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Bills tight end Charles Clay believes everything happens for a reason. And he feels the reason behind last year's knee injury that cost him a month of action was that it led him to experiment with new diets, which have him feeling great as he enters his eighth professional season. Clay told Vic Carucci that he has been following a diet "loaded with plant-based foods and…

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With the free agent market not offering any immediate fixes to the Bills' lackluster receiving corps, the way the unit can improve the most in 2018 involves Zay Jones making a big jump as he enters Year 2. But there's bad news on that front. Coach Sean McDermott announced Thursday that the former second-round draft pick will be sidelined the rest of the spring as he rec…

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Bills owner Kim Pegula spoke to Vic Carucci at the NFL owners meetings in Atlanta. She was asked where things stand on a potential new stadium. “I don’t even know if we can get there,” she said. “I know fans in Buffalo don’t want higher ticket prices, they don’t want PSLs (personal seat licenses). The state doesn’t want to give you any money, the city doesn’t ... We don…

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The NFL on Tuesday approved new rules for kickoffs, which are aimed at reducing the frequency of brain injuries caused by the play. "I think it opens the door for a safer and yet hopefully more exciting return," said legendary Buffalo Bills special teamer Steve Tasker. Mark Gaughan detailed the changes here. "Blocking for kickoff returns will change drastically," he …

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The Buffalo Bills have granted Richie Incognito his release, making him a free agent eligible to sign with another team. Incognito, the Bills' former Pro Bowl offensive lineman, retired in April over health concerns but indicated he wanted to return to football, despite saying last month that he was "done" and would "absolutely not" change his mind. Money is likely a…

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The Bills' wide receiving corps needs help, and the class of remaining free agents isn't that attractive. With that in mind, Jay Skurski was asked in this week's Bills mailbag if there's a chance more wide receivers will be cut after June 1, since teams can spread out the dead cap hit of players cut after that date. Skurski noted that teams can designate two players …

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Bills' rookie minicamp invitee Gerhard de Beer could've been an Olympic discus thrower for South Africa. Instead, he's chasing a shot at the NFL. Mark Gaughan shared de Beer's story in this profile. One of the most amazing parts is that de Beer, an offensive lineman, didn't play football until college but was a rugby player in his home country. Jim Kelly update: In a…

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The Bills announced on Wednesday that they'll officially retire Thurman Thomas' No. 34 jersey before the Monday night game against Patriots in October. No one has worn the number since Thomas retired. "To make the announcement on my birthday is really something," said Thomas, who turned 52. "It's been a great, I guess, four or five hours since I found out that they were…

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Stop me if you've heard this one before, but Sean McDermott's Buffalo Bills are interested in a former Carolina Panthers player. The Bills will bring in ex-Panthers wide receiver Russell Shepard on a free-agent visit later this week, Jay Skurski reported. The team has brought in a number of Panthers since McDermott was hired away from the organization, including Kelvin …

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Buffalo News reporter Jay Skurski ranked the top five Bills players who need to make a jump in performance in 2018. Wide receiver Zay Jones came in at No. 2, but defensive end Shaq Lawson was No. 1. "Lawson is one of the few remaining players from the Doug Whaley era, and we’ve seen what has happened over the last year to others who fall into that category," Skurski wro…

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The Bills selected North Carolina wide receiver Austin Proehl with the 255th pick in the draft. Here are five things to know about him: 1. He's the son of Ricky Proehl. Ricky had a 17-year NFL career as a wide receiver from 1990-2006, recording 8,878 yards and 54 touchdowns with the Cardinals, Rams and a few other teams. Ricky was the wide receivers coach with the Pa…

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The Bills drafted Clemson wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud 187th overall. Here are five things to know about him. 1. Predraft rankings say the pick is a bit of a reach. ESPN ranked McCloud as the 16th wide receiver available when the Bills came up in the sixth round. Pro Football Focus didn't have him ranked among its top 37 receivers. The Bills have a huge need at r…

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With their second fifth-round pick of the 2018 Draft, the Bills selected Virginia Tech guard Wyatt Teller 166th overall. Here are five things to know about him. 1. Pro Football Focus loved him. The analytics site Pro Football Focus ranked Teller as the 53rd-best prospect in the entire draft and the fourth-rated guard. They said he gave up zero sacks and only seven to…

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The Bills selected Jacksonville State defensive back Siran Neal with the 154th overall pick. Here are five things to know about him. 1. He's versatile.  Neal was a wide receiver in high school, moved to linebacker in college, then moved back to safety and cornerback. He was an all-conference selection at linebacker in 2016 (80 tackles) and at safety in 2017. 2. He…

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The Bills selected Weber State cornerback Taron Johnson with the 121st overall pick of the 2018 draft. Here are five things to know about him (his name is pronounced tear-un, like tear a piece of paper, not cry a tear). 1. He fills a need on the Bills' defense. Pre-draft evaluations say Johnson projects as a nickel cornerback, playing in the slot as opposed to the ou…