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Don't blame Tyrod Taylor for Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. No, he wasn't perfect. But the Buffalo Bills could be 5-0 if they had better receivers, or maybe if they used them at all. The Bills are in better shape than we expected. They enter their bye week tied atop the AFC East at 3-2, same as the New England Patriots and New York Jets. They hung tough …

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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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The epicenter of a national phenomenon is located on 900 square feet in the Walden Galleria. On the second floor, between Abercrombie & Fitch and Perfumania, where a frozen yogurt shop used to be, is a molten nexus of sports, pop culture, sneakers and art. Fabes Sole High was founded for the serious sneaker customer, folks who desire the hottest brands, who colle…

LATROBE, Pa. -- Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley seemed incredulous at the idea of trading top rusher C.J. Spiller. "We have not been contacted by any team about C.J. Spiller," Whaley said before this afternoon's joint practice with the Pittsburgh Steelers at St. Vincent College. "These rumors are news to me." Then again, Whaley struck a similar tone about recei…

The Buffalo Bills can't stop, won't stop. They made another trade today, and this one has more turns than the hedge maze in "The Shining." The Bills sent a conditional 2015 fourth-round draft choice to the Philadelphia Eagles and swapped this year's seventh-round slots for backup running back Bryce Brown. The conditional pick is based on what the Bills acquired from the…

The Buffalo Bills released a statement from General Manager Doug Whaley about today's trade that sent Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional 2015 fourth-round draft choice: "Stevie was a great contributor during his career with our organization. Today's decision was not an easy one to make, especially involving a player like Stevie who leaves everythin…

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The Buffalo Bills have traded one of the most prolific and polarizing receivers in club history. About 18 hours after they traded up to draft Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins fourth overall, the Bills sent Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers for undisclosed draft considerations. ----- Photo gallery:  Stevie Johnson through the years Photo gallery: Sammy Watkins, f…

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The Buffalo Bills made a big investment in Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins. And now they're thinking playoffs. With Watkins still available after three choices had been made in tonight's NFL draft, including the Jacksonville Jaguars snagging Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles third overall, the Bills pounced. The Bills sent their ninth overall pick, next year's fi…

From what Fred Smerlas witnessed during his time with the Buffalo Bills, trainer Bud Carpenter deserved a Nobel Prize. "Bud Carpenter helped a guy with one brain cell walk around for three years," Smerlas said, referring to his frequent foil, former Bills coach Hank Bullough. "Hank should be a protected species. How many people can talk, breathe and eat with one brain ce…

The Buffalo Bills have brought back tight end Scott Chandler, reportedly with a two-year contract. With top receiver Stevie Johnson limited by injuries and missing two games because of his mother's death, Chandler led the Bills in catches last season. Chandler had 53 catches for 655 yards and two touchdowns. Although he provides quarterback EJ Manuel with a tall target, …

INDIANAPOLIS -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has reached out to Stevie Johnson to make sure the top receiver doesn't think the club is down on him. After the season, BuffaloBills.com writer Chris Brown said on WGR 550 the coaching staff was unable to convince Johnson to buy into the team concept. "I've been communicating with Stevie about something to that effect," M…

NEW YORK -- Stevie Johnson had no problem catching Randy Moss' attention years ago. "I remember one game where he tore Darrelle Revis' head completely off," Moss told me Tuesday at the Super Bowl media center in Manhattan. "He had Revis spinning in circles. "I said to myself, 'Man, this guy is good.' So I've always followed Stevie Johnson." Johnson had his worst season …

I can keep an open mind about stuff. This blog post will be an exercise in going through the process of figuring out whether selected data should change my opinion about EJ Manuel's rookie season. BuffaloBills.com writer Chris Brown posted a story today with the headline "Manuel's play late in halves & games shows clutch factor." The team tweeted a link to the item w…

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- EJ Manuel's season officially over. The Buffalo Bills have deactivated their rookie quarterback for today's finale in Gillette Stadium. Jeff Tuel will serve as Thad Lewis' backup. Manuel is out with a sprained left knee. His final stat line is 180 of 306 (58.8 percent) for 1,972 yards and 11 touchdowns with nine interceptions and 28 sacks; 53 rushes …

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Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' victory over the Miami Dolphins in Ralph Wilson Stadium ... What it means: The Bills are 6-9. They have matched last season's win total, swept the Dolphins for the first time since 2007 and posted their first shutout in Ralph Wilson Stadium since 2006 (also against the Dolphins). Offensive player of the game: Playing with sore rib…