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Trust the process, they said. This time will be different, they said. I'm not ready to say Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane aren't advancing the cause, but they've fielded a team that's performing as woefully as any of the franchise's previous incarnations. Forget the .500 record. Buffalo over the past three games has been poor …

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The dizzying number of changes implemented by the Buffalo Bills heading into the 2017 season have been well-documented. Just 22 players who appeared in a game for the team at any point last year are back this year. A total of 21 offensive players who accounted for 3,752 snaps and 20 defensive players who took 7,089 snaps in 2016 are either playing elsewhere or out of th…

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Preston Brown watched this offseason as, one by one, the Buffalo Bills said goodbye to his veteran teammates. Stephon Gilmore? Off to New England. Aaron Williams and Corey Graham? Cut. Robert Woods? Back home to L.A. Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby? Sent on their way in trades. "I mean we traded away some good players, some good players signed other places, but I thin…

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Strange, this Buffalo Bills season. A month before the season began, after the Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby trades, general manager Brandon Beane found himself answering questions about throwing in the towel on 2017. Buffalo fans still sporting argument scars over the 2014-15 Sabres broke out their old debate points for this year's Bills. What we've learned the …

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Essentially, the Buffalo Bills hope to replace Ronald Darby with E.J. Gaines. With his decorated career at Florida State that included a national title, Darby has been somewhat of a recognizable name. Gaines, on the other hand, was a mid-round selection who spent his college days at the University of Missouri. He entered he league without much fanfare, and isn't an esta…

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Chris Hogan conspiracy theorists may have had it right after all. The latest story from ex-Bills coach Rex Ryan involves what he perceived as a major screw-up: Letting wide receiver Chris Hogan get away in free agency. The fact that he was poached by the rival Patriots only added insult to injury. A quick recap: Hogan was a restricted free agent after the 2015 season…

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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 quarterback w…

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Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane were given funzo questionnaires for the Buffalo Bills' 2017 media guide. Favorite movie, best concert attended, biggest pet peeve, last book read and so forth. The Q&A's were conducted separately, but they produced a striking parallel. In response to "biggest obstacle overcome," they gave the same answer. "Breaking into the NFL…

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Poor Brandon Beane. Such terrible timing. Off he went to the Buffalo Bills, an NFL outpost enduring the longest playoff slump in North American professional sports. Back home, the Carolina Panthers – the team he helped construct – made a move that would have allowed him to become their general manager. Two months after Beane left his position as Panthers assistant ge…

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One way to catalyze a culture transformation within a sports franchise is to pretend the previous regime didn't exist. The Buffalo Bills continue to airbrush previous General Manager Doug Whaley out of the picture like the Russians did Nikolai Yezhov in the 1930s. That really important secret-police commissioner photographed next to Joseph Stalin? He's not there anym…

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The old cliche that a football player is doing his job when he’s not noticed is usually reserved for offensive linemen. But in the case of the Buffalo Bills, it fits for safety Jordan Poyer. “You hit the nail on the head – he’s been flying under the radar,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. “His role on this defense is vital. He communicates well back there for us. He…

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"Slow your roll," some readers said. "Way too early," others claimed. "Give 'em time, for cryin' outs," I heard. My takeaway from the Buffalo Bills' preseason opener last week was their disconcerting penalty total. They committed 13 penalties. The Minnesota Vikings accepted 10 of them for 106 yards. All those flags irked Bills coach Sean McDermott, but many fan…

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Ronald Darby's preseason debut with the Philadelphia Eagles will coincidentally put him against the club with which he began his NFL career. The former Buffalo Bills cornerback is expected to be action Thursday night when the Bills and Eagles square off at Lincoln Financial Field, multiple media outlets covering the Eagles reported Tuesday. Darby, the Bills' second-r…

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Twenty-four hours after the Philadelphia Eagles traded him, Buffalo Bills receiver Jordan Matthews still doesn't know what to think about the sudden development. Shock, betrayal, edginess, excitement, indifference, nausea ... Matthews needs more time to sort through his emotions before commenting. "Feelings are always real, but they're not always true," Matthews t…