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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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WHEATFIELD – Chad Kelly slept on the basement floor Thursday night. No NFL team selected him in the first round of the NFL Draft. Although expected, he underscored his circumstance with a reminder that his pro career won't merely start from the ground up, but from the subterranean. "I wanted to feel what it was like at the bottom," Kelly said. "I could've slept in …

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While it must bolster Jim Kelly's ego to know he has been irreplaceable for 20 years, he'd rather watch another quarterback take his Buffalo Bills back to the playoffs. Snow falling on a frigid January afternoon, a miserable opponent and Bills fans going bonkers for their boys ... That's what Kelly and Super Bowl teammates Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith and Steve Tasker…

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The Buffalo Bills defensive backs have taken a beating this season. Safeties Aaron Williams, Colt Anderson and Robert Blanton are all on injured reserve. James Ihedigbo started the last two weeks after being signed off the street. Cornerback Corey White practiced at safety leading up to Sunday’s game against the Jaguars, but when Ronald Darby suffered a concussion in …

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Paul Posluszny was two steps behind but probably couldn't see him through the exhaust fumes. LeSean McCoy was gone. On the first play out of halftime, the Buffalo Bills were on their own 25-yard line. Tyrod Taylor took the snap out of a pistol formation, pivoted to his left and tucked the ball between McCoy's forearms. McCoy locked his left hand, surgically repair…

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LeSean McCoy's first seven carries were for minus-2 yards. His next two traveled 82 yards and crossed the goal line twice. McCoy, his surgically repaired left thumb in a splint, started terribly Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. But he turned into a slasher right before halftime and lifted the Bills to a 28-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The lead…

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Both teams deserved to lose. That didn't stop Sunday's game in London from being a blast for those without a rooting interest. The Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars combined for 65 points. The underdog Jaguars, though, finished with more of them and defeated the Bills, 34-31, in high drama at Wembley Stadium. The Bills enter their bye with three losses in their pas…

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Doug Whaley was on the phone with the Cleveland Browns and thought he had just hammered out trade terms that would give the Buffalo Bills the rookie they coveted more than any other in the draft. The Browns were on the clock with the fourth selection Thursday night. After a couple previous calls elicited insufficient proposals and with time running out, Whaley and Brown…

Twice last year, the Buffalo Bills were in position to select any quarterback they wanted. The first time, with every quarterback on the board, they traded back eight slots. The second time, they declared EJ Manuel was the best of the bunch by drafting him 16th overall. Manuel was the only quarterback drafted in the first round, indicative of how thin last year's class w…

A handful of us local media types advocate the Buffalo Bills consider something unusual this year and draft another quarterback in the first round. ESPN draft monger Mel Kiper apparently doesn't agree with Jay Skurski, Joe Buscaglia and me. Kiper, when breaking down quarterbacks in May's draft, doesn't consider the Bills a team in need of a quarterback. But he projects a…