us as an organization and how much of an impact they can have just by getting involved,” Bills director of community relations Preston Teague said.

Trivia: What is the Bills longest winning streak against the Jets?

Podcast: Believing in the Bills?

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