Jay Skurski

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Jay Skurski has served as an editor and reporter at The Buffalo News since 2009. In addition to the Bills beat, he also writes a local golf column and strives to be a single-digit handicap.

New Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison has contributed to coaxing the best out of a selection of NFL quarterbacks that ranges from bad to good, with plenty in between. As the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos (two stints) and Houston Texans, Dennison worked closely with offensive-minded coaches Mike Shanahan and Gary Kubiak. Quarterbacks who operated i…

Two players central to the Buffalo Bills’ 2017 season have undergone surgery. The team announced Friday afternoon that wide receiver Sammy Watkins has undergone a second surgery on his left foot after consultation with specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. Defensive lineman Shaq Lawson, meanwhile, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after the season. Watkins said after …

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams was added to the Pro Bowl lineup Friday. The veteran will replace injured Miami Dolphins star Ndamukong Suh on the AFC roster. Williams, who also went to the Pro Bowl in 2010 and from 2012-14, made 64 tackles, five sacks, 15 quarterback hits and 11 tackles for loss in 15 games in 2016. The longest-tenured member of the tea…

The odds of Tyrod Taylor returning to the Buffalo Bills in 2017 might have gone up Thursday night. That's when the team announced Rick Dennison will serve as offensive coordinator on head coach Sean McDermott's staff. The connection to Taylor is obvious, and potentially quite significant. Dennison served as the Baltimore Ravens' quarterbacks coach in 2014, while Tayl…

Now that new Bills coach Sean McDermott has hired an offensive coordinator, the major pieces of his staff are in place. Rick Dennison's addition Thursday as offensive coordinator was the biggest move McDermott had left to make, but there could be more coming. The Bills still have several holdovers from Rex Ryan's previous staff still listed on their website. It's possib…

Back on Jan. 2, the Buffalo Bills were "close," according to Doug Whaley. Close to what, exactly, the team's general manager didn't say. Fast forward 12 days, and Whaley's message changed considerably. Instead of "close," the Bills "want to build this from the foundation up" and recognize "it's not going to be a quick fix." Whaley made those comments in an intervi…

A clearer picture is emerging on just how much money the Buffalo Bills will have to work with in regards to the 2017 salary cap. The National Football League Players' Association on Wednesday released the amount of unused salary-cap space from 2016 that each team will carry over for the upcoming season. For the Bills, that figure checks in at $2,837,222, the 10th-smalle…

The honors continue to roll in for Khalil Mack. The University at Buffalo product and Oakland Raiders' star was named Defensive Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America on Tuesday. Mack, who is the first Raiders' defensive player to win the award since it began in 1992, finished with 77 tackles (56 solo), 11 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble r…

With 24 pending unrestricted free agents, the Buffalo Bills had plenty of players for ESPN's John Clayton to choose from when making its list of the top 50 free agents who could be available in March. Clayton ultimately chose three of them for his list – cornerback Stephon Gilmore, inside linebacker Zach Brown and wide receiver Robert Woods. Gilmore checks in at No…

Corey Graham has unfinished business. The Buffalo Bills’ safety signed with his hometown team three years ago with a singular goal: to help the team end an embarrassing postseason drought. With just a year left on his contract, Graham knows he might be running out of time to accomplish what he set out to do. “I know how important it is here to get to the playo…

The Buffalo Bills added another experienced coach to Sean McDermott's staff Tuesday. Rob Boras, who worked the last two years as the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams' offensive coordinator, was hired as the Bills' tight ends coach. Boras has coached in the NFL since 2004, working with the Chicago Bears (2004-09) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2010-11) in addition to the Rams. H…

Anthony Lynn's first two press conferences as a head coach in the National Football League haven't gone as planned. Lynn, who finished the 2016 season as the Buffalo Bills' interim coach, was officially introduced Tuesday as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers. In his first official meeting with the media in each city, he misspoke in a rather embarrassing way…

Throughout the 2016 season, we tracked the performances of players from both Western New York and local colleges who are currently in the NFL. Here are their results on divisional weekend: • Packers RB James Starks: A Niagara Falls High School and University at Buffalo product, Starks missed Green Bay's 34-31 victory over Dallas. He has been out of the l…

Dust off those "so and so" was spotted at the Buffalo airport jokes. It's that time of year when a single, vaguely sourced post on social media can start speculation. Such was the case Monday, when a tweet was sent out about Philip Rivers not wanting to move with the Chargers to Los Angeles. Per source, #Chargers QB Phillip Rivers is not interested in a move to LA, a…

The Buffalo Bills’ coaching search is into its second week. The Bills reportedly were on a plane to Seattle on Sunday to interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard, according to FOX Sports. The team has not yet made that interview official, as it has with the first three candidates – Sean McDermott, Anthony Lynn and Harold Goodwin. NFL rules stipulate…