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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.


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The Buffalo Bills have already lost one member of their front office this off-season when Brian Gaine left to become the general manager of the Houston Texans. Now, they’re at risk of losing another. According to a report Saturday from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Carolina Panthers plan to interview Bills assistant director of college scouting Lake Dawson for the…

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Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood's playing career has been cut short by a neck injury. The nine-year veteran made that shocking announcement early Friday afternoon – a devastating blow to the franchise, and in many ways, the entire community. In a statement issued through the team, Wood said, "I was diagnosed with a neck injury as part of my season-ending physical with th…

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Yannick Ngakoue told reporters Wednesday at the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla., that he has spoken with Buffalo Bills left guard Richie Incognito. Ngakoue, a defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars, accused Incognito of making "some weak racist slurs" following a wild-card playoff game between the two teams Jan. 7. “I’ve been playing this game for 12 or 13 years and ha…

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Mock drafts at this point in the offseason are equivalent to throwing darts blindfolded. With Senior Bowl practices getting started Tuesday in Mobile, Ala., the process of formulating draft boards is just beginning. The NFL Scouting Combine is still to come, as is free agency, pro days and team visits with prospects. All of those factor into setting a team's draft board…

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Buffalo Bills offensive guard Richie Incognito and Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue find themselves in the unique position of playing for the same team. Ngakoue was named to the Pro Bowl's AFC team Monday, making him a teammate of Incognito's. Ngakoue had accused Incognito of using a racial slur during the Jan. 7 wild-card playoff game at Jacksonville…

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The Buffalo Bills’ defense was a different unit when E.J. Gaines was on the field in 2017. The team’s record with and without the veteran cornerback explicitly displays that. The Bills went 8-3 when Gaines played and 1-4 when he didn’t on their way to a 9-7 record. “Eric Wood actually pointed that out,” Gaines said with a laugh last month before the team’s regular-se…

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The Buffalo Bills will have one less representative in Sunday's Pro Bowl. Safety Micah Hyde withdrew on Monday because of injury. Hyde suffered a concussion in the Bills' 10-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in their wild-card playoff game Jan. 7. A second-team All-Pro selection, he was the AFC's leading vote-getter at strong safety after finishing 2017 with 82 tackles…

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Bills fans find themselves in a tough spot Sunday. Rooting for the Jacksonville Jaguars or New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game is like choosing between watching a Sabres game or assembling furniture: both options are unpleasant. The Doug Marrone redemption angle this week has been exhausting: Marrone was a bullying micromanager when he was here who quit…

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A year after leading the NFL with 24 unrestricted free agents, the Buffalo Bills are once again a team loaded with expiring contracts. The Bills have 18 players set to hit the open market in March, meaning General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott will continue their radical reshaping of the roster that started last year. Some of that reshaping will be done…

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Changing positions is hardly uncommon for college players hoping to make the jump to the NFL. Safety to linebacker? Guard to tackle? Even quarterback to wide receiver? Happens all the time. A quarterback moving to linebacker, though? Now that’s a new one. That’s exactly what Iowa State’s Joel Lanning is attempting to do. Lanning has the uniq…

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The practices are complete. All that’s left now is the actual playing of the 93rd East-West Shrine Game, which comes at 3 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field (NFL Network). Keeping in mind possible positions of need for the Buffalo Bills this offseason, here are 10 prospects worth watching Saturday: Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa: If there…

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – DaeSean Hamilton finds himself in a different position this week: worrying about himself. The Penn State wide receiver has never really done that. All his life, he’s been taking care of others. As a team captain for the Nittany Lions he was focused on making his teammates better. Away from football, however, is where Hamilton’s true character shin…

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Everyone loves a good underdog story. The East-West Shrine Game gives those small-school scrappers a chance, but it’s also a stage for college football’s elite. Chris Worley and Damon Webb fit that latter category as part of an Ohio State defense that doubles as an NFL breeding ground. “At a place like Ohio State, it's one of the two or three u…

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – It’s true that there is plenty at stake for all of the 100-plus players at this week’s East-West Shrine Game. It’s also true that few, if any, have more to prove than Fordham running back Chase Edmonds. Shaking the small-school stigma in itself is a big challenge, but Edmonds is also tasked with showing NFL scouts he’s healthy after an injury-plag…

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If players were drafted solely based on their physical appearance, Pitt receiver Jester Weah might be the No. 1 overall choice. At 6-3, 210, Weah is an imposing presence – which he tries to use to his advantage. “Try to be the biggest bully out there,” he said with a laugh when asked Tuesday about making the most of his size advantage. “Keep going 100 percent all the ti…