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PITTSFORD - He's only 5-foot-7 and 163 pounds but could probably run through a brick wall. Jordan Burroughs didn't stand out in stature on his visit to Buffalo Bills training camp, but his resume might even top LeSean McCoy's for most decorated on the field Monday. Burroughs won a wrestling gold medal at the 2012 Olympics and has three world championships to his name. H…

PITTSFORD - We've reached double digits in days here at St. John Fisher College, with the Buffalo Bills' preseason opener only three days away. Sean McDermott makes his in-game head-coaching debut Thursday at 7 p.m. when his team hosts the Minnesota Vikings at New Era Field. Until then, the Bills trudge away in the heat, working through offensive kinks and defensive inj…

PITTSFORD - There are inevitable adjustments in the works from Buffalo's offensive cornerstones, Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins, each adjusting to a new offensive scheme under first-year offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and new head coach Sean McDermott. Each has their own individual challenges as well, starting with Taylor, who has vowed to make smarte…

What pills these new Buffalo general managers are. They sat in front of the cameras and droned on about infrastructure and collaboration and character and the process and my goodness ... When will one of these guys make a trade already? The Pegulas apparently have forsaken entertainment and are out to bore us. At introductory news conferences Thursday and Friday, we …

The conversation didn't go down like this, but imagine how logical the decision would've been had this been the case. Sean McDermott to a room filled with Bills scouts: "He played in your back yard and held his pro day in our field house. How did you not notice Khalil Mack was a phenom?" (Silence.) McDermott: "OK, how did you rank Torell Troup over Rob Gronkowski?…

In one aspect, Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito appreciates the NFL's pre-draft industry, what with all its mocks and prospect scouting reports and rumors. "It's another source of revenue for us," Incognito said Thursday at One Bills Drive. "It's a big deal. "The more eyes, the more attention on football is good for all the players, good for the league, good for …

Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins will have surgery on his broken left foot for a second straight offseason, two sources have informed me. Watkins told reporters after Sunday's season finale at the Meadowlands he was leaning toward not having another procedure, but he left open the possibility after conferring with the Bills' medical staff Monday in Orchard Park. …

You could say Sunday's game meant nothing, and, in the grand scheme, that's true. The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets had been eliminated from postseason scenarios. Two scuzzy clubs mopping up the year. Big whoop. But the game did mean something. The game was a chance to give dispirited Bills fans a glimpse toward 2017, to provide hope, to let them exhale with some r…

The Buffalo Bills on Sunday wrapped their 17th straight season without the playoffs. That's 272 thrilling episodes of Bills regular-season tackle football. It has been the longest-running playoff drought in the four major North American sports and would tie "Lassie" for fifth on the United States' list of longest-running primetime network series. "The Jack Benny P…

Tyrod Taylor's morning began with a car accident. Barely on his way to New Era Field, his black 2013 Mercedes G63 wagon was involved in a fender bender downtown. The Buffalo Bills sent a car to collect their quarterback. Saturday's game against the Miami Dolphins also started poorly for him. The Bills went three and out on their first two possessions. Taylor passed thre…

Remember those vibrating electric football games? Yeah, there was more tackling in those. In those Tudor Games tabletop enterprises, all the defenders have to do to stop the ball carrier is touch him. That's what the Buffalo Bills tried to devastatingly poor effect on Christmas Eve at New Era Field. The Miami Dolphins' would-be tacklers weren't much better, but th…

Three games into last season, BuffaloBills.com posted a story lauding General Manager Doug Whaley's roster-building acumen. The story declared Whaley was "awfully close" to "building a roster that can perennially compete for the postseason and championships." An examination of all 32 NFL rosters reveals Whaley has constructed the Bills in contradictory fashion, relyi…

Right on schedule, weeks before Christmas, the Buffalo Bills' season is over. Now it's time for the finger pointing and politicking at One Bills Drive. Western New York's most tiresome winter pastime is upon us, and this episode could be more blustery than normal. Reports fluttered Sunday like the snowflakes around New Era Field, where the Pittsburgh Steelers left…

The Bills' remaining playoff hopes effectively went out the window in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Steelers, but Sammy Watkins said he'll continue to play injured despite their diminished postseason chances. "I'm going to play, there's no doubt in that," Watkins said after the loss. "I'm a competitor. I love to go out there and play with the team. I'm going to be out ther…

Buffalo Bills fans deserve better. Sunday morning began with local and national reports about Rex Ryan's dubious future. Then the grounds crew tilled the rubber pellets out of New Era Field's artificial turf while trying to clear snow at halftime. All the while, the Pittsburgh Steelers plowed the Bills more thoroughly yet. The Bills were overwhelmed, 27-20, in a game…