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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 10: • Eagles S Corey Graham: The Buffalo native was on his bye week with Philadelphia. For the season, Graham has played in seven games with 17 tackles, three passes defensed and …

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The Buffalo Bills’ grip on a playoff spot is slipping away. Back-to-back (ugly) losses to the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints have dropped the Bills to 5-4. While they currently hold the sixth and final postseason spot in the AFC, there is no shortage of teams giving chase. One of those is Sunday’s opponent, the Los Angeles Chargers. A win for the Bills woul…

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Relentless is the best way to describe Chad Hall. The Buffalo Bills’ 31-year-old offensive assistant coach is in his first season on the job. He landed it the same way he carved out a four-year playing career as a 5-foot-8 wide receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. With persistence. Hall first met Bills coach Sean McD…

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Neither UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen nor USC's Sam Darnold is officially eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft, but scouts from 20 teams have been credentialed for Saturday's Pac-12 showdown. That group includes the Bills, according to USC as reported by NFL.com. Rosen and Darnold might be the two best quarterback prospects in college football right now. The deadline for under…

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Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman Chris Hairston, a former Bills draft pick, is on the Chargers' reserve/non-football injury list, but you can tell that he is missing the opportunity to play against his former team. "Excited about Sunday hate," he wrote on Twitter. "I'm not able to play in this contest was really looking forward to it." That was part of several …

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Nothing excites the masses like a quarterback change. The switch from Tyrod Taylor to Nathan Peterman this week dominates the conversation when it comes to the Buffalo Bills. It also overshadows the fact the Bills’ defense has completely fallen on its face the last two weeks. That stretch last Sunday when the New Orleans Saints ran the ball 24 times in a row was as…

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Anthony Lynn never bought into the hype. While the idea was pushed that the former interim coach of the Buffalo Bills was a “virtual lock” to get the permanent job at the end of the 2016 season, Lynn said this week that thought never crossed his mind. “At the end of the season, you're interviewing for jobs,” he said this week. “You're talking with your agen…

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The analytics website Pro Football Focus uses color coding for its grading of NFL players. Green is good, white is average and red is bad. As you might imagine following Week 10, there was plenty of red following the Bills’ performance against the New Orleans Saints. On offense, just one “green” was recorded. That was by rookie left tackle Dion Dawkins. “I do…

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When the Bills run: Negative plays have killed the running game this season. According to pro-football-reference.com, the Bills have 73 rushing attempts that have gone for no gain or lost yardage. That is tied for second most in the NFL with the Jets, just one behind the L.A. Rams’ 74. Buffalo’s average of 3.8 yards per rush ranks tied for 22nd in the NFL. If the Bills…

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Rookie Nathan Peterman was named the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Here are five things to know about him: 1. He put up big-time college numbers in a pro-style offense. Pittsburgh averaged 40.92 points per game last year, setting a school record. Peterman went 398 of 662 for 5,236 yards and 47 touchdowns, and als…

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Players inside the Buffalo Bills' locker room were just as surprised as everyone else Wednesday when they learned the team was making a quarterback change. As such, they were still processing coach Sean McDermott's decision to bench Tyrod Taylor in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman after practice. "Guys really didn't voice their opinions about it," running back LeSean …

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Cordy Glenn, Jerry Hughes, Mike Tolbert, Charles Clay, Kyle Williams and LeSean McCoy did not practice Wednesday as the Buffalo Bills began preparations for the Los Angeles Chargers. Alexander, Williams and McCoy were given veteran rest days. Glenn remains sidelined with a foot/ankle injury. Clay returned last week after missing several weeks following a knee procedu…

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The Bills face their former interim coach Anthony Lynn, who is now the head coach of the Chargers. Lynn interviewed with Bills' management and was at one point considered a potential likely successor to Rex Ryan. After the Bills decided to start fresh with Sean McDermott, who had been Carolina's defensive coordinator, Lynn was named the Chargers' head coach. “I…

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The Buffalo Bills have a new quarterback. Coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday that he's benching Tyrod Taylor, the team's starter since 2014, in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman. “First and foremost, it was a decision made by myself," McDermott said. "The coaches were not involved in this decision. Certainly, I spoke with (general manager) Brandon (Beane), like I do…

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He might have had to view them under a microscope, but Sean McDermott insisted there were positives to be found amidst the rubble that was game film of the Buffalo Bills' 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. "There’s always positive. There is," the coach said Monday. "Harder to find yesterday, for sure. You have to find things that we did do well in order to build on…