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Editor's note: News Bills writers Jay Skurski and Vic Carucci have taken opposing views on the Bills' potential draft strategy. Here, Skurski argues that the time is now to sell the farm to get a franchise quarterback. Carucci argues the Bills have too many holes to fill to give up too much for a quarterback. The Buffalo Bills haven’t come this far to turn back now. …

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On New Year's Day, not even 24 hours removed from the Bills clinching a playoff spot and ending a 17-year playoff drought, Sean McDermott already was prepared to issue a warning. It wasn't directed at Jacksonville, their postseason opponent, but long-suffering Buffalo fans. McDermott helped bring order to a confused and sometime reckless front office along One Bills Dri…

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Remember when Mario Williams made his visit to Buffalo Bills as a free agent and the weather was incredible? I've been thinking about that a lot this week, as the Bills bring some of the draft's top prospects to town for visits. The conditions outside are drastically different than they were in March 2012, when there was a glorious run of 80-degree days during Williams'…

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Bills long snapper Reid Ferguson was among a number of Bills players who joined team chaplain Len Vanden Bos on a recent mission trip inside the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. Ferguson shared his experiences with The Buffalo News in a guest column. What started as, or what I thought was, a normal mission trip to the Louisiana State Penitentiary, ended up being …

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Consider this my official plea to the NFL: Please, move the draft up at least two weeks on the calendar. Perhaps the pre-draft process just feels like it's dragging more than usual this year because of the buzz around the Buffalo Bills' plans, but I'm ready for the picks to start being made. I've read more mock drafts and scouting reports than I  care to admit. With …

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Sunday is the first day of April, for my money the best month on the sports calendar. It's no joke. How can you beat a month that begins with the NCAA basketball title games (women's Sunday, men's Monday) and ends with the ubiquitous NFL draft? Baseball gets into full swing, which means real box scores for us fantasy geeks. The Masters starts Thursday, with heightened a…

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Maybe it's just the endless winter, but it feels like the NFL Draft is taking even longer to get here this year than usual. Or it could be the endless hype/speculation over what the Buffalo Bills will do when it arrives. The possibility of adding a franchise quarterback has been analyzed in every conceivable way, but that won't stop us from debating it over another mont…

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So much for that smooth start to the offseason for the Buffalo Bills. General Manager Brandon Beane’s morning coffee must have been ruined Saturday with the news that the New York Jets have moved up to the third pick in next month’s draft. That puts Buffalo’s AFC East rivals in prime position to draft a quarterback – which has been widely assumed to be the Bills’ plan. …

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CLEVELAND — Well, the Cleveland writers are already joking about the Tyrod Taylor era in the press room at the MAC Tournament. Suffice it to say, they don't see Taylor as the quarterback  of the future, the man who will lead the misbegotten Browns out of the NFL wilderness. But that's not Buffalo's problem anymore. The Browns gave the Bills a third-round pick for Tyrod …

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Sports are like politics in the sense that they're populated with skilled speakers who rarely say a darned thing. Circumventing the truth without actually lying has evolved into an art form, one that requires trained eyes and ears to interpret nuance in their message and translate it into simpler terms. If you’re in this business long enough, you learn to listen for sub…

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INDIANAPOLIS – Sean McDermott jokingly had an invitation for a reporter this week at the NFL Scouting Combine. Asked who sat in for the 15-minute interviews NFL teams can hold with up to 60 prospects during the league’s scouting combine, the Buffalo Bills’ head coach said: “Do you want to come to our meeting tonight?” Although that invitation was made in jest, McDerm…

Hey, it's March! For me, it's a time of eager anticipation. March Madness is upon us. Conference tournaments already are under way -- the Canisius men play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference quarterfinals late Friday night in Albany -- and the NCAA tourney bracket will be announced a week from Sunday. The baseball season is fast approaching. I'm scanning the spri…

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No matter how many successful surgeries are performed or how much chemo is pumped into the body, or how many tests come back negative, or how many days life becomes normal again, or how many prayers are answered, cancer rarely surrenders and never disappears for good. Even survivors who whipped the disease and returned to full health would concede it remains in the mind…

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Even if the Buffalo Bills have no interest in AJ McCarron, the ruling Thursday that makes the Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback an unrestricted free agent is a favorable development. With McCarron free to test the open market next month, it’s possible a team ahead of the Bills in the draft order will convince themselves he can be their long-term answer at quarterback, thu…