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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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The old cliche that a football player is doing his job when he’s not noticed is usually reserved for offensive linemen. But in the case of the Buffalo Bills, it fits for safety Jordan Poyer. “You hit the nail on the head – he’s been flying under the radar,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. “His role on this defense is vital. He communicates well back ther…

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Little more than five months removed from securing the team’s fifth Lombardi Trophy with a historic, overtime comeback win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, head coach Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots open training camp in Foxborough as the Vegas favorite to win it all again. Things are looking so good for the Patriots – who are looking…

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As long as the Cleveland Browns are in the NFL, and they should be thankful there's no relegation system, Buffalo Bills fans have a reason to feel superior. Of the world's pathetic sports organizations, the Browns are among the most absolutely pitiful. Since they were resuscitated in 1999, they've had 15 seasons with six or fewer victories. The Browns won a single ga…

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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…

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A fifth Indiana Jones movie has been announced for 2019. The thought of 74-year-old Harrison Ford leaping the abyss, strafing the enemy, evading mayhem and wiggling out of danger seems far-fetched. Yet the film almost certainly will be a financial success. People won't be able to stay away. So much enthusiasm has been committed to the Indiana Jones franchise. We're c…

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In a 41-25 laugher-to-keep-from-cryinger, there are myriad examples to choose from. For me, this sequence pretty well sums up the past 16 years of the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots series: With 27 seconds left in the first half, Dan Carpenter can pull the Bills within a score with a 49-yard field goal. His attempt plunks the right upright. No good. The Pa…

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It never made much financial sense for Stephon Gilmore to hold out of training camp. And now, it appears, the Buffalo Bills' cornerback won't do that. According to a report from ESPN's Josina Anderson, Gilmore is planning to be at camp when the Bills report to St. John Fisher College in Pittsford on Friday. The team's first practice is scheduled for Saturday. Gilmore, 2…

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1. It would be foolish for Stephon Gilmore to hold out when the Buffalo Bills report to training camp at the end of this month. While he may feel like it's the only way for him to gain leverage in contract negotiations, it's hard to see how the Bills will feel pressured by his absence. He's scheduled to make more than $11 million this season, which seems like a fair salary…

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1. The Bills could field one hell of a 4x100 relay team if they wanted. With new running back Dri Archer joining wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Kolby Listenbee, the Bills have three players with Olympic-caliber speed. Goodwin, in fact, might participate in Rio, while the ever-confident Listenbee said he could if he wanted to. The fourth member of the relay squad could…

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1. First it was "all in," the hokey, uninspired new slogan of the Buffalo Bills that was force-fed to fans as a way of showing them "this year will be different, we promise." Now, the team's PR machine has turned its attention to how much winning the team's first three draft picks did in college. Sure, Clemson's Shaq Lawson, Alabama's Reggie Ragland and Ohio State's Adolph…

1. I’ve long been of the belief that NFL teams should draft at least one quarterback every year. That’s how important the position is. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said last year it’s something the team “would lean heavily to considering every year.” Whaley, however, hasn't picked a quarterback in the two years he’s been running Buffalo’s draft. He has, …