Tyler Dunne, The Buffalo News

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So many general managers and head coaches treat the NFL offseason as a field of land mines. They tip-toe through player acquisition. ¶ A nationally broadcast bullying ordeal? Yeah, right. A sixth-rounder slugged his own quarterback in the jaw? No thanks. A fight with an off-duty officer? For someone making $40 million over five years? Here’s the door. ¶ Yet where m…

So many general managers and head coaches treat the NFL offseason as a field of land mines. They tip-toe through player acquisition. A nationally broadcast bullying ordeal? Yeah, right. A sixth-rounder slugged his own quarterback in the jaw? No thanks. A fight with an off-duty officer? For someone making $40 million over five years? Here’s the door. Yet where many coac…

In addition to today's story, here are a few extra thoughts from Buffalo Bills running back James Wilder Jr. He's aiming to make a name for himself in Buffalo's backfield... On having his family with him in Buffalo: “Fighting for a job. It’s motivation every day. Most players in my situation fighting for a job will keep their families back home but it’s motivation …

The vehicle pulls into a parking lot off Tifft Road and out steps James Wilder Jr. He’s not alone, either. There’s his fianceé, Bianca. There are his two children. No, don’t tell Wilder he’s buried on the Buffalo Bills’ depth chart. This running back on the brink brought his entire life to Western New York, from his family to his car to his furniture, because h…

In three weeks, Buffalo Bills training camp begins at St. John Fisher College. Which players have the most to prove this summer?Here are 10 to track as a new season dawns:WR Marquise Goodwin: He didn’t qualify for the Olympics so now Goodwin hopes to revive a football career that’s been derailed by injuries. Before broken ribs ended his 2015 season, Goodwin again flash…

Thurman Thomas walks in. At 50, he’s cool and charismatic as ever. His personality fills the Swannie House, a 122-year-old gem of a bar tucked near a bend in the Buffalo River. Tilting shades above his forehead, dimples cracked into an ear-to-ear grin, the Hall-of-Famer illuminates the dimly lit bar in a “Notorious BIG” shirt.Three patrons, in rapid-fire succession, …

Thurman Thomas walks in. At 50, he’s cool and charismatic as ever. His personality fills the Swannie House, a 122-year-old gem of a bar tucked near a bend in the Buffalo River. Tilting shades above his forehead, dimples cracked into an ear-to-ear grin, the Hall-of-Famer illuminates the dimly lit bar in a “Notorious” shirt. Three patrons, in rapid-fire succession, st…

The last time Sammy Watkins made noise on Instagram, it wasn't very well-received by fans. Folks will probably like the Buffalo Bills wide receiver's post on Friday a tad more. Watkins, who had foot surgery this off-season as first reported by The News, posted a video of himself sprinting with the words "back," "on," "top" and "soon." He looks healthy in the short video, …

In a matter of hours --- or was it minutes? seconds? --- the future of several NBA teams completely changed. Some became playoff contenders. Some were forced to start over and embrace rebuilding. One might've become an instant dynasty for the ages. This isn't the case in NFL free agency. Money is tossed around, sure, but free agency is more about tweaking than wholesale …

Before the Buffalo Bills broke the huddle one play this spring, offensive line coach Aaron Kromer had a message for his front five. “He said we have to be the ones to carry this team,” right guard John Miller said. “That’s true.” A major piece of that puzzle will be Miller. The left side of the offensive line is set from tackle to center. The right side of the…

Now, this is a sleepless night. Marquis Lucas is 13. He’s sweating. Confused. His mind races through the uncertainty of tomorrow: Where’s the next meal? Will friends find out? Lucas is sprawled across the last row of seats inside a 2004 Chevy Suburban — windows cracked, praying for a breeze to cut through the Miami humidity — knowing he won’t be able to shower be…

There are so many gems. Buddy Ryan would've made a perfect Internet meme. But this quote has to be the best of them all. “A quarterback has never completed a pass when he was flat on his back,” Ryan wrote in his playbook. “We must hit the QB hard and often. QBs are overpaid, overrated, pompous bastards and must be punished. Great pass coverage is a direct result of…

A NFL icon died on Tuesday morning. Buddy Ryan changed defenses forever. His "46" defense in Chicago was arguably the greatest in league history, winning a Super Bowl in 1985. As Doug Plank, Mr. 46 himself, explained to The Buffalo News, this was revolutionary. Never before did a coach seek to find the perfect play for every formation and give his players the power on the…