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The Buffalo Bills’ 2017 season was barely 20 minutes old, but cornerback Leonard Johnson couldn’t help but think ahead. “I would love, love, love to come back and be a part of this team again,” the veteran cornerback said in the visiting locker room after the Bills’ 10-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC wild-card game last month. “Obviously, us making the play…

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The Buffalo Bills will have more spending power in 2018. Since taking over in May, General Manager Brandon Beane has gone to work on cleaning up the mess that was the Bills’ salary cap. “We made some headway this year with the cap to be able to roll over a decent amount of money, which will help,” Beane told reporters last month at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. “We…

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It become a running joke during the season. Week after week, News Senior Sports Columnist Jerry Sullivan and I were asked in our respective mailbags why Ryan Groy wasn’t being given a chance to crack the starting lineup for the Buffalo Bills. We got the question so much, we ran out of ways to answer it. Groy’s seven-game stint as a starter for the Bills in 2016 clear…

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A year after leading the NFL with 24 unrestricted free agents, the Buffalo Bills are once again a team loaded with expiring contracts. The Bills have 18 players set to hit the open market in March, meaning General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott will continue their radical reshaping of the roster that started last year. Some of that reshaping will be done…

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It’s a good thing Kyle Williams didn’t hear Zay Jones this week. If he did, the Buffalo Bills’ veteran defensive tackle’s red beard probably would have turned gray. “Yeah, man, I've never missed the playoffs!” Jones, the Bills’ rookie receiver, said with a smile at his locker. His comment wasn’t meant to minimize the 17-year playoff drought that fans have endured …

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Time has softened Rex Ryan’s stance on the Buffalo Bills. Back at the Super Bowl, fresh off being fired after less than two full seasons as the Bills’ coach, Ryan told the New York Daily News he “stripped that damn truck the day I got fired,” referring to his famous pickup, adding “(expletive) you” for good measure. It was clear then that the pain of being fired for …

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When bowl season arrives in college football, the goal posts get moved for NFL teams. Unlike the regular season, when teams can scout as many games as they want, a little-known different set of rules applies for the postseason. “You don't get the same access that you would in season,” said Buffalo Bills General Manager Brandon Beane, explaining that every NFL team is…

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Maynard Bunn is not a name familiar to most Bills fans, but his face might be one they recognize. Bunn, 79, is a ticket taker stationed outside Gate 7 at New Era Field. He was honored last week for becoming the first employee ever to work 50 years for the team. “That’s pretty special,” said Andy Major, the team’s vice president of operations and guest experience. “He…

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E.J. Gaines’ life had been turned upside down. Having been traded from the Los Angeles Rams to the Buffalo Bills in the middle of training camp, the cornerback had to make a cross-country move while at the same time trying to earn a job with a new team. One of the first people from the Bills to assist Gaines in that transition was Marlon Kerner, the team’s director o…

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Sometimes, a small gesture can have a big impact. That’s true of the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign, which is now in its second year. By relaxing its draconian dress-code rules for a week, the league has not only allowed players to express themselves, but also has given them an opportunity to raise awareness for the causes that are closest to their hearts. “Thi…

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Faith and football have long been intertwined. From players pointing toward the sky or taking a knee to pray after scoring a touchdown to the postgame prayer circle at midfield, examples are easy to find. In times of adversity, which the Buffalo Bills most certainly are going through now, players and coaches turn to their faith for answers and strength. “Sometimes yo…

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Relentless is the best way to describe Chad Hall. The Buffalo Bills’ 31-year-old offensive assistant coach is in his first season on the job. He landed it the same way he carved out a four-year playing career as a 5-foot-8 wide receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. With persistence. Hall first met Bills coach Sean McDer…

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Bill Munson has done the math, and the numbers are staggering. Over a career with the Buffalo Bills that spanned five decades, Munson has – by his calculations – seen 889 games in person, driven more than a million miles back and forth from his home in East Amherst to the team’s Orchard Park headquarters and worked with 1,122 players and 227 coaches. “I’m a big stats…

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Ask any Bills fan if they would have signed up for a 5-3 record at the midway point before the 2017 season started and the answer surely would have been a resounding “yes.” Accepting that might be tough coming off the team’s worst performance of the season, but it’s reality. Although the sting of Thursday night’s loss to the New York Jets will sting until Week 10 arrive…

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After a week unlike any the NFL has ever seen, one thing is clear: “Stick to football” is no longer an option. As Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Thursday night after leading his team to a win over the Chicago Bears, “as much as some people want us to just shut up and play football … sports and politics have always intersected.” Never was that more a…