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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…

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One way to catalyze a culture transformation within a sports franchise is to pretend the previous regime didn't exist. The Buffalo Bills continue to airbrush previous General Manager Doug Whaley out of the picture like the Russians did Nikolai Yezhov in the 1930s. That really important secret-police commissioner photographed next to Joseph Stalin? He's not there anym…

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Tyrod Taylor is in the NFL's concussion protocol, having slammed the back of his head off the M&T Bank Stadium turf Saturday night. That happened eight plays into the Buffalo Bills' preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. We don't yet know when he'll be back, let alone if he's a sure thing for the regular-season opener in two weeks. Taylor's injury gave rookie N…

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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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You could say Sunday's game meant nothing, and, in the grand scheme, that's true. The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets had been eliminated from postseason scenarios. Two scuzzy clubs mopping up the year. Big whoop. But the game did mean something. The game was a chance to give dispirited Bills fans a glimpse toward 2017, to provide hope, to let them exhale with some r…

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The Buffalo Bills on Sunday wrapped their 17th straight season without the playoffs. That's 272 thrilling episodes of Bills regular-season tackle football. It has been the longest-running playoff drought in the four major North American sports and would tie "Lassie" for fifth on the United States' list of longest-running primetime network series. "The Jack Benny P…

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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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Three games into last season, BuffaloBills.com posted a story lauding General Manager Doug Whaley's roster-building acumen. The story declared Whaley was "awfully close" to "building a roster that can perennially compete for the postseason and championships." An examination of all 32 NFL rosters reveals Whaley has constructed the Bills in contradictory fashion, relyi…

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With rumors swirling that a quarterback change could be coming for the Bills now that their playoff chances are next to zero, coach Rex Ryan said Monday that Tyrod Taylor will remain the team's starter this week against the winless Cleveland Browns. "I think Tyrod, the reason he's our starting quarterback is, in my opinion, he gives us the best opportunity to win," Ryan…

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Right on schedule, weeks before Christmas, the Buffalo Bills' season is over. Now it's time for the finger pointing and politicking at One Bills Drive. Western New York's most tiresome winter pastime is upon us, and this episode could be more blustery than normal. Reports fluttered Sunday like the snowflakes around New Era Field, where the Pittsburgh Steelers left…

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It’s shaping up to be the question facing the Buffalo Bills over the final month of what looks like another lost season. Should the team pick up quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s contract option in March? To do so would require a significant financial commitment. Here are the particulars: Taylor is due a $15.5 million option bonus by the third day of the 2017 league yea…

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The epicenter of a national phenomenon is located on 900 square feet in the Walden Galleria. On the second floor, between Abercrombie & Fitch and Perfumania, where a frozen yogurt shop used to be, is a molten nexus of sports, pop culture, sneakers and art. Fabes Sole High was founded for the serious sneaker customer, folks who desire the hottest brands, who colle…

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At least publicly, Doug Whaley's support of EJ Manuel has not wavered. "When you look around the league, we think he's as good a No. 2 as most out there," the Buffalo Bills' general manager said of the team's backup quarterback. It's safe to say a significant portion of the team's fanbase doesn't agree. They remember the meltdown against Jacksonville or chuckle about the…

It's five down, two to go for the Buffalo Bills in regards to signing draft picks. The team reached an agreement with second-round linebacker Reggie Ragland on Tuesday. The Alabama product was taken with the 41st overall selection, which the Bills traded up for by sending the No. 49 pick and two fourth-round draft choices to the Chicago Bears. Ragland won the 2015 South…

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1. It's impossible not to notice the improved atmosphere around One Bills Drive these days. Perhaps it's because time really does heal all wounds, but the toxic environment around the team at the end of last season has been replaced by a really positive vibe. That's likely the case in every NFL city – spring is a time that optimism abounds, after all – but the infusion…