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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…

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The biggest news of the day at One Bills Drive was that quarterback Tyrod Taylor is still in concussion protocol, which leaves open the possibility that rookie Nathan Peterman might have to start the Bills' opener against the Jets on Sunday. "He is ready," coach Sean McDermott said in regard to Peterman, the team's fifth-round draft pick. "I mean, when you look at what …

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John Miller and Jordan Mills have each withstood challenges this summer to remain the Buffalo Bills' starters at right guard and right tackle, respectively. Coach Sean McDermott said Monday that both would be in the starting lineup for Sunday's regular-season opener against the New York Jets. Miller, who had been the No. 1 right guard since the Bills made him a third…

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The Buffalo Bills' surprising decision to release Jonathan Williams on Sunday left no clear No. 2 option behind LeSean McCoy at running back. Coach Sean McDermott addressed that concern Monday as the team returned to practice in advance of the season opener against the New York Jets. "Well, when you look at it, it's a little bit by committee," the coach said, indicat…

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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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Not all of the interviews and research about Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott made it into my feature about him. Here are my favorite surplus items from "the process." Bills crew, assemble Through a long interview in June at the end of Bills minicamp, McDermott seemed to get most animated when I asked him what it was like, after years of imagining about it, what…

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You are dying for different, as is usually the case with a Buffalo Bills head coaching change. You were happy to hear Sean McDermott say at his opening news conference: "I'm not into making promises." You're thrilled McDermott has not yet shown up at the interview podium wearing a helmet. You're glad you haven't seen him bicycling through Delaware Park. You don't …

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Before the game, for the third time this preseason but the first in New Era Field, Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Cameron Jefferson raised his right fist during the national anthem. A team's fourth NFL preseason game is considered among the sports world's most useless exercises. Fans are expected to pay full price to watch starters stand on the sideline in street clothes…

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A year ago, Keith Wenning lost his status as the Cincinnati Bengals' third-string quarterback. The guy who surpassed him Aug. 28, 2016, in Jacksonville? University at Buffalo grad Joe Licata took over after starter Andy Dalton and backup A.J. McCarron. Things didn't work out for Licata that night. A solid performance might've given Cincy reason to add him to the prac…

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Sean McDermott was a coaching prospect, strolling the Philadelphia Eagles' practice facility with two wise assistants who owned whistles older than he was. He walked alongside defensive coordinator Jim Johnson and offensive coordinator Rod Dowhower, seven decades of NFL and college coaching experience between them. McDermott, known for continuously sopping every ounc…

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It's time for the Buffalo Bills' "dress rehearsal." The third preseason game of the season is the big one for NFL teams, when the starters play into the second half and the competition for jobs nears conclusion. "Just overall, you want the roster to take shape, and the team to take shape, and we’re getting there," Bills coach Sean McDermott said this week. "What ha…

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Dion Dawkins' this-side, no-that-side start to his professional career will continue Saturday. The Buffalo Bills' rookie offensive tackle will start on the left side against the Baltimore Ravens in the third preseason game Saturday night. Dawkins had worked at left tackle exclusively throughout the spring before moving to right tackle at the start of training camp, wher…

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Cordy Glenn and Jordan Matthews are getting closer, but they're not there yet. Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said the team will bring Glenn and Matthews along for their trip to Baltimore on Saturday for the third preseason game, but neither is expected to play against the Ravens. "Jordan Matthews as well as Cordy Glenn, both of which are progressing well, they w…

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Six times during an interview that lasted less than 2 minutes Tuesday, Reggie Ragland reiterated the same phrase. "I've got to keep getting better," the Buffalo Bills' linebacker said, over and over again, when asked about the trade rumors that have swirled around him. "That don't bother me. God going to put me where he need me to be," Ragland said. "Right now I'm wi…