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The value of rest and recuperation for football players during a long NFL season is hardly a new idea. Marv Levy was a leading proponent of the concept during his great run as Buffalo Bills coach, and it wasn't a new idea for Levy back then. He started to embrace the philosophy in the 1950s, when he used to travel the country attending football clinics run by legendary …

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Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane were given funzo questionnaires for the Buffalo Bills' 2017 media guide. Favorite movie, best concert attended, biggest pet peeve, last book read and so forth. The Q&A's were conducted separately, but they produced a striking parallel. In response to "biggest obstacle overcome," they gave the same answer. "Breaking into the NFL…

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The Bills trimmed their roster to the required 53 players Saturday afternoon without making any real surprise cuts. As far as undrafted players to watch, defensive end Eddie Yarbrough made the team while receiver Brandon Reilly and defensive end Ian Seau were let go. UB and Sweet Home High School product Jordan Johnson was cut, too. Veteran wideout Rod Streater (toe) wa…

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Little more than five months removed from securing the team’s fifth Lombardi Trophy with a historic, overtime comeback win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, head coach Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots open training camp in Foxborough as the Vegas favorite to win it all again. Things are looking so good for the Patriots – who are looking…

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You know your team is threadbare when the loss of Brandon Tate makes you question a higher power. The Buffalo Bills went into Sunday's game against the New England Patriots with four healthy wide receivers. Tate was one of them. He left with a concussion in the third quarter, entrusting the rest of the demoralizing 41-25 defeat to Walter Powell, Justin Hunter and a l…

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Sammy Watkins could have used a built-in excuse, pointed his finger at the easy target. Nobody would have blamed him. The NFL admitted the ruling was incompetent. An official clearly botched the end of Monday night’s loss to the New England Patriots. Watkins caught a pass along the left sideline as precious time dwindled. The Bills’ receiver, untouched by a defend…

(Note: Sunday's edition of The Buffalo News includes a feature that explores the philosophies, fallacies and analytics of NFL clock management. Here is an enhanced excerpt that includes additional information.) Media guides and official web sites contain megatons of information about nearly every statistic, factoid and biographical footnote you can imagine. What you won'…

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The Buffalo Bills wanted to build a bully. Maybe it's already time to head back to the drawing board. A week after beating the Indianapolis Colts in a magnificent all-around display, the Bills walked into a buzz saw. The New England Patriots came into Ralph Wilson Stadium and sliced them to ribbons for three and a half quarters. The Bills surged back with an improbable …

RENTON, Wash. -- When the Buffalo Bills cut Thurman Thomas 14 years ago, he signed with the archrival Miami Dolphins out of spite. Fred Jackson had a chance to do the contemporary equivalent by joining the New England Patriots. The Patriots and Seattle Seahawks reached out to Jackson about an hour after the Bills released him last week. Each defending conference champ of…

PHOENIX -- Rex Ryan would rather be the one to give the New England Patriots a black eye. Instead, the Buffalo Bills' new coach is bothered that the Patriots' deflated-ball scandal has been an issue heading into Super Bowl 49. "I think it's unfortunate that this takes away from the biggest stage there is," Ryan said Thursday in the Super Bowl media center. "Here we're ta…

PHOENIX -- Fred Jackson is sick of the New England Patriots and their winning ways. The Buffalo Bills running back won't call them cheaters, though. "No," Jackson said Wednesday at the Super Bowl media center. "If you look at how they've been playing on offense and defense, they're not cheating to win games. "They're talented enough to go out and beat anybody." The las…

PHOENIX -- The New England Patriots have lost their past two Super Bowls. Assistant coach Brian Daboll, however, is undefeated in the championship game. The St. Francis High grad earned three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots before leaving to become New York Jets quarterbacks coach and then an offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Kansas Ci…

These won't be the same old Buffalo Bills. This blog isn't about what kind of X's and O's Rex Ryan will deploy, or who his offensive coordinator will be or whether the 46 defense philosophies in his DNA will mesh with incumbent coordinator Jim Schwartz's schemes. While interesting, those topics are not the most germane to Ryan's ability to make an impact on a woebegone f…