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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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James Lofton will be the analyst alongside Andrew Catalon for CBS’ broadcast of the Bills-Raiders game on Sunday. Lofton, of course, played four of his 16 NFL seasons with Buffalo, including for three of the Bills’ four Super Bowl teams. Lofton, who also played for the Packers, L.A. Raiders, L.A. Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, spoke with The News by phone this week f…

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Fred Jackson is ready to feel the fandom. Jackson suited up in more than 100 games for the Bills, but he never experienced the party beforehand. He’ll finally get his chance on Sunday, joining a roster full of current and future Wall of Famers for the Buffalo Fan Fest tailgate at Wings Meeting Place on California Road. “This is my first tailgate,” Jackson sa…

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Darryl Talley was a guest on "The Tim Graham Show" premiere in September. We had him back for Wednesday's season finale to ponder what we've learned about his Buffalo Bills over the past nine months. Most of the significant developments happened over the last trimester. Rookie coach Sean McDermott's influence surged at One Bills Drive, leading to the departure of Gen…

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As long as the Cleveland Browns are in the NFL, and they should be thankful there's no relegation system, Buffalo Bills fans have a reason to feel superior. Of the world's pathetic sports organizations, the Browns are among the most absolutely pitiful. Since they were resuscitated in 1999, they've had 15 seasons with six or fewer victories. The Browns won a single ga…

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What new Bills coach Sean McDermott and seven Super Bowl legends discussed I cannot say. But I do know how some of them feel about Bills General Manager Doug Whaley. They roll their eyes when speaking of McDermott's top scout. Two of the seven have told me in the past two weeks they can't believe the Pegulas kept Whaley after firing Rex Ryan in December. The to…

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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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LISBON, Portugal -- For much of my Monday evening, I walked around Bairro Alto for a place to watch the Buffalo Bills play the Seattle Seahawks. The locals treated me like I was subhuman. Futebol Americano? Nao aqui! Given the state of the game these days, that sentiment was understandable. But, while in Lisbon to moderate and emcee sports panels at the 2016 Web …

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The Buffalo Bills never reissued four jerseys since last worn. Jim Kelly's No. 12 is retired. Bruce Smith's No. 78 will be honored at the home opener. Thurman Thomas' No. 34 should be retired next year. Three proper. Three righteous. The other jersey will not be retired. For that reason and some others, isn't it time to remove O.J. Simpson's honor and put No. 32 back i…

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Nobody ever again will wear Bruce Smith's No. 78 for the Buffalo Bills. While that honor was understood since Smith's last Bills game 17 years ago, the Bills officially will retire his jersey at their Sept. 15 home opener against the New York Jets. The Bills will announce plans for the event this morning. The Bills previously retired Jim Kelly's No. 12 and are expected …

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Even after his foot has struck the ball, a kicker must keep his head down. Regardless of the field goal’s length, his follow-through technique is crucial. Before the snap, his eyes have to remain fixed on the spot. His head should be occupied by basic thoughts to avoid distraction. Then trained on that spot. Nothing but the blessed spot. Transfixed, he won’t see …

Buffalo Bills fans getting ready to celebrate Andre Reed's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend will want to tune into NFL Network tonight. At 10 p.m., the channel will air "Middle Man," an hour-long feature on Reed's journey to Canton. The special will feature interviews with former Bills coach Marv Levy and teammates Thurman Thomas, James Lofton, B…

ORLANDO, Fla. -- John Elway saw Jim Kelly just two weeks ago in Vail, Colo. They were there for a speaking engagement with Joe Montana, three Hall of Fame quarterbacks with a lot to feel thankful for. But Kelly wasn't feeling well. He complained of pain in his restructured upper jaw, where he had a cancerous tumor removed in June. "It's sad to me to hear what's taken pla…

NEW YORK -- Bills greats Marv Levy, Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith were among the many celebrities who walked the red carpet this evening at Radio City Music Hall as part of the NFL's third annual awards show. Kelly, the franchise's all-time leading quarterback, spoke with The News about the current starter at the position, EJ Manuel. "It wasn't much of a rookie season," Kel…