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The New York Jets' defense is not a joke. Yes, the Jets are everyone's pick to earn the No. 1 pick in next spring's NFL Draft. But their defense still has a menacing scheme and enough talent to make life difficult for the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's season opener. "They can put a lot of pressure on you," said Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. "They can test your …

There’s something special about opening day, no matter what the expectations are for an NFL team. Tailgating plus good weather equals optimism – at least before kickoff. The good feelings should continue for the Buffalo Bills and their fans on Sunday when the New York Jets visit New Era Field. The Bills are heavy favorites in the first game of the Sean McDermott Era…

The Buffalo Bills insist they’re focused on the 2017 season – even if everyone else is looking ahead. With six picks in the top three rounds, and a possible avenue to acquire even more, the 2018 draft will likely determine the success or failure of Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott in Buffalo. If the team’s general manager and head coach can nab a franchise quarter…

It was easy for Brandon Reilly to quickly become a favorite of Buffalo Bills fans. Not only did they love his long-shot path as a zero-star walk-on at Nebraska to undrafted rookie in the NFL who made head-turning plays in the preseason, but they also ate up his background as a standout youth hockey player. That the kid was among the nation's very best prospects as a …

In one day, the Bills parted ways with a local product, a fan favorite and the relative of an NFL Hall of Famer. Running back Jordan Johnson, a former Sweet Home High School and University at Buffalo standout, was released on Saturday as NFL teams reduced their rosters from around 90 to the 53. Former Nebraska wide receiver Brandon Reilly, who impressed in the preseason, …

After what looks to be a fairly easy opening-day opponent in the New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills seemingly have significant challenges throughout their 2017 schedule. Three of their first five games are on the road, and they all figure to be tough: the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, and Cincinnati Bengals. Then, there’s what looks to be a daunting str…

Here are my three thoughts from the Buffalo Bills' 27-17 preseason-ending victory against the Detroit Lions Thursday night: 1. I have to disagree with Sean McDermott. I understood his point when he said what Nathan Peterman did from the perspective of development as a young player was "bigger" than showing he has what it takes to be a starter for opening day if necessar…

We made it, people. Finally, the end is near. The last preseason game of 2017 is upon us. And it couldn’t have come any sooner. Thursday night’s Bills-Lions game is sure to be a snoozer, complete with players you’ve probably never even heard of — including Keith Wenning. But in your haste to mentally turn the page to the regular season, and the channel to "Jeop…

Here's what to watch for in Thursday night's preseason finale between the Buffalo Bills and Detroits Lions at New Era Field: 1. Are you ready for all this ‘Wenning’? Brace yourself for the Keith Wenning Experience. With two quarterbacks sidelined by concussions, the Bills signed the 26-year-old earlier this week. Soon we'll see how much of the offense he was able to…

The Buffalo Bills' third preseason game wasn't enough to settle all the roster battles currently on the team. That means jobs can still be won in the fourth preseason game Thursday night against the Detroit Lions. Before that, though, here is a look at The Buffalo News' latest 53-man roster projection. Quarterbacks (3): Tyrod Taylor, T.J. Yates, Nathan Peterman Cuts…

BALTIMORE – Sean McDermott took the glass-half-full approach Saturday night. After sending his star defensive tackle home for a violation of team rules and then watching his starting quarterback get knocked out of the Buffalo Bills' preseason game against the Ravens, McDermott insisted afterward that the sky is not falling. "There were a lot of positives," he said.…

In case you hadn’t heard, I used to cover the New York Jets. I’ve covered plenty of jaw-dropping/head-scratching moments, witnessed several big-name stars leave the franchise and watched more erratic quarterback play than I’d care to remember. And before coming to The Buffalo News on Aug. 21, I spent 2 1/2 weeks watching an underwhelming three-man quarterback compet…