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Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane, the Buffalo Bills' rookie head coach and GM, each was asked if the 2017 roster got better after Friday's trades. They slipped the questions as Floyd Mayweather would an off-balance roundhouse. But throughout their news conferences at One Bills Drive, McDermott and Beane acknowledged they hurt their chances of winning this year. Th…

What we see in the preseason easily could be rationalized and justified and washed away by the mere fact these exhibitions don't count in the standings. The real games are a month away. There's time to make strategic corrections, to coach up those players. Sean McDermott isn't willing to make excuses when it comes to penalties, even in the preseason. There were far too m…

Tyrod Taylor played well. So, too, did Sammy Watkins. As nice as that was to see over the three series the Buffalo Bills' starters played Thursday night, preseason games tell us more about the backups. We begin to learn how the coaches truly view their depth chart. We get a glimpse of who can be counted on if there's an injury. In that case, the two Bills who stoo…

PITTSFORD - He's only 5-foot-7 and 163 pounds but could probably run through a brick wall. Jordan Burroughs didn't stand out in stature on his visit to Buffalo Bills training camp, but his resume might even top LeSean McCoy's for most decorated on the field Monday. Burroughs won a wrestling gold medal at the 2012 Olympics and has three world championships to his name. H…

PITTSFORD - We've reached double digits in days here at St. John Fisher College, with the Buffalo Bills' preseason opener only three days away. Sean McDermott makes his in-game head-coaching debut Thursday at 7 p.m. when his team hosts the Minnesota Vikings at New Era Field. Until then, the Bills trudge away in the heat, working through offensive kinks and defensive inj…

PITTSFORD - There are inevitable adjustments in the works from Buffalo's offensive cornerstones, Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins, each adjusting to a new offensive scheme under first-year offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and new head coach Sean McDermott. Each has their own individual challenges as well, starting with Taylor, who has vowed to make smarte…

PITTSFORD - Jonathan Williams strode out of training camp Friday afternoon without a shirt, his pads dangling from his right hand. Sweat dripped off his six-pack as the sun beamed down on his chest. A bystander made a comment about Williams' half-naked strut, to which he responded, "I work too hard for this!" This, which he was referring to as his physique, could also b…

Bills running back LeSean McCoy took exception to an Instagram post Sunday from Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso, calling the player he was once traded for a "BUM" and taking a shot at Alonso's new contract. "Boy ya dad wish u was as good as me," McCoy wrote, adding that Alonso's four-year deal worth up to nearly $29 million is "garbage." "My 2011 money," McCoy wrote…

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…

Tyrod Taylor's morning began with a car accident. Barely on his way to New Era Field, his black 2013 Mercedes G63 wagon was involved in a fender bender downtown. The Buffalo Bills sent a car to collect their quarterback. Saturday's game against the Miami Dolphins also started poorly for him. The Bills went three and out on their first two possessions. Taylor passed thre…

Remember those vibrating electric football games? Yeah, there was more tackling in those. In those Tudor Games tabletop enterprises, all the defenders have to do to stop the ball carrier is touch him. That's what the Buffalo Bills tried to devastatingly poor effect on Christmas Eve at New Era Field. The Miami Dolphins' would-be tacklers weren't much better, but th…

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…

Buffalo Bills fans deserve better. Sunday morning began with local and national reports about Rex Ryan's dubious future. Then the grounds crew tilled the rubber pellets out of New Era Field's artificial turf while trying to clear snow at halftime. All the while, the Pittsburgh Steelers plowed the Bills more thoroughly yet. The Bills were overwhelmed, 27-20, in a game…

When the Buffalo Bills revealed this year's promotional slogan, all I could think of were the ways it would backfire. It's a double entendre. The fan base is unfailingly loyal, and the team sure does love to hand off. Bills Run Deep. As does the pain. You have to go back a lot of years to remember when the Bills regularly thrilled their fans. The last of the Su…

The Buffalo Bills were only three-point underdogs on the road Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, leaders of the NFL's most competitive division. I didn't get it. What did Las Vegas know? Our resident handicapper, St. Joe's and Buffalo State grad Joe Staniszewski, expressed equal confusion during his Wednesday call from Las Vegas to "The Tim Graham Show" on SportsRad…