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Bills veterans took the NFL's new national anthem policy in stride Thursday. Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said it won't stop players from calling attention to issues of social justice. Safety Micah Hyde wasn't worried about the players getting on a relatively similar page on the issue. The rule OK'd by owners Wednesday will require all players to stand for the anthem…

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Once the Buffalo Bills finalize contracts with their 12 undrafted free agents, the team will have its 90-man roster set. That's not to say there won't be changes before September. June 1 is a key date for potential cuts around the league, and the Bills will surely have an eye on any players who hit the open market who could help. After figuring in contracts for their dr…

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Lorenzo Alexander himself didn’t have Lorenzo Alexander Day marked on the calendar. It took the Buffalo Bills linebacker a moment to connect the date, May 7, with his jersey No. 57 when Arron Brown presented him with a plaque last week commemorating the coming Monday’s celebration at Pembroke Intermediate School. “This is the first time I’ve ever had that sort of recogni…

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We won't know if the Buffalo Bills aced the 2018 NFL Draft for a few years. We can safely say now, though, that General Manager Brandon Beane accomplished nearly every one of his goals. The team left the draft with potential franchise cornerstones on both offense and defense in quarterback Josh Allen and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. They got a potential nickel cornerbac…

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An open letter to Lorenzo Alexander and Kyle Williams: I realize you guys don't need any pep talks from the media. You're quintessential pros. You don't last 12 or 13 years in the NFL without world-class commitment to your profession and total belief in your ability. Nevertheless, you may look around the Bills locker room these days and notice the new franchise quart…

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Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander is lobbying to keep kickoffs part of the NFL game. Alexander posted a video of his plea to the NFL Monday, in advance of a scheduled meeting Wednesday in New York City to study changes or alternatives to the kickoff play. Bills great Steve Tasker will be part of a select group of special-teams experts the NFL is bringing tog…

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Josh Allen posed for the first time with his No. 17 jersey as Friday's sun dipped below New Era Field's upper deck. He posed with his father, his girlfriend and fellow first-round draft choice Tremaine Edmunds. Then the Buffalo Bills front office arrived. Allen stood alongside Terry and Kim Pegula, General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott. Allen beamed …

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Josh Allen was seven months old when Jim Kelly played his final game for the Bills on Dec. 28, 1996. Kelly was carted off the field with a concussion late in a loss to the Jacksonville, which was also the last time the Bills hosted an NFL playoff game. That tells you how long it has been since they had a true franchise quarterback, and how much was at stake Thursday whe…

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Lorenzo Alexander is among the Bills' and the league's elder statesmen. He turns 35 on May 31. Tremaine Edmunds, drafted by the Bills at No. 22 on Thursday night, is the youngest player in this draft at 19. He turns 20 next week. According to data on Pro Football Reference, Edmunds could become the second-youngest player to ever play in an NFL game if he appears in the …

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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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Year One of the Brandon Beane-Sean McDermott pairing in Buffalo was a leap in the right direction. The Buffalo Bills ended an embarrassing 17-year playoff drought under the leadership of their general manager and head coach. If nothing else, that bought them a longer rope among the team’s passionate fan base. Their work is far from done, though. The end goal, of cour…

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Tyrod Taylor's time as quarterback of the Buffalo Bills is over. The team traded Taylor, who started for the last three seasons, to the Cleveland Browns on Friday night in a blockbuster deal that returned a third-round pick to the Bills. The trade, which can't be made official until the start of the NFL's new league year at 4 p.m. Wednesday, was confirmed by a league so…

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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…