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Nothing excites the masses like a quarterback change. The switch from Tyrod Taylor to Nathan Peterman this week dominates the conversation when it comes to the Buffalo Bills. It also overshadows the fact the Bills’ defense has completely fallen on its face the last two weeks. That stretch last Sunday when the New Orleans Saints ran the ball 24 times in a row was as…

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He might have had to view them under a microscope, but Sean McDermott insisted there were positives to be found amidst the rubble that was game film of the Buffalo Bills' 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. "There’s always positive. There is," the coach said Monday. "Harder to find yesterday, for sure. You have to find things that we did do well in order to build on…

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1. Here's what Rick Dennison had to say about Mike Tolbert on Sept. 11, the day after the Buffalo Bills' season-opening victory over the New York Jets: "Went sideways two times and he'll get corrected on that. He'll go down hill." Fast forward to Sunday, and there was Tolbert, taking an option pitch from quarterback Tyrod Taylor on the Bills' fourth play of the game. Pr…

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COACH SEAN McDERMOTT Opening Statement: Alright, good morning. You guys are always so [talkative] in the morning. It’s good. Okay, go ahead and fire away. Q: Well, where does it stand with Zay Jones? A: Zay is, he’s not going to practice today but he’s day-to-day at this point. Q: Did they have a [measure] of the damage, or what did they tell you about it…

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James Lofton will be the analyst alongside Andrew Catalon for CBS’ broadcast of the Bills-Raiders game on Sunday. Lofton, of course, played four of his 16 NFL seasons with Buffalo, including for three of the Bills’ four Super Bowl teams. Lofton, who also played for the Packers, L.A. Raiders, L.A. Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, spoke with The News by phone this week f…

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It seemed like everyone in Mercedes-Benz Stadium was confused on Sunday. Everyone, that is, except Tre’Davious White. While fans and even some of the Atlanta Falcons stood around, the Buffalo Bills’ rookie cornerback picked up the football and raced to the end zone early in the third quarter, like he has countless times in practice. No whistle was ever blown, and…

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Conventional defensive wisdom says attack young NFL quarterbacks with blitzes but be judicious about going after star, veteran quarterbacks. Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was selective but had great timing in blitzing Atlanta's Matt Ryan Sunday. Ryan's quarterback rating against the blitz last season was second in the NFL only to New England's Tom Brady,…

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The Buffalo Bills insist they’re focused on the 2017 season – even if everyone else is looking ahead. With six picks in the top three rounds, and a possible avenue to acquire even more, the 2018 draft will likely determine the success or failure of Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott in Buffalo. If the team’s general manager and head coach can nab a franchise quarter…

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Not all of the interviews and research about Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott made it into my feature about him. Here are my favorite surplus items from "the process." Bills crew, assemble Through a long interview in June at the end of Bills minicamp, McDermott seemed to get most animated when I asked him what it was like, after years of imagining about it, what…

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You are dying for different, as is usually the case with a Buffalo Bills head coaching change. You were happy to hear Sean McDermott say at his opening news conference: "I'm not into making promises." You're thrilled McDermott has not yet shown up at the interview podium wearing a helmet. You're glad you haven't seen him bicycling through Delaware Park. You don't …

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It's time for the Buffalo Bills' "dress rehearsal." The third preseason game of the season is the big one for NFL teams, when the starters play into the second half and the competition for jobs nears conclusion. "Just overall, you want the roster to take shape, and the team to take shape, and we’re getting there," Bills coach Sean McDermott said this week. "What ha…