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Mark Gaughan

Sports writer at the Buffalo News for more than 30 years, covers college sports and writes Bills game analysis. Past president of the Pro Football Writers of America. Past selector for Pro Football Hall of Fame. Buffalo native. Buffalo State College graduate.


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The big draft news in the AFC East is all about quarterbacks. The Jets and the Bills got their franchise guys. The Dolphins and Patriots decided they did not need to bolster their QB rosters in any significant way. The 2018 draft could mark the beginning of the end of New England's dominance of the AFC East if either the Jets' Sam Darnold or the Bills' Josh Allen live u…

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University at Buffalo defensive end Demone Harris has agreed to sign as an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Harris, a Buffalo native and a Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School product, made second-team All-Mid-American Conference for the Bulls as a senior last season. He had 55 tackles, five sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. The 6-foot-4, 264-pounder he…

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Can we have an honest conversation about the Buffalo Bills' defense? It overachieved by a country mile in 2017. Yes, the defense drove the bus on the Bills' road to the playoffs. But Sean McDermott and defensive chief Leslie Frazier had to squeeze every ounce of production possible out of the unit. The numbers are not pretty. The Bills ranked 26th in yards allowed, 2…

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The Buffalo Bills have a lot of work to do on Day Three of the NFL Draft Saturday. The team still has needs at wide receiver, cornerback, guard, linebacker and maybe running back. Buffalo has picks in the fourth (No. 121), fifth (154 and 166), sixth (187) and seventh (255) rounds. The Bills took care of depth at defensive tackle by drafting Stanford's Harrison Philli…

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Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente says Tremaine Edwards is the kind of player who makes coaches look smart and teammates look better. "He made so many plays we just started to call him 'The Eraser,' " Fuente said Friday while traveling home from the NFL Draft in Dallas. "If things were messed up, if guys missed an assignment, he would always find a way to get the g…

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Day Two of the NFL Draft will be an anti-climax for the Buffalo Bills. The Bills made two big moves by trading up twice in the first round on Thursday to get quarterback Josh Allen and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. They gave up picks Nos. 53 and 56 in the second round and No. 65 in the third round in the process. That leaves them on Friday with only pick No. 96, the f…

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The selection of Josh Allen positions the Buffalo Bills to follow the offensive blueprint the Carolina Panthers have used with Cam Newton. It's a blueprint that the Bills' braintrust, Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott, obviously are comfortable following. Like Newton, Allen gives the Bills a giant, rocket-armed, pocket passer with mobility. Like Newton, Allen is no…

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Below is the data on the top 100 prospects for the NFL Draft, based on a composite of the top 100 rankings from NFL.com's Gil Brandt, ESPN's Jeff Legwold and NFLDraftScout.com, plus the top 50 ranking of the NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah. Can't see the PDF above? Click this link: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4444677/ProspectChart18Top100FINALv15.pdf

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The more draft picks you have, the better. It's an NFL truism. The draft is a crapshoot, and more picks increase a team's odds of getting good players. Except it's a truism that is trumped by another: A good quarterback is essential to long-term success. There's the rub at the top of the NFL Draft. Every year, teams mortgage the future for a player in the top 1…

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Bills great Steve Tasker will be part of a select group of special-teams experts the NFL is bringing together next month to discuss the future of kickoffs. Tasker does not think the kickoff has much of a future in the NFL. "It's a group from what I've been told of 10 special-teams coaches around the NFL and a bunch of old guys like me who used to cover kicks," Tasker…

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New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis says the final impetus in his commitment to a life of faith came before his second year at Arkansas State. He was arrested for shoplifting and spent three days in jail. In a series of subsequent lunch meetings with the college team chaplain, Chuck McElroy, Davis was introduced to the Bible verse that reads: A good tree cann…

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(This is the latest in a series of stories on the 2018 college quarterback class leading up to the NFL Draft.) It's easy to see why NFL scouts love the pure passing skill of UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. Watch five minutes of Rosen highlights, and it's obvious he has a beautiful throwing motion and great fundamentals. The ball snaps out of his hands in a perfect spira…

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This is the fifth installment in a position-by-position preview of the 2018 NFL Draft. Overview: There has not been a guard or center drafted in the top 10 in the past four years, and only two have gone in the top 10 the last 10 years. That should change this year. On average over the past decade, about 15 guards and six centers are drafted per year. Grade: A. The Be…

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Here's another log on the fire that is the Buffalo Bills' burning need for more upgrades at wide receiver: The Bills ranked 28th in the NFL last season in missed tackles forced by skill-position players, according to a study by Pro Football Focus. Thank goodness for LeSean McCoy. The Bills' star ranked 10th in the NFL among running backs in missed tackles forced, wit…

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Below is the data on the NFL Draft's top 100 prospects, rated by taking a composite of the top 100 ratings of NFLDraftScout's Dane Brugler and Scout.com, the top 100 picks of ESPN's Todd McShay and the top 50 of the NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah. PDF not visible above? Click the link below: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4436571-Top-100-Prospects.html#do…