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Position: Safety. School: Alabama. Measurables: 6-foot-0, 201 pounds. Combine stats: Bench press: 10 reps. Career stats: 38 games, 126 tackles (7.5 for losses), nine interceptions, 12 passes defended, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles. Draft projection: Third-fourth round. Reasons: 1. He's got a nose for the ball – and the end zone. Jackson ow…

Jerry Hughes didn't need long to think about whether the Buffalo Bills' defensive line will benefit from a return to the base 4-3 scheme it used as recently as the 2014 season. "Absolutely!" Hughes said this week, after the Bills wrapped up their voluntary veteran minicamp. "It allows us to kind of play to our strength. Four guys coming off the ball, creating that havoc…

Position: Quarterback. School: Ole Miss. Measurables: 6-foot-2, 224 pounds. Combine stats: N/A. Pro Day: N/A. Career stats (at Ole Miss): 22 games, 503 of 786 (64.0 completion percentage), 6,800 yards, 50 TDs, 21 INTs, 188 carries, 832 yards, 15 TDs. Draft projection: Sixth-seventh round. Reasons: 1. You know all about the bloodlines. Kelly is, of course, t…

Russell Salvatore knows what he’s doing on Dec. 31. He will be dressed in a dark suit, crisp shirt and cuff links, greeting guests at his Lancaster restaurant. For him, that’s the New Year's norm. “I’ve never had a New Year’s Eve off in the last 65 years,” said Salvatore, the 84-year-old owner of Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More. Here’s another Sal…

On Thursday, the National Football League announced the 2017 season schedule for the Buffalo Bills. It included the Bills game at Miami being played on New Year's Eve. For decades, local restaurateur Russell Salvatore has hosted an annual party in Miami for Bills fans traveling to the Dolphins game. In a 1997 story by The News' Bob Curran, Salvatore described the ge…

Position: Cornerback. School: Ohio State. Measurables: 6-foot, 195 pounds. Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.44 seconds. Bench press: 11 reps. Vertical jump: 37 inches. Broad jump: 12 feet, 9 inches. 3-cone drill: 6.68 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.18 seconds. Career stats: 41 games, 91 tackles, 15 passes broken up, 6 interceptions. Draft projection: Firs…

After looking at the Buffalo Bills TV schedule for the 2017 National Football League season, a couple of things stand out. The big local winner is WIVB-TV (Channel 4), which isn't surprising considering it is a CBS affiliate and the network carries the American Football Conference in which the Bills play. The second thing to standout is how little the Bills will be s…

Sean McDermott was asked Thursday afternoon whether he'd have his highlighter out later that evening when the NFL released schedules for all 32 teams. In particular, reporters wanted to know if the Buffalo Bills' coach would circle the team's matchup with the Carolina Panthers, for whom he previously served as defensive coordinator. "They’re a good football team," …

When it comes to facing the majority of teams in their division, the Buffalo Bills will have to be patient this season. In the schedule announced by the NFL Thursday night, the Bills play four of their final five games against AFC East opponents. In fact, after the Bills open the season against the New York Jets on Sept. 10 at New Era Field (the second time in three…

2017 PRESEASON SCHEDULE DATE OPPONENT TIME (ET) Thursday, Aug. 10 MINNESOTA VIKINGS 7:00 PM Thursday, Aug. 17 at Philadelphia Eagles 7:00 PM Saturday, Aug. 26 at Baltimore Ravens 7:00 PM Thursday, Aug. 31 DETROIT LIONS 7:00 PM 2017 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE DATE OPPONENT TIME (ET) Sunday, Sept. 10 NEW YOR…

In one aspect, Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito appreciates the NFL's pre-draft industry, what with all its mocks and prospect scouting reports and rumors. "It's another source of revenue for us," Incognito said Thursday at One Bills Drive. "It's a big deal. "The more eyes, the more attention on football is good for all the players, good for the league, good for …

Action is starting to heat up in regards to NFL teams picking up fifth-year options on players selected in the first round of the 2014 draft. Recently, Carolina has done so with receiver Kelvin Benjamin, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did the same with wideout Mike Evans. The Buffalo Bills have a big decision looming on Sammy Watkins, one that needs to be made by May 2.…

Over the years, through harsh experience, I've learned that as bad as things might seem with the Buffalo sports teams, they can always get worse. After Doug Whaley's season-ending press conference on Jan. 2, I called it the low point in Bills history. But Thursday was the topper, a crowning day of dysfunction, a singular low for our professional sports franchises. Fi…

Although he's still listed on their roster, Mike Gillislee wasn't at the Buffalo Bills' voluntary minicamp Thursday. That's because he might not be their property much longer. Gillislee signed an offer sheet Wednesday with the New England Patriots as a restricted free agent, leaving the Bills with a decision about whether they want to match the terms and retain him, or …