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Jay Skurski

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.


The Buffalo Bills have a new team leader in receptions among wide receivers. Deonte Thompson comes to the Bills after spending the first five weeks of the 2017 season with the Chicago Bears. During that time, he made 11 catches for 125 yards and one touchdown. Those 11 catches are one more than Jordan Matthews has with the Bills this year, a sign of just how little t…

The last thing the Buffalo Bills’ passing attack needs right now is to be without its most consistent downfield threat. That’s the reality the team will face Sunday, though, when tight end Charles Clay sits out against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a knee injury. Clay leads the Bills with 258 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns, but will be out of the lin…

The Buffalo Bills’ salary cap is severely out of whack. That’s because the two players taking up the most space under it are producing at a level far below what's demanded from their lofty salaries. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and left tackle Cordy Glenn this season account for $30.6 million on the Bills’ salary cap, more than 19 percent of the team’s $159.3…

LeSean McCoy has never been five games into the start of a football season without yet finding the end zone. “Never. Even little league, I mean,” the Buffalo Bills’ star running back said Wednesday. “It’s something that I kind of just, you know, kind of going through weeks and days, I want to get going.” McCoy has had extra time to stew on his lack of pro…

The Buffalo Bills are nearly polar opposites when it comes to offense and defense. The team’s average of 17.8 points per game ranks 27th in the NFL, while the defense is No. 1 in points against, at just 14.8 per game. Despite that discrepancy, coach Sean McDermott said he doesn’t worry about any chemistry issues that could creep up from defensive players growing im…

Uber sure must love the Buffalo Bills. The ride-hailing service was called upon once again to take a member of the team from Chicago all the way to Buffalo on Sunday. Wide receiver Brandon Reilly, a rookie member of the practice squad, hailed a ride after missing his connection in the Windy City. We had a "team meeting at 8 this morning. Couldn't miss it," Reilly sai…

The dizzying number of changes implemented by the Buffalo Bills heading into the 2017 season have been well-documented. Just 22 players who appeared in a game for the team at any point last year are back this year. A total of 21 offensive players who accounted for 3,752 snaps and 20 defensive players who took 7,089 snaps in 2016 are either playing elsewhere or out of th…

Throughout the 2017 season, The Buffalo News will track the performances of players from both Western New York and local colleges who are currently in the NFL. Here are their results in Week Five: • Eagles S Corey Graham: The Buffalo native returned to the lineup after missing two games with a hamstring injury and had one tackle in a 34-7 win over the Arizona Cardinal…

Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week Five loss to the Bengals. • Not surprisingly, Nick O'Leary saw a big increase in work after fellow tight end Charles Clay was hurt in the first half. O'Leary played a season-high 59 snaps and was targeted six times. He is expected to have a big role while Clay is out wit…

1. Tight end Charles Clay had a knee scope performed Monday morning and will miss "multiple weeks," according to Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott. Clay was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday's 20-16 loss to Cincinnati when he was hit by Bengals safety Shawn Williams at the end of a 24-yard gain. Pro Football Talk reported Monday that Clay suffered a torn meniscus and…

LeSean McCoy started the 2017 season exactly how most expected he would. The Buffalo Bills’ running back carried 22 times for 110 yards in a win over the New York Jets, looking every bit like the Pro Bowl performer he’s been since arriving in Western New York in 2015. Since that time, however, Shady has gone missing. In the Bills’ last four games, McCoy has car…

Tight end Charles Clay had a knee scope performed Monday morning and will miss "multiple weeks," according to Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott. Clay was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday's 20-16 loss to Cincinnati when he was hit by Bengals safety Shawn Williams at the end of a 24-yard gain. Pro Football Talk reported Monday that Clay suffered a torn meniscus and s…

The Buffalo Bills missed a golden opportunity Sunday. Make that several of them. The defense and special teams tried and tried again to keep the Bills in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but an inept offense couldn’t cash in. The result was a disappointing 20-16 loss that dropped the Bills to 3-2. That’s still good for a share of the AFC East lead, but 4-…

CINCINNATI – Tyrod Taylor neatly summarized the Buffalo Bills’ offensive performance Sunday. “The offense didn’t play the way we needed to win against a very good defense,” Taylor said after a 20-16 loss at soggy Paul Brown Stadium. “I’ll take full responsibility for that.” Taylor’s numbers weren’t pretty – 20 of 37 for 166 yards, one touchdown …

CINCINNATI – There is a short list of players the Buffalo Bills can least afford to lose this season, and tight end Charles Clay is near the top. Unfortunately for the Bills, that’s what happened Sunday in a 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Clay suffered a left knee injury in the second quarter when he was hit by Bengals safety Shawn Willi…