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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…

We know the Bills' former front office members loved their trade up for Sammy Watkins in the 2014 draft. We're less certain then-coach Doug Marrone felt the same way. "The draft room erupted when Watkins' name was announced," The News' Tim Graham wrote in an "Inside the Draft Room" piece. "The scouts applauded. [Then-GM Doug] Whaley took a deep, satisfying breath. [Pres…

Maybe Sammy Watkins isn't so cool with seeing less of the ball after all. The Rams wide receiver and former Bill said last week that he regretted his "selfish" demand for targets when in Buffalo and added that he now understands everyone else needs the ball, too. "Two years ago, it would've probably been different," Watkins said of his more mature approach the situ…

They grow up so fast. Nearly two years after announcing he had his agent try to get him more targets in the Bills' offense, Sammy Watkins now says he's cool with the Rams spreading the ball around, even if that means less action for him. "Two years ago, it would've probably been different," Watkins told Rams reporters this week after going without a target until late…

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…

Did we learn Sunday the Buffalo Bills have their own LaVar Ball? We certainly know Robert Jones, father of rookie receiver Zay Jones, was a far more accomplished athlete than Lonzo Ball's blowhard daddy. But Robert Jones, while in Mercedes-Benz Stadium to watch the Bills play the Atlanta Falcons, went after media and fans from his @robertjonesLB55 Twitter account for…

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 …

Before the season, I pieced together a comprehensive comparison of Jordan Matthews and Sammy Watkins. In that study, I came to the conclusion that Matthews had been about 85 percent as good as Watkins in their three-year NFL careers leading up to the 2017 campaign. http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/07/jordan-matthews-sammy-watkins-comprehensive-comparison/?utm_campaign=pum…

Planet Earth is round. It can be defined as an oblate spheroid, since its rotation causes it to be slightly wider at the equator, but if you shrunk our planet down it would be as round and as smooth as billiard ball, even though its peaks and valleys seem massive from our vantage point. But despite this universally accepted, undeniable and easily provable scientific f…

What are the Buffalo Bills getting in Jordan Matthews? Taking that question a step further, let's compare him to Sammy Watkins, the receiver they traded away. To get the best understanding of how Watkins and Matthews have produced in their young NFL careers, their statistics should be examined on a per-target, per-reception, and per-game basis. Career totals don't pr…

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…

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…

Are the Bills in full tank mode, merely fair to middling, or ready to shock the world and surge into playoff contention? There is plenty of grist for that conversational mill elsewhere in The Buffalo News’ NFL Preview section, as well as on talk radio, the nearest Twitter and Facebook feeds, and at better barstools everywhere. But sometimes we need to break out of th…

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…