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Austin Alexander, the younger brother of Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, committed to Fresno State on Wednesday, which was National Signing Day. Austin is a senior wide receiver at St. Thomas More, a prep school in Oakdale, Conn. Before going to prep school, Austin played one season at Capital Christian in Sacramento and had seven receiving touchdowns (nine …

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Lorenzo Alexander provided veteran leadership for more than one Buffalo football team this season. The Bills linebacker and Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee mentored the players at South Park High School throughout the past year. Alexander invited coaches and players out to training camp, made frequent visits to the Sparks’ practices and games, helped to purchase sch…

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The Buffalo Bills’ special teams took the biggest step forward of any team in the NFL in 2017. The Bills finished tied for seventh overall in Rick Gosselin’s annual rankings of the league’s 32 special-teams units, an increase of 17 spots from their No. 24 finish in 2016. Gosselin’s rankings, which are compiled by assigning points based on a team’s finish in 22 kicking g…

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Richie Incognito and LeSean McCoy are representing the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's Pro Bowl. Micah Hyde was selected but withdrew because of injury. Jordan Poyer thinks he should be in Orlando, too. Poyer was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for December. He had five interceptions and 13 passes defended in his first season with the Bills. https://twitter.com…

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Bills fan Angie Thompson wanted to help her son Nick celebrate his 6th birthday so she went on Twitter and tried to enlist the help of some Bills players. https://twitter.com/AngieAThompson/status/952201387835908096 Among the responses she got were messages from Jordan Poyer and Hayley Beane, the wife of Bills GM Brandon Beane and then her notifications had this: A b…

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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 asked your opinion on five players on offense. Wednesday, it's the players on the defense. Consider a vote for stay to be a positive on the approval rating and a vote for go as …

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Despite the Buffalo Bills' season coming to an anticlimactic end Sunday in Jacksonville, there was still an air of optimism as players cleaned out their lockers at New Era Field Monday morning. Buffalo center Eric Wood said he's taken time to reflect, stepping back to appreciate the team's accomplishments. "To end the drought is special," Wood said. "It's great to ge…

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Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander Q: Are you trying to pick up where you left off next year? A: I mean, that’s the plan for me. Obviously, the organization has to make a decision on whether or not they want to keep me and then once that happens, I have to earn my right back on this team. Until, obviously, March, the league year is not over so I’ll still be coming up here,…

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Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said retirement is "not on his radar" when he met with reporters as players cleaned out their lockers Monday. "I still got it," said Alexander, who turns 35 in May and has been in the league since 2005. Alexander said he plans to be back when the Bills resume offseason workouts and wants to remain with the Bills, but he also underst…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The belief from the beginning was that the Buffalo Bills were looking toward 2018 and beyond. All the trades, the unloaded salaries and the accumulation of draft choices signaled an organization building for the future. That the Bills reached the postseason was a bonus, a beautiful fluke that flowed from Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton's right…

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Bills D-line vs. Jags O-line It was one of the finest performances of the season by the Buffalo Bills' defensive line. Leonard Fournette was held to 51 yards on 21 carries, a mere 2.7-yard average. The Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive line is massive. A big worry was whether it would bully the Bills between the tackles (as the New Orleans Saints did in midseason). But…

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Bills coach Sean McDermott Q: Why the punt on fourth and one, down seven? SM: Yeah, just we went for it earlier in the game on fourth down and didn’t get it. The game was close at that point and wanted to come away with points early in the fourth quarter there. I think it was a seven-point game. I wanted to come away with points. Obviously, it didn’t turn out. Q:…

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As an only child, Tyrod Taylor was fortunate around Christmas time. “My family wasn't rich or anything, but my mom and my dad tried to make sure I had everything I asked for,” the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback said Thursday. When Taylor reached the NFL, he was determined to make the holiday special for others the way his parents did for him. He did so by “adopting” fami…

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Matt Milano didn’t want to be a linebacker. The Buffalo Bills’ rookie was a safety in high school, and he was so resistant to the idea of a position change that he chose his college because of it. Milano had scholarship offers from Arizona, Air Force, Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio) coming out of high school, but he chose Boston College because the Eagles were going t…