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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…

Don't blame Tyrod Taylor for Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. No, he wasn't perfect. But the Buffalo Bills could be 5-0 if they had better receivers, or maybe if they used them at all. The Bills are in better shape than we expected. They enter their bye week tied atop the AFC East at 3-2, same as the New England Patriots and New York Jets. They hung tough …

The Bills are playing the best football in the AFC East right now. They are a good team.” – Michael Lombardi, The Ringer.   “It's time to start paying attention to the” Buffalo Bills’ defense. “Their strong performance against ATL is not a fluke. They've been solid all year.” – Bucky Brooks, NFL Network.   “Sean McDermott. Now that's a coach.”…

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…

Bill Wilson was prepared to leave New Era Field and never return. Kim Wilson, his wife, braced herself and then punched Bill in his left shoulder, a reminder to watch his temper if something unsavory unfolded before them. She, too, was ready to walk away from their Buffalo Bills season tickets. In the opposite corner of the stadium, Wes Wilson wished to see the exact…

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…

The Buffalo Bills’ playoff drought has nothing to do with new General Manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott. They have not been a part of 17 straight years of failure. Don’t tell that to McDermott, though. “I’m a part of that. When I signed my name to the dotted line, I became a part of that 17-year time period,” he said this summer. “I’m …

The Buffalo Bills insist they’re focused on the 2017 season – even if everyone else is looking ahead. With six picks in the top three rounds, and a possible avenue to acquire even more, the 2018 draft will likely determine the success or failure of Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott in Buffalo. If the team’s general manager and head coach can nab a franchise quarter…

Are the Bills in full tank mode, merely fair to middling, or ready to shock the world and surge into playoff contention? There is plenty of grist for that conversational mill elsewhere in The Buffalo News’ NFL Preview section, as well as on talk radio, the nearest Twitter and Facebook feeds, and at better barstools everywhere. But sometimes we need to break out of th…

After making two dozen mostly nondescript roster cuts Saturday, the Bills flipped the script Sunday with big surprises, cutting second-year running back Jonathan Williams and linebacker Gerald Hodges, as well as receiver Philly Brown. Williams was a fifth-round pick out of Arkansas who was expected to be LeSean McCoy's primary backup. His presence on the roster was thou…

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…