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These are the moments that matter so much for guys like Joe Powell. Established players can pretty much cruise through voluntary OTA practices. There's no contact, nothing remotely close to game-like intensity. They know when they have to turn it on, when judgements are going to be at their harshest, when it's time to shine. Guys like Joe Powell, a safety on the frin…

A memorably dumb quote is like a bone to a sports writers. We have a hard time letting it go. So when Doug Whaley went on a national radio show early this week and bragged about leaving the Bills a "gift" of two 2018 first-round draft choices, it was a present to the media, right up there with the free food. I'll wear out Whaley's utterance, as I have other notorious Bu…

In the latest edition of the [BN] Blitz Podcast, Vic Carucci and Jay Skurski cover plenty Buffalo Bills topics, such as: *The release of former second-round draft pick Cyrus Kouandjio and what it means to the situation at offensive tackle. *Charles Clay's chronic knee issue and the concerns it has raised with coach Sean McDermott. *Zay Jones' knee injury and what …

The Buffalo Bills have their personnel department in place. The team announced three hires Thursday, completing the staff under General Manager Brandon Beane. Marcus Cooper and Pete Harris return to the organization after serving under former General Manager Doug Whaley. Cooper, who was previously an area scout, was named the team's BLESTO Scout. Harris, who was an area…

Looking back, Eric Wood is able to smile while remembering how the Buffalo Bills' medical staff simply tried to soften the blow of the bad news he fully expected to hear. There he was, on the field of Seattle's CenturyLink Field during last November's Monday night game against the Seahawks, with the bottom of his right leg having been twisted under a pile of …

Jerry Hughes spoke rapidly, repeating his words to acknowledge the more painful realities. Of course, he feels he has something to prove this season. "Yeah, yeah, yeah," the Bills' veteran defensive end said Thursday after voluntary workouts at One Bills Drive. "Certainly, certainly. I go out there every year with something to prove. "It's not just from the money asp…

Watch as News sports reporters Jay Skurski, Vic Carucci and columnist Jerry Sullivan share their thoughts on today's news from One Bills Drive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MEZM_EWl0Q&feature=youtu.be The video was produced by News photographer James P. McCoy. http://buffalonews.com/2017/05/25/mcdermott-bills-concerned-clays-knee-issue/ http://buffalonews.c…

Bills coached Sean McDermott was asked Thursday if bringing in wide receiver Rod Streater was related to Zay Jones' injury, and about the Bills' loose culture under previous coach Rex Ryan. McDermott and reporters also shared a laugh over press conference protocol. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MetcBLz5ixM&feature=youtu.be The video was produced by News photogra…

Bills head coach Sean McDermott was asked near the end of Thursday's OTA news conference about the recent comments by ex-general manager Doug Whaley, who crowed about leaving the organization a "parting gift" in the form of two first-round draft choices in 2018. "I appreciate that," McDermott said. "We appreciate it. We are going to use those to better this organizatio…

Sean McDermott said Thursday that Gerald Hodges was on his way back to Buffalo and there was a "good chance" the former 49ers linebackers would sign with the Bills. As it turns out, the deal was done before practice was even over. The Bills announced Hodges had signed as the team was going through its workout inside the AdPro Sports Training Center. To make room on t…

Charles Clay has had chronic knee trouble since joining the Buffalo Bills as a highly paid restricted free agent in 2015. The problem has persisted during the team's current offseason workouts, and it is something that coach Sean McDermott is worried about. "We are concerned with Charles' knee situation," McDermott told reporters Thursday before the Bills took the fi…

Bills coach Sean McDermott is meeting with the media prior to Thursday's offseason team activity, which is open to the media today. Live updates and observations from our team and selected accounts will filter in below. http://buffalonews.com/2017/05/24/bills-release-kouandjio-sign-streater/ A Twitter List by TBNSports Check back for more updates at [BN] Blitz…

Patriots tight end and Amherst native Rob Gronkowski is the star of a new music video released Wednesday by electronic dance music producer and DJ 3LAU that is par for the Gronkowski course. The good news first: All proceeds from streams and sales of the song, "On My Mind" featuring Yeah Boy, will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, 3LAU wrote in the …