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Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott were largely silent Monday about Richie Incognito. The Buffalo Bills' general manager and coach largely sidestepped any questions about the team's former left guard, who announced his retirement last week. "Um, you know, not going to really get into detail," Beane said. "Richie's on the reserve/retired list, which is not a part of our…

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The Buffalo Bills made official one-year contracts with their four exclusive-rights free agents Monday. Tight ends Nick O'Leary and Logan Thomas, cornerback Lafayette Pitts and defensive end Eddie Yarbrough all signed their offers prior to the start of the team's offseason conditioning program. Exclusive-rights free agents are those whose contracts have expired and w…

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Consider this my official plea to the NFL: Please, move the draft up at least two weeks on the calendar. Perhaps the pre-draft process just feels like it's dragging more than usual this year because of the buzz around the Buffalo Bills' plans, but I'm ready for the picks to start being made. I've read more mock drafts and scouting reports than I  care to admit. With …

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The drought is dead. The Buffalo Bills finally ended a 17-year postseason dry spell, leading to mass celebrations, six-figure charitable donations and hope that, finally, the team is on the right path under the leadership of General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott. Before attention turns squarely to planning for 2018, though, here is one final look bac…

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This week, The Buffalo News will be gauging fan approval ratings for a number of Bills coaches and players. On Monday, we began with the coordinators, head coach and general manager. Tuesday, we ask your opinion on five players on offense. Consider a vote for stay to be a positive on the approval rating and a vote for go as a negative. Feel free to leave comments bel…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – My observations from the Bills’ 10-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars that eliminated the team from the AFC playoffs. 1. Tyrod Taylor got outplayed by Blake Bortles. That’s a tough thing for Bills fans to read, but it’s true. With the Bills needing their quarterback to make a play, it never came. The penultimate chance for the offense started with 3…

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Members of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ secondary aren’t content simply beating opponents – they want them to hear about it, too. The Jaguars have developed a reputation as some of the biggest trash talkers in the NFL, something the Buffalo Bills’ receivers have caught wind of this week. “I've been hearing that,” Deonte Thompson said. “Talking's cheap. Talking ain't nev…

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When the Bills run: No LeSean McCoy is a scary thought for the Bills. If the Jaguars have a weakness defensively (Buffalo coach Sean McDermott says they don’t), it would be stopping the run. Jacksonville allowed 116.3 rushing yards per game in the regular season, which tied for 21st in the NFL. Stopping the combination of Marcus Murphy and Mike Tolbert is obviously prefera…

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ORLANDO – It wasn't a dream, Bills fans. The 17-year playoff drought is over. Buffalo's 22-16 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday improved the team to 9-7, but it wasn't until the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens about 30 minutes later that the Bills' postseason ticket was punched. A crowd numbering in the hundreds greeted the Bills' charter flight when it…

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BILLS-DOLPHINS MATCHUPS Tyrod Taylor vs. Jay Cutler This is likely Taylor's last regular-season game with the Bills, and it's probably the last game of Cutler's NFL career. Cutler came out of retirement in August to sign a one-year, $10 million deal with the Dolphins after Ryan Tannehill blew out his knee. Cutler is 74-78 in his career as a starter with 227 TDs, 160 …

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Long after practice was over for the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, Charles Clay remained on the field. One by one, an equipment manager fed balls into a JUGS machine for the veteran tight end, who stood a few yards away, making every catch. That type of extra work has become commonplace for Clay as he manages a nagging knee injury that has either prevented or limited him f…

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Forget looking past the Miami Dolphins to what may be ahead regarding his future with the Buffalo Bills. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor wasn’t even looking past his next hour or so Wednesday afternoon. “I haven’t thought much about it. I’m focused on a great lunch today after practice, and focused on great meetings after that,” Taylor said with a sly smile when asked how m…

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When the Bills run: The Dolphins did a nice job against LeSean McCoy when these teams met in Week 15, holding him to 50 yards on 20 carries. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, however, gained 42 yards on just six carries, while Travaris Cadet added 24 yards on four attempts. With Cadet now out of the lineup, the Bills might turn to Marcus Murphy, who was promoted from the practice …

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It's the Cap Cappiest day of the year. Hey, Bills fans. Come over here and take a look inside this Christmas stocking for some goodies. Yule love them! (I hate myself.) Anyway, I've compiled a bunch of facts and stats to chew on while you celebrate Christmas and try to get over Sunday's 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium. The Bills' play…

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The failure of the Buffalo Bills' offense to capitalize on scoring chances cost the team its upset bid Sunday in New England. The Bills were 0 for 4 in the red zone in the 37-16 loss. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor and his receiving corps continually came up short inside the Patriots' 20-yard line. Those missed opportunities lead this week's 10 plays that shaped the game: …