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Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane, the Buffalo Bills' rookie head coach and GM, each was asked if the 2017 roster got better after Friday's trades. They slipped the questions as Pernell Whitaker would a haymaker. But throughout their news conferences at One Bills Drive, they acknowledged they hurt their chances of winning this year. The Bills traded lead receiver S…

It's a conflicted day in Buffalo sports. I feel both terrible and good for long-suffering Bills Nation. In the big picture, Friday's trade of Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby is good news for die-hard fans. As The News' Jerry Sullivan has said over and over the past decade (and no doubt will say again), the Bills' management finally has stopped "middling it." Unlike…

What we see in the preseason easily could be rationalized and justified and washed away by the mere fact these exhibitions don't count in the standings. The real games are a month away. There's time to make strategic corrections, to coach up those players. Sean McDermott isn't willing to make excuses when it comes to penalties, even in the preseason. There were far too m…

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…

The Buffalo Bills started training camp and they aren’t the only ones who have to adjust to a new head coach. Camillo’s Sloan Super Market has been scrambling to replace the “Big Rex” sausage it carried during the blustery coach’s tenure. Just in time for the end of summer and the start of tailgate season comes the “Mighty McDermott,” named for the Buff…

PITTSFORD - First came the backpedal, then the 90-degree turn, then the plant. Bradley Sylve's left foot hit the ground. Then, pop. Sylve felt discomfort in his left leg when he started walking again but nothing too searing. When he sat down, grabbing his right Achilles then his left and feeling a noticeable difference, is when he knew. "Straight Jell-O," he said. " …

PITTSFORD - Jonathan Williams strode out of training camp Friday afternoon without a shirt, his pads dangling from his right hand. Sweat dripped off his six-pack as the sun beamed down on his chest. A bystander made a comment about Williams' half-naked strut, to which he responded, "I work too hard for this!" This, which he was referring to as his physique, could also b…

PITTSFORD - There wasn't much Adolphus Washington could elaborate on with his case still ongoing, but the Bills second-year defensive tackle did express regret and relief after his July 9 arrest for improperly carrying a concealed firearm in his car. The incident took place in his home state of Ohio outside a water park in Sharonville. According to a Cincinnati Enquirer…

Bills head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane spoke for the first time Thursday since defensive tackle Adolphus Washington was arrested on a gun charge in his home state of Ohio two and a half weeks ago. Washington, the second-year DT out of Ohio State who the Bills selected in the third round of the 2016 draft, was accused of improperly carrying a c…