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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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The signings have slowed to a trickle around the NFL. After a frantic first week of free agency, most of the headline-grabbing moves have been made, but as the Buffalo Bills showed Monday, there is always work to be done. General Manager Brandon Beane added depth to the offensive line with the signings of former Bengals center Russell Bodine and former Raiders right tac…

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NFL teams and player agents can stop their ruse now. Both sides no longer have to pretend they haven’t been talking about impending free agents for weeks. That’s because the league’s “legal tampering” period is now open. Ignoring the absurdity of that phrase, here’s what that means, directly from the NFL’s official language: “Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter…

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For a playoff team, the Buffalo Bills have a long list of needs. General Manager Brandon Beane acknowledged as much last month at the Senior Bowl. “We're a long way from where we need to be,” Beane said in Mobile, Ala. “This year was setting the culture and expectations of what we need to get done.  ... We have a lot of holes to fill. We know that. We're going to do …

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A free agent who's not really "free." In a sentence, that's the best way to describe what an "exclusive rights" free agent is in the NFL. The Buffalo Bills have four players who fall into that category this offseason – tight ends Nick O'Leary and Logan Thomas, cornerback Lafayette Pitts and defensive end Eddie Yarbrough. An exclusive rights free agent is a player who…

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The Buffalo Bills haven’t missed defensive end Shaq Lawson. Depending on if you’re a glass half-empty or half-full kind of person, that can be taken one of two ways. The pessimistic point of view is that Lawson did not produce the way a first-round draft pick is counted on to. The optimistic view is that his replacements, Ryan Davis and Eddie Yarbrough, have capably …

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: B- It felt like the Buffalo Bills rushed for more than they actually did. LeSean McCoy got the 39 yards he needed to reach 10,000 career rushing yards, finishing with 50 yards on 20 carries. That career achievement overshadowed what was a tough day for Shady. Tyrod Taylor ran better than he has in weeks. His 42 rushing yards are the mo…

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If the Buffalo Bills have any hope of being a playoff team, they need a win Sunday. The 3-9 Indianapolis Colts have nothing to play for. While it may not feel like it after a stretch that has seen the Bills get blown out four times in five games, the team still has a fighting chance at the postseason, even if it will need some help. If the Bills get to 9-7, the New York…

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What drives LeSean McCoy? If you thought you knew, think again. McCoy’s original goal, back in 2009, was to survive eight years in the NFL. That sounded good for a running back drafted in the second round. But when he blew past that mark last season still going as strong as ever, McCoy upped his sights to 10 years and 10,000 rushing yards. He refers to that as his “1…

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Opponents have bulked up and played more physical with the Buffalo Bills' defense the second half of the season. The Bills think they're managing the problem a little better, but the proof will come in the final four games, starting with Sunday's meeting with the Indianapolis Colts. Over the past five games, opposing offenses have used "running personnel groups" on 1…

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The flight home from Los Angeles provided Sean McDermott and Lorenzo Alexander time for a heart-to-heart talk. The Buffalo Bills’ veteran coach wanted to know from his veteran linebacker how he could be best utilized. “Obviously playing on the edge is one of the things that I've done in the past and I've done the most,” Alexander said Thursday. “Being able to rush th…

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Buffalo Bills are still alive in the AFC playoff race following Sunday's 16-10 victory over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Here are my 10 takeaways from the game. 1. Tyrod Taylor looked ... like Tyrod Taylor. The Buffalo Bills' quarterback returned from his one-game benching to go 19 of 29 for 183 yards and a touchdown. Taylor left you wanting m…

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Last week, I wrote about the Bills' issues pressuring the quarterback during their two-game skid, and that trend continued in a blowout loss at the hands of the Chargers. In this article, I'll examine Buffalo's outside rushers. Here's how each edge-rusher fared in the pass-rush department in Los Angeles: Lorenzo Alexander: Nine pass-rush snaps, one quarterback hit…

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Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week 10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. • It didn't take wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin long to get up to speed on the Bills' offense. He led his position group with 41 snaps. Deonte Thompson getting more snaps than Jordan Matthews (39 to 36) was interesting, while Andre Holmes …