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Quicker and healthier are the key words for Shaq Lawson this offseason. The Buffalo Bills' defensive end knows his third season in the NFL is critical to his future after enduring injury-shortened campaigns his first two years. "I'm going into my third year, this is an important year," Lawson said in an interview last month with FOX Carolina in Greenville, S.C. "I've…

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The Buffalo Bills might not be done addressing depth along their defensive line. The team hosted former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ryan Russell on a free-agent visit, a league source confirmed to The Buffalo News. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was first to report Russell's visit. Additionally, according to a league source, the Bills will host former Carolina Pan…

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At least on one side of the ball, the Buffalo Bills will have some stability in 2018. Coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will enter Year 2 with their scheme, which is a welcome change after years of players continually being forced to learn new defenses. The story isn't the same on offense, which will have its fourth offensive coordinator in t…

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The Buffalo Bills continue to stay busy with pre-draft visits. According to a tweet from NBC Sports' Josh Norris, the Bills hosted Southern California pass rusher Uchenna Nwosu on a visit Wednesday. Nwosu, 6-foot-3 and 251 pounds, had 9.5 sacks in 2017 in his second season as a starter. He's projected as a third- or fourth-round pick by nfl.com. He played outside…

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Consider this my official plea to the NFL: Please, move the draft up at least two weeks on the calendar. Perhaps the pre-draft process just feels like it's dragging more than usual this year because of the buzz around the Buffalo Bills' plans, but I'm ready for the picks to start being made. I've read more mock drafts and scouting reports than I  care to admit. With …

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The Buffalo Bills continue to look for help on the defensive line. According to a report from Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz, the Bills will host Dolphins defensive end Terrence Fede on a free agent visit Thursday. Fede, 26, has spent the first four seasons of his pro career with the Dolphins. He has appeared in 51 games over that time, including all 16 in 2017, bu…

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The signings have slowed to a trickle around the NFL. After a frantic first week of free agency, most of the headline-grabbing moves have been made, but as the Buffalo Bills showed Monday, there is always work to be done. General Manager Brandon Beane added depth to the offensive line with the signings of former Bengals center Russell Bodine and former Raiders right tac…

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The Buffalo Bills waited patiently, then pounced. As teams around the NFL struck deals with veteran quarterbacks Tuesday, the Bills stayed on the sidelines. When the NFL's new league year opened at 4 p.m. Wednesday, the team still wasn't in the game. Then, just before 7:30 p.m., General Manager Brandon Beane made his move. At that time, the Bills announced a two-year…

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For a playoff team, the Buffalo Bills have a long list of needs. General Manager Brandon Beane acknowledged as much last month at the Senior Bowl. “We're a long way from where we need to be,” Beane said in Mobile, Ala. “This year was setting the culture and expectations of what we need to get done.  ... We have a lot of holes to fill. We know that. We're going to do …

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The Buffalo Bills’ 2017 season was barely 20 minutes old, but cornerback Leonard Johnson couldn’t help but think ahead. “I would love, love, love to come back and be a part of this team again,” the veteran cornerback said in the visiting locker room after the Bills’ 10-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC wild-card game last month. “Obviously, us making the play…

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The Buffalo Bills made the playoffs in 2017. Keep that in mind when reading Sports Illustrated in the coming days. In the Feb. 12 issue, Andy Benoit ranks the NFL's "neediest" teams, with the Bills coming in third on that list, behind only the New York Jets (5-11 in 2017) and Cleveland Browns (0-16). "The Bills’ biggest need is at QB, but that’s true for just about a…

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The drought is dead. The Buffalo Bills finally ended a 17-year postseason dry spell, leading to mass celebrations, six-figure charitable donations and hope that, finally, the team is on the right path under the leadership of General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott. Before attention turns squarely to planning for 2018, though, here is one final look bac…

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The Buffalo Bills haven’t missed defensive end Shaq Lawson. Depending on if you’re a glass half-empty or half-full kind of person, that can be taken one of two ways. The pessimistic point of view is that Lawson did not produce the way a first-round draft pick is counted on to. The optimistic view is that his replacements, Ryan Davis and Eddie Yarbrough, have capably …

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My takeaways from the Bills’ had-to-have-it win over the Dolphins on Sunday at New Era Field. 1. Exhale, Bills fans. LeSean McCoy is OK. On the play in which he topped a huge milestone of 10,000 career rushing yards, McCoy stayed down hurt. After coming out of the lineup, he missed just one play. McCoy capped off an excellent first half with a 16-yard touchdown catch to…

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If the Buffalo Bills have any hope of being a playoff team, they need a win Sunday. The 3-9 Indianapolis Colts have nothing to play for. While it may not feel like it after a stretch that has seen the Bills get blown out four times in five games, the team still has a fighting chance at the postseason, even if it will need some help. If the Bills get to 9-7, the New York…