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Tyrod Taylor led by example during his time in Buffalo, and his leadership skills are already evident in Cleveland. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who is behind Taylor on the depth chart despite being drafted first overall, said this week that he has been impressed by Taylor's leadership. "For me to watch him and learn from him has been great," Mayfield said. "He…

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Say goodbye to the Jim Kelly, Paul Maguire and Van Miller clubs at New Era Field. As part of renovations to the three 200-level sideline clubs, Pegula Sports and Entertainment announced Tuesday naming-rights deals with Dunn Tire, Toyota and Pepsi. Team owners Terry and Kim Pegula are funding the renovations, which are expected to cost $18 million. It's the first renovat…

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No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick Baker Mayfield has had glowing things to say about his Cleveland Browns teammate Tyrod Taylor, calling him an "unbelievable" mentor. Taylor has been named the Browns' starter by coach Hue Jackson and while Mayfield hopes to compete for playing time, he said he values what the veteran former Bills quarterback has shown him thus far. Intere…

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As offenses utilize more and more three-receiver sets, slot cornerback has become an increasingly important position for NFL defenses. Two players who could fill that role on this year's Bills are Phillip Gaines and Taron Johnson, Jay Skurski wrote. Gaines is a four-year vet and a former third-round pick of the Chiefs. Johnson was a fourth-round selection in this year's…

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With the offseason program in the rearview mirror and training camp on the horizon, Jay Skurski looks even further ahead for his latest Inside the Bills feature, projecting what the 53-man roster could look like at the end of preseason. "Competition for jobs at wide receiver and defensive end should be of particular interest during training camp at St. John Fisher Colle…

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen joined fellow first-round NFL draft choice Sam Darnold of the New York Jets at the U.S. Open over the weekend at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick, was recognized often while walking the grounds of the tournament. A fan wearing a polo shirt with the New York Giants logo asked for a photo with Darnold. …

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Bills legend Bruce Smith will be helping tackle the Guinness World Record for largest vow renewal ceremony. Smith will serve as the officiant for the event, scheduled for June 23 outside Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. The couples will participate in "stating a single vow together in order to break the official record." The mark stands at 1,201 couples. The ca…

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This question came up in Jay Skurski's weekly Bills mailbag. If your brain went to LeSean McCoy, try again. Keep in mind that this is not the same as asking who is the Bills' best player. Thinking about "safe" roster spots requires a consideration of contract status, talent, replaceability and other factors. Skurski came up with left tackle Dion Dawkins on offense an…

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The New England Patriots were calling teams to gauge their interest in All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski as recently as three days before the NFL Draft, according to a report from Pro Football Talk. Gronkowski announced two days before the draft that he intended to play in 2018 after speculation that he might retire fueled by his comments in the aftermath of the Super Bo…

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By Josh Weir, Canton Repository  CANTON, Ohio –  Thursday night began as a celebration of Stark County high school athletics. Eventually, thanks to Jim Kelly, it became a graduate-level lesson in toughness, courage and grit. Less than three months after undergoing major surgery on his mouth to combat another bout with cancer – and facing two more surgeries in the …

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Bills' second-year wide receiver Zay Jones was still on crutches at minicamp this week following a knee surgery in May. But coach Sean McDermott expects Jones to be ready for training camp in six weeks, Mark Gaughan wrote in his minicamp wrap-up. From Gaughan: McDermott said he "has no reason to believe" Jones will not be able to participate at the start of training ca…

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Kyle Williams: A traitor to Buffalo sports? Maybe – at least in jest. Thursday night marks the first of a four-game homestand in which the Buffalo Wings – the temporarily rebranded Buffalo Bisons – face the Rochester Plates, known usually as the Rochester Red Wings, at Coca-Cola Field. Following a minor league baseball trend where teams adjust nicknames to reflect re…

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Nickel cornerback is essentially a starting position on the Bills' defense. Leonard Johnson, the defensive back responsible for covering the slot receiver on last year's Buffalo Bills, played 60.7 percent of defensive snaps and started seven of the 15 regular-season games in which he played. Johnson did not re-sign with the Bills this offseason, creating a void in the B…

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The Buffalo Bills will open training camp July 26 at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford. The team announced its complete camp schedule Wednesday, with a total of 14 practices in suburban Rochester, 11 of which are open to the public. Camp breaks on Aug. 15. Fans wanting to see the team on the practice field will have to be up early -- 10 of the 14 practices at Fish…