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For a playoff team, the Buffalo Bills have a long list of needs. General Manager Brandon Beane acknowledged as much last month at the Senior Bowl. “We're a long way from where we need to be,” Beane said in Mobile, Ala. “This year was setting the culture and expectations of what we need to get done.  ... We have a lot of holes to fill. We know that. We're going to do …

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(This is the third of three stories on the Bills' salary cap.) Players on their first NFL contract who start are like gold. Consider the salary of Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz, a Pro Bowler in just his second season. He will play in 2018 on a contract that averages $6.6 million a year. That's a third of what the 16th-highest paid QB (Miami's …

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Four members of the Bills were named to Pro Football Focus’ Top 101 players list for the 2017 season. Rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White was the highest-ranked Bills player by far, at No. 21. Safety Jordan Poyer came in at No. 95, safety Micah Hyde at No. 97 and running back LeSean McCoy at No. 99. The top five on the list were Los Angles Rams defensive tackle Aaron…

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There is no doubt that it is a new era for the Buffalo Bills. In the month that has passed since the team was eliminated from the postseason, General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott have continued to overhaul the organization, from the training staff to the coaching staff and, even an entire department that was created under the old front office structure…

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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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The Buffalo Bills will have one less representative in Sunday's Pro Bowl. Safety Micah Hyde withdrew on Monday because of injury. Hyde suffered a concussion in the Bills' 10-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in their wild-card playoff game Jan. 7. A second-team All-Pro selection, he was the AFC's leading vote-getter at strong safety after finishing 2017 with 82 tackles…

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Throughout the season, The Buffalo News has asked fans to share with us their interactions with Bills players in their own words. Ian Goodenough and his father are Bills fans from Delaware. Goodenough's father grew up in Buffalo and he raised his son to be a Bills fan. The two made the trip to Jacksonville for the Bills' playoff game and had a chance encounter the night…

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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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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Sunday's playoff game was there to be won, but the Buffalo Bills demonstrated they're not quite ready to challenge for anything more than our hearts just yet. Rookie head coach Sean McDermott and first-year General Manager Brandon Beane made progress in establishing a new Bills era. Now we get to watch them try to turn a plucky club into a true cont…

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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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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Kyle Williams has not made any decision regarding his playing future. The Buffalo Bills' veteran defensive tackle accomplished a career goal by playing in his first postseason game Sunday, and the sting of a 10-3 loss overshadowed any talk about his future. Williams' contract will expire in March, and it's still to be determined if he wants to retur…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: B LeSean McCoy gutted through an ankle injury to rush 19 times for 75 yards. He’s tough on top of being talented. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor gained 27 yards on seven carries, the last of which left him with a concussion when his head slammed to the turf after a 2-yard scramble on the Bills’ final drive. Backup running back Mike Tolbert r…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – My observations from the Bills’ 10-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars that eliminated the team from the AFC playoffs. 1. Tyrod Taylor got outplayed by Blake Bortles. That’s a tough thing for Bills fans to read, but it’s true. With the Bills needing their quarterback to make a play, it never came. The penultimate chance for the offense started with 3…

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The architects are different, but the blueprints they’re working off remain the same for the Buffalo Bills. A strong running game and a defense that depends on taking the ball away will be the keys to an upset victory Sunday for the Bills in their first playoff game in 18 years. That’s a vision that was laid out on March 10, 2015, the day the team officially acquired ru…

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Members of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ secondary aren’t content simply beating opponents – they want them to hear about it, too. The Jaguars have developed a reputation as some of the biggest trash talkers in the NFL, something the Buffalo Bills’ receivers have caught wind of this week. “I've been hearing that,” Deonte Thompson said. “Talking's cheap. Talking ain't nev…