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Lorenzo Alexander is in his 11th NFL season. He spent two seasons on Carolina's, Baltimore's and Washington's practice squads. He stayed seven seasons on Washington's active roster, two with Arizona and one with Oakland before coming to Buffalo in 2016. He seems to have played or been coached by many of the top players of his generation. Here is an all-star team of his…

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Lorenzo Alexander has been fortunate to play with a number of star players in his lengthy NFL career. In the style of the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon game, you can connect Alexander to the dawn of the modern NFL era in four steps, and the league's origins in five. http://buffalonews.com/2017/11/11/lorenzo-alexander-on-the-remarkable-names-that-hes-played-with/ Here's…

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People know Forrest Gump was exposed to an inordinate amount of history. Now get a load of Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander. He's not old. He's only 34 and appears to have more years of quality football left in his body. That means he only will add to his long list of remarkable teammates. Alexander is in his 11th season. He spent two seasons on Carolina…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Doug Marrone turned on a theatrical smile, crouched for added effect and would have been flashing full-fledged jazz hands had he merely wiggled his wrists. "I'm a believer!" Marrone beamed from his ta-da pose. "I'm a believer!" The Jacksonville Jaguars coach had been asked what a change of scenery could mean for his newest player, defensive tac…

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Khalil Mack possessed traits that enraptured NFL scouts. Yeah, but could he fit into any defensive scheme? Mack was a hellacious pass-rusher for the University at Buffalo, dominating the Mid-American Conference and amassing school records. Yeah, but how would he stack up against pedigreed competition? He would erupt from his stance, use uncanny leverage skills …

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Jeremy Kelley is fond of sharing an anecdote that neatly sums up the unlikeliness of his professional football career. “I signed more NFL contracts than I had touchdown catches in college,” said Kelley, the West Seneca native who crisscrossed two countries over a six-year stretch in pursuit of his dream. Kelley’s journey includes stops with Hamilton and Saskatc…

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Cancer was the furthest thing from Marc Lubick’s mind. As a 28-year-old former college football player, he was in ideal physical condition. So he ignored the pain. He convinced himself that maybe it was just an infection that would be cleared up with some antibiotics. But when that didn’t work, and the pain simply became too much, Lubick finally relented. “I…

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Three decades later, Todd Schlopy remembers to bring a football everywhere he goes in case opportunity strikes. In a life revolving around visuals, he's in constant search of anything remotely resembling goal posts, a target that turns back the clocks to his brief moment of glory with his beloved Bills. Schlopy has kicked footballs everywhere from the intersection of Ro…

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The dizzying number of changes implemented by the Buffalo Bills heading into the 2017 season have been well-documented. Just 22 players who appeared in a game for the team at any point last year are back this year. A total of 21 offensive players who accounted for 3,752 snaps and 20 defensive players who took 7,089 snaps in 2016 are either playing elsewhere or out of th…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. There was no time to think. Only time to act. One phone call had changed everything. And now, Lindsey and Stephen Hauschka were in a race against time — and their baby’s expected due date. With bags packed, the young couple arrived at the airport…

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As a rookie head coach for the New York Jets, while his dazed city and a nation recovered from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Herm Edwards would stand at the 50-yard line for "The Star-Spangled Banner" and remember his late father. Master Sgt. Herm Edwards Sr. spent 27 years in the Army, fought in World War II and the Korean War and raised his children for a whi…

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NFL sideline protests had been a fading issue. A few players still kneel or raise a fist during "The Star-Spangled Banner," but the regular season began three weeks ago. Fans are watching the games, tracking their fantasy players, betting the point spreads. While Colin Kaepernick's continued unemployment after kneeling out national anthems last season remains a debate, p…

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Reporters flocked to his locker. The TV cameras went three rows deep. Jordan Poyer is suddenly living the life of an NFL superstar. Three weeks ago, that was unimaginable. At that time, Poyer was just another new face in a completely rebuilt Buffalo Bills secondary. When he said, “I don’t know if any of you knew who any of us were,” in front of all those TV cam…

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brandon Beane's parents knew it was pointless to say goodbye before the Buffalo Bills' charter buses pulled away from Bank of America Stadium. Bob and Cindy Beane rose glumly from their seats, the season tickets they've had for 18 years in Section 340, while a song they've always relished hearing, "Sweet Caroline," played Panthers fans out the ais…