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Below is the data on the NFL Draft's top 100 prospects, rated by taking a composite of the top 100 ratings of NFLDraftScout's Dane Brugler and Scout.com, the top 100 picks of ESPN's Todd McShay and the top 50 of the NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah. PDF not visible above? Click the link below: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4436571-Top-100-Prospects.html#do…

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Laying the groundwork for continuity on the offensive line will be a key objective for the Buffalo Bills over the next five months. The Bills benefited from excellent continuity last season on the way to a playoff berth but face the big hurdle of replacing retiring center Eric Wood, who has been the key to the front five's continuity throughout his career. The Bills …

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The Buffalo Bills are going to have more of their salary cap eaten up by "dead space" this year than at any point in their last 16 seasons. The good news for the team is they have cleared the decks of a lot of contracts and should have huge room to be free-agent spenders next season. The Bills currently have $35.9 million in dead cap space – money allotted to players…

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AJ McCarron has great intangibles and he knows how to operate the quick, precision passing game. That's the kind of offense McCarron ran in Cincinnati as the backup to Andy Dalton. That's the kind of offense Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll lived in for 11 years as an assistant coach in New England. For those two reasons, McCarron looks like a fine fi…

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If there ever was a time for Buffalo Bills fans to have blind faith in head coach Sean McDermott, the signing of Star Lotulelei is it. Granted, McDermott has built up a heap of faith among fans by virtue of ending the playoff drought. But McDermott's personal connection to Lotulelei gives the signing a high chance of success for the Bills. McDermott knows what good r…

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(This is the third of three stories on the Bills' salary cap.) Players on their first NFL contract who start are like gold. Consider the salary of Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz, a Pro Bowler in just his second season. He will play in 2018 on a contract that averages $6.6 million a year. That's a third of what the 16th-highest paid QB (Miami's …

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(This is the second of a three-part series on the Bills' salary cap heading into the 2018 free-agency season.) One look at the top seven players on the Buffalo Bills' salary table shows why the team still is a ways from title contention. The top two – quarterback Tyrod Taylor and left tackle Cordy Glenn — surely aren't part of the long-term future of the team, regard…

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This is the first of a three-part series on the Bills' salary cap as the team prepares for the NFL free agency period. The Buffalo Bills will enter the 2018 free-agent shopping season in better salary-cap shape than in the past two years. They're still a long way from where Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott want to be in the cap department because they lead the NFL in…

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The Buffalo Bills have the sixth-most draft-pick capital in the NFL heading into the 2018 draft. That's the Bills' quantifiable ranking if you apply the Jimmy Johnson trade-value chart to all of Buffalo's eight picks. The Cleveland Browns have by far the most draft capital, with two firsts, three seconds and 12 picks overall. The website Tankathon.com added up all th…

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The Philadelphia Eagles' use of run-pass option plays was one of the storylines of their Super Bowl-winning season. It was not a storyline of the Buffalo Bills' 2017 season. The Eagles ranked No. 1 in the NFL regular season by using RPOs on 181 plays (17 percent), according to Pro Football Focus. The Bills called only 20 RPOs, which amounted to 2 percent of their …

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Super Bowl Play to Watch: Read zone with bubble screen The Eagles have used run-pass option plays to simplify the game for quarterback Nick Foles and get him in rhythm. Much of the RPO attention goes to the screens, quick slants and quick outs Foles completes. But the run element will be key against the Patriots, who are stout when teams try to play smash-mouth. When th…

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Tom Brady vs. Jim Schwartz Philadelphia's defensive chief is not a blitzing coordinator. He relies on the four-man rush, as he did in Buffalo in 2014. The front four must get Tom Brady off his spot. Schwartz has flexibility. Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry all can play end or tackle on third down. Look for the Pats to use two TEs to keep Schwartz from movin…

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The big trade of quarterback Alex Smith to Washington Tuesday night should be viewed as good news for Bills fans. It's good because the Bills did not pull the trigger on a guy who's a better version of Tyrod Taylor but who clearly is not "The Answer." Smith is a good quarterback. He's 50-26 the past five years for Kansas City. Wow. But talk about a QB-friendly situat…

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It was common to see Dion Dawkins a long way from his left tackle position when the whistle blew on running plays this season. When the Buffalo Bills rookie got leverage on a defender, he pressed it down the line, toward the sideline or however far he could take it. "My coach preached finishing at Temple, but I always had the extra oomph," Dawkins said late in the Bi…